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Witness disputes account of probation officer’s visit

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Tyler Morning Herald on 7/31/2015

LONGVIEW (KYTX) -A Gregg County man may lose his probation and be sent back to prison, after he cursed out a probation officer. The man says the probation walked in on his wife undressed, but a witness is now coming forward and says she remembers it differently.

“I wouldn’t have ever gotten involved in all this,” said the woman, who doesn’t want to be identified. We’re calling her Judy.

She’s talking about involves this man, 29-year-old Pedro Guzman, also known as Pete. In 2009, he was charged with aggravated kidnapping of a Gregg County woman. Three years later, he pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

Fast forward to July 23. That’s when two Gregg County probation officers visited Guzman and his common-law wife, Holly Paulsen, at a Kilgore home. Paulsen claims the female officer was giving her a drug test in the bathroom, when the male officer walked up and saw her with her pants pulled down.

Guzman became angry and used foul language at the officer, and the next day, Guzman was arrested.

“They’ve been after my husband for a long time. I hate walking in there,” Paulsen said.

‘Judy’ says she was there that night, and doesn’t remember things happening the same as Paulsen’s account.



Judge wants education for jailed juveniles

Full Article on August 22, 2015 by Carmen McCollum

Some of the most needy youth in the region are not receiving an education they deserve, according to the official in charge of their care.

Those teens are confined at Lake County Juvenile Detention Center.

Thomas Stefaniak Jr., the senior judge in Lake County’s Juvenile Division, said he believes these tweens and teens should be taking classes and keeping current on school work while confined.

McHenry County (IL) probation officers taking individual approach with juvenile offenders

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Northwest Herald on 8/12/2015 by Hannah Prokop

WOODSTOCK – Senior Probation Officer Bill Pickens said some of the juveniles he’s worked with probably could have stayed out of the system if the proper program was available to help them.

Mental health issues, drug abuse and family dysfunction can be factors that drive criminality, Pickens said, and it’s “not as simple as just putting it in a little box and saying, ‘This is what it is.’ ”

A new training program at the McHenry County Probation and Court Services Office works on better processes of engagement with offenders, and is very specific to an individual’s needs, said James Edwards, Juvenile Division chief managing officer.

“It’s not a one-size-fits-all program, but it’s a series of practices that can work with any of the criminal justice clients based upon their individual needs,” Edwards said.

Looking at cases this way can help when it comes to working with juveniles who have mental health issues.


Former convict, Ind. probation officer share unlikely bond

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WHAS11 on 08/18/2015 by Renee Murphy

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – Sometimes friendships are found in the most unlikely of places.

For Jared Hinkle and Rupert Strawbridge, their bond was formed at the courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Hinkle is a convicted felon and Strawbridge is the probation officer who handles his case.

Smiles and laughs now between two men that get each other.

“He kept coming in proving everything he said and doing everything he said,” Strawbridge, a probation officer in Clark County, Indiana said.