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January 6, 2017

Huntington Park Man Sentenced for Murder of Acquaintance Near Police Station

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:45 am

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for shooting an acquaintance in the head in Huntington Park, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Seth Carmack, who prosecuted the case, said Jorge Godoy of Huntington Park was found guilty of second-degree murder on Oct. 12.

The jury in case BA434355 also found true that Godoy used a handgun to kill Daniel Ivan Santamaria Ramirez, 31.

According to the evidence presented at the trial, Godoy knew Ramirez and had tried to fight the victim prior to the date of the crime. On March 5, 2015, the defendant was near the Huntington Park Civic Center, less than a block away from a police station, when he was approached by the victim, the prosecutor said.


Bloomington woman arrested on suspicion of stealing tools from truck

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 2:42 am

BLOOMINGTON >> Deputies arrested a woman Monday on suspicion of possessing stolen property, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s statement released Thursday.

Christalin Castelan, 28, of Bloomington was arrested at home Monday after investigators executed a search warrant and found property a man reported stolen Sunday as well as other suspected stolen items, the news release states.

Early New Year’s Day, a man in the 1800 block of Rose Avenue in Bloomington discovered his work truck, filled with tools, had been stolen from in front of his home. He later found the truck about half a mile away but his tools had been stolen, the news release states.

“The victim’s stolen items were located on an auction website and advertised for sale, some of which were identified as already being sold,” the news release states. Investigators identified Castelan as being associated with the online auction account and executed the search warrant Monday.

According to the news release, Castelan was booked into the Central Detention Center. A sheriff’s booking website Thursday had no information on her booking.


3 dead, 1 critical in Fontana apartment shooting, man arrested

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

FONTANA >> In the wee hours of Wednesday, police say a 73-year-old man shot and killed three family members and wounded a fourth at a Fontana apartment complex, although one person managed to escape the gunfire.

“This appears to be a result of some sort of family issue, but we’re not certain of the exact nature,” Sgt. Kevin Goltara said Wednesday morning outside the Village Drive Apartments at 14520 Village Drive.

Police allege Ali Zafar, who lives in Orange County, killed his family members over a long-standing financial family issue.

Officers were called shortly before 3 a.m. for a shooting. Police at the scene confirmed it was a triple homicide. Two women and a man were killed and another man is in critical condition.

Another woman in the home managed to flee the apartment unharmed, police said.

“I heard about five shots and heard a woman screaming,” said Sarah Frias, who lives in the unit directly in front of where the shooting took place.


January 5, 2017

Transient Charged with Assault, Smashing Dozens of Car Windows in Koreatown

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:34 am

A 32-year-old homeless man was charged today with smashing the windows of 29 cars, including one with the driver inside, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

William Michael Ramirez (dob 6/24/84) faces 18 felony counts including one count of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of vandalism $400 or more.

Case BA453335 also includes 12 misdemeanor counts of vandalism less than $400.

Ramirez is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

On Jan. 2, the defendant is charged with using a metal saw blade to smash the windows of 28 cars and the rear window of a car being driven near Third and Catalina Streets, prosecutors said.


Ontario woman tries to vacate welfare fraud conviction when she still owed money, prosecutors say

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:32 am

ONTARIO >> An Ontario woman wanted for not paying restitution on a 1998 welfare fraud conviction came out of hiding when she tried to have her record vacated.

Raquel Serrano was convicted of defrauding welfare by using a false Social Security number to collect approximately $40,000 in benefits while at the same time working under her own Social Security number, according to prosecutors. Serrano, now 55, along with her now-deceased husband Juan, received a three-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay the money back to the county as part of the terms of probation.

However, the couple stopped sending in money after paying approximately $9,000, and a judge issued a no-bail bench warrant for their arrest.

They were able to evade capture for nearly a decade, until she attempted to have her case vacated by the courts, according to a news release from District Attorney Mike Ramos’ office.

In 2016, she filed a motion with the San Bernardino County Superior Court, claiming she had completed her terms of probation and had repaid all of the restitution.


Former Tenants Suing Airbnb For Aiding Landlords to Evict Tenants to Rent Apartments

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:30 am

(CNS) – A half-dozen former tenants of a Hollywood neighborhood are suing Airbnb, alleging the online lodging service aided their landlords in ending their tenancies, then re-renting their residences in violation of a municipal ordinance.

Dialmar Castanera, Eric Thevenot, Brandy Menefee, Kristen O’Neil, Takako Inamori and Sonja Durham’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit additionally alleges intentional misrepresentation, aiding and abetting and illegal and unfair business practices.

The suit, filed Tuesday, seek unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. In addition to Airbnb, the suit names their landlords, Belmont Homes LP, and property managers Wiseman Management LLC as defendants.

An Airbnb representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The suit states that all of the plaintiffs rented apartments in the 1300 block of Formosa Avenue long before Belmond Homes acquired the units last February. The property is subject to Los Angeles’ rent stabilization ordinance because the property was built before 1978 and has more than two dwellings, the suit says.


January 4, 2017

17 new California laws that will affect you in 2017

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

This year the state legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown 1,059 pieces of legislation.


• 898: bills the governor signed into law

• 159: bills the governor vetoed

• 2: bills that become law without the governor signing them

Here is a sampling of other new laws that Californians will wake up to in January:

Assault weapons: The new gun-control regulations broaden the definition of illegal assault weapons, require background checks for the first time for ammunition purchases and limit the lending of guns to family members. California bars purchasing, semi-automatic, centerfire rifles or semi-automatic pistols that lack a fixed magazine and have one of a number of features that include a protruding pistol grip or a folding or telescoping stock. If you already own one of these weapons you’ll have to register it.


Deputy arrested for allegedly having sex with teenage girl in Explorer program

Filed under: Uncategorized — fayarfa @ 12:06 am

Authorities say a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl participating in the department’s youth Explorer program.

The department says in a statement Deputy David Israel Ceballos was arrested Friday on charges of sexual intercourse and sexual penetration with a foreign object on a minor. His bail was set at $100,000.

It says the 14-year veteran started a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old after meeting her in mid-2016. She is now 18.

They say other Explorer scouts reported Ceballos to a deputy serving as an Explorer advisor and that started an investigation. There are no other known alleged victims at this time.

The department says 34-year-old Ceballos was placed on paid leave pending a separate administrative investigation.


Beverly Hills News – Possible Suspect Linked to Hollywood Sign Prank

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 12:03 am

(CNS) – So who’s the prankster who altered the famed Hollywood sign on New Year’s morning to make it read “Hollyweed”?

Indications Tuesday were pointing toward a local artist who goes by the moniker “Jesus Hands,” a name that was scrawled on one of the black tarps used to alter the sign.

In an interview with the online magazine Vice, Zach Fernandez said the effort was inspired by a similar 1976 alteration of the sign carried out by Cal State Northridge art student Danny Finegood, who changed the sign to “Hollyweed” as part of a school art project in response to a recent relaxation of marijuana laws. Finegood got an A grade on his project.

“That inspired me, and I dug a bit and found he did some other installs over the years with friends,” Fernandez said. “… So on the bottom of the left of the `O,’ I wrote, `A tribute to Mr. Finegood.’ The main goal of the piece, however, is to bring about conversation.”

His alleged co-conspirator, Sarah Fern, told Vice the idea for the prank “was already brewing, but with the election panning out the way that it did, that was the final push.”


January 2, 2017

California Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Tax Returns

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

An El Cajon, California tax return preparer pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, to three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy for the Southern District of California.

According to documents filed with the court, Marla Cunningham, 50, of San Diego, California, owned and operated Cunningham’s Tax Service, a tax preparation business in El Cajon, California.  Cunningham admitted that she prepared false individual income tax returns for her clients for tax years 2008 through 2010 that included false charitable deductions, unreimbursed employee expenses, education credits, medical and dental expenses and business expenses.  Cunningham agreed that she caused a loss of more than $1.2 million.

Cunningham faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false return, a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties at her sentencing scheduled for March 10, 2017.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo and U.S. Attorney Duffy thanked special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Matthew Hoffman and Benjamin Weir of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case.


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