FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a mobile home in a rural Central California foothill community set to house a convicted sex offender.
The Fresno Bee reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/2jcCcdr ) that state officials planned to put Jeffrey Snyder in the mobile home. He's due to be released from a state mental hospital.
California's directory of convicted sex offenders describes 61-year-old Snyder as a sexually violent predator. The newspaper doesn't say whether investigators suspect somebody intentionally started the fire.
The mobile home was located near Squaw Valley, a community in eastern Fresno County.
State officials chose the mobile home after residents in a Fresno neighborhood protested plans to put him in a house near them.
Snyder's attorney, Curtis Sok, could not be immediately reached for comment.
ELLSWORTH -- A Pierce County court commissioner clamped down on a convicted sex offender’s bail conditions, but not as tightly as prosecutors sought, at a hearing last week.
Pierce County Assistant District Attorney Rory O’Sullivan unsuccessfully requested Court Commissioner Jorv Gavic to hold Cameron J. Doman in jail while he awaits trial. Gavic denied the request during the Thursday, Nov. 10, hearing after Liesl Nelson, attorney manager for the State Public Defender’s Office, expressed outrage at the chain of events leading up to the hearing.
Doman, a 25-year-old convicted sex offender, was charged with new felony sex crimes involving child enticement after an Aug. 23 incident near Glen Park in River Falls. He was jailed and released on a signature bond.
Last week’s hearing stemmed from an incident on Sept. 15 near Grimm Hall on the UW-River Falls campus.
According to River Falls Police investigator Charles Golden, who testified at the hearing:
Mystic — The Ocean Community YMCA banned a Groton man from running in its popular Tarzan Brown road race last weekend after it discovered he was listed on the state’s sexual offender registry.
The man, Jeffrey Roy, had run in previous editions of the race but this year when he preregistered for the race, his name was flagged as being on the registry for his role, along with two other men, in the 2006 sexual assault of an intoxicated 14-year-old girl at his mother’s home in Mystic.
The YMCA’s decision to ban him led his father, Jim, a well-known local runner who headed the successful effort to erect the John Kelley statue on West Main Street, to cancel his membership at the YMCA and criticize YMCA officials for their decision. Other runners and friends sent letters and emails to YMCA officials asking them to reverse their decision before last Sunday’s race.
Jim Roy, who has run in almost all of the previous 40 Tarzan Brown races and had registered for the event, skipped the afternoon race and instead ran the course with his son and about 20 friends in the morning. He stressed in an email to running friends that it was not being done as protest and he did not want them to boycott the race.