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Girl’s 33-mile ride in refrigerated trailer gets grandpa ride in police car

Mono County deputies investigating a possible child abduction near Bishop found an 11-year-old girl riding in the cargo trailer of a big rig Friday. Deputies received a report that two men had placed a young female into the cargo area of a tractor trailer at about 8:20 a.m. They spotted the vehicle on Highway 395 near Benton Crossing Road, about 33 miles north of Bishop, and conducted a traffic stop. After unlocking the refrigerated cargo trailer they found the girl hiding among the loose cargo. One of the men in the cab of the truck was the girl’s grandfather, George Lewis Arciero, 52 of Apple Valley Calif. He told deputies he took his granddaughter to work with him for the day. While in Bishop, Arciero picked up 33-year-old Jason Ray Jernigan, which is when they put the girl in the back of the truck, according to Mono County Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger Both men were arrested for child endangerment and booked into Mono County Jail. The girl was released to Mono County Child Protective Services who will reunite the juvenile with her mother, Obenberger said. The case has been forwarded to the Mono County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

More new CA laws for 2017

Here is another handful of the 898 new laws passed for 2017 in California. If you missed last week's breakdown, just go to and search: "Jim Porter." I promise I won't write about all of them. Ballot Selfies: In my mind, one of the more stupid things a voter can do is take a selfie of his/her ballot and send it out to the world; however stupid acts deserve stupid laws, thus Assembly Bill 1494, in response to an ACLU lawsuit, now allows all of you crazies to snap pictures of your filled-out ballot and post it wherever you like. Really? Date Rape Drugs: In response to Prop 47's downgrading many drug possession charges to misdemeanors, Senate Bill 1182 allows prosecutors to pursue felony charges for people who possess drugs like ketamine, GHB and flunitrazepam if it's proved there's an intent to commit a sexual assault. Date rape druggers deserve prison sentences. Gun Loans: There's a pile of new laws regarding guns and gun safety, including AB 1511 which outlaws most gun loans with exceptions for hunting guides and loans to some family members. More on gun laws and how to buy and sell guns in California in future columns. Wireless While Driving: DMV statistics reveal hundreds of injuries and at least 12 deadly crashes in 2016 from distracted driving with hand-held cell phones. Existing law prohibits using electronic wireless communications in vehicles unless it's hands-free. Much touted AB 1785 authorizes a driver to operate a hand-held wireless phone or communications device with the motion of only a single swipe or tap of the driver's finger provided the device is mounted on the vehicle's dashboard or center console such that it does not hinder the driver's view of the road. (Section 23123.5 of the Vehicle Code.) And by the way, if you send or receive a text and take your eyes off the road for five seconds at 55 miles per hour, that's the length of a football field. Don't do it. Right-to-Try a Drug: AB 1668 is aimed at Californians who are on the verge of death and running out of options. It allows drug manufacturers to make available treatments that have not been fully approved by the FDA with certain restrictions including approval from two different physicians. Child Safety Seats: AB 53 now requires kids under the age of two to be fastened into rear-facing child safety seats; however, there's an exception for kids who weigh 40 pounds or are at least 40 inches tall. Children under the age of eight must ride in the back seat. Same Day Voter Registration: California is forever trying to make it easier to vote, so now we can register to vote on Election Day at county election headquarters. Current law cuts off registration 15 days before Election Day. Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon licensed in California and Nevada, with offices in Truckee, Tahoe City and Reno. Jim's practice areas include: development, construction, business, HOAs, contracts, personal injury, accidents, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at or

Wages, vaccines and hemp among new laws in California and Nevada for 2016

With the new year came a slew of new laws in both California and Nevada. Everything from vaccines to electric bikes to hemp got a look from legislators. Here are just a few of the new laws that came onto the books Jan. 1: CALIFORNIA Minimum wage — California's minimum wage rose from to $9 per hour to $10 per hour in 2016. Some exemptions include outside salespersons and family members of employers. California Fair Pay Act — Prohibits employers from paying any of its employees at rates less than those paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work. California Electronic Communications Privacy Act — This act prohibits a government entity from compelling the production of or access to electronic communication and devices without a search warrant, wiretap order or subpoena issued under specified conditions, except for emergency situations. AB 1014, Gun Violence Restraining Orders — This law allows family members and law enforcement officers to seek a Gun Violence Restraining Order against people who pose a threat to themselves or others. Such an order would temporarily prohibit a person from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition and allow law enforcement to temporarily remove any firearms or ammunition already in that person's possession. It also details procedures for returning guns and ammunition to that person. SB 277, Vaccines — Vaccines are now mandatory for all K-12 students, barring children who get a medical exemption for a serious ailment. This bill eliminated the exemption from existing immunization requirements based upon personal beliefs. AB 208, Highway lane use — The law requiring slow-moving passenger vehicles to pull over safely to let traffic pass if five or more vehicles are backed up behind them has been amended to apply to all vehicles, including bicycles. AB 1096, Electric bicycles — This law created three separate classes of electric bicycles. Classes 1 and 2 have a maximum speed of 20 mph. A Class 3 electric bicycle has a maximum speed of 28 mph. Operators of Class 3 bicycles must be at least 16 years old and wear a helmet. The new law also sets up safety restrictions and regulates access on trails and paths. AB 604, Electrically motorized skateboards — This law restricts the operation of electrically motorized boards operation on public facilities, makes it a crime to operate an electrically motorized board while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, limits a board's operation to individuals 16 years or older, requires operators to wear safety equipment and limits their operation to roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. SB 491, Earbuds or headsets — This law makes it unlawful to wear headphones or earbuds while operating a motor vehicle or bicycle, with certain exemptions for those operating emergency vehicles or construction or refuse equipment. AB 53 Child safety seats — Children under 2 years of age must now ride in a rear-facing in a child passenger safety seat, unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. California law continues to require all children under the age of 8 be properly restrained in a child safety seat in the back seat of a vehicle. AB 643 and AB 8 — These bills created Yellow Alerts and Silver Alerts similar to Amber Alerts for abducted children. Yellow Alerts were established for hit and runs resulting in death or serious injuring. Silver Alerts are for vehicles suspected in missing person cases. More details on new laws in California are available at NEVADA AB 483, Teacher performance pay — This law requires the board of trustees of each school district to reserve money sufficient to pay for performance-based pay increases for at least 5 percent of teachers and administrators within its district. AB 162, Police body cameras — AB 162 authorizes certain law enforcement officers to wear video cameras while on duty and requires certain law enforcement agencies to adopt policies relating to the use of the recording devices. It also establishes any record made by such a device as a public record that may be requested on a per incident basis. SB 288, Curbing prescription drug abuse — This law requires medical providers dispensing controlled substances to receive training on accessing a computerized program to track each prescription of a controlled substance. SB 305, Hemp cultivation — SB 305 authorizes an institution of higher education or the State Department of Agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes, easing restrictions on the cannabis plant in the state. SB 302, School funding — This law establishes a program by which a child who receives instruction from a private school rather than a public school may receive a grant of money in an amount equal to a certain percentage of the statewide average basic support per pupil. More information new laws in Nevada is available at Sources: California Legislative Information, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Nevada Legislature, The Associated Press

Senate backs Bush plan to terminate buyback program in setback for gun control forces

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Thursday to back President Bush’s plan to kill the government’s gun buyback program, handing a victory to gun-rights forces. Senators voted 65-33 against a proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to provide $15 million for the program, created less than two years ago by President Clinton. The Bush administration announced last month that it was ending the program, saying there was no proof that it was taking guns from criminals. Under the program, local police departments received up to $500,000 to buy guns in and around public housing projects for about $50 each. The weapons were then destroyed. ”Someone is alive today because of this program,” Schumer said. Opponents said the program was a failure that siphoned money that public housing authorities could better use to upgrade housing or to help the homeless or others. ”Do they take away the semiautomatic and the .38 used in commission of crimes? Absolutely not,” said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. The vote was not a clear referendum on the Senate’s sentiment on gun issues. To pay for his amendment, Schumer would have taken the money from funds provided to public housing authorities for anti-drug efforts, a program some lawmakers were reluctant to raid. Nonetheless, the buyback initiative has been opposed by the National Rifle Association and supported by gun-control advocates. The vote was the second victory for Bush and pro-gun forces in less than a month. In July, the House voted to back Attorney General John Ashcroft’s plan to shorten to one day the period the government keeps background-check records of firearms purchasers. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, which administered the buyback program, credited it with removing 20,000 guns from the streets of 80 cities in its first year. But the agency also said the buybacks were removing just 1 percent to 2 percent of guns from those communities. The battle came as the Senate debated a $113.4 billion measure financing housing, environment, veterans and science programs for next year. The House version of the bill, approved last week, contained no money for the buyback program.

Bush mobilizes against gun violence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Promising to be a ”determined adversary” to gun violence, President Bush announced plans Monday to mobilize federal and local prosecutors who will focus exclusively on gun-related crimes. The president unveiled his proposal at a police promotion ceremony as part of National Police Week. He said the violent crime rate in the United States declined by 20 percent between 1989 and 1999 but still remains too high; 12,658 people were murdered in the United States in 1999, two-thirds of them by firearms. ”For every fatal shooting, there are roughly three nonfatal shootings. Folks, this is unacceptable in America,” Bush said. ”We’re going to do something about it.” With dozens of uniformed police officers assembled behind him on a riser, Bush said he will launch ”Project Safe Neighborhoods,” a two-year, $550 million effort that involves hiring 113 new assistant U.S. attorneys and 600 state and local prosecutors to work with police agencies and community groups on gun cases. ”It will send an unmistakable message: If you use a gun illegally, you will do hard time,” Bush said. ”We’re going to reduce gun violence in America, and those who commit crimes with guns will find a determined adversary in my administration.”

Albert G. Warren

Private services are planned for Albert G. Warren, who passed away peacefully May 22, 2008, after a long illness. He was 90 years old. Al was born and reared in Florida. He moved to California upon completion of high school. He joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he married Ann and returned to California. He moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1953 to open a grocery store. After several years in the grocery business, he changed careers and worked in the post office until his retirement. Al was active in the Tahoe Taxpayers Association, the Elks Club and the Rod and Gun Club. He was an avid numismatist and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Al exemplified a life well-lived. He was totally committed to his family, as a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and supportive brother and uncle. He was a loyal friend to many. Al is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Ann; his children, Ann Marie (David), David aka Duke (Carrie), and Curtis (Holly); his grandson Shawn, step-granddaughters, Shelly and Sequoia; six great-grandchildren; and his brother, Joseph. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lake Tahoe Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Senate endorses immigrant boycott

SACRAMENTO (AP) – State senators on Thursday endorsed Monday’s boycott of schools, jobs and stores by illegal immigrants and their allies as supporters equated the protest with great social movements in American history. By a 24-13 vote that split along party lines, the Senate approved a resolution that calls the one-day protest the Great American Boycott 2006 and describes it as an attempt to educate Americans “about the tremendous contribution immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy.” “It’s one day … for immigrants to tell the country peacefully, ‘We matter….(we’re) not invisible,”‘ said Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, the resolution’s chief author. She said immigrants make up a third of California’s labor force and a quarter of its residents. Opponents said the nonbinding resolution is misleading because it failed to mention a goal of the boycott was pressuring Congress to legalize millions of undocumented people. “It is a disingenuous effort to put the government of California on record supporting open borders,” said Sen. Bill Morrow, R-Oceanside. The boycott, also called “A Day Without Immigrants,” grew out of huge pro-immigrant marches across the United States in recent weeks. Organizers are urging people to stay home from school and jobs and avoid spending money on Monday to demonstrate their importance to the U.S. economy. Several senators equated the protest with the civil rights movement of the 1960s and other events in American history. Segregation ended in part because of the public bus boycott by blacks in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955, said Romero. Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, equated the debate over immigrant rights to the fights over slavery, women’s suffrage, the internment of Japanese during World War II, and the Vietnam War. America wouldn’t have been created without illegal action, said Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys. “They dumped a bunch of tea in Boston harbor, illegally. God bless them,” he said. But Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, said lawmakers should not encourage lawbreakers even if they disagreed with the law. “It is irresponsible for this body to advocate that students leave school for any reason,” Cox said. He introduced a bill that would require a special school attendance audit on Monday, so that schools would not receive state aid for any student who was truant. For some senators, the debate was personal and emotional. Sen. Nell Soto, D-Pomona, recalled watching as a child as immigration police swept up brown-skinned farmworkers, “not even asking if they were illegal or illegal.” Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, described how her grandfather remained in the country illegally after overstaying a work permit during the 1940s, when he picked fruits and vegetables while American men were fighting World War II. “This happened 60 years ago. And you know what? The story still continues,” Escutia said, choking up as she described her 11-year-old son asking her about the controversy. She said the Great American Boycott should be renamed “the Great American Secret, and that is we all rely on someone who is here illegally.” Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, while citing immigrants’ contributions, said the nation’s goal should be assimilation: “From many people, one people, the American people. One race, the American race.” On the Net: Read SCR 113 and SB1853 at

Trooper pleads guilty in crash that killed four

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A former Nevada Highway Patrol trooper pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of felony reckless driving in an on-duty crash that killed four people and left a pregnant teen critically injured in February. “This case is resolved,” defense lawyer Steve Wolfson said as Joshua Corcran, 28, admitted driving 113 mph in a state police cruiser that slammed into the back of a Cadillac on Interstate 15 just south of Las Vegas. The crash killed four illegal Mexican immigrants who lived and worked in the St. George, Utah, area, and badly injured a pregnant teenage girl who spent three days in a coma. Corcran has recovered from a broken wrist. The girl, Cecilia Lopez Cruz, 15, suffered pelvis, back and internal injuries. She is recuperating with family members in southwest Utah, and her unborn child is healthy, said her family’s lawyer, Eva Garcia-Mendoza. She said authorities were mistaken when they reported the girl was carrying twins. The child’s father, 21-year-old Victor De La Cruz-De Leon, was driving the Cadillac and was killed, along with Cruz’s 21-year-old sister, Reymunda Lopez-Vazquez; a 42-year-old relative, Jose Sanchez Lopez; and a 19-year-old family friend, Jose Roberto Mejia Lang. All were from a town in the Mexican state of Chiapas. “We believe this is a fair and just result,” Garcia-Mendoza said of Corcran’s plea, which prosecutor Bruce Nelson said should get the former trooper prison time. “The family believes that justice has been done.” Corcran was dismissed from the Highway Patrol last month after agreeing to plead guilty. He remained free on house arrest pending sentencing Aug. 8 when he faces a sentence of probation up to 30 years in prison. Corcran declined comment as he left Clark County District Court with his wife, Jennifer, and other family members. “This was just a blink-of-an-eye in his life that caused this horrific accident,” said Wolfson, a Las Vegas city councilman who said he would seek probation for Corcran. “If he could go back in time and change things, he would.” Las Vegas police, who investigated the crash determined the emergency lights and siren on the NHP cruiser were not in use, and that Corcran was neither chasing a vehicle nor answering an emergency call when he hit the Cadillac, which was traveling below the speed limit. Police said Corcran was hurrying home for dinner. Garcia-Mendoza also is handling a federal civil lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, seeking unspecified damages from the state of Nevada, the Nevada Highway Patrol, NHP administrators and Corcran on behalf of Cruz, the child due to be born in September, and 17 other relatives of those killed. Garcia-Mendoza said she has been in settlement talks with the state attorney general’s office.

Teen shot with pellet gun while walking home

A 16-year-old boy reported being shot in the chest with a pellet gun while walking home from school with a friend Tuesday afternoon. The boy and his friend were walking home from the bus stop near Spruce Avenue and Blackwood Road about 3 p.m. when they heard what sounded like a firecracker come from a passing vehicle, Lt. David Stevenson said. The vehicle circled back and the boys heard a pop and one of them felt a stinging in his upper chest area, Stevenson said. A teenage girl who was known to the boys was allegedly in the passenger seat of the vehicle with what appeared to be a blue-and-white, rifle-style, pellet gun, Stevenson said. The vehicle started to come by for a third pass, causing the boys to flee, Stevenson said. Police continue to investigate the incident.

Obituary: Richard Matteson Robbins

Born August 17th, 1927 in Whittier, California Died July 31st, 2013 in his home in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Loving husband to Carolyn Robbins. Father to Robert S. Robbins (who predeceased him) and Michael M Robbins. Stepfather to Laura Rush, David Middleton, and Amy Axtman. Grandfather to Vanessa Robbins, Nigel Robbins, Daniel Robbins, and Jennifer Robbins. Step Grandfather to Timber Toste, Tara Sweitzer, Austin Axtman, Jessica Middleton, Jessica Grubb, Andy Garcia, and Matthew Rush. Step Great Grandfather to River Rae Toste. Brother to Barbara Stone. Uncle to Nancy and Andrew Stone. Cousin to Elizabeth Means Richard, more commonly called "Dick," served in WWII in General Patton's tank unit. He was a patriot and was proud to serve his country. After serving in the military, Dick attended Whittier College where he played football and studied to become a compound pharmacist. He then moved on to USC where he received his Ph.D. in pharmacy. He was a third generation pharmacist in Whittier for approximately 40 years. His wife, Marilyn, and he had two sons. She died after they had been married 25 years. Dick was an expert marksman. He loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed teaching gun safety and shooting to many others including boys who belonged to the Boy Scouts of America. He loved the Lord and served in his calling faithfully as Ward Clerk in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 16 years. He served with 6 bishops. Dick also had a beautiful voice and sang with the church choir. He moved to Lake Tahoe in 1985. Dick loved living in Lake Tahoe where he had many friends. He was a gentle, loving, wise man with a ready smile and a keen sense of humor. Always ready with a story or joke. Dick married Carolyn Rowe in the year 2000 and they joined their families. He then "inherited" two daughters, another son, their spouses, seven more grandchildren, and a great grandchild. Dick was 85 years old when he passed away peacefully in his home. He endeared himself to all of his family. He will be greatly missed by his wife, his family, and his many friends. "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." ~ Psalms 23: Verse 6. Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 3460 Spruce Ave on August 8th at 11:00 A.M. Internment will be at The Happy Homestead Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. Funeral Home is McFarlane Mortuary.