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Proposition 64, Marijuana now legal - Williams Pioneer


While Proposition 64 made the possession and use of recreational marijuana legal, there isn’t anywhere an individual can legally buy it -— yet.

In order to sell recreational marijuana, a vendor must be licensed by the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs, which, according to the proposition, will begin issuing licenses by Jan. 1, 2018, and the permitting process will probably begin later rather than sooner.

“One of problems right now is that you’re able to possess it, but not purchase it,” said Matthew Smith, a Sacramento defense attorney. “The agency that the state has set up (the Bureau of Marijuana Control) — none of their budget this year is allocated to recreational marijuana. All of it is for medical marijuana. What that means is that the permitting process, from my understanding, won’t be in place until Jan. 2018. Only legal place to purchase it is at a dispensary for medical marijuana patients.”



Verdict In Mendoza: Not Guilty -
Appeal Democrat


A Colusa Superior Court jury believed Cathy I. Mendoza was only defending herself when she shot and killed Jose Villarruel Guadalupe Saavedra on Aug. 30. After deliberating less than three hours, the eight-man, four-woman jury, handed down their decision that Mendoza was “not guilty” of second-degree murder, but “guilty” of using a short-barreled shotgun.Judge John H. Tiernan set June 17 for sentencing. Several of her friends and family breathed a large and loud collective sigh of relief after the verdict was read.“Thank the Lord,” Mendoza exclaimed, following the verdict. Acting on her attorney’s advice, Mendoza declined to comment http://www.appeal-democrat.com/colusa_sun_herald/news/verdict-in-mendoza-not-guilty-of-murder/article_ebe4f199-8d6a-58fa-8c62-498360de243a.html (webpage editors note: Matt Smith was lead invesitgator on this case and testified at the trial) 



Wrongful Death Case To Settle For 1.35 Million -
Colusa Sun Herald


The family of a Colusa man who died from injuries when a building he was helping demolish fell on him will receive $1.35 million to settle a wrongful death case, according to Colusa County Superior Court records. Because the settlement involves at least one minor child, it has to be approved by a judge. A hearing is set for May 7, one day after the third anniversary of Daniel Kesterson's death. Kesterson, 57, was helping take down the abandoned warehouse at 15 Fifth St., owned by Hoblit Rental Partners. A related company, Hoblit Motors Inc., also is a defendant. "My client is happy to have resolved the case without putting her children through a trial," said Matt Smith, a Sacramento lawyer who represents Kesterson's widow, Amber, and her five special needs children. 



8 Killed in California Bus Accident - The New York Times




Eight people were killed and 35 injured Sunday evening when a charter bus bound for a casino flipped over and rolled into a ditch off the side of a two-lane highway north of Sacramento.

Among the injured was the bus driver, Quintin Watts, 52, of Stockton, Calif., who, hospitalized in critical condition, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Robert Kays, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said in a telephone interview that given the severity of the crash, “and from observations of erratic driving prior to the collision from a witness who was an off-duty officer, we felt we had probable cause” to arrest Mr. Watts. (matt smith was lead investigator on this case)



​Driver in deadly bus crash wasn't intoxicated -

USA Today




Many of the 42 passengers heading to Colusa Casino Resort when the Oct. 5 crash happened were Laotian seniors, and some remain hospitalized.

DRIVER:History of offenses, substance abuse

The driver, 52-year-old Quintin Watts, was released from the hospital and taken into law enforcement custody after he was released Tuesday morning from the hospital where he had been recovering from the crash. (matt smith was lead investigator on this case)




Three men arrested, two sought in fraud ring targeting 7-eleven stores - Sacramento Bee



Three people have been arrested and two others are sought in connection with a fraud ring following an investigation by 7-Eleven stores and the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force.

Marcell Horton, 30, Fremon Reaves, 29, and Jacques Houston, 20, were arrested Wednesday and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of identity theft. Each is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.




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