Mississippi County News
CHARLESTON - An official report has not been released yet on the April 10 death of the federal Immigration and Naturalization prisoner at the Mississippi County Detention Center, but local officials believe it may be attributed to diabetes.
Don Chance, administrator for the county's jail, said during Thursday's county commission meeting that while the autopsy is not complete and the cause not officially determined, he was informally advised it looks like acute diabetic attack was the cause of Ramon Escamilla-Bautista's death.
"He probably didn't know he had diabetes," said Chance. During a medical interview conducted through an interpreter, the prisoner said he did not have diabetes, according to Chance. "To detect that was beyond our training."
Chance also said jail officials called an ambulance for the Escamilla-Bautista but he refused to be transported to the emergency room to be treated there.
"The family is here from Mexico," said Chance. "They want to tour the facility."
It will probably be two more weeks before an official report is issued, according to Chance.
In other county jail business:
* Chance advised commissioners that security cameras in all critical areas are now being operated in full record mode so incidents can be captured on film 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
If an incident happens, the recording is stored on a CD.
Chance also said he could make it so commissioners could monitor the security cameras from home via the Internet if they wanted to.
* The county may be eligible for a grant through the Missouri Highway Safety Commission which would pay 90 percent of the cost of a radar detector, according to Chance.
* Chance advised commissioners the county was approved for a 50 percent matching grant for the purchase of two bullet proof vests. Chance said the county is not obligated but has up to a year to take advantage of the opportunity.
The county just needs to send in the receipts for reimbursement if the vests are purchased. "We have some that need to be replaced," said Chance.
* Due to the volume of INS prisoners the jail is holding, the jail will soon have an INS agent assigned to be in-house one day per week, according to Chance.
* Chance presented commissioners with an account receivables report on the jail's first quarter and discussed the possibility of moving the deadline for submitting the jail's bills from 10 a.m. Tuesdays to a later time to allow additional time for processing.
In other Mississippi County news:
* County Assessor W.R. "Bill" Thompson is having second thoughts on his choice of a company to set up the county's Geographic Information System, according to commissioners.
Thompson had received approval from the commission April 4 to negotiate a final contract with ProMap Corporation. Thompson asked for the company to produce mylar maps as a method quality control.
In a letter reviewed by commissioners, ProMap's president Tim L. Shuck stated that they "do not believe it is in the county's best interest to implement a quality control scheme that will not, in fact, allow (the county) to identify data errors." According to Shuck, ProMap uses several internal quality control steps.
With printed maps that don't include all the data layers, it would be difficult to identify places where data sets do not align.
Shuck also wrote that all print media including mylar will shrink and expand with temperature and humidity changes as well as with handling. Because of this, a parcel line mylar overlay placed over a separately printed aerial photo image will misalign showing what appears to be an error.
* Blumenberg suggested the county should try to get some of the used guard rails stored at the MoDOT shed near Marble Hill.
He estimated the county needs at least 400 feet and could use 800. Blumenberg said because of how much they would like to get, the county should offer a bid on the railing.