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November 2012 Archives

California man arrested for possession of bomb-making materials

A man returning to his California home was detained by the Transportation Security Administration and now faces a charge based on criminal law for the possession of bomb-making materials. A spokesman from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office reported that federal security agents found bomb-making materials in a watch in his possession while attempting to board a Southwest Airlines flight to his Rancho Palos Verdes home. The suspect is at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $150,000 bail.According to TSA agents, the suspect removed his watch when he was going through a security checkpoint and placed it with his carry-on baggage and his coat. A TSA agent noticed the watch that was comprised of a large leather strap, a protruding toggle switch, wires, fuses and a circuit board. The bomb squad was called, but they did not find any explosive material in the watch.

California man accused of 'road rage' assault, battery

Police arrested a man for assault with a deadly weapon as well as felony elder abuse after a traffic incident escalated into the realm of criminal law. The suspect allegedly followed an 83-year-old man home and assaulted him severely in his own garage. Police have labeled this reported incident of assault a "road rage rampage."Authorities received a call on a recent morning and proceeded to a home in Northern California. Upon arrival, they found the victim in the garage with several injuries. One witness told police he tried to stop the assailant but was also attacked, and a second person told the authorities that the suspect fled in his car, only to come close to running over the witness.

Hemet suspect who detonated "bomb" pleads not guilty

A man on parole was being pursued by police when he allegedly detonated an unknown explosive device. Now, he has pleaded not guilty to several charges as part of a criminal defense for the events surrounding his capture.The incident began when a California Highway Patrol officer attempted to make a traffic stop in San Jacinto near Camino Los Banos and Shaver Street. The defendant was driving a pickup with two passengers. An officer stated that the defendant ran through an intersection and hit another vehicle. The pickup was consequently inoperable, so the defendant fled the vehicle and pointed a gun at the officer. The officer returned fire, not hitting anyone, and the suspect took out an explosive device, which he threw into the yard of a nearby home, where it detonated. No injuries were reported due to the small explosion. The driver of the car that the suspect struck sustained minor injuries, and the passengers in the pickup were arrested along with the suspect but were later released.

Defendants sentenced in Fresno federal child porn case

Two men were sentenced in different federal cases for sex crimes including possession of child pornography. Several law enforcement agencies, including Homeland Security Investigations, cooperated on the cases. The cases were part of the Project Safe Childhood initiative, which is designed to protect of children from sexual exploitation and abuse. One of the men has a prior conviction for a sexual offense, which enhanced his sentence to 10 years in custody. Upon his release, he will receive 15 years of supervised release. He was in possession of sexual images on his cellphone. The other defendant received 6.5 years in prison for receiving child pornography. He also allegedly possessed hundreds of sexually explicit photos and videos on his computer.

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