Thursday, September 8, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


Ukiah Daily Journal

A Ukiah parole agent will be honored next week by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for his heroic efforts during Lake County’s Valley Fire last year.

David Johns will receive a distinguished service medal for his work during the Valley Fire in which he conducted safety checks, assisted in evacuations and assisted in the relocation of a residential treatment facility for parolees that was destroyed in the fire, according to the CDCR.


Mary A. Wilkin, Lima News

LIMA — A decade of drawing the community together is worth celebrating.

New Life Church International will do just that with “Celebrating the Past, Anticipating the Future” from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at the City Club in downtown Lima. Guest speaker will be Dr. Samuel Huddleston, assistant superintendent of the Northern California and Nevada District Assemblies of God.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be obtained from the church office at 419-999-1615. Deadline is noon Sept. 15. Community leaders, area organizations, church members, friends and the public are invited to be part in the evening.

The event celebrates the church’s ministry to the community, which has been led by senior pastors Bishop Darnell Williams and Pastor Charlene Williams for the last 10 years.

Johnny Magdaleno, Next City

Alfonza Merritt always wanted to work with his hands. Whether it was fixing helicopter blades in the U.S. Navy, or stitching furniture at the upholstery factory in San Quentin prison where he served 20 years, he’s always found fulfillment in using his strength and attentiveness to create things with great utility.

When he finally finished up his sentence for a second-degree homicide charge in November 2015, he relocated to San Francisco, determined to craft a new life far away from his hometown, Gary, Indiana, and its abundance of “crime, gangs and drugs,” says Merritt.

Amber Marron, Canyon News

BEVERLY HILLS—According to a press release from the city of Beverly Hills, during the August 30 Beverly Hills City Council meeting, councilmembers unanimously opposed Proposition 57. Proposition 57 will allow prisoners convicted of non-violent felonies to be eligible for parole after serving their full prison term for their primary offense.

The proposition will appear on the November 8 ballot. The reason councilmembers oppose Proposition 57 is for the potential impact of crime in the Beverly Hills community. In November 2014, Proposition 47 was passed providing reduced penalties and prison terms for certain less serious crimes. After the proposition was passed, an increase was seen in property crimes in the Beverly Hills community.

Robert Handa, NBC

A man charged with trying to kidnap and sexually assault two women claimed innocence during a jailhouse interview with NBC Bay Area on Wednesday.

David Lee Russell said he had no idea he was a wanted man, and was bewildered by the accusations. Speaking through a glass partition at the Santa Clara County Jail, the convicted sex offender seemed determined to give his side of the story. His answers about the alleged attacks were emotional, but often contradictory.