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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1990
About 40 inmates battled with mop and broom handles at the jail in Saugus, slightly injuring 15, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Tuesday. The disturbance broke out Monday night in a barracks at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, Deputy Pat Hunter said. Deputies restored order in 15 minutes, and no deputies were injured. Although the fight was between Latinos and blacks, a sheriff's spokesman said that racial tensions were not believed to have been a cause.
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NEWS
March 2, 1987
Six minimum-security prisoners were injured when a bus carrying them to a dairy farm at the Los Angeles County Jail's Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic plunged down a 20-foot embankment, sheriff's deputies said.
NEWS
February 24, 1992
Ten inmates at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic received minor injuries Sunday in a racial brawl that erupted when one inmate objected to another receiving a second helping at breakfast, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. The inmates were treated for cuts and returned to the jail north of Santa Clarita. The melee broke out in a dormitory shortly before 7:30 a.m. after a white inmate complained about a black inmate getting extra food, deputies said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993
A convicted car thief escaped Wednesday from a minimum-security facility at Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, authorities said. Santiago Myia, 25, walked out of the facility between inmate counts at 3 and 7 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Cliff Lewis said. Myia, a Santa Monica resident, had been arrested in Los Angeles in June and was serving a one-year term for grand theft auto. When caught, he could be sentenced for up to another year in jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1993
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accidentally shot himself in the knee Friday after he slipped on a shooting range in Castaic, authorities said. Robert Smith, 36, was wounded shortly before 8 a.m. at a training range at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, sheriff's spokesman Gabe Ramirez said. Smith, a 13-year veteran of the department, was holding a 9-millimeter Beretta semiautomatic pistol when he slipped and fell backward, firing a bullet into his left knee, Ramirez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1993 | SHARON BERNSTEIN
Five inmates suffered minor bruises and abrasions, and at least 50 inmates will be transferred to other facilities as the result of a fistfight between members of rival black gangs at the County Jail in Castaic, authorities said Monday. Rod Weber, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said inmates at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho-South fought for about five minutes, beginning at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The fight ended when deputies arrived on the scene, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1988
A sheriff's deputy training at the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic threw a tear-gas canister against a hill and accidentally set off an 8-acre brush fire Friday, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. The fire on the sheriff's training range just outside the prison, in the 29300 block of The Old Road, broke out about 11:20 a.m., Fire Capt. Rod Washington said. No buildings were threatened by the blaze, which 160 firefighters and two helicopter crews contained about 1 p.m.
NEWS
August 15, 1993
Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. John Thurman has been named Sierra Madre's interim police chief. Thurman, 58, replaces Chief I. E. (Bill) Betts, who retired Aug. 6 after 17 years as head of the 20-officer department. During his 90-day temporary stint, Thurman will evaluate Police Department operations and help select the permanent chief. A former commander at the Altadena sheriff's station and a past custody commander at the Peter J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1993
A routine traffic stop in Canyon Country early Monday morning resulted in police confiscating a device they believe is a pipe bomb. The device was spotted by a deputy who pulled over a pickup truck in the 27500 block of Sierra Highway with expired registration tags, said Deputy Diane Hecht, a spokeswoman at the Sheriff's Information Bureau. "He saw what appeared to be a pipe bomb on the dashboard" and called for backup assistance, Hecht said. The two men in the truck were taken into custody.
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