CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996 |
David Rothenberg met privately with his jailed father Friday for the first time since the man set fire to David's bed in a Buena Park motel room in 1983, burning over 90% of his body. Alameda County Sheriff's officials said that Charles Rothenberg, who is awaiting trial on separate charges that he shot a man, met with his son for 35 minutes in a special arrangement after visiting hours at Oakland's North County Jail.
June 11, 1999 |
The state has agreed to pay $1.7 million to whistle-blower Richard Caruso, a former guard at Corcoran State Prison who broke the code of silence and exposed a pattern of deadly shootings of inmates, only to lose his career. The settlement, one of the largest damage awards to a state whistle-blower, came together late Wednesday after months of negotiations in which top officials, including Gov. Gray Davis, had urged a resolution of Caruso's five-year ordeal.
June 15, 1999 |
Four months after three Yosemite sightseers were abducted and killed, federal authorities say they have found physical evidence--including clothing and other fibers--that appears to connect the slayings to a group of Central Valley ex-convicts with violent pasts. Investigators say their murder investigation is coming together well, but they remain frustrated by important gaps in evidence and don't expect to file criminal charges for weeks, perhaps months.
July 16, 1999 |
State investigators are returning to troubled Corcoran prison to probe the fatal beating of a homosexual inmate who was pummeled and strangled for nearly 50 minutes in an open exercise yard directly below a guard post. The July 2 killing, captured on videotape, was carried out by a prisoner who strangled his cellmate only months earlier and was deemed too dangerous to mix with fellow inmates, according to corrections officials and a local prosecutor.
November 19, 1998 |
Andy Lowery thought he had seen the type before when Wayne Adam Ford first walked into his Christian book and music shop a couple of years ago. "People who have problems come to see the Christian people," Lowery says. Ford, who had lived and worked in Orange County before moving north, told Lowery his life was adrift, his marriage had busted up, he was losing touch with the toddler son he adored.
July 30, 1998 |
Two former supervisors and a former guard at Corcoran State Prison told a legislative hearing Wednesday that their attempts to draw attention to questionable inmate shooting deaths by guards were ignored at the highest levels of the state Department of Corrections, as well as by an official in the Wilson administration. With nowhere else to turn, Facility Capt. Ralph Mineau, former Lt.