Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Inmate Who Walked Away From Deadwood Conservation Camp Apprehended

YREKA – Minimum-security California Correctional Center inmate Daniel R. Fidler, who walked away from Deadwood Conservation Camp (CC #23) on Dec. 26, was apprehended the morning of Dec. 29.

At approximately 9:12 a.m. Dec. 29, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Fidler, 42, during a traffic stop on Highway 96 in the Horse Creek area near the town of Happy Camp. Authorities were alerted to Fidler’s location due to a 911 call from a local citizen.

Fidler was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on July 15, 2015, from Humboldt County for burglary. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody in January 2018

Fidler will be transported back to the California Correctional Center in Susanville, and will no longer be eligible to be housed in a Conservation Camp.

Since 1977, 99 percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

Aaron Yderraga, PIO/AA
(530) 257-2181

Monday, December 28, 2015

Walk Away from Deadwood Conservation Camp (CC #23)

Yreka, California – A minimum-security inmate from the California Correctional Center walked away from Deadwood Conservation Camp (CC #23) on December 26, 2015.

Inmate Daniel R. Fidler, 42, is a white male, 5’ 8” tall, 174 pounds, with hazel eyes and a bald head. He was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on July 15, 2015, from Humboldt County for Burglary. He was scheduled to be released from CDCR custody on January 9, 2018.

Inmate Fidler was assigned to an inmate firefighting crew at CC #23 in Yreka. The camp houses approximately 100 minimum-custody inmates.

Inmate Fidler was last seen at CC #23 by camp staff on December 26 during the 7 p.m. count.  He was discovered missing later that day by CC #23 staff during the 8:30 p.m. count. 

On December 26, a report of a stolen vehicle was made from a residence approximately four miles east of CC #23.  This vehicle was discovered by law enforcement on December 27 at 9 a.m., abandoned on Highway 96 approximately three miles east of Horse Creek turnoff.  The vehicle is a red/grey 1975 Ford F-250 flatbed truck.  Law enforcement has reason to believe that this vehicle was stolen by Inmate Fidler, and that he may still be in the area.

Anyone with information regarding the above mentioned vehicle, or Inmate Fidler, should contact either 9-1-1, the CCC Watch Commander at (530) 257-2181 extension 4173, or other law enforcement authorities immediately.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Inmate Riot at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility Under Investigation

SAN DIEGO – Approximately 134 inmates were involved in a riot on the Facility A Level III recreational yard at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) on today. The cause of the riot is under investigation.

The incident began at 11:25 a.m. when two inmates began fighting near the workout area. Other inmates joined in and the incident escalated into a riot.

Officers used four foam rounds and three warning shots from the Mini 14 to stop the incident. No inmates were struck by the lethal rounds. Some inmates suffered minor injuries and were treated by on duty medical staff. Three inmates were sent to a hospital outside the prison for further medical treatment. No staff members were injured.

This incident is being investigated by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and the Office of the Inspector General was notified. CDCR’s Deadly Force Investigation Team will also review this incident.


The prison has been placed on a modified program and inmate movement on Facility A is expected to remain restricted to facilitate the investigation. All inmates suspected to have been involved have been placed in an Administrative Segregation Unit.

RJDCF opened in July 1987 on approximately 780 acres in San Diego County. The primary mission of the prison is to provide housing and supervision for minimum- to high-security inmates. Designed as a training and work-oriented facility, RJDCF provides health care, vocational, academic and industrial programs for 3,200 male inmates and employs about 1,500 people.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           
December 10, 2015            

Contact: Lt. Philip Bracamonte                                                                                           
 (619) 661-7802
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Inmate Back In Custody After Walking Away From Minimum Support Facility

COALINGA–  California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials announced today that Jessie Quintanilla, 19, was taken back into custody early Monday morning, December 7, 2015, less than three hours after he was discovered missing from his dorm at Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP).

Following the activation of PVSP’s escape pursuit plan, Quintanilla was discovered within city limits and taken into custody without incident by the Coalinga Police Department.

Quintanilla, normally housed on the Minimum Support Facility of PVSP in Fresno County, was serving a four-year sentence for first degree burglary. He was scheduled to be released in 2016, but CDCR will now refer his case to the Fresno County District Attorney for prosecution on escape charges.

Quintanilla has been returned to a secure location within the institution and removed from the Minimum Support Facility. 

CDCR expressed its appreciation to the Coalinga Police Department, and especially Michael Salvador, Chief of Police, for their teamwork in apprehending Quintanilla. 

Since 1977, ninety-nine percent of all offenders who have left an adult institution, camp, or community-based program without permission have been apprehended.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact: Lt. Ryan Anderson
December 7, 2015        (559) 935-4972  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Inmate Death at Kern Valley State Prison Being Investigated as Homicide

DELANO – Officials at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) are investigating the death of an inmate this morning as a homicide.

Inmate Larry T. Hite, 59, was found unresponsive in his cell at 6:35 a.m. KVSP staff immediately began lifesaving measures and an ambulance was called. Hite succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. His next-of-kin has been notified.

Hite was received by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on October 1, 2015, from San Bernardino County to serve life with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder.

Prison officials have named Hite’s cellmate, Travis Smoot, 25, as a suspect. Smoot was received by CDCR on July 3, 2014, from Kern County to serve a four-year sentence for assault with a deadly weapon.

Smoot has been placed in the Administrative Segregation Unit pending the investigation by KVSP, the Kern County Coroner and the Kern County District Attorney. The Office of the Inspector General was notified.

KVSP opened in 2005 and houses 3,819 minimum-, medium-, maximum- and high-security custody inmates. KVSP offers academic classes and vocational programs and employs approximately 1,800 people. For more information, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2015
   
CONTACT:LT. Marshall Denning
(661) 721-6314
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