Arrest photo of Kelly Edwards, 54 of Peru

BUNKER HILL, IN – Yesterday Correctional Police, Investigations and Intelligence, and custody staff were crucial in the arrest of Aramark employee at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF).

Ms. Kelly Edwards was stopped coming in the back gate and questioned about a Styrofoam container. When she was removing the bread from the container a vacuumed sealed package which appeared to have loose tobacco and a pack of cigarettes was visible. MCF Correctional Police Officers took possession of the container's contents. Ms. Edwards was taken to an interview room where she agreed to be interviewed. She was read her Miranda Rights and then admitted to trafficking with an offender in exchange for money.

She was arrested and taken to Miami County Jail for Trafficking with an Inmate (Level 5 Felony). Ms. Edward is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Per Warden Hyatte on the arrest, “I am proud of the persistence the investigations and custody staff have displayed. Contraband interdiction is a top priority in the facility.”

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BUNKER HILL, IN – On November 1, 2018, at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Mailroom staff were exposed to an unknown substance located on a piece of incoming mail. Four (4) staff members were rushed to Duke Memorial Hospital in Peru for evaluation and treatment. All staff members are considered stable at this time. No offenders were exposed to the unknown substance.

Due to the quick response of on-duty medical staff and MCF support staff, the staff exposed to the unknown substance were quickly assessed and treated before being sent to the hospital. Safety/Hazard Manager Josh Phillips reported a response team for the Indiana Department of Correction is currently on scene at MCF and has the situation under control. Also responding to provide support was the Grissom Fire Department, Dukes EMS, and Indiana State Police. This incident is still under investigation and further information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.

Arrest photo of Brigette McMeeken, 28, of  Kokomo

BUNKER HILL, IN – Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Warden William Hyatte reports former employee Brigette McMeeken was arrested on October 24, 2018, for Sexual Misconduct.

McMeeken turned herself in at the Miami County Jail yesterday after being informed by an MCF Correctional Police Officer that a warrant was issued for her arrest. McMeeken was arrested without incident and was charged with Indiana Criminal code 35-44.1-3-10(b) Sexual Misconduct, a Level 5 felony. Her bond was set at $10,000. 

During an investigation at MCF, Correctional Caseworker McMeeken was questioned about fraternizing and possible physical contact with an offender. McMeeken acknowledged that she created a JPay account so an offender and she could correspond. McMeeken was asked during questioning about any physical contact. McMeeken explained during questioning that she and an offender, which was under her supervision, engaged in sexual intercourse.

BUNKER HILL, IN – Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Warden William Hyatte is pleased to recognize several staff that received quarterly awards at the recent recall meeting.

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Janet Hayes, who received the Non-Custody Employee of the Quarter, has worked for Miami Correctional Facility for five years in the packet room. She is known for being a team player as she is always on top of the “Out-to-Court” paperwork, transfers, and endless filing which can sometimes become a workload all on its’ own. She is responsible for managing the office and providing direction to the other staff that work in the packet room alongside of her. A co-worker said this about her, “She has become the glue that holds us together. When it comes down to successfully completing all the different jobs, she steps up to the plate and makes sure that we get everything done.”

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BUNKER HILL, IN“Congratulations to all our staff who worked so hard to get us to this point,” Warden William Hyatte said on Thursday.

On Monday, October 1, 2018, corrections experts gathered in Bunker Hill for a reaccreditation audit of the Miami Correctional Facility. The auditors spent three days touring this Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) facility, speaking with staff and inmates, and reviewing files.

They compared every aspect of facility operations to the national standards set by the American Correctional Association (ACA).

Hyatte praised his staff when the auditors announced the final score, saying the facility passed 100 percent of the mandatory standards and 98.19 percent of the non-mandatories. The next step for Warden Hyatte is to appear before the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections at the ACA Winter Conference in January for the final vote on reaccreditation.

Arrest photo of Jason Jones, 38 of Kokomo, IN

Bunker Hill, IN – A Kokomo man faces charges of Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking W/Inmates following an investigation by the Indiana Department Of Correction. The investigation began with the arrest of Correctional Officer Talleigha Titus on June 29, 2018, at the facility. You can read our coverage of that arrest by clicking HERE.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor's Office, On June 29, 2018, at approximately 5:30 a.m., Correctional Officer Titus attempted to smuggle two packages to an inmate at the Miami Correctional Facility. She was stopped by Correctional Police Officer L. Harbaugh and admitted she had two packages that she agreed to smuggle inside the facility for $1,000. Inside those packages were fourteen (14) suboxone strips and over 28 grams of methamphetamine.

Titus told Officer Harbaugh that the packages had been placed in her truck the night before by someone the inmate had “hooked up with her.” Titus reported that she never spoke with the subject who delivered the drugs and that all communication with that person was via text messages.

Arrest photo of Tara Dodson of Warsaw, Indiana

Bunker Hill, IN – Peru Indiana Today has obtained the probable cause affidavit from the incident that took place at Miami Correctional Facility on July 24, 2018, that resulted in the arrest of Tara S. Dodson, 31 of Warsaw, IN.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Preston Howard and Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller responded to the Miami Correctional Facility on Tuesday, July 24 at approximately 10:30 p.m. for the report of an unwanted guest in the lobby of the facility. As they arrived at the scene, Deputy Howard witnessed a female leaning against a counter. The woman was identified as thirty-one-year-old Tara S. Dodson of Warsaw. Deputy Howard asked the woman what she was doing and according to his report, "she advised she was there on God’s Law. She continued saying the prison staff is supposed to release an inmate through God’s Law.”

Arrest photo of Tara Dodson of Warsaw, Indiana

BUNKER HILL, IN– A woman was arrested for trespassing following an incident at the Miami Correctional Facility.

On July 24th, 2018 a female visitor showed up at the front processing desk at the Miami Correctional Facility. The woman was told multiple times that she needed to leave the state grounds or she would be arrested for trespassing. The female was making threats and stating that she wasn’t leaving until we released her brother.

Once the Miami County Sheriff’s Department arrived, she was arrested and taken to the Miami County Jail. During a pat search, a 9mm handgun was found and the Sheriff’s Department took procession of the weapon. The female was then identified as Tara Dodson of Warsaw, Indiana. She was booked and arrested on the following charges: Criminal Trespass, A Misdemeanor, and Trafficking with an Inmate, Level 5 Felony. Her bail is set for $13,000 and she has already posted bail.