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News - February 23, 2011

FBI is also looking at DA's office, sources say

by Renee Batti

A source recently interviewed by the FBI has revealed that the apparent investigation by the federal agency isn't limited to the town of Atherton, but includes the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office as well.

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Posted by What happened?, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 22, 2015 at 11:37 am

What happened to all of the comments from this story from 2011? There were many. A

Posted by What happened?, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

Any reason all of the dozens and dozens of comments under this thread from 2011 were scrubbed?

Posted by registered user, Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Very good question.

Posted by Poster, a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Are these the links you are looking for:

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Posted by observant resident, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 25, 2015 at 3:35 am

we've all seen or heard about the sketchy mis-doings by Steve Wagstaffe. We've had the same experience with the completely outrageous situations within the walls of the APD. Why don't we actually do something this time around?

The only person in the APD I knew that had his heart in the right place was Sgt. Guerra. Then he was ousted quickly probably because he had an actual passion for real ethical police work and that contradicted what "blue code of silence" had been, and still is being employed in the culture in Atherton.

If you'd really like to read further, go to the articles of Officer Yee. He was the Atherton Police Officer who was also a very solid cop until his dramatic indictment for allegedly stealing an Atherton Resident's golf clubs out of their car's trunk and driving away(in his squad car). Then returning to respond to the theft call.

What's brow-raising about this story that on the surface seems like a cut-and-dry case is that he, too, was a wonderfully kind and passionate officer of the law that, if you read the comments, for some reason didn't seem to be very liked by his colleagues at APD.

In order to not sound like an activist for these specific cops, I'll refer you again to the article comments trail within those articles respectively. One thing I will say though, is that you get the feeling he was framed by the blue code of silence brotherhood that had formed in Atherton over the past two decades. Why would a POLICE OFFICER who knows the ins and outs of fundamental theft investigations blatantly take these golf clubs to a golfMart in San mateo county and sell them? My suspicion is that round of dirty cops somehow convinced him they were a gift from them and so he again, was caught on APD parking lot survailence video removing the clubs from his squad car and placing them in his personal vehicle.

His testimony was never heard in court because of the imminent enormous legal fees he would have accrued through defending himself against a laundry list of crimes you can imagine he was charged with for 'stealing golf clubs from a resident while on duty, then returning to answer the dispatch call in response to the resident's 911 call about stolen golf clubs, then in turn filing a theft report on behalf of the resident.'

Call me crazy but if you think Atherton Police are an upstanding and honest department, please do refer me to any police blotter in the last ten years that state an actual resident of Atherton was arrested on DUI charges. Please find me any proof they have done any of that.

Moreover: an officer, who will remain unnamed for sake of not having my entire post deleted by almanac staff, was questioned by the CHP a few years back as to why he did not arrest a resident for DUI. this resident was stopped by the officer for speeding, cited for speeding, then stopped 30 minutes later by CHP and arrested for DUI.

Moral of the story, if you think you're just being paranoid by thinking there's a larger picture in Atherton, I wouldn't just turn the page. Wherever there's corruption and bribery, there's money --and god knows Atherton was named the richest zip-code in the United States by Forbes in 2011

Posted by registered user, Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Feb 25, 2015 at 8:16 am

Observant Resident,

Great post