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.


BUNKER HILL, IN – Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Warden William Hyatte is pleased to announce the promotion of eleven correctional staff members.

Nicholas Schoiber was hired at Miami Correctional Facility on June 1st, 2015 as a Correctional Officer. He is currently an Emergency Squad member and he is certified in Basic Emergency Squad Academy, Advance Chemical training, NIMS (National Incident Management Systems), shotgun, rifle, handgun, Quick Response Team, and Urinalysis. Schoiber is a newly promoted Correctional Sergeant and a great asset to the MCF team.

David North began his career in corrections at Miami Correctional Facility in November of 1999. He was promoted to Sergeant in May of 2002. After 13 years as a Sergeant, he left the state and moved to Missouri, where he worked as a Correctional Officer for the Greene County Sheriff’s Department in Springfield, MO. A year later he moved with his family to Tennessee, where he worked for the Tennessee Department of Correction. He worked at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution for a year and a half where he was quickly promoted to Correctional Corporal. He returned to MCF as a Correctional Officer in November of 2017. “I am glad to be back in Indiana and at Miami Correctional where I feel at home,” stated the newly-promoted Sergeant.

Arrest photo of Talleigha Titus, 27 of Peru

BUNKER HILL, IN– Warden William Hyatte confirms that Correctional Officer Talleigha Titus was arrested at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) on Friday, June 29th, 2018 for attempting to traffic with an offender.

The Division of Investigations and Intelligence (DII) at MCF received intelligence through J-Pay and phone communications that Titus had the intent to traffic narcotics to an offender housed at MCF. Titus was stopped at visitor processing by DII staff. She was interviewed, cooperated, and was found with 14 suboxone strips and white crystal substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine.

BUNKER HILL, IN – Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Warden William Hyatte is pleased to announce the promotion of eleven correctional staff members.

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Arrest photos of Nyla Furlow and Blessing Darsha Stott

BUNKER HILL, IN– Warden William Hyatte confirms two female visitors were arrested at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) on Thursday, May 24th, 2018 for conspiring to traffic with offenders.

The Division of Investigations and Intelligence at Miami Correctional received intelligence suspecting Nyla Furlow and Blessings Darsha Stott of trafficking narcotics to an offender during visitation. The contraband was confiscated by Investigations staff and field tested positive for heroin and methamphetamine. Additionally, 199 individual suboxone strips were also in the package.

BUNKER HILL, IN – Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Warden William Hyatte is pleased to announce the promotion of seven correctional staff members.

ByrumRobin Byrum was recently promoted to Correctional Caseworker. Ms. Byrum began her career in the Department of Corrections in 1989 at the Logansport State Hospital. She worked there until 1993. In 2003, she hired in at Miami Correctional Facility as a Correctional Officer. She quickly promoted to Correctional Sergeant 18 months later. As a sergeant, she has worked grievance and dispatch. She then promoted to Lieutenant in 2013 and just recently transitioned to unit team. She also joined E-Squad (Emergency Squad) for a year. Her hobbies include camping and hanging out with friends.