Monday, March 7, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Imperial Valley News

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:

Jeffrey Callison, 54, of Lincoln, has been appointed assistant secretary of communications at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has served as acting assistant secretary of communications since 2015 and was press secretary from 2011 to 2015. Callison held several positions at Capital Public Radio from 1996 to 2011, including radio host of a daily public affairs program, news director and reporter. He was communications director for the California Wild Heritage Campaign in 2000. Callison earned a Master of Arts degree in philosophy and English literature from the University of Edinburgh. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $123,504. Callison is a legal permanent resident of the United States, and therefore not registered to vote.

Vicky Waters, 41, of Sacramento, has been appointed press secretary at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Waters has been vice president of public affairs at Ogilvy Public Relations since 2015. She was deputy director of public affairs at the California Department of Parks and Recreation from 2012 to 2015, director of media relations at the California Charter Schools Association from 2009 to 2012 and an account executive at BPcubed Inc. from 2007 to 2009. Waters was a freelance journalist, independent public relations consultant and translator from 2003 to 2009. She was Sacramento correspondent at La OpiniĆ³n from 2001 to 2003, an anchor, reporter and producer at Univision Sacramento from 2000 to 2001, evening anchor, reporter and producer at Univision Corpus Christi from 1998 to 2000 and news editor and broadcast operator at WRAL-TV from 1996 to 1998. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $117,012. Waters is a Democrat.


The city made $40,000 available to a group restoring the Lake Norconian Club foundation.
Patrick O’neill, The Press Enterprise

A group preserving the former Lake Norconian Club hotel in Norco got a $40,000 boost from the city this week.

Norco City Council voted 5-0 to make $40,000 available to a non-profit overseeing restoration at the historic hotel located within the city’s prison along Fifth Street.

The Lake Norconian Club Foundation asked for a $30,000 donation Wednesday, March 2. But City Councilman Greg Newton, tasked with overseeing the project on behalf of the city, advised his colleagues to increase the amount to ensure all repairs to the damaged roof are finished as soon as possible, explained Councilman Ted Hoffman.

Matthias Gafni, San Jose Mercury News 

ALAMEDA -- Jerry Canfield turned his framed wedding portrait on the nightstand so it faced his beloved wife lying in bed. Then he placed a pillow over her head, covered the pistol with a towel and fired one bullet into her temple. JoAnn Canfield's eye briefly opened and then closed, and her husband gently kissed his wife of nearly 30 years.

Canfield holstered the handgun, placed a stuffed gorilla on JoAnn's chest and put two birthday cards he had given her when she still recognized him on the nightstand. After laying a bouquet of roses beside his wife, Canfield returned her wheelchair to the senior facility where the 73-year-old woman had recently moved since entering the late stages of dementia.

Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald

NOTE: The reporter was provided information about visiting procedures – including that filming is not allowed in visiting and that visitors must complete an application and be approved before they can visit an inmate.

For years in the mid-1980s, Charles Ng would visit Sean Doyle every night.

It was always the same nightmare. But Ng, one of America’s most notorious serial killers, was never the aggressor in the dream.

He was always helpless, stranded in a bear pit at the zoo. Doyle had a high-powered rifle with a telescopic sight. Night after night he would line up Ng in the crosshairs and pull the trigger.

Rachel Zentz, The Salinas Californian

SVSP inmates raise funds for Tatum’s Garden

Inmates in the Veterans’ Support Group at Salinas Valley State Prison raised $4,995 for Tatum’s Garden.

The group raised the funds through a facility-wide food sale fundraiser.

Scott Schwebke, The Orange County Register

NOTE: Elizabeth Begaren was a correctional officer at California State Prison-Los Angeles County. Her husband, Nuzzio Begaren, was convicted of orchestrating her murder and is incarcerated at Ironwood State Prison.

ANAHEIM – A man accused of being the trigger man in the 1998 slaying of an Anaheim corrections officer was arrested in Mexico.

Guillermo Espinoza, 40, was taken into custody in Mexico on Thursday and returned to the United States. He was being held without bail in the Anaheim jail.

Late Thursday afternoon, Espinoza, a U.S. citizen, was located in Mexicali, Mexico, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.


Martin Espinoza, The Press Democrat

A former Santa Rosa handyman, serving 15 years to life in prison for a near-fatal machete attack, was again denied parole during a hearing Wednesday at Avenal State Prison, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office said.

Ray Allen Mays, 39, was convicted in 2002 by a jury on charges of attempted murder, mayhem, assualt with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and residential burglary. It was his third scheduled parole hearing since becoming eligible in 2011, District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement.


David Grieder, The Triplicate

Found in possession of roughly $60,000 in meth last year, 38-year old James Banuelos of Crescent City was sentenced this week to three years in state prison.

Almost $2,000 in cash was also found in proximity to nearly 1.5 pounds of meth discovered in Banuelos’ home during a March 5 raid last year. He might have faced a longer sentence but reached a plea deal before going to trial, likely owing to controversy over video footage revealing at least one officer stealing cash from his wallet during the raid.

That officer, former Pelican Bay State Prison Correctional Officer Matthew Yates, pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor theft early this year and will be sentenced next week.

Cathy Locke, The Sacramento Bee

A former state corrections officer and his wife have been sentenced to 240 days in county jail for insurance fraud stemming from a $4 million claim he filed after he was shot outside a San Francisco sex club in 2008.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge James McFetridge on Friday also sentenced John Smiley and Cynthia Biasi-Smiley to five years’ formal probation and ordered them to pay $38,206.70 in restitution to the State Compensation Insurance Fund, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. The Smileys were convicted Feb. 29 of multiple insurance fraud felonies.