From the daily archives: Friday, January 15, 2010

Imperial Valley Businesses all came together for the annual Business Showcase Thursday January 14th to show off their goods and services. Over 1,000 flocked to the Imperial Valley fair grounds for a taste of the valley. Enjoy some pictures from last night’s event.

 

City of Holtville

Monday,

January 11

KICKING BACK,

ON MONDAY:

A caller reported neighbors playing loud music and keeping him awake. The host was contacted and warned to respect his neighbors and keep it down.

CIRCLING AROUND:

Someone called police to report an SUV driving slowly through the neighborhood looking for someone or something. The caller stated that it’s happened before and that the SUV has been seen driving down alleys. The caller was advised of their options.

WHAT ARE

YOU LOOKING FOR?:

A caller reported a small vehicle speeding it he area. She thinks she may recognize the vehicle and is afraid that something may happen. The area was checked, but nothing was found.

Tuesday,

January 12

SPRAY AND RUN:

Someone called police to report a subject spraypainting a fence. The caller said that the fence was brand new. A few pictures were taken of the incident. The caller was advised on his options.

HIT AND RUN, MAILBOX:

Someone called police to report that a truck had struck their mail box. The caller saw the truck speed off after it rear ended the mailbox. A report was taken of the incident. The caller was advised of his options.

BLACK TRUCK RECKLESS:

Someone reported a black pickup truck speeding into town near the Orchard Road bridge. The vehicle was not found. The caller was advised of their options.

Wednesday,

January 13

THEY KEEP

GOING MISSING:

A caller reported that her trash and recycling bins were missing. She last saw them the night before around 10 p.m. She was advised of her options. A report was needed for the trash company to replace them.

WHAT HAPPENS

WHEN THEY GO MISSING:

Someone called police to report a subject in a newer model pickup duming yard clippings in an alley. The caller has no idea who the subject is, but would like for it to stop. He was advised of his options.

City of El Centro

Friday,

January 8

RESPECT MY

PERSONAL SPACE:

A subject was reported to be bothering people in a store and asking personal questions. The subject was reported to be under the influence of alcohol. He was sent on his way by an officer.

IF YOU LOVE IT,

LET IT GO:

Someone called police to report that their daughter’s 19-year-old ex-boyfriend is calling the house and talking for hours at a time, or just haning up. The caller was advised of their options.

Saturday,

January 9

THE VALLEY NEEDS

A HOMELESS SHELTER:

A subject was reported to be spending nights in an alley and refusing to leave. The subject was contacted and asked to leave by an officer. He complied.

NOT YOUR PERSONAL RACE TRACK:

Someone called police to report one yellow and one white vehicle racing in the area.  The two vehicles were driving at a high rate of speed and putting the other vehicles on the road in danger. The two vehicles were not located and the caller was advised to keep his eyes open.

Sunday,

January 10

PLEASE LEAVE:

Someone called police to report a female subject refusing to leave his home. It was unclear whether the female was an ex-girlfriend or any other relation. The female subject refused to leave several times. She was finally sent on her way by an officer.

VANDALIZED:

Someone called police to report that their black truck had been vandalized in the night. The front driver side window was broken. The damage was estimated at $140.00 dollars. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. A report was taken on the incident.

Monday,

January 11

REALLY?:

A subject was reportedly throwing trashcans in to the street. No description of the subject was available, and he was not found in the area. The caller will keep an eye out for him, should he return.

CALM DOWN:

A female subject was reported to be drunk in public and making a lot of noise. She was asked to go home, but refused. The subject agreed to leave when asked by an officer. She was advised not to return until she was sober.

Tuesday,

January 12

NEED A BIG GUARD DOG?:

A caller reported an unknown subject knocking on his door and then running away. The caller is tired of this and would like for the subject to be contacted. Police were unable to located the subject.

VANDALISM:

Someone called police to report that both passenger side windows of his vehicle had been shattered.  The caller’s MP3 faceplate, flash drive and iPod cable were all missing from the vehicle along with a few undisclosed documents.

City of Brawley

Friday,

January 8

FEELING AMOROUS!:

A mother called police to report that her baby’s father is banging on her door. The caller stated that she believes it’s time for him to take the baby, though details were sketchy. The caller and the subject were both contacted and the situation was handled.

ALCOHOLICS

ANONYMOUS:

A teenager called police to report that his mother was drunk and going crazy. The caller and his siblings were locked in the back room for their own safety. An officer arrived and handled the situation.

Saturday,

January 9

RESTRAINING ORDER:

Someone called police to report that her ex-boyfriend is breaking a restraining order. The caller stated that he is parked outside in his Nissan Altima. The suspect was their for 30 minutes before leaving the scene. The caller was advised to call back should he return.

EX-HUSBAND:

A caller reported to police that her ex-husband is coming to her home to harrass her every other day. The caller stated that he refuses to leave and is often under the influence. The caller was advised to obtain a restraining order.

LITTERING AND …:

A caller reported a group of subjects throwing beer bottles at his front door. The caller said that this is an ongoing problem. The subjects cleaned up the mess and were counseled. The caller was advised to call back should they cause any further trouble.

Sunday,

January 10

LETTING OFF STEAM:

A caller reported that her son was upset for an unknown reason and was throwing things around the house. The subject was counseled and calmed down. He was advised to listen to his mother and father.

BOYS WILL BE BOYS:

Someone called police to report a group of males fighting in the park. When contacted they all turned out to be cousins and were just horsing around. The young group was counseled and advised to play a safe sport instead. They complied.

Monday,

January 11

REFUSING TO LEAVE:

A male subject was reported to be causing trouble and bothering people entering a store. The subject ignored several requests for him to leave, but complied when an officer sent him on his way. The caller was advised to call back should he return.

PAINT JOB:

Someone called police to report that his tool shed had been vandalized with spray paint. The caller stated that it might have been sometime late last night. The caller was advised of his options.

Tuesday,

January 12

PLANTS REQUIRE LESS WATER DURING WINTER:

Someone called police to report that an unknown subject had left the water hose running in her back yard. The water had flooded the yard and the caller’s garage. The caller was advised of her options.

City of Calexico

Friday,

January 8

SHATTERED:

Someone called police to report that the rear window of his 2003 Mustang had been shattered with a brick from a nearby building. Nothing was taken from the vehicle. A report was taken.

Saturday,

January 9

TALKING LOUD:

A group of people crossing the border where reported to be arguing. When contacted, the groups stated that they were just having a private discussion on events that had transpired that evening.

THE TREE BLUES:

Two neighbors were reported to be fighting. Police contacted the subjects, who were fighting over trees. Both subjects were counseled and advised on how to handle the situation.

Sunday,

January 10

IT DIDN’T JUST

OPEN ITSELF:

Someone called police to report finding their back gate left open. The caller was worried that someone may be in the residence. Police checked the perimeter and found no one.

NOT A GOOD IDEA:

Two young men were reported to be throwing things at each other in the park. The caller believed they might hit each other and actually hurt themselves. The young men were sent on their way with a warning.

Monday,

January 11

NOT WELCOMED:

A citizen called police to report someone trying to enter their residence. The doors were locked, but the subject kept yelling and banging on the doors. The subject was not found and the caller was advised of his options.

GOING AT IT HARD:

Someone called police to report that their stepfather was arguing with the family and throwing things around. When contacted, the subject stated that he was just cleaning and throwing things in the garbage.

Tuesday,

January 12

ABANDONED VEHICLE:

Two subjects were reported to be breaking windows at a residence. Police checked the area and found that the subjects were actually beating on an old abandoned vehicle. The subjects were never found.

CADDY SHACK 3:

Someone called police to report a neighbor hitting golf balls at his back yard. The caller then added that it is an on-going problem and that the neighbor has even hit golf balls while his kids were playing in the back yard. The caller is afraid that his kids might get hit. The subject was contacted by police and the matter was resolved.

 

Brown Encourages Californians to Donate to Haitian Relief Effort, but Warns Donors to Avoid Charity Scams

Oakland – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today is encouraging Californians to make charitable donations for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, but warns citizens to avoid “scam artists” who may prey on the goodwill of California donors.

“After every tragedy, a wave of scam artists take advantage of generous individuals who want to help the victims of a tragedy,” Brown said. “It’s important to thoroughly research charitable organizations before you write a check.”

The Attorney General’s Office regulates charities and professional fundraisers in order to prevent the misapplication of charitable donations made by Californians. Brown offers the following tips on how to give wisely in order to assure that donations will be used for the intended purpose:

1. Carefully review disaster-relief appeals before giving. In times of disaster, many “sound-alike” organizations and sham operations solicit donations.

2. Know the charity before you donate. Review the charity’s website and written material to assure the program is one you want to support. Check the organization’s financial filings to see how it spends its assets, how long it has been operating and what program services it offers.

3. Make sure the charity is registered in the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts. Registration does not guarantee that a charity is effective, but it is an important indicator. A searchable database is available at http://ag.ca.gov/charities.php

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4. Beware of organizations that don’t have a track record. Only give to established charities, not organizations that seem to spring up overnight. Again, check the Registry database to confirm this information.

5. Take action on your own rather than responding to solicitations. Seek out known organizations and give directly, either by calling the organization, using the organization’s official web site, or mailing a check to the address listed on the organization’s website.

6. Listen closely to the name of the group and beware of “copycat” names that sound like reputable charities.

7. Avoid donating through email solicitations. Clicking on an email may lead you to a website that looks authentic, but is established by identity thieves seeking to obtain money or personal information.

8. Do not give cash. Write checks to the charitable organization, not a solicitor.

9. Do not be pressured into giving. Even in times of emergency, reputable organizations do not expect you to contribute immediately if you are unfamiliar with their services. Be wary of appeals that are long on emotion, but short on details about how the charity will help disaster victims.

10. If you are contacted by a solicitor, ask what percentage of your donations will be used for charitable activities that help victims and how much will be used to pay for administrative and fundraising costs. State law requires solicitors to provide such information if requested by donors. Be wary of fundraisers who balk at answering.

11. Find out what the charity intends to do with any excess contributions remaining after victims’ needs are met.

12. There are many forms of giving. Alternative forms of giving include charitable gift annuities, in-kind contributions, and endowments.

For additional tips on charitable giving, go to http://ag.ca.gov/charities/charit_giving.php. Information on national charities is available from the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at 800-575-4483 or www.give.org.

Californians who believe they or others have been victimized by fraudulent charitable solicitation can file a complaint online with the Attorney General’s Registrar of Charitable Trusts at http://ag.ca.gov/charities.php.

 
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