12-year-old Charged With Four Felonies

Feb 7, 2013

A 12-year-old boy accused of making prank calls that sent police swarming to the home of actor Ashton Kutcher in October and then to a Well Fargo Bank branch a week later has been charged with four felonies. The boy’s name is being withheld due to his age. He is expected to be arraigned Friday in Eastlake Juvenile Court.

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Possible Pick Up Truck Of Fugitve Found

Feb 7, 2013

Due to police activity in Big Bear surrounding that burning truck roughly matching the description of one used by murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, all schools and facilities in the Bear Valley Unified School District have been placed on lockdown. Assistant Superintendent Walter Con says in an online message that district officials do not believe there is any immediate danger, but the lockdown is being done as a precaution.

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Military Facility On Lockdown

Feb 7, 2013

San Diego police Detective Gary Hassen confirms a military facility somewhere along North Harbor Drive has been placed on lockdown while U.S. Marshals search for murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is accused of killing two people in Irvine over the weekend and a Riverside police officer this morning. No further details are immediately available, he says.


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School District Keeps Schools Open With an Assasin On The Loose.

Feb 7, 2013

The Riverside Unified School District says schools are open today, and road closures for the investigation into the shooting that killed a police officer and injured another near Magnolia and Arlington aren’t affecting district schools.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, but anticipate a normal school day. Please note we will support and excuse any student that you keep home this morning,” according to a district statement.

Notre Dame High School, which is near the shooting scene, has been closed, according to the school’s Twitter page.

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Ex-cop hunts police; 1 officer dead, 2 wounded; police family members slain

Feb 7, 2013

IRVINE – A Riverside police officer was shot to death today and another was wounded in an ambush that police believe was committed by Christopher Jordan Dorner, the fired Los Angeles Police Department officer wanted for the revenge slayings of a college basketball coach and her fiance in Irvine, authorities said.

The gunman, who fled after shooting, ambushed the two Riverside officers while they were stopped at a red light, said Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint, adding that the two were on “routine patrol” and were not searching for Dorner at the time. The shooting occurred near Magnolia and Arlington avenues.

The wounded Riverside officer was undergoing surgery this morning, Toussaint said.

Before the Riverside shooting, a shootout in Corona also believed to have involved Dorner left a Los Angeles police officer with a graze wound to the head but his partner was not hurt, police said. The two officers are assigned to the LAPD’s Newton Station, said Newton Station Sgt. Ike Ornelas.

According to the LAPD, the attack in Corona occurred near the Magnolia Avenue exit from northbound Interstate 15 while the officers were en route to protect someone named as a potential target by Dorner, a U.S. Navy reservist whose last known address was in the 4900 block of Sharon Drive in La Palma.

In the hearing that resulted in his firing, Dorner was represented by then-LAPD Capt. Randy Quan, the father of Monica Quan, who was slain with Keith Lawrence Sunday, Irvine Police Department Chief David Maggard said at a news conference Wednesday night.

Dorner, 33, posted a multi-page manifesto online Monday, saying he didn’t mind dying because he already died when he was fired from the LAPD, Maggard said. He wrote that it had been his life’s ambition to be an LAPD officer since he served in the Explorer program, and he blamed Quan for his firing.

“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own … (so) I am terminating yours,” Dorner wrote to Randy Quan.

The LAPD’s elite Metropolitan squad was sent to protect people mentioned in Dorner’s manifesto. Their names were not released.

The LAPD issued a statement Wednesday saying it was taking the threats “very seriously,” implementing “all measures possible to ensure the safety of our LAPD personnel, their families and the Los Angeles community, and will continue to do so until Dorner is apprehended and all threats have been abated.”

Dorner worked as a police officer from Feb. 7, 2005, until Sept. 4, 2008, “when his employment was terminated,” police said. He was fired for allegedly making false statements about his training officer.

Dorner is black, 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds. He has been driving a blue 2005 Nissan Titan pickup, California license plate 7X03191, Maggard said. At a briefing this morning, police said Dorner apparently switched license plates, possibly to a plate with the following number: 8D83987.

Anyone encountering Dorner should consider him “armed and extremely dangerous” and should not approach or try contacting him but instead call 911 immediately, police said. A tip line has been established, (949) 724-7192.

Police who received a call at 9:10 p.m. Sunday about a person slumped over in a parked car at 2100 Scholarship found the recently engaged Quan and Lawrence dead in Lawrence’s Kia, which was parked at the top of the five-story structure for the building where they lived.

There was no evidence Lawrence and 28-year-old Monica Quan were being robbed, said Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen, who noted that the high-density residential community is highly secure with key card access only.

Irvine had two slayings in both 2011 and 2012, according to Engen, who said overall violent crime is at “historic lows” in the city.

Monica Quan was in her second season as an assistant coach for the Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball team after holding a similar position at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

The couple met while at Concordia University in Irvine, where they both played basketball. Lawrence was seeking a career in law enforcement, which made him a good match for Monica Quan because her father was an LAPD officer, friends said.

The 27-year-old Lawrence, who graduated from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Academy, was working as a patrol officer at USC’s Department of Public Safety. He joined the department in August, said Carl Marziali, USC’s assistant vice president of media relations.

Monica Quan was a star athlete at Walnut High School, then played at Cal State Long Beach from 2003-05 before transferring to Concordia University, where she graduated in 2007 with a degree in exercise and sports science. She received a master’s degree from Concordia in 2009.

Autopsies on the bodies of Lawrence and Monica Quan were completed Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

“The coroner determined that both died of multiple gunshot wounds,” Amormino said. “No further information will be released at this time.”

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LAPD search uncovers assault weapons cache, grenade launcher in DWP worker’s home

Feb 6, 2013


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NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Detectives searching the North Hollywood home of a Department of Water and Power carpenter suspected of stealing lumber found 18 assault weapons and a grenade launcher, police said today.

John Joseph Hunten, 45, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and possessing the weapons, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher No said.

Hunten is being held on $500,000 bail at Men’s Central Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 26.

Hollywood Division detectives began the search Friday at 2:30 p.m. looking for the contraband lumber, but also discovered the weapons.

No said he did not know what Hunten was doing with the weapons.

Security services received a tip a couple of weeks ago regarding possible thefts of building materials, MaryAnne Pierson of the DWP said.

Pierson did not name the suspect and said she was “prohibited by law from discussing any potential disciplinary actions and matters pertaining to a specific employee.”

Hunten did not have contact with the public, Pierson said.

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Judge sentences pregnant special-ed teacher for sex with minor who was former student

Feb 6, 2013

SAN DIEGO  – A high school special-education teacher who admitted having sex with one of her former students — and is pregnant with his baby — was sentenced today to a year in jail but will be released early to deliver and care for the child.

Kelly McKenzy Watson, 34, was also placed on three years felony probation, during which she is not allowed to work with minors, and was ordered to undergo counseling.

Judge Laura Halgren said Watson — who is due April 5 — did not have to register as a sex offender.

Attorneys said the unborn child’s father — who turns 18 in April — is in love with Watson and plans to be part of the child’s life despite a no- contact order put in place by the judge. Halgren said the victim could be present for the birth.

The defendant pleaded guilty in November to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. According to a psychological evaluation, Watson is not sexually promiscuous but was naive and immature when she got involved with the then-16- year-old boy.

Halgren said the relationship between defendant and victim “was not an ideal parenting situation,” but said Watson was not a danger to re-offend. The judge said Watson “violated the public’s trust” when she had sex with a former student.

Watson, who was arrested last Aug. 9, met the boy when he was a student in her class at the New Haven residential school in Vista, said Lt. Anastasia Smith of the San Diego Police Department.

The lieutenant said Watson was the boy’s teacher at New Haven for several semesters from September 2010 until August 2011. New Haven works with troubled and at-risk teens.

San Diego police sex crimes detectives received a tip last July 30 about inappropriate conduct between Watson and the former student and later determined she had a dating relationship with him several months earlier, Smith said.

Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett said the victim was released from the residential facility in January 2012 and he and Watson were together two weeks later.

Watson had been a special-education teacher for seven years and hopes to work in adult education someday, according to defense attorney David R. Cohn.

He said Watson has been living with family members in Bakersfield and working in accounting.

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Gas Prices On The Rise

Feb 6, 2013

SAN DIEGO – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today to its highest amount since Nov. 1, increasing 3.7 cents to $4.055.

The average price has increased 11 of the past 12 days, rising 34.4 cents over that span, including 2.3 cents on Tuesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 26.9 cents more than one week ago, 40.5 cents higher than one month ago and 26.1 cents greater than one year ago.

The San Diego County average price is the third highest in the state, behind Los Angeles County ($4.058) and Ventura County ($4.057).

The price hikes result from high oil prices, Middle East tension, California refinery maintenance issues resulting in reduced supplies, and investors shifting their money into the gasoline market “earlier and earlier,” according to Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

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Board of supervisors vote denies citizens appeal of solar plant permit

Feb 6, 2013



SAN DIEGO  – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today to deny appeals and grant a major-use permit for a proposed 42.7-acre solar energy plant at the southern end of Ramona.

Sol Orchard Ramona Solar Energy, slated for 1650 Warnock Drive, would use 8-foot-tall solar panels to produce 7.5 megawatts of power for delivery to San Diego Gas & Electric using an existing distribution line.

“Solar energy can be one of the methods with the least impact to provide clean, renewable and, very importantly, local energy resources,” county Planning Commissioner David Pallinger said. “This particular project meets all criteria for a solar farm, including the critical component of proximity to power distribution.”     The Planning Commission voted in October to recommend approval of the permit, but Laborers International Union of North America Local 89, the Ramona Community Planning Group and Citizens for a Rural Ramona filed appeals.

Citizens boards in Ramona have voted unanimously to oppose the project, contending it would not fit with the character of the community, would take away prime agricultural land and would lead to blight.

Donna Myers of Citizens for a Rural Ramona, who lives across from the project’s site, said the project was contiguous and would appear as one large object, a roof of 42.7 acres.

“The structure appears monolithic,” Myers said. “It is also fabricated out of metal and glass, which are jarringly inconsistent with the organic shapes, colors and patterns of the pastureland.”

Local 89, which represents construction workers, argued the project necessitated a full-scale environmental impact report.

The union has a history of intervening in the permit process in solar panel projects around the country, U-T San Diego reported. The union has argued against solar projects because of the few workers per acre the projects require, in addition to environmental concerns, according to the newspaper.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob cast the dissenting vote. She said she supported solar energy projects, but that with larger projects, it was key to find the right location. The Warnock Drive project would not be consistent with the county’s Zoning Ordinance, nor compatible with the surrounding area and would impact neighborhood character, Jacob said.

“How in the world do you screen almost 43 acres of solid solar panels from both public and private properties with landscaping? Give me a break — you just can’t do it,” Jacob said. She called for an independent analysis of alternate sites.

The plant would be located at the center of a 110-acre property currently used to raise livestock. The ranching operating would continue in a buffer zone around the solar panels. About a dozen houses are near the property, along with a dairy farm and a paintball facility, the county’s Richard Grunow said.

Sol Orchard proposed to lease the 42.7 acres from the landowner for 25 years. The company has already won approval for a solar facility in Valley Center and has similar plans in the East County communities of Alpine and Boulevard.


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