Arrested jailer denies pit bulls were used for fights

A corrections deputy accused of dog fighting and animal abuse denied on Friday that he fights the 14 pit bulls taken from his Whitehaven home.

Jamario Taylor, 30, and Franchesca Morgan, 36, were arrested Thursday when Memphis police officers investigated a complaint at 5254 Whitworth and found the dogs either in the house or chained in the back yard.

Taylor and Morgan were charged with a dozen counts of cruelty to animals, 14 counts of keeping an unvaccinated dog and one count of animal fighting. Continue reading


At approximately 2:55 p.m. deputies responded to a Marion County Sheriff’s corrections officer’s residence in reference to a domestic battery. CO Anthony Votta reported that he had battered his wife who is four months pregnant. The incident allegedly began over a verbal altercation. The victim did not require medical attention.

Votta has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 06-30-03. He will be placed on unpaid leave pending an internal investigation.


Five Cumberland County corrections officers indicted for allegedly assaulting jail inmate

BRIDGETON — Five Cumberland County corrections officers were indicted this week for aggravated assault, official misconduct and related offenses for allegedly assaulting an inmate at the county jail last year.

John Fazzolari, Drew Ford, Joshua Minguela, Kevin Still and Kevin Pratts were indicted Wednesday for second-degree aggravated assault, three counts of second-degree official misconduct, fourth-degree falsifying records, fourth-degree obstructing administration of law or other governmental function and second-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and related offenses.

The indictment refers to an alleged assault on Michael Ewing, an inmate at Cumberland County Jail, on June 30, 2008. Continue reading

Jail worker resigns — before he’s fired

An Osceola County Jail worker taken hostage at gunpoint during an escape attempt last June resigned recently rather than be fired.

Corrections Officer Gerson Roche said he quit after supervisors singled him out for endangering the lives of co-workers in a chronically understaffed jail.

Although the 15-year officer admitted he failed to follow safety rules, the county has not disclosed anything about the jail’s security failures. Officials have declined to discuss how a loaded pistol and two cell phones were smuggled inside the walls for the attempted escape June 22. Continue reading