Tag: City of Los Angeles

Dorner Reward Still Not Fully Disbursed

  Big Bear, CA, February 11, 2014 – The City of Los Angeles offered a $1 million reward last year for the capture of fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner, however the Big Bear couple taken hostage by Dorner and two other men who were to share in the reward money haven’t received all that they were promised.   Lee McDaniel encountered Dorner at a Corona gas station on Feb. 7, 2013 and alerted police to his presence in the Inland Empire and Snow Summit employee Daniel McGowan called authorities when he spotted Dorner’s burning truck in Big Bear later that morning. Jim and Karen Reynolds of Big Bear, were tied up by Dorner on Feb. 12 after they discovered him holed up in one of their vacation rentals. Karen got loose and called 911 after he fled in their car. As of today, about $860,000. has been distributed. The problem is that the $1 million reward is actually a combination of several awards that had their own rules. The city of Riverside has rescinded their promise of $100,000. because the precise terms of the pledge, that Dorner be arrested and convicted, were not met. A panel of judges assigned to choose the recipients of the $1 million reward waived the arrest-and-conviction requirement of the Los Angeles portion of the reward, calling it impossible to meet. McDaniel was awarded 5%,...

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Heltebrake to file lawsuit for Christopher Dorner Reward

San Bernardino Mountains, April 20, 2013 – An attorney for Rick Heltebrake has announced he will seek the entire one million dollar reward offered by the City of Los Angeles in the Christopher Dorner case. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered the reward in February for information leading to the apprehension and capture of Dorner, who was the subject of a widespread manhunt after killing and wounding several people. On February 12, Dorner carjacked Heltebrake on a road off Highway 38 near Barton Flats. Heltebrake then reported the incident to a San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff’s deputy. The deputy and others later trapped Dorner in a cabin where the suspect ultimately died. Heltebrake’s attorney, Allen Thomas, claims the City of Los Angeles is ignoring both California law and City ordinances by unilaterally selecting its own judge and jury to decide who qualifies for the reward. Specifically, Thomas says the City’s procedure would not allow his client to present evidence directly to the tribunal and question witnesses but would allow the Los Angeles Police Department unfettered access to the tribunal. The proceedings could be conducted in secret beyond public scrutiny. The lawsuit will allege the City breached a valid reward contract and violated Heltebrake’s civil rights by attempting to force an unfair proceeding on him that impairs a valid contract without just compensation. The Media Relations department for the City of...

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