A man accused of stabbing three people in the Tower District was on parole for domestic violence, a Tulare County church is linked through a speaker to violence in the Mideast, and Fresno city and county officials scramble to take over animal control duties.
Here are the top stories of the past week, along with selected comments posted by readers at fresnobee.com.
What happened: A 46-year-old woman was killed and her roommate and a Fresno police officer were injured Monday in a stabbing. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the suspect, Michael Crockell, 25, had been released from prison under a state program to reduce overcrowding. Dyer said that Crockell is the ninth person under post-release supervision to be accused of murder in Fresno this year.
What it means: A state prison official said Tuesday that Crockell had served his time and was not released due to the state prison realignment program. Luis Patiño said the state program did shift supervision of parolees convicted of less violent offenses to counties.
What readers said:
"Post-release supervision is similar to parole. Either way, Crockell and the other eight accused murderers would have been on the streets. It's not a rehab program, its a supervision program."
"What Dyer is not telling folks is that Crockell was sentenced to 3 years in Prison for a violation of probation. A violation for which he had already had over 2 years of credit for time served in Jail. Therefore the 5 1/2 months served from October to March completed his entire 3 year sentence and had nothing to do with ab109. Dyer is simply trying to vilify a law that is working well in the majority of the state."
"Norway has the lowest rates of prisoners returning to prison in the world and they also treat prisoners in the most humane way. If a prisoner is released and goes back on the street only to be arrested again it doesn't benefit society or the economy."
"Well, there's our answer. Send our prisoners to Norway, and when they finish, send them back here to be law abiding, productive citizens."
What happened: The church at Kaweah found itself in the national spotlight after news reports linked it to a script consultant on a video that is being blamed for triggering deadly violence in the Mideast.
What it means: The church's pastor says Steve Klein, the script consultant, is not a member and only visited to talk about Islam and jihad. But according to some reports, Klein has conducted paramilitary training at the church's 22-acre property.
What readers said:
"Come visit us....every thing you stated is wrong.....we are not a cult even by your flimsy definition of the word.....anyone that posts such passionate things must be certain of the truth first......how can you honestly waste your time commenting on this when you have zero evidence off anything you are posting......10 am Sunday visit us then judge us....."
-- Kaweah Partisan
"Your pastor reads "Thou shalt not kill" in Exodus and translates that as "thou shall defend life" and quickly goes from there to justifying a private army, which he calls necessary for "holy war".According the the video he posted anyway."
"I've never been to a church that had it's own gun range."
-- Derek Losey
What happened: With the end of a contract for animal control services looming, the city of Fresno is considering turning the task over to the Fresno Police Department.
What it means: Meanwhile, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors is mulling over where to house strays on a temporary basis: the old county morgue or the city of Fresno's corporation yard.
What readers said:
"Who had the leverage in these negotiations? Whose idea was it to play hardball with the only people who can handle this service? What a joke!"
"The rescues said that the CCSPCA was OVERPAID. They couldn't figure out what the CCSPCA was doing with all the "millions" of dollars the city and county were paying them. THEY could do it way cheaper...and yet, all we hear from their side now is crickets."
"It makes no sense to have to Police Dept. handle animal control. Their services are needed elsewhere. Besides the dogs they pick up, will be released back on the streets in a few hours anyway."
Catching Up is compiled by Bee editors. Go to fresnobee.com/catchingup/ to comment or learn more about these stories.