Monday, February 22, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Don Thompson, Associated Press

California's new corrections chief is backing off a plan to lower standards for inmate firefighters, focusing instead on persuading county sheriffs to send more jail prisoners to the state program.

Scott Kernan, who took over last month as secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said in an interview with The Associated Press that he expects California will have enough inmate firefighters for this year's fire season despite a dwindling pool of candidates from state prisons.


Wayne Freedman, ABC News 7

The son of a man who was just released from prison, for a crime he didn't commit is speaking out Friday.

The son talked only to ABC7 News Friday about the ordeal his family has gone through.

Luther Jones spent 18 years in prison and now he's free, but his troubles are hardly over. This time, his problems aren't legal; instead, they're a matter of life and death.

The Bakersfield Californian

The Kern County Coroner has determined the death of a Tehachapi inmate was a homicide. 

Miguel J. Alejo, 46, was pronounced dead at the Tehachapi Hospital about an hour after California Correctional Institution staff found him unresponsive at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12, according to a news release from the coroner’s office. The cause of his death was neck compression.

Pablo Lopez, Fresno Bee

The Fresno appellate court has overturned the murder conviction of a Madera man, saying he didn’t get a fair trial when he was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a homeless woman in Madera in September 2000.

Frank William Hogan was found guilty in Madera County Superior Court in April 2013 of first-degree murder and sodomy after his DNA linked him to the killing of 49-year-old Linda Marie Richards. Hogan was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Cathy Locke, Sacramento Bee

A: Robert Alan Kill, a retired San Juan Unified School District teacher, was arrested by Roseville police in October 2013 on suspicion of possessing child pornography and other related charges.

He was accused of videotaping girls without their knowledge for his own sexual gratification, according to a story in The Sacramento Bee.


Vince Cestone and Alecia Reid, KRON

San Quentin is home to the largest death row population in California.

All executions of men and women take place there. However, the execution chamber has not been used since 2006.

Capital punishment has taken place at this prison since it opened in 1852. The execution chamber was recently renovated, but it hasn’t been used for a decade now.


Guy Kovner and Julie Johnson, Santa Rosa Press Democrat

A 27-year-old Santa Rosa man was shot and killed Wednesday night by an unknown gunman in front of the east Santa Rosa apartment complex where he lived, police said.

Reginal Dewayne Burt was found lying on the pavement in the 1300 block of Townview Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Josh Ludtke said.

Maghan Hunt, KRCR TV

A man wanted for murder after a Feb. 6 shooting on the 9200 block of Skyway in Paradise, has been arrested in San Jose.

According to the Paradise Police Department, Alex McClintock, 27, was found in San Jose by the California Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Team and has been taken into custody.

Paradise police said detectives are on the way to pick up McClintock and bring him back to the Butte County Jail where he will be charged with one count of murder and violation of parole.