Thursday, February 25, 2010

This guy has some balls LOL

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a former Oceanside resident with stealing a small plane from an airfield near San Diego and making an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

San Diego County prosecutors charged Skye Turner with felony counts of stealing an aircraft, grand theft and burglary. The 23-year-old, who is set to be arraigned this afternoon, faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

Turner was arrested Feb. 19 after landing the Cirrus SR22, which was reported stolen from Montgomery Field.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Turner had an expired student pilot license.

His father, Peter Turner of Oceanside, told NBC 7/39 last week that his son, who now lives in El Cajon, spent countless hours playing flight-simulator games on the computer and had been rejected from at least one flight school

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

San Diego cops to use video on heads

SAN DIEGO — Nine San Diego police officers will be participating in a pilot program to test head-mounted video cameras that will record their interactions with the public.

Police are expected to offer more details during a demonstration of the technology Tuesday morning.

The camera is about the size of a Bluetooth earpeice with a headband, and the recording device is the size of a large cell phone, authorities said. The technology is made by Phoenix-based Taser International.

Also testing the equipment is 18 officers from the San Jose Police Department, with Taser paying for the experiment, the department reported in December.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Another crooked cop

An Oceanside police sergeant accused of accepting fraudulently purchased items to update his home pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of receiving stolen property, authorities said.

Walter McWilson, a 10-year veteran of the department, is scheduled to be sentenced on June 15, said Paul Levikow, a District Attorney’s Office spokesman.

McWilson appeared in Vista Superior Court.

Investigators said McWilson knowingly received $54,000 worth of items in 2006 and 2007 purchased by a Murrieta woman who was embezzling funds from the Oceanside-based construction company where she worked. Prosecutors said McWilson had a romantic relationship with the woman, an office manager for the company.

The items he received included mahogany wood flooring, Travertine tile, high-tech equipment for a home recording studio and flat-screen TVs. Authorities accused McWilson of selling one 50-inch plasma television to a neighbor and then pocketing $1,200 in cash.

McWilson, who was most recently a supervisor for the department’s Neighborhood Policing Team, was considered by his peers to be a rising star within the Police Department until he was put on administrative leave in August. He originally faced 14 felony charges of receiving stolen property, grand theft and conspiracy.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Think cops dont get special treatment....think again

Riverside police recommended no action in its report of Chief Russ Leach's 3 a.m. hit-and-run crash, despite indicating he "had been drinking," he couldn't recall where he had crashed and that he was unaware of the extent of his car's damage.

In the six-page traffic collision report, obtained Thursday by The Press-Enterprise, officers make no mention of attempting to give the chief a field sobriety test after they found him driving on the rims of his dented, scratched city-issued black Chrysler 300.

The report was issued by Riverside police the morning of the collision. On Tuesday police handed the investigation over to the California Highway Patrol.

Leach "was unable to provide a statement" regarding his wreck Monday at Central and Hillside avenues, according to the report by Riverside police Sgt. Frank Orta. Two officers had stopped him more than three miles away, later learning he ran into a fire hydrant and light pole.

The chief "would only say that he had a flat tire and that he had driven into a field or dirt road," Orta wrote. The chief repeated that several times.

"It was evident that he was unaware that he had a collision and that his vehicle suffered major damages," Orta wrote.

In the portion of the report where officers can address a driver's sobriety, they checked a box labeled "HBD -- Impairment Unknown." HBD stands for "had been drinking."

Other options include "had not been drinking," "impairment not known" and "not applicable."

Despite a witness reporting that Leach's car left the scene of the initial collision, officers did not check hit-and-run on the report, and ultimately, listed "file" as their recommendation for disposition.

Standard practice in cases to be submitted for possible charges is to indicate the report will be forwarded to the district attorney's office.

Leach, 61, remains on medical leave. He has said he was disoriented on prescription medication at the time.

More on the report's release later.