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January 9, 2013

PODIATRIST TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR POSSESSING OVER 1,000 CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IMAGES ON OFFICE COMPUTER

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:56 pm

SANTA ANA - A podiatrist is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for possessing over 1,000 images of child pornography on his office computer. Pete Thomas, 58, Long Beach, is charged with one felony count of possession and control of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. Thomas is out of custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Jan. 10, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On Oct. 15, 2012, Thomas was a podiatrist at Coastline Podiatry in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of having a representative from an imaging company, setup and install a scanner on an office computer. The representative noticed thumbnail images of young girls who were nude and in sexual positions. The representative completed the installation, told his supervisor about the images, and reported it to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD).

On Oct. 30, 2012, SAPD and the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory investigated the files on the computer. The defendant is accused of possessing approximately 1,100 images of girls ranging from 7 to 12 years old in stages of undress and showing their breasts or vagina, including approximately 100 images of young girls involved in sex acts with grown men. On Dec. 11, 2012, SAPD arrested Thomas.

January 8, 2013

Man Charged With Murder of Man Discovered Buried in Concrete

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 8:39 pm

WHITTIER – A 45-year-old Santa Fe Springs man was charged today with fatally shooting a man that he later allegedly encased in concrete, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Juan Manuel Ramirez, aka Juan Alberto Galviz (dob 1-14-66) is scheduled to be arraigned at Los Angeles Superior Court in Whittier sometime after 1:30 p.m.

Ramirez is charged in case VA128108 with one count of murder with a special allegation that he personally discharged a shotgun. Prosecutors will ask his bail be set at $1 million.

Ramirez allegedly fatally shot the victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, on Dec. 23. He later encased the body in cement and buried inside a Santa Fe Springs business, said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer McDonald, deputy in charge of the Whittier Office. Whittier police responded to a tip and discovered the body on Monday.

If convicted, Ramirez faces up to life in prison.

FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION OFFICER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR RAPING TWO WOMEN

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 8:38 pm

SANTA ANA - A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer was convicted today and sentenced to six years in state prison for raping two women. Miguel Lerma Jr., 33, Fountain Valley, pleaded guilty to one felony count of forcible rape for Jane Doe #1 and one felony count of rape of an intoxicated person for Jane Doe #2.

At the time of the sexual assaults, Lerma was employed as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

On Sept. 10, 2009, Lerma met Jane Doe #2 while she was out drinking with a friend in Long Beach. Over the course of the night, Jane Doe #2 became intoxicated due to alcohol and blacked out. While the victim was unconscious from alcohol intoxication, Lerma raped her. She did not know the defendant prior to this evening. The victim later awoke lying in the bushes alone.

Jane Doe #2 reported the rape and Lerma was interviewed and submitted a DNA swab as part of the investigation. The investigation for the rape of Jane Doe #2 was still ongoing and had not been charged in Los Angeles County’s Office as of November 2010.

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January 7, 2013

Two Charged in Connection With Christmas Day Murder of a Neighborhood Coach

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 11:06 pm

PASADENA – A reputed gang member was charged today with capital murder in the Dec. 25 fatal shooting of a neighborhood athletics coach who was caught in the line of fire during a car-to-car shooting, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20 (dob 7-8-92), is charged in case GA088554 with one count of murder with the special circumstances of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and murder to further a criminal street gang. He’s also charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a felon, charges that include personal discharge of a handgun.

Deputy District Attorney Mark Inaba with the Hardcore Gang Division said that Bishop and a second suspect, Gary Aurthur (CQ) Davis, 20 (dob 3-13-92), who is charged in the same complaint as being an accessory after the fact, will make their first court appearance this afternoon at Los Angeles Superior Court in Pasadena, Department D.

Bishop is charged with fatally shooting Victor McClinton, 49, who was gunned down about 11 a.m. on Christmas Day at Newport Avenue and Wyoming Street in Pasadena. The father of two was walking a fellow coach to his car when he was fatally shot, authorities said.

Bishop is also charged with the attempted murder of a driver who crashed his vehicle into a light pole after he sustained a gunshot wound.

There is no evidence at this time that McClinton’s fatal shooting is related to a brief high-speed car chase that killed two people in the same area hours later. Police are still investigating both incidents.

Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty for Bishop, who was convicted of two felony commercial burglaries in San Bernardino County.

Rancho Cucamonga Man Who Operated Large-Scale Marijuana Grow and Commercial Pot Store Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 11:04 pm

LOS ANGELES – The former president of G3 Holistics, Inc., a marijuana business operating in the Inland Empire, was sentenced this morning to 10 years in prison for his conviction last fall on federal narcotics charges for distributing hundreds of pounds of marijuana.

Aaron Sandusky, 42, of Rancho Cucamonga, was sentenced by United States District Judge Percy Anderson, who presided over Sandusky’s trial last fall.

A federal jury that heard two days of evidence convicted Sandusky of two counts – conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. In relation to each of the two counts, the jury determined that the crimes involved at least 1,000 marijuana plants. As a result of the convictions, federal law called for a mandatory sentence of at least 10 years.

Sandusky “is an unrepentant manipulator who used the perceived ambiguity surrounding ‘medical’ marijuana to exploit a business opportunity for himself,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo filed with the court.

Sandusky “used G3 as a means to replace the vast income he lost from the collapse of his real estate business. Defendant built a veneer of legitimacy around his criminal enterprise using his customers’ good-faith search for pain relief. There is absolutely no altruistic component to defendant’s continued and sustained criminality,” according to the sentencing memo.

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January 5, 2013

Legislators vow to change law on rape by impersonation

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 10:56 am

California legislators and the state’s top prosecutor said Friday that they would work to overhaul a law that makes it a crime to obtain sex by impersonating another only if the victim is a married woman.

The 19th century law required a state appeals court on Wednesday to overturn the rape conviction of a Los Angeles County man who entered a darkened bedroom where a woman was sleeping and had sex with her.

The 18-year-old woman said she initially mistook the defendant for her boyfriend, who had left earlier, but resisted when she realized it wasn’t him. Police said the defendant admitted the woman probably wrongly assumed he was her boyfriend.

The Los Angeles-based 2nd District Court of Appeal said it had ruled reluctantly and appealed to the Legislature to change the law. Another court also put the Legislature on notice of the law’s anomaly 30 years ago, but legislators failed to act.

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) said changing the law would be a top priority for the lower house in this year’s legislative session.

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January 2, 2013

Pair Charged in Pasadena Fatal Collision

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 7:15 pm

PASADENA – Two alleged gang members, a male and a female, who led Pasadena police on a brief chase on Christmas Day that ended in a fatal crash, killing two people, were charged today with murder and other counts, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Darrell (CQ) Lee Williams, 22 (dob 6-4-90), and Brittany Michellle Washington, 21 (dob 8-12-91), are scheduled to be arraigned today at Pasadena Superior Court, Department D, said Deputy District Attorney Mark Inaba with the Hardcore Gang Division. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $3.1 million for Williams and $2.1 million for Washington.

Williams allegedly was driving a silver Dodge Durango with Washington in the front passenger seat and two other people inside when it failed stop for police. A brief high-speed chase ended when the SUV slammed into a van near the Foothill (210) Freeway ramp and Marengo Avenue. Killed on impact were van passengers Tracey Ongtan, 25, of Glendale, and Kendrick Ng, 11, from Daly City. Three other passengers were seriously injured.

Prosecutors declined to charge two passengers riding in the fleeing SUV.

Williams, of Pasadena, and Washington, of Los Angeles, were charged with two counts each of murder, three counts each of assault with a deadly weapon, one count each of felon in possession of a firearm in case GA088486. The complaint includes gang allegations against both defendants.

If convicted, they each face up to life in state prison.

January 1, 2013

Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Homeless Woman

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 6:46 pm

VAN NUYS — A 24-year-old Van Nuys man was charged today with attempted murder after he allegedly set a homeless woman on fire as she slept on a bus bench in Van Nuys, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Dennis Petillo (dob 7-26-88) is scheduled to be arraigned sometime today in case LA072905 in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys, Department 100, said Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney with Target Crimes. In addition to attempted murder, he is charged with aggravated mayhem.

Prosecutors will ask his bail be set at $1.03 million.

Petillo allegedly threw an ignitable liquid on the woman then set her on fire, Carney said. The incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on Dec. 27 near Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way.

The 67-year-old victim remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, officials said.

If convicted, Petillo faces a maximum of up to life in state prison.

Two Charged With Murder in Alleged Street Racing Crash

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 6:44 pm

POMONA – The drivers of two cars that allegedly were street racing on West Covina streets on Christmas day were charged today with murder in connection with the death of a 90-year-old wheelchair-bound woman who was thrown out of the van in which she was riding when it was hit by one of the vehicles.

Vincent Lopez, 30 (dob 11/24/1982) and Victor Hugo Sanchez, 34 (dob 8/22/1978) each was charged in case No. KA 100488 with one count of murder and one count of driving under the influence causing injury. Bail for each was recommended at $1 million.

Arraignment is scheduled for tomorrow in Department F, Pomona Superior Court. Lopez, the driver of the car that allegedly hit the van, remains hospitalized for injuries received in the crash. Sanchez, driver of the second car, was not hospitalized.

If convicted, each man faces a possible maximum state prison term of life with the possibility of parole.

Authorities said the two men were at a West Covina tavern with friends earlier in the day. They left in two cars to go to a home in the area. Authorities said the cars were seen darting in and out of traffic on Lark Street and exceeding the posted 40-mph limit.

The crash occurred at Lark Street and Merced Avenue when the car driven by Lopez allegedly struck a van driven by Jaime Ochoa, who was injured. Ochoa’s mother, Celia Latorre, who was in the back of the van in a wheelchair, was thrown out and killed. The second car left the scene and Sanchez was not arrested until several hours after the crash.

December 31, 2012

TWO IN COURT ON INDICTMENT FOR WILLFULLY ENDANGERING EMPLOYEES BY MAINTAINING HAZARDOUS WORK ENVIRONMENT THAT KILLED TWO AND INJURED ANOTHER

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: — fayarfa @ 1:06 pm

SANTA ANA - Two men indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury for willfully endangering employees by maintaining a hazardous work environment after a foreseeable and avoidable water heater explosion killed two employees and injured another were in court today. Roy Thomas Faulkinbury, Corona, and Carl Edward Richardson, formerly of Yorba Linda, both 60, were indicted Dec. 20, 2012, on two felony counts of willful violation causing death. If convicted, they face a maximum of three years in Orange County jail and a $250,000 fine. The defendants are out of custody and are scheduled for a continued arraignment on the indictment Feb. 8, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

A civil suit against the plastics manufacturing corporations Solus Industrial Innovations, LLC, Emerson Power Transmission Corporation, and Emerson Electric for willfully operating an unsafe work environment, which resulted in the death of two employees was filed July 6, 2012 (Case # 30-2012-00581868).

On July 12, 2012, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) released a press release with the following information on the civil case, and Faulkinbury and Richardson are accused of the following:

Beginning in 2007, the defendants are accused of controlling a workplace and managing employees in a plastics manufacturing plant in Rancho Santa Margarita. They are accused of willfully, knowingly, and intentionally maintaining an unsafe and hazardous work environment for employees under their control.

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