Archive for ◊ August, 2011 ◊

• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested one person for a suspended license during a Friday night DUI checkpoint in Valencia, Sgt. Richard Cohen said Tuesday.

No one was arrested for driving under the influence, he said.

A total of 955 cars passed through the checkpoint set up from 7 p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Saturday at Valencia Boulevard near Creekside Road in Valencia.

Twelve drivers were cited for various violations, including driving without a license, he said.

The station regularly sets up DUI checkpoints throughout the Santa Clarita Valley to safely remove drunken drivers from roadways. Checkpoints are paid for by state grants.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Police charged one motorist with drunken driving and six other people with public intoxication at a sobriety checkpoint conducted by the Crawford County DUI Task Force on Saturday.

Fourteen officers from the West Mead Township, Conneaut Lake, Cambridge Springs, Cochranton and Linesville police department worked the checkpoint in West Mead Township and made contact with more than 550 motorists.

Police also charged one motorist with DUI, three for driving unregistered vehicles and one for driving with an open container.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Members of the Lodi Police Department were honored Tuesday for their efforts in promoting traffic safety through enforcement and public awareness in 2010.

The department received first place in the California Law Enforcement Challenge, which is connected with a $125,000 grant the department received from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30 of this year.

Lodi took first place out of seven agencies of similar size.

Christopher Murphy, the director of the Office of Traffic Safety, presented the award Tuesday morning.

The grant allowed the department to pay for a variety of enforcement efforts, including training, equipment, DUI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, warrant sweeps and court stings.

Any city that received the grant was required to submit a detailed report for the award outlining their policies and guidelines, training, recognition of officers and enforcement activities. It also asked how the department promotes awareness of their enforcement efforts throughout the community.

In the past, Lodi has qualified for mini-grants, usually for specific enforcement efforts, but never received a large one that covers many different areas, Sgt. Chris Jacobson said.

Lodi is one of only two cities in San Joaquin that qualified for the grant again, and it will begin on Oct. 1, Jacobson said.

“I think it’s the overall success. Our department does a really good job enforcing DUI laws and traffic,” he said.

Jacobson spent about three weeks compiling the report by collecting information and making charts to create what essentially looks like a yearbook detailing the department’s accomplishments.

The report includes stories and photos about the department, stats on enforcement for 2010 and descriptions of community events like National Night Out and Every 15 Minutes.

For example, in 2010 the department issued 700 citations for seatbelt or child seat violations and 3,129 tickets for speeding. Officers also arrested 319 people for DUI.

Jacobson said the city has had some high-profile DUI crashes and has a high rate of DUI arrests, which helps in getting the grant.

“Unfortunately, the worse you do with DUI (collision statistics), the better you do with the grant. Obviously, our statistics show that grants help us fight the DUI issue in Lodi,” he said.

The officers work hard to make use of the grant and keep Lodi safe, Jacobson said. An example is an officer on a recent Wednesday made four DUI arrests and arrested a parolee at large. For every DUI arrest, there is at least an hour of paperwork.

“They work very hard to make the city streets safe for all of us,” Jacobson said. “We want people to go out and have fun at our restaurants and bars, but we want people to make it home alive.”

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A driver’s license and DUI checkpoint will be held at Lincoln and Grand avenues on Sept. 1, as part of a nationwide crackdown on impaired driving.

Beginning last week,  sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints and several DUI saturation patrols are planned for a two-week span all over Marin County as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life,” Interim San Rafael Police Chief Jeff Franzini said. “Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you.”

The checkpoint on Thursday will begin at 6 p.m. At the last checkpoint, which was held on Red Hill Avenue heading into San Anselmo, a Novato man was arrested for an outstanding warrant involving illegally possessing dangerous weapons.

Marin County will be joining 10,000 other law enforcement agencies throughout the United States in support of the crackdown.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


One person was arrested for DUI during the third of five DUI checkpoints Monday at Third and G streets, part of a Summer Mobilization period in Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties, Marysville police said Tuesday.

Deeann Renee Alexander, 46, of Marysville was booked into Yuba County Jail, said Officer Richard Seghieri.

A total of 1,044 cars were screened between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Four drivers were arrested for driving with a suspended license and another four were arrested for having no license at all. Eight cars were towed away, said Seghieri.


Caltrans to discuss street work

More details of a street upgrade project for Highways 20 and 70 through Marysville will be available at a Sept. 14 hearing at Caltrans headquarters.

The project, scheduled to take more than two years, includes repaving, sidewalk and streetscape improvements, new benches and landscaping. The hearing will include schedule details, maps and preferred detour routes.

Yuba County Alliance for Development will host the event at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Nevada conference room, Caltrans office, 703 B St., Marysville. The event will take the place of YuCAD’s quarterly meeting and will include light refreshments and a raffle drawing.

Colusa County

City officials agree to work together

Officials of Williams and Colusa have agreed to work together for the financial betterment of their cities.

Both city councils agreed to the formation of an ad-hoc committee, which will consist of two council members from each city, both city managers and other staff.

Colusa Mayor Tom Reische and Councilwoman Donna Critchfield, and Williams Mayor Angela Plachek-Fulcher and Councilwoman Pat Ash have been appointed to represent their cities.

Yuba City

Pink October ride seeks sponsors

Sponsorships are being accepted for the eighth annual Pink October Ride planned for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1.

This fundraiser is at Guidera’s Harley-Davidson in Yuba City. Proceeds go to the “Geweke’s Caring for Women Foundation” to support efforts in breast cancer awareness.

Sponsorship opportunities start at $125. Donations can be mailed to “Pink October Ride,” 1850 Whispering Oaks Drive, Yuba City, CA 95991. To obtain a sponsorship package or for more information, contact Ken Trexle


Family essays being accepted

Entries are being accepted for the Yuba-Sutter Family of the Year’s seventh annual High School Essay Contest.

The contest is open to students in grades nine to 12 in Yuba and Sutter counties. This year’s topic is “The importance of strong families.”

The two-page essays should be mailed to Family of the Year Essay Contest, 7989 Butte Ave., Sutter, Ca 95982

Information should include the student’s name, address, telephone number, grade, high school and English teacher’s name.

Entries are due by Oct. 15.

For more information, call 673-6588.


Golf classic set for Sept. 23

Golfers are invited to take part in the Sutter Medical Foundation’s 13th Annual Swing Into Health Golf Classic set Sept. 23 at the Peach Tree Golf and Country Club in Linda.

The entry fee is $150 per player due by Thursday or $175 per player afterward.

Business and individual sponsorships are also available.

Proceeds benefit the foundation’s urgent care expansion.

For more information, call Julie Eckardt at 749-3347.

Sutter County

Buttes calendar now available

Copies of the 2012 Sutter Buttes calendar are available for purchase on the Middle Mountain Foundation’s website and at many local retailers.

Foundation hike guides will also carry them to purchase before or after a hike, though correct change is needed.

The cost is $13 per copy. Each features 13 photos of the buttes including one for January 2013.

Visit for more information.

Yuba City

Childbirth classes being offered

Free childbirth preparation classes are offered as part of the Community Health Education series offered by Fremont Medical Center.

Upcoming classes include “Lifesaver baby” and infant CPR Sept. 7; maternity tours Sept. 22; and “What to expect when you’re expecting” Sept. 24.

The classes are at the Fremont-Rideout Conference Center, 989 Plumas St., Yuba City. A support person is encouraged to attend the classes with the mother-to-be.

For reservations, call 751-4165; space is limited.

Plumas Lake

BloodSource sets blood drive

Rio del Oro Elementary School in Plumas Lake is the site of a blood drive scheduled by BloodSource.

Blood donations will be taken from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the school’s multipurpose room, 1220 Zanes Drive.

Donors must be in generally good health, at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Nevada law enforcement agencies have beefed up patrols around this Labor Day holiday by establishing DUI sobriety checkpoints.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is part of the 2011 Labor Day DUI awareness, education and enforcement campaigns that involves multiple police agencies.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, more traffic is expected on Nevada highways between now and Labor Day, and the NHP is strongly encouraging motorists to designate a sober, designated driver.

The nearest DUI checkpoint was operational Friday near Fernley High School on U.S. Highway 95A. Officers from the NHP, Fallon and Sparks police departments and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office participated in the five-hour stint.

Fallon Sgt. Tom Ames said the Office of Traffic Safety funds the campaign and designates a specific date for the checkpoint to be set up.

“We put the information out to agencies who are part of the Joining Forces program,” said Ames. “It’s up to them (other law enforcement agencies) if they want to participate.

Ames said the grant pays the salaries for those officers who participate in the checkpoint. Officers volunteer to man the checkpoint on their days off.

Success of the program, according to Ames, is measured in no arrests.

“The reason behind the program is not to catch but to deter the public of drinking and driving,” he said. “We feel success if we don’t catch anyone.”

If officers, though, detect the smell of alcohol on a motorist, then the vehicle is guided to a secondary screening area where the motorist undergoes a short battery of field sobriety tests.

The NHP report 1,050 stops with only one felony DUI arrest and six secondary screenings.

Fallon Police Chief Kevin Gehman said his officers always try to participate in the checkpoints.

“It’s always good to collaborate and practice with other agencies,” Gehman said. “We need to take DUI seriously.”

Through the Joining Forces program, Gehman said law enforcement is bringing more public awareness to the public.

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Westchester police arrested Erik Garcia, 32, of 2500 Keystone Road, Riverside, on Tuesday, charging him with DUI of alcohol, driving while his license is suspended, unlawful use of driver’s license and improper lane usage.

Garcia had a blood-alcohol level of 0.217 when he was driving a 2001 Chevy Cavalier southbound in the 1100 block of Mannheim Road, according to reports.

Police said they observed the vehice cross the median two times before officers stopped him.

Garcia was arrested after he failed field DUI tests. He was released after posting bond and given a Sept. 23 court date at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood.

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, August 27th, 2011

SANTA CLARITA – Sheriff’s deputies will staff a DUI license-verification checkpoint in Santa Clarita, starting tonight, a sergeant said.

The operation will run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Cohen said. The location of the checkpoint was not disclosed.

Funding for the action was provided by a DUI grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, Cohen said.

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Recently the Los Angeles Police Department announced a crackdown on DUI, with an intensified period of focus on getting drivers under the influence off the streets through the Labor Day long weekend. Several other regional law enforcement agencies are also similarly focused this weekend and next, as part of an ongoing campaign to educate drivers about the dangers of getting being the wheel while intoxicated.

The LAPD have provided some information about planned checkpoints for this weekend, which are as follows:

Friday, August 26, 2011
- Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Figueroa Street and 9th Street in Central Area;
- Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Manchester Avenue and Broadway in Southeast Area;
- Sobriety Checkpoint from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Sunset Boulevard and Hoover Street in Northeast Area;

Saturday, August 27, 2011
- DUI Saturation Patrol from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in West Los Angeles Area.

Other publicized checkpoints include ones Friday in Hawthorne, South Pasadena, and in the Santa Clarita area.

As always, those who are headed out to drink are urged to plan ahead by securing a designated driver, taking a cab, or using public transit. The goal of the LAPD is to get people to think about the consequences of drinking and driving ahead of time, and make the choice to not get behind the wheel. Be safe, everyone!

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, August 27th, 2011

A man is due in bond court Wednesday after being charged with drunk driving and other felonies following a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Pilsen early Tuesday morning.

Ignacio Ramirez, 38, of the 500 block of West Walton, was charged with an aggravated DUI, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, reckless homicide and aggravated fleeing police, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Ramirez also allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and had been driving without a license or insurance.

Ramirez was arrested in the 1400 block of South Halsted Street, where police caught up with him, after he allegedly veered into the cyclist, struck him and drove off near the 1100 block of West 18th Street.

Authorities identified the bicyclist, who was reportedly biking to visit friends, as 30-year-old Frederick Kobrick, who lived on the 1700 block of South Desplaines Street, the Chicago Tribune reports. After the DUI collision, Kobrick was rushed to Stroger Hospital, but was pronounced dead later that morning.

A neighbor and fellow cyclist George Black placed a vase with a small plant at the spot where the bicyclist was killed later Tuesday, according to ABC 7. Black told ABC 7 that the bike lanes along that stretch of 18th Street have been “busy” as of late, while another neighbor said she frequently observed drivers carelessly ignoring the clearly marked lanes.

“You are really taking your life in your hands,” Black added.

According to a commenter on EveryBlock, Kobrick was involved with a music project titled Geometric Temples, and friends told CBS 2 that he was an avid artist and photographer.

Category: Criminal
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