Monday, April 20, 2015

Scenes from Monday's Second Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Memorial

 Victim Advocates from San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office share information about available services.
 
Father Benedict Nwachukwu-Udaku delivers the invocation.

Supervisor and Chairman of the Board James Ramos leads the Pledge of Allegiance while the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Honor Guard presents the Colors.

Deputy Coroner Investigator Lela Perriello fills the County Rotunda with "Amazing Grace."

District Attorney Mike Ramos speaks to a crowd of approximately 300 seated in the County Rotunda.

San Bernardino Police Officer Gabe Garcia and family rises to standing ovation following a Moment of Silence for all crime victims.

Executive Officer Julie Nauman from the California Victims Compensation Program

The Redlands East Valley High School Choir, under the direction of Rita Stephens, perform.
 
Former camper-turned-counselor Jimmy Gonzalez, discusses the impact that Camp Good Grief had in his life.


District Attorney Mike Ramos presents Dinah Evans and Dorothy Brooks from Loma Linda Children's Hospital with the Award for Exemplary Service to Victims for their work with Camp Good Grief.



Thursday, April 2, 2015

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week



Crimes Against Children Prosecutor Jane Templeton honored for her work


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – Deputy District Attorney Jane Templeton was recognized Thursday at the 17th Annual “Shine a Light” on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast for her dedication and commitment as a Crimes Against Children prosecutor. The annual event, hosted by Children’s Network, is held at the end of March as a kick-off for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April.
Templeton is a 15-year veteran prosecutor assigned to the Central Division Family Violence Unit, who specializes in the prosecution of felony crimes against children. She currently has 40-plus child abuse cases on her caseload.
According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Simon Umscheid, who oversees the Central Division, despite the heavy workload, Ms. Templeton always handles her cases with the victim’s well-being in mind.
“She is always able to put the victim first not only in the handling of the case but also in the final outcome of the case,” said Umscheid. “She is frequently able to work out significant dispositions sparing the child from having to face the perpetrator in open court.”
Umscheid added that this results in both securing justice for the victim and also sparing them the traumatizing experience of testifying in open court.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Social Media Recap

https://www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoCountyDistrictAttorney
 
 
 
 
https://twitter.com/sbcountyda
 
 
 
 
Did you know that each Division has its own Twitter account? This week we highlight the posts of SBCDACentral: http://twitter.com/SBCDACentral
 



 
 
 
 

IN THE NEWS: Victim of drunk driving crash shares story for local students

By ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 27, 2015 at 7:33 AM


APPLE VALLEY — Through a mock sentencing trial and an emotional account of a teen's involvement in a drunken driving crash, seniors at Granite Hills High School were given a serious lesson Thursday morning about the consequences of drunk driving.

More than 200 GHHS seniors gathered with students from other county high schools at the school's performing arts center for a mock sentencing of a DUI driver based on a real collision that injured four teens in Rialto in June 2014. The event kicked off the Safe and Sober Prom 2015 campaign, an effort sponsored by the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, the District Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Department to raise awareness about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk.

First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood and DA Michael Ramos attended the event and voiced their support of the program.
"We don't want to see anymore victims, especially young victims or collateral victims," Ramos said Thursday morning. "We see that every day, where a loved one's life was lost. But because of these prevention and intervention programs we are seeing a reduction (in alcohol-related cases filed). We had 13,000 cases in 2012 ... 11,000 in 2014. My goal is to get that way down."

After the comments from officials, 17-year-old Jurupa Valley High School student Gabriella Limon took to the dais to give a first-hand account of her experience being in a crash involving a drunken driver. She proceeded to tell about how she, her boyfriend and two other friends were driving to a Sweet Sixteen celebration on the night of June 21, 2014 when they were "T-boned" by a drunk driver.
"We had plans to enjoy a beautiful summer night," Limon said. "Little did we know, we wouldn't be attending any events that night. My legs, my arms, I (couldn't) feel them. As soon as they got me out the pain hit and it was unbearable, it felt like my lower body was unattached."

She suffered a broken pelvis, punctured kidney and scars from pieces of glass that landed on her during the crash. Her friends suffered injuries ranging from a broken spine to internal bleeding and punctured intestines.

"All because that guy chose to drink and drive and hit us," Limon said.

 
 

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Michele “Miki” Marhoefer named the 33rd Assembly District Woman of the Year

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte presents Miki Marhoefer with a resolution commending her as Woman of the Year for 2015. Pictured from left: Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, Michele “Miki” Marhoefer, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins

On March 9, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte honored Marhoefer as the 2015 Woman of the Year for the 33rd Assembly District for her work and time spent teaching women and youth about gun safety and shooting sports.

“We started the day with brunch and a tour of the Capital,” said Marhoefer, an Investigative Technician III with the Bureau of Investigation. “The ceremony was actually on the Assembly Floor and we were seated in chairs around the perimeter. Each honoree was escorted down the center aisle as the reasons for your recognition were read.”

Marhoefer is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor and a “Refuse to be a Victim” Instructor. For the last five years she has led more than 100 women annually through the NRA’s “Women On Target” program which focusses on shooting sports and improving on marksmanship, both in a safe environment.

After Marhoefer received her award, the honorees were treated to lunch at the base of the Capitol building steps.

“It was an awesome day and it was truly an honor to meet Assemblyman Obernolte,” said Marhoefer. “The best part of the whole day was that my wonderful husband and my parents got to enjoy it with me.”



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Recent Criminal Sentencings in San Bernardino County



Eric Jackman was sentenced to 24 years in state prison for continuous sexual abuse of a child. The Jackman case was prosecuted by DDA Brie Durose and investigated by the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department. Great work by the Desert Division staff who assisted in this case.


Enrique Hernandez was sentenced to 45 years, 8 months in state prison for multiple charges of sexual abuse and forcible rape of a child. Great work by DDA Maggie Yang and the Desert Division staff for securing justice for the victim. Victorville City Police was the investigating agency.


Dameyion Kennedy was sentenced to 120 years to life for shooting at a Victorville deputy. The case was prosecuted by DDA Shannon Faherty and carried out with the help of the Desert Division staff and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville Station.


Great work by DDA Karen Schmauss and the West Valley Division staff who worked on the Arturo Castaneda case. Castaneda was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for continuous sexual abuse of a child. Rancho Police Department was the investigating agency.


Marquis Harris was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for the 2011 killing of Tyrone English. Great work by DDA Enrique Guerrero who prosecuted the case and the Central Division staff who assisted behind the scenes. This case was investigated by the San Bernardino Police Department.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Child Abduction Unit reunites father with his 8-year-old daughter

Beasley pictured with his daughter after they were reunited
An 8-year-old girl has been reunited with her father after her mother violated a court order allowing visitation rights.
In Feb. 2014, Tasha Montgomery, 27, of San Bernardino, violated a court order when she failed to allow visitation of her daughter with the biological father, 29-year-old Jonathan Beasley of San Bernardino.
Montgomery's disregard for the court order led to a modification, wherein the father was granted full custody of the child.
According to District Attorney Investigators, Montgomery was very transitory, complicating efforts to locate her and the child.
On Feb. 26, Investigators from San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Child Abduction Unit located the child in San Bernardino where she was taken into custody pursuant to a Protective Custody Warrant. She was reunited with her father after a separation of one year.

Three defendants charged in $44 million loan modification scheme


Stephen Siringoringo
Three defendants involved in a major loan modification fraud scheme that resulted in the alleged loss of over 44 million dollars by unsuspecting victims have been charged.
The complaint alleges 23 felony counts of Grand Theft of Personal Property and taking upfront fees for loan modifications in addition to 24 counts of Money Laundering.
On Thursday, investigators from the Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Unit of the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office arrested Stephen Lyster Siringoringo, 34, of Westminster, and 32-year-old Joshua Michael Cobb. Both suspects allegedly took large sums of money from victims who were seeking loan modifications.  A third suspect, Alfred Orn Clausen, 41, of Rancho Cucamonga, is still at large and is suspected of leaving the country.
According to District Attorney investigators, the name of the alleged criminal entity was identified as the Siringoringo Law Firm, which had zealously advertised on local radio and television. The law firm advertised extensively in Spanish language media.
Joshua Cobb
Victims were promised that their loan modifications would be handled by a licensed attorney. Instead, they were handed off to a non-attorney representatives who would falsify numbers, collect upfront fees and monthly payments which is illegal under the law.  
Siringoringo and Cobb are scheduled for a Pre-Preliminary Conference March 13, 2015. If convicted as charged, the defendants face in excess of thirty years in state prison. Bail is currently set at $17,837,000 each for Siringoringo and Cobb.
Deputy District Attorney Vance Welch will prosecute this case.

Alfred Clausen