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Boy, 14, accused of trying to bribe Calipatria police officer

April 19, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — A teen here came up with what he apparently thought was a good way to get out of a jam Thursday afternoon.

The 14-year-old boy offered Calipatria police Officer Brandon Heidelberg a $10 bribe after the boy was caught in school carrying a knife.

Heidelberg responded with a laugh, said Calipatria Police Chief Reggie Gomez.

Bill E. Young Jr. Middle School administrators became aware of the situation after other students told them the boy was carrying a knife. He was apprehended right before school ended for the day.

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Police were called and the boy was arrested for possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon at school and, later, bribing an officer.

"The school has a zero-tolerance policy and the Police Department agrees with it," said Gomez of the weapons possession matter.

The bribe came when Heidelberg was filling out paperwork at the station. After Heidelberg passed on the $10 offer the juvenile started crying.

Gomez said Calipatria police don't have many calls regarding students carrying weapons to local campuses.

"Sometimes we have repeat offenders and it only takes a couple of trips to juvenile hall for them to knock it off," said Gomez.

The boy was taken to juvenile hall.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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