Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Judi Bowers, Big Bear Grizzly

The Holcomb Fire grew overnight and is now at 950 acres and 10 percent contained.

Nick Bruinsma of Big Bear Fire Department said the fire made a couple of significant flare ups and runs during the pre-dawn hours. Humidity in the morning hours has the fire and smoke laying low so smoke isn’t as visible in Big Bear this morning. Bruinsma said the smoke will be more visible as the day goes on.

Highway 18 remains closed between Delta Way in Big Bear City near Baldwin Lake and the Mitsubishi Plant. Bruninsma said there is no time frame for reopening the highway as the fire is moving in that direction.

CALIFORNIA PAROLE

Patrick Healy, NBC

It began for many of his alumni--including the then-inmate who would be awared a full scholarship at a prestigious college--with a TEDx talk given by Prof. Renford Reese in a corner of California desert that is home to Ironwood State Prison.

"I want to challenge everyone in here," said Prof. Reese, as he told audience of inmates about a bold venture he calls the "reintegration academy."

He went on to describe a program in which some 30 parolees are invited to a college campus for a series of sessions to expose them to higher education, and prepare them for striving to obtain a four year degree.

DEATH PENALTY

Matthew Cabe, Daily Press

VICTORVILLE — An Adelanto man with gang ties has been sentenced to death in connection to the 2009 double murder of 28-year-old Ealy Davis, Jr. and 26-year-old Shameka Reliford perpetrated during a drug deal.

A jury found James Ellis, 28, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and criminal street gang activity last October, according to a previous Daily Press report.

A statement released Monday by the San Bernardino County District Attorney said jurors found true multiple special circumstances — lying in wait, murder during a robbery, murder while an active participant in a criminal street gang and multiple murders — that “made Ellis eligible for the death penalty.”

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —  A corrections officer at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi was arrested last week for allegedly offering a 15-year-old girl money for sexual favors.

Edward Thomas Jr., 43, was arrested Friday, Kern County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ray Pruitt said Monday.

Claudia Meléndez Salinas, Monterey Herald

SALINAS >> Monterey County mental health officials have received a three-year grant for $6 million to expand services in South County.

The money will be used to establish two new rehab centers in King City and a sobering center in Salinas. The rehab center is expected to serve at least 100 people.

“It’s the first time we have this in King City,” said Amie Miller, director of Monterey County Health Department’s Behavioral Health unit.