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  • Stubborn Pelican Forces CHP To Issue SigAlert In Culver City

    02/21/2015 6:30:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The stubborn pelican had landed on the ramp that takes the 90 Freeway onto the northbound 405, and would not leave, according to City News Service, so California Highway Patrol officers blocked both lanes and a SigAlert was issued.
  • Cop ‘Game’ Involved Sharing Nude Pictures Of Drunk Women

    10/25/2014 3:47:26 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/2014 | CHUCK ROSS
    A California highway patrolman says that for several years he has participated in a “game” in which he and other police officers shared explicit pictures they had taken from the cell phones of female arrestees. Sean Harrington, a 35-year-old CHP officer, was initially being investigated for sending five explicit pictures from the cell phone of a 23-year-old woman he had arrested on Aug. 29 for a DUI, the Contra Costa Times reported. The woman came forward earlier this month and told authorities that during her DUI stop — during which she registered a 0.29 blood-alcohol level — Harrington asked for...
  • CHP: 3 officers shot in Sacramento, Placer counties [California]

    10/24/2014 1:55:33 PM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    KCRA TV/NBC ^ | October 24, 2014 1:32pm | Staff
    The California Highway Patrol says at least three officers have been shot in Sacramento and Placer counties by a man and woman who are heavily armed.
  • California Highway Patrol Sergeant Arrested for Downloading Child Pornography On and Off Duty

    10/19/2014 11:50:44 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Bay City News Service ^ | October 18, 2014 | Bay City News Service
    Fairfield: CHP sergeant suspected of downloading child pornography on and off duty FAIRFIELD -- A California Highway Patrol sergeant allegedly downloaded child pornography on a laptop while he was working off duty and on duty near Wi-Fi locations in Suisun, Fairfield and Vacaville, a Vacaville police sergeant said. The child pornography allegedly downloaded by CHP Sgt. Eric Lund showed pre-pubescent children having sex acts with adults, police Lt. Matt Lydon said. Lund, 49, of Chico, was arrested at 9 p.m. Thursday on 21 felony charges of sending or selling obscene matter depicting a minor and on misdemeanor charges of possessing...
  • Woman punched on film by California Highway Patrol officer reaches $1.5M settlement

    09/24/2014 9:59:24 PM PDT · by Pox · 31 replies ^ | September 25, 2014 | Fox News
    A woman who was punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer in an incident caught on film earlier this year will receive $1.5M as part of a settlement reached Wednesday
  • Deputies pull man from car at gunpoint after GPS mixup

    09/05/2014 5:31:24 PM PDT · by rey · 38 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 5, 2014 | JULIE JOHNSON
    A misstep by a company that tracks stolen vehicles using GPS sent authorities chasing after the wrong truck Friday, causing a multi-county pursuit that briefly stopped traffic on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa where deputies held an innocent man at gunpoint, CHP officials said. GuidePoint, a stolen vehicle recovery system firm headquartered in Michigan, apparently installed GPS tracking devices on a fleet of company vehicles and alerted authorities Friday afternoon that a gray Dodge Ram 3500 had been stolen, Officer Marcus Hawkins said. The company activated GPS to track the gray Dodge, but because of an unknown mix-up, they instead...
  • CHP getting new wheels

    09/04/2014 4:06:39 PM PDT · by rey · 47 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 4, 2014, | MATT BROWN
    ...The all-wheel-drive Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles are replacing the CHP’s fleet of Crown Victoria cruisers, a move officials hope will give the agency more versatility on and off roads. .... The Interceptor’s higher profile also prompted questions about stability on turns. But the car’s electronic stability control, one of the tricked-out features of the $26,000 vehicle, gives the driver superior handling, even at high speeds and through tight curves.
  • SOURCE: Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

    07/06/2014 9:55:49 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 428 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 6 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas--As illegal immigrants continue to spill across the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities are attempting to relocate the migrants from South Texas to housing facilities in states across the nation. One such facility is located in Murrieta, California, where a large group of protesters recently blocked a bus full of migrants from arriving. The protesters remain there, adamant that illegal immigrants don't get dumped in their town. But soon the concerned citizens may be forced to step down--Breitbart Texas has learned that federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta on Monday with riot gear to ensure that another busload makes...
  • SOURCE: Feds to Bring in Riot Squad Against Illegal Immigration Protesters

    07/06/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 50 replies
    Breibart ^ | July 6, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Breitbart Texas has learned that federal agents plan to arrive in Murrieta on Monday with riot gear to ensure that another busload makes it to the housing facility. Jeremy Oliver, a resident of Temecula, California--a town that neighbors Murrieta--told Breitbart Texas that local police officers warned the protesters that "it's going to get ugly." Oliver said, "The feds are pissed that they haven't been able to use this facility. Officers out there warned people that federal agents will be in Murrieta on Monday--they are going to get the next bus through no matter what. Riot gear and shields will be...
  • Trooper filmed 'brutally beating woman on side of California hwy (For Her "Protection")

    07/04/2014 12:27:26 PM PDT · by equalator · 400 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-4-2014 | Lydia Warren
    A California trooper has been filmed brutally beating a woman on the side of a highway - but authorities claimed he simply stopped her for her own safety. A passing motorist recorded the unidentified California Highway Patrol officer as he punched the woman at least 11 times in the head along the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles on Tuesday. On the video uploaded to YouTube, the woman can be seen trying to protect herself by putting up her hands but she does not appear to resist the trooper. 'The most animalistic, most brutal way to subdue someone is to pound...
  • 6 Cars Drive Over Spike Strip Left on Freeway (by California Highway Patrol) after Chase

    04/28/2014 7:38:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 28, 2014 | Fox 5 San Diego
    <p>DEER SPRINGS, Calif. — Six cars were disabled after running over a spike strip used to stop a stolen SUV during a high-speed chase early Monday, motorists said.</p> <p>The chase ended in on southbound Interstate 15 in the Deer Springs area after the California Highway Patrol deployed the spike strip to stop a stolen Toyota Highlander. After the SUV came to a stop, the four women inside refused orders to get out, so officers shot out the rear window with a bean-bag shotgun, the CHP said.</p>
  • ***[YOU MUST SEE THIS PHOTO]*** Suspect in Northern Calif. standoff surrenders

    10/28/2013 8:59:38 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 288 replies
    KNOX ^ | Oct 26, 2013
  • Sgt. Kevin Briggs Stops Suicides on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

    10/10/2013 2:01:30 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 46 replies
    People ^ | 10/03/2013 | CATHY FREE AND KEN LEE
    More than twice a month, on average, those who've lost all hope come to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, climb over the railing and, tragically, plunge 220 feet into the Pacific Ocean to end their pain. That number would be higher, if not for California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Briggs, nicknamed the "Guardian of the Golden Gate." Since 1994, through sheer compassion and expert listening skills, Sgt. Briggs has helped convince more than 200 people on the precipice of death not to take their lives (so far, he's only lost one). "People who come to jump don't necessarily want to...
  • Truck Driver Nearly Beaten to Death By Police For Not Signing Traffic Ticket

    09/09/2013 5:08:03 AM PDT · by rawhide · 102 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5-19-13
    BERKELEY, CA -- A truck driver was beaten within an inch of his life by California Highway Patrol for not signing a traffic ticket that he could not read. The driver, who broke no laws, was beaten so badly that he woke up in a trauma hospital. Olegs Kozacenko, a local resident originally from Russia, was pulled over and cited by police for allegedly driving too many hours in one day. Kozacenko refused to sign the ticket because he had not or could not read it. CHP Officers didn't take kindly to the driver's refusal to sign. Two officers, one...
  • CHP encounter while concealed carrying

    08/24/2013 6:54:53 PM PDT · by onceone · 100 replies
    8-24-2013 | self
    I have not actually posted in some time, other then the occasional reply to a post, and now I post a vanity. I encountered the California Highway Patrol while carrying concealed and wanted to share the experience. I was returning from Sacramento to my home near Angels Camp, in the Motherlode region of the state, when I crested a rise in the road . My radar detector, I have one for entertainment not circumvention of the law, went off and I saw a CHP on the shoulder to my right, a CHP approaching in the opposite lane, and behind the...
  • Trial Set To Begin For Church Members Arrested While Reading Bible At DMV

    08/05/2013 1:56:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | August 5, 2013 11:48 AM
    RIVERSIDE ( — Two Hemet church members who were arrested while reading the Bible outside a DMV office were expected to be in court when their trial begins Monday. Brett Anthony Coronado, 42, of Reconciled Christian Fellowship in Hemet, and Mark Allen Mackey, 59, a Calvary Chapel Hemet church elder, visited the DMV at 1200 S. State Street on Feb. 2, 2011, before business hours and began to read passages from the Bible. After a security guard approached Mackey and instructed him to leave the premises, the men continued reading, claiming their First Amendment rights protected their actions and that...
  • Truck Driver Nearly Beaten to Death By Police For Not Signing Traffic Ticket

    06/06/2013 7:53:06 AM PDT · by Student0165 · 57 replies ^ | 5/13/13 | rambone5
    A truck driver was beaten by a CHP cop because he refused to sign a traffic ticket before reading it. CHP initially charged him with DUI and driving over hours - both charges were later dropped. Cops boss says citizens could avoid this if they will simply "comply" with orders when stopped.
  • ‘Easter Bunny’ On Motorcycle Stopped On Southland Freeway For Failing To Wear A Helmet

    03/31/2013 4:24:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | March 31, 2013 12:19 PM
    SAN DIEGO ( — It’s not every day the California Highway Patrol has to make a traffic stop on the Easter Bunny. But that’s exactly what happened on one Southland highway early Saturday morning. Brian Pennings, a public information officer for the CHP-East County, told that an officer was on routine patrol on Interstate 8 when he observed a man dressed up as a giant rabbit on a motorcycle traveling down the highway near San Diego. Pennings says the officer proceeded to make a traffic stop after noticing that the rider wasn’t wearing a helmet. Also, he said, the...
  • Bill Introduced in General Assembly to Eliminate Online Training for CHP

    12/06/2012 9:52:36 AM PST · by marktwain
    Bill Introduced in General Assembly to Eliminate Online Training for CHP Prince William Democrat Delegate Luke Torian has introduced a bill for the 2013 Virginia General Assembly that changes the training requirements that must be completed before applying for a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). Currently, the following qualify for the training requirement: 1. Completing any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries or a similar agency of another state; 2. Completing NRA firearms safety course; 3. Completing any firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by...
  • CHP Officer Shot Near Elk Grove (Sacramento suburb, suspect shot and killed)

    11/13/2011 8:26:10 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    KCRA ^ | 11/13/11
    Traffic On Hwy. 99 Diverted At Elk Grove ELK GROVE, Calif. (KCRA) -- Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies say a California Highway Patrol officer was shot near Elk Grove and the suspected gunman is dead. The shooting occurred Sunday evening during a traffic stop on Highway 99 just south of Elk Grove. As the officer approached the vehicle they were shot at multiple times, California Highway Patrol officials say. The officer is in stable condition at a local hospital, KCRA has confirmed. Elk Grove police officers at the scene heard the shots fired at the officer. A shootout then took place...
  • Schwarzenegger being investigated by California AG over his sexual liaisons: report

    05/25/2011 2:44:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 25, 2011
    Ahnold's cheating may put him into legal trouble. The California Attorney General will conduct an “inquiry” into former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s alleged misuse of taxpayer funds to cover up his sexual liaisons, it was reported today. Probers are conducting a "preliminary evaluation" into Schwarzenegger’s double life, which allegedly included using his "state-funded security details to cover up women being escorted into his hotel room," according to Veteran hotel security officer William Taylor said he witnessed Ahnold using California Highway Patrol cops and vehicles to carry "scantily-clad women in-and-out of his suite" at the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, where he and...
  • CHP begins arresting protestors at Capitol (CTA members pushing for tax hikes on the 'rich')

    05/09/2011 8:59:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    sac bee ^ | 5/9/11 | Dan Smith
    The California Highway Patrol has begun arresting protesters at the Capitol, after warning about 65 to leave the building after its 6 p.m. closing. The daylong protest, organized by the California Teachers Association, drew about 1,000 protesters for various activities. About 150 moved into the rotunda in late afternoon, and some of them refused to leave at closing time. .. Mike Parker, a community college teacher who expected to be arrested, said the protest is to provide a "moral witness...What's happening in this society is totally out of kilter," he said.
  • Man Arrested Outside Calif. DMV for Reading His Bible Out Loud

    04/28/2011 9:44:30 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 135 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 28 Apr 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    When Mark Mackey, a member of the local Calvary Chapel, showed up to the DMV office in Hemet, CA on February 2, he had a goal: read the Bible and introduce those waiting in line to the “gospel of Jesus Christ.” And for about 15 minutes he was successful. That is until a California Highway Patrolman took the Bible from his hands, arrested him, and told him he was guilty of preaching to a “captive audience.” And it was all caught on video: According to reports, Mackey wasn’t the only one arrested. Pastor Brett Coronado and Edmond Flores, Jr., who...
  • Speeding motorcyclist taunts state trooper trapped in crashed car

    08/12/2010 4:11:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 169 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Aug 10, 2010
    Speeding motorcyclist taunts state trooper trapped in crashed car A state trooper rolled his car multiple times while chasing two reckless motorcyclists, one of whom returned to taunt the injured trooper trooper, officials said. The incident happened on the northbound ramp from Interstate 5 to State Route 599 at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Washington State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt said the trooper was chasing a group of at least nine members of a south King County motorcycle group who were speeding dangerously and getting too close to cars. As the trooper tried to close in on the fastest biker, he...
  • CALIFORNIA: Four unions agree to roll back pension benefits for new hires

    06/16/2010 3:34:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 612+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/16/10 | Jon Ortiz
    The California Highway Patrol officers' union and three other state labor groups have agreed to contract terms with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that roll back pension benefits for new state hires and increase all employees' retirement contributions. The deals would also protect the unions' members from the threat of minimum wage when lawmakers don't enact a state budget on time and eventually add a top step pay increase. "We're not blind or deaf to the unique times in California. We want to get the necessary discussion of (pension) reform behind us," said Jon Hamm of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen....
  • Hunt on for Inland freeway shooter ("Doesn't mean to kill anyone"- California)

    05/21/2010 1:05:50 PM PDT · by oger · 6 replies · 512+ views
    Dozens of Inland freeway shootings in recent weeks apparently weren't meant to kill anyone, but they have shattered the rear windows of about 30 vehicles and are prompting investigators to seek the public's help in catching the perpetrators. "We've had someone running around with a pellet gun or a BB gun," Sgt. Andrew Thompson said this morning from the California Highway Patrol's office in San Bernardino. "No one has been hurt. "No projectiles have penetrated any of the windows." The problem is that no one has seen whomever has been committing the car-to-car shootings. So officers have no suspect description....
  • California Highway Patrol Officer Danny Benavidas killed in plane crash

    05/09/2010 9:12:32 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 2 replies · 617+ views
    My Valley News ^ | Saturday, May 8th, 2010 | My Valley News
    California Highway Patrol Officer Danny Benavidas killed in plane crash COACHELLA - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today sent condolences to the family of Highway Patrol officer Danny Benavidas, who was killed in a plane crash near Borrego Springs. "Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy. Officer Benavides dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and security of California residents, and his honorable service will forever be remembered," said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today when he heard of the crash. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Benavides' family during this difficult time." Officer Danny Benavides was found...
  • Ducks Amok on the Freeways, but CHP Swoops to the Rescue

    04/17/2010 10:43:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 441+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/17/2010 | Bruce Newman
    It was springtime, when ducks usually are headed north. But suddenly Saturday, the ducks ran amok. In two separate incidents, an intrepid California Highway Patrol officer came to the rescue of ducks attempting to waddle across freeways in the South Bay, in defiance of the laws of nature and the California Vehicle Code. Nine fuzzy yellow ducklings were spotted heading southbound down the center divide of Interstate 880 near Milpitas Saturday morning, when Officer Ryan Nelson — something of a fledgling himself, in his first full year with the CHP — rolled onto the scene in his patrol car. When...
  • Runaway Prius Needed Help to Stop: CHP

    03/08/2010 6:42:10 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 156 replies · 441+ views ^ | 3/8/10 | R. STICKNEY
    California Highway Patrol officers say their patrol car acted as a brake for a Toyota Prius with a stuck accelerator Monday. The car, headed eastbound on Interstate 8, was going at a high rate of speed because the accelerator was stuck, according to CHP spokesperson Brian Pennings. The patrol car moved in front of the Prius and engaged its brakes to bring the Prius to a stop, according to CHP. The car eventually stopped on the highway near the La Posta Bridge in the area of the Golden Acorn Casino.
  • The State Worker: Some California prison officers resent CHP

    02/18/2010 7:48:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 279+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 2/18/10 | Jon Ortiz
    For years, the unions representing prison officers and California Highway Patrol officers have had a not-so-friendly rivalry. It boils up whenever The Bee reports on one or the other. This column reignited the flame last week by revealing that the state could sue the California Correctional Peace Officers Association over a $4 million tab run up over nearly five years. The union owes the Corrections and Rehabilitation Department for wages and benefits paid to union staff on leave from their jobs. Online commentator "lab87" aimed fire, not at CCPOA, but at the CHP officers' union: "WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO...
  • Plane Hit by 3 Cars After Calif. Freeway Landing

    08/23/2009 2:46:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,235+ views
    NYTimes ^ | August 23, 2009
    Plane Hit by 3 Cars After Calif. Freeway Landing By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS August 23, 2009 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a small airplane was struck by three vehicles just after it made an emergency landing on a California freeway. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Piper PA-24 Comanche with two people on board was bound for Santa Barbara Airport Sunday when the pilot told air traffic controllers he had no fuel remaining and landed on the southbound side of U.S. Highway 101, about one mile northeast of the airport. California Highway Patrol Officer James Richards...
  • 4 Children Among 7 Dead in California Police Chase

    08/09/2009 9:40:00 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 94 replies · 2,386+ views ^ | August 9, 2009
    FRESNO, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol says a police chase in Dinuba has ended with seven people dead, including four children. The patrol says Dinuba police were trying to stop a car Saturday afternoon for a traffic infraction. Patrol Sgt. Jon Baker says the driver went through a stop sign during the pursuit and collided with a pickup truck. The Fresno Bee reports that five children were in the truck and four of them were ejected and died at the scene. It says the surviving child and two adults in that vehicle were taken to Community Regional Medical Center...
  • CA: Out of control windmill prompts highway closures

    05/03/2009 5:21:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 2,362+ views
    A fast spinning windmill appeared "out of control," and threatened traffic on the highway between Los Angeles County's high desert and the San Joaquin Valley, a CHP dispatcher in Bakersfield said today. The CHP dispatcher said the windmill is spinning too fast and might fly apart, which is why Highway 58 in the Tehachapi Pass was closed down both directions between Mojave and about 45 miles north of Lancaster and Tehachapi. The malfunctioning electric generator is one of thousands of windmills installed along both sides of Highway 58 in Tehachapi Pass. Traffic was being detoured onto parallel county roads. Traffic...
  • Fiery Crash Kills 2 on 10 Freeway [L.A...Culver City Police Officer]

    01/29/2009 3:11:57 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 48 replies · 1,830+ views
    The Wave Newspapers ^ | 1/29/09 update | City News Service
    A three-time Culver City police officer of the year was killed Wednesday on the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway in the Palms area when his car was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver, who also died in the collision, according to the CHP. The collision that took the life of Culver City police Sgt. Curt Massey occurred about 5 a.m., just west of National Boulevard, the California Highway Patrol reported. "Curt was a very special police sergeant and friend,'' Chief Don Pedersen said of the 17-year veteran of the department. "He was kind, thoughtful and always went out of his...
  • Man shot, killed by CHP officer in east Fresno

    01/29/2009 11:55:45 AM PST · by Enterprise · 14 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 | Unknown
    A man was shot and killed by a California Highway Patrol officer following a car chase that ended early this morning next to an elementary school in east Fresno.
  • [Oakland] Undercurrents: Elements of Brown’s ‘Community Cleansing’ Still in Effect Under Dellums

    12/04/2008 9:03:55 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 1 replies · 414+ views
    The Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | Thursday December 04, 2008 | J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
    Oakland, in the Jerry Brown years, practiced an unofficial policy of what might be called “community cleansing.” This is not to be confused with “ethnic cleansing,” the horrific activity in parts of, say, Eastern Europe or Central Africa where whole ethnic populations are violently and bloodily removed, either through exile or actual genocide. No, Mr. Brown’s “community cleansing” policies were far more genteel, involving little violence (though some—that’s what the whole Oakland Riders police scandal was about) and targeting not whole ethnic groups, but rather portions of the population that were considered as being “undesirables.” Part of this involved harassment,...
  • Police Pull Political Signs From Overpasses

    11/03/2008 3:26:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 326+ views
    CBS13 ^ | Nov 3, 2008
    One day before of Election Day, state highway authorities are removing political signs from freeway overpasses and pedestrian bridges. They want voters to focus on the road, not politics. While it's legal to stake political signs and banners in most places, they are considered a public nuisance on overpasses. The California Highway Patrol says the signs could distract motorists. SNIP
  • Gunfire Near Campo, CA (Mexican Border) Possibly three killed

    06/14/2008 7:26:17 AM PDT · by Ladycalif · 8 replies · 503+ views
    *Unconfirmed Reports of three killed* 1:02 a.m. June 14, 2008 CAMPO – At least three people were hit by gunfire Friday night on the Mexican side of the border near Campo, authorities said. The California Highway Patrol said several shooting victims came across the border. The shootings occurred some time after 10 p.m. A Heartland fire dispatcher said he knew of three victims, but that the Border Patrol had said there were more. The dispatcher said he did not know if anyone was killed. Border Patrol officials were unavailable to comment on what occurred. Ambulances were sent to state Route...
  • Governor's security tab is off the charts

    01/28/2008 7:58:21 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 78+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/28/8 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    The cost to taxpayers of protecting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's other top officials has nearly tripled since the Governator took office, to close to $38 million a year, figures obtained by The Chronicle show. The California Highway Patrol, which guards the officials, won't release budget figures covering just the governor out of security considerations. But it's pretty clear from what people tell us that the big spending isn't on the state schools superintendent or the insurance commissioner - it's on Schwarzenegger.Five years ago, during Gray Davis' last year in office, the CHP spent $14.4 million providing security to the...
  • CHP sued over photos (Grisly accident images of decapitated teen were circulated on the Internet)

    07/14/2007 10:08:32 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 199 replies · 12,444+ views
    SANTA ANA - A Ladera Ranch family tormented by images of their decapitated teen daughter has filed a civil lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol, which admitted responsibility for the photos being circulated worldwide on the Internet. The family of Nicole "Nikki" Catsouras, 18, killed Oct. 31 in a two-car crash on a toll road near Lake Forest The lawsuit, which follows the Catsouras family's unsuccessful $20 million legal claim against the state, details the anguish suffered by Catsouras' parents and three little sisters, including fake sites set up after her death and "spam" that popped up in the...
  • Father, 3 Kids, Missing in Northern California Mountains Found Alive

    12/19/2007 1:54:54 PM PST · by Issaquahking · 30 replies · 75+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12-19-2007 | Fox News
    'Father, 3 Kids, Missing in Northern California Mountains Found Alive','All four members of a family that went missing Sunday in the Northern California mountains while searching for a christmas tree have been found alive, FOX News reported The search area in rugged mountains of Butte County, Calif., where a father and three children vanished Sunday All four members of a family that vanished Sunday in the Northern California mountains while searching for a christmas tree have been found alive, FOX News reported Wednesday. "They have found all four, and they appear to be OK," said Paradise Police Sgt. Steve Rowe....
  • Dad, 3 kids alive after 3 days in snow

    12/19/2007 3:20:36 PM PST · by Alouette · 24 replies · 73+ views
    AP ^ | Dec. 19, 2007 | Juliet Williams
    PARADISE, Calif. - A father and three children who vanished on a Christmas tree-cutting trip in the Northern California mountains were found alive Wednesday after huddling in a culvert for warmth during three days of heavy snowstorms. "Our hearts are all full right now," said Cory Stahl, who owns a pest control business where the father, Frederick Dominguez, works. "It's a very merry Christmas now." A California Highway Patrol helicopter delivered the family to safety, the two youngest children brought out of the woods first. The father smiled at family and friends, who cheered as he and his 18-year-old son...
  • A Family's Nightmare: Accident Photos of Their Beautiful Daughter Released

    12/11/2007 5:39:22 PM PST · by McCoMo · 185 replies · 3,118+ views
    ABC News ^ | Nov. 16, 2007 | JIM AVILA, EAMON McNIFF and SCOTT MICHELS
    A Family's Nightmare: Accident Photos of Their Beautiful Daughter Released Family of Nikki Catsouras Has Sued Investigators for Allegedly Releasing Accident Pictures Not long after their 18-year-old daughter died in a car accident, Christos and Lesli Catsouras were forced to relive their grief. They soon began receiving anonymous e-mails and text messages that contained photographs of the accident, including pictures of Nicole Catsouras' decapitated body, still strapped to the crumpled remains of her father's Porsche. A fake MySpace page was created, which at first looked like a tribute to Catsouras but also led to the horrific photos. "What type of...
  • Arrest made in pileup that killed two, injured dozens on Hwy 99

    11/04/2007 5:16:33 AM PST · by radar101 · 23 replies · 177+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | 4 NOV 2007 | Garance Burke
    By Garance Burke ASSOCIATED PRESS 8:01 p.m. November 3, 2007 FRESNO – A 62-year-old man was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge after two people were killed in a massive morning pileup in dense fog that involved more than 100 cars and trucks, the California Highway Patrol said. Eighteen big rigs were involved in the massive pileup on Highway 99 just south of Fresno as patches of dense fog obscured visibility on the heavily traveled roadway, CHP officials said. CHP Officer Kirk Arnold would not identify the man who is being held in Fresno County jail, and said...
  • Massive Pileup Closes California Highway

    11/03/2007 11:23:03 AM PDT · by yorkie · 69 replies · 350+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 3, 2007
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Collisions on a foggy freeway Saturday resulted in a pileup of as many as 100 vehicles and the deaths of at least two people, the California Highway Patrol said. The collisions included nine big rigs on northbound Highway 99 just south of Fresno, CHP Officer Scott Jobinger said. "It looks like we had a chain reaction crash in that fog," Jobinger said. Rescuers extracted several people whose vehicles were pinned under tractor trailers, he said. The number of people injured was not yet known. Authorities said no hazardous materials appeared to have been spilled in the...
  • CHP looking for missing drivers from I-5 truck accident

    10/20/2007 8:44:21 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 33 replies · 328+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/20/2007
    California authorities are trying to determine the whereabouts of at least 9 drivers involved in the deadly I-5 tunnel crash. Ten people injured in the crash were taken to area hospitals, another 10 escaped the flames uninjured, three others, including a 6 year old were killed in the crash. That totals 23 people, but the CHP says 31 vehicles were involved in the crash which leaves at least 9 drivers unaccounted for at this time. Warren Stanley of the California Highway Patrol, "We have to identify all the vehicles and determine who they belong to and based on registration we...
  • Body was struck by cars for an hour during morning commute on I-880 (80 cars?)

    10/11/2007 11:19:17 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 24 replies · 1,413+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 10/11/07 | Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Authorities say they may have trouble identifying the body found on Highway 880 before dawn Thursday because it was repeatedly struck by passing cars for about an hour during the morning commute. The first call to the California Highway Patrol that something was amiss came before 6 a.m. The caller reported a dead dog. Officers arrived at southbound I-880 in Hayward nearly an hour later and made the gruesome discovery. On the ground was a human ear. The CHP immediately called for the freeway to be closed. It was 6:50 a.m., less than a half hour before sunrise. The remains...
  • Charge will be filed in Migden case

    08/09/2007 7:58:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 541+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/9/7 | John Hill
    Senator facing misdemeanor count in wild state vehicle ride. State Sen. Carole Migden will be charged with one misdemeanor count stemming from a wild ride in her state vehicle this spring that ended with a wreck on Highway 12 outside of Fairfield.Migden, D-San Francisco, will be charged Friday, L. Kathryn Coffer, chief deputy district attorney of Solano County, said Wednesday. Coffer would not specify what charge Migden would face.But she said the state senator will not be arrested or booked into jail, and will allowed to appear with her attorneys in court, as is customary in misdemeanor cases. Representatives of...
  • SoCal man will get 10 years for crash that killed CHP officer

    07/29/2007 11:06:39 AM PDT · by AuntB · 16 replies · 571+ views
    CBS2 ^ | July 28, 2007 | CBS2
    VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) An Adelanto man will be sentenced to 10 years in state prison for killing a California Highway Patrol officer in a drunken freeway crash. Domingo Esqueda, 21, pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and agreed to receive the maximum sentence under an agreement reached Wednesday. He will be sentenced next month. Prosecutors dropped a charge of driving under the influence causing bodily injury. CHP Officer Gregory Bailey, 36, was killed on Feb. 26, 2006, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. The father of four had pulled over a pickup truck and was talking to the driver...
  • Lefties Launch 'Move Over' Campaign (Left Lane Drivers Unite!)

    06/18/2007 1:49:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 124 replies · 3,078+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | June 17, 2007 | Dave Downey
    Lefties launch 'Move over' campaign By: Dave Downey - Commentary Sunday, June 17, 2007 Look out, all you left-lane campers. Soon, you could be approached from behind by an impatient commuter with the words "move over" and a giant arrow pointed in the direction of the No. 2 lane pasted across his or her windshield. Those drivers who routinely get irritated when you create those mile-long backups now have a polite way of communicating with you. For $29, they can buy their very own "move over" windshield decals through the Web site The site was set up earlier this...