Thursday, October 27, 2011

Huntington Beach Hate Crime


Jennifer Renee Vanveldhuzen of San Diego was sentenced to three years of probation for punching a trash collector in the face on October 3 of this year. Vanveldhuzen plead guilty to a felony account of hate-crime battery for her assault on a 50-year-old Hispanic worker. The incident happened at 7:15 pm, when Vanveldhuzen came up to the worker yelling racial slurs as well as profanities, and eventually ended up punching the worker in the face. Reports say that she was intoxicated during the whole thing but prosecutors insisted that she targeted the worker solely for his ethnicity. Her sentence also included a one-year jail sentence that will be stayed pending her three years of probation, 90 days in an alcohol rehabilitation program, and 10 weeks in an anger management program.

Although some people use alcohol to “chill out”, it doesn’t keep your anger under control if you end up getting plastered, and Vanveldhuzen obviously did not have control when this incident occurred. Her lack of control cost her court and lawyer fees, the costs of anger management and alcohol rehab programs, and her time while she is on probation for three years. Not to mention respect from others as she is now known as being racist.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Teens tend to Blow Up sometimes


Eighteen-year-old Austin Simmons was ordered to attend an anger management class and to get a drug and alcohol evaluation in exchange for having the charges against him dropped. Simmons was arrested for making and setting off small bombs in the woods behind Frankfort Avenue in West View, on September 22 of this year. Instead of being charged with risking catastrophe and criminal conspiracy, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and corruption of minors, he will only be charged with a summary criminal mischief offense. Simmons was not alone that night; he also had two 17-year-old boys with him as they set of homemade bottle bombs. The two 17-year-olds face charges of criminal mischief, as eight vehicles along Center Avenue and Oakwood and Richland Avenues had their tires slashed that same evening. Whether these explosions were anger based or not, it’s always important to evaluate your actions or you may end up in trouble.

David Grange is an intern with Daybreak Counseling Service in its Yorba Linda Office. Daybreak Counseling Service teaches anger management techniques in 5 Southern California offices including Yorba Linda, Los Angeles, Gardena, Santa Monica and Pasadena.

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