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What is an Arrest Warrant?

| Police Blotter | 2 hours ago

robin sandovalBy Robin Sandoval

It basically goes without saying that sheriff’s deputies/police officers can, and will, arrest those who are caught committing crimes. When crimes are committed and no law enforcement is around, an investigation will ensue in an attempt to determine the perpetrator of the crime. Once investigators have identified a suspect, they can go to a judge and request that an arrest warrant be issued for thesuspect, and the individual will be arrested.

In the State of California, an arrest warrant authorizes law enforcement officers to place the suspect under arrest and to detain him or her. Without a warrant, law enforcement cannot legally place someone under arrest, as there may not be any clear evidence connecting that person with the crime.The evidence must be presented to a judge by law enforcement or a district attorney in order for a warrant to be issued.

Once issued, a valid arrest warrant will include:
The name of the suspect
The alleged crime
Time, city and/or county the warrant was issued
The name of the court
The signature of the judge

In order to successfully petition a judge for a warrant, a police officer, sheriff’s deputy or district attorney must present evidence which demonstrates “probable cause” the suspect indeed committed the crime. What probable cause means, in this case, is that there is reasonable belief that a crime was committed.
The judge will review the information presented and decide if it provides enough probable cause a crime was committed and the suspect named by law enforcement committed that crime. If the judge agrees, a warrant will be issued for the suspect’s arrest.

There’s another way for a judge to issue an arrest warrant, and it’s much less common than the one described above. Sometimes, a grand jury is summoned to determine if there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime. When the grand jury deems it so, the judge can then issue an arrest warrant.
Once a warrant has been obtained by law enforcement, the warrant can be executed by:
Arresting a suspect at his/her residence
Arresting someone after unrelated contact (such as a traffic stop)

In cases in which a suspect is accused of a non-violent crime, and the suspect has no additional warrants for his/her arrest, prosecutors can ask a judge for a summons, in lieu of an arrest warrant. A summons is exactly what it sounds like: a document that gives an individual the opportunity to appear before the court without actually being arrested.

Once an arrest warrant has been issued, law enforcement officers are obligated to execute it. If they fail to do so, officers can be held in contempt of court. Also, the warrant must be executed within a reasonable amount of time. For example, if an arrest warrant was issued for someone back in 2010 and, four years later, the individual was arrested under that warrant, it’s possible to have the charges leveled against him dismissed, (especially if the suspect had intermittent contact with police during those four years).

People from time to time make mistakes. If you believe something you did resulted in a warrant for your arrest, you should confirm it. It’s possible to avoid even steeper fines and more serious punishment by nipping it in the bud as quickly as possible.

You can”Google” places online to check for a warrant in your area. You can also contact the court regarding your arrest warrant. Provide the court clerk your information and see if it can be checked for you. Finally, it’s always smart to speak with a trusted criminal defense lawyer to help you get to the bottom of it. These specialized attorneys can provide the best advice on getting this situation behind you.


Female Athlete of the Week Breze Kimble

| Scene in SCV | July 27, 2014

femaleWalking into the next school year as a senior at Hart High School, Breze Kimble wears the number 5 out on the court. The Hart Girls Basketball team won the third-place game, 54-45, over Burroughs High School in Burbank in the Providence summer tournament. Breze scored eight points and had four assists. She has played on the varsity team since her freshman year in a total of 64 games. In her three years, she has made a total of 862 points for her team and will continue to work hard to bring that same energy, if not more, her senior year. Breze averaged 16.2 points per game this past season and 13.5 points per game in her career. Last season, Breze was recognized for having a 3.5 or higher grade point average, showing as much dedication to her scholastics as her sport This year will be Breze’s final year with the Indians and, although bittersweet for the team that is losing a seasoned standout, it is a wonderful opportunity to give the Indians one more performance before she moves on. Breze and the Indians will kick off the season this winter.

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Male Athlete of the Week

| Scene in SCV | July 26, 2014

maleSaugus High School graduate Tommy Milone, is a pitcher for the Oakland A’s making it onto the team’s roster during Spring Training earlier this year and earning a spot on the starting rotation. The 27-year-old is a left-handed hitter with an ERA of 3.55, going 6-3 in 16 starts with 61 strikeouts. Milone attended USC and has now been pitching professionally for three years. Although the Athletics have since recalled Milone to its Triple-A team following a trade and handing their starting spot over, Milone has asked for a trade to ensure he continues to play the sport he loves as a starting pitcher. The Athletics have no intention of moving him, despite his request; instead, coaches have him serving as a sixth starter, “just in case” guy. Milone played for USC for two years before being selected in the 10th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. He began in Double-A Harrisburg, earning the “National Minor League Pitcher of the Year” honors in 2010 and was then promoted to Triple-A Syracuse. He made his Major League debut with the Nationals against the New York Mets in September of 2011.
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Nonagenarian Creates Art for Alzheimer’s

| News | July 26, 2014

Art nonagenarian IrwinWienerPortraitSanta Clarita Art Association member Irwin Wiener, 93, is putting his talents to use for the benefit of a favorite cause. On August 15-17 he will host an art exhibit at the Sunrise Sterling Canyon Retirement Villa in Valencia, where 100 percent of his sales will go to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.

Wiener’s wife of more than 40 years was recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and wanted to raise money for the charity, said his daughter, Laurie Morgan, a longtime member of the SCAA.

“He’s an abstract artist, and his work is very powerful and emotional,” Morgan said. “He puts Art Nonagenarian Irwinsarta lot of his emotions and feelings into his artwork. They’re almost 3-D, he uses so much paint. He uses emotional intent with every piece.”

A former art collector, Wiener used to own a retail furniture and appliance store in Carson, before retiring to the San Fernando Valley. He also played jazz and swing music in a band.

Sunrise Sterling Canyon Retirement Villa is located at 25815 McBean Parkway in Valencia, and the phone number is (661) 253-3551.


Coast Guard Teaches Water Safety Far From Shoreline

| Gazette, News | July 25, 2014

In charge of Flotilla 4-3: Jim Pearson, commander (left) and Phillip Horlings, vice commander

In charge of Flotilla 4-3: Jim Pearson, commander (left) and Phillip Horlings, vice commander

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed, all-volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The Auxiliary was created by an Act of Congress in 1939, and has grown to over 32,000 members who daily support the Coast Guard in all its non-military, and non-law-enforcement missions. We have members and units in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.

Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols on local waterways, assist in Search and Rescue, teach boating safety classes, conduct free vessel safety checks for the public, provide boating safety literature to dealers, as well as many other activities related to recreational boating safety.

The “flotilla” level, such as the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 4-3 in Santa Clarita, is where the action takes place. Members offer support for local Coast Guard Stations by communications watch-standing and conducting Safety Patrols on inland and coastal waters. Members are trained and qualified to Coast Guard standards to perform these services.

Coast Guard Auxiliary groups not only unite from their common experiences, but also act to educate the public in regard to safety issues. For instance, flotillas will offer local public education courses to promote boating safety, and perform vessel safety checks for all types of vessels, from kayaks to commercial fishing boats. Individual groups participate in local events, such as parades and boat shows, and maintain display racks promoting safety, pollution awareness and education opportunities.

Santa Clarita’s Coast Guard Auxiliary meets monthly at College of the Canyons in Valencia on the first Tuesday of the month for member training and programs of common interest. Any resident is welcome to attend a meeting and to join the effort to train and support United States Coast Guard missions and operations. For more information, visit the Facebook Site U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Santa Clarita, Ca

Did you know?
Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely.

Covered in a Coast Guard Auxiliary “About Boating Safely” (ABS) class:

Introduction to Boating – Types of power boats; sailboats; outboards; paddle boats; houseboats; different uses of boats; various power boating engines; jet drives; family boating basics

Boating Law – Boat registration; boating regulation; hull identification number; required boat safety equipment; operating safely and reporting accidents; protecting the marine environment; Federal boat law; state boating laws; personal watercraft requirements

Boat Safety Equipment – Personal flotation devices (“life jackets”); fire extinguishers; sound-producing devices; visual distress signals; dock lines and rope; first aid kit; anchors and anchor lines; other boating safety equipment

Safe Boating – Bow riding; alcohol and drug abuse; entering, loading, and trimming a boat; fueling portable and permanent tanks; steering with a tiller and a wheel; docking, undocking and mooring; knots; filing a float plan; checking equipment, fuel, weather and tides; using charts; choosing and using an anchor; safe PWC handling; general water safety

Navigation – The U.S. Aids to Navigation system; types of buoys and beacons; navigation rules (sometimes referred to as right-of-way rules); avoiding collisions; sound signals; PWC “tunnel vision.”

Boating Problems – Hypothermia; boating accidents and rescues; man overboard recovery; capsizing; running aground; river hazards; strainers: emergency radio calls; engine problems; equipment failures; carbon monoxide (CO); other boating and PWC problems

Trailering, Storing and Protecting Your Boat – Types of trailers; trailer brakes, lights, hitches, tires, and bearings; loading, balancing, and towing a trailer; towing (and backing) a trailer; boat launching and retrieving; boat storage and theft protection; launching, retrieving and storing a PWC

Hunting and Fishing, Water-skiing and River Boating – Carrying hunting gear and weapons in a boat; fishing from a boat; water-skiing safety guidelines and hand signals; water-skiing with a PWC; navigating rivers, and other boating tips.

The flotilla’s next Boating Safety class will be held on August 9. The contact number is 818-365-7999.


Non-Profit of the Week – SCV Food Pantry

| Scene in SCV | July 25, 2014

color logoThe Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry was established in 1986 to help provide supplemental food to low income families and individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley. Clients can pick up food (in the form of groceries) twice a month, with the quantity of food received based on the size of the family.

The SCV Food Pantry distributes the equivalent of 1,923 meals to more than 60 families each day from its headquarters at 24133 Railroad Avenue (between 4th and 5th Streets) in Newhall. In 2013, the SCV Food Pantry distributed over $1.3 million in supplemental food to more than 5,500 of those less fortunate in our community. It is an example of neighbors helping neighbors.

Children under the age of 18 make up 43 percent of the non-profit’s clients, and another 11 percent are senior citizens on fixed incomes, many of whom have to choose to either purchase the medications they require or the food they need. Our Senior Outreach Mobile Distribution program provides food for local senior citizens at seven different specified locations each month in addition to our seniors only – third Friday of the month distribution at the Railroad Avenue location.

The SCV Food Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon and the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m.-12 noon for regular distribution.

For more information about the SCV Food Pantry, or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities, visit www.scvfoodpantry.org, e-mail info@scvfoodpantry.org or call (661) 255-9078. You can also “like” the SCV Food Pantry on Facebook, where staff members post “items needed” and highlight some of its activities and achievements.
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Drink of the Week

| Scene in SCV | July 25, 2014

photoRosemary lemon drop martini.
Fresh lemon juice, citrus vodka and rosemary infused simple syrup.



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Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | July 25, 2014

There were a lot of DUI arrests in the SCV in the last week, including:
22-year-old Valencia man who works in wholesale parts
58-year-old teacher from Valencia
24-year-old server assistant from Lakewood
38-year-old salesman from Canoga Park
24-year-old unemployed Panorama City man
22-year-old clerk from Northridge
25-year-old server from Stevenson Ranch
22-year-old operator from Panorama City
24-year-old cutter from Sylmar
40-year-old nurse from Saugus
34-year-old chef from El Cajon
38-year-old salesman from Canoga Park
28-year-old receptionist from Saugus
30-year-old unemployed Lake Hughes woman
31-year-old surgical technician from Canyon Country
28-year-old lighting technician from Valencia
22-year-old dancer from Canyon Country

A 47-year-old self-employed salesman from Canyon Country was charged with reckless driving, and a 29-year-old Valencia chef was charged with driving with a suspended/revoked license.

A 36-year-old maintenance worker from Van Nuys was arrested for kidnapping. A 46-year-old Valencia resident who works as a manager at a dental office was brought in for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 54-year-old unemployed man who wouldn’t give his address was picked up for manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing a leaded cane, etc.

A 21-year-old security guard from Valencia and a 43-year-old maintenance worker from Newhall were arrested for burglary.  A 33-year-old Canyon Country man who claimed an occupation of probationer was arrested for receiving known stolen property. An unemployed 29-year-old Santa Clarita woman was picked up for receiving known stolen property. A 27-year-old Newhall man, who classified his occupation as “worker,” was picked up for getting credit/other’s ID.

Those who were brought in for possession of a controlled substance included:
42-year-old bartender
23-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita woman
22-year-old duplicator from Castaic
39-year-old painter from Monrovia
20-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man
22-year-old waitress from Canyon Country
39-year-old painter from Monrovia


Restaurant Spotlight – Marazzito’s Pizza and Frozen Ice

| Gazette, Scene in SCV | July 24, 2014

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This family-owned business is the only place to get unforgettable homemade Italian food without catching a flight. Marazzito’s serves pizza with a crust recipe that is over 100 years old and will leave customers pleasantly surprised that not all pizza crust has to taste the same. The dough is a secret blend of perfectly portioned ingredients – a cross between sourdough and heaven – and for anyone who loves bread, there is nowhere else to head than to Marazzito’s Pizzeria. A customer favorite is Mama Marazzito’s Meatball Sandwich which includes freshly made meatballs with an authentic Italian marinara sauce made from a family recipe and melted mozzarella cheese. The restaurant seats 26 and every customer can enjoy the beautiful hand-painted mural of an Italian river on the west wall.

Marazzito’s has two one-topping large pizzas for $19.95, and if that isn’t enough, the restaurant also carries an extra large 16-inch pizza for the whole family to share! Marazzito’s delivers and will cater all occasions and is open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is located at 18921 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Call Marazzito’s at 661-298-7323.


Twitter’s Naked Truth

| News | July 24, 2014

By Jessica Vidal

IMG_8153On Wednesday, July 16 Santa Clarita teens were stuck to their computer screens, protesting, and even supporting the distribution of child pornography by their peers.

A Twitter page @SCV_purge1 surfaced on Wednesday night, and within a couple of hours, had thousands of followers, mostly current and recently graduated high school students living in Santa Clarita.

IMG_8154This private account rose to infamy because of the service it shamelessly provided—an anonymous outlet to expose anyone.

“We post everything anonymously! Just tag this account if you want us to follow you so you can DM (direct message) us such as nudes, call outs, and secrets,” the account read.

This had not been the first attempt to get this Twitter account started; two separate attempts had been reported and taken down by Twitter after photographs were exposed.

However, on Wednesday night the account went viral and it seems that anyone who had a Twitter account in the Santa Clarita Valley had at least heard of the page.

Photographs of nude males and females, mostly high school students, were posted to the page after being received via direct messaging or other outlets, including Snapchat – a popular app used to send a photograph to chosen users for only 10 seconds or less before being deleted – and Kik, a mobile messaging app.

While the account was receiving information and photographs from other teens, the profile was on “private” setting, where the only people able to receive anything posted were those who the profile admins allowed.

At one point, the account had over 1,000 follower requests and direct tweets begging them to follow back.

By 10 p.m. the account had gone public and all the photographs and tweets were visible by anybody who searched the account or its contents on the internet. A total of almost two dozen explicit photographs were published of underage residents – male and female – along with dozens of explicit comments.

The page teased, saying it would reveal the authors of the comments and those who submitted photographs, and at around 10:30 p.m., they began doing just that. About a dozen photos revealing usernames of accounts used to send the photos and comments were posted for all to see and for those who sent it in, to face the consequences.

By 10:51 p.m., the account had everyone’s attention, including the Santa Clarita City Sheriff’s Department, which tweeted indirectly about the account, reminding everyone that a nude photograph of any person who is underage is a felony.

“California Penal Code Section 311.10 deals with the crime of distribution of obscene material of persons under 18 years old. It’s a felony! #SCV,” read the SCV Sheriff’s Twitter account.

Before the page was deleted, the person behind the page revealed the password allowing anyone to log in and view unposted content.

The page was taken down by Twitter and the Sheriff’s Department, along with the Special Victims Bureau, which is now involved in finding out who was involved in putting the page together.

Since the explosion of this Twitter page, various denominations of it have appeared on Facebook and Instagram, and across the country.

The older generation is left with mouths gaping as to why photographs were even available, but in a generation where social interaction is done mostly on screens, it is clear that intimate interactions were not excluded.

National news has reported a total of 13 suicides linked directly to pages like this on social media and has been an outlet for online bullies to target individuals in the most personal way.


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