In a phone call while attending a gang conference in Russia, Sheriff Lee Baca asked Waldie to evaluate whether gang members charged with murder could be housed separately from other inmates. In his report, Gennaco noted that additional deputies assigned to ensure hourly checks have interrupted 23 attempted suicides this year. Gennaco said there was only one successful jail suicide this year, compared to 4.5 suicides on average in previous years. In other matters, the OIR noted that some sheriff’s commanders have not consulted with the OIR before engaging in “unprincipled reductions” in discipline for employee misconduct. As a result of the five jailhouse slayings, 25 sheriff’s employees were suspended for three to 15 days. After the appeal process was completed, the discipline of three deputies was rescinded and in several more cases the suspensions were reduced significantly, Gennaco said. The report also found that 20 inmates have escaped from the jails and courthouses from November 2004 through Sept. 30. Several cases involved dangerous inmates, including a 19-year-old man hospitalized at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in October 2004. The inmate escaped while the deputy guarding him was looking at pornographic material on a computer. Deputies from the Santa Clarita station apprehended the inmate later the same day, but not before he had assaulted and seriously injured a nearby homeowner. OIR concurred with the department’s decision to fire the deputy. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sixteen months after a spate of five inmate homicides at Men’s Central Jail, an inmate from Georgia was stomped to death in a day room Wednesday evening. Details of the incident were released Thursday at a news conference discussing the fourth annual Office of Independent Review report, which had recommended that the Sheriff’s Department stop using the day rooms because they have no observation areas for deputies. The report – by a panel of civil rights attorneys who oversee internal sheriff’s investigations and recommend discipline – noted that after the five homicides, sheriff’s officials had phased out use of the day rooms but had recently begun using them again to avoid inmates having to sleep on the floor. “Was it appropriate or a good idea to use that facility as a holding area?” asked OIR Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco. “The department will never be able to completely prevent a murder in the jails. A jail is a powder keg full of violent people that will blow up occasionally in violence. But through vigilant review … the Sheriff’s Department can reduce (violence)…” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Christian Perez, 18, and Heriberto Rodriguez, 24, were both charged with murder in the incident, Undersheriff Larry Waldie said. Perez was originally jailed on suspicion of murder and Rodriguez on suspicion of carjacking. The incident occurred when the victim – a transient from Georgia jailed for being a convict in possession of a gun and escaping from jails in Arizona and Nevada – cut in front of two gang members in the dinner line, Waldie said. The name of the victim, who lived at a trailer park in Walnut, was not released pending notification of his family. Since the slayings of five jailhouse informants in a seven-month period in late 2003 and early 2004, the department has assigned 96 deputies to ensure that inmates are checked hourly. “By law, we have to check where people are every hour,” Waldie said. “We have 6,000 inmates in the jail, 4,000 of whom are gang members and 600 who are murderers. The deputies were working vigilantly to prevent violence. It doesn’t take long when you are dealing with murderers for an incident to occur.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much of Ohio received multiple inches of rain recently and farmers are calling DuPont Pioneer Territory Manager Bradley Ott to see how those rains may have impacted fertilizer and herbicide applications made last fall. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
The flood situation in Bihar and West Bengal continues to be grim as waters from the overflowing rivers in Nepal sweep south, while there has been a slight improvement in Assam.Nearly one crore people have been affected by the floods in Bihar that have claimed 119 lives so far, an official said on Friday. The Bihar disaster management department official said over 98 lakh people in 1,532 panchayats under 139 blocks in 16 districts have been hit with thousands of huts washed away, buildings and roads damaged and standing crops worth crores submerged.According to the official, 4,08,903 people have been evacuated by the Army, NDRF, SDRF and other rescue teams in the last four days. The State government has set up 1,238 relief camps housing 310,041 people in the flood-hit districts.Respite from rainThough rain has let up in West Bengal, about 400 villages in Malda district are facing massive waterlogging with the Mahananda, Fulhar and Purnarbhaba river overflowing.Speaking to The Hindu on Friday, Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee said, “Malda has become our main concern now. Due to the flood waters from Nepal and Bihar, the Mahananda river is already flowing above the extreme danger level and the water level is expected to rise.” “Currently there are about 70,000 people in 116 relief shelters in the district,” district magistrate of Malda Kaushik Bhattacharya said. According to district officials at least eight lakh people have been affected. Twelve teams from two battalions of the NDRF have been deployed in Malda, Uttar and South Dinajpur districts.Assam toll risesWith 11 more deaths on Friday, the death toll in the second phase of floods in Assam has gone up to 60 since August 10 even as the authorities said there were some “signs of improvement” in the overall situation.According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 25.93 lakh people were affected by the floods in the State. Morigaon was the worst-hit district with 5.29 lakh affected people, followed by Dhubri with 4.76 lakh people. As many as 2,210 villages were under water, it said.7 rhinos deadOver 140 animals including seven rhinos and two elephants have perished in the second wave of floods in Assam that inundated 80% of the the Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohini Ballav Saikia said here on Thursday.(With inputs from PTI & IANS) Three family members drown as bridge collapses in Bihar