Prisons Official To Plead Guilty To DUI

Undersecretary Scott Kernan Says He Was Suspended 6 Weeks Without Pay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A high-ranking state prisons official will plead guilty to driving under the influence.

 California Department of Corrections Undersecretary Scott Kernan issued a statement Friday expressing regret for the June 7 incident. He was driving a state vehicle when he was pulled over and taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol along Jackson Highway, just east of Indio Drive.

Kernan said he was suspended without pay for six weeks starting immediately after his arrest. Continue reading

Corrections Officer Arrested At Folsom Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A corrections officer was arrested at Folsom State Prison on three felony charges, including having firearms in prison and being in a street gang.


The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office said no charges were filed Tuesday against Ramon Rossman, 24.


According to the county’s inmate information system, Rossman was initially booked on felony charges of bringing and/or firearms in prison, participating in a criminal street gang and destroying evidence.


The district attorney’s office said Rossman was released Tuesday without bail, and that it needs more information before a case can be filed.


Rossman worked for the with the corrections department for three years, Folsom State Prison spokesman Lt. Anthony Gentile said.


He is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


California Correctional Officer Arrested for Fraud

California’s Department of Insurance has reported that of Alexander Agamemnon Bourdaniotis, 32, of Carmichael, Calif., a youth correctional counselor at the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice (formerly the California Youth Authority), was arrested on six felony charges related to workers’ compensation insurance fraud: four counts of insurance fraud, one count of attempted theft by false pretenses, and one count of filing a fraudulent claim with a State Board. Continue reading

Truck belonging to deputy wanted in sex case found

Authorities Friday found the truck belonging to a Riverside County sheriff’s corrections deputy wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a Menifee woman.

Investigators found Arnulfo Moreno’s black 2009 Nissan truck at Terrytown Road and Potomac Drive, not far from his Menifee home around midnight Friday, said Detective Javier Rodriguez with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Moreno, 31, is wanted in connection with a report Thursday of a sexual assault, according to authorities. Deputies went to his Rio Vista Drive home around 3 a.m. Thursday. He left the house and drove away in his truck, according to a department news release.

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Moreno worked for the Sheriff’s Department for the last 16 months as a correctional deputy, a nonsworn position, and was assigned to the jail in French Valley, Rodriguez said. Correctional deputies do not carry guns, he added.

Sheriff’s investigators have notified local law enforcement agencies as well as the U.S. Border Patrol that they are looking for Moreno, Rodriguez said.

They have also contacted Moreno’s family members in the San Diego area, he said.

Anyone with information about Moreno is asked to call Detective L. Nering at the Perris Sheriff’s Station at 951-210-1000.


Soledad prison guard is prime suspect in killing

Seaside police have identified Friday’s homicide victim as the wife of a correctional officer from Soledad State Prison.

Police found Maria Christina Gibson, 53, inside the couple’s apartment on the 1000 block of Highland Street on Friday morning. A neighbor had found her husband, Dan Gibson, lying at 6:30 a.m. on the ground of the apartment complex, three stories below the couple’s balcony. Gibson was flown to a San Jose hospital where he remains in custody on suspicion of homicide, police said.

An autopsy found that Maria Gibson died of asphyxiation due to strangulation, police said


Sheriff: Deputy Fired After Internal Investigation


Deputy used department computer to research information about slain correctional officer

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Chu Vue used a sheriff’s department computer to look up personal information about the correctional officer who was gunned down in his garage Oct. 15, according to a law enforcement source.The source also told The Bee that Vue was fired today following his arraignment on an unrelated weapons charge.Vue was fired for insubordination, according to the source, who indicated that accusation stemmed from Vue’s refusal to talk to internal affairs investigators after the slaying of Steve Lo.Vue has not been charged in the slaying and his arraignment today was for a charge of possession of an illegal firearm.Vue’s not guilty plea was entered by his attorney, Palai Lee.After the hearing, Lee stressed that Vue has not been charged with anything related to the slaying. Lo was shot to death before dawn in his garage in south Sacramento as he prepared to leave for his job in Vacaville.”There’s no evidence tying him to the murder or anybody’s murder,” Lee said. “They only charged him (with possession of an illegal weapon) and that’s it.”However, a source told The Bee today that Vue had accessed a sheriff’s department computer before Lo was killed and reviewed personal information about the 39-year-old officer, who worked at the California Medical Facility at Vacaville. Vue’s wife also works at that facility, where she is a medical technician.A spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department, which is investigating Lo’s slaying, said last week that Vue’s arrest on the weapons charge stemmed from a search of his home the day Lo was killed. During the search, officers found an unregistered, illegal assault rifle and later issued a warrant for Vue’s arrest, a police spokesman said.The spokesman said that the rifle confiscated from Vue’s home is not consistent with the type of weapon used to kill the correctional officer.Last week, a police investigator said in a court document that Vue’s behavior over recent months strongly indicates he was “involved in the planning and/or the execution” of Lo.In a request to seal the record of a search warrant for Vue’s home, police Detective Eric Schneider told the court he is confident the 13-year veteran is not the perpetrator of the homicide.He wrote, however, that Vue is a “principal” in the case, and a law-enforcement source told The Bee Friday that Vue’s two brothers — who are fugitives wanted on second-degree murder charges out of Minneapolis — are being sought for questioning in the case.Chu Vue, who is being investigated in connection with the slaying of a correctional officer, today pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of an illegal firearm.


Search Warrant Connects Chu Vue To Corrections Officer’s Shooting Death

Chu Vue

Sacramento Police Department

A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy who has been connected to the shooting death of a corrections officer was fired Monday, Sheriff John McGinness said.Chu Vue, 43, was fired after being uncooperative during a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department internal investigation into the shooting of state corrections officer Steve Lo, McGinness told KCRA 3.McGinness said his department started an internal investigation after the Sacramento Police Department announced its own investigation.”I cannot specifically comment on the exact nature of his behavior because he is still protected under the Peace Officer’s Bill of Rights,” McGinness said. “We are not alleging any criminal misconduct.”Vue was taken into custody last week after a search at his home turned up a rifle later determined to be illegal and unregistered.A search warrant obtained by KCRA 3 connects Vue to the shooting death of corrections officer Steve Lo.The warrant said “Vue’s activities strongly indicate he was involved in the planning and/or execution of” the slaying of Steve Lo on Oct. 15. The documents also state that Vue is not believed to be the “perpetrator of this homicide, but he remains the principal in this case.”Sgt. Matt Young said that they have not made an arrest in the slaying of Lo and are asking for the help of the public in the case.Vue appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to the weapons charge.Vue’s attorney, Palai Lee, said Monday that Vue “has nothing to do with” the killing of Steve Lo.Vue is still employed by the sheriff’s department but has been placed on leave with no badge and no gun, sources said.Lo worked with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He had been an officer for about three years.He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.Lo’s family will hold a three-day Hmong funeral ritual starting Friday.Investigators have not revealed the motive for the fatal shooting.Vue will be back in court on Nov. 4 for a reduction of a bail motion.

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Corrections Officer Accused Of Dognapping

HEMET, Calif. — An officer at a San Diego County correctional facility who had complained about the barking of her neighbor’s dog was arrested after being accused of stealing the animal and abandoning it some 15 miles away.


Diane M. Brown, 42, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, Hemet police Sgt. Kevin Caskey said.


She was booked Thursday and released on $5,000 bond.

Brown had filed multiple noise complaints about Spike — a white Maltese — who lives next door to her Hemet home, Riverside County Animal Services officials said.


On Monday, Spike went missing, but Brown was spotted unloading the dog from the trunk of her car outside a water district building in the town of Beaumont, Animal Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens said.


A surveillance camera captured Brown when she returned to the scene to remove to dog’s collar.


Two water district employees took Spike to a veterinarian, who located the dog’s owners by scanning a tracking chip embedded under the animal’s skin.


The dog was unharmed.


San Diego County sheriff’s officials said Brown was a corrections officer in the city of Vista, but they were unaware of the arrest.


There was no answer at Brown’s house Thursday when a reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise visited seeking comment.