Report says Mel Gibson got preferential treatment from Sheriff

It also says Paris Hilton didn’t get preferential treatment. The report, released this afternoon by the OIR goes into a wide variety of other topics regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

UPDATE #1 3:44 p.m. 12/20/07

It’s funny how we focus on the celebrity aspects of a report like this and miss some of the more important details. A whole section of the report deals with in custody deaths and while it is entirely without names…there is a curious entry on page 24:

C A S E A 76-year old inmate went down in a dorm at North County Correctional Facility and
subsequently died. He had been seated on his lower bunk and, when he tried to get up,
he fell and struck his head on the floor. While being treated for the resulting laceration,
he complained of chest pains and was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where
he was treated for various ailments, went into cardiac arrest, and died three days later.
An NCCF sergeant interviewed several inmates assigned to bunks near the deceased
inmates. All said that the inmate had been in poor health, and none noted anything
unusual about the fall or the circumstances surrounding it. Even though the facts
suggested this elderly inmate died from natural causes, because the deceased inmate had
gained notoriety for his role in the murder of an LAPD officer decades earlier, both
Homicide and IAB investigators responded to the scene to insure there was no suspicious
activity. The on-call OIR attorney likewise rolled out. In the end, the coroner determined
the inmate had died of natural causes. However, the case did raise the issue of
whether this particular inmate, given his age and background, should have been housed
in a more appropriate location than a general population dormitory. Housing older
inmates is an ongoing problem for the jails, and the LASD used this case as an occasion
to renew its efforts to create specialized old man dorms or housing units.

Obviously this refers to Jimmy Lee Smith, one of the infamous Onion Field Killers.

I plan on linking to the complete report in a post later today.

UPDATE #2 4:57 p.m. 12-20-07

And….here  is the report.



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Prostitutes in the SGV on the map

Reporter Jennifer McLain put together a comprehensive story about her two days taking part in a sting operation aimed at prostitutes using Internet services to advertise their services. In all the sting netted 37 arrests primarily in the West San Gabriel Valley. Jen’s got some great stories about the operation which she’s been sharing all day. Here’s a map of the locations that were raided this week:

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Dispatch from Tania vol 5

Arcadia police arrested a 44-year-old high-risk sex offender Thursday morning on a parole violation. Apparently, Paul Jeffrey Cricks, of Arcadia, didn’t charge his electronic ankle bracelet which has a global positioning system attached to it and essentially disappeared from parole officers for a few days.

When the state agents realized Wednesday they weren’t getting a signal from the bracelet, they went to Cricks’ house in the 600 block of Baldwin Avenue. After breaking down the door, they found personal items, the bracelet’s charger but no Cricks.

Further investigation found the offender had skipped out on work the last couple of days. He works at a tire shop in La Puente, according to police.

It wasn’t until Thursday morning that Cricks was finally found. Arcadia officers, following up on the case, went back to Cricks’ home. This time he was there, along with a small amount of narcotics, according to Arcadia police Lt. Larry Goodman.

So where was this offender previously convicted of annoying or molesting children and indecent exposure hiding out the last few days? No one seems to know.

All police have to say is the fact that Cricks was MIA was a major “public safety” concern. Really? But now he’s in custody, so I guess the game of Where’s Waldo? …. er…. Where’s Cricks? is over.

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Crime scene readers might recognize the address in the post below as the mobile home park where three members of a family killed by street racers lived. The copy comes from an email sent by Lt. Ralph Batres of the El Monte PD. As for the long faces in the shot….Maybe Santa’s fatigued. He’s been to a lot of places in the past few days.


On 12-19-07, Wed., at 5:30 p.m., due to the efforts of Agent Eric Sanchez of the El Monte Police Department and Manager Diana Doo of the Brookside Country Club located at 12700 Elliott in El Monte, approximately 200 children were able to receive gifts with Santa Claus.  As you can see, the children wore their happy faces to welcome Santa.



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Ho Ho Ho! “Operation Red Light” nabs hookers


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department organized a sting operation, dubbed Operation Red Light, with other area law enforcement agencies to disrupt prostitution operations advertising on the internet Dec. 19, 2007.  L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies arrested and cited this prostitution suspect at the Monrovia Oak Tree Inn after calling the
Internet advertisement of Unlimited Escorts.

This photo was taken by staffer Leo Jarzomb.

Reporter Jennifer McLain tagged along with the cops on the sting for two days. In all 37 arrests were made in area hotels, underground brothels and massage parlors. McLain’s story will run in Thursday’s paper.



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City sues company in traveling salesmen slaying case

The city of Albuquerque is suing a company that hired two traveling salesmen accused of killing an elderly couple and stealing their camera.

One of the two salesmen charged in the case was identified last week as Travis Rowley, a native of Glendora, who has had some run-ins with police in Orange County.

Here’s a brief that appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican this week:

Salesmen’s company sued

ALBUQUERQUE A Nevada company that employed two traveling magazine salesmen accused of killing an elderly Albuquerque couple this month is being sued by the city of Albuquerque.

The lawsuit accuses Integrity Program of not conducting background checks on the two men or otherwise doing an adequate job of ensuring they would not be a danger to the city. The city is seeking punitive damages and a restraining order that would prevent the company from doing business in Albuquerque.

“All we have to show is that (Integrity Program) violated our ordinance,” said Assistant City Attorney Greg Wheeler.

Integrity Program did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

The company employed Travis Rowley, 23, and Michael Lee, 21, to sell magazine subscriptions in the Albuquerque area. The two men are charged with murder in the Dec. 4 deaths of Tak Yi, 79, and his wife, Pung Yi, 69. The couple was found beaten to death in their home.

Rowley and Lee remain in the Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of $2 million cash bond each.


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Hot pursuits stopped cold

I don’t know how we missed this, but here’s a Pasadena item from Discovery News that ran in November but’s sort of related to a story from earlier this week. Of course the Chippies didn’t need any fancy stuff, all it took was the suspect ramming his Nissan Titan into a mountainside at 70 mph. The item begins below:


Nov. 29, 2007 — The same microwave radiation that reheats pizza can be used to fry the electrical systems in cars, stopping them dead in their tracks.

Emitted from a rooftop device, the radiation could be used by law enforcement officers to put an end to dangerous car chases or by military personnel as a non-lethal way of disabling vehicles that get too close for comfort.

“The idea is to warn an automobile some distance away from a high-value target like a military barrack or a communication center. If they don’t comply, you just zap them and it prevents them from coming closer,” said James Tatoian, CEO of Eureka Aerospace in Pasadena, Calif.

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Surprise! Lynne Spears’ parenting book put on hold

This from


On the heels of the announcement that Britney Spears’ 16-year-old sister, Jamie Lynn, is pregnant with her first child comes word that the parenting book due for release in the spring from the girls’ mom, Lynne Spears, has been delayed. People magazine reports that the book has been put on indefinite hold by publisher Thomas Nelson, which puts out inspirational books and Bibles.

“The book is delayed indefinitely. It’s delayed, not cancelled,” a spokesperson told the magazine. The spokesperson said the book, which Publisher’s Weekly had described as “Lynne Spears’ personal story of raising high-profile children while coming from a low-profile Louisiana community,” was actually put on hold last week, but declined to say whether the focus of the book will change in light of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy announcement, or if the decision was a result of the news about the latest scandal to rock the family.

In October, Spears and Thomas Nelson announced the deal for the book, which was slated to come out on Mother’s Day under the title “Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.” At the time, a publishing rep told Us that it would be a parenting book “that’s going to have faith elements to it.” A manuscript was expected by this month

I especially like the line  that reads: “raising high-profile children while coming from a low-profile Louisiana community.”

What is that a new euphemism for trailer park?




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The missing Millers (Lopez v. Miller day 22)


The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is highlighting the missing grandchildren of U.S. Rep Gary Miller on its home page.

Here’s the poster seeking information. The picture of Jennifer Dejongh/Jennifer Lopez comes from the site.

Jude Lopez, Jennifer’s father,  sent me this information with some comments of his own:

I noticed that pictures of my daughter and her kids appear on the Missing and Exploited Children.  I dont think they should be there because my daughter had custody when she failed to take the children for a visit.  If you look at the other pictures, those issues are a lot more serious.  There must be some rules about having your picture displayed on this website. Maybe it has to do with possible harm.  Last week the poster indicated that there was a federal warrant.  I called and asked for the warrant number and they said they couldnt give it out.  Now they changed it to a felony warrant.  I dont know if that is true.  I believe Gary Miller had his hand in this especially since the photos used were the passport photos.  I dont believe, even with all your resources, you could get those photos.

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