Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rocket launchers turned in during L.A. gun buyback not functional! - BailNowLA.com

Police say the launchers appear to be antitank weapons. Authorities collected more than 2,000 weapons in exchange for supermarket gift cards.

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Two rocket launchers turned in to the Los Angeles Police Department as part of the city's gun buyback event appear to be antitank weapons from the military, experts said.
Police said the people turning them in at the buyback told officers they had family members who were at one time in the military and "they no longer wanted the launchers in their homes."
Several military experts said one of the weapons was probably a version of the AT4, an unguided antitank weapon. It's a single-shot weapon that a soldier fires and then the tubing is discarded.
The two launchers — long metal tubes that were once capable of propelling rocket grenades — were turned in along with 2,037 weapons at a gun buyback Wednesday, and exchanged for supermarket gift cards.
Det. Gus Villanueva said the launchers were "stripped-down shells" without the technical parts needed to discharge a projectile. "They don't have capability to discharge anything anymore," he said.
Los Angeles police gun experts will be checking the origins of these weapons with the U.S. military to see if they were ever stolen, he said.
Villanueva said officers could not provide details on the models.
Among the 2,037 firearms were 75 assault weapons, officials said. The total was nearly 400 more weapons than were collected in a similar buyback earlier this year.
Police Chief Charlie Beck said he's used to military-style weapons being turned in at such events. He noted that neither of the launchers had rockets in them, and they did not pose a danger.
Still, he said assault weapons have no place on the streets of L.A.
"Those are weapons of war, weapons of death," Beck said. "These are not hunting guns. These are not target guns. These are made to put high-velocity, extremely deadly, long-range rounds down-range as quickly as possible, and they have no place in our great city."
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the collection at two locations was so successful that the city ran out of money for supermarket gift cards and got a private donation through the city controller to replenish the pot.
The gun buyback was moved up from its usual Mother's Day date in response to the massacre Dec. 14 that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
"As you can see to my right and left, these weren't just guns that weren't functioning anymore," Villaraigosa said at a news conference Thursday morning. "These were serious guns — semiautomatic weapons, guns that have no place on the streets of Los Angeles or any other city."

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Friday, December 28, 2012

O.C. man charged with killing girlfriend's 18-month-old son

O.C. man charged with killing girlfriend's 18-month-old son

An Orange County man has been charged with killing his girlfriend's 18-month-old son by physically abusing the boy when he baby-sat him, prosecutors said.
Cheyenne Mateo Fuimaono, 21, is set to be arraigned Friday on one felony charge each of first-degree murder and assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Prosecutors said that, if convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
Fuimaono, who lives in Buena Park, is being held on $1-million bail.
Prosecutors said that on the afternoon of Nov. 30, Fuimaono was allegedly watching the child at the home Fuimaono and his girlfriend shared with his parents. Prosecutors said that Fuimaono is accused of assaulting the child, and shortly after 1:20 p.m., called authorities to report that the baby was not breathing.
Paramedics arrived to find the child lying unconscious. Prosecutors said the responders performed CPR on him, although the boy remained non-responsive and was taken to a hospital. Doctors at the hospital could not revive him, so he was transferred to Children's Hospital of Orange.
Prosecutors said that doctors there noticed unusual marks and discolorations on the child, including bite marks on his arm and bruising on his neck.  The doctors contacted Buena Park police, who began an investigation.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday DUI arrests, fatalities up in California, CHP says


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Drunk driving arrests and fatalities over the holiday increased compared to last year, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Between Dec. 21 and Dec. 25, the CHP recorded 1,170 DUI arrests on roads its patrols, compared to 980 in 2011. Fatalities during that period were 39, compared to 14 in 2011.
Statistics from other California police agencies were not immediately available.
Police announced a series of drunk driving sobriety checkpoints earlier this month designed to catch drunk driving during the holidays.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, 17 people were killed in traffic collisions and more than 800 people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in cases handled by the CHP.
The statewide fatality count was up from the same period last year, which had 14 such traffic deaths. But the 840 drunk driving arrests by CHP officers dropped from last year's 903.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

San Diego jury awards $7.7 million to man hurt by falling tree

San Diego jury awards $7.7 million to man hurt by falling tree

A San Diego jury Friday awarded $7,675,000 to a man whose legs were crushed when a 60-foot tree on public property toppled on him.
The Superior Court jury earlier had declared that the city was responsible for the injuries suffered by 58-year-old Michael Burke when he was hit by a palm tree in front of his home in 2010. Burke is now a paraplegic, has had 14 surgeries and may need to have his legs amputated.
Burke said that he wishes the city would take responsibility for the incident and resume inspecting and caring for trees on public property, a service that the city curtailed during its recent financial problems.
 "Until then," Burke said, "anyone who lives in San Diego, works in San Diego, or visits San Diego is at risk to be hurt or killed by a tree that topples without warning."
Jonathan Heller, spokesman for City Atty. Jan Goldsmith, said city lawyers would discuss the jury verdict with the City Council and the city's insurer. "The case is far from over at this point," he said.
Burke and his wife, Edith, were represented by attorneys Browne Greene and Ivan Puchalt with the Santa Monica firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, and Daniel Balaban and Andrew Spielberger of the Los Angeles firm Balaban and Spielberger.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

'Laguna Beach' reality star pleads guilty to DUI - BailNowOrangeCounty.com


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One-time "Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County" reality TV star Talan Torriero has pleaded guilty to drunk driving and has been sentenced to three years' probation, court records show.
Torriero, 26, of Laguna Beach, entered a guilty plea Dec. 10 to misdemeanor driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more, according to Orange County Superior Court records. The former reality star will serve three years' informal probation, pay a $390 fine and enroll in a first-offenders program, record show.
Torriero was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at Brooks Street and South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. A Laguna Beach patrol officer said he spotted Torriero driving south on South Coast Highway and then making an illegal left turn.
The officer said he pulled over the actor and noticed he appeared to be intoxicated. Torriero was arrested after failing a field sobriety tests.
According to IMDB, Torriero tried his hand at acting with appearances in several films after the cancellation of the hit MTV show.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Woman apparently stabbed to death with BBQ fork, LAPD says

Woman apparently stabbed to death with BBQ fork, LAPD says

Los Angeles police are investigating the death of a woman in the San Fernando Valley who appeared to have been stabbed repeatedly with a barbecue fork, a department official said.
Officers were called to the 11100 block of Rincon Avenue about 9 a.m. and paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene, said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon.
A man believed to be the victim's grandson was arrested at the scene.
The suspect, 22, lived with his grandparents at the home, Vernon said. Although Vernon stressed the investigation was still unfolding, he said the slaying was preceded by an argument Saturday night between the suspect and his grandparents.
On Sunday morning, while the suspect's grandfather was away, there was another argument, Vernon said. This time, the suspect allegedly began beating his grandmother, who called a relative for help.
When that relative, who was not identified, arrived at the residence, she saw the suspect bloody outside the home, Vernon said. She then called police.
Vernon said investigators had confiscated several possible weapons at the scene including the barbecue fork.
Neither the victim nor the suspect were immediately identified.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Oakland Police Department placed under court control

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A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday signed off on an eleventh-hour agreement reached last week between the city and plaintiffs’ attorneys under which he will appoint a full-time “compliance director” with sweeping powers to dictate changes related to the case.
That director will have the ability to order expenditures of up to $250,000 without city approval, revamp police policies pertaining to required reforms, demote personnel or order other staffing changes. With Henderson's approval, the director would even be able to fire Police Chief Howard Jordan if progress to revamp the department stalls.
Plenty of police departments have faced federal consent decrees and mandated reforms, but this marks the first known instance in recent decades in which a judge has stepped in to take over an agency's key decision-making authority when reforms failed, plaintiffs' attorneys said.
The case pertains to a group of officers known as "The Riders" who framed and beat suspects in West Oakland. The city paid $10.9 million to 119 plaintiffs in the case, and a settlement agreement was implemented in 2003 mandating a host of specific reforms to department culture and practice.
The city has complied with a number of them. Years later, however, key changes have not occurred, including an early-warning system to detect problem officers, a revamping of the internal affairs division and the collection and analysis of data to avert racial profiling.
In a joint statement, Jordan, City Administrator Deanna Santana and Mayor Jean Quan applauded Henderson's approval of the settlement and said officials were "re-energized in our efforts to improve public safety while building greater trust between the community and the police department."

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Monday, December 10, 2012

O.C. murder suspect's ex-fiancee implicates him in jail interview

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Hours before he played the romantic lead in a community theater play opposite his real-life fiancee, authorities allege Daniel Patrick Wozniak shot and killed his neighbor.

Not long after that evening’s performance, he slipped out of the Costa Mesa apartment he shared with his then-fiancee, Rachel Buffett, 25, and killed a second person , according to police, prosecutors and Buffett's account of events.
Authorities say that when they questioned Buffett, she lied to protect Wozniak, who is now facing double murder charges.
More than two years after the May 2010 crimes, Buffett was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact. It is a charge she disputes.
"I'm innocent, and he's guilty, and he confessed to that," she told the Daily Pilot in a jailhouse interview. She said Wozniak told her that he confessed to police that he killed the two victims.
She said she's always been honest and forth-coming with police and doesn't understand why she is now facing felony charges and a possible prison sentence of more than three years.
"You go over it in your mind, 'How could I possibly give someone wrong information?' " she said. "I was trying to be helpful and give them every conception in my mind."
Police, however, say their investigation, which included interviews with Buffett and multiple witnesses, indicates she wasn't truthful.
"She told us a story we know not to be true," said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Ed Everett. "We waited that long basically because we didn't want to prematurely arrest her for accessory and find out she was complicit in the homicides."
Police said Wozniak killed his neighbor Samuel Herr in the theater of the Joint Forces Training Center in Los Alamitos before dismembering his body and leaving his head and hands at the nearby El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach. Authorities allege that Wozniak then killed Herr's friend and tutor, Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23, in Herr's apartment, then staged the crime to make it look like a sexual assault.
Wozniak reportedly told detectives he was motivated by money. He and Buffett had planned to marry soon. Authorities said Wozniak killed Herr to secure his ATM card. Herr had saved money from his time in the military.
Wozniak remains in Orange County Jail on murder charges. If convicted, he could receive the death penalty.
Buffett faces three felony charges of accessory to murder after the fact. She faces a three-year, eight-month, sentence if convicted.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

San Diego Hells Angel enforcer gets 21 years on drug conviction

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 A Hells Angels enforcer has been sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison on a drug charge linked to the gang's use of violence to dominate the sale of methamphetamine in San Diego neighborhoods.
Michael Edward Ottinger Jr., 43, still faces charges of murder, attempted murder, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and criminal threats. Before the drug charge conviction, Ottinger's criminal record included seven felony convictions.
Ottinger was the sergeant-at-arms of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels. According to testimony during his trial in federal court, the Hells Angels had awarded Ottinger the "Filthy Few" and "Thug Crew" patches, given only to members who use violence on behalf of other Hells Angels.
Among the charges still facing Ottinger is a murder charge involving the stabbing death of a rival motorcycle gang member, Fernando Fernandez of the Mongols.
Ottinger was considered the "highest-value" target of a yearlong undercover investigation into the Hells Angels by the FBI Violent Crime Task Force that resulted in the indictment of 36 people.
According to court documents, the Hells Angels were determined to control the distribution and sale of meth, particularly in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma neighborhoods.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

LAPD officers fatally shoot a knife-wielding man in Van Nuys

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Los Angeles police shot and killed a man in Van Nuys on Saturday night after he allegedly held a woman at knifepoint.
The shooting took place near the intersection of Saticoy Street and Tobias Avenue in the San Fernando Valley around 8 p.m. after officers responded to a 911 call about an assault with a deadly weapon, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
When the officers arrived, sources said, the suspect was holding a knife to a woman's throat. The suspect refused to drop the knife after being ordered to do so by officers, at least one of whom opened fire.
No officers were hurt in the confrontation, according to the sources who said the investigation was still unfolding.
Specific details about the shooting were not immediately available. The identity of the dead man was not released.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Teacher pleads guilty to having sex with 17-year-old ex-student

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Teacher pleads guilty to having sex with 17-year-old ex-student

A San Diego County high school teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to having sex with a former 17-year-old student.
Kelly McKenzy Watson, 34, met the teen while he was student in her class at New Haven residential school in Vista, according to a report on Fox 5 San Diego. The school works with troubled and at-risk teens.
The report quoted San Diego police who said Watson taught the boy from September 2010 to August 2011.
Watson is free on $45,000 bail. She is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 6 and faces up to three years in state prison.
Watson's attorney described her as a highly respected special education teacher who has been in the profession for the last seven years.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Click here to find out more! San Bernardino council votes to slash budget more than $26 million - www.BailNowSanBernadinoCounty.com

Panel votes 5 to 2 for the austerity plan that freezes Police Department vacancies and cuts Fire Department overtime.
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The City Council of San Bernardino, which is in bankruptcy and facing a $45.8-million budget shortfall, voted Monday to slash more than $26 million in spending and freeze debt payments as the municipality struggles to stay afloat.
The austerity plan, a required step in the federal bankruptcy process, freezes vacancies in the Police Department even as the city deals with an increase in violent crime. The Fire Department's overtime budget was slashed by 35%.
The city had already stopped making payments to CalPERS, the state's public employee pension fund, since filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Aug. 1, a move city officials estimate will save more than $12 million.
The council voted 5 to 2 in favor of the plan, which both Mayor Patrick Morris and City Atty. James Penman said was a mandatory step in the effort to restructure the city's debts and repair its finances under federal bankruptcy protection.
At a recent hearing, federal Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury told San Bernardino officials that she expected the budget-cutting plan to be filed soon. Some of the city's creditors have argued that San Bernardino does not qualify to file for municipal bankruptcy protection.
"We have a mountain to climb here," Morris said during Monday's meeting at City Hall.
Councilman Chas Kelley blasted the budget-cutting plan for being shortsighted and not addressing San Bernardino's long-term financial health, which he said depends on attracting business and expanding the middle class.
"This budget is a financial equivalent of using leeches to bleed a sick patient," Kelley said. "There is no vision in this budget for our city's economic renewal."
Joining Kelley in voting against the plan was Councilman John Valdivia, who objected to freezing the police force "in a city with all-time-high crime rate levels." The city has 299 sworn officers in the current budget, although 18 positions have been vacant.
Councilwoman Wendy McCammack acknowledged that many of the cuts were objectionable but said the council had little choice but to make the tough decisions demanded by the bankruptcy process. Failing to do so, she said, would lead to the city dissolving and being governed by the county.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Shooting suspect commits suicide after chase by San Diego police

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A man suspected of shooting a woman in the head in Missouri died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot early Friday after being chased by police in San Diego.

Acting on information provided by the Missouri state police, San Diego police chased a vehicle through the streets of Mission Beach in hopes of arresting the driver.
Surrounded in a dead end about 1:30 a.m., the driver took his own life, police said. He was identified as Alan Lovelace, 37, of Blue Spring, Mo., wanted on suspicion of shooting a woman in the head in Grain Valley, Mo., and taking her car.
The woman was listed in critical condition, according to Missouri news reports.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

4 Southern California men held in plot to join Al Qaeda, Taliban - BailNowSoCal.com

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Four men with ties to Southern California have been charged with plotting to join Al Qaeda and the Taliban to commit "violent jihad" and target Americans, the FBI said Monday night.
One of the men, Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, allegedly traveled in July to Afghanistan, where he arranged for terrorist training to be conducted with Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives, according to a complaint unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Riverside.
Kabir, who lived in Pomona, is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, federal authorities said.
n 2010, Kabir allegedly introduced Ontario resident Ralph Deleon, 23, and Upland resident Miguel Alejandro Santana, 21, to "radical and violent Islamic doctrine," according to the complaint.
"Kabir influenced Santana and Deleon to convert to Islam," the complaint said.
The complaint said the men studied Internet essays and lectures by Anwar Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric and U.S. citizen who was killed in Yemen in 2011 by missiles fired from a U.S. Predator drone aircraft. The death of Awlaki, a mid-level Al Qaeda operative, was considered a major coup because he had been effective in  reaching disaffected Muslims in the United States and elsewhere with his online speeches and sermons.
After arriving in Afghanistan, Kabir told the two men that he had arranged for them to travel to that country for terrorist training, the complaint alleged.
Santana and Deleon are accused of telling a confidential source working for the FBI that they planned to go to Afghanistan to take part in "violent jihad," the complaint said. Santana is a permanent resident born in Mexico, authorities said, and Deleon is a permanent resident born in the Philippines.
In September, the two men recruited Riverside resident Arifeen David Gojali, 21, to travel overseas with them and join Kabir for terrorist training, according to federal authorities. Gojali is a U.S. citizen.
Santan, Gojali and Deleon were apprehended Friday by authorities with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. They appeared before a magistrate Monday in federal court in Riverside.
Kabir was taken into custody in Afghanistan. The investigation is ongoing. If convicted, the men face up to 15 years in federal prison.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Glendale police search for missing La Crescenta woman - BailNowLA.com

Megan Sue Dipiazza
Police searched Friday for a missing 33-year-old La Crescenta mother who they say has a history of depression and left a note saying “goodbye to her family.”
Megan Sue Dipiazza went missing Sunday evening from her apartment, where the note was found, according to the Glendale Police Department.
Police told the Glendale News-Press that Dipiazza’s disappearance doesn’t indicate foul play and “no suspicious activity has been identified.”
Her family has been concerned about her welfare, according to police, and have been working with detectives, who want to speak with Dipiazza.
She has blond hair, green eyes, is 5-feet-6 and 122 pounds. Dipiazza drives a 2013 gray Toyota Scion, with California license plate number 6XJR885, although the plate may not be on the car.
Anyone with information is asked to call Glendale police Sgt. Jeff Newton at (818) 548-3987.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Former SoCal marine animal rescuer shot by Las Vegas police


Terry Rogaczewski, pictured in 1997 after helping rescue a baby whale in Marina del Rey, was shot by Las Vegas police on Nov. 3. He was later arrested. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times 

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A man who used to rescue marine animals in Southern California was shot by Las Vegas police after he allegedly tried to break into a car, authorities said.
Terry Rogaczewski, 39, of Las Vegas, who was in critical condition after being shot during the Nov. 3 incident, was released from a Las Vegas hospital and booked last week, the Las Vegas Sun reported. He now faces charges including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm into a vehicle and resisting a public officer.
About 9:30 p.m. that Saturday, Rogaczewski pointed a gun at a car as it entered the Town & Country Manor III apartments, the Sun said, citing an arrest report. The driver sped off and was not hurt, but several minutes later, Rogaczewski began shooting at a second vehicle as it drove into the complex.
The driver ducked and then drove in reverse, hitting a wall before running away, the report continued. Police already in the area responded after hearing the gunshots and found Rogaczewski trying to enter the passenger side of the second car.
Officers told Rogaczewski to show his hands but he turned around with a gun and aimed it at them, the report said. The officers fired, striking Rogaczewski several times.
He is scheduled to appear in court in December, jail records show.
According to a 1997 article in The Times, Rogaczewski once volunteered with a marine animal rescue group that trained sea lions for the movies "Andre" and "Stinkers." The part-time lifeguard and trained EMT helped with a high-profile rescue of a baby gray whale in Marina del Rey, an animal later taken to Sea World and named "J.J."

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Suspect in brazen rape on L.A. bus arrested - LA never ceases to Amaze!

A mentally disabled woman was attacked on a 217-line Metro bus earlier this week. The suspect was taken into custody just hours after surveillance camera images were released.

Assault on bus 

The woman boarded the 217 Metro bus in Culver City at about 5 p.m., on her way home from her special education school. The 18-year-old with the mental capacity of a 10-year-old had only recently been allowed to start taking the trip on her own.
A stranger boarded behind her.
He followed her to the back of the bus, authorities said, and without warning began raping her.
The attack lasted for 10 minutes Wednesday afternoon as the bus traveled south through Baldwin Hills, making two stops as the rape continued, authorities said. There were several people on the bus when the two boarded, but some exited during the attack, possibly unaware of what was happening at the back of the bus.
The assailant only ended the attack as the bus was reaching its final stop, where he left the bus, authorities said.
The brazen crime reverberated around the sprawling Metro system Friday. Portions of the rape were captured on a surveillance camera and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials arrested a suspect, Kerry Trotter, Friday morning just hours after releasing still photos of the alleged attacker.
Authorities said Trotter, 20, is a parolee and a transient who had previously been investigated on suspicion of sexual assault.
"It was a crime of opportunity," said sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott. "Unfortunately, [the victim] was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He followed her onto the bus and assaulted her."
Metro officials were quick to note that sexual assaults and other violent crimes are relatively rare on its network of buses and rail lines. Three rapes have been reported this year on a system that recorded millions of commuter trips.
But despite the numbers, passengers said Friday that the rape left them uneasy. In a region where getting around is usually about being in a car alone, bus commuters say mass transit exposes them to all kind of people and situations, both good and bad.
Faydra Caldwell, 23, said every time she rides the bus she instinctively notes what other passengers are wearing in case she might have to report them to the police. It's a habit she has developed since her phone was snatched by another bus rider.
"You don't know what people are capable of doing," said Caldwell, a student at West L.A. College.
Another rider, John Wilson, said that a few months ago he had to shove a man off the bus because the man was patting a woman's head and making sexual remarks. No one else intervened.
"The bus driver was really angry at me," said the 54-year-old church executive. "He said, 'Don't take the law into your own hand.' I said, well, you weren't doing anything and the passengers sure as hell weren't."
In this week's incident, both the suspect and the victim got onto the bus at about 5 p.m. at the corner of La Cienega and Jefferson boulevards, near the new Expo Line rail station.
Sheriff's officials said they doubt the bus driver or the passengers on the bus knew what was happening. Scott said detectives believe Trotter was riding buses looking for potential victims.
"He immediately went to her and began the assault," Scott said. "…The suspect had his back to the front of the bus. People generally think of a rape as some kind of attack where someone's thrown down. Its not always the case."
"The victim did not scream," he added. "The victim told our detective that she was shocked, and didn't know what to do, and was in fear of her safety and her life."
Detectives are seeking riders on the bus, including one passenger they believe may have witnessed the incident, though they can't be sure. He "did not jump up and scream rape or that someone was being assaulted," Scott said.
Trotter has a history of run-ins with the law, according to records. Last year, he was convicted of drug possession. In April, he was convicted of grand theft and sentenced to a year in jail, but did not serve his full sentence. In June he was arrested again, and in September admitted to violating probation. He was released from jail Sept. 28. On Oct. 15 he was arrested again by Redondo Beach police and served 10 days in jail. Records did not include specifics on that offense.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

O.C. man shot girlfriend until he ran out of ammo, D.A. says

O.C. man shot girlfriend until he ran out of ammo, D.A. says - NOT GOOD!

An Orange County man is set to be arraigned Thursday for the fatal shooting of his live-in girlfriend during a confrontation, prosecutors said.
Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 48, was indicted by a grand jury last month and faces one felony count of murder, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison.
Prosecutors say that on the evening of July 8, Wilhelm took a handgun from a neighbor's home before returning to his Costa Mesa home, where he confronted his girlfriend, Christine Murray.
Prosecutors contend that Wilhelm fired the handgun repeatedly, shooting Murray  until the gun was out of ammunition.
He returned to his neighbor's home, found a shotgun and fired one round into the ground, prosecutors said.
Costa Mesa police arrived within minutes of the initial shooting and found Murray with gunshot wounds to her chest. Murray, 45, was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police found the firearm at the scene and arrested Wilhelm a short time later, prosecutors said.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

LAPD seeks hit-and-run driver who struck man in crosswalk - He'll need us! - BailNowLA.com

LAPD seeks hit-and-run driver who struck man in crosswalk

Los Angeles police Monday night were searching for a hit-and-driver who critically injured a man in a crosswalk.
The 25-year-old victim was struck around 2 a.m. Sunday at Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The suspect was driving a dark BMW with no license plates or possible European plates, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The driver is described as a possible male of Middle Eastern descent in his 30s with dark hair and dark eyes, the LAPD said.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (213) 473-0228 or (213) 473-0234.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

USC shooting: Classes to be held as normal after suspects detained - BailNowSoCal.com

USC shooting: Classes to be held as normal after suspects detained

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As authorities concluded their on-campus investigation into the Halloween shooting at USC that wounded four people, classes were scheduled to continue as normal on Thursday, officials said.
"The campus is now open," read an early morning email alert from the university. "Classes are in session."
With two suspects quickly apprehended, USC officials turned to their next challenge: trying to reassure students, parents and the public that the campus is safe.
In April, two foreign graduate students from China were gunned down while sitting in their car, which was parked in a neighborhood off campus.
On Wednesday night, an argument broke out between two men outside the Ronald Tutor Center, where a party hosted by a campus student organization was being held, officials said. Moments later, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot his intended target in the torso three or four times, they said.
That victim was critically injured and was undergoing surgery at a local hospital. Three bystanders were also wounded with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Authorities said the two suspects were chased by campus security officers and were quickly taken into custody about a football field's length away from the crime scene.
Asst. Chief John Thomas of the USC Department of Public Safety said at a news briefing Thursday morning that the shooting was "totally an isolated incident."
"There is no pending danger" to the university, he said.
None of the people involved the matter were USC students, faculty or staff, authorities said.
No information was immediately available about which group was hosting the Halloween party on campus.
In a statement issued on the university's website, USC's vice president for student affairs, Michael L. Jackson, said that campus policy requires that student parties be open only to guests with student IDs from USC or another university.
"This incident reminds us that we must look out for ourselves and be particularly vigilant about the personal safety of friends and guests at our social events," Jackson said in the statement.
It is unclear whether anyone was checking identifications at the event. The shooting took place outside the party, where about 100 people were gathered, officials said.
Students who witnessed the incident described a chaotic scene.
"You hear one shot and you're like, 'Wait, what was that?'" said Matthew Hamilton, a graduate student who witnessed the incident. "As soon as it registered, everyone just ran."
USC student Ashley Riegle, 27, said the gunfire seemed to occur "out of nowhere."
"Everyone ran. Everyone ran like hell," she said. "We just ducked down."

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Principal arrested for allegedly having sex with student.. BailNowSanBernadinoCounty.com



Brian Garrett Joseph
The principal at a high school in San Bernardino County has been arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a former student that began while she was a minor, authorities said Tuesday.
Brian Garrett Joseph, 38, the principal of Etiwanda High School, allegedly began the relationship with the victim when she was a student at the school, according to authorities. She is now 18.
On the school's website, Joseph lauds the positive learning environment on campus. "We believe in continuous improvement in each and every one of our students and their ability to learn and achieve," he said.
Detectives served a search warrant at Joseph's Corona home, where he was arrested early Tuesday morning, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Woman guilty in death of Bay Area nursing student - BailNowSanFranciscoCounty.com

Jury convicts Giselle Esteban, 28, of first-degree murder in the slaying of her former friend, Michele Le, 26, in a hospital parking garage in 2011.

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SAN FRANCISCO — An Alameda County jury Monday convicted a Union City woman of first-degree murder for killing her onetime friend in a hospital parking garage in May 2011, the result of years of jealousy over a man.
The attorney representing Giselle Esteban, 28, did not dispute that her client had killed 26-year-old nursing student Michelle Le of San Mateo.
But Andrea Auer maintained that Esteban had acted in the heat of passion and should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
Alameda County Deputy Dist. Atty. Butch Ford, however, argued that Esteban was a "sociopath" who had planned the slaying for months.
"I am very gratified with the jury's decision," Ford said in a statement. "The jury's considered evaluation of the evidence today led to a just verdict."
Le disappeared May 27, 2011, after she went to get something from her car in the parking lot of Hayward's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, where she was working.
Her family recruited volunteers and conducted extensive searches for her in the East Bay hills.
Her remains were found in a brushy canyon about a mile from Kaiser nearly four months later — by the mother of 14-year-old San Diego murder victim Amber Dubois, who was volunteering in the effort.
The physical evidence against Esteban was overwhelming.
Security cameras in the hospital garage had shown her in the structure about the time Le disappeared. Police found traces of Le's DNA on one of Esteban's shoes, and cellphone records showed that the women's phones were located together in the hours after Le vanished.
Le's abandoned car, discovered about three blocks from the hospital, was stained with her blood and bore traces of her hair.
Esteban and Le had gone to the same San Diego County high school, and both moved to the Bay Area to attend college.
Esteban's years of mounting anger centered around Scott Marasigan, who testified during the trial that he'd dated Le for about a month in 2003. He remained close friends with her and began dating Esteban later that year.
The couple had a daughter, now 6 years old, but they split up and Marasigan was awarded custody. Through it all, Esteban was convinced that Marasigan and Le were having an affair and that Le was responsible for the breakup.
Esteban even told a television station after Le went missing that she "hated" Le, although she contended at the time that she had nothing to do with Le's disappearance.
Jurors heard evidence that suggested premeditation. Esteban told Marasigan in a recorded conversation six months before the killing that both he and Le deserved to die, according to coverage of the trial by the Oakland Tribune.
An analysis of Esteban's computer by the FBI found that she had made death threats against Le beginning in November 2010 and, a month before the killing, had searched the Internet for Le's home address and for ways to kill people without being caught.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

CHP officer stabbed nine times on Riverside freeway overpass - BailNowRiversideCounty.com

CHP officer stabbed nine times on Riverside freeway overpass

A California Highway Patrol officer was in stable condition Friday after being repeatedly stabbed in his back, arms, face and eye by a man he was trying to stop from climbing the fence of a freeway overpass in Riverside.
Javier Hernandez Rios, 45, was booked into the Riverside County jail on suspicion of mayhem and attempted murder of a peace officer. He also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer for the attempted stabbing of two off-duty officers who intervened.
The incident unfolded when the CHP responded to a 911 call Thursday at 9:51 p.m. that a man was climbing an overpass fence on La Sierra Avenue at Highway 91 in Riverside. The caller believed the man was going to jump onto the freeway, according to Riverside police Sgt. David Amador.
Amador said the CHP officer, whose identity was not released, grabbed Rios’ legs. The suspect then allegedly produced a medium-sized pocket knife and began stabbing the officer.
An off-duty Riverside police officer and an off-duty San Bernardino County sheriff’s sergeant passing by in separate vehicles both stopped to assist, and the suspect allegedly attempted to stab them but missed, Amador said.
The suspect stopped resisting and was handcuffed after a second CHP officer arrived and shot a rubber bullet at him, Amador said. The CHP officer sustained nine stab wounds and was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his eye, Amador said. Rios was treated for minor injuries sustained during the alleged altercation.
Amador said police investigators suspect Rios was high on methamphetamines and possibly heroin, inducing paranoia that drove him to climb the freeway overpass fence. The suspect was lucid during the interview and told investigators he was trying to get away from what he thought were police following him all day, Amador said.
“We initially thought he was trying to commit suicide but we no longer believe that,” Amador said. “We don’t believe he has any mental problems; we think he was under the influence of drugs.”
Amador said Rios appeared to be a habitual drug user who was unemployed and lived in a motel with his wife. He has a criminal history of domestic violence, Amador said.
Police officials ask that anyone with information contact Det. Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137 or Det. Mike Medici at (951) 353-7104.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

O.C. man arrested on suspicion of eavesdropping on neighbors

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A Huntington Beach man pleaded not guilty this week to stalking and electronically eavesdropping on his neighbors, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

John Patrick Rogers, 48, was arrested Thursday in Bellflower by Huntington Beach detectives shortly after noon and is being held on $1-million bail. He entered the plea Monday.
Rogers faces five felony counts of stalking and electronic eavesdropping as well as multiple misdemeanor counts for contempt of court order violations.
Over the last year, members of Rogers' townhome community have accused him of harassing them in multiple ways, including violations of restraining orders and unauthorized recording, according to a release from the Huntington Beach Police Department.
Lt. Mitch O'Brien could not provide details about the allegations.
"It's numerous cases, and I don't have specifics on the actual cases," he said.
Rogers has been arrested by Huntington Beach police in the past, but O'Brien declined to elaborate.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Man detained in Sacramento County killings of mother, 2 toddlers... BailNowSacramentoCounty.com

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Sacramento County officials detained a man for questioning early Wednesday in the triple homicide of a young Rancho Cordova mother and two small children, they said.
The white Chrysler minivan missing from the scene of the violent homicides was located at a Denny's restaurant in Rocklin about 2 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos told the Sacramento Bee.
An adult male believed to be in possession of the van was found inside the restaurant by Rocklin police officers and detained without incident, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Authorities said they believe the van was stolen from the duplex where the woman and her two toddlers were found dead. Deputies were called to a home in the 10100 block of Desoto Way on Tuesday after the woman's husband, who is also the children's father, came home and found the bodies, Ramos said.
The man did not have access to a phone and went to a neighbor's house for help, fearing the attackers were still inside. The neighbor then called 911 about 3:30 p.m., Ramos said. Deputies found the the bodies of the woman, described as being in her 20s, and a 3-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy dead in one room.
A third child, a 6-month-old boy, was found crying but unharmed in another room, Ramos said.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Police arrest 2 men, find 24 pounds of marijuana outside In-N-Out.. BailNowLA.com

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Two men were arrested over the weekend after police found 24 pounds of marijuana in a BMW outside an In-N-Out Burger restaurant in Glendale, officials said.
Stephen Thompson, 27, of Canoga Park and Trevor Alcorn, 30, of Millville, near Redding in Northern California, were arrested Sunday in the parking lot of the In-N-Out in the 300 block of Harvey Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
The marijuana was divided into 24 one-pound bags, which Lorenz said could be worth $150,000 to $200,000 if sold on the streets, the Glendale News-Press reported. Some bags were labeled "Berry White," "Blue Cheese," "Bubba" and "OG Kush."
A police officer was pulling into the parking lot when he spotted Thompson smoking within 10 feet of the restaurant's front door, a violation of the city's smoking ordinance, Lorenz said. As the officer approached, Alcorn and a third man walked away from Thompson.
The officer then saw Alcorn place an item inside a compartment on the BMW's passenger door. The officer approached Thompson, who apologized for smoking and being unfamiliar with the ordinance because he didn't live in the area.
Thompson, Lorenz said, told the officer he was on parole and was in possession of medicinal marijuana. He also denied knowing Alcorn and the other man.
But police said Alcorn and the other man told the officer they knew Thompson and had arrived at the restaurant with him.
Alcorn told the officer that he had a small amount of marijuana inside his car and allowed him to search the BMW.
In the trunk of the BMW, the officer found the marijuana hidden inside a plastic bin sealed with a padlock, Lorenz said. Police impounded the BMW and arrested Thompson and Alcorn. Officers determined that the third man, who was not identified, was not involved and he was not arrested.
Thompson was in custody Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records. Alcorn was released after posting bond.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Gunman shoots family of 5 - police find third body inside home

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Gunman shoots family of 5; police find third body inside home

Inglewood shooting, fire scene 

Authorities Sunday were continuing to piece together the shooting and fire at an Inglewood home that left three people dead, including a young child, and three others wounded.
Five members of a family were found shot Saturday morning. Then on Saturday night, the body of another person was found in the rubble.
"We do have a body," said Inglewood police Lt. James Madia, adding that police were taking care not to disturb it and had not made a tentative identification.
The house was rented by Desmond John Moses, who authorities say went on a rampage before dawn Saturday, shooting five members of a family that lived next to him. The father, 30, and his 4-year-old son were fatally wounded. The mother, 28, and two other children, a 7-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, are hospitalized in critical condition. An 8-year-old boy was not injured.
Authorities believe Moses, in his mid 50s, set the house on fire. He was described by neighbors as a recluse, and authorities said his house was jammed with items, complicating the search through the charred wreckage.
Moses lived in the rear of a lot with two other rental houses, one of them the victims', in the 4900 block of West 99th Street. He had not paid his rent in years and the landlord said he had obtained an eviction order Tuesday giving Moses 15 days to move out.
Neighbors awoke at 4 a.m. to gunshots, screams and the sight of flames engulfing the small house Moses had lived in for at least two decades.
Authorities did not release the family’s name, but neighbors identified the couple as Filimon and Gloria Lamas. A woman sobbing at the scene Saturday said the two had been high school sweethearts.
Moses was described as "really weird" by some in the neighborhood, which is about a mile west of Hollywood Park racetrack.
Late Saturday, firefighters were slowly sifting through the smoking debris of the house with shovels and rakes. The roof and one wall had collapsed.
"We have to be absolutely careful in going through the rubble," said Madia. "If he is in there, we will have solved the case."
With no indication that Moses had driven away, SWAT teams searched nearby houses and checked the trunks of vehicles leaving the block. At one point police were planning to send residents to a shelter while they scoured the neighborhood, but they dropped that idea.
By late afternoon, neighbors were milling about their front yards, trying to get a glimpse of the crime scene down the street.
Aileen Ramirez, 11, who lives behind the suspect's home, said she was awakened by "really, really loud gunshots and screaming. Somebody was yelling, 'Help me!' I ran outside with my mother and saw the house burning down."
Karla Carmona, 11, who lives with the Ramirez family, said she saw the roof collapsing and the fire "getting bigger and bigger."
Filimon Lamas, who property records show co-owned a Hawthorne cafe, was shot trying to protect his children.
"The father was found draped over two of the children, shielding them," said Inglewood Police Chief Mark Fronterotta.
Despite the fact that she had been shot in both legs, the children's mother, 28, managed to jump over the property's fence with her son, who had been shot in the head.
Paramedics found her collapsed on the street.
Her 7-year-old daughter was shot in the chest and the 6-year-old boy was wounded in his pelvis.
Aileen's brother, Yesualdo Ramirez, 20, described the children as "happy kids. We'd always see them kicking around soccer balls."
Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Tom Richards said the suspect was a "pack rat." The house was so full of debris that a ladder truck was needed to help move it.
"That house was filled to the brim with stuff," he said.

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