Police say jail spat involving administrator not assault

Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police have concluded that an incident at the Sixth Avenue jail between two Department of Corrections employees was not a prosecutable assault.

However, just to make sure, police are forwarding the case to the state Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals for review, according to spokesman Ron McGee.

Police were called to the jail earlier this month when an assistant superintendent allegedly flew into a rage, screamed profanities and physically tried to move a probation supervisor, according to a Sept. 5 memo by five jail employees.

Education coordinator Sasha Wormuth, who wrote the memo, said working conditions at the jail amount to a ''hostile work environment.'' Wormuth said the confrontation between assistant superintendent Amy Rabeau and probation supervisor Annie Loew was just one example of the tension between staff and management that has undercut morale at the institution.

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