Investigator: City jail guard linked to career criminal, drugs

12:57 AM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A city corrections officer who is living with a career criminal failed a drug test administered after she got into an accident while transporting inmates in a jail van in January, public records show.  

Officer Jennifer Korb was suspended without pay for 15 days for testing positive for drugs, according to personnel records obtained under the Ohio Public Records Act.  

A Channel 3 News investigation found that Korb is living with Tracy Bunch, a career criminal who has racked up 20 convictions since 1980. 

Bunch is currently on probation for weapons and aggravated menacing charges that were filed after police say he shot at a man and then threatened to kill a police officer this July. During the sentencing, Korb stood up for Bunch during the hearing.  

A friend of Bunch, however, told the station that there is more to the relationship.  

"Tracy tells me he sells drugs with her," said Shirley Woolfolk of Cleveland. "That's per his mouth - verbatim."  

Woolfolk and Bunch were not available for comment.  Attempts to reach them at Korb's Warrensville Heights home were not successful, and she did not return a call after a reporter left a card in Korb's mailbox explaining the allegations.  

Korb previously refused to answer questions about her relationship with Bunch, telling the Investigator Tom Meyer, "Do you think you should be here bothering a hard working city worker that has put in her full eight hours today?"  

Bunch and Woolfolk have had a tumultuous relationship, she said. They previously lived together and police reports indicate she has accused him multiple times of domestic abuse. But the two are still friendly and Bunch still visits her home, she said.  

Woolfolk said Bunch met Korb more than a year ago at the Cleveland House of Corrections.  

"He was an inmate," Woolfolk said. "Tracy's a beguiling type of person. He knows how to pull people into his mess."  

Bunch has also twice used his relationship with Korb to threaten Woolfolk, according to police reports. One of the police reports quote Bunch as saying he's "with the police now and she's gonna (expletive) you up, too."  

"I'm not the only one he's said this to," Woolfolk said. Bunch and Korb's relationship "gave him power on Kinsman (Avenue in Cleveland). It made him more credible."  

Korb has also gotten into the act, calling a supervisor where Woolfolk works, she said.  

"It wasn't pleasant, what my supervisor said," according to Woolfolk."  

Cleveland does not prohibit corrections officers from dating or living with a convict. The city does have a policy prohibiting illegal or inappropriate activity.  

Acting Corrections Commissioner David Carroll reviewed a prior Channel 3 News story on Korb's relationship with Bunch and found that it did not violate any city rules.  

When asked about the current allegations, Carroll said he would investigate any credible complaints involving possible illegal activity. But he said that at this point Woolfolk's allegations simply amount to hearsay evidence.  

Carroll also said Korb has filed police reports against a "woman" for harassment, but he didn't name that person.


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