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Inmate’s Name Released

The Nevada County Coroners Office has released the nameĀ  of the inmate who died in the jail, Tuesday morning. Sergeant Rich Fevenger says the man has been identified as 52 year old Raymond Pistella of Grass Valley. The Sergeant says the man’s father in Roseville was notified of the death.
Click here to listen to Sgt. Fevenger

Sergeant Fevenger says a autopsy is pending to determine the exact cause of death.
Click here to listen to Sgt. Fevenger

Pistella was seen by jail staff going to the second floor of the cell, climbing onto the railing and then jumping. The Coroners investigation and the investigation by the Sheriff’s Office are continuing in a attempt to learn why the man took the drastic action.
More information has been released a bout the incident that lead up to the arrest of Raymond Pistella, prior his death at the Nevada County jail. Grass Valley Police Captain Rex Marks says Pistella was involved in a domestic violence situation in Grass Valley on January 17. Captain Marks says officers were concerned about the cut marks and injures to the mans head that were self inflicted.
Click here to listen to Captain Rex Marks

The man was treated for his injures to his head and arms by medical staff. Mental health staff cleared Pistella as not being a danger to himself or a danger to others.


January 23, 2013

Patty Haley

Bad, very bad.

January 24, 2013

S. Weeden

I can understand why he was cleared but more thoughtful consideration needs to be given to address the fact that someone who is depressed can present as being "ok" and withold suicidal thoughts that come and go or fail to voice waves of pain and sadness that can suddenly ovetake them.

All it can take is some kind of "trigger" that sets off an impulsive act to end the pain and emotional distress. Domestic issues and self inflicted injury should be a big red flag regardless of how convincing a facade the person presents.

Sadly being jailed instead of hospitalized can be the tipping point.

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