Thursday, May 25, 2017

Congratulations to our Certificate of Excellence Recipient Office Assistant III Kimberly Walker

Kimberly started with our team in December 2015 – from the beginning she has displayed a positive team attitude by being helpful and cheerful. Her enthusiasm and her ability to learn quickly has resulted in a significant increase in productivity and team efforts. Kimberly commits herself fully to her job, putting maximum effort into completing job-related tasks to the best of her ability. She transitioned from misdemeanor cases to felony files for general prosecution successfully with diligence and dedication. Kimberly demonstrates a good work ethic and interpersonal skills and without a doubt has become an asset to our clerical team and department.

Congratulations to our Certificate of Excellence Recipient Office Assistant III Marcela Rodriguez

Marcela Rodriguez is one of our two West Valley Division Family Violence Unit (FVU) secretaries. She is responsible for many important tasks that help the FVU operate smoothly. On a day-to-day basis, Marcela is responsible for building files, generating subpoenas, ordering discovery, maintaining stats regarding each attorney’s caseloads, providing deputies with jury instructions and verdict forms, as well as pulling the daily calendars and posting deputies files. Marcela handles all these obligations with a smile and is always thoughtful, helpful and friendly with everyone she encounters. Marcela is a tremendous asset and an invaluable member of the Rancho Cucamonga FVU and our entire office is thankful that she is part of our prosecution team.


 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Congratulations to our Certificate of Excellence Recipient Office Assistant III Maidali Maldonado

Maidali has always been extremely reliable and for years, has been the constant bedrock and anchor of the Juvenile clerical staff. The Juvenile unit does not know what they would do without her.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Rubidoux man sentenced to state prison for 2013 Shooting Death of Aspiring Hip-Hop Musician Outside Redlands Nightclub

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Rubidoux man was sentenced to state prison today for his role in the shooting death of 22-year old Kevin Decatur of Moreno Valley.

The shooting occurred outside the now-closed Cancun Bar and Grill nightclub in Redlands on Jan. 20, 2013, following a verbal altercation. Decatur had performed at the club earlier that evening.

A San Bernardino Superior Court Judge sentenced 27-year-old Anthony Tolbert (pictured above), of Rubidoux, to 120 years to life in state prison.

In Dec. 2015, a jury found Tolbert, 24-year old Jamal Duncan, of Rubidoux, and 27-year-old Michael Singh, of Corona, guilty of Murder and Street Terrorism and found true multiple allegations related to street terrorism and use of a firearm.

Terryl Morris, 36, of Riverside, was found guilty of Accessory After the Fact.

On March 20, Singh was sentenced to 135 years in state prison and Morris was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months in state prison.

Two days later, on March 22, Duncan was sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison.

This case was prosecuted by Supervising Deputy DA Cary Epstein and the Central Division Support staff and investigated by the Redlands Police Department.

Congratulations to our Certificate of Excellence Recipient Investigative Technician III Michelle Martinez

A quick scan of recent trial kudos emails have one thread in common and that is there is generally a line in there about how Michelle saved the day in trial. One such example follows: During the 2016 Thanksgiving work week, a potential problem surfaced when a Deputy DA was preparing for trial. Along with the assistance of another Investigative Technician, Michelle waited after-hours until the problem was resolved. Her exceptional diligence and extraordinary efforts over the holiday to support the attorney staff cannot be overstated.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Congratulations to our Certificate of Excellence Recipient Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane

Lisa epitomizes the image of a team player. She is always to work early and it is not uncommon for her to work after hours and on weekends. She cares about the cases she prosecutes and always builds and maintains a strong rapport with her victims. Aside from handling her own caseload, she is always available to help her colleagues and help guide our junior deputies. Lisa is an asset to the West Valley Division.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Congratulations to our Certificate of Excellence Recipients Senior Investigator Karen Cragg and Investigative Technician II Michelle Faxon

Always acknowledging the efforts of others, and never seeking attention during her years of tireless and tenacious work in our Child Abduction Unit, speaks to Karen’s investigative style.

Although each case presents legal and social issues that complicate child abduction cases, few challenged Karen and the team more than the reuniting of 22 years old Steve Hernandez with his mother. Steve was abducted at age 18 months, and taken from his mother in the United States, to Puebla Mexico. The abducting father removed all photographs and documents before fleeing. This case was made through extensive coordination with the Department of Justice and Mexican officials; exhaustive investigation follow-ups; developing a ruse to collect a DNA sample, and committed team work. This investigative story extends far beyond the written limits of recognition, but remains in the hearts of those brought together and those who brought them together. Congratulations for Investigative Excellence.

Always courteous, caring and tactful in her professional role as a member of the Child Abduction Unit, Michelle compliments an incredible DA team. As a fluent Spanish speaker, she was a strong investigative resource that reunited 22 years old Steve Hernandez, a U.S. citizen, abducted by his father at the age of 18 months and missing the past 20 plus years with his mother.

This mother and son were reunited after extensive coordination with the Department of Justice and the Mexican officials. Using her Spanish language skills and developing a ruse to collect a DNA sample to confirm identity, and getting cooperation from the Mexican officials, Michelle had a key role in the emotional conclusion to this case. Clearing the immigration checkpoint into the U.S., Steve was accompanied to the San Bernardino County District’s Attorney’s Office to see his mother for the first time since 1995. The matter had extensive local, national and international attention. Michelle’s contributions to this case were significant.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 San Bernardino County Peace Officer Memorial

Congratulations to our Certificate of Excellence Recipient Investigative Technician II Lynn Bonser

Lynn is very organized and always willing to go the extra mile in order to track down discovery. She is dedicated to the mission of the office and always happy to do what she can to achieve justice for victims. During the 2016 Thanksgiving work week, a potential problem surfaced when a Deputy DA was preparing for trial. Along with the assistance of another Investigative Technician, Lynn waited after-hours until the problem was resolved. Lynn’s exceptional diligence and extraordinary efforts over the holiday to support the attorney staff cannot be overstated.