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.

Police were called to The Clubhouse early Thursday after Todd allegedly became angry after the bartender, a woman, refused to allow him to start a tab after he drank a beer.

According to police, Todd became belligerent and refused to pay for his drink, then grabbed the bartender and pushed her to the floor before punching a customer who rushed to her aid.

Todd has been suspended without pay from his job as administrative assistant at the Indiana State Prison, said Mark Levenhagen, the prison’s superintendent

“It’s unfortunate anytime anything like that happens. We’re all human beings and we all make mistakes,”

Levenhagen said Todd had previously served as superintendent of the prison in Medaryville, but when that prison closed he became superintendent at Lakeside Correctional Facility. When Lakeside merged with the Indiana State Prison a few years ago, Todd became an administrative assistant.

After an investigation, Levenhagen said Todd will be given a hearing before a final decision is made on his future.

source: http://www.indystar.com/article/20090223/NEWS02/902230370

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