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Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | 2 hours ago

This past week a 26-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was arrested for possession of burglary tools. In two separate incidents, a 25-year-old Palmdale resident and an 18-year-old grocery store employee were each booked for battery causing great bodily injury. A 28-year-old Hesperia man was arrested for false identification to a peace officer. A 35-year-old Bakersfield man was booked for illegal possession of tear gas. A 49-year-old pest control technician from Van Nuys was arrested for burglary. A 35-year-old siding worker from Yuba City was taken in for attempted murder. A 29-year-old contractor from San Fernando was arrested for embezzling a rented or leased vehicle. A 27-year-old Castaic man was booked for assault with a deadly weapon — not a firearm.

DUI arrests include:

24-year-old teacher assistant from Palmdale
29-year-old nurse from Santa Clarita
34-year-old truck driver from Ontario
29-year-old machinist from Sun Valley
29-year-old cook from Canyon Country
49-year-old Santa Clarita resident
33-year-old chef from Palmdale
28-year-old electrician from Reseda
35-year-old Castaic resident
27-year-old bartender from Palmdale
68-year-old DMV employee from Mission Hills
29-year-old salesman from Valencia
36-year-old accountant manager from Sylmar
25-year-old Castaic resident
24-year-old inspector from Santa Clarita
35-year-old Canyon Country resident
67-year-old retired resident of Dunnellon, Florida
43-year-old exterminator from Littlerock

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

54-year-old land surveyor from Grover Beach
28-year-old construction worker from Newhall
38-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country
41-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
34-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
38-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country
18-year-old Newhall resident
27-year-old unemployed Los Angeles resident
29-year-old Torrance resident
36-year-old maintenance worker from Winnetka
35-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
26-year-old clerk from Canyon Country

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | November 7, 2019

This past week a 45-year-old man from Rosamond was arrested for vandalism. A 30-year-old woman from Canyon Country was taken in for theft of personal property. A 49-year-old Santa Clarita man was booked for tampering with a vehicle. A 25-year-old food delivery driver from Valencia was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. In a separate incident, a 24-year-old Canyon Country resident was booked on the same charge. A 28-year-old Val Verde man was taken in for making a criminal threat. An 18-year-old cashier from Santa Clarita was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 20-year-old construction worker from Pacoima was booked for possession of burglary tools.

DUI arrests include:

52-year-old plumber from Lancaster
64-year-old bus driver from Santa Clarita
36-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident
45-year-old cook from Newhall
18-year-old Canyon Country resident
47-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
22-year-old laborer from Santa Clarita
32-year-old hairdresser from Tujunga
27-year-old nursing assistant from Los Angeles
24-year-old server from Castaic
24-year-old Sylmar resident
36-year-old loan officer from Bakersfield
21-year-old construction worker from Castaic
21-year-old clerk from Lancaster

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

50-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
47-year-old HVAC technician from Saugus
35-year-old electrician from Lancaster
49-year-old Uber driver from Canoga Park
37-year-old handyman from Saugus
42-year-old unemployed Val Verde resident
34-year-old roofer from Saugus
26-year-old metal scrapper from Bakersfield
32-year-old unemployed Tujunga resident
37-year-old heating and appliance technician from Canyon Country

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | October 31, 2019

This past week a 39-year-old woman from South El Monte was arrested for identity theft. A 39-year-old floor sweeper from Saugus was booked for receiving known stolen property greater than $950. A 58-year-old retiree from Canyon Country was taken in for a charge related to the possession of metal knuckles. A 50-year-old Newhall construction worker was arrested for vandalism. A 54-year-old mechanic from Reseda was arrested on a charge of sex battery for touching the intimate part of another person. A 24-year-old laborer from Sun Valley was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. A 42-year-old Canyon Country man was booked for reckless evading of police. A 23-year-old woman from Lynwood and a 25-year-old woman from Compton were both arrested for grand theft of money or property greater than $400.

DUI arrests include:

28-year-old mover from Sun Valley
21-year-old server from Canyon Country
29-year-old vet tech from Valencia
Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

47-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
35-year-old unemployed West Hills resident
31-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
34-year-old mechanic from Newhall
26-year-old Canyon Country resident
37-year-old homemaker from Lake Balboa
22-year-old set dresser from Newhall

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | October 24, 2019

This past week a 31-year-old customer service representative from Lancaster was arrested for a DUI causing injury. A 28-year-old construction worker and a 21-year-old woman, both from Bakersfield, were taken in for receiving known stolen property exceeding $950. A 39-year-old construction worker from Lancaster and 45-year-old Piru man were booked for possession of a controlled substance for sale in two separate cases. A 23-year-old sales associate from Pasadena was arrested for grand theft of money/property exceeding $400. A 57-year-old self-employed Bakersfield man was booked for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent. A 42-year-old electrician from North Hollywood was arrested for possession of a destructive device near certain places. A 22-year-old Lancaster man was taken in for assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

DUI arrests include:

48-year-old truck driver from Baldwin Park
59-year-old temporary worker from Santa Clarita
28-year-old food delivery driver from Castaic
49-year-old self-employed Sylmar resident
49-year-old construction worker from Modesto
31-year-old aerospace worker from Palmdale
24-year-old grocery store employee from Los Angeles
30-year-old bus boy from Newhall
45-year-old industrial worker from Los Angeles
26-year-old systems engineer from Valencia
26-year-old construction worker from Piru
33-year-old server from Palmdale
26-year-old awning installer from Panorama
31-year-old self-employed Lancaster resident
63-year-old grocery manager from Saugus
45-year-old Sylmar resident
36-year-old real estate agent from Canyon Country
27-year-old Lancaster resident

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

47-year-old unemployed Ventura resident
22-year-old telecommunications technician from Santa Clarita
43-year-old laborer from Lebec
42-year-old cashier from Bakersfield
18-year-old mortgage processor from Saugus
28-year-old truck driver from Pacoima
27-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
26-year-old self-employed Newhall resident
23-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
26-year-old laborer from Canyon Country
36-year-old dump worker from Agua Dulce
33-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
53-year-old unemployed Granada Hills resident
25-year-old gardener from Newhall
29-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
45-year-old construction worker from San Fernando
50-year-old handyman from Val Verde
57-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
45-year-old Northridge resident

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | October 10, 2019

This past week we saw a 22-year-old security guard from South Carolina get arrested as a fugitive from justice. A 23-year-old SCV caregiver got arrested for desertion. Two unemployed women, both 19, got taken in for theft of personal property. A 47-year-old unemployed man from Newhall was taken in for indecent exposure and illegally entering an occupied dwelling.

DUI arrests include:

25-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
55-year-old college lecturer from Reseda
47-year-old inspector from Canyon Country
27-year-old maintenance tech from Saugus
54-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
35-year-old unemployed Saugus
30-year-cementer from Pearblossom
38-year-old paralegal from North Hills
28-year-old tour guide from Newhall
24-year-old Lancaster resident who works in management
24-year-old car salesman from Canyon Country
49-year-old carpenter from Van Nuys
32-year-old medical assistant from Lancaster
35-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country
45-year-old dispatcher from Las Vegas

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

27-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
52-year-old landscaper from West Hills
43-year-old house cleaner from Santa Paula
20-year-old unemployed resident of Santa Paula
39-year-old plumber from Canyon Country
15-year-old student from Castaic
28-year-old food delivery driver from Castaic
30-year-old landscaper from Newhall
48-year-old handyman from Castaic
29-year-old self-employed Acton resident
24-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country
A 47-year-old mom from Canyon Country
40-year-old roofer from Saugus
35-year-old babysitter from Encino
41-year-old construction worker from Lancaster

Bad Girls and Boys

| Police Blotter | October 3, 2019

DUI arrests include:

21-year-old server from Valencia
42-year-old Newhall resident
24-year-old plumber from Stevensons Ranch
25-year-old ER doctor from Pasadena
42-year-old massage therapist from Lancaster
54-year-old engineer from Santa Clarita
28-year-old Newhall resident
48-year-old Lancaster resident
27-year-old mechanic from Lancaster
32-year-old CEO from Valencia

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

60-year-old handyman from Santa Clarita
47-year-old mechanic from Santa Clarita
32-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
36-year-old Newhall resident who works in pool construction
24-year-old busboy from Canyon Country
36-year-old Pacoima resident
27-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
25-year-old Glendora resident

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 26, 2019

This week a 22-year-old woman from Tarzana was arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime. An 18-year-old man was taken in for drawing/exhibiting a fake firearm. A 45-year-old electrician from Valencia was arrested for attempting to solicit sex for money. A 32-year-old woman who works for Meals on Wheels was arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce death.

DUI arrests include:

44-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
39-year-old Santa Clarita resident
22-year-old self-employed Palmdale resident
66-year-old retired woman from Newhall
46-year-old mortgage worker from Saugus
45-year-old fabricator from Granada Hills
23-year-old cashier from Canyon Country
25-year-old server from Palmdale
35-year-old mechanic from Bakersfield
52-year-old technician from Lake Elsinore
38-year-old groundsman from Visalia
53-year-old self-employed Newhall resident
33-year-old manager from Sherman Oaks
25-year-old server from Santa Clarita

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

39-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
47-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
25-year-old Uber driver from Pacoima
31-year-old delivery driver from Littlerock
34-year-old unemployed Winnetka resident
44-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
20-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
20-year-old sales associate from Santa Clarita
65-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
35-year-old self-employed Westchester resident
38-year-old caregiver from Westhills
28-year-old clerk from San Fernando
33-year-old sales person from Sunland
-55year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
40-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
51-year-old chef from Ventura

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 19, 2019

This past week a 58-year-old man from Canyon Country was arrested for murder. A 55-year-old unemployed woman was charged with hit and run resulting in property damage. A 42-year-old handyman from Sun Valley was arrested for identity theft. A 26-year-old nanny from Castaic was charged with battery against a former spouse.

DUI arrests include:

28-year-old Newhall resident
48-year-old Lancaster resident
27-year-old mechanic from Lancaster
32-year-old CEO from Valencia
21-year-old server from Valencia
42-year-old Newhall resident
24-year-old plumber from Stevensons Ranch
25-year-old ER doctor from Pasadena
42-year-old massage therapist from Lancaster
54-year-old engineer from Santa Clarita

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

60-year-old handyman from Santa Clarita
47-year-old mechanic from Santa Clarita
32-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
36-year-old Newhall resident who works in pool construction
24-year-old busboy from Canyon Country
36-year-old Pacoima resident
27-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
25-year-old Glendora resident

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 12, 2019

A 37-year-old woman from Arleta was arrested for attempted kidnapping with a ransom. A 40-year-old woman from Los Angeles was also arrested for attempted kidnapping, this one associated with a robbery. A 21-year-old forklift driver from Oxnard was taken into custody after he tried to rob an elderly dependent for goods worth over $400.

DUI arrests include:

28-year-old mechanic from Palmdale
20-year-old barista from Stevensons Ranch
28-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country
44-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
20-year-old student from Valencia
27-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident
30-year-old tattoo artist from Reseda
23-year-old party rental employee from Newhall
36-year-old fabricator from Oakland
20-year-old student from Oxnard
21-year-old server from Castaic
44-year-old flowboard operator from Frazier Park
39-year-old chef from Santa Clarita
23-year-old store clerk from Santa Clarita

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

24-year-old interior carpenter from Lancaster
36-year-old unemployed Frazier Park resident
50-year-old maintenance worker from Acton
29-year-old self-employed resident of Castaic
24-year-old sushi chef from Canyon Country
41-year-old contractor from Los Angeles
25-year-old laborer from Canyon Country
55-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident
27-year-old transient from Canyon Country
39-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
29-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
39-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
38-year-old construction worker from Pacoima

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 5, 2019

A 37-year-old mechanic from Santa Clarita was arrested for altering car registration and/or license plates. A 39-year-old male from Canyon Country was cited for making obscene and threatening phone calls. Two women from Fresno, 32 and 28-years-old, were taken in for resisting arrest.

DUI arrests include:

29-year-old personal assistant from Newhall
50-year-old pool cleaner from Newhall
46-year-old marketing executive from Palmdale
28-year-old checker from Canyon Country
23-year-old plumber from Stevenson Ranch
41-year-old manager from Canyon Country
44-year-old construction worker from Reseda
56-year-old behaviorist from Santa Clarita
24-year-old manager from Canyon Country
30-year-old valet parking attendant from Los Angeles
30-year-old security guard from Santa Clarita
38-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
18-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch resident
27-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
24-year-old chef from Canyon Country
22-year-old CNC machinist from Palmdale
28-year-old IT specialist from Valencia

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

29-year-old vet tech from Simi Valley
19-year-old ranch hand from Simi Valley
50-year-old marketing executive from Santa Clarita
19-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
32-year-old Spanish tutor from Valencia
39-year-old self-employed Palmdale resident
37-year-old Andy Gump employee from Lancaster
40-year-old gardener from Canyon Country
42-year-old cook from Los Angeles
31-year-old landscaper from Palmdale
51-year-old tree trimmer from Sylmar
24-year-old bagger from Los Angeles

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 29, 2019

Two men from Santa Clarita, 39 and 29 years old, were arrested for forgery of checks/bonds exceeding $950. A 29-year-old marketing manager from North Hollywood was taken into custody for identity theft with a prior arrest for the same crime. A 55-year-old unemployed man from Newhall was arrested for terrorizing and causing fear. A 72-year-old from Canyon Country was taken in for a hit and run causing property damage. A 33-year-old mother was arrested for using offensive language in public.

DUI arrests include:

39-year-old systems engineer from Saugus
53-year-old Santa Clarita resident who works in sales
28-year-old loss prevention worker from Tujunga
34-year-old customer service rep from Sylmar
24-year-old RN from Acton
25-year-old audio engineer from South Gate
46-year-old actor from Toluca Lake
37-year-old from Palmdale who works in barbeque and seasoning
25-year-old carpenter from Los Angeles

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

58-year-old welder from Newhall
35-year-old manicurist from Palmdale
49-year-old roofer from Canyon Country
28-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
35-year-old windshield installer from Fillmore
30-year-old equestrian instructor from Los Angeles
34-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
43-year-old recycler from Pacoima
38-year-old CVS worker from Santa Clarita
23-year-old landscaper from Castaic
41-year-old maintenance technician from Valencia
42-year-old window installer from Newhall
34-year-old transient
37-year-old electrician from Canoga Park
25-year-old therapist from Castaic
49-year-old from North Hills who works in sales
52-year-old property manager from North Hills
26-year-old carpenter from Canyon Country
59-year-old chiropractor from Canyon Country

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 22, 2019

Santa Clarita, along with officials from the California Highway Patrol, held a DUI checkpoint last Friday which resulted in no DUI arrests. Two individuals, were however, cited for driving without a license. A 25-year-old brand representative was taken into custody for battery on a peace officer. A 27-year-old roofer from Lancaster was arrested for murder.

DUI arrests include:

30-year-old assistant director from La Crescenta
48-year-old consultant from Valencia
35-year-old contractor from Canyon Country
35-year-old program director from Canyon Country
30-year-old construction worker from Castaic
38-year-old unemployed Agua Dulce resident
26-year-old construction worker from Sylmar
36-year-old health care worker from Van Nuys
45-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
44-year-old gym owner from Saugus
35-year-old warehouse worker from Henderson, NV

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

34-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
25-year-old laborer from Frazier Park
38-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
35-year-old unemployed resident of Newhall
24-year-old studio worker from Newport Beach
36-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
30-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
40-year-old heavy equipment operator from Lancaster
26-year-old apprentice from Palmdale
31-year-old pool technician from Newhall
26-year-old Lyft driver from Lancaster
53-year-old roofer from Bakersfield
35-year-old bartender from Newhall
33-year-old barber from Valencia
28-year-old caretaker from Palmdale
53-year-old plumber from Palmdale

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | August 15, 2019

This past week a 43-year-old electrician from Val Verde was arrested for attempted kidnapping. A 33-year-old man from Canyon Country was taken in for carjacking. A 34-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for making annoying call to 911 operators. A 52-year-old campus supervisor from Valencia and a 27-year-old lifter also from Valencia were arrested for grand theft of money/property exceeding $400 in two separate cases.

DUI arrests include:

22-year-old barber from Riverside
51-year-old handyman from Huntington Park
25-year-old behavioral tech from Sylmar
26-year-old nurse from Canyon Country
18-year-old student from Panorama City
19-year-old student from Stevenson Ranch
56-year-old Canyon Country resident
65-year-old retired Valencia resident
40-year-old carpenter from Santa Clarita

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

43-year-old camp host from Lebec
37-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
41-year-old plumber from Valencia
27-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
21-year-old unemployed resident of Newhall
49-year-old assembly worker from Sylmar
30-year-old church employee from Valencia
46-year-old graphic artist from Sun Valley
44-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
32-year-old hostess from Santa Clarita
40-year-old roofer from San Pedro
55-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
32-year-old clerk from Saugus

Prolific Scammer Charged with Identity Theft, Forgery and Grand Theft

| Police Blotter | August 15, 2019

Los Angeles man W. Jackson was arrested recently and charged with identity theft, forgery and grand theft, after a prolific crime spree. Allegedly, Jackson had been contacting women on the internet looking for romance. He would meet up with the women, wine and dine them to gain their trust, and then steal their personal identifying information to either acquire their money or use their bank cards to pay his bills.

The victim who worked to bring him down is Acacia Ouidinot, of Arizona, and her tale is a cautionary one. It begins with meeting Jackson on Facebook. After going back and forth for a little while, Jackson offered to buy Ouidinot a plane ticket so she could meet him in Los Angeles and spend a weekend with him. Ouidinot’s troubles began when she found out the ticket Jackson said he paid for was invalid. According to the victim, Jackson told her that he was having trouble with his bank card and that, if she were to just pay for the ticket herself, he would reimburse her – so she did.

Upon meeting Jackson face-to-face, Ouidinot said he was charming and that they initially had a good time. They talked about family, what they were both hoping for in the future, and other things potential couples discuss to get to know one another better. Ouidinot flew back to Arizona Saturday thinking everything was fine. Unfortunately, when the banks opened on Monday, Ouidinot was shocked to find out that nearly $3,000 was missing. She would go on to lose about $7,000 total to Jackson, who had blocked her from his phone and social media sites so she was unable to contact him.

Not one to take things lying down, Ouidinot tracked Jackson down and, using his known aliases, was able to find over 20 victims from eight different states going back ten years. The victims have since been connecting with each other on Facebook and sharing their stories – all of which were eerily similar. Apparently, Jackson (under one of his many aliases) would meet women looking for love on Facebook and, after meeting them, find a way to get a hold of their identifying information to drain their bank accounts. He even stole one San Jose woman’s rental car, leaving her stranded.

Jackson is facing multiple felonies, as mentioned above, and could be facing more as additional investigations conclude.

As far as what Jackson is already facing goes, identity theft is covered under California Penal Code 530.5 PC and is described as taking another person’s identifying information and using it in a fraudulent or unlawful manner. Identity theft is a “wobbler” that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s prior criminal history. The misdemeanor penalties include up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Felony penalties include up to three years in county jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Forgery is covered under California Penal Code 470 PC and is described as signing someone else’s name, faking a seal or someone else’s handwriting, changing or falsifying any legal document, or faking, altering, or presenting as genuine any legal document that pertains to money, finances, or property. Like identity theft, forgery is a “wobbler.” The misdemeanor and felony penalties are the same as well.

Grand theft is covered under California Penal Code 487 PC and is defined as taking someone else’s property that is worth $950 or more, without the owner’s permission. Grand theft is a “wobbler,” and the potential penalties are the same as the above two crimes.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 8, 2019

A 42-year old medical biller from Santa Clarita was arrested for shoplifting with a prior similar conviction, as well as a 40-year mechanic from Canyon Country. A 45-year-old unemployed Valencia man was taken into custody for defacing property. A 31-year-old Valencia project manager was arrested for operating a motor scooter while under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

DUI arrests include:

30-year-old dishwasher from Newhall
29-year-unemployed Canyon Country resident
34-year-old warehouse manager from Saugus
66-year-old caregiver from Newhall
28-year-old machinest from Valencia
29-year-old painter from Canyon Country
48-year-old construction worker from Panorama City
31-year-old waitress from Sylmar
21-year-old manager from Canyon Country
66-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
25-year-old busboy from Palmdale

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

64-year-old handy man from Canyon Country
39-year-old warehouse worker from Stevenson Ranch
22-year-old home theater tech from Sylmar
25-year-old plastic inspector
31-year-old unemployed resident of Newhall
28-year-old mechanic from Canyon Country
25-year-old delivery driver from Saugus
25-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
40-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
36-year-old self-employed Palmdale resident
58-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
22-year-old independent contractor from Stockton
25-year-old agriculture worker from Bakersfield

Keeping Teenagers Safe From Kidnappers

| Police Blotter | August 8, 2019

Recently, a man was taken into custody after attempting to lure a teenager girl into his vehicle on two separate occasions. The suspect, B. Fentner, is alleged to have attempted to lure a 15-year-old girl into his vehicle at the intersection of Esplanade and San Jacinto avenues. The first incident occurred on Monday, July 29th and the second on Tuesday, July 30th. He was taken into custody for the second time on the morning of Wednesday, July 31st, on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child.

Some people believe that younger children are at most risk of kidnapping – but that’s not always true. Teenagers (and teenage girls in particular) make up about 80% of child abductions. The reason for this is probably because smaller children, while technically easier to overpower or deceive, are often accompanied by adults, while young teens are not. They’re just beginning to desire a sense of independence and as a result, often prefer to go about their days without adult supervision.
It’s important to talk with children, when they’re young, entering their teens, and even when they’re college age, about the dangers they may face while out and about on their own. For younger kids, it’s up to parents to inform them of the dangers that exist and how best to react if they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation.

When it comes to older teens, the best place to start may be by asking questions to gauge their awareness. Once parents know how aware they are of their current situation, they can move forward in advising them.

The first thing teens should put into practice, if they aren’t already, is to keep in touch with family and friends. If kids are of college age, they may not need to be in constant contact with parents all the time, but they should be in contact with someone.

Keeping in contact with parents is most important during times and situations in which they may deviate from their normal routines. For example, if they’re going to take a weekend trip with friends, ask them to let you know where they’re going and when they expect to be back.

Another extremely important safety tip is to employ the buddy system (especially when it comes to girls).

Finally, prepare your teen or college-aged student to defend themselves if need be. Sometimes, something as simple as a whistle can defuse a dangerous situation by bringing attention that a would-be assailant or kidnapper wouldn’t want. For active individuals, such as joggers or runners, pepper spray can be extremely useful. It should be kept in hand to be prepared to use if accosted by a stranger.

Ultimately, the threat of kidnapping is a very real danger for kids of all ages. The best line of defense is to help educate them regarding which actions to take and which to avoid, at every stage of their life.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 1, 2019

A 30-year-old artist from Los Angeles was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice. A 20-year-old iron worker from Lancaster was arrested for having an illegal speed contest. Two 18-year old students from West Covina were arrested for a grand theft money/property attempt exceeding $400.

DUI arrests include:

28-year-old food delivery person from Santa Clarita
27-year-grocery stocker from Palmdale
65-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch resident
49-year-old ultrasound tech from Winnetka
55-year-old project manager from Agua Dulce
25-year-old vet tech from Castaic
33-year-old bartender from Littlerock
41-year-old wood finisher from Panorama
54-year-old sheet metal worker from Santa Clarita
31-year-old clerical worker from Canyon Country
28-year-old EMT from Castaic
36-year-old operations manager from Newhall
23-year-lighting tech from Valencia

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

43-year-old construction worker from Frazier Park
27-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
27-year-old grip from Lancaster
68-year-old mechanic from Studio City
34-year-old unemployed resident of Saugus
24-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
27-year-old sales employee from Santa Clarita
25-year-old body piercer from Canyon Country
33-year-old laborer from Santa Clarita
21-year-old grocery clerk from Santa Clarita

Grand Theft Fiream

| Police Blotter | August 1, 2019

On Thursday, July 25th, a Castaic woman returned to her home to find it had been burglarized. Deputies were sent to investigate after the victim called, arriving at the scene at about 2:30pm. Per their preliminary investigation, it was determined that the burglary must have occurred at some point between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. that same day. The victim told deputies that her home had been ransacked and several items were missing– two of which being semi-automatic rifles with accompanying ammunition.

California Penal Code 487(d)(2) PC is a type of grand theft that is usually charged when the item stolen was a firearm. A few years back, before prop 47 was passed which reduced the severity of several crimes in an effort to help control California’s crisis of overcrowded prisons, any theft of a firearm was considered grand theft. Now, however, the theft of a firearm is only considered grand theft if it falls under one of the two following criteria:

The stolen firearms were worth more than $950
The defendant has a prior conviction of either a California sex crime that requires them to register as a sex offender, or one or more crimes on a short list of violent felonies.

The most common type of grand theft firearm encountered by law enforcement is that of grand theft firearm by larceny. It’s defined as taking possession of a firearm owned by someone else without the owner’s consent or that of one of their agents; by taking it, you intended to deprive the owner of its use either permanently or for long enough that the owner would be deprived of a major portion of the firearm’s value; you moved the firearm a small distance and kept it for a period of time no matter how brief.

Larceny is more or less the most straightforward and to-the-point way that anyone steals anything. If you pick something up that’s owned by someone else and take it from them without their permission, with the intention of keeping it, you’re committing larceny.

There are other possible ways to steal a firearm and subsequently be charged with grand theft firearm, too, including theft by false pretenses. This occurs when the defendant knowingly and willingly deceives a gun owner or their agent by lying to them with the goal of getting them to allow the defendant to take possession of the firearm, and they do so because they relied on your false pretenses.

Whatever the case, grand theft firearm is a felony in California and the potential penalties include felony probation, 16 months to 3 years in California state prison, and a fine of up to $10,000. It’s considered a “serious felony” under California’s Three Strikes Law, and will therefore also result in a “strike” on the defendant’s record.

If a firearm is stolen but it does not fit the criteria to count as grand theft firearm, the crime will be charged as petty theft per the 2014 passage of prop 47. Petty theft is a misdemeanor that carries the possible penalties of up to 6 months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | July 26, 2019

A 56-year-old Valencia resident was arrested for terrorizing another individual causing fear. A 35-year-old office manager was taken into custody for the embezzlement of $400. A 28-year-old unemployed Chicago resident was arrested for opening up a line of credit with someone else’s ID. A 35-year-old construction worker was arrested for riding a bike on the wrong side of the street.ww

DUI arrests include:

49-year-old marketing executive from Granada HIlls
31-year-manager from Newhall
38-year-old cashier from Bakersfield
27-year-old advisor from San Fernando
23-year-old Castaic resident from the motion picture industry
60-year-old car dealer from Mission Hills
35-year-old foreman from Palmdale
48-year-old truck driver from Canyon Country
56-year-old engineer from Santa Clarita
21-year-old supervisor from Pacoima

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

61-year-old transient from Santa Clarita
39-year-old electrician from Saugus
36-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
29-year-old supervisor from Castaic
43-year-old mechanic from Lebec
50-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
26-year-old Walmart employee from Visalia
30-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
36-year-old construction worker from Panorama City
33-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
42-year-old construction worker from Saugus
37-year-old construction worker from Arleta

Penal Code 632 PC – California’s Eavesdropping Laws

| Police Blotter | July 25, 2019

Recently, Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar was placed on leave as LAPD detectives investigate the possibility that illegal recordings were made in the Councilman’s office. Investigators are not naming the staffer, nor releasing what may have been illegally recorded, though no arrests have been made as of yet.

The illegal recording allegations come amid other scandals that Councilman Huizar is currently dealing with. His offices and home were raided by the FBI last November, and several boxes were removed, with one of them being clearly marked “fundraising.” Additionally, real estate developers who do fundraising in the councilman’s district have received subpoenas to turn over any information on fundraising and communications with the councilman and his employees.

While no arrests have been made regarding the FBI investigation of the councilman, the aid may be in trouble if it is found that they made illegal recordings of the councilman’s dealings. Under California Penal Code 632 PC, it’s illegal to record someone by any electronic, amplifying or recording device, without the consent of all parties to a confidential communication.

In order to be charged with violating PC 632, a few criteria need to be met. The first is that the recording must be intentional, as opposed to accidental. Second, all parties to the communication must give consent to the recording. Even if one party consents and the other doesn’t, it’s still eavesdropping. Third, the conversation must be confidential. For a conversation to be considered confidential, it has to take place under circumstances that reasonably indicate that at least one party intends for it not to be overheard. Finally, the eavesdropping must include an electronic amplifying or recording device. It doesn’t count as eavesdropping if someone just overhears something they weren’t supposed to.

It’s also possible to be charged with eavesdropping if a person intercepts a phone call between two cell phones, two cordless phones, a cell phone or cordless phone and a landline, or a cell phone and a cordless phone, with criminal intent and without the consent of both parties involved.
Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, recordings that were obtained via illegal means, such as eavesdropping, are not admissible in court. So, whatever it was the aid in Councilman Huizar’s office may or may not have been trying to record would not be useful anyhow.

Eavesdropping is a “wobbler” in California Law, which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor penalties include up to one year in county jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both. If charged as a felony, the possible penalties include 16 months to three years in a California state prison, a fine of up to $2,500 or both. If a person has a prior conviction for eavesdropping on their record, and they are convicted again, the fine is increased to $10,000.

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | July 18, 2019

A 57-year-old Canyon Country resident was arrested for discharging a firearm in public. Five people we arrested for robbery, including an unemployed 22-year-old and 38-year-old both from Newhall, a 22-year-old waitress from Saugus, a 57-year-old marketer from Canyon Country and a 29-year-old transient from Boulder, CO.

DUI arrests include:

24-year-old unemployed Pacoima resident
43-year-unemployed Quartz Hill resident
19-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
22-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
28-year-old manager from Saugus
28-year-old service advisor from Santa Clarita
31-year-old air traffic controller from Atlanta, GA
24-year-old delivery person from Santa Clarita
19-year-old server from Canyon Country
47-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
34-year-old salon owner from Newhall

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

53-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident
36-year-old self-employed Castaic resident
52-year-old unemployed Granada Hills resident
37-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
44-year-old carpenter from Santa Clarita
31-year-old unemployed Acton resident
23-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
45-year-old dental office clerk from Los Angeles

What are Robbery Charges, a.k.a., 211 PC?

| Police Blotter | July 18, 2019

Tips from the public recently lead to the arrest of a suspect in a Newhall massage parlor robbery.

Shortly after noon on Thursday, July 11th, L. Gonzalez, 22, of Santa Clarita, was arrested by police on suspicion of armed robbery for the crime that occurred at a Newhall massage parlor on June 27th. According to police, Gonzalez went to the business where he received a massage. When it was time to pay, he allegedly brandished a firearm in his waistband and robbed the place instead. Fortunately, the entire incident was caught on camera.

On Wednesday July 10th, deputies released images of the suspect in hopes that the public would provide information regarding his whereabouts – and they did. Tips began to come in quickly and, within 24 hours, deputies had tracked down and arrested Gonzalez. He is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Robbery is covered under California Penal Code 211 PC and is described as taking property from someone’s person or immediate presence, against the victim’s will, through the use of force or fear. The definition of robbery in California includes the classic image of robbing a liquor store or gas station at gunpoint, but it also extends to some surprising situations.
One child intimidating another into giving up their lunch money could constitute a robbery charge if reported to police
Stealing someone’s possessions after drugging them
After being caught trying to steal something (an offense that would otherwise be petty theft/grand theft), threatening the owner of said property with harm in order to get away
As you can see, what makes something robbery isn’t so much the stealing as it is the way in which something is stolen. When you use force or fear, whether via threats or actual violence, you’re committing the crime of robbery. When you do not, you’re committing the crime of theft (whether its petty theft or grand theft will depend on the value of the item(s) stolen).

Similar to burglary, robbery is divided into two separate classifications: first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery. First-degree robbery is charged when the victim is the driver or passenger in a bus, taxi, cable car, street car or other similar vehicle; the robbery takes place in an inhabited house, boat or trailer, or; the robbery takes place immediately after the victim uses an ATM. First-degree robbery is always a felony and the possible penalties include felony probation, three to six years in California state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Second-degree robbery is charged in any other case of robbery that does not fit into the classification for first-degree robbery. The potential penalties include felony probation, two to five years in California state prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Of course, using a gun in any type of robbery subjects the defendant to greatly enhanced penalties if convicted. Under California’s 10-20-Life Law, using a gun in a robbery nets the suspect an additional 10 years in prison. Firing the weapon in a robbery adds 20 years, and a sentence of 25 years to life is added if the defendant inflicts great bodily injury or death on someone while using a firearm during a robbery.

Since Gonzalez didn’t fire his weapon during the robbery, and just had it in his pants, it’s likely he will only face an additional 10 years in prison – which is itself enough.

Finally, robbery is considered a violent felony in California. Therefore, when convicted, defendants will receive a “strike” on their record under California’s Three Strikes Law. Additionally, anyone with a robbery conviction on their record will face twice the normal sentence if charged with another subsequent felony.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | July 12, 2019

It was a busy Fourth of July weekend for arrests!

One 27-year-old from Newhall was arrested for an assault with a deadly weapon, and one 23-year-old from Newhall was arrested for openly displaying an imitation firearm. A 24-year-old unemployed woman from Los Angeles was arrested for prostitution.

DUI arrests include:

25-year-old unemployed New Jersey resident
38-year-old safety supervisor from Arleta
52-year-old engineer from Thousand Oaks
33-year-old production worker from Arleta
30-year-old gardener from Los Angeles
23-year-old cashier from Newhall
24-year-old manager from Newhall
55-year-old general contractor from Pasadena

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

28-year-old server from Valencia
35-year-old machinist from Lake Hughes
28-year-old construction worker from Newhall
23-year-old unemployed Encino resident
21-year-old transient from Venice
44-year-old car washer from Newhall
26-year-old transient from Newhall
36-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
22-year-old Walmart employee from Canyon Country
22-year-old bather from Glendora

Woman Posing as Social Worker Charged with Attempted Kidnapping

| Police Blotter | July 12, 2019

An Orange County woman was recently arrested and charged with the attempted kidnapping of a child under 14 and attempting to take a child from a parent – both felonies.

According to police, the suspect, S. Orozco Magana, knocked on the door of a new mother’s home posing as a social worker and told the woman that she was there to take her newborn child. When asked by the mother why she was there to take the baby, Magana replied that a doctor had “probably reported child abuse.” Upon being asked for credentials, Magana refused to provide them. Magana then threatened to call the Sheriff’s Department if the mother continued to refuse to hand over the 1-week-old child.

The mother continued to refuse to hand over the child, even after being threatened with police action, and her sister filmed Magana as she left the residence. One day later, after seeing the footage on television, Magana turned herself in to authorities. After being arrested and charged with the two felonies, Magana was released on $100,000 bond.

Simple kidnapping is covered under California Penal Code 207 PC and is described as moving a person a substantial distance, without that person’s consent, by using force or fear to do so. However, since Magana posed as a social worker in an attempt to trick the mother into handing over her baby, her crime could actually be considered aggravated kidnapping, which has a similar description to simple kidnapping, but with added criteria including fraud.

The penalties for simple kidnapping include 3 to 8 years in California state prison, and a maximum fine of $10,000. For aggravated kidnapping, the potential penalties include 5 to 11 years in California state prison if the victim is under 14 years of age. However, since the kidnapping didn’t actually occur, Magana’s charge and subsequent penalties will be altered as per California Penal Codes 21a and 664 PC – California’s “attempted crimes” law.

To be charged with an attempted crime in California, a person must do two things: they must intend to commit a certain crime and then perform a direct, but ineffective, act toward committing that crime. It’s possible to be convicted of attempting a crime even if an individual changes their mind part of the way through and abandons efforts to complete the crime’s commission.

Generally, when someone is convicted of an attempted crime, their penalty is reduced to half that of the original crime. So, since the penalty for aggravated kidnapping includes 5 to 11 years in California state prison, Magana’s penalty, if convicted, could be 2.5 to 5.5 years. When someone is convicted of an attempted crime that has a sentence of life in prison, they are typically sentenced to 5, 9, or 11 years. The one exception to this rule is attempted murder, which can still carry a sentence of life in prison.

Magana’s second charge falls under California Penal Code 278 PC and is described as attempting to take a minor from a legal guardian without the legal right to do so. 278 PC is a “wobbler” which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the defendant’s prior criminal history. If charged as a misdemeanor, the possible penalties include up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. For felony charges, the penalties include up to 4 years in California state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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