Monday, February 13, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Joe Nelson, The Sun

The warning signs were evident long before police arrested James Robert Hiles on suspicion of raping an elderly Mentone woman on Jan. 16.

Three days before the rape, Hiles, 30, of Mentone, was released from the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino after pleading guilty to felony assault for attacking a Mentone man at a party last Halloween.

Despite being on parole for manslaughter, stalking and criminal threats at the time of the Oct. 31 assault, Hiles, according to court records, was granted three years felony probation and released from custody on Jan. 13.

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

The transgender woman whose case led to a court ruling requiring prisons in California to allow inmates to undergo sex-reassignment surgery had her own surgery Friday.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 53, underwent the operation at Marin General Hospital in San Rafael. She has been living in a halfway house in San Francisco since her release from prison in August 2015. A federal judge had ordered the surgery four months earlier, but Norsworthy was paroled before the operation could be scheduled.

Kevin Yamamura, The Sacramento Bee

The suspect shot multiple times Friday in a North Sacramento gunbattle with law enforcement was identified as Armani Lee.

Sacramento police said undercover officers had Lee, 28, under surveillance because he was wanted for a parole violation and suspected in a North Sacramento shooting that occurred Feb. 4.

Nathan Solis , Record Searchlight

While the Sacramento River reached levels not seen in many years on Sunday -- and officials issued warnings to be careful around the water -- a man allegedly high on methamphetamine was rescued from the river in Redding.

The man believe he was being chased, so he waded into the river, but not before taking off some of his clothes, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency personnel rescued Guadalupe Isaacs from the river near the Cypress Avenue bridge. Isaacs was stranded on an island of trees and branches when a maintenance worker heard him calling for help just before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

CALIFORNIA PRISONS

The Bakersfield Californian

A 43-year-old inmate at Wasco State Prison died of strangulation and his death is a homicide, according to coroner's officials.

Jason Leon Morris was found unresponsive at 3:05 p.m. Feb. 7 in a two-person cell at the prison, a coroner's release said. He was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

Cause of death is ligature strangulation, the release said.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

CBS Sacramento

CLIPPER MILLS (CBS13) — Around 6:30 this morning, a Butte County Sheriff SWAT Team, along with California Department of Corrections, California Highway Patrol, and Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at 11857 La Porte Rd. in Clipper Mills. Law Enforcement Officials had previously obtained information that led them to believe Shasta County homicide suspect Kane Harrison, and his girlfriend Fawn Watkins, were residing at the residence.

Hours later the crews surrounded the residence and learned the suspects were inside.

A search warrant was issued for the residence. The SWAT Team negotiators used a PA system for several hours in an attempt to convince Harrison and Watkins to exit the residence safely. When they refused to exit, the team inserted non-lethal chemical agents into the residence.

Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union Tribune

A Vista judge ruled Friday that a now 26-year-old man accused of gunning down an Oceanside police officer in 2006 can continue to be tried as an adult, rejecting a defense argument that, under a 2016 law, the case should start in Juvenile Court.

The decision is likely to be appealed, and was announced the same day that a San Diego judge issued a tentative ruling with an opposite result, finding that the new law should apply to an 18-year-old defendant accused in a string of violent home-invasion robberies that took place a year ago, when he was 17.

John Myers, The Los Angeles Times

Let’s not beat around the bush. There are an awful lot of Californians who don’t know where the state government spends most of their hard-earned tax dollars.

It’s a problem that’s been going on for years.

For more than a decade, poll takers for the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California have asked the following question: “I'm going to name some of the largest areas for state spending. Please tell me the one that represents the most spending in the state budget.”

In the institute’s latest survey, released last week, the result was the same it has been every time since 2005: Many Californians think prisons get the most money. Thirty-nine percent picked that answer in the new poll.

Gary Klien, Marin Independent Journal

A teenager who was charged as an adult in a Novato murder investigation last year has had his case moved to juvenile court, at least temporarily.

Juan Carlos Martinez Henriquez was 17 years old when he was charged with the gang-related murder of Edwin Guerra, a classmate at Novato High School, last May. Martinez Henriquez is also charged with the attempted murder of another classmate, Llefferson Diaz.