Fayette police to bring prisoner back 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Fayette police will fly to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., to bring a prisoner back to Fulton County for sentencing.

Fayette village council members voted 5-0 Wednesday, with Paula Ferguson absent, to allow police chief Jason Simon and one other officer to fly by private airplane to pick up a prisoner for a court appearance and then return him to the federal facility.

Chief Simon told council that it should cost about $200 less to be flown by Brad Merillat rather than drive a patrol car. The driving time was estimated at five and a half hours each way, during which time another officer would have to be on duty in Fayette. Federal prison regulations require that two officers are involved in the transfer of the prisoner.

Chief Simon said the prisoner sold meat to elderly residents in Fayette and some of the meat was bad. He said the county won’t pursue the issue because the man was charged with a misdemeanor, but he wants the individual brought to court.

“We might have to run him back the next day,” Simon said, depending on what action the judge takes.

The judge might suspend the sentence, which in effect places the individual on probation. The suspended sentence could be imposed later if the individual doesn’t meet conditions placed by the judge.

“It’s going to cost us this much money for a suspended sentence?” ask Fayette mayor Ruth Marlatt.

“I don’t know what the judge will do,” Simon answered.

Councilor Mike Maginn also questioned the action.

“We’re paying to go down and get him, bring him up here and it might get thrown out?”

Simon assured him that it won’t get thrown out. Simon said this is the first time that he’s gone through the process and he’s not sure just how it’s going to work.

If the individual gets sentenced in Fulton County, Simon said, he will still first have to return to the federal facility to complete that sentence.

MONTHLY REPORT—Fayette police issued two criminal citations in April and 25 traffic citations in the month ending May 25.

One citation was given for disorderly conduct and another for child endangerment. Six citations were issued for traffic accidents and five for speeding. Two people were cited for operating an ATV on village streets.

Single citations were given for failure to display license plates, a suspended operator’s license, failure to control a vehicle, operating a vehicle while impaired, traveling the wrong way on a one-way street, failure to use a seatbelt, operating an unsafe vehicle, operating an overweight vehicle, failure to yield, a permit violation and a headlight violation.

Police gave 12 assists to other departments and cited 10 people for ordinance violations. They responded  to seven complaints about animals, six about juveniles, four suspicious situations, eight civil situations, seven open doors, two theft reports, two alarms, one harassment report, three reports of domestic violence, four reports of disturbing the peace, one breaking and entering, one report of vandalism and one alcohol problem.

One warrant was issued and police reported four property recoveries. They responded to 23 traffic-related incidents during the month.

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