Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sgt. Laura Delgado Arrested for Shoplifting

A Bexar County Sheriff's Office sergeant is one of two women accused of shoplifting nearly $200 worth of clothing and jewelry from Macy's in South Park Mall on Tuesday evening, officials said.

San Antonio police arrested Sgt. Laura Delgado, 31, and Lori Marsden, 36, about 6 p.m. on one count each of theft from $50 to $500. They were held on $1,000 bail, with Delgado released after posting it early Wednesday.

An 11-year veteran most recently assigned to the detention unit, Delgado was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Ino Badillo. Delgado was off duty Tuesday night, he said.

A police report says the women were seen going into dressing rooms with merchandise that was not in sight when they emerged. When a security guard detained them, Delgado tried to escape and was aggressive, the report says.

The women continued to be argumentative in the store's loss-prevention office, where police found two shirts, a pair of jeans, a watch, two pairs of earrings and a bracelet in their purses, the police report says.

Delgado told police she works for the Sheriff's Office and her duty weapon was in her personal car in the mall parking lot. A deputy picked up the gun.

Corrections Officer Tonya Henderson Arrested for Stealing from Target

A state corrections officer clad in her uniform and with her 6-year-old son in tow allegedly stole items worth about $2,800 from a Target store in Victorville.

Tonya Henderson, 40, of Adelanto left the store on Palmdale Road about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday without paying for a big-screen television, steam cleaner and Xbox 360 video-game console, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said.

Henderson works at the California Institution for Men in Chino. The state Department of Corrections on Wednesday placed Henderson on paid leave. Department officials are investigating the incident.

"We don't know how long (the investigation) could last," said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections.

A loss-prevention officer at the Target noticed Henderson loading the items into her vehicle and informed the Sheriff's Department. Deputies tracked Henderson's license-plate number to her home. She was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary.

"If someone is found guilty of a felony, that would disqualify them from a peace officer position," Thornton said.

Henderson was released on bail Wednesday morning from West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

Henderson was hired July 1, 2002, by the Department of Corrections.

She has worked full time as a relief corrections officer and has filled in for officers on vacation or furlough, Thornton said.

Lt Steven Hanners Charged with Theft

The Eufaula Police Department arrested and charged one of their own on Monday. According to EPD Chief Jim West, Lt. Steven Hanners, who joined the force in 1998, has been charged with a Class B felony for theft of property.

West said the investigation continues and additional charges could be filed. “We are currently examining all of Lt. Hanners’ case files and paperwork.”

According to West, Hanners has been the Eufaula Police Department supervisor over Special Operations and the SWAT team.

“The public trusts us and we are going to be worthy of that trust. We will be spotless” West said. “This must not taint the reputation of other officers or the department.”

Eufaula Mayor Jay Jaxon echoed those sentiments. “I hate that this has happened. I see that the chief was on top of this and has acted on his concerns.”

Two Officers Fired, One Arrested After Standoff

Two police officers in the small town of West Tawakoni have been fired amid an investigation into alleged misconduct, and one of them was arrested after a standoff.

West Tawakoni Police Chief Jack Schultz tells The Greenville Herald-Banner that the men violated department policy and are being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

One of the men, Perry Reed, remained jailed Wednesday on a charge of assault after his arrest in nearby Greenville following a standoff Tuesday night. Details regarding the assault and standoff weren't immediately available.

Reed and the other officer don't yet have attorneys who can comment on their behalf.

West Tawakoni is a town of about 1,000 residents located about 45 miles east of Dallas.


Information from: Herald-Banner,

Corrections Officer Mark Barber Accused of Extorting Sexual Favors From Inmates

A Long Island corrections officer is being accused of extorting sexual favors from female inmates.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says 47-year-old Mark Barber, of Levittown, was arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of rape, sexual abuse, and forcible touching.

Rice says Barber used his position as a grievance officer for the Nassau County Correctional Center to engage in various sexual activity with female inmates.

Rice says Barber, a corrections officer since 1987, would target inmates who had histories of drug abuse, prostitution, or mental health treatment.

Barber's lawyer, Frederick James Annibale Jr., told reporters that his client denies the charges.

Barber is due back in court Jan. 4. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years in prison.