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.


Vigo sheriff fires another correctional officer

TERRE HAUTE Because of recent situations at the Vigo County Jail, Sheriff Jon Marvel said Saturday the public should know his department will proactively enforce regulations on both sides of the bars.

“I’m sure there are people out there wondering what’s going on, but this shows that we are on top of things and won’t tolerate them when they happen,” Marvel said Saturday of his decision to terminate corrections officer Ken Salizar on Friday afternoon.

Salizar’s cause for termination was “refusing a direct order,” Marvel said, stating that as a condition of employment, his employees are required to submit to polygraph testing if so directed.

Marvel said Salizar was being questioned about some things and agreed Thursday to submit to a polygraph test, but was a “no show” at test time. Failure to take the test constitutes “refusal of a direct order,” he said.

However, “this will probably not be turned over to the prosecutor,” Marvel said, noting that the inmates involved claim nothing happened.

Salizar was unable to be reached for comment. A listing for Salizar was could not be found in the telephone directory.

On Oct. 17, former corrections officer Christopher Bose appeared in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3 on allegations of official misconduct and trafficking with an inmate.

Marvel said the two incidents appear to be unrelated, but immediately after Bose’s termination he addressed the facility’s staff at a meeting and told them such behavior would not be tolerated, and offered anyone involved to submit their resignation immediately.

No resignations were submitted, Marvel said, and his detectives went about their investigation of internal complaints.

Salizar was going on six months of employment with Vigo County, and Marvel said “he had a lot of experience,” noting previous work as a Vermillion County deputy and officer in both male and female Indiana Department of Corrections facilities.

But the inmates and environment at DOC facilities and county jails are completely different, Marvel said, noting that temptation can be much greater in the smaller setting where inmates are still presumed innocent and have regular visits from friends and family who live just down the block.

Bose is accused of accepting money and cigarettes from the home of an inmate’s girlfriend with intent to deliver inside the facility, a problem Marvel said isn’t the same at prisons.

“The two inmates are completely different,” he said, adding “I have this talk with everyone that I hire and tell them about the temptations that will be offered … and I tell them that once you do break a jail regulation then they’ve got you. Then the blackmail starts.”

Marvel refused to blame the issue on pay and salary.

“No excuse for it,” he said, noting that many people in the community work jobs considered low-paying, some have no jobs, and yet they don’t break the law.

Entry-level corrections officers at the jail make $25,000 a year salary, with comp time offered in lieu of over-time, he said.

“The majority of people who come to work here move on to better-paying jobs,” he said, explaining that with a year’s service at the jail many apply for jobs in the penitentiary system where they can make much more.

In the meantime, Marvel said complaints involving inmates and officers alike will continue to be investigated and acted upon.


Another jailor arrested at Colbert County Jail

TUSCUMBIA-The Shoals Insider has learned that another jailor has been arrested at the Colbert County Jail in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Former Colbert County jailor Justin Lee Franks

According to Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May, Justin Lee Franks, of 210 Grissom Road, Leighton, Alabama, was arrested this week for promoting prison contraband.

May says “Franks confessed to bringing two cell phones and Kentucky Fried Chicken to inmates in the Colbert County Jail.”

The Sheriff also said “Franks was a contract worker. He was not a full time employee of the county.” He went on “We thought after the first arrest, everyone would know this was against the rules, but, obviously not.”

May concluded by saying “This case was different from the first arrest of Tony Chaney. This case did not involve drugs. Franks told us he did it for the money.”

Franks made bond and was released from the Colbert County Jail.

Justin Franks is no longer employed by the county. – Shoals Insider


Corrections officer arrested for sex crimes



Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008 10:18 AM EDT

BEAUFORT — A Broad Creek resident was arrested Wednesday for multiple sex crimes, many involving a minor, following an investigation based on information received from an online Internet operation.

Patrick Aaron Wazny, 37, was arrested Wednesday night at his Spruce Pines Drive home and charged with 10 counts of indecent liberties with a child, three counts of statutory sex offense with a minor under the age of 16, two counts of crimes against nature, one count of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

He was arrested by county sheriff’s detectives, the State Bureau of Investigation and the N.C. Internet Crimes against Children Task Force without incident and is currently in the county jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

Mr. Wazny is a state Department of Corrections officer currently stationed at the Pamlico Correctional Facility in Bayboro.

According to a press release from the County Sheriff’s Department, because the incident in under an ongoing investigation, further details are currently unavailable.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 504-4800 or Crime Stoppers at 726-INFO.


Correctional officer charged with beating inmate opting to wait for outcome of other officer’s trial

One of two correction officers accused with assaulting an inmate at the St. John’s Lockup in March is not making any decisions about his case just yet.
The case of Wayne Patrick Carrigan was called in provincial court in St. John’s Tuesday.
The 51-year-old, who is charged with assault causing bodily harm, was not in court. Instead, he was represented by lawyer Kim Horwood, who was filling in for Mark Rogers.
When the case was last called in court on Sept. 29, Rogers had told Judge Robert Hyslop that Carrigan was considering concluding his matter by way of speedy disposition, meaning he may plead guilty.
On Tuesday, however, Crown prosecutor Nick Westera told the judge that in recent discussions with Rogers, the defence lawyer told him that Carrigan wanted to wait and see what happens in the case involving the other correctional officer charged in the alleged incident.
The trial for Michael Gerard Hanlon, 45 — who is also charged with assault causing bodily harm — is scheduled to resume in December.
Hyslop agreed to put Carrigan’s matter over until Jan. 9 for a status update.
Carrigan and Hanlon are accused of assaulting Christopher Mahon at the St. John’s Lockup on March 23.
Mahon alleges the correctional officers brutally attacked him, punching him repeatedly following his arrest for allegedly assaulting his brother the night before.
Mahon, meanwhile was in another courtroom Tuesday, to face charges of assault on a police officer. He is also charged with assaulting Carrigan and Hanlon. He’s scheduled to be in court to answer to those charges Nov. 12.


Elkhart County corrections officer accused of stealing money

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ELKHART CO. — A corrections officer in Elkhart County has been fired and is now the target of a criminal investigation.

Authorities aren’t naming the employee who’s accused of stealing almost $10,000 from the sheriff’s department over several months.

Detectives say the employee has cooperated with investigators.

The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to determine if charges should be filed.


Former jail warden gets 20 years

PASCAGOULA — Former Jackson County jail Warden Randy McClendon will spend the next 20 years in prison for shooting to death his wife, Angelia McClendon, at the couple’s Gautier home on Oct. 12, 2006.

Special Judge Roger Clark imposed the maximum sentence late this morning after hearing statements from the victim’s family as well as a psychiatrist who said he treated Randy McClendon after the shooting. The judge noted that McClendon never offered an apology when he pleaded guilty a week earlier to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Instead, McClendon said he was calling his wife’s bluff during a fight at their home on Cockleshell Road in Gautier the night of the killing.

Angelia McClendon’s family asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence despite pleas from the defense for a lighter sentence because of Randy McClendon’s exemplary record in law enforcement in his 30-plus year career.