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Sheriff places Adams on leave

Harrison County Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick placed corrections officer Nathan Adams on administrative leave, effective July 1.
Adams was named in a tort claim filed last month on behalf of an 18-year-old black male from Louisville who says he was tortured recently while being held in the Harrison County Jail.Department threatens
to not work county fair
Harrison County Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick placed corrections officer Nathan Adams on administrative leave, effective July 1.
Adams was named in a tort claim filed last month on behalf of an 18-year-old black male from Louisville who says he was tortured recently while being held in the Harrison County Jail.
In May, Tevin Bald was allegedly placed in a padded cell where he was stripped naked, placed in a restraint chair and had a spit mask and hood placed over his face. According to the claim, Adams and corrections officer Ross Timberlake ‘maliciously sprayed the inside of the spit mask with mace and/or pepper spray which caused extreme physical and emotional trauma and pain and suffering to Tevin Bald.’
Harrison County Auditor Pat Wolfe, at the direction of the commissioners, held Adams’ latest paycheck until the commissioners could determine if it was a paid or unpaid leave.
At the commissioners’ regular meeting Monday evening, with Adams and his father, John, present, the commissioners said it was a paid leave and made a motion to allow the auditor to pay Adams for 15 work days since his leave was put in effect (July 21).
After 15 days, the sheriff or the sheriff’s merit board will have to decide whether to continue the leave or not. Legal counsel John E. Colin said he’ll research whether the merit board addresses administrative leaves for corrections officers.
Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes made the motion to pay Adams as soon as the sheriff sends pay vouchers in, and Commissioner Terry Miller seconded.
‘The sheriff’s putting us in a bad situation again,’ Miller said. ‘The sheriff needs to answer for them ‘ We have to pay someone else who’s not working, just because Michael Deatrick says they’re on administrative leave.’
The sheriff also placed police officer John Britton on leave in September after Britton’s wife, Christine, allegedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2009 at the couple’s home near Ramsey. Indiana State Police investigators said John Britton admitted leaving a handgun in the room when, during an argument, his wife threatened to shoot herself.
Miller said the employees should be able to do some sort of work around the county, whether it be picking up trash or answering phones.
‘Mr. Adams is willing to work,’ Commissioner James Goldman said. ‘It’s a totally different thing (Adams and Britton).’
‘It’s the same head man doing the same old things,’ Miller said.
In a related matter Monday night, the board received a letter from the sheriff’s department about working the upcoming Harrison County Fair, which begins Sunday.
‘During the fair board meeting on Monday, July 12, 2010, the major and captain of the Reserves were informed that they were not to enforce the law during the 2010 Harrison County Fair,’ the letter stated. ‘So at this point, we do not intend to work the 2010 fair. Please contact Major (Bob) Stem or Captain (Carl) Attwood with any questions or concerns. Be advised, if the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department works the fair, we intend to enforce the law to the fullest extent.’
The letter was signed by Deatrick, Stem and Attwood. It was also sent to the fair board and the county council.
Miller said he doesn’t know what the issue has to do with the commissioners. ‘I don’t know what their deal is,’ he said.
‘That’s a waste of paper sending that letter to this board,’ Mathes, who sits on the fair board, said.
In May, Tevin Bald was allegedly placed in a padded cell where he was stripped naked, placed in a restraint chair and had a spit mask and hood placed over his face. According to the claim, Adams and corrections officer Ross Timberlake ‘maliciously sprayed the inside of the spit mask with mace and/or pepper spray which caused extreme physical and emotional trauma and pain and suffering to Tevin Bald.’
Harrison County Auditor Pat Wolfe, at the direction of the commissioners, held Adams’ latest paycheck until the commissioners could determine if it was a paid or unpaid leave.
At the commissioners’ regular meeting Monday evening, with Adams and his father, John, present, the commissioners said it was a paid leave and made a motion to allow the auditor to pay Adams for 15 work days since his leave was put in effect (July 21).
After 15 days, the sheriff or the sheriff’s merit board will have to decide whether to continue the leave or not. Legal counsel John E. Colin said he’ll research whether the merit board addresses administrative leaves for corrections officers.
Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes made the motion to pay Adams as soon as the sheriff sends pay vouchers in, and Commissioner Terry Miller seconded.
‘The sheriff’s putting us in a bad situation again,’ Miller said. ‘The sheriff needs to answer for them ‘ We have to pay someone else who’s not working, just because Michael Deatrick says they’re on administrative leave.’
The sheriff also placed police officer John Britton on leave in September after Britton’s wife, Christine, allegedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in March 2009 at the couple’s home near Ramsey. Indiana State Police investigators said John Britton admitted leaving a handgun in the room when, during an argument, his wife threatened to shoot herself.
Miller said the employees should be able to do some sort of work around the county, whether it be picking up trash or answering phones.
‘Mr. Adams is willing to work,’ Commissioner James Goldman said. ‘It’s a totally different thing (Adams and Britton).’
‘It’s the same head man doing the same old things,’ Miller said.
In a related matter Monday night, the board received a letter from the sheriff’s department about working the upcoming Harrison County Fair, which begins Sunday.
‘During the fair board meeting on Monday, July 12, 2010, the major and captain of the Reserves were informed that they were not to enforce the law during the 2010 Harrison County Fair,’ the letter stated. ‘So at this point, we do not intend to work the 2010 fair. Please contact Major (Bob) Stem or Captain (Carl) Attwood with any questions or concerns. Be advised, if the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department works the fair, we intend to enforce the law to the fullest extent.’
The letter was signed by Deatrick, Stem and Attwood. It was also sent to the fair board and the county council.
Miller said he doesn’t know what the issue has to do with the commissioners. ‘I don’t know what their deal is,’ he said.
‘That’s a waste of paper sending that letter to this board,’ Mathes, who sits on the fair board, said.

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