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Bad ’til the last drop…interrupted

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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Costa Mesa cop snags fleeing con before potentially deadly jump Francisco Novela is a 37-year-old Orange County parolee. He has a propensity to drive drunk and, according to LA’s Channel 2 (CBSLA.COM),  last Friday he was doing precisely that when an errant palm tree caused an impromptu stop.  His 1972 Ford Ranger was disabled–The palm and Novela remained standing. The collision happened within earshot of Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where police officers Jonathan Tripp and Scott Drible were on patrol.  Given that, Novella thoughtfully compared and contrasted his parole status and prior DUI’s  with the instant circumstances and decided it was wise to flee the scene.



Parolees wore GPS devices during murder spree

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
Steven Dean Gordon and Frank Cano left a trail of electronic breadcrumbs tying them to at least 4 rape-murders.  They may face a non-existent death penalty.
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CDCR, federal parolees team up in serial rape-murders KPCC reports a pair of parolees–one under CDCR’s jurisdiction, the other a federal parolee–have been arraigned for the rape and murder of 4 women in Orange County; Both parolees were wearing GPS ankle bracelets during the commission of the killings. One police chief, Anaheim PD’s Raul Quezada, stated there may be more victims but would not elaborate. Investigators with the Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments made the connection to registered sex-offenders Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, by cross checking the crime scene(s) with GPS monitoring data. Cano is reportedly under the supervision of CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations while Gordon was supervised by US Probation and Parole.



Royal procession over jail chow for naught

Apr 1st, 2014 | By
Parole Absconder Mark Royal prefers the food at Placer County Jail over Sacramento.  Despite the snub, Sacramento's hospitality prevailed.
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Sacramento absconder’s car chase to Auburn: “The food’s better here” Mark Royal was a Parolee At Large  (PAL) from Sacramento.  It is unknown at this writing if he is a state parolee or of the post-realignment county variety.  Based upon KCRA’s report, Paco surmises he is the latter. In either case, it is an unusual, ironic and gotcha amusing saga. It seems last Tuesday at 2330 hours, Sacramento PD officers recognized a driver as a PAL, namely, Mark Royal. Officers attempted to stop Royal that he may be returned to custody. Royal, 51, has been a criminal a long time so he decided to do things his way. Parenthetically, doing things one’s own way is what makes one a criminal in the first place. But I digress. Rather than give up within blocks of Sacramento County’s custodial tower for a brief ride home, Royal led the police some 35 miles to Placer County’s Main Jail

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3N=R: AB109 parolee abducts, rapes girl, 11

Feb 21st, 2014 | By
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Accused child rapist a ’3N’ despite stalking conviction Parolee Accused of Sexually Assaulting 11-year-old Valley News RIVERSIDE – A parolee accused of abducting and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old runaway girl in Riverside was being held without bail today. Eric Dean Boettcher, 34, of Jurupa Valley is being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child, sodomy of a minor, lewd acts on a child, along with numerous related allegations. According to Riverside police, an 11-year-old girl ran away from home last Thursday. Minutes later, as she walked along a roadway, a man later identified as Boettcher stopped his gray pickup and asked the youth if she wanted a ride, which she accepted, said police Lt. Victor Williams.



Stockton parolee sees his last charge

Feb 10th, 2014 | By
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Stockton racked up homicide #5 yesterday morning on Airport Way near 6th St., an area not unused to violence. The cops spotted a vehicle reported near the scene of the beating of a woman the previous night and pulled it over.  The occupant of the car, Donald Haynes, 45, jumped out and charged the cops with a 20 inche bayonet in his hands.  The officer shot Haynes three times.  Haynes died. Haynes was a parolee with a prior for ADW and was seen by cops fleeing the scene of the earlier beating. Clicking here will link to a Stockton RECORD piece on this story.



Five attacks in five hours for parolee

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
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A former guest of the state is under arrest in Orange County on suspicion of attacking five women over a five hour period on Thursday. Ulises Delatorre, 32, is on parole from an attempted murder beef.  He also has a lengthy history of gang involved violence.  He is believed to have attacked five women in four locations.  Two of the women were in town for a half-marathon race when he attacked them as they entered their motel room.  The women fought back against the knife-wielding thug, and both were somewhat injured. Delatorre is being held without bail pending arraignment. Clicking here will link to a

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Parolee charged with murder

Jan 16th, 2014 | By
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A former guest of the state has been charged with special circumstances murder, which could conceivably bring a death sentence, which of course actually means a comfortable life sentence in a one-man cell with Cadillac health care. Matthew Howard, 34, is accused of fatally stabbing Zhao Lin, 52, of Oakland during a robbery attempt near Lake Merrit in Oakland on Dec. 7 of last year.  Howard has priors for dealing and robbery. Clicking here will link to a SFGATE piece on this story.



Yet another gold star parolee

Jan 1st, 2014 | By
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Jacques Samuel, 29, of San Francisco, is a former guest of the state who was on parole Monday night when the cops tried to stop the  car he was driving.  Since (among other things) he didn’t have a driver’s license he instead of stopping took off like a bat out of hell, endangering a lot of people. He tried to ram several police cars and was shot at when he rammed one police vehicle.  He crashed and fled on foot but was soon arrested. He is being held on several felony and misdemeanor charges and a non-bailable parole hold according to a piece in today’s

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Gold star parolee surrenders to SWAT

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By
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A former guest of the state wanted for parole violation among other things surrendered to a SWAT team a few days back in El Monte after barricading himself in a private residence. Frankie Garcia, 23, was being sought for assorted nastiness when the U S Marshalls went for him.  He barricaded himself in a house and the good guys called SWAT.  After five hours Gracia either saw the light or sobered up enough he realized he was being a bigger jackass than usual and gave it up. Clicking here will link to a news piece on this story.  Thanks to Caroline for the link.



Parolee held on SF murder beef

Dec 16th, 2013 | By
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A former guest of the state is in custody in the People’s Republic of San Francisco on a homicide beef from Thursday. The dead guy is John Porter, 56, a transient.  The suspected murderer is William Randelston, 58, who is now in custody on a parole hold (I thought we didn’t do that any more) and for suspicion of murder. Clicking here will link to an incredibly skimpy SF Examiner piece on this story.



Accused child killer due in court

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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The gang member accused of gunning down a six-year old girl is due in court today on that case. Keandre Narkie Johnson, 21, is being charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and participation in a criminal street gang as well as some special circumstances allegations.  He says he didn’t do it. The DA thinks Johnson was the shooter in Moreno Valley on September 7 when someone opened up into a garage, hitting both Tiana Ricks, 26, and her father. Johnson is a member of the Moreno Valley Edgemont Criminals gang.  He was, at the time, a parolee-at-large who failed to report after

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Green-eyed parolee suspected murderer

Dec 13th, 2013 | By
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On July 13 of this year a road rage murder occurred in Arleta.  The shooter is now believed to be a CDCr parolee named Luis Alberto Gutierrez, Jr., 24, who is known as Green-eyes within his gang. The victim, Richard Ruiz, 22, was apparently minding his own business, driving with some friends to play some basketball.  Ruiz had zero criminal history and no gang ties. Gutierrez is now in the wind.  He disappeared after detectives visited his employer. Clicking here will link to a LA Daily News piece on this story.  Thanks to Caroline for the link.



Generic parolee wanted on evading, gun charges

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
If you see a "man in his 30's" driving some type of motor vehicle, call the  CHP--He matches the description of a parolee wanted for armed kidnapping.
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Some parolee does something, wanted by some cops As a rule, in order to avoid copyright suits, Paco does not reprint entire copyrighted articles. Instead, I follow a general guideline allowing me to excerpt no more than 3 abridged paragraphs. Granted, I often stretch the envelope and reprint a bigger chunk. To date, the extra traffic generated by the numerous backlinks seems to negate any concerns of editors relating to potential copyright infringement–Paco scratches their backs, as it were. In any event, today Paco reprints the following Santa Cruz Sentinel article in full because, copyrights notwithstanding, the article says nothing–The parolee isn’t named or described although it is clear the CHP knows his identity!  The article was actually “updated” 8 hours after publication but still: no name, description, vehicle information…nothing. So it is, Paco is reprinting nothing, in its entirety. Until additional information is released, citizens in the northern coastal region are advised to be

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Shiny stuff: Parolee popped pinching detective’s hubcap

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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Gold Star: Michigan parolee braves cold to steal cold steel REGION: Police: Parolee caught stealing hub cap from detective’s car By MICHAEL P. McCONNELL A parolee may be going back to prison after police say he was caught stealing a hub cap off a Royal Oak detective’s vehicle in Madison Heights. “The detective caught him in the act,” said Madison Heights Police Lt. Robert Anderson. Norville A. Bolden, 43, of Detroit was arraigned Tuesday before Madison Heights 43rd District Court on misdemeanor charges of larceny from auto and driving on a suspended license. He is jailed on $2,020 cash bond. A Royal Oak detective parked

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Parolee had the chops, but not a Rocque star

Nov 27th, 2013 | By
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Rocque Valencia Jr., 23, a former guest of the state, is now in custody in beautiful Fresno County for repeatedly attacking a woman over a period of several days, including whacking on her a bit with a machete in the Kingsburg area. Valencia was previously a mere convicted burglar, so I find it kind of surprising he was on parole rather than probation, unless it was an old parole, but that is what the Fresno BEE article linked here sways, and they wouldn’t get it wrong, would they?



Bum smoke and bad karma

Nov 24th, 2013 | By
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Stephen Sierra, 36, is a registered sex offender and was a wanted parolee in Utah until Thursday, when he was apprehended.  He tried to bum a smoke from someone who noticed he had a gunshot wound and called the cops.  Sierra was uncooperative with the investigation into his shooting, other than to say he deserved to be shot and it was “bad karma.”  He was probably telling the truth. Clicking here will link to a TV news piece on this story.  Thanks to Caroline for the link.



CA PAL caps at cops

Nov 13th, 2013 | By
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A former guest of the state is now back in custody after having made an attempt to murder a police officer. Omar Ruiz, 26, has been a parolee at large for several months and is suspected of involvement in a homicide.  Ventura County investigators got a tip that he might be holed up at a residence in Camarillo and they went looking for him.  He took a shot at the cops through the wall of the house, narrowly missing an officer on the other side. At that point the cops set up a perimeter, and Ruiz made the smart move and surrendered.  In the house

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Cops shoot at Traylor, park parolee permanently

Nov 6th, 2013 | By
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A former guest of the state who was suspected of stabbing his girlfriend more than 30 times was sent to that big cell block in the sky courtesy of the Fairfield PD yesterday. Deonte Traylor, 24, of Fairfield, became a suspect when the cops responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex. at about 0930.  They found a woman with several dozen stab wounds.  She was airlifted to a hospital where she remains in critical condition.  Traylor fled the scene on foot towards Hwy 12.  He attacked the officers there while armed with a knife.  They officers shot him, a bunch of times.  He

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Close call for cops in laundry exchange

Nov 5th, 2013 | By
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A bad guy erupted from a pile of clothes in a garage in Fresno today, and he came out shooting.  A CDCr parole agent, a Sheriff’s Deputy, and a US Marshall were all slightly hurt during the exchange.  The shooter was killed at the scene. The parole agent, Nate Castro was wearing body armor which stopped what would have otherwise been a serious wound. The locals have declined to identify the dead guy, pending a positive ID from the Coroner. Clicking here will link to a Fresno BEE piece on this story.  Thanks to Butch for the link.  



Cal PAL dialing in on his victim

Oct 30th, 2013 | By
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Most parolees when the skip have the decency to try to stay low profile.  One has been quite the opposite recently. Dennis Michael McKenzie, 58, cut off his GPS monitor and has been harassing the family of his 80-year old rape victim with threatening and obscene phone calls, according to a piece linked here from USA Today. According to Luis Patino, mouthpiece for CDCr, this sex offender cut off his monitor on October 1.  Since that time he has made at least 50 harassing phone calls to the victim’s family home in Southern California. McKenzie was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 7 years.  He

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Con job in Roseville

Oct 30th, 2013 | By
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A former guest of the state has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder of a peace officer due to his escapades in Roseville at the end of last week. Sammy (aka Samuel) Nathan Duran, 32, made a very brief appearance in court today and was assigned a public defender.  He will be formally arraigned on Friday.  He has also been charged with burglary and false imprisonment with regard to his brief hostage taking in the home he entered during his run from authorities. Duran has violated the terms of his parole at least eight times since 2002. Clicking here will link to a

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Krupp Files: All politics indeed local

Oct 29th, 2013 | By
Parolee Sammy Nathan Duran shot and ICE agent and led police on what has been described as a running gun-battle in Roseville.
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The Darkness Of Realignment Comes To My Community I’m frightened by those who don’t see it Richard Krupp, PhD. Two years ago I wrote an article regarding the “darkness of realignment” [There’s a darkness upon us 10/28/2011] descending on California communities; thousands of criminals dumped on the communities who should be in prison. This past Friday the darkness visited my community. While eating at a local restaurant I heard someone comment, “I know Sammy. He won’t be taken alive. He will take his family with him.” The comments were made as people watched the massive law enforcement effort going on in Roseville. I could hear the sirens, helicopters, and gun shots. According to the Sacramento Bee: Sometime in June, Sammy Nathan Duran was released from the Placer County jail on parole, part of a regular pattern the 32-year-old Roseville native has established over the years. And, as he has at least eight times since 2002,

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CDCr silent in Roseville shooting

Oct 27th, 2013 | By
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[The quaint City of Roseville-Ed] was pretty much shut down Friday night due to the actions of a former guest of the state. It appears that Sammy Nathan Duran, 32, a native of Roseville, shot an ICE agent in the leg and continued a rolling gunfight through the city, which ended with Duran’s surrender in the early hours of Saturday in a house nearby.  One additional officer was shot and four others hit by bullet fragments during the incident. Duran was spotted on a bicycle and recognized as a wanted parolee.  The ICE agent hot-footed it after him, the cops with him moved around in

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Realignment relief for serial sex offender

Oct 21st, 2013 | By
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XREF:  Sex offender parolee-at-large under arrest in Fresno Fresno State sex predator likely headed for short punishment KFSN-TV Fresno The repeat sex offender accused of inappropriately touching students at Fresno State may only have been on the streets because of AB-109. FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — The repeat sex offender accused of inappropriately touching students at Fresno State may only have been on the streets because of AB-109. Forty-nine-year-old Fidel Tafoya appeared in court Friday on misdemeanor sexual battery charges. Tafoya has been arrested for crimes on college campuses from Texas to California at least ten times. He’s never stayed in jail longer than three years.

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Cal PAL shoots Sac K9 then self

Oct 19th, 2013 | By
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The car thief who shot a Sacramento County K-9 and then committed suicide in a nearby field has been identified as a parolee-at-large, Robby Wolff.  The dog is doing fine and is likely to be back to work before the end of the month.



Randy parolee charged in Coke death

Oct 18th, 2013 | By
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An arrest has been made in the death of federal public defender investigator Sandra Coke.  They have charged the prime suspect, parolee sex offender Randy Alana, 56, in her murder.  Alana has been in custody on other charges since shortly before Coke’s body was found. Alana was seen on surveillance footage driving Coke’s car after she disappeared.  He was similarly seen fueling her car at a gas station. He had been busted for failing to charge his GPS monitor shortly before Coke’s disappearance, but was not kept in custody.  The suspect has 17 felony convictions on his record. Clicking here will link to a SFGATE

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Moron AB109 client and gunman/parolee in Carradine 187

Oct 10th, 2013 | By
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Some info came in over the transom today on the two principle suspects in the murder of 8-year old Alaysha Carradine in Oakland. The alleged shooter, Darnell Williams (Jr.), 22, of Oakland, is believed to have shot up the house deliberately with the intent of killing the family of a rival gang member, and hopefully but unsuccessfully the rival himself.  He is believed to have also murdered a friend during a robbery attempt recently. Williams was at the time of the shooting on active parole out of Berkeley as of 05-23-13.  His road dog and co-conspirator, Joseph Carroll, 27, was apparently an AB109 client out

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Killed by Parolee-At-Large: The Coon, R.I.P.

Aug 23rd, 2013 | By
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Officers Zero in on Parolee at Large after he Skins Raccoon by Cecilio Padilla | Fox40 SOUTH LAKE TAHOE—A man – who officers later found was a wanted parolee – ran from officers after he was confronted for skinning a raccoon… Officers showed up to an open lot between the Sno-Flake Drive-In and the Tahoe Daily Tribune newspaper building… At the scene, they found a man with bloody hands and a raccoon that was nearly completely skinned. The officers started to talk to the man, but he soon bolted… Officers were able to surround him at the baseball fields of South Tahoe Middle School. The man laid down in the field and officers were able to take him into custody…



Non-AB109 parolee’s attempted rape foiled

Aug 17th, 2013 | By
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A former guest of the state is facing serious charges in an episode of backsliding. Richard Henry Stine, 39, is currently in custody in LA County facing one count each of kidnapping to commit rape, assault with intent to commit rape, kidnapping to commit robbery and assault with intent to commit rape with a victim under 18.  He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday and is being held pending a $2,001,000 bail. Cops believe Stine crept up on his victim from behind as she walked down the street in Palmdale on August 2.  He shoved an object into her back,  which he said was

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Parolee commits great escape

Aug 17th, 2013 | By
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A former guest of the state took his own life Thursday night following a police chase. The, as-yet unnamed, parolee was contacted by the cops for a weapons violation.  He took off on his motorcycle with the cops in pursuit.  The man finally ditched the bike and ran into an apartment complex in Winetka and entered an apartment.  After a 2 1/2 hour stand-off, the cops made entry when they were unable to convince him to surrender.  As they entered, they heard a gunshot and found the parolee dead in the bathroom from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Based on his priors, it was no wonder

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If it looks funky, and it smells funky…(updated)

Aug 15th, 2013 | By
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…then it is probably funky.  And there is something funky about the case of Randy Alana, P20947, the unregistered registered sex offender suspected in the death of federal investigator Sandra Coke.  (Note, I originally reported this number as P20949.  I am unsure if I read my note wrong, wrote it wrong or was given it wrong.) Apparently this guy was in violation back in June for failure to register.  It also seems that a lot of the parole agents from the sex offender unit in the East Bay, where Alana was supervised from,are spending a lot of time handling non-sex offender case work due to

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Parolee may have downed Coke (Updated)

Aug 10th, 2013 | By
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A registered sex offender is being questioned in the disappearance of an investigator with the federal public defender’s office. Randy Alana, 56, was arrested Tuesday on a parole violation and is being held at Santa Rita (Alameda County Jail).  More than 20 years ago he dated Sandra Coke, 50, now missing.  He is known to have contacted her as recently as Sunday as was seen in her company that day, which seems to be when she disappeared. Alana has priors for kidnapping, rape and other assorted nastiness.  He has been charged but not convicted in two murders. Coke’s home was burglarized in May and her

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