Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


Bakersfield Now

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — An inmate attacked an officer Tuesday at California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Inmate Agustin Garcia allegedly threw a cup of hot water in the officer's face and then repeatedly stabbed him with a weapon he made.

Staff and a couple inmates helped stop the attack.

Sally Schilling, Capital Public Radio News

Jeff Hall is an inmate at California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville. He was sentenced to life without parole for a murder he committed in Santa Clara when he was 18.

He entered the prison system with a Level IV inmate classification. Level IV is the highest security level, Level I is the lowest. With a good behavior record, he was allowed to transfer down to Level III. But that was as far as he could go. He wasn’t allowed to transfer to the lower-security levels because they are off-limits to life-without-parole inmates.

Makenzie Davis, Lassen News

Taking breaks from chasing the reflection from shiny objects on the ground and from receiving near constant petting from handlers and visitors, the seven dogs on the Pups on Parole Program at the California Correctional Center were showing off their skills during the Friday, July 28 10th anniversary celebration of the program.

Pups on Parole, which is run by the Lassen Humane Society and the California Correctional Center, partners dogs from the Lassen County Animal Shelter with the firefighting inmates at the California Correctional Center. Seven dogs are allowed in the program at a time, and they use their days in the program to brush up on their socializing skills and training. So far, 478 pups have found their forever home to date; however, the program is not intended to benefit only the cuddly canines.

FOX 5 News

ALBUQUERQUE — An inmate who walked away from a Barrio Logan halfway house for low-risk prisoners last week was back in custody Tuesday following his arrest in New Mexico, authorities reported.

Deputy federal marshals took 24-year-old Quincy Crawford into custody without incident in Albuquerque about 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was booked into Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center pending transfer back to state prison, CDCR officials said.


Jeremiah Dobruck, Press Telegram

Authorities on Tuesday identified a man shot by police during a hostage situation this weekend as a 43-year-old parolee from Long Beach.

Police wounded the man, Cleveland Henderson, on Sunday night as Henderson was holding a woman against her will in a Central Long Beach house, a Long Beach Police Department spokesman said.

The woman, a friend of Henderson’s, was screaming for help while he held a sharp object to her throat and threatened to kill her when officers arrived, police said.

Sabra Stafford, The Turlock Journal

A Merced man arrested for an armed robbery in Chowchilla is now a suspect in a similar robbery that occurred in Turlock after the local store owner recognized him from a video posted on Facebook.

Norman Enrique Rojas, 32, of Merced was arrested Aug. 2 by deputies from the Merced County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of armed robbery. Rojas is also the prime suspect in an armed robbery that happened in the 1600 block of Lander Avenue in Turlock on July 21, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Russ Holeman.

Jim Holt, Santa Clarita Valley Signal

If you’re living in the Santa Clarita Valley with a recent criminal past, then don’t be surprised if you get a visit from any number of law enforcement agencies stepping up their checks on parloees and probationers.

Regular and frequent parole and probation sweeps carried out across the Santa Clarita Valley since March have netted a variety of interesting suspects.

“If you’re having trouble keeping track of all of the parole, probation searches we’ve been doing, it’s not just you,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station wrote in a recent sheriff’s Facebook post.

Porterville Recorder

On Friday, at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, a California parole board denied parole for Luis Rosa Amador, 44, for murder and attempted murder against rival gang members in 1995. Amador is not eligible for another hearing until 2020.

On May 25, 1995, about 10:30 p.m., four young individuals, two who were alleged members of a gang, were playing cards on the hood of a car in a carport in north Visalia when they heard a shotgun blast. Two young men were hit by the blast, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, and a green vehicle fled the scene. The 17-year-old victim did not survive and the 19-year-old was wounded in the back. After the shooting, witnesses stated they were told by Amador and a co-defendant, Jessie Farias, that they had done the shooting.

He is wanted back in his home state for a parole violation.
Michael Woyton, Patch

CATSKILL, NY — A California man, wanted back in his home state, was arrested Aug. 4 in the Village of Catskill for allegedly selling meth. State Police said Nicholas Distano, 49, of Los Angeles, CA was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, felonies, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Imperial Valley News

Rosalio Castro, 51, of Beaumont, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Castro has been a deputy commissioner at the Board of Parole Hearings since 2015.  He was an attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. from 2012 to 2013 and an attorney in private practice from 2002 to 2015. Castro was a deputy public defender at the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2002, a partner at Magnum, Castro and Associates from 1998 to 2001 and an associate at Benninghoff and Ramirez from 1995 to 1998. Castro earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Castro is a Democrat.


The Los Angeles Times

Oscar and Grammy-winning rapper Common says the song he worked on for the "13th" documentary about minority incarceration is "part of the enlightenment" that "moves things forward" and inspired him to do more, including visiting prisons in California.

Corky Siemaszko, NBC News

Forty-eight years ago, four of Charles Manson’s followers barged into a rented Los Angeles-area mansion and went on a killing spree aimed at igniting an apocalyptic race war that their deranged leader dubbed “Helter Skelter” after The Beatles song.

The best known of their victims was actress Sharon Tate, who was married to director Roman Polanski and eight-months pregnant when she was murdered.

Slain with her in the wee hours of August 9, 1969 were hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polish screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski, and his lover, coffee heiress Abigail Folger. An 18-year-old named Steven Parent, who had been visiting the caretaker of the Benedict Canyon property, was killed earlier in the driveway.