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Animal poaching and smuggling
LOS ANGELES (CNS) >> A Monterey Park man who accepted packages containing three highly venomous king cobras coiled up in potato chip canisters pleaded guilty today to a federal wildlife smuggling charge. Rodrigo Franco, 34, admitted to smuggling another 20 or so cobras, as well as sending protected turtles to Hong Kong, according to his plea agreement. Prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of no more than 18 months in exchange for the plea. A Dec. 7 sentencing hearing was...
Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest
Fired Centinela Valley schools Superintendent Jose Fernandez pleaded not guilty Friday to public corruption allegations that a prosecutor alleged could have bilked the district of $1.5 million to as much as $3 million. Fernandez, 57, wearing blue jail attire after spending two days behind bars, said nothing during his arraignment at the Torrance courthouse, bowing his head and looking down. He sat facing a judge with his hands cuffed behind his back. Judge Thomas Sokolov entered...
Three years after Jose Fernandez was fired from his position at the helm of the Centinela Valley Union High School District after revelations of excessive compensation, the disgraced former superintendent was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges. Fernandez, 57, was booked into county jail at 9:30 a.m., according to online records. • RELATED:
ALHAMBRA >> A South Pasadena man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for smothering his 5-year-old son then leaving the body in a wooded area in Santa Barbara County. A day before the murder, Aramazd Andressian Sr. took his only son, Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian II, to Disneyland. The 35-year-old appeared Wednesday at Alhambra Superior Court in handcuffs and wearing a padded, so-called suicide vest that fell past his knees. He had
A two-hour standoff with a barricaded suspect who was seen with a gun ended peacefully Monday evening in the High Desert community of Spring Valley Lake, authorities said. The incident was reported at 5:07 p.m. in the 13300 block of Alta Vista Drive in an area south of Victorville. Neighbors reported hearing shots and said a man was seen outside a residence with a gun, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman wrote in an email. The man had gone...
HESPERIA >> A traffic stop in Hesperia on Saturday morning took a gun, drugs and a convicted felon off the streets, sheriff’s officials announced Monday. Shortly after 11:30 a.m. deputies pulled over a Chevrolet Malibu after the driver failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Cashew Street and Third Avenue, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s news release. Sheriff’s officials said the driver, James McGilberry, 40 of Hesperia,...
A 20-year-old Rialto man died and his 19-year-old neighbor was arrested after a dispute led to gunfire late Sunday, Aug. 20, authorities said. Anthony Villanueva and Kevin Gutierrez were in an argument about 11:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Spruce Avenue, Rialto police said in a news release. Both retrieved firearms and shots were fired, Sgt. Cameron Nelson said. Only Villanueva was hit. Police and paramedics arrived, and Villanueva was taken to the hospital with...
San Bernardino >> A Colton man on trial for the 2010 slaying of Jose Luis Moya learned his fate Friday in a San Bernardino courtroom. Documented gang member Michael Joseph Monson Jr., 32, was found guilty of murder. On April 6, 2010, Moya was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head after a confrontation at a home in the 200 block of West Orange Avenue in Colton. Monson went to the home of his ex-girlfriend that afternoon where a dispute escalated between him and...
Mass transit systems
The woman seated next to them on the Metro Blue Line began speaking louder, and her words became more profane. She started cursing at her boyfriend who had his hand under her shirt. Then, when she announced in full voice she would take off her top and flash the train, that was the last straw. Michael Payan and Nelson Perez exited the light-rail train at the next stop, ran down the platform and hopped back on finding a seat in a different car seconds before the train pulled...
Assault and battery
UPLAND >> A probationer punched and tried to gouge the eyes of an Upland police officer who had pulled him over Saturday night, causing injuries that sent the officer to the hospital, authorities say. Two officers pulled over 22-year-old Cody Tyler Duke in the 1500 block of North Benson Avenue just before 6 p.m. for a “DUI traffic collision investigation,” according to an Upland Police Department news release. When the officers tried to place Duke under...