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Don’t Be a Victim – Tips for Preventing a ‘Knock Knock’ Burglary

| Police Blotter | March 24, 2017

By Robin Sandoval 

Los Angeles County has recently been plagued by a spate of residential burglaries and the LAPD has created a task force in the hopes of bringing it to an end. For a while now, residents of various cities in L.A. County have been the victims of what is known as a “knock-knock” burglary. A “knock-knock” burglary is an incident in which would-be thieves knock on the front door to see if anyone answers. When nobody does, the thieves then enter the home and steal as many high-priced items in the home as they can.

 While the burglaries have mainly targeted individuals living in affluent neighborhoods, a few notable cases have made media headlines in the past few months. Celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Alanis Morisette, Nick Young and, most recently, Jamie Presley, have had their homes broken into and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry stolen. Celebrities, it would seem, make the perfect targets for this kind of burglary. Their life in the public eye makes information regarding when they may or may not be home readily available, and their affluence raises the potential for a big score.

 Importantly, celebrities are not the only ones being targeted. Many more homes of non-famous people are being hit by “knock-knock” burglars all over the place. The high dollar amount of stolen items, combined with the celebrities’ already very public life, makes for better news.

 To help prevent residential burglaries, the LAPD has offered several tips, including:

Alarms – If you have a lot of valuable items in your home, you may want to consider having an alarm system installed. Burglars prefer to be sneaky, and if an alarm goes off drawing attention to the home they’re trying to enter, it’s likely they’ll choose a hasty retreat before they get inside.

Lighting – Are there any areas outside of your home that are blanketed in shadow at night? If so, installing lighting systems to hit these trouble spots has been known to deter would-be thieves.

Windows – Lock ‘em. It probably seems like a no-brainer, but failing to do so got Cesar Milan (a.k.a. “The Dog Whisperer”) burglarized when intruders entered his home through an unlocked bathroom window.

Secure Sliding Glass Doors – If you have a sliding glass door in your home, make sure you secure it closed by using locking pins to keep the door from being slid open once it’s unlocked. A cheap and easy way to do this is to simply fit an old broom handle into the track.

There are many more tips to protect your home from a residential burglary that can be found on the LAPD’s website. While there’s no exact science to keeping your home 100 percent break-in proof, you really don’t need to. Taking a few simple steps to make your home harder to break into can go a long way toward protecting your home, valuables and family.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | March 23, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Saugus

A shoplifting charge was called in from the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road on March 18 at 6 p.m. And a vehicle grand theft report came in from the 21000 block of Alaminos Drive on March 19 at 12:30 p.m.

 Valencia

A burglary was reported on March 19 at 10:54 a.m. on the 24600 block of Golfview Drive. Also on March 19 at 6:15 p.m. a petty theft was alleged on the 27000 block of Creekside Avenue.

Newhall

A vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on March 18 at 3 a.m. on the 25300 block of Chiquella Lane. A residential burglary was reported on March 19 at 12:37 p.m. on the 23800 block of Valley Oak Court.

Canyon Country

A vehicle burglary was alleged on March 18 at 11:15 p.m. on the 17800 block of Sierra Hwy.  A vehicle grand theft was alleged on March 20 at 10:23 p.m. near Canyon Park Blvd. and Flynn Drive.

Castaic

A petty theft was reported on the 27900 block of Sloan Canyon Road on March 18 at 5:36 p.m. Robbery with the use of a weapon was called in from the 27700 block of Skyline Court on March 19 at 5:30 a.m.

Santa Clarita

A vehicle burglary was alleged on March 17 at 12:30 a.m. on the 21700 block of Jack Place. Also on March 17 at 10:30 a.m. a residential burglary was alleged on the 26400 block of Golden Valley Road.

Stevenson Ranch

A petty theft was reported on March 19 at 2:15 a.m. on the 25200 block of The Old Road. Grand theft of a vehicle allegedly occurred on March 19 at 3:23 p.m. on the 25400 block of The Old Road.

Bad Boys & Girls

A 40-year-old L.A. man who does stone restoration was brought up on charges of manufacturing/distributing/transferring assault weapons. A 36-year-old mechanic from Agoura Hills was charged with manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles.

A 27-year-old teacher from Saugus was arrested for battery against a former spouse. A 40-year-old engineer from Pleasanton was charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

An 18-year-old Newhall man and an unemployed 19-year-old Castaic man were each arrested for terrorizing/causing fear.

An unemployed 18-year-old Santa Clarita man was arrested for vandalism.

A 44-year-old project manager from Castaic was arrested for grand theft of money/property greater than $400 in value. An unemployed 24-year-old Covina man was arrested for burglary. And a 28-year-old driver from Moorpark was charged with theft of personal property.

Three Canyon Country men — a 27-year-old commercial actor, a 35-year-old musician and an unemployed 34-year-old — were brought up on charges of getting credit/another person’s ID. A 21-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was charged with possession of items with intent to forge/counterfeit.

A 28-year-old day laborer from Santa Clarita and an unemployed 18-year-old Canyon Country woman were picked up for shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

An unemployed 22-year-old Buena Park man was arrested for carjacking.

DUI’s with prior arrests included:

22-year-old barista from Santa Clarita

36-year-old builder from Lancaster

26-year-old support staff member from Castaic

22-year-old laborer from Stevenson Ranch

24-year-old kitchen worker from Santa Clarita

19-year-old waitress from North Hills

22-year-old carpenter from Santa Ana

57-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country

22-year-old promoter from Newhall

34-year-old machinist from Las Vegas

37-year-old unemployed man from Los Angeles

40-year-old nurse from Palmdale

40-year-old salesman from Canyon Country

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

26-year-old bookkeeper from Saugus

32-year-old unemployed man from Canyon Country

47-year-old mechanic from Canyon Country

25-year-old unemployed man from Santa Clarita

 

Crime in the Neighborhood and Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | March 17, 2017

A 53-year-old Lockheed Martin employee from Victorville was charged with cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury/death. A 34-year-old customer service agent from Canyon Country was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury. And a 27-year-old Canyon Country woman who works in public relations was charged with battery against a former spouse.

Three Sacramento residents were arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/addict, etc. The three men were: a 39-year-old roofer, a 21-year-old warehouse worker and a 24-year-old homemaker.

A 33-year-old farmer from Mendota, Calif. was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

A 32-year-old manager from Castaic was charged with manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing any nunchuks. And a 21-year-old plumber from North Hollywood was arrested for manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing leaded cane, etc.

An unemployed 21-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested for burglary. A 31-year-old cook from Agua Dulce was brought in for attempted robbery. Also, an unemployed 34-year-old Encino woman was brought in for theft of personal property.

An unemployed 20-year-old Santa Clarita man was cited for refusing to leave a property upon request by a police officer. And an unemployed 18-year-old Newhall man was cited for vandalism with loss valued at $5,000-$50,000.

A 24-year-old mechanic from Fresno was picked up for manufacturing a controlled substance.

Possession of a narcotic/controlled substance went to:
25-year-old yard hand from Newhall
35-year-old mechanic from Newhall
22-year-old construction worker from Hollywood
25-year-old electrician from Newhall
31-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man

DUIs with prior arrests included:
26-year-old take-out host from Saugus
30-year-old self-employed Beverly Hills woman
24-year-old North Hollywood woman who works in food service
25-year-old cook from Newhall
27-year-old stylist from Newhall
46-year-old gardener from North Hollywood
40-year-old product builder from Valencia
33-year-old supervisor from Castaic

Neighborhood

Valencia
A petty theft was reported on March 10 at 2:20 p.m. on the 24200 block of W. Valencia Blvd.

Saugus
A burglary was called in from the 23800 block of Copperhill Drive on March 11 at 3:15 a.m.

Newhall
An assault was reported on March 11 at 1:35 a.m. on the 25800 block of Railroad Avenue.

Canyon Country
A petty theft report came in on March 9 at 1:45 p.m. on the 18400 block of Jakes Way.

Castaic
Two burglaries were reported on the 31700 block of Castaic Road on March 10 — one at 1:53 a.m. and another at 3:32 a.m.

Santa Clarita
A robbery was alleged on March 8 at 2 p.m. on the 19300 block of Golden Valley Road.

Stevenson Ranch
A theft was reported on the 25400 block of The Old Road on March 9 at 9:30 p.m. and March 10 at 8:16 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations 2017

| Police Blotter | March 16, 2017

If you want to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day away from Santa Clarita this year, it may take a bit of planning on your part. It all begins with knowing where you want to go, how you’re going to get there and, most importantly, how you’re going to get back home safe and sound.

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which means there could be more holiday revelers than usual who are out and about. Expect a heavy police presence on the roads in L.A. County in the days leading up to, and preceding, St. Patrick’s Day.

Alcohol-related collisions tend to spike around holidays, particularly those associated with drinking, such as the 4th of July, Memorial Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Ride-hailing apps like Uber, Lyft and Curb are invaluable during times like this, as they can get you and your friends and family to and from wherever you’re going to, safely and easily.

Once you’ve got your transportation sorted out, you may want to start the celebration with a hearty meal. If you’re interested in Irish fare (and on St. Patrick’s Day, you should be) try one of L.A.’s best Irish pubs:

  • Tom Bergin’s Tavern – After a short hiatus, Tom Bergin’s Tavern in Central L.A. is back, and their menu is as good as it gets. The owners updated the menu after the tavern reopened in January, and it’s run through with traditional Irish dishes.
  • If you’d like something a little more up tempo with your meal, the legendary Molly Malone’s in the Fairfax District boasts an eclectic mix of music, food and drinks since 1969.
  • Once you’ve been well-fed you can hit up one or more of Los Angeles’ excellent St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
  • The official St. Patrick’s Day Hollywood pub crawl begins at 2 p.m. at 1624 N. Cahuenga Blvd. There will be drink specials including $2 beers, $3 well drinks and $4 shots. After 10 p.m., drink specials increase by $2.
  • Pier Pressure Long Beach is offering a pirate-themed (though all costumes are welcome) cruise aboard the Catalina King Yacht. The cruise includes 3 decks, 4 DJ’s and 2 rooms of music.
  • For something a little more family-friendly, head over to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hermosa Beach. The parade runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and begins at City Hall.

And, after thinking about it, if you decide you don’t want to leave Santa Clarita Valley, there are several things going on right here in town:

  • SENSES is going green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day March 16 from 7-10 p.m. Shamrocks, pots of gold, and lucky charms will fill Main Street in Old Town Newhall. It’s a free evening of entertainment.
  • There are several restaurants around town celebrating the green holiday. There will be plenty of live music, corned beef and cabbage and green beer for all: Egg Plantation, Rose and Crown British Restaurant, Oaks Grille at TPC, and Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company.
  • The SCV Senior Center is offering lunch and performances on March 17, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. There is a celtic harp & vocal performance by Kristie Rose and Irish tunes with John O’Swinford & Co.

Listed here are just a smattering of the scores of celebrations and activities going on this weekend. No matter where you choose to celebrate, the most important thing is that you remember to stay safe.

From all of us at SCV Bail Bonds, have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Local Crime and Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | March 10, 2017

A 29-year-old unemployed Valencia woman was arrested for second degree murder of a peace officer. And an unemployed 45-year-old Santa Clarita man was arrested for obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

A 51-year-old sheet metal worker was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, dirk or dagger, and a 32-year-old unemployed Newhall man was brought in for carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle.

A 36-year-old driver from Newhall was picked up for assault with a deadly weapon, with a firearm.

A 47-year-old Los Angeles mechanic was brought up on charges of acquiring access to a credit card with the intent to defraud.

An unemployed 51-year-old Saugus man and a 48-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita woman were charged with manufacturing/selling/giving/lending metal knuckles.

A 30-year-old teacher from Saugus, an unemployed 19-year-old Santa Clarita man and a 24-year-old janitor from Canyon Country were charged with theft of personal property.

And a 29-year-old Lancaster salesman was arrested for second degree robbery.
A 28-year-old Palmdale man and a 28-year-old Glendale man were brought up on charges of grand theft of money/property exceeding $400.

A 22-year-old barber from Canyon Country was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

19-year-old Valencia construction worker
50-year-old unemployed Castaic man
40-year-old financial executive from Saugus
24-year-old laborer from Santa Clarita
38-year-old Castaic woman who does quality assurance
48-year-old server from Saugus
30-year-old warehouse associate from Sylmar
52-year-old worker from Pasadena
33-year-old warehouse worker from Colton, Calif.

Charges of influence/possession of a controlled substance included:

37-year-old unemployed Sun Valley man
34-year-old cite attendant from Canyon Country
32-year-old unemployed Lake Balboa man
24-year-old welder from Canyon Country
21-year-old retail employee from Valencia
26-year-old unemployed Saugus man
24-year-old movie grip from Castaic
31-year-old oral surgeon’s assistant from San Fernando
27-year-old contractor from Pacoima

Valencia
On March 4 at 11:55 p.m. a vehicle grand theft was reported on the 23900 block of Avenida Crescenta. And a vehicle burglary was reported on March 6 at 12:15 a.m. on the 23700 block of Via Tomas.

Saugus
A petty theft was reported on the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road on March 2 at 4:55 p.m. and on March 6 at 5:52 p.m. On March 6 at 3:45 a.m. a vehicle burglary was reported on the 27500 block of Caraway Lane.

Newhall
An alleged assault occurred on the 24800 block of Railroad Avenue on March 4 at 12:50 p.m. Grand theft of a vehicle was reported on March 5 at 12:17 p.m. on the 23500 block of Cherry Street.

Canyon Country
An aggravated assault allegedly occurred on March 3 at 1:30 p.m. on the 17700 block of Danielson Street. A robbery was reported on March 5 at 3:40 a.m. on the 18200 block of Sandy Drive.

Castaic
A charge of grand theft allegedly occurred on March 1 at 2:55 p.m. on the 31800 block of Castaic Road. Grand theft of a vehicle was alleged on March 4 at 11:34 p.m. on the 31700 block of Ridge Route Road. And on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. there was a vehicle grand theft reported on the 31400 block of Ridge Route Road.

Santa Clarita
A petty theft was alleged on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive on March 5 at 9:56 p.m. and on the 19300 block of Golden Valley road on March 1 at 9:55 p.m. A robbery was reported on the 19300 block of Golden Valley Road on March 4 at 5:40 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch
A vehicle burglary call came in at 5:15 p.m. and 5:22 p.m. on March 6 on the 27400 block of The Old Road. And a vehicle burglary was also reported that night at 9:40 p.m. on the 24900 block of Pico Canyon Road.

California Penal Code 32 PC: Accessories are Included

| Police Blotter | March 9, 2017

California criminal law states that there are two parties to a crime: principals and accessories. To be considered a “principal” party to a crime, one must participate in a crime either before or during its commission. For example, anyone who encourages, helps plan, or facilitates the commission of a crime, but doesn’t necessarily take part during the actual commission of the crime, can be considered a “principal” party.

In previous decades, those who helped plan, encourage, or facilitate the commission of a crime were considered “accessories before the fact.” However, under the law, “principals” to a crime all share criminal intent, and as such, they are all subject to the same charges and the same penalties regardless of whether they took part in the commission of the crime. That being the case, the term “accessory before the fact” has largely been eliminated from California law.

One type of accessory to a crime still exists, and that would be an accessory after the fact. In order to be considered an accessory after the fact, a prosecutor must be able to prove:
A felony was committed
The defendant knowingly harbored, concealed or aided the suspect charged with the felony
The defendant knew that the person had committed a felony, was charged with a felony, or was convicted of a felony
The defendant attempted to protect the felon from arrest, trial, conviction or sentencing
For example, allowing someone you know was charged with a felony to hide in your home in order to evade police could result in being charged with being an accessory after the fact. One does not necessarily have to have direct contact with the person evading police in order to be charged as an accessory. It’s possible to be charged with violating PC 32 by lying to the police or hiding or destroying evidence that links an individual to a felony. Essentially, what matters most is that the individual knows someone committed a felony and he or she helps to conceal that person or obstruct police in their investigation.

Violations of California Penal Code 32 PC can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The seriousness of the charge will depend on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. If charged as a misdemeanor, the possible penalties include a fine of up to $5,000 and up to one year in county jail for misdemeanor charges, and 16 months to 3 years in California state prison for felony charges.

Police Blotter and Crime in the Neighborhood

| Police Blotter | March 3, 2017

A 31-year-old Santa Clarita dish washer was arrested for indecent exposure and illegal entry of an occupied dwelling. An unemployed 26-year-old Valencia man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, with great bodily injury.

An unemployed 31-year-old Chino man was charged with disobeying a domestic relations court order. Two females, one age 19 and the other age 30, were brought in for battery against a former spouse. An unemployed 29-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for the same charge.

Also, an unemployed 23-year-old Camp Pendleton man and a 27-year-old unemployed Saugus woman were brought up on charges of corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitant.

A self-employed 48-year-old Bakersfield woman and an unemployed 20-year-old Lancaster man were arrested for burglary.

An unemployed 30-year-old Palmdale woman was charged with receiving known stolen property valued at more than $950. A disabled 35-year-old Palmdale man was charged with vandalism with loss valued at or above $400.

A 28-year-old unemployed South Gate man was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

An 18-year-old Valencia student was charged with possession of marijuana for sale. Also, an unemployed 24-year-old Valencia man, a 21-year-old unemployed Valencia man and a self-employed 36-year-old Newhall man were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with specific prior arrests.

Arrests for possession/purchase of a controlled substance for sale included:
31-year-old unemployed Newhall man
32-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman
52-year-old construction worker from North Hollywood
58-year-old installer from Van Nuys
33-year-old Piru man who works in insulation

DUIs with prior arrests included:
30-year-old construction worker from
Canyon Country
26-year-old Newhall man who buses tables
52-year-old pastor from Sylmar
32-year-old Newhall man who works in
manufacturing
20-year-old Santa Clarita woman who works in customer service
38-year-old Canyon Country woman who works in the health field
22-year-old armed guard from Adelanto, Calif.

Crime in the Neighborhood

Valencia
On Feb. 25 at 3:51 p.m. a theft was reported on the 24200 block of Valencia Blvd. An alleged assault with a deadly weapon, a knife, occurred on Feb. 25 at 9:15 p.m. on the 23800 block of Arroyo Park Drive.

Saugus
On Feb. 25 at 4:33 a.m. a burglary was reported on the 28400 block of Haskell Canyon Road. An auto passenger/van burglary was alleged on Feb. 26 at 1 a.m. on the 28500 block of Santa Catarina Road. And a petty theft from an auto was reported on Feb. 26 at 1 a.m. on the 27400 block of Diane Marie Circle.

Newhall
A strong-arm robbery was reported on Feb. 21 at 7:40 a.m. on 8th Street and Walnut Street. An alleged burglary occurred on Feb. 23 at 8:25 p.m. on the 22200 block of Park Street.

Canyon Country
A petty theft was reported on Feb. 25 at 1:37 a.m. on the 20300 block of Delight Street. A burglary allegedly occurred on Feb. 25 at 3:52 a.m. on the 20600 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Castaic
A petty theft was reported on Feb. 25 At 10:59 p.m. on the 28600 block of The Old Road. An alleged grand theft occurred on the 31600 block of Ridge Route Road on Feb. 26 at 1 a.m.

Santa Clarita
A burglary was reported at both 5:40 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. on Feb. 21 on the 17900 block of Lost Canyon Road. And the same day at 1:15 p.m. a burglary was reported on the 18800 block of Sierra Estates Drive.

Stevenson Ranch
A charge of shoplifting came in from the 25400 block of The Old Road on Feb. 25 at 6:21 p.m. And another alleged shoplifting occurred on Feb. 26 at 11:42 a.m. on the 24900 block of Pico Canyon Road.

AB 109 – Another Failed and Dangerous Policy for Californians

| Police Blotter | March 2, 2017

Criminal justice reform has been in the news quite a lot recently. One of the more controversial issues is that of AB 109, known as “California’s prison realignment.” Signed in 2011, AB 109 was intended to reduce California’s overcrowded state prison system. However, while the need to reduce prison overpopulation is dire, shifting the responsibility to local communities is resulting in disaster.

Just recently, a 28-year veteran of the Whittier Police Department was tragically shot and killed, along with another man, by 26-year-old M.C. Mejia, a known gang member who had spent time in Pelican Bay State Prison (a facility notorious for housing dangerous criminals) on previous convictions of robbery and grand theft auto.

Mejia, considered a “low level offender” through the passing of AB 109, had been convicted of violating his parole several times. But instead of being sent back to state prison for between 90 days and one year for each violation, he spent several 10-day stints in a county jail. Law enforcement officials now argue that had Mejia been incarcerated in state prison for the five times he was sent back to jail for parole violations, he would not have been on the street and able to commit these two murders.

Before AB 109’s implementation, 60,000 felon parole violators were cycled in and out of state prisons every year. As of 2013, only 25 inmates were in state prison on parole violations, as the rest had been serving time in county jails.

Additionally, under AB 109, the crimes of commercial burglary, forgery, corporal injury on a child, aggravated evasion of a police officer and possession of marijuana for sale – all felony offenses – are now punished with “time in county jail,” as opposed to serving time in state prison.

Another aspect of AB 109 is that when low-level felons are released from county jails, they are to be supervised by probation departments at the local-level, a provision that law enforcement has long argued puts undue stress on local police forces. Unfortunately, this tragic recent event has underscored law enforcement’s argument.

To add fuel to the flame, the recent talks at the state-level about California bail reform will make matters even worse. Currently, bail bondsmen closely monitor defendants while they are out on bail awaiting trial. Significant reductions in, or the outright removal of, bail policy in California will put that responsibility on an already beleaguered local police force, which isn’t equipped or funded to monitor all these people. If such were to occur, it’s more than likely that several more violent criminals will fall through the cracks.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | February 23, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Valencia
A burglary was alleged at 12:30 a.m. on the 27100 block of Teton Trail on Feb. 19. That same day, a carjacking was called in at 3:36 p.m. on the 27300 block of Tourney Rd. A Shoplifting was reported on the 24200 block of Magic Mountain on Feb. 20 at 9:10 p.m.

Saugus
There was a truck/cargo van burglary on the 24200 block of Valencia Blvd near McBean Pkwy at 11 a.m. on Feb. 15.

A strong-arm robbery was alleged on Feb. 16 at 7:25 a.m. on the 23900 block of Ranny House Court. On the 25900 block of Sandalia Drive, an attempted burglary occurred at 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 17.

Newhall
Grand theft vehicle of an automobile/passenger van was alleged at 1:30 a.m. on the 22500 block of 5th Street on Feb. 18.

A burglary/entry by force occurred on Feb. 19 at 12:00 a.m. on the 25000 block of Newhall Ave, and a vehicle burglary occurred on the 24800 block of Newhall Ave at 4:45 p.m. that same evening.

Canyon Country
Petty theft was alleged on the 19300 block of Soledad Canyon Road on Feb. 18 at 5:25 p.m.

On Feb. 19, grand theft vehicle was reported on the 27900 block of Oakgale Ave at 2 a.m. Also on Feb. 19 there was a burglary that occurred on the 27500 block of Sierra Hwy at 6:15 a.m.

Castaic
On Feb. 11 on the 30500 block of The Old Road, grand theft of a vehicle was called in at 11:27 a.m. An aggravated assault was alleged on Feb. 14 at 11:04 a.m. on the 29300 block of The Old Road.

Santa Clarita
A theft occurred on the corner on Golden Triangle Road and Rainbow Glen on Feb. 14 at 1:22 a.m. On the 26400 block of Golden Valley Road on Feb. 16 a vehicle burglary was reported at 7 a.m.

Bad Boys & Girls 

Two individuals were charged with willful cruelty to a child/child endangerment: a 48-year old Valencia resident who works in visual effects, and a 45-year-old unemployed woman from Thousand Oaks.

There were three cases of grand theft money/property for less than $400, which included an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old student, as well as a 36-year-old babysitter – all Fresno residents.

A 22-year-old Canyon Country man who works in landscaping was charged with reckless driving, and a 37-year-old repo driver from Littlerock, Calif. was charged with disobeying a domestic relations court order.

A 31-year-old cook from Palmdale and a 45-year-old unemployed Newhall resident were arrested for obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

DUI’s with prior arrests included:
24-year-old marketer from Chatsworth
23-year-old mechanic from Valencia
25-year-old surgical technician from Sylmar
59-year-old retiree from Newhall
22-year-old registered dental assistant from Palmdale
34-year-old landscaper from Canyon Country
51-year-old handyman from Temple City
31-year-old construction worker from Newhall

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
51-year-old laborer from Van Nuys
40-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
30-year-old unemployed Antioch resident

Three individuals were charged with transporting/selling a controlled substance: a 30-year-old field worker, a 22-year-old dairy worker – both from Terra Bella – and a 21-year-old unemployed Bakersfield resident.

Charges of burglary went to a 33-year-old Valencia woman and a 32-year-old insurance agent from Chatsworth.

 

USB Cords Compromising Your Personal Data? Tips to Protect Yourself

| Police Blotter | February 23, 2017

Smartphones are great. You can check your email, tweet about the news and post a picture of your breakfast to Facebook, all on one little device. Unfortunately, all of this functionality tends to drain the battery quickly. A reality which, for most of us, can be easily remedied by plugging our phone into a wall socket whenever need one, right?

Not so fast. For years, hackers have been using compromised outlets to steal information from peoples’ smartphones and tablets, and the problem is only getting worse.

If you’ve ever used a public charging station or Wi-Fi access point at an airport, park, conference center or even a coffee shop, then you may have already connected to a network that’s possibly been compromised.

The danger lies in the USB cords most people use to charge their phones. These cords are capable of transferring data two-ways – a design that was intended to allow users to transfer data to and from their smartphones and computers.

Hackers are taking advantage of the two-way data functionality to steal information from unsuspecting victims’ phones. By plugging in to a compromised port, a hacker may be able to access your photos, email, pictures, texts – just about anything that’s stored on your phone is fair game.

To protect yourself from having your phone compromised, security experts have a few suggestions:
Always use your own USB cable and adapter when charging in public places. Never borrow someone else’s, and always plug your adapter into the wall socket – don’t plug your USB cable into public USB ports.
Don’t unlock the phone while it’s charging. Some phones will limit data that can be transferred while the phone is locked. However, you shouldn’t rely solely on your phone’s OS to protect you.
Last, but not least, to be as safe as possible, invest in a portable USB battery pack. This last tip is particularly useful for people who handle a lot of sensitive data on their smartphones.

Having your phone hacked can be incredibly dangerous. ID thieves in particular would love to get their hands on as much of your data as possible. But, it’s nice to know you can minimize your risk by following some, or all, of the tips listed above.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | February 16, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Newhall

A vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on Feb. 11 at 1:25 a.m. on the 24200 block of Race Street. On the same day a petty theft was reported on the 23400 block of Lyons Avenue at 5:30 p.m. A burglary was called in from the 25000 block of Newhall Ave. on Feb. 12 at midnight.

Canyon Country

On Feb. 12 there was a robbery reported at 12:45 p.m. on the 19200 block of Soledad Canyon Road and a theft was called in at 5:40 p.m. on the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road. A robbery was reported on the same block on Feb. 13 at 2:15 p.m.

Saugus

A petty theft was reported on Feb. 11 at 10:35 a.m. on the 24100 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy and again at 6:30 p.m. on the 26200 block of  Bouquet Canyon Road.

Stevenson Ranch

A vehicle burglary was reported on the 26800 block of The Old Road on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. An alleged grand theft of a vehicle occurred on the 30500 block of The Old Road on Feb. 11 at 11:27 a.m. And at 7:20 p.m. a theft was reported from the 25600 block of The Old Road.

Santa Clarita

A petty theft was reported on Feb. 10 at 1:35 p.m. on the 19300 block of Golden Valley Road and on the 18600 block of Via Princessa on Feb. 13 at 10:32 a.m.

Valencia

Two thefts were reported on Feb. 8 – one at 2:30 a.m. on the 24000 block of Tango Drive and the second at 12:36 p.m. on the 28000 block of Newhall Ranch Road. A grand theft auto allegation was called in on Feb. 12 at 4 a.m. on the 26900 block of Theater Drive.

Castaic

A burglary was reported on Feb. 8 at 12:40 a.m. on the 28600 block of Greenwood Place.

 

Bad Boys & Girls 

An unemployed 36-year-old Santa Clarita man, a 34-year-old truck driver from Lancaster, a 27-year-old Newhall man and a 25-year-old Canyon Country man were arrested for burglary. Also, an unemployed 25-year-old San Bernardino woman, a 35-year-old salesman from Saugus and a 25-year-old driver from Canyon Country were arrested for theft of personal property.

A 19-year-old Canyon Country hairstylist and an unemployed 19-year-old Santa Clarita man were charged with shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

An unemployed 21-year-old Valencia man was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

27-year-old laborer from Van Nuys

26-year-old student from Santa Clarita

28-year-old tech industry employee from Newhall

51-year-old L.A. man who does window tinting

25-year-old landscaper from Gardena

27-year-old stat tracker from Saugus

31-year-old analyst from Lancaster

38-year-old self-employed Sun Valley man

56-year-old driver from Oxnard

A 51-year-old self-employed Canyon Country man was arrested for indecent exposure/illegal entry to an occupied dwelling. An unemployed 32-year-old transient was picked up for vandalism. And a 23-year-old furniture tech from Canyon Country was cited for defacing/damaging property with a value less than $400.

A 32-year-old bartender from Agua Dulce was brought up on charges of disobeying a domestic relations court order.

A 58-year-old sports agent from Saugus and a 33-year-old painter from Canyon Country were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. Also, a 36-year-old driver from Saugus and a 23-year-old Newhall man who works in inventory was charged with battery against a former spouse.

A Van Nuys couple was arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury or death. He is a 30-year-old carpet installer and she is a 30-year-old homemaker. A 31-year-old detailer from North Hollywood was picked up for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury.

 

Monitoring ‘Smart Phone’ Use to Keep Your Children from Predators

| Police Blotter | February 16, 2017

 

Recently, J. M. Magana of Whittier was arrested at his home and charged with extortion and a host of sex offenses, including rape of a minor over 14 and possessing child pornography. Magana pleaded not guilty to all charges on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

The arrest comes after a five-month investigation by the LASD into reported “sextortion” allegations. The investigation began last October when one of the alleged victims reported to law enforcement that she had been forced to send nude photographs to Magana, who she met while using her cell phone app KiK. The 16-year-old girl claimed Magana repeatedly threatened to harm her if she didn’t send the photos. It’s believed by detectives that Magana gained information about the girl through other social media sites, which he then used to frighten her into sending the pictures.

Initially, Magana had taken steps to hide his internet address, but police were still able to discover where he lived. When they searched his home and cell phone, they found pictures of another underage girl who had also been threatened into sending nude pictures of herself to Magana. She was allegedly sexually assaulted by him in January – an act which he chose to film on his cell phone.

The case above may sound familiar, as incidents like it have been happening since the internet found its way into people’s homes starting in the mid ‘90s. Back then, sexual predators were using chat rooms to locate and assault their victims. As chat rooms fell out of vogue and were subsequently replaced by the rise of social media, those sites, too, became a tool for online predators.

“Phones are computers now,” says Sheriff’s Lt. Kent Wegener, and it would appear that he’s correct. Today’s smart phones are capable of carrying out many of the same functions that computers can, particularly when it comes to the many social media apps that are available.

Parents need to be cautious and vigilant when it comes to what their kids are doing on the internet, a job made all the more difficult by the small, portable nature of today’s smart phones. The best thing you can do to help keep your kids safe from predators is to have a frank discussion about the kinds of things they need to be wary of when using their phones, tablets or computers.

Finally, make sure that whatever social media accounts they use, they know what information never to post. It’s the places where they frequently hang out, where they go to school, and information about their daily routines these predators are on the lookout for.

 

 

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | February 9, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Newhall

A case of grand theft auto was alleged on Feb. 3 at 3:15 a.m. on the 24800 block of Walnut Street. A petty theft was reported on Feb. 6 at 5:37 a.m. on the 23500 block of Lyons Avenue.

Canyon Country
An alleged assault occurred on the 18400 block of Jakes Way on Feb. 4 at 12:30 a.m. And a petty theft call came in on Feb. 5 at 9:07 a.m. on the 19300 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Saugus
A shoplifting report came in from the 26400 block of Bouquet Canyon Road on Feb. 2 at 6:42 p.m. On Feb. 4 at 1:45 p.m. a petty theft was reported from the 27900 block of Honeycomb Drive.

Stevenson Ranch
On Feb. 3 at 6:20 p.m. a theft was reported on the 25800 block of The Old Road. And on Feb. 5 at 2 a.m. on the 25900 block of Franklin Lane a vehicle burglary was alleged.

Santa Clarita
On Feb. 4 at noon there was allegedly an aggravated assault near the corner of Via Princessa and Whites Canyon Road. Grand theft from an unlocked auto was reported on Feb. 6 at 2:15 a.m. on the 18100 block of Flynn Drive.

Valencia
On Feb. 4 at 12:30 a.m. a residential burglary allegedly occurred on the 25700 block of Tournament road. A vehicle burglary was reported on Feb. 5 at 4:30 a.m. on the 25700 block of Hogan Drive.

Castaic
An alleged residential burglary occurred on Feb. 1 at 12:45 a.m. on the 30400 block of Park Vista Drive. On Feb. 5 at 6:45 p.m. a petty theft was reported on the 27800 block of Church Street.

Bad Boys & Girls

A 24-year-old laborer from Newhall, a 29-year-old tattoo artist from Palmdale and a 30-year-old Lancaster construction worker were brought up on charges of vandalism. A 43-year-old manager from Canyon Country was charged with trespassing on lands under cultivation.

A 50-year-old service tech from Newhall was charged with illegal possession of ammunition.

A 25-year-old accountant from Valencia and a 54-year-old AT & T repairman from Santa Clarita were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 22-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was arrested for battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse. Also, two students – an 18-year-old from West Covina and an 18-year-old from Valencia – were brought in for assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

An unemployed 20-year-old Inglewood man was brought in for shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

A 34-year-old electrician from Los Angeles was arrested for unlicensed driving.

An unemployed 21-year-old man and an unemployed 27-year-old woman from Vallejo were arrested for burglary. And an unemployed 19-year-old Saugus woman was charged with second degree burglary.

An unemployed 25-year-old Newhall man was arrested for obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

A 21-year-old cook from Palmdale was brought up on charges of possessing items with the intent to forge/counterfeit.

An 18-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man and a 33-year-old stocker from Saugus were brought up on charges of possession of a controlled substance.

An unemployed 34-year-old Palmdale woman was arrested for vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.

An unemployed 22-year-old Lancaster man was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

An unemployed 21-year-old Saugus man was cited for tampering with a vehicle.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
33-year-old legal assistant from Los Angeles
34-year-old busboy from Saugus
52-year-old cashier from Canyon Country
35-year-old self-employed Santa Clarita man

What is the Difference Between Murder and Capital Murder?

| Police Blotter | February 9, 2017

Recently, police made three arrests in a 24-year-old case involving one of the worst examples of arson in the city’s history. In the early 1990s, a drug distributor was selling crack in Los Angeles’ Westlake neighborhood. Her efforts to sell were frustrated in a particular apartment complex, thanks to the efforts of the property manager. The manager would frequently change the locks on several of the doors to hinder the dealer’s efforts to make transactions on the premises, and often called police when she noticed anything suspicious.

Eventually, the enterprising dealer went to the 18th street gang, who had a heavy presence in the area during the ‘90s, to help her out. Later, the apartment complex went up in flames and resulted in the deaths of 10 people, including two pregnant females and seven children. No arrests were made after the initial investigation, as residents were too afraid of the 18th street gang to speak with police. As years went on, the gang’s grip on the neighborhood weakened, and witnesses began to come forward.

Thanks to witness testimony, several arrests were made last week in the case. J. Lopez, R. Valerio, and J. Monge, were all arrested and charged with 12 counts of capital murder. They’re charged with 12 counts, as opposed to 10, because charges include the two fetuses that the pregnant mothers were carrying.

Under California Penal Code 187, there are three ways someone can be charged with murder: first-degree murder, second-degree murder and capital murder. First-degree murder is usually charged when someone commits a murder with a destructive device, a weapon of mass destruction, by lying in wait and/or murdering after committing torture, by killing someone in a way that is willful, premeditated and/or by way of the felony murder rule.

Second-degree murder is typically charged when a murder is willful, but not deliberate. For example, firing a gun into a crowd and killing someone, but not intending to kill that specific person could be grounds for a second-degree murder charge.

Capital murder is the third and final murder charge in California Law. Capital murder is also known as first-degree murder with special circumstances. There are over 20 separate circumstances under which someone can be charged with capital murder, including, but not limited to: murder for financial gain, murdering more than one person, and murdering a witness to prevent the individual from testifying.

Capital murder is also different from first-degree murder in that it is punishable by death or life without parole; whereas, first-degree murder convictions can result in a sentence of 25 years to life (unless the murder was a hate crime, in which case the defendant could face life without parole).

What are Ignition Interlock Devices and How Do They Work?

| Police Blotter | February 3, 2017

An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a small breathalyzer installed in someone’s car that will not allow them to drive unless they provide a breath sample clear of alcohol use. An IID, when installed, will detect any amount of alcohol on the person’s breath and if detected, will not allow the car to start and run.

These machines are so sensitive that it’s possible to register a false positive on the part of the driver. Using an IID shortly after using mouthwash, eating candy or something that may contain alcohol sugars, even certain pastries may result in false positives. When this happens, the machine usually allows the driver to retest shortly afterward.

A judge can order someone charged with any DUI-related crime to install an IID in their vehicle. In some counties it isn’t ordered for first offenses unless, during the first offense, the driver’s blood alcohol level was 0.15 percent or higher or the driver refused to submit to a chemical blood or breath test by police. However, due to a pilot program known as VS 23700 that began in 2010, residents of Los Angeles, Alameda, Tulare, and Sacramento counties must install an IID on their cars for five months after being convicted of a DUI. If someone was injured as a result of the DUI, the mandatory minimum time frame extends to one year.

The pilot program is set to expire on July 1, 2017. If there’s a significant reduction in repeat DUIs, the program will go into effect across the state. It’s possible that the state Legislature may vote to extend the program statewide before its expiration.

VC 23700 also affects repeat offenders who have multiple California DUIs in any of the pilot program’s covered counties. If an individual is convicted of a second DUI, he/she must install an IID for one year, for a third DUI it is two years, and for a fourth, it is three years. For those who live outside any of the counties mentioned above, there is no mandatory requirement to install an IID for a DUI conviction.

Interestingly, if an individual is arrested for driving on a suspended license, and the license was suspended or revoked due to a DUI-related conviction, a judge may order the defendant to install an IID on his/her vehicle for one to three years.

When someone is ordered to install an IID in their vehicle, they’re also on the hook for the cost. Most IIDs cost about $2.50 a day to operate, and installation can be anywhere from $75-$100. If an arrestee cannot afford the cost of the IID, the individual will be required to pay a portion of it.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | February 2, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Newhall

A petty theft was alleged on the 24100 block of Lyons Avenue on Jan. 25 at 1:15 p.m. A burglary through forced entry was alleged on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. on the 23900 block of Calgrove Blvd. A vehicle burglary was reported on Jan. 28 at 2 a.m. on the 24300 block of Newhall Avenue.

Canyon Country

On Jan. 29 at 2:30 a.m. a theft was reported on the 18799 block of Soledad Canyon Road. Two petty thefts were called in on Jan. 29 – one from the 19800 block of Blackbird Lane at 3:15 a.m. and the other on the 18900 block of Cabral Street at 4:30 a.m.

Saugus

Both a robbery and a theft were reported on the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road. On Jan. 27 at 5:54 p.m. there was allegedly a robbery where the suspect used a weapon. And on Jan. 30 at 3:35 p.m. there was a petty theft alleged. A petty theft was also reported on Jan. 30 at 1:20 a.m. on the 28500 block of Hob Court.

Stevenson Ranch

Two vehicle burglaries were reported on the 26000 block of Potter Place on Jan. 27 – one at 3:45 a.m. and the other at 9:45 a.m. On Jan. 28 two thefts were reported – one on the 25600 block of Wilde Ave. at 4:20 a.m. and the other on the 25900 block of Pope Place at 5 a.m.

Santa Clarita

On Deputy Jake Drive and Trumpet Drive there was allegedly a petty theft on Jan. 24 at 3 a.m. On Jan. 29 at 12 noon a petty theft was reported on the 18600 block of Via Princessa. Another petty theft was reported on the 19300 block of Golden Valley Road on Jan. 30 at 4:46 p.m.

Valencia

A shoplifting charge was brought against a suspect on Jan. 27 at 6:55 p.m. on the 27700 block of N. McBean Pkwy. Two burglaries were reported on the 28100 block of McBean Pkwy on Jan. 28 – one at 1:45 a.m. and the other at 4:30 a.m.

 Castaic

A petty theft was reported on the 27500 block of Violin Canyon Road on Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Bad Boys & Girls

A 45-year-old cashier from Canyon Country was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. A 34-year-old telemarketer from Encino was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear. A 54-year-old Castaic man was arrested for assault.

An unemployed 20-year-old Valencia woman, a 30-year-old unemployed Los Angeles man and a 22-year-old plumber from Canyon Country were brought up on charges of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 23-year-old sheet metal worker was charged with vandalism.

An unemployed 21-year-old Santa Clarita transient was arrested for grand theft of money/property.

An 18-year-old Santa Clarita transient who works in retail and an unemployed 23-year-old Palmdale woman were charged with robbery. Also, a 47-year-old unemployed Valencia man and a 22-year-old warehouse worker were brought in for receiving known stolen property.

A 26-year-old unemployed Saugus man was arrested for forgery exceeding $950. And a 33-year-old Saugus man who works in pool maintenance was brought up on charges of false checks/rec/cert.

A 22-year-old electrician from Fresno, a 25-year-old Auburn, Wash. man who does cell phone sales and a 24-year-old mechanic from Los Angeles were brought up on charges of transporting/selling a controlled substance.

Charges of possession/purchase of a controlled substance for sale went to:

18-year-old Canyon Country student

22-year-old gardener from Val Verde

18-year-old unemployed Chatsworth woman

26-year-old contractor from Burbank

A 19-year-old Stevenson Ranch man who works in construction was charged with possessing alcohol while still a minor.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

20-year-old student from Stevenson Ranch

31-year-old Uber driver from Newhall

22-year-old prop maker from Lancaster

39-year-old student from West Hills

60-year-old manager from Santa Clarita

32-year-old manager from Valencia

20-year-old fast food cook from Newhall

46-year-old computer tech from Saugus

26-year-old salesman from Newhall

20-year-old unemployed Canoga Park woman

54-year-old general electrician from Palmdale

 

Local Crime and Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | January 27, 2017

Castaic
A petty theft was reported on the 30300 block of Yosemite Drive on Jan. 14 at 12:45 p.m. An alleged grand theft occurred on Jan. 16 at 8:52 p.m. on the 31400 block of Castaic Road.

Newhall
A burglary was reported on Jan. 20 at 4:52 a.m. on the 24200 block of Main Street. A robbery was alleged on Jan. 21 at 6:15 p.m. near Newhall Ave. and Valle Del Oro. A theft was reported on Jan. 22 at 6:07 p.m. on the 25000 block of Walnut Street.

Canyon Country
On Jan. 21 at 2:30 a.m. a burglary was reported on the 19400 block of Soledad Canyon Road. And another burglary was called in twice from the 26800 block of Oak Ave. on Jan. 22 – at 3:15 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Saugus
A petty theft was alleged on Jan. 19 at 8:30 p.m. on the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road. A burglary was reported on the 26100 block of Bouquet Canyon Road on Jan. 24 at 1:17 a.m.

Stevenson Ranch
A robbery and a burglary were reported on Jan. 18. One was reported at 8:30 a.m. from the 24900 block of Constitution Ave. and the other allegedly occurred on the 25600 block of The Old Road at 8:25 p.m.

Santa Clarita
On Jan. 18 at 10:20 a.m. a theft was reported on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive. An assault was reported two days in a row – one on Jan. 20 at 3:05 p.m. on the 21500 block of Centre Pointe Pkwy and another on the 26200 block of Prima Way on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

Valencia
A theft was reported on Jan. 18 at 2 a.m. on the 28100 block of Angelica Place. Vehicle grand theft was reported on Jan. 19 at 9:14 a.m. on the 23600 block of Wiley Canyon Road. On Jan. 21 at 6:50 p.m. a robbery was reported on the 20400 block of Valencia Blvd.

Police Blotter

A 25-year-old self-employed Sylmar man was arrested for sexual battery, touching an intimate part of another.

A 24-year-old transient was charged with cutting down/destroying/injuring standing timber.

A 48-year-old Valencia woman who works in animal services was charged with refusing to leave a public building. And an unemployed 41-year-old Valencia woman and a 28-year-old day laborer from Santa Clarita were cited for unauthorized entry into a non-commercial dwelling.

A 37-year-old actor from Canyon Country was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, with a firearm. A 49-year-old unemployed Castaic man was picked up for illegal possession of ammunition.

A Canyon Country couple – a 26-year-old waitress and a 34-year-old welder – were both charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 26-year-old dispatcher from Pacoima was arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury/death. A 39-year-old homemaker and a 41-year-old self-employed man from Canyon Country were arrested for battery against a former spouse.

A 50-year-old maintenance man from Val Verde was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. An unemployed 25-year-old Canyon Country man was charged with theft from a vehicle. And a 25-year-old construction worker from Newhall was charged with theft of personal property.

A 33-year-old producer from Sherman Oaks was charged with transporting/concealing gains from a controlled substance.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
21-year-old bartender from Valencia
25-year-old hockey coach from Valencia
21-year-old reserve marine
48-year-old Saugus man who works in lighting
41-year-old counselor from Newhall
20-year-old sushi chef from Canyon Country
37-year-old laborer from Los Angeles
26-year-old student from Valencia
58-year-old manager from Lancaster
27-year-old worker from Saugus
21-year-old mortgage loan officer from Saugus
18-year-old cook from Santa Clarita
35-year-old driver from Valencia
38-year-old landscaper from Newhall
46-year-old disabled Canyon Country man
44-year-old Newhall man who works in security

Is Resisting an Executive Officer a Possible Felony? California Penal Code 69 PC

| Police Blotter | January 26, 2017

Recently, one of our readers suggested we write an article regarding California Penal Code 69 PC: resisting an executive officer in performance of duty. This crime is very similar to one we covered recently: California Penal Code 148(a) PC, resisting arrest. PC 69, though, is a much more serious offense.

California Penal Code 69 PC is described as attempting to prevent an executive officer from performing his or her duties by use of threats, force or violence OR someone who knowingly resists an executive officer, by use of force or violence, an executive officer in the performance of his or her duty. Basically, a person can be charged with violating PC 69 by attempting to prevent an executive officer from performing their duties, or by knowingly resisting said officer in the performance of their duties.

An executive officer is anyone who is a public employee who is authorized to carry out their duties at their discretion. For example, PC 148(a), resisting arrest, typically deals with law enforcement personnel like police officers and sheriff’s deputies. PC 69, on the other hand, covers people like judges, attorneys, and elected officials. So, if someone resists arrest by a police officer, they may be facing a misdemeanor charge. If a person interferes with an executive officer, they’re looking at possible felony charges.

As mentioned above, to be charged with violating California Penal Code 69 PC, an individual must (using force or fear) interfere with, or attempt to interfere with, an executive officer performing their lawful duties. Lawful duties are described as any duties that the executive officer is lawfully charged with carrying out as a requirement of their profession. These duties include, but are not limited to, sentencing by judges, a public defender taking the case of a defendant, or a city council member voting on an ordinance.

An example of violating California Penal Code 69 PC: Let’s say that a district attorney plans to prosecute a case against an individual, and in an attempt to stop that from happening, someone tries to use force or fear to dissuade the district attorney from doing so. If caught, the person could be charged with violating PC 69.

Resisting an executive officer is a “wobbler” in California, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If charged as a misdemeanor, the penalties include up to 364 days in county jail, a maximum $10,000 fine or both. If convicted on felony charges, the possible penalties include 16 months to 3 years in county jail, a maximum fine of $10,000 or both.

Bad Boys and Girls and Crime in the Neighborhood

| Police Blotter | January 20, 2017

An 18-year-old Saugus student was arrested for sending/bringing obscene matter into the state for sale.

A 20-year-old unemployed Valencia man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. An unemployed 27-year-old Newhall man was arrested for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. And a 30-year-old gardener from Canyon Country was cited for manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles.

A 50-year-old pilot from Valencia was charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 29-year-old music producer from Saugus and a 49-year-old executive assistant from Canyon Country were arrested for battery against a former spouse.

A 25-year-old student from Canyon Country was charged with acquiring access to a credit card in four or more names in a 12-month period. Also, two Acton men – a 24-year-old delivery driver and a 23-year-old landscaper were arrested for grand theft of an auto/horse, etc.

An unemployed 28-year-old Castaic man and an unemployed 25-year-old transient were charged with possession/purchase of a controlled substance for sale. A 30-year-old handyman from Santa Clarita, a 31-year-old electrician from Canyon Country, a 30-year-old dishwasher from Newhall and an unemployed 29-year-old Saugus man were picked up for possession of a narcotic/controlled substance.

A 20-year-old customer service rep from Valencia and an unemployed 30-year-old Canoga Park woman were cited for possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

DUI’s with prior arrests included:

25-year-old manager from Lancaster
26-year-old art director from Castaic
38-year-old Public Works employee from Littlerock
46-year-old clerk from Pearblossom
23-year-old warehouse associate from Saugus
31-year-old car salesperson from Northridge
23-year-old unemployed North Hollywood woman
56-year-old mechanic from Whittier
23-year-old student from Canyon Country
28-year-old unemployed Newhall man
27-year-old cashier from Canyon Country
22-year-old home inspector from Stevenson Ranch
26-year-old cook from Ridgecrest, Calif.
44-year-old construction worker from Pacoima
28-year-old pool technician from Sylmar

Neighborhood

Castaic
An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was reported on Jan. 11 at 9:17 p.m. from the 29300 block of The Old Road. A charge of grand theft auto was alleged on Jan. 15 at 12:30 p.m. on the 27200 block of Turnberry Lane.

Newhall
A burglary allegedly occurred on Jan. 12 at 12 a.m. on the 23800 block of Pine Street. Also on Jan. 12 at 2:45 a.m. a petty theft was reported on the 23600 block of Meadow Ridge Drive.

Canyon Country
There were thefts reported in the same area for several days in a row. On Jan. 11 at 11:34 p.m. a theft was reported near the corner of Jakes Way and Sandy Drive and again on Jan. 13 at 12:15 a.m. On Jan. 11 a theft was called at 11:42 p.m. on the 18000 block of Grace Lane, and another on Jan. 12 at 3 a.m. from the 18300 block of Jakes Way.

Saugus
A theft was reported on the 21100 block of Millridge Road on Jan. 13 at 12:45 a.m. Also on Jan. 13 at 2:30 a.m. an alleged theft occurred on the 21100 block of Elder Creek Drive.

Stevenson Ranch
A robbery was reported on Jan. 11 at 11 p.m. on the 25300 block of Chiquella Lane, and two days later, on Jan. 13 at 6:45 a.m., a theft allegedly occurred on the same block.

Santa Clarita
A theft was reported on the corner of Rainbow Glen Drive and Sierra Hwy on Jan. 15 at 4:30 a.m. And on Jan. 15 at 11:55 a.m. there was an alleged theft on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive.

Valencia
A burglary allegedly occurred on Jan. 12 at 11:52 a.m. on the 27600 block of Rutherford Place. And on burglary was also reported on Jan. 14 at 12:11 p.m. on the 24200 block of Valencia Blvd.

Flashing the Peace Sign in Photos Could Lead to Identity Theft

| Police Blotter | January 19, 2017

Social media has had a profound influence on the way we interact with each other in modern society. Facebook gives us instant access to the lives of friends and loved ones who may be hundreds or thousands of miles away and Twitter lets us connect and converse with people we’ve never even met. Along with our newfound sense of inter-connectivity, additional risks have presented themselves, as criminals seek to exploit social media.

For example, talking about an upcoming vacation on social media can put you at risk of burglary, and photographs of bills, receipts or other documents can put personal information out there for anyone to see. Now, researchers at the National Institute of Informatics, or NII, in Japan are warning people that a simple picture of themselves giving the “peace sign” could lead to having an image of their fingerprints stolen.

Cell phone cameras have gotten so powerful in our modern age that the researchers claim that criminals can extract data from high-resolution cell phone photographs and use it to recreate your fingerprints. Artificially-fabricated fingerprints can be used to extract information from devices that use biometric identification, such as an iPhone. According to Professor Isao Echizen of the NII, “Just by casually making the peace sign on camera, fingerprints can become widely available. Fingerprint data can be recreated if fingerprints are in focus with strong lighting in the picture.”

Researchers at the NII were able to get fingerprint data from people giving the peace sign in photographs with good lighting from up to 3 meters away, meaning those who like to take mirror selfies in the bathroom may want to rethink their hand gestures the next time they do.

Fingerprint theft isn’t all that new. In 2013, the Chaos Computer Club was able to lift someone’s physical fingerprint and use a copy to unlock an iPhone. In 2014, a hacker demonstrated the technique that the researchers above are warning about when he copied a German politician’s fingerprints, which were replicated from photos taken in public. The hacker was able to make a 3D mold of the politician’s fingerprints that could be used to unlock an electronic device.

While there aren’t very many biometric identification systems being used right now, the researchers’ findings should serve as a warning that with the ever-increasing sophistication of our security measures, there are criminals out there more than capable of rising to the challenge.

Bad Boys and Girls – Crime in the Neighborhood

| Police Blotter | January 13, 2017

A 21-year-old Quartz Hill man who works with aircraft was arrested for carjacking. Also, an unemployed 30-year-old Castaic man, an unemployed 19-year-old Lancaster man and a 19-year-old Canyon Country woman were charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

An unemployed 23-year-old and a 25-year-old videographer – both from Los Angeles – were picked up for getting credit/another person’s ID.

A 26-year-old computer tech from Placerville was charged with theft of personal property. An unemployed 25-year-old Tujunga man was charged with receiving known stolen property.

A 20-year-old house cleaner from Bakersfield was charged with carrying a concealed weapon on his person and a 43-year-old oil field supervisor from Bakersfield was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle. Also, an unemployed 23-year-old Newhall man was picked up for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

A 23-year-old laborer from Canyon Country was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear.

A 39-year-old realtor from Valencia was charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 48-year-old forklift driver from Newhall was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 37-year-old driver from Santa Clarita was arrested for disobeying a domestic relations court order.

A self-employed 22-year-old Los Angeles man was brought up on charges of obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

A self-employed 22-year-old Saugus woman was brought up on charges of vandalism. A 49-year-old unemployed Valencia man was cited for defacing/damaging property with a value less than $400.

A 28-year-old gardener from Wildomar was picked up for transporting/selling a controlled substance.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
26-year-old unemployed West Hills woman
20-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man
30-year-old mechanic from Canyon Country
52-year-old student from Santa Clarita
22-year-old plumber from Santa Clarita
29-year-old plumber from Canyon Country
22-year-old installer from Canyon Country
30-year-old warehouse associate from Littlerock, Calif.
18-year-old Toys R Us employee from Newhall

DUIs with prior arrests included:
31-year-old Sylmar woman who works in customer service
18-year-old student in Valencia
35-year-old lineman from Rosemond
24-year-old driver from Adelanto, Calif.
21-year-old Northridge man who works in retail
39-year-old worker from Los Angeles
44-year-old bartender from Canyon Country
40-year-old restaurant manager from Castaic
32-year-old X-ray technician from Sun Valley
34-year-old office clerk from Los Angeles
33-year-old construction worker from Pacoima

Castaic
A charge of grand theft auto came in on Jan. 6 at 3:52 a.m. on the 28300 block of Royal Road. On the same day, grand theft was alleged at 3 a.m. on the 31900 block of Gelding Road.

Newhall
Grand theft of a vehicle was reported on Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. on the 25000 block of Walnut Street. On Jan. 7 at 11:45 p.m. a theft was reported on the 21400 block of Grape Lily Circle.

Canyon Country
Grand theft of a vehicle was reported on Jan. 4 at 4:05 p.m. near Drycliff St. and Walnut Springs Ave. On Jan. 9 at 9:12 a.m. a petty theft allegedly occurred on the 18400 block of Sandy Drive.

Saugus
On Jan. 4 at 9:43 p.m. a call came in alleging a theft on the 26200 block of Bouquet Canyon Road. Vehicle grand theft was alleged on Jan. 8 at 12 a.m. on the 26000 block of Bouquet Canyon Road.

Stevenson Ranch
Petty theft was alleged on Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. on the 25300 block of The Old Road. A robbery was reported on Jan. 8 at 1 a.m. on the 24800 block of Pico Canyon Road.

Santa Clarita
A vehicle burglary was reported on Jan. 5 at 4 a.m. near Flo Lane and Rainbow Glen Drive. A theft was alleged on Jan. 10 at 1:37 a.m. near Grape Lily and Valle del Oro.

Valencia
A theft was reported on Jan. 8 at 2:30 a.m. on the 25300 block of Via Donna Christa. A burglary allegedly occurred on Jan. 10 at 2:54 a.m. on the 25800 block of McBean Pkwy.

Violating Parole – The Fast Track Back to Jail

| Police Blotter | January 12, 2017

Recently in Pasadena, police conducted a routine traffic stop on the 1000 block of N. Raymond Ave. When the vehicle pulled over, one of the men exited and quickly fled on foot to a nearby apartment complex, where he handed off a firearm to another individual. Police gave chase and caught up with the fleeing suspect shortly thereafter, and discovered that he still had a firearm in his possession. The driver of the vehicle was also detained, as an additional firearm was found inside the car.

Ultimately, the driver of the car, D. Hannah, the fleeing passenger, M. Robinson, and the suspect to whom he handed a firearm, R. Isham, were all arrested. All three were charged with violating California Penal Code 29800 PC: Felon with a firearm. It was later discovered that Isham was on parole at the time of his arrest.

Both Robinson and Hannah were booked and held at the Los Angeles Inmate Reception Center in lieu of $125,000 bail, which Hannah posted and was released last Saturday. Isham, being on parole, was instead transported to Twin Towers Correctional Facility and no bail amount is currently available.

Most inmates are put on parole once they complete their state prison sentences unless a parole board feels that the inmate would be a threat to public safety. When an inmate is released from prison on parole, they are still under the control of the California Department of Corrections and must agree to living a lifestyle governed by certain restrictions. Some common terms and conditions include:

Consent to being searched by police at any time, without a warrant and with or without cause
Agreeing to live within county limits
Agreeing to register with local authorities if they are required to after conviction as a sex offender, arsonist, or certain drug crimes
Agreeing to conditions relating to specific offenses, such as:
Agreeing to avoid being around or using certain weapons
Using the internet
Being around known gang members

When someone violates the conditions of their parole, they will have to attend a California parole revocation hearing during which it will be decided as to whether or not the defendant will be allowed to remain on parole. The hearings are presided over by a single deputy commissioner of the California Board of Parole Hearings.

If the deputy commissioner decides that the defendant is to be returned to custody for violating parole, the maximum amount of time the defendant can be jailed for is one year. However, if the inmate commits any additional crimes while in jail, their time in custody can be extended up to an additional 12 months.

Local Crime: In the Neighborhood

| Police Blotter | January 6, 2017

Castaic

An assault was reported near Castaic Road and Lake Hughes Road on Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. A petty theft call came in on Dec. 27 at 9:30 p.m. from the 30300 block of Olympic Street. A vehicle burglary was alleged on Dec. 28 at 1 a.m. on the 28300 block of Royal Road. A petty theft was alleged on the 28100 block of Branch Road on Dec. 28 at 2 a.m. On Dec. 28 at 3:45 a.m. a vehicle burglary was reported on the 31900 block of Gelding Road. On Dec. 30 at 2:34 a.m. a charge of grand theft auto was alleged on the 31600 block of Ridge Route Road.

Newhall

Grand theft of a vehicle allegedly occurred on Christmas, Dec. 25 at 4 a.m. on the 24300 block of Arcadia Street. A charge of theft was reported on the 23000 block of Drayton Street on Dec. 26 at 7:30 a.m. And grand theft was reported on the 26900 block of Sierra Highway on Dec. 29 at 4:40 p.m.

Canyon Country

A theft allegedly occurred on Dec. 28 at 9:15 p.m. on the 29600 block of Poppy Meadow Street. On Dec. 29 at 7:30 a.m. a theft charge was called in from the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road and again at 4:40 p.m. on the 26900 block of Sierra Hwy. A burglary was called in from the 26700 block of Isabella Pkwy on Dec. 31 at 12:20 p.m.

Saugus

A nighttime burglary was reported on Dec. 23 at 12:45 a.m. on the 27600 block of Bouquet Canyon Road. And a daytime burglary was called in on Dec. 24 at 6:56 a.m. on the 28400 block of Haskell Canyon Road.

Stevenson Ranch

A vehicle burglary was reported on the 25300 block of Via Arina on Dec. 26 at 4 a.m. And on the same day at 8:45 p.m. a petty theft was reported from the 25200 block of The Old Road. A shoplifting charge was alleged on Dec. 28 at 7:25 p.m. on the 26900 block of The Old Road.

Santa Clarita

A theft from an unlocked auto was called in from the 19500 block of Green Mountain Drive on Dec. 26 at 7:45 a.m. A shoplifting charge was alleged on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive on Dec. 27 at 12:40 p.m. A residential burglary allegedly occurred on Dec. 31 at 12:20 p.m. on the 26700 block of Isabella Pkwy.

Valencia

A theft was reported on Dec. 28 at 4:25 p.m. on the 26400 block of McBean Pkwy. A theft was alleged on Dec. 29 at 1:20 p.m. on the 24100 block of Magic Mtn Pkwy. Also on Dec. 29 a vehicle burglary was reported at 4 a.m. on the 23600 block of Via Madiro.

Bad Boys & Girls 

An unemployed 26-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear. A 28-year-old student from Sacramento was arrested for false imprisonment.

An unemployed 24-year-old Lakewood man was charged with exhibiting/drawing a firearm.

A 29-year-old graphic designer from Valencia was arrested for acquiring an access card in 4-plus names over a 12-month period.

A 31-year-old electrician from Canyon Country, a 22-year-old mechanic from Ventura, and a 27-year-old disabled Hialeah, Fla. man were arrested for forgery/counterfeiting a driver’s license/ID card. A 36-year-old tattoo artist from Monrovia was charged with driving with a suspended/revoked license.

An unemployed 40-year-old Santa Clarita man was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

An unemployed 27-year-old Elk Grove woman was picked up for theft of personal property.

An unemployed 52-year-old Santa Clarita man was charged with disobeying a domestic relations court order.

An unemployed 30-year-old San Fernando woman was charged with defacing/damaging property valued at less than $400.

An unemployed 27-year-old Newhall man was picked up for possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

48-year-old unemployed Newhall man

52-year-old Acton woman who never worked

37-year-old car washer from Newhall

25-year-old dog groomer from Santa Barbara

29-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man

A 38-year-old sales manager from Santa Clarita and a 41-year-old Newbury Park man who refused to give his occupation were brought up on charges of battery against a former spouse.

An unemployed 61-year-old Acton man was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/addict, etc.

 

DUIs with prior arrests included:

34-year-old construction worker from Lake Balboa

37-year-old landscaper from Bakersfield

22-year-old car salesman from Saugus

32-year-old painter from Lawndale

20-year-old student from Valencia

23-year-old buser from Saugus

31-year-old splitter from Pacoima

62-year-old laborer from Santa Clarita

58-year-old baker from Simi Valley

25-year-old mother from Castaic

24-year-old DJ from Los Angeles

29-year-old unemployed man from El Sobrante, Calif.

20-year-old retail salesman from Valencia

23-year-old childcare teacher from Los Angeles

30-year-old surgical tech from Bakersfield

47-year-old receptionist from Granada Hills

Resisting Arrest – California Penal Code 148 (a)(1) PC

| Police Blotter | January 5, 2017

In the media, when someone is shown to be resisting arrest, the scene usually involves an officer or two attempting to put handcuffs on a suspect while the arrestee struggles to be free. This is certainly one way an individual can be charged with resisting arrest, but the reality of the law is that it covers many more instances than you may think.

California Penal Code 148(a)(1) PC covers resisting arrest, which is described as “willfully resisting, delaying, or otherwise obstructing a law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician (EMT) while they are performing or attempting to perform their duties.” In the case of law enforcement; arresting someone is clearly one of their duties, but 148(a)(1) PC also includes traveling to and from a crime scene or accident, interviewing people while investigating a crime, and monitoring a suspect who is in custody. What this all means is that it’s possible to be charged with resisting arrest even if you aren’t actually being arrested at the time.

For example, people can be charged with resisting arrest for giving law enforcement a false name when they are interviewed about a crime, hassling officers who are trying to arrest someone else, or impeding the progress of a police or EMT’s vehicle on the way to their destination. Basically, resisting arrest can be charged whenever someone obstructs the law enforcement or EMTs from performing their duties.

Interestingly, 148(a)(1) PC only makes it illegal to obstruct an officer or EMT from performing his/her duties in a way that is lawful. Therefore, if an individual were to obstruct an officer or EMT from performing duties unlawfully, the individual would not be subject to charges under California’s resisting arrest law. That being said, it can be extremely difficult to decide in the moment if a police officer or an EMT is performing his/her duties unlawfully. As such, it’s usually best not to interfere and, if you believe something was done unlawfully, to report it rather than intervene yourself. Those who attempt to intervene may not find themselves being charged with resisting arrest – especially if they intervene physically. Instead, they could be facing charges of PC 240 assault or PC 243(b) battery on a police officer.

Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor in California, and the possible penalties include up to one year in county jail, a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or probation.

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