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Woman arrested at DOC, charged two felonies

Monday, March 29, 2010

Correctional officers Deanna Lanning, left, and Troy Keith arrest a Teresa Rains of Terre Haute Saturday for trafficking with an inmate, when she was visiting her husband at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.
PUTNAMVILLE -- On Saturday, correctional police officer Troy Keith arrested 41-year-old Teresa Rains of Terre Haute at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.

Suspected of smuggling contraband into the facility, Rains was detained and interviewed by Keith when she arrived at the prison to visit her husband, offender Alvin Rains.

During the interview, with the assistance of correctional officer Deanna Lanning, staff recovered several concealed bundles containing a controlled substance and tobacco.

Keith advised Rains of her Miranda rights, placed her under arrest and notified the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Sheriff Danny Wallace was dispatched to the facility to transport Rains to the Putnam County Jail, where she was charged with a Class A misdemeanor for trafficking with an inmate and two Class D felonies, dealing in a schedule I, II, III controlled substance and possession of a scheduled I, II, III controlled substance.

Alvin Rains, 42, of Indianapolis, is serving a sentence for a conviction of robbery, a Class B felony, with a projected release date of Aug. 23, 2014. He was placed in administrative segregation pending the outcome of an investigation.

"This is a perfect example of the department's intent regarding the appointment of correctional police officers," said superintendent Bruce Lemmon. "It is an effective, efficient process by which authorized staff have the power to detain and arrest those who choose to engage in criminal activity in our prisons.

"I commend Troy Keith and Deanna Lanning for their efforts, and thank Deputy Wallace and the Putnam County Sheriff Department for their cooperation and assistance," he added.

The incident marks the first arrest by a correctional police officer at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. Keith is one of 46 Indiana Department of Correction staff, sworn in on Feb. 5 and granted the power of arrest, by Honorable Judge Tanya Walton-Pratt.

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From the looks of the photo, was she smuggling snack cakes too?

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 2:26 AM

have to agree problem transmission, more then just snack cakes, more like the supermarket

-- Posted by lleonard47 on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 11:56 AM

Low and classless comments, ProblemTransmission and lleonard47. What is really sad is that, knowing the risk and consequences, she would choose to do this anyway. Her poor choices has cost her her own freedom. I hope she realizes that and changes her life around while paying for her crime.

-- Posted by confusedami on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 1:22 PM


-- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Mar 29, 2010, at 7:22 PM

Talk about stupid. Nothing is that important to risk liberty.

-- Posted by barb4him2 on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 12:45 PM

ProblemTransmission and lleonard47 no matter what you may think of what she is charged with, the mean and cruel comments were uncalled for. Regardless of what someone may or may not do to land them in the newspaper, they still have friends and family that love them. We don't need added stress of reading comments like that!

-- Posted by greenfarmgirl1234567 on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 8:35 AM

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