CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEALS RULES LOOKING AT CELLPHONE WHILE DRIVING IS ALLOWED

California Vehicle Code section 23123(a) reads: “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.” From the get go, this law was interpreted by law enforcement to mean that merely holding your cell phone …

GIRL SCOUT MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY IN LOS ANGELES EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME

Former Senior Manager for the Girl Scout Council of Greater Los Angeles, Channing Smack, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for charges of money laundering and mail fraud. Smack, a resident of Marina del Rey, had managed 22 properties for the local Girl Scouts chapter—that is, until he was charged with embezzling $370,000 from the organization.

O.C. UNDERSHERIFF NAMED INTERIM L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF

John Scott, the undersheriff of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, has been appointed as the temporary replacement for Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. Voters will elect a new sheriff later this year, but Scott will serve until the new term starts Dec. 1. Scott, who has 36 years of law enforcement experience, is not planning to run for the …

STUDY FINDS HALF OF BLACK MALES IN U.S. ARRESTED BY AGE 23

According to a study published by the Crime & Delinquency journal, almost half of all black males are arrested in the United States by the time they are 23 years old. The study, conducted by researchers at several universities, also found that almost 40% of white males are arrested in the U.S. by the same age.

3 ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH GLENDORA FIRE

At 6 a.m. Thursday morning a fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest ultimately burning at least 1,700 acres of land, including 5 homes and 17 other structures. According to Glendora police, three men have been arrested on charges of recklessly starting the fire. The suspects, Clifford E. Hendry (22), Jonathan C. Jarell (23), and Steven R. Aguirre (21) …