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July 13, 2011 | Jack Dolan
The highest-paid state employee in California last year, a prison surgeon who took home $777,423, has a history of mental illness, was fired once for alleged incompetence and has not been allowed to treat an inmate for six years because medical supervisors don't trust his clinical skills. Since July 2005, Dr. Jeffrey Rohlfing has mostly been locked out of his job -- on paid leave or fired or fighting his termination -- at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, state records show.
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July 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
This post has been updated. See below for details. Meal strikes and work stoppages continued for a third day Wednesday in most of California's crowded prisons. State corrections officials said the number of inmates refusing meals dipped to just under 29,000, while some inmates failed to go to their prison jobs or classes. Not all inmates who are refusing meals are fasting, state officials said. "Many of those inmates are also eating canteen," said corrections spokesman Jeffrey Callison, referring to the instant soups and snack items inmates can buy at prison canteens.
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January 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A state prison inmate who was stabbing another prisoner had his right thumb shot off by a guard. Charles Bolls, a spokesman for High Desert State Prison near Susanville, said 26-year-old Diego Pimintel was stabbing another inmate in an exercise yard Monday with a prison-made weapon. A tower guard with a rifle fired a single shot to end the assault, severing Pimintel's thumb. Pimintel was sent to a Susanville hospital; officials searched for a specialist who could try reattaching the thumb.
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July 9, 2013 | By Paige St. John and Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Ten inmates who began refusing meals July 1 are under medical observation, prison officials said Tuesday. The inmates are incarcerated at High Desert State Prison near the Nevada border in northeast California. J. Clark Kelso, the federal receiver who oversees prison healthcare, said the inmates would be referred to a physician if they go 17 days without food or show signs of distress. The 10 inmates stopped eating their regularly scheduled meals one week before the protest spread throughout the prison system Monday.
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July 9, 2013 | By Paige St. John and Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Ten inmates who began refusing meals July 1 are under medical observation, prison officials said Tuesday. The inmates are incarcerated at High Desert State Prison near the Nevada border in northeast California. J. Clark Kelso, the federal receiver who oversees prison healthcare, said the inmates would be referred to a physician if they go 17 days without food or show signs of distress. The 10 inmates stopped eating their regularly scheduled meals one week before the protest spread throughout the prison system Monday.
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July 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A week before protests in prisons are planned to start statewide, inmates at High Desert State Prison in far Northern California have launched their own hunger strike. Corrections department officials Friday confirmed that nearly two dozen inmates began refusing meals Monday. By Friday afternoon, that number had dropped to 20. Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said the High Desert inmates had presented a list of 30 complaints, all centered on conditions within the prison's administration segregation unit.
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July 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John
This post has been updated. See below for details. Meal strikes and work stoppages continued for a third day Wednesday in most of California's crowded prisons. State corrections officials said the number of inmates refusing meals dipped to just under 29,000, while some inmates failed to go to their prison jobs or classes. Not all inmates who are refusing meals are fasting, state officials said. "Many of those inmates are also eating canteen," said corrections spokesman Jeffrey Callison, referring to the instant soups and snack items inmates can buy at prison canteens.
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June 12, 2001 | Associated Press
A guard at High Desert State Prison was in critical condition Monday with multiple skull fractures after an inmate attack, prison officials said. The 4,293 inmates at the maximum-security prison near Susanville remained locked in their cells after the incident. Officer Karen Fobes, 43, was in intensive care at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. She was taken there by helicopter after she was attacked about 3:30 p.m.
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July 13, 2011
California prison doctor Jeffrey Rohlfing, who collected $777,423 from the state last year, has a troubled history: 1996: Placed on five years' probation by state medical board following psychiatric problems 2000: Still on probation, begins limited work at High Desert State Prison 2003: Hired full time at High Desert 2005: Clinical privileges revoked by prison medical staff. Put on paid leave. 2007: Fired from prison system 2009: Reinstated after state Personnel Board ruling.
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January 6, 2011 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Authorities are investigating the death of a registered sex offender who they suspect was murdered by his cellmate while serving a 30-year sentence for sexually molesting a girl in 2008. Jaime Elizondo, 35, was "found deceased in his cell" at High Desert State Prison in Susanville on Dec. 20 under what appeared to be "suspicious circumstances," said Lt. Charles Hahn, a spokesman for the prison. "We won't know details until the investigation is complete," Hahn said. Elizondo's cellmate, Steven Cisneros, is the prime suspect in the case and has been placed in the prison's administrative segregation unit pending investigation, Hahn said.
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July 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A week before protests in prisons are planned to start statewide, inmates at High Desert State Prison in far Northern California have launched their own hunger strike. Corrections department officials Friday confirmed that nearly two dozen inmates began refusing meals Monday. By Friday afternoon, that number had dropped to 20. Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said the High Desert inmates had presented a list of 30 complaints, all centered on conditions within the prison's administration segregation unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2011 | Jack Dolan
The highest-paid state employee in California last year, a prison surgeon who took home $777,423, has a history of mental illness, was fired once for alleged incompetence and has not been allowed to treat an inmate for six years because medical supervisors don't trust his clinical skills. Since July 2005, Dr. Jeffrey Rohlfing has mostly been locked out of his job -- on paid leave or fired or fighting his termination -- at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, state records show.
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January 15, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A state prison inmate who was stabbing another prisoner had his right thumb shot off by a guard. Charles Bolls, a spokesman for High Desert State Prison near Susanville, said 26-year-old Diego Pimintel was stabbing another inmate in an exercise yard Monday with a prison-made weapon. A tower guard with a rifle fired a single shot to end the assault, severing Pimintel's thumb. Pimintel was sent to a Susanville hospital; officials searched for a specialist who could try reattaching the thumb.
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February 5, 1998 | Associated Press
A 29-year-old prisoner from Orange County was killed and two other inmates were wounded Wednesday when guards at High Desert State Prison in Susanville fired to break up a fight, prison officials said. Lt. Paul Edwards identified the dead prisoner as David Torres, who was serving an 11-year sentence for robbery. The incident began Wednesday morning when 10 Asian American inmates attacked eight Latino prisoners, officials said in a statement.
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June 13, 2001 | From Associated Press
A guard at High Desert State Prison has come out of a coma caused by multiple skull fractures suffered during an inmate attack, prison officials said Tuesday. Officer Karen Fobes, 43, remained in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. However, swelling in her brain had eased, and she was responding to questions and physical stimulus, said Youth and Adult Correctional Agency spokesman Steve Green.
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