Corrections Officer Charged In Inmate Gun Investigation

KISSIMMEE — A corrections officer has been arrested in the case of an inmate in Osceola County who somehow managed to get his hands on a loaded gun in jail.

Michelle Hung was arrested after she reportedly lied to detectives, who are trying to figure out how inmate Angel Santiago, 28, acquired the loaded 9 mm pistol Monday.

Hung, 44, was responsible for transporting inmates to court.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office would not say what she told detectives that was considered a lie.

Hung was charged with filing a false police report. She is being held on a $1 million bond.

Santiago, 28, was serving two life sentences, when he tried to escape by pulling the gun and trying to take a jail officer hostage.

Hung was transferred to the Orange County jail for her own safety




Inmate Who Threatened Officers With Gun Is Arrested

KISSIMMEE — Deputies have arrested an inmate who attempted to escape by pulling a gun on two Osceola County Corrections officers Monday.

Authorities said around 7:20 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to the medical bay at the Osceola County jail to respond to an attempted escape.

A corrections officer told the deputies that after escorting Angel Santiago to make a phone call, the inmate pulled out a gun and told the corrections officer that he would “blow my head off.”  He then forced the officer to switch uniforms with him.

Another corrections officer realized what had occurred. The corrections officer in the inmate uniform pushed the gun away from Santiago while the other corrections officer was able to get Santiago on the floor and call for assistance. Additional officers arrived and secured the scene and weapon.

The officers said the suspect was in court recently, but they don’t know how he got the weapon.

Santiago is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm on a corrections officer, armed robbery, kidnapping, attempted escape, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of contraband in a correctional facility, impersonating a corrections officer, person engaged in a criminal offense with a weapon and resisting with violence.


Corrections Officer Arrested In A Sex For Drugs Sting

A Wakulla corrections officer is now on the other side of the law for soliciting sex in exchange for drugs.

61-year-old Donald Barber was arrested for allegedly telling a Gadsden County Confidential informant that he would buy the
CI some crack-cocaine in return for sex.


An undercover officer, posing as a drug dealer, sold Barber 40-dollars worth of crack.

Officers on standby then arrested him without incident.

Barber had his corrections I-D badge and his uniform present in the hotel room during the drug-sex sting.


Corrections Officer Arrested In Undercover Drug Bust

POLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) — Deputies have arrested a Department of Corrections correctional officer after they said she attempted to purchase prescription drugs from an undercover detective on Monday.

According to reports, Deborah Frisina, 51, met the undercover detective in the parking lot of a Winghouse restaurant in Lakeland to purchase the drug Diazepam without a prescription.

Deputies say Frisina gave the detective $240 for 300 of the pills, and also asked for Oxycodone, but the detective did not have any.

Frisina told detectives she wanted to purchase the drugs for her own personal use to manage pain.

She was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail and is being charged with one count of purchase of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance without prescription, and one count of trafficking in Oxycodone.


Detention deputy accused of beating teen inmate

Last year, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received widespread criticism after a series of people complained they were abused while at the jail, including a wheelchair-bound man who was dumped on the floor by a deputy.

On Wednesday, a jailer was accused of beating a teenage inmate who spat on him. By the end of the day, he had been suspended, arrested and the sheriff was praising the deputy who turned him in.

“I am extremely disappointed in the actions of the deputy who assaulted this inmate. However, I am proud of the other deputy who saw the incident, knew it was wrong and brought it to our attention,” Sheriff David Gee said. Continue reading

Former DOC Correction Officer Sentenced to Prison in Steroid Probe

JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) — A former Department of Corrections officer will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a prison-based steroids distribution ring.

Before becoming a guard at Florida State Prison, Marcus Hodge pitched in the Minnesota Twins organization. He was indicted in February 2005 along with three other former corrections officers, who are all on probation. Authorities say Hodge cooperated with them in identifying a former pharmacy technician who supplied him with the drugs. His attorney says pending charges in Baker and Palm Beach counties will be dropped.

Hodge was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids and prescription drugs and faced up to 20 years in prison. The charges are part of a state and federal investigation that includes embezzlement from a state-run recycling facility and misuse of state property and prison labor.


Jail guard charged with assaulting inmate

TAMPA, Fla. — Authorities say a Hillsborough County detention deputy has been suspended without pay pending termination for assaulting a juvenile inmate.

The sheriff’s office reports that 29-year-old Joshua Spencer was charged Thursday with misdemeanor battery and official misconduct.

A report says a 16-year-old inmate spit on deputies Wednesday through the food tray slot of his cell. Spencer then opened the cell door, charged the inmate and knocked him to the floor. Spencer then hit the inmate at least three times on the back of the head. Other deputies restrained Spencer and got help for the inmate.

The teen had a cut on the back of his head but did not require hospitalization.

Spencer was being held on $2,500 bail.


Corrections Officer Fired After Shocking Kids

A Florida corrections officer has been fired after zapping children with 50,000 volts of electricity during a “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” tour.

 Department of Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil has ordered an investigation of the April 24 incident at the Franklin Correctional Institution.

 Sgt. Walter Schmidt says the parents gave him permission to shock the children with a handheld stun device. Such devices are typically used to subdue unruly or uncooperative inmates and must be in direct contact with the person to deliver the shock.

 Schmidt was fired. Warden Duffie Harrison said Schmidt zapped “at least two kids.”

 The children’s names and ages were not released.