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January 9, 2014

Man Arraigned in Alleged DUI Crash That Killed Girlfriend

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:23 am

A Van Nuys man, accused of driving under the influence, was arraigned today in connection with his girlfriend’s death in a traffic collision, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Adan Montalban said Edward Lamont Powe, III, 24 (dob 1/20/89), pleaded not guilty this afternoon to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in case LA076381.

Prosecutors allege that on Dec. 30, 2013, at about 12:30 a.m., Powe was driving a Ford Focus at excessive speed with his girlfriend, Jennifer Benga, 19, when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed against a light pole near Roscoe Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue in the Van Nuys area.

According to authorities, when they arrived at the scene of the crash Powe and the victim were both trapped in the car. She was later declared dead.

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Former Fire Captain Scheduled for Arraignment on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:20 am

A retired L.A. County fire captain will be arraigned Wednesday on child sex abuse charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Edward John Cervantes, 62 (dob 05/29/1951) of Whittier, has been charged with one count each of lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse in case KA103218. He is expected to appear Jan. 8 in Department F of Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.

Prosecutors said that the events surrounding the charges occurred between 2003 and 2005.

The victim, a relative of the defendant, told officials Cervantes allegedly molested her repeatedly while she was in 5th and 6th grade, prosecutors said.

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January 8, 2014

Case Filed in Alleged Nine-Day Kidnapping

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:21 am

A Palmdale man was arraigned today on more than half a dozen criminal counts for the alleged kidnapping of the mother of his child, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson said Giovanni Grey McKinnis, 19 (dob 7/22/94), pleaded not guilty at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 17 in Department A-2.

He is charged in case MA061750 with two counts of corporal injury to child’s parent and one count each of kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and criminal threats. McKinnis also faces a misdemeanor count of disobeying domestic relations court order.

The complaint further alleges that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, and that McKinnis personally inflicted great bodily injury upon the 20-year-old victim under circumstances involving domestic violence.

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Ex-Felons Charged in “Door-Knob Burglary” Scheduled to be Arraigned

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:18 am

Two men charged with the burglary of a Cerritos home are scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dayvonte Marquis Smith, 23 (dob 10/01/1998), and Quintin De Andre Moreland, 25 (dob 11/20/1988), are expected to appear in Department 3 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Norwalk Branch in case VA133298.

Smith and Moreland are each charged with one count of first-degree burglary, person present. Both men have previous convictions: Smith for assault with a firearm and Moreland for receiving stolen property and evading an officer, willful disregard.

Deputy District Attorney Kevin Young said on Jan. 2 at about 11 a.m., the home owner was with her two children when she heard a loud knocking on the door. The victim peered through the window and allegedly saw Smith at her doorstep.

Young said that victim became scared and took her children to a bedroom, locked the door and called police. While the victim was on the phone with authorities, Moreland allegedly kicked in the back door.

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Arraignment Continued for Two LAPD Officers Charged in Workers’ Comp Fraud Cases

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:13 am

Two LAPD officers charged in separate workers’ compensation fraud cases appeared in court today for arraignment, but their arraignment was continued, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Officer Jonathan Hall (dob 9-29-68) was ordered to return to the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30, on Feb. 10 for arraignment, said Deputy District Attorney Arunas Sodonis with the Healthcare Fraud Division.

He was released earlier on $80,000 bail.

Hall was charged in December in case BA419176 with two counts of insurance fraud, one count of attempted perjury under oath and one count of grand theft of personal property. The 19-year LAPD veteran claimed he injured his back while on duty and was placed on leave. On multiple occasions in 2013 while on paid leave, Hall allegedly was observed on a boat helping to carry heavy diving equipment and providing scuba diving instructions to an undercover police officer.

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January 7, 2014

Lancaster Man Charged in Elderly Mother’s Death

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 1:46 am

A Lancaster man accused of killing his 73-year-old mother is scheduled to be arraigned today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Shelton Eugene Bradley, 47 (dob 6/12/66), is expected to appear this morning for arraignment in Department 1 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Branch.

Bradley is charged in case MA061632 with one count of murder and one count of elder or dependent adult abuse resulting in death. Bradley was scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 23 when the case was filed, but the hearing was postponed until today.

The charging document includes six prior convictions for grand theft, unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, robbery and three drug-related offenses between 1992 and 2009.

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January 6, 2014

PAROLEE CHARGED WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PIMPING OF 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:09 am

SANTA ANA – A parolee has been charged with the human trafficking of a 15-year-old girl after bringing her from Los Angeles County to Orange County to engage in prostitution. Kenny Ray Mann, 25, Compton, is charged with one felony count each of human trafficking, pimping a minor, and pandering with a minor under 16 years old by procuring, with sentencing enhancements for a 2008 prior strike conviction and prior prison conviction for robbery, for which he is on parole. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison. The People will be requesting Mann be held on $250,000 bail and be required to prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. The defendant is expected to be arraigned today, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Mann is accused of being a pimp/human trafficker who exploits women and/or children for financial gain.

In mid-December 2013, Mann is accused of meeting 15-year-old Jane Doe in Los Angeles County and pimping her by having her work as a prostitute.

On Dec. 30, 2013, Mann is accused of driving Jane Doe to Orange County to have her work as a prostitute. He is accused of taking her to a motel in Anaheim in an area known for prostitution.

An Anaheim Police Department (APD) officer observed the victim outside of the motel and determined that she appeared to be both a prostitute and a minor. Jane Doe was observed by the officer getting out of a vehicle, which Mann is accused of having registered in his name.

APD contacted the victim and Mann is accused of being identified as her pimp. In addition to having Jane Doe work as a prostitute on the street, Mann is accused of posting advertisements featuring sex acts with Jane Doe on websites known for prostitution.

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Man Arraigned for Carjacking, Possession of an Assault Weapon, Eluding Police

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

A Long Beach ex-felon suspected of carjacking and his brother, an active Marine, pleaded not guilty to possession of an assault weapon today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Brownstone said Robert Charles Maalea, 38 (dob 02/27/1975), is charged with one count each of carjacking, assault by a machine gun or assault weapon, possession of a firearm with prior violent conviction, possession of an assault weapon and evading police.

His half-brother, Alexander Russell Smith, 21 (dob 04/12/1992), is charged with one count of possession of an assault weapon.

Both are charged in case NA097871. They were arraigned today in Department 1 of Los Angeles Superior Court, Long Beach Branch.

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Architect Pleads in Firefighter’s Death

Filed under: Uncategorized — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

An architect who designed and oversaw construction of a luxury home in the Hollywood Hills where a veteran firefighter perished in a blaze nearly three years ago pleaded no contest today and was immediately sentenced, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Gerhard Albert Becker, 49, pleaded no contest to one count of involuntary manslaughter involving a Feb. 16, 2011, blaze that claimed the life of Los Angeles firefighter Glenn Allen, 61. The firefighter of more than 36 years was killed when a burning ceiling fell on him after firefighters responded to an alarm.

The victim’s widow, Melanie Allen, told the judge that their lives were “ripped to shreds” when her husband was killed.

Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentenced Becker to three years probation and ordered him to complete one year in county jail as part of his probation. Judge Perry said he believed city Building & Safety inspectors should have discovered problems in construction prior to allowing the home in the 1500 block of Viewsite Drive to be occupied.

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January 3, 2014

Man Arraigned For Alleged Birthday Party Stabbing

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:30 am

A Sylmar man ordered to stand trial for the stabbing death of a 19-year-old man at a house party was arraigned today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

David Gage Silva, 21 (dob 4/19/92), pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with an allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife.

The defendant, charged in case PA075013, is scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing on Feb. 3 in Department N of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch.

Silva was held to answer on Dec. 17 following a two-day preliminary hearing.

The alleged stabbing occurred at a birthday party on Oct. 28, 2012, in the 13300 block of Sayre Street in Sylmar. The victim, Anthony Hernandez, was at the party as a friend of an invited guest. The defendant also had been invited to attend the celebration.

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