Friday, July 26, 2013

Deputy District Attorney Laura Robles Awarded 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards

Congratulations to Deputy District Attorney Laura Robles who recently was awarded the 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards by the State Bar of California. The following is a write-up from her recent award:

Deputy District Attorney Laura Robles is a Deputy District Attorney in San Bernardino who has provided dedicated pro bono assistance to the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association (IELLA) Legal Aid Project Clinic since 2008. In 2012, she volunteered at four to six clinics located in Riverside and Colton each month, while a typical volunteer commits to volunteering once a month.  At the clinics, Ms. Robles provided legal advice on family law and domestic violence matters. 

She also worked on collection responses and tenant evictions. Ms. Robles’ empathy and ability to counsel clients, particularly those who have experienced trauma and consider the legal aid project to be their last stop of hope, make her an extremely effective advocate.  Because she is bilingual, she was also able to provide direct services to monolingual Spanish speakers.  Ms. Robles dedicated more than 200 hours to IELLA through both direct clinical services to more than 120 clients of which 50 spoke only Spanish and her leadership role serving as President of the Board of Directors and member of the Fundraising Committee. 

Ms. Robles also is a member of the Board of Directors for Inland Counties Legal Services, the federally funded legal aid organization that serves indigent residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Residential Burglary Prevention Tips

Our office filed 62 cases of this week. Please take following steps to reduce chances of being robbed or burglarized:
  • Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks.
  • Never leave clues you are away on a trip. Never leave a message on answering machine saying you are away from home.
  • Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. Keep perimeter of your home well lighted.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Helendale Man Convicted of Torture and Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Congratulations to Deputy District Attorney Maggie Yang from the Desert Division for her recent conviction in the case of Christopher Frank of Helendale.

The 27-year-old defendant came home and suspected his 19-year-old girlfriend of cheating on him and then started punching her multiple times in the face, beating her with a plastic shoe horn, and then dragging her up and down the hallway by her hair.

After beating her with a shotgun, he locked the victim in the attic of the house and the trunk of a car. The jury found the defendant guilty of Torture, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with use of a firearm, Corporal injury to a Cohabitant with use of a firearm and infliction of great bodily injury, Criminal Threats, False Imprisonment, and Possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

Frank faces 24 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced tomorrow.

#InTheNews: July 24, 2013

Ex-Nevada assemblyman to stand trial for chase Judge rules sufficient evidence against Brooks
Shea Johnson, Daily Press

VICTORVILLE • A judge ruled Tuesday that ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks will stand trial for multiple criminal charges four months after a high-speed pursuit along Interstate 15 ended with his arrest in Victorville.

An officer testified at the Victorville co u r t h o u s e t h at Brooks turned his vehicle sideways across lanes during the chase while extending his middle finger toward officers, threw a 5-to-10-pound jack out the window of his vehicle and later assaulted a police dog.

Former standout Lake Arrowhead wrestler sentenced for sex crimes
Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Tuesday described a former standout high school wrestler as a narcissist and said he lacked remorse for his sexual misconduct involving two teenage girls.

Judge Art Harrison sentenced 19-year-old Seth Whisner to the maximum penalty under the terms of Whisner's June 7 plea agreement with county prosecutors: 5 years supervised probation.

90-year-old San Bernardino woman beaten and robbed at home
Melissa Pinion-Whitt, San Bernardino Sun

SAN BERNARDINO -- Sheriff's deputies have arrested an 18-year-old San Bernardino man and are looking for another in connection with the beating and robbery of a 90-year-old woman at her home Thursday.

San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said the pair told the woman they were searching for a lost dog to convince her to let them in her backyard.

Monday, July 8, 2013

District Attorney Charges Redlands High School Teacher

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Redlands high school teacher, who gave birth last month to a baby allegedly fathered by her teen student, has been charged with multiple counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor.

Since this initial allegation, two additional male victims have come forward—both claiming to have had sexual contact with Whitehurst while they were minors.

Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, 28, of Redlands, is charged with 41 felony counts of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse and Oral Copulation of a Person Under 18. If convicted as charged, she could face a maximum sentence of up to 29 years in state prison.

Whitehurst was arrested on Monday, July 1, and released after posting $25,000 bail. As a result of new charges filed by prosecutors, bail was increased to $750,000 and a new arrest warrant was issued for Whitehurst. Whitehurst was arrested today without incident and taken into custody.

The case was investigated by the Redlands Police Department and Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.

“Students represent the future of our communities and protecting them will continue to be my number one priority,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office is still seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of Whitehurst. If you have been a victim or have additional information please contact Detective Natasha Crawford at (909) 798-7623 or the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office at (909) 382-3660.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Arson Suspect Faces Charges in 9 Fires, Including 500-Acre Mill Fire

"You decide during this fire season to light a fire, that will be the last thing you light," said San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos. "Except for maybe the switch in your prison cell. We take these cases very serious and we will hold you responsible."

Monday, July 1, 2013

Two men charged in connection with aircraft laser strike

It is illegal to discharge a laser at an occupied aircraft. Two Apple Valley men charged today. Hear more from DA Ramos on #LaserStrike in a recent LA County Sheriff training film he appeared in.