News Coverage


Deputies shot suspect multiple times in gunbattle near Rastafarian church, autopsy shows

Deputies shot suspect multiple times in gunbattle near Rastafarian church, autopsy shows

- The Sacramento Bee
An autopsy determined that a man killed during a shootout with Yuba County sheriff’s deputies died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The autopsy on 33-year-old Mark Anthony Sanchez was completed Thursday morning. Although the manner of death is pending conclusion of the shooting investigation, it was determined that Sanchez was struck multiple times by return gunfire from the two deputies who were shot by Sanchez during the gunbattle in a residence...

Deputy rescues 2 colleagues after shootout near pot farm

Deputy rescues 2 colleagues after shootout near pot farm

- Palm Beach Post
A sheriff's deputy ran into a house in Northern California to pull two wounded colleagues to safety after a shootout with a suspect near a marijuana farm belonging to a Rastafarian church.
The two deputies were expected to survive after their fellow officer, a 22-year veteran, went alone into a house where the gunman had fled, Yuba County Sheriff Steve Durfor said. The wounded deputies were in fair condition at a hospital, the sheriff's department said Wednesday on Twitter.
The...

Contra Costa Supervisors Mull Options for Recreational Marijuana Regulations

Contra Costa Supervisors Mull Options for Recreational Marijuana Regulations

- Claycord News & Talk
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors mulled their options for implementing the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, more commonly known as Prop 64, during their meeting in Martinez on Tuesday.
Proposition 64 allows local jurisdictions like the county to write their own regulations for businesses in the recreational marijuana industry, according to county staff. Failing to do so before January 1, however, will cede that option to the state.
Under those circumstances, inspections and...

Standing His Ground

Standing His Ground

California Self-Defense Case Draws National Attention

- Concealed Carry
On the night of Oct. 26, 2012, Rhainell Madrona was at home relaxing after a long day working at the San Francisco International Airport. His wife had already gone to bed.
Now 60 years old, Madrona stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall. He is a legal immigrant from the Philippines, a citizen, having arrived in the U.S. in 1979. His English is imperfect at best and he lives with his wife on a crowded but pleasant residential street in Antioch, California, 15 miles upstream from Martinez on Suisun...

Contra Costa supervisors talk marijuana ordinance, extend moratorium

Contra Costa supervisors talk marijuana ordinance, extend moratorium

- East Bay Times
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors continued their education Tuesday on how to regulate cultivation, delivery, manufacturing and dispensing of medical and recreational cannabis in unincorporated areas throughout the county.
It is a complicated process involving several county departments and will require myriad decisions about where medical and recreational marijuana can be grown, processed and sold.
The supervisors asked that an “urgent” moratorium on dispensaries in...

Peter Tosh's Son in Coma: Inside Fight for Jawara McIntosh

Peter Tosh's Son in Coma: Inside Fight for Jawara McIntosh

- Rolling Stone
If all had gone as planned, Jawara McIntosh would be home in Dorchester, Massachusetts right now, legally using cannabis as part of his Rastafarian faith, enjoying the early summer with his four children, perhaps working on new music.
Instead, he is in a hospital in Boston in a coma.
On February 21st, 2017 McIntosh, a musician and marijuana activist who is the son of legendary reggae musician Peter Tosh, sustained a traumatic brain injury. It happened during an attack at the hands...

Monday Morning Thoughts: Catch-22 in Our Courts

Monday Morning Thoughts: Catch-22 in Our Courts

- The Davis Vanguard
The term Catch-22 was coined by author Joseph Heller in his 1961 novel, a term he used to describe the absurd constraints placed on soldiers fighting in the Second World War.
In his book the army psychiatrist explains that pilots who request mental evaluation for insanity demonstrate their own sanity in making the request.
The problem, he explains, is “Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn’t really crazy.”
Heller writes, “There was...

Phone-Sex Worker Hits Employer With OT, Wage Claims

Phone-Sex Worker Hits Employer With OT, Wage Claims

- Law360
A phone-sex worker filed a collective action against her employer Tele Pay USA in California federal court Tuesday, claiming the company has violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by paying her less than minimum wage, no overtime and shorting her for “off-the-clock” work.
At best, the suit claims, women who talk for Tele Pay, like lead plaintiff Anne Cannon, make $6 per hour. If their average call times drop below six minutes, their hourly rate drops to $4.20 per hour, the suit...

Phone Sex Workers Sue Over Low Wages, Long Hours

Phone Sex Workers Sue Over Low Wages, Long Hours

- The Recorder
Phone sex might be expensive and short-lived for consumers, but it doesn’t pay much for the workers on the other line.
That’s according to a class action filed on Tuesday alleging a California-based phone sex operator misclassifies its “phone actors” as independent contractors, depriving them of overtime pay and “off the clock” work. As a result, the sex talk workers, most of whom are women, are paid below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per...

Phone Sex Workers Sue Over Low Wages, Long Hours

Phone Sex Workers Sue Over Low Wages, Long Hours

- Law.com
Phone sex might be expensive and short-lived for consumers, but it doesn’t pay much for the workers on the other line.
That’s according to a class action filed on Tuesday alleging a California-based phone sex operator misclassifies its “phone actors” as independent contractors, depriving them of overtime pay and “off the clock” work. As a result, the sex talk workers, most of whom are women, are paid below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per...