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      Guard rescued after being taken hostage at SC prison


      BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (AP) -



      South Carolina Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsome



      says officers rescued a guard taken hostage by inmates and regained control of the building at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday.


      The officer has been taken to a hospital for an evaluation.


      Newsome says a nurse escorted by a guard was passing out



      medicine around 9 p.m. Tuesday when some inmates overpowered the



      guard. Newsome did not know how many inmates were involved, but the



      unit houses as many as 130 inmates in the high security prison.


      He says about 100 officers blew open a door and rescued the



      guard after discussions with the inmates failed to resolve the



      situation.



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