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December 2017: Prison Guard Arrested After Taking Bribes; Foul Play Suspected in Fire; Mitchell Jr. High Gets Mindstorm Robots; Three Men To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Updated January 2, 2018 8:05 AM
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(UNDATED) - In December, federal prison Guard was arrested after police say he took bribes to permit sex; police suspect foul play suspected in Bounds and McPike Flooring fire; Mitchell Junior High School received 8 Mindstorm robots; three men with local connections were among those to be inducted into the indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Federal Prison Guard Took Bribes to Permit Sex

Federal criminal charges against a Bureau of Prisons correctional officer involved in an elaborate scheme to allow inmates to leave the grounds, have sexual relations on the grounds, and bring contraband into the prison in exchange for cash and other items.

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Police arrested Leon Perry III, 41,of Linton, on December 5th. He is faces charges of conspiracy for an officer to permit escape, conspiracy to bribe public officials, officer permitting escape, public official accepting a bribe and providing contraband in a prison.

Perry worked as the Reservation Patrol Officer at the Federal Prison Camp, whose responsibilities included patrolling the prison grounds to prevent and stop any escape attempts. This included challenging unauthorized vehicles or persons who are on the grounds and maintaining overall security of the facility. Perry has served as a correctional officer at the BOP for approximately 10 years.

It is alleged that Perry agreed to be at a different part of the facility grounds when inmates left the facility and went with women to hotels in the nearby Terre Haute, Indiana area. In exchange for the agreement, Perry accepted cash bribes. It is further alleged that Perry accepted bribes, including cash and prescription medication, to allow prisoners to have sex with unauthorized visitors on prison grounds. It is also alleged that Perry accepted bribes in exchange for allowing contraband into the Camp; including cellular telephones, controlled substances, and alcohol.

Perry faces up to 15 years imprisonment if convicted on all counts.

Foul Play Suspected in Bounds and McPike Flooring Fire

In December Bloomington Police announced they suspected foul play in the fire that burned the Bounds and McPike Flooring building to the ground on June 24.

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Detectives have interviewed at least a dozen people, including Bounds and McPike employees, in connection with the fire.

Police are working with the Bloomington Fire Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office and insurance office investigators.

The cause and origin of the fire is still unknown.

Mitchell Junior High School Received 8 Mindstorm Robots

Mitchell Junior High School has received 8 Mindstorm Robots thanks to funding from a partnership between Crane and IU Research Technologies.

The robots will be used in school to teach computer science standards.

Dean and Barbara Spencer Grand Marshals of Bedford Christmas Parade

Dean and Barbara Spencer were the grand marshals for the Bedford's Christmas Parades

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The theme was "Jingle Bell Rock."

The Best Overall Lighted unit went to B-Town V Dub Club who took home a trophy and $100 cash prize.

Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame Announces 57th Induction Class

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 57th men's induction class. Three men with local connections - Steve Brett, John Heaton and John Wellemeyer - are among the list of this year's Hall of Fame inductees. The class will be honored on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.



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