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Arrest made in the Andrea St. John Murder

A series of murders that appear to be connected took place in Lodi and Castro Valley from February through December of 2016.  The three deaths were all by stabbing, neighbors did not see anyone enter or leave the victims’ homes nor did they hear anything to alert them that an attack was taking place.

As written about earlier, the first victim was Dorothy Wiederrich of Lodi on 2/13/16.  The second victim was Alan Karl Gregor, also of Lodi on 9/25/16 and the third victim was Andrea St. John of Castro Valley. St. John was killed on 12/13/16.  All were over 50 years of age.  All were stabbed to death.  All were the victims of a robbery.  In the case of the Gregor and St. John murders their homes were set on fire in an apparent attempts to destroy evidence.

In January of this year, authorities announced the arrest of Kenneth Vanderford, 51, and Kevin Etherton, 25, both from Stockton for the murder of Alan Gregor. (See the photos below.)  This weekend the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) announced the arrest of Luckie Dacanay, also of Stockton for the murder of Andrea St. John.  (See the photo below.) According to the ACSO, St. John was tortured and killed before her house was set on fire.  At the time of his arrest, the alleged killer was in already in San Joaquin County Jail for child molestation, although his name does not yet appear on the California Registered Sex Offenders web site.

Amazingly, neither of these cases has lead to an arrest in the Wiederrich case.  The cases may be unrelated, but sources inform us that there are some connections between Vanderford and Wiederrich.  According to news reports, Dacanay has confessed to the St.John killing.

If anyone saw any of these men in the area of 2315 Woodlake Circle, Lodi, CA on or about 2/13/17 or Valley Springs, CA on or about 4/27/13 please contact me or the San Joaquin County or Calaveras County Sheriffs’ offices.

Screen Shot 05-09-17 at 02.55 PM 001Kenneth Vanderford

(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)

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Kevin Etherton

(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)

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Luckie Dacanay

(Courtesy East Bay Times)

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Money to Municipalities will do a lot to drive the legalization of marijuana.

The town of Coalinga, CA decided to bet it’s future on building a prison.  The town lost the bet and the prison sat unused.  Nothing was gained but debt to the community.  The city council decided to the sell the prison for over $4,000,000.00 to a company in Southern California that grows and produces medical marijuana.  Now a place that would have housed offenders of the various marijuana related criminal statutes will in fact be a home to the production of the medical marijuana products.  According to the article at the link below at least 100 jobs have already been created.  It appears that the ability of municipalities and states to generate cash from marijuana will do more to drive the move to legalize it than anything else.

Coalinga, CA sells it’s prison to a Medical Marijuana company.

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Landlords beware!

In talking with attorneys who represent alleged pot growers and drug producers of various types I have heard how landlords specialize in in renting to folks engaged in this line of work.  Often times landlords can charge exorbitant rates for turning a blind eye.  However, those same landlords are subject to property forfeiture laws if the arresting agency can show knowledge on the part of the landlord.   I would think that above market rental rates would be one such indicator of knowledge as well as complaints from nieghbors.

For those readers who might be thinking that they can benefit from drug trade without actually dealing in drugs, you may want to think again.

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Visiting the Leila Fowler Crime Scene

In the company of Mark Reichel, the Defense Attorney for Isaiah Fowler, I spent Saturday in and around the crime scene of the Leila Fowler stabbing.  The community is not as isolated as one might think and the neighbors were glad the initial law enforcement and media frenzy has passed.  There were a few obvious instances of people driving past the house out of curiosity.

Inside the Fowler’s former residence it is quiet, but not gory.  The various law enforcement agencies ripped out furniture, carpets, plaster board from the walls and even the fireplace in the living room.  Any place where evidence might be hidden was opened up and left open.  The room where the killing took place is void of any personality because nothing but chemically treated blood stains remain on the wall.  Only when you begin to mentally recreate what happened in that room does a chill consume you.

However this case plays out, that feeling will never leave me.

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