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.”
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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.
TMZ is reporting that Steven Fernandez, 15, a.k.a. Baby Scumbag was arrested on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 along with his manager Jose Barajas and pro skater Kellan Dadd, 27, for “for sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old” girl.
Law enforcement tells TMZ … Fernandez met a 12-year-old girl in his hometown of Compton last month and allegedly promised he’d introduce her to big name celebs in exchange for sexual acts. We’re told the girl agreed and a sexual act was committed. . . Cops were alerted shortly after and LAPD officers arrested Fernandez and 2 adults — his manager Jose Barajas and another skater, 27-year-old Keelan Dadd. We’re told all 3 were booked for sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old.
Since then Dadd’s attorney told TMZ that, “Dadd was not present during any of the events and had no knowledge of the allegations being made. ”
Fernandez’s attorney says Fernandez “was victimized by the other adults involved much like the alleged victim was taken advantage of. He says Barajas and Dadd preyed on Steven’s celebrity status and not all of the facts of the investigation have been laid out.”
Hawaiian surfer Johnny Boy Gomes, 50, was arrested for assault on Sunday, December 6, 2015 after reportedly holding a 56-year-old surfer’s head underwater after the two of them “got into an argument” in the line up at Waikiki Beach on Saturday, according to a story in the Star-Advertiser.
John “Johnny Boy” Gomes was charged with third-degree assault on Saturday and posted $2,000 bail, according to Hawaii News Now.
Gomes was originally arrested for attempted murder, but the charger were lowered to assault. One more reason not to have words with Johnny Boy in the lineup.
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.
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.
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 KRQE.com 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.
Windell’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.