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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:48 AM

Larkin Valley man gets probation in assault weapon case

SANTA CRUZ - A Larkin Valley man was recently given three years of probation after admitting to a felony count of possession of an assault weapon, in a muted conclusion to a high-profile weapons and drug case, prosecutors said.

Barry Jerome Nottoli, 64, was arrested in December 2009 after a search at his Larkin Valley Road property uncovered approximately 75 weapons, illegal prescription medication and about 100 marijuana plants.

The weapons found included pistols, hunting rifles, revolvers and an AR-15 assault rifle equipped with a grenade launcher, many of which were unlicensed and some of which were illegal under state law.

The Nottoli property was searched after Barry Nottoli's son Reid Nottoli, 26, was stopped for a traffic violation on Dec. 6, 2009 and deputies found images of weapons on his cell phone. The cases were dropped after Santa Cruz Superior Court Judge Robert Atack ruled that the search of the BlackBerry was improper.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21194966/larkin-valley-man-gets-probation-assault-weapon-case

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:13 AM

1. Imagine that a drug dealing criminal with an illegal firearm...good job LEO's

You took this cancer out of the equation before he could victimize the firearms in his possession.


Hopefully they can be sold, make the state some money, and give the new owners years of shooting enjoyment.

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Response to ileus (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:20 AM

2. I totally agree. (n/t)

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:28 AM

3. Why were they looking on his son's cellphone during traffic stop?

Not that I'm upset that the guy was busted, but I'm pissed off that the police would be so intrusive during a traffic stop. Where is this gonna end?

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Response to Glaug-Eldare (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 07:49 AM

4. Why would any sane adult have gun porn on their cell phone? Sounds like a sick bunch to me.


Maybe the sick adult showed them to the policeman -- But policeman was a good citizen, not easily swayed by gun porn.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:06 AM

5. The article indicates that the police were not in the right to search the phone,

so obviously it was not volunteered. Even if it had been, was there any specific, articulable reason to believe that the pictured firearms were not legally possessed? This kind of behavior by police poisons the public trust, even if it occasionally results in a "good" bust. I'm still a little confused by the article text -- it says Barry received probation, but then that the cases were dropped.

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Response to Glaug-Eldare (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:19 AM

6. cops don't pull over people by mistake.

They knew who they were looking for, they had a reason they pulled over his son. They knew about the old man.

I've watched our local LEO's enough to know how they work. They know what's going on in the community, they gather information and start pulling over friends and visitors. Sooner or later they'll get what they need to execute a warrant. It's the games they have to play to get around the laws that limit their power.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:41 AM

7. The incomplete title of the article reeks of the journalist OCD bias.

 

Title should have been:

"Larkin Valley man gets probation in illeagle prescription drug and assault weapon case."



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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:33 AM

8. When did an

AR-15 become and assault rifle?

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 03:53 PM

9. And he gets a slap on the wrist?

"oh, we need stricter and more laws...."

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