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Florida deputies suspended
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New Port Richey, FL

January 04, 2001
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Florida deputies suspended
for not following procedure
New Port Richey, FL

Candace J. Samolinski, of The Tampa Tribune;
December 13, 2000, Wednesday, Final Edition
Copyright 2000 The Tribune Co. Publishes The Tampa Tribune
The Tampa Tribune
December 13, 2000, Wednesday, Final Edition

(NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.) -- Two deputies are suspended following internal investigations prompted by their failure to follow policy.

A Pasco sheriff's deputy and a corrections supervisor were suspended following separate incidents where their bosses said they failed to follow proper procedures.

Details about the suspensions were outlined in reports compiled as part of sheriff's internal investigations and were released Tuesday.

Here is what the reports show:

Corrections Cpl. Pam Fioranelli was disciplined in connection with two incidents. The first happened Aug. 15 when she allowed an inmate to handle a bag that contained official documents, medical records and medical equipment.

That inmate ultimately took the items to his cell where they were discovered.

Fioranelli, who has worked for the sheriff's office since 1985, said she asked the inmate to hold the bag because her hands were full. She also said she didn't think she had done anything wrong.

She was suspended for one day without pay.

She was suspended for an additional day without pay following an Aug. 23 incident where she released the wrong inmate from jail, the reports show.

Jason Michael Williams, 26, of 8602 Laffitte Drive in Hudson, had been in the New Port Richey jail since his arrest July 18 on charges of fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs and burglary involving an assault, court records show. On Aug. 23, Fioranelli told Williams it was his lucky day: He was being released.

Williams asked jail officials, "Are you sure you have the right guy?" a sheriff's report said. She assured him they did and sent him on his way.

About two hours later, a jail supervisor noticed the mistake and deputies were sent to round up Williams, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. In the meantime, the right Jason Williams was released after serving his sentence. Fioranelli said another corporal had given her the authorization to release the wrong man.

Patrol Deputy George Jarosik, a seven-year veteran, was suspended for two days without pay for not arresting anyone after being sent to a central Pasco home where a woman fired a gun. Jarosik wrote in his report of the incident that the woman told him she fired the gun after getting angry with her ex-husband and never intended to harm herself or anyone else. However, the woman said Tuesday the incident never happened.

Jarosik's supervisor, Sgt. Donn Gallahue, said he "failed to recognize the incident as a second-degree felony. . . interview all of the parties involved, document the presence of a child and process the crime scene." No one has been arrested in the shooting.

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