The Emporia Gazette

The Lyon County Detention Center has reported the death of an inmate.

Harold V. Gillen, 72, was found slouched over and sitting on the bottom bunk of his cell when Lyon County Detention Center staff were conducting bed checks at 1:40 a.m. Friday. According to a written release from Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jody Meyers, Gillen did not respond to attempts to get his attention.

“Detention staff entered Mr. Gillen’s cell and found him to be unresponsive and not breathing,” Meyers said. “Detention staff immediately began life saving measures, CPR, and requested Lyon County EMS to respond. Lyon County EMS arrived at approximately 1:49 a.m. and took over providing medical care to Mr. Gillen. Mr. Gillen was not able to regain consciousness or [begin] breathing on his own and was pronounced deceased at 2:22 a.m.”

Gillen has been in custody since March 27. He was awaiting a pretrial hearing for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has been notified as is mandated by state statute.

(15) comments

LeslieMayer

Aim_High… I was not going to bother to respond to you regarding your Arrogant & Ignorant response to me but since you seem to Know it All… Your statement of “Your first amendment can “Only” be violated by the government.

Not Ture…. Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or "inconvenient." Censorship can be conducted by Governments and Private Institutions, and other controlling bodies. General censorship occurs in a variety of different media, including speech, books, music, films, and other arts, the Press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of claimed reasons

Your last statement …. “I'm also sure no inmate is denied medical for a lack of money on their books”. ….You are so Ill-Informed it is Pathetic.

My son was denied medical and mental health treatment in Lyon County Jail…. He had money on his books and as far as the tax payers picking up the tab for the rest? Tax Payers are picking up “The Tab” for Thousands if not Millions of dollars for undisclosed misconduct of Public Officials!

Aim_High

The 1st Amendment protects us from government censorship, plain and simple. The Emporia Gazette is not a government entity and can "censor" whatever they want, and it's not a violation of your first amendment (unless they are forced to do so by the government.) Sorry, but I'm right, and you're wrong. Pasting the definition of censorship is irrelevant because the government is not doing anything to censor you. Make sense?

I also don't appreciate your arrogant and ignorant response "you are so Ill-Informed it is Pathetic" when you're the one who is wrong... maybe I'll just accuse you of harassment, lol.

LeslieMayer

My 4th post, the other 3 were deleted, so following your rules Mr. Gazette, I took off the caps, so now Gazette, are you going to Violate my 1st Amendment. Rights of Freedom of Speech and Press? Why Not, your buddies at EPD have, Lisa Sage has blocked me from commenting on a Public Forman paid for by tax payers because I am asking questions EPD does not want to answer, so here I go again! Caps Off!

Wow Another One Found Dead! Wow Another One Found Dead! I would not believe one Word from this Rag that the Emporia Gazette calls News!! The Gazette only Prints what is given to them by Law Enforcement , City and County Officials because, Police Don’t Lie, including Jailers, and Your elected Officials are Theoretical to be Entrusted by the Public to be Honest. My son was denied Proper Medical & Mental Health Care in 2016 and 2017 from this hole called Lyon Dentation Center, which later resulted in the loss of his left Mandible Jaw plate and a tooth due to lack of antibiotics for 7 months. The Tumor on his Brain Stem that was ignored and neglected from this less than Professional Jail, has grown… Before anyone starts to complain about the expenses for medical treatment for Inmates….Yes People, Inmates Pay for Services!

They have to pay for Dr. visits and medication from (in my opinion incompetent medical staff).

Question to the Gazette, What happened to the Inmate, Christopher M. Mejia of Emporia, who was pronounced dead at the detention center on or around Oct. 31, 2018? I cannot find the follow up on his Autopsy and every article that I have found in your Rag, the KBI or you, the Gazette states “Foul play is not suspected”. Repeatedly stating, “No Foul Play” makes me wonder if you or the KBI is trying to convince the public that this man of only 43 years died of natural causes. Please forgive me if I missed the results of the autopsy but I cannot find it in any of your articles.

Did you release the Autopsy? If not, why? I am so jaded with our Judicial System (especially Lying County) did something happen at the hands of a County or City Official who contributed in this man’s death? Costing Tax Payers Thousands of dollars to Cover up and or Hide an injustice to this man and his family?

Since my most of my comments have been Censored, and removed by an employee who no longer works for this Rag, (according to Zack) I am guessing that this unpopular post will be deleted also, now my 4th post are you going to delete this one also?

justagirlfromks

Were you denied proper mental health care as well? It seems like you have a lot of issues you need to work out. I am sure the jail did not cause your son's ailments, his own actions did. Inmates at the jail receive better healthcare than many taxpayers do. They are able to place whatever complaint they want in the kiosk and are seen within 24 hours. They do only pay $5 or $10 at the most, many do not pay anything. Have you met the medical staff at the jail? To make such a bold statement that they are all incompetent I would hope that you had some supporting evidence not just hearsay. How many inmates do you think go through the Lyon County Detention Center in a year? Do you really think that they are ALL healthy? That none of them are alcoholics, drug addicts, or make risky life choices that may decrease their life expectancy? The KBI get involved as an unbiased party to investigate for wrong doing similar to KDADS investigating unexpected deaths at nursing homes. The world is not all corrupt and everyone is not out to get you. Take time to enjoy being alive.

LeslieMayer

justagirlfromks, Your passive aggressive statement to me is unimpressive…

I have nothing to hide so Yes, Quite Frankly, my mental health has been severely affected at the hands of Lying County and EPD’s actions. What loving parent would not be distraught going through what I have been through dealing with Emporia’s Lying Police Dept. and the corruption in this city and county!

No, the Jail did not cause his illness but they neglected to treat his jaw that was broke for 7 months! And by denying him Medical and Mental Health care while detained, is a violation of the 8th Amendment.

I love my son, I know he has done a lot of things that he needed to be arrested and punished for, but to Arrest and Charge him for a crime he Did Not Commit, Deny him of Due Process, the Jails Neglect of his Physical and Mental Health while incarnated, I don’t think you or anyone else who does not know the Real Story can conceive my pain.

Yes, I have documented Proof but who the hell cares? In most people’s eyes who give a crap he is an addict!

LeslieMayer

My 3rd post, the other 2 were deleted, so following your rules Mr. Gazette, I took off the caps, so now Gazette, are you going to Violate my 1st Amendment. Rights of Freedom of Speech and Press? Why Not, your buddies at EPD have, Lisa Sage has blocked me from commenting on a Public Forman paid for by tax payers because I am asking questions EPD does not want to answer, so here I go again! Caps Off!

Wow Another One Found Dead! Wow Another One Found Dead! I would not believe one Word from this Rag that the Emporia Gazette calls News!! The Gazette only Prints what is given to them by Law Enforcement , City and County Officials because, Police Don’t Lie, including JAILER’S, and Your elected Officials are Theoretical to be Entrusted by the Public to be Honest. My son was denied Proper Medical & Mental Health Care in 2016 and 2017 from this hole called Lyon Denotation Center, which later resulted in the loss of his left Mandible Jaw plate and a tooth due to lack of antibiotics for 7 months. The Tumor on his Brain Stem that was ignored and neglected from this less than Professional Jail, has grown… Before anyone starts to complain about the expenses for medical treatment for Inmates….Yes People, Inmates Pay for Services!

They have to pay for Dr. visits and medication from (in my opinion incompetent medical staff).

Question to the Gazette, What happened to the Inmate, Christopher M. Mejia of Emporia, who was pronounced dead at the detention center on or around Oct. 31, 2018? I cannot find the follow up on his Autopsy and every article that I have found in your Rag, the KBI or you, the Gazette states “Foul play is not suspected”. Repeatedly stating, “No Foul Play” makes me wonder if you or the KBI is trying to convince the public that this man of only 43 years died of natural causes. Please forgive me if I missed the results of the autopsy but I cannot find it in any of your articles.

Did you release the Autopsy? If not, why? I am so jaded with our Judicial System (especially Lying County) did something happen at the hands of a County or City Official who contributed in this man’s death? Costing Tax Payers Thousands of dollars to Cover up and or Hide an injustice to this man and his family?

Since my most of my comments have been Censored, and removed by an employee who no longer works for this Rag, (according to Zack) I am guessing that this unpopular post will be deleted also, 3rd post are you going to delete this one also?

Aim_High

The first amendment protects us against government limits on our freedom of speech. A private company like the gazette has the right to remove whatever they want from their property. And inmates don't "pay for services", they pay $5 or $10 and johnny taxpayer picks up the rest.

LeslieMayer

I cannot argue with you about a private industry publications, however, I believe that if one follows the rules set by the Gazette and they do not like a comment and delete it just because they don’t like what is said, then I believe this would be Censorship and that is violating the 1st Amendment

2nd of all who are you Aim_High? Are you High? Your comment about inmates does not make sense. You posted…. “Inmates don't "pay for services", “they pay $5 or $10” and johnny taxpayer picks up the rest. The substandard of medical services at Lyon County Jail, well, your get what you pay for.

Aim_High

Your first amendment can only be violated by the government. It's not possible for the Emporia Gazette to violate your 1st. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

2nd you needn't worry about who I am, as it doesn't matter. My comments about inmates healthcare cost makes sense. If I pay a landlord $10, would you say I've paid the rent? Of course not. If an inmate pays $10 to see the nurse (or whatever it is they charge), they don't have to pay anything beyond that. Indigent inmates most likely don't have to pay anything. I'm also sure no inmate is denied medical for a lack of money on their books.

LeslieMayer

Emporia Gazette editor, why are you allowing some idiot to continue to delete my post?

bubbadleroy

Hana, A speedy trial went out the window when judge roy bean died, in 1903. You know the hanging judge from Langtree.

LeslieMayer

You don't need a "Hanging Judge" with Lyon County’s Chief Magistrate Judge Wheeler.

Hananova

Only waiting 8 weeks for the first time to see a judge. Not bad, better than waiting a year. Whatever happened to the right to a "speedy trial"

LeslieMayer

Lying County does not give a Flip about a Speedy Trial, they have their own Rules and Violates the Law Every Day!

LeslieMayer

Hananova, I just commented on you post, did you delete it or is the Gazette doing it?

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