Another jailer gone bad, another deputy with problems, and a murky tale from Tennessee involving cops, docs, guns, and pills. New year, same old same old. Let's get to it:
In Rogersville, Arkansas, a Hawkins County Jail guard was arrested last weekend for allegedly smuggling drugs to an inmate. Jail officer Phillip Roberts, 18, was charged Saturday with introducing drugs into a penal institution. He went down after a tipster told the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit that he would be delivering specific drugs to a specific inmate. Roberts confessed during a Saturday interview with detectives, and the specified drugs were found in the cell of the inmate named by the tipster. The inmate has also been charged. Roberts has been suspended without pay. He and the inmate both face up to three to six years in prison.
In Idaho Falls, Idaho, a former Fremont County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Tuesday for stealing money and prescription drugs from the sheriff's office. Bradley Holjeson, 25, got 60 days in jail and five years probation for his sticky fingers. He started with bail bond money, then moved on to pills.
In Cleveland, Tennessee, two Cleveland Police officers have been arrested and a third will be once he gets out of drug treatment in a messy investigation linking the December 18 arrest of a local physician on charges he illegally prescribed painkillers and other drugs to a November shooting where one Cleveland police officer was shot by another. Officer Dennis Hughes was arrested December 22 and Officer Jonathan Hammons was arrested the following day. Hughes is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated perjury, and filing a false police report. Hammons is charged with aggravated perjury and filing a false police report. A prescription pill bottle found in Hughes car after Officer Chris Mason was shot in the hand came from the office of the indicted doctor. It belonged to Officer Nathan Thomas, who faces arrest once he gets out of drug treatment. Investigators said that since arresting one of the doctor's employees on drug charges in 2006 they had been aware of reports that at least one Cleveland police officer was selling Oxycontin and hydrocodone tablets, but had not developed sufficient evidence to make arrests before now. It remains unclear exactly what happened with the shooting.