County invokes state law to charge $54 return fee

first_imgTo the dismay of gun owners, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now charging $54 to return firearms seized during arrests or searches – even if the gun was legally owned and not used in a crime. The Los Angeles County Supervisors recently approved the fee, which they say would help recover $27,000 the county spends each year storing guns. People recovering stolen firearms would not have to pay, according to county officials. Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, said Los Angeles County was “taking full advantage of state law in order to screw the public.” Paredes was referring to Assembly Bill 2431, passed in September 2004. The law requires police to catalog guns and store them at least a year before the agency is allowed to destroy them. It also allows agencies to charge a storage fee. Paredes said no other city or county in California was charging the storage fee. In a report to county supervisors, sheriff’s officials say it costs them about $54 to do background checks and to store and process guns. “It’s the same thing as impounding a vehicle,” said Lt. Dan Cruz. About 500 guns would be returned each year, according to the report. It was not known how many guns had been collected since the fee was enacted Nov. 22. At an area sheriff’s storage facility – deputies asked its location be kept secret – police store thousands of guns, each of which must be carefully catalogued and labeled. Many are never claimed. In addition to the storage fee, the gun’s owner must pay the U.S. Department of Justice another $20 for a background check, according to the text of AB 2431. Each gun after the first gun is $3. Officers at the Covina and Baldwin Park police departments said those cities do not charge a fee to return guns, although Baldwin Park is considering a fee. Members of a legal office specializing in firearms law called the fee an “illegal tax.” “They have to handle evidence all the time. It’s part of their job. If they take your clothes (during an investigation), they don’t charge you to get your clothes back,” said John Mustafa, a legislative analyst for Trutanich-Michell, LLP in Long Beach, which has handled cases for the National Rifle Association. The firm is considering sending a letter to the sheriff’s office asking it to suspend the fee, he said. But he guessed it would take a new state law or a class-action lawsuit to stop deputies from charging the $54, he said. Gun owners practicing at the Triple BBB Clays Shotgun Sports Park at the Whittier Narrows were livid when they heard about the fee. Some owned dozens of sport-shooting firearms. “I would say it’s communism,” said Gene Fister, 70. “But taking something that belongs to someone else and charging them to get it back, it’s worse. It’s stealing.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The Best College Football Programs Of The 1990s Are Suddenly Terrible

*Includes ties as half-wins. Data includes games against major and non-major schools since, at earliest, 1869.Source: UCLA595.560.0%1422194474 When I was growing up in the 1990s, it was hard to imagine the football programs at Florida State and Nebraska ever losing steam. The Huskers won national championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997;1Sharing the final one with Michigan. FSU took its own titles in 1993 and 1999 (plus went to two more BCS Championship Games, in 1998 and 2000). The two dynasties edged out Florida and Tennessee for the most victories in Division I-A in the ’90s, winning 218 games combined2Counting ties as half-wins. during the decade.Those halcyon days are a distant memory now, after a weekend that saw Florida State lose to Syracuse for the first time since 1966 — and saw Nebraska do the Seminoles one better, starting a season 0-2 for the first time since 1957. Now they’re part of a group of formerly great teams that have started the 2018 season as badly as any version of their programs have in the past several decades.It isn’t as if the Seminoles and Huskers have been in the dumps for this whole century, mind you: FSU won the 2013 national championship and made the College Football Playoff the following year. (It wasn’t long ago that the Seminoles were so unfazed by Syracuse that they were literally playing Hangman on the sidelines.) Nebraska won at least nine games in seven straight seasons (from 2008 to 2014). Neither stretch was as dominant as their respective heydays, though, and those runs in the 1990s had long since warped expectations for subsequent generations at each school. Although former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher spurned the Seminoles as much as they moved on from him, the Huskers fired ex-coach Bo Pelini because merely being a Top-25 fixture wasn’t enough in Lincoln.3Though Pelini’s temper didn’t help matters, either. Florida State hired Willie Taggart last offseason, while Nebraska brought aboard former Husker QB Scott Frost to great fanfare after Mike Riley’s brief, mostly disastrous time at the team’s helm.The early returns have been discouraging, to say the least. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, which measure the strength of each program over time, Saturday’s losses dropped Florida State to 55th in the country, while Nebraska fell to an astonishing 79th. In terms of Elo through the current stage of the season,4Meaning the same number of games into a season as the team has currently played. the Seminoles haven’t rated this low (a 1547 rating) after three games in a campaign since 1976, which was legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s first season at FSU. The last time the Huskers started a season rated this poorly (1423 Elo) was an astonishing 61 years ago.They’re not alone among all-time great programs struggling this year, either. UCLA, with almost 600 wins to its name, is 0-3 under new coach Chip Kelly and has seen its Elo dip to a 74-year low. Tennessee, which also dominated the college football landscape of my youth with great QBs like Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning and Tee Martin, is as bad as it’s been in 63 years. And Florida — which won Saturday against Colorado State but infamously snapped its 31-year winning streak against Kentucky the week before — is sitting at a 39-year low point. Among programs with at least 300 all-time wins and a 60 percent winning percentage, those are the five teams that are currently playing as badly as they have in at least 35 years. Nebraska878.069.81423195761 All-Time Record Some of these teams will get a chance to start turning things around soon … against one another. Florida and Tennessee play on Saturday, while Nebraska will play Michigan — a fellow titan of college football history that, while not quite on the same historically bad trajectory as the teams above, also finds itself out of sorts over Jim Harbaugh’s record against top opponents. For all of these programs, a rich history can also be a burden that weighs down future teams, forcing them into the constant pursuit of their own past.They can look to Alabama for inspiration, though. While few teams have won more all-time games than the Crimson Tide, it wasn’t long ago that Bama was also floundering, struggling to live up to the legacy of Gene Stallings, much less Bear Bryant. Now Nick Saban takes his program to new heights with each successive season. The turnaround in Tuscaloosa was dramatic, but some version of it can also happen in Lincoln, Gainesville, Tallahassee or Knoxville. Each team remains a perennial fixture near the top of the recruiting rankings, so the talent is in place for a renaissance — and luckily for today’s brand-name programs, they find it easier than ever to maintain their power base once they build it.Before that can happen, though, these once-great teams need to end their current slides. At their ’90s peaks, the Seminoles and Huskers made winning look so effortless that a collapse seemed impossible. Now that they’ve proven even the most storied programs aren’t invincible, perhaps the rebuilding process for the next great dynasties can finally begin in earnest. Some of college football’s greatest teams are strugglingMost years since the last time each Football Bowl Subdivision team’s Elo rating was as low as its current rating at this stage of a season, for teams with at least 300 wins and a 60 percent winning percentage Florida State526.068.01547197642 Tennessee835.568.01537195563 Texas A&M736.560.2167120108 USC771.070.7164020135 Florida708.562.11613197939 ProgramWins*Win Pct.Current EloWorst SinceYears read more

OBITUARY Cesino B Chet Perella 86

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Cesino  B. “Chet” Perella, 86, of Wilmington, formerly of Jeffersonville, IN and North Reading, died at his home on April 17, 2018. He was the beloved husband of the late Jeana “Charlene” (Doan) Perella, who died this past September.Born in Boston, MA on May 21, 1931. He was the son of the late Ludovico and Alsa (Gerosina) Perella. He was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School. Chet was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, he was an Airman First Class and served from 1950 to 1954.Chet was a chef and caterer for many years, he owned and operated Perella’s Cold Cut Center and Perella’s Catering, he also worked for Lombardo’s, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Houghton Mufflin and Wang. He was a member of the North Reading Masonic Lodge and a Life member of the Lawrence United Masonic Lodge, he was also a member of the Shriner’s and the North Reading Moose Lodge.Chet was a fun loving person, who loved to travel with family and friends. He volunteered extensively for the Shriner’s and Mason organizations. He loved college football, cooking and volunteering many hours umpiring for the North Reading Men’s Softball League and the North Reading Little League.Family members include his loving children, Pamela Lewis and her husband Jerry,  Louie Perella and his wife Doreen, James Perella and his wife Kathy and Sherri White and her husband Steven;  brother, Ludovico Perella and his wife Mary and sister, Gina Vozzella; brother-in-law, James Doan and his wife Elaine ; six grandchildren, Kurt Jones and his wife Breanne, Eric Jones, Jenelle Braga and her husband Brian, Lou E. Perella and his wife Laura, Kyle White and Ethan White; 6 great grandchildren, Nate, Preston, Norah, Riley, Kailey and Lucy.His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, April 23 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 6 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.Cesino  B. “Chet” Perella(NOTE: The above obituary is from Croswell Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Jack” Tannian, Jr., 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Deere cuts profit forecast hurt by weak equipment sales

first_imgDeere cuts profit forecast, hurt by weak equipment sales78 viewsDeere cuts profit forecast, hurt by weak equipment sales78 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Deere cuts profit forecast, hurt by weak equipment sales78 viewsBusinessFarmers are hurting and that’s bad news for Deere. The world’s largest farm-equipment maker reported a 43 percent drop in its first-quarter profit, while sales declined 17 percent– though it did topVentuno Web Player 4.50Farmers are hurting and that’s bad news for Deere. The world’s largest farm-equipment maker reported a 43 percent drop in its first-quarter profit, while sales declined 17 percent– though it did toplast_img

Arrest of BNP men to intensify now Rizvi

first_imgBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the law enforcers would carry out fresh crackdown on the opposition leaders and activists from Saturday night.“We’ve learnt that the local Awami League leaders have handed over the lists of BNP and its alliance activists to the law enforcers. They will carry out massive arrest throughout the country based on the lists,” Rizvi told a briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.Rizvi also alleged that the law enforcers and civil administration have tied up with the AL to hold a lopsided election by driving out the opposition leaders from the race.The ruling AL has created groups of five men for each polling station to ensure ‘ballot stuffing’, the BNP leader further alleged.These groups, with the help of the police, would stuff 30 per cent ballots the night before the voting on 30 December, Rizvi added.Detailing what he termed the AL’s blueprint for the election day, Rizvi said, “Mobile teams of the law enforcers would hinder the opposition voters to come to the polling stations”.Referring to the recent remarks by prime minister’s son Sajeeb Wajed Joy that the AL will form the next government winning 220 seats, Rizvi said, barring the BNP candidates from the polls and arresting them are the tactics the AL worked out in its master plan.He alleged that the government is planning to vacate 22-23 more seats where once leaders of Jamaat are vying with the BNP’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of paddy’.Rizvi also accused the election commission of orchestrating an AL victory in some constituencies by barring the BNP candidates from the polls process. Despite being a loan defaulter, film actor Faruk is contesting the polls as AL candidate, alleged Rizvi adding, there are a lot of AL candidates who are convicted and loan defaulters.The EC and the court turned deaf ear in all those cases, Rizvi said.BNP leaders Taimur Alam Khandakar, Ahmed Azam Khan and Munir Hossain among others were present at the briefing.last_img read more

2 minor girls raped in 2 districts

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationTwo minor girls have reportedly been raped in Jashore and Netrakona districts as sexual perversion has become an order of the day in this society, reports UNB.In Jashore, a five-year-old girl was violated allegedly by the friend of her father at Altapol village in Keshabpur upazila on Sunday.Police detained the accused, Nazrul Islam, 35, son of late Insar Ali of Bherchi village in the upazila.Quoting victim’s father, police said Nazrul came to their house on Sunday morning.At one stage, he took the minor girl to a nearby fish enclosure and violated her there.Hearing the victim’s screams, locals rushed in, caught Nazrul red-handed and gave him a good beating before handing him over to police, said Mohammad Shahin, officer-in-charge of Keshabpur police station.The girl is now undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital.A case was filed with Keshabpur police station in this regard.In Netrakona, a teenage girl was violated by a neighbour at Dhanshira village in Durgapur upazila on Saturday.Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Durgapur police station, said the victim who used to work as a domestic help in the capital returned home recently.Saiqul Islam, 21, son of Dulal Mia of the village, stormed their house on Saturday noon and violated the girl when she was alone.Later, the mother of the victim filed a case in this regard.The victim was sent to Netrakona Modern Sadar Hospital, the OC said, adding that they were trying to arrest the accused.last_img read more

TollygungeKarunamoyee Bridge subsides for 2nd time in a week

first_imgKolkata: The Karunamoyee Bridge that connects Tollygunge with Behala subsided for the second time within a week on Thursday. A crack was noticed in the same portion that had subsided six days ago and was repaired.Initally, Kolkata Police put guard wall in the affected portion to regulate traffic movement but after a few hours, a strong plate was put on the damaged portion and traffic movement was normalised.The engineers of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority will soon visit the site and take up the maintenance work. It may be mentioned that this part of the bridge had subsided six days ago following which a plate was put on the portion and vehicle services were restored within a few hours after the incident. Later, the bitumen layer was cut open and asphalt was put on the damaged portion. The KMDA decided to undertake up the repair work of the expansion joint later. The pressure of traffic on the bridge has increased reasonably with more vehicles plying on it after Majerhat bridge caved in on September 4. It may be mentioned that this bridge is already on the list of bridges under KMDA that require repair work.last_img read more