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Ten indicted for smuggling contraband into Carter County Jail

News release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
JOHNSON CITY – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for 10 individuals accused in connection to a contraband investigation at the Carter County Jail.

At the request of 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, and with the cooperation and assistance of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, TBI Special Agents began investigating activity at the jail on September 29, 2014. During the course of the investigation, TBI Agents developed information that, on several occasions that month, Correctional Officer Kenneth Edward Turner, Jr. introduced contraband into the county jail. The investigation further revealed several inmates asked Turner to bring contraband, including illicit drugs, into the facility for them, to which Turner agreed and, on several occasions, accepted payment from individuals outside the jail for deliveries to the inmates.

On Monday, the Carter County Grand Jury returned indictments for Turner, charging the 23-year-old with three counts of Official Misconduct, and three counts of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility. In addition, the Grand Jury returned indictments for the following nine individuals, charging each with one count of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility.

• (Inmate) Adam Hannon, 27, Elizabethton
• (Inmate) Brandon Rutledge, 29, Johnson City
• Ashlee Elizabeth Rutledge, 28, Johnson City
• (Inmate) Jeremy Cole Hall, 24, Elizabethton
• Clara Rickisha Oliver-Hall, 26, Elizabethton
• (Inmate) David Tyler Livingston, 24, Elizabethton
• Tara Nichole Nidiffer, 28, Elizabethton
• (Inmate) Ralph Wayne Whitehead, 40, Hampton
• Bertie Nellie Hodge, 61, Hampton

Today, authorities booked these individuals into the Carter County Jail, with the exception of Whitehead, who is currently incarcerated in another facility. Kenneth Turner was released after posting a $30,000 bond. At the time of this release, Rutledge, Oliver-Hall, Nidiffer, and Hodge were each being held on $15,000 bond. The indicted inmates remain in the custody of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department.

Split Supreme Court rules county not liable for attack on jail inmate

News release from the Administrative Office of the Courts:
Nashville, Tenn. ­– The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that Anderson County is not liable for damages beyond medical costs after an inmate sustained injuries from an attack by cellmates.

Kenneth E. King had spent the night in the Anderson County Detention Facility after being arrested for driving on a suspended license – a charge that ultimately was in error. His release was ordered at 11:30 a.m., but it took more than three hours for the pretrial release officer to process the paperwork. During that time, Mr. King was severely beaten, causing permanent injuries to his eye.

Mr. King sued the county seeking monetary damages for the attack, stating that Anderson County was negligent in not releasing him in a timely manner and should have known that there was a danger of him being attacked.

The Court focused on the legal requirement that, in order for the county to be liable, officials had to have some type of warning that Mr. King would be attacked—that it was foreseeable.

“There is no evidence that Anderson County Detention Facility officials knew or should have known that Mr. King would become the victim of an attack by his cellmates after he was returned to his cell to await pretrial release,” wrote Justice Cornelia A. Clark in the Opinion.
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TBI: Seven Indicted for Smuggling Drugs into Jail

News release from TBI:
Union County, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation presented its case to the Union County grand jury this week which resulted in the indictments of seven individuals for providing drugs or assisting in the introduction of the drugs into the Union County Jail.
Union County Jail inmates provided information to jail officials that drugs were illegally provided to an inmate in the jail who later died at Tennova Hospital in Knoxville. An autopsy performed on the deceased inmate failed to determine that the drugs were the cause of death. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, after conducting an investigation into the matter, obtained indictments against seven individuals for either providing the drugs or assisting in the introduction of the drugs into the penal facility.
Allen Wilkerson, 48, and Dakota Kidd, 20, were indicted on five separate counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Schedule II and Schedule IV, Conspiracy to Introduce Contraband into a Penal Facility, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility and Possession of Contraband in a Penal Facility. Sheridan Brogdon, 29, Albert Allen, 31, Robin Wilkerson, 43, Cregory Thatcher, 26, and Johnny Johnson, 32, were all indicted on six separate counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Schedule II and Schedule IV, Conspiracy to Introduce Contraband into a Penal Facility, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility and Delivery of Schedule II and Schedule IV.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals and Union County Sheriff’s Office affected the arrest of these seven individuals.
The 8th Judicial District Attorney and the Union County Sheriff’s Office requested that TBI investigate the incident.

Todd Served DUI Sentence in Madison County

State Rep. Curry Todd served his required sentence on a Davidson County DUI conviction in a Madison County jail, reports Jackson Baker (who initially thought Todd, R-Collierville, had been jailed on a new offense).
Todd was incarcerated from Thursday, January 31, to Saturday, February 2, at the Madison County Penal Farm.
…His 48-hour stay at the Madison County Penal Farm was, in fact, the time he was obliged to serve as a result of last year’s conviction in Nashville — the one and only on his record.
The change of venue and place on the calendar were at Todd’s request, and it was all worked out between the court and law-enforcement authorities of Davidson and Madison counties, explained Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork.
“That sort of thing happens all the time,” said Woolfork, who described Todd’s time at the penal farm as uneventful. What did he do there? “Oh, he tore up uniforms,” said Woolfork, who went on to elucidate that the Sheriff’s Department was in the process of revamping the uniforms of its officers and that Todd labored away at the redesign of several.
That meant, among other things, removing the chevrons from one place on a sleeve and re-stitching them somewhere else.
And why did Rep. Todd choose Madison County as the place of his incarceration? “Oh, probably because he heard what a great sheriff I was,” Woolfork said.
Or it may have been because Jackson is a place on the map between Nashville and Memphis, both the latter places housing ample numbers of inquisitive media people.
In any case, Todd was quickly free to go.

Inmate Lawsuit Claims ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Punishment in Maury Jail

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Fourteen Maury County inmates have sued the sheriff, claiming their living conditions violate the constitutional prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge William Haynes held a daylong hearing on the grievances and toured the jail with Sheriff Enoch George and others, including a Daily Herald reporter.
The newspaper (http://bit.ly/OV6zBv ) reported Haynes had to step over puddled sewage at one point. Inmates crowded around the small windows in their cell doors to display open wounds. They also pointed to bed mats that they said were covered with mold.

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Basil Marceaux Goes to Jail

Tennessee state House candidate Basil Marceaux Sr. will spend the next 10 days at the Hamilton County workhouse facility after deriding a judge during a court appearance, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Marceaux was in Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern’s courtroom Monday on charges of failure to maintain lane and not having insurance, both of which were filed Jan. 6, according to court records.
While standing before Stern, Marceaux became disorderly, according to the court order.
“The defendant’s conduct included a verbal display of disagreement with the court’s ruling, telling the court that was ‘out of order’ and that when the defendant wins an election the court ‘is going down,'” Stern’s order states.
Stern sentenced Marceaux to 10 days of work at Hamilton County’s Silverdale Correctional Facility. He cannot bond out.
Marceaux — who has been on the ballot for governor, state senate and Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District in recent years — is currently running for the District 27 seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Did Haslam Create a Conflict of Interest in Giving Sheriff’s Wife a Job?

The new head of a Tennessee agency that inspects and certifies jails will have authority over the jail run by her husband, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe, reports Brian Haas.
Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Beth Ashe to be executive director of the Tennessee Corrections Institute, an agency devoted to training, maintaining standards and inspecting jails in Tennessee. The appointment already has drawn fire for being a potential conflict of interest because her agency holds the key to keeping Wilson County’s jail approved to house state inmates.
“Her agency is responsible for inspecting and certifying her husband’s jail,” said attorney Jerry Gonzalez, who has represented inmates in lawsuits — including suits against Wilson County’s jail.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or an ethical philosopher to recognize that that is an inherent conflict of interest.” John Lachs, who actually is a professor of ethical philosophy at Vanderbilt University, agreed, saying Beth Ashe probably shouldn’t have been appointed in the first place..
“The obvious first thing to do is to not even create this perception of a conflict of interest,” he said. “You just avoid it.”
But the governor’s office, the institute’s chairman and Ashe herself defended the appointment, saying that any final decisions on jail matters are decided by the agency’s board, not her.
“I don’t see the connection,” Beth Ashe said. “I answer to the board of control, so they give me my direction.”

Jail Ministry Volunteer Jailed

News release from TBI:
Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Dunlap, Tenn. man for sexual contact with an inmate at the Sequatchie County Jail where he was volunteering his services to help the prisoners.
Charles Rawlins, 63, of 198 Elm Street, Dunlap, Tenn. was arrested yesterday and charged with sexual contact with an inmate and coercion of a witness. On July 22, 2011, TBI and the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations that Rawlins was having sexual contact with an inmate while volunteering with the jail ministry program and overseeing the Sequatchie County food bank where inmates work. Earlier, this week Rawlins approached a witness in the investigation who felt threatened by a comment Rawlins made about the case against him.
Rawlins was booked into the Sequatchie County Jail where he’s being held without bond until a court appearance on August 19, 2011.