10:40 a.m. (EDT)
The case against a woman charged with helping two murderers escape from a maximum-security prison in far upstate New York is now headed to a county court.
Prison tailoring shop instructor Joyce Mitchell waived a preliminary hearing during a brief court appearance Monday. She wore a striped jumpsuit and what appeared to be a bulletproof vest.
Prosecutors say she agreed to be the getaway driver but backed out because she felt guilty for participating.
The 51-year-old Mitchell was charged Friday with supplying hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver. Her lawyer entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf. Mitchell was accused of helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6.
She has been suspended without pay from her $57,000-a-year job overseeing inmates who sew clothes and learn to repair sewing machines.
8:45 a.m. (EDT)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has told New York’s inspector general to investigate the escape of two murderers from a maximum-security state prison.
Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott was asked Monday to look into factors that could have led to the escape of inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6.
The inspector general’s investigation is separate from the criminal investigation. The inspector general can subpoena witnesses, examine them under oath and review state documents. Any criminal activity uncovered by the inspector general will be referred to prosecutors.
Cuomo says the inspector general will rely on outside experts in corrections and law enforcement and will recommend potential reforms.
More than 800 searchers continued to comb the wilderness near the northern New York prison Monday.
7:30 a.m. (EDT)
Classes are resuming in the rural school district located near the northern New York prison where two convicted murderers escaped more than a week ago.
Officials at the Saranac Central School District say classes will be held Monday after being called off last Thursday and Friday while hundreds of law enforcement officers combed the surrounding area for David Sweat and Richard Matt.
The district’s schools are located just a few miles from Clinton Correctional Facility in the village of Dannemora. The search for the two convicts continues Monday.
School officials say they’ve arranged with state police for law enforcement officers to patrol the district’s campuses from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and locations where buses pick up and drop off students.
The district has suspended all outdoor activities.
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