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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

OBIT: Eustacio Torres Jr.

By PETE BENNETT - Contra Costa Watch EMAIL




Eustacio Torres Jr. Former Martinez Resident Eustacio Torres Jr., born in Orange County and raised in Martinez, California, passed on Sunday, July 19th 2009 at the age of 41. Eustacio was a loving and kind man dedicated to his family and community. Eustacio was a graduate of Alhambra High School and an alumnus of San Francisco State University where he majored in Science and Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Always a passionate athlete, Eustacio achieved the designation of "All American" in wrestling while attending SFSU. At the impressive age of 18 Eustacio became a license contractor in the State of California as a way to finance his education. When Eustacio saw a need, he would try to fill it. Whether it was coaching Alhambra High School's wrestling team, helping his parents, family, or friends, he always took great pride in sharing with others. In 1998, he relocated to Southern California to pursue graduate school studies. Thereafter, a career change led him to continue honing his craft as a General Contractor. Surely and steadily he became the sole proprietor of Sharp Construction, a development and remodeling firm located in San Diego, California. With numerous successful projects completed under his tenure, Eustacio will leave long standing examples of his dedication and commitment to the building industry. He also built pride and love in his family and friends through his compassionate heart and we will be a long standing example of his everlasting love. Eustacio lovingly known as "Stash" or "Tacho" is survived by his Mother Rafaela Ruvalcaba Torres; Father Eustacio Torres Sr.; siblings Guillermo, Silvia, Patricia, Noe; brothers-in-law Alberto and Alfonso; his nieces and nephews he loved as his own, Rafael, Nicolas, Victoria, Luis, Moises, Isabella, AJ and great-nephew Andrew. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Catalina Torres. All who knew and loved Eustacio are invited to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church located at 1125 Ferry Street in Martinez, to a visitation vigil on Friday July 24th at 4pm. A funeral service will follow on Saturday July 25th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be accepting donations at Wells Fargo Bank account #2629533015. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/contracostatimes/obituary.aspx?pid=130236937#sthash.xrhFqELe.dpuf

Saturday, April 29, 2017

GREGORY PROKOPOWICZ and his Dumb Gun

The recent murder of a mother, a coworker and a guy with gun named Gregory collided with people I know.  Not this huge connection but Elaine Prokopowicz was once married to the daughter of MARIA DEMAKAS who was a regular at Round Up for their weekly Saturday night Karaoke.  Maria passed several years ago but she was ask me to sing her favorite songs when buying me a drink.  Fair enough as if you like Frankie Valle then you get your song. 
 
Elaine would come down to Round Up bar to spend time with her mom where it was all about having fun.  I lost track of Maria when I was attacked by another patron.  I called the Lafayette Police who failed to take action who drove off refusing to take a report which is identical to when Chief Christensen did when parties deliberately totaled my car. 
 
That was attempted murder but with the Contra Costa County Sheriff, City Manager Steve Falk and their pathetic City Council.   One reason I state this is the Pamela Vitale Murder that imprisoned one of Lafayette’s Students.   My July 2011 Hit and Run was documented with letters and soon I’ll be appearing at the City Council meetings.   For residents of any CCSO Contract Agencies the CNET Scandal will cost you millions once the real truth emerges about multiple cover-ups.  
 
One of my reasons for posting this list is Maria wanted to rent a room I desperately needed from Elaine.  She needed the garden variety of help on the house, small repairs, gardening and such.   Instead I get beaten in Lafayette for no reason other than to be another leg of my long witness intimidation case. 
 
When the news broke about the murders I zeroed in on the 1800
 
 

PROKOPOWICZ, ELAINE

PETITIONER

ELAINE PROKOPOWICZ VS GREGORY PROKOPOWICZ

Dissolution Without Children

FLMSD09-02004

04/29/2009

PROKOPOWICZ, GREG

RESPONDENT

DEBORAH LYNN ALBANESE VS GREG PROKOPOWICZ

Nullity Without Children

FLMSD16-00583

01/26/2016

PROKOPOWICZ, GREGORY

PLAINTIFF

PISKOVA VS. AMUNDSON

PI/PD/NON-MV

CIVMSC13-02688

12/24/2013

PROKOPOWICZ, GREGORY

RESTRAINED PERSON/RESPONDENT

ELAINE SHIELDS VS. GREGORY PROKOPOWICZ

Domestic Violence Without Children

FLMSD07-00111

01/03/2007

PROKOPOWICZ, GREGORY

RESPONDENT

ELAINE PROKOPOWICZ VS GREGORY PROKOPOWICZ

Dissolution Without Children

FLMSD09-02004

04/29/2009

PROKOPOWICZ, GREGORY

RESTRAINED PERSON/RESPONDENT

GARY TRAVERS VS GREGORY PROKOPOWICZ

Domestic Violence Without Children

FLMSD17-00834

02/28/2017

PROKOPOWICZ, GREGORY

DEFENDANT

PIERSON VS PROKOPOWICZ

SISTER STATE JUDGMENT

CIVMSL17-00955

03/17/201

Friday, December 23, 2016

Amber Swartz-Garcia

By PETE BENNETT - Contra Costa Watch 
 
Reposted to Protect My Sons

Arson Murder - Magalia / Paradise CA
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The Pinole Police Department announced late Tuesday it has reopened a high profile missing child's case, citing in part, that new technology will allow them to better process age-old evidence.
The department said it no longer considers the 1988 disappearance of 7-year-old Amber Swartz Garcia closed. 

The department's decision also comes after Lea Duel, a family friend, started an online petition at Change.org last month asking authorities to reopen the case, which has more than 1,300 signatures.
"I'm ecstatic," Amber's mother, Kim Swartz told the Pinole City Council Tuesday evening. "Thank you. The whole conversation has changed.

Amber disappeared forever from her front yard while skipping rope on Savage Avenue on June 3, 1988.
In November 2007, convicted child molester and murderer Curtis Dean Anderson confessed to killing Amber. He told FBI agents he dumped her body off Highway 10 near Benson, Arizona. Anderson died a month later before he could be re-interviewed by Pinole investigators. And Amber's body was never found, and agents could never find corroborating proof that Anderson was the kidnapper.

Kim Swartz has never believed that confession; she reiterated to the city council that she'd rather have her daughter listed as a missing person forever than have the wrong person be fingered for it.

Even though a search of the area came up empty, on July 6, 2009 the Pinole Police Department and the FBI announced that the case was formally being closed based on Anderson's signed confession. Both agencies said they were confident that Anderson’s confession was truthful.

In the release announcing the case had been reopened, Pinole police said:
"No information or evidence has been received that would dispute the confession made by Curtis Dean Anderson. However, Amber Swartz has not been located and consequently, effective immediately, the Pinole Police Department is modifying the status of the Amber Swartz case from closed to open."
Investigators now say they hope reopening the case will bring out new tips that could give Amber's mom the closure she has been waiting for for more than 25 years.

Anyone with information regarding Amber’s disappearance, or location is encouraged to call the Pinole Police Department at 510-724-8950.





Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Politicians, Cops, Activists, Whistle Blowers and Journalists a clear pattern of Mayhem

By PETE BENNETT - Contra Costa Watch EMAIL
Phone: 510-460-5641
Posted: 06/13/2013





The price of coming forward in America today is very high.  My sons were nearly killed in one accident in 2004, my truck was blown up on 680 NB North of Danville, Erinie Scheerer (Whistleblower) murdered by his son, his friend Nate Greenan was murdered on WB-24, way back in 1982 Supervisor Federal Glover's cousin (my employee) was murdered by Pittsburg cops, and CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom was killed by a US Programmer heading to Fake H-1b visa interviews with Mindsource so that big Companies like HP, Sun, Oracle and Symantec  These interviews serve one core Purposes re-certify some unsuspecting foreign tech worker for another three years, 

When you put 1.5 Trillion in the H-1b visas into a region where a million US Workers    (required two american's be interviewed) 

Councilman Shimansky is one of three politicians to expire from Spinal Meningitis in Contra Costa County where the same investigators convicted Scott Dyleski and Scott Peterson.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

PG&E pleaded not guilty Monday

SAN BRUNO -- PG&E pleaded not guilty Monday to a new federal criminal indictment on felony charges linked to a fatal 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion here, and hours later, San Bruno officials requested that the state Public Utilities Commission preserve computer drives and digital data that could shed light on ties between the PUC and the utility it oversees.
The city of San Bruno, where eight people were killed in the pipeline explosion, says it's concerned that key emails, texts and other electronic documents, as well as paper documents, voice mails and handwritten notes could vanish amid a current effort by the PUC to swap out hard drives on its computers.
San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson, and senior adviser Craig Bettencourt leave the federal courthouse following a federal indictment given to PG&E in
San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson, and senior adviser Craig Bettencourt leave the federal courthouse following a federal indictment given to PG&E in San Francisco, Calif. on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. PG&E pleaded not guilty on Monday to a new federal criminal indictment on an array of felony charges connected to a fatal natural gas explosion in San Bruno that could lead to a fine of up to $1.13 billion. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group) ( Gary Reyes )


San Francisco-based PG&E is charged with 28 federal criminal counts, including obstruction of justice for allegedly impeding an investigation into the explosion and violations of the pipeline safety act that led to the explosion.

"Not guilty to all counts," Steven Bauer, an attorney for PG&E with law firm Latham & Watkins, said at the brief proceeding Monday before a federal magistrate at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Individual employees of PG&E have not been charged in the case, and PG&E executives did not appear at the hearing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hallie Hoffman, who appeared for the federal prosecution in the proceeding, said the utility faces a fine of up to $1.13 billion if convicted.

Following the hearing, San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson requested that federal prosecutors press for creation of a California pipeline safety trust to help improve natural gas pipes statewide, and to establish an independent monitor to oversee PG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission.

"PG&E has refused to step up and take full responsibility for the explosion," said Jackson, who expressed the city's support for the government prosecution.

San Bruno officials, in a letter to PUC Executive Director Paul Clanon, said it is essential that all electronic equipment, data and documents related to three ongoing investigations into the explosion be preserved and available for public inspection.

"Any failure to assure the preservation and protection of all paper and electronic documents related to these proceedings could form the basis of criminal or civil liability for destroying evidence or spoliation of evidence," Jackson wrote in the letter.

One of the federal criminal charges alleges that PG&E deliberately obstructed an investigation of the explosion by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Federal prosecutors also have charged PG&E with 27 alleged violations of pipeline safety rules.

"Based on all of the evidence we have seen to date and our review of the new indictment, we still do not believe that PG&E employees intentionally violated the federal Pipeline Safety Act," PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper said after the hearing. "Even where mistakes were made, employees were acting in good faith."
Separately, San Bruno pointed out that a series of emails between officials with the PUC and PG&E show a cozy relationship between the two organizations.
The latest suggestions of an improper relationship are linked to a cancelled symposium on gas safety sponsored by the state government. PG&E worked closely with the PUC on the symposium, which was canceled after San Bruno officials brought the meeting to light, calling it a "dog-and-pony show" aimed at presenting PG&E in a favorable light.

"This is appalling," Jackson said. "It was our protests that caused the cancellation of that symposium."
The symposium flap is one of numerous instances that suggest close ties between the PUC and PG&E. In some of the emails, PUC President Michael Peevey offered public relations advice to PG&E.
The emails involving the PUC have prompted numerous critics to demand Peevey's ouster.

But in a meeting last week with the editorial board of this newspaper, Gov. Jerry Brown expressed support for Peevey, describing him as "a very effective leader; he gets things done."

San Bruno says that the PUC, under Peevey's leadership, has fostered close ties with PG&E that are improper. "PG&E is pulling the strings at the PUC," Jackson said.



"Dirty DUI" Cop Convicted Of Extortion And Honest Services Fraud



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 3, 2013


Stephen Tanabe, a former deputy with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, was convicted today by a federal jury in San Francisco, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. The jury found Tanabe guilty of two counts of extortion under color of official right, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951; three counts of wire fraud on a deprivation of honest services theory, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 and 1346; and one count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. Tanabe was acquitted on one extortion count.


According to evidence presented at trial, Tanabe conspired to and engaged in a scheme to take bribes in exchange for his services as a deputy sheriff, thereby depriving the people of Contra Costa County of their right to his honest services. Specifically, the evidence showed that Christopher Butler, a former Antioch Police Officer turned private investigator, was hired by wives and ex-wives engaged in divorce and child custody proceedings to arrange "stings" against their spouses, whom they told Butler had a propensity to drive under the influence of alcohol. Butler used "decoys" to entice the sting targets to bars in downtown Danville, where Tanabe was assigned to patrol, and encourage them to drink.


For one sting, Tanabe joined Butler in a bar while off-duty, watching two attractive young women working for Butler drink with a sting target. Evidence showed that, in exchange for a promise of cocaine, Tanabe notified an on-duty Deputy that the sting target was about to drive away, having been lured by the prospect of a hot tub with the two women. For two other stings, the evidence showed that Tanabe, then on-duty, waited outside the Vine Bar in Danville and then arrested the targets in exchange for a Glock handgun.


"This conviction confirms that Stephen Tanabe did not serve his community with honor or integrity, but instead set up unsuspecting citizens and abused the public trust," said United States Attorney, Melinda Haag. "Law enforcement officers are hard-working, honorable men and women who work selflessly every day to keep us safe. Stephen Tanabe is the exception, and he does not deserve the badge he was wearing."


The maximum statutory penalties for honest services wire fraud under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 and 1346, conspiracy to commit same under 18 U.S.C. § 1349, and extortion under color of official right under 18 U.S.C. § 1951, are 20 years imprisonment; $250,000 fine; and five years of supervised release. However, any sentence following this conviction will be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.


Butler entered into a cooperation plea agreement with the government on May 7, 2012, and was sentenced on September 25, 2012, to 96 months in prison.


Tanabe, 50, was originally indicted on December 15, 2011. The Superseding Information on which he was tried filed June 12, 2013. Sentencing is scheduled for December 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer.


The U.S. Attorney specifically thanks Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson for his invaluable assistance and leadership into the investigation and prosecution of this case. The District Attorney and his office are vital partners in the federal efforts to address public safety in Contra Costa County.


Hartley M. K. West and Philip J. Kearney are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Alycee Lane, Rosario Calderon, and Harriet Marmah. The prosecution is the result of a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice.




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