OB Woman With Rx for Medical Pot Arrested When Firefighters Find Pot During Neighbor’s Fire

by on November 3, 2011 · 44 comments

in Ocean Beach, Popular

Lisa Dannielli being arrested. Photo by Howard Lipin.

It certainly would be the pits if upon arriving home to your unit in an OB apartment building, you’re barred from getting into it because there’s been a fire in an upstairs  apartment. And now you find out you’ll be displaced for awhile.

It would be even worst if you find out that a firefighter who came into your apartment to check on fire damage had also found marijuana.

But oh, you have a prescription for medical marijuana?

Doesn’t matter. You get arrested anyway because you got upset you couldn’t get into your apartment. You’re also charged with child endangerment.

Sound horrible? Well, it happened today in Ocean Beach to Larissa Danielli.

Larissa returned to her home on the 4800 block Cape May, an apartment building near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The firetrucks had been there, and when she approached her apartment – downstairs from the fire which was put out – she was blocked by San Diego police officers.

It did turn out that when a firefighter entered her place to check on fire damage, he went to use a cooler and found it was full of marijuana. Here is what the U-T reported:

Firefighters had gone into her home after the blaze was out to assess the damage and found water coming from an electric ceiling fan. One of them grabbed a cooler to collect the water and found it was full of marijuana.

When she insisted – the U-T reported that she “fought with police” – she was arrested for obstruction and child endangerment.  The U-T story does not go any further and there is no explanation of  the child-endangerment charge. Here is their version:

The resident then came home and demanded to be let inside her home. When an officer refused her entry due to the danger she fought with him, Brown said.  She was taken into custody on charges of obstruction and child endangerment.  She was identified as 31-year-old Larissa Danielli, Brown said. Danielli had a prescription for the marijuana, the lieutenant said.

Lisa had nothing to do with the fire.  But it seems like the entire situation could have been handled a whole lot better and arresting someone who is upset at the knowledge that her property has been damaged is not the answer.  Is this police over-reacting or is it both police over-reacting to a civilian who is also over-reacting?

Here is the full San Diego U-T story / SignOnSanDiego

An apartment building in Ocean Beach was damaged by a fire Thursday that was later determined to be accidental.

Firefighters were called to the El Dorado apartment complex on Cape May Avenue near Sunset Cliffs Boulevard at 11:40 a.m., Metro Arson Strike Team fire Captain Mike Merriken said.  When they arrived they found smoke coming from an upstairs unit at the two-story building, Merriken said.

Firefighters entered the apartment and found the kitchen on fire. The flames were quickly extinguished and contained to the kitchen, Merriken said.  Investigators determined that the fire was caused by plastic buckets that had been put on the stove.

The resident told investigators that he placed the containers there to warm them up and then forgot them and left. He was about five miles away when he realized what he had done and returned, Merriken said.  Damage to the unit as well as two below it that were damaged by water was estimated at about $85,000, Merriken said.

In a related incident, a woman who lives in one of those downstairs units was arrested after struggling with police, Lt. Andra Brown said.

Firefighters had gone into her home after the blaze was out to assess the damage and found water coming from an electric ceiling fan. One of them grabbed a cooler to collect the water and found it was full of marijuana, Brown said.

The resident then came home and demanded to be let inside her home. When an officer refused her entry due to the danger she fought with him, Brown said.  She was taken into custody on charges of obstruction and child endangerment.  She was identified as 31-year-old Larissa Danielli, Brown said. Danielli had a prescription for the marijuana, the lieutenant said.

And,  Channel 6 added this:

Firefighters worked quickly to knockdown an apartment fire in the 4800-block of Cape May Ave. in Ocean Beach Monday morning.   The fire started around 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Apartments.Investigators said the apartment was packed full of junk and other items.  The people living within the apartment will be displaced for a short time.

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