From Clay County Sheriff Ronnie Cole:
On Thursday December 7th the Clay County Detention staff noticed Head Jailer Tammy Miller-Spears take a female inmate into an employee restroom. The female 38-year-old Ashley Lewis of Corning was in the process of being booked into the detention center. Jail personnel knew this was not policy or procedure. Also, part of a conversation between Tammy Miller-Spears and Ashley Lewis was overheard in the booking room over a camera with the ability to monitor verbal interactions. Tammy Miller-Spears and Ashley Lewis knew each other from both living in Corning. Immediately after these interactions Tammy Miller-Spears clocked out and left the detention facility. Sheriff’s Department personnel reviewed the camera footage and audio and then notified the Corning Police Department of what was suspected had occurred at the detention center. The Corning Police Department went out east on US 62 and made a traffic stop on Mrs. Miller-Spears for doing 71 in a 45 MPH speed zone coming into Corning. Consent to search was asked for and granted. A substance that tested positive to be Methamphetamine was found in the vehicle. 55-year-old Tammy Miller-Spears was taken into custody by the Corning Police Department for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was then transported to Corning Police Department then the Clay County Detention Center. A probable cause hearing was held in Corning on Friday December 8th in front of Circuit Judge Charles Moody where he set a $20,000 bond. Mrs. Miller-Spears was also terminated as Head Jailer of the Clay County Detention Center.