Crime

Clay Marzo Penniless, Bookkeeper Indicted

by The Editors on October 19, 2016

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It seems Maui surfer Clay Marzo has lost pretty much everything after his bookkeeper allegedly siphoned off more than $400,000 over the past six and half years, according to a story on The Maui News.

Felicidad Rivera, 51, pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Her bail was set at $50,000. . . Marzo, 27, lost his home and his life savings and was left $30,000 in debt, his mother, Jill Marzo Clark, said in a phone interview Tuesday. Clark said that she also lost a significant amount of money. . . According to the federal indictment, Rivera wrote herself 193 checks from January 2010 to October 2015 totaling more than $330,000 from the accounts of Marzo and his mother. Rivera also paid more than $75,000 of her own Chase credit card charges from Marzo’s account in 87 transactions from May 2010 to September 2015.

The Marzo’s say they treated Rivera like family. If she is guilty we hope Rivera spends the rest of her life in a high desert prison.

[Link: The Maui News]

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Bay Boys’ Club House Is Coming Down

by The Editors on September 21, 2016

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The Lunada Bay Boys are going to be down one clubhouse on the point after the Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission voted unanimously last night (September 20, 2016) to tear the fort down, according to story in the LA Times.

. . . the structure [was] used by the notorious Bay Boys, a self-appointed gang of enforcers who people from outside the upscale community have, for decades, accused of using violence and intimidation to keep them away from the famous surf spot. . . The commission approved the motion unanimously and without comment. No one from the public spoke on the matter.

Guess the men will have to move their weekly surf protection meetings to one of their parents’ rec rooms.

[Link: LA Times]

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Pappas Pleads Guilty To Assault

by The Editors on September 7, 2016

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Former professional snowboarder and skateboarder George Pappas has reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and vehicular assault in charges stemming from a car crash in which he allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend, according to a story in the Boulder Daily Camera. In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Pappas.

As part of the deal, attorneys agreed that Pappas will be sentenced to somewhere between eight and 16 years at a hearing on Nov. 7, 2016. . . While being read the plea deal, Pappas asked for a second to discuss the sentencing range with this attorneys, but then ultimately took the deal a few minutes later.

Pappas is currently being held on a $100,000 bond until sentencing.

[Link: Daily Camera]

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Zumiez Manager Shot, Killed In Store

by The Editors on September 1, 2016

thewalk_shootingChristopher Romero, 26, a manager at the Zumiez store in Atlantic City, New Jersey’s The Walk mall, was shot and killed by an acquaintance in his store Thursday, September 1, 2016, according to a story in the Press of Atlantic City.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Lewis Maisonet, 55, of Somers Point, fatally shot Christopher Romero, 26, of Absecon, at the store where Romero worked and later shot himself at White House Black Market, officials said. . . . “This was an unfortunate domestic violence … two individuals were involved … I think since this is an active investigation it would be inappropriate for me to release any additional information,” Guardian said.

The shooter has reportedly survived his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Our thoughts are with Romero’s friends and family.

[Link: Press of Atlantic City]

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Snowboarder Sentenced In Aussie Drug Bust

by The Editors on June 14, 2016

snowboard_bustBenjamin Adam Miles, 25, the founder of Australian clothing brand Snowbones has been sentenced to 8 years in jail, after he was found guilty of dealing “large quantities of ecstasy, cocaine and ice in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains,” according to a story on ABC.News.Au.

The New South Wales District Court heard Miles sold large commercial quantities of ecstasy, cocaine and ice, which he told customers to refer to as “cheeseburgers”, “drinks” and “fries” when they placed their orders. . . “He joked that if all three were ordered, it would be a meal deal,” Judge Phillip Mahony said in sentencing on Friday. . . His friend, Julian Edward Abraham, pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying ecstasy, cocaine and ice in August 2015.

Yes, funding a fashion brand can be tough in these economic times.

[Link: ABC. News]

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Tampa Police Picking On 15 Year Old

by The Editors on May 23, 2016

You have to wonder how the Tampa Police Department can protect its citizens when their officers can’t even throw a waif of a 15-year-old kid on the ground without tripping themselves and falling in the gutter. Seriously. Is that cop impaired?

The teen is 15 years old, stands about 5’4″ and weighs maybe 120 pounds, said Patrick van Kampen, 18, who was part of about a dozen skateboarders skating on a public street that was closed off to traffic in downtown Tampa on Saturday. He also said there were no signs forbidding skateboarding.

It seems like cops are always roughest on the people who can’t fight back. Cop #1 is likely blaming the kid (who was reportedly held for 12 hours) for his sore back. For more on the story, click the link.

[Link: Photography Is Not A Crime]

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The Dreaded Freeway Skateboarding Epidemic

by The Editors on May 10, 2016

Was it the iconic Go Skateboarding Day image that caused all this? Or, could it be that Southern California traffic has gotten so bad that people refuse to simply sit in their cars for hours at a time. Having had personal experience with the California Highway Patrol and their strangely flawed belief that they do indeed personally own the freeways of California we can say this, just don’t get caught. If you don’t believe us, ask Don Brown.

[Link: LA Times]

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The Lunada Bay Boys Dragged Into Court

by The Editors on March 30, 2016

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The Palos Verdes Estates, California men (known as the “Bay Boys“), who have been “protecting” their Lunada Bay surf spot for years by harassing outsiders, vandalizing cars, and threatening violence, are in the process of getting sued. The plaintiffs have even included Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Jeff Kepley in the lawsuit, according to a post on CurbedLA.

In spite of new Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Jeff Kepley’s promises to crack down on the Bay Boys, the suit alleges that the harassment of outsiders has continued under Kepley’s watch and names him as a defendant, along with the city of Palos Verdes Estates. “Defendant Kepley has failed to enforce the State’s laws when it comes to crimes committed… against visiting beachgoers,” the suit claims. . . The suit goes on to accuse the city of Palos Verdes Estates of tolerating and even indirectly encouraging the Bay Boys’ exclusive practices. It states that the city “considers non-residents ‘riffraff'” and that through “complicit approval and deliberate indifference” to the behavior of the surfers, the city denies visitors access to publicly owned land.

Will be interesting to see how this one goes in court. As they say, “There’s no law against being an asshole.”

[Link: CurbedLA]

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The Deluxe Ticket Relief Fund Can Help

by The Editors on February 9, 2016

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Got a ticket for skateboarding lately? Well, REAL, Antihero, Krooked, Spitfire, Thunder and Venture are here to help the The Ticket Relief Fund.

Bring your ticket into a participating shop (click here for the list) and if you’re one of the first two tickets in the shop you’ll get a ticket relief packet including $25 cash. For the official word from Deluxe please follow the jump or click here.

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One Dead In New Year’s Skatepark Stabbing

by The Editors on January 6, 2016

Twenty-year-old Jonathan Douglin is dead after being stabbed during an altercation during a party at the EightSixty Custom skateboard shop in Hartford, Connecticut, according to a story in the Hartford Courant.

Two witnesses told Hartford detectives that they were at a New Year’s party at EightSixty Custom, a skateboard shop and indoor skateboard park at 41 Francis Ave., when Douglin accidentally bumped into Tequile Walwyn, 19, according to the warrant for Walwyn’s arrest. It was during the shoving match that followed that Walwyn thrust a knife into Douglin’s chest, puncturing his heart, according to the warrant. . . A friend of Walwyn told police that after the confrontation, Walwyn had a green folding knife and said to him, “I had no choice. I had to poke him.”

Gotta wonder about a kid who brings a knife to a New Year’s Eve party.

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