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Sex offender beaten to death in prison riot

AGASSIZ, B.C. — One inmate is dead and a lockdown is in place after a major disturbance at Mountain Institution, a medium security prison in Agassiz, B.C. Saturday night.

At about 9:45 p.m., a number of inmates rioted in the compound’s gymnasium, breaking windows, threatening staff members and engaging in inmate on inmate violence, said Correctional Services of Canadas spokesman Dave Lefebvre.

Michael Andrew Gibbons, 39, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the institution following the late night violence.

Gibbons, deemed a dangerous offender, was serving an indeterminate sentence for sex offences. A second inmate was transported to an outside hospital, said Lefebvre. No prison staff were injured.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating the cause of Gibbons’ death, while Correctional Services of Canada will investigate the cause of the disturbance.

The lockdown at the 442-inmate facility, which includes cleaning up damages to the facility and a cell-by-cell search for contraband, will last indefinitely, Lefebvre said.

source: http://www.nationalpost.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=410894

Police Say Deputy Sheriff Raped Inmate In Nye County



Daryal Taylor

The Nye County Sheriffs Office released the following.On March 25th 2008, it was reported to the Nye County Sheriffs Office General Assignment Detectives that a female inmate was alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Deputy Sheriff Daryal Taylor. 

Subsequent investigation identified that this alleged assault occurred during a transport that Taylor had done with the inmate earlier that evening.  Allegedly Taylor had deviated from the direct transport he was assigned to for the purpose of committing the sexual assault on the victim.  Taylor used his position as a Deputy Sheriff to influence the victim into participation in the sex act.  Information was obtained that corroborated the victims account of the incident.  Additionally evidence was obtained and is currently being processed by the crime lab relating to this case. 

On March 26th 2008 after extensive investigation Taylor was relieved of duty and arrested on the above charges.

Deputy Taylor was booked into the Nye County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and is pending bail. 

source:  http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8073240

Former correctional officer pleads guilty to indecent exposure

  Former correctional officer pleads guilty to indecent exposure

 A former Frederick County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer will have to wait three months to find out his fate after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to an indecent exposure charge. Mark Anthony Baziuk, 30, of Frederick, was charged after an employee at the Target at 5437 Urbana Pike saw him exposing himself in the store’s parking lot, according to the sheriff’s office.

Surveillance cameras captured Baziuk the afternoon of Jan. 26 masturbating in his truck as customers walked by, Assistant State’s Attorney Melissa Bender told Frederick County District Court Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose.

When Baziuk stepped out of the truck, police saw that his pants were unzipped, Bender said.

Baziuk, who is about 6 feet 8 inches tall and 270 pounds, graduated with the 22nd class of the Frederick County Criminal Justice Training Academy in 2004.

He resigned from the sheriff’s office Feb. 7, spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said Tuesday.

Ambrose postponed Baziuk’s sentencing in District Court for 90 days while he attends counseling. She also banned him from the Target on Urbana Pike



Florida Corrections Officer Arrested

Police arrested a Miami-Dade County corrections officer on Thursday morning for allegedly beating her boyfriend and holding him captive. There was a driveway full of cars and a locksmith at the door, but no one at the home of Capt. Clora Adkins would answer questions about what happened at her home Wednesday night. Adkins runs the Women’s Detention Center in Miami-Dade County.

Police said a text message alluding to infidelity sparked an argument between Adkins and her boyfriend of seven years.

According to the arrest affidavit, Adkins armed herself with a wooden candlestick holder, striking the victim across the head several times and then across the arm.

Besides the swelling, the victim also had bite marks on his body, according to police.

Police said Adkins would not let her boyfriend leave the house. They said, at one point, she grabbed his cell phone and smashed it on the floor so that he could not call 911.

Police said the victim eventually got away. They said he ran out of the house, went to a neighbor’s home and called police.

The Corrections Department said Adkins has a clean record. She has been with the department for more than 20 years.

The department released a statement on her employment status.

“The Miami-Dade Corrections Department has placed Captain Adkins on administrative leave pending the outcome of her court case,” the statement said.



Former Corrections Officer Accused of Receiving Stolen Property

Former Corrections Officer Accused of Receiving Stolen Property
Christopher Smith

A former corrections officer was in court this morning, to answer to charges of receiving stolen property.

Christopher Smith is also accused of not giving up his badge from the Lebanon Correctional Institution when he left the job.

Court documents say Smith sold a stolen Bill Romanowski 49-ers football helmet to a collectibles store in Anderson Township. He’s also accused of trying to sell a stolen Walter Payton Bears jersey on e-bay.

Police say the victim spotted the stolen jersey on the website.

Smith is also accused of stealing a g-p-s unit from a co-worker.



Helicopter landing at Pontiac prison draws ire, not fire

SPRINGFIELD — Passengers in a helicopter that landed in a parking lot at one of Illinois’ toughest prisons “are lucky to be alive,” say officials representing the state’s prison guards.

The helicopter, filled with top prison brass, was making a visit to the Pontiac Correctional Center on March 20 when it touched down in an area where guards park their cars.

The problem, says the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, is no one told rank-and-file prison guards, who were alarmed by the presence of an unmarked helicopter in close proximity to the maximum-security facility.

AFSCME says one correctional officer in a guard tower drew his weapon, fearing an inmate on outside work detail who was walking toward the helicopter might be involved in an escape attempt.

No shots were fired, but the incident resulted in the union issuing a written complaint to Illinois Department of Corrections Director Roger Walker.

“No notice of approval of any aircraft to breach the perimeter had been shared with any operations staff at Pontiac,” wrote AFSCME Regional Director Buddy Maupin.

Maupin said correctional officers are authorized to shoot to kill in order to prevent an aircraft from assisting in an escape attempt.

“The tower officer would have been fully within his authority to open fire on the incoming unauthorized aircraft,” Maupin noted in his letter.

Department of Corrections spokesman Derek Schnapp said the helicopter was making a routine visit to the prison and it had authorization to land in the parking lot.

“The warden’s office was aware of it,” Schnapp said.

Schnapp would not address whether the warden’s office notified guards on duty.

“I’m not going to get into it as far as the logistics are on it,” Schnapp said.

In addition to stopping in Pontiac, the Springfield-based contingent of top prison officials also flew to prisons in Robinson and Ina that day. Schnapp said the fly-around was part of normal, periodic visits to prisons by top administrators.

No further incidents were reported at those prisons