Who’s getting Dorner’s Reward money?

By Stefani Camille
May 10, 2013

The Los Angeles Police Department posted a document on its website in which a panel of three judges detailed the payouts for the $1 million dollar reward that was announced by Mayor Villaraigosa back in February.

Richard Heltebrake, camp ranger, tried to block the release of the $1 million dollar reward because he felt he deserved a payout since he called 911 and help to tip off authorities. He was not listed in the payout.

Heltebrake was not entitled to the money because officers already were aware Dorner was in the area by the time the camp ranger had called 911, according to a 12-page report released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

A panel of three retired judges determined that 80% of the money would go to a couple who were bound and gagged by Dorner in their Big Bear cabin. A ski resort employee was awarded 15% and a tow truck driver 5%, according to a report detailing the judges’ decision.

This means that about $800,000 will go to James and Karen Reynolds. Daniel McGowan, who found Dorner’s burning truck in the Big Bear area where he eventually was discovered, will get $150,000, and $50,000 will go to tow truck driver R.L. McDaniel, who reported spotting Dorner at a gas station earlier in the manhunt.

Heltebrake had filed papers in Superior Court that claimed he should receive a “sum not less than

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