Police cite student for book theft – 5/31/2010

A De Anza College student was arrested on May 27, cited for stealing two textbooks from the De Anza College Bookstore.

Earnest Sims, the suspected perpetrator, walked in the bookstore at 2:10 p.m. and asked an employee for a calculus and American history textbook. Courseware Coordinator Reza Kazempour, suspicious that a student would ask for textbooks during the eighth week of the quarter, asked Noah Asch, from bookstore customer services, to watch Sims’ activity until he walked out.

Sims was first stopped in front of the Student and Community Services Building and questioned by Assistant Police Chief Jim McMahon regarding the stolen books, but denied the allegations.

Since Kazempour did not get a good look at the suspect, Sims was let go, but was stopped two minutes later by officer J.R. Dorcak so that two other employees who did see him could positively identify him.

After the two employees identified Sims, he confessed to stealing the books and selling them to Premier Textbooks, across the street from De Anza in the Oaks Shopping Center, said Kazempur.

McMahon and officer Frank Rocha questioned the manager of Premier Textbooks after the books were returned to the bookstore.

Sims was cited for violating penal code 488 PC, petty theft, at the scene and released. He also faces academic discipline with the possibility of suspension.

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Chemical accident causes PE quad evacuation for decontamination – 4/14/2010

A chemical accident last Wednesday morning caused chlorine gas to be released in the PE quad, resulting in an evacuation and clouser of the area for most of the day.

The incident began in PE 3, when a contractor from Tri-Con used the wrong chemical mix to treat the pool water supply. This caused a reaction that released hazardous fumes. The contractor notified law enforcement at 9:06 a.m.

The Foothill-De Anza Police Department was the first to respond one minute later with the Santa Clara Fire Department arriving at 9:10 a.m., followed by paramedics. Police units were present during the day to provide safety for the evacuation and the coordination with the fire department officials.

“Because of the quick actions of the first responders, the situation was contained and the danger was mitigated by removing people from the immediate area. The disruption to the normal academic environment was kept to an absolute minimum,” said Ron Levine, chief of the Foothill-De Anza Police.

Students and staff were safe following the incident with only the contractor hospitalized. He was transported to Kaiser in Santa Clara with non-life threatening injuries where he was treated and released.

The fire department requested a HazMat unit at 9:18 a.m., which arrived within a few minutes. HazMat units from the fire department decontaminated the area and the PE quad was reopened at 6:00 p.m.

Chlorine is a chemical that is used in bleaching and disinfectants. However, as a gas, it is a toxin that irritates the respiratory system. Chlorine is heavier than air and tends to accumulate in poorly ventilated areas.

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Laura Bush visits De Anza – 2/24/2010

With ongoing budget cuts that are affecting schools nationwide, former First Lady Laura Bush addressed issues regarding education, along with topics involving global affairs as part of the 2009-2010 Celebrity Forum.

Prior to her arrival, traffic around the Flint Center backed up as buses dropped off attendees and motorists entered the Flint Center garage. Some tried to get a quick glimpse of. Bush at the side entrance.

The event may have had an open atmosphere, but security was tighten around the Flint Center.

Secret Service agents patrolled inside, the district police had uniformed and plain clothes officers on duty and the CHP patrolled the area with bomb sniffing dogs.

Dr. Richard Henning, founder of the Celebrity Forum, started the event by presenting the list of speakers available for the next season, then gave a small speech about Bush and her achievements before introducing her to the audience.

Mrs. Bush began the event with a joke and a bobble head of herself then.

She told a brief story about how her family is doing after leaving the White House. She gave support for the Clinton/Bush Haiti fund along with Bill Clinton’s work in Haiti.

With a variety of issues affecting the world, Bush focused on the importance of encouraging literacy in America along with the struggle of women’s rights around the world that she witnessed during her time as first lady.

“I believe every child should be able to read as literacy is the foundation of democracy,” said Bush.

This was followed by her appeal to bring awareness to the understanding of breast cancer, along with awareness of the risk of heart disease among women. “Breast cancers do not respect borders and neither should we when fighting it,” said Bush.

She told about her personal experience during the Sept. 11 attack and how the events of the tragedy impacted her. She spoke about the shock she endured by the attack and the calmness she witnessed in Sen. Ted Kennedy.

“I woke up on Sept. 12 to a new life,” said Bush. “I was no longer addressing literacy but condemning the brutality of the Taliban.”

She also spoke about the variety of criticism George W. Bush received when he was in office, but despite personal feelings she referred to them as the “clanking gears of democracy.”

Bush concluded her speech by discussing the upcoming Bush Foundation that she is working on. After the discussion, audience members submitted questions to be asked by Henning.

Several questions were presented regarding her viewpoints about the Obama administration, her confidence in Sarah Palin and comments made by Dick Cheney. She kept the response mutual and respectful. “Anyone who wants to be president should try it,” said Bush on her thoughts about Palin.

The discussion ended with a standing ovation from the audience while Bush walked of stage to attend a private function at the California History Center.

“She had a compelling story that was well written and well delivered,” said Gene Plevyak, an audience member. “She was so articulate and cleverly avoided political commentary.”

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Student threatens girlfriend, police arrest on campus – 2/5/2010

The Foothill-De Anza Police arrested student Ryan Cannon in the campus parking lot on Wednesday, Jan. 27 after he allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend on the De Anza campus the previous day.

Cannon was wanted by police for threatening the life of his ex-girlfriend and for vandalizing a car she was riding in on Jan. 26.

Campus police attempted to apprehend Cannon after the incident was reported, but were unable to locate him.

Officer Leif Nelson was investigating the case and was responsible for locating the suspect. Cannon was arrested in Lot C around 9:12 a.m. after being spotted by Officer Nelson. Officer Frank Rocha along with Asst. Chief Jim McMahon assisted in the arrest.

“It’s sad to see boyfriend-girlfriend relationships deteriorate to this point,” said Ron Levine, Chief of the Foothill-De Anza Police Department. “Threats and violence are not tolerated under any circumstances. We’re glad that the victim is safe and no longer in danger.”

Cannon is being charged with one felony count of violating Penal Code 422 (criminal threat).

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Student sexually harassed inside Learning Center – 1/25/2010

An unknown male caused a disturbance in the Learning Center last Wednesday by committing a sexual act of indecent exposure in front of a student.

According to the police and a witness, David Bryars, the incident began when an older man was looking at a female student for an extended period of time on the south side of the first floor. The student was disturbed and she gathered her belongings and left. As she walked by the man, she noticed that the man was masturbating.

The student notified Bryars at the front desk, who then called the police at 7:10 p.m.

The man was seen a few times trying to find an alternate escape route on the second floor before slipping out through an emergency exit on the first floor.

“It was a discomfiting thing because of the utter lack of regard for everyone involved,” said Bryars.

Foothill-De Anza Campus Police Officer Jeff Meade and Officer J.R. Dorcak responded to the incident at 7:12 p.m. The officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

As a standard practice for all victims for sex crimes, the student was offered a referral by the officers to see a counselor.

The suspect has been described as a white male in his fifties who is about six feet, 200 lbs. with short gray hair and balding on top. He was last seen wearing a light blue short sleeve shirt and light blue denim pants. It’s unknown if he is a student or has been caught doing similar acts before.

“Our officers are actively investigating this case and pursuing several leads. We hope to identify a suspect based on witness descriptions and statements,” said Ron Levine, Chief of the Foothill-De Anza Campus Police.

The investigation is ongoing, but despite the nature of the crime, such incidents rarely happen on campus. According to police data, on average, an act of indecent exposure happens between once to twice a year in a five-year period.

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De Anza campus police hope to interact more with students – 12/1/2008

When Ron Levin was sworn as chief of the Foothill-De Anza Campus Police in August of 2004, one of his top priorities was to institute a community oriented policing program.

Five years later, there has been a significant reduction in the number of crimes committed on campus.

“I feel confident that the Foothill-De Anza District Police Department fully embraces the concepts of community oriented policing,” said Levine, “and we are dedicated to enhancing our ability to serve the community effectively.”

Community Oriented Policing is a program where officers have more personal interaction with people on campus at De Anza College. It serves as deterrence against crime while helping to establish trust between students, faculty and the officers.

The program has required both officers and Police Student Aides go through a “Train the Trainer” course for Community Policing, 40 hours of “Crisis Intervention Training,” along with a Peace Officers Standards and Training certified bicycle patrol training program taught by the San Jose Police Department.

One of the key elements is requiring the officers to have more contact with both students and faculty on campus. Officers have been encouraged to do more foot patrol and while driving their cars to have the windows down so they may make eye contact with people.

Another important aspect is having officers patrolling the campus on bikes. Three officers have been certified to patrol campus on specially equipped mountain bikes.

These bikes give the officers a better opportunity to patrol parking lots and the inner campus areas.

Yet with a decrease in crime, with it the police have been having more personal interaction with students.

Examples of the effectiveness of the community policing included when Bob Concilla, Director of Campus Security, assisted a student who was writing an English term paper on campus parking by taking the time to answer her questions.

“I’m really enjoying the opportunity of seeing Community Policing in full force,” said Concilla, “It makes working here all the better.”

Another officer, Frank Rocha, took the time to connect with a student who he had apprehended for speeding to become acquainted.

Other techniques that are being used include communicating with students through Facebook and Myspace and also having a strong working relationship with student media.

The Community Oriented Policing program has received strong support from the district, who are encouraging police to expand the program while continuing to build their trust among faculty and students.

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Chase on campus ends in arrest – 10/23/2008

The officer yelled, “Stop!” but the man in black kept running.

Students watched silently and without expression as Foothill-De Anza police officer Manuel Respicio, dressed in a brown khaki uniform, ran fast and close behind the fleeing man. The two men darted through groups of students huddled to smoke at the front of De Anza College. Just as soon as they passed, those same students were using their cell phones to call their friends and tell them what had happened, even as they continued to watch the chase speed across Parking Lot A.

“He just ran right past me, like, pushing me aside,” said one student into her cell phone after the two men ran past. “They’re still chasing him, too!”

Many lost sight of the two running men, but at the far end of Parking Lot A near the north entrance to Stevens Creek Boulevard, another officer who had heard of the pursuit on his radio stood waiting. As the fleeing man approached, the officer drew his weapon and moved in to apprehend him. The confusion, the flash pursuit, the adrenaline rush that had started just minutes prior ended just as abruptly at 10:54 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers on the scene breathed heavily in the calm that followed the chaotic pursuit. They had a wanted man in custody. Roozbeh “Rooz” Enayati, a 28-year-old De Anza student, had two outstanding warrants out for his arrest; one in San Mateo County for failing to appear in court on charges of domestic violence, and the other in Santa Clara County for violating his probation.

Several campus and county police units responded to the back up call, and Enayati was placed under arrest at 11:11 a.m. The police searched his person as well as his backpack before locking both inside a Foothill-De Anza police car. Campus police delivered Enayati to Santa Clara County Jail, where he is being held until he can appear on trial.

Interim Director of Campus Safety and Security Bob Cancilla was one of the first officers to respond to the call for back up. “I was very impressed with the other officers’ handling of the situation,” he said. “It was all done very professionally. Our job is to make this a safe environment for the students and faculty, and I feel we have accomplished that today.”

According to the Belmont, Calif., police department, Enayati was arrested July 18, 2006, in Belmont in San Mateo County on a “Battery On Spouse, Cohabitant, Or Former Spouse” charge.

Campus police first received word Tuesday from San Mateo County of the bench warrant that had been issued for the De Anza student’s arrest. The police used his schedule of classes to determine his location Wednesday morning.

At 10:30 a.m., Enayati was attending a journalism class on news writing in room L-42. Two officers, one in a tan uniform and the other in plain clothes, approached the L4 building where Enayati waited unsuspecting.

The plain-clothes officer entered the classroom and, standing near the doorway, asked if Enayati would step outside to speak with him.

“It was probably about ten minutes into class,” said Aiselle De Vera, also a student in the news writing class. “He got up and went towards the door and they just left. The whole class kinda looked as they left. We didn’t know what happened after that because Rooz never came back.”

Once outside the classroom, the plain-clothes officer attempted to speak with him when Enayati, possibly spotting the uniformed officer, turned and fled toward the parking lot.

The officer in uniform, Respicio, followed closely behind while calling into his radio for back up. Units from the Foothill-De Anza police department and Santa Clara County responded to the call, and the North end of campus was soon flanked by several police cars and vans. Campus police were informed of the second arrest warrant after Enayati was apprehended.

“He seemed pretty normal,” said De Vera about Enayati. “He’d talk about homework, like what’s the answer to this question, or what did you do over the weekend or what classes are you taking. He never really said anything about himself personally.”

Co-written with Shawn McGann
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