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Westville prison visitor charged

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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.”


Posted 11/26/2012