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May 2013 Archives

California man accused of planning "elaborate grand theft"

California residents may be interested to learn of a situation involving an alleged grand theft scheme. On May 24, police executed a search warrant at a mobile home. They claim to have found more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition and a weapons cache that included rifles, shotguns and handguns. The man is also alleged to have possessed armor-piercing bullets, which are illegal under California law.

Five Sacramento residents arrested for insurance fraud

Investigators with the fraud unit of the California Department of Insurance have reportedly arrested five Sacramento residents on felony counts of insurance fraud. The fraud charges allegedly stem from the five accessing consumer account information to discover which customers had expensive cell phones and then filing false claims for the phones being stolen or damaged. Investigators claim that the five individuals, some of whom worked for wireless companies, took over $1 million in fraudulent insurance payments through the scheme.

NTSB recommends 0.05 BAC for DUI in California

A night out with dinner and a glass of wine could end with a DUI charge for motorists in California if the state decides to follow the recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board and lowers the legal limit for intoxication to 0.05 percent from its current level of 0.08 percent.

Some groups opposed to the change claim the consumption of one drink by the average woman would make her legally intoxicated under the proposed standard and subject her to a misdemeanor charge. The NTSB proposal to lower the legal limit for intoxication included recommendations that states allow the confiscation by a police officer of the license of a driver who exceeds the state BAC limit or who refuses to submit to a BAC test.

California hikers face drug charges, may be charged for search

Two California teenage hikers were lost in the forest and search parties were sent out to find them. The teens, a 19-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, were found after days of searching. The young man was lost in the forest for three days, and the young woman was found after a week. The cost of the search totaled more than $160,000. When their car was searched, a small amount of drugs was found, and so the teens are now facing drug crime charges.

California driver still sought in hit-and-run case

On April 3, a video camera allegedly captured a white BMW 328i hitting a bicyclist and then driving away on Wiltshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Following the incident, a spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department released a statement claiming that the driver intentionally drove into the bicycle, pinning the bike and its rider up against a metal garbage bin. After the event, it is believed that the driver turned onto an alley between Almont Drive and Wetherly Drive. The man on the bicycle reportedly told police that he had an altercation with the driver earlier, during which the cyclist punched the driver in the face. The driver allegedly threatened to kill the other man and followed him into the alley before striking him. Police are attempting to locate and speak with the driver, who could be charged with attempted murder and hit and run following the reported road rage incident.

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