Sacto 9-1-1
June 29, 2009
Suspected gang-related fights land Boys Ranch wards in Juvenile Hall

From Bill Lindelof:

A series of what authorities say were gang-related fights at Sacramento County Boys Ranch have landed eight youths suspected of starting the trouble in the higher security Juvenile Hall.

A series of fist fights among gang members erupted about 9 p.m. Saturday at the Boys Ranch. One ward was treated for minor cuts that required stitches, but no staff members were injured, officials said.

To quell the disturbances, which ultimately involved 17 wards, staff used pepper spray and summoned help. Additional probation officers, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies and officers from the Folsom and Rancho Cordova police departments helped return wards to their dorms.

The fights appeared to gang-related, said county probation department spokeswoman Erin M. Treadwell. About 80 percent of the 94 Boys Ranch residents are affiliated with gangs.

The eight wards suspected of starting the fights were moved to Juvenile Hall in part because they can be isolated in individual rooms there rather than kept in the dorm-style setting featured at the Boys Ranch.

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