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.


Former Bullitt County Deputy Sheriff charged with sexual misconduct is a no show in court

A former Bullitt County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate was a no-show in court on Monday.

After more than two hours of waiting, an Oldham County judge was about to issue a warrant for Joseph Rogers but instead, Rogers’ attorney showed up and spoke on his behalf.

Rogers, who had turned himself in to police in May, is accused of sexual misconduct with a female inmate on more than one occasion.

The judge entered a not guilty plea on Rogers’ behalf. Rogers’ attorney wouldn’t comment.


4th Merrimack County jail officer indicted

CONCORD, N.H.—Another Merrimack County jail officer has been indicted on charges of assaulting an inmate.

Twenty-nine-year-old Aaron Little of Franklin was indicted on two assault charges. The indictment alleges he fractured a 59-year-old inmate’s leg and hip in March.

Little is the fourth jail officer indicted since February 2007 on assault charges. One officer was convicted of assault in May. Charges against two others are pending.


Former correctional officer admits wrongdoing, faces 20 years for acts

RICHMOND — A former correctional officer at the federal prison in Petersburg has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with an inmate and accepting bribes.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Richmond, Teresa Mendoza was a senior correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Center when she accepted money and gifts from an inmate in exchange for contraband such as cellphones, cigarettes and alcohol.

Prosecutors also said Mendoza acknowledged that she engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with an inmate.

Mendoza pleaded guilty Monday to bribery of a public official and to carnal knowledge with an inmate.

She is scheduled for sentencing in October and faces a maximum prison term of 20 years for the two offenses, which occurred from June 2006 through May 2007.