Judge: Cal Fire Can Impose Tougher Penalties Against Firefighters Accused Of CheatingThe three were demoted in January during a scandal at the agency's training academy in Ione, east of Sacramento. But two of the three were able to quickly receive new promotions back to their previous rank of fire captain.
Victim's Family Rips Former Cal Fire Chief During Murder SentencingThe family of Sarah Douglas finally got its chance to address Orville Fleming, a former first responder turned murderer.
Orville Fleming Sentenced To 16 Years To Life For Slaying Of GirlfriendA former California fire battalion chief faces sentencing in the slaying of his girlfriend.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Douglas' Family Recalls Horror Of Murder, Pain Of TrialWhile Stephanie Douglas, her mother Trudy and cousin Barbara try to remember Sarah Douglas in happier times, it’s not hard to think about how the 26-year-old’s life came to a violent end.
Former Cal Fire Battallion Chief Found Guilty Of Murdering FiancéeThe jury in the trial of Orville Fleming has found the disgraced Cal Fire battalion chief guilty of second-degree murder.
Murder Or Manslaughter? Orville Fleming's Fate Now In Jury's HandsNow a jury must decide whether Fleming committed murder or manslaughter. Fleming admitted to stabbing Douglas on the witness stand last week, but attorneys argue his testimony shows he was in a dissociative state at the time and acting in a fit of anger.
Prosecutors Cast Doubt On Orville Fleming's Zombie Defense In Murder CaseBefore Orville Fleming took the stand again, a defense psychologist testified that he believes the former Cal Fire chief suffered an episode of something called dissociative amnesia, some nicknaming it a zombie defense.
Why Did Orville Fleming Admit To Jury He Stabbed Sarah Douglas To Death?Even though Orville Fleming’s attorney was willing to allow his client to admit he stabbed and strangled Sarah Douglas, they’re focused on calling his frame of mind into question. Depending on what the jury believes, it could mean a big difference.
Ex-Cal Fire Chief Says He Felt Like Zombie While Stabbing Girlfriend To DeathOrville Fleming said they were arguing when he went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife, and in his words, just lost it. He said he felt like a zombie when he stabbed her and doesn’t remember anything else after that.
Ex-Cal Fire Battalion Chief's Lawyers Attack Slain Girlfriend's Character In Murder TrialSarah Douglas was found stabbed to death on May 1, 2014, launching a massive manhunt stretching across the state. Orville Fleming was found two weeks later hiding in bushes near where his truck was found previously.
Trial Begins For Ex-Cal Fire Battalion Chief In Girlfriend's SlayingA jury trial is beginning for a former California fire battalion chief charged with murder in the death of his 26-year-old girlfriend.
Scathing Cal Fire Report In Wake Of Murder Puts Assistant Chief In Bad LightThe 14-page report to the State Personnel Board links Assistant Chief Mike Ramirez to sexual harassment, drinking on the job and viewing explicit pictures on a state-issued cellphone.
Murder Investigation Leads To Probe, Massive Shakeup At Cal Fire Ione Fire AcademyFormer battalion chief Orville Fleming is accused of murdering his girlfriend Sarah Douglas in May, then leading police on a two-week manhunt as he hid from arrest. The combination of 16 firefighters being fired, demoted or resigning, comes after an investigation at Cal Fire’s Ione Fire Academy found misuse of equipment and time.
2 CalFire Employees Fired, 1 Resigns In Wake Of Homicide InvestigationTwo state firefighters have been fired and another has resigned after an investigation prompted by the slaying of a CalFire battalion chief's girlfriend.
No Sex Tape, But Investigation Following Murder Has 16 Cal Fire Firefighters On Paid LeaveDuring the search for Orville Fleming, allegations arose of firefighters having sex with prostitutes at the Ione Fire Academy. That prompted a California Highway Patrol investigation into a possible sex tape that never materialized.