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Sunday, July 28, 2013

U.S. Open Surf Competition Ends in Violent Mob

At least one store in downtown Huntington Beach was vandalized and looted after the end of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach on Sunday, according to Lt. Mitch O’Brien.
The mob erupted among a crowd of thousands gathered for the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, which includes surfing, skateboarding and BMX biking events, possibly after a fistfight in downtown Huntington Beach.
People in the mob strapped bandanas across their faces and threw rocks and bottles at police officers. Police donned riot gear and fired back with pepper balls.
The violent crowd raged through the streets after the surfing competition, clashing with police, toppling portable toilets, fighting in the streets and apparently wrecking and looting at least one business, according to police and witnesses. A video posted to Facebook showed a mob throwing a stop sign through the “Easyrider” store window and stealing merchandise, including a bicycle. Burt Etherege, of “Easyrider” , said one person made off with a bicycle before others in the crowd stepped in and defended the store
Police made eight arrests on suspicion of failure to disperse, according to a Huntington Beach Police Department statement.
By about 9 p.m., the crowd seemed to have dispersed and the streets were mostly cleared, except for a heavy police presence.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Marijuana Farmers Arrested, Orange County Dealer Pays Millions in Fines

Marijuana, a popular recreational drug, has found a home in California through medical dispensaries, and also through illicit sales. The authorities are cracking down on the drug, whether it be through destruction of illegal farms or harsh punishments for dealers.

In Ventura County, a three-month investigation led to the arrest of three suspects and the destruction of over 55,000 marijuana plants in Los Padres National Forest last week.

During surveillance, police saw two of the suspects walking from one of the marijuana gardens. One the suspect was arrested while the second ran on foot and was not immediately found, police said.

Further investigation led authorities to a house in Bakersfield, where a man was seen dropping off workers for the same garden. A search of the man’s residence found a pound of marijuana, a handgun and equipment used to grow pot, police said.

Since May, more than 55,000 plants from seven different growing operations have been eradicated from the same area. Police said the estimated street value of the seized marijuana was about $165 million.

Closer to home, in Orange County, a man who ran a string of illegal marijuana dispensaries was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison Monday and ordered to pay more than $4.2 million in restitution. 

John “Pops” Walker, 56, of San Clemente, pleaded guilty in an April plea agreement to drug trafficking, tax evasion and owning weapons as part of the drug trafficking. Walker was indicted last fall along with 13 other defendants by a federal grand jury. 

As the head of the drug ring, Walker operated at least nine dispensaries set up in Los Angeles and Orange counties. He admitted to prosecutors that he made more than $25 million over six years and paid taxes on only a fraction of it.
Walker was ordered Monday to pay $2.4 million to the Internal Revenue Service and $1.8 million to the California Board of Equalization. 

The government also seized $25 million in income, his multimillion-dollar home in San Clemente, several mobile homes in Mammoth Lakes, a property in Long Beach and his stake in two strip clubs. He was also sentenced to 262 months in federal prison.

Individuals charged with drug offenses in California can face severe consequences, ranging from a fine and community service to years in prison. Effective legal representation is important to ensure that your rights have not been violated and to provide an aggressive defense. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates are ready to fight for you, call Brower & Associates to receive help with your case. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Riots and Arrests After Zimmerman Found Not-Guilty

Los Angeles police have made several arrests since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Twelve people, including 11 juveniles, were arrested after a series of assaults, robberies and acts of vandalism Tuesday night along Hollywood Boulevard. Witnesses described a group of about 30 people roaming the tourist area near Hollywood and Highland. The group appeared to be a gathering of kids that were vandalizing and looting stores.

LAPD made arrests after a peaceful prayer vigil gave way to violence at Leimert Park on Monday, the second night of unrest since the verdict. Fourteen people were arrested after a protest became unruly in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. It began as a prayer rally at Leimert Park at  p.m., when about 150 people became part of an angry mob that ran amuck through the streets of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. By 8 p.m., several groups of protesters on foot were marching on Crenshaw Boulevard.

The mob attacked passing cars, jumping onto minivans and SUVs, and some roughed up random pedestrians. The mob raided a Walmart and other stores, damaging property and stealing products. By 9 p.m. the LAPD declared a citywide tactical alert, and then at 10 p.m. the LAPD declared an unlawful assembly in the Crenshaw area protest.

Of the 14 people arrested, seven adults and six juveniles were suspected of failing to disperse, and one was suspected of inciting a riot, police said. In Oakland, nine people were arrested when a protest over Zimmerman's acquittal turned violent.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

UC Irvine Professor Pleads Guilty to Arson

Today, Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, a former UCI professor, pleaded guilty to several counts of felony arson of another’s property, forest land, structure, and attempted arson.
Reinscheid was convicted Tuesday of setting fires at that campus, the home of a school administrator and a local park. These charges stem from a March 2012 incident in which Reinscheid wrote emails saying he planned to kill students and administrators at the Irvine high school his son attended. 
In March 2012, officials at University High disciplined Reinscheid’s 14-year-old son for a minor theft-related incident. The teenager committed suicide the next day at Mason Park Preserve in Irvine.
After the boy's death, from July 4 to July 24, 2012, Reinscheid wandered between University High, Mason Park Preserve and a school administrator's home, committing six arsons and three attempted arsons by lighting various objects on fire, among them newspapers, brush and vegetation, a book and a plastic porch chair, authorities said. Police caught Reinscheid on July 24 as he was trying to start a fire at the preserve. He later posted $50,000 bail and was released that day. Irvine police continued investigating and last July 27, detectives found emails on his cellphone, detailing his stated goal to burn down University High, commit sexual assaults, buy firearms and gun down school officials and students, before killing himself. Reinscheid was arrested that evening.
The former professor faces three to 18 years of prison and is being held without bail, according to Orange County district attorney's officials. Reinscheid, 49, is scheduled to be sentenced August 1.
A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today.

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