Archive for ◊ February, 2011 ◊

• Monday, February 28th, 2011

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Arrested for DUI in the City of Fullerton?  Booked at the Fullerton City Jail for DUI?   Facing a DUI charge can be overwhelming.  You will have to deal with both the Orange County criminal courts as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles.  YOU HAVE A 10 DAY DMV DEADLINE FOR YOUR ATTORNEY TO CONTACT DMV TO STOP THE LICENSE SUSPENSION.  Call us immediately at (949) 872-2700.

If you were arrested for a Fullerton DUI then your court appearance will be at the North Justice Center located at 1275 North Berkeley Avenue, Fullerton, California 92832-1258.  If you were arrested in the City of Fullerton then you will be prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

DUI is driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or their combined influence.  A person is “under the influence of alcohol” as defined in California is “when as a result of drinking such liquor his physical and mental abilities are impaired so that he no longer has the ability to drive a vehicle with the caution characteristic of a sober person of ordinary prudence under the same or similar circumstances”.

Depending on whether or not you were arrested for a first offense DUI, a second offense DUI, third offense DUI or fourth offense DUI or more will determine possible outcomes for your case.   The various terms and conditions of probation can be jail time, California State approved alcohol programs from three months to thirty months, loss of license, AA meetings, restitution fine, community service, rehabilitation programs, alcohol monitoring bracelet to mention a few of the terms and conditions a court could impose.

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Oranges and Oil – A Fullerton History



“There is a secret in building a town,” George H. Amerige wrote in 1937. “Do you want to know what it is?”

“It takes a stiff backbone, a spirit of progressiveness and determination to win out, and a disposition that can stand all sorts of criticism.”

George Amerige wrote from experience: Some 50 years earlier, he and his brother, Edward, set the foundations for one of Orange County’s major cities.

In 1887, George and Edward Amerige founded Fullerton.

But Fullerton’s story is much older than the Ameriges. It stretches back to prehistoric times when animals such as saber-toothed tigers and mammoths roamed the land. Bones of these first inhabitants have been found in Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in northwest Fullerton.

The earliest evidence of human habitation in Orange County dates to as long ago as 17,000 years, which was the age determined by carbon dating of the famed “Laguna Woman,” whose skull was discovered in Laguna Beach.

These early humans gradually gave way over the centuries to a peaceful tribe of Indians who were skilled in basket weaving. They were called “Gabrielinos” after the San Gabriel Mission, under whose protection they fell. A small Gabrielino village was once located at what is now Bastanchury Road and Malvern Avenue.

No one knows how long the Gabrielinos lived in the area or why they gradually began to fade from the landscape; however, they were on hand to greet the first European explorers who entered the area in 1769. These were the soldiers of Gaspar de Portola, sent by Spain to claim the land and bring Christianity to the Indians. The soldiers passed through the Fullerton area on their way to establish the San Gabriel Mission.

By the 1830s, the face of the Fullerton landscape began to change. The broad unfettered expanses of mustard fields and cactus became part of the vast 35,000- acre land grant of Juan Pacifico Ontiveros, a Spanish soldier.

In 1848, California became part of the United States, triggering a rush of homesteaders, businessmen, and, with the discovery of gold in 1849, miners. Ontiveros began selling his Rancho San Juan Cajon de Santa Ana land to those newcomers, one of whom was Abel Stearns, a Massachusetts native. In the 1860s, Stearns, suffering a severe financial setback, saved his land from foreclosure by subdividing and selling it.

One of Stearns’ first customers was Domingo Bastanchury, a Basque shepherd who purchased the majority of the rancho land in what is now northern Fullerton for his own sheep ranch. St. Jude Medical Center sits on land once part of the Bastanchury Ranch.

With the advent of the 1880s, Southern California was the scene of a “land boom” sparked by the area’s growing prosperity and the promotional campaigns of the railroads. It is at this point that George and Edward Amerige join the Fullerton story.

The Ameriges were grain merchants in Malden, Mass., when, in 1886, they sold their business and headed west to investigate the land boom for themselves. Arriving first in San Francisco, they worked their way south, purchasing a fruit ranch in Sierra Madre.

On a duck hunting vacation to the Westminster marshes near Anaheim in early 1887, the Ameriges overheard the “locals” talking about the hot news of the day – that the California Central Railroad, a subsidiary of Santa Fe, was looking for land. George H. Fullerton, president of the Pacific Land and Improvement Co., also a Santa Fe subsidiary, had been sent west specifically to purchase land for railroad right-of-way.

The Ameriges learned that a likely site for a town was located north of Anaheim. The brothers were so convinced of the potential of the area that they sold their Sierra Madre holdings and opened a real estate office in Anaheim. They then began negotiating for the land, arranging to buy 430 acres at a cost of approximately $68,000.

Discussions next began with Pacific Land and Improvement, with the Ameriges offering free right-of-way and half interest in the land if the railroad survey were altered to include the proposed townsite. With George Fullerton’s assurance that the area would be included, the Ameriges purchased the 430 acres. On July 5, 1887, Edward Amerige drove a stake into a mustard field at what is now the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Commonwealth Avenue, and the townsite of Fullerton was born. The appreciative community voted to name the town in honor of its benefactor, George Fullerton.

During its infancy, Fullerton was a typical western town. Railroad construction camps brought in a rough element, and early settlers often told of gunfights in the saloons. But, on the heels of the construction crews came the backbone of any community – families. And, with the families came the traditional stabilizing elements: banks; stores; a school – complete with its own horse and wagon transportation system for students; churches; and a library, the first of which was a shelf of books in William Starbuck’s Gem Pharmacy.

Agriculture quickly became the new community’s leading industry, with Fullerton packing houses shipping as much as $15 million in citrus crops in banner years. At one time, Fullerton boasted of having more orange groves than any other Orange County city. Today, however, it is estimated there are less than 50 acres of groves remaining in the city.

A man who was to leave a significant mark on Fullerton was Charles Chapman, a retired Chicago publisher and a descendant of John Chapman, the legendary “Johnny Appleseed.” In 1894, Chapman purchased a 350-acre orange orchard in east Fullerton, which he named Santa Ysabel Ranch. He then set about revolutionizing the citrus industry by championing the cause of the Valencia orange, which, because of its keeping qualities and late ripening period, proved an ideal summer orange. Farmers throughout the area copied Chapman’s lead, resulting in an enormous economic boom.

While Fullerton’s wealth for many years had been measured in terms of agriculture, another resource was underground, just waiting to be tapped.

The first wells were struck in the late 1890s, and, by 1912, wells extended for 12 miles. The oil fields were located in the northern reaches of the town, much of which is now in Brea. The oil boom continued through the 1920s, and much of the land is still being worked by major oil companies.

Incorporation talk occupied the town’s attention at the turn of the century. The first attempt at formal cityhood status was defeated in 1901 by opponents who believed incorporation would be “tantamount to having a saloon on every corner and a house of ill repute in between.”

In February 1904, the incorporation issue again went before the voters, with proponents gaining ground by championing the cause of improving fire protection. Incorporation passed 185-44, and Chapman was elected the first mayor.

In 1920, Fullerton weathered the only real challenge to its borders. To accommodate the needs of its growing industrial segment, the city planned to establish a sewer farm on property in the south of town. Farmers in the Orangethorpe Avenue area, alarmed by this prospect, launched incorporation proceedings and, in January 1921, successfully “seceded” from the city. When the sewer farm threat faded a few years later, the little suburb of Orangethorpe quietly slipped back into Fullerton’s jurisdiction.

The 1920s heralded an economic boom for the city, sparked in part by the oil being pumped in the hills to the north. Building permits soared to a record $2 million, and the city launched an impressive (by 1920s standards) $150,000 public works program to make street, water and sewer system improvements.

Fullerton entered the air age in 1927, when pioneer aviators William and Robert Dowling convinced the city to establish an airfield on land previously used as a hog farm and then a sewer farm. Today, Fullerton Municipal Airport is the only general aviation field still in its original location in Orange County.

The airport gained world-wide attention in 1949 when two flight instructors – Dick Riedel and Bill Barris – flew the “Sunkist Lady” to a world endurance flight record of 42 days.

Fullerton’s industrial destiny was secured in 1932 with the opening of Val Vita Food Products in the west end of town. Starting out as a small citrus juice plant, Val Vita, by 1941, had grown into the largest canning company in the nation. In 1943, it merged with another firm to become Hunt-Wesson Foods Co.

With the establishment of the southeast industrial area as an “all manufacturing zone,” additional industries started to appear. Before the 1950s had concluded, the city had 142 industries producing a variety of goods, and employing 18,500 persons. Today, the city boasts more than 10,000 businesses and industries.

Fullerton’s last big “boom” period began in the late 1940s as veterans returning from World War II began demanding homes for their families. In 1948, permit valuations reached $2.5 million, and, in 1949, set a record $3.2 million, which was more than doubled in 1950. In 1956, the building permit valuation skyrocketed to $114 million.

By the 1970s, the rapid pace of growth which characterized Fullerton in the post-war years had slowed considerably. The city was now able to concentrate on providing the amenities all those new families and businesses demanded. New libraries were built, a cultural center and a museum were opened, parks and community centers were developed, recreational trails were provided, human service programs were instituted, and general municipal services were expanded to meet the needs of businesses and residents alike. Work also began on revitalizing the older business areas of town.

Educational opportunities also blossomed in this period, following the example set by Fullerton College, which was established in 1913, and is the oldest community college in the state still in its original location. In 1963, Orange County State College, which had begun in classrooms at Sunny Hills High School, moved into its own campus and changed its name to California State College (now University) at Fullerton. It was followed by Western State University College of Law, Southern California College of Optometry, and Hope International University.

The last two decades of the 20th century saw Fullerton’s citizens and the City Council, joining forces in an effort to restore the traditional “heart” of the city – the downtown business district – which had begun to decline. This effort became known as “Fullerton 2000 and Beyond,” and brought about a “renaissance” of the downtown, which included restoration of more than 70 historic buildings through a commercial building rehabilitation and seismic loan program funded by the Fullerton Redevelopment Agency, and the formulation and implementation of a master plan and vision statement for the downtown.

The result has been a revitalized, vital downtown – one of the last true downtown districts remaining in Orange County – that has become a destination point not only for Fullerton residents, but for citizens from throughout Orange County. The effort also brought state and national attention and awards to the City.

As the City of Fullerton moves into the new millennium, its emphasis continues to be on progress – both in terms of physical development, as well as refining existing services to best meet the changing needs and interests of the citizens.

In 1937, George Amerige revealed his secret “recipe” for a successful city. The strength of that recipe is being proven every day in the City of Fullerton.

Visit the Fullerton Heritage Web site

Category: Criminal
• Monday, February 28th, 2011

These are incidents reported by the Naperville Police Department. Where charges have been filed, the reports include when and where the suspect was stopped or taken into custody and the nature of the charges.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Burglary: Between 3 p.m. Feb. 18 and 3 p.m. Feb. 23 on 400 block East Bailey Road, possible attempts to break in occurred over several days; no entry gained.

Thursday, Feb. 24

Property damage: Between 3 and 4 p.m. on 600 block Raymond Drive, front door to movie rental machine damaged, possibly with a vehicle.

Burglary from vehicle: Between 8 and 11:30 p.m. on 2900 block Rutland Circle, backpack with wallet and prescription narcotics stolen from unlocked vehicle.

Friday, Feb. 25

Burglary from vehicle: Between 10:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 6 a.m. Feb. 25 on 700 block Beaver Drive, radar detector and cord were stolen from unlocked vehicle.

DUI: Damara Lynne Carlentine, 30, Aurora; at 1:01 a.m. at Jefferson Avenue and Green Valley Drive; charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, disobeying stop sign, speeding and operating an uninsured vehicle.

DUI: Tomasz Zbigniew Bendarczyk, 23, Romeoville; at 1:21 a.m. at Royce Road and Washington Street; charged with DUI, traffic control violation and improper lane usage.

Forgery: Susan Jill McAley, 46, Eola; at 12:29 p.m. at home; charged with forgery and unlawful possession of prescription form.

Hit and run: At 12:30 p.m. on West Jefferson Avenue, hit-and-run crash reported.

Disorderly conduct: At 3:04 p.m. on 100 block West Jefferson Avenue, customers reported to be argumentative over computer purchase.

Failure to reduce speed: At 6:05 p.m. at Jefferson and Ogden avenues, one vehicle rear-ended a second vehicle; fire department transported driver and passenger to hospital for back and neck pain; first driver cited for failure to reduce speed.

Possession of marijuana: Malik Dantrell Snapp, 18, Joliet; at 8:31 p.m. at 103rd Street and Route 59; charged with possession of marijuana, operating an uninsured vehicle and not wearing a seat belt.

Suspended license: Federico Pablo, 47, Bolingbrook; at 9:22 p.m. at 111th Street and Route 59; charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license.

DUI: Tanisha A. Parks-Tadeo-Facundo, 29, Moline; at 11:31 p.m. at Diehl Road and Raymond Drive; charged with DUI, obstructing justice and improper lane usage.

Property damage: At 11:45 p.m. on 1800 block Villanova Drive, mailbox worth $30 was knocked off post and run over in street.

Saturday, Feb. 26

Theft: Between 5:10 p.m. Feb. 25 and 7:30 a.m. Feb. 26 on 2700 block West 75th Street, managers noticed previous night’s deposit worth $1,539 was missing.

Possession of liquor by minor: Justin Aaron Cisneros, 19, 1931 Ridgefield Lane; at 12:01 a.m. on 1300 block Aurora Avenue; charged with possession of liquor by a minor.

DUI: Miguel Angel Gonzalez, 36, Plainfield; at 1:37 a.m. at Route 59 and Crystal Rock Road; charged with DUI, speeding and improper lane usage.

DUI: Michelle Kathleen Sanders, 27, Bolingbrook; at 2:12 a.m. at Route 59 and Leverenz Road; charged with DUI, following too close, failure to give signal and improper lane usage.

Obstructing ID: Vicente Tadeo-Facundo, 25, Moline; at 3:45 a.m. on 1300 block Aurora Avenue; charged with obstructing identification.

Theft: At 11:16 a.m. on 1500 block West Ogden Avenue, $69.18 in gas stolen by person driving black minivan.

Hit and run: At 11:17 a.m. on 100 block West Gartner Road, vehicle owner reported damage to vehicle while parked in lot.

Assault: Michael Richard Stevens, 51, 1616 Robert Lane; at 7:25 p.m. at home; charged with assault and interfering with domestic reporting.

Hit and run: At 10:03 p.m. at Gateshead Drive and Thackery Court, black SUV reportedly hit fire hydrant, then fled area.

Sunday, Feb. 27

Property damage: Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on 900 block Spindletree Avenue, three mailboxes were damaged.

Property damage: Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on 2000 block Primrose Lane, mailbox was knocked off wooden post.

Hit and run: Between 11 p.m. Feb. 26 and 8 a.m. Feb. 27 at Gateshead Drive and Thackery Lane, unknown vehicle struck fire hydrant and knocked it over.

Hit and run: At 1:44 p.m. on Ogden Avenue and Brainard Street, unknown vehicle caused a chain reaction by striking a second vehicle which struck a third.

Vehicle damage: Between 6 and 6:50 p.m. on 300 block Knoch Knolls Road, vehicle parked on street had front and rear driver-side windows broken out, possibly with a BB gun.

DUI: Sergio Orduna, 30, Lisle; at 8:24 p.m. at Warrenville and Herrick roads; charged with DUI, no driver’s license and driving in wrong lane.

Unwanted subject: At 9:16 p.m. on 1300 block Modaff Road, unwanted subject reported.

Suspended license: Hugo Antonio, 25, Romeoville; at 11:31 p.m. at Route 59 and 111th Street; charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license, illegal lane usage and warrant service.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, February 28th, 2011

An arrest warrant ordered last week for a repeat DUI suspect who failed to show up in court was quashed after he appeared Monday for arraignment in Yellowstone County District Court.

Derek Alan Tonge, 29, appeared before Judge G. Todd Baugh and pleaded not guilty to felony DUI. Prosecutors said the Evanston, Wyo., man has four prior DUI convictions between 2002 and 2009 in Utah and Wyoming.

Tonge failed to appear Friday for arraignment, and a judge said a $20,000 arrest warrant would be issued. Prosecutors agreed to quash the warrant because Tonge appeared in court on Monday.

Tonge did not offer an explanation in court for why he missed his previous court date.

Baugh allowed Tonge to remain free pending trial on a $20,000 bond.

Tonge was arrested Feb. 18 by a Montana Highway Patrol trooper on Interstate 90 after several drivers reported a slow-moving car weaving between lanes. The trooper said a partially consumed bottle of vodka and beer bottles were found in the car. Tonge refused to provide a breath sample.

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• Monday, February 28th, 2011,oak-park-ikecrash-030311-s1.article

A Cicero woman was charged with felony DUI after crashing her car through a barrier in Oak Park and landing on the eastbound CTA Blue Line tracks early Friday morning.

Jessica Garcia, 21, of 1306 S. 59th Ave., Cicero, was arrested Saturday following her release from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where she was treated for injuries suffered in the crash.

She was charged with aggravated DUI, DUI, no valid driver’s license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Oak Park police said.

Oak Park Detective Cmdr. La Don Reynolds said Garcia’s blood alcohol was measured at .188 following the crash — more than twice the legal limit.

Monday morning she was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

At about 3 a.m. Friday, Garcia drove her Jeep Cherokee northbound on Taylor Avenue and crashed through a dead end barrier at Garfield Street, police said.

The car flew over one sets of freight tracks, bounced or rolled over two other sets of tracks, broke through a chain link fence and landed upside down on the eastbound CTA tracks.

There were no skid marks on the street after the crash Friday morning.

Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Wiley said CTA service was shut off during emergency operations and was restored at 5:16 a.m.

Police and fire personnel were called to the scene at 3:18 a.m. After forcing entry at the Lombard station entrance, firefighters found a woman standing on the CTA platform, bleeding from the mouth.

“The incident commander said she was walking around,” Wiley said. “The vehicle was upside down on the tracks.”

Firefighters, who had been told there might be additional passengers, checked for other victims but found none. Wiley said the injured woman, later identified as Garcia, “was unsure if anyone else was in the vehicle.”

A large CTA wrecker was called in to winch the vehicle up and over the south expressway wall and onto Garfield.

Tonya Sherwood, a resident of the 1000 block of South Taylor Avenue, said she was awakened at 5 a.m. by emergency vehicle lights glaring through her front window.

She said she came out to observe the car coming over the wall.

“The front end was smashed in and the wheel was all crooked,” she said.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, February 28th, 2011

DUI arrests have jumped more than 25 percent in Wichita so far this year compared to 2010, a Wichita police official said Friday.

The increase stems from a heightened emphasis by patrol officers to watch for impaired drivers and “not necessarily” because there are more drunk drivers on the streets and freeways, said Lt. Joe Schroeder of the accident follow up unit.

“It’s increased awareness by officers to the current crime trend,” Schroeder said.

The sharpened focus occurred because 15 of the 29 traffic fatalities in 2010 were alcohol-related, he said. A state law mandating blood tests for drivers involved in serious crashes where driving errors occurred has also played a role in the increase, Schroeder said.

Even though DUI-related collisions fell 15 percent in 2010, DUI fatalities increased.

“Officers constantly review crime trends,” Schroeder said. “That’s something we have to do to target our resources.”

DUI collisions fell from 508 to 431 in Wichita last year, but Schroeder said those statistics can be misleading.

“The number of accidents doesn’t really tell you how bad the crashes are,” Schroeder said.

Police made 280 DUI arrests through the first two months of last year and 291 through February of 2009.

Through late this week, police statistics show, 356 DUI arrests have been made so far this year in Wichita.

“Keep in mind that we still have this weekend and Monday to add to that

Category: Criminal
• Monday, February 28th, 2011

A Charleston man accused of  DUI was arrested after a police chase from St. Albans to Cabell County ended on a dead-end street.

St. Albans Patrolman P.A. Bass was patrolling late Saturday night when he attempted to stop a motorist suspected of driving under the influence. The driver, later identified as Neil Edward Stricker, 27, refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, according to a press release issued by St. Albans police.

Stricker fled west on U.S. 60 through Hurricane and into Cabell County. The chase ended in Culloden when Stricker turned onto a dead-end street and found himself surrounded by officers.

Sticker tried to resist arrest but was taken into custody, the release said. He refused a breath test and field sobriety tests.

Hurricane and Nitro police assisted with the pursuit, as did the Putnam Sheriff’s Department.

Stricker was charged with felony fleeing while driving under the influence and will face other misdemeanor charges including driving on a license revoked for DUI , resisting arrest and reckless driving.

He is being held at Western Regional Jail on $7,500 bond.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, February 28th, 2011

A Highgate man is facing DUI charges but police say the passengers in his car are what really made them shake their heads.

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Vermont State Police stopped 30-year-old Scott Patterson for erratic driving. Police determined he was over two times the legal limit and arrested him for his second DUI.

Troopers remained on scene with Patterson’s three passengers. They were reportedly drunk and waiting for a sober driver to get them. However, while sitting in Patterson’s car less than 20 feet from the police cruisers the trio reportedly started smoking pot. Police say they admitted it was probably a “dumb idea.”

Now 31-year-old Jason Beyor of St. Albans is facing drug possession charges.

Category: Criminal
• Friday, February 25th, 2011

Police arrested a Lehigh Acres man Thursday for his alleged role in a fatal November DUI  crash.

Leroy Bass, 31, is charged with DUI manslaughter.

According to a Fort Myers Police Department report, Bass was driving a Chevy Malibu south on Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard near Humberside Lane on Nov. 28 when he drove onto the median.

Bass overcorrected, police say, and he lost control of the vehicle, crossing both southbound lanes of Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard and driving over the right curb.

A passenger in the car, 18-year-old Andre Thomas, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bass was treated for injuries at Lee Memorial Hospital. According to a blood analysis, he had a blood-alcohol level of .225.

Bass initially told police that he and Thomas were fleeing from someone who attempted to rob them, but he never contacted detectives to discuss the crash or the events that led up to it.

A driver’s license check also revealed that Bass’ driving privilege was suspended for failure to pay a traffic fine and his driver’s license was canceled for issuing a check that bounced to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Bass is being held in Lee County Jail without bond.

Category: Criminal
• Friday, February 25th, 2011

A Redding woman pleaded no contest today in Shasta County Superior Court to felony DUI and an enhancement in connection with a Nov. 21 traffic wreck that nearly killed an 18-year-old Anderson man.

Kathleen Anne Vehling, 58, who faces up to one year in Shasta County jail under a plea bargain agreement, is due to be sentenced on April 5.

Police have said that Chad Clarence Keiser-Todd, 18, was walking across Railroad Avenue near Grandview Avenue in Redding about 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 21 when he was hit by a 2004 Pontiac sedan driven by Vehling, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Redding police traffic specialist Mike Woods has said that Keiser-Todd was legally crossing the street and that Vehling did not yield to him.

Keiser-Todd suffered brain injuries, three broken limbs and a punctured lung in the traffic wreck, police have said.

A preliminary alcohol screening test showed that Vehling, who faced about six years in prison if tried and convicted, had a 0.13 percent blood-alcohol level, police have said.

Category: Criminal
• Friday, February 25th, 2011


Palm Springs police plan to check drivers’ sobriety and licenses Friday night at an undisclosed location in the city.

The DUI  checkpoint, which aims to reduce deaths and injuries related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will run from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., according to police.

The DUI  checkpoint will be paid for with grant funding from the state and federal governments, according to police.

Category: Criminal
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