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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1995
In the seventh escape incident this year, two men fled the James A. Musick Branch Jail in Irvine Saturday night by climbing a fence, prompting a search with bloodhounds and helicopters, Sheriff's officials said. Officials at the minimum security facility noticed Rigoberto Maya, 33, of San Juan Capistrano and Peralta Jaramillo, 24, of Anaheim missing from the north compound about 9 p.m., said Lt. Jay Mendez. The men appeared to have climbed a fence, he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to seek $100 million for a long-stalled jail expansion despite long-standing opposition to the project -- and created new adversaries in the process. County officials have been trying to expand James A. Musick Branch Jail outside Irvine for more than a decade but have been hamstrung by court challenges and funding shortfalls, even as a swelling inmate population left the jails chronically overcrowded.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2150
The City Council on Tuesday approved $39,750 for a study to determine alternatives to expansion at the James A. Musick Branch Jail. Sheriff Mike Carona has agreed to work with South County cities to keep from having to expand Musick from 1,200 beds to a 7,500-bed maximum-security jail. The study is a cooperative effort between Lake Forest and Irvine. Information: (949) 461-3400.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irvine and Lake Forest officials Wednesday rejected county Supervisor Cynthia P. Coad's final offer on a compromise limiting the planned expansion of the James A. Musick Branch Jail and called for the creation of a jail system advisory committee instead. "I believe that both Lake Forest and Irvine let an opportunity pass them by," a disappointed Coad said after the meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1995
Sheriff's deputies searched Friday for a 32-year-old prisoner who escaped from the James A. Musick Branch Jail. Michael Steven Brady, a transient serving time for burglary and forgery, escaped from the minimum-security facility near Alton Parkway and Irvine Boulevard at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. William Francis. Brady, who is not considered dangerous, apparently set off an alarm when he left his barracks and made his way through a fence.
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March 2, 1992
Just two hours after their escape, two male inmates at the James A. Musick Branch Jail were captured Sunday when an off-duty sheriff's deputy saw them emerge from some bushes near the jail, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The inmates, Martin Mendoza Ortega, 21, of Stanton and Juventino Pulagren Torres, 28, listed as a transient, were arrested and taken to the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana, Sheriff's Lt. Richard J. Olson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1999 | Kristiane M. Ridgway, (949) 764-4309
Time is short for Irvine city officials in their scramble to help the Orange County Sheriff's Department find a site for a new maximum-security jail to avoid an expansion of the James A. Musick Branch Jail, located between Irvine and Lake Forest. A handful of potential locations are under scrutiny by the city staff, which is charged with completing a detailed yet speedy analysis of each potential site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO
Supervisor Todd Spitzer was shot down again Tuesday in his attempts to have the county sell the James A. Musick Branch Jail near Lake Forest and use the proceeds to buy land for a maximum-security jail elsewhere in the county. He said a recent appraisal for the Lake Forest Planning Commission placed a $43-million potential price tag on the land. "We can use the land for a higher and better use," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
Two City Council members have been appointed to a community panel created to oppose the county's expansion plans for the James A. Musick Branch Jail. Mayor Richard Dixon and Councilwoman Helen Wilson will join a group of homeowners studying the possible expansion from a minimum-security facility into a full-fledged jail for felons. The committee, so far unnamed, will also prepare to comment on a county environmental report on the proposal in November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1990
Police on Tuesday continued to search for an inmate who escaped from a minimum-security jail Monday morning. Hector Noriega turned up missing at a 5:30 a.m. bed check in the James A. Musick Branch Jail at Irvine Boulevard and Alton Parkway. "He probably just jumped a fence, but we don't know how he escaped at this time," said sheriff's Sgt. Bill Voltin. Noriega, also known as Jorge Carlos Rodriguez, was arrested Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2001 | DAVID REYES and JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A county supervisor is proposing limiting the planned expansion of the James A. Musick branch jail in Lake Forest to 3,600 beds--less than half of what the county could build--but Lake Forest and Irvine would have to find a new jail site. Chairwoman Cynthia P. Coad floated the idea in a closed board session Tuesday. Her plan was presented to representatives of both cities last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ending nearly a decade of legal challenges, the California Supreme Court has rejected a last-ditch appeal by South County cities trying to block a massive expansion of the James A. Musick Branch Jail between Irvine and Lake Forest. The county wants to add space for up to 6,712 more beds at the jail, which now accommodates 1,256 inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors formally withdrew an offer Thursday to scale back plans for expanding James A. Musick Branch Jail in exchange for two cities dropping their lawsuits against it. The county wants to build as many as 7,968 beds for inmates at the onetime honor farm, which now houses 1,256 inmates. The county's environmental review of the project was challenged by Irvine and Lake Forest; an appellate court last month ruled that the review was appropriate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly a decade, residents in Lake Forest and Irvine have fought, sued and pleaded to block county expansion of a onetime rural honor farm into a sprawling maximum-security jail, a compound three times the size of San Quentin. Now, it appears they have lost the upper hand in that fight. Armed with a recent appellate court victory, Orange County officials are preparing to start enlarging the James A. Musick Branch Jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508
Councilman Greg Smith said this week he has hopes that Irvine's new council majority--to be sworn into office Tuesday--will be receptive to a new proposal to expand the James A. Musick Branch Jail to a maximum of 4,400 beds. The latest proposal, backed this week by the city of Lake Forest and the county Board of Supervisors, would provide for less than half of the 7,968 beds proposed under former Sheriff Brad Gates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County supervisors agreed Tuesday to slice nearly in half a plan to place 7,968 prisoners at the James A. Musick Branch Jail near Lake Forest--but only if the proposal is approved by a recalcitrant Irvine City Council. A majority of the new Irvine council, to be seated Tuesday, has opposed expansion of Musick, which sits on unincorporated county land, saying it would create a jail larger than San Quentin State Prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
A 32-year-old inmate serving time for possession of stolen property and violating his probation escaped from James A. Musick Branch Jail on Tuesday morning, authorities said. Dale Randolph Abramson of Poway escaped some time before 11:15 a.m. while on a work crew assignment at the jail, the Orange County Sheriff's Department reported. His method of escape is under investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
A 31-year-old inmate died Tuesday of natural causes in the jail ward of Western Medical Center-Anaheim, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. John Lopez Frausto of Fullerton was transferred to the hospital from the James A. Musick Branch Jail near Irvine on Aug. 24 when he became ill, said Sheriff's Lt. Jay Mendez. It was not immediately known what his illness was, Mendez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000 | DENIENE HUSTED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hoping for a breakthrough in a decade-long debate, county supervisors are negotiating with Irvine and Lake Forest officials on a new plan to expand the James A. Musick Branch Jail. The latest proposal, submitted to the Irvine City Council on Tuesday, calls for 200 fewer beds than were recommended in a compromise that died earlier this year. It also would require the county to seek space at other facilities before the full expansion could take effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2000 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A debate over the future of the James A. Musick Branch Jail fueled a nearly five-hour verbal free-for-all among Irvine City Council members and residents that sizzled with accusations, insults, conspiracy theories, political grandstanding, audience outbursts and an apology by Mayor Christina L. Shea for losing her cool. At the center of the storm Tuesday night in council chambers was Larry Agran, a former mayor, current council member and the only mayoral candidate in the upcoming election.
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