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Archive for December 13th, 2016

Justice Department Investigates Jail in Virginia Following Numerous Deaths

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has launched an investigation into Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Virginia following numerous deaths and allegations of prisoners being denied medical and mental health care.

Jail officials said they had nothing to hide and welcomed the investigation, CBS News reports. 

The deaths of two inmates in separate incidents prompted the Virginia Attorney General’s Office to request the Justice Department investigation.

Since 2012, 18 inmates have died at the jail, ranging from internal bleeding to suicide.

CBS wrote:

On August 19, 2015, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell’s body was found inside the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. He had been arrested in April of that year for stealing $5 worth of food from a convenience store. Mitchell’s family sued after a medical examiner concluded he likely experienced cardiac arrhythmia related to wasting syndrome, a disorder characterized by extreme weight loss.

Mitchell has been diagnosed years earlier with paranoid schizophrenia, but jail officials had said no beds were available at the state mental health facility, Crimesider reported.

In another more recent case, after 60-year-old inmate Henry Stewart died in early August 2016, his family said they recovered an emergency grievance form Stewart had written indicating he had repeatedly begged for medical help.

ATF to Provide Details Today of Warehouse Fire That Killed 36 People in Oakland

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF announced its first phase of the investigation of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people has ended in Oakland.

The ATF is expected to hold a press conference today to release more details – and potentially the cause – of the deadliest building fire in 13 years, Chicago 5 reports. 

The ATF completed its work at the site and is now analyzing its findings. Authorities said the investigation is far from over.

Friends and family of the victims began to visit the warehouse.

Border Patrol Arrests Two Men Previously Charged with Sex Crimes in U.S.

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Texas arrested two convicted sex offenders who had re-entered the U.S. after previously being removed, San Angelo Live reports. 

The incidents were unrelated.

On Dec. 4, Eagle Pass Border Patrol agents apprehended a 57-year-old undocumented immigrant who had been arrested and charged in June 1993 with indecency with a child. Oswaldo Bienvenido Galo-Garcia was sentenced to two years before being deported back to Honduras.

On Dec. 7, a 24-year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras was arrested by Border Patrol agents for entering the U.S. illegally. Agents discovered that Oscar Omar Rivas-Izaguirre had been convicted of child fondling in October 2013 and was deported back to Honduras on Sept. 28, 2015.

“Two serious offenders were stopped short of possibly doing more harm to the people of this great nation,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “The commitment our Border Patrol agents have in keeping America secure is a continuous effort; and this is one more example.”