Tangipahoa deputy arrested for delivering crack cocaine to inmates

NEW ORLEANS – A Tangipahoa Parish deputy is behind bars after he was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration for intent to distribute crack cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Kevin Whittington, 44, allegedly was providing drugs to inmates at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

Federal agents arrested him after a confidential source with the DEA gave 24 grams of crack cocaine to Whittington, who then allegedly agreed to bring the crack to an inmate at the jail, Letten said.

Whittington faces a maximum of 40 years in jail and a fine of $2 million if convicted.

Letten said the DEA is still investigating the case.

source: http://www.wwltv.com/local/stories/wwl070709cbtangideputy.1a5301d4.html

Three guards charged with molesting teen inmates

HOUMA — More arrests are made in a probe of allegations that corrections officers at a Louisiana juvenile detention center molested teenage inmates
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Department says Floyd Wesley Howard and Darwin Jamal Brown were arrested this week on charges that included molestation of a juvenile and malfeasance in office.
Tiffani Denin Blakemore was charged with obstruction of justice. She allegedly threatened a teenage inmate.
All three officers have been fired. Also fired was Angelo Knighton Vickers, who was arrested last Thursday after one of his alleged victims contacted authorities.
source: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20090501/NEWS01/90501008/1002/RSS

Two Jeff correction officers fired

Two Jefferson Parish Corrections officers have been fired and a third was demoted, according to Jefferson Parish police spokesman Col. John Fortunato.

The firings and demotion came after an internal investigation by the sheriff’s office. Sgt. Sherman Dumas and Sgt. Chad Hawkins were both terminated, and a third officer was demoted.

The sheriff’s office would not say exactly what the officers did to be fired.

source: http://www.wwltv.com/topstories/stories/wwl120508mlfiring.3530722b.html

City jailer faces shoplifting charges

A Shreveport City Jail employee is on administrative leave after being charged with shoplifting from a local business.

Jiontanelle Owens faces one count of misdemeanor theft for taking items from Village Mart in the 2500 block of Hollywood, said Sgt. Jim Taliaferro, police spokesman.

Owens, while in uniform, was seen on surveillance cameras concealing items and leaving the business without paying for them on Nov. 7.

“She was seen on store video, by store employees,” Taliaferro said. “After she left the store, they went to the area where the suspicious activities occurred and realized that there was specific clothing missing.”

Owens later confessed to taking a warm-up suit valued at less than $200, which later was returned to the store.

Owens, who was hired as a jailer in August 2007, was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. She was issued a summons ordering her to appear in court.



St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s employee arrested after pointing gun at wife

A St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s assistant warden was arrested Tuesday morning after pointing a gun at his wife and threatening to kill her, Sheriff Greg Champagne said.

Troy Self, 49, was taken into custody on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Self has been suspended without pay and there will be an internal investigation, Champagne said. His bond has not been set.

Self has worked for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1985



Bossier City jailer arrested

A Bossier City jailer is seeing things from the other side of the bars after being arrested Tuesday.

Rodney Brown, 45, of Shreveport, has been arrested by Bossier City police for malfeasance in office and obscenity.

A female inmate filed a complaint against Brown last week, accusing Brown of touching her inappropriately while on duty in the jail, Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale said.

Police Chief Mike Halphen had an internal investigation conducted, which sustained the allegations.

A criminal investigation also was conducted, which was reviewed by the district attorney’s office, and warrants were then issued for Brown’s arrest.

Brown had been employed with the police department for seven years. He was terminated the day of his arrest.

source: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080508/NEWS03/80508030/1060/NEWS01

Inmates think twice about escaping from here

This La. prison is surrounded by bears, gators and — and guards

NEW ORLEANS – The way the warden sees it, the more than 400-pound black bear living in the middle of the sprawling Louisiana State Penitentiary is an extra layer of security.

“I love that bear being right where it is,” Warden Burl Cain said Monday. “I tell you what, none of our inmates are going to try to get out after dark and wander around when they might run into a big old bear. It’s like having another guard at no cost to the taxpayer.”

The bear was first seen by an inmate crossing a road in the prison on Friday. It was taking a stroll near the center of the state’s only maximum security prison, which is about 115 miles northwest of New Orleans. Most of the roughly 28-square-mile prison is run as a farm, but about 5 1/2 square miles is mostly untouched piney woods.

Prison workers measured the bear’s footprints, which were 6 inches in diameter, Cain said.

“Every inch equals 75 pounds, so that would make it about 450 pounds,” Cain said. “The wildlife people told us they think it’s a big female they’ve been tracking for a while.”

Up to 10 bears on prison grounds
Prison officials believe they have eight to 10 bears on the grounds, said Gary Young, head of the executive management office at the prison.

Maria Davidson, manager of the Large Carnivore Program for the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, doubts there are that many, but marvels that even one was spotted in an area of high activity such as the center of the prison.

“Bears are actually very shy, their tendency is to run and hide,” Davidson said.

As for acting as an unpaid prison guard, Davidson doubts that the bear would provide much of a deterrent to a fleeing prisoner.

“We’ve never had a predatory attack by a black bear in Louisiana, to our knowledge, on pets or livestock,” she said. “As for a bear coming out and rushing an inmate, I don’t see that happening.”

The prison, known as Angola, is isolated and has plenty of other kinds of dangerous wildlife, including alligators, rattlesnakes and wild pigs, Young said. The last recorded escape was nearly three years ago, and the inmate was quickly recaptured before leaving the grounds.

source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24472774/