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Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy, best known for his role on "The Partridge Family" was arrested on suspicion of DUI last week. A Florida Highway Patrol officer claims he saw a white 2008 Mercedes weaving on the turnpike. The Mercedes allegedly cut off another vehicle on the turnpike. The actor was charged with DUI after the police investigation.

During the traffic stop the singer-actor allegedly admitted having a glass of wine with lunch earlier in the day. Cassidy reportedly also admitted to taking hydrocodone for pain around 3:30 in the afternoon. The officer stopped Cassidy at roughly 6:20 p.m.

The trooper claims a half-empty bottle of bourbon was under the seat of the Cassidy's Mercedes at the time of the stop. The actor reportedly was "swaying while standing" after stepping out of the vehicle. Cassidy reportedly failed field sobriety tests.

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Federal law enforcement officials claim they received a tip of the existence of a drug smuggling tunnel along the California border with Mexico. Officials say that a tractor-trailer parked outside an office building in the area drew their suspicion. They reportedly followed the big-rig northbound on I-15.

At a border checkpoint near Temecula, law enforcement stopped the truck and searched its contents. Authorities say they discovered 10 tons of marijuana in the trailer. The husband and wife who allegedly were operating the big-rig have been charged for alleged conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Law enforcement says they obtained a search warrant for the office building on Via De La Amistad near the Otay Mesa point of entry based upon the discovery of marijuana in the truck. Authorities claim that the warehouse on the American side of the border held another 15 tons of pot.

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Upon reports of an alleged violent, takeover style bank robbery, La Mesa police flooded a neighborhood in search of suspects. SWAT teams reportedly locked the neighborhood down. Police evacuated residents and searched homes. An officer saw a man allegedly fitting a description of the suspected California armed robbers.

The man was walking away from a car. The officer called for backup. The man reportedly began to run, fleeing behind an elementary school. The officer called out to the allegedly fleeing man, ordering him to stop. The police officer un-holstered his gun and fired shots toward the suspect. All of the rounds the officer fired missed the allegedly fleeing suspect.

The man jumped a fence and disappeared into the neighborhood.

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Three days before the break-in, the couple and two young children that had lived in the home died in an unrelated car accident. The couple has a 19-year-old daughter that is away at college in another state.

Earlier this year the 30-year-old woman sought to have the charge reduced to second degree burglary. She said that due to the death of the California family three days before the alleged break-in, the dwelling was unoccupied. A second degree burglary in California carries a potential 5-year sentence. First degree burglary exposes an accused person to a potential 8-year sentence.

The judge declined the motion. He found that the 19-year-old college student had shown no intent to abandon the dwelling when she went away to college. The accused woman subsequently pleaded no contest to the charge.

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250 more criminal cases are on appeal after dismissals for violations of the right to a speedy trial. The Constitution guarantees every criminal defendant the right to a speedy trial. A California defendant in a felony matter is entitled to trial within 60 days. Misdemeanor cases should be brought to trial within 30 days under California rules.

The ruling Monday arose from the dismissal of a California burglary charge in September 2008, and 17 other cases consolidated for review. No cases have been dismissed in the county since July 2009 based upon a shortage of judges.

In 2007 a task force comprised of judges reported that Riverside County had a culture of continuances that caused delays in the justice system. The agreed upon delays in 2007 led to delays of over a year for as many as 25 percent of the inmates in the county. One defendant sat for eight years awaiting trial, according to the 2007 task force.

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Charges against a Gilroy man are expected to be upgraded on October 28 to include second degree murder. Police claim the 44-year-old man was involved in an alcohol related car crash that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old.

California DUI attorneys are aware that prosecutors in the state sometimes upgrade alcohol or drug related vehicular manslaughter charges based upon implied malice. In an implied malice case, the prosecutor seeks to prove that the accused was aware that an act is dangerous and commits the act anyway. The practice is known in California as a "Watson murder," based upon prior case law.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office has indicated that they will upgrade the charges this week against the Gilroy man. The accused rejected a plea bargain last week related to the current gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges.

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