Arrest photo of Jessica Curry, 28 of Vanderburgh County

Bunker Hill, Ind.— An investigation by the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) resulted in the October 13th arrest of Jessica Curry, 28 of Vanderburgh County. The investigation developed information alleging Ms.Curry was attempting to traffic suspected methamphetamine into the Miami Correctional Facility during visitation. During the investigation, Ms. Curry disclosed she had left her four children unattended in a nearby hotel.

Curry was arrested and transported to the Miami County Jail pending charges of:

James Frye

Bunker Hill, Ind.— Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Warden William Hyatte announces James Frye as the Community Engagement Coordinator and Public Information Officer for MCF. The scope of community engagement includes the effective use of community resources to address the needs of the facility and the population and supports the Department's mission and vision.

Mr. Frye brings seventeen (17) years of correctional experience to his new position. He began his Department of Correction career as a Correctional Officer at MCF in 2002. He promoted to Correctional Sergeant in 2007 and then to Correctional Lieutenant in late 2018. Mr. Frye stated, "I am very excited about the new challenge. I look forward to working with the public, volunteers, and staff. I am a firm believer it takes the Department of Correction and the community to prepare offenders for successful reentry."

Warden Hyatte stated, "Mr. Frye brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. Due to his prior achievements working up through the ranks, he is very familiar with all positions, posts, and the inner workings of this facility as well as knowing its background and history."

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Bunker Hill, Ind.—Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Warden William Hyatte is pleased to announce two recipients of the Warden’s Coin of Excellence. These coins are awarded in recognition to staff for their outstanding service in going above and beyond at MCF.

Arrest photo of Anttrianna Stokes, 23 of Elkhart, IN

Bunker Hill, IN – An Elkhart woman is facing charges of Trafficking w/inmate, Dealing Sch. I, II, or III Controlled Substance, and False Identity Statement following her arrest at the Miami Correctional Facility on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

According to a press release from the facility, Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) Office of Investigations and Intelligence (OII) was contacted by facility staff on Sunday regarding an attempted trafficking incident during an offender visit. Anttrianna Stokes, had arrived at the facility at approximately 4:00 p.m. to visit Offender Stevonta Hill DOC# 266117. According to the release, Ms. Stokes was in possession of a Snickers bar containing 418 Suboxone strips.

MCF Warden William Hyatte confirmed the arrest of Anttrianna Stokes of Elkhart. “I could not be prouder of the visitation staff that found the contraband and alerted Investigations staff. This teamwork is the strong foundation in ensuring the safety and security at the facility”.

Ms. Stokes entered the facility by presenting an Illinois driver’s license with a false name. At approximately 4:40 p.m., Stokes handed visitation staff members multiple foot items to be inspected by them and given to Hill to take back to his cell. While inspecting the food items, Staff noticed a Snickers Bar with “abnormal physical characteristics.” Upon further inspection of the bar, staff discovered several bundles of orange colored substances wrapped in plastic inside.

Photo of Amber Scott of Indianapolis

BUNKER HILL, IN– Warden William Hyatte confirms that a female visitor was arrested at the Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) yesterday for conspiring to traffic with offenders.

The Division of Investigations and Intelligence at Miami Correctional received intelligence suspecting Amber Scott of Indianapolis, of trafficking narcotics to an offender during visitation. Information was discovered during a phone call between Amber Scott and an offender by investigations staff. It was also discovered that Ms. Scott had an active warrant out of Howard County.

Ms. Scott was taken into custody by a Correctional Police Officer on the warrant when she came to visit. Investigators interviewed her about possessing contraband during the interview and she admitted to having it on her person. Investigations recovered a small amount of methamphetamine, heroin, and Xanax pills. She also admitted to staff that she had narcotics and drug paraphernalia in her vehicle. Investigation staff, with the help of an MCF K-9 member, additionally found syringes, heroin, and methamphetamine in her vehicle.

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.