LOS ANGELES -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase) alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of Californians.

The suit alleges that Chase engaged in widespread, illegal robo-signing, among other unlawful practices, to commit debt-collection abuses against approximately 100,000 California credit card borrowers over at least a three-year period.

“Chase abused the judicial process and engaged in serious misconduct against California credit card borrowers,” Attorney General Harris said. “This enforcement action seeks to hold Chase accountable for systematically using illegal tactics to flood California’s courts with specious lawsuits against consumers. My office will demand a permanent halt to these practices and redress for borrowers who have been harmed.”

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating several cases involving Southern California Edison customers who have been the targets of a telephone bill payment scam. The suspects have been calling SCE customers telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or have their electric service disconnected. The callers are also demanding that payment be made through a prepaid cash card, such as a PayPal or Green Dot card.

SCE officials have confirmed there have been similar reports from customers throughout Southern California, and they are working closely with law enforcement agencies to identify the suspects.

The primary targets have been minority-owned small businesses.

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 05-07-13, detectives with the East County Major Crimes Unit arrested Thomas Pecel for making criminal threats against California Lutheran University.

The incident was originally reported to the Thousand Oaks Police Department, on 05-01-13, after a university employee received a threatening e-mail that was sent to the school by Thomas Pecel. Pecel indicated in the e-mail that he wanted to commit a campus shooting. Evidence was obtained through the investigation that corroborated Pecel did in fact send the e-mail.

Pecel was arrested in Ventura and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. His bail is currently set at $25,000 dollars pending his arraignment in Superior Court.

Nature of Incident: Criminal Threats Arrest
Report Number: RB# 13-9605
Location: California Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: 05/07/13 @ 9:45 AM
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Thomas Pecel Ventura 30
Prepared by: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: May 7, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Todd Welty @ (805) 494-8224
Approved by: Captain Hartmann

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Moorpark Police Department Special Enforcement Unit continued a three-month investigation into a vandalism crime spree in the City of Moorpark, with the service of a probation search and arrest of a juvenile. This is the fourth arrest in the past four weeks involving graffiti. Over the past three months, a suspect, using a moniker, spray painted several walls throughout the city causing thousands of dollars of damage. Investigators developed information, which led to a male juvenile as a suspect in the case.

On March 30, 2013, Investigators from the Moorpark Special Enforcement Detail and Patrol Deputies from the Moorpark Police Department conducted a probation search at the juvenile’s residence in the 400 block of Millard Street, in Moorpark. Investigatory discovered items of evidentiary value linking the juvenile to the multiple vandalisms.

While at the residence, several subjects were contacted. During the investigation, it was determined that several subjects (listed adult subjects above) were found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. In addition, Angel Cota was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

The juvenile was arrested for two felony counts of vandalism, one misdemeanor count of possession of vandalism tools, and violation of probation. The juvenile was released to an adult guardian. All of the adult subjects were booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura.

Additional arrests, search warrants, and probation searches are expected to continue in this investigation.

Nature of Incident: Felony Graffiti Vandalism Arrests
Report Number: 13-3535, 13-6188, 13-6322, 13-7081
Location: Numerous locations throughout the City of Moorpark
Date & Time: February and March, 2013
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations Special Enforcement / Gang Detail
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) City of Moorpark
(V) Walgreens
(V) Moorpark Family Care Center
(V) Sherwin Williams Paint Store
(S) Male Juvenile
(S) Stephanie Hastin
(S) Debra Rios
(S) Angel Cota
(S) Nichole Heumann
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Adam Garnier
Media Release Date: 4/5/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Adam Garnier (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On May 1, 2013, at approximately 1200 hours, deputies responded to a check the well-being call for service. When deputies and fire personnel arrived on scene, there were two adults confirmed to be deceased at the residence.

After a thorough investigation was conducted by Major Crimes/ East County Investigations and the Medical Examiner, the deaths of the two adults were consistent with a mutual double suicide pending the Medical Examiners completed investigation. Based on the evidence at the scene, there were no signs of criminal activity. The investigation will continue pending the autopsy and toxicology reports by the Medical Examiner.

Nature of Incident: Mutual Double Suicide
Report Number: RB# 13-9592
Location: 5800 block of Hickory Drive, Oak Park
Date & Time: 05-01-13 @ 1200
Unit(s) Responsible: Major Crimes and East County Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Prepared by: Sr. Deputy Michelle Kristol
Media Release Date: May 1, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Approved by: Captain David Wareham

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Recently, the city of Thousand Oaks has experienced an increase in residential and vehicle burglaries. During this investigation, the Thousand Oaks Police Department engaged in a public awareness campaign, asking residents to call and report suspicious activity. With the help of tips from our community members, several burglary suspects have been arrested over the past month. These suspects are uknown to one another, and their crimes are not related.

On April 10th, 2013, Detectives and School Resource Officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Station arrested two juveniles for a rash of burglaries to storage lockers in the Thousand Oaks area.

On April 15th, 2013, a tip from the public led patrol officers to Madison McConnell. McConnell was found in possession of stolen property and has been connected to at least one residential burglary in the city of Thousand Oaks. Detectives are continuing to investigate the possibility he has been involved in more.

On April 26th, 2013, investigators from the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit arrested Sean Torbert for residential burglaries that occurred in the city of Los Angeles. Torbert is suspected of committing similar residential burglaries in Thousand Oaks, and investigators are investigating his connection to those crimes.

The identification and arrest of these suspects is the direct result of the partnership the Thousand Oaks Police Department has with our community, and the willingness of our community members to provide essential information regarding crime in our neighborhoods. The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind our community to remain vigilent and report any suspicous activity.

Nature of Incident: Recent arrests of burglary and theft suspects
Report Number: 13-7843 / 13-8349
Location: Thousand Oaks / Los Angeles County
Date & Time: April 26th, 2013 1400 hours
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Investigations and Special Enforcement Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Sean Torbert
Madison McConnell
Juvenile
Juvenile
Prepared by: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Media Release Date: April 29, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jason Robarts #2948
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On March 29th, 2013, patrol deputies, Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives, and the Sheriff’s Gang Unit responded to a robbery that just occurred at Lupita’s Wireless located in the unincorporated community of Saticoy. The suspects in the robbery brandished a handgun at the store employee and stole several expensive cell phones. Witnesses described a white female and two Hispanic males as the suspects in the robbery.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted an investigation into the robbery and identified Krista Munoz, Ruben Desoto and Eric Mahoney as the suspects in the robbery. Through the investigation, Detectives learned that the subjects had also committed several commercial burglaries in which power tools and other items were stolen.

On 04-24-13, Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives conducted surveillance on a residence in the 3600 block of A Court in Oxnard. Munoz and Desoto were taken into custody after they were seen leaving the residence. Detectives returned to the residence with a search warrant. Evidence from the robbery was recovered.

Munoz and Desoto were booked at the Main Jail for 211 PC – Robbery and 182(a)(1) PC – Conspiracy to commit a crime. Mahoney was already in custody in Santa Barbara County on charges unrelated to the robbery and a warrant was submitted for his arrest.

Nature of Incident: Lupita’s Wireless Robbery
Report Number: 13-6969
Location: Lupita’s Wireless 1547 Los Angeles Avenue Suite #101 Saticoy, CA
Date & Time: 03/29/2013 @ 3:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Krista Munoz
Ruben Desoto
Eric Mahoney Oxnard
Oxnard
Oxnard 45
27
26
Prepared by: Detective Gabriel Gonzales
Media Release Date: April 27th, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Gabriel Gonzales @ 805-654-3548
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 4/25/13, at about 11:25 pm, City of Camarillo Patrol Deputies responded to a call of a stabbing victim in the area of Ponderosa Drive and Arneill Road. The victim, Garlan Weems, reported that the suspect, Matthew Worden, exited a vehicle at the location and began arguing with him. Weems stated Worden pulled out a knife and stabbed him multiple times. Weems was transported to a local hospital and underwent surgery related to his injuries.

Worden was eventually located and arrested for 664/187 (attempted murder). Worden was transported and booked into the main jail in Ventura. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information reference this incident is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office / Major Crimes Bureau.
Prepared by: Detective Dave Brantley
Media Release Date: 4/26/13
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Dave Brantley @ 805-384-4728
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

Nature of Incident: 664/187 pc (Attempted Murder)
Report Number: 13-9142
Location: Ponderosa Drive west of Arneill Road, Camarillo
Date & Time: 04/25/13 @ 11:25 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Patrol, Sheriff’s Major Crimes, Camarillo Special Enforcement Unit, Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Victim-------Garlan Weems
Suspect-----Matthew Worden Camarillo
Camarillo 49
30

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On April 26, 2013 at about 7:57 PM, Thousand Oaks patrol deputies responded to a robbery just occurred at Auctions In Motion, located at 889 Mitchell Road. Four unknown Hispanic male suspects were involved in the robbery. During the robbery two suspects displayed weapons prior to taking property from the victims. The victims were employees that were parked outside to the front of the business.

Two suspects approached the victims, who had just exited their vehicle, and demanded money. The first two suspects each displayed a weapon; a handgun, and possibly a baton or canister of pepper spray. The first two suspects were then followed by a third suspect who assisted the first two in taking the victim’s property from their vehicle.

The property taken was US currency and personal property of the victims.

The suspects had a getaway driver (fourth suspect) waiting. They fled in what appeared to be an older model black BMW. No one was injured during the robbery.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in solving this case. We request anyone with information to contact investigators at (805) 494-8201.

Nature of Incident: Robbery – PC 211
Report Number: 13-9244
Location: 889 Mitchell Road, Thousand Oaks 91320
Date & Time: April 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) 3 employees of Auctions In Motion
(S) 4 Hispanic males
N/A Adults
Prepared by: Sergeant Axelrod
Media Release Date: April 27, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Sergeant Alan Hartkop @ 805-494-8201
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Camarillo Police Department is partnering with the DEA in a National Drug Take-Back Program called “Got Drugs.” On Saturday, April 27th, between the hours of 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, citizens are encouraged to bring all unused / expired prescription medications to the Camarillo Police Department’s “Community Room” for disposal. The Camarillo Police Department has partnered up before with the DEA to make our communities safer by hosting a “Drop Off” site for unused prescription medication. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family, friends and the home medicine cabinet. For more information on DEA collection sites in your neighborhood, you can visit www.dea.gov or call 800-882-9539.

The Camarillo Police Department would also like to remind citizens that we have a pharmaceutical “drop off” bin available in our lobby and that we collected over 1767 pounds of unused medication in 2012. In 2009, we collected 646.55 pounds of unused medication, in 2010, 1155.75 pounds of unused medication, and in 2011, we collected 1516 pounds of unused medication. Our lobby hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Nature of Incident: Camarillo Police Department Team with DEA in “Got Drugs Program”
Report Number:
Location: Camarillo Police Department / 3701 East Las Posas Road
Date & Time: Saturday April 27th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Community Resource Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Prepared by: Sergeant John Franchi
Media Release Date: 04/26/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant John Franchi / 805-388-5135
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

The Ventura County Cold Case Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the remains of a young woman who was murdered and left in a Ventura County High School parking lot in 1980.

On June 18, 1980, at 12:40 PM, Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a possible dead body in the parking lot of Westlake High School. When they arrived they found a young woman who was clearly deceased.

Evidence at the scene suggested that the victim may have been killed at another location and her body moved to the parking lot, possibly because of its remote location at that time. An autopsy determined the victim died as a result of multiple stab wounds. A homicide investigation was initiated in 1980, but detectives were never able to identify the victim.

Investigators now have reason to believe the victim may have been from either the San Fernando Valley or Kern County.

The Ventura County Cold Case Task Force is reviewing this case and wishes to identify this young woman. She is described as:

• Hispanic or Native American
• 15 – 25 years of age
• 5 ft. 2in. tall
• 110 – 115 lbs
• Extensive dental work
• Brown eyes
• Black shoulder length hair with bleached tips
• Shaved eyebrows w/ penciled brows above
• 4 months pregnant w/ evidence of prior pregnancy(s)

Her clothing consisted of:

• White pullover short sleeve top, black bra
• Red corduroy pants
• Black high heeled open toed shoes

If this looks like someone you may have known, please call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department at 805-384- 4735

Cold Case Homicide / Dead Body Located
Location: Westlake Village, CA
Date & Time: June 18, 1980
Unit Responsible: Special Services Division / Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
(V) Unknown Female Adult Unknown 15-25 (at death)
Officer Preparing Release:
Sergeant Cary Peterson
Follow-up Contact:
Investigator Greg Hayes
Ventura County Cold Case Task Force (805)384-4735
Date of Release:
April 23, 2013
Approved by:
Captain Chris Dunn

 
Police ask anyone with information to contact them
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On April 21, 2013, a subject entered the Starr Market, pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded money. The employee gave money to the suspect and was not injured. The suspect fled and the employee called the police. After a thorough search for the suspect, involving a police K-9, the suspect was unable to be located.

At about 9:30 p.m. on April 21, 2013, the Ojai Police Department received a call of a robbery that had just occurred in the 130 block of West Ojai Avenue. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the victim who stated they had just begun closing the business for the evening when a subject approached them from inside the business. The subject demanded money and pointed a handgun at the victim. The victim led the suspect to the business safe where the suspect took money and fled the area prior to deputies arrival.

The victim described the suspect as a male, 6’01”, 180 to 200 lbs, wearing a black sweatshirt and dark pants.

The Ojai Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in solving this case. We request anyone with information to contact investigators at (805) 646-1414.

Nature of Incident: Robbery Investigation
Report Number: 13-8814
Location: 130 block of West Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA
Date & Time: April 21, 2013 @ 9:30 PM
Unit Responsible: Ojai Police Department Investigations
Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Mike Harris
Media Release Date: April 23, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mike Harris / (805) 646-1414
Approved by: Captain Dave Kenney

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Fire Activity up Over 45 Percent

Sacramento – An early increase in fire activity has CAL FIRE looking at the lack of rainfall as an indicator of a potentially higher fire threat this summer. Since the beginning of the year, CAL FIRE has responded to over 680 wildfires, which is more than 200 over the average for this time of year.

“Our firefighters have responded to an increased number of wildfires due to the very little rainfall we have received over the past few months,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “Last week in Southern California we increased our staffing and moved our airtankers to their bases, which was needed as we saw several large wildfires over the weekend.”

In late March, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted this year’s next-to-last snow survey and the low levels have CAL FIRE concerned about the impact to this year’s fire season. This final survey found that snowpack is just 52 percent of average statewide, according to the Department of Water Resources. Due to the low rainfall levels across the state from January to April, this year is likely to go down as one of the driest ever.

The lack of winter rains has resulted in dry conditions across the state leading to a number of unseasonably large wildfires that have already threatened people, homes and the state’s watershed. Over the past few months CAL FIRE crews responded to an increased number of large wildfires including the 296 acre Becks Fire in Lake County, the River Fire in Inyo County which grew to 406 acres and most recently, the 311 acre Jurupa Fire in Riverside County.

“In many other areas of the state we are in the process of training our seasonal firefighters and monitoring weather conditions closely to determine our staffing levels,” said Chief Pimlott. “While we are busy transitioning into fire season, this is the time we want residents to begin preparing their homes for fire season by creating 100 feet of Defensible Space.”

CAL FIRE is asking Californians to prepare for wildfires by taking these actions:

· Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space

· Remove all dead plants, grass, and weeds from within 30 feet of your home

· Trim trees 6 feet from the ground

· Remove all leaves, pine needles and debris from roofs

· Create an Evacuation Plan in case of a wildfire

For more tips on preparing for a wildfire visit: www.ReadyForWildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov.

 

Los Angeles, CA. - John Trunzo, AKA: Giovanni, a tax return preparer doing business as “Your Tax Man,” was sentenced to 12 month and 1 day imprisonment 12 months supervised release and $67,231 in restitution for filing a false federal income tax returns (Form 1040), for himself, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

On September 10, 2012, Trunzo, a resident of Beverly Hills, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false federal income tax return Form 1040 for the 2007 tax year with the IRS.

According to the plea agreement, he chose to file false returns for three consecutive years, 2005, 2006, and 2007, omitting $99,505 in income from his tax preparation business on his 2007 federal income tax return. As a result, he failed to pay a cumulative total of $67,231 in taxes.

In addition to knowingly and willfully filing false returns for himself, Trunzo, attempted to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws by, during audits, sending the IRS his own receipts to substantiate improperly-claimed deductions on returns he prepared for his clients.

According to Trunzo’s sentencing papers filed with the court, Trunzo asserted he willfully filed his false returns and sent in fraudulent receipts to the IRS on behalf of his clients in order afford a move from his Hollywood apartment to an apartment in Beverly Hills and gain access to Beverly Hills schools for his son. Trunzo’s submission of false returns on his own behalf and illegitimate receipts on behalf of his clients stopped only after he was first confronted with his illicit conduct by IRS special agents on October 24, 2008.

United States Attorney’s Office contact:
Daniel Layton
Assistant United States Attorney, Tax Division
(213) 894-6165

 

Sacramento – CAL FIRE firefighters are on high alert as gusty winds will increase the fire danger across much of Southern California. The National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” starting Thursday morning through Friday afternoon due to a moderate Santa Ana wind event. Gusty winds up to 50 mph are expected across many parts of Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. On Monday, April 15, CAL FIRE increased its firefighting staffing in Southern California and now those crews are prepared to respond to any new wildfires. CAL FIRE’s Southern California airtankers were scheduled to be staffed on April 22, but due to the elevated fire danger, they will be staffed today.

“Fire Season may only be beginning, but the potential for damaging wildfires exists this year due to our dry winter,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “Everyone should be extra careful during this Red Flag Warning and ensure they are ready for a wildfire.”

CAL FIRE is asking everyone to be extra cautious during this Red Flag Warning and help prevent wildfires.

Here are some fire prevention tips:

· Don’t mow or trim grass on windy days

Ensure campfires are completely extinguished
Never pull your vehicle over in dry grass
Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.

CAL FIRE also encourages the public to prepare for wildfires by reviewing the “Ready, Set, Go!” procedures at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

For more ways to help prevent and prepare for wildfires: fire.ca.gov.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Major Crimes detectives and Jail personnel are investigating a Todd Road Jail inmate death that occurred at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. The death appears to be from natural causes. There was no indication of violence or suspicious circumstances.

On April 17, 2013, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Bucciarelle became ill in her cell at the Todd Road Jail. Deputies and jail medical staff responded immediately and rendered aid. Ventura County Fire personnel and paramedics were summoned and Bucciarelle was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by ambulance. She was pronounced dead at about 6:00 a.m. by hospital staff.

The cause of death is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, pending an autopsy by the Medical Examiner.

Location: Todd Road Jail Facility, Ventura / Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura
Unit Responsible: Major Crimes Unit and Detention Services Legal Unit
Decedent: Address Age
Pamela Bucciarelle Simi Valley 56
Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Dave Lareva
Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Bill Therrien
Date of Release: April 18, 2013
Approved by: Captain Eric Dowd

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Deputies from the Ventura Co Sheriff’s Office Camarillo Station responded to a call of an illegal cockfight in the rental stables of a ranch in the 1900 Block of S. Lewis Rd. They found the cockfighting arena, several injured fighting roosters, sharp metal spurs used to tie onto the roosters’ feet, and veterinary supplies used to boost the roosters’ performance. 20-30 owners/spectators fled upon the deputies’ arrival and were not arrested. Several of the birds had been groomed or trimmed to enhance their fighting ability. Ventura County Animal Services staff responded and removed 7 injured or endangered roosters.

Investigators from Patrol and Major Crimes/Agricultural Crimes will be following up to seek those responsible for the arena in the rented stable.

It is illegal in California to participate for amusement or gain in the fighting of animals including roosters, or to spectate, or permit cockfighting on his/her property.

Nature of Incident: Illegal Cockfighting Arena Located
Report Number: 13-8770
Location: 1700 Block of S. Lewis Rd, Camarillo
Date & Time: 4-21-13 at 8:15 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Patrol Station
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
unknown
Prepared by: Sgt. Gregg Willson
Media Release Date: 4-21-13
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Ray Dominguez (805)384-4726
Approved by: Capt. J. Hernandez

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

It took only minutes after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon for people to register hundreds of domain names in an effort to use the Internet to collect money from the public on behalf of the victims of tragedy.

Some of those registered domain names will use this as an opportunity to take advantage of people’s good will by committing fraud.

Multiple fake charities have already been created, and thieves will use a variety of methods, including social networking sites, fake websites, and direct e-mails to commit fraud.

Many of the fraudulent websites contain viruses or spyware that can damage the user’s computer or their network.

The following guidelines should be adhered to when accessing information about the bombings or participating with any charities associated with this tragedy:

• Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events.

• Don’t give out personal or financial information, including your credit card or bank account number, unless you know the charity is reputable.

• Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, or Guide Star.

• Be cautious of e-mails or websites that claim to provide information because they may contain viruses.

• Do not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, or click on links/attachments contained in those messages.

• Never reveal personal or financial information in any e-mail or to a telephone solicitor.

• Do not go to untrusted or unfamiliar websites to view information about the bombings.

• Never send sensitive information over the Internet. Always check a website’s security and confirm its legitimacy. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).

Additional information can be found at the website of the Federal Trade Commission, which provides a variety of resources aimed at protecting consumers from fraud.

Go to www.ftc.gov for more information.

Source material: Federal Trade Commission

Nature of Incident: Beware of Internet Scams Related to Boston Marathon Bombing
Location: Nationwide
Date & Time: Apr. 19, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Apr. 19, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
Approved by: Capt. Jerry Hernandez

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On 04-18-13, the East County Major Crimes Unit, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, and Sheriff’s Gang Unit, arrested Byron Alexander and Davion McDaughtery near their residences in the Cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim for robbing Conejo Check Cashing back on 01-10-13.

The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation that has been ongoing for several months and involved the assistance of specialized units within the Sheriff’s Office and neighboring law enforcement agencies.

Both subjects are currently in custody in Ventura County Jail pending their arraignments in Superior Court with bail set at one million dollars.

Nature of Incident: Robbery Arrests
Report Number: 13-672
Location: Cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim
Date & Time: 04/18/13 @ 10:00 AM
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Byron Alexander, Anaheim, 37
(S) Davion McDaughtery, Los Angeles, 28
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: April 18, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mike Ferguson @ (805) 494-8222
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
The Fillmore Fire Department responded to a flare-up of the Goodenough incident above Teitsort Dr. Wednesday of last week.
The Fillmore Fire Department responded to a flare-up of the Goodenough incident above Teitsort Dr. Wednesday of last week.
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