Lake County Corrupt Cops

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half a Bud lite

Half Moon Bay, CA

#1 Jul 2, 2009
We don't know if Bismarck Dinius of Carmichael is young or old, white or black, a saint or a meth addict. But the one thing that we believe for certain is that he's been wrongly accused of vehicular manslaughter, thanks to what seems to be either the gross incompetence and/or corruption on the part of Lake County District Attorney Jon Hopkins and Sgt. Charles Slabaugh of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. See if you don't agree with us, and as a result, if your faith in California law enforcement and legal system isn't rocked.
Dinius' crime? He was sitting at the helm of an all but stationary sailboat, the boat's owner just a few feet away, when a local off-duty deputy sheriff on a powerboat came from almost directly behind, in the black of night, at a speed of between 40 to 55 mph and, without slowing, slammed into the sailboat with tremendous force. The immediate result was severe head trauma that would eventually claim the life of Lynn Thornton, a just-retired 51-year-old female peace officer on the sailboat, the dismasting of the sailboat, and severe damage to both boats. That the joy-riding deputy hasn't been charged - and, in fact, is still working as a deputy sheriff - is an outrage and a terrible indictment of what's supposed to be an apolitical legal system. That the hapless Dinius should be facing years in prison as well as a large fine and restitution for the death of the passenger on the sailboat is inexplicable.
The case we're referring to, of course, is the one that took place on Clear Lake on the evening of April 26, 2006. The sailboat involved was the O'Day 27 sailboat Beats Working II, owned by Mark Weber of Willows, with passengers Lynn Thornton, also of Willows, who was Weber's fianceé, and Henry Dominguez and Zina Dotti, both of Santa Rosa. Henry and Zina were on the boat because they'd met the gregarious Thornton during a golf outing the day before. Weber was a longtime sailor, and Thornton had taken to the sport after meeting Weber about five years ago. In fact, the two were planning a sailing trip to Santa Barbara that summer.
The Baja 24, powered by a 385-hp Mercruiser V-8, was owned by Russell Perdock of Clear Lake, one of the most senior members of the Lake County Sheriff's Department. His two passengers were friend Jim Walker of El Dorado Hills, and Walker's 14-year-old daughter.
As for what happened after that, Perdock testified to Sacramento County Sheriff Investigator Charles Slabaugh, by the time they got going, it was completely dark and there was no moon out. Nonetheless, he admits to bringing his boat up to a speed of 40 to 45 mph.(The two witnesses cited by the investigator both said that Perdock was going too fast for the conditions, and one estimated his speed at 50 to 55 mph.) After going at this speed for a minute or two, the collision occured. "I didn't see the boat, sails or any lights," Perdock said. "It was just there."
In a couple of seemingly very damning statements, Perdock said, "I feel very comfortable when I'm driving my boat on the lake at night. That's why I don't believe the speed at which I was going was unsafe. It was not fast. I have done that more times than I could count. I was in an open part of the lake and saw no danger."
Perdock ended his statement by saying the whole tragedy could have been avoided "if they'd flicked on a lighter or something." Or maybe if he'd been traveling at a safe speed for the conditions, which we figure would have been about 5 to 10 mph.
Perdock hasn't even been able to say he's sorry. It can't be easy.
We've said it a million times - and Deputy Perdock should have known this better than anyone - speed kills. Please, be safe out there, on the water, on the roads - everywhere.
Edgar Hernandez

Dublin, CA

#2 Nov 21, 2009
December 2, 2005 Lake County Case
I was profiled, Caller stated driver swerving off the road Dispatch stated well is he driving over the double yellow? Ohh yeah he did that too. Accused of Evading, Officer stated that I drove 1000ft and made a right on a dead end street into a driveway. The officer didn’t even give me time to think, never allowed proper Terry Stop. Pepper sprayed, you can hear me in the background that I am saying to the cop I live right here. Officer is hiding behind trashcans showing nothing but threat of his gun so I open my door and hear it comes. Beaten by cops, they reported me hostile and pepper sprayed. I gave up to the arriving officer and everything became a blur from there.
Falsely Arrested, I was hand cuffed to the gurney at the hospital and the officer starts in on me to find probable cause, and fish for it. Dissuaded Witness, Officer harassed my grandmother not to say anything in the investigation.
Every Lawyer states that this county is corrupt. They threw away my blood sample, and forged that I am a .10 BAC. I have forged documents, statements, and false charges against me. Just like Bismarck Dinius, they are charging me to protect them selves. I am still fighting this case for 4 years, and the Lawyers are pleading the 5th Amend., and they are calling me a criminal.
Edgar Hernandez

Dublin, CA

#3 Nov 21, 2009
Please email me at

I have conspiracy charges against them no one wants to look at.
frmr lake resident

Sunnyvale, CA

#4 Feb 18, 2010
Oh that lake county, still up to it's old behavour. I am a former property owner of lake county. The lake county sheriff, clearlake police, lakeport police, code enforcement,animal control, and court system are all corrupt, and need to be fired for misconduct, and violating civil rights. I wrote a letter to the attorney general in 2007, about the gross misconduct. Yes you are correct, no lawyer will take a case in lake county and they know that, so they run a muck. They are yahoo's who need to stop wasting tax payer money, and injuring the citzen's of lake county. Be careful because they do illegal wire taps, and search's without court orders, or search warrant. Good luck, I sold my property, and I will never return to that corrupt area again. In fact I don't go to any out of the way town, like that anymore. They can't get away with that in the professional area's, is my advice.
sorry edgar

United States

#5 Apr 10, 2010
I hate what happened to you at the hands of LCSO.
francesca giancarlo

San Francisco, CA

#6 Feb 26, 2011
anyone who steps foot in lake county beware.. the cops lie to protect their own look out 60 mins cause Lake County's judicial system is gonna be in your town soon.

Half Moon Bay, CA

#7 Mar 2, 2011
Dinius and his attorneys are suing the County of Lake, the Lake County Sheriff's Office, and thirty-four county employees (in their individual and official capacities) Jon Hopkins, Rodney Mitchell, Russell Perdock, Dennis Ostini, Lloyd Wells, C. Brown, Captain James Bauman, James Samples, Wesley Frey, Dean Pick, Andy Davidson plus one Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept. Sgt. Charles Slabaugh. Attorney Laurence Masson alleges that the County's conduct was “unconstitutional and corrupt” following the incident and throughout the court proceedings, accusing the employees of “conspiring” or “aiding and abetting one another” to conceal and fabricate evidence and defraud the court in order to prosecute Dinius for a “homicide that he did not commit”. Masson argues that this is not only constitutes malicious prosecution but is also a violation of Dinius's civil rights as granted by Title 42 section 1983 of the United States Code.
All defendants are charged with Violation of Federal Civil Rights Statute (42 U.S.C.§1983), Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, and Punitive Damages. Defendants Perdock and Slabaugh are charged with Malicious Prosecution and D.A. Hopkins is charged with libel. The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco with the assistance of Northern California Innocence Project, based out of Santa Clara. The case number is CV 103498.

United States

#8 May 13, 2011
Klan march in the early eighties... now are hoodless and underground.
Speak up here and they will approach and identify themselves... some anyway.
Have property for sale here... maybe someone from Tulia, Tx., or Mississippi would fit in???
Current lake resident

Kelseyville, CA

#9 Feb 7, 2012
sorry edgar wrote:
I hate what happened to you at the hands of LCSO.
Does anyone have any info on code enforcement officer Dana McDonald? He is corrupt. I own property in Lake County and he has given me an unreasonable time table to be in compliance with his so called interpretation of the law.
Dave HidemyID

Kelseyville, CA

#10 Feb 15, 2012
Current lake resident wrote:
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Does anyone have any info on code enforcement officer Dana McDonald? He is corrupt. I own property in Lake County and he has given me an unreasonable time table to be in compliance with his so called interpretation of the law.
First off, you have no idea of the corruption going on all over Lake County:

While I went back to college and took a political science course, we were required to write an essay on a politician. I chose one that I discovered had been practicing law without a license for many years as an assistant district attorney. He also stated on his website he attended eight years of university at Berkely, turned out to be false, they never heard of him and he was not listed in their database. The same politician acted as a jundge at times and then as district supervisor even had a tv show with him as a judge of sorts who settled property issues etc. When I found out, the CA state Bar told me by law I had to file a complaint with the Ca DA, and I did. I recieved a phone call from the State Attorney General threatening me, that if i tried to complain I would be arrested and the local DA did nothing, the politician retired with full benefits. I can only imagine how many people were convicted by a non licensed assistant DA.

Kelseyville, CA

#11 Feb 15, 2012
I purchased property seller financed and eight months later a woman saying she is the step daughter of the seller called me stating I had to pay double that what I agreed on the contract, I refused, she threated my life, said she would poison my trees which they were poisoned and burn my house down. I got a police report and all the many phone calls was saved in a database. Over ten years, this continued as the sheriff refused to invetigate. I even found out a murder occurred before I purchased the property of a tenant and the girlfriend of the one convicted man came to my home stating her boyfriend was falsely accused of the murder. The girlfriend of the man charged with the murder that occurred claimed there is a half million dollars hidden on the property that will maybe even prove her boyfriend didn't commit the murder, hah! Did the sheriff care? I have refused to agree to pay more for the property and told the step daughter I will press charges if she continues harraasing me. I fulfilled the contract and paid the loan in full, but now the seller wants more cash and I refuse to pay. The sherrif refused over ten years to investigate the death threats and even a failed abduction attempt that the responding officer refused to go after the truck used as if it were planned. The harrassment continues so I decided to sell and told the seller to not contact me and only my agent but she continues to send threatening emails and over exagurated loan schedule i also refuse to pay so I am going to try to go to court but the Sheriff does nothing to investigate. I am severely physically disabled, not mentally but they treat me as if I am some sort of hard case. If you are harrassed or threatened then you are on your own and there is no help whatsoever. Noway, they do nothing unless it's one of their friends. Too bad,

Gillette, WY

#12 Oct 9, 2012
Investigating a wrongful conviction in Lake County right now. Is "boot strapping" (wrongful conviction) the normal way the court proceeds in Lake County? My Uncle was just sent to prison for three years for shop lifting even though the video showed he had no involvement in the shop lifting. The courts mysteriously lost the video that proved he had no involvement! Is this how Lake County proceeds?? I would love any info anyone could give me on the corruption in Lake County!

United States

#13 Mar 21, 2013
Was charged w intent to cause great bodily harm and death to a elderly/dependant adult for hitting a woman who spit in my face and attacked me she was 42 according to california you must be 60 or older to be deemed an elderly adult. She had a small scratch on her face as a result in order for an injury to be severe enough to justify this felony charge it must cause permanant injury, severe marring, or a critical permanant conditon. I do not see how these chages were justified the lady was high on pills and they took me to jail. During trial rachel ableson da called me charlotte which is my mothers name. My mother was charged w murder about 13 years ago she was very well known and hated by police. I have no criminal history whatsoever I was also enlisting in the army at the time due to the felony I cannot join now. My career is screwed thanks lake county finnaly a chick who wants to make something out of herself and you make sure she's stuck here like everyone else. P.s yes I sincerely apologized for my actions and reactions.

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