Crime

Manhattan Beach Surfer Fined $1,000

by The Editors on March 29, 2020

A surfer in Manhattan Beach, California who was told not to enter the water due to LA County beach closures was issued a $1,000 fine on Saturday morning, March 28, 2020 (according to a story in the Easy Reader) after reportedly telling a lifeguard:

“F… you. What are you going to do about it,” the surfer said to the lifeguard who confronted him, according to sources who were present during the encounter.

Aside from getting a pretty swift answer to his question, he also got some waves that were still way cheaper than his first wave would have cost him at Tavarua.

[Link: Easy Reader]

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Bozung Gets 12 Days In Jail

by The Editors on March 6, 2020

Two weeks in jail sounds like a pretty good deal when you’re charged with allegedly holding a knife to someone’s throat and threatening to shoot someone while loading an “AR-15 style” weapon and that’s what former pro snowboarder Nate Bozung got after a plea deal, according to a story in the Park Record.

Bozung was sentenced Feb. 24 after pleading guilty to two class A misdemeanors: attempted aggravated assault and attempted purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person. According to court documents, those charges were reduced from third-degree felonies as part of a plea deal, while three additional misdemeanor counts and an infraction were dismissed.

Sounds like Mr. Bozung is we represented. We hope things are going well for Nate after all this is done and over.

[Link: Park Record]

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Is Gator Ready For Prison Release?

by The Editors on December 16, 2019

The last time I saw Mark Anthony “Gator” Rogowski in person, he was dancing around on our “Some Guys Who Skate” doormat like he needed to piss. He’d knocked on the front door nonstop until he heard my hand on the knob. When I opened the door he bounced into the entryway saying, “Hi, I’m Gator.” I said, “Yes, you are.”

He was on the downside of his fame bubble, but still a pretty big deal in skateboarding. Gator called out past me for the skater he was hoping to visit. I don’t remember who it was. On not finding the person home, he said, “Ok, thanks,” and left as quickly as he had arrived.

I talked at Gator one more time two years later. It was the spring of 1991 and I was looking for a new place to live. My pro skateboarder landlord was selling the house we all lived in, and I’d heard that Gator, who lived in a plush condo near the beach, was looking for a roommate. Friends who had rented a room from him the summer before cautioned me that he was “kind of weird” about stuff, but his place was right where I wanted to surf, so I left a message on his machine. He never called me back.

Later that year, when Gator confessed to raping and killing 22-year-old Jessica Bergsten, I was horrified, shocked, and relieved that he’d never returned my call. In 1992 Gator was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison. Now, 27 years later, the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Gator was recommended for parole.

The finding that the 53-year-old was suitable for release came on the third try for Rogowski, who long ago admitted killing Bergsten, a friend of his girlfriend, in his Carlsbad condo. His previous bids for parole were denied in 2011 and 2016.

Tuesday’s recommendation is the first step in the approval process. The state’s parole board has 120 days to review the case. If it moves forward, Gov. Gavin Newsom gets 30 days for review — and he if wants to, revoke it.

San Diego Deputy District Attorney Richard Sachs doesn’t want Gator released from prison, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“We respect the board and the difficult decisions they have to make, but in this case we are very disappointed with the result, and feel he still represents a significant threat to public safety, particularly women,” the prosecutor said in an interview Wednesday.

Most people, Sachs said, “don’t have it within themselves to beat a young lady with a metal rod, handcuff her, cut her clothes off, rape her repeatedly, and murder her through suffocation.

“Most people don’t have it within themselves to do that. But he did. And anyone who can commit a crime like that — which is so horrific and monstrous in character — demands the highest level of scrutiny.”

It’s impossible to know for sure how these things should go. For most murderers I’ve felt it would be fair for them to leave prison just as soon as the victim returns home to their family, but I’m no professional. Maybe Gator is completely reformed. Maybe he is a new person who deserves another chance. We’ll see what the parole board says. They have 120 days to decide. For the rest of the story, please click the link.

[Link: San Diego Union Tribune]

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How A Pedophile Used Skateboarding

by The Editors on November 6, 2019

Jenkem Magazine brings to light a cautionary story of how an accused pedophile infiltrated the Atlanta skateboarding scene beginning in 2009 and how long it took to bring the man to justice. The story begins like this:

The following story is something of Atlanta lore, repressed by most everyone who was forced to contend with it. It first started as rumors of pedophilia and sexual assault floating around that were surely too unsettling to be true, before spiraling out of control into a grotesque reality. Lots of skateboarders in Atlanta were peripheral to the events chronicled here, including my group of friends. At the time, many of us simply wrote it off as, “shit happens,” or “we didn’t know the full story.” It wasn’t until years later, when I mentioned the Atnalta Foundation to a group unfamiliar with the Atlanta skate scene, that I realized how disturbing this story was.

Click the link for the rest of the story. 

[Link: Jenkem Magazine]

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Kokubo Arrested On Drug Smuggling Charges

by The Editors on November 6, 2019

Olympic snowboarder, former Snowboarder Magazine rider of the year, and Capita Snowboards team rider Kazuhiro Kokubo was arrested in Japan on Wednesday (November 6, 2019) for allegedly smuggling drugs into Japan, according to a story on NHK World.

The Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry’s Narcotics Control Department arrested Kokubo on Wednesday following a tip that he has been bringing in marijuana from overseas.

Guess the rest of the world isn’t as enlightened as the USA.

[Link: NHK World]

 

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Loriface Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

by The Editors on September 5, 2019

Former professional vert skateboarder Rob Lorifice has plead guilty in Federal Court on Monday September 2, 2019 to “possessing methamphetamine and heroin with the intent to distribute,” according to a story on Imperial Valley News.

Lorifice [Elizabeth Alexandra Landis, his girlfriend at the time] admitted to possessing the methamphetamine, heroin and other controlled substances with the intent to distribute them and that Lorifice, with Landis’ assistance, coordinated deals utilizing phone calls, text messages and communication through other apps; and they admitted to selling methamphetamine, heroin and other controlled substances for money.

All of this apparently went down in his Encinitas, California home in 2018. The maximum penalty is “40 years in prison and $5 million fine” for each charge. Lorifice and Landis are scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, 2019 at 9 a.m. by U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw. For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Imperial Valley News and Justice.gov]

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Bezos Accuses Pecker Of Dick Pic Blackmail

by The Editors on February 7, 2019

In a story posted on Medium today (February 7, 2019), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claims that Surfer Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, and Transworld Skateboarding’s new parent company American Media (through its tabloid The National Enquirer) has threatened to publish photos of Mr. Bezos’ penis “as well as nine other images” if Mr. Bezos didn’t call the Washington Post off its investigation of American Media CEO David Pecker’s relationship with Donald Trump, according to a story on the Huffington Post.

Here’s a little of what Mr. Bezos is claiming:

I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten. . . They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.

Usually these stories that have nothing to do with skateboarding, snowboarding, or surfing would be well outside our “lane.” But last week’s sale brings it all home to our world. Think about it? This suggests that those left at what once was TEN are now in a not-so-roundabout way working for the Trump Administration, forcing action sports marketing people to ask themselves, “Do we really want to support Donald Trump by spending advertising and marketing dollars with American Media in light of all this?”

We can say this: if this is how American Media does business, then the people who had their jobs eliminated last week are the lucky ones.

February 8, 2019 Updates:

Jeff Bezos’ investigator suspects ‘a government agency’ intercepted Amazon CEO’s text messages
Could the National Enquirer—Bezos scandal end AMI’s federal plea deal?

[Link: The Huffington Post]

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Rob Loriface Facing Drug Charges

by The Editors on January 9, 2019

Pro skateboarder Rob Loriface is facing federal criminal drug charges after a raid of his Encinitas, California home in September 2018 found “heroin, methamphetamine and hundreds of Xanax pills,” according to a story on NBC San Diego.

Scattered throughout the master bedroom of Lorifice’s home, deputies retrieved small plastic baggies, Roxicodone pills, Xanax, marijuana, mushrooms, packing materials, as well as a digital scale. . . In all, deputies seized 231.6 grams of heroin, 193 grams of meth, and 196 grams of marijuana, as well as $16,824 from the skateboarder’s home.

Loriface reportedly said that the drugs were “left at his house by someone else . . . and he was afraid to get rid of them” according to a federal complaint. Would be great if that is true. He is being charged with “possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute” and is currently out on bail. 

[Link: NBC San Diego]

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Bruce Irons Arrested On DUI Drugs Charges

by The Editors on November 29, 2018

The good news is that Bruce Irons is still alive, the bad news is that he was arrested in a gas station parking lot in Newport Beach, California on Thanksgiving morning (November 22, 2018) at 9:23 AM, according to law enforcement sources quoted on TMZ.

Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports Irons was found passed out behind the wheel of a running car at a gas station. Cops responded, found Irons, woke him up and determined he was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested without incident. . . According to police records, Irons was booked for DUI Drugs, possession of a controlled substance without prescription and driving without a valid license. Bail was set at $2,500.

There are obviously aspects of Bruce’s life that we will never understand, because from the . We hope that this serves as a serious wake-up call so Bruce can get his life in order, because there is no way we want to see another Irons family movie from the crew at TGR Films. Know what we mean?

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[Link: TMZ]

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DA Rejects Case Against Neal Hendrix

by The Editors on November 16, 2018

Former pro skateboarder Neal Hendrix, will not face charges for allegations of misconduct 10 years ago brought against him by pro skateboarder Julie Lynn Kindstrand Nelson aka Julz Lynn, according to a story on ESPN.com

“The case has been rejected (as of yesterday) as it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt,” Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, said Friday in a statement emailed to espnW. . . According to the spokeswoman for the [Orange County, California] district attorney, the standard for filing a case is that the evidence will support the charge or charges and can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. She said the office is not able to comment further because the case was rejected.

For the rest of the details please check out Alyssa Roenigk’s story on ESPN.com

[Link: ESPN.com]

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