Deputy pleads guilty in jailhouse food tampering

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio deputy accused of feeding an inmate a bologna sandwich that been rubbed against another inmate’s genitals has pleaded guilty to two health code violations. In a Columbus courtroom on Wednesday, 38-year-old Joseph Cantwell also apologized for the shame and embarrassment that he said he had caused.

 A judge fined him $500 plus court costs, and Cantwell also received a 90-day suspended jail sentence and five years’ probation.

 Cantwell’s attorney called the February incident at the Franklin County Jail a “prank.” It led Sheriff Jim Karnes to fire Cantwell and his partner in May. The other deputy was not charged with a crime.

 The inmates who were involved have filed lawsuits against the county.

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Ohio Deputy Charged with Perjury in Inmate’s Death Probe

A Summit County sheriff’s deputy is charged with felony perjury in connection with the case surrounding an inmate’s death.

A hearing held Wednesday found probable cause to charge 26-year-old Joshua Griffin, of Rootstown, with five counts of perjury and one misdemeanor count of falsification.

The charges relate to testimony Griffin gave in the investigation of Mark McCullaugh’s death.

McCullaugh was an inmate of the Summit County Jail when he died.

Griffin surrendered to authorities and was released on a $5,000 bond.

He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by Sheriff Drew Alexander

source: http://www.officer.com/online/article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=48149

Corrections Officer and Two Inmates Charged

A Corrections Officer and two inmates face charges for attempting to bring about 200 grams of marijuana into the Warren Correctional Institute.
 
49 year-old Stephen Howard of Dayton and two inmates, Anthony Wells and Gregory Hollis, have been indicted for illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto grounds of detention facility.

source: http://www.local12.com/news/local/story/Corrections-Officer-and-Two-Inmates-Charged/1AUzXWbwsU2RojbMZQ7q0A.cspx?rss=30

Ohio Sheriff Accused Of Making False Statements Faces Jail Time

TOLEDO, Ohio — An Ohio sheriff has been charged with making false statements to FBI agents investigating the beating death of a man at a county jail.

 

Federal prosecutors said Lucas County Sheriff James Telb helped cover up the role that his deputies played in the 2004 death of Carleton Benton. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Telb and three others.

 

The government said a sheriff’s deputy assaulted and strangled Benton in a cell, then left him lying unconscious without seeking medical help. The indictment said Benton was then struck by another deputy.

 

Telb and a lieutenant are accused of concealing their knowledge of the case from federal authorities.

 

Telb, who faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, said he never interfered with the investigation.

source: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/19180902/detail.html

Ohio sheriff indicted in jail death

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio sheriff has been charged with making false statements to FBI agents investigating the beating death of a man at a county jail.

Federal prosecutors say Lucas County Sheriff James Telb helped cover up the role that his deputies played in the 2004 death of Carleton Benton. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Telb and three others.

The government says a sheriff’s deputy assaulted and strangled Benton in a cell, then left him lying unconscious without seeking medical help. The indictment says Benton was then struck by another deputy.

Telb and a lieutenant are accused of concealing their knowledge of the case from federal authorities.

Telb, who faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted, says he never interfered with the investigation.
source: http://www.local12.com/news/state/story/Ohio-sheriff-indicted-in-jail-death/dfum2JjeDE-fyxIcOlGKEw.cspx?rss=31

Corrections officer charged with sneaking dope into prison

A Warren Correctional Institution corrections officer from Dayton has been charged with attempting to sneak 200 grams of marijuana into the prison.

Stephen L. Howard, 49, appeared in Lebanon Municipal Court this week to face charges of attempting to convey drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Howard used hollowed-out markers and a Subway sandwich in an attempt to transport the marijuana from an outside dealer to an inmate, said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Doug McKinney. Continue reading

Ex-corrections officer gets 4 years in prison

Seth Bunke, a former Lucas County corrections officer convicted of violating the civil rights of inmates, was sentenced Monday afternoon to a total of four years in prison.

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He received two years on a felony charge and a year each for two misdemeanors by U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary. The time in prison will include whatever mental health treatment is available.

Bunke, then of Jacksonville, N.C., was convicted in October of assaulting two inmates who were in custody at the jail and of portraying himself as a police officer when he stopped a driver he suspected of drunken driving.

He faced up to 12 years in prison.

Later Monday afternoon is the sentencing of a pair of men who pleaded guilty in November to misdemeanor charges of witness tampering in a case that involved Bunke.

source: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090309/NEWS02/903090260/-1/RSS