Corrections officer from Indiana State Prison arrested

A correctional officer at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City has been arrested.

She’s accused of trafficking tobacco and marijuana with an inmate.Officer Barb Roseborough tried to sneak a package into the prison hidden in the lining of a bag.

She was caught and charged with felony possession of marijuana, and trafficking with an offender.

Roseborough is being held in the LaPorte County Jail. She’s worked at the prison since 2001.


Jail officer arraigned on molest charges

A Marion County correction officer was in court this morning on newly filed charges of child molesting, incest and sexual misconduct with a minor.

Richard B. Alsup, 39, faces 12 counts involving accusations of improper sexual conduct with a female relative younger than 16, lasting as long as two years. Alsup, who also is a reserve officer with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, told a judge that he is on administrative leave from the Sheriff’s Department. 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

Jail communication leads to resignation

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – An employee at the Vanderburgh County Jail resigns after an investigation into inappropriate communication with an inmate.

Authorities tell 14 news Elizabeth Wilson had been corresponding with inmate Terry Lay and that is against the jail’s rules.

Wilson worked for the jail for a year and a half as a confinement officer. She resigned last month.


Former jailer sentenced to prison for misconduct

CROWN POINT, Ind. — A former supervisor at the Lake County Jail who admitted he released inmates on unauthorized passes in exchange for money has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Robert Matthew Nickovich, 39, of Merrillville, originally was charged with seven counts of bribery and one count of official misconduct, but pleaded guilty to two counts of official misconduct.

Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray on Friday gave him the three-year prison term and suspended one year of the sentence.

Murray said that Nickovich should be held to a higher standard because of his job.

“This conduct has the effect of circumventing the court’s order,” he said. “I’m very bothered by that as one of the four criminal court judges.”

Nickovich, a corporal with the sheriff’s department, was arrested after officers stopped four inmates driving out of the jail parking lot who claimed they had received permission to leave from Nickovich in exchange for the payments.

Defense attorney Alex Woloshansky argued for leniency, saying Nickovich had led an otherwise exemplary life.

Nickovich allowed the inmates to leave on Sundays for short periods of time to buy toiletries, Woloshansky said.


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.


Vigo correctional officer accused of trafficking with an inmate

TERRE HAUTE A Vigo County jail correctional officer appeared on the other side of the law Friday, arrested on allegations of official misconduct and trafficking with an inmate.

Christopher J. Bose, 23, allegedly accepted at least $80 and two packages of cigarettes, which he planned to deliver to an inmate. A girlfriend of that inmate delivered the cigarettes and money to Bose on Oct. 12, said Lt. Steve Barnhart of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, in a probable-cause hearing Friday in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3.

Bose had gone in uniform to the woman’s Terre Haute home to pick up the tobacco and $100. The woman delivered just $80, Bose told police, and he was to return to pick up the additional $20 in a mailbox at a later time, Barnhart said.

Police discovered the transaction because of a telephone call to the jail. The girlfriend had been talking with her boyfriend, who was in the county jail on a drug parole violation. When the girlfriend went to answer her door, she gave the telephone to a friend, who then spoke to another inmate.

Barnhart said the girlfriend who went to the door said, “he is a cop.” The inmate who was on the telephone said, “His name is Bose. He is cool.”

Bose was arrested about 4 p.m. Thursday during a staff meeting at the jail, said Sheriff Jon Marvel.

“This has happened before. I wanted him to be an example,” Marvel said about the time and place of the arrest. “It is simply a temptation to some of these people” working inside the jail.

“The officers are under a great deal of stress and don’t make a lot of money. That isn’t an excuse. In this day and age, there are a lot of people who don’t make a lot of money or who don’t have a job and don’t commit a crime,” Marvel said.

“This is something that we are constantly aware of that could happen and we are vigilant that we have to take measures that it doesn’t,” Marvel said.

Bose has been working as a correctional officer since August 2006, the sheriff said, “and he has seen others arrested, either for taking money or trying to get some sexual advantage.” The sheriff said he has to look out for inmates while in jail who are under his care and custody.

At the request of prosecution, Judge David Bolk released Bose on his own recognizance. He will return to court Wednesday.