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October 2014 Archives

California mayor detained for DUI after wreck

Authorities in Murrieta said that a 44-year-old man who currently serves as the local mayor was taken into police custody following a vehicle accident. In the Oct. 16 collision, the mayor was unable to stop in time to avoid rear-ending a car in front of him. Police said that the incident led to the injury of four cheerleaders in the other vehicle; one of these young women was being treated at a hospital at the time of reporting.

California may reduce some drug felony charges to misdemeanors

California is considering a ballot measure that will change some nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors. Proponents of the bill say Proposition 47 will save up to $200 million per year, and that money can go toward programs that will deal with issues such as truancy, mental health, substance abuse and victim services.

Four men taken into custody for extortion in California

Four men were taken into custody by the Santa Barbara Police Department on Oct. 1 following a 16-month investigation. The men were allegedly extorting others for the benefit of a local street gang. Three of the men were reportedly members of Santa Barbara gangs, while one of the men had connections to Lompoc area gangs.

Southern California drug bust detains multiple individuals

Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to target a San Diego-area drug ring that forged stolen prescriptions for promethazine with codeine cough syrup. As a result of the operation, 20 individuals were taken into custody. Among the people detained during "Operation Purple Haze," 18 have reportedly pleaded guilty to charges that include prescription fraud and burglary.

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