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Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | 2 mins ago

In the Neighborhood

Saugus

A petty theft was reported on the 20100 block of Gina Court on June 14 at 2 p.m. And at 5 p.m. the same day a vehicle grand theft was called in from the 20400 block of Alaminos Drive.

Valencia

On June 16 at 4:43 a.m. a burglary was reported on the 24200 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy. On June 17 at 1:50 p.m. a burglary allegedly occurred on the 24200 block of Valencia Blvd. And on June 18 at 3:45 a.m. a vehicle burglary was reported on the 24100 block of Tango Drive.

Newhall

A vehicle grand theft allegedly occurred on June 13 at 10:34 a.m. on the 20600 block of Placerita Canyon, and another occured on June 15 at 6:50 p.m. on the 20500 block of Newhall Avenue.

Canyon Country

On June 17 there were two vehicle grand thefts reported on the 18000 block of Grace Lane — one at 3:07 a.m. and another at 5:27 a.m.

Castaic

An aggravated assault allegedly occurred on June 11 at 1:25 p.m. and June 12 at 12:20 p.m. on the 29300 block of The Old Road.

Santa Clarita

Vehicle grand theft was reported on the 24600 block of Wayman Street on June 13 at 8:50 a.m. Another vehicle grand theft was reported on June 18 at 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Dolan and Sierra Hwy.

Stevenson Ranch

Bad Boys & Girls 

A petty theft was called in on June 16 at 10:37 p.m. near the corner of Stevenson Ranch Pkwy and Steinbeck Avenue. A residential burglary was reported on the 25500 block of Hemingway Avenue on June 18 at 3:01 a.m.

A 35-year-old Valencia man who refused to give his occupation was arrested for possessing/distributing obscene material/child pornography. And a 24-year-old server from Canyon Country was arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury/death.

A 36-year-old unemployed Valencia woman, a 35-year-old software industry worker from Saugus, an unemployed 54-year-old Saugus man, an 18-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman, and a 32-year-old fashion retailer from Santa Clarita were arrested for battery against a former spouse. A 56-year-old painter from Santa Clarita and a 25-year-old retail employee from Los Angeles were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 24-year-old iron worker from Saugus was charged with making criminal threats.

A 22-year-old laborer from North Hills was picked up for robbery. An unemployed 21-year-old Santa Clarita woman was charged with burglary. An unemployed 57-year-old Sylmar man was cited for entering/occupying a property without consent.

An unemployed 23-year-old Newhall man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance while with a loaded firearm. An unemployed 54-year-old Newhall man and an unemployed 29-year-old Santa Clarita man were picked up for possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance were brought against:

47-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man

34-year-old unemployed Val Verde man

30-year-old construction worker form Simi Valley

27-year-old welder from Pacoima

DUIs with prior arrests included:

21-year-old construction worker from Stevenson Ranch

50-year-old construction worker from Valencia

18-year-old actor from Valencia

22-year-old construction worker from Bell Gardens

24-year-old writer from Palmdale

25-year-old server from Canyon Country

34-year-old chef from Laguna Beach

21-year-old server from Whittier

20-year-old mechanic from Palmdale

30-year-old Lancaster landscaper

65-year-old business analyst from North Hollywood

29-year-old CNC operator from Saugus

44-year-old receiver from Sylmar

 

Local Crime, Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | June 15, 2017

Local Crime: In the Neighborhood 

Saugus

On June 8 at 2 a.m. an alleged grand theft occurred on the 28800 block of Willow Tree Court. A petty theft allegedly occurred on June 8 at 3:30 a.m. on the 29100 block of Valley Oak Place.

Valencia

Vehicle grand theft was reported on June 9 at 12:50 a.m. on the 25100 block of Avenue Stanford. On June 10 at 10:30 p.m. a burglary was reported on the 24800 block of Riverchase Drive.

Newhall

A petty theft was reported on the 74800 block of Newhall Avenue on June 10 at 8:30 a.m. A vehicle grand theft allegedly occurred on the 20600 block of Placerita Canyon on June 13 at 10:34 a.m.

Canyon Country

A vehicle grand theft was reported on June 9 at 5:30 p.m. on the 27200 block of Luther Drive. On June 12 at 2:10 a.m. a burglary allegedly occurred on the 18700 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Castaic

An assault was reported on the 29300 block of The Old Road on June 4 at 3:30 p.m. A vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on June 8 at 11:17 a.m. on the 31700 block of Castaic Road.

Santa Clarita

An aggravated assault was reported on June 6 at 7:45 p.m. on the 22200 block of Park Street. On both June 7 at 8:45 p.m. and on June 8 at 3:30 a.m. a petty theft was reported on the 29100 block of Valley Oak Place.

Stevenson Ranch

An alleged shoplifting occurred on June 6 at 4:37 p.m. on the 25800 block of The Old Road. A petty theft allegedly occurred on June 9 at 2:08 p.m. on the 25400 block of The Old Road.

Bad Boys & Girls 

A 25-year-old pan handler from Oxnard was cited for giving a false ID to a peace officer. A 39-year-old sales manager from Canyon Country was arrested for making loud/unreasonable noise.

A 29-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country was charged with contempt of court-disobeying a court order. And a 52-year-old Santa Clarita transient was arrested for disobeying a domestic relations court order.

An unemployed 25-year-old Castaic man was arrested for preventing/dissuading a witness/victim from a repo.

A 39-year-old transient from L.A. was picked up for possession of a firearm with narcotics. An unemployed 24-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon/addict.

A 32-year-old medical worker from Newhall was charged with driving with a license that was suspended/revoked for another reason.

A 45-year-old Aramark employee from Sylmar was arrested for battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse. A 58-year-old roofer from Frazier Park was brought up on charges of corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 27-year-old installer from Valencia and a 34-year-old pool tech from Stevenson Ranch were each arrested for burglary.

A 36-year-old Muay Thai instructor from La Mirada was picked up for selling/offering to sell or transport marijuana.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

28-year-old valet from Castaic

20-year-old unemployed Bakersfield man

29-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man

42-year-old waitress from Canyon Country

22-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man

23-year-old landscaper from Newhall

32-year-old tree trimmer from Newhall

24-year-old unemployed Newhall man

24-year-old mechanic from Newhall

DUIs with prior arrests included:

33-year-old unemployed San Leandro woman

30-year-old cashier from Canyon Country

50-year-old windshield repair man from Palmdale

53-year-old waiter from Castaic

23-year-old caregiver from Palmdale

28-year-old production assistant from Canyon Country

24-year-old unemployed Palmdale woman

35-year-old laborer from Palmdale

23-year-old unemployed Valencia woman

26-year-old product builder from Arleta

38-year-old advisor from Valencia

 

 

 

 

 

Jail Time for Those Caught with Explosive Devices

| Police Blotter | June 15, 2017

California Penal Code 18710 PC makes it illegal to possess any destructive device. These include grenades, explosive missiles, bombs, projectiles containing any kind of explosive material and certain rockets and rocket-type projectiles. Under PC 18710, the purpose of possession is irrelevant, and it’s possible to be charged with a crime, even if the suspect had no intention of using it in any way.

Law enforcement officers with the LAPD and FBI recently served a search warrant at an apartment in the Pico-Robertson area to look for signs of dangerous materials. The investigators brought with them members of the bomb squad, as well as the hazmat team. Authorities received a tip about hazardous materials being sent through the mail, and investigators were there to search for and seize any illegal contraband.

During the search, investigators were unable to locate any hazardous materials or contraband, but did arrest three people on suspicion of possession of an explosive device. Terror investigators at the scene said there was no indication that there was any link to terrorist activities. They did not specify which explosive device was in the possession of the suspects.

In order to be charged with violating PC 18710, an individual must know that they possess the device, and know that it was a destructive device. Suppose an individual inherits a home from a recently deceased relative who was in the military and fought in the Vietnam War. In the attic was a live, unexploded tank shell that the relative took home as a trophy. If, for whatever reason, the shell was discovered by law enforcement and the recent inheritor of the home had no idea it was there, then they would likely not be charged for violating PC 18710. Additionally, if the inheritor of the property did know it was there, but didn’t know what it was or didn’t know that it was live, then it’s not likely they would be charged.

Penal Code 18710 PC is a “wobbler,” meaning that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s prior criminal history. If charged as a misdemeanor, the potential penalties include up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Felony charges carry the possible penalties of 16 months to 3 years in California state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Interestingly, judges may not sentence those convicted under PC 18710 to probation instead of jail or prison. Thus, individuals convicted of this crime face mandatory jail time.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | June 8, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Newhall

Aggravated assault was reported on June 3 at 2 a.m. on the corner of 5th Street and Pine Street in Newhall.

Two residential burglaries occurred in Newhall: one on June 3 at 10:30 a.m. on the 24100 block of Newhall Avenue, and the other on June 4 at 8:30 a.m. on the 22900 block of Market Street in Newhall.

Valencia

Two vehicle burglaries were reported in Valencia on June 4: the first on the 29100 block of Mission Trail at 2:45 a.m., and the second on the 24000 block of Via Vizcaya at 5:15 a.m.

Shoplifting was alleged on the 28000 block of Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia on June 5 at 11:54 a.m.

Canyon Country

Grand theft vehicle of an automobile/passenger van was reported on the 26800 block of Hummingbird Circle in Canyon Country on June 3 at 1:10 a.m.

Saugus

On June 3, petty theft was alleged on the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road at 1:30 p.m. Grand theft from a boat, plane, private residence, yard, etc. was alleged on June 4 at 9:30 a.m. on the 22500 block of Soledad Canyon Road in Saugus.

Petty theft was alleged on the 24200 block of Valencia Boulevard on June 5 at 5:40 p.m.

Santa Clarita

Grand theft from an unlocked auto was called in on June 6 at 12:21 a.m. from the 29100 block of Reuther Avenue.

Castaic

On June 2, arson was reported at the intersection of Castaic Road and Ridge Route Road in Castaic at 9:40 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch

A strong-arm robbery occurred on June 2 at 3:25 p.m. on the 25800 block of The Old Road. On June 4 at 1:15 p.m., a vehicle burglary was alleged on the 26000 block of Bates Place.

Bad Boys & Girls

An unemployed 35-year-old Northridge woman was arrested for burglary.

An unemployed 21-year-old Gardena man was cited for theft of personal property. And a 31-year-old florist from Canyon Country was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 24-year-old tech from Pasadena was brought up on charges of disobeying a domestic relations court order. A 33-year-old cashier from Newhall was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. An unemployed 61-year-old Newhall man, a self-employed 65-year-old Castaic man, and a 22-year-old Valencia man who refused to give his occupation were brought up on charges of battery on a former spouse.

A 56-year-old paralegal and a 34-year-old teacher from Canyon Country were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 37-year-old artist from Canyon Country was cited for refusing to leave a property upon request of the owner, and an unemployed 22-year-old Palmdale man was picked up for unauthorized entry of a non-commercial dwelling.

A 34-year-old house dog sitter from Newhall and a 49-year-old Newhall man who works in property maintenance were each arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury.

An unemployed 26-year-old Santa Clarita man was arrested for arson of a structure or forest land.

A 26-year-old Bakersfield man who works in the oil industry was arrested for a felony for his fourth DUI.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

38-year-old technician from Sun Valley

50-year-old contractor from Canyon Country

46-year-old laborer from California City

25-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country

42-year-old driver from Inglewood

26-year-old farm laborer from Stockton

90-year-old retired Moorpark man

25-year-old retail specialist from Castaic

28-year-old tutor from Canyon Country

28-year-old gardener from Los Angeles

38-year-old painter from Los Angeles

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

26-year-old laborer from Valencia

29-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man

40-year-old construction worker from

Santa Clarita

31-year-old cook from Santa Clarita

 

 

New Bill Restricting Gun Ownership for Hate Crime Offenders

| Police Blotter | June 8, 2017

A new bill that has been put forward banning those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing firearms is making its way around the state government. The bill would essentially restrict gun ownership for those convicted of committing misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing a gun for 10 years after their conviction. Known as the “Disarm Hate Act,” if passed, the bill would take away the gun rights of individuals convicted of vandalizing places of worship, or when committing a crime against another person based on that person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

What is a Hate Crime?

According to California Law, a person’s motivation for committing a crime will come into play when it’s suspected that the crime was committed against a person or group due to their inclusion in one of the aforementioned categories. When someone commits a crime against another and is motivated to do so by that person’s inclusion in a protected group, it’s possible for them to receive a stiffer penalty if they’re convicted.

Hate crimes can vary from the relatively mild, such as vandalizing a synagogue or mosque, to severe cases of assault or murder. The bill currently making its way through the state government deals only with hate crimes charged as misdemeanors. When a hate crime is charged as a misdemeanor, it will often be a case of interfering with an individual of one or more of the aforementioned groups’ legal or constitutional rights, or damaging or destroying their property. More serious hate crimes, like assault, are usually charged as felonies. By themselves, misdemeanor hate crimes carry the possible penalties of summary probation, up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to 400 hours of community service.

Proponents of the bill claim that hate crimes are on the rise (as does the FBI), and that low-level misdemeanor hate crimes are often precursors to more serious crimes in the future. Detractors of the bill believe that, if enacted, the bill would lead to a loss of gun rights for committing petty crimes. According to Josh Deaser of Just Guns, his organization is worried people will lose their gun rights for simply shouting a racial slur, or declaring they dislike one political candidate and prefer another.

Currently, in the state of California, those who are prohibited from owning firearms are:
-Those convicted of certain misdemeanors
-People who suffer from mental illness
-Drug addicts
-Convicted felons
-Anyone under 18

The proposed bill would simply add to this list individuals who are convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes. The bill passed in Assembly and is currently before a public safety committee.

Neighborhood Crime and Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | June 2, 2017

Saugus
A vehicle grand theft was reported on May 27 at 8:07 a.m. on the 20200 block of Werren Place. On May 28 at 6:50 p.m. a petty theft was reported from the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road.

Valencia
Grand theft from an unlocked auto was alleged on May 28 at 3:30 a.m. on the 26900 block of Boulder Crest Drive. And at 4:45 a.m. on the same day, a vehicle burglary was reported on the 28500 block of Westinghouse Place.

Newhall
Theft from an auto/passenger van allegedly occurred on the 23700 block of Valle del Oro on May 26 at 9 a.m. A petty theft was reported on May 29 at 2:30 p.m. on the 23400 block of Lyons Avenue.

Canyon Country
Grand theft of a vehicle was alleged on May 29 at 4:07 p.m. on the 17500 block of Harris Way. And another vehicle grand theft allegedly occurred on May 29 at 9:30 p.m. on the 18300 block of Sandy Drive.

Castaic
On May 26 at 8:40 p.m. a vehicle burglary was reported on the 31700 block of Castaic Road. An aggravated assault allegedly occurred on May 27 at 4:45 p.m. on the 27600 block of Elk Ridge Road.

Santa Clarita
A petty theft was reported on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive on May 27 at 4:30 p.m. A vehicle grand theft allegedly occurred on May 29 at 9 p.m. on the 18600 block of Via Princessa.

Stevenson Ranch
A vehicle burglary was reported on May 26 at 1 a.m. on the 25800 block of Blake Court. And on May 27 at 1 p.m. a charge of shoplifting was called in from the 25800 block of The Old Road.

Police Blotter

An 18-year-old construction worker from Newhall was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm: gang member.

A 21-year-old fabricator from Canyon Country was arrested for kidnapping. A 43-year-old Los Angeles woman and a 49-year-old laborer from Lancaster were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. And a 26-year-old warehouse worker from Rosemead was picked up for battery against a former spouse.

A 31-year-old construction worker from Sylmar was brought in for violation of felony parole.

An unemployed 20-year-old Palmdale man was arrested for participating in an illegal speed contest.

An unemployed 40-year-old Santa Clarita man was charged with driving with a license that was suspended/revoked for another reason. And a Tennessee couple — a 32-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man — were charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 29-year-old gardener from Canyon Country man was arrested for burglary. An unemployed 30-year-old Frazier Park man and an unemployed 25-year-old Lancaster man were arrested for acquiring access to a card in more than four names in a 12-month period. And a 23-year-old packer from Acton was arrested for passing false checks/receipts/certificates, etc. Also, an unemployed 19-year-old Valencia woman was cited for receiving known stolen property valued at $950 or more.

A 29-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch man, a 42-year-old bookseller from Saugus, an unemployed 27-year-old Canyon Country woman, a 29-year-old construction worker from Garden Grove and an unemployed 23-year-old from Canyon Country were charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A 34-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch man and an unemployed 24-year-old Valencia woman were picked up for possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
45-year-old self-employed Valencia man
24-year-old Valencia man who works in parts inventory
22-year-old loader from Palmdale
40-year-old handyman from Lancaster
21-year-old Valley Glen man who works in the loan industry
40-year-old construction worker from Long Beach
57-year-old contractor from Malibu

Arson and its Unintended Consequences

| Police Blotter | June 1, 2017

A fire was reported in the early morning hours of Monday, May 29 in Agua Dulce. Firefighters arrived on the scene to discover a house and a barn completely engulfed in flames, with fire damaging several surrounding acres of land. At about 4 a.m., an hour after they arrived, firefighters had the fires extinguished. The home and barn were a total loss, and four acres surrounding the property were severely burned.

Arson inspectors had been called to the scene around 8:30 a.m. and after inspecting the scene, said they suspected arson. Upon their declaration, deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department called in the LASD arson/explosives team to investigate further. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Arson is covered under California penal codes 451 PC and 452 PC. Penal Code 451 PC is the more severe and is described as “willfully or maliciously setting fire to a building, land, or other property.” Penal Code 452 PC, often referred to as “reckless burning” is described as “recklessly setting fire to a building, land or other property.” The major difference between the two laws is the suspect’s state of mind.

California Penal Code 451 PC, aka “malicious arson,” is always charged as a felony. The possible penalties include 16 months to three years in California state prison for malicious arson of personal property, 2-6 years for malicious arson of a structure or forest land, 3-8 years for malicious arson of an inhabited structure or inhabited property, and 5-9 years for malicious arson that causes great bodily injury.

California Penal Code 452 PC, aka «reckless burning,” is usually charged as a misdemeanor with the possible penalties of a fine of up to $1,000 and/or six months in county jail. If the property burned is a structure, forest land, or causes great bodily injury, the crime becomes a “wobbler,” which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

No matter where one lives, arson is a serious and dangerous crime. In certain dry areas, such as Southern California, it can be particularly disastrous. Fires, whether they qualify as arson or reckless burning can quickly and easily get out of control.

As we move into summer this year, the potential threat of fires will only become greater. Uncontrolled brush fires can move toward inhabited areas and threaten homes, structures, and even take the lives of firefighters tasked with extinguishing them. Additionally, raging fires scorch the ground and alter the state of the soil, making rainfall in the following years much more dangerous, as the ground doesn’t absorb water as well as it should, creating floods and mudslides that threaten additional homes. Let’s all do our best to keep fire safety at the top of minds this coming summer.

Local Crime and Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | May 26, 2017

Saugus
On May 19 at 12:30 p.m. a theft was reported on the 26400 block of Bouquet Canyon Road. And on May 20 at 10 p.m. a petty theft was reported on the 19800 block of Christopher Lane.

Valencia
On May 19 at 2 a.m. a theft was reported on the 27000 block of Clarence Court. And a theft was reported on May 21 at 1:22 p.m. on the 24200 block of Valencia Blvd.

Newhall
A theft was reported on the 23500 block of The Old Road on May 19 at 1 a.m. And another theft was reported on the same day at 6:52 a.m. on the 24300 block of The Old Road.

Canyon Country
A vehicle grand theft was reported on the 19600 block of Drycliff St. on May 19 at 5:25 a.m. And an alleged grand theft of a vehicle occurred on May 21 at 11:33 a.m. near Sandy Drive and Sierra Hwy.

Castaic
An alleged assault occurred on the 28600 block of Black Oak Lane on May 15 at 11:30 p.m., and a vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on the 31000 block of The Old Road on May 17 at 6:30 a.m.

Santa Clarita
A vehicle burglary was reported at 8:52 a.m. on May 20 on the 26400 block of Golden Valley Road. And a petty theft allegedly occurred on the same day at 10:15 p.m. on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive.

Stevenson Ranch
On May 18 at 4:30 a.m. near the 5 Fwy and Magic Mountain Pkwy theft from a boat, plane or private residence allegedly occurred. A burglary was reported on the 25600 block of The Old Road on May 18 at 6:20 p.m.

Police Blotter

A 25-year-old cashier from Valencia was charged with evading a police officer, disregarding safety. And a 33-year-old Simi Valley electrician was arrested for showing a false ID to a peace officer. A 22-year-old Valencia man was charged with obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

A 49-year-old mobile mechanic from Burbank was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. And a 33-year-old plumber from Canyon Country was arrested for battery against a former spouse.

A 33-year-old Santa Clarita woman who works for Shell was arrested for grand theft of money/property valued at greater than $400. A 32-year-old gardener from Palmdale was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 25-year-old Santa Clarita transient was arrested for burglary.

A 45-year-old service clerk from Newhall, an unemployed 25-year-old Canyon Country woman and a 26-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man were each charged with theft of personal property.

A 21-year-old Valencia student was charged with receiving known stolen property with a value higher than $950.

A 29-year-old singer from Glendale was charged with possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

Two unemployed Canyon Country residents — a 53-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman—were cited for possession of a controlled substance for sale. And an unemployed 57-year-old Santa Clarita man was arrested for maintaining a place to sell controlled substance. A couple of Reedley field workers in their 30s were arrested for the sale/offer to sell/transport marijuana.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
20-year-old unemployed Tujunga woman
24-year-old unemployed Castaic woman
24-year-old welder from Sylmar
37-year-old unemployed Winnetka man
27-year-old sales rep from Woodland Hills
18-year-old construction worker from Arleta
19-year-old Canyon Country man who vacuums vehicles
35-year-old unemployed Newhall man
23-year-old houseman from Reseda
30-year-old unemployed Saugus
24-year-old construction worker from Culver City
37-year-old unemployed Orange County man

DUIs with prior arrests included:
20-year-old unemployed Tujunga man
55-year-old Somis man
46-year-old teacher from Saugus

SB 10 and AB 42 – Should Criminals Be Released Without Bail and No Oversight? Bail Reform is Just Bad for Californians

| Police Blotter | May 25, 2017

The Alliance of California Judges recently came out in strong opposition to both Assembly Bill 42 and Senate Bill 10. Both bills are identical and seek to completely eliminate bail and replace it with a computer program that determines a defendant’s risk and tells judges whether or not a defendant is to be released or kept in jail. According to their statement, the Alliance of California Judges warns that the bills are far too radical, and the ramifications for the court system, as well as the public, would be disastrous.

At the heart of the matter is the issue that some feel that a monetary bail system treats those who cannot afford bail differently than those who can. Proponents of bail reform would have the public believe that the poor languish in jail month after month, while the rich are able to be out as quickly as they got in. What they don’t tell you is that judges already take a person’s ability to pay for bail into consideration during a bail hearing. When someone isn’t of sound financial means, judges can — and often do — reduce the defendant’s bail amount or eliminate their bail entirely and release the defendant on their own recognizance.

Sometimes, a judge will require certain conditions to be followed for an inmate to be released on their own recognizance. The conditions could include regular check-ins with law enforcement, monitoring via bracelet or anklet, and/or travel restrictions. Under SB 10 and AB 42, the computer, not the judge, will be deciding who gets released and who does not; and that’s one of the major issues that the Alliance of California Judges has. Under these bills, individuals charged with crimes like identity theft, selling drugs, vandalism, and burglary (both commercial and residential) would be released on their own recognizance without any conditions, instead of remaining in custody pending bail or ordered to follow specific conditions set forward by a judge.

Lastly, a judge would only be able to set conditions for bail or pre-trial release after a hearing; otherwise, the defendant would be automatically released on their own recognizance. Prosecutors, aware of the danger to the public that suspected drug dealers, identity thieves and burglars (among others) pose, would more than likely request many of these hearings. The additional hearings would clog the already congested court system and bring proceedings to a standstill.

Proposition 64: The Legalization of Marijuana in California

| Police Blotter | May 19, 2017

On November 8, 2016, historic Proposition 64 was passed legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the State of California. The law makes it legal for people age 21 and over to possess small amounts of marijuana and concentrated cannabis. It also legalizes the sale of marijuana by individuals with the proper licensure.

For many, the law was a long time coming. The medicinal use of marijuana was legalized in 1996, and possession of up to one ounce of the drug was treated merely as an infraction by law enforcement, provided it was for personal use only. Thus, if someone was found to be in possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, the penalty would be a fine and not jail time.

After the passage of Proposition 64, adults age 21 and over can legally possess and use marijuana without worry of winding up on the wrong side of the law. Prop 64 isn’t a free pass, though, and there are some restrictions. For example, one may only legally possess up to 28.5 grams, or just over an ounce, of marijuana or four grams of concentrated cannabis. Anyone who is found to be in possession of more than this can be charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to up to six months in county jail and/or a $500 fine.

The legalization of marijuana under Prop 64 only applies to those 21 and over. If anyone under the age of 21 is found to be in possession of marijuana, it’s still an infraction, the penalties for which include drug counseling, community service and/or a fine.

In terms of growing marijuana, an individual may be allowed to grow up to six plants. If they are found to be growing more, they will be charged with a misdemeanor. Before Proposition 64, it would be a felony offense with a harsher penalty. Since it’s now a misdemeanor, the possible penalties include up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Lastly, it’s still illegal to sell marijuana under Proposition 64 unless you are licensed to do so. The licenses will be issued by the Bureau of Marijuana Control, a new area of government created by the proposition’s passage. Anyone found to be selling marijuana or transporting it for sale without a license to do so will be charged with a crime. Like growing marijuana, the sale of, or transporting marijuana for sale without a license was previously a felony. Now a misdemeanor under Prop 64, the penalties include up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

 

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | May 18, 2017

 

In the Neighborhood

Saugus
A petty theft was alleged on May 10 at 3:12 p.m. on the 28100 block of Bobwhite Circle, and again on the same block the next day at 12:15 a.m.

Valencia
A case of vehicle grand theft was alleged on May 10 at 1:45 a.m. near Avenida Rotella and Orchard Village. Also on May 10, a petty theft was reported on the 23900 block of Decoro Drive at 11:52 a.m.

Newhall
Grand theft of a boat, plane, private residence, yard, etc. was reported on May 11 at 11:30 p.m. on the 22500 block of 9th Street. On May 12 at 5:15 a.m. a strong-arm robbery was reported near 15th Street and Railroad Avenue.

Canyon Country
A strong-arm robbery was reported near Nadal Street and Whites Canyon Road on May 13 at 9:30 p.m. And on May 14 at 6 p.m. an alleged theft occurred on the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Castaic
An alleged assault occurred on May 9 at 7:30 a.m. on the 31500 block of Castaic Road. And on May 13 at 2 a.m. a petty theft was reported on the 31600 block of Castaic Road.

Santa Clarita
A residential burglary was reported on the 26900 block of Flo Lane on May 10 at 2:17 a.m. Also on May 10, a vehicle burglary was reported on the 22000 block of Windham Way at 11:25 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch
There was a perpetrator search/chase by authorities searching for a residential strong arm burglary suspect, which ended with a K9 flushing out the suspect on May 15 at 6:49 a.m.

Bad Boys & Girls

An unemployed 52-year-old Santa Clarita man was charged with fighting in a public place.

An unemployed 30-year-old Val Verde man was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear.

A 21-year-old medical assistant from Monrovia was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury.

A 20-year-old nanny and a 25-year-old electrician from Newhall were both arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 43-year-old grip from Val Verde was picked up for battery against a former spouse.

A 32-year-old transient from Santa Clarita was picked up for disorderly conduct/loitering on private property. A 32-year-old auto detailer from Canyon Country and a 23-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man were both charged with vandalism.

A 47-year-old tattoo artist from Canyon Country was charged with driving with a license that was suspended/revoked for another reason. And a 41-year-old mover from Newhall was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

An unemployed 32-year-old Castaic man was charged with forgery/counterfeiting a public corporate seal.

A 53-year-old painter from Pasadena and an unemployed 18-year-old Santa Clarita man were charged with attempted burglary, and an unemployed 23-year-old Canyon Country woman was arrested for burglary.
A 44-year-old unemployed Saugus man was arrested for unlawful mail theft. And an unemployed 61-year-old from Santa Clarita was charged with theft of personal property.

A 24-year-old Santa Clarita transient was brought up on charges of possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia. A self-employed 44-year-old Santa Clarita man and a 24-year-old student from Santa Clarita were picked up for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. A 37-year-old welder from Little Rock, Calif. was picked up for possession/purchase of a controlled substance for sale.

DUIs with prior arrests include:
47-year-old realtor from Valencia
57-year-old self-employed Los Angeles man
58-year-old barber from Sunland
22-year-old machine operator from Palmdale
60-year-old self-employed Sherman Oaks man
21-year-old construction worker from Los Angeles
36-year-old fuel technician from Panorama City

Local Crime and Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | May 12, 2017

Saugus
A grand theft vehicle call came in on May 8 at 6:30 a.m. from the 28900 block of Garnet Canyon. Also on May 8, at 10:07 a.m. a vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road.

Valencia
A residential burglary was called in from the 26800 block of Greenleaf Court on May 5 at 1:30 a.m. And an alleged grand theft of a vehicle occurred on May 7 at 9:37 p.m. on the 27200 block of Rosemont Lane.

Newhall
A vehicle burglary was reported on May 6 at 8:15 a.m. on the 24300 block of The Old Road. On May 7 there was another vehicle theft reported on the 24700 block of Newhall Avenue.

Canyon Country
An alleged shoplifting occurred on the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road on May 4 at 4 p.m. And a bicycle was allegedly stolen on the 27300 block of Sierra Hwy on May 7 at 6 a.m.

Castaic
A vehicle burglary was reported on May 6 at 1 a.m. on the 28600 block of Applewood Lane. And another vehicle burglary was called in on the same day at 2:30 a.m. on the 28600 block of Meadowgrass Drive.

Santa Clarita
A vehicle burglary was called in on May 7 at 1 a.m. on the 18600 block of Pad Court. A petty theft call came in on May 4 at 2:30 p.m. on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive.

Stevenson Ranch
A vehicle burglary was reported on the 24900 block of Pico Canyon Road on May 6 at 11:45 a.m. And on May 7 there was allegedly another vehicle burglary on the 25300 block of The Old Road.
An unemployed 24-year-old Sun Valley man was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear. An unemployed 18-year-old Castaic man was charged with carrying a concealed dirk or dagger on his person.

A 28-year-old Canyon Country car washer was arrested for attempted robbery. An unemployed 21-year-old Palmdale man was arrested for robbery. A 20-year-old mechanic from Canyon Country was arrested for possession of burglary tools. A 24-year-old construction worker from Westchester, Calif. was picked up for manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles. And an unemployed 20-year-old Lancaster man was cited for possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to assault another.

A 32-year-old self-employed Valencia man, a 29-year-old construction worker from Pacoima and an unemployed 30-year-old Canyon Country man were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 25-year-old waiter from Canyon Country was charged with vandalism. And three unemployed Canyon Country residents—a 35-year-old man, a 35-year-old woman and a 27-year-old woman—were cited for entering/remaining on posted property.

An unemployed 35-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested and held without bail for violation of parole for a felony. An unemployed 21-year-old Santa Clarita woman was arrested for being an accessory after the fact for a known felon.

A 47-year-old sculptor from Saugus was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

A 20-year-old construction worker and a 20-year-old painter — both from Anaheim — were picked up for possession/purchase of a controlled substance for sale. And two San Bernardino men—a 39-year-old field worker and a 29-year-old salesman—were arrested for transporting/selling a controlled substance.

A 33-year-old security guard from Tarzana was booked for driving without a license. A 27-year-old painter from Santa Clarita was cited for driving with a license that was suspended/revoked for another reason.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
35-year-old cook from Newhall
23-year-old cook from Santa Clarita
41-year-old gardener from San Fernando
40-year-old carpenter from Long Beach

Reducing Felonies to Misdemeanor

| Police Blotter | May 11, 2017

Being convicted of a felony offense is an unfortunate turn of events for anyone. Not only does a person face time in state prison, but having a felony conviction on your record can result in lifelong consequences when looking for a job, a loan or wishing to purchase a firearm, and even affect your eligibility for certain licensure.

Fortunately, it’s possible to have a felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor under certain circumstances.

To have a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor, two things have to happen.

The first is that the felony needs to be a “wobbler,” and the second is that the defendant needs to have been sentenced to probation, as opposed to jail time.
In California, a “wobbler” is a crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, if a person is charged with vandalism and the damage to the property is $400 or more, the crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Felonies that are not “wobblers” are known as “straight felonies” and can only be charged as felonies. These crimes are ineligible for reduction to misdemeanors.

The second condition is that the defendant must have been sentenced to probation. Their sentence cannot include prison time, and they cannot have been found in violation of their probation, nor have had their probation denied by a judge. Additionally, for those convicted of felonies and serve their time in county jail instead of state prison, their time served counts as state prison time for the purpose of determining eligibility for a charge reduction.

A “wobbler” that was charged as a felony can be reduced by a judge at one of three points: after the preliminary hearing, the time of felony sentencing, or after the defendant has completed his/her felony probation.

Having a felony reduced to a misdemeanor doesn’t always happen automatically, particularly when a defendant has completed his/her felony probation. Individuals who have questions about themselves, a friend, or loved one regarding the status of a charge should speak with a criminal law attorney.

A Sting Nets Several Arrested for California 288.4 PC

| Police Blotter | May 5, 2017

On April 27, four men were arrested after they allegedly showed up at a Santa Clarita motel to engage in sexual intercourse with underage minors they believed to be between 14 and 16. Fortunately, there were never any girls. The arrests were the result of a sting operation conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Taskforce.

As part of the taskforce, officers posted ads on Craigslist.com and Backpage.com posing as minors. The men responded to the ads and agreed to meet at a Santa Clarita motel to engage in sexual activity. Once they arrived, the men were arrested and charged with arranging and showing up to a meeting with a minor for the purpose of having sexual contact — a felony. One suspect was charged with an additional crime when he was found to be in possession of ecstasy.

Arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of having sexual contact is covered under California Penal Code 288.4 PC. In order to be charged with this crime, a person must:

  • Arrange a meeting with a minor
  • While motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual attraction in children
  • With the intent to engage in certain sexual conduct with the minor at the meeting

It’s possible to be charged with violating California Penal Code 288.4 PC even if the suspect doesn’t engage in any sexual contact with the minor. Simply setting up a meeting with the intent of doing so is enough to warrant charges. Additionally, a person can be charged with a violation even if they never attend the meeting. Once again, the crime is to set up the meeting.

If an individual sets up a meeting with a minor and does not attend, the crime will be charged as a misdemeanor, the possible penalties for which include: misdemeanor probation, up to one year in county jail and/or a maximum fine of up to $5,000.

When someone sets up the meeting and attends it (or attempts to attend it), or has a previous conviction of a sex crime, the charge is upgraded to a felony. The possible penalties include: felony probation, 16 months to three years in California state prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | May 4, 2017

In the Neighborhood 

Saugus

A petty theft was reported on April 29 at 6:15 a.m. near Calvello Drive and Sycamore Creek Drive. On April 30 at 2:30 a.m. a vehicle grand theft allegedly occurred on the 27600 block of Seco Canyon Road.

Valencia

A bicycle theft allegedly occurred on April 28 at 11:17 a.m. on the 25000 block of Newhall Avenue. An alleged grand theft from an unlocked auto took place on April 30 at 11 p.m.

 Newhall

A residential burglary was reported on April 30 at 1:15 a.m. on the 23700 block of N. Via Canon. Grand theft auto was alleged on April 30 at 9:30 p.m. on the 23900 block of Via Aranda.

Canyon Country

On April 29 at 10:30 p.m. a case of grand theft auto was reported on the 18900 block of Nearbrook Street. Grand theft of a vehicle was also reported on April 30 at 1 p.m. on the 19200 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

 Castaic

A theft was reported on May 1 at 5 a.m. on the 31600 block of Castaic Road. And a residential burglary was called in at 11:22 a.m. on the same day from the 30200 block of Paradise Ranch Road.

Santa Clarita

A robbery with the use of a weapon was reported on April 28 at 6:15 p.m. on the 26200 block of Rainbow Glen Drive. A burglary was reported on May 1 at 12:20 p.m. on the 20800 block of Centre Pointe Pkwy.

 Stevenson Ranch

A theft was reported on April 29 at 9:35 p.m. on the 27500 block of The Old Road. A vehicle burglary of a truck/cargo or van allegedly occurred on May 1 at 6:30 a.m.

Bad Boys & Girls 

A 28-year-old realtor from Lancaster was arrested for prostitution with prior knowledge of AIDS. And a 30-year-old day laborer from Panorama City was picked up for annoying/molesting a child with prior arrests.

A 23-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for being a fugitive from justice.

An unemployed 23-year-old from Saugus was cited for false reporting of a crime. A 32-year-old transient was charged with carrying/concealing a dirk or dagger.

A 35-year-old consultant from Saugus and an unemployed 56-year-old Newhall man were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 71-year-old retired Santa Clarita woman, a 22-year-old grocery clerk from Canyon Country and a 27-year-old electrician from Canyon Country were arrested for battery against a former spouse. And a 36-year-old bartender from Newhall was cited for battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse.

An unemployed 42-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for burglary. And a 22-year-old self-employed Canyon Country woman was cited for entering/occupying a property without consent. An unemployed 56-year-old Oxnard man was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

An unemployed 62-year-old Santa Clarita  man was arrested for robbery.

A transient from Valencia and a 26-year-old unemployed Acton man were picked up for possession/purchase of a controlled substance for sale. Charges of possession of a controlled substance were brought against an unemployed 47-year-old Valencia man, an unemployed 20-year-old Bakersfield man, a self-employed 57-year-old Santa Clarita man and an unemployed 43-year-old Saugus man.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

46-year-old counselor

23-year-old auto technician from Canyon Country

22-year-old cashier from Valencia

50-year-old restaurant owner from Los Angeles

27-year-old unemployed Valencia man

56-year-old mail carrier from Thousand Oaks

23-year-old manager from Los Angeles

26-year-old barista from Lancaster

 

 

 

 

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | April 28, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Saugus

A charge of petty theft was alleged on April 23 at 1:33 p.m. on the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road. Also on April 23, at 1:39 p.m. a case of grand theft was reported on the 23800 block of Copperhill Drive.

Valencia

A theft was reported on April 22 at 11:20 p.m. on the 24400 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy. And a petty theft allegedly occurred on the 27500 block of Avenue Mentry on April 23 at 6:16 p.m.

Newhall

A vehicle burglary was reported on April 20 at 2:15 a.m. on the 23000 block of Hilse Lane. Grand theft of a boat, plane, private residence, yard, etc. was alleged on April 23 at 1:39 p.m.

Canyon Country

Grand theft from an auto allegedly occurred on the 20400 block of Soledad Canyon Road on April 22 at 3 a.m. A petty theft was reported on the 19200 block of Soledad Canyon Road on April 23 at 4 a.m.

Castaic

A burglary was reported on April 22 at 2:55 a.m. on the 29400 block of The Old Road.

Santa Clarita

A theft allegedly occurred on April 21 at 8:30 p.m. on the 26400 block of Golden Valley Road. And at 8:36 p.m. the same night a petty theft was reported on the 19100 block of Golden Valley Road.

Stevenson Ranch

Two cases of petty theft from an auto allegedly occurred on April 22 — one at 5:30 p.m. and another at 8:51 p.m. on the 25700 block of The Old Road. An alleged grand theft from a building occurred on April 23 at 2:30 p.m. on the 24900 block of Pico Canyon Road.

 

Bad Boys & Girls 

Several local residents were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant last week. Arrests included a 63-year-old retired Canyon Country man, a 38-year-old gardener from Newhall, a 30-year-old pool pond cleaner from Agua Dulce, a 41-year-old compounder from Newhall and a 63-year-old Santa Clarita transient. Also, a 31-year-old installer from Canyon Country was picked up for battery against a former spouse.

An unemployed 36-year-old Newhall man and a 49-year-old machinist from Valencia were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury.

An unemployed 27-year-old Lancaster man was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon on their dirk or dagger. An unemployed 33-year-old Sylmar man was charged with illegal possession of ammunition.

An unemployed 28-year-old Canyon Country woman was cited for vandalism.

A 25-year-old unemployed Saugus man and a 39-year-old unemployed cashier from Canyon Country were arrested for getting credit/another person’s ID. Also, an unemployed 24-year-old West Hollywood man was arrested for possessing items with the intent to forge/counterfeit.

An unemployed 19-year-old Lancaster woman was picked up for petty theft. And an unemployed 19-year-old Stevenson Ranch man was charged with shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

A 29-year-old Saugus man and a 23-year-old Los Angeles woman were picked up for grand theft of an auto/horse, etc.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

24-year-old electronic tech from Canyon Country

48-year-old teacher from Santa Clarita

55-year-old construction worker from Newhall

46-year-old unemployed L.A. man

35-year-old tow driver from Santa Clarita

22-year-old plumber from Saugus

38-year-old welder from Granada Hills

A 37-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch woman was charged with possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance with prior arrests included:

30-year-old unemployed Saugus man

57-year-old unemployed Newhall man

52-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man

31-year-old ops manager from Lebec, Calif.

27-year-old art handler from Granada Hills

30-year-old landscaper from Canyon Country

30-year-old actor from L.A.

 

The Nature of Kidnapping Charges

| Police Blotter | April 27, 2017

Recently, a Saugus electrician was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault and kidnapping after he allegedly dragged his wife into his car. According to witnesses, the ordeal began when the suspect demanded his wife get into the car, but she refused. The suspect then got verbally abusive, and the victim tried to run. It was then that the suspect got into the car and pursued the victim, stopping in front and exiting the vehicle to force her into it.

Kidnapping is covered by California Penal Codes 207, 208, 209 and 209.5 PC and is described as moving another person a substantial distance without that person’s consent, using force or fear to do so. This case is interesting as it involves a husband and wife, and kidnapping cases typically don’t do that. However, according to the wording of the law, it doesn’t matter what, if any, relation the victim has to the suspect. Kidnapping is kidnapping if it falls under the stated criteria. Granted, there are a few exceptions, of course. For example, you may have to force your child to get in the car on the way to the dentist, but it’s highly unlikely kidnapping charges are going to result from it.

There are a few other instances in which a person can commit an act that resembles kidnapping, but does not result in kidnapping charges. The first is if you steal, take, conceal or otherwise harbor a child under 14 and do so to protect that child from imminent danger or harm. In situations like this, a suspect would have to be able to prove that the child under 14 was actually in imminent danger, and not just claim that they were. The second situation is when you place the alleged victim under citizen’s arrest.

While seldom used, it is legal to place someone under citizen’s arrest, under the following circumstances:

You witness someone commit a felony

Have reasonable cause to believe that the person committed a felony, or

Know that the person actually committed a felony

Citizen’s arrest, while legal under these circumstances, is a dangerous endeavor and it’s probably better not to get involved. The police have the tools and the know-how to make arrests, and the vast majority of arrests should be left up to them,

Kidnapping is a felony under California law, and it carries the possible penalties of 3, 5, or 8 years in California state prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Under certain circumstances, such as kidnapping someone under the age of 14, kidnapping the person with the intention of holding them for ransom, and others, it’s possible to be charged with aggravated kidnapping and receive harsher penalties. These penalties include 5, 8 or 11 years in California state prison, or imprisonment for life with the possibility of parole.

Understanding DUI Checkpoints

| Police Blotter | April 21, 2017

Encountering a DUI checkpoint can be a bothersome stop, but their purpose is to keep motorists safe. Last year in California, there were 30 alcohol-related fatalities and 2,017 people arrested under suspicion of DUI during Labor Day weekend alone. During holiday weekends and throughout the year, law enforcement agencies across the state periodically conduct DUI checkpoints to keep these numbers down.

 The checkpoints are designed to allow local law enforcement to interview drivers and find those who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some law enforcement agencies will seldom conduct DUI checkpoints, but California’s police and deputies conduct them relatively frequently. Here are a few other points regarding DUI checkpoints that you may not be aware of:

 Standards and procedures can vary by state. Just because you’ve encountered a DUI checkpoint in California doesn’t mean it will be handled the same way in another state. As a matter of fact, some states don’t allow police to hold DUI checkpoints.

In states where DUI checkpoints aren’t allowed, police will instead conduct license and insurance checks. At these stops, police check drivers for proper documentation, but they’re also looking out for anyone exhibiting signs of alcohol or drug use. Just because the checkpoint wasn’t specifically for a DUI doesn’t mean the police can’t investigate.

Police at DUI checkpoints follow what’s known as a “neutral formula.” Basically, it means they adhere to the same procedure for every vehicle that goes through the checkpoint. They don’t dismiss a driver who looks like he/she hasn’t been drinking, and they won’t automatically detain someone who appears to be a drinker. Officers will go through their protocol with each driver and if signs of possible intoxication are present, they’ll have that driver pull to the side to take a breathalyzer test.

All DUI checkpoints must be clearly marked for safety. Odds are, if you’ve encountered a DUI checkpoint on California roads, you knew it was there long before you arrived. They’re typically well-lit, marked off with road cones, flares, and several police officers.

California law enforcement officers also check your driver’s license at the checkpoints. While police in other states check for signs of alcohol consumption during license and insurance checks, our police do it the opposite way. When police speak with a driver going through a checkpoint, the officer will make sure that the motorist has a valid license. If not, the driver may be ticketed, or even arrested.

If you’re driving and you see a DUI checkpoint up ahead, don’t worry. The officers who conduct them are specially trained to look for signs of alcohol consumption to every driver with whom they speak. Those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol have nothing to worry about, and going through the checkpoint doesn’t take very long. An unemployed 46-year-old Santa Clarita man was arrested for doing harm to an elder/dependent adult.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | April 20, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Valencia

Grand theft from a building/church/school/restaurant/office, etc. allegedly occurred on the 24000 block of Newhall Ranch Road on April 11 at 10:52 p.m. On April 12 at 12:30 a.m. a vehicle burglary was reported on the 24100 block of Del Monte Drive.

Saugus

On April 11 at 12:30 a.m. a theft allegedly occurred on the 28100 block of Tamarack Lane. A theft was reported on April 11 at 11:42 p.m. on the 28100 block of Robin Ave.

Canyon Country

Grand theft from a boat, plane, private residence, yard, etc. was alleged on April 11 at 12 a.m. on the 16300 block of Lost Canyon Road. And on April 12 at 9:14 a.m. a petty theft was reported on the 16400 block of Delone Avenue.

Newhall

On April 11 at 8:30 p.m. a vehicle burglary was reported on the 23200 block of Lyons Ave. A theft allegedly occurred near Cherry St. and Peachland Ave. on April 12 at 2:15 a.m.

Castaic

An assault allegedly occurred on the 31600 block of Castaic Road on April 11 at 8 p.m. A burglary was reported on April 12 at 11:45 a.m. on the 27700 block of Church St.

Santa Clarita

An aggravated assault was reported on April 11 at 8:40 p.m. on the 26800 block of Isabella Pkwy. A petty theft allegedly occurred on April 12 at 8:52 p.m. on the 26500 block of Carl Boyer Drive.

Stevenson Ranch

An assault allegedly occurred on April 11 at 8 a.m. on the 25300 block of Silver Aspen Way. And a vehicle burglary was reported on April 12 at 9:26 p.m. on the 24900 block of Pico Canyon Road.

Bad Boys & Girls

A 47-year-old and a 50-year-old from Saugus — one employed by the sheriff’s department and the other by the fire department — were brought in for battery against a former spouse. Also, an unemployed 28-year-old Canyon Country man and an unemployed 28-year-old Hawthorne man were brought up on the same charges.

Also, a 41-year-old tile setter from Coos Bay, Ore., a 40-year-old lunch lady from Canyon Country, a 26-year-old construction worker from Sun Valley and a 39-year-old maid from Hawthorne, Calif. were each charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. The same charges were brought against a 42-year-old retail worker from Gorman and a Canyon Country couple — a 40-year-old salesman and a 43-year-old accountant.

A 47-year-old printer from Saugus was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, with a firearm.

51-year-old unemployed Castaic man was arrested for arson of a structure or forest land.

A 23-year-old construction worker from Los Angeles was arrested for grand theft of money/property greater than $400.

A 32-year-old field worker from Madera and a 34-year-old construction worker from Moreno Valley were picked up for possession of marijuana for sale. A 23-year-old construction worker from Castaic and an unemployed 40-year-old Palmdale woman were picked up for possession/purchase of a controlled substance.

A 22-year-old customer rep from Canyon Country was cited for driving with a license that was suspended/revoked for drugs/alcohol.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

21-year-old student from Valencia

26-year-old sales rep from Valencia

25-year-old maintenance worker from Tulare

19-year-old cook from Palmdale

50-year-old paralegal from Las Vegas

24-year-old worker from Northridge

20-year-old actor from Newhall

33-year-old waitress from Acton

22-year-old construction worker from Castaic

37-year-old file clerk from Santa Clarita

25-year-old cook from Newhall

21-year-old unemployed Rosemead female

28-year-old technician from Canyon Country

25-year-old maintenance worker from North Hollywood

40-year-old drafter from Santa Clarita

32-year-old gardener from Littlerock, Calif.

 

 

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | April 14, 2017

In the Neigborhood

Valencia
Petty theft from an auto was reported April 5 on the 28900 block of Mirada Circulo at 3:17 a.m. Another petty theft was called in from the 28000 block of Newhall Ranch Road at 3:30 p.m. the same day.

Saugus
An attempted vehicle burglary was alleged on April 7 at 6:30 a.m. from the 23100 block of Napa Drive. On April 8, a petty theft was reported at 2:00 a.m. on the 26500 block of Caribou Court.

Canyon Country
A robbery with a weapon was reported on April 7 at 6:48 p.m. from the 19300 block of Golden Valley Road. On April 8, criminal homicide was alleged on the 18700 block of Vista Del Canon at 5:45 p.m. Vehicle grand theft was reported on April 10 at 1:00 a.m. on the 26100 block of Abdale Street.

Newhall
Shoplifting was reported on April 7 from the 23000 block of Lyons Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Another report of shoplifting was alleged on the 24300 block of Main Street on April 8 at 5:25 p.m.

Castaic
Aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon was alleged on April 4 at 11:30 a.m. on the 31500 block of Castaic Road.

Santa Clarita
A petty theft was called in on April 2 at 11:55 p.m. from the 26300 block of Diamond Place. On April 7 at 2:15 a.m. a residential burglary was reported on the 26900 block of Flo Lane.

A 32-year-old Northridge woman who works as a personal assistant was picked up for possession of a narcotic/drug/alcohol/drug paraphernalia in jail.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance:
25-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman
57-year-old programmer from Saugus
20-year-old unemployed Saugus man
24-year-old student from Valencia

An unemployed 27-year-old Stevenson Ranch woman was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, with great bodily injury.

A 33-year-old therapist from Canyon Country and a 31-year-old Canyon Country woman were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 24-year-old Saugus woman who works in internet sales was arrested for battery against a former spouse. Also, a 30-year-old caregiver from Newhall was arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury/death.

A 28-year-old driver from Canyon Country was brought up on charges of defacing/damaging property with a value less than $400.

A self-employed 24-year-old Van Nuys man was arrested for grand theft of money/property greater than $400 in value. An unemployed 36-year-old Valencia man was charged with theft of personal property.

A 22-year-old Saugus man who works as a laborer was cited for shoplifting after a specified prior conviction. A 51-year-old prop maker from Sun Valley was picked up for receiving known stolen property.

A 31-year-old housekeeper from Anaheim was picked up for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 35-year-old sales manager from Stevenson Ranch was charged with reckless driving with injury.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
52-year-old self-employed Panorama City man
27-year-old unemployed Lancaster woman
24-year-old Castaic man who works in entertainment
50-year-old Stevenson Ranch man who refused to give his occupation
23-year-old car salesman from Castaic
22-year-old L.A. man who works in fast food
23-year-old aviation electrician from San Diego

Easter Celebrations in Santa Clarita 2017

| Police Blotter | April 13, 2017

by Robin Sandoval 

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 16. There are a lot of celebrations going on in and around the Los Angeles area this upcoming Easter weekend, including right here in the SCV. Traditionally, Easter celebrations begin with an early morning sunrise service, two of which will be held outdoors in Santa Clarita and are open to the public:

  • Vasquez Rocks National Park – Two services will be held at Vasquez Rocks, one on Saturday, April 15 at 2 p.m., and the other on Sunday, April 16 beginning at 5 a.m. For the Sunday morning service, the gates open at 4:10 a.m. and attendees are urged to arrive early to stand the best chance of getting a good seat, as the chairs fill up fast. Whether you arrive early or not, it may be wise to bring something to sit on just in case.
  • Grace Baptist Church Outdoor Amphitheater – This early morning service is open to the public and begins at 6:30 a.m. at 22833 Copper Hill Drive in Saugus.

For those who are unable to make it to a service, there’s an abundance of fun Easter egg hunts and similar activities going on throughout the day:

  • Eggstravaganza at Central Park – Beginning at 10 a.m., children ages 1-10 will be treated to an Easter egg hunt by the Easter Bunny himself. The event is free, but you’ll have to bring your own basket. Additionally, the Santa Clarita Food Pantry will be accepting donations at the event.
  • Easter Eggventure – At Bethlehem SCV, families are welcome to attend the 6th Annual Easter Eggventure. There will be an Easter egg hunt for children under 10, games, face painting, and more. The event is free, though donations of canned goods will be accepted through Help the Children – Santa Clarita.
  • Brunch – Numerous SCV restaurants will be offering brunch on Easter Sunday, including Salt Creek Grille, Vines Restaurant, Egg Plantation, El Chaparral and Don Cucos. Prices vary from $29.95 to $10.95 per person. Whatever your budget may be, there’s guaranteed to be something tasty.

There are plenty of things to do for the whole family this Easter Sunday. Whatever you decide to do, remember to have a safe and happy Easter from all of us at SCV Bail Bonds!

 

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | April 6, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Saugus

A vehicle grand theft charge came in on March 29 at 12 a.m. on the 27400 block of Cherry Creek Drive. A petty theft allegedly occurred on the 26800 block of Seco Canyon Road on April 1 at 1 p.m.

Valencia

A vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on March 30 at 9:40 a.m. on the 23800 block of McBean Pkwy. On April 2 at 11 a.m. a petty theft was reported on the 24100 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy.

Newhall

A petty theft was reported on April 2 at 7:15 p.m. on the 24500 block of Main Street. And on April 3 at 7:34 p.m. a criminal homicide, assault and murder, allegedly occurred on the 21300 block of Bottletree Lane.

Canyon Country

On March 30 at 2:15 a.m. there was a report of a vehicle burglary on the 20400 block of Cedarcreek Street. And on March 31 at 11:05 a.m. a residential burglary was reported on the 27300 block of Manzanita Lane.

Santa Clarita

On March 31 at 7:45 p.m. a call came in reporting a vehicle burglary on the 26400 block of Golden Valley Road.  A vehicle burglary was reported near Rainbow Glen and Sierra Highway on April 3 at 2:30 a.m.

Stevenson Ranch

A vehicle burglary was reported on the 24900 block of Pico Canyon Road on April 1 at 6:30 a.m. Two more vehicle burglaries were reported the following day, April 2 on the 25200 block of The Old Road —one  at 11:37 a.m. and the other at 11:52 a.m.

Bad Boys & Girls 

An unemployed 20-year-old Valencia woman, a 22-year-old Santa Clarita transient, a 60-year-old field tech from Stevenson Ranch and a self-employed 46-year-old Canyon Country man were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A self-employed 46-year-old Santa Clarita woman was picked up for battery.

Also, a 36-year-old Canyon Country man who works in broadcasting and a 42-year-old transaction coordinator from Santa Clarita were charged with battery against a former spouse.

An unemployed 50-year-old Saugus man was cited for possession of a switchblade knife in a vehicle or public place. An unemployed 24-year-old West Hollywood man was arrested for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

A 27-year-old student from Valencia was cited for resisting an officer.

A 39-year-old dog groomer from Los Angeles was brought up on charges of possession of a forged driver’s license/ID card.

A 24-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country was arrested for burglary. A 20-year-old self-employed Valencia man and a 27-year-old file clerk from Van Nuys were arrested for robbery.

A 29-year-old pool cleaner from Chatsworth was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

24-year-old Canyon Country man who works with sheet metal

61-year-old medical tech from Northridge

56-year-old manager from Palmdale

36-year-old carpenter from Sanger

46-year-old self-employed Palmdale woman

Possession of a controlled substance charges went to:

25-year-old dishwasher from Los Angeles

30-year-old Redwood, Calif. man who works in merchandising

25-year-old music producer from Valencia

29-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman

34-year-old drum maker from Canyon Country

45-year-old unemployed Valencia man

 

Grand Theft Firearm: A California Felony

| Police Blotter | April 6, 2017

by Robin Sandoval

On Sunday, April 2, three handguns were stolen from an SUV in the Coco’s Bakery restaurant parking lot in Stevenson Ranch. It’s unknown whether the .22 and two 9mm handguns were stolen by chance, or if the suspect(s) stole them because they knew the guns were there.

Stealing a firearm in California can be a form of grand theft, and is covered under California Penal Code 487(d)(2) PC, or grand theft firearm. Before the passage of Proposition 47 in November of 2014, stealing any gun in California would be charged as grand theft. However, now the value of the stolen gun(s) must be more than $950, or the suspect must be a registered sex offender, or be convicted of another serious felony. The list of felonies includes, but is not limited to:

Any sex crime that requires the defendant to be registered as a sex offender

Any serious or violent felony that could be punishable by life imprisonment or death

Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

Murder

Possession of a weapon of mass destruction

All “sexually violent” offenses

The most common form of grand theft firearm is theft by larceny, which is defined as taking a firearm owned by someone else, without their consent, with the intention of permanently depriving the owner of the firearm, and moving it any distance, and keeping it for any period of time. Theft by larceny is essentially what the suspect did who stole the guns from the vehicle in the Coco’s parking lot.

The other ways of stealing a gun include theft by false pretenses, a crime in which a suspect knowingly deceives a gun owner into allowing them to take possession of the firearm, and the owner did so by relying on the false information provided by the suspect. Grand theft firearm by trick is similar to theft by false pretenses, with the exception that with grand theft by false pretenses, the owner of the firearm grants the suspect possession and ownership of the firearms, whereas in grand theft by trick the owner only allows the suspect to take possession of the firearms.

The final method for committing grand theft firearm would be theft by embezzlement. In such a case, the owner would entrust the firearms to the suspect, because the owner trusts the suspect. The suspect would then fraudulently convert or use the firearm for his/her own benefit and, when using/converting the firearm, the suspect deprives the owner of its use. It’s possible to be charged with theft of a firearm by embezzlement even if you intend to return the firearm to the owner.

Penalties for California grand theft firearm include felony probation, 16 months to 3 years in California state prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000. Grand theft firearm also qualifies as a serious felony under California’s Three Strikes Law. Under the law, anyone who is charged with grand theft firearm (or any other offense that qualifies) and then commits another felony, will cause the defendant to receive twice the sentence of the second offense. For a third felony, or “strike,” the sentence is 25 years to life.

 

Police Blotter and Crime in the Neighborhood

| Police Blotter | March 31, 2017

An off-road race car driver from Saugus was arrested for corporal injury on a child. A 28-year-old student from Canyon Country was arrested for battery against a former spouse. Also, a 60-year-old telemarketer from North Hollywood and a 33-year-old hairdresser from Castaic were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

An 18-year-old Newhall man was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear.

A 36-year-old mechanic from Agoura Hills was arrested for manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles.

A 37-year-old unemployed Monrovia woman was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 44-year-old project manager from Castaic was arrested for grand theft of money/property valued at greater than $400. And a 28-year-old day laborer from Santa Clarita was brought up on charges of shoplifting.

A 53-year-old floor cleaner from Phoenix and a 29-year-old landscaper from Bay Point, Calif. were picked up for transporting/selling a controlled substance.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
25-year-old unemployed Castaic woman
27-year-old unemployed Valencia woman
40-year-old self-employed Stevenson Ranch man
46-year-old construction worker from Saugus
35-year-old self-employed Newhall man
36-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita woman
35-year-old construction worker from Glendale
37-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man

DUIs with prior arrests included:
50-year-old salesman from Valencia
26-year-old salesman from Saugus
29-year-old Lancaster man who works in pest control
47-year-old lighting tech from Canyon Country
40-year-old salesman from Canyon Country
26-year-old Castaic woman who works as support staff

Valencia
Petty theft was alleged on the 24400 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy at 5:53 p.m. on March 26. A few hours later, a strong-arm robbery occurred on the 27500 block of The Old Road at 8:30 p.m.

Newhall
A burglary occurred on the 23200 block of Lyons Avenue on March 22 at 12:48 p.m. On March 25 at 4:49 p.m. grand theft vehicle of an automobile/passenger van was alleged on the 24200 block of Main Street.

Saugus
On March 22 at 3:09 a.m. a burglary was called in on the 26500 block of Bouquet Canyon Rd.

Stevenson Ranch
Two vehicle burglaries occurred in Stevenson Ranch: one on the 27700 block of the Old Road at 2:30 a.m. on March 26, and the other on March 27 at 2:25 a.m. on the 25300 block of Silver Aspen Way.

Canyon Country
A residential burglary was reported on 27500 block of Sierra Hwy at 2:25 p.m. on March 24. Petty theft was alleged at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 on the 19200 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Castaic
On March 22, grand theft vehicle occurred on the 31600 block of Castaic Road at 10:48 p.m.

A burglary was called in on the 31700 block of Castaic Road on March 27 at 2:45 a.m. About twenty minutes later, another burglary was reported on the 31800 block of Castaic Road.

Santa Clarita
Two petty thefts were reported: one on March 27 on the 26400 block of Golden Valley Road at 7:50 a.m. and the other on March 28 on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive at 9:50 p.m.

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