Woman Waves Knife At Cowtown Skate Shop

by The Editors on November 19, 2015


After a Cowtown Skateboards shop manager asked a disruptive woman to leave their Tempe, Arizona location on November 14, 2015 she returned with a knife and began waving it the manager, according to a  story in the State Press.

Although the woman left the store, she returned to stand in front of the business only to continue being loud and was told to leave once again, police reported. . . The woman presented a knife in a stabbing gesture with the sharp edge pointed toward the manager, according to the report. The manager believed he would be stabbed by the woman and held a skateboard in front of himself for defense, police reported.

Luckily, no one was hurt and the woman was booked into the Tempe City Jail on “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct” charges.

[Link: State Press]


Pappas Arrested For Attempted Murder

by The Editors on November 2, 2015


George Pappas, 51, former professional snowboarder and skateboard slalom racer from Colorado, has been arrested for attempted murder after being accused of crashing his car in an effort to kill his long-time girlfriend on October 12, 2015, according to a story in the Daily Camera.

According to an arrest affidavit, the woman said she and Pappas had been in a relationship for six years, but that, recently, they had been fighting frequently, including an argument the night before the crash. . . While driving north on 28th Street, the woman told police Pappas suddenly reached over and unbuckled her seatbelt and then began driving erratically. . . He drove into the bus-only lane at Valmont Road at more than 50 mph, then “looked at the pole, saw a target and aimed for it,” according to the affidavit.

The woman, who was able to walk away from the wreck, said this was the second time Pappas had tried to crash the car with her in it. According to the article Pappas has an “extensive criminal history.” If found guilty Pappas could face up to 24 years in prison. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.

[Link: Daily Camera]


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NYC Cop Chokehold vs. Skateboarder

by The Editors on October 28, 2015

You’d really think that by now both sides of this interaction should know better. . .


One Dead In Los Altos Skate Park Shooting

by The Editors on March 23, 2015


Last night, at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Los Altos Skate Park, seven people were shot and one has died, another is in critical condition, according to a story in the Albuquerque Journal.

One person is dead and six others injured following a Sunday night shooting at a skate park in Northeast Albuquerque and police don’t know who the shooter or shooters are, a spokesman said. . . Officers were called to Los Altos skate park just before 10 p.m. Sunday night. They arrived to find a large crowd, with one person dead on the sidewalk and others injured, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said. Three people were immediately rushed to a local hospital.

According to a story on it all started with a fight:

Police are not saying what led up to the shooting, but witnesses said it started as a fight, then one man went to his car, grabbed a gun and started shooting. . . At this time one subject is deceased and another is in critical condition. The other five victims appear to have sustained non-life threatening injuries. . . Witnesses said the fight Sunday possibly started over a stolen skateboard. Then they said someone started shooting. . . “I don’t know, I can’t even explain it because I’m just hoping my sister’s alright because I don’t know really what happened,” said witness Mariah Cruz. “They just started shooting and stuff and my godmother and stuff were just holding their kids.”

The Los Altos Skatepark reportedly has a long history of violence. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and we hope justice is eventually served.

[Link: Albuquerque Journal and KRQE TV]


Tim Windell Not Guilty On Gun Charges

by The Editors on February 8, 2015

timwindellWindell’s Camp founder Tim Windell was in court last week on charges of “unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of firearm or dangerous weapon in a court facility” after trying to enter the Clackamas County Courthouse with an unloaded 9mm Lugar pistol in his backpack on May 6, 2014, according to a story in The Oregonian.

On May 1, Windell said he fired an employee — a maintenance worker who had keys to almost every door in the camp — and feared retaliation. . . Windell went to the courthouse to apply for a stalking order. He had been there the day before to pick up the paperwork. . . He was tired and troubled and had forgotten something important: the 9 mm semi-automatic Luger pistol in his backpack.

Windell says he was on his way to take the “rusty” gun to a gun shop to have it cleaned because he feared for the safety of his family after learning of the maintenance worker’s prior history of violence. Sadly, Windell went to the courthouse before dropping off the gun at the gun shop.

Windell’s lawyer convinced the jury that it was simply a brain fart. A big one. A costly one. But a brain fart all the same and the jury found Windell not guilty. For the rest of the story, click the link.

[Link: The Oregonian]


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Ricardo dos Santos Killed By Off Duty Cop

by The Editors on January 20, 2015

Ricardo dos Santos surfing at home. Photo: @williamzimmermann

Brazilian surfer Ricardo dos Santos, who received the 2012 AI Forever Award at Teahupoo, has died from gunshot wounds he received outside him home on January 19, 2015, according to a post on He was 24 years old.

Dos Santos was allegedly shot three times by off-duty soldier, Luiz Paulo Mota Brentano, 25, outside his home. There details are grey, with two theories of what happened. One version of events details that Ricardo confronted Brentano and two others over their blatant use of drugs on the streets of Embaú Guard (translated). The second, based on what family members believe, is Brentano and his brother, 17, had parked their car over building materials outside Dos Santos’ home which was under construction, and he asked them to move on. The response was gunfire, and according to Hardcore’s International Editor Steve Allain, Ricardo was shot once in the back, turned, and was shot twice more in the abdomen.

It was obviously way too soon. For more on the story, click here for Stab Mag’s coverage. Our thoughts are with Ricardo’s family, friends, and the entire surfing community.

[Link: Stab Magazine]


Duane Peters Pleads Guilty To Assault

by The Editors on April 17, 2014

Duane Peters entered a plea on Wednesday (April 16, 2014) to charges of domestic violence in a fight with his girlfriend in February, according to a story on San Diego 6.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say Peters entered the plea Wednesday. . . He was sentenced to 60 days of community service and ordered to attend domestic violence counseling for a year. . . He also must stay away from his girlfriend for 10 years.

Readers may remember Peters going missing after being released from Los Angeles California’s Twin Towers Correctional Facility on February 13, 2014 following his arrest. Good to see Peters getting this all sorted out.

[Link: San Diego 6]


Duane Peters Missing After Assault Arrest

by The Editors on February 14, 2014

Peters[Update: At around 9 PM PST February 14, 2014 Corey Parks-Castle posted the following message to her Instagram: “Firstly we would like to thank everyone who’s helped or taken part in looking for Duane…WE HAVE FOUND DUANE, but cannot disclose any details at the time.” This is great news and we hope it gets better in the coming days!]

This afternoon (February 14, 2014), legendary skate hero Duane Peter’s ex-wife Corey Parks-Castle took to Instagram (@Corey_Parks) to ask the skateboarding community to help find a missing Duane Peters.

According to Parks-Castle, Peters has been missing since 6 AM Thursday, February 13, 2014 when he was released from Los Angeles’ Twin Towers Correctional Facility. (Peters, who was arrested on Saturday, February 8, 2014 and charged with “assaulting his girlfriend,” according to a story in the LA Times, was in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.) Parks-Castle continued:

He is apparently NOT strung out on drugs of any kind, but in fact possibly suffering from some type of mental illness, dementia or schizophrenia, which would explain his recent behavior. He was released in a paper robe with no shoes, clothes, phone or money. His son Schuyler was waiting to pick him up and he literally missed him by 5 minutes and he [Peters] wandered down the street. We are all very worried, I have been in contact with his girlfriend and close friends and family NO ONE HAS SEEN HIM AT ALL. We have filed a missing persons report and Rob and I have been searching downtown around the mission and skid row with his photo all day. WE NEED HELP. Guys on skateboards and motorcycles cruising the streets, putting up flyers, PLEASE HELP US FIND DUANE!!! This is serious, something is wrong.

If you can help, please do. And follow @cory_parks for any updates.


Snowboard Instructor Gets 7 Years

by The Editors on September 23, 2013

A former snowboard instructor at Arizona’s Sunrise Park Resort, Alexander Peth, 23, has been sentenced to seven years in prison after entered a guilty plea to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor (13-year-old girl), according to a story in the AZ Star Net.

Peth, 23, met the girl and her family in February while working as a snowboard instructor at Sunrise Ski Resort in the White Mountains. The family hired him to teach their daughter to snowboard. Peth and the girl continued their relationship in Tucson, where they both live. The girl’s parents found out and notified police.

When he’s done with his 3.5 years of real time he’ll then be on parole for 10 years.

[Link: AZ Star Net]


Hitchhiker Kai: Out of Dogtown Into Jail

by The Editors on May 16, 2013

hitchhiker1Hitchhiker Kai a.k.a. Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, the “home free” surfer who described himself as “straight out of Dogtown” after saving a woman’s life when the man whose car he was riding in purposely began ramming people with his car, has reportedly been arrested for murder of a New Jersey lawyer, according to a story on NBC News.

Officials believe McGillvary, 24, killed Joseph Galfy, who was found in his Clark, N.J. home on Monday, dead of blunt force trauma. Prosecutors say Galfy met McGillvary in Times Square Saturday night, and brought him back to his house to spend the night. . . They say they believe the two men had a sexual encounter.

McGillvary posted on his facebook page that he woke up in a stranger’s house “realizing that someone had drugged, raped” him. And then asked, “What would you do?” Well, not going home with a New Jersey lawyer would be a good start. But we don’t know the life Kai lives. Either way, it would seem he’s up for the celebrity trial of the summer.
[Link: NBC News]