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Susan lasalle July 17, 2014 at 02:25 pm
What is it that attracts the mullet head meth heads spewing out their crack addicted, strain on theRead More economy, crack babies?
Steven Narbonne July 17, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Left behind his wallet and phone? He's clearly guilty of felony stupidity if nothing else.
Gene Brown July 17, 2014 at 08:00 pm
Let me guess this punk is Black and from Michigan???? Shocking!!
Death Row in San Quentin. Patch file photo.
Jeffe' July 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Fact: People are wrongfully convicted. Even 1 innocent person wrongfully executed is too much, theRead More fact that you are ok with that says a lot about how little you actually have thought about this. How many bad guys do we need to kill to make it ok to execute 1 innocent man? 100 to 1? 20 to 1? 1 to 1? If you think that death is the only effective deterrent to crime that matters then are also very confused. Do you really think that it is pointless to put anyone in prison, probation, or fine them, since death is the only deterrent that matters? I encourage you to actually think about your position and how you arrived at that. Killing out of emotion (revenge) in no way makes murder ok. Killing in revenge is the ultimate sign of weakness. It takes strength to hold your rage and remain a civil thinking person. I couldn't care less about revenge and consequences. The criminal justice system is about the safety of our citizens, not vengeance. Locking someone up for life is enough because it removes a killer from his potential victims. It also costs the tax payers less money than killing them. Being in favor of a policy of executing people is also incompatible with belief in Christ, and when 70% of this nation claims to be Christian it should give you a good idea how many are full of shit that this is even a debate. Bottom line: No, your immature and selfish desire to kill people does not make it ok. It does not make us safer. It solves nothing. It wastes more tax dollars, and we have and will again execute innocent people because juries and judges are composed of people, and people are fallible. If you are ok with all that you should be locked away from the rest of society where you can do no harm. Sorry for the rant, long day and I keep seeing this subject brought up everywhere I look due to the court's decision. Thank you all for letting me get this out of my system =)
Becky July 20, 2014 at 07:21 am
I feel sorry for the cruel and unusual suffering of the families who wait 20 + years for theirRead More murderer's sentence to be carried out.
Steve M July 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm
They didn't waste much time with Timothy McVeigh who killed 144 people including children but oneRead More official said that he's getting a free ticket out of this world with hardly anytime in prison.
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
Susan Hiebert July 16, 2014 at 08:26 am
So we are only going to enforce our laws for 3 days what about the other 361 days this year? CHPRead More needscto do their job and bust these truck drivers who are putting the rest of us at risk.
Alexander Cuttleworth July 17, 2014 at 01:28 am
3 days are better than nothing, and I'm thankful that they are doing this. I drive to Rancho MirageRead More 5 days/week and can't keep track of the times I've been cut off by a big rig changing lanes. They often don't signal a lane change until just before moving over, so I have to hit the brakes hard. There have been many times when I thought I would be hit, either by the big rig, or the vehicle behind me. The other problem, I've noticed, is that they don't always stay in the right two lanes which slows everything down and creates a potential danger. I'm with Susan; bust them!
Gene Brown July 17, 2014 at 08:03 pm
Unless they are Messicans then they are free to go
Marvin Harrison July 16, 2014 at 07:24 am
Appears to be a lost cause. Felon at 19 and now apparently committing small but serious crimes withRead More big potential penalties. When he gets out again, be it 4 years or 20 years, he will be back to the same thing.
Steve M July 14, 2014 at 03:47 pm
We should be more like Mexico and house 11,000 inmates in a prison designed for 4,000Read More inmates.....and risk bloody riots and massive breakouts.
april ann July 12, 2014 at 08:32 pm
Thank you for putting this notice up prior to the event. I missed the one in my neighborhood becauseRead More the press release was posted a day after the event took place.
april ann July 12, 2014 at 08:31 pm
Can we get a picture of this guy posted. That would help identify him...in the future.
Perry Green July 12, 2014 at 09:51 pm
If he is an illegal he should be sent back to his home country .
EricAppleworthy July 14, 2014 at 06:57 am
Excellent work by the Cathedral City Police!
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
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Patch file photo by Daniel Lane.
Marvin Harrison July 16, 2014 at 07:31 am
DUI should be the primary traffic enforcement priority.
ChrisG July 16, 2014 at 02:44 pm
That's right Marvin. The problem is people think checkpoints are a good enforcement tool when thatRead More is not the case. The stats I've seen are abysmal compared to saturation and roving patrols. This problem shouldn't be muddled with PC crap. Let's get real stats published so localities can choose what is best to keep the most drunk drivers off the roads. Thanks.
Thresher300 July 16, 2014 at 03:26 pm
I was coming home from a 4th of July party by Lake Elsinore about 10 PM. No PD and hardly a car out.Read More From the 15 mile ride it took us to get home, I think we passed 3 cars. I thought that was weird because Grand Ave. is a haven for drunk drivers.
budd smith July 15, 2014 at 11:46 am
It is not that confusing everybody: The article said, "The trial court found that the jurorRead More committed misconduct, but that it did "not rise to the level that there is a substantial likelihood" of bias, and denied Weatherton's request for a new trial" - ok, so this would have been a long time ago, long before the appeal was put through, it would seem that his lawyers made a likely standard motion to have a mistrial declared right there at the court in which it happened. The trial court denied that request, and it is that denial that were the grounds for his subsequent appeal. I found it interesting that the Court of Appeals was not mentioned as I would have thought that the Court of Appeals would be the first level at which to appeal, but I suppose that it could be likely that death penalty cases are (or can be) appealed directly to the State's Highest Court, the California Supreme Court... either that is the procedure or perhaps the author of the story felt it was not important to mention the Court of Appeals as they obviously took no action on the matter if the case did go before them. At any rate, the case finally did get to the California High Court (the Supreme Court of California). At that stage the Ca High Court decided that "juror misconduct during the guilt phase raises a substantial likelihood of actual bias" ***** This is the point at which this story as written here falls apart, because if the misconduct occurred at the guilt phase only then it would stand to reason that the conviction(s) would be good, and that perhaps just the guilt phase would need to be re-done. However the conviction(s) were also found not to be good, and the conviction(s) as well as the sentence have all been overturned. Ok, I have done a little bit of research for everyone who is interested and I believe I have found the missing parts of this story. I am quoting the L.A. Times here: "Corrigan, one of the more conservative justices, cited evidence that a juror identified only as "P.P." decided Weatherton should get the death penalty before the trial was even over and discussed his views outside deliberations." - note this is before the penalty phase. “P.P.’s transformation from impartial fact finder to combative advocate before deliberations began is separate and serious misconduct,” Corrigan wrote. - again before the penalty phase continued
budd smith July 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Part II Death Penalty conviction and sentence overturned. The L.A. Times Article went on to say,Read More The trial judge found that P.P. had committed serious misconduct but decided his actions did not show that bias infected the trial. Corrigan said "a finding of misconduct creates an assumption of bias, and prosecutors had failed to rebut that presumption." - Note: that is the most important part of the story right there, and it is missing from the article above. “It is undisputed that P.P. repeatedly talked about the case outside deliberations,” Corrigan wrote. “He did so in direct defiance of the trial court's repeated admonitions. “He discussed the case during his daily commute, at lunch, during cigarette breaks, in court hallways, and in elevators.” Michael R. Snedeker, who represented Weatherton on appeal, said the evidence of juror misconduct was so egregious that the court had little choice but to overturn the verdict. “This court is a conservative court court and single incidents of misconduct are not likely to make much difference,” Snedeker said. “But there was a sustained effort by this guy to get the verdict he wanted and to lobby for it." He said Weatherton must be given a new trial, negotiate a plea deal or be released. Folks you can bitch all you want about the High Court's actions, but just be goddamned glad that you live in a country where this kind of thing can happen. The blame here is with the trial court judge back in 2002... he should have granted a new trial then, or he should have removed the juror as soon as it became apparent that he was breaking the rules. Just imagine if you were convicted of something like this and you were innocent and there was jury misconduct. Wouldn't you want a new trial? Now I am not saying the defendant is innocent... I don't know what kind of defense he raised if any, or what his side of this story was. It would seem that he is still in deep doo doo no mater how you look at things. He is still facing 2 counts of murder and a count of attempted murder. I'm sure he is being held without bail. A plea bargain would seem rather pointless since he is 65 years old. However if they offered him 15 more years he would just about have to take that, and he will probably die in prison. If he gets out at the age of 80 I doubt he will kill again, though smoking crack may be appealing to him. I suspect they will re-try the case without the death penalty as an option and he will be fu@ked just the same as he will be like 120 before he is eligible for parole. If anything this case exemplifies why all drugs should be legal... if they were he could have got his crack over at Savon for .50 cents a hit and he would not have felt the need to bother the victims for money.
Ken Briggs July 15, 2014 at 03:51 pm
so why does the state of California have a death row for ? they have some 730 plus just waiting andRead More some been waiting for over 20 years so what goes ? it cost the state more money to house these people . but about 30 of these are women at one of the two Chowchilla womens presons . they get better care in preson than out of prison , better to just give them life and be done with it .
Gary Osborn / Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Rebecca Knapp July 8, 2014 at 10:27 pm
What is more disturbing here is that this fellow appears to be naked in his mug shot.
Rebecca Knapp July 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm
What is more disturbing here is that this fellow appears to be naked in his mug shot. What a hotRead More mess.
Ken Briggs July 9, 2014 at 11:02 pm
this old boy should be made to go to weekly if not daily AA meetings replace the cart , no driversRead More license for a year and what ever other damages he cost ,
ChrisG July 8, 2014 at 07:29 am
How many new state prisons are under construction? How many additions are being built at existingRead More facilities? AB 109 is a stop gap measure. The state needs more capacity. When will more beds be available?
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 03:44 pm
I appreciate your comment Jeremiah and I don't think I could've said it better myself, so I won't beRead More redundant. Except to repeat only one thing-- This is why Mr Melhman: "the age limit is based on the medical risk profile that would endanger both the employee and the public he is tasked with serving. The likelihood of sudden debilitating circumstances increases with age and these jobs have a stress level which can precipitate it." I'm still of working age yet from day to day I have bizarre health issues pop up. I run abt 3-5 miles per day, 5-6 days a week. I'm in excellent health. I'm also clever and a bright individual. Yet I've begun having pains in places, and I'm also getting forgetful. My eyesight is decreasing. I get stressed easier than I used to. Because this is our natural human aging process. we age. we just do. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now, in reading this article, I didn't read, nor did I realize we were discussing being let go at a certain age. I thought we were talking about applying for the job, where can age limit is set due to medical and statistical averages. So I agree with you, I do not think a person should be let go the day they turn 62. Most others do also, that;s why we are offered pensions at particular ages for incentive. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lastly, your point using vote vs age limits is like comparing dogs to elephants, and completely irrelevant. We're talking about a person's capability to perform a certain type of job.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 03:55 pm
**** And I bet SouthernBelle knows something many women and men have forgotten - it's a whole lotRead More more fun acting out the roles when men act like men and women act like women and we all play the game and enjoy life as equal but thankfully different! **** Any good man who values his life knows women are superior to men and don't argue with them because even if you win, you lose!! :-) **** hahahahahahahahahaha!!! Yep, exactly how I feel. There are many many careers out there to choose from. Maybe a girl's passion is to put on 100 lbs of equipment and run up stairs to fight a fire and carry out a 250 lb man- but I'm guessing more aren't than are interested in that. But I'll tell you what, if my daddy's house catches fire and some gal runs up his stairs she best be able to carry him down because HIS life depends on it. And if she can't, then her taking a job she's unable to perform is just wrong.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 04:01 pm
one more thing--Mr Melhman, Not sure how long you've been in the area or if you are familiar with LARead More county hiring for Police and fire. But over the past 10 yrs they have had to lower their physical ability testing, as well as their hiring requirements because they had to account for women's physical abilities, and not enough men or women were passing the orals due to prior drug use (even trying it once counts), criminal records (DUI's fall in this), etc. This is also why the quality is lower than it used to be. We haven't seen nothing yet! It's abt to get a whole lot worse because no one wants police officer jobs anymore. so sad how we treat them!
Marvin Harrison July 16, 2014 at 07:27 am
What is with these young people just taking a life as if it was nothing? They should be housed forRead More the rest of their life away from everyone. The 16 year old will get another chance to kill.
Laylani Mosley, missing 6-month-old. Photo courtesy Huntington Beach Police Department.
april ann July 3, 2014 at 01:09 am
I suspect some "daughter-in-law / Mother-in-law" drama here.......
Brenda July 3, 2014 at 08:04 am
The article says BELIEVED to have been with her grandmother. BELIEVED to have been seen with herRead More grandmother. So, the editor is basing the story on what the mother and the initial police report says. NOT ON FACTS, just presumptions like most news articles are until the actual facts come out. As you can see the actual facts are not being released as yet other then she has been found and is fine. It sucks because it leaves it wide open as to where or who had the baby or maybe the mother forgot she was still asleep in her crib all day. Like the man who just recently went to work all day, even out to lunch and thought his baby was at daycare and she was actually in the back of the car, with car seat turned to the back per law, and he just did not see her. ******cough*******we have some truly jacked up parents out there these days. Nor, can we overlook the issue at hand that someone brings up of her being the Exmother-in-law and might have Grandmother visitation rights and/or is part of the pick up drop off for the father. That drama alone could be endlesss especially with the "Mother" supposedly giving the article a little juice by sayng the Mother in law has a history of "mental illness" which probably means, depression, anxiety which something like 80% of our country has one or the other with the top medications being subscribed are for anxiety and depression. I put very litle faith in a EX anyone who calls anyone from the EX family mentally disturbed in any fashion as they try to pile up police reports for the courts in their custody battle. Something I feel, if true, wasted alot of police man hours yesterday that the parents should be paying for along with a chunk for the EX Mother in law for calling her mentally disturbed. :/ Just my personal theory on the case.
Jeremiah July 3, 2014 at 09:21 am
Brenda, all these things you say are based on supposition and might or might not be true. What isRead More the point? **** Jeremiah
RC Vic Kerman July 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm
Just one of our gardeners or pool boys trying to get home late!
Gene Brown July 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm
TJ's is open til 5 am....why would a person leave so early and then get hit????????
Steve M July 2, 2014 at 05:49 pm
"July 2010 to release a convicted child rapist and killer, Donald Schmidt" ??? That'sRead More messed up!
Ellen Carr July 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm
What the heck!!!!!! Whose idea was this? Our streets aren't safe now. First, we get the parolees,Read More now come the sex offenders...who's next ousted politicians?
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