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Posted on September 9 at 8:30 a.m.

SBRocks, you are correct about Dudley. She has been with the office since 1990, not 1980. Not sure if it was a slip of the finger or if I confused the figure with that of Stanley, who has been here since 1980. Regardless, I apologize for the mishap.

On District Attorney Race: Christie Stanley Out

Posted on August 27 at 11:38 p.m.

According to Mailes, who I couldn't get a hold of prior to leaving for the day, the driver was 24 years old. "He had already failed his driving test when he returned to the DMV," Mailes wrote in an email. "The examiner instructed him to place the vehicle in park. Instead of putting on the brake, he floored it into the building."

On Driving Test Taker Crashes into DMV Building

Posted on July 8 at 9:10 a.m.

We probably won't have too any updates unless the jury comes back with questions, or there is a verdict. As of this time, no word from the jury since Monday.

On Hollywood Jury Queries Judge

Posted on July 6 at 5:31 p.m.

FYI we're posting a story about jury questions today. Check back in later. They're still deliberating.

On Hollywood Case Nearly to the Jury

Posted on June 29 at 9:22 a.m.

To explain quickly (it will be explained more thoroughly in jury instructions tomorrow as well as in a story I'm working on for this week): he is being charged with both aggravated kidnapping as well as murder with special circumstances. The special circumstance is what could lead to him getting the death penalty if found guilty. He could still get life in prison (like Rugge), if convicted on aggravated kidnapping.

On Testimony in Hollywood Case Ends

Posted on June 12 at 2:36 p.m.

The jury is made up of nine women and three men. The men appear to be: one in his 30s, one his 40s, one in his 50s. All white.

One woman is in her 20s and six of the nine women appear to be 50 years old and older. One appears to be Hispanic, while one more is black.

I think we've mentioned the jury before, but perhaps not broken down that specifically. I hope that helps.

On Markowitz Brother Spars With Defense Attorneys

Posted on June 1 at 6:33 p.m.

JayB, I appreciate the kindness in your choice of words. Go no further than this article to show that, indeed, Sheriff Bill Brown very much alleged that this group of ten started the Tea Fire:

The key word there is alleged. I hope that helps clear things up for you.

And Karin6234, you're right about Decker-Trinidad. He was sentenced to 61 days of electronic bracelet monitoring, not actually jail time. Sorry for the confusion on that one. I even asked his attorney to clarify the sentence and still miswrote it. And to clarify for you, I am actually a he, not a she.

Thanks for reading.

On Remaining "Tea Fire Ten" Plea

Posted on April 6 at 10:45 a.m.

Thanks gimelone. You're correct and the headline has been changed.

On Tea Fire Victims Receive Aid

Posted on March 17 at 10:08 a.m.

Hi rocket,

Perhaps this will help:

In the article linked above, Joe Holland explained "that students move from year to year within Isla Vista, so when they go to vote, they may show up at the wrong polling place. In such circumstances they fill out a provisional ballot. Although the provisional ballots count as part of the Election Day 'turnout,' they aren't counted as votes until later, after election officials have ensured that the voter is indeed registered and hasn't cast a ballot somewhere else as well."

Short lines in some precincts also might contribute to voters going to another polling place. So, the overall turnout in UCSB/IV is under 100 percent, but some precincts might show weird results of over 100 percent because of people showing up to the wrong polling places but still voting.

On Pappas Shut Down by Judge

Posted on February 28 at 4:02 p.m.


The chief testified that he was at the wedding in full police uniform because he had been at an academy graduation ceremony in Camarillo that ran late, and instead of going home to change, he went right to the wedding so he wouldn't miss the ceremony. After the incident, he went home to change prior to the reception.

On Burning Hot Scoles vs. "Scam" Sanchez

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