Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Mariana Urban, KQED News

State prison inmates have been among the workers rushed to help deal with the crisis at Oroville Dam.

Last weekend, as many as 250 inmates were at the site, and Wednesday, 24 inmates in two work crews were still helping clear loose material from the dam’s badly eroded emergency spillway to prevent debris from being washed into the waterway below. In addition to receiving training for their work outside prison walls, inmates are paid $2 a day.

David Hernandez, The San Diego Union Tribune

Loud banging on the walls of a cell at an Otay Mesa prison alerted officers to a unit where an inmate was strangled and killed in late December.

Robert Charleston, 36, was being pinned against the prison cell door when officers who went to check on the commotion looked through the window. When they unlocked and opened the door, Charleston fell to the ground. He was unresponsive and not breathing.

Charleston was given CPR and taken to a hospital, where two days later two neurological tests confirmed he was brain dead.

Gabriela Milian, abc News

Valley State Prison in Chowchilla is a men’s prison in California where inmates can get beauty school training, like everyone else in the state.

"I like doing the facial stuff," Juan Brizuela, 36, an inmate at Valley State told ABC News. "It’s a real intimate moment that you have with your client, you trust one another."

Brizuela was convicted of second degree murder when he was 15 years old and received a sentence of fifteen years to life in prison. Before coming to Valley State he was held for 18 years at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California.

Sean Larsen, KEYT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Many of you have seen firefighters in orange jumpsuits working on wildfires here on the Central Coast. Orange means they are state inmates - learning a unique skill while serving their prison sentence.

KCOY 12 took an in-depth look at what California prisons are doing to prepare inmates for life outside the metal bars.


Record Searchlight

A Redding man is facing assault charges after police say he attacked a nurse at Mercy Medical Center's emergency room lobby while she was evaluating his condition.

James Jeffrey French, 29, allegedly threatened to kill registered nurse Anna Russell, 42, of Redding while she was evaluating him after he went there for unknown reasons at about 8:15 a.m. Monday, said Redding police Sgt. Les James.

When Russell began to check on him, he allegedly threatened to kill her and she tried to alert security


Richard Winton, The Los Angeles Times

Note: Contrary to numerous media reports, the suspect in question was under Post Release Community Supervision through Los Angeles County - not state parole. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is working with media outlets to correct this misinformation. CDCR also reached out to this particular reporter clarifying Prop. 47 played no role in the release of the suspect.

The gang member accused of killing a Whittier police officer Monday has cycled in and out of jail for repeatedly violating the terms of his release, records show.

Sheriff's Homicide Capt. Steve Katz on Tuesday identified the suspect as Michael C. Mejia, 26, a career criminal with a history of drugs and violence. Mejia has a "history of control problems," Katz said.

Josh Copitch, KRCR News

OROVILLE, Calif. - On Saturday, every Butte County inmate was returned to the Butte County Jail after being temporarily housed in the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County.

The inmates had been evacuated because of the Oroville Dam Spillway incident on February 12.

According to Butte County officials, the follow list of agencies helped in the initial evacuation: Oroville Union High School District, Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Placer County Sheriff's Office, Tehama County Sheriff's Office, Shasta County Sheriff's Office, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, and the California Highway Patrol.

Hundreds of Minnesota crime victims are not getting their court ordered restitution because officials are failing to search for them.
A.J. Lagoe , Steve Eckert, KARE 11

MINNEAPOLIS - Hundreds of Minnesota crime victims are not getting their court ordered restitution because officials are failing to search for them.

Records obtained by KARE 11 reveal that over a three-year period, more than a million dollars in restitution collected from convicted con-artists, sex offenders and other criminals failed to reach the money’s rightful owners because officials made little or no effort to find them.

Elizabeth Larson, Lake County News

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Areas along the lakeshore in Lakeport remain under a mandatory evacuation order due to the anticipation that Clear Lake – already in flood stage – will rise still higher due to the rain forecast for this week.

As the water continued to rise, officials in the city of Lakeport called for mandatory evacuations on Monday afternoon at three lakeside trailer parks – Lucky Four Resort, Aqua Village Mobile Home Park and Willopoint Resort – and the area of Esplanade Street from Main Street to K Street, which has been closed to all by residential traffic since earlier this month.

Marley’s Mutts founder Zach Skow stopped by “The Richard Beene Show” for the first time on Feb. 16 to share his story, and the mission of the dog-rescue
KERN Radio

Joining Skow were rescued dogs Hooch, who has become Marley’s Mutts biggest star, and a new addition, Benedict, but Skow shared the story about how the organization came into being and how it’s trying to save as many dogs from high-kill shelters as possible.

“I didn’t plan on rescuing dogs,” Skow admitted to host Richard Beene. “ I didn’t plan on it.”