USVI corrections officer charged with discharging shots, possession of marijuana

ST THOMAS, USVI: A St Thomas Corrections Officer was arrested and charged with illegally discharging a firearm on Tuesday at about 8:30 p.m. in the Brewers Bay area of St Thomas. While performing the arrest US Virgin Islands police seized a quantity of illegal drugs from the correction officer’s vehicle.

Police were dispatched to the scene following an anonymous 911 call from a concerned citizen who reported shots and provided police with a description of the suspect and his vehicle. When police arrived on the scene they questioned 53-year-old corrections officer Arnold Kenning.

Arnold Kenning

A field test to determine gun powder residue on Kenning’s hand was conducted with positive results. Police also discovered several large ziplock bags of what tested to be marijuana in Kenning’s vehicle. Additionally it was determined that the weapon confiscated at the scene was not legally registered.

Kenning’s bail was set at $20,000 and he was remanded to the custody of the USVI Department of Justice.

Police Commissioner James H. McCall praised the patrol officers, forensic officers and other VIPD personnel involved in the arrest. He also thanked the citizen who gave vital information to police.

“I want to applaud the citizen who called 911 and gave a detailed description that allowed the police to have probable cause to approach the suspect and interrogate him which lead to the arrest and the confiscation of drugs and a weapon. This is the type of information we need in order to get these perpetrators off the streets. It is unfortunate that the suspect in question is employed by the Bureau of Correction, but I stand by my earlier statements, it doesn’t matter who you are, who your family is, or where you work, if you do the crime you will be arrested and face a jury of your peers.”


Pinal detention sergeant arrested, accused of fraud

A 53-year-old sergeant in the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility was arrested early Friday on charges he committed fraud while on the job, authorities say.

Amado S. Martinez of Florence was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and faces 18 felony charges – 10 for forgery, three for fraudulent schemes, two for identity theft and one each for theft, computer tampering and unlawful possession of an access device, according to a booking record. Details of what led to the indictment, which was issued Thursday, were not available Friday from either the Pinal County sheriff’s office or attorney’s office.

The case remains under investigation by county prosecutors, according to sheriff’s spokesman Mike Minter. In the indictment, Martinez is accused of issuing, reissuing or voiding checks from the Pinal County sheriff’s office inmate funds and cashing them.The office also discovered 10 forged signatures on checks that may have been from Martinez, the indictment states.

The indictment also says Martinez altered inmate records within PCSO computer programs and obtained computer log-in information that was not his own.


Buffalo prison guard resigns over sex charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – A corrections officer in Buffalo has resigned after being arrested and charged with second-degree sexual abuse.

The charges against Anthony Vick stem from inappropriate contact during a relationship between the then-deputy and an inmate held there on a forgery charge. Vick was working as a deputy at the Erie County correctional facility in Alden.

The sheriff’s office says the two have admitted to the relationship. Although it was mutual, authorities say it can’t be considered consensual because he is a deputy and she’s an inmate.

Had Vick not resigned, he would have faced a disciplinary hearing. The 38-year-old was arrested Tuesday.


Correctional officer accused of rape

LAS CRUCES — A correctional officer for a state prison facility in Las Cruces was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexual assault.

Michael Clark, 42, an officer at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual penetration, Mesilla Marshal Angelo Vega said.

Clark is accused of assaulting a woman with whom he a previous relationship early Monday in Mesilla.

Clark was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Tia Bland, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Corrections, said Clark has been an officer since 1988. He will likely be placed on administrative leave from his job, a standard practice when an officer faces felony charges.

Bland said the Department of Corrections will also conduct its own internal investigation.

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.