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There are 22 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from May 13, 2009, titled Escaped inmate captured; sheriff defends program - Sentinel & E.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Worcester County House of Corrections inmate David A. Laperle spent four days on the run after stealing a city-owned truck from his work-release site at Doyle Field before being caught in Nashua, N.H., Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Guy Glodis said.

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Track Runner

Princeton, MA

#2 May 13, 2009
There should be some kind of indication that prisoners are unsupervised when they are out working on a detail....and obviously they ARE unsupervised.

I do not believe the keys were not in the ignition. Someone is telling a lie to protect a job. They obviously weren't in the drivers pocket. They were in a place that was very easily accessible to the prisoner and the vehicle was unlocked and the prisoner had the opportunity to scout out vehicles now didn't he.

I am very glad he didn't take any hostages as I was running there that morning.
Marie P

United States

#3 May 13, 2009
It's true...How did he know the keys were in the truck? He must have had time to look without being watched...Or he saw they were left there and decided at that moment to run for it...Either way, it goes to show that you never know if someone is going to behave themselves or take off...I agree with the mayor on this one...There could have been a child or anyone stolen to be used as a hostage or someone could have been hit when he was escaping...Better to be safe than sorry...
Greg

Worcester, MA

#4 May 13, 2009
Sounds like the Mayor's throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The program has saved 150K? Not exactly a great time to turn that kind of money away. Mazzarella is doing a knee-jerk reaction that'll end up costing us in the long run. If the city worker doesn't leave the keys in the truck, this incident never happens.
allen

Hudson, MA

#5 May 13, 2009
The 150K was saved by non municipal organizations, not by the City> THe City of Leominster never saved one dime using prisoners and the city has a duty to make sure their citizens are safe from criminals and this program cannot achieve that goal. I agree with the mayor on this one. That guy could have killed a person while making his escape and any money saved would have looked small by comparison.

If the program is stopped I would hate to be the prisoner who ruined it. The guys back at the can will not be very friendly towards him
Someone Paying Attention

United States

#6 May 13, 2009
Dean used to be a law enforcement officer and is now a politician.

Guy used to be a politician and is now a law enforcement officer.

There aren't two bigger egos in all of Worcester County.

It'll be fun to watch these two sass-mouthed megalomaniacs exchange verbal jabs in their dance of denial and finger-pointing.

One couldn't ask for better theater.

The question is: Which one is to blame? They're both all about blame and not self accountability, right? So, how do we get them to understand the screwed up - both of them?

Here's an idea: Let's take the matter into our own hands. Maybe we can water-board them as a charity event to raise funds for Doyle Field!
JASON

Lancaster, MA

#7 May 13, 2009
oh my he might have taken a hostage... idiots he is a non-violent criminal. he was in jail for car theft. the program does and has worked in the past. i am not condoning what he did, but c'mon it was not that bad of an incident.
buckaboy73

Lavallette, NJ

#8 May 13, 2009
hoe stupid can one person be only 3 months left and booting a truck a truck no less seemes to me if you are in jail for stealing a car whaqt makes you think you would get away with taking a truck and hats off to the worc county sheriffs dept and the guard who was armed to let him get away alot different than when i worked their

Since: May 09

Leominster, MA

#9 May 13, 2009
allen wrote:
The 150K was saved by non municipal organizations, not by the City> THe City of Leominster never saved one dime using prisoners and the city has a duty to make sure their citizens are safe from criminals and this program cannot achieve that goal. I agree with the mayor on this one. That guy could have killed a person while making his escape and any money saved would have looked small by comparison.
If the program is stopped I would hate to be the prisoner who ruined it. The guys back at the can will not be very friendly towards him
I live at one of the facilities operated by the Leominster Housing Authority and the community service crews have been here many times. Last I checked, we are a municipal facility. The guys did an outstanding job painting, by the way. I've also seen inmates working down at Pine Grove and Evergreen cemeteries (also municipal). There's going to be a lot of cuts coming, and instead of finding ways to save money, the Mayor is going to cost us more money by banning the community service program? Not a wise move.
Corrections Officer

Townsend, MA

#10 May 13, 2009
JASON wrote:
oh my he might have taken a hostage... idiots he is a non-violent criminal. he was in jail for car theft. the program does and has worked in the past. i am not condoning what he did, but c'mon it was not that bad of an incident.
Non-violent or not, he's a criminal. People do things they wouldn't normally do when confronted and under stress. Just because the Sheriff says he's a non-violent inmate doesn't make it so.
one sad mom

Concord, MA

#11 May 13, 2009
ya know the sheriff says hes non violent well first of all i dont believe anything glodis says hes a liar and look at the way he is running the jail they have people yes they are people with mrsa and what do they do the nurses tell them they are bug bites not my son was in there thank god hes out now he go so infected with mrsa it was awful they have had to send inmates to the hospital because the mrsa was so bad wrong judgement call by nurses and doctors there and then they take pics that are in inmates arms or wherever for them to receive medication they take them out and they are not even schooled for that type of thing it is suppose to be done by someone that knows what they are doing and oh yeah the drug situation oh let me go on about that one,. yes heroin up the ying yang in there along with other drugs and you ask why well let me tell you and i only know this because i have been there for visits well lets see you go for a visit behind glass absolutely no contact and guess what they make you take off all jewerly no hooded sweatshirts no hair clasps no there is absoultely no contact, then you have visits up the hill annex you go in there and you can have jewerly, hair clasps hooded sweatshirts and yep you know it its full contact visit so let me see there could be one reason why this jail is infested with drugs mr glodis sir i think there is something wrong with this and i dont understand the reasoning behind it now just to let you know i have called the jail and talked to your helper your person in charge so you dont have to talk to people if they have a problem and he told me he would look into it well guess what its been 3 months its still the same what are you doing there. now i really think something should be done about this and just to let you know i will be having an article printed in the newspaper i have already talked to someone about it you see if your wondering why i have so many problems with this well my son went to your jail almost 6 years ago and he started his heroin addiction there yes he had a choice but the crap shouldnt have been there i know you werent there but guess what i like a fool voted for you you made all kinds of promises and have done jack crap for keeping those promises you should be ashamed of yourself my son is a heroin addict i havent truly had my son for almost 7 years its heartbreaking people are sent to jail to be punished not to catch a drug habit and the worst thing is there is still all sorts of heroin in your jail well i know ive gone off track with this one but i am a mother who loves her son very much and im sure there are alot of other mothers in the same situation god bless them and their sons, husbands fathers relatives if they have to go to your jail. it is the most horrible place (jail) i have ever visited people workers dont know compassion they treat visitors like criminals and they treat criminals like animals and im sorry some people should not be treated well depending on the crime they committed but some should not be treated as they are there they are still human beings and someones child. mr glodis i wish you could spend 1 day behind bars say in china think about it ring a bell. maybe you would understand a little bit better.as far as the man that escaped well if he was foolish enough to do it then that is his problem but i have to say not all prisoners would do that and not everyone should be punished for it and why wasnt the officer doing his job if he was he would not have escaped. i think he should lose his job like the inmates will have to do in leominster.
Concerned

Northborough, MA

#12 May 13, 2009
How come the armed guard is not in trouble here? How does this guy just walk away without being noticed? I fully support this program, as it saves us tax payers money in the long run.
Ticked OFF

Northborough, MA

#13 May 13, 2009
One Sad Mom: I dont feel bad for u at all and how dare u complain when its not our fault what happened to your son..they say, most problems begin at home..where were u when your son started getting it to trouble/using drugs. I bet you arent even a tax payer...im disgusted by your comments and Glodis is doing the BEST he found with VERY limited resources. Get a life!!!!!
To Jason

Princeton, MA

#14 May 13, 2009
Don't be such a trusting fool. They obviously don't know the guy very well or else I'm assuming they wouldn't have let him be in the program. All criminals are scum. In this society you are given every opportunity to clean up your act before you go to prison. I am very willing to bet the man has a shady history and just because he was imprisoned for stealing a car doesn't mean that is the only crime he'd ever consider or has ever committed. He didn't think twice about escaping now did he? I'd call that a high risk individual. Would you want your daughter playing at Doyle when the guy decided to steal a car and escape? Are you saying you personally know this guy and what he is capable of? If you do perhaps you should go work at the prison because they obviously don't know him well enough.
To Concerned

Princeton, MA

#15 May 13, 2009
Programs like this do not save taxpayer money. In fact in this situation it cost Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the FBI money to find him and take him back in. This "mistake" of leaving the keys in the truck and this "mistake" of not supervising him cost us all plenty. Oh, and how much of an increase do you think the City will have to pay for vehicle insurance? I bet that goes up knowing it got stolen and the keys were in there.
dan leominster

Leominster, MA

#16 May 13, 2009
one sad mom wrote:
ya know the sheriff says hes non violent well first of all i dont believe anything glodis says hes a liar and look at the way he is running the jail they have people yes they are people with mrsa and what do they do the nurses tell them they are bug bites not my son was in there thank god hes out now he go so infected with mrsa it was awful they have had to send inmates to the hospital because the mrsa was so bad wrong judgement call by nurses and doctors there and then they take pics that are in inmates arms or wherever for them to receive medication they take them out and they are not even schooled for that type of thing it is suppose to be done by someone that knows what they are doing and oh yeah the drug situation oh let me go on about that one,. yes heroin up the ying yang in there along with other drugs and you ask why well let me tell you and i only know this because i have been there for visits well lets see you go for a visit behind glass absolutely no contact and guess what they make you take off all jewerly no hooded sweatshirts no hair clasps no there is absoultely no contact, then you have visits up the hill annex you go in there and you can have jewerly, hair clasps hooded sweatshirts and yep you know it its full contact visit so let me see there could be one reason why this jail is infested with drugs mr glodis sir i think there is something wrong with this and i dont understand the reasoning behind it now just to let you know i have called the jail and talked to your helper your person in charge so you dont have to talk to people if they have a problem and he told me he would look into it well guess what its been 3 months its still the same what are you doing there. now i really think something should be done about this and just to let you know i will be having an article printed in the newspaper i have already talked to someone about it you see if your wondering why i have so many problems with this well my son went to your jail almost 6 years ago and he started his heroin addiction there yes he had a choice but the **** shouldnt have been there i know you werent there but guess what i like a fool voted for you you made all kinds of promises and have done jack **** for keeping those promises you should be ashamed of yourself my son is a heroin addict i havent truly had my son for almost 7 years its heartbreaking people are sent to jail to be punished not to catch a drug habit and the worst thing is there is still all sorts of heroin in your jail well i know ive gone off track with this one but i am a mother who loves her son very much and im sure there are alot of other mothers in the same situation god bless them and their sons, husbands fathers relatives if they have to go to your jail. it is the most horrible place (jail) i have ever visited people workers dont know compassion they treat visitors like criminals and they treat criminals like animals and im sorry some people should not be treated well depending on the crime they committed but some should not be treated as they are there they are still human beings and someones child. mr glodis i wish you could spend 1 day behind bars say in china think about it ring a bell. maybe you would understand a little bit better.as far as the man that escaped well if he was foolish enough to do it then that is his problem but i have to say not all prisoners would do that and not everyone should be punished for it and why wasnt the officer doing his job if he was he would not have escaped. i think he should lose his job like the inmates will have to do in leominster.
Mother of the year? I can tell by your epic sentence that your son had a fantastic upbringing. what part of free public school did the two of you miss?
Frustrated

AOL

#17 May 13, 2009
There is an equal blame to be shared here. The Guard and ultimately Glodis. The driver of the truck and ultimately the Mayor for the keys having been left behnd.

Years ago there was a slogan, "Lock your car take your keys. don't let a good boy go bad".
Young Bold N Restless

Leominster, MA

#18 May 13, 2009
I hope Dean reconsiders his decision about doing away with the program. I see where he is coming from. The consequences of what this idiot did could have turned out far worse than it did. However, I think doing away with the program isn't the right answer either. Whoever left the keys in the truck to begin with should be canned. Anyone could have stolen the truck, it just so happends it was an inmate on a work detail. I'm not sticking up for the jackass by any means, but the whole incident would never have happened had the keys not been left inside the truck to begin with. I wish I could count the number of times I've seen city owned vehicles left idiling with no passenger or driver inside to speak of. For sure blame the looser who saw the opportunity, but share some of that blame with one who made it possible.
Marie P

United States

#19 May 14, 2009
To one sad mom:

I give credit to anyone who can understand what the hell you are saying. Talk about someone who needs to go back to school and learn how to type a sentence. Good God. It's jail, not a luxury hotel. Of course you're going to have to remove jewelry and such.And they are nasty to you and the criminals? Well, you must have given them a reason to be nasty to you and your son is a criminal, which makes him nasty to begin with .They are not going to treat him with kid gloves. He is in there to learn a lesson, not be treated like a king.
just telling the truth

Fitchburg, MA

#20 May 14, 2009
JASON wrote:
oh my he might have taken a hostage... idiots he is a non-violent criminal. he was in jail for car theft. the program does and has worked in the past. i am not condoning what he did, but c'mon it was not that bad of an incident.
Jason you sound like a hack that works at the jail? Did the RED HEAD tell you to write this? Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about. Bottom line the classification department did not do their job! Non violent offenders? If you did your homework, you would have known that there are a ton of inmates in work release that have violent and even worse charges. Smarten up and know your facts before you post a comment!
just telling the truth

Fitchburg, MA

#21 May 14, 2009
brownie wrote:
Who was watching these guys? Who left the keys in the truck? They should be fired.
The officer is a big contributor to the RED HEAD'S campaign. This option was never discussed!

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