California Deputy Investigated In Correctional Officer’s Death

A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy is being investigated in the shooting death of a correctional officer, a source said.

Sacramento police said they searched a locker at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center on Wednesday night. The deputy works at the facility.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department would not comment on the case, as it was being handled by the Sacramento Police Department.

Steve Lo, 39, was in full uniform and standing in his garage in the 8400 block of Tambor Way shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday when he was fatally wounded by gunfire, police Sgt. Matt Young said.

Lo was found lying in the garage, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Lo worked with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He had been an officer for about three years.

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association is offering a $10,000 reward to help find the person responsible.

“We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss,” CCPOA President Mike Jimenez said. “Our hearts are with Officer Lo’s family, friends and co-workers during this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Anyone with information may call Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

SOURCE: http://www.officer.com/online/article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=43735

Spokesman for state correctional officers arrested south of Lodi on suspicion of DUI

Lance Corcoran recently called for the recall of Schwarzenegger

By Layla Bohm
News-Sentinel Staff Writer

Updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 6:39 AM PDT

A high-ranking state correctional officer who two weeks ago called for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recall was arrested Monday night south of Lodi on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Lance Christy Corcoran, 44, was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of two counts of DUI and later released from custody, standard procedure in such arrests.

Around 7:20 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer was on routine patrol when he saw a vehicle on Eight Mile Road west of West Lane (Hutchins Street), said Assistant Chief Mike Champion, of the CHP’s Valley Division.

The vehicle was stopped, the engine was running and the driver, later identified as Corcoran, was slumped over inside, Champion said.

The officer contacted Corcoran, who appeared to be under the influence, and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Corcoran did so, and took field sobriety tests, which led to his arrest.

He was booked at the county jail, where he submitted to a “chemical test,” meaning either blood or urine.

Corcoran is spokesman for the 30,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association and appeared on numerous TV broadcasts and newspaper articles in September regarding the recall effort. On Sept. 8, the union launched the recall drive against Schwarzenegger, who had lowered salaries to balance the budget.

In the Tuesday DUI incident, the CHP officer had no idea he’d arrested anybody with public notoriety, Champion said.

“He booked him into the jail, left and went back on patrol,” Champion said of the officer. “It wasn’t until this morning when he went back to the office that he learned of (Corcoran’s) connection to CCPOA.”

Champion, to whom media calls were referred instead of the local Stockton CHP office, did not have any other specific details about the arrest, including the kind of vehicle, Corcoran’s hometown or where he was headed.

source

http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2008/10/01/news/2_corcoran_081001.txt

California Deputy Fired after Arrest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. –

A sheriff’s detention deputy was arrested and fired amid allegations he solicited a sex act from an inmate.

Federico Tafoya, 26, was arrested Friday after sheriff’s detectives received reports that he had been acting inappropriately with one of the inmates.

Authorities said Tafoya was an extra help deputy assigned to the work release program at Sheriff Headquarters.

They said he was supervising inmates when he solicited a sex act in one of the buildings on the property from a 20-year-old inmate assigned to the program.

They said the inmate was not injured or physically assaulted; however, Tafoya was terminated.

Tafoya was employed for four months with the sheriff’s office. He is currently out on bail.

He faces one count of false imprisonment, one count of causing a person to expose him or herself and one count of attempted oral copulation under color of authority.

source: http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/California-Deputy-Fired-after-Arrest/1$42481

Brothers sentenced for smuggling tobacco into Lassen prison

Tobacco is at a premium inside prison walls, and nobody knew that better than Michael Megill when he worked at the Federal Correctional Institution at Herlong in Lassen County.

While employed as a cook at the medium security facility in 2006 and 2007, Megill smuggled tobacco products – banned in federal prisons – to inmates in return for bribes collected by his brother, Jeremy Megill.

The brothers pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to bribe a public official, admitting the details of the scheme, and were each sentenced Friday in Sacramento federal court to a year and a day in prison. They will serve approximately two-thirds of that, assuming they earn maximum time off for good behavior.

According to Assistant U. S. Attorney Sean Flynn, over a seven-month period Michael Megill, 35, smuggled various forms of chewing and smoking tobacco into the prison and secreted the items in an agreed-upon location, where they were retrieved by inmates.

Outside the walls, Jeremy Megill, 33, arranged for and accepted money from inmates’ family members or other designated contacts, Flynn said.

Just how much tobacco was delivered to the inmates is not known. Flynn and defense lawyers agreed that the brothers’ total take was less than $5,000.

source: http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/1252488.html

California Detention Deputy Fired after Arrest

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. –

A sheriff’s detention deputy was arrested and fired amid allegations he solicited a sex act from an inmate.

Federico Tafoya, 26, was arrested Friday after sheriff’s detectives received reports that he had been acting inappropriately with one of the inmates.

Authorities said Tafoya was an extra help deputy assigned to the work release program at Sheriff Headquarters.

They said he was supervising inmates when he solicited a sex act in one of the buildings on the property from a 20-year-old inmate assigned to the program.

They said the inmate was not injured or physically assaulted; however, Tafoya was terminated.

Tafoya was employed for four months with the sheriff’s office. He is currently out on bail.

He faces one count of false imprisonment, one count of causing a person to expose him or herself and one count of attempted oral copulation under color of authority.

source: http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/California-Deputy-Fired-after-Arrest/1$42481

Former Sacramento County inmate’s suit alleges jail rape

A 39-year-old woman who was an inmate at the Sacramento County Main Jail has sued the county and five individuals, claiming she was repeatedly raped by a lesbian sheriff’s deputy.

The divorced mother of two spent nearly 3½ years in the jail, charged with submitting a fraudulent insurance claim, attempted grand theft and failure to appear. She was sentenced June 11 to four years and eight months and paroled the next day, never serving a day in prison.

Her lawsuit was filed Monday by attorney Stewart Katz in U.S. District Court. The Bee is not naming the plaintiff because she claims to be a victim of sexual assault.

Deputy Paula Sue Wood, 42, is described in the complaint as “a pathologically aggressive lesbian … who, at her request, was assigned to work at a female housing unit in the main jail. She had successfully resisted several suggestions that she change assignments.”

An inmate reported what was going on in January 2007, and an inquiry by jail staff was undertaken, the suit says. “No one attempted to speak to (the plaintiff) during the course of this investigation,” it charges. “Not only was Deputy Wood quickly cleared, but apparently the reporting inmate received discipline for bringing a false complaint against an officer.”

But three months later a former jail inmate reported the situation to the internal affairs unit at the Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy was placed on administrative leave in late April 2007, and eventually allowed to resign. She was charged with having sex with an inmate, pleaded no contest, and was adjudged guilty May 28 by a Superior Court judge.

Wood was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in a work furlough program, meaning she can leave the jail to go to her place of employment and report back when she is not working. Following her completion of the program, she will be on unsupervised probation for three years.

She was ordered by Superior Court Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie to stay away from the victim.

Wood refused to talk to a reporter after the hearing.

The suit says the plaintiff first had an awareness Wood “was becoming obsessed with her when, while in the control room of her housing unit, Deputy Wood held up a sign stating, ‘You fascinate me.'”

Wood coerced the heterosexual victim into having sex in August 2006, the suit says. She estimates that between then and April 2007 she was compelled more than 20 times to engage in sex with Wood.

The suit seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages. In addition to the county and Wood, it names as defendants former Deputy Clement M. Tang; Sheriff John McGinness; Capt. Scott Jones, who has been the jail commander since January 2007; and Chief Deputy Mark Iwasa, who preceded Jones at the jail.

The 54-year-old Tang, described in the complaint as “an opportunistic heterosexual,” is accused of French kissing (the plaintiff) “while she was the sole occupant of a holding cell awaiting a court appearance.”

Reached Tuesday by phone at his south Sacramento County home, Tang declined to comment. Tang, a 27-year veteran of the department, retired when faced with the allegations.

The lawsuit contends that the Sheriff’s Department “has a custom and practice of dismissing reports of inappropriate coercive sexual acts by deputies of either gender, whether in the jail or elsewhere, as being consensual conduct.”

However, where once there was a stream of lawsuits over inmate treatment, they have been scarce since McGinness assumed command of the Sheriff’s Department two years ago and put Jones in charge of the jail.

McGinness and Jones defended the department’s handling of the allegations against the deputy.

“Every time we heard this might be going on, we investigated,” McGinness said. “When we were able to get hard evidence, we moved swiftly to rectify the problem.”

source: http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/1057815.html

Meth tests positive for prison guard, friend in deadly crash

A prison guard and his friend who died when their truck crashed onto highway 58 from an overpass were high on methamphetamine at the time.

Supervising Deputy Coroner John Van Rensselaer confirmed the tests taken at autopsy.

Roman Antonio Cordero, 36, and 27-year-old Jose Raymond Garcia drove off of Washington Street in mid-May and slammed into a big rig.

Cordero and Garcia tested positive for above-toxic levels of methamphetamine.

The driver of the big rig was not seriously injured.

He told officers that he saw a flash and had no time to react.

source: http://www.kget.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=3439f9d5-7481-4b11-afea-97e2a85315e6&rss=91

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