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Police Locate Sierra Madre Woman Who They Suspect Was Victim Of Scam (CBS Los Angeles link): A 69-year-old woman who was reported missing Thursday has been found and is safe, police said.
Police said scammers called Enayat Bargen claiming to be from the IRS and demanded she purchase prepaid debit cards in the amount of $4,000, which she then told them how to access by phone. Bargen had reportedly gone to several stores to purchase the cards and her family grew concerned as she was gone for a longer duration and called police.
Bargen eventually drove to a police station and informed them. Police believe the scammers contacted roughly 50 senior citizens in the San Gabriel Valley trying to steal from them. One other person, described only as a man, gave the individuals $2,000, police said.
“For them to target our community like this is very unusual,” Chief Larry Giannone of the Sierra Madre Police Department said.
Mod: I am curious why Chief Giannone would claim that Sierra Madre is an unusual target for this kind of scam. It is a comparatively well-off town, and there is a higher than average percentage of senior citizens.
Sierra Nevada Snowpack Hits All-Time Low, Shatters 1977 Record (Breitbart - link): The amount of water frozen in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains fell to just eight percent of the historic average this week, as the state struggles through a devastating fourth year of drought.
Dozens of snow surveyors from state and federal agencies took to the mountains this week to continue measuring the Sierra snowpack, a crucial source of water for drought-stricken central and southern California, according to the Fresno Bee.
Among the surveyors’ findings: very little, if any, snow has accumulated below 9,000 feet, and what little snow there is does not contain a whole lot of water.
“You can feel it when you push down the [measuring] pole. It moves easily,” Pacific Gas & Electric Co. hydrographer Matt Meadows told the Bee. “There’s not a lot of density. It’s melting. With a lot of warmth, this snowpack could come off pretty fast.”
Unusually warm weather in March has exacerbated the problem. Many areas of the state saw temperatures 15 to 20 degrees hotter than normal for this time of year. And with the state’s “rainy season” drawing to a close, there does not appear to be much more time for any big storms to help relieve Californians’ precarious water predicament.
Mod: Does anybody know exactly what does happen when a state that is home to nearly 40 million people runs out of water?
Dublin (CA) set to break ground on $33 million water park (Contra Costa Times - link): Construction crews will break ground next month on a long-awaited, $33 million boardwalk-style waterpark and entertainment complex, complete with six water slides, three pools, a water playground for kids and a 2,000-seat outdoor performing arts center -- a massive attraction expected to draw visitors from all over the Bay Area seeking relief from the summer heat.
Once completed in early 2017, the 32,000-square-foot facility will house one of the East Bay's largest indoor recreational pools, an outdoor competitive pool and a water slide tower with two high-velocity drop slides, a giant circular bowl slide and four traditional looping "flume" slides. The 4,500-square-foot, surf-themed water playground will have spray fountains, a pool and a small slide for younger children, plus a large bucket dropping hundreds of gallons of water from above every five minutes.
"This is probably the biggest, the most comprehensive, most complex project the city has ever undertaken since its inception," said Dublin Councilman Kevin Hart. "This is an exciting day."
Mod: You certainly can't beat that kind of timing.
Suspicious Package Causes Evacuation of Mary's Market (Facebook - link):
Mod: Later the owner of this package was found and peace returned to the Canyon.
Mood-Altering Drug Use Highest in West Virginia, Lowest in Alaska (Gallup - link): West Virginians are most likely to report near-daily use of drugs or medications that alter their mood or help them relax, followed by residents of Rhode Island. Southern states make up six of the top 10 highest drug use states, while Alaskans, Wyomingites and Californians are least likely to say they use such drugs almost every day.
Mod: You know, it could be that people in West Virginia are just more honest about it.
The 400-pound stone fatally injured Stephen Woytack, 74, of Scranton, said Edward Kubilas, caretaker of St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Throop, just outside of Scranton. On Monday morning, Woytack was kneeling next to the grave marker while his wife tied a cross on the other side, Kubilas said. The stone toppled without warning in the soft spring ground.
“His wife came running to get me,” Kubilas told Reuters. “By the time I got there, he was not too good. I got half the stone off him. It must have been adrenaline.”
A police officer and ambulance arrived almost immediately and helped him wrestle the rest of the 4-foot-by-4-foot stone off Woytack, Kubilas said, but it was too late to save him.
“It’s a tragic thing,” Kubilas said. “There’s nothing you could do.”
Mod: His mother-in-law never did like him very much.
Murder By Initiative - Ballot Proposal to Kill Gays Sets Off Free-Speech Debate (Santa Barbara Independent - link): In 1911, when Governor Hiram Johnson unveiled California’s modern ballot initiative system, he said the direct democracy plan would “arm the people to protect themselves hereafter.”
Memo to the future: He didn’t mean it literally.
More than 100 years later, an obscure Orange County lawyer has triggered a far-flung debate, pitting civil rights supporters versus First Amendment purists, with his own proposed initiative, calling for gay people to be executed. You know, for being gay.
Titling the monstrous measure the Sodomite Suppression Act, Huntington Beach attorney Matt McLaughlin wants the following language added to Title III of the California Penal Code (“Of Offenses Against the Sovereignty of the State”):
a) The abominable crime against nature known as buggery, called also sodomy, is a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.
b) Seeing that it is better that offenders should die rather than that all of us should be killed by God’s just wrath against us for the folly of tolerating-wickedness in our midst, the People of California wisely command, in the fear of God, that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.
Mod: We have finally found somebody who is even more bizarre than that CA-RSOL person. You do know that they're both lawyers, right?