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Inmate who escaped custody still on loose Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives and jail deputies are still searching for 37-year old suspect Christopher Lee Brown, who escaped from the Inmate Reception Center Release area at approximately 10:00pm Wednesday, March 12, 2014. “As a result of the inmate’s actions, and that it appears that mandated security practices may not have been followed, the inmate was able to escape through the jail Inmate Reception Center release area door,” said Captain Mike Parker, Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “Identified security concerns were immediately remedied,” he said. Investigators believe that Brown impersonated another inmate in an effort to escape the jail. The escape was discovered when during the night, one of the many wristband counts that takes place in the jails revealed the inmate was not where he was supposed to be. This led to the search of the jail and ultimately the discovery of jail CCTV video showing the inmate leaving through the release area at 10 pm Wednes-

day, which confirmed that the inmate had escaped. Suspect Brown had been sentenced Wednesday to a four year jail term for a Burglary and Identity Theft case investigated by the Alhambra Police Department He is now wanted for felony escape from a jail facility. Brown is a transient with no known address and has multiple prior arrests for theft related charges. Also, in 1997 he was arrested and later convicted for Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the San Luis Obispo area, and arrested for a Cohabitant/Spousal Assault in 2007 in the Santa Barbara area . Other areas where he has been arrested in are El Monte and Newport Beach. Brown is described as a male Black, 6’03”, 200 pounds. His booking photo and photos of him walking out of the jail release area have been made available. If you see Brown, do not approach him. Instead, contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. As part of a through systems review, the Inmate Reception Center, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, and Men’s Central Jail

Jeff Gordon gets ‘speeding violation' By Bill Harrington

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were placed on lock-down throughout the day. Medical and mental health serves have continued to be provided for inmates. “A comprehensive review of jail systems, especially related to releases are continuing,” said Captain Parker. We are actively following leads in an effort to rearrest this inmate. We are asking for the public’s assistance to help locate him. If you have any information please contact Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (323) 267-4800. Or anonymously via LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website

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NASCAR at California Speedway a ‘knockout’

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Fontana comes alive with another busy NASCAR weekend at the California Speedway. This was the 5th race of the season and the first time for California race fans to witness the new “knockout” qualifying rules. Matt Kenseth #20 won the Pole Friday and finished fourth on Sunday giving him a top 5 finish. Jeff Gordon sped to his pit during the first caution and was tagged for a speeding violation. He restarted in 43rd place and worked his way back to the top 10 in only 39 laps. He seemed to have the fastest car of the day but the restarts continued to haunt him. His teammate Jimmie Johnson led the most laps, dominating the race. With six to go, Johnson had a flat that ripped his chances away at his home track. He ended the day with a 24th place finish. With Jimmie’s tire going flat and the race staying green, the 24 car was in the lead. As Gordon wound down a couple laps, cars were dropping fast. Three cars had tire issues and managed to get off the track without causing a caution. Unfortunately for Gordon, his luck would not hold. With only three laps left, yet

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a fourth flat causes a spin and a caution. The leaders hit the pits in preparation of a green, white, checker race waiting for them. With most cars getting fresh tires, the stage was set for a wild restart that did not disappoint. Rookie Kyle Larson, who got his first Nationwide win on Saturday, came out of nowhere and tried to make a sweep of the weekend. He finished second behind Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch came in 3rd and Tony Stewart rounded off the top 5 with a 5th place finish. Gordon’s victory slipped away leaving him with a 13th place finish. Denny Hamlin did not race

as a result of vision problems associated with a sinus infection. Sam Hornish JR. drove the #11 car and finished 17th and Danica Patrick finished 14th, giving her a top 15 finish. The big issue on the track was tire wear. NASCAR allowed the crews to add more rear camber. The already low tire pressure coupled with the too much camber in the left-rear tires caused heavier tire wear on the tire’s outer edge which was apparent with 9 cautions during Sunday’s race. All in all, it was a weather perfect day for the sold out crowd to cheer their favorite drivers on to victory!

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