published Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Hays State Prison holding recruiting events and other news from areas around Chattanooga

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Hays State Prison holding recruiting events

TRION, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Labor's LaFayette Career Center is hosting two recruiting events to help fill about 45 correctional officer positions at Hays State Prison in Trion, a news release states.

The first event will be March 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Chattooga County Civic Center in Summerville. The second will be March 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the community room at the LaFayette Housing Authority in LaFayette.

Correctional officer experience is not necessary, but applicants must be at least 18 and bring with them a high school diploma or GED certificate, recent test scores and a valid form of identification.

The starting salary for correctional officers at the prison is $26,754, with as much as 10 percent more possible for those with military service experience.

For more information, contact Cathy Toles at the LaFayette Career Center at 706-638-5525 or email cathy.toles@gdol.ga.gov.


Ministry leaders plead guilty

ATHENS, Ga. — The founders and leaders of the Georgia-based Angel Food Ministries that sent discounted groceries to needy families across the country have pleaded guilty to federal charges.

The guilty pleas were entered this week after the defendants reached deals with prosecutors.

Court records state that pastor Wesley Joseph Wingo and Andrew Wingo pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Linda Wingo pleaded guilty to a charge that she concealed criminal activity by failing to tell law officers of the scheme to defraud the Monroe-based charity.

A former employee, Harry Michaels, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

A November 2011 indictment said ministry officials took millions of dollars from the organization to buy jewelry, athletic equipment and clothes and to make a down payment on a jet.


Inmate indicted in letters' threats

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee prisoner has been indicted after prosecutors said he sent threatening letters that falsely claimed they contained anthrax to the governor, the secretary of state and the district attorney's office in Nashville.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Friday that Branden Frady, 32, of Johnson City, was a prisoner at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville last September when he sent out six threatening letters.

Four of the letters contained a white powder that Frady claimed was anthrax. The letters also made explicit death threats against the public officials, such as, "I will kill you" and "Here is some anthrax."

Prosecutors said the letters disrupted government operations and exhausted resources of the law enforcement.

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