- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The superintendent of the troubled Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth is leaving the post immediately and an interim superintendent has been named.

Local media outlets reported that the board authority of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail accepted Col. David Simons’ retirement on Friday. Simons had intended to retire on Oct. 1.

Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe tells The Virginian-Pilot that the board asked him to be the interim superintendent, starting Monday, and he accepted.

In August 2015, 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell died at the jail. An autopsy showed that the mentally ill inmate died of heart failure accompanied by severe weight loss.

And last month, 60-year-old inmate Henry Stewart died two days after asking for emergency medical help.

The Virginia attorney general has asked the Justice Department to investigate the jail.

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