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Wednesday, Apr 29 2009 05:05 PM

Crime shorts: Accused animal horder sent to state hospital

By The Bakersfield Californian

A Tehachapi woman accused of abuse in the hoarding of dozens of dogs and cats in a Tehachapi warehouse was committed Wednesday to Patton State Hospital.

Cynthia Gudger, 60, can stay in the hospital for up to three years or until she is found competent to stand trial, prosecutor Michael Yraceburn said.

More than ten felony counts will remain pending while she is in the hospital, Yraceburn said.

She was arrested last summer after people near a warehouse on Bear Valley Road reported foul odors. Gudger lived in a small apartment inside the warehouse.

Animal control officers seized 15 dogs, 37 cats and 14 frozen animal corpses from the property where officers found rotting food, piles of trash, feces and urine all over the building.

Some of the animals had to be euthanized, officials said.

-- Californian staff

The Kern County Sheriff's Office received a citizen complaint of a subject reportedly selling marijuana to students who attend North High School. The subject resided at an apartment complex located in the 200 block of Universe Avenue. During the investigation, deputies assigned to the Major Violators Unit witnessed suspected marijuana transactions occurring at the apartment complex. During one incident, deputies observed a subject provide marijuana to a minor. The minor smoked the marijuana in front of the apartment then walked across the street to North High School.

On Monday, at about 2 p.m., deputies served a search warrant at the apartment and made contact with Michael Gillett, age 27. In the apartment, deputies found a room converted for marijuana cultivation. Deputies seized the following: 13 marijuana plants, 4 mason jars of dried marijuana, individual baggies of marijuana, 8.5 grams of hashish and 2 scales.

Gillett was not able to provide any documentation to establish that he is involved in operating a Medicinal Marijuana Cooperative or Collective under the California Attorney General Guidelines for the Security and Non-Diversion of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use.

Michael A. Gillett was arrested for;

H&S 11361 (b), Furnishing Marijuana to a Minor,

H&S 11362.79 (b) Smoking Marijuana within 1000 feet of a school,

H&S 11358 Cultivation of Marijuana,

H&S 11359 Possession of Marijuana for sales, and booked into the Kern County Sheriff's Office Central Receiving Facility.

-- Kern County Sheriff's Department

On Wednesday, at about 7:35 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of McNew Court regarding a victim of a shooting. Deputies located an injured adult male identified as Odis Hanson, 28 years old. Hanson was suffering from an apparent gun shot wound to his right leg. Hanson was transported via ambulance to Kern Medical Center were he is being treated for his injury. The injury does not appear to be life threatening.

Initial information received indicates Hanson was shot while riding his bicycle in the 1000 Block of McNew Court as the suspect vehicle drove passed him. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark colored SUV occupied by multiple suspects. At this time it is unknown if this incident is gang releated.

If anyone has information regarding this case, they are encouraged to call the Kern County Sheriffs Office at 861-3110 or the Secret Witness Program at 322-4040.

-- Kern County Sheriff's Department

On Tuesday, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department responded to 322 Ohio Dr. #C regarding an unknown situation. Upon arrival, Officers found a 4 year old juvenile male inside the residence suffering from severe injuries to his eyes and hands. The investigation led Officers to East Terrace Way where the suspect was located. He is identified as Angelo Vidal Mendoza, 34.

The suspect, who is the victim's father, had self inflicted injuries to his right ankle and foot. He also appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

The juvenile was transported the Mercy Hospital for treatment. The suspect was also transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The suspect was arrested for P.C. 273a (a) Child Endangerment, P.C. 206 Torture and P.C. 205 aggravated Mayhem. The investigation is continuing at the time of this notice.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

-- Bakersfield Police Department

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