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California Code 10801: Operating a Chop Shop

| Police Blotter | 1 hour ago

On Friday, August 11, a police officer shot and killed two dogs as he was investigating an alleged chop shop in Bakersfield.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect took off and one of two pit bulls charged an officer, who fired his weapon and killed both dogs. The other officers eventually chased down the suspect and arrested the 23-year-old. At the site of the alleged chop shop, officers discovered a stolen vehicle, a stolen vehicle engine, multiple stolen auto parts and three stolen motorcycles. The suspect was charged with possessing stolen property, possessing a stolen vehicle, operating a chop shop and resisting arrest.

While usually seen in movies and television, chop shops are very real. Operating a chop shop is covered under California Vehicle Code 10801 VC.  A chop shop is defined as anyplace where someone knowingly stores, takes apart, or alters a stolen vehicle or vehicle parts for the purpose of selling it, disposing of it, or altering its identity. In order to be charged with violating VC 10801, a person must knowingly do one or more of the things listed above. For example, if someone were to be asked by a friend to store some car parts in their garage and those parts turned out to be stolen, the person storing them would probably not be charged with operating a chop shop.

An individual charged with operating a chop shop does not have to own the shop itself in order to be charged, nor do they have to be in a supervisory position. Additionally, the chop shop itself doesn’t have to be a continuing operation. It’s enough that a person is actively involved in the operation of the chop shop and that the shop is used at least once for one or more of the purposes listed above.

The penalties for operating a chop shop vary depending on the circumstances of the case. California Vehicle Code 1081 VC is known as a “wobbler,” which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Usually, the severity of the charge will be determined by factors such as how many cars or car parts the chop shop was currently working on, the size and scope of the operation, the total monetary value of the items discovered, and the operators’ criminal history. When charged as a misdemeanor, VC 1081 carries the possible penalties of up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. For felony convictions, the penalties include up to four years in county jail and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

Interestingly, California Vehicle Code 2805 VC allows police officers to inspect auto shops and automobiles without a search warrant under certain circumstances. Those circumstances are 1) to locate a stolen vehicle and 2) the search takes place during a time when business operations of that shop will not be hindered by the search. The searches allowed under VC 2805 are only to be conducted on premises where vehicles are worked on as a business, such as an auto shop or garage. Private property is not covered by the law.

Local Crime and Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | August 11, 2017

Valencia
A petty theft was reported on the 26100 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy on August 5 at 9:25 p.m. and at 10 p.m., and again on August 6 at 6:45 p.m.

Saugus­­
On August 6 at 3:22 a.m. a theft was reported on the 27600 block of Seco Canyon Road. An assault allegedly occurred on August 7 at 1 p.m. on the 22500 block of Honnold Drive.

Canyon Country
A theft allegedly occurred on the 28300 block of Sand Canyon Road on August 3 at 9:55 p.m. A theft was reported on the 27500 block of Sierra Highway on August 7 at 2 a.m.

Santa Clarita
On August 5 at 11 p.m. a theft was reported near Via Princessa and Weyerhauser Way. And at 11:05 p.m. a theft was reported near Lost Canyon Road and Medley Ridge Drive.

Newhall
A theft was reported on August 5 at 1:30 a.m. on the 21200 block of Ficus Drive. A burglary allegedly occurred on August 8 at 3:15 a.m. on the 23700 block of Via Canon.

Castaic
A burglary allegedly occurred on the 31700 block of Castaic Road on August 3 at 2:09 a.m. Another burglary was reported on August 5 at 11:30 p.m. on the 27600 block of Peridot Way.

Stevenson Ranch
On August 4 at 3:45 a.m. a theft was reported on the 26800 block of Kendall Lane. A petty theft allegedly occurred on the 25400 block of The Old Road on August 6 at 1:30 p.m.

A 31-year-old caretaker from Saugus was arrested for manufacturing/selling/giving/lending/possessing metal knuckles. A 47-year-old truck driver from Tehachapi was cited for carrying a loaded handgun: not owner.

A 37-year-old paramedic from Saugus was arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury/death. And a 30-year-old construction worker from Castaic was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

An unemployed 50-year-old man from Mineral Wells, Tex. was arrested for disobeying a domestic relations court order. A 43-year-old unemployed Saugus man and a 27-year-old Newhall man who works at a temp agency were each charged with failure to appear for a traffic warrant. An unemployed 32-year-old Los Angeles man was charged with vandalism.

A 38-year-old project coordinator from Newhall was charged with burglary.

A 22-year-old medical assistant from Santa Clarita was charged with shoplifting after a specified prior conviction. A 23-year-old unemployed Burbank woman was picked up for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. And an 18-year-old Santa Clarita woman who works in fast food was charged with grand theft of an auto/horse, etc.

Citations for possession of a controlled substance went to:
23-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man
38-year-old Valencia man
23-year-old Santa Clarita transient
30-year-old sales representative from Costa Mesa
20-year-old construction worker from Newhall
36-year-old laborer from Canyon Country
39-year-old carpenter from Frazier Park
21-year-old unemployed Castaic man
54-year-old self-employed Castaic man
35-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman
20-year-old unemployed Santa Barbara woman

DUIs with prior arrests included:
26-year-old trash collector from Saugus
51-year-old loader from Los Angeles
28-year-old mechanic from Castaic
28-year-old construction worker from Newhall
26-year-old airlines employee from Los Angeles
40-year-old bus boy from Canyon Country
24-year-old worker from Santa Clarita
22-year-old caregiver from Van Nuys
29-year-old grip from Canyon Country
29-year-old field laborer from Bakersfield
34-year-old writer from Los Angeles

The Devil Made Me Do It: What is Competency to Stand Trial?

| Police Blotter | August 10, 2017

The U.S. Constitution guarantees everyone the right to a fair trial. But, what happens when the defendant isn’t capable of participating fully in their defense because of a mental illness or developmental disability? Can a person’s trial be deemed fair if they’re unable to participate in their own defense?

In California, nobody can be forced to stand trial or be convicted of a crime if they’re unable to understand what’s going on in court or rationally participate in their own defense. When someone is charged with a crime because there’s evidence they could have committed it, prosecutors want to get a conviction to hold the person accountable. As such, it can be difficult to prove that someone isn’t competent to stand trial.

In order for someone to be considered incompetent to stand trial, one of the following criteria must be met:
•The defendant is unable to understand the nature of the criminal proceedings, or
•The defendant is unable to assist their defense lawyer in a rational manner

According to California law, defendants must have a rational, as well as factual, understanding of the proceedings against them. Under this definition, a person doesn’t necessarily need to be insane or suffering from some sort of chronic mental disorder to be considered unfit to stand trial. A person with a severe mental disability would also qualify. While a person with a mental disorder, such as someone who suffers from severe paranoia or delusions, can be found incompetent to stand trial, it doesn’t equate to the insanity defense.

Insanity is a complete legal defense which, if successful, means that the defendant can never be found guilty or punished for the crime. They can still be remanded to a mental institution. When someone is found incompetent to stand trial, they can still be found guilty of the crime they are charged with committing in the future, if they are later determined to be fit to stand trial after mental health counseling.

To determine whether or not a defendant is competent to stand trial a series of smaller hearings are held regarding whether the individual is competent to stand trial. The point of these trials is to understand the defendant’s state of mind at the time of the trial, not if they’re guilty of committing the crime. If it’s determined that, at the time of the trial, the defendant is not competent to stand trial, they are usually sent to a mental health institution to receive treatment in the hopes of bringing them into a mental state in which they are competent to stand trial.

If the competency hearings result in a ruling that the defendant is competent to stand trial, then the criminal trial will proceed from the point at which it left off to determine the defendant›s competency.

Local Crime, Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 5, 2017

In the Neigborhood

Valencia

On July 26 at 8:17 a.m. grand theft vehicle of an automobile/passenger van was alleged from the 27000 block of Santa Clarita Street.

Shoplifting was reported from the 24400 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy on July 28 at 3:36 p.m. At 10:07 p.m. on July 28 a petty theft was called in from the 28600 block of The Old Rd.

 Saugus­­

Grand theft vehicle was alleged at 4:45 p.m. on July 28 from the 24000 block of Creekside Rd.  Petty theft from an auto was reported on July 30 at 5:00 a.m. on the 25800 block of Milano Lane.

 Canyon Country

Aggravated assault with a knife was alleged from the 19600 block of Fairweather St. in Canyon Country on July 25 at 10:30 p.m.

Two vehicle burglaries were reported from the 27200 block of Luther Drive on July 29: one at 12:00 a.m. and the other at 12:20 a.m.

Newhall

An attempted burglary was reported at 10:45 p.m. from the 24600 block of Walnut Street on July 26. On July 29, shoplifting was alleged at 3:00 p.m. from the 23400 block of Lyons Ave.

Castaic

On July 24 at 3:21 a.m. a burglary was called in from the 32200 block of Castaic Rd and on July 31 at 8:00 a.m. a vehicle grand theft was reported from the 31400 block of Ridge Route Rd.

Stevenson Ranch

A strong-arm robbery from a store, business, motel, etc. was alleged on July 29 at 2:36 p.m. from the 25800 block of The Old Rd. Petty theft was reported from the same block on July 20 at 4:00 p.m.

Bad Boys and Girls

A 28-year-old air conditioning repairman and a 31-year-old construction worker from Lancaster were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 36-year-old cashier from Canyon Country was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm with great bodily injury.

A 20-year-old food service employee from Valencia was cited for shoplifting after a specified prior conviction. An unemployed 25-year-old Newhall woman was arrested for burglary.

A 28-year-old musician from Canyon Country was arrested for embezzlement of a property under lease/lien greater than $400 in value. A 30-year-old Newhall woman and a 48-year-old teacher’s aide from Santa Clarita were arrested for theft of personal property. A 34-year-old construction worker from Chatsworth was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

An unemployed 26-year-old Saugus man and a 20-year-old receptionist from Canyon Country were charged with making/possessing/uttering fictitious instruments.

A 29-year-old landscaper from Newhall was picked up for resisting an officer.

A 27-year-old coordinator from Mission Hills was arrested for preventing/dissuading a witness/victim from a repossession.

A Canyon Country transient was charged with vandalism. A 46-year-old unemployed Castaic man was charged with trespassing on closed lands.

A 45-year-old salesperson from Pomona and an unemployed 25-year-old Pomona woman were picked up for transporting/selling a controlled substance.

 

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

25-year-old recycler from Canyon Country

30-year-old landscaper from Canyon Country

29-year-old mechanic from Newhall

22-year-old unemployed Castaic woman

 

DUIs with prior arrests included:

25-year-old make-up artist from Valencia

24-year-old clerical worker from Lancaster

27-year-old security guard from Palmdale

27-year-old trainer from Bloomington, Calif.

35-year-old laborer from Bakersfield

35-year-old secretary from Lancaster

50-year-old salesman from Valencia

28-year-old laser tech from Valencia

Penal Code 192(c) – Vehicular Manslaughter

| Police Blotter | August 3, 2017

Recently, 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez decided to post a live stream to her Instagram account while driving on a Northern California road. As we all should know in this day of social media, live streaming and driving is not legal, nor safe to do. Unfortunately, this resulted in a horrific crash, taking the life of her 14-year-old sister.

The video began by showing Sanchez driving her car, moving erratically and at one point taking her hands off the wheel. According to CHP officers, she veered off the road onto a shoulder during the video and attempted to overcorrect, which ended up sending the vehicle into a field, where it flipped over and ejected Sanchez’s younger sister who was riding in the front passenger seat without a seat belt.

Sanchez continued to upload her live stream in the aftermath of the crash, and during the video can be seen shaking her sister and attempting to get her to wake up. Authorities and emergency medical personnel who arrived at the scene reported Sanchez being hostile toward them, throwing out racial slurs, spitting on a police officer and kicking an EMT in the face before she was strapped down on a gurney.

At the scene, Sanchez refused an alcohol screening, though it was later confirmed at the hospital that she had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent at the time of the accident. Sanchez was charged with several crimes after the accident, including two charges of vehicular manslaughter and 4 DUI-related charges. She is currently being held in jail in lieu of $530,000 bail.

Vehicular manslaughter is covered under California Penal Code 192(c) PC and is described as causing the death of another person while driving a vehicle by either committing an unlawful act that is not a California felony or a lawful act that may cause death.

For example, if a person is speeding on a highway and collides with another vehicle, killing that driver, they could be charged with PC 192(c). Speeding isn’t a felony, it’s an infraction; so, if a death occurs as a result of that infraction, the driver would be charged with manslaughter. Were an individual to cause the death of another person while committing an act that was a California felony, they would likely be charged with murder – PC 187.

The penalties for vehicular manslaughter will depend on whether or not the death was the result of gross negligence or normal negligence. If it is determined that an individual acted in normal negligence, PC 192(c) is a misdemeanor. Should the defendant be found to have acted in gross negligence, then the crime becomes a “wobbler” that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor penalties include summary probation, up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of $1,000. Felony penalties include felony probation, 2-6 years in California state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Local Crime, Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | July 28, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Valencia

On July 22 at 12 a.m. a burglary was reported from the 25300 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy. On July 23 ­­­­a vehicle grand theft from an automobile/passenger van allegedly occurred at 2:45 a.m. from the 24700 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy.

An armed bank robbery was reported on July 25 at 6:21 p.m. from the 27000 block of McBean Pkwy.

 Saugus

Shoplifting was reported from the 24100 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy at 7:34 p.m. on July 22. A vehicle burglary was called in from the 26100 block of McBean Pkwy at 9:49 a.m. on July 24.

 Canyon Country

A burglary, entry by force, was reported at 5 a.m. on July 22 from the 27100 block of Hidaway Ave. Two petty thefts were reported on Soledad Canyon Road: one on July 22 at 7:55 p.m. from the 18800 block, and the other on July 24 at 6 p.m. from the 18500 block.

 Newhall

On July 22 at 7:30 p.m. grand theft vehicle was reported from the 24800 block of Railroad Ave. Bicycle theft was called in from the 22500 block of Railroad Ave. at 2:15 p.m.

 Castaic

Grand theft vehicle of an automobile/passenger van was alleged on the 31700 block of Castaic Road on July 18 at 4:40 p.m. On July 24 at 3:16 a.m. another vehicle grand theft was reported at the intersection of Sloan Canyon Road and The Old Road.

 Stevenson Ranch

Petty theft was reported on July 24 at 2:15 p.m. from the 26100 block of Magic Mountain Pkwy.  At 1:30 a.m. on July 25, grand theft bicycle was alleged from the 25300 block of the Old Road.

 

Bad Boys and Girls 

A 38-year-old dental hygienist from Canyon Country was arrested for her status as a fugitive from justice.

A 23-year-old was picked up for loitering/refusing to identify himself. And a 43-year-old punch press operator from Reseda was cited for evading arrest.

A 22-year-old Saugus man who works in the film industry, an unemployed 35-year-old Canyon Country woman and a 55-year-old aerospace planner from Lancaster were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 35-year-old unemployed Saugus man was arrested for robbery. A 51-year-old Los Angeles salesman was arrested for grand theft of money/property greater than $400. A 31-year-old field worker from Patterson man was arrested for forgery/counterfeiting a public/corporate seal.

An unemployed 52-year-old Santa Clarita man was charged with trespassing on lands under cultivation.

A 23-year-old gardener from Canyon Country and an unemployed 24-year-old Newhall man were charged with vandalism.

A 35-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was charged with making/possessing/uttering a fictitious instrument. An unemployed 26-year-old Santa Clarita man and a 40-year-old Valencia man were charged with possession of a controlled substance with specific prior arrests. And a 44-year-old consultant from Chatsworth was brought up on charges of possession of a narcotic/controlled substance. An unemployed 28-year-old San Fernando man was cited for possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

 

DUIs with prior arrests included:

28-year-old field worker from Arvin

57-year-old worker from Sylmar

19-year-old student from North Hills

24-year-old security guard from Lancaster

20-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country

31-year-old construction worker from Palmdale

21-year-old Canyon Country man who works in ice maintenance

51-year-old auto mechanic from Camarillo

28-year-old worker from Goleta

35-year-old carpenter from Lancaster

 

 

Tips For Keeping Your Debit/Credit Cards Safe from Theft and Fraud

| Police Blotter | July 27, 2017

With the rise of internet shopping and the use of debit and credit cards every day, it’s easier than ever to make fast purchases, no matter where you are in the country.

Even with the new advent of the use of chip readers, there seems to still be a few issues with the system running smoothly. Merchants seem to be using the chip method more than ever in the effort to keep their customers safer in this age of cyber-crime. However, even with these new measures in place, your personal information could still be at risk for theft or fraud. Identity and card theft does still happen. If it does, you may be able to call your creditor and have them stop any charges, issue you a new card, or reverse any false charges. It’s always good to know your creditors’ policies.

While there’s really no way to be 100 percent safe from being the victim of a crime, one important thing to note is that most criminals — especially thieves, are opportunists; they tend to target those who will be the easiest, lowest-risk victims. That being said, there are a few things you can do to help protect yourself from identity theft:

•If you’re shopping online, be leery of strange links or shady websites. The internet is full of ads, links and websites designed to trick or catfish users into clicking on them so their information can be easily stolen. If you purchase anything online, stay with reputable, well-known websites. Further, if you don’t receive your merchandise, there’s a safety item built in, meaning you can charge back that purchase within a 60-day window.

•Avoid using debit cards with pin numbers whenever possible. Credit cards allow people to dispute charges that aren’t theirs, and in many cases protections can be purchased to further insulate oneself from fraudulent use of their card. Debit cards are linked directly to the bank account of the holder and when prospective thieves get access to these, they can wreak havoc one one’s finances. Don’t use your pin numbers and sign the credit authorization each time. Should you go to a gas station, pay inside at the cashier if you must use your debit card.

•Further, did you know it is possible for thieves to steal information from your credit/debit cards while they’re still in your wallet? The practice is known as “skimming,” and usually takes place in busy locations where “would-be thieves” see their victim is distracted.

•One way to minimize being a victim of skimming is to only take the individual credit/debit card(s) you plan to use. It may be beneficial to keep your credit and debit cards in your front pocket, where you immediately see what’s going on. Be wary of people who get too close to where your wallet or purse is. Odds are, they may just be oblivious to the personal space of others; better to be safe than sorry. There are now special wallets and card protectors on the market that can insulate your information from skimmers who get too close to you.

These tips are just a few of the many things you can do to help keep yourself and your family safe from debit/credit card or identity theft. Try to remember that thieves are opportunists. The more difficult you make their job, the more likely they are to skip their dastardly deeds all together.

Vehicle Code 2800.2 VC – Felony Reckless Evading

| Police Blotter | July 21, 2017

If you’ve lived in Southern California for any length of time, you’ve probably seen at least one of the many car chases that occur relatively regularly in the L.A. area shown on television. If, for some reason, you haven’t seen one, you’re not missing much and they’re more or less all the same.

They typically begin with a police officer attempting to pull the driver over for a routine traffic stop. The driver, for whatever reason (warrants, possession of a controlled substance, unpaid parking tickets, etc.), chooses to try and escape the police by speeding off. They then lead the police on a high-speed chase down the freeway or through the city until they are inevitably caught.

Once in custody, the suspect will be charged with at least one of three offenses, depending on the nature of their flight from police and what happened during the pursuit.

The first offense is California Vehicle Code 2800.1 — evading an officer. The charge of 2800.1 VC is described as someone fleeing from a law enforcement officer in a car or on a bicycle who is pursuing them. For example, suppose a police officer uses the lights and siren to pull over a minivan on a residential street. The driver of that van has a suspended driver’s license and doesn’t want to get caught. Therefore, instead of pulling over, the driver leads the police officer on a pursuit through the residential neighborhood.

As far as 2800.1 VC goes, it is a misdemeanor with the possible penalties of summary probation, up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 and impounding of the vehicle.

If, in an effort to evade police, the individual drives in a manner that is dangerous and/or reckless, they will probably be charged with California Vehicle Code 2800.2 VC — felony reckless evading. Felony reckless evading is a “wobbler” and can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

Misdemeanor penalties include at least six months and no more than one year in jail and a fine of $1,000. Felony convictions carry the possible penalties of 16 months to three years in California state prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Finally, if someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of the suspect allegedly evading an officer (whether they drove recklessly or not is irrelevant), the driver will likely be charged with violating California Vehicle Code 2800.3 VC – evading an officer causing injury or death. If during the evasion someone is injured (and nobody is killed), then 2800.3 VC is a “wobbler.” Misdemeanor penalties include up to one year in county jail, while felony penalties include 3-7 years in California state prison. If someone is killed, then 2800.3 VC is always charged as a felony and carries the possible sentence of 4-10 years in California state prison.

All potential penalties of 2800.3 VC, whether misdemeanor or felony, include a fine of no less than $2,000 and no more than $10,000.

 

Local Crime, Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | July 20, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Valencia
A report of grand theft came in on July 14 at 3:50 p.m. on the 24100 block of Valencia Blvd. And at 8:27 p.m. the same night there was a petty theft reported on the 27000 block of McBean Pkwy.

Saugus
A vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on July 12 at 6:30 a.m. on the 22300 block of Cataro Drive. Another vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on July 16 at 4:37 a.m.

Canyon Country
A vehicle burglary allegedly occurred on July 13 at 8:45 a.m. on the 19300 block of Stillmore Street. On the same day, an assault was called in at 1 p.m. from the 16600 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Newhall
A petty theft was alleged on July 13 at 12:20 p.m. on the 24900 block of Newhall Avenue. On July 14 at 9:43 a.m. a burglary was reported from the 24200 block of Mentry Drive. An assault allegedly occurred on July 15 at 6 p.m. on the 24100 block of Lyons Avenue.

Stevenson Ranch
A burglary allegedly occurred on July 14 at 3:07 a.m. on the 26800 block of Grey Place. Also on July 14 at 2:30 p.m. a petty theft was reported from the 26800 block of The Old Road. On July 15 at 2:05 p.m. there was an alleged vehicle burglary on the 24700 block of Pico Canyon Road.

Santa Clarita
A vehicle burglary was reported on July 11 at 2 p.m. on the 27500 block of Diane Marie Court. A burglary allegedly occurred on July 16 at 11:32 a.m. on the 26300 block of Cardinal Drive. Also on July 16 a vehicle burglary was called in from the 18000 block of Annes Circle at 2:12 p.m.

Bad Boys and Girls 

A 20-year-old ER technician from Lancaster was arrested for recklessly causing fire of property. A 19-year-old painter from Newhall was charged with vandalism.

A 45-year-old pool man from Canyon Country was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear. A 22-year-old Canyon Country man who works in food services was picked up for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger on his person.

A 65-year-old Saugus man who works in pyrotechnics and an unemployed 47-year-old Palmdale woman were charged with battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse. And an unemployed 26-year-old Castaic man was charged with battery on an elder/dependent adult.

An unemployed 23-year-old Newhall woman was arrested for burglary.

Four individuals were charged with receiving known stolen property. The two men were from Cameron Park, Calif. — a 21-year-old attendant and a 20-year-old food service employee. The two women were an unemployed 20-year-old from Manteca, Calif. and an unemployed 19-year-old from El Dorado Hills, Calif.

 

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
32-year-old auto detailer from Canyon Country
41-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man
26-year-old unemployed transient
38-year-old unemployed Newhall woman
21-year-old salesperson from Bakersfield
24-year-old unemployed Culver City man
41-year-old mover from Canyon Country
24-year-old unemployed Culver City man

A 31-year-old Canyon Country man who works in logistics was charged with possession of a device/instrument/paraphernalia.

An unemployed 23-year-old Palmdale man was arrested for evading a police officer/driving in a reckless manner. An unemployed 35-year-old L.A. man was picked up for driving with a license that’s suspended/revoked for another reason.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
29-year-old cashier from Valencia
34-year-old officdeer from North Hills
22-year-old lead assistant from Saugus
22-year-old server from Canyon Country
40-year-old OSP engineer from Santa Clarita
28-year-old barber from Canyon Country
25-year-old construction worker from Castaic
49-year-old from Mojave who refused to give his occupation
28-year-old salesperson from Northridge

Three Types of Cybercrimes

| Police Blotter | July 14, 2017

by Tina Louise Penn

Cybercriminals can compromise your computer system in different ways. Many people are left feeling powerless after having their privacy infringed by cybercriminals through hacking, malicious malware, and identity theft. The effects of cybercrime can be upsetting and daunting for victims, which include organizations, corporations, national/federal governments and individuals. The best defense against acts of cyber criminality is awareness and education about the different types of cybercrimes and how they are carried out.

The 3 most common types of cybercrime are:

•Cyberbullying
One of the most common cybercrimes in the world, cyberbullying is responsible for causing catastrophic effects on victims, including death. Even international celebrities, business moguls and politicians have fallen victim to cyberbullying in one way or the other. Cybercriminals don’t hesitate to engage in offensive behaviors such as stalking, hurling insults, posting hurtful posts/images/videos on the timelines of victims, and even sending abusive texts/emails/messages online. Stalkers can make an individual’s life miserable due to their tendency to intimidate, instill fear, offend or harass their victims. As a matter of fact, there have been cases where people committed suicide after being cyberbullied on their social media accounts.

•Identity theft
Criminals are becoming smarter with the advancement of technology. They are using all manner of tricks, including hacking, phishing and malware to engage in identity theft for financial benefits, personal vendetta or to simply taint a person’s reputation. Identity theft is a major global menace. Cybercriminals use their computers and skills to gain unauthorized access to your personal information — name, date of birth, photographs, address, bank accounts, pin numbers, or national social security details — in order to execute their evil plans. They use your personal information to commit all sorts of crimes: fraud, intimidation, wiping out your bank accounts, claiming government benefits, acquiring property or lodging fraudulent claims in your name. Identity theft can be quite distressing, both emotionally and financially for victims.

•Online scams
The internet has become a hub for hackers, tricksters, and fraudsters. Cybercriminals are quick to take advantage of different social media platforms to fleece their unsuspecting victims. They always come up with new online scams, including dating scams, celebrity death scams, job opportunity scams, prize scams, moneymaking scams and threats and extortion, among many others. Regrettably, millions of curious people across the globe keep losing money to these dishonest online scams.

Other common types of cybercrimes include email spam, phishing, hacking, denial of service (DOS attack), computer intrusion, social engineering, masquerading, Smurf attack, Fraggle attack and email bombing, among others. In order to protect yourself against such cybercrimes, desist from responding to unexpected hyperlinks or try to subscribe/unsubscribe from suspicious emails, texts, or even calls. My expert advice is “Think, Think, Think before you click!”

 

Tina Louise Penn is a cloud technology specialist and VoIP certified technician. You can reach her at 661-210-9222 or visit Cloudplusservices.com.
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Local Crime, Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | July 14, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Valencia

Petty theft was reported on the 27900 block of Kelly Johnson Pkwy on June 25 at 3:55 p.m. On July 6 at 8:05 p.m. arson was alleged at the intersection of Copperhill and Decoro Drive.

Saugus

Grand theft of an automobile/passenger van was reported on July 6 at 2:07 p.m. between Auto Center Drive and Magic Mountain Pkwy. A vehicle burglary occurred on July 9 at 2:45 a.m. between Del Monte Drive and Parkview Drive.

On July 10 at 4:00 p.m. there was an alleged vehicle grand theft of a motorcycle reported from the 24200 block of Valencia Blvd.

Canyon Country

On July 10 at 2:18 a.m. a burglary was called in from the 19000 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

On July 11 at 4:00 a.m. grand theft from an unlocked auto was alleged on the 19000 block of Nearbrook Street. Later that day, petty theft from an auto was reported on the 18500 block of Soledad Canyon Road at 11:15 a.m.

Newhall

Robbery with a weapon was reported on July 9 at 9:50 p.m. from the 25000 block of Ave Rotella.

Grand theft vehicle was alleged between the blocks of 6th Street and Pine Street on July 10 at 9:00 p.m. An hour and a half later, a vehicle burglary was called in from the 23400 block of Ave Rotella at 10:30 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch

On July 1 at 5:25 a.m. a burglary was alleged on the 25700 block of The Old Road. On July 8 at 1:59 p.m. on the 25600 block of Pico Canyon Road a vehicle burglary of an auto/passenger van was reported.

Castaic

Petty theft from a private residence, boat, plane, yard was reported on July 7 at 1:48 p.m. from the 28000 block of Hasley Canyon Road. Arson was alleged between Del Valle Street and Hasley Canyon Road on July 9 at 12:19 a.m.

 Santa Clarita

There was an alleged petty theft on July 4 at 4:52 p.m. on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive. And on July 9 at 12:30 a.m. a burglary was called in from the 22100 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Bad Boys and Girls

A 21-year-old laborer from Newhall was charged with attempted murder. Both a 19-year-old man from Pacific Palisades and a 20-year-old man from Val Verde were arrested for recklessness causing fire of a structure, forest, land.

Four people were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant/etc.: a 40-year-old unemployed woman from Saugus, a 45-year-old woman from Lancaster who works in customer service, a 26-year-old janitor from Canyon Country, and a 38-year-old pool cleaner from Lancaster.

A 39-year-old exotic dancer from Canyon Country was charged with battery on a non-cohabitating former spouse.  And an 18-year-old maintenance worker and a 22-year-old welder, both from Canyon Country, were charged with robbery.

Two construction workers were arrested for defacing property: an 18-year-old man from Lake Hughes and a 20-year-old man from Canyon Country.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

51-year-old homemaker from Valencia

20-year-old server from Canyon Country

30-year-old office manager from Agua Dulce

45-year-old business owner from Green Valley

61-year-old bus driver from Canyon Country

71-year-old retiree from Santa Clarita

28-year-old installer from Canyon Country

29-year-old cook from Sunland

36-year-old construction worker from Saugus

25-year-old relationship manager from Canyon Country

45-year-old engineer from Canyon Country

35-year-old floor polisher from Moorpark

 

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

33-year-old mechanic from Bakersfield

36-year-old salesperson from Newhall

33-year-old unemployed man from Newhall

24-year-old college student from North Hollywood

 

Drunk in Public – California Penal Code 647(f)PC

| Police Blotter | July 13, 2017

Recently, actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Georgia after a drunken altercation with bystanders and police. According to witnesses, the actor asked someone nearby if he could bum a cigarette. The bystander said no, and LaBeouf responded by verbally assaulting them. Police were called and officers told the actor to leave the premises, but LaBeouf declined and turned his profanity-laced tirade against them instead.

The incident was recorded on a responding officer’s body cam, and it clearly shows LaBeouf acting belligerently to both police and bystanders and shouting profanities. He was booked on charges of public drunkenness and may be facing additional charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction.

Drunk in public is illegal pretty much everywhere in the United States, including California where it is covered under California Penal Code 647(f) PC. It has a somewhat misleading name, as it is not in and of itself a crime to be drunk in a public place in California. To be charged with violating this law, an individual must meet one of two criteria:

They must demonstrate they are unable to care for the safety of themselves or others, or

The individual must obstruct, interfere with, or prevent others from using “public ways” such as streets and sidewalks

The first of these criteria is pretty open-ended, and yet neither of them expressly states the B.A.C. required to be “drunk.” That being the case, a person who is drunk in a public space, even drunk enough to pass out, is not necessarily going to be found guilty of violating 647(f) PC. It also means that a person who isn’t all that drunk could be charged with a violation — it all depends on the behavior one exhibits while in public after consuming alcohol.

Penal Code 647(f) PC is a misdemeanor in California, with the possible penalties of misdemeanor probation, up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Illegal Street Racing – A Dangerous Activity

| Police Blotter | July 6, 2017

A countywide crackdown on illegal street racing has led to the detainment of seven drivers and citation of 102 spectators on Thursday, June 29. The bust occurred in an industrial complex near Witherspoon and Avenue Penn in Castaic. The industrial park is a popular location for late-night, illegal street racing competitions, as it tends to empty out pretty quickly once workers leave.

California Vehicle Code 23109 makes “speed contests” and “exhibitions of speed” illegal on California’s public roads and highways. Per VC 23109(a), a “speed contest” is defined as a motor vehicle racing against another vehicle, clock, or other timing devices. An “exhibition of speed” is defined as accelerating or driving at a rate of speed which is dangerous and unsafe in order to impress someone else. These definitions imply that someone could be in violation of the law even if they’re driving alone and are not racing against someone else.

Excluded from the law are events where people measure the amount of time it takes for a vehicle to cover a distance longer than 20 miles where the vehicle does not exceed the local speed limit.

Not only does VC 23109 make it illegal to participate in speed contests and exhibitions of speed, but it also makes it illegal to “aid and abet” them. California Vehicle Code section 23109(b) and 23109(c) make it a crime to participate in one of the above scenarios by timing the race or erecting barriers to allow the race to occur.

Violations of VC 23109 are usually charged as misdemeanors, and the possible penalties include summary probation, a fine between $355 and $1,000, 40 hours of community service and/or the suspension or restriction of the defendant’s driver’s license from 90 days to six months.

For those with prior convictions under VC 23109, the potential penalties are enhanced to include four days to six months in county jail, a fine between $500 and $1,000 and a mandatory suspension or restriction of the defendant’s driver’s license for six months. If someone other than the driver suffered bodily injury, the potential jail time is increased to at least 30 days and no more than six months in county jail.

If the injury is serious, VC 23109 becomes a “wobbler” that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If charged as a misdemeanor, the potential penalties remain the same with the exception that the maximum jail sentence is increased to one year. If charged as a felony, the potential jail sentence increases to 16 months to three years, and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Last, but not least, when someone is arrested on suspicion of violating VC 23109, the arresting officer has the option to impound the defendant’s vehicle for up to 30 days.

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | June 29, 2017

In the Neighborhood

Saugus

A petty theft was reported on June 21 at 6 a.m. on the 27600 block of Susan Beth Way, and another petty theft was called in from the 20400 block of Caitlin Lane on June 22 at 1 a.m.

Valencia

A burglary allegedly occurred on the 27700 block of Dickason Drive on June 23 at 3:49 a.m. A petty theft was reported on the 27900 block of Kelly Johnson Pkwy on June 23 at 10:06 a.m.

Newhall

A robbery allegedly occurred on the 23400 block of Lyons Avenue on June 24 at 6:50 p.m. On June 26 at 2:40 p.m. a vehicle grand theft was reported from the 22700 block of 8th Street.

Canyon Country

On June 22 at 8:45 p.m. there was an alleged theft on the 18200 block of Soledad Canyon Road. A burglary was reported on June 24 at 1:30 a.m. from the 18900 block of Soledad Canyon Road.

Castaic

A rape by force of a female under 18 was reported on June 23 at 6:45 p.m. on the 36200 block of Paradise Ranch Road. A vehicle grand theft allegedly occurred on June 25 at 4:07 a.m. on the 28600 block of Cloverleaf Place.

Santa Clarita

A vehicle grand theft allegedly occurred on June 22 at 3:52 p.m. on the 26400 block of Carl Boyer Drive. On June 24 there was a petty theft reported on the 18600 block of Via Princessa at 1:45 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch

Two vehicle burglaries were reported on the evening of June 22 on the 25800 block of The Old Road—one at 7:20 p.m. and the other at 7:23 p.m. On the same evening, there were two more vehicle burglaries called in from the 25500 block of The Old Road—one at 8:12 p.m. and the other at 8:15 p.m.

 

Bad Boys & Girls

A 19-year-old warehouse worker from Los Angeles was arrested for rape. And a 24-year-old construction worker from Stevenson Ranch was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear.

An unemployed 42-year-old Castaic woman and a 39-year-old mechanic from San Fernando were arrested for battery against a former spouse.

A 22-year-old waitress from Los Angeles was picked up for conspiracy to commit any crime.

Charges of possession of a controlled substance included:

35-year-old welder from Stevenson Ranch

23-year-old unemployed Acton man

30-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman

23-year-old unemployed Castaic man

44-year-old operations director from Castaic

An 18-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita woman and a 28-year-old audio engineer from Chatsworth were arrested for burglary. A 24-year-old unemployed transient was charged with burglary and acquiring/accessing a card in four or more names in a 12-month period. And a 25-year-old plumber from North Hills, a 38-year-old construction worker from Los Angeles and a 38-year-old construction worker from Pacoima were arrested for getting credit/another person’s ID.

A 23-year-old construction worker from Fillmore was charged with grand theft of money/property valued at $400 or greater.

An unemployed 29-year-old Burbank man was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 31-year-old Los Angeles truck driver was charged with driving a commercial vehicle with a .04 blood alcohol level.

DUIs with prior arrests included:

78-year-old retired La Crescenta man

54-year-old scientist from Escondido

32-year-old construction worker from Norwalk

31-year-old gym owner from Reno, Nev.

32-year-old A/C installer from Canyon Country

45-year-old Sunland man who works in tree service

50-year-old laborer from Bakersfield

29-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita man

56-year-old driving instructor from Los Angeles

28-year-old delivery man from Santa Clarita

29-year-old Santa Clarita woman who works for a home care agency

24-year-old bank teller from Newhall

38-year-old tow truck driver from Agua Dulce

 

 

 

Fourth of July and Fireworks Safety in Santa Clarita

| Police Blotter | June 29, 2017

Law enforcement has been working this week to get the word out regarding fireworks safety this Fourth of July. They’ve also been conducting increased operations this week, and plan to continue to do so through the Fourth of July holiday, with the singular purpose of finding and halting any illegal fireworks use.

The legality of fireworks varies among counties and municipalities in California, but in Santa Clarita, they’re banned outright. All fireworks, including those of the “safe and sane” variety, are illegal and should not be used, purchased or possessed. “Safe and sane” fireworks are things like sparklers, smoke bombs, and others that do not create a lot of sparks, ash and embers. If someone is found with fireworks of any kind in their possession, they face a fine of between $500 and $1,000, as well as misdemeanor prosecution.

The law may seem harsh regarding fireworks, but it’s not without good reason. The Santa Clarita Valley is typically dry this time of year, and fireworks pose a serious risk of starting a fire. This year is particularly dangerous, as the rains we experienced this winter have led to increased vegetation growth — much of which is now dried out and ready to go up in flames should a spark find it’s way there.

Thanks to the increased rains and subsequent growth of plant life, this year is expected to be an especially difficult one when it comes to wildfires. Indeed, we have already seen several fires pop up in and around Santa Clarita over the past few weeks.

Wildfires are dangerous and difficult to control. Just this week a fire was ignited on the 14 Freeway that burned 870 acres in about 18 hours. A few areas were put under mandatory evacuation, while several others were given voluntary evacuation requests. Seventy homes lost power, and four firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat-related illnesses. All-told, 250 firefighters have been battling the blaze, and as of the writing of this article, the fire is only 57 percent contained and one structure has been lost.

While local deputies will be keeping an eye out for individuals who use or possess illegal fireworks, that’s not all that law enforcement will be doing this week. Expect increased patrols all over Los Angeles County with police officers watching for drunk drivers. Saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints will undoubtedly be conducted throughout the city to catch anyone who chooses to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Remember to keep yourself, your children and your pets safe this holiday weekend. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so responsibly. Thanks to taxis and the many ride-hailing apps available, there are more than enough ways to get you safely to and from wherever you decide to go. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Local Crime, Bad Boys & Girls

| Police Blotter | June 23, 2017

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.

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