Arrested jailer denies pit bulls were used for fights

A corrections deputy accused of dog fighting and animal abuse denied on Friday that he fights the 14 pit bulls taken from his Whitehaven home.

Jamario Taylor, 30, and Franchesca Morgan, 36, were arrested Thursday when Memphis police officers investigated a complaint at 5254 Whitworth and found the dogs either in the house or chained in the back yard.

Taylor and Morgan were charged with a dozen counts of cruelty to animals, 14 counts of keeping an unvaccinated dog and one count of animal fighting. Continue reading

Deputy Accused of Watching Tennessee Inmates Shower

A sheriff’s deputy has been fired for allegedly pointing a security camera at women while they showered.


Corrections Officer Joshua Woodard admitted to using jail security cameras to zoom in on two female inmates who were taking showers last Monday, said police.

It turned out Woodard was being watched, too; there was another set of security cameras in dispatch. When he inappropriately zoomed in on the women, he was arrested and later fired by Sumner County Sheriff Bob Barker.

“We’re not going to tolerate it,” Barker said.

Woodard, who has worked at the jail for two years, was charged with unlawful photography, which is a misdemeanor. He has not had any other major disciplinary problems.

April Creasy, one of the inmates Woodward allegedy video taped, is serving time for Tenncare fraud after becoming addicted to hydrocodone. Her mother said Creasy has turned her life around in jail and will hopefully be going home to her three sons in October.

“She sees the light now,” said Anna Lawhorn, her mother.

Gallatin Deputy Allegedly Watched Inmate Shower


Former jail guard gets probation for trusty tryst

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — A former jail guard is on probation after pleading guilty to five counts of sexual contact with a prisoner.

Twenty-five-year-old Dawn Marie Heading entered the plea Monday. She was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

The Kingsport Times News reports the relationship between Heading and trusty Phillip Greenwell became known after she informed her jail supervisor she was pregnant and requested a light duty assignment.


Greenwell was transferred to state custody and lost good time credits earned for his work as a trusty at the Carter County Jail.


Prison Guard Trial To Begin Monday

Guard Accused Of Attacking Child Rapist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A trial is set to start Monday for a prison guard accused of attacking a convicted child rapist.


Joshua Barber is charged with beating Jeremy Duffer as the inmate was being transported from one cell to another at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex. Continue reading

Former Johnson City jailer pleads guilty to selling cigarettes to inmates

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — A former Washington County jailer has pleaded guilty to official misconduct for selling cigarettes to inmates for $100 per pack.

Timothy Ray Crain, of Johnson City, entered his plea to eight counts of misconduct on Monday and was sentenced to one year in jail in the plea agreement.

Crain told Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp that the inmates approached him about buying the cigarettes.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal said the county jailer went into the inmates’ property to get their bank card, they gave him their PIN and he went to their bank to get the $100.

Although restitution was not part of the original plea agreement, the judge said he will order Crain to repay the $800.


Former jail worker turns himself in on sex with inmate charges


SEVIERVILLE (WATE) — A former Sevier County Jail kitchen supervisor turned himself in on charges of having sex with an inmate.

Paul Lintner resigned in February after a former inmate filed a lawsuit claiming Lintner sexually harassed, assaulted and raped him.

Lintner was booked in the Sevier County Jail on six counts of having sex with an inmate, allegedly between September 2006 and February 2007.

Lintner’s being held on a $25,000 bond. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on October 14.


Employees Admit Jail Sexual Encounters

Two men admit they had sexual encounters with Montgomery County jail inmates while they were working there.

Santiago Alcantara and Kevin Vance settled their court cases on Wednesday and were placed on a two-year pre-trial diversion and probation.

The men worked for the sheriff’s department but were fired earlier this year after internal investigations revealed the sexual relationships.