HAZELTON, W.Va (WDTV) - UPDATE 1/9/19
A third and fourth incident happened on Monday at the medium security portion of USP Hazelton, according to Richard Heldreth, president of the Local 420 of the American Federation of Government Employees.
Heldreth says a correctional officer was cornered in her office by an inmate that seemed to be under the influence. The inmate tried to punch the officer, but she was able to fight him off until assistance came.
Later that day, another officer was in his office when an inmate that seemed under the influence came in and grabbed him by the arm.
Neither of the officers were seriously hurt. The facility was secured.
UPDATE 1/6/2019 7:15 PM
Another inmate hurt an officer and a staff member Saturday morning.
According to Richard Heldreth an inmate kicked an officer and attempted to punch another staff member. There were minor injuries.
ORIGINAL STORY 1/4/2019 12:45 PM
An inmate allegedly assaulted four workers at the USP Hazelton in Preston County on Friday morning.
According to Richard Heldreth, the president of local 420 of the American Federation of Government Employees, the workers suffered minor injuries. He says the prison is on lockdown for the weekend.
We don't know the name of the inmate at this time. Heldreth said it's likely the situation could have ended quicker with more staff members working at the prison. There were three murders at the prison in 2018. This is the first known incident of 2019.