Jail guard out on bail, accused of assaulting wife and second woman

A Hamilton County corrections officer spent Sunday night behind bars after he was arrested for allegedly attacking his wife and another woman and then locking the door when police arrived.

Nicholas Rauen, 27, of Colerain Township, was arrested at his home and charged with assault, domestic violence and obstructing official business, all misdemeanors.

He appeared in court Monday morning, where his bond was set at $6,000. A relative bailed him out.

According to court records, Rauen, who has been employed with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office since April 7, 2005, became upset with his wife early Sunday and grabbed her by the arms, throwing her against a wall and onto a bed.

Rauen “climbed on top of” Cynthia Rauen, an affidavit states, and “began to shake and yell at the victim.”

Another woman, Charlie Lawson, entered the room. “I asked him to please listen and he flipped out,” she wrote in an affidavit. “He grabbed me, threw me on the floor and hit me in the arm.”

When police arrived, Rauen allegedly kicked the door shut and locked it. An officer used a spare key to get into the house and displayed a Taser when Rauen refused to show his hands.

Rauen, who works third shift in the north building of the Hamilton County Justice Center, was booked into the county jail just after 7 a.m. Sunday.

Because his charges are misdemeanors, he’ll continue to work pending the outcome of his case, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Barnett. Rauen’s police certification, however, is suspended.

If Rauen is convicted, he’s subject to disciplinary action ranging from reprimand to termination, Barnett said.

source: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080513/NEWS01/805130348/1056/COL02

Jail Video Released From Day Of Heino’s Death

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WFRV) – Surveillance video released from the Outagamie County Jail shows the last days of Curtis Heino’s life.

Heino died of complications from pneumonia in January while serving time at the jail. He had been treated for a cold by the jail nurse in the days before his death.

The video shows Heino laying on a cot and having to steady himself while walking by leaning on a wall.

Heino’s family believes jail staff ignored their pleas to help him and say they plan to file a lawsuit. 

An investigation cleared jail officers of criminal negligence in Heino’s death. A second investigation is now being conducted into Heino’s treatment by the medical staff at the jail.


County jail officer convicted of assaulting inmate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Merrimack County jail officer has been convicted of assaulting an inmate two years ago.

Forty-three-year-old Shawn Cunningham was convicted on Monday for shoving the inmate from behind and for knocking him to the ground. He was acquitted on a third charge.

Cunningham did not dispute that he had pushed and wrestled with the inmate, who had been arrested for drunken driving. But Cunningham argued that his actions were justified given the circumstances and the possible risks the inmate posed to Cunningham and another inmate.

A video of the incident was shown repeatedly during the trial. County Attorney Dan St. Hilaire said he thinks the video made the case easy for the jurors to understand.

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