Residents on edge as manhunt enters 8th day

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Joyce Mitchell, 51, a New York prison tailor who allegedly aided Richard Matt and David Sweat before their June 6 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, was arraigned June 12, on a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.

Joyce Mitchell, 51, a New York prison tailor who allegedly aided Richard Matt and David Sweat before their June 6 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, was arraigned June 12, on a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.

DANNEMORA, New York – The massive manhunt for the two killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison eight days ago in upstate New York has residents on edge.

Some say they feel like prisoners in their own home.

Shelly St. Denis, a mother of two who lives near the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora said Saturday that having two convicted murderers on the loose is scary.

“You’re afraid to be in your house and have someone come in at you that has nothing to lose,” she said.

The search forced the cancellation of a fundraiser for the local volunteer fire department at Cadyville. Organizers of the 50th annual Cadyville Field Day say they chose to cancel Saturday’s event in the name of public safety.

Joyce Mitchell, 51, a New York prison tailor who allegedly aided Richard Matt and David Sweat before their June 6 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, was arraigned June 12, on a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.

Joyce Mitchell, 51, a New York prison tailor who allegedly aided Richard Matt and David Sweat before their June 6 escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, was arraigned June 12, on a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.

Meanwhile, the worker accused of helping two convicted murders escape an upstate New York prison a week ago has been moved to a lockup in another county.

Rensselaer County Jail officials say Joyce Mitchell was transported there and arrived at 10 a.m. Saturday. Clinton County Sheriff David Favro requested the move.

Prosecutors say the prison tailor shop instructor befriended the men and gave them hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit.

Mitchell is also suspected of agreeing to be a getaway driver but didn’t show up, leaving the men on foot early on June 6.

Hundreds of law enforcement officials are searching the area around the prison for inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt.