Around the Valley features a round-up of interesting stories in and around Fresno County and the Central Valley related to criminal law, criminal defense and/or Fresno County.
Deputy Police Chief Arrested (ABC 30) – After an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S.Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Fresno Police Department’s second in command was arrested last Thursday in a federal drug conspiracy investigation. Deputy Chief Keith Foster, 51, is accused of distributing and possessing drugs, and was arrested along with five other suspects related to the operation. The arrests came as a shock to the city and to the police chief, who didn’t know about the investigation until Foster was arrested.
Fresno Moves Forward on Medical Marijuana Regulation (Fresno Bee) – At the most recent Fresno City Council meeting, city council members voted 5-2 to introduce a bill that would amend the city code to allow medical marijuana users to grow up to four marijuana plants. This move was seen as a way to regulate medical marijuana within the city, however, the move may be moot with popular opinion drifting toward legalization, according to one council member. The council will vote at a later date on adopting the bill, which would amend city code.
DUI Ignition Interlocking Devices in Tulare County (Fresno Bee) – Despite low compliance levels with the program, Tulare County officials offered their continuing support of a pilot program requiring those convicted of DUIs to install ignition interlock devices on their vehicles. If the device is installed in the vehicle, the driver must first breathe into a device on the dashboard (similar to a breathalyzer) to test his level of intoxication. If the driver does not pass the test, he can’t start the car. In some instances, the device will log the event, warn the driver, and then start up an alarm until the ignition is turned off, or a clean breath sample has been provided.
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