Wednesday, May 22, 2013

52% of AB109 Early Releases Re-arrested In Sweep

This morning the Costa Mesa Police Department issued a press release detailing the results of a sweep conducted last week with the Orange County Probation Department aimed at those criminals released back into our community as a result of Assembly Bill 109 (state prison realignment).

It came as no surprise to me that more than half of those located and audited - 11 out of 21 -  were re-arrested.

According to police sources, sweeps such as this one will occur periodically to make sure those criminals released under the re-alignment program are fulfilling the terms of their early release and have not committed other crimes.  For our folks in the CMPD and other law enforcement agencies this must be a little like hitting a tennis ball against a backboard.  They hit it (catch the crooks) and it just comes right back at them (following re-alignment release).

And, of course, there is the issue of having 20% fewer sworn police officers to deal with all criminals in our city...  That's OK with our current council majority, though.  As long as we get the streets paved they're happy as clams.  We'll find out at the Budget Study Session next Tuesday just where their priorities fall.  You can assume they'll find money for more playing fields and another $1million for CEO Tom Hatch's slush fund, but how much will they allocate to more police officers?

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Costa Mesa Police Department partnered with the Orange County Probation Department in a collaborative effort to conduct compliance checks on those offenders subject to Post-Release Community Supervision (PCS), per Assembly Bill 109 (state prison realignment).  These checks were designed to locate and audit the activity of those local criminal offenders residing within Costa Mesa whom are under the supervision of the Orange County Probation Department.

Officers contacted twenty-one PCS offenders and persons living locally in the Costa Mesa area.  The compliance checks resulted in eleven offenders being arrested for violations of the conditions of their Post-Release Community Supervision and/or new criminal law violations.   

The following persons were arrested:

  1. Steven Gray, 30 years old, of Costa Mesa - Possession of controlled substances, possession of paraphernalia, violation of probation / PCS terms. 
  2. Freddy Ramirez, 31 years old, of Costa Mesa - Possession of controlled substances, possession of paraphernalia, violation of PCS terms and warrants.   
  3. Daniel Peckenpaugh, 24 years old, of Costa Mesa - Warrants.
  4. Anna Giss, 31 years old, of Laguna Woods - Possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violations.
  5. Justin Markin, 32 years old, of Laguna Woods - Probation violations.
  6. Jamie Bergstrom, 30 years old, of Costa Mesa - Possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of PCS terms and warrant.
  7. Ashley Lyons, 27 years old, of Costa Mesa - Possession of controlled substances and probation violations.
  8. Krystal Martinez, 24 years old, of Costa Mesa - Violation of PCS terms.
  9. Ryan Gobrogee, 29 years old, of Costa Mesa - Violation of PCS terms.
  10. Ryan Walker, 24 years old, of Newport Beach – Misappropriation of access card.
  11. 17 Year Old Juvenile of Costa Mesa - Possession of controlled substances.

The Costa Mesa Police Department will continue to collaborate with Orange County Probation to conduct similar, future compliance checks of PCS offenders living in the Costa Mesa community.  

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Anonymous Lets Ban Books said...

Why can't Wendy do anything about crime? Does she have anything specific?

5/22/2013 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Wyatt Earp said...

Great job with limited resources and an overwhelming caseload CMPD! Keep up the good work!

5/22/2013 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

"We need tons more police" is what you seem to be saying. What else do we need? Less amoral people? Less density? What is it?

5/22/2013 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Million dollars worth of executives at city hall said...

Wait a minute. Didnt Piggy go on natiinal tv to say that the city was going broke? What happened to that train wreck piggy? So the city is so broke yet has a million dollar slush fund? Sounds like the citys priority is to hire executives for the 5th floor, stash cash for legal defense fund and screw the residents and business owners out of a safe city. Ever since Piggy got on the council the police dept had a 20% reduction in staff and it lost its air support.

I guess the citizens of costa mesa should sleep tight knowing that city hall has a 5th floor full of executives drawing salary, pension, benefits and perks totalling hundreds of thousands and easily into a million dollars. Lets start doing the math...joyce, lobdell, etc etc etc

5/22/2013 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Million dollars worth of executives at city hall said...

Id settle for what we had before piggy took office.

5/22/2013 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur T. Nern said...

Please excuse the off-topic comment, but I wonder if those hero teachers who saved kids' lives during the tornado in Oklahoma are some of the "union thugs" Riggy's minions always talk about..

5/22/2013 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike O'Reilly said...

In the list you posted, 60% of those rearrested were charged with drug-related crimes. In California, the rate of admission of drug offenders to prison per 100,000 adult residents is . . . 91% (Maine: 6%!). Costa Mesa may have too few cops, but apparently something else is going on. Which is busting people for simple possession. Time to try more money for treatment and far, far less on the ludicrous war on drugs.

5/22/2013 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Wishful Thinking said...


How about a the male city council members paying attention to what is really going on in our city reference crime, police manpower instead of their own personal agendas? That would be nice.

5/22/2013 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous bible and gun said...

let's just ban crime

5/22/2013 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous More resources please! said...

I feel bad for them, as it is-- i dont think they have time to do their jobs properly.

I had a home invasion happen about a year ago-- they officer did such a rush job of taking the report i couldnt get it later for insurance. I was referred to as nameless wife on the report, im not even married :-/

CSI afterwards did nothing but make a hurried mess and didnt check the areas we told them we think they were hiding in! Sigh--

I guess they had lots of other things to deal with that SUNDAY MORNING!!

5/24/2013 03:39:00 AM  

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