A Rochester, Ind., resident was arrested on Thursday on a charge of
attempted trafficking after she was observed trying to pass contraband to an
offender at Westville Correctional Facility, the Indiana Department of
Correction (DOC) said.
According to a statement released today by DOC, Kathleen Schlemmer, 46, was
visiting her husband, Melvin Schlemmer, 40, also of Rochester, and was seen
attempting to pass contraband to her him. Schlemmer was transported to the
LaPorte County Jail.
Melvin Schlemmer was sentenced in November 2011 to 12 years, four of them
suspended, in Fulton Circuit Court after being convicted of possession of
methamphetamines. His projected release date is June 24, 2016.
“This is a reminder that on a day when many people get to celebrate a
holiday, people in public safety occupations are still on the job helping to
protect the public,” Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said.
“I commend Westville’s staff again for the thoroughness and diligence they
apply to their duties and responsibilities,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon
added. “Constant vigilance is necessary to eliminate the abuse of visitation
privileges by some to commit another crime.”