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3 arrested in Canyon Country home probation check

Posted: April 30, 2014 4:39 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2014 4:39 p.m.

Three people were arrested during a home probation check at a Canyon Country residence, including one on suspicion of elder abuse, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station official said Wednesday.

Deputies checking a home in the 27500 block of Bernina Avenue around 8 a.m. Tuesday discovered a replica firearm, nunchuks, some power tools that were believed stolen, some methamphetamine and a police scanner tuned to the frequencies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, Deputy Josh Dubin said.

Deputies also discovered a 54-year-old woman who was apparently living in a room filled with trash and leftover, rotting food, according to Dubin.

Deputies also noted the smell of urine and feces in the room, he said.

That woman was transported to a hospital for treatment and adult protective services were contacted, Dubin said.

Deputies arrested three people, including Gina Denike, a 50-year-old Canyon Country resident, on suspicion of elder abuse, the deputy said. The 54-year-old woman was Denike’s dependent, he said.

Denike was also arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and unlawful use of a police scanner.

Melissa Johnson, 34, of Canyon Country was arrested for investigation of possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, Dubin said.

Joshua Bateman, 37, was arrested on an alleged probation violation, according to Dubin.

As of Wednesday, Dubin said the investigation is ongoing and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office had not made a determination on what charges to pursue against the trio.
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Unreal: Posted: May 1, 2014 8:07 a.m.

So Joshua Bateman, 37 was arrested for what? Being in a house where someone else had drugs? Or being in a house where someone else had nunchuks?

projalice11: Posted: May 1, 2014 8:35 a.m.

The are certain do's and don'ts when on probation !!
It one's responsibility when on probation to avoid the don'ts!!

For Mr. Bateman this was one of the don'ts !!

Unreal: Posted: May 1, 2014 10:46 a.m.

I am not pro police and definitely not pro crime but I am pro justice.

If someone else in the house had something he should not have and Joshua Bateman had no knowledge he will be able to defend himself in court. I do not think that laws should be applied without an actual brain and heart being used. I know you "Hall Monitor" types will disagree.

This is the stuff that is unnecessary and fills up our courts and jails (or pays the salary for more Prob. Officers) and is costing me more tax dollars.
I sometimes wonder if there is an effort to keep arrests high to keep people employed. Sort of like the Firefighter Captain a few years ago who was convicted of starting fires to keep his firefighters employed.

Unreal: Posted: May 1, 2014 10:57 a.m.

If being in a house where someone else has drugs or thinks they are the karate kid with nunchuks is a crime then huge number of adults in SCV would be arrested for what their little teenagers have in their rooms.

I know there are rules for probation but the idea should be to keep the
PROBATIONER from breaking the law, not trip him or her up for what someone else has done.

Look, I had two comments and all without the need for !!!!!!

johnnyrock: Posted: May 1, 2014 2:04 p.m.

Sound like a bunch of upstanding citizens....not

Unreal: Posted: May 2, 2014 8:35 a.m.

johnnyrock: The others in the house had valid charges. I esp. don't like the lack of care given to the 54 year old. They will have their day in court.

I am only concerned that the one on probation seems to have had nothing that he should not have and is just charged for living in the same house with others who broke the law. I don't think it is fair to charge someone for what others are doing.

I don't care if the law allows these charges.
As Mark Twain said "The law is an ass".

DMeyer: Posted: May 2, 2014 4:50 p.m.


Yes my heart also bleeds for the convict who got tripped up by a technicality in the law. But I'll sleep at night knowing that convicts get breaks all of the time too also by exploiting technicalities.

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