Orange County Sheriff’s DepartmentBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A California sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and placed on administrative leave for allegedly burglarizing a home after responding to the death of an elderly man.Steve Hortz was a 12-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department prior to his arrest on Thursday, the police department said.In late July, Hortz responded to a call in Yorba Linda regarding an elderly man who died from apparent natural causes.On Wednesday, an attorney representing the family estate called the police department to report some items missing from the home and shared home surveillance video that depicted Hortz entering the property at least three times and “exiting with stolen property,” according to a police statement.In the first instance on July 27, Hortz entered while in uniform. He returned on Aug. 10 and Aug. 16 while in civilian clothes and stole weapon safes, ceiling fans and other boxes with unknown contents, authorities said.Following an investigation, Hortz was arrested Thursday, placed on leave and has been booked into the Santa Ana Jail on suspicion of burglary.The local sheriff pledged that Hortz would be held accountable and said his actions “undermine the good work” of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.“The suspected criminal actions of this deputy are a violation of public trust, are inexcusable and intolerable,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said in a statement. “This deputy will be held accountable through a swift and thorough process including a full criminal and internal administrative investigation.”“As your Sheriff, I want you to know that these criminal actions by a member of my staff will not be tolerated and are not indicative of the service we provide to Yorba Linda, or any other contract city,” Barnes added.It was not immediately clear if Hortz had obtained an attorney. The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs union did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Friday morning.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
More than half of adult travelers say they are taking more precautions against flu this year compared to last year, according to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health.Eighty-one percent of adults who traveled by plane, bus, train or cruise ship in the past year said they will sneeze into their elbow rather than their hands on their next trip, compared to 64 percent who said they took this precaution on their last trip…Read more here (Associated Press)
By Dialogo August 21, 2012 A drug trafficking organization that was transporting designer drugs into Argentina from Europe was disrupted by police after several raids, in which thousands of doses of LSD and ecstasy pills were seized, reported the Ministry of Security on Aug. 17. During the raids in the capital of Argentina and the province of Buenos Aires, the ecstasy powder obtained was an amount sufficient for the preparation of 7000 tablets, said Sergio Berni Secretary of Security. According to the officials, the raw material confiscated is valued at about two million pesos (about $ 430,000 U.S. dollars). Also seized were 76 plates with 68,000 microdoses of LSD, 3,600 ecstasy pills packaged for sale, 6 kg of marijuana, four marijuana plants being grown in a mobile greenhouse and artisanal products for the manufacture of tablets, said a statement from the portfolio. “The drugs were brought to Argentina from European countries”, said the judge hearing the case, Norberto Oyarbide, who announced that several people were arrested but declined to give details because the investigation is ongoing. The gang “was using young people as ‘tasters’ of the drug in order to know if the affect was really desirable and thereby be able to offer the local market a premium product line and not a pseudo narcotic”, according to the press statement. These practices produced serious poisonings in several of the young people who tasted the drug supplied by the gangs. The operation was dubbed “Operation Sassafras,” for the name of the plant from which the safrole oil is extracted which is used for the production of ecstacy’s raw material and grown in India and China.
Facebook2.2kTweet0Pin2 Submitted by Capital City PrideGovernor Inslee receives a Rainbow Flag from Capital City Pride chair Anna Schlecht and volunteer Sarah Vanucci.In recognition of Pride month, Governor Jay Inslee has invited local community members to help him raise a rainbow flag this Friday, June 19 at 2:30 pm at the State flag circle in front of the State Capitol Dome. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 2 p.m., wear Pride shirts and to bring their cameras to capture this historic moment.This historic flag raising signifies the first time a rainbow flag, long the symbol of LGBTQ rights, will be raised at the State Capitol in honor of Pride Month and in honor of Capital City Pride’s PRIDE 25! Celebration. Governor Inslee will address the crowd and then the flag will be raised by Spencer Daniels, a representative of SAGE Olympia, which serves older LGBTQ community members, and Ruben Garza, a youth participant in PIZZA Klatch which supports LGBTQ+ youth in local high schools. Together, they represent the history and the future of the LGBTQ community.“I never thought I’d live to see the day that a rainbow flag was raised at the State Capitol”’ said Anna Schlecht, Capital City Pride chair, “When Capital City Pride was founded in Olympia 25 years ago, we created a logo featuring the Capitol Dome with a rainbow flag as an expression of our hopes and dreams of equality. And now the day has come when our logo becomes reality.”The public is invited to join Governor Inslee and Capital City Pride for this short ceremony at the flag circle, which is located on the state Capitol campus between the Capitol dome and the Temple of Justice.Capital City Pride will celebrate PRIDE 25!, its 25th anniversary of Pride in Olympia starting with the flag raising. Later Friday there will be a kick-off party from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday night, June 19 . The first portion of events will feature live performance, speakers and complimentary cake indoors at the Urban Onion restaurant at 116 Legion Way. This will be followed by an outdoor lighting ceremony at dusk that features the Phlame Crew.The Pride Festival goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 at Heritage Park. The Festival will feature Grammy award winner Kimya Dawson and LA based drag performer Alusia along with other performers, a family fun area and many booths.The 25th annual Pride Parade will be Sunday noon to 1 p.m., starting at the State Capitol following a route down Capitol Way, turning left on Legion Way to Heritage Park. These family-friendly events are free and open to the public. Please visit us on Facebook or on the web at www.capitalcitypride.net