Charges are all wrong

My writing this letter is in the hopes that sailors in California might become aware of a fatal boating accident and the subsequent prosecution of a sailboat skipper in Lake County, California. Full Story
That is your opinion

Kelseyville, CA

#21 May 8, 2009
The following is my post on the blog regarding the gag order for the media.

"I think the letter to the editor from Captain Rory Kremer regarding this tragic event would be exactly the reason we should have a gag order for the media. In my opinion, the media has done a terrible job in reporting this whole case. It started with dan noyes and then Tiffany Revelle followed suit, because in my opinion, Tiffany thinks dan is a "celebrity" and was star struck. I saw the interaction in the courtroom. I will say that her last report was less biased than previous reports she has made.
There are a few comments I will make about Captain Kremer's letter. First of all, I read it on line last night right after it was posted and now it says it has been "updated". The way I remember seeing it last night said something about him reading about the collision in BoatUs/Latitude38, if I am not mistaken. Both very liberal, in my opinion, sailing publications. I have read the reports in both of those sources and they have misreported much of the information. What was said in the courtroom for the preliminary hearing is in direct contrast to much of the information reported in these stories.
The biggest misinformation mentioned in Captain Kremer's letter is the fact that the people on the sailboat did not testify to the lights being on. dinius claims he "doesn't know", or "doesn't remember", as does both Dominguez and Dotti, who were merely passengers on that tragic night. weber is the only one to claim the lights were on at the time of the collision, and by dinius' defense attorney, haltom's explanation of blood alcohol levels, would have been at approximately a .23% at the time of the collision. I for one don't give much credibility to his statements.
Captain Kremer says he has "closely followed" the collision. My question would be, from where has he gotten his information? What reports did he "conscientiously review"?
Secondly, he doesn't mention anything about both dinius and weber being well over the legal limit for blood alcohol and then questions why Perdock was not "breathalyzed within the first hour of the incident". Is he aware that neither dinius nor weber were breathalyed either? Blood alcohol is the legally binding method of testing.
Only when the case is presented at trial, will all of the information be made available.
Maybe Captain Kremer should come to Clear Lake and sit in on the entire trial and then see what he thinks. The only thing for certain is that a final decision on this case cannot be made without hearing all of the information."
Greater Artist

San Francisco, CA

#22 May 8, 2009
The only thing i can think that would most likely be a reason for the dope growing conspiracies in Lake County would be a CIA involvement to fund more wars...
Night Hawks

Clearlake, CA

#23 May 8, 2009
This is your opinion,

All what information? The information they choose to reveal or that of which they dont?
The only information that is needed here is that of the Law....there is a no tolerance to driving under the influence whether it be by land or by water. They all were drinking, they all should be at fault and the one who caused the death of another should face the maximum!

Since: Jan 09

Vancouver, WA

#24 May 8, 2009
AMEN! And THANK YOU, Captain Rory Kremer, for sharing your unbiased opinioln and observations in this miscarriage of justice. "POND SCUM" is RIGHT ON!
That is your opinion

Kelseyville, CA

#25 May 8, 2009
I guess I should have said all of the evidence, not just what someone said on a blog or what was reported by the media.
You are correct that all of the sailors were drunk. Perdock was completley sober.
The one at fault, who caused the death of another should face the maximum. Dinius is being held accountable. The only one, in my opinion, getting away with anything, is weber. I believe he is as much at fault for this terrible tragedy as dinius.
Night Hawks wrote:
This is your opinion,
All what information? The information they choose to reveal or that of which they dont?
The only information that is needed here is that of the Law....there is a no tolerance to driving under the influence whether it be by land or by water. They all were drinking, they all should be at fault and the one who caused the death of another should face the maximum!
That is your opinion

Kelseyville, CA

#26 May 8, 2009
Captain Kremer's opinion is completely biased by the media from which he got the misinformation. If the picture he paints were the truth I would be of the same opinion. It just is not the truth as will be proven in a court of law starting on the 19th.
Gennyj wrote:
AMEN! And THANK YOU, Captain Rory Kremer, for sharing your unbiased opinioln and observations in this miscarriage of justice. "POND SCUM" is RIGHT ON!
Debbie Ogulin

Middletown, CA

#27 May 8, 2009
Thank You Sir! Although I have no comment on the boating incident I wish to publicly voice, I too wonder, What is going on in Lake County? Doesn't anybody else?
Night Hawks

Clearlake, CA

#28 May 8, 2009
The question still remains....why was Perdock...Pedock or just doc not tested at the time of the accident? If it were you or me, we would have been! And lets set aside the acohol for a moment...safe speed on the lake is my next point....and being law enforcement why does this not matter? Two good important questions and still no reasonable answers!
Kan Garoo

Sidney, Canada

#29 May 8, 2009
YellowTrike wrote:
Obviously these letters writers fear the justice system. They can't seem to get the message that a court of law will decide.
Say what you will in the press - the bottom line is the justice system is the answer.
This turd should not have been drinking and driving a boat at any time of day or night.
Nice way to distort reality. Let me see now, imagine you had been drinking on a stationery sailboat and the skipper says "here, just hold the tiller for a minute while I hit the head. We're not going anywhere at this speed". Suddenly you get run over by a idiot driving a speed boat at ridiculous speed for the visibility conditions, your friend is killed and you are charged for the crime. Does that feel good to you? Did you cause it? Get a life ... you must be one of the "boys"
That is your opinion

Kelseyville, CA

#30 May 8, 2009
By your description, I believe dinius and weber would have been, "you or me" and they were not tested at the time of the collision either. Their BAC was drawn approximately two and a half (2 1/2) hours after the collision when they were at the hospital. Approximately the same length of time from the collision that Perdock's was drawn.
The questions have been answered many, many times. It's just not the answers you want to hear, so you ignore them.
Night Hawks wrote:
The question still remains....why was Perdock...Pedock or just doc not tested at the time of the accident? If it were you or me, we would have been! And lets set aside the acohol for a moment...safe speed on the lake is my next point....and being law enforcement why does this not matter? Two good important questions and still no reasonable answers!
Night Hawks

Clearlake, CA

#31 May 8, 2009
He couldnt possibly imagine this senario...he has a yellow trike so this tells me he is still of adolesent and doesnt have the capability of imagining this. Such a difficult task you gave him!
That is your opinion

Kelseyville, CA

#32 May 8, 2009
First of all the boat wasn't stationary. And there is no testimony that supports your "scenario". weber was standing in the doorway of the cabin at the time of the collision. No where does it say he says "here, just hold the tiller for a minute while I hit the head. We're not going anywhere at this speed". And even if the boat were stationary, it would still need to find a way back to shore. Boating under the influence is against the law, remember. Drink on shore, in the safety of your own home. Not when you are supposed to be responsible for other people's lives.
And most importantly, turn on your running lights!!! Then no one will know you are boating under the influence.
Nine people, from several locations including on the water and on shore, say there were no lights on the sailboat.
Kan Garoo wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice way to distort reality. Let me see now, imagine you had been drinking on a stationery sailboat and the skipper says "here, just hold the tiller for a minute while I hit the head. We're not going anywhere at this speed". Suddenly you get run over by a idiot driving a speed boat at ridiculous speed for the visibility conditions, your friend is killed and you are charged for the crime. Does that feel good to you? Did you cause it? Get a life ... you must be one of the "boys"
Night Hawks

Clearlake, CA

#33 May 8, 2009
That is my opinion.
Let me start by saying this has happened to my other half. As we travel the lake by day and by night and have for many many years. He was taken a drunk away from Konocti Harbor, beautiful night, moon shining bright. The lake can be very disieving. A accident occured not involving anyone but him. Traveling at a very safe speed. Landed on rocks between two islands where there were no lights or indications that this was not a open way to the other side. He was tested and it showed well under the legal limit. He was still charged with reckless driving on water ways, charged 5000.00 dollars plus attorney fees. Should we have filed law suit against the county for not providing proper lights indicating rocks that were not visible because the water level was above them? He was charged and Perdock should be charged for the death of another. This is wrong! I have nothing against the sheriff here cuz several are close friends.
That is your opinion

Kelseyville, CA

#34 May 8, 2009
Sorry this happened to your other half.
I have a couple of questions about this incident, however. I am wondering if the two islands you speak of are off of Windflower Point? Anyone who boats around there regularly, knows that you cannot go between the islands.
What is "well under the legal limit", exactly?
And what is "a very safe speed"?
Your post just seems to prove the law that boating under the influence and being involved in any kind of an accident, will cause you to be prosecuted.
Perdock was completely sober.
Night Hawks wrote:
That is my opinion.
Let me start by saying this has happened to my other half. As we travel the lake by day and by night and have for many many years. He was taken a drunk away from Konocti Harbor, beautiful night, moon shining bright. The lake can be very disieving. A accident occured not involving anyone but him. Traveling at a very safe speed. Landed on rocks between two islands where there were no lights or indications that this was not a open way to the other side. He was tested and it showed well under the legal limit. He was still charged with reckless driving on water ways, charged 5000.00 dollars plus attorney fees. Should we have filed law suit against the county for not providing proper lights indicating rocks that were not visible because the water level was above them? He was charged and Perdock should be charged for the death of another. This is wrong! I have nothing against the sheriff here cuz several are close friends.

Since: Jun 08

Lake County, CA

#35 May 8, 2009
Debbie Ogulin wrote:
Thank You Sir! Although I have no comment on the boating incident I wish to publicly voice, I too wonder, What is going on in Lake County? Doesn't anybody else?
I agree with you...and it's not just THIS case that causes me concern, but so many of the others that have and are being conducted now, including the following:

1.) Homeowners call for LSCSO assistance to remove tresspassers. While waiting for LCSO to arrive, trespasser assaults homeowner, homeowner defends self and gets arrested and charged with felony elder abuse, while trespassers go free.

2.) Disabled veteran with PTSD calls to obtain mental health treatment/counselling through VA crisis hotline and is then arrested for terrorist threats. LCSO refused to take veteran to hospital for 5150 evaluation, and did not obtain mental health evaluation or treatment for almost a week in the jail, in violation of his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

3.) Business owner assaulted outside market after he walks out of store at night to find an upset former customer sitting on the hood of his car. Customer spits in business owner's face, business owner defends self, and is arrested for assault and battery. Customer, who was drunk and drove to market, is cited and released for drunk in public, but his assault goes uncharged.

4.) Homeowner, who has somewhere he needs to be, is blocked in his driveway by trespasser's vehicle. Trespasser refuses to leave when asked, and then told to do so. Homeowner warns trespasser that he will push the vehicle out of way if he does not move it. Homeowner attempts to push vehicle from driveway, as allowed by California law. Homeowner charged and tried for vandalism, and acquitted by jury. Case dropped "in the interest of justice". Trespasser walked free, and was never charged.

The list goes on and on, and this is just a few of the cases that I am aware of. All of the people listed were working, tax-paying, sober, productive members of society who had never had a legal problem prior to this.

I repeat Debbie's question....What exactly IS going on in Lake County...And WHY is it allowed to continue? Why should taxpayers be required to pay for such ridiculous abuse of authority and prosecution of the wrong people? Please speak up at election time...and vote these people OUT, before you end up in the type of situation above.
Aloha27

Moncton, Canada

#36 May 8, 2009
That is your opinion wrote:
...Nine people, from several locations including on the water and on shore, say there were no lights on the sailboat.
<quoted text>
You're not QUITE right as usual TIYO.

They didn't see the lights of the sailboat. How could they when the speeding powerboat would have had their full attention?(As it should have.)

Thank You for your letter Captain Rory.
Good onya.

That is your opinion

Kelseyville, CA

#37 May 8, 2009
I believe you will see at trial that I am exactly right. There were no lights on the sailboat. That is the reason they did not see them.
Aloha27 wrote:
<quoted text>
You're not QUITE right as usual TIYO.
They didn't see the lights of the sailboat. How could they when the speeding powerboat would have had their full attention?(As it should have.)
Thank You for your letter Captain Rory.
Good onya.
Nor Cal boater

Los Altos, CA

#38 May 8, 2009
Been boating nor CA lakes - SF to Hawaii - San Juans - Croatia etc. Grew up a water skiier in Nor cal.

This case has nothing to do with sail vs power - or lights or no lights. Has everything to do with a boat traveling at speed hitting an object it failed to see or avoid. Sadly it was another boat and Lynn caught the brunt of the collision. My wife and I were not drunk that night and were invited out on Beats Working II - given the crowd we thought about grabbing our smaller boat and simply buddy boating with them. I know that area of the lake and how many lake front homes have lots of various lights along the shore. There is little to nothing anyone on that sailboat or another could have done to avoid getting hit by a 30+knot missle running across the lake in the dark. That could have easily been my family on our ski boat during many of the times we had major mechanical failures and left with no power period. Pedro's actions that night were in violation of many boating laws and posed a serious danger to everyone including Pedrock him self.

Being familiar with Clear Lake and its history all I can say is nothing changes in Clear Lake. Being familiar with the area - PEOPLE its freaking CLEAR LAKE they are known for this type of shit in lake county. The advice that local people knew a very long time ago still stands. Clear Lake is special - your on your own there and yes dispite some good folks the law enforcement has a long history of being a good ol boys network. Clearly it still is.

For those who live and grew up in Nor cal and are familiar with the Clear Lake area this is simply business as usual.

Clear Lake area - Kelseyville - Butte county for many many years was much like this but given its easy and close access via 99 from Sac thats changed.

Fort Jones CA - another area thats a bit backwards but they also seem to have a better rep regarding law enforcement etc.

Only way this gets fixed is if voters of Lake county start supporting the truly qualified and proper people for public offices.

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#39 May 8, 2009
That is your opinion wrote:
I believe you will see at trial that I am exactly right. There were no lights on the sailboat. That is the reason they did not see them.
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I believe you will see you're not exactly right on this one.
Two experts with some 700 cases of experience will be on the stand testifying they were on and how they came to that conclusion, as well as the DoJ "expert" with all of FIVE cases of experience who failed to test the circuit properly, if at all.

Since: Jun 08

Location hidden

#40 May 8, 2009
..And it now appears thet Langan is forced to hook his wagon to another lighting expert because, as many have stated on these forums, the DoJ "expert" is woefully underqualified and in over his head in this case.

Remember this phrase kids...

"There was no reasonable expectation of conviction."

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