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Three inmates escape from N.C. prison

Posted October 23, 2008

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— The state Department of Correction and area law enforcement officers were searching Thursday for three inmates who escaped from Morrison Correctional Institution in Richmond County.

Joseph A. Caulder, 20, William D. Bullard, 19, and Richard H. Ames III, 19, were discovered missing from the prison's minimum-custody unit around 7 a.m., authorities said. The prison is in Hoffman, about halfway between Rockingham and Southern Pines.

Dogs tracked the escapees to a Woodgrain Distribution plant a mile or two from the prison, and authorities believe the men stole the cab of a tractor-trailer belonging to the company, said Keith Acree, a Department of Correction spokesman.

The white Freightliner cab has the Woodgrain Distribution name on the side and has Indiana license 199556. Acree said it likely has some front-end damage after it was driven through a gate at the plant.

Caulder was serving eight to 10 months for larceny of firearms and larceny after breaking-and-entering in Scotland County. Bullard was serving six months for larceny of a motor vehicle and forgery in Robeson County. Ames was serving eight to 10 months for larceny from person in Currituck County.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the escapees is asked to call local law enforcement or Morrison Correctional Institution at 910-281-3161.


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  • something2say Oct 23, 2008

    I would agree Dumb Crook News!!!! But if they were smart they wouldn't have gotten caught in the first place right!

  • ifcdirector Oct 23, 2008

    Shouldn't this be under "Dumb Crook News"? Come to think of it shouldn't Biden's appearance be listed there too?

  • deerewelder2 Oct 23, 2008

    Sorry if this is a repeat.. but did I read that right? The amount of time either was to serve could be done standing on your head.. WT Heck??

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Oct 23, 2008

    They're just going to see Biden. they hear that the democrats will be in charge of the White house, Senate, and Congress....so they're CERTAIN to be set free to be re-habilitated, and given a free salary every week.....

  • Common Sense Man Oct 23, 2008

    What tools. They are all serving a few months, not a life sentence. Now they'll get more tacked on. This is why prisons are full; people are stupid.

  • 42ITUS Oct 23, 2008

    The guys probably just got tired of picking up trash now that the weather turned cooler.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Oct 23, 2008

    Who wants to be free during the winter..You plan to stay warm on the tax payers, get free for summen and screw up again for winter.

  • pam2 Oct 23, 2008


  • thinkbeforeyoublab Oct 23, 2008

    Tell the cops to look at the polling booth. ACORN probably signed 'em up and they were just trying to vote early.

  • garden Oct 23, 2008

    How stupid these guys are! They will be caught and will have more time to serve. How dumb. Their village called looking for their lost idiots.