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Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

By Sheryl Hamlin The dense agenda of the August 19, 2020 Santa Paula City Council (via Zoom) included major presentations by the Santa Paula Police, the Finance Department and Public Works. Santa Paula Police Department Presentation Commander Varner gave the quarterly report (April 1 through July 30, 2020) for the SPPD. Commander Varner is one […]

MS-13 Gang Members Indicted for 6 Murders in US

MS-13 Gang Members Indicted for 6 Murders in US

BY ZACHARY STIEBER Eight members of the transnational street gang MS-13 have been indicted for six murders on Long Island in New York state, according to a recently unsealed indictment. The defendants were involved in a series of brutal murders in 2016, federal officials said. In one case, 19-year-old Oscar Acosta was lured to a wooded area near an elementary […]

MS-13 Members Charged With Crimes Ranging From Terrorism To Murder

MS-13 Members Charged With Crimes Ranging From Terrorism To Murder

Kaylee Greenlee  One suspected MS-13 member has been charged with terrorism, another faces the death penalty and other reported gang leaders face charges of kidnapping, murder and racketeering, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The investigation and indictments targeted leaders of the MS-13, and represent the first time a member of the organization has been […]

It’s Pretty Hard to Fix L.A. When Its Leaders are Wrecking It

It’s Pretty Hard to Fix L.A. When Its Leaders are Wrecking It

    By KENNETH ALPERN   As mentioned previously in recent CityWatch articles, we’re going into a Denaissance, not a Renaissance.  As aphorisms, hashtag politics, and feel-good laws and policies overcome the bastions of Western free-thinking and critical/rational thought, bad things happen to good people who rely on (and pay ever more generously for) their leaders […]

Vagrants– Rising Crime in Our Backyard

Vagrants– Rising Crime in Our Backyard

  . By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views California has become a toilet bowl—figuratively and literally—San Fran has declared itself a toilet bowl per its new District Attorney.  Then you have the homeless assaulting people, ruining neighborhoods and for good measure ALLOWED to steal up to $950 worth of goods from your car, a […]

A Case for the Death Penalty

A Case for the Death Penalty

    By Sigrid Weidenweber An old lawyer friend once told me during a conversation—we were discussing the merits of the death penalty—that he had hardened his stance on the matter. Over his life time, he had seen too many defendants in death-penalty cases that were changed to life imprisonment, walk free eventually. So, here […]

New DNA tool helps identify murder victims and elusive killers and rapists

New DNA tool helps identify murder victims and elusive killers and rapists

By Michele Hanisee . They’re neighbors. Church leaders. Business executives. . They’re also murders and rapists who share a common bond in addition to their horrific crimes: they were all identified with a cutting-edge new tool called investigative genetic genealogy, or IGG. . IGG itself is not new – it’s what millions of genealogists, family […]

Trump Grants Full Pardons To 5 People

Trump Grants Full Pardons To 5 People

AUDREY CONKLIN REPORTER   President Donald Trump granted full pardons Monday to five individuals previously involved in offenses like transporting marijuana and drug-trafficking. The president decided John Richard Bubala, Roy Wayne McKeever, Rodney Takumi, Michael Tedesco and Chalmer Lee Williams were worthy of Executive Grants of Clemency after “a careful review of the files” of […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office Brings Federal Charges

U.S. Attorney’s Office Brings Federal Charges

. .. By Michele Hanisee In the past election cycle, we commented on candidates running for district attorney whose campaign promises involved ignoring criminal statutes they disagreed with and minimizing punishment of those who violate the law.   Fortunately, in California, those efforts were soundly rejected by voters.  Not so in Philadelphia. In 2018, a defense attorney […]

Enjoy the Great Outdoors? So do the Crooks!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors? So do the Crooks!

  If you thought crooks were watching, would you be more mindful of your surroundings?  With spring here and longer days, perhaps it’s time for some outside athletic activities: such as bicycling, walking, hiking, or playing sports.  The Simi Valley Police Department would like to remind the community by taking preventive steps you can reduce […]

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