Ex-jail deputy gets prison for smuggling drugs in tacos

TEXARKANA, Ark — A former jail guard in Arkansas has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for sneaking syringes, marijuana and cell phones to inmates by hiding the items in food.

Deputies say 26-year-old Jordan Michael Waller carried tacos, pizzas and chili to work at the Miller County jail. He used the food to hide a stash of cell phones and chargers, methamphetamine, marijuana, tobacco and cigarette rolling papers

Family members testified Waller had paranoid schizophrenia that manageable with medication. Jail officials denied knowing of Waller’s illness. He was sentenced Thursday in Texarkana.

The long-troubled jail had 13 escapes last year. A number of guards were fired, and some faced criminal charges for improper conduct with inmates.

source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20090227/NEWS03/902279892/-1/NEWS09

Ex-Sheriff, Jailers Charged With Inmate Sex, Taking Them Drugs

 FORT WORTH, Texas —  A former North Texas sheriff and some ex-jailers were among 17 people named Friday in a 106-count indictment on charges ranging from having sex with inmates to taking them drugs.

Bill Keating, who was Montague County sheriff from 2004-08, is charged with official oppression and having sex with inmates in April and in the fall, according to the indictment. Keating was not up for re-election because he lost in the primary last spring. Continue reading

5 jail officers test positive for drugs

MANILA, Philippines—Five jail officers were found positive for drug use after random drug testing this month, the Department of Interior and Local Government announced Friday.

Without naming the officers, the DILG in a statement said two of the officers were from Metro Manila, one from the Cordillera, one from the Ilocos region, and one from the Caraga region.

Some 2,007 randomly selected jail personnel had undergone testing this month in line with government’s renewed anti-drug campaign.

Those who tested positive for shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and marijuana will undergo confirmatory tests and may face criminal and administrative charges, the DILG said

source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20090227-191484/5-jail-officers-test-positive-for-drugs

Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

source: http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/08/corrections_worker_accused_of.html

Ex-guard gets probation for forcing inmates to sing nursery rhymes, bark like dogs

A former corrections officer at Westmoreland County Prison will serve probation after pleading guilty Monday to forcing inmates to kneel and sing nursery rhymes and bark like dogs.

Scott A. Rogers, 39, of Mt. Pleasant was a 10-year guard before he was charged with three misdemeanor charges of official oppression. He was sentenced yesterday to serve nine months on probation by Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway. Continue reading

Prison official arrested in bar fracas

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A former prison superintendent faces a battery charge for allegedly pushing a bartender to the floor and punching a customer at a bar where he was denied a tab.

Timothy Todd, 57, was arrested Thursday by police in Michigan City on preliminary charges of battery, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication. Continue reading

Prison Guard Trial To Begin Monday

Guard Accused Of Attacking Child Rapist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A trial is set to start Monday for a prison guard accused of attacking a convicted child rapist.


Joshua Barber is charged with beating Jeremy Duffer as the inmate was being transported from one cell to another at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex. Continue reading