Friday, April 03, 2009

Corrections Officer Theresa Zook Arrested for Stealing Drugs from Inmates


A Logan County corrections officer was in court on Friday after she was fired and arrested on suspicion of stealing drugs from inmates.

Theresa Zook waived her right to a preliminary hearing in a Bellefontaine court and was released on her own recognizance.

Authorities said Zook was recently booking an inmate and stole prescription drugs while on the job.

Her case will now go before a grand jury.

Trooper J.D. McGaha Ticketed for Driving 130mph


A South Carolina trooper is back on the job after being suspended three days when he was ticketed for driving 130 mph in a 70 mph zone.

Public Safety director Mark Keel says Senior Trooper J.D. McGaha was ticketed and immediately suspended without pay on Saturday in Kershaw County after his unmarked car was stopped on Interstate 20 by another trooper.

Keel told The State newspaper that McGaha is assigned in Horry County and was to direct traffic at the Carolina Cup in Camden and was running late.

There was no telephone listing for McGaha in Horry County. Keel says McGaha faces a $355 fine and six points against his license if he's convicted.

McGaha has been with the Highway Patrol since 2005.

Correctional Officer Dondiedra Anderson Arrested for Unlawful Use of Taser on Inmate

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office said in a release Friday, that investigators arrested 22-year-old Dondiedra Anderson for unlawful use of a Taser on an inmate.

Anderson, a Georgetown County Detention Center Correctional Officer, was arrested as a result of an investigation conducted by Georgetown County Sheriff's Investigators Friday.

The sheriff's office says the investigation began on March 26, 2009 after receiving information from a Georgetown County Sheriff's Office employee who witnessed the incident that occurred during the afternoon hours of March 24, 2009.

The release says an inmate in the booking section of the detention center was beating on the door stating she needed to use the restroom. The sheriff's office says when Anderson asked why the inmate could not use the one in the cell, the inmate said the toilet was broken.

Officials say Anderson opened the cell, removed the inmate and went into the cell to access the situation. While in the cell, the inmate closed the cell door locking Anderson in the cell. When the door was opened by another correctional officer, Anderson exited the cell, grabbed the inmate and tased her.

Anderson has been fired from the Georgetown County Detention Center.

The sheriff's office says their investigation found that the Taser device was not used in accordance to policy and her actions were unlawful.

Anderson was arrested at the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office after turning herself in, and she was taken to the detention center.

She is currently being held at the detention center awaiting a bond hearing.

Correction Officer Steven Lenhart Charged with Harassment

The Delaware Department of Correction says a correctional officer charged with sending harassing e-mails to the governor has been placed on leave with pay.

Department spokesman John Painter says 50-year-old Steven R. Lenhart of Dover was placed on leave Friday pending the outcome of the investigation of the charges.

Painter says Lenhart has been with the department since 1981.

Delaware State Police say Lenhart was arrested Thursday and charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of harassment. He was released on $10,000 secured bail and ordered to have no contact with the governer.

Police say the governor's office alerted troopers on March 22 that "alarming e-mails" were sent to the cost-saving suggestion public mailbox located on

Police say that after getting the Internet protocol address from the e-mail, subscriber information was obtained from Comcast.

On March 28, several more e-mails were sent to the same public mailbox in which additional threats were made, according to police.

On Thursday, detectives armed with a search warrant raided Lenhart's home and seized his computer. Lenhart was then taken into custody.