Lyon Sheriff looks at jail staffing in light of suicides

suicideAfter a person hung himself in his cell last month but was revived by lifesaving efforts, new Lyon County Sheriff Al McNeil became even more concerned about staffing levels in the Lyon County Jail, as that was the third suicide or attempt since the jail opened in early 2013.

Two Lyon County Sheriff’s Office jail deputies revived this victim — McNeil said the inmate was not breathing when discovered (the deputies received lifesaving awards) — so, in essence, the person did commit suicide, he was just brought back to life, so he counts it.

“Two minutes later, it would have been a confirmed suicide,” McNeil said.

McNeil addressed this issue during the Jan. 15 Lyon County Board of Commissioners meeting also showed the Lyon County Board what could have been used for another suicide attempt. He said a noose made from toilet paper was found that supposedly was strong enough to support a person.Lyon-County-Sheriff-Car-Door

“That’s the third in less than two years,” he told the board of the December attempted suicide by hanging.

McNeil said he plans to look for a consulting firm to do a study of the staffing for the Lyon County Jail. He also said he hopes to tour a similar detention facility to Lyon County’s and find out how it is staffing the facility and how many.

jail suicideThe sheriff said the situation has come to the point where jail deputies “are afraid to go to their shifts now” for what they might encounter during it, that they might see “the next (dead) body on their shift.” He said he does feel there is not enough adequate staffing for the jail.

This is something the prior sheriff’s administration had also expressed in the past.

McNeil said while he feels the jail is understaffed, “I don’t know the (staffing) numbers it needs. … I want to take a firm look at the numbers.”

He said he’s been told of a few firms that have the expertise and could analyze the staffing needs.

“I’ll take a look and find out what services (a firm) provides,” he said.jail blood

The sheriff also hopes to visit a similar jail facility, possibly one in Henderson, to “talk operations, how they run,” and “to see what its staffing requirements are. We’ve got to take some action,” he told the commission.

He said in a perfect world, the consultant and the visit to a facility would provide the same numbers for staffing the Lyon County facility, so he could take that to the board of commissioners for “the best way to mitigate potential liability issues.”

McNeil said the jail is “the county’s largest liability issue,” especially when there are deaths.

He said one reason there were no suicides in the old jail the space that was available, or lack thereof. “They (inmates) were piled on top of each other. It would be tough to do in there (carry out a suicide) without someone seeing and another inmate “pressing the button” to alert deputies.

jail is niceNow, however, inmates are often in rooms by themselves, more often alone, and “there’s less contact with other individuals and more time (alone)” to carry out a suicide if an inmate wishes.

And he said with the additional space, it takes more time for a deputy to walk to look into all the individual cells.

County manager Jeff Page said he was involved in operating the jail for 20 years, and in that time they had three deaths involving inmates, two by suicide and one by natural causes. He said mental health is a big issue now.

“We’re trying to come up with a solution,” he said.

He said the current situation “is a huge issue” and wasn’t being ignored.

“No one’s able to get their arms around it,” he said. “Everyone’s involved working toward a resolution.”

Mixed martial arts fighter “War Machine” Jonathan Koppenhaver, who is accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend, tried to kill himself in a Las Vegas jail

suicide(CNN) — Mixed martial arts fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, who is accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend, tried to kill himself in a Las Vegas jail, authorities said. Koppenhaver, 32, is known as War Machine on the MMA circuit. He allegedly beat adult film actress Christy Mack and a male friend on August 8 — then went on the run.
Police captured him a week later in his hometown of Simi Valley, California. He’s been held at the Clark County Detention Center since then.

A corrections officer conducting checks at the detention center found him unresponsive in his cell on Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate KSNV.

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Mixed martial arts fighter “War Machine” Jonathan Koppenhaver, who is accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend, tried to kill himself in a Las Vegas jail

Suicide note
He was found seated on the floor with a torn piece of linen around his neck, which was attached to his bunk, Officer Jose Hernandez told the affiliate. Koppenhaver, who was unresponsive and struggling to breathe, had left behind a suicide note.

Hernandez cut the linen and called medical personnel, who later cleared the fighter and put him on suicide watch at a medical isolation unit. Details of his suicide note were not released.
The incident occurred on the same day he was supposed to appear in court to discuss a plea deal, according to the affiliate.
‘I’m so cursed’
Koppenhaver has said that he’d gone to surprise his ex-girlfriend with a ring when he found her with another man.
“I only wish that man hadn’t been there and that Christy & I would be happily engaged,” he posted on Twitter in August. “I don’t know y I’m so cursed. One day truth will come out.”
He is facing various charges, including domestic battery and attempted murder.

Robin Williams’ Family Guy Episode Showing Failed Suicide Attempt Was On BBC Three minutes before death was announced

Fans watching the episode Fatman and Robin have tweeted they were ”shocked” by the ”huge coincidence” (Much more below!)

An episode of cartoon comedy Family Guy about Robin Williams featuring a failed suicide attempt went out at almost exactly the time his death was announced.

Viewers were shocked over the uncanny timing after watching the episode called Fatman and Robin, where Peter Griffin is cursed with the ability to turn everything he touches into Robin Williams.

During the episode Peter tries to commit suicide in a desperate attempt to stop the clones appearing, before eventually chopping both his hands off to end the spell.

The internet is full of comments about the bizarre coincidence with most people calling it “weird” after watching it air on BBC 3 at 11.25pm.

Williams passed away after a reported suicide attempt on Monday afternoon at his family home in California and the news broke around 11.50pm.

The comedian’s death was reported on several news outlets at the same time the show was being screened.

In the episode Peter is watching Williams – his favorite comedian – when another comedian, Jeff Ross, insults his hero.

Peter runs outside in the middle of a thunderstorm and accuses God of hating Williams and wishing that everyone was the comedian before he gets struck by lightning.

Upon waking up in the hospital, Peter discovers he has gained the ability to turn everyone and everything he touches into Williams in a rip-off of the Greek legend about King Midas turning everything he touches into gold.

A spokeswoman for the BBC described it as an “uncanny coincidence” and said plans to repeat the episode this Friday had been pulled.

She said workers realised the episode ended just as the comedian’s death was announced.

Scheduling takes place at least two weeks before the programme is aired and the same episode has been repeated several times before and was down to be repeated on Friday.

The spokeswoman added: “It was due to be repeated on Friday but we will not be showing it now.”

Today Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane said: “The world just got a lot less funny. Robin Williams is a tragic loss.”

Nevadagate by Guy Felton – Ombudsman for Nevada

Nevadagate a youtube series exposing Nevada government corruption  by GuyFelton – Ombudsman for Nevada.  These youtube videos dig into an array of Nevada government corruption, conspiracies and cover-ups. Guy Felton has helped the Nevada ANTI-Corruption movement in his protesting efforts and his unique abilities to convey corruption in our youtube videos and his new series called Nevadagate. Please see Guy’s work below and visit his website

Guy Felton is WAS running for U. S. Congress in 2011. Hooray! In this video, Guy discusses the controversy and conspiracy  surrounding the former University of Nevada Reno (“UNR”) President Milton Glick who allegedly died of stroke at 73 – but was it really a suicide or murder?

Uploaded on May 28, 2011

Guy’s background includes: Marine Corps Reservist, Intelligence Operative, Police Officer, Classroom Teacher, Head of Negotiations for Nevada State Education Association (now having 27,000 members), Newspaper Columnist, Newspaper Photographer, Executive Jobsearch Consultant (Listed in “Who’s Who in America”), Volunteer Ombudsman for the People of Nevada (the latter resulting in being wrongfully arrested and jailed three times for legally challenging corrupt public officials in Washoe County including Commissioners Humke, Weber, and Larkin ~ as well as Washoe Manager Katy Simon, and Deputy D.A. Melanie Foster.)

Guy Felton’s youtube “Nevadagate” series on Nevada Corruption


Nevada government is permeated with a culture of corruption. Members of the state legislature meet for only 4 months every other year. This does not permit anything close to proper administration of the public affairs of Nevada’s 2.7-million residents.  Members of the upcoming 2013 legislative session are asked to answer tough-but-fair questions which might force changes for the better.
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Questions are raised on this video regarding Nevada government’s dismal report card grades issued by the State Integrity Investigation, and about Nevada’s Hell-hole prisons Continue reading