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February 15, 2014 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Electronic monitoring was supposed to help Los Angeles County deal with the influx of thousands of felons moved out of California's prison system to ease overcrowding. The nation's largest probation department strapped GPS ankle monitors on the highest-risk of those convicts, expecting the satellite receivers to keep tabs on where they spent their days and nights, and therefore keep the public safe. Instead, agents are drowning in a flood of meaningless data, masking alarms that could signal real danger.
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February 13, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, Republican candidate for governor and outspoken gun-rights advocate, appears to have violated his probation agreement while firing borrowed weapons at an indoor gun range last week. The San Bernardino County lawmaker was placed on probation for three years after taking a loaded gun to Ontario International Airport in his carry-on briefcase in 2012. The terms of his plea deal say Donnelly cannot “personally use, own or possess any firearm that is not registered to him,” according to court records.
OPINION
January 24, 2014
Re "Fewer probation department employees arrested in 2013," Jan. 22 I will sleep better at night now, secure in the knowledge that Los Angeles County probation officers and their fellow staff are out committing fewer crimes than usual. Jeremiah J. Flanigan Long Beach ALSO: Letters: Remembering Westmont Letters: Changing the Supreme Court Letters: McMath family lawyer isn't helping
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A day after the first Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer was killed in the line of duty in the agency's 42-year history - gunned down accidentally by a fellow officer - the department struggled to come to terms with the loss of Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith. "We're in shock, disbelief, we're numb, we're grieving," BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey told reporters at BART's Oakland headquarters, describing the 23-year veteran who headed the detective unit as "very supportive of his personnel, just a really really happy guy, a family man. " Smith, 42, is survived by his wife, Kellie, a BART police officer who heads the department's K-9 unit, and their 6-year-old daughter.
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January 21, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Bay Area Rapid Transit officer who died Tuesday after being accidentally shot by his partner was the first killed in the line of duty in department history, the chief said in a brief evening statement. Taking no questions, BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said he was announcing the "tragic loss" with "a heavy heart. " Rainey confirmed that the members of BART's detective unit were conducting a probation search in Dublin, in eastern Alameda County, at about 1:45 p.m. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department, which contracts its services to Dublin, will be conducting the investigation, he said.  "Our condolences go out to the immediate family and friends and the extended BART family," Rainey said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County probation officials say they have made substantial strides in reducing criminal misconduct committed by department employees. They said the improvement -- from 74 cases in 2011 to 32 last year -- was the result of an expanded internal investigations team and the imposition of more stringent professional standards for the department's roughly 5,000 employees. Officers supervise criminals upon their release from jail or prison, or those who are sentenced to probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County probation officials have made substantial strides in reducing criminal misconduct committed by department employees, according to a report released Tuesday. Officials said the improvement - with cases falling from 74 in 2011 to 32 last year - was the result of an expanded internal investigations team and the imposition of more stringent professional standards for the department's roughly 5,000 employees. "We've come light-years from where we were to where we are today," probation Chief Jerry Powers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Kim Christensen and Jessica Garrison
Roy Paul Gressly, who owned and operated at least a half-dozen hazardous waste hauling businesses, eluded regulators' detection for years as he moved from one location to another. Sometimes he left toxic waste behind, court records state, and sometimes he took it with him. If not for a leaking tanker truck, he might still be hoarding an illegal stockpile of hazardous material on an industrial lot in Santa Fe Springs. After a neighboring business owner spotted a stream of black sludge moving toward a storm drain, firefighters traced the flow to Gressly's rented site on Greenstone Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A pipe bomb that was found Monday in front of the main entrance to the El Dorado County Probation Department near Sacramento failed to explode possibly because it malfunctioned, authorities said. The pipe was about 8 inches long and capped on both ends. It was attached to what looked like a makeshift fuse and "appeared to have been hastily dropped by unknown individuals," according to a news release from the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.  About two dozen people from the Shingle Springs, Calif., probation office were evacuated while an explosives team investigated.  Authorities declared the scene clear about three hours after the pipe bomb was discovered.
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January 4, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Peter Azevedo is a hard man to keep on the straight and narrow. Released from state prison in early 2012, he has been in and out of L.A. County jail at least half a dozen times, serving a few days, a few weeks or a few months for skipping out on probation, using drugs and carrying a knife. As of Christmas Eve, he was gone again. Two years into a major redistribution of responsibility for convicted felons, Los Angeles County officials are struggling to deal with a recalcitrant group of former state inmates like Azevedo, who keep absconding and cycling through an overcrowded jail system.
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