April 3, 2012
Campus Crime Analysis: Feb. 23 - March 21 A
The University Police Department’s crime blotter, which is available to anyone who requests to see it, lists out all crimes recorded by University Police, most of which occur on and around campus. Of the 11 arrests made between Feb. 23 and March 21, nine of them were made during traffic stops and one was made on suspicion of grand theft. According to the blotter, the grand theft took place at the Titan Shops Bookstore. University Police received 43 reports of theft. Of those, only two were classified as grand theft. Aside from the arrest made at the bookstore for grand theft, the other report of grand theft was for a stolen laptop. A report was taken
A Arrests Sapphire Road and Yorba Linda Boulevard
Melrose Street and W. Crowther Avenue • S. Feb. 26, at 10:55 a.m.
Shops Bookstore • Titan March 1, at 12:42 p.m.
• March 1, at 2:39 p.m.
• S. Raymond Avenue and E. Orangethorpe Avenue
• Engineering and Computer Sciences Building
• N. Commonwealth Avenue and E. Chapman Avenue
• Visual Arts Building
• 57 Freeway and Yorba Linda Boulevard
• Children’s Center
Orangethorpe Avenue and S. Placentia Avenue • E. March 10, at 2:54 a.m.
• March 6, at 4:26 p.m.
March 8, at 3:15 a.m.
Lane and Garnet Lane • Cameo March 10, at 3:25 a.m. 57 Freeway and Yorba Linda Boulevard
Compiled from Feb. 23 to March 21 police logs. Courtesy of University Police. This list is only a sample and does not represent all police events that have taken place at Cal State Fullerton.
• March 1, at 12:42 p.m.
March 3, at 1 p.m.
Titan Student Union
• March 12, at 6:05 p.m.
Titan Shops Bookstore
• Feb. 25, at 8:54 a.m.
March 2, at 2:14 a.m.
and no arrests have been made, according to the blotter. The majority of reports of petty theft were for stolen bicycles, cellphones and laptops. Bikes are one of the most stolen items on campus; at least seven were swiped between March 1 and March 21. According to the blotter, 16 reports of vandalism were made. Of those, five occurred in or around the Humanities Building. Four of the reports specifically cited graffiti. Nine disturbances were reported, one of which was described as a dispute over parking, while another described a shirtless man walking his bike through the Arboretum and “digging up crops.”
March 1, at 9:42 p.m. March 2, at 3:03 p.m. March 5, at 9:38 a.m. University Police
G Graffiti Titan Sports Complex - Bike Path
• March 18, at 11:59 a.m.
• March 9, at 3:11 p.m.
Chapman Avenue and Murray Street • W. March 19, at 10:30 a.m.
• March 12, at 3:33 p.m.
Drive and Moonbeam Drive • Ruby March 21, at 1:26 p.m.
• March 12, at 8:15 p.m.
Humanities Building - Restroom Humanities Building - Stairwell
Friends and family protest handling of inmate’s death Fullerton Police methods criticized, but Police maintain that proper procedures were followed MEC VALLE Daily Titan
Family and friends are demanding justice for 52-year-old Dean Gochenour, who committed suicide inside his Fullerton jail cell April 14, 2011. A protest was held March 17 for Gochenour in front of the Fullerton Police Department. Gochenour was arrested by Cpl. Vincent Mater on the day he died. Mater pulled Gochenour over because he was driving without his headlights on. After pulling him over Mater became suspicious that Gochenour was under the influence of alcohol. Mater then proceeded to take Gochenour to the city jail. Although Gochenour made statements expressing his sadness, Mater did not reply. While in custody, Gochenour continued to make comments on his emotional state. Mater is also being investigated for the alleged destruction of the recording tapes of the night of Gochenour’s arrest. In a detailed Orange County district attorney’s report, Gochenour made several comments regarding death. An instance where Gochenour conveyed his emotional state occured when Mater was counting the money in Gochenour’s wallet. According to the report, when Mater was inventorying and counting Gochenour’s money, Gochenour said, “You can have it, I won’t need it anymore … You’re going to miss out on a good person.” Bridget Wiseman, Gochenour’s daughter and the organizer of the protest, said the Fullerton police did not take proper care of her father. “I feel that they (FPD) are not equipped to deal with people that have any sort of mental illness,” said Wiseman. “I feel that they did not properly supervise my father while he was in their custody. They should have utilized all of their surveillance equipment and listened and watched my father more closely.” Taylor Stein, Gochenour’s son and Wiseman’s half brother, also questions the methods used that night. Stein said justice for his father would include a full revelation of what happened that night and answers to the questions of why he was not being watched, why the lights were turned off for an hour and why the tape recorder was smashed. Michelle Kearney, a protester and Fullerton activist, questions whether or not the FPD knew what they were doing. The protesters argue that no further measures were taken even though Gochenour was expressing suicidal thoughts.
I feel that they (Fullerton Police Department) are not equipped to deal with people that have any sort of mental illness ... I feel that they did not properly supervise my father while he was in their custody. Bridget Wiseman Gochenour’s daughter
“Dean was intoxicated and depressed. He actually stated dead man walking. I would suggest anyone with over room temperature IQ could assess that, yes, he probably was a bit suicidal,” said Kearney. “They never treated him as such, which concerns me. Do they lack knowledge, compassion, training? Wiseman, along with fellow protesters, hopes to reveal any wrongdoing by the FPD and will keep on working towards their goal. “I planned to bring my father’s story into the light more than it already is, and I hoped that maybe the police department would take notice that there are people that do notice their mess-ups. I do plan to do more protests,” Wiseman said. Stein also criticizes the FPD’s ability to care for those who are emotionally unstable. “Seems like they have a problem with people who have mental instability,” said Stein. Stein also said that the protest is fighting for justice as well as the treatment of the inmates. “We’re fighting for the ethical treatment of the people who are arrested, people who have been detained,” Stein said. “These people a lot of the times are in an inebriated or drugged state. They are not thinking logically and the police officers need to have some sort of sensitivity towards that.” Stein and Kearney both propose that Fullerton police be more open within the organization. “The police department claims they are transparent. Why not release the information? That allows us, the taxpayer, to see the rules and regulations (and) proper protocol … In the spirit of transparency, the PD should show us the violations, the plan of correction and the time frame we are going to see that implemented,” Kearney said. Capt. Alex Bastreri gave his respects to the family and commented on the protest. “We do have a process and procedures in place whenever we bring an arrestee into the jail ... where we ask, for example, a series of questions. The officers and the jail staff are to look for any symptomatology that this person may be in need of some type of help,” said Bastreri. “And in this case, we did go through these processes.” dailytitan.com/news
April 3, 2012
Emergency poles used to cry wolf Pranks take from police resources and remain a problem COLIN PENKOFF Daily Titan
Spread throughout the Cal State Fullerton campus are tall, blue emergency poles. The intent behind these poles is to provide emergency communication with campus police dispatch in the event of an emergency. When a student is under distress or witnessing a crime in progress, all he needs to do is find the nearest pole, press the button on the poll and the student will be immediately connected to the dispatcher. The University Police Department is also able to identify the location of the pole and send out a unit immediately to the location. With this safety measure on campus and police who make it their priority to ensure the emergency calls are taken seriously, it is inconvenient for dispatchers and responding units to take their time following a false alarm. Lt. John Brockie, who works at the campus police department, said there are 187 poles placed throughout the campus. Brockie has been working on campus for 14 years, and for his entire campus career he has seen that the pranks have been a continuing problem, taking away resources for real emergencies. Taking a police unit’s time to drive to the activated pole removes it from its ability to respond in a timely manner to a crime in progress, or any other distress matter. With all the time spent on responding to pranks, some schools believe cellphones have made emergency pole investments obsolete. “It’s a new trend for schools to take them away,” said Brockie. “It’s an expense to remove them. They do provide an added level of safety.” However, the emergency poles do receive legitimate emergency calls. Not everyone on campus has a cellphone, and not every cellphone on campus has a live battery. Students should be aware of the emergency pole locations on
COLIN PENKOFF / Daily Titan Despite some students misusing the safety aids, real calls of distress do come in.
campus in case they need to use one. “It is a worthwhile exercise for students to be familiar with where they are,” said Susan Leavy, who is a part of the CSUF Women’s Center. Possibilities of sexual assaults are a harsh reality in college. “Since women are most at risk for sexual assault, when in a parking garage they should not be on their cellphone or have their earbuds in so they can be aware of their surroundings,” Leavy said. There is an emergency pole on each level of the parking structures, said Leavy. When the emergency poles are used, they flash a bright, blue light, easily visible to nearby surroundings. “I think it’s immature,” said Arturo Gonzalez, a radio-TV-film major, in response to the pranks on campus. “I’m very surprised because I have never known anyone past the high school level that would pull a prank at a university.” Gonzalez said he is glad they are there for student safety, and they remind him that the CSUF campus is safe. Lt. Brockie said the campus police have a responsibility to respond to the calls, even when the dispatcher picks up and just hears laughter coming from the opposite end. It wastes campus resources, which are valued by students who need them.
Top: Esther Jackson stands in front of the crowd March 26 in Pershing Square, Los Angeles, while holding a sign that demands justice for Trayvon Martin, whose death protesters believe was unjustified. “We need peace,” says Jackson. Bottom left: Ebony Fay walks down the street during the Million Hoodie March. Martin was reportedly killed in self defense, according to police reports, leaving suspect George Zimmerman free of charge. Bottom right: With a sign reading, “We are Trayvon,” and her nephew Eli Grey in hand, Otwanna Matthews walks among thousands during the Million Hoodie March for Martin. Children and mothers were prominent in the crowd of protesters.
MOST WANTED Roger Alan Giese WANTED for child molestation. He has 19 charges to his name for committing lewd acts on a child. Giese molested a child when he was a voice coach for The AllAmerican Boys Chorus. From May 1998 — when the victim was 13-years-old — to May 2002, the victim was lured in Giese’s home for overnight visits. The parents of the victims were deceived by Giese because he joined their church and became a family friend. Giese lied to the victim and said he was a member of the U.S. Delta Force, and with samples of urine, feces, semen and blood, he could potentially earn a spot in the military unit. He is accused of masturbating, orally copulating and anally penetrating the victim. Giese had appeared in court for some of the proceedings prior to his disappearance. His $500,000 arrest warrant was issued March 12, 2007, according to the Orange County district attorney’s website. He was born March 29, 1975, is a 6-foot-2 caucasian male, with blond hair and blue eyes, and weighs about 180 pounds.
Miguel Angel Rangel WANTED for murder. He is accused of killing his girlfriend, Marisela Sandoval, which their 6-year-old son witnessed, July 27, 1998. He is also known as “Colorado Mike.” The couple was at home when an argument escalated to the point where Sandoval feared for her life, took Rangel’s firearm and fled the house from a bedroom window. Chasing after her, Rangel was able to recover his firearm from Sandoval and used it to kill her. Rangel fled the scene in a car, which was found abandoned the next day. He is associated with illegal narcotics sales. His $1-million arrest warrant was issued April 24, 2000. Born Sept. 25, 1975, the Latino fugitive has black hair, brown eyes, is 5-foot-9, weighs about 175 pounds and is known to bleach his hair.
Photos by ANIBAL ORTIZ / Daily Titan
Norindra Say WANTED for attempted child molestation. He is accused of attempting lewd acts on a child under the age of 14. During a sting operation by the Laguna Beach Police Department, Say had conversations online with what he thought was a young girl, and used provocative language to explain that he wanted to meet and have a sexual relationship. He showed up at the residence to allegedly satisfy his sexual desires, only to be caught and apprehended by police. After appearing in court for initial proceedings, Say fled and failed to appear for a hearing. Say’s $500,000 arrest warrant was issued July 6, 2006. The 5-foot-6, 130-pound male has black hair, black eyes and was born March 2, 1972.
Miguel Angel Martinez WANTED for murder. He is accused of strangling his wife in their home Dec. 24, 2003. Martinez’ wife, a mother of four children, was physically abused during their marriage and wanted out of the relationship. Martinez locked the bathroom door while their children heard the struggle. Their 10-year-old son later found his mother dead. Martinez fled the scene with his brother, Jaime Martinez Escobar, who knew of the crime and was helping his brother get away. The two brothers are said to be residing in Mexico. His $1-million arrest warrant was issued Jan. 5, 2004. Martinez, born on Nov. 10, 1971, is a 5-foot-6, 135-pound Latino man with black hair and brown eyes.
Alfonso Flores Gomez WANTED for murder. He is charged with discharging a firearm with gross negligence. On Feb. 17, 2005, Gomez and his friend Gilbert Rodriguez entered a motel room where a drug dealer was residing. The two demanded money, drugs and weapons from the drug dealer while three others were in the room witnessing. Gomez took out his firearm and shot Rodriguez in the head. Gomez is said to be residing in Southern California. His $1-million arrest warrant was issued Feb. 23, 2005. Born July 9, 1981, he is a 5-foot-11 Latino man with black hair and brown eyes, and weighs 195 to 210 pounds.
Compiled by COLIN PENKOFF
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