Corrections officer charged in rape case

For the second time in a month, a Macomb County Sheriff’s employee has run into trouble with the law. A corrections officer has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a woman in an off-duty incident.

Leonard Olear, who works at the Macomb County Jail, has been named in an arrest warrant issued by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office charging him with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Continue reading

Ex-prison officer gets 25-40 years in murder

DETROIT — A former state corrections officer has been sentenced to 25 to 40 years in prison for fatally shooting his supervisor near the Metro Detroit facility where they worked.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Richard Skutt on Friday sentenced Darren Johnson of Redford Township.

Johnson pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and felony firearm.

Authorities say Johnson and 39-year-old Lt. Joseph Candie of Detroit argued before the Dec. 19, 2007, slaying. Both had just finished the overnight shift at the Scott Correctional Facility for women in Detroit’s western suburbs.

Johnson resigned from his corrections job in January 2008.

A message seeking comment was left for defense attorney Joseph Dillard.


County corrections officer charged

A Newaygo County corrections officer is behind bars, accused of sexual relations with a woman under the county jurisdiction.

(AP) — A Newaygo County corrections officer is behind bars, accused of sexual relations with a woman under the county jurisdiction.  Newaygo County Jail corrections officer Craig Bird was arraigned Wednesday, charged with engaging in sexual contact with a female  “known to be a prisoner or probationer under the jurisdiction of the  county while being employed by the county or Department of Corrections.”

The judge listed three counts relating to three incidents from August through October of 2008.  Both the Newaygo County sheriff and prosecutor on their staff refused to answer any questions about what’s been going on at the jail, and each placed a gag order on their staffs.  The judge also denied Bird’s request to reduce his $50,000 bond, and Bird will remain in jail in another county at least until Thursday morning, when he’ll meet with his court-appointed attorney. Bird faces 15 years in prison if convicted.


Ex-corrections officer gets probation

BEULAH — A judge sentenced a former Benzie County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer to two years of probation.

Douglas Ray Randolph, 37, pleaded guilty in July to interfering with a police investigation. Benzie Sheriff Robert Blank fired Randolph in 2006 after an investigation into a relationship he had with a female inmate, and Randolph admitted during his plea that he lied to investigators as they probed the relationship.

He filed a union grievance after his firing, but an arbitrator eventually upheld the decision. Authorities charged him with the misdemeanor interference count shortly after.


Correction officer John Singer, 45, of Burton, charged with two counts Wednesday

(08/20/08)–He was watching prisoners at a Mid-Michigan facility, but police say he was bringing them drugs.

A corrections officer at the Saginaw Correctional Facility has been formally charged with drug trafficking.

John Singer, 45, of Burton, was charged with two counts Wednesday morning, and police believe the drugs he planned to buy were going to go inside the prison.

“Mr. Singer, you charged under count one of controlled substance, delivery and manufacturing of marijuana,” said Saginaw District Court Judge A.T. Frank.

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Prison worker indicted in bribe case

DETROIT — A federal Grand Jury today returned an indictment against a U.S. Bureau of Prisons employee accused of accepting bribes in return for bringing contraband into Milan’s Federal Correctional Institution, U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy said.

Thomas Ross, 42, of Romulus, a recreational specialist employed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted of accepting payment for bringing contraband into the institution between August of 2005 and May of 2007 for use by inmates.

“Today’s charges allege not only a very serious breach of trust, but significant criminal violations as well. The Department of Justice simply will not tolerate corruption within its own ranks — we will prosecute aggressively as warranted,” Murphy said in a press release.  This case was investigated by the Detroit Area Office of the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General