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Inmate Stabbed 14 Times, Says Guards Watched

October 26, 2010

CHICAGO (CBS) – An inmate claiming he was stabbed 14 times while in custody as jail guards watched, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Cook County, Sheriff Thomas Dart and the two guards.

Cook County Jail inmate Antonio Allison claims other detainees stabbed him 14 times and beat him with metal lunch trays Oct. 31, 2009, while two Cook County Sheriff’s officers watched, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court.

Allison was brought to Cook County Jail on charges of aggravated vehicular hijacking and armed robbery, Cook County Sheriff’s office spokesman Steve Patterson said. He was convicted and sent to Statesville prison Sept. 10, 2010.

Patterson said on Oct. 28, 2009, Allison, a member of the New Breeds street gang, stabbed a rival gang man in the face multiple times. The New Breeds and the rival gang had been feuding on the streets at the time, Patterson said.

Allison was charged with possession of contraband, a shank, but the victim declined to pursue further charges, Patterson said.

Allison told Cook County Sheriff’s Lt. Hudson on Oct. 29, 2009, that other detainees on his deck wanted to kill him and he had to be moved, according to the suit.

Patterson said the maximum security facility where he was being held was on lock-down during the feud between the two gangs.

Cook County Sheriff’s officer, Gallagher let Allison out of his cell about 10 a.m. Oct. 31, 2009, so he could be moved and allowed him to make a phone call on the deck, the suit said.

On Oct. 31, 2009, Allison was the victim of a stabbing, Patterson said. Allison was interviewed three times, and each time he was asked if he would like to file a complaint against his attackers or anyone else, and each time he declined, Patterson said.

The suit claims Gallagher opened the cell doors of the detainees who wanted to kill Allison and allowed them to “put caps on the cell door locks to prevent them from locking the detainees out.” Gallagher then went into the interlock area of the deck while these detainees attacked Allison, the suit said.

Allison claims Gallagher and another officer watched the attack from the interlock, and he saw the other officer “smiling” during the attack.

The suit claims Allison ran to the interlock after the attack, but the officers let him bleed for about a half hour before he was given medical attention. Allison claims he filed a grievance over the incident, but no disciplinary action has been taken against the officers.

Patterson said it is the first time the sheriff’s office has heard any complaint or allegation that anyone other than rival gang members were involved in the attack.

The five-count suit claims, among other things, violation of the due process law and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Allison is seeking judgment against Cook County, Dart, Gallagher and the unidentified officer, plus the cost of the suit.

Del Norte jail inmate dies after apparent assault; charges against suspect to follow

Matt Drange/The Times-Standard

Jose Rios was found in his cell by correctional officers on Oct. 26 and later transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore. The suspect in the assault is Trevor Lehto, 23, who Steven said was originally scheduled to be released on Tuesday after charges stemming from the hit-and-run death of a teenager were dropped.

Steven said the incident was “tragic and very unusual,” and that he expects charges to be filed against Lehto sometime next week.

”We're conducting a full-scale homicide investigation, and we're working very hard on this,” Steven said, declining to comment on the specific charges facing Lehto. “Charges will be coming.”

Lehto was arrested earlier this year in connection with the death of 15-year-old Josh Lacy, who was killed in 2007 while waiting for a school bus near Crescent City.

Rios' autopsy is under way, but as of Friday there was no official cause of death.

Two men charged for assaulting fellow inmate in Emmet County Jail

November 04, 2010
Christina Rohn

One man has been sent to prison, and the other is facing trial in February 2011, for assaulting a fellow inmate in the Emmet County Jail.

The incident occurred on June 30, when 36-year-old Scott Douglas Jewell -- who is in jail for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old boy more than 20 times from April 2009 to May 2010 in Emmet County -- began fighting with one of his cellmates.

Shortly thereafter, two other cellmates -- 21-year-old Dustin Allen Boyer of Petoskey and 26-year-old Patrick Morgan Burris of Traverse City -- allegedly became involved.

According to an affidavit at the Emmet County Clerk's Office, Boyer, Burris and another inmate followed Jewell and the person he was fighting with into a cell that was out of view of surveillance cameras.

When the scuffle was over, a sheriff's deputy, who reviewed the surveillance tapes, indicated that: "Jewell is shown crawling from his cell, bleeding from his nose and not wearing any pants."


Beckley inmate convicted in prison assault

The Associated Press
September 23, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal jury convicted an inmate at the federal facility in Beckley on Thursday on charges that he assaulted another inmate with a combination lock attached to a belt, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Eugene Montgomery, 46, was also convicted on charges of possessing a weapon, the news release states.

The victim required medical staples to close a wound to his head, according to the release.

Montgomery, who was already serving a 20-year sentence on a heroin distribution conviction, faces up to 15 additional years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger on Jan. 13.

In a separate case, a Tornado man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Vance Xavier Wilder, 49, pleaded guilty to the charge in March, admitting that he possessed more than 600 images of child pornography after a previous conviction.

U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston sentenced Wilder to 188 months in prison, followed by a lifetime on supervised release.


Airway Heights inmate likely blinded in assault

Associated Press - October 14, 2010 

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) - Police say an inmate at the Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane is likely blind after an assault by a cellmate.

City Police Chief Lee Bennett says Chad Bolstad's left eye was gouged out of the socket and his right eye is damaged to the point of losing sight.

Bennett says Bolstad was attacked by Michael L. West with his bare hands on Sunday night in their cell at the medium-security prison. Bennett says West tried to strangle a third man in the cell when he called guards.

The Spokesman-Review review reports Bolstad is in satisfactory condition at a Spokane hospital. West has been moved to the maximum-security Washington state Penitentiary at Walla Walla.

Six years ago West killed a cellmate in the Spokane County Jail.


Oswego County inmate accused of biting fellow inmate

November 19, 2010
The Post Standard
Charley Hannagan

Oswego, NY -- A Central Square man was accused of felony assault Thursday after he allegedly bit a fellow inmate in the chest at the Oswego County Correctional Facility, Oswego County Sheriff deputies said.

Gary E. Reynolds, 51, of 1951 County Route 12, an inmate of the county jail, was accused of second-degree assault while confined in a correctional facility, a felony, deputies said.

Reynolds allegedly threw hot coffee on a fellow inmate and then bit him in the chest, deputies said.

He was arraigned in the City of Oswego Court and sent back to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.

Inmate charged after fight at Ulster County Jail

November 13, 2010
Michael Randall

KINGSTON, New York — An Ulster County Jail inmate is charged with attacking another inmate, the sheriff’s office reported Thursday.

Thomas Doyle, 20, of Kingston, is alleged to have punched Marcus Lopez, 38, several times in the face, causing lacerations to Lopez’s nose. Lopez, who was incarcerated for a probation violation, was treated for his injuries by jail medical staff.

Doyle was charged with second-degree assault, a felony, in connection with the Thursday afternoon incident. He was originally jailed on charges of first-degree criminal contempt, a felony, and petty larceny, a misdemeanor.

Inmate Attacks Another Accused Killer In Jail

Associated Press

ELYRIA, Ohio -- Authorities in Ohio said a jail inmate attacked another suspected killer in an argument about snitching.

The incident Monday at a courthouse holding cell in Elyria involved a shackled inmate and another suspected killer who slipped out of handcuffs. The two are charged in separate slayings.

The sheriff's office said that 30-year-old Ronald McCloud slipped free of handcuffs and punched the other inmate. A guard broke it up.

Kevin Kimbrough, 27, who suffered a bruised eye, could be called as a witness at the other man's trial.

Neb. inmate charged with assault

November 23, 2010

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Nebraska inmate with trying to kill a fellow inmate with a sharpened wooden dowel.

Johnson County Attorney Julie Smith Hogancamp charged 48-year-old Daniel Jones with attempted murder on Tuesday for the August 29 incident at the Tecumseh Correctional Institution.

Prosecutors say Jones stabbed 25-year-old Nicholas Gomez in the neck while the two were in the prison dining hall. Gomez has since been transferred to the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

If he is convicted, Jones could be sentenced to as much as 50 years in prison. He is already serving a life sentence for the 2004 slaying of Gering businessman James Bauer.

In December 2004, Bauer's charred remains were found in his car inside a burning machinery shed near Scottsbluff.

Inmate dies after fight inside Shelby County Jail

November 29, 2010
By Nick Kenney

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An inmate at the Shelby County Jail died Monday after a fight.

Inmate Jackson

According to Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Chip Washington, the altercation occurred just before 4:00 a.m. Sunday at the jail between inmates Edward Jackson and Richard Dickerson, who were sharing a cell.

A Jail source said the fight started as Jackson and Dickerson discussed the charges against them.  During the discussion, Jackson allegedly told Dickerson he saw a report about him on television.  Then, Dickerson allegedly threatened Jackson verbally, which led Jackson to physically attack him.

When jail officers attempted to break up the fight, Jackson resisted until officers were able to secure him with handcuffs.  Dickerson, who had a cut over his eye, was removed from the cell without resistance.

While being escorted to the jail's medical area, Jackson became unresponsive.  He was taken to The MED, where he died Monday afternoon. In a press release, Washington said Jackson's cause of death was unknown, and will be determined by the Shelby County Medical Examiner.

Dickerson made news last week after he was arrested in the strangling death of his girlfriend, Jackyn Miller. Family members search for Miller for a week before her body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car.



Fort Madison Prison Locked Down After Four Inmates Hurt in Fight

November 30, 2010
Associated Press

Prison officials say the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is on lockdown after four inmates were wounded in a stabbing.

Department of Corrections spokesman Fred Scaletta says the state’s maximum security prison was placed on lockdown on Tuesday after the stabbings, which happened about 11:30 a.m.

Scaletta says the inmates were being treated at a local hospital. Their names were not immediately released. No staff members were injured.

Scaletta says the stabbings remain under investigation, and it wasn’t clear if other inmates were involved or who may have been the aggressors.


October 22nd, 2010
Lancaster Independent Press

    0545 hours on Friday the 22nd of October 2010, a Lancaster County Inmate was brutally assaulted by another inmate resulting in multiple serious injuries to the 30-year-old victim’s head and face.  Lancaster County Prison Guards had to intervene to stop this brutal assault.  The victim received immediate medical treatment by the prison’s medical staff.
Lancaster Independent Press    0545 hours on Friday the 22 of October 2010, a Lancaster County Inmate was brutally assaulted by another inmate resulting in multiple serious injuries to the 30-year-old victim’s head and face.Lancaster County Prison Guards had to intervene to stop this brutal assault. The victim received immediate medical treatment by the prison’s medical staff.


    Det. Michael Gerace of the Lancaster Bureau of Police conducted an investigation into this assault and learned that the assailant used a hardened plastic food tray to assault his cell mate during the breakfast time of the morning. 

Suspect charged:    STEWART, Micah Jermaine,  23-year-old 
male.  Currently serving a life imprisonment sentence.  (This is the same Micah Stewart who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and Mother of their two-week old baby, Cortney Fry)


    As a result of this investigation, Det. Gerace charged Micah J. Stewart with Criminal Attempt (Homicide), Assault by Life Prisoner and Aggravated Assault before MDJ Janice Jimenez.   Stewart to be arraigned on said charges by video arraignment from within the prison by MDJ Kelly Ballentine.

I certainly don't need to explain this......  Sergeant Sandvig
Man charged with murder stabs fellow inmate

December 8, 2010

ELKTON, Md. (AP) — The Cecil County Sheriff's Office says an inmate at the detention center charged with drowning a woman in a bathtub has stabbed another inmate.

Twenty-five-year-old Jeffery Cordell of Middletown, Del., has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and other offenses in Saturday's stabbing.

1st Sgt. Michael Holmes of the sheriff's office says Cordell attacked the other inmate about 9 a.m. The other inmate, who sustained wounds to his hand, head and legs, was treated at a hospital and returned to the detention center.

The motive for the stabbing has not been determined.

Cordell is awaiting trial on a murder charge in the drowning death of 27-year-old Erica Green in May.

Bloody year in New York City Jails

December 12, 2010
The New York Post

A rash of violence has this year on track to be one of the bloodiest in city jails, correction department statistics show.

As of Dec. 2, there have been 40 stabbings and slashings, a 60 percent surge over the 25 attacks in the same period last year.

And in the latest assault, a Rikers Island inmate bit off the tip of a correction officer's thumb.

Correction unions blame staffing cuts for the violence. The number of officers has dropped from roughly 10,000 in 2000 to the current 7,605.

Despite the cuts, the department still has the highest ratio of officer to inmates of any large jail in the nation, with one officer for about every 1.4 detainees, said department spokeswoman Sharman Stein.

This year, Commissioner Dora Schriro increased the number of officers working directly with prisoners and added segregated beds for violent inmates, Stein said.

Another inmate on inmate assault enroute to the Emergency Room....adding to the "statistics".

Prisoner in critical condition after choking incident involving C-SC student at Lewis County Jail

Quincy Herald
December 14, 2010

MONTICELLO, Mo. -- A prisoner in the Lewis County Jail was severely choked by a fellow inmate Monday night, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Department.

Gregory Walker, 26, of Wayland, was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon in Blessing Hospital's intensive care unit.

                      Inmate Eatmon       Inmate Walker                              

The incident took place at 9 p.m. Monday in the jail, Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish said. An investigation revealed another inmate choked Walker, who was being held on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle and other charges.

Culver-Stockton College student Isaiah Cary Eatmon has been charged with first-degree assault, a Class A felony, in connection with the incident and is being held on $50,000 cash-only bond on that charge. Eatmon had been arrested earlier Monday by Canton police on a charge of second-degree assault and was jailed on a 24-hour hold, pending the police department's request for an arrest warrant.



Parrish said an investigation continues into the jail assault, which apparently took place in Walker's cell.

Eatmon, a native of Detroit, Mich., is a junior at Culver-Stockton College. He had been in the jail for only about three hours when the incident took place, authorities said. Canton Police Chief William Hudnall said Eatmon was arrested at his Canton residence after officers responded to a call of a domestic dispute with Eatmon's wife. The dispute involved a weapon, but Hudnall declined to be more specific.

"He was cooperative, and he was not combative or anything," Hudnall said of the arrest.

Walker was arrested Dec. 3 in Canton after a high-speed vehicle chase through Illinois, Iowa and into Northeast Missouri. Hudnall said Walker apparently stole a GMC truck from Illinois and led officers from three states and several agencies on a high-speed chase.

He was arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest by fleeing and other traffic offenses.






Ulster Jail inmate charged with assaulting another

December 19, 2010

KINGSTON – An inmate at the Ulster County Jail has been charged with assaulting another inmate after an argument over a TV channel.

Police said Jarrin Rankin, who is in the Kingston facility for a parole revocation on charges of assault in the first and second degrees and conspiracy in the second degree, called another inmate over and squirted a cleaning product in his face and throat.

The assaulted inmate, Anthony Gambino, Jr., 21, was taken to Kingston Hospital where he was treated for chemical burns to his face and was admitted for observation due to the internal consumption of the chemical.

Rankin was charged with two counts of assault in the second degree.

Gambino was incarcerated initially on charges of criminal contempt in the first degree.

Inmate critically injured during food fight at Jefferson County Jail
December 20, 2010

 Hillsboro, Mo (KSDK)-- A House Springs man is in critical condition after an assault at the Jefferson County Jail.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer, corrections officer found the inmate, Daniel Barrett, 21, unresponsive and bleeding from the head just before 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the general housing area of the jail.

He was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital where he's listed in critical but stable condition.

"He's a happy go lucky guy, always happy, making people laugh...but he isn't anymore," said Barrett's mother, Darlene Christian. "I don't like to put the blame anywhere but my son might not make it...and I thought he's be protected in that jail."

"It looks like a simple inmate fight and, unfortunately, these guys aren't in jail for being choir boys, they're in jail for doing things just exactly like this," said Sheriff Boyer.

Jail staff placed another inmate, 30, in solitary confinement pending charges. He was behind bars on a $250,000 cash only bond for the unlawful use of a weapon, according to deputies.

Officials said Barrett was locked up a year ago after he tried to run while on house arrest for charges of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and assault of an officer.

The sheriff added that an internal investigation will be conducted to figure out if any measures need to be taken in order to avoid a similar incident.






Inmate who tried to stomp fellow inmate to death pleads guilty

December 23, 2010
By Joe McDonald (Staff Writer)

The inmate charged with repeatedly stomping another inmate in the head on the floor of the Lackawanna County Prison pleaded guilty Thursday in Lackawanna County Court to attempted murder.

Michael Simonson, 33, faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced within the next 90 days by Judge Vito Geroulo, the Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office said.

Mr. Simonson pleaded guilty to trying to kill Nicholas Pinto by repeatedly stomping on his head Aug. 8 at the county prison. Mr. Simonson was in the county prison while being held on a homicide charge out of Luzerne County at the time.

The near fatal beating sparked investigations and questions about prison security that led to the resignation last month of the prison warden.

Lawyers for Mr. Pinto have said they are planning to file a federal civil rights suit against the county.

Jail inmate tries to poison alleged serial stabber

December 30, 2010

FLINT, MI (AP) -- The Genesee County prosecutor's office says a jail inmate has been charged with trying to poison serial killing suspect Elias Abuelazam.

Prosecutor David Leyton tells the Flint Journal an inmate tried to put an oven cleaner in Abuelazam's food. Leyton says it happened some time ago and he isn't revealing the suspect's name. Attempted poisoning can carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Abuelazam faces charges of murdering three people and trying to murder five others for a series of stabbings in the Flint area.

He's also charged with attempted murder in Toledo, Ohio, and suspected in similar attacks in Leesburg, Va., where he once lived.

Abuelazam was arrested in Atlanta on Aug. 11 while trying to fly to his native country, Israel.

Oh great!...if the Jail had 'self cleaning' ovens we wouldn't be reading this news flash!
                        Sergeant Sandvig

Inmate sentenced to 5 years for death of fellow prisoner

One died later from injuries after fight in recreation yard

December 30, 2010 (Oregon)

A Marion County jail inmate will serve five years in prison for causing the death of another inmate in a recreation yard fight in July.

Robert Steven Dailey pleaded guilty earlier this month to criminally negligent homicide in the death of Robert Haws.

Marion County Circuit Judge Mary James sentenced Dailey on Wednesday, accepting a plea deal made with prosecutors. Dailey originally had been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Haws' family denounced the plea deal in remarks made to the judge prior to Dailey's sentencing.

"Ask yourself before you go to sleep tonight if you did everything you could for my brother," said Richard Bernard, Haws' brother, who also called prosecutors "jaded" and "desensitized."

Haws' mother lashed out at jail officials for not notifying her of her son's injury until 14 hours after he had undergone brain surgery at Salem Hospital.

"No one even bothered to call his mother, the person listed as his emergency contact," Diane Bernard said.

Her voice quavered and choked as she described picturing her son alone with strangers, handcuffed to a bed and told he was about to undergo brain surgery.

"That is my definition of horror," Bernard said.

Bernard concluded her remarks as her husband held up a picture of Haws in the hospital. Haws' neck is in a brace and his body is covered with tubes and wires.

"Robert Steven Dailey, look at this picture. See the result of your brutality," she said, adding that the crime deserved more than the "token, unjust sentence you will receive from this court."

Dailey and Haws got into a fight July 13 after bumping into each other in the jail's recreation yard and exchanging words, prosecutors told James.

Dailey, 30, was serving a sentence for a prior escape from custody. Haws, 29, was in jail after his probation for a prior charge of menacing had been revoked, prosecutors said. He also was awaiting trial on new charges of delivery of marijuana, reckless endangering and attempting to elude.

Dailey punched Haws in the face, causing Haws to fall to the ground and hit his head.

Jail officials discovered Haws covered in blood and vomit on the recreation yard floor, leaning against a wall. Dailey was trying to clean the blood and vomit with a towel.

At Salem Hospital, doctors discovered Haws had sustained a serious brain injury. He underwent brain surgery and lingered for days on life support before being pronounced dead July 19.

When given an opportunity to speak, Dailey apologized to Haws' family.

"It was an accident. It wasn't supposed to happen," he said. "If I could change it, I would."

After the hearing, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Joe Hollander expressed sympathy for Haws' family but explained that the plea deal with Dailey resulted from extensive trial preparation and negotiations with the defense.

"We came up with a fair and appropriate resolution based on the facts and the law covering the case," Hollander said. "That resolution will never in any way compensate these people for the deep loss they have suffered. I thought they very appropriately expressed their deep loss, which is inconsolable."

Jail Inmate Charged With Assault In Fight Over TV

January 1, 2011
Des Moines News

NEVADA, Iowa -- A man being held in the Story County jail in Nevada on assault charges is facing additional charges after authorities said he got into a fistfight with another inmate over what television channel to watch.

The Tribune in Ames says 43-year-old Kurt Wayne of Pleasant Hill has been charged with serious assault.

Court records show the incident occurred on Dec. 23.

Records show Nichols allegedly started the argument and when confronted by the other inmate, Nichols punched him.

The fight continued until jail staff stopped it. The other inmate was injured.

 He's at it again folks

Michael Simonson takes shot at another inmate, authorities say

This dude is doing what he can to get his "reputation" before he gets to the Big House.      Sergeant Sandvig

January 1, 2011

Soon after pleading guilty to nearly beating to death an inmate on Dec. 23, convicted murderer Michael Simonson allegedly headbutted another inmate while shackled in a Lackawanna County sheriff's office van.

The sheriff's office filed charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct against Mr. Simonson on Thursday for attacking Michael Strackbein while in the custody Dec. 23 of the sheriff's office, said Chief Deputy Dominick Manetti. Mr. Simonson is being held at Lackawanna County Prison.

Mr. Strackbein is being held on charges of indecent assault, corruption of minors, indecent exposure and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

The incident happened after Mr. Simonson, 33, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in the Aug. 8 near-fatal stomping attack on fellow inmate Nicholas Pinto at the prison. At the time, Mr. Pinto was in protective custody awaiting sentencing on a federal child pornography charge.

Mr. Strackbein did not have any connection with the Pinto case, District Attorney Andy Jarbola said.

Deputy Manetti said this was the first time Mr. Simonson caused any issue while in custody of the Lackawanna County sheriff's office.

"Now that he has assaulted a prisoner in our custody, we'll take precautions to isolate him," Chief Deputy Manetti said. "Within our ability, we'll take as many precautions as necessary."

Mr. Strackbein told investigators he didn't know Mr. Simonson, the chief deputy added. Mr. Strackbein was not in protective status on Dec. 23, he said.

In Lackawanna County Prison, Mr. Simonson has been held in administrative custody, interim Warden Vincent Mooney said. Mr. Simonson has no contact with other inmates, he said.

"We consider him a high-risk inmate," Mr. Mooney said. "Within the confines of the institution he is being dealt with accordingly."

He said prison policies do not apply to how the sheriff's office transports prisoners.

According to Chief Deputy Manetti:

On Dec. 23, Mr. Strackbein sat next to Mr. Simonson, who asked Mr. Stackbein whether he was sure he wanted to sit there. Mr. Simonson then headbutted Mr. Strackbein in a van in which 11 other prisoners sat.

Initially, Mr. Strackbein didn't show any injury, and other inmates said they didn't see an altercation happen. Mr. Simonson also denied he assaulted Mr. Strackbein. Eventually, swelling began to appear in Mr. Strackbein's face, and the sheriff's office again interviewed inmates.

"One of the inmates came forward and said he did witness the headbutting," Chief Deputy Manetti said.

The newest charges cap a long year of assault allegations against Mr. Simonson.

On Aug. 4, as Luzerne County sheriff's deputies led Mr. Simonson into a Luzerne County courtroom, Mr. Simonson lunged at a co-defendant in a murder trial, Elvis Riccardi, and headbutted him. Sheriff's Deputy Eric Aigeldinger broke a finger while trying to help subdue Mr. Simonson. In that case, Mr. Simonson pleaded guilty on Aug. 25 to second-degree murder in the death of Plymouth man Donald Skiff and was sentenced to life in prison.

Mr. Simonson returned to Lackawanna County Prison from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility about 10 days ago.

Contact the writer: jmrozinski@timesshamrock.comn April 27, 2009 - Donnie Skiff, 34, goes fishing with friends in Shickshinny, and doesn't return home that night;

n June 4, 2009 - Authorities recover Mr. Skiff's decomposed body in a wooded area of Jenkins Twp. off Suscon Road. A day later, Mr. Skiff's death is ruled a homicide;

n June 8, 2009 - Michael Simonson, 32, of Plains Twp., and Elvis Riccardi, 31, of Wilkes-Barre, are charged with criminal homicide and kidnapping in connection with Mr. Skiff's death. It's alleged the pair kidnapped, robbed, and tortured Mr. Skiff before beating him to death;

n Jan. 28, 2010 - Mr. Simonson and Mr. Riccardi plead not guilty;

n Aug. 4 - At a Luzerne County Courthouse proceeding, Mr. Simonson lunges at Mr. Riccardi and headbutts him. Luzerne County Sheriff's deputies quickly wrestled Mr. Simonson to the floor. A Sheriff's deputy broke a finger while helping subdue Mr. Simonson;

n Aug. 8 - Mr. Simonson allegedly punches, kicks and repeatedly stomps on the head of convicted child pornography producer Nicholas Pinto in Lackawanna County Prison. Mr. Pinto, a protective custody inmate, should not have had contact with Mr. Simonson, who was in administrative segregation. Mr. Simonson is charged with attempted homicide five days later;

n Aug. 25 - Mr. Simonson pleads guilty to a single count of second-degree murder in the death of Mr. Skiff, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison;

n September - Still in a coma from the near-fatal beating, Mr. Pinto is moved to a South Carolina detention facility that offers long-term medical care for federal inmates. He awakes from the coma a month later, but is suffering from brain injuries;

n Dec. 23 - Mr. Simonson pleads guilty to attempted first-degree murder in the near-fatal stomping of Mr. Pinto. While in a van back to Lackawanna County Prison with other inmates, Mr. Simonson allegedly headbutted inmate Michael Strackbein. Mr. Strackbein is facing charges of indecent assault, corruption of minors, indecent exposure, and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

Inmate critical after assault by other inmates

January 5, 2011
Bay City News

A county jail inmate who was severely beaten by other inmates at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond on Sunday remained in critical condition today, Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

The assault happened between 9:20 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. in a common area inside the jail, located at 5555 Giant Highway, Lee said.

Staff members found the inmate, a 47-year-old Concord man, suffering from numerous injuries. He was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. His name has not yet been released.

The man had been arrested by Richmond police on suspicion of burglary, Lee said.

As of this morning, investigators were still working to determine a motive for the attack and identify suspects.

 Can't we all just get along??.........Sergeant Sandvig

Ulster Jail Inmate Charged with Assaulting Another

January 8, 2011

KINGSTON – An inmate at the Ulster County Jail is charged with felony second-degree assault for allegedly striking another inmate in the head, causing him to hit his head on a metal bunk bed.

The injured inmate was treated and released from Kingston Hospital for a contusion, chipped tooth and a small laceration to his chin that required stitches.

Ulster County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Fernando Parris, 25, of 79 Upper Boiceville Road in Boiceville. He is in jail on an unrelated charge of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Jail inmate charged in his cell mate's violent death

January 9, 2011

PENSACOLA — An Escambia County Jail inmate has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of cell mate.

Investigators say 32-year-old Brandon Ryan Switzer punched Jon Gipson in the face inside the cell they shared. Gipson fell backward onto the floor and died from his injuries on Dec. 17.

An autopsy determined that Gipson died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Switzer was charged Friday with manslaughter and battery.

Bond was set at $260,000. Switzer had been in jail on a revoked bond for previous charges of battery, kidnapping, among other offenses.

The Pensacola News Journal reported Saturday that the sheriff’s office is awaiting the release of an investigation into jail operations by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Marion inmate accused of assaulting another prisoner with toothbrush

January 11, 2011
Arelis R. Hernández
Orlando Sentinel

A Marion County inmate has been charged with sexually assaulting another male inmate at the county jail, officials said.

Nicholas Chavious, 24, has been charged with sex battery after an inmate identified him as the man who attacked him with a toothbrush.

The victim's bunkmate, who witnessed the incident, encouraged the victim to report the assault.

Three St. Clair County Jail inmates accused of beating another inmate because he refused to join a gang
- News-Democrat

Three St. Clair County Jail inmates are accused of severely beating another inmate because that inmate refused to join a gang, a sheriff's department sergeant said.

The victim remains in the medical unit at the jail and has not regained vision in one eye.

The charges were filed Tuesday by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly after an investigation conducted by a special intelligence unit within the sheriff's department assigned to investigating crimes committed within the jail.

"This unit is only the second of its kind in Illinois for a county sheriff's department," said Sgt. Thomas Trice. Trice leads the intelligence unit. "This is the first time this has happened since the intelligence office started, that inmates in jail get more charges while in jail and that's thanks to the state's attorney for being so aggressive on this."

The three inmates charged with additional felonies are already charged with first-degree murder, each a different murder case.

George E. Edwards III, 29, of East St. Louis; Santoin D. Russell, 25, of unincorporated O'Fallon; and Billy W. Burrage, 44, of East St. Louis, are all charged with mob action and have aggravated battery charges pending grand jury testimony.

Bail for each man has been set at $50,000 which is in addition to the bonds already set for their first-degree murder charges.

Edwards is accused of participating in the shooting death of Spencer Brewer, an 80-year-old East St. Louis man, in March 2009.

Russell is accused of strangling Blake M. Harvey in 2008 near O'Fallon.

Burrage is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the beating death of Leo Daniels in February 2009.

In another case, an inmate who was already in jail on an armed robbery charge was charged with two class X felonies related to having and distributing a controlled substance in jail.

Suntez L. Pasley, 39, of Centreville, is charged with possession of a controlled substance in a penal institution and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a penal institution.

Pasley is accused of bringing the controlled substance into the jail by hiding it on his body "in a place on his person that is very hard for officers to detect," and selling it to inmates in the jail. The unit conducted surveillance on Pasley and observed him making several deliveries of the substance. When officers searched him and his cell they found an amount of crack cocaine, Trice said.

Pasley's bail was set at $500,000 for the newest charges, which is in addition to the bail set for the armed robbery charge.

Inmate at Oneida Co. Jail faces assault charge

A 17-year-old inmate at Oneida County jail faces a felony charge, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Akeem Caye was charged with second-degree assault after he was involved in an altercation inside the facility on Jan. 6, investigators said.

Caye reportedly struck inmate Kody Wolak, 17, in the face several times and then kicked him in the jaw, authorities said.

Wolak was treated at the facility and returned to inmate housing.

Caye was arraigned in Whitestown Court and sent back to the jail on an additional $5,000 bail, officials said.

Elwell assaulted at Metro Corrections

(This dude is not smiling now.....Sergeant Sandvig)

January 25, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man suspected in the disappearance of a Bullitt County woman was beaten up in jail.

Roy Vernon Elwell is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections for being a persistent felony offender. Last week, corrections staff confirms Elwell was taken to the hospital to undergo surgery for a broken nose and fractures to the face. They say Patrick Hemmerle, a fellow inmate, beat him up.

In the summer of 2010, Bullitt County Police questioned Elwell in the disappearance of Britney Kustes, but no charges were ever filed.  

Jail inmates accused of starting a fight

January 26, 2011

BROOKSVILLE Two jail inmates were charged with battery Wednesday afternoon after video surveillance showed them attacking another man outside their cell, deputies said.

The victim, James Kenny, left his cell to retrieve some paperwork when he heard his name called, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

He walked downstairs and was approached by Kenny Austin Carlson, 27. The two had a conversation before Carlson started hitting him, deputies said.

The suspect's cellmate, Michael Adam Waddy, 23, also began punching Kenny while Carlson held the victim's arms, according to an arrest affidavit.

Both men tried to pull Kenny into their cell, deputies said. It was during that time Carlson head-butted the victim, according to the sheriff's office.

The surveillance tape confirmed the victim's statements, deputies said.

Both Carlson and Waddy were charged with one count of battery on a detention facility detainee by another detainee.

During his interview with deputies, Carlson alleged the victim bit him and that's why he head-butted him. Waddy said the fight took place because Kenny owed him money, according to the affidavit.

Jail records show Carlson has been arrested multiple times during the past year. His charges include retail theft, drug trafficking and violation of probation.

Waddy was arrested in July 2010 on drug and firearm charges.

The gun in his possession at the time of his arrest was stolen two years earlier out of a car owned by an assistant state attorney, according to news reports.

Deputies said Waddy is a known gang member. His arrest record includes burglary, robbery and assault charges.

Ulster inmate charged in Jail attack on prisoner

January 28, 2011

KINGSTON — An Ulster County Jail inmate is facing felony charges after, authorities say, he attacked another inmate Thursday.

Timothy Bruno, 40, of Rhinebeck, allegedly hit the inmate in the head, causing a fracture to the bones surrounding the inmate’s eye. The inmate was treated at Kingston Hospital. Bruno was charged with felony assault.

He is in jail on an unrelated Family Court charge.

This is the second assault to have occurred at the county jail this month.

Inmate charged after toilet brush fight

January 28, 2011
Beth Burger

A Hamilton County Jail inmate who was taken to the emergency room after being beaten with a toilet brush now faces a charge of assault, according to a Hamilton County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Antonio T. Smith, 31, of Chattanooga, told investigators he was assaulted by several other inmates in a cell on Dec. 21. Smith was arrested Wednesday afternoon on an assault charge after he was identified as the aggressor in the fight.

Smith was taken to Erlanger hospital, where he was treated and released back to the jail.

Inmates told investigators the fight was over a food tray.

"Smith tried to take [John] Dover's food tray and that Dover was not having it today and that Smith was always messing with Dover," according to the arrest report. Smith took 24-year-old Dover to the floor and Dover began kicking, according to the reports.

It's not clear in the report who hit Smith with the toilet brush, although he accuses several inmates.

Dover is jailed on pending charges including attempted aggravated robbery and attempted first-degree murder. He has no bond, and his next court date is set for Feb. 2.

Dover's left arm and the right side of his face had red marks, according to the report.

According to jail records, Smith has been booked at the jail a 21 times. In addition to the latest assault charge, he faces numerous pending assault and narcotics charges.

He remains in jail on a $125,000 bond. His next court date is Feb. 4.

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Jail altercation under investigation

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an altercation between inmates Monday at the jail.

Deputies were called to the jail around 8 p.m. for a report of an inmate injured in a fight, records show.

Undersheriff Wesley Waller confirmed there was an altercation between two inmates that resulted in treatment of injuries at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Waller said the investigation is anticipated to conclude Wednesday and declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.

Inmate Suffers Broken Eye Sockets, Jaw, Teeth

February 18, 2011

MUSCATINE, Iowa -- A Muscatine County Jail inmate has been charged with willful injury after authorities say he assaulted another inmate causing serious injuries to the inmate's face.

Michael Scamp, of Muscatine, is being held on $50,000 bond following the attack on Marty Stanbro.

The Muscatine Journal newspaper said Stanbro remains hospitalized after undergoing seven hours of reconstructive surgery. Family members said he suffered broken eye sockets, a broken palate, a broken jaw and the loss of teeth.

Court documents show the assault occurred Monday as Stanbro was lying in his assigned bunk.

Stanbro was serving a 135-day sentence for driving while barred. Jail records show that Scamp is serving a 360-day sentence for assault with a dangerous weapon.

A telephone message left Friday for Scamp's attorney was not immediately returned.

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February 17, 2011

MUSCATINE, Iowa - A Muscatine man was in surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Wednesday following what his family said was a beating by another inmate at the Muscatine County Jail Monday.

Marty Stanbro, 45, underwent about seven hours of reconstructive surgery to his face, said Heather Stanbro, 25, of Muscatine. She said she planned to visit her father in the hospital today.

According to court documents, Stanbro was serving a 135-day sentence for driving while barred as a habitual OWI offender.

Repeated calls and e-mails to the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office seeking comment on the alleged attack were not returned in time for this story.

Heather Stanbro said an inmate hit her father in the face with a can of pop wrapped in a sock.

She said her father's injuries included broken eyesockets, a broken palate, a broken jaw, and the loss of several teeth.

Vallucos member gets 25 years for stabbing inmate in the eye  
Febraury 18, 2011
Action 4 News Staff

A Vallucos gang member has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for stabbing inmate in the eye at the Cameron County Jail.

Judge Benjamin Euresti with the 107th State District Court sentenced 31-year-old Ernesto Berlanga on Wednesday.

Berlanga had been on trial for three days in an aggravated assault case.

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office told Action 4 News that Berlanga and five others attacked inmate Ruben Villanueva in the Carrizalez-Rucker Detention Center back on July 15, 2006.

Prosecutors said Berlanga and the others are members of the Vallucos prison gang.

The district attorney’s office reported that Berlanga stabbed Villanueva in the eye with a pencil and hit him over the head with a coffee cup.

Prosecutors said he punched, kicked and spat on Villanueva for 15 minutes before jail guards were able to respond.

Berlanga remains in the Cameron County Jail where he’s awaiting trial for the August 2005 murder of 40-year-old Brownsville woman Patricia Sandra Salas.

Inmate gets extra 60 days for fighting

        It was worth an extra 60 days!!...right?
                                 Sergeant Sandvig 

February 21, 2011
Rhinelander Daily News

An Oneida County Jail inmate who got into a fight over a football game will spend another 60 days in jail.

According to court records, Donald Lucas-Jones, 24, was sentenced to the additional jail time Thursday in Oneida County Circuit Court.

According to a complaint filed Dec. 22, 2010, Lucas-Jones and another inmate got into a disagreement during the Dec. 20 Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game that devolved into a physical fight.

The complaint states Lucas-Jones, a Chicago Bears fan, and Juan Anthony Servantez, 38, a Brett Favre fan, were “joking and horsing around” while watching the pregame show before the Dec. 20 Vikings-Bears game when the banter took a turn.

According to an officer’s report attached to the complaint, video footage shows Lucas-Jones and Servantez arguing and Lucas-Jones swinging and punching Servantez in the face.

“The footage very clearly shows that there were multiple punches and kicks thrown between Lucas-Jones and Servantez. During the entire footage, it is very clear that Lucas-Jones had thrown the first punch, and appeared to have started the fight,” the complaint states.

Lucas-Jones received seven stitches to a laceration above his left eye. Servantez received only minor scratches.

Both men told deputies the scuffle was over the football game.

On Thursday, Lucas-Jones entered a no contest plea to a charge of disorderly conduct as a repeat offender.

His new sentence will be served after he finishes his existing sentences.

Servantez was not been charged.

Jail assault leads to charges for 2

February 23, 2011
The Times Leader Online

An altercation at the Caldwell County Jail in Kentucky early Sunday morning sent one inmate to the Caldwell Medical Center for treatment and led to charges against two others.

Princeton police responded to the jail in reference to an assault complaint at 3:02 a.m. Sunday.

The victim, inmate Shaun Brasher, told investigators that another inmate, Samuel D. Grace, had pulled him from his bunk and physically assaulted him.

Assistant Chief R.L. Howton said Brasher sustained injuries that required transport by EMS units to the local ER.

On Monday, officers obtained warrants for Grace and another inmate, 37-year-old Robert G. McGregor.

The warrants allege Grace conspired with McGregor, his uncle, to not allow anyone to interfere while Grace assaulted Brasher, who he believed had provided information regarding him to authorities.

Both were charged with retaliating against a participant in a legal process. Grace was also charged with fourth-degree assault.

Grace, 20, of Varmint Trace, had been arrested about 90 minutes earlier on a charge of second-degree fleeing and evading.

Police said Grace fled from the passenger side of a vehicle officers had stopped for traffic violations.

Grace was taken into custody at his residence a short time later. Police said he admitted that he had fled because he was in violation of bond conditions from a local circuit court case.

Brasher, 22, of Blackburn Street, was one of three men jailed in connection with a disturbance complaint at a Good Street residence Saturday night.

At 10:50 p.m., police arrested Brasher, 25-year-old Joseph Quarles of Oak Grove and 46-year-old Rodney Ware of Good Street on multiple charges.

Officers investigating the complaint at Ware’s residence charged Quarles with alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and terroristic threatening.

Brasher was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and terroristic threatening.

Ware, who fled the scene when officers arrived, was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

He was charged with second-degree fleeing and evading, possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest.

Officers confiscated a small quantity of marijuana during their investigation.

Jail inmate Fox hurt in fight
Ryan Poe

The oft-arrested Lavento Shamon Fox suffered minor injuries in a fistfight with a fellow inmate Tuesday evening in the Lowndes County jail.

The tussle between Fox, 27, of 1624 Fourth Ave. S., and Andre Marquez Turner, 23, of 1124 Sixth Ave. N., began in one of the common rooms at about 8:40 p.m., according to Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Greg Wright.

Fox was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle for knots on the back of his head and several minor cuts. He was returned to jail later that day.

Turner, who is in jail for being a felon in possession of a weapon, was unhurt.

Jail investigators will decide whether anyone will be charged, said Jail Administrator Billy Pickens.

The brawl is yet another smudge on Fox's already troubled record.

He was most recently arrested in Memphis, where he was hiding after allegedly breaking into a Columbus house with another suspect and kidnapping two victims Aug. 16.

In June, he had escaped from Columbus police with the help of his brother, Sugi Fox.

Lavento Fox is currently waiting for his turn in Lowndes County Circuit Court, where he will face the following charges: two counts of burglary of a dwelling, possession of a weapon by a felon, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping and another count of burglary.

St. Clair County Jail inmates accused of attacking another inmate

February 25, 2011

Two St. Clair County Jail inmates couldn't keep their hands to themselves and now have additional charges stacked on top of the ones that landed them behind bars in the first place.

Gabriel E. Boyd, 18, of 1606 N. 51st St. in Washington Park, and Raymond D. Harris, 28, of 3022 Carter Ave. in St. Louis, were both charged with felony mob action. They are accused of attacking a fellow inmate during visiting hours at the jail Wednesday.

The bail for both men was set at $75,000.

Boyd is serving time in the county jail for felony burglary and Harris is in the county jail awaiting sentencing on a murder conviction.

The two men planned the attack, according to the investigation of the attack conducted by Correctional Officer Terry Owens and St. Clair County Sheriff's Sgt. Thomas Trice.

The victim, a 21-year-old man charged with a sexual assault, had his back turned when Boyd and Harris "viciously attacked the victim by punching and kicking him in the visiting area," according to the police report. The victim's name was not released by police due to the nature of the crime he was charged with and the fact that he is a victim in a crime.

Additional investigation revealed Harris planned the attack against the man due to the crime he was charged with: Sexual assault. Four months before the Wednesday attack Harris had planned and carried out a similar attack against another inmate also charged with a sexual crime.

Boyd had been scheduled for release from the St. Clair County Jail Monday because he had completed his county time sentence for burglary. He will not be released Monday.

Harris and Boyd have been isolated from the rest of the inmate population in maximum security single cells "so they are no longer a threat to any other inmates," Trice said.

The victim was treated by medical staff at the jail. He sustained injuries to his face and is currently in the infirmary at the jail.

In January three inmates at the county jail were charged with mob action for their role in the severe beating of another inmate because that inmate refused to join a gang.

Inmate charged in assault on man

March 8, 2011
Nevada Daily

WOODSTOCK -- A Shenandoah County Jail inmate was charged with assaulting another inmate recently.

Nicholas Sebastian Spinner-Kaufman, 19, attacked a 39-year-old male inmate at about 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Maj. Scott Proctor said. The inmate had a cut to the eye area and bruises, and was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, where he was treated, Proctor said.

Spinner-Kaufman is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court on March 25.

Guards quell inmate fight at Glenn County Jail

March 11, 2011

WILLOWS — A fist fight early Wednesday morning between two inmates at the Glenn County Jail was ended when one of the men was hit with rounds from a Taser stun gun.

Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones said the men were allowed outside their cells in B pod about 5 a.m. as part of a normal early morning routine.

A correctional officer assigned to tower duty noticed the two men fighting on the second tier of the jail about 5:05 a.m.

As other inmates were ordered back to their cells, two officers rushed in to break up the scuffle.

Inmate Steven D. Baker, 30, of Orland, stopped fighting when officers threatened to use their stun guns. Inmate Richard Louis Durham, 53, of Willows, reportedly continued the fight, striking Baker in the left eye while he was on the ground, leaving a visible injury.

Officer Greg Norwood fired Taser rounds, striking Durham in the chest and upper arm.

He stopped the attack immediately and fell to the floor.

Durham had been arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony domestic battery, after he allegedly broke the arm of a woman in a Willows motel room Monday.

Willows police said Durham knew they were looking for him and the suspect turned himself in Tuesday morning.

Baker received first aid for his injuries. Durham received treatment for minor wounds from the Taser barbs and was moved to a pod in another section of the jail.

Baker is being held on $230,000 bail and facing multiple felony charges including false imprisonment.

Durham is being held on $195,000 bail for a revocation of probation and charges in connection with the assault Monday.

A report on the fight will be submitted to the Glenn County District Attorney's Office seeking additional assault charges. Both inmates refused to cooperate with correctional officers when questioned about the reason for the fight.

Jail officials said they aren't known to be rival gang members.


Inmate at Morris County Jail is charged with sexually assaulting fellow prisoner

March 28, 2011
Ben Horowitz
The Star-Ledger

Morris County - An inmate at the Morris County Jail has been charged with sexually assaulting another prisoner.

Kevin Cromwell, 47, of Morristown, performed sex acts on an 19-year-old prisoner on Friday and physically and sexually assaulted him on Saturday, according to an affidavit signed by Cpl. Michael Lundell from the internal affairs unit of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.

Cromwell was charged on Saturday with one count of sexual assault; two counts of criminal sexual contact and one count of simple assault.

The victim said he had been “noticeably upset” on Friday and Cromwell said he could help him “feel better,” according to the affidavit signed by Lundell and filed in Superior Court in Morristown. The victim said that Cromwell then made him perform a sex act on him, according to Lundell, who interviewed the victim.

On Saturday morning, the victim said, Cromwell told him to stop crying, grabbed him by the neck and then performed a sex act on him. Later that morning, Cromwell hit the victim twice in the face and told him to stop crying, according to the affidavit.

Cromwell has denied all allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Cromwell was being held at the jail on a charge of simple assault, after failing to post bail that was set at $2,500, with a 10 percent option. His bail has been increased to $250,000, cash only.

Jail chief Frank Corrente said that prior to Friday, "nothing of this nature has occurred in this facility" since it opened in 2000.

Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford said, "This is an isolated and unfortunate alleged incident. Our systems and procedures that we have in place enabled our staff to quickly investigate and resolve this matter."

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said the sheriff’s internal affairs unit brought the incident to the attention of his staff, and an investigation was conducted by both agencies.

“Prisoners are entitled, as victims of crime, to the same protection as other citizens, even if they occur in a jail, and despite the fact that they too have charges pending against them for which they are presumed innocent,” Bianchi said in a statement.

Jail Inmate Charged In Assault

April 8, 2011

A St. Lawrence County Jail inmate was ordered held on $10,000 bail Friday, after being charged with assaulting another inmate.

Adam P. Chelluk, 19 was arrested for a March 25 fight with another inmate that resulted in both people being hospitalized.

Cheluck was charged with assault, second degree.

Man convicted of child molest attacked in Jail

April 8, 2011

SANTA CRUZ - A man convicted Tuesday of sexually assaulting a toddler in a Santa Cruz apartment years ago was attacked by another inmate in County Jail Wednesday night, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Jason Seth Albion O'Connell, 39, was allegedly beaten and kicked by fellow inmate, David Johnston, 43.

The motive is unclear, Deputy Chief Jeff Marsh said.

Video footage showed that O'Connell was "sitting there minding his own business" when Johnston assaulted him, Marsh said.

O'Connell was hospitalized, but released a few hours later, he said.

Johnston was jailed in January on charges of failing to register as a sex offender, burglary, resisting arrest, drug offenses and is alleged to have a felony conviction, jail records show.

O'Connell was convicted of molesting a 3-year-old girl in 1998. He was convicted in 2008, but another trial was held this month after an appellate court reversed some of the convictions. He faces a possible life term when sentenced April 13.

He has served half of a 10-year Oregon state prison sentence for attempted molestation of three girls.

Madison County inmate knocks out teeth of another

April 20, 2011

EDWARDSVILLE -- A Jail inmate faces additional charges after allegedly knocking out the teeth of another inmate.

Julius V. Minor, 20, of Belleville is being held at the Madison County jail on charges of aggravated battery to a child. According to police, Minor got into a physical altercation with another inmate late Tuesday night and knocked the other inmate's two front teeth out.

"It was determined that Minor and the inmate were arguing and Minor struck the other inmate with his fist," read the statement from the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

Minor now faces an additional felony charge of aggravated battery. Bail was set at $25,000.

County Jail inmate charged with sexually assaulting fellow prisoner

April 21, 2011
Matt Chiappardi

MOUNT HOLLY — An inmate at the Burlington County Jail being held pending sentencing for fraud now faces more serious accusations of sexually assaulting a fellow prisoner.

Aquil Quinones, 31, was charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and terroristic threats.

He is accused of threatening to sexually assault another inmate and then making good on his threat at least twice while inside a cell on April 15.

Information about the victim’s injuries or treatment was not available Thursday.

Quinones made a first appearance in Superior Court on Thursday before Judge Thomas Kelly, who set his bail at $300,000.

According to court records, Quinones was convicted of a fraud offense stemming from an undisclosed incident in 2007. He was being held in the county jail awaiting sentencing.

He was also convicted of second-degree aggravated assault and receiving stolen property in 1999, as well as fraudulent use of a credit card in Florida and theft in Pennsylvania.

The dates of the out-of-state convictions and further details were not available Thursday.

Quinones remains incarcerated at the Burlington County Jail.

Inmate stabbed at Cache County Jail

April 30, 2011 
By Emiley Morgan

LOGAN -- A Cache County Jail inmate assaulted a fellow inmate Saturday, sending the man to the hospital and marking the fourth assault by an inmate across the state in the span of a month.

Rocky Rivera, 18, was sent to the hospital with lacerations to his face and back after inmate Fernando Infante, 19, assaulted the man with "a homemade edged weapon," according to a news release from the Cache County Sheriff's Office.

The men were being moved around the facility and were in a common area of the jail when the assault occurred.

Infante was taken into custody and the jail was placed on lockdown while officials searched other cells for weapons. They did not locate any additional weapons.

The incident is under investigation.

Additional information on how the man knew each other and what may have prompted the stabbing is currently unavailable.

Rivera was in custody while awaiting sentencing on a second-degree felony possession with intent to distribute drug charge. His sentencing is currently scheduled for May 3.

Infante was serving 185 days in jail for acquisition, possession or transfer of a card, a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 365 days jail on April 12, but the rest of his jail time was suspended. He was to have a sentence review June 28.

Three similar attacks have taken place this month in the Utah State Prison. On April 27, Alfonso Lopez, 27, was killed after an altercation with his cellmate. There were no obvious stab wounds and the man's death remains under investigation.

On April 19, a 25-year-old inmate was stabbed by his cellmate in the area of the prison that typically houses gang members. That inmate survived.

On April 10, a 29-year-old man was stabbed two to three times in the torso with an unknown weapon in a commons area of the prison.

Jail inmates accused of beating, attempting to rob other inmates

May 3, 2011
Journal Times

RACINE - Two inmates of the Racine County Jail have been accused of attempting to rob and seriously injuring one inmate and beating another.

Marcell D. Adams, 17, and Milton McCain Johnson, 18, are both charged with two counts of battery by a prisoner, attempted robbery, substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

If convicted, Adams faces up to 15 years in prison. McCain Johnson, who was charged as a repeat offender, faces up to 35 years.

According to the criminal complaints, on April 14, McCain Johnson and Adams assaulted another inmate. They allegedly lured him into a cell by telling him they wanted to discuss his case, and then reportedly punched and kicked him.

Then on April 20, the two reportedly attempted to rob and beat a different inmate.

According to the criminal complaints, McCain Johnson asked the inmate if he could use his phone card. When the inmate refused to let him, McCain Johnson and Adams allegedly attacked him. Reports said they repeatedly punched him, causing a large gash to his head.

Deputies said the inmate had to be taken to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, 3801 Spring St., and received staples to close the wound.

At their initial appearances in court Tuesday, both were ordered held in the Racine County Jail on $5,000 cash bonds. McCain Johnson was already being held on a $10,000 cash bond on charges of armed robbery. Adams was in jail on a $20,000 cash bond for weapons charges.

Both are expected back in court May 12 for a preliminary hearing.

Man injured in holding-cell fight

Peorian suffers head injuries in altercation, reportedly over phone use, at Peoria County Jail

A Peoria man was hospitalized Thursday after a fight in a temporary holding cell at the Peoria County Jail that left him with severe head injuries.

Jeremiah Foster, 22, who had been brought into the jail on a number weapons and traffic offenses, now also faces a charge of felony aggravated battery for allegedly punching and kicking Jeffrey Pille, 54. Jail officials said the incident began as an argument about the use of the jail’s phone.

“The investigation is still pending but it appears to be an argument over the phone,” Peoria County Jail Superintendent Brian Asbell said of the incident, reported to jail staff about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Asbell said investigators also checked into whether race played a motive in the beating between Pille, white, and Foster, who is black.

Pille, 2613 W. Farrelly Ave., was being booked into the jail on charges including a hate crime before the beating.

Peoria police public information Officer Doug Burgess said Pille was arrested at his residence about 7 p.m. for allegedly throwing fireworks at two teenage boys and making racial remarks toward them.

Pille was taken to Methodist Medical Center where he was undergoing testing in the neurointensive care unit, authorities said. Hospital officials had him listed in good condition.

Asbell said based on the statements of the other men in the holding cell waiting to be processed — either booked into the jail or pay bail and be freed — that there was no racial motivation involved.

How Foster, who is 5 foot, 9 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds, got the upper hand on Pille, who stands at 6 foot, 5 inches and weighs 260 pounds, wasn’t clear.

Foster, 705 Voris St., was being booked into the jail on numerous offenses, including fleeing from police and possessing a stolen firearm after his arrest in the 1100 block of Monroe Avenue about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Burgess said officers were in the process of pulling Foster’s vehicle over near Glen Oak and Spring streets for loud music when Foster then led them on a brief chase.

Foster ditched the car and fled on foot carrying a backpack that he later threw away. Officers recovered it and found a .45-caliber handgun with a 30-round magazine as well as a Tec-9 submachine gun with a collapsible stock inside, Burgess said.

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