Retired corrections officer arrested after shooting 2 men in Queens bowling alley scuffle

A retired city correction officer working security at a Queens bowling alley was arrested Saturday after he shot two rowdy customers during a wild fight, police said.

Michael Iavecchio was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after the confrontation just outside the AMF Bowling Center in Woodside, police said.

Iavecchio, 54, ejected Gerard Hourigan and Justin Donaghy – both 29 – from the lanes at 1:45 a.m. after they refused to stop smoking cigarettes inside, police said.

Once he escorted them outside to 34th Ave., the two men turned and attacked him, the guard told investigators.

As he struggled with the men, Iavecchio broke free and pulled out his .380 Ruger and opened fire, cops said. He hit Hourigan in the chest and Donaghy in the stomach. Both men were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center and were expected to survive, police said.

Iavecchio, a former captain with the Correction Department who had a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun, was arrested after hours of questioning, stunning his Rockaway Beach neighbors.

“He’s a wonderful person, he helps everybody,” said neighbor Roma Ciofalo, 77. “Everybody likes him.”

Hourigan and Donaghy were later charged with menacing, police said.

A longtime patron said violence was out of the ordinary at the “family-oriented” bowling alley.

“It’s a very safe place,” said Nancy Jimenez.


New York Correction Officer Arrested; Agreed to Transport 15 Kilograms of Cocaine

MAR 04New York Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan, New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn and New York City Commissioner of the Department of Correction Martin F. Horn announced today the arrest of correction officer Edinson Rosales, who was apprehended last night in upper Manhattan. Continue reading

Corrections Officer Jailed for Letting Inmates Smuggle Drugs

HILLIARD | A Nassau County corrections officer has been arrested after authorities say he let inmates smuggle drugs into the county jail.

The Sheriff’s office says surveillance video shows Deputy Cody Wayne Flint-Davis allowing inmates to place a bag of drugs into a mop bucket which they brought into facility. The sheriff’s office says he also tipped inmates off about shakedowns and distributed illicit photos.

Sheriff Tommy Seagraves said inmates tried to bring in about 50 ecstasy pills. Only 19 were recovered.

Twenty-one-year-old Flint-Davis was arrested Friday on several charges including official misconduct and failure to perform the duty required by an officer.

His bail was set at $55,010. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.


Sing Sing Correction Officer Indicted on Top Narcotics Charges

MAR 03 New York Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride, New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan and New York State Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Brian Fischer announced yesterday the indictment of 47-year-old Ashley Harris on six counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First and Third Degrees. The charges against Harris, a correction officer assigned to the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, a maximum security State prison in Ossining, New York, were the result of a three-month investigation conducted by investigators from the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, DEA agents and the New York State Department of Correctional Services’ Inspector General’s office. Continue reading

Guards, inmates face charges in NYC jail death

NEW YORK (AP) – Jail guards and several inmates are facing criminal charges in the beating death of an 18-year-old prisoner at New York City’s Rikers Island.

Prosecutors in the Bronx are expected to announce an indictment Thursday afternoon in the slaying of Christopher Robinson.

Robinson’s family, which has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claims the guards did nothing while inmates beat and stomped the victim to death last October.

It was the first homicide in city jails in four years.


AuSable Forks couple found dead

AUSABLE FORKS — An AuSable Forks couple are dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

State Police troopers swarmed to the home of Otis and Fredricka Collins at 3 French Village Road just before 10 a.m. Monday.

Officers found “a deceased male subject near the side door of the residence. His injuries were consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to a new release sent late Monday afternoon with limited information.

“During a check of the residence, a deceased female was located in the first-floor bedroom.” Continue reading

Queens jail guards face assault rap

Four guards at a jail in Queens for federal prisoners were indicted Thursday for beating and humiliating an inmate after he complimented a woman guard about her appearance, authorities said.

The attack in April on the unidentified inmate at the Queens Private Detention Facility in Jamaica was in retaliation for telling guard Krystal Mack that she looked good, according to court papers.

“It may have been said in a leering way,” a source said.

A supervisor, Marvin Wells, and two other guards marched the inmate to the shower room and ordered him to strip naked, according to court papers.

Wells allegedly struck the inmate repeatedly in the neck causing his head to slam against the wall. There are no surveillance cameras inside the shower room.

After the inmate dressed, “Wells forced him to kneel and made him apologize to Mack,” according to Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Monica Ryan.

The guards allegedly conspired to cover up the attack, but two co-workers came forward to corroborate the inmate’s account.

The prison is owned and operated by the GEO Group under a contract with the U.S. Marshal Service.

Mack still works at the jail, but Wells and co-defendants Stephen Rhodes and Kirby Gray are no longer employed there.

“This prosecution affirms our strong commitment to protecting the constitutional rights of individuals not to be subjected to injustice and excessive force by officers whose duty it is to uphold the law,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.


Corrections Officer Indicted For Insurance Fraud

A corrections officer at the St. Lawrence County Jail has been named in a five count indictment charging him with insurance fraud and grand larceny.

A grand jury indicted 63 year old Bernard Debien Jr. on the following charges:

– third-degree grand larceny
– two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing
– two counts of third-degree insurance fraud.

Debien allegedly failed to notify the county that he and his wife, Maxine, divorced resulting in the county expending more than $62,000 in medical expenses on behalf of his ex-wife.

Prosecutors say Debien stole more than $3,000 through insurance coverage.

Had Debien disclosed the divorce, the medical coverage would have continued with Debien paying $8,600 in COBRA health insurance premiums.

Debien is also alleged to have filed a Health and Life Insurance enrollment form with the county with false statements and information.

He also is alleged to have filed a MetLife Insurance Claim Form requesting life insurance benefits as a result of his ex-wife’s death.

Debien has worked at the county jail since September 1990.

Sheriff Kevin Wells tells 7 News that “It’s a personnel matter and we will deal with it within the Sheriff’s Office. It is not connected to his job performance.


Ex-NYC corrections officer convicted in rapes

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ A former correction officer faces up to 243 years in prison for a string of kidnappings, robberies and rapes on Long Island.


A Long Island jury found Ricardo Walters guilty of rape, robbery, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping. The former New York City correction officer had guarded prisoners at Rikers Island for over 10 years.

Walters’ attorney, Dennis Lemke, says his client should have faced separate trials in each of the attacks, because on their own they could not have been proven without a reasonable doubt. He says “taken together” they created a “spillover effect.”

Five victims testified in the two-week trial of the 43-year-old Hempstead resident. Each one identified Walters as her attacker. Forensic evidence also pointed to Walters.


Rikers Island honchos canned before cop killer Lee Woods scandal

Sunday, September 14th 2008, 10:34 PM

Top brass at a Rikers Island jail got the ax a month before guards there were accused of giving drugs, booze and sex to suspected cop killer Lee Woods, the Daily News has learned.

“We were aware that the jail wasn’t operating properly,” Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello said Sunday.

Carmine Labruzzo replaced Robert Shaw as warden at the maximum-security George R. Vierno Center on June 1. Four new deputies and a captain started with him.

“We were dissatisfied with performance at the jail and placed a new management team there,” Morello said. “They were put there to make things right, and that’s what they’ve been doing.”

Woods, accused getaway driver in last year’s slaying of NYPD Officer Russel Timoshenko, tripped a metal detector on June 25, leading his jailers to believe he swallowed a key.

Later that day, rookie Officers Auguste Durand, 31, and Michael Santiago, 24, were fired for allegedly giving Woods marijuana, cigarettes, rolling papers and liquor.

Another officer, Kadessha Mullgrav, was transferred amid allegations she had sexual relations with Woods.


Island corrections officer arrested on drug charges

A corrections officer from the Livingston section of Staten Island found himself on the inside of a jail cell last night following his arrest on drug charges.

Alexander Baez, 27, of Davis Avenue, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after police stopped his car near Forest Avenue and Amity Place shortly before 8 p.m.

A cop source said the officers found “a small amount of cocaine on him.”

Baez, a city corrections officer assigned to Rikers Island, was off-duty when he was picked up.


Buffalo prison guard resigns over sex charges

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – A corrections officer in Buffalo has resigned after being arrested and charged with second-degree sexual abuse.

The charges against Anthony Vick stem from inappropriate contact during a relationship between the then-deputy and an inmate held there on a forgery charge. Vick was working as a deputy at the Erie County correctional facility in Alden.

The sheriff’s office says the two have admitted to the relationship. Although it was mutual, authorities say it can’t be considered consensual because he is a deputy and she’s an inmate.

Had Vick not resigned, he would have faced a disciplinary hearing. The 38-year-old was arrested Tuesday.


Erie Co. Deputy Resigns After Charges of Relationship With Inmate

38-year-old Anthony Vick resigned from his job as an Erie County Deputy after being arrested yesterday, charged with sexual abuse in the second degree. The charge stems from inappropriate contact during an alleged admitted relationship between the then-deputy, who worked at the correctional facility in Alden, and an inmate held there on a forgery charge.
The sheriff’s office says the two have admitted to the relationship. But although the relationship was mutual, the undersheriff says it cannot be considered consensual because he is a deputy and she is an inmate.
If Vick had not resigned, he would have faced a disciplinary hearing with the sheriff’s office along with the misdemeanor charges. Still, the sheriff will further investigate what happened and whether any employees covered for the deputy. At this point, the undersheriff believes the staff at the jail told supervisors as soon as they found out.
He says they learned of the alleged relationship this weekend, when the unidentified 34-year-old inmate was staying at a jail in different county on Sunday to face charges there. Vick was also not at work on Sunday, and some inmates in Alden took the opportunity to tell officers about the alleged relationship. Within 48 hours of interviewing and recovering evidence such as love letters, police arrested Vick.


NYC Corrections Officers Fired for Giving Inmate Drugs

Two rogue Rikers Island guards who allegedly smuggled contraband to an accused cop killer were pushing marijuana, tobacco and alcohol, authorities revealed yesterday.

Correction officers August Durand, 31, and Michael Santiago, 24, were fired for supplying the illicit substances to inmate Lee Woods as he awaited trial for gunning down NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko.

Department of Correction spokesman Steve Morello said the quantities of booze, smokes and weed weren’t “significant.”

The guards, who worked in Woods’ housing unit, are suspected of giving him cups or swigs of some sort of alcohol, since no bottle was found in his cell. Tobacco and pot were found stashed away, officials said.

“It’s not unique for us to either intercept or discover marijuana or tobacco in the jail,” said Morello. “These commodities are in demand.”

He said the case has been referred to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Investigation.


Correction Officer Admits Role in Rikers Cover-up

NEW YORK — Prosecutors say a Rikers Island jail officer has admitted turning off a surveillance camera so it wouldn’t capture a fellow officer punching an inmate.

The Bronx district attorney’s office said Friday that Correction Officer Nicholas Zito pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted official misconduct.

The name of Zito’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available. Representatives for Zito’s union haven’t immediately returned a telephone call.

Authorities say Zito disabled the camera before another officer’s attack on an inmate in October 2005. They say the assault was payback for a different inmate’s slashing of another officer.

 Prosecutors say the 35-year-old received a conditional discharge, meaning the charges will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for a certain period. They say he hasn’t lost his job but may be disciplined.

Rockland sheriff’s correction officer faces harassment charge

A Rockland County Sheriff’s Department correction officer has surrendered her weapons and is due in court this morning in connection with a harassment charge against her.

An order of protection was issued against Diedre Russell on Sunday after a woman told Ramapo police that a woman threatened her on the track at Ramapo High School about 9:40 a.m. that day, Capt. Thomas Cokeley of the Ramapo police said yesterday.

The order, issued in Ramapo Town Court on Sunday by Justice Rhoda Schoenberger, says Russell must stay away from the woman and her daughter.

Russell is due in Town Court at 9 a.m. today to answer a charge of harassment, a violation.

Cokeley said the alleged threat came about as a result of a dispute with the woman.

The track is open to the public, Cokeley said, adding he could not reveal the substance of the alleged threat, or specifics about the dispute leading up to it.

When police arrived at the track on Sunday, Russell had left.

“We made attempts to reach her, and eventually she turned herself in later that afternoon,” he said.

Russell surrendered her weapons to the police, as is procedure when an order of protection is issued, and was given an appearance ticket for the harassment charge, Cokeley added.

Russell remains on normal duty at the jail.

She declined to speak with a reporter who sought comment yesterday evening, but jail officials said she has had an exemplary career.

“Diedre Russell comes highly recommended by our staff over in the corrections division as an outstanding officer, and we’re going to stand waiting until the final reports are in from the Ramapo police, and it’s our hope she will be exonerated from any charge against her,” James Kralik, Rockland County’s sheriff, said yesterday.

Russell has been a correction officer with the department for eight years.

Her performance record is clean, said Undersheriff Thomas Guthrie, who declined to comment upon the allegation.

Brian Costello, the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association of Rockland County, said he thought the charge was without merit.

“She’s an exemplary officer. She’s been recently commended by the administration for preventing a possible suicide. She’s a Desert Storm veteran, spent eight years in the United States Army, and she came out with an honorable discharge and had an unblemished record,” he said.

Russell is a “highly respected and outstanding officer in the jail system and everybody likes her,” Costello added.


Seneca Co. Corrections Officer Arraigned

A seneca County Corrections Officer was arraigned in Romulus Town Court Friday. David Jensen, a corrections officer for fifteen years, stands accused of using excessive force against an inmate on March fourth. Jensen faces second-degree harassment and false instrument charges. Jensen is currently on administrative leave, and two other officers involved in the incident have not been charged


Seneca County corrections deputy charged

A 15-year veteran corrections officer at the Seneca County Correctional Facility has been placed on administrative leave, accused of using excessive force on an inmate then filing a false report about the incident.

Seneca County sheriff’s investigators have charged David E. Jensen, 39, of Ovid, with harassment, making a punishable false written statement and offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree. Jensen was arrested earlier today.

The harassment charge is a violation, punishable by up to 15 days in jail. The other two charges are misdemeanors, punishable by up to a year in jail.

Investigators said that on March 4, while Jensen was working at the county jail, located at the Law Enforcement Center in Romulus, used excessive force against an inmate. Jensen then filed a false report of the incident, investigators said.

Jensen is to appear May 30 in Romulus Town Court.


7 NYC Correction Officers Charged With Accepting Bribes

NEW YORK — Investigators said seven New York City correction officers have been charged with taking bribes from inmates in exchange for smuggling drugs into the Rikers Island jail.


The officers are accused of taking as little as $200 for smuggling heroin to inmates and as much as $2,700 for carrying bundles of different drugs to them.


The arrests come after a 16-month investigation by the Bronx district attorney’s office. Undercover investigators met with the officers at least 12 times between October and April.

Investigators said the officers accepted bribes at each meeting and are charged with receiving bribes and selling drugs.


Prosecutors said one of the officers met with undercover investigators while he was in uniform.


Correction officer accused of seeking inmate beating

MONTICELLO – A correction officer has been charged with bringing tobacco into the Sullivan County Jail and arranging to get a potential inmate beaten, police said.
Juan Zayas Jr., 27, of Livingston Manor, is suspended without pay following a monthlong investigation by the sheriff’s office internal affairs unit. He was hired as a correction officer a little more than a year ago.
Police said he brought tobacco to inmates. Zayas is also charged with negotiating to have inmates beat an enemy of his, whom he thought would be booked into the jail. Both charges are misdemeanors.