Monday, August 31, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO >> Officials at California’s oldest state prison scrambled to provide safe drinking water to thousands of inmates after waterborne Legionnaires’ disease hospitalized one inmate and was suspected of sickening more than two dozen others.

Water was quickly shut off at San Quentin State Prison Thursday after testing confirmed the potentially fatal illness.

Brendan O'Brien, Reuters

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Five more California inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease at San Quentin State Prison, as officials work to determine the source of the outbreak and minimize its spread, the state corrections department said on Sunday.

Five of the inmates are being treated at outside hospitals after they were diagnosed with the disease through tests conducted over the last several days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.


Abigail Wise, Outside Magazine

With record-breaking acres burned in states out west and a heat wave that hit California on Wednesday, which is likely to increase fire risk, according to the Los Angeles Times, firefighters are struggling to contain wildfires. Drought, the largest driver of wildfires, is responsible for the prime fire conditions that have consumed more than 7.1 million acres of the U.S. so far this year. Only 12 percent of the 472-square-mile Okanogan Complex wildfires in Washington are contained, according to the AP, and with wildfires blazing in many other western states, U.S. firefighters are turning to outside help:

Anne Cusack, MSN

Lawrence Phillips, the former star running back, will be prosecuted for the death of his cellmate, a legal secretary with the Kern County (Calif.) District Attorney's office told USA TODAY Sports Friday.

Criminal charges against Phillips in the death of Damion Soward — found dead in April inside the cell he shared with Phillips in Kern Valley State Prison, will be filed with the court next week, said Pam Marshall — legal secretary with the district attorney's office. Marshall said she will be filing the criminal complaint and related paperwork.

Malaika Fraley, San Jose Mercury News

HAYWARD -- A 22-year-old Newark woman is the last defendant to be sentenced in connection with the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Justice Afoa in 2010, a killing that led to the victim's friend on the Newark Memorial High School football team's murder two years later.

Judge Morris Jacobson sentenced Daniela Guzman on Friday to 15 years to life in state prison after she told a courtroom full of Afoa's family members that she was remorseful for her role in Afoa's death, her attorney Ernie Castillo said.

Theo Douglas, The Bakersfield Californian

A Wasco State Prison inmate who perished Wednesday morning was found to have died in a "natural" manner, the Kern County Coroner's office said Friday in a news release.

Todd E. Sortomme was taken to the emergency room at Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday.

Attention is now on 1983 murder of a 20-year-old Pacific Grove woman found behind a Monterey shopping center.
Susan C. Schena, Patch

The arrests of two men in separate cold case homicides in Seaside were announced this week as a result of a partnership among Monterey Peninsula law enforcement agencies, a police commander said.

On June 26, Martin Lopez, 22, was arrested in connection with the murder of Erick Curiel, 21, Monterey police Cmdr. Michael Bruno, who is part of the Peninsula Cold Case Project, announced Wednesday.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

Q: In October 1985, a man named Larry Lapoint entered a Coker-Ewing real estate office armed. He shot the place, killing one person. What happened to that man? How many years did he get?


Gail Marshall, The Fresno Bee

The questioning began in the afternoon with parents like Joan Brown.

“Jeffrey, Jennifer? Where are you? Come on, you guys. I know you’re hiding. Don’t play games with me now.”
Something was wrong at the Browns’ Chowchilla home. What was it?

Then she noticed. The peanut butter wasn’t out. There were no chairs in front of the television. She looked at the clock. It was 5 p.m. Where could they be?


SAN DIEGO — A man who was 17 when he killed a San Diego police officer during a 1978 traffic stop was granted parole Friday, prompting District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis to call on the governor to reverse the state Board of Parole’s decision.

Jesus Cecena, 54, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of Officer Archie Buggs.


After a legislator’s scathing letter, the warden and others say they’re doing their best but could use more state dollars.
The Press-Enterprise

It’s just after noon inside the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco. Natural light streams in from windows on both sides of a dorm in Facility A, the oldest part of the prison.

A man with a tattooed chest and neck is tidying his bed. Another shirtless inmate exits the bathroom with a towel draped across his shoulders, wiping vestiges of shaving cream off his bald head.


Howard Mintz hmintz, Mercury News

California is about to find out if taking three decades or more to execute death row inmates will turn out to be the fatal flaw in the state's long-faltering death penalty system.

In a case that may be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal appeals court on Monday will review a Los Angeles federal judge's startling ruling last year declaring California's "dysfunctional" death penalty law unconstitutional because of systemic delays in a state with more than a quarter of the nation's condemned inmates.


Marisa Lagos, KQED

Last November, voters in California overwhelmingly approved Proposition 47, which lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition a court to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. And that has opened up new opportunities for many former offenders.

Take 21-year-old Sofala Mayfield, for instance. Mayfield's life began to fall apart in his teens, after his grandmother suffered a stroke and his mother fell back into drug addiction.

Caty Enders, The Guardian

As record-setting Washington wildfires burned last week, a 16-year-old inmate who was helping to fight the Chelan Complex fire escaped from a work camp, after punching a security guard.

The next day, 22 August, police found the inmate on a nearby road and attempted to apprehend him. He pulled out a .22 caliber revolver and, after a brief interaction, fired one shot to his head.

Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times

HERCULES -- When Oscar Michel Glass took up his quiet life here, tutoring kids in French and math, he left a life -- and a name -- behind.

In 2004, Glass was Kurt William Kroboth, a Virginia man who donned a vampire mask on Halloween night, sneaked into his estranged wife's house with a bottle of chloroform and tried to knock her out to stage a bathtub suicide, prosecutors said. She escaped, and Kroboth ultimately pleaded guilty to attempted murder, serving seven years of a 30-year sentence in prison before being released on probation.