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March 10, 1992 | KEVIN BRASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The camera focuses on Chris Clarke, sitting on his bed in Patton State Hospital near San Bernardino, talking about killing his fiancee. "Something snapped," he says almost inaudibly. "I began thinking things that were not real. I began having paranoid thoughts and believing people were trying to get me." The interviewer doesn't say a word. Clarke begins to cry softly. "It was as if somebody else came into my body," Clarke says. "I can't use that excuse.
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September 1, 2013 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
A patient at Patton State Hospital told investigators he beat another man to death there Saturday because "he didn't like the guy," San Bernardino Police Sgt. Gary Robertson said. George Carver, 40, was arrested after the attack, which occurred at 11:41 a.m. Saturday in a housing unit at the mental health facility, police said. He was being held Sunday on suspicion of murder at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The 65-year-old victim, who also was serving a criminal commitment, suffered severe head injuries and died six hours later at Loma Linda University Medical Center, police said.
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January 14, 2010 | By Lee Romney
A 50-year-old patient at Patton State Hospital has died after hanging himself in his bedroom, officials say, the eighth suicide at the San Bernardino psychiatric facility since the federal government began investigating potential violations of patients' civil rights at state-run mental hospitals in 2002. The Jan. 4 death of Marc Biron, who was described by one fellow patient as "friendly and kind to people," is the third since a consent judgment mandating a wide array of changes was imposed on the hospital in May 2006.
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September 1, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
An inmate at Patton State Hospital told investigators he allegedly beat another man to death there Saturday because β€œhe didn't like the guy,” San Bernardino Police Sgt. Gary Robertson said. George Carver, 40, was arrested after the attack, which occurred at 11:41 a.m. Saturday in a housing unit at the mental health facility, police said. He was being held Sunday on suspicion of murder at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The 65-year-old victim, who also was serving a criminal commitment, suffered severe head injuries and died six hours later at Loma Linda University Medical Center, police said.
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December 28, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Clemente man who contended he killed his mother so she would not be left alone in what he considered to be a deteriorating world was insane at the time of the crime, an Orange County Superior Court jury decided Tuesday. The same jury found Clifford L. Burgess guilty of first-degree murder earlier this month in the 1992 suffocation of his 76-year-old mother, Mary Burgess.
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September 1, 2013 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
A patient at Patton State Hospital told investigators he beat another man to death there Saturday because "he didn't like the guy," San Bernardino Police Sgt. Gary Robertson said. George Carver, 40, was arrested after the attack, which occurred at 11:41 a.m. Saturday in a housing unit at the mental health facility, police said. He was being held Sunday on suspicion of murder at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The 65-year-old victim, who also was serving a criminal commitment, suffered severe head injuries and died six hours later at Loma Linda University Medical Center, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1992 | KEVIN BRASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The camera focuses on Chris Clarke, sitting on his bed in Patton State Hospital, talking about killing his fiancee. "Something snapped," he says almost inaudibly. "I began thinking things that were not real. I began having paranoid thoughts and believing people were trying to get me." The interviewer doesn't say a word. Clarke begins to cry softly. "It was as if somebody else came into my body," Clarke says. "I can't use that excuse. I can't tell people I didn't do that crime, but I didn't.
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November 15, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Two California mental hospitals have been released from federal oversight, ending a five-year court-ordered reform effort that implemented major changes in patient treatment. Atascadero State Hospital and Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino will no longer be subject to a consent judgment on patient care that state and federal officials reached in 2006, according to an order issued Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. But Chief U.S District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins extended the consent judgment until Dec. 2 for two other hospitals β€” Napa State Hospital and Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk.
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January 5, 2006 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A 28-year-old man died this week in an apparent suicide at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, which is being investigated by federal authorities for its treatment and care of patients. Shane Williams was found about 7:30 p.m. Monday hanging from a closet in his room, said Patton Executive Director Octavio Carlos Luna. A bedsheet was tied around his neck, Luna said. He was declared dead at the scene, according to the San Bernardino County coroner's office. An autopsy has been ordered.
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December 6, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Sent from Patton State Hospital by a patient with a criminal history of violence and psychiatric problems, the letter had an affectionate opening ? "Dearest Suzanne" ? and ended with a promise "to see you and be reunited as two common people soon. " The woman who received the unwanted letter and a phone call in September from a man she's never met appealed to officials at Patton for help. Instead she was told that the hospital in San Bernardino could not even confirm that the letter writer was a patient there.
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November 15, 2011 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
Two California mental hospitals have been released from federal oversight, ending a five-year court-ordered reform effort that implemented major changes in patient treatment. Atascadero State Hospital and Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino will no longer be subject to a consent judgment on patient care that state and federal officials reached in 2006, according to an order issued Monday by a federal judge in Los Angeles. But Chief U.S District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins extended the consent judgment until Dec. 2 for two other hospitals β€” Napa State Hospital and Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk.
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December 6, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Sent from Patton State Hospital by a patient with a criminal history of violence and psychiatric problems, the letter had an affectionate opening ? "Dearest Suzanne" ? and ended with a promise "to see you and be reunited as two common people soon. " The woman who received the unwanted letter and a phone call in September from a man she's never met appealed to officials at Patton for help. Instead she was told that the hospital in San Bernardino could not even confirm that the letter writer was a patient there.
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November 3, 2010 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
When Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician Donna Gross was strangled last month on the hospital grounds, state officials lamented her death as a tragic and rare event, the first killing of a staffer in two decades. They pledged to improve security by offering staff members shuttle rides to the parking lot, and they temporarily barred patients from going outside unaccompanied. But a Times review suggests safety problems at the facility are neither rare nor so readily fixed.
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October 25, 2010 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco A 54-year-old psychiatric technician was killed Saturday at Napa State Hospital, allegedly by a patient, marking the first staff homicide in the state's mental hospital system in two decades, officials say. The body of Donna Gross of Concord was found at 6:10 p.m. on the fenced grounds behind the unit where she worked, sources said. Gross, who had worked at the hospital for 13 years, was described by staff members and one patient Sunday as kind and dedicated to her patients, many of whom were sent to the facility after committing crimes as a result of their mental illnesses.
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September 2, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A woman accused of stabbing four people at a West Hollywood Target store in May has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial. Layla Rosette Trawick, 34, was ordered sent to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino County after doctors agreed that she was incompetent, Shiara Davila-Morales of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Trawick, of Antioch, Calif., was charged with four counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the May 3 rampage.
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March 14, 2010 | By Carla Jacobs
In the 1960s, California led the nation in psychiatric deinstitutionalization. Today, the failure of that policy can be seen on the streets of every major city in the state. The evidence is overwhelming that when untreated people with severe mental illness are left on their own, tragedies happen. Yet an estimated 1.5 million individuals with severe mental illness go untreated in the U.S. Take the case of Terry Jackson, a 21-year-old schizophrenic man who was killed by San Bernardino police officers last year after they found him agitated and behaving bizarrely in a park.
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September 2, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
A woman accused of stabbing four people at a West Hollywood Target store in May has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial. Layla Rosette Trawick, 34, was ordered sent to Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino County after doctors agreed that she was incompetent, Shiara Davila-Morales of the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Trawick, of Antioch, Calif., was charged with four counts of attempted murder and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the May 3 rampage.
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May 7, 1986
A young Rancho Palos Verdes man who was found innocent by reason of insanity in the 1983 clubbing death of his mother will appear before Torrance Superior Court Judge Cecil Mills on May 30 to ask that he be released from Patton State Hospital and treated as an outpatient, authorities said Tuesday. Michael D. Miller, 22, the son of President Reagan's former personal attorney, Roy D. Miller, first was found guilty by Mills of killing his mother, Marguerite, 52.
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March 13, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon said Friday that he should have been notified by L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley's office that a case involving an intruder at his home had been dismissed and the suspect released from a state mental hospital. Alarcon spoke out one day after an intruder broke into his Panorama City home for a second time in six months. Lawrence Lydell Payton, 42, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of burglary at Alarcon's Nordhoff Street home.
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January 14, 2010 | By Lee Romney
A 50-year-old patient at Patton State Hospital has died after hanging himself in his bedroom, officials say, the eighth suicide at the San Bernardino psychiatric facility since the federal government began investigating potential violations of patients' civil rights at state-run mental hospitals in 2002. The Jan. 4 death of Marc Biron, who was described by one fellow patient as "friendly and kind to people," is the third since a consent judgment mandating a wide array of changes was imposed on the hospital in May 2006.
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