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Sessions Wants to Crack Down on Drug Offenders

Attorney General Jeff Session has ordered federal prosecutors to crack down on drug offenders. He also made it plain that he has plans to turn back to an earlier, tougher stance seen in the earlier eras of the four-decades-long war on drugs.

Aggressive Drug Offenders Crack Down by Sessions

As Sessions wrote in a memo, federal prosecutors should “charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense” in drug cases, even if it means enforcing mandatory minimum sentencing.

UCLA Financial Director Charged with Embezzlement

A UCLA finance director has been arrested and charged with the embezzlement of tens of thousands of dollars from City University of New York. He worked at CUNY from 2008 to 2012 as a finance official.

Embezzlement Charges Against UCLA Financial Director

According to a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, between 2008 and 2012 Carmine Marino took a total of $81,000 from a tuition account at CUNY’s school of professional studies. Marino then allegedly transferred the money two separate accounts that only he had control over.

Woman Arrested For Puppy Smuggling and Fake Pet Rescue

Nine puppies are up for adoption following a bust on a puppy smuggling and Fake Pet Rescue operation.

Fake Pet Rescue Results in Woman Arrested For Puppy Smuggling

The nine dogs were among 19 puppies in 42-year-old Megan Ann Hoechstetter’s possession when she was arrested an charged with 20 misdemeanor counts of keeping an animal without proper care and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse by a caretaker.

DUI Suspected in Crash That Killed Firefighter

Driving under the influence (DUI) might be to blame for a recent crash that killed a Georgia firefighter. The suspected driver, identified by police as 23-year-old Benjamin Albert Seider, was taken into custody and is being held at a Los Angeles jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Firefighter Killed in Suspected DUI Crash

The three-vehicle collision happened around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Washington Boulevard, according Lt. Joseph Sanchez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division.

Man Tries to Buy Car with Fake ID

According to deputies, a Los Angeles man was caught red-handed when he tried to buy a car with a fake ID.

Fake ID Used by Man to Try and Buy Car

A Los Angeles man was attempting to buy a car with a fake ID when he was stopped by deputies in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After searching his bag, deputies found a stack of IDs and stolen credit cards.

Vietnam War Memorial Vandalized

Once again the Vietnam War memorial in Venice, California has been marred by graffti. The memorial was vandalized last year by graffiti.

Vandalism of Vietnam War Memorial

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the latest defacement of the massive mural along Pacific Avenue. According to Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the sheriff’s Transit Policing Division, the graffiti, which consists of thin, hastily written letters, appears to have been painted by gang members.

Sexual Assault Allegations Again for Roger Ailes

Another lawsuit has been filed against Fox New Channel’s Roger Ailes is facing another sexual assault lawsuit, this time by Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky. The lawsuit alleges the network’s past chairman, Roger Ailes, made unwanted sexual advances while leading Roginsky to believe that a promotion would follow should she go along with his advances.

Roger Ailes Additional Sexual Assault Allegations

The lawsuit alleges Ailes made unwanted sexual advances such as encouraging her to date older, married men, repeatedly praised her looks, and invited her to join him for drinks in his office so that they could stay away from onlookers that would get them “into so much trouble.”

Reforming Bond in California

With a reforming bond State lawmakers are looking to reform how counties in California set bail for defendants who are in jail waiting for cases to either be resolved or sent to trial.

California Reforming Bond

New language added to bills would prevent criminal defendants from having to post money to be released from jail. The language would also shift power from judges to agencies that handle pretrial services when it comes to assessing risks posed by releasing those arrested back into the community.

Did You End St. Patrick’s Day with a DUI?

It might be obvious that St. Patrick’s Day is a big day for DUI’s, but if you find yourself now having to deal with a DUI as a result of that celebration, you’re going to want to hire a DUI attorney as soon as possible.

Did You Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a DUI?

DUI allegations are not to be taken lightly. There are a number of things you will need to address if you are accused of being under the influence.

St. Patrick’s Day DUI Crackdown in Los Angeles

It’s not uncommon for police to crackdown on patrolling for drunk drivers during holiday weekends like St. Patrick’s Day weekend. You’ll want to know what to expect if you are charged with driving under the influence.

Los Angeles DUI Crackdown for St. Patrick’s Day

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 to 2015, 252 people were killed in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period. More than a quarter of those fatal crashes happened during the early morning hours from midnight to 5:59 a.m.

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