Pa. prison guard charged with smuggling marijuana

LABELLE, Pa. – State police say a guard at a state prison in western Pennsylvania has been charged with trying to smuggle marijuana into an inmate.

Thirty-one-year-old Todd Robinson, of Uniontown, faces possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and other charges, after police say he agreed to buy a pound of the drug from an undercover trooper. The trooper was posing as the friend of an inmate at the State Correctional Institution-Fayette. Police say Robinson bought the drugs for $2,500 and agreed to would smuggle two ounces into the prisoner.

Robinson faces a preliminary hearing Nov. 5. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

Police say they began investigating Robinson in January after an inmate told them the guard was selling drugs.


Correctional officer charged with rapes

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A state corrections officer has been charged in a series of rapes in Springfield that occurred over the last eight years.

Bobbie McGhee, 46, of Springfield, was arrested on a total of 15 counts in five rapes. The charges include multiple counts of rape, sodomy and burglary. He has been suspended from his duties at the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland, where he has worked since 2006.

Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Dean Watson said state law allows corrections officials to suspend an employee without pay if he or she is charged with a criminal offense. The suspension is pending an investigation or trial.

Police said the rapes occurred at hotels and apartments. The earliest occurred in April 2000 and the most recent Oct. 8.

McGhee also is a suspect in a rape in Fulton.

Police said they linked McGhee to the rapes through DNA he left on eating utensils that an investigator collected at a restaurant.

McGhee, who was arrested Wednesday, is being held in the Greene County jail. Bond has not been set.

“His name surfaced as a person of interest, but we had no DNA from him,” Springfield Police Chief Lynn Rowe told The Associated Press on Thursday. “Once we worked and followed him and obtained samples of his DNA from things he used — specifically the utensils — we got the match.”

Rowe said investigators worked backward from there to connect the cases.

Before the DNA match, there wasn’t enough to link the rapes to each other, he said. Officers noticed some similarities, such as that some of the victims’ front doors were missing peepholes. But there were disimilarities too, Rowe said.

“There wasn’t really an identifiable M.O. that led us to believe right away that we were dealing with the same person,” Rowe said. “In the end, it was the DNA that allowed him to be charged.”


Potter County Jail Guard Fired

POTTER COUNTY — The Potter County Jail is getting a little tougher.
They’ve fired one of their guards, reprimanded another and are adding more security measures.
This after the escape of Joshua Barnes earlier this month.
The jail is going to add some more razor wire to their surrounding fences and they’re going to add more security camera’s.
It’s all with the hope of avoiding another escape.
Jail officials won’t tell us the name of the guard that was fired, but they do admit the guard left her post for an hour.
In that time, Barnes was able to escape from the recreation area of the jail.
This was the second time Barnes had escaped from custody he’s now facing a hundred forty-five years worth of prison time.
“Complacency can be a problem. The officers do a very good job that work here. They have a serious job and it’s dangerous sometimes but when you do have complacency we need to deal with that particular incident,” says Captain Roger Haney of the Potter County Jail.
According to Haney, the last time there was an escape at the jail was about nine years ago.
The guard that was fired had worked at the jail for nearly four years.
The jail administration has gone over their policy again to remind guards of their duties.


Prison guard charged in marijuana sting

A corrections officer at the State Correctional Institution Fayette was arrested yesterday after he agreed to buy marijuana from an undercover state trooper and deliver it to an inmate, the Fayette County district attorney’s office said.

Todd Allen Robinson, 31, of Uniontown, faces several charges including drug possession with the intent to deliver, criminal attempt contraband and criminal use of a telecommunications facility.

The district attorney’s office said Mr. Robinson met with an undercover trooper posing as the acquaintance of an inmate in a parking lot of the Uniontown Mall. The trooper gave Mr. Robinson one pound of the drug after he allegedly agreed to take two ounces of it to a prison inmate. Mr. Robinson agreed to sell the rest of the marijuana and pay the trooper $2,500, the office said.

Mr. Robinson was arrested after the encounter and will be in court for a preliminary hearing next Wednesday.


Corrections officer could face vehicular homicide charg

ST. THOMAS – The V.I. Attorney General’s Office is expected to upgrade charges against Bureau of Corrections Officer Jedwyn Frett after one of the people injured in an Oct. 16 vehicle accident Frett is charged with causing died during the weekend.

Two pedestrians and a passenger in Frett’s truck were injured in the crash when, according to police, Frett barreled into another vehicle at a high rate of speed near the intersection of Moravian Highway and Crown Mountain Road.

Frett, 53, of Estate Thomas initially was charged with reckless endangerment, carrying an unlicensed firearm, brandishing a weapon and reckless driving.

Frett struck three parked cars and two pedestrians before colliding with a Ford Explorer. Witnesses told police that following the crash Frett pulled out a handgun and held it up to the gathering crowd.

Police at the scene confiscated the weapon and found that Frett’s license for the gun had expired.

St. Thomas Deputy Police Chief Melvin Venzen said Tuesday that in addition to the initial charges, Frett now likely will be facing a vehicular homicide charge following the death of Jose Vasquez, one of the injured pedestrians.

Vasquez, 32, a native of the Dominican Republic, died on Saturday. Following the accident, Vasquez was rushed to Schneider Hospital with a fractured right femur, a fractured left arm, ruptured bladder, internal head injuries and a fractured pelvis.

Doctors attempted to repair his bladder, however, he remained in critical condition in intensive care until he was airlifted two days later back to his homeland to receive further medical treatment.

Hospital spokesman Sam Topp said at the time that Vasquez’s head injuries required the care of a neurosurgeon, which is not a regular service available at Schneider Hospital.

Vasquez was in the country illegally and could not be transported a hospital on the U.S. mainland, Topp said. He was instead sent to the nearest facility that would accept him and could treat his extensive injuries, Topp said.

The other pedestrian injured complained of shoulder, back and leg pains and the passenger suffered cuts to the head. Frett received minor scratches.

Since the accident, Frett, who has been employed with the Bureau of Corrections for more than 20 years, has been placed on administrative leave without pay, according to V.I. Justice Department spokeswoman Sara Lezama.


Sheriff: Deputy Fired After Internal Investigation


Deputy used department computer to research information about slain correctional officer

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Chu Vue used a sheriff’s department computer to look up personal information about the correctional officer who was gunned down in his garage Oct. 15, according to a law enforcement source.The source also told The Bee that Vue was fired today following his arraignment on an unrelated weapons charge.Vue was fired for insubordination, according to the source, who indicated that accusation stemmed from Vue’s refusal to talk to internal affairs investigators after the slaying of Steve Lo.Vue has not been charged in the slaying and his arraignment today was for a charge of possession of an illegal firearm.Vue’s not guilty plea was entered by his attorney, Palai Lee.After the hearing, Lee stressed that Vue has not been charged with anything related to the slaying. Lo was shot to death before dawn in his garage in south Sacramento as he prepared to leave for his job in Vacaville.”There’s no evidence tying him to the murder or anybody’s murder,” Lee said. “They only charged him (with possession of an illegal weapon) and that’s it.”However, a source told The Bee today that Vue had accessed a sheriff’s department computer before Lo was killed and reviewed personal information about the 39-year-old officer, who worked at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville. Vue’s wife also works at that facility, where she is a medical technician.A spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department, which is investigating Lo’s slaying, said last week that Vue’s arrest on the weapons charge stemmed from a search of his home the day Lo was killed. During the search, officers found an unregistered, illegal assault rifle and later issued a warrant for Vue’s arrest, a police spokesman said.The spokesman said that the rifle confiscated from Vue’s home is not consistent with the type of weapon used to kill the correctional officer.Last week, a police investigator said in a court document that Vue’s behavior over recent months strongly indicates he was “involved in the planning and/or the execution” of Lo.In a request to seal the record of a search warrant for Vue’s home, police Detective Eric Schneider told the court he is confident the 13-year veteran is not the perpetrator of the homicide.He wrote, however, that Vue is a “principal” in the case, and a law-enforcement source told The Bee Friday that Vue’s two brothers — who are fugitives wanted on second-degree murder charges out of Minneapolis — are being sought for questioning in the case.Chu Vue, who is being investigated in connection with the slaying of a correctional officer, today pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of an illegal firearm.


Search Warrant Connects Chu Vue To Corrections Officer’s Shooting Death

Chu Vue

Sacramento Police Department

A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy who has been connected to the shooting death of a corrections officer was fired Monday, Sheriff John McGinness said.Chu Vue, 43, was fired after being uncooperative during a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department internal investigation into the shooting of state corrections officer Steve Lo, McGinness told KCRA 3.McGinness said his department started an internal investigation after the Sacramento Police Department announced its own investigation.”I cannot specifically comment on the exact nature of his behavior because he is still protected under the Peace Officer’s Bill of Rights,” McGinness said. “We are not alleging any criminal misconduct.”Vue was taken into custody last week after a search at his home turned up a rifle later determined to be illegal and unregistered.A search warrant obtained by KCRA 3 connects Vue to the shooting death of corrections officer Steve Lo.The warrant said “Vue’s activities strongly indicate he was involved in the planning and/or execution of” the slaying of Steve Lo on Oct. 15. The documents also state that Vue is not believed to be the “perpetrator of this homicide, but he remains the principal in this case.”Sgt. Matt Young said that they have not made an arrest in the slaying of Lo and are asking for the help of the public in the case.Vue appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to the weapons charge.Vue’s attorney, Palai Lee, said Monday that Vue “has nothing to do with” the killing of Steve Lo.Vue is still employed by the sheriff’s department but has been placed on leave with no badge and no gun, sources said.Lo worked with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He had been an officer for about three years.He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.Lo’s family will hold a three-day Hmong funeral ritual starting Friday.Investigators have not revealed the motive for the fatal shooting.Vue will be back in court on Nov. 4 for a reduction of a bail motion.

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Coryell County Jailer Under Arrest

A Coryell County jailer is under arrest on charges of violation of the civil rights of a person in custody and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

October 23, 2008 a Coryell County Jailer was arrested by Deputies from the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office on two charges of Violation of Civil Rights of a Person in Custody. The charge is the culmination of an internal investigation conducted by the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office into allegations of improper conduct involving a county jailer and an inmate in custody in the County Jail.

Sheriff Burks said that when allegations are made involving an employee an immediate investigation is always ordered. It has always been my policy to aggressively pursue all allegations involving staff. In most investigations involving staff the employee is cleared of any wrong doing, but there are some that during the investigation there is probable cause to believe that a criminal violation has occurred. And when this occurs criminal charges are filed.

The allegations were made in this case on the morning of October 23, 2008 and the investigation was immediately ordered. Arrest warrants were issued on the same day, later that evening for the arrest of Richard Sammuel Linn (51 years of age). Linn was taken into custody and placed in jail at the Coryell County Jail. At the time of this press release Linn was still in custody his bond has been set at $10,000.00 per charge. Linn voluntarily resigned his employment with the County Jail.

Linn had been employed as a jailer since November 2007.

The charge is a State Jail Felony with a punishment of not less than 180 days or more than 2 years confinement in a State Jail Facility if convicted. Also a fine can be imposed of not more than $10,000.00.