Santa Monica police seize guns and drugs in multi-city raid

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeSanta Monica police seize guns and drugs in multi-city raid Feb. 19, 2019 at 2:00 pmCrimeFeaturedNewsSanta Monica police seize guns and drugs in multi-city raidMatthew Hall2 years agoarrestcrimedrugsgunsraidSanta Monica Police Departmentsmpd A February 15 raid by Santa Monica police officers has resulted in the arrest of three people and seizure of 21 handguns and 8 long guns/rifles, over 4000 rounds of ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Over $200,000 in cash was also found at the scene.According to SMPD, the local narcotics unit and Santa Monica SWAT team executed search warrants for two homes, one in Lennox and another in Hawthorne, as the result of a drugs investigation.“Due to the evidence recovered and information gathered, detectives arrested three subjects, two males and a female, for their involvement in narcotics distribution and criminal activity. The three subjects were booked at the Santa Monica Police Department Jail,” said a statement from SMPD.Pedro Cesar Isais, a 28 year-old male from Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of heroin for the purpose of sales, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of sales, possession of narcotics with a loaded firearm and child endangerment.Valarie Marie Cruz, a 30 year-old female from Inglewood CA, was arrested for possession of heroin for the purpose of sales, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of sales, possession of narcotics with a loaded firearm and child endangerment.Alejandro Cruz, a 25 year-old male from Los Angeles was arrested for possession of heroin for the purpose of sales.Lt. Saul Rodriguez said the narcotics unit is focused on distributors and their investigations often begin with a tip about local sales but expand into other jurisdictions.“This is common with narcotics investigations,” he said. “We start with individuals selling narcotics in the City of Santa Monica and the cases take us elsewhere. (The narcotics unit) gathers information from multiple sources … but it all started with a sales investigation here and they may not be only distributing here but are distributing in all of Los Angeles County.”Rodriguez said the case was entirely a result of Santa Monica investigations but other law enforcement agencies may be on site when an arrest occurs in other cities.He said detectives will be presenting the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.Anyone with information related to narcotic activity in the City of Santa Monica is encouraged to call the anonymous Narcotics Tip Line at (310) 458-2292; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.Tags :arrestcrimedrugsgunsraidSanta Monica Police Departmentsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBeachside go-kart rental business proves short-livedThe Rotary Club of Santa Monica is Active in the CommunityYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agolast_img read more

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Obama endorses Biden as the best leader for ‘darkest times’

first_imgBarrow reported from Atlanta.Tags :best leaderBidenObamapresidential nomineeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCoronavirus cases in Santa Monica reach 96 as L.A. 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He didn’t mention his successor, President Donald Trump, by name and instead sought to bridge the ideological divide among Democrats.Obama commended Bernie Sanders, who was the leading progressive foil to Biden during the Democratic primary. The Vermont senator ended his campaign last week and threw his support behind Biden on Monday.The former president called Sanders an “American original” and backed his frequent call for “structural change.” But he also said that while Democrats “may not always agree on every detail,” they must unify to defeat Republicans.“The Republicans occupying the White House and running the U.S. Senate are not interested in progress,” he said. “They’re interested in power.”Biden now has the support of all of his former Democratic primary rivals except for Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator is expected to formally endorse Biden soon, according to a person familiar with her plans who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss her thinking.Two other prominent Democrats who have yet to publicly back Biden are former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the party’s 2016 nominee. Hillary Clinton has been in regular touch with Biden, including several times since Sanders dropped out of the race, according to an aide.Obama avoided intervening in the Democratic primary, but followed the race closely from the sidelines and is eager to take a more active public role. He’s expected to headline fundraisers for Biden and public events in key swing states, if such gatherings can still be held given social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.After his endorsement was released, Obama sent a fundraising appeal to Biden supporters, asking for donations ranging from $5 to $100.The endorsement will test whether Obama can transfer his personal popularity to Biden. While the former president is seen favorably by a wide swath of Democratic voters, he was also a deeply polarizing figure during his two terms in office. During his presidency, Democrats lost about 1,000 legislative seats around the country, starting with disastrous 2010 midterms that also cost the party control of the House and many statehouses.In 2018, he campaigned for some winning Senate and gubernatorial candidates, like Sen. Jacky Rosen in Nevada and Gov. Tony Evers in Wisconsin. But his influence seemed less powerful in other places such as Florida.The Trump campaign noted that Obama tacitly discouraged Biden from running for president in 2016 and said the former president is only backing him now because everyone else has dropped out of the primary.“Now that Biden is the only candidate left in the Democrat field, Obama has no other choice but to support him,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement.Though Obama stayed out of the primary, Biden frequently pointed to their time together in the White House. Biden often spoke of the “Obama-Biden” administration when talking about various accomplishments and referred to himself as an “Obama-Biden Democrat.”But he also insisted he was running as his own man, telling anyone who asked that he urged Obama not to endorse him out of the gate or even in the thick of the primary.Obama’s tenure became a sort of punching bag for some presidential hopefuls in a primary fight that early on was defined by a debate over the need for generational and systemic change versus a return to normalcy after the Trump era.Julián Castro pushed Biden repeatedly on whether he argued with Obama privately over deportations overseen by that administration. Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke jabbed Biden – and by extension, Obama — by suggesting the party shouldn’t “return to the past.” Sanders and Warren said the 2010 Affordable Care Act hadn’t gone far enough.But Biden was a staunch defender of that legislation and called it “bizarre” for Democrats, even faintly, to attack Obama’s record.The conversation around Obama’s presidency shifted as the primary wore on. By the time voting began, Buttigieg was almost explicitly comparing his youthful bid to Obama’s 2008 campaign, and the progressives were framing their health care proposals as a way to build on Obama’s legacy. Billionaire candidate Mike Bloomberg, meanwhile, featured Obama in his ubiquitous advertising effort, much to Biden’s chagrin.“You’d think Mike was Barack’s vice president,” Biden once quipped to donors.For his part, Biden leaned even more heavily into Obama as primary voting began. Aiming at Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, and Bloomberg, who’d been elected New York City mayor as a Republican, Biden said in a Feb. 21 interview with The Associated Press that “they’re not bad folks. They’re just not Democrats.”Campaigning before increasingly diverse audiences in Nevada and South Carolina, Biden ramped up his recollections of when Obama tapped him for the ticket in 2008. Biden recalled Inauguration Day 2009, waiting for the train in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, “for a black man to pick me up … for the two of us to be sworn in as president and vice president of the United States.”Often drawing nods and vocal affirmation from his audiences, Biden said he had thought of that day as a national victory over institutional racism. Now, in the Trump era, Biden calls that conclusion a mistake.“I thought we could defeat hate,” he said, but “it never goes away.”last_img read more

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Avian Flu Scan for May 10, 2016

first_imgNovel avian flu subtype H3N6 found co-circulating with H3 and H5 virusesA novel avian flu subtype, H3N6, was found co-circulating with other viruses on duck farms in China’s Hunan province, according to a May 6 study in Scientific Reports.Researchers analyzed 10 avian flu strains isolated from domestic ducks, geese, and duck pond water from 2014 to 2015 on farms in Hunan’s Wugang city. Avian flu viruses H3N2, H3N8, and H5N6 were found co-circulating in domestic ducks, along with a new subtype, H3N6, which likely derived from H5N6. The new virus possesses a neuraminadase deletion that makes it unique compared with other H3 subtypes, the authors said.All four subtypes replicated efficiently in mammal cells, including Madin-Darby Canine Kidney (MDCK) epithelial cells, though the H3 viruses grew to higher titers compared with H5N6 in the first 12 hours, followed by a drop in viral load 72 hours after infection. The viruses were also found to replicate well in adenocarcinomic human alveolar basal epithelial (A459) cells.The H3 viruses and H5N9 also demonstrated low pathogenicity in mice. H3N2 and H3N8 caused high viral titers in the lungs and nasal turbinates of infected mice, while H3N6 and H5N6 were able to replicate effectively only in the lungs. None of the four subtypes caused murine disease or death, the authors said.Given the occurrence of novel subtypes produced by gene reassortment of co-circulating avian flu viruses, the authors recommended improving biosecurity measures on Chinese poultry farms to reduce the possibility of avian flu outbreaks and interspecies transmission.May 6 Sci Rep study Researchers say genetic traits may influence human susceptibility to H7N9Chinese scientists have identified 64 human genetic peculiarities that they think may affect susceptibility to infection with the H7N9 avian flu virus, according to a report yesterday in  Scientific Reports.The authors hypothesized that genetic characteristics may influence both susceptibility to H7N9 infection and the severity of illness, since relatively few of the many people exposed to poultry during H7N9 outbreaks have contracted the infection.The team took blood samples from 18 confirmed H7N9 patients, 6 of whom had fatal cases. They extracted the DNA and sequenced the portions of it that encode proteins (exons). This led to the identification of 64 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 21 genes that were more common in the H7N9 patients than in the general population.”These mutations were found in genes encoding proteins responsible for multiple key host defense mechanisms, including cytokine production, airway epithelium barrier function and pathogen associated molecular pattern signaling pathway,” suggesting that the SNPs may affect susceptibility to H7N9, the report says.Some of the 21 genes have previously been identified as linked to H7N9 susceptibility, the authors said. For example, an earlier study indicated that dysfunction of a gene called IFITM3 is associated with increased cytokine production during H7N9 infection and is correlated with mortality.The team acknowledged that their sample was small and that the findings need to be confirmed by further studies, which they are working on.”Further investigations into the function of these genes in host susceptibility may help identify individuals who are at high risk for infection,” they concluded. “In addition, translational research into the function of the genes identified in this study may provide new potential therapeutic targets for influenza virus infection.”May 9 Sci Rep articlelast_img read more

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District judge ‘sarcastic and shaking with rage’ in flawed family hearing

first_imgThe Family Court has overturned a district judge’s care ruling after finding she ‘crossed the line’ during the hearing, creating a hostile atmosphere and alienating everyone appearing before her.In C (A Child) (Judicial Conduct), His Honour Judge Mark Rogers said District Judge Mian had conducted the March hearing with ‘serious procedural irregularity’ and made it impossible to ensure proceedings were fair. He upheld the appeal from the mother and appointed Guardian of a one-year-old child, who had been made subject to a care order rather than place with her grandparents.Taking the decision to deliver a full judgment on the appeal and name the district judge, HHJ Mark Rogers said it was a ‘fundamental tenet’ of fairness to listen carefully to competing argument before coming to a firm decision.The court heard that the district judge’s conduct was exemplified by, in the words of the child’s barrister, ‘blasphemous words, shouting, storming our of court and general intemperate behaviour’. The district judge was also described as being sarcastic, shaking with rage, turning her chair away from the court and sitting with her back to everyone for several seconds, mimicking the advocate’s words and intimidating the child’s guardian.HHJ Mark Rogers said he had listened to the recording of the hearing himself and heard ‘with dismay, the anger and tension in the judge’s voice’. Her exchanges with the child’s barrister were ‘sharp and substantially inhibited counsel from doing her job’.The district judge’s frustration, it was found, stemmed from her view that the guardian’s analysis was deficient and did not grapple with the central issue of the case. The child’s barrister submitted the district judge’s treatment of the guardian was ‘unacceptable’. The appeal judge agreed the handling of the hearing was ‘wholly unsatisfactory and degenerated into a critique of the guardian’s perceived failure of approach’.HHJ Mark Rogers added: ‘The judge effectively cross-examined the guardian as if she were representing another hostile party. In my judgment, there and in many places elsewhere the judge went far beyond clarification or amplification and descended into the heart of the arena.’He stated that family proceedings should not be unnecessarily adversarial: points should be questioned and tested but not to the extent that a witness is unable to fulfil her role. Here, the court heard the guardian felt ‘considerably stressed and upset’.After the hearing, the child’s grandparents wrote to the guardian saying parts of the hearing were ‘extremely distressing’ with a ‘constant barrage of interruptions aimed at professional witnesses and barristers questioning them’ which brought into question the impartiality of proceedings.last_img read more

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Transport Reform Network launches investment debate

first_imgAUSTRALIA: Representatives of more than 30 organisations attended the launch of the Transport Reform Network on August 29. TRN is a cross-industry coalition which aims ‘to address Australia’s looming transport crisis by seeking changes in the scoping, funding and pricing of transport infrastructure’.Australasian Railway Association CEO Bryan Nye warned that deteriorating transport networks were jeopardising Australia’s international competitiveness, adding that ‘things need to change, Australians should be calling for better infrastructure.’ Possibilities to be explored include road user charging which could encourage the transfer of freight to rail, and attracting private investment for infrastructure. ‘A lot of credible work has been done, both here and overseas, by governments, academics and the private sector on alternative models for financing and funding transport’, said TRN Chairman Dennis Cliche. ‘What’s missing is a public forum where those ideas can be discussed and tested. That’s what we want to provide.’ According to Property Council of Australia CEO Peter Verwer, there is a need ‘to facilitate a frank conversation about the way transport infrastructure is priced, prioritised and financed in this country based on long-term demand expectations’.last_img read more

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