Friday, April 30, 2010

$1.5 Million Meth & Coke Seized in Undercover Drug Bust

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-30-2010 06:30 PM
LOS ANGELES, CA  - The California Attorney General's  (AG) office today announced that agents from the AG's  office seized $1.5 million worth of drugs, including 79 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 pounds of cocaine, $30,000 in cash and eight firearms in another successful drug bust in Southern California Thursday night.

Ramon Salazar Camargo, 33, and his accomplice, Jesus Lopez, 21, were arrested Thursday night and are being held in Los Angeles County Jail on $3 million bail each.

Thursday's arrests and seizures are the result of a successful "buy bust" operation conducted by agents from The AG's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE). Camargo and Lopez were arrested after negotiating a drug deal and delivering 20 pounds of methamphetamine to undercover agents in a Bell Gardens strip mall. After the initial seizure, officers executed a search warrant on a Los Angeles residence kept as a "stash house" where they seized additional methamphetamine, cocaine, firearms and currency.

Agencies involved in Thursday's operation included thr AG's BNE Major Narcotics and Violence Team, Imperial County Narcotic Task Force, and Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police and Crime Task Force.

Two-Time DUI, 21-year-old woman sentenced for DUI-related murder

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-30-2010 03:00 PM

SANTA ANA, CA  - Brittany Deanne Schuetz, second-time drunken driver on probation for a previous driving under the influence conviction was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison for murdering a 26-year-old motorist in an early morning high-speed crash while driving with a blood alcohol level over five times the legal limit. Schuetz, 21, Santa Ana, was convicted by a jury Feb. 16, 2010, of one felony count of murder.

On July 16, 2007, Schuetz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .14 percent on June 14, 2007. As a condition of her probation, she attended alcohol awareness classes where she was instructed about the dangers of drinking and driving.

On the night of Jan. 31, 2009, Schuetz consumed several alcoholic drinks at a party.  After midnight on Feb. 1, 2009, she left the party and ignored her friends' offers to find her a ride home and their pleas for her not to drive.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Schuetz was driving over 90 mph on Imperial Highway in a black 2003 Mazda 6.  She entered the intersection at Imperial Highway and Beach Boulevard against a red light.  After running the red light, the defendant struck victim April Whang's vehicle, which was traveling eastbound on Imperial Highway from Beach Boulevard on a green light.  Schuetz caused the crash that threw Whang from the driver's seat to the cargo area of her 2004 Acura Integra.

La Habra Police arrived at the scene to find the defendant sitting in the driver's seat of her car. Schuetz displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication including emitting a strong odor of alcohol from her breath, having bloodshot and watery eyes, and not being able to answer any of the basic questions asked by investigating officers. Two hours after the crash, the defendant had a blood alcohol level of .24 percent, five times the legal limit for a person under the age of 21.

Whang died at the scene due to multiple traumatic injuries. The victim was an ice hockey player and former figure skater.  

Deputy District Attorney Susan Price of the Homicide Unit prosecuted this case.

Mission Viejo Man Convicted of Unlawful Relations With a Minor

 Posted by CotoBlogzz:  04-30-2010 03:30 PM

SANTA ANA, CA  - Jason Alan Marian, a dance instructor was convicted today of having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old dance student and secretly videotaping several other teen girls after a pool party at his home as they changed in the bathroom. Marian, 31, Mission Viejo, was found guilty by a jury of five felony counts of using a minor for sex acts, five other felony counts , including  one misdemeanor count of secretly filming another with the intent to arouse. He faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison at his sentencing on July 16, 2010.

In April 2007, Marian and his wife were both dance instructors at Mission Viejo Dance and Performing Arts Center. On April 14, 2007, the defendant invited several female dance students, between the ages of 12 and 14 years, to his home for a party. He set up a Slip 'N Slide in a nearby park for the victims to use in their bathing suits.

After playing in the park, the defendant had the girls come back to his house for a barbecue and swimming. He set up a hidden camera in the bathroom of his house and had the unsuspecting victims change their clothes in the bathroom so as not to ruin the furniture with wet bathing suits. The defendant surreptitiously taped each of the victims as they undressed in full view of the camera.

One of the victims noticed the camera while changing and removed it from the bathroom. She gave it to her parents, who turned it over to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. During a subsequent investigation, officers learned of an unlawful sexual relationship between the defendant and a 16-year-old victim.

Between December 2005 and June 2006, the defendant groomed 16-year-old Jane Doe, a student at Mission Viejo Dance and Performing Arts Center. The victim was not a student of the defendant. He offered to assist her with a school science project by taking her to his other job at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

Deputy District Attorney Tony Ferrentino of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

Laguna Woods Man Faces Trial For Murdering 82-year-old Mother

 Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-30-2010 02:00 PM

SANTA ANA, CA -Ethan Emanuel Rosenfeld  faces trial Monday for strangling and murdering his 82-year-old widowed mother, with whom he was living in her Leisure World home.

Rosenfeld, 52, Laguna Woods, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday, May 3, 2010.

Between 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. on May 30, 2005, Rosenfeld is accused of strangling and murdering his 82-year-old widowed mother, Helen. He is accused of putting her dead body in her bed, crossing her arms across her chest, and wrapping her body in a sheet,  then taking the victim's credit card and car and leaving.

Rosenfeld is accused of going to Starbucks and a gas station and trying to use his murdered mother's credit card to buy coffee and chewing tobacco. He is accused of driving around for a while before returning to the house. At approximately 10:00 a.m., Rosenfeld is accused of calling 911 and indicating that he found his mother dead and that she had passed away in her sleep.

As Rosenfeld entered pleas of "not guilty" and "not guilty by reason of insanity," the trial will be held in two phases. In the guilt phase, during which the court will hear evidence about the crime, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the charged crime.

In the sanity phase, a jury will consider evidence to determine if the defendant was legally sane at the time of the crime.  When a defendant pleads "not guilty by reason of insanity," the burden is on the defense to prove that the defendant was more likely than not legally insane when he committed the crime. To be considered legally insane, the defense must prove that the defendant had a mental disease or defect when he committed the crime and that this defect kept the defendant from understanding the nature of his act or from understanding that his act was morally or legally wrong. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Parking Ticket Leads to Charges of WMD for Garden Grove Man

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-29-21010 02:30 PM

SANTA ANA, CA  - William Louis Poolman, will be arraigned tomorrow for mailing an envelope containing white powder to a parking citation collection company with the intention of leading the victims to believe it contained hazardous material after becoming angry over a $68 ticket. Poolman, 52, Pacific Grove, is charged with one felony count of mailing a false weapon of mass destruction causing fear and faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, April 30, 2010.

On Feb. 7, 2010, Poolman received a citation for $68.50 from the California Department of State Parks and Recreation for failing to pay for parking at Carpentaria State Park. Poolman appealed and requested a review of the citation, but the citation was upheld March 12, 2010. He was instructed to send payment to a parking citation collection agency, Judicial Data Systems, in Costa Mesa.

In the days leading up to April 12, 2010, Poolman is accused of mailing his check for $68.50 to Judicial Data Systems with a copy of his denied "Request for Violation Review" form. He is accused of including approximately one gram of a white powdery substance in the envelope with the intention of frightening the recipients into believing it was a hazardous substance. In the memo section of his check and across the request for review form, Poolman is accused of writing threatening and profane messages.

The envelope containing the white powder was received by the company in Costa Mesa on April 12, 2010. Emergency response personnel responded and ultimately determined that the substance was not hazardous. 

The defendant was arrested yesterday, April 28, 2010, at a restaurant where he worked in Monterey.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case

WMD- Weapon of Mass Distraction -Immigration

 Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-29-2010

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - WMD- Weapon of Mass Distraction -Immigration: While an important national security issue, the current debate provides talking points for both sides when the outcome is pre-determined as in the Federal Deficit Reduction Commission, while ignoring Triple Threat: In the case of the Federal Deficit Reduction Commission, we all know this is just cover for politicians when the commission reports that taxes must be raised!

We cannot get more than ONE politician (Cragi DeLuz the only one to date) to take a public position on the Triple Threat, but all are willing to chime in on the Immigration Debate to gain political points with their respective base - Let's be clear - the immigration  issue is of extreme importance, but dwells in the never never nebulosities of open ended possibilities - and just like the Federal Deficit Reduction Commission, it allows politicians cover and lets them off the hook.  Just wit what happened with the "victorious" teachers at CUSD:  While the students remain Fat, Dumb and Happy, the union goes from Fat to Fatter and Dumb to Dumber.

Likewise with the Immigration debate:  Unions, Lobbyists and Parasitic Bureaucracies control the outcome and politicians are to afraid to take them on!

If you think we are wrong, let us know which politician is willing to take a position on the Tirple Threat and or provide a SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time bound) solution to the immigration issue.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Richardson Guilty of Killing Tustin Home Depot Manager - DNA Enabled

 Posted by CotoBogzz 04-28-2010 02:30 PM

SANTA ANA - Jason Russell Richardson was found guilty today of special circumstances murder for shooting and killing a Tustin Home Depot Manager. Jason Russell Richardson, 39, Oceanside, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of robbery and burglary, and the sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death were found true. The Orange County District Attorney is seeking the death penalty in this case. The penalty phase against Richardson is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On the morning of Feb. 9, 2007, Richardson left his Oceanside home wearing a full-body painter's suit, sunglasses, dust mask, and gloves. At approximately 10:00 a.m., Richardson entered a Home Depot store in Tustin carrying a black bag with the intention of stealing money from the store. He wore a disguise to avoid being recognized while trying to blend in with customers who frequent the store. The defendant approached store employees and asked for the manager. Richardson approached the victim Thomas Egan, a store manager, pulled out a gun, and demanded all the cash kept in the store's safe. After Egan informed Richardson he did not have access to the safe, the defendant headed towards the store's front cash registers. Egan instructed nearby employees to call 9-1-1 and then followed Richardson to the front of the store. The defendant attempted to rob an employee at gunpoint and ignored Egan, who was trying to discourage him from harming or robbing anyone. Richardson shot the victim in the stomach. He stole approximately $500 and fled the scene.

The victim was transported to Western Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. He was pronounced dead approximately two hours later from massive internal bleeding caused by the gunshot wound. Egan, a retired U.S. Marine Sergeant, was a married father of 3-year-old twin girls.

During the investigation, the Tustin Police Department was able to link Richardson to the crime through DNA evidence he left at the scene. The defendant had previously submitted a DNA sample to the court on another case.

On Feb. 22, 2007, Richardson was arrested by police outside an Oceanside Parole Office.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case. 

Anaheim PD Officer Convicted of Serial DUI

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-28-2010 12:30 PM

WESTMINSTER, CA - evin Noel Schlueter was convicted today in three separate cases for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Schlueter is an officer with the Anaheim Police Department and all three incidents occurred while he was off-duty and in his personal vehicle.

Schlueter, 37, Costa Mesa, pleaded guilty to a court offer to three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs, one for each of his three cases. He was sentenced by the court to 10 months in jail, six of which are to be served in a residential drug treatment facility. He was also sentenced to five years of informal probation and a multiple-offender alcohol program.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 18, 2009, Schlueter was driving erratically and weaving through lanes on Interstate 405 near Westminster Boulevard while under the influence of drugs. A witness called 9-1-1. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded and entered onto the freeway ahead of Schlueter as the defendant approached from behind. The defendant nearly crashed into other cars on the road, including the marked CHP patrol vehicle.

When officers pulled Schlueter over, the defendant displayed objective signs of drug intoxication including shaking hands, red and watery eyes, slurred speech, and appeared lethargic. Schlueter was under the influence of prescription drugs that impaired his ability to drive including hydrocodone, hydromorphone, phenmetrazine, phendimetrazine, and carisoprodol.

He was arrested and later released and given a date to appear for arraignment. He was charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) Sept. 1, 2009, with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2010, Schlueter was driving on Oakridge Lane in Huntington Beach while impaired and under the influence of drugs. He crashed his car through the backyard fence of a residence and remained in the driver's seat with the engine running until Huntington Beach police officers arrived at the scene.

Schlueter displayed objective signs of drug intoxication including slurred speech, a lack of coordination, and a lack of balance. He was under the influence of prescription drugs that impaired his ability to drive including hydrocodone, hydromorphone, meprobamate, and carisoprodol.

Schlueter was arrested and later released and given a date to appear for arraignment. He was charged by the OCDA March 19, 2010, with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs.

At approximately 1:40 p.m. on March 2, 2010, Schlueter was driving on Cabrillo Street in Costa Mesa while impaired and under the influence of drugs. He crashed into three parked cars, reversed his vehicle, and crashed into a fourth parked car while backing up. The crash occurred outside of an ambulance company and a witness at the company assisted the defendant by placing him in the back of an ambulance until Costa Mesa police officers arrived at the scene.

Schlueter displayed objective signs of drug intoxication including having red and watery eyes and being incoherent and lethargic. He was under the influence of prescription drugs that impaired his ability to drive including phentermine, carisoprodol, and oxycodone.

Schlueter was arrested and later released and given a date to appear for arraignment. He was charged by the OCDA March 23, 2010, with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs.

Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted these cases.

Huck PAC for Chuck for US Senate

Posted By CotoBlogzz 04-28-2010 11:30 AM

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Huck PAC, the political action committee of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, has endorsed Chuck DeVore in the race for the Republican nomination for United States Senate in California. Huck PAC is dedicated to supporting strong conservative candidates across the nation who will work to defend the unborn, limit government's size and scope, and bring integrity to high office and ". Its endorsement brings with it a thriving grassroots network that mobilizes from homes and communities to deliver activism and funds where they're needed most." said a DeVore campaign press release, responding to the endorsement.

The endorsement comes at a good time in the race, given that the POLDEX® - a political index showing relative name-recognition - released in early February shows: Boxer:100%, Carly: 65%, DeVore: 19% Campbell: 17%. Coupled with the Rassmussen Report showing a Carly-Boxer race too close to call.  We have also seen the DeVore message as diffused, mostly reacting to petty issues and or mocking the opposition, rather than advancing new initiatives to support conservativism:  As a reminder, we were one of the first, if not the only ones who thought that Boxer would be vulnerable more than one year ago, but we also predicted that ObamaCare would pass, at the time Charles Krauthammer,  an American Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and political commentator had it going down 60% to 30% - in other words, dismiss us at your own peril.

Governor Huckabee said, “Chuck DeVore has a clear pro-life record, with a 100% pro-life, pro-family rating from the Capitol Resource Institute in Sacramento and a 100% rating from the pro-life, conservative California Republican Assembly. We need people like Chuck Devore in the U.S. Senate because he’ll work to bring some common sense back to Washington.”

Chuck DeVore said, "I am truly honored to have the endorsement of Governor Huckabee and Huck PAC. The Governor and I share core values, not least of which is a rock-solid commitment to pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-growth policies. Support from Huck PAC's motivated network of grassroots activists will be essential in winning this primary -- and defeating Barbara Boxer in November."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

California Obtains Settlement on Whistle Blowing Case Against AstraZeneca

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-27-2010

OAKLAND, CA -  The California Attorney General's office, today announced that California, along with other jurisdictions, has reached a $520 million settlement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, to settle allegations it engaged in the  dangerous practice of promoting drugs for unapproved uses in marketing Seroquel, its blockbuster antipsychotic drug.

London-based AstraZeneca will pay states and the federal government a total of $520 million in damages and penalties. California's share is $31 million for Medi-Cal, which provides health care to the state's poor, and other state programs.

Seroquel is an antipsychotic medication used to treat psychological disorders. From 2001 through 2006, AstraZeneca was found to have promoted the drug not only to psychiatrists, but also to primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals for unapproved uses in the treatment of medical conditions such as aggression, Alzheimer's disorder, anger management, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dementia and sleeplessness.

Doctors may prescribe medications for off-label uses, but drug makers are prohibited from promoting drugs for treatment of medical conditions not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.)

The settlement resolves claims that, as a result of these promotional activities, AstraZeneca encouraged physicians to prescribe Seroquel for children, adolescents and dementia patients in long-term care facilities for uses not medically accepted or FDA-approved. Among other side effects, the drugs have been shown to cause significant weight gain in children. The company also failed to adequately disclose studies that show Seroquel increases the risk of diabetes.

As part of the settlement, AstraZeneca will enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, which will closely monitor the company's marketing and sales practices.

This settlement is based on qui tam cases, or whistle-blower lawsuits, that were filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

"DHCS works closely with the California Department of Justice and federal authorities to identify and recover improper payments caused by these unlawful practices. The funds recovered in this action will be put back into the Medi-Cal program to serve the medically needy citizens of this state," said DHCS Director David Maxwell-Jolly.

A National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units team, including members from California and other states, participated in the investigation and entered into the settlement negotiations with AstraZeneca on behalf of the states.

Monday, April 26, 2010

SEC Porno-Gate contributes to economic meltdown. Porno-Gate in NB Leads to Murder Trial

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-26-2010

SANTA ANA, CA  - What, with SEC employees failing to connect the dots on a litany of corporate transgressions including Enron and WorldComm and most recently Madoff, Goldman Sachs &  Galleon insider-trading, Stanford (SEC knew of scheme since 1997) and a whole slew of other corporate crimes, some argue that the SEC is just simply overworked.  Others claim that SEC employees are most attentive to pornography, instead of doing their job.

On the other hand, Weston Scott Krueger  faces trial tomorrow for murdering a liquor store owner who confronted him about stealing a pornographic magazine. Krueger, 31, Newport Beach, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of a robbery. If convicted of the murder, Krueger faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27, 2010.  Not sure what will happen to incompetent SEC employees.

On the afternoon of July 28, 2007, Krueger is accused of entering Sportsman Liquor Store at 2615 Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach. He is accused of hiding a pornographic magazine under his shirt with the intention of stealing it before approaching the counter to purchase a pack of cigarettes. While Krueger was standing at the counter he was confronted by the clerk, store owner Hao Huynh, who could see the stolen magazine that the defendant was attempting to conceal.

Krueger is accused of walking out of the liquor store as Huynh followed him out. The defendant is accused of refusing to let go of the magazine as the victim attempted to get it back. He is accused of turning to the victim and violently shoving him, causing Huynh to fly through the air and fall to the ground, landing on the back of his head. Krueger is accused of picking up the magazine and briefly standing over the victim with a clenched fist to make sure that Huynh did not get up. Krueger is accused of then fleeing the scene with the stolen pornographic magazine.

Huynh was transported to the hospital, where he died the following day due to traumatic injuries to his brain. The victim had owned and worked at Sportsman Liquor Store with his wife since 1992. The victim's wife was in the store at the time of the murder.

The incident was captured on video surveillance. An uninvolved witness in the parking lot identified Krueger, with whom he had gone to high school. When officers later searched the defendant's home, Krueger is accused of being in possession of the stolen magazine and the shirt seen on the assailant in the surveillance video.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The EEOC Says we are wrong – Criminals Deserve Jobs Too.

Posted By CotoBlogzz 04-23-2010 09:00 PM

When clients ask us to suggest a cyber security plan, we start out with a number of questions, such as:  Do you know about the $1,000 fence for the $1.00 horse?  Who is the enemy?  The answer usually leads us to the What and the Why of the final proposal.  Turns out that some 70-90% of all security breaches are directly linked to insiders.  These and other fact lead us to include a recommended best business hiring process, which includes a background check on potential employees, particularly those who may be chartered with guarding the aforementioned horse.

The aforementioned approach has serves us and our clients well for more than a couple of decades.    However, in the new Which End is Up World, this may soon change:  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stepped up pressure on employers that reject applicants based on criminal records and credit scores.

In 2009, the EEOC accused Freeman, a convention and corporate events marketing company, of discriminating against minority males by routinely rejecting job applicants based on their criminal records and credit histories.  According to the EEOC, the practice violated Title VII, because it had the effects of excluding minorities who have disproportionately higher conviction rates and lower credit scores than the general population.

In 2008, the EEOC filed similar casein the Western District of Michigan, this time alleging that the policy of excluding applicants with criminal records had a disparate impact on black people.  If you read the tea leaves on who the EEOC called to testify and the prevailing political winds in Washington, it is more likely that the commission will take a harder stance on the issue of background checks, and we will need to retool our best cyber security practices.  The challenge is to come up with an acceptable solution to the conundrum:  If 70-90% of security breaches are an inside job, and you cannot exclude criminals from the job pool, what do you do?

Curiously, Linda Raede, chief judge of the Northern District of Iowa, ruled against the EEOC for its “sue first, ask questions later” approach in a sexual harassment lawsuit.  Judge Raede, ordered the EEOC to cover $4.5 million in attorney fees and expenses the CRST Van Expedited, the defendant company had racked up before the judge dismissed the case.

The latter EEOC behavior is symptomatic of what we refer to as parasitic bureaucracies.  Perhaps it is worth asking:  Is the EEOC a parasitic bureaucracy, a zealot, or simply a necessary evil?

Anaheim's Koppi faces trial for DUI related murder

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-23-2010 08:00 PM

ANTA ANA, CA  - Christopher James Koppi faces trial Monday for stalling his car on the freeway and causing a deadly collision, killing one.

Koppi, 28, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence while intoxicated. The defendant has a prior conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol in 2000. If convicted on these charges, Koppi faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. He is out of custody on $100,000 bail. Opening statements in Koppi's jury trial are expected to begin Monday, April 26, 2010

Shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, 2006, Koppi is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol southbound on State Route 57 in his gray Ford F150 pickup truck. The defendant is accused of running out of gas and coming to a complete stop in his lane underneath the Ball Road overpass. Around the same time, 59-year-old Richard James Pettigrew was also driving southbound in the same lane. The defendant is accused of blocking the lane and causing Pettigrew to crash his 1981 Datsun into the stalled pickup truck. Koppi is accused of causing the accident, which caused another driver in a Toyota Tacoma truck to crash into the back of Pettigrew's Datsun. Pettigrew died at the scene due to multiple traumatic injuries caused by blunt force trauma to the head and torso.

Drivers who came upon the accident called 9-1-1 and reported it to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). When contacted by a CHP officer at the scene, Koppi is accused of exhibiting objective signs of intoxication including blood shot eyes, slurred speech, and emitting an odor of alcohol from his breath. At approximately 6:20 a.m., almost two hours after the crash, Koppi is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .20 percent, two and a half times the legal limit.

Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case. 

Tustin's Beverly Joan Winter to be arraigned for Embezzlement

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-23-2010 08:00 PM

SANTA ANA, CA  - , Beverly Joan Winter, a  truck rental company secretary will be arraigned Monday for embezzling over $140,000 by writing company checks to herself and falsifying business financial records.

Winter, 59, Tustin, is charged with 34 felony counts of forgery and 34 felony counts of falsifying records with sentencing enhancements and allegations for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, loss over $100,000, and property damage over $65,000. If convicted, she faces a sentencing ranging from 16 months to 49 years and eight months in state prison. Winter is being held on $150,000 bail and must prove that the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, April 26, 2010

In early 2005, Winter began working as secretary for David Linskens, owner of Five Star Water Truck Rental, Inc. (Five Star) in Anaheim. Five Star provides water trucks and licensed operators to companies that require a water source for large scale construction projects.  As company secretary, Winter is accused of being responsible for managing the company's finances. She is accused of having access and control over the company's bank account, checks, and financial records.

Between June 29, 2005, and July 28, 2008, Winter is accused of forging over 130 company checks, making them payable to herself, and depositing them into her personal bank account. She is accused of writing herself checks amounting to more than $140,000 without the knowledge or consent of Linskens. In order to conceal the theft, Winter is accused of falsifying the company's financial records by altering the payee to reflect a legitimate business or individual with whom the company did business. 

In early September 2008, the bank contacted Linskens informing him that Five Star's account had been overdrawn. Upon comparing the company's bank account statements and accounting records, Linskens discovered several financial inconsistencies and contacted police.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office and Anaheim Police Department investigated this case. Winter was arrested yesterday at her Tustin home.

Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.

Vaughn Robert Biby, Nine Strike Sex offender to be Arraigned Again!

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-23-2010 03:o0 PM

SANTA ANA, CA - Vaughn Robert Biby, a sex offender with nine prior strikes convictions will be arraigned today for being in possession of hundreds of thousands of pornographic pictures and videos of children, as well as books and magazines on torture, rape and murder of children.

Biby, 46, Fullerton, is charged with one felony count each of bringing obscene matter into California, possession and control of child pornography, and sexual exploitation of a child. Biby is also charged with sentencing enhancements for nine prior strike convictions for lewd and lascivious acts on minors in Orange and Los Angeles Counties in 1995 and a prison prior for child molest. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 25 years to life to a maximum of 75 years to life in state prison. Biby is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today.

Between November 2009 and March 2010, Biby is accused of being in possession of hundreds of thousands of digital images of child pornography on his computer and photographic images in his Fullerton home. He is accused of having pornographic photographs depicting infants and young children bathing, swimming in pools, and being potty trained. The defendant is accused of having in his possession magazines about child rape, torture and murder, and how-to books for pedophiles. Biby is accused of having child pornography videos, tapes and DVDs.

Biby is accused of having Chuck E. Cheese tokens to lure children and possessing several different library cards. He is accused of having recently worked as a truck driver for a portable toilets company and delivering the portable toilets to parks and venues where children congregate.

On March 25, 2010, the Fullerton Police Department and the Department of Probation conducted Sex Offender Compliance Check searches on selected high-risk sex offenders, including Biby's residence.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Nicholson of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case. 

CAL. AG Lobbies US Senate - Refuses to join in Challenge to Constitutionality of HCR

Posted by CotoBlogzz

LOS ANGELES, CA  - As a financial reform package advances in the Senate and an unrelenting swarm of Wall Street lobbyists descends on Capitol Hill to block it, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today urged senators to preserve a critical portion of the legislation which allows states to join the fight against financial fraud on the front line.   At the same time, as a number of Attorneys General and Governors accross the country swarm to challenge the constitutionality of the ObamaCare Bill, Brown refuses to join mostly because doing so "politicizes" the issue.

Provisions of the Senate's current bill restore the authority of attorneys general to prosecute financial crimes at the state level, a move that would safeguard consumers, bolster federal oversight, and halt reckless, quick-money schemes before they spiral into national crises.

"Today, more than two years after the recession began, as thousands more Americans lose their homes, jobs and savings, states remain hamstrung in the fight against financial fraud. Even if a state witnesses a crime on its own front porch, it has limited, if any, authority to act," Brown said. "If Congress is committed to preventing another downturn and enacting robust reform, it must preserve the provisions in the current package that untie states' hands and allow us to join the fight."

To press for these provisions, Brown sent letters today to Senators Reid, McConnell, Dodd, Shelby, Feinstein and Boxer urging them to uphold the role of the states in enforcing consumer protection laws. This follows a letter Brown and 39 other state attorneys general sent in November to members of Congress on the same issue.

LACSD's Delacerda, Faces 18 Years for Assault with Firearm- Kudos to Jane Doe!

FULLERTON, CA - Sean Paul Delacerda, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was charged this week with assaulting an ex-girlfriend with a firearm after accusing her of cheating and violently holding her against her will at gunpoint in her apartment.    

Delacerda, 26, Fullerton, was charged Tuesday, April 20, 2010, with one felony count each of assault with a firearm, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence battery. He faces a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. If convicted on all counts, Delacerda faces a maximum sentence of 18 years in state prison. The defendant is being held without bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment May 7, 2010.

On April 18, 2010, Delacerda is accused of entering the home of his ex-girlfriend, Jane Doe, whom he had dated for two months, without the victim's permission. The victim was not home. When Jane Doe arrived home at approximately 4:00 p.m., the defendant is accused of asking where she had been and accusing of her cheating. He is accused of pulling out a firearm and loading one bullet into the cylinder. Jane Doe became scared and tried to run to the front door, but Delacerda is accused of chasing her, grabbing her by both arms, and keeping her inside. He is accused of forcing the victim to open her e-mail so that he could read them.

When Delarcerda was reading the e-mails, Jane Doe again tried to run to the front door to escape. The defendant is accused of chasing after her, tackling her to the ground, and climbing on top of her. He is accused of covering the victim's mouth as she screamed. Delarcerda is accused of taking the firearm with one bullet, pointing it in his mouth, and pulling the trigger while still on top of the victim. The firearm clicked but did not fire. The defendant is accused of then pointing the firearm at Jane Doe.

After pointing his firearm at the victim, Delarcerda is accused of dragging Jane Doe to her bedroom and pushing her in a closet. He is accused of returning to her computer to continue reading her e-mails. While the defendant was distracted, Jane Doe was finally able to run outside and get into her car.  Kudos to Jane DOe

Delacerda is accused of running after the victim, trying to open her locked car door, and banging on her window. He is accused of jumping on the hood of her car as she reversed and chasing after her as she drove away. Jane Doe called 9-1-1 from her car and the defendant was arrested shortly thereafter leaving the area of the victim's home. 

Deputy District Attorney Sandra Nassar of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Costa Mesa PD's Parsons Charged with Unlawful use of GPS device - Kudos to Jane Doe

Posted by CotoBlogzz

WESTMINSTER, CA  - The Orange County District Attorney's Office filed charges today against Aaron Paul Parsons, a Costa Mesa police officer for hiding a Global Positioning System (GPS) device in a woman's vehicle without her knowledge.

Parsons, 30, Costa Mesa, is charged with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of an electronic tracking device. If convicted, Parsons faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 28, 2010.

Parsons is a police officer with the Costa Mesa Police Department. On March 18, 2010, Parsons is accused of hiding a GPS device in 32-year-old Jane Doe's vehicle. He is accused of tracking her and showing up unexpectedly to places he did not frequent at the same time as the woman.

After several run-ins, Jane Doe became suspicious and checked her car. She found the GPS device, which belonged to the Costa Mesa Police Department, and reported it to police.  Kudos to Jane Doe!

Deputy District Attorney Kathleen Roberts of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

CAPO Teachers are Nice - CUSD board not Nice

Posted By CotoBlogzz 04-18-2010 05:00 PM

A Capo teacher opines that CAPO teachers are nice - the problem is with the fiscally responsible CUSD board members.  We agree - CAPO teacher are nice:

Teachers are nice and want everyone else to be nice,  this is the main reason teachers endorse criminalizing home schooling -  Parents are NOT nice -  they teach hateful thinks such as values, work ethics, commitment and getting ready to be competitive in the age of globalization.

Teachers are so nice, they support a "No school bulling day" where everyone can look and act homosexually -“ Harassing those who oppose alternate lifestyles is not viewed as hateful, as much as it is helping the misguided see there is nothing wrong with choosing an alternative lifestyle -  Teachers are so nice, they think traditional marriage is hateful -  so much so that the CTA donated $1,000,000 to defeat Proposition 8.

Teachers are so nice, they want to expose younger children to and teach them that alternative life styles is OK -  this is why teachers accused of sexual abuse are rarely, if ever removed. or any other transgression for that matter.

Teachers are so nice, they have gone to great lengths to accommodate Muslim students and reject Christian practices, because the first is a religion of peace, the latter preaches hate.

Teachers are so nice, they refuse to teach values such as work ethics, after all, what matter is that everyone is fat, dumb and happy.  In the progressive socialist America, they all get what they want and cannot afford as long as they make nice.

Teachers are so nice, the CTA  is the top spender in Sacramento - spending $211,849,298 wining and dining lawmakers to make sure lawmakers are also nice and support nice legislation.

Lessons Learned?  California teachers can learn  from the Birds and the Bees, the Ants and the Chimpanzees:  Laggards do not eat.  They pick up their fair share of the workload, or else they get kicked out of the community.

Teach a child to read, take a teacher out to lunch and tell him about the Birds and the Bees, the Ants and the Chimpanzees

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Connecting the Dots While Rushing to Supreme Judgment

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-17-2010 10:00 AM

Let us not rush to judgment, the President of the United States admonished Americans, immediately after the November 5, 2009, Fort Hood massacre which occurred less than a month before  Nidal Malik "AbduWali" Hasan, a U.S. Army Major  would have deployed to Afghanistan.  After all, his last name does not necessarily make him a Muslim and does not necessarily link him to Islamic Terrorist or any other terrorists organization for that matter, the President reasoned.

Shortly thereafter, it was confirmed that Nidal Malik "AbduWali" Hasan was a Muslim, that his family tried to warn authorities about Hasan's dangerous radical views, but apparently all of this fell on deaf ears.  "Nidal Hasan is a hero", says an Imam who preached at the  Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Virginia, praising the attack.  - His mother's funeral service was held at the  Dar al-Hijrah mosque that year at a time when Anwar al-Awlaki was its imam.

Long after the reports into the investigation of the massacre have been filed, the Army brass  wants it to be  known politically correctly as the Army of the Many, as opposed to the Army of One, for instance.

While the President and the US Intelligence community failed to connect the dots immediately after the Foot Hood massacre, Americans did not. 

The emerging shortlist of possible Supreme Court Justice nominees is another case of connecting the dots:  

The President's short list presents a clear preference for judges who rely on personal experience and emotion under the guise of "empathy," rather than the Constitution, in their rulings or judicial philosophies. They embrace an activist view of judicial responsibility, utilizing the courts as vehicles of social change rather than interpreters of the law. With few exceptions, the individuals who are said to be on President Obama's short list (remember:  "You have to pass legislation to know what is in it!") :

Support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for all federal purposes

Approve of same-sex civil unions or same-sex marriage

Generally oppose efforts to enact common-sense abortion measures that protect mothers as well as the preborn, such as requiring abortion providers to verify a mother's informed consent, or requiring parental notification or consent for a child to have an abortion. 

Devaluing traditional marriage worse than the Greenback: 

The coming Supreme Court nominee debate will further highlight how the administration and Congress are pursuing a course of social change that is contrary to the American people's values of marriage and family.

The U.S. Census Bureau has decided to ignore DOMA by encouraging same-sex couples to report themselves as married if they feel that they are--even in the 30 states where constitutional amendments protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman! Americans may ask: If the administration is content to ignore the rule of law, and Congress can claim "there are no rules" and trash the Constitution in its social engineering efforts, will it nominate a Supreme Court Justice who will do the same? The American people will be watching, and connecting the dots.

It is expected that the President will  announce his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court in the next few weeks, and Americans will continue  rushing  to judgment.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Deputy DA Jason Baez Honored by Community Service Programs (CSP) Victim Assistance Program

Posted by CotoBlogzz  04-16-2010 07:00 PM

SANTA ANA, CA- Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez, an Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) prosecutor was honored today with the Victim Service Award for Courts by Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP) Victim Assistance Programs, an award that honors the work of individuals who go above and beyond to advocate for victims' rights and provides high-quality victim service.

Deputy DA Baez, who prosecutes vehicular homicide cases in the Homicide Unit, was presented the award at the Annual CSP Victims' Rights Conference today, April 16, 2010, at the Costa Mesa Hilton. Baez was nominated by two Victim Advocates for his compassion and commitment while working with victims in 2004 in juvenile court and currently in the Homicide Unit. Nominations for the award are submitted by CSP Victim Assistance Programs staff and the award recipient is then selected by a committee.

CSP created Victim Assistance Programs to alleviate victims' trauma and the devastating effects of crime and guide them through the criminal justice system. Since its creation in 1978, Victim Assistance Programs has worked closely with Orange County law enforcement agencies to encourage witness and victim cooperation in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Victim Assistance Programs has been recognized at the national and state level for providing innovative services for victims and witnesses of crimes, including support counseling, information, and referral services.

The Victims' Rights Conference kicks off National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which is April 18 to April 24, 2010. CSP is a sponsor of the Orange County District Attorney's 2nd Annual Victim's Rights March and Rally. For information on the April 20, 2010, march and rally, please visit

Dirty National Cleaning Solvent Distributor Safety-Kleen to Pay Up $15M

Posted By CotoBlogzz 04-16-2010 02:30 PM

SANTA ANA, CA  - Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. (Safety-Kleen), a  national distributor of cleaning solvents agreed to pay $15 million in two cases charging that it contaminated the environment by selling products that emit more than 30 times the legal limit of smog-producing components. The settlement was filed by the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) in the Superior Court of California in Orange County.

This case was jointly prosecuted by the OCDA, the District Attorney's Offices of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. The case was investigated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban areas of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. This area is known as the South Coast Air Basin.

Safety-Kleen is a national supplier of solvents and cleaning supplies to automotive and auto body shops, service stations, parts manufacturers, and other businesses. Industrial solvents have many uses including cleaning parts, working areas and equipment. Safety-Kleen, a Wisconsin corporation based out of Plano, TX, advertises on their website,, that they are a "green," "eco-friendly," company that creates "an environment that's good for business and the planet," and promises an "ironclad guarantee for compliance."

Following an investigation by AQMD, it was determined that Safety-Kleen was knowingly selling and providing illegal petroleum-based solvents to businesses in the South Coast Air Basin containing illegally high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs, when emitted into the air, are contaminants that contribute to the creation of smog when exposed to sunlight. These illegal products contained over 30 times the legal level of VOCs. VOCs may trigger a variety of serious health risks including chest pain, throat and lung irritation, coughing, congestion, and can aggravate bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.

In 1999, the laws for the South Coast Air Basin were enacted to drastically reduce the allowable level of VOC emissions, effectively outlawing the use of petroleum-based, high VOC solvents for the vast majority of businesses in the South Coast Air Basin. California is divided into air districts and each district sets the rules for VOC emissions in their area. Based on the statute of limitations, this case against Safety-Kleen covers violations over the past four years.

As part of this settlement, Safety-Kleen has agreed to pay $12 million in civil penalties for their unlawful business practices to the five prosecuting agencies including the City Attorney and four District Attorney's Offices. To help ensure the protection of public health, Safety-Kleen will also be subject to a permanent injunction preventing any further violations of AQMD rules and regulations including, but not limited to:
1) Knowingly or negligently emitting air contaminants in the South Coast Air Basin from solvents that contain VOCs in excess of regulatory limits;
2) Aiding, abetting, advising, or encouraging the use of solvent cleaning products that contain VOCs in excess of regulatory limits;
3) Making untrue or misleading statements of fact to the public regarding its VOC containing solvents and solvent services;
4) Creating, contributing to or maintaining a public nuisance caused by providing non-compliant cleaning solvents that contain illegal levels of VOCs to end users in the South Coast Air Basin; and
5) Selling or offering for sale non-compliant solvents in the South Coast Air Basin.

As part of this settlement, Safety-Kleen is also required to:
1) Create, maintain and regularly update a website identifying the few Safety-Kleen customers who are lawfully using high-VOC solvents pursuant to an exemption.  (These exemptions allow for a small number of businesses to lawfully use products with higher levels of VOCs for some processes including the manufacture, repair and maintenance of medical devices and pharmaceuticals.) AQMD will have administrative access to this site to aid in the enforcement of the injunction.
2) Establish and maintain a training program for all employees that have any control over the sale or the offer to sell products including, but not limited to, advertising, marketing and selling all solvent products to end users in the South Coast Air Basin. This training will ensure that Safety-Kleen employees are familiar with the rules and regulations involving permissible products for use in the South Coast Air Basin and the law surrounding the accuracy of their representations to the public.

The $12 million unlawful business practice penalties will be used by the prosecuting agencies for future prosecutions of consumer and environmental protection cases. The OCDA, the District Attorney's Offices of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, and the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will continue to work with AQMD to investigate and prosecute unlawful business practices and violations of air quality regulations in the South Coast Air Basin.

AQMD Air Quality Settlement
In an independent action filed simultaneously to the unlawful business practices settlement, Safety-Kleen agreed to pay $3 million to AQMD for violations of air quality regulations. These violations included those committed by Safety-Kleen and by individual businesses using Safety-Kleen products in the South Coast Air Basin. Safety-Kleen will be prohibited from any further violations of AQMD air quality regulations and is required to perform additional record keeping, reporting, and employee training.

Deputy District Attorney William Fallon of the Environmental Protection Unit handled this case on behalf of the OCDA. Deputy District Attorney Dan Silverman handled this case on behalf of the San Bernardino District Attorney's Office. Deputy District Attorney Farrel Evans handled this case on behalf of the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. Deputy District Attorney Elise Farrell handled this case on behalf of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. The case was handled for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office by Special Assistant City Attorney Vince Sato, Assistant City Attorney Patty Bilgin, and Deputy City Attorney Michelle Lyman.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dirty Dr. Faces 20 Years in Sophisticated Medi-Cal Fraud And Dr. Shopping Ring

Dirty Dr. Faces 20 Years in Sophisticated Medi-Cal Fraud And Dr.  Shopping Ring

Posted By CotoBlogzz: 04-15-2010 10:00AM

SAN DIEGO, CA -Attorney General (AG) Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the arrests of doctor Dr. Mohammed Tarek Kady and two employees operating a "complex, multi-level scheme" that bilked more than $200,000 from low-income patients and government agencies by overcharging and prescribed pain medication to individuals who had no medical need for it.

According to the AG's office, beginning in 2007, the three individuals arrested Wednesday perpetrated their scheme to defraud state and federal health insurance programs and patients in the San Diego area.  "These individuals operated a complex, multi-level fraud scheme," Brown said. "Today's arrests are a result of the cooperative efforts of state and federal law enforcement to take this dirty doctor off the streets."

The individuals arrested  include Dr. Mohammed Tarek Kady, 55, Mario Ramirez Zarco, 31, and Ana Audelo, 23, all three from Chula Vista.

All three individuals were charged with violating California Penal Code sections 182(a)(1), 182(a)(4), 487(a), and 550(b)(3) for conspiring to cheat and defraud, to commit grand theft, and commit insurance fraud.

In addition, Kady was also charged with:
- One count of violating California Welfare and Institutions Code section 14107(b)(4)(A) for Medi-Cal fraud
- Five counts of violating California Penal Code section 487(a) for grand theft
- Three counts of violating California Penal Code section 550(a)(6) for insurance fraud
- Seven counts of violating California Health and Safety Code section 11153(a) for illegal prescribing
- One count of violating California Labor Code 3700.5(a) for failing to obtain worker's compensation for employees
- Special Allegations of theft, including theft in excess of $100,000.

The arrests are the result of a cooperative effort between Brown's office, the San Diego District Attorney's Insurance Fraud Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Diego Health Care Fraud Squad and San Diego Organized Crime Squad, the California Department of Industrial Relations, and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Tactical Diversion Squad.

In February 2009, an Anthem Blue Cross investigator reported Kady's pediatric office in Chula Vista was unlawfully charging fees to patients enrolled in state and federal health insurance plans.

Two of Kady's employees, Mario Zarco and Ana Audelo, unlawfully charged patients $50 to $500 for assistance in enrollment in state and federal health insurance coverage. Kady himself unlawfully charged patients an additional $200 to $300 fee to examine their newborn children in the hospital.

Investigators estimate that Kady unlawfully charged more than $60,000 for services to individuals and families enrolled in state and federal health insurance coverage.

Brown's investigation also showed Kady frequently traveled out of the country for several weeks at a time but continued to charge for his services at his Chula Vista office. Reimbursement claims indicate Kady charged more than $160,000 for services when, in reality, he was out of the country.

In addition to overcharging for services and charging for services never performed, Kady prescribed pain medication to individuals without any justifiable medical purpose, enabling patients apparently "doctor shopping" for drugs. Kady wrote prescriptions for opiates, including the narcotic, Vicodin, and codeine cough syrups to drug addicts abusing the drugs and illegally selling them. On seven DEA sting operations, most recently last month, Kady prescribed narcotics without medical justification.

Kady's patients were instructed to fill their pain medication prescription at one San Diego pharmacy. An employee at the pharmacy became suspicious after dozens of individuals attempted to fill prescriptions, written by Kady, at the pharmacy each Friday. The investigation revealed Kady and the pharmacy owner had a quid pro quo arrangement in which the pharmacy would kick back some $3 per prescription.

According to the Medical Board of California, Mohammed Tarek Kady was licensed as a physician in December 1997. He is a family practitioner with board certification in Pediatrics, and maintained two clinics, one in Chula Vista and one in San Diego.

If convicted of all charges, Kady faces as much as 20 years in prison. Zarco and Audelo face up to 6 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

When Never Again is not a Function of What Is, Is.

Posted By CotoBlogzz 04-14-2010 07:00

On April 12, the nation of Israel stood in silence for two minutes remembering the 6 Million who perished in the Holocaust, while world leaders engaged largely in a much publicized Global Mutually Assured Distraction conference - a most useless waste of global resources by the same leaders  largely responsible for the global state of affairs and seemingly agree with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who regularly asserts that the Holocaust never happened.

During the opening ceremony of the
Holocaust Memorial Day Israel President Shimon Peres said at  "Israel will never forget two commands from the Holocaust: The strong command to maintain an independent Jewish state, whose security is in its own hands, and with peace in its heart, and the command to take seriously threats of annihilation, Holocaust denial, and incitement to terror." 


While IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said "In the In the name of my father and his family who dreamt of an independent sovereign state, and in the name of all the millions who never got to witness the realization of their dream I stand here today as the commander of the Jewish defending force, the Israel Defense Forces, and pledge on behalf of us all: We shall never again stand defenseless and in the mercy of others. Never again will Jewish children stare in fear begging to be spared. Never again will we let our enemies determine the fate of the Jewish people and we will able to protect our sons." When all of this comes on the heels of the current Administration's efforts to marginalize Israel's  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and more than likely pursue a regime change, Ashkenazi are quite ominous, although not un-expected, as it is clear that at this time is deja vu all over again:  It is Israel Against the World, and this does not bode well for the future of a prosperous United States of America, make not mistake about it.

At the "Unto Every Person There is a Name" Ceremony Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:  "My father-in-law's entire close and extended families - except for a few members - were murdered, including in the death camps.  His parents - my wife's grandfather Moshe Hahn and her grandmother Ita - and twin sister Yehudit were murdered; the latter was only 24."

At this time, it is clear that the US Administration uses words not unlike Humpty Dumpty - to mean, just whatever it wants.

CA Attorney Generals Office - Politics' Free Zone

Posted by Cotoblogzz 04-142010:100 AM

SAN FRANCISCO - Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced yesterday that his office has launched a broad investigation into the California State University Stanislaus Foundation to include an examination of its finances and the alleged dumping of documents into a university dumpster, after State Senator Leland Yee asked Brown to investigate the refusal of California State University Stanislaus to turn over records, pertaining to the $500-a-plate June 25 speaking engagement of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at the university's 50th anniversary gala.

Allegedly, the " expanded inquiry will seek to determine whether the foundation, is spending its money to benefit the campus,... Prudent financial stewardship is crucial at a time in which universities face vastly decreased funding and increased student fees," Attorney General Brown said.

Related to stewardship, Minnesota  Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the governors of Nevada and Arizona have joined 14 Attorneys General  challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted ObamaCare legislation.  Attorney General Brown has refused to join in stating in essence that the California Attroney General's Office is a politics' free zone. Given that California is insolvent, the Attorney General has not said how he, if elected governor will implement ObamaCare or determine whether Joe the Taxpayer's money is spent to benefit Joe, for insance.

On a related story, on March 31, 2010, the Attorney General's Office  released a report, including newly obtained videotapes, that shows some members of the community organizing group ACORN engaged in highly inappropriate behavior, but committed no violation of criminal laws, while slamming videographer James O'Keefe III.  The report did warn that the resurrected ACORN by the Name of ACCE does not fall far from the ACORN tree, however.

Mutually Assured Distraction Conference Yields Nuclear Fuel Pledge

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-14-2010 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON— In what amounted to a Global Mutually Assured Distraction,  world leaders took plenty of opportunities to dine, wine and whine with mostly birds of a feather. The excuse...err. objective of everyone's attention was a 20-year old recycled plan to lock down tons of weapons-usable nuclear fuel by 2014.

The plan relies heavily on the motto:  If you trust, why verify - that is, the plan does not contain  legally binding plans to secure prescribed amounts of nuclear material or convert nuclear reactors that use highly enriched uranium to less-dangerous fuel. The leaders agreed to  work together "as appropriate" and would make such conversions "where technically and economically feasible," according to the final documents.  The plan makes each nation responsible for its own implementation.  So China, France, Germany and Russia are to stop helping North Korea and Iran acquire nuclear weapons, and under the plan, world leader will trust and not verify the implementation, assuring rouge states do not go nuclear.

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R, Ariz.), did not think  much of the Mutually Assured Distraction talks. "Despite the talk, it appears we are no closer to tough sanctions or a meaningful Security Council resolution today, seven months after the President said that the regime would face sanctions. The Russian and Chinese statements of the past two days only go to show that the president's policy to deal with Iran is failing," he said.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Women to be arraigned for murder of newborn in toilet

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04--09-2010 05:00 PM

SANTA ANA, CA  - Yanira Valderrama is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges for murdering her newborn immediately after giving birth by drowning the baby in her bathroom toilet and throwing the body into a trash can.

Valderrama, Fullerton, 20, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of child abuse with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison. The Orange County District  Attorney's Office will be requesting Valderrama be held on $1 million bail at her arraignment Monday, April 12, 2010.

At approximately 10 p.m., on Sept. 4, 2009, Valderrama, then 19 years old, is accused of giving birth to a baby boy in her bathroom of her family's Fullerton home. The defendant is accused of putting the newborn in her bathroom toilet when she heard her mother try to enter from the connecting bedroom. No one in her family knew she was pregnant. After Valderrama's mother left the bedroom, the defendant is accused of wrapping the newborn in a t-shirt and throwing the baby into a bedroom trashcan. Shortly after, Valderrama is accused of expelling the placenta and hiding it underneath the bathroom sink.

Later that night, Valderrama's mother entered the bathroom and saw, the large amounts blood, and called 9-1-1.  The paramedics arrived and transported the placenta, which her mother found under the sink, and the defendant to the hospital. Upon arriving at Anaheim Memorial Hospital, doctors examined Valderrama and determined that she had just given birth and alerted police. That same night, Anaheim police found the discarded newborn in the defendant's bedroom trash can.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

California's DNA Data Bank Pays Dividends, While the n-Controversy Continues

 Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-08-2010

Los Angeles, CA -Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that the state DNA Data Bank has now matched 12,000 crime scene DNA samples to violent offenders and other suspects, helping to "secure thousands of convictions" of rapists, murderers, and kidnappers.

English jurist William Blackstone opined that it was   "better that n guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer," where n=10.  The ratio 10:1 has become known as the "Blackstone ratio." While the value for  n varies from 1-100 in some 45 states,  Alabama, California, New York, Ohio, and Virginia seem to be special cases.  California  courts have been all over the map.

Now, consider that the states' DNA Data Bank's 12,000th match was made at the state DNA database facility in Richmond. On average, the DNA Data Bank receives 300 hits per month. In March, the Data Bank had 405 DNA matches, the most ever in a single month, according to the AG's office.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is dismissing drug and misdemeanor charges in exchange for the defendant's DNA. in his  bid to build  the county's DNA database and trim prosecution costs - So clearly. DNA processing is a good thing, right?

Mostly for the rich in famous as in the case of OJ Simpson.

While we were the only ones to question the significance of the OC Sheriff-Coroner ASCLD/LAB Accreditation.  Months later we were vindicated by a congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council which found serious deficiencies in the nation's forensic science system, calling for major reforms and new research

However, AG Brown hailed 12K match as  ". a remarkable milestone in the advancement of criminal justice technology, the DNA database has been used in over 12,000 investigations and contributed to thousands of convictions of the most violent criminals. Otherwise, these crimes are likely to go unsolved."

Recent notable cases in which the California Department of Justice assisted local law enforcement in the apprehension of dangerous sexually violent predators through DNA evidence include:

- In February, John Gardner III, a convicted sex offender, was arrested on suspicion of rape and homicide in the disappearance of Chelsea King, a 17-year-old high school student from San Diego County who went jogging in a park. She was found in a shallow grave in the park.
- In January, David Joseph Carpenter, a Death Row inmate also known as the "Trailside Killer", was linked by DNA evidence to the killing of Mary Bennet, who was stabbed to death in San Francisco. The crime occurred in 1979. (Additional cases are listed below.)

The DNA Data Bank has been in operation since 1994 and contains over 1.5 million DNA samples. Approximately 25,000 samples are added to the database each month.
In criminal investigations each day, state and local law enforcement agencies submit evidence from crime scenes to one of California's seven Department of Justice crime labs or 15 local labs with forensic DNA capability. These labs try to establish DNA profiles to identify the perpetrators.

The DNA profiles then are uploaded to California's database and sent to the national Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which indexes samples for searching in categories such as convicted offenders, arrestees, crime scene samples, missing persons, relatives of missing persons, and unidentified human remains. DNA from convicted offenders and arrestees is compared with crime scene samples, and crime scene samples are compared to link cases together.


In September 2009, Richard Ramirez, a Death Row inmate known as the "Night Stalker", was linked to yet another crime: the 1984 killing of a 9-year-old San Francisco girl, Mei Leung, after San Francisco Police Department criminalists reprocessed old evidence in the case to obtain DNA.

In August 2009, a 34-year-old cold case was solved when Dennis Vasquez, 50, of Los Angeles, was arrested and required to submit a DNA sample to authorities. Vasquez's DNA matched the DNA found at a murder scene in 1975. He is being prosecuted for murder by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

In March 2009, Ryan Nigel Curtis, 27, of Los Angeles, was arrested for stabbing a man after an argument in Huntington Beach. Curtis' DNA was obtained from a cigarette pack he left before fleeing.

In May 2008, Alberto Pablo Ruiz, 25, of San Jose, was sentenced to 41 years in prison after he assaulted a female jogger in Alum Rock Park in San Jose. The San Jose Police Department linked Ruiz through DNA evidence found on the victim and at the crime scene. Ruiz's DNA had been submitted to the database for previous violations.

In March 2008, James Dixon, 37, of Pomona, was sentenced to death after his DNA matched DNA found at a 2001 murder scene in Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's office obtained DNA from a cigar tip found in the truck where the victim was murdered. Dixon's DNA also matched that found in a 1996 home invasion in which two females were raped. The accomplice in the 1996 home invasion and rape had been sentenced to 70 years to life.

In 2001, a woman's body was found near Mussel Shoals beach in Ventura County. The Ventura County Sheriff's Office collected DNA and uploaded it into the national DNA database. The sample matched Douglas Dworak, 43, of Oakview, a convicted rapist who had been sentenced to death in 2005.

The question remains, what should the value of n be in California, particularly in light o f the serious deficiencies in the nation's forensic science system?

Move and I Shoot Nuclear Arms Deal

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-08-2010 11:30 AM

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed today what is being dubbed the "Move & I Shoot" Nuclear Arms Deal, the most significant arms-control treaty in nearly two decades.

"The pursuit of peace and calm and cooperation among nations is the work of both leaders and peoples in the 21st century," Mr. Obama said, pointing to the recently passed Health Care Debate as an example of when to use the Nuclear Option.

"We must be as persistent and passionate in our pursuit of progress as any who would stand in our way," he added.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

OC Medical Center Secretary Sentenced for Bilking Cash Registers

Posted by Cotoblogzz 04-07-2010 02:00PM

WESTMINSTER, CA - Bridget Dominique Ganier, former executive assistant at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center was sentenced yesterday for embezzling over $300,000 from the hospital by stealing cash from its cafeteria registers. Ganier, 38, Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement. She was sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $306,000 in restitution.

In 1998, Ganier began working as a cafeteria secretary at the non-profit hospital in Fountain Valley. In September 2003, the defendant was promoted to a cafeteria executive assistant position. Ganier felt she deserved the vacant head cafeteria position, despite the fact she lacked the required qualifying credentials. The defendant's new job charged her with supervising the daily cafeteria revenues and deposits.

Between September 2003 and June 2008, Ganier stole over $300,000 in cash from cafeteria registers and deposited the money into her personal bank accounts. The defendant altered cafeteria receipts and records to conceal the theft. Ganier spent the money on a lavish lifestyle including purchasing a new home in Las Vegas, rental homes in Orange County, multiple vehicles, jet skis, and other luxury items. In June 2008, while Ganier was on vacation, hospital administrators discovered that cafeteria deposits doubled in her absence and contacted police. In July 2008, Ganier was fired by the hospital and went to live in her Las Vegas home. During the defendant's last month of employment, the cafeteria revenue totaled $9,280. The month following her termination, the cafeteria revenue totaled $28,565.

Fountain Valley police conducted the investigation. In November 2009, the defendant was arrested in court after turning herself in on the arrest warrant.

Deputy District Attorney Chuck Lawhorn of the White Collar Crime Team prosecuted this case.

No Valero Smokes for Minors According to AG G. Brown

Posted by CotoBlogzz 04-07-2010 10:00 AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - California Attorney General G. Brown Jr. today announced a multi-state agreement with Valero Oil to stop young people from purchasing tobacco products at its convenience stores.

"For years gas station convenience stores have served as an illegal provider for underage smokers. Today, Valero has finally joined the growing list of companies that have made a commitment to prevent illegal access to tobacco," Attorney General Brown said. "Smoking remains a serious public-health problem in our country, and we need to do everything possible to keep young people from picking up the habit."

Valero Energy Corporation is a Fortune 500 oil and gas refining and retail company based in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The company owns and operates 18 refineries throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.3 million barrels per day, making it the largest refiner in North America. Valero is also one of the US's largest retail operators with more than 5,000 retail and branded wholesale outlets in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean under various brand names, including Valero, Diamond Shamrock, Ultramar, Shamrock, and Beacon.

Every day, some 2,000 children begin smoking in this country. One-third of them will die of tobacco-related diseases. Nearly half of underage smokers said they bought their cigarettes at gas station convenience stores.

Attorneys General throughout the country reached this agreement after a nationwide investigation, led by Brown's office, of tobacco selling practices at convenience stores owned by or affiliated with Valero.

The agreement includes the following provisions:

- Valero retail personnel will receive training about the health risks associated with childhood tobacco use.
- Valero will administer independent compliance checks to monitor sales practices at company-owned convenience stores, to ensure they are not selling tobacco to minors.
- Vending machines, free samples, and self-service displays of tobacco products will be prohibited at company-owned stores.
- In-store tobacco advertisements will be limited to reduce youth demand for tobacco products.
- Valero will require all of its convenience store operators to notify the company if tobacco products are sold to minors in violation of state law.
- The states will continue to impose sanctions against stores that sell tobacco to minors.

There are over 900 Valero stations in California. Although Valero does not directly own or operate the convenience stores at many of those stations, it has agreed to adopt procedures designed to reduce tobacco sales to minors at all of its outlets.

Nationwide, 47% of underage youths who reported buying cigarettes said they got them at gas station convenience stores. Studies have linked retail tobacco marketing with underage smoking. In addition, many convenience stores are located near schools and playgrounds. Studies show that most adult smokers began smoking before the age of 18.

Recently, other multi-state agreements have been inked to curb the sale of tobacco to minors at gas station convenience stores, including Conoco, Phillips 66, 76, Exxon, Mobil, BP, ARCO, Chevron, and Shell, as well as retail and pharmacy outlets operated by Kroger, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, and Wal-Mart. Participating grocery stores include Ralphs, Safeway, and Vons.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Lake Forest Marijuana Dispensary Employees Convicted of Illegal Possession

Posted By CotoBlogzz 04-06-2010 10:30 AM

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - Two defendants, an owner and a manager, have pleaded guilty for their role in the sale of marijuana from a marijuana dispensary business in Lake Forest. Steven John Wick, 26, Rancho Santa Margarita, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. He admitted to the sentencing enhancements for crime-bail-crime, as he was out of custody on two other marijuana-related crimes from Orange and Humboldt Counties at the time of his arrest. He was sentenced to three years in state prison for this case.

As a term of Wick's plea agreement, he is expected to plead guilty to his other 2009 Orange County case. He will plead guilty to one felony count of possession of marijuana for sale and possessing more than $25,000 obtained through illegal drug sales. He will be sentenced to an additional one year in state prison for this case, bringing his total sentence to four years in state prison.

Marilynn Geneva Manuel, 29, Rancho Santa Margarita, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession for sale of marijuana and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation. Her jail sentence was stayed pending successful completion of her probation.

Co-defendant Tara Elizabeth Sorenson, 22, Rancho Santa Margarita, is charged with three felony counts of the sale of marijuana and one felony count of possession of marijuana for sale. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison. Sorenson is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 29, 2010

Under California state law, the cultivation, possession, distribution, and/or sale of marijuana is illegal. California law only provides an affirmative defense to those with a physician's recommendation or to their primary caregiver for the possession or cultivation of marijuana for the personal medical purposes of the patient. California law also allows qualified patients and their primary caregivers to associate in order to collectively and cooperatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. This affirmative defense does not apply to the sale of marijuana. Distribution and sale of marijuana to individuals with a physician's recommendation without any other relationship, such as through a dispensary, is not permitted under California law.

Wick and Manuel have pleaded guilty in this case. Sorenson is accused of the crimes described below.

Between January and November 2009, Wick owned and operated a marijuana distribution business called The Health Collective on Raymond Way in Lake Forest. Manuel assisted with managing and operating the business. Sorenson is accused of co-owning The Health Collective with Wick and illegally selling Marijuana.

Wick and Maniel sold marijuana to any person with a physician's recommendation without any relationship to the purchaser and without requiring or requesting them to participate in collectively or cooperatively cultivating marijuana. They were in possession of marijuana with the intent to illegally sell it. Sorenson is accused of doing the same.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Schunk of the Major Narcotics Unit prosecuted this case