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Former SLTPD Johnny Poland officer receives 18-month prison sentence577

Corruption, Underage group sex, gangbanger connections, meth and more in alleged in South Lake Tahoe Police officer’s arrest330

Brian Uhler replaces embattled Terry Daniels as Chief of Police in So. Lake Tahoe263

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Interesting story from the past: For a city manager that continues to boast about being transparent, he muddied the waters.241

Former El Dorado County sheriff’s sergeant booked on child porn charges216

SLTPD Officer Johnny Poland GUILTY, could get 20 years in federal prison213

Computer glitch causes hundreds of people to report for jury duty in So. Lake Tahoe195

South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Johnny Poland expected to plea guilty191

Douglas County judge Michael Gibbons kills 61-year-old bicyclist149

Abandon Pressure Cooker Closes Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe for 2 hours140

SLTPD streached thin because of recent homicides in South Lake Tahoe135

Pissed-off citizens from Tahoe to Placerville form political PAC called Committee of Vigilance Against Corruption134

Carson City Man Ivan Botello Arrested for ‘under age’ Revenge Porn128

FEMA region 9 update – Fema Camps 2013 exposed127

Protesting resumes at South Lake Tahoe Police Dept. and El Dorado DA for 2013 season126S

outh Lake Tahoe police release photos of suspect in killing of gas station clerk124

An ANTI-Corruption demonstration/protest will be held Monday at high noon January 28, 2013 @ SLTPD office on Al Tahoe Blvd.124

Video surfaces of the Stateline, Nevada beating of Mike Burnhart by various law enforcement including SLTPD, EDSO and the Douglas County Sheriff119

Tahoe Mountain News covers Ty Robben’s South Lake Tahoe Police protest111

Victory for Ty Robben – SLTPD report released!109

Retired El Dorado County deputy sheriff Don Atkinson arrested in Carson City, Nevada105

FLASHBACK – The Outdoorsman Lake Tahoe92

ANTI CORRUPTION Protest Monday May 20th 2013 @ high noon El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson91Justice delayed is justice denied91

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‘This Is What Happens When You Call the Cops’ Rap: Catchy, True, Sad But True

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

Earlier this year, a little-known rapper who goes by the monicker “Rob Hustle” released a song that’s quickly racking up views on Youtube. Titled ‘Call the Cops,’ it’s a catchy tune, but a depressing catalogue of some of the most prominent recent abuses committed by law enforcement in recent years.

Hustle warns that when you call the cops, you often put your own life at risk. It’s a problem thatReason readers are certainly familiar with. His music video shows countless clips of officers punching, pepper spraying, and otherwise brutalizing people.

The rapper issued a press release to accompany the song:

Increasing militarization of police in our country is becoming a threat to life and liberty. Laws are supposed to help and protect people. But when those laws – and the people that enforce them – become the danger, then someone must raise their voice. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?…

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South Lake Tahoe Police Officers Laney and Wilson caught up in filing false affidavits

Police Chief Brian Uhler pictured. South Lake Tahoe residents and tourists were shocked last year when former South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Johnny Poland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for similar fabrication, falsification and corruption committed by Officers Laney and Wilson.

See El Dorado County News Story here: Protest Expected Against Tahoe Police And County DA

 Chris, Thanks for posting the story about the shenanigans on this new trumped-up charge on me by the SLTPD. The DMV had to “reserve” me the notice my license would be suspended because of the “improper service” …Let’s just call it perjury since the form itself say “signed under the penalty of perjury” and Sgt. Shannon Laney committed perjury by signing a false statement there and on the reports along with Cody Willson.

I want to file a complaint and criminal charges against Sgt. Laney and Officer Wilson and the SLTPD tells me I need to go to their main office in So. Lake Tahoe – in person to file the “Internal Affairs” form… First of all, I live 3 hours away and I don’t have my license because of the fraud committed by Laney and Wilso. Secondly, I DO NOT want to be around the SLTPD or their corrupt cops so they can harass me more and tase me and jail me on another trumped-up charge. If I go, I am bringing the “worlds largest CRIME SCENE tape” and protesting the SLTPD and demanding Laney and Wilson are FIRED!!!!!! Happy New Year

 

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South Lake Tahoe Police Officers Laney and Wilson caught up in filing false affidavits and fabricating false DUI arrests.

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South Lake Tahoe Officer Shannon Laney rides his corruption mobile and writing false affidavits “under the penalty of perjury”

Stay tuned as this story develops and as we await comments from South Lake Tahoe Chief Brian Uhler and El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson to see if criminal charges will be filed against the perpetrators Officers Laney and Wilson.

South Lake Tahoe residents and tourists were shocked last year when former South Lake Tahoe Police Officer Johnny Poland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for similar conduct.

In 2013 the South Lake Tahoe and the El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson were the subject of a protest and a series of negative news reports.

Residents protest South Lake Tahoe police

scandalCorrupt law enforcement in South Lake Tahoe?

That’s what some people believe. And they took to the streets Monday to make their feelings known. Ty Robben organized the Jan. 28 demonstration along Al Tahoe Boulevard. Robben’s issues started last fall when bounty hunters busted down his door. He’s been waiting for the South Lake Tahoe cops to finish the report. He even went to the City Council meeting last week to plead the electeds to intervene to speed up the process.

El Dorado County District Attorney

In 2013 the South Lake Tahoe and the El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson were the subject of a protest and a series of negative news reports of rampant malicious & vexatious prosecutions against political “enemies” of DA Vern Pierson. Other complaints of “cover-ups” and “selective prosecution” prompted more protests. The protests continue going into 2015 with El Dorado County residents preparing for a RECALL of their corrupt and scandalous DA Vern Pierson.

 

 A similar situation occurred in Southern California:

By PETER LANCE SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-PRESS

October 3, 2012 6:23 AM

First of five parts

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That’s how Charles Dickens opened his epic novel of turmoil in England and France on the brink of revolution. In 1775 those two crime-ridden capitals couldn’t have been more different and yet more alike.

Today two cities exist in the state of California only 90 miles apart. Both are governed by identical drunken driving laws and yet their treatment of police officers suspected of committing the identical crimes of perjury and filing false statements couldn’t be more different.

 

In each case, investigations were commenced when drivers, suspected by the police of driving under the influence were pulled over, subjected to field sobriety tests and then arrested. In each case, the charges were dropped as a result of police conduct. And in each case the arresting officer who filed the police report was a decorated DUI cop having won awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The difference is that in Los Angeles, LAPD officers Craig Allen and Phillip Walters are facing charges punishable by up to four years and eight months in state prison, while in Santa Barbara, as far as the public knows, Officer Kasi Beutel has never been suspended, cited or subjected to any misconduct proceedings.

She remains on the job and in uniform – and on Jan. 28, she was promoted to beat coordinator.

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Further, she has received nothing but praise or support from the police chief and multiple officials including the District Attorney’s Office, three Superior Court judges, and the city attorney.
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El Dorado County political operative arrested

Corruption-Arrow-Sign1-630x286A major operative in El Dorado County’s Republican Party has been arrested on felony willful infliction of corporal injury of a cohabitant charges.

Rodney Stanhope, 47, is married, but the alleged victim was not his wife. The Placerville resident was arrested earlier this month.

Stanhope was the executive director of the El Dorado County Republican Central Committee in 2010 and a paid consultant on the failed Mike Owen for county auditor campaign in 2014. Stanhope also worked on the campaigns of disgraced former Supervisor Ray Nutting, Sheriff John D’Agostini, Rep. Tom McClintock, and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines. In 2011, Stanhope represented Gaines at a campaign function.

Most recently, Stanhope was working with the Dave Pratt’s 2016 supervisorial campaign.

This is not Stanhope’s first run-in with the law. In 2009, a Central Valley couple sought a restraining order to stop Stanhope from, among other things, harassing their 14-year-old daughter. In 2012, a Pollock Pines woman sought a restraining order to stop Stanhope from sending her threatening text messages.

– Lake Tahoe News staff report

Judge denies appeals in Lake Tahoe bear trap tampering case

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

bear trap caseA Washoe County judge has denied a Reno woman’s appeal of a 30-day jail sentence handed down last year for illegally tampering with a black bear trap at Lake Tahoe.

Season Morrison, 36, and her mother, Cheryl Morrison, 64, of Truckee, were charged after a motion-activated camera captured them interfering with a trap state wildlife officials set in October 2013 on a private property in Incline Village.

“Season Morrison pulled a pin, dropping the cage door, while (Cheryl Morrison) threw a rock into the cage to trip the cage door and removed the bait bag from the cage,” according to court documents.

After a day-long hearing in April — in which the Morrisons maintained the trap had been set illegally by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and therefore their actions were legal — they were convicted May 19, 2014, of interfering with a wildlife officer and tampering with a motor vehicle.

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El Dorado County faces suit from pot club

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

california potBy Peter Hecht, Sacrament Bee

The former operator and members of a Diamond Springs marijuana dispensary are suing El Dorado County to recover seized marijuana, medical records and financial documents taken in a Sheriff’s Department raid last year.

The Pure Life Collective has been shuttered since the Nov. 17, 2014, raid, which resulted in the arrest of dispensary operator Kelly Chiusano. No charges have been filed.

The dispensary’s lawsuit, filed by a prominent Bay Area lawyer specializing in medical marijuana, charges that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department wrongly raided Pure Life, which had been granted a permit to operate by the county’s Community Development Agency.

The lawsuit, filed last week by Sausalito lawyer Zenia Gilg and law partner Heather Burke, charges that the Sheriff’s Department “wasted public resources” by having undercover officers with physicians’ recommendations purchase medical marijuana at the dispensary and through its delivery service.

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El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office 2014 Annual Report Released

2015-03-06, 07:49:28

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini is proud to announce the Sheriff’s Office 2014 Annual Report.  In partnership with the community, this report illustrates all of the Sheriff’s Office operations and the work that has been provided over the past year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  We have continued to provide the wide range of Sheriff’s Office services in keeping with our Mission and Vision statements, utilizing modern methods and traditional values with total enforcement, professionalism and care for our communities.  Sheriff D’Agostini would like to thank each of you for allowing us the honor of serving you and to thank our many community and allied agency partners for our close working relationships.

MESSAGE FROM THE SHERIFF:

On behalf of all of the employees of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, I am presenting with pride our Annual Report for 2014. This report illustrates all of the Sheriff’s Office operations and the work that has been provided over the past year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We have continued to provide the wide range of Sheriff’s Office services in keeping with our Mission and Vision statements, utilizing modern methods and traditional values with total enforcement, professionalism and care for our communities.

In 2014 the Sheriff’s Office was faced with two catastrophic wild fires. The Sand and King fires threatened the safety of our citizens and communities. Our resources were stretched to the limit in both disasters. Our staff rose to the challenge and not only provided for the safety of our citizens threatened by the fires but continued to provide all of our daily functions without interruption. During this past year we continued to practice fiscal responsibility and manage our budget effectively.

As I move into my second term we are faced with many challenges. The Realignment Act of 2011, commonly known as AB 109, will continue to challenge our ability to safely manage the jails and provide programs to the inmates to reduce recidivism. In 2014 the voters passed Proposition 47 which reduced many crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Because of Proposition 47 the Sheriff’s Office will be working to develop new methods to control and solve crime.

We will be continuing to work with the Board of Supervisors to provide for a new Public Safety Center to replace our antiquated and dilapidated facilities. We will continue to manage our budget to provide a significant return on investment of the taxpayer’s monies while delivering quality innovative service.

I would like to thank each of you for allowing us the honor of serving you and to thank our many community and allied agency partners for our close working relationships.

Thank you for your interest in our 2014 Annual Report.
Sincerely, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini
You can view the report on our website www.edso.org or click the following link:http://pio.edso.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/EDSO2014Annual-Report.pdf

Calif. bill would protect civilians recording police

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

police-brutality-pepper-spray-poster1By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times

From the LAPD beating of Rodney King 24 years ago to last year’s death of Eric Garner after a scuffle with New York police officers, bystanders who recorded the incidents on video have allowed the public to see at least some of what happened.

One California state senator wants to protect citizens who properly record the actions of officers in public from arrest or interference by the police. State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, has introduced legislation that would clarify that a civilian who makes an audio or video recording of a police officer, while the officer is in a public place, is not violating the law.

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3 men arrested in liquor store burglary in South Lake Tahoe

Lorenzo Jackson, 20, Shayan Taghi, 20, and Ryan Mello, 21, all from California

3 men were recently arrested following a burglary at Tahoe Keys Liquor store in South Lake Tahoe, police said.

Lorenzo Jackson, 20, Shayan Taghi, 20, and Ryan Mello, 21, all from California were booked into the El Dorado County Jail on burglary and conspiracy.

Officers responded to a call at about 1 a.m. Wednesday of a burglary alarm activation at Tahoe Keys Liquor, 2297 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Upon arrival, they found two suspects inside the store.

About the same time, deputies arrested a suspect attempting to flee in a car.

“There was evidence to show all three suspects were involved in burglarizing the business,” authorities said in a statement Wednesday. “The exact loss form the store is not known at this time, but included items from inside the store.”…

 

What turns up when a police officer punches your name into the computer.

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

What Do the Cops Have on Me?

Illustration by Robert Neubecker. Click image to expand.

Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant suspected of murdering his third and fourth wives, is now also under investigation forpolice misconduct. New evidence suggests that Peterson used official law-enforcement databases to check up on his fourth wife and her associates before she disappeared. Peterson’s attorney says it was common practice for Bolingbrook police to run checks for friends and family, and to run prank names to alleviate boredom. What can the police learn about you from these database queries?

Your name and aliases; your Social Security number; where you live; when you were born; the color of your skin and eyes; any scars, tattoos, or identifying marks; your height, vision, and gender; what kind of car you drive, whether it’s a stolen…

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South Lake Tahoe crime rates drop

Brian UhlerBy Isaac Brambila
ibrambila@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A 2014 South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) crime report reflected that crime in the city dropped in comparison to 2013.

According to the report, property crimes fell by nearly 12 percent, while violent crime dropped by 3.4 percent.

The drop in crime is a reflection of the community and several other factors, SLTPD Chief Brian Uhler said Monday.

Though Uhler didn’t take credit on behalf of the department for the decrease, he said the department did do its part.

“It is important to recognize that crime rates are heavily influenced by many factors (such as overall economy, demographic change, etc.),” Uhler stated in a press release.

The statistics, in general, were positive, but some types of crimes did see increases.

The most significant drop was seen in property crimes, where, according to the report, the decline was across the board. Burglaries dropped from 171 in 2013 to 147 in 2014, larceny numbers fell from 368 to 332 and motor vehicle thefts dropped from 46 to 37.

To achieve those drops, the police department drew its strategy after noticing that a disproportionate number of the crimes were being committed by a small amount of people, Uhler said. After noticing that trend, they decided to keep track of habitual and repeat offenders as well as drug related crime. The idea was to stay close to those types of offenders to act quickly when they committed a crime to prevent them from committing crimes in the future, as well as to keep attention on them so they don’t return to criminal activity.

As a result of the strategy, the department made 67 felony drug arrests, 24 arrests related to illegal marijuana grows and arrested 56 habitual offenders.

It is common that people who abuse drugs, in general, also usually commit a disproportionate amount of crime compared to the rest of the population, Uhler said. Those arrests likely prevented further crimes from happening.

Regarding violent crime, Uhler said the approach is different than with property crime. He said there is some spillover within the usual offenders of the two types of crime – drug, habitual and repeat offenders – but that the strategy to focus on those types of offenders is most effective with property crime.

Though there was still a drop in violent crime, the decline was less significant than in property crime.

The number of homicides in South Lake Tahoe fell from three in 2013 to zero in 2014, as did the number of aggravated assaults, which went from 89 to 77. The drop in crime, however, did not extend to forcible rapes and robberies. Forcible rapes saw a hike from 8 to 14, while robberies increased from 16 to 21.

Uhler said it is more challenging to have an effect on violent crime than on property crime. It is harder to predict.

“Officers can’t go and patrol inside someone’s home,” he said.

Still, the effort is being placed on combating violent crime. Currently, most investigative work done by the department is related to violent crime. Detectives work mostly on investigating violent crimes, while patrol officers usually investigate property crime.

However, for now, the strategy to fight crime will likely remain the same, with some adjustments.

The department is in the process of developing and increasing its investigative capacity. They also plan to further develop the working relationship with the probation department to bolster the focus on repeat, habitual and drug offenders.

For 2015, a point of focus will be the introduction of Proposition 47, which was voted into law last November and focuses on reducing punishments for certain non-violent offenders in an attempt to reduce prison and jail populations. Though it is still early to tell what the impact will be, Uhler said that the next year or two will likely see an increase on some crimes, and that the department will have to adjust to those changes.

Additionally, Uhler insisted that crime reduction is a result of a collaborative effort between the police department and the community.

He took the opportunity to remind people to be diligent about safeguarding their property and pay extra attention to locking up things and keeping things secure.

Representatives of Douglas County’s “golden geese,” or big community investors, gathered in front of local decision-makers Thursday to praise a long-discussed plan to realign Highway 50 around the back of the Stateline casinos at Tahoe.

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

SLT This rendering shows possible modifications to the casino core under the U.S. Highway 50 South Shore Community Revitilization Project.

STATELINE, NEV. — Representatives of Douglas County’s “golden geese,” or big community investors, gathered in front of local decision-makers Thursday to praise a long-discussed plan to realign Highway 50 around the back of the Stateline casinos at Tahoe.

The large support from many of the region’s key private investors — including Edgewood Companies, Heavenly Mountain Resort and nearly every Stateline casino — was prominently displayed at the meeting, where county commissioners heard a second update on a countywide connectivity plan.

The plan aims to accomplish many of the transportation projects outlined in the county’s Master Plan, 2011 South Shore Vision and 2013 Valley Vision. The approximately $70 million Highway 50 realignment, also known as the loop road project, is only one of them.

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DUI Attorneys Challenge Legality of DMV Administration Suspensions – The suit contends that allowing a DMV employee to serve as prosecutor and judge in the administrative suspension process violates the constitutional rights of Californians

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

Lawsuit accuses DMV of unconstitutional practices. If the lawsuit prevails, the Nevada DMV may also be sued for unconstitutional practices.

DMV SuspensionMany Californians don’t realize that the DMV has the power to take away their drivers license following a DUI arrest via a procedure called an administrative suspension. Though the suspension can be challenged at a special hearing, in most cases drivers don’t even realize they need to take this step.

Ignorance of the law combined with what many consider unconstitutional DMV policies often lead to unfair and undeserved license suspensions.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LAWSUIT: SDSHH-Challenges-Constitutionality-of-DMV-Suspension-System

Last month, the California DUI Lawyers Association filed a lawsuit against the DMV. The suit contends that allowing a DMV employee to serve as prosecutor and judge in the administrative suspension process violates the constitutional rights of Californians. It also claims that the DMV pressures employees to decide cases against drivers rather than considering…

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Mike Raffety Quits Mountain Democrat Newspaper – Abrupt and Unexpected End Comes Without Explanation Only days after a scathing response by the citizens over a published piece of Hate speech that included a denial of the Holocaust…

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

Mike Raffety Quits Newspaper – Abrupt and Unexpected End Comes Without Explanation

2015-02-20, 03:46:33

Only days after a scathing response by the citizens over a published piece of Hate speech that included a denial of the Holocaust, the Editor of the Mountain Democrat in Placerville, CA paper quits without explanation.

holo ovenAlthough the paper contains two different stories about Rafferty that cover his background and his relation to the paper and local notables over 37 years at the paper, in the 3,000 words, never does the paper or Raffety himself give a real reason for his abrupt end at the newspaper.

The two stories are just what would be expected when a long time editor leaves, but what is not said speaks volumes.  In the 3,000 words of the two stories it never says if the unexpected end of his job was his choice.  The two stories…

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South Lake Tahoe police chief Brian Uhler’s son, Alex, died of Heroin Overdose

From October 25, 2012

Editor’s note: South Lake Tahoe police chief Brian Uhler’s son, Alex, died last week. He has asked that this be shared with the community.

I thought it of value to write colleagues in public safety about my son so you might recognize our important role in helping families and people with addiction problems. I do not ask for specific action but hope you seek to make a positive difference in your own way when the opportunity comes.

Alex was the rare sort of person, having a pure and good heart who truly cared about others even more than he did about himself. Those who met Alex casually would know him as a highly regarded student at Queens University where he worked on special projects involving gene mutation and the probable pigmentation of the eyes on dinosaurs. One professor recently wrote, “I’ll remember Alex for his unending curiosity and his wonderfully dry wit.” He added that Alex “had a love of learning that was unsurpassed by his peers.” He explained that he liked Alex for his “sharp mind, his interest in science, his interest in issues of the world, but also for his unassuming manner.”

When he was about 10 years old, I was driving past a homeless man holding a sign “hungry, please help.” Alex asked, “daddy, can we give him some money?” To this, I explained, that giving him money will just lead to him buying beer or something. Being quick of mind, even at this young age, Alex said, “well, can we buy him a hamburger then?” Touched by his sweet nature, I said “sure, son,” and we helped that homeless man with a burger.

As a boy scout, Alex would take special care of the younger scouts. He would never belittle or make fun and was known to help the “underdog” without second thought.

One day, about two years ago, Alex came home beaming that he had just eaten 10 tacos at Taco Bell. When I asked, he explained that he was driving in San Francisco and he saw a man trying to push his broken-down Cadillac from the road. The man couldn’t push hard enough so Alex stopped his car and offered a helping hand. When they finished, the man unexpectedly and insisted that Alex take $20 dollars for his kindness. Alex immediately rewarded himself with as many Tacos that he could eat.

Growing up, Alex was always a great helper, ever ready to help lift something or participate in a project. I came to respect his intellectual abilities many times over. Typically, I would be struggling with a problem and Alex would glance at it, without any effort at all, and say, “maybe you can…” Sure enough, more often than not, his suggestion would be right. When he was young, I would tend to dismiss his ideas, but as I progressed in life, I learned that I should listen to Alex.

His sharp mind and amazing ability to recall information was very clear to people who knew him well. You could ask Alex a question about some obscure fact and chances are he would recite an answer like he was reading it from a textbook. As we who were closest to Alex have come to know, his brilliant mind was often racing and restless. Even as a young child, he found it difficult to go to sleep. His mother and I would take turns laying with him combing our fingers through his hair until he would drift off to sleep.

Many years ago, when Alex was young, he said, “Mommy, I think there’s something wrong with me.” We didn’t think much of it because every visible indication was that Alex was fine (good grades, scouting, sports, etc). Later in life, we learned that Alex struggled with anxiety that was most troubling when he was alone. As a family we helped him in many different ways. Unfortunately, each time we did things to help Alex, we unintentionally burdened him with an inner conviction and determination that he would not hurt us more.

This is what led Alex to conceal his addiction to virtually everyone. I believe with all my heart that he didn’t want to be the cause of anyone’s pain, let alone those he loved most.

On the day the photo was taken, Alex and I started the hike at about 5 p.m. We took a little less than three hours to make it to the top. At first, he took the lead, boldly making progress up the mountain. Each time I’d fall a little behind, Alex would stop and wait patiently. This happened a couple times, then he stopped and fell in behind me. After about an hour of more hiking, I asked, “Hey, buddy, you staying back there so you don’t make your old man feel bad, right?” He said, “Yeah, dad, something like that.” Later that evening, it got cold, we got lost and had only cell phones to light the way. At one point, he said we should find shelter and wait for daylight. Stubbornly, I refused. Now, I’d give anything to huddle with my buddy on the side of a cold mountain.

Specific Information about the memorial service to be held this Sunday will be forwarded later. The family asks that no flowers be sent. Instead, a donation in Alex’s name to a Queens University scholarship fund will be appreciated. This information will be forthcoming.

– Brian Uhler is the chief of the South Lake Tahoe police and fire departments.

Heroin in Charlotte

Alex Uhler was a straight-A student, an Eagle Scout, and earned a black belt in Taekwondo. And he was a heroin addict. Why are kids like him, from Charlotte’s wealthy neighborhoods and good schools, turning to the deadliest drugs?

“I’m not embarassed of my son,” Deanna Uhler says. “I<br />
was proud of him ’til the last breath he took.” After he died, his girlfriend painted his portrait and gave it to Deanna.<br />

“I’m not embarassed of my son,” Deanna Uhler says. “I was proud of him ’til the last breath he took.” After he died, his girlfriend painted his portrait and gave it to Deanna.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOGAN CYRUS

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Crime Up due to New Laws Says South Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler

2015-02-19, 03:37:46

prop 47California voters were duped by Proposition 47’s misleading title, “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.” It is not surprising that this effort passed, as over 9 million dollars were spent in support of Proposition 47. The funding proponents included a New York billionaire ($1.4 million) and the American Civil Liberties Union ($3.5 million). The majority of those who reside in El Dorado County, including South Lake Tahoe residents, voted against Proposition 47.

Brian Uhler SLTPDCalifornia has a history of lowering the consequences for committing crime. In 2000, the “Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act” was passed. The main focus of this effort was to allow those convicted of drug offenses to avoid incarceration. In 2011, Assembly Bill 109, known as “Realignment,” reduced certain criminal offenses from felonies to misdemeanors.

Now, with Proposition 47 passing, in just the last few months, many jurisdictions are seeing a spike in property crimes (up as much as 30%) and reduced bookings (20-30 percent less). Local officials have reported that fewer people are now going to drug rehabilitation because we’ve lost the method of mandating rehabilitation with a felony drug charge.

From a practical standpoint, I know those who commit crimes like possessing heroin and methamphetamine (now misdemeanors) are also significant contributors to other problems like violent gang crime and property crime. For many years, those of us in law enforcement have known that it is much harder to catch a thief than it is to catch the thief in possession of drugs.

I believe the notion of letting up to 10,000 convicted felons out of the California penal system and letting those who commit drug offenses and thefts go free instead of taking them to jail has bad effects on our crime rate and actually makes our neighborhoods and schools less safe. Maybe Californians who are tired of misleading political process should pass something called “Stop Misleading Politics Act.” Something simple, like letting the opposition name the proposition, would help. I would have named Proposition 47 the “Let Criminals Roam Our Neighborhoods Act.” Lock up your stuff.

Thank you,
Brian T. Uhler, Chief of Police

The Case Against “Epidemic” of Prosecutorial Misconduct in California – LA Times Editorial

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has spoken of an “epidemic” of prosecutorial misconduct in California.

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It should go without saying that cheating criminal prosecutors who lie or hide evidence to bolster their cases, and cowardly state judges who cover for them, should be identified and punished. It should go without saying — but we say it in light of last month’s extraordinary remarks from a panel of U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges at a hearing for convicted murderer Johnny Baca. A lower court had determined that a Riverside County prosecutor lied on the witness stand to back up the lies of a jailhouse informant, but the conviction was repeatedly upheld anyway until it got to the federal appeals panel on a habeas corpus petition.

Aside: The Federal Prosecutor By Robert H. Jackson

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Victim says her rights were violated in Truckee carjacking case

Corruption-Arrow-Sign1-630x286NEVADA CITY, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — The alleged carjacking suspect from an October Truckee incident took a plea deal and was sentenced to 180 days in custody and three years supervised probation.

The victim in the case, Rebecca Oestreich of Truckee, says her rights were violated by the plea deal.

“I, personally, am very frustrated,” says Oestreich. “I feel like this man walked free after attempting to kill me.”

Oestreich was the second of two people police say Jones targeted on October 28th of last year.

He was initially charged with assault with force likely to produce bodily injury, battery on an officer, possession of marijuana and vandalism.

Jones eventually pleaded no contest to the assault charge in exchange for the 180 days and probation.

Oestreich says she didn’t know about the deal before it was agreed to.

“She should have been informed prior,” says Attorney Nina Salarno Ashford. “She should have had the right to discuss, place her feelings, even go to court and place her feelings on the record should it have been necessary.”

California’s Marsy’s Law gives victims the right to notification of all court proceedings.

Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Glenn Jennings started at the District Attorney’s office two weeks ago.

“To try and clean that up and clear it up and bring the victim back into the fold, I asked the court to reject the plea and put the defended back in the not guilty status,” says Jennings.

Salarno says it is difficult to remove a plea deal once it is agreed to.

On Friday, the court allowed Oestreich to testify and speak to Jennings about the plea arrangement before sentencing Jones.

“We’re going to change the process, were going to do a lot more outreach to the victims,” says Jennings. “Bring them into the fold, make sure they understand everything that’s going on.”

South Lake Tahoe Fire Captain Mark Wygant has been arrested on child porn charges

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

CHOMO PORNSOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — South Lake Tahoe Fire Captain Mark Wygant has been arrested and placed on paid admin leave according to City officials.

The City of South Lake Tahoe made the announcement via press releases Friday afternoon.

Officials say Wygant was arrested Thursday, January 29, pending results of a federal criminal investigation.

When the City first received an internal tip of a potential crime regarding a City employee, officials say they worked aggressively and collaboratively with federal and local law enforcement agencies to fully investigate the allegations.

According to El Dorado County Sheriff’s records, Wygant was booked into jail — and later released — for alleged Sexual Exploitation of Children.

As this matter is an ongoing federal investigation, any further inquiries are to be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

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There is a New underSheriff in Town and his name is Randy Peshon

Captain Randy Peshon, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, promoted as new Undersheriff, replacing retiring Rich Williams.

Less than 18 months ago El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Captain Randy Peshon received appointment to the Judicial Council Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council. Captain Peshon was nominated for this prestigious position by El Dorado County Superior Court Presiding Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury. – See more at: http://www.inedc.com/1-6502

Earlier, using AB 109 funds allocated to the county and protected by Proposition 30, El Dorado County CCP began increasing efforts to provide inmates with support behind jail walls. “We started interviewing inmates,” said Peshon. “‘What brought you to jail? What can we do about it while you’re here?’” The CCP then began bolstering its community partnerships — such as with Lake Tahoe Community College — to provide inmates with the opportunity to receive treatment, learn job skills, and build a resume while still behind bars.

A special promotional ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday February 17th in Judge Kingsbury’s Courtroom. Normally promotional ceremonies occur in Placerville but Mike Yarbrough, Matt Underhill, and Randy Peshon have special ties to the South Lake Tahoe community.

Mike will be sworn-in as a new Sergeant, Matt as a Lieutenant, and Randy as the new Undersheriff replacing retiring Rich Williams.

Judge Kingsbury has opened her courtroom to friends, family and the public to celebrate the proceedings.

It is scheduled to begin at 4 PM.

Cragslist strong-arm robbery over $30,000 car deal gone bad in South Lake Tahoe

craigslsit robberyThree men allegedly connected to a strong-arm robbery in Roseville were arrested Jan. 25 on the South Shore.

Dee Gunther with the Roseville Police Department told Lake Tahoe News the robbery happened Jan. 24 about 8:30pm in a public parking lot. The victim told authorities he thought he was meeting people to buy a vehicle he had found on Craigslist.

The suspects reportedly stole $30,000. Cash was recovered by Tahoe law enforcement, but it’s not known if the full $30,000 was found or where it was located. scam-craigslist-840x420-650x325

Jeremy Wood, a security guard at Lakeside Inn Casino, was arrested at work. Dylan Sapsford was arrested after a traffic stop on Lake Tahoe Boulevard while he was headed toward the casinos. He was allegedly driving the vehicle used at the site of the robbery. Douglas County Jail would not provide the hometown and ages of these two.

Eric Anderson, 34, of South Lake Tahoe was arrested at his residence and booked into the South Lake Tahoe jail.

All three face robbery charges. Anderson also was arrested on a charge of cultivation of marijuana.

Gunther said it would be up to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office to file formal charges against the three when they are transferred to that jurisdiction.

South Lake Tahoe Police will not mail a “complaint form” for Internal Affairs Investigation of their own corrupt cops!

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The South Lake Tahoe Police a 100% corrupt – they lie and fabricate false evidence. These scumbags are the worst ot the worst. Fuck the SLTPD.

South Lake Tahoe Police will not mail a “complaint form” for Internal Affairs Investigation of their own corrupt cops!

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Police corruption is a complex phenomenon, which does not readily submit to simple analysis. It is a problem that has and will continue to affect us all, whether we are civilians or law enforcement officers. Since its beginnings, may aspects of policing have changed; however, one aspect that has remained relatively unchanged is the existence of corruption. 

An examination of a local newspaper or any police-related publication on any given day will have an article about a police officer that got busted committing some kind of corrupt act. Police corruption has increased dramatically with the illegal cocaine trade, with officers acting alone or in-groups to steal money from dealers or distribute cocaine themselves. 
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UPDATE on Bill Windsor from Lawless America

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

Bill Windsor is Alive and Still Fighting Corruption – Day 25 as a “Wanted” Man

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BILL WINDSOR IS ALIVE AND STILL FIGHTING CORRUPTION – DAY 25 AS A “WANTED” MAN

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They haven’t caught me yet.

25 days on the run as the World’s Most Notorious Tweeter.

Kangaroo Court is way too nice a term for every court I have experienced in Montana.  Pure, blatant, undeniable corruption in each and every court.  It seems that my original hypothesis is correct: The University of Montana employs people to do stalking and cyberstalking for the government, and in my case, that included attempted murder.  What we really need is for someone who works in a court or used to work in a court or at the University of Montana who knows what’s going on to spill the beans.

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$275,000 Lake Tahoe rescue boat to replace sunken Marine 9

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cop boatINCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A larger and better-equipped boat will patrol the Incline Village portion of Lake Tahoe this year, officials said Wednesday.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office recently bought a 28-foot Titan T280 Pilot aluminum boat with twin 300-horsepower Mercury outboard motors.

The roughly $275,000 vessel “will be equipped with the most technologically advanced” radar, sonar and GPS systems to assist with search, rescue and lifesaving missions along with routine marine patrol functions, according to the sheriff’s office.

“I know how important this vessel is to the Incline Village community and to the thousands of people who visit Lake Tahoe each year,” said Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen. “I am also aware how effectively this community and the sheriff’s office work together, and I look forward to strengthening that partnership in the future.”

The boat, named Marine 9, will replace the 14-year-old vessel of the same name that sank…

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WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: $25,000 Reward Offered in Attempted Shooting of El Dorado Co. Deputy in Camino, CA

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El Dorado Sheriff BadgeBy : Placerville Newswire 2015-01-20

El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini just announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information that results in the identification and apprehension of the suspect involved in the attempted shooting of an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy on October 17, 2014.

On October 17, 2014 at approximately 0800 hours, a Deputy working patrol found a truck in a turnout in the area of Cable Road and White Mountain Ranch Road in Camino, CA.

shootingThe Deputy set out on foot to investigate whether any criminal activity was occurring. While walking down a trail from the turnout the Deputy came in contact with a male subject.

During this contact the male suspect refused to comply with verbal commands given by the Deputy. A physical struggle ensued between the suspect and Deputy. The suspect was able to retreat to his vehicle where he retrieved a handgun and fired it at the Deputy. The Deputy uninjured, returned fire however it is unknown if the suspect sustained any injuries

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’-1” to 6’-2” tall, weighing approximately 200-250 pounds, with a goatee, wearing a flannel shirt, dark pants and boots. The suspect was last seen driving away on Cable Road in a mid-1990’s to early 2000’s, white Dodge single cab truck without a license plate.

Bags-Of-Money-Dollar-Signs-Bills-CoinsThe Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Detective James Peterson at (530) 642-4713 or Detective Ken Barber at (530) 642-4710.

SOURCE El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

‘BLUE LIVES MATTER:’ DEMONSTRATORS MARCH IN ‘SEA OF BLUE’ RALLY TO SUPPORT POLICE

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

Hundreds marched to the U.S. capitol Saturday in a rally to support law enforcement

'Blue Lives Matter:' Demonstrators march in 'Sea of Blue' rally to support police

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by CHARLENE ADAMS | DAILYMAIL.CO.UK | JANUARY 18, 2015


Hundreds marched to the U.S. capitol Saturday in a rally to support law enforcement at a time when tensions between the public and police nationwide are running high.

Demonstrators marched in the ‘Sea of Blue’ rally carrying signs that said ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ ‘I support my man in blue,’ ‘Breathe Easy; Don’t Break The Law,’ and many others.

‘I want our officers to know we care about them,’ Kelly Wince, 52, one of the rally’s organizers told the Washington Times. ‘Our guys go out every single day and put their lives on the line. I don’t know if my husband is coming home every night.’

Wince, one of the three organizers — all married to local police officers –, said the rally is…

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One-Third of Americans Believe Police Routinely Lie

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While Americans generally approve of the work police do, nearly a third of the population feel that some officers “routinely lie to serve their own interests,” a survey by Reuters and the Ipsos polling organization showed.

The number rises to 45 percent among black Americans.

The Guardian reports:

The findings come as scrutiny on police has been heightened in recent months by the killing of unarmed blacks by white officers, which has raised questions about police treatment of racial minorities.

While distrust is significant, nearly three-quarters of respondents approve the job done by their local police, the survey said. The survey showed that 56% of African American respondents approved of their local police.

MarQuis McClee, a small-business owner from Bloomington, Indiana, who took part in the poll, said that he generally trusts police and has officers among his relatives, but as an…

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The new Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury has “black-mail” power over the Carson City court by knowing about various criminal” complaints on the various judges (Tatro, Wilson) and by using this said “power” Jason Woodbury “controls” these judges under the threat of being “prosecuted” for their “crimes”

The new Carson City District Attorney Jason Woodbury has “black-mail” power over the Carson City court by knowing about various criminal” complaints on the various judges (Tatro, Wilson) and by using this said “power” Jason Woodbury “controls” these judges under the threat of being “prosecuted” for their “crimes”.

One arrested, one escapes police in South Lake Tahoe “manhunt”

SLTP chaseOfficers with the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department search for a suspect after he jumped a fence into a backyard Tuesday afternoon near Pinter and Carson avenues.

One person was arrested and one remains at-large after the suspects allegedly evaded police in a vehicle before abandoning it and attempting to escape on foot.

The chase began at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after the driver of the vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, allegedly refused to pull over for a traffic stop, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office (EDSO) Sgt. Michael Seligsohn said.

The suspects abandoned the SUV in the area of Rose and Reno avenues and fled on foot. One suspect was arrested soon after, but a second jumped into a backyard and managed to escape.

Officers from the EDSO, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol searched the area but were unable to find the second suspect.

However, Seligsohn said authorities know who the suspect is and that he was confident they would eventually apprehend him.

The identity of both suspects was not immediately released.

The attempted traffic stop occurred after the officer identified the two men, Seligsohn said, one reportedly sought on a warrant and the second, the driver, allegedly had a suspended license.

Seligsohn said the two suspects could face charges of evading arrest. The driver could face a felony evading arrest charge after he allegedly drove at speeds between 40-to-50 mph in a residential area, passed cars and at times drove on the incoming traffic lane.

Authorities remained in the area where the vehicle was abandoned until after 4 p.m., but had not found the second suspect yet.

Emergency personnel were called for the arrested suspect, but Seligsohn said the health issues he was checked for were not directly related to his apprehension.

It was not immediately clear what the warrant for one of the suspects was for.

Stunning data on average compensation for government “civil servants” in California

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

moneyForget the old-fashioned term “civil servants”; America’s new ruling class is government employees.  Would you like your kids to go to work for an outfit where employees average between two hundred grand and a quarter mill?  Forget about investment banks or law firms; tell them to go to work for a fire protection district in California.

Transparent California, a project of two free-market think tanks, the California Policy Center and the Nevada Policy Research Institute, has released a database of municipal (cities, towns, and special-purpose districts such as water and fire protection districts) employee salaries that is stunning.  The North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area had the highest averages, but other areas of that metropolis and the state as a whole also featured extraordinary averages, not to say individual cases.

Some highlights:

The average full-time compensation for employees of 55 North Bay cities was $130,172 in 2013…

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Parvo Alert For South Lake Tahoe Issued

 

An outbreak of canine parvovirus, a highly infectious disease that can be deadly for dogs, has struck in in South Lake Tahoe.

The South Lake Tahoe Human Society has advised of an outbreak of Parvovirus in South Lake Tahoe. As a precaution, the South Lake Tahoe Parks Department has closed the Dog Park located on Al Tahoe Blvd. to thoroughly clean the park as a precautionary measure to prevent further outbreaks under the recommendation of the South Lake Tahoe Humane Society. The park will remain closed for 7-10 days after cleaning as recommended.

Per the Lake Tahoe Humane Society, 11 cases of Parvovirus have been seen in the past 10 days.

Per the Amercian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problems. The general symptoms of parvovirus are lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody, foul-smelling diarrhea that can lead to life-threatening dehydration.

For additional questions, please contact the Lake Tahoe Humane Society & SPCA if they have any questions or concerns 530-542-2857

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Courts benefit from Brown’s budget

Originally posted on Nevada State Personnel Watch:

Bags-Of-Money-Dollar-Signs-Bills-CoinsBy Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest spending plan appears to further treat the California judiciary’s wounded budgets, adding about $180 million to court systems trying to recover from years of financial cuts.

The governor’s 2015-16 budget bumps the state court system’s budget from last year’s $3.29 billion to $3.47 billion, with most of that increase headed to the 58 trial courts around California hit hardest by past cutbacks.

Under the governor’s budget, the judiciary’s budget would inch closer to the $3.7 billion allocated in 2007-08. In fact, with the use of trial court reserve money required under previous budgets, the governor’s staff pegs spending on the judicial branch at about $3.7 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

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