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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.

Major Reductions in Jail Time Come With the Passing of Proposition 57

| Police Blotter | March 30, 2017

by Robin Sandoval

Over the next four years, California’s inmate population in state prisons could be reduced by 9,500. Corrections officials have released new criminal sentencing rules designed to reduce the amount of time an offender spends in prison based on what they do while they’re incarcerated. For example, the new rules include knocking off six months of jail time for inmates who earn a college degree. Additionally, one month could be knocked off each year if the inmate participates in certain self-help programs, including life skills, victim awareness, and substance abuse support groups.

Almost every inmate, with a few exceptions (including those on death row and those serving life without parole) would be eligible to have time taken from their sentences, should they earn credits in the programs.

The new sentencing rules were released as part of last November’s passage of Proposition 57. Under the proposition, several procedural changes will be implemented in California’s criminal justice system aimed at reducing inmate populations in the state’s overcrowded prisons and jails. For example, the parole board will now be able to release non-violent felons once they have served the full sentence of their primary criminal offense. This means that non-violent felons will be eligible for parole once the sentence for their initial crime is complete, as opposed to any additional time that may have been added on, as is often the case with repeat offenders.

California correction officials are some of those in favor of the changes. Their hope is that, with the ability to have some time taken off their sentences, inmates will be motivated to take part in programs designed to rehabilitate convicted felons.

Among those who were against the changes are police and prosecutors, who indicate that many inmates will have the opportunity to be released years earlier than they were originally intended to. The faster release, they say, will put additional stress onto county probation systems that are already having difficulties monitoring people. They go on to argue that earlier release significantly reduces the perceived penalty for a crime, and could lead to higher rates of recidivism, as well as more dangerous criminals out on the streets.

With the Proposition 57 changes in place, long parole hearings would no longer take place. Instead, prosecutors and victims would be notified and have 30 days to provide a written objection to an inmate’s early parole. The process would, more or less, be administrated by the prisons, and the governor would have no role.

All told, estimates say that the new rules could reduce California’s prison population by 500 over the fiscal year that begins July 1. Eventually, the administration predicts that California’s inmate population will be reduced to the federal court-ordered population of 116,000.

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.

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