With Dutch Harbor in the rear view window, I am camped out in Louisville, KY. looking for employment and a new chapter.
By: joealaska , 5:55 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
Third Party Custodianship? Ring a bell with anybody?
Probably not. It was a huge situation with me, at least indirectly, the last few months I was in Dutch. Third Party Custodianship is where some person agrees to take into custody someone else who has been arrested and is awaiting trial. That person agrees to keep the criminal within sight and sound at all times, 24 hours every day. This is usually done by a friend or acquaintance of the CRIMINAL. If the criminal is caught out of custody, he goes back to jail to wait. And the custodian can get in trouble too. The custodian gets paid to do this. Forgot to mention THAT.
So about a year ago I came back to Dutch from one of my road trips. I walked into the warehouse and everyone was busy. I noticed an extra guy working. WTF? I went and asked GNU GUY (Doug), who was in charge while I was gone. OH YEAH, he says, he is a custodian of Neuthon’s. He had to explain it to me, as I had never heard about it until then. DOUGS thinking was we had a FREE employee. He was working for nothing. Mainly to keep from being bored.
I asked Doug if he had mentioned this to my boss. NO. Even though he talked with him every day. And of course, Doug did not mention it to me either, even though I called a couple times during vacation and asked WHAT’S NEW? Nothin’.
So I called the boss right away and told him. He hit the roof. The point was our liability. If that criminal got injured “on the job” he probably would have ended up owning the place.
So now I had a critical employee, Neuthon, who was still bound by his agreement with the courts. I could have told Neuthon just to stay home and play custodian there. But we needed him. Actually, we needed more. We ended up hiring BRANDON so he could work with Neuthon legitimately.
Brandon had been arrested for a road rage incident. A young kid cut Brandon off. Brandon followed him and confronted him. Brandon got in one good punch and broke the kids jaw. He was arrested for assault. Evidently Brandon had other issues with the police. We KNEW it was a risk. We felt like we were stuck with him, so we gave him a chance. If it did not work, we would get rid of him.
He turned out to be a hard worker. But we caught him trying to steal a case of Coke, and we let him go. He still had to be with Neuthon, so he continued coming to work and sat out in the parking lot.
Then after five or more years at the job, Neuthon started screwing up.
(NEUTHON was named after Sir Isaac Newton by his Dad. I cannot explain the change in spelling.)
He started coming in late, or just missing work. He would not call in. It got worse. I started to keep a written record of it. Every once in a while I showed it to him and asked him to initial it. It would have been easy to fire him, but we let it go. It was slow at that time and we hoped he got his act together. But he did not. So eventually we had no choice but to let him go. When we did, he was stunned like he did not see it coming.
He stopped the custodial thing with Brandon. I guess they just got tired of being with each other while Brandon shared an apartment with Neuthon and his wife and baby son. Brandon had to go back to jail and wait for his trial.
Months after we fired Neuthon, Brandon came into the warehouse and talked with me. He had been found guilty at his trial and he spent a little more time in jail. But now he was out. He bought a car and told me he was trying to clean his life up. He was crying like a baby, and was begging for another chance with us. Again, we did need help. I called my boss and asked what he thought. I was a bit surprised when he said BRING HIM BACK.
He did OK from then on, but that is when I left the island. After a while Brandon did not work very often, he was a part timer and was ON CALL. Eventually they let him go for the second time.
WELL, last night I talked to the guys in Dutch again. Some big changes coming. But the big news was the latest with Brandon and Neuthon. If you check the recent headlines in The Bristol Times (the link on this site that says LOCAL NEWS) you will see a story about 9 people being arrested for drug sales. Meth and heroin. Neuthon and Brandon are now in Anchorage behind bars.
The kingpin of the group was Brandons DAD. There were a couple more arrests, with the total people now involved at least 14.
AH, life in Dutch. I am sure this story has not ended.
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