Thursday, October 17, 2013

Twitter Recap - Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you don’t follow us on Twitter (@sbcountyda), we frequently update this site with multiple posts. Here is a recap of valuable information related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month that we recently posted that may be of interest.

If you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who needs help, please use these resources or contact our office. If you are in immediate danger, please contact your local law enforcement agency. No one deserves to be hit.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? There is help available at @sbcountyda Bureau of Victim Services #DVAM

What is Domestic Violence? #DVAM

Am I in an abusive relationship that needs attention? —a brief quiz: #DVAM

Tips on How to Help a Friend Who's in an Abusive Relationship: #DVAM

Please share our film on domestic violence because it could save someone’s life. No one deserves to be a victim: #DVAM

Why were charged filed against my abuser? #DVAM

If I have problems with my immigration status can I be deported for reporting domestic violence? No. #DVAM

Will I have to testify against my abuser in court? How it works: #DVAM

He says he won’t hit me again. Will he? #DVAM

Will my children be taken away if I report domestic violence? Unless u r allowing your children to be abused, the short answer is no. #DVAM

If I am abused will I have to hire an attorney? #DVAM

Are there shelters available for victims of domestic violence? Yes. Read more: #DVAM

He’s pressuring me to drop charges, can I? #DVAM

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

An abuse survivor, Magician Misty Lee knows firsthand how controlling fear is, and understands that bravely setting out to escape an abusive relationship is risky, terrifying, and ultimately worth it:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Inside the News: October 11, 2013

SAN BERNARDINO: DA says officer shooting justified
Darrell R. Santschi, Press Enterprise
A San Bernardino policeman was justified in shooting and wounding a drug sales suspect who appeared to be trying to grab the officer’s gun May 1, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office has determined.
Officer Jose Vasquez shot 41-year-old Jeffrey Hernandez once in the lower back during a struggle at the intersection of California and Mesa streets in the unincorporated community of Muscoy outside the city of San Bernardino. The bullet struck Hernandez’s small intestine and colon. He underwent surgery, but survived.
Hernandez was the subject of a police narcotics surveillance at a Porter Street address in the Muscoy area, where two officers reported seeing someone matching Hernandez’s description driving away in a gold Honda Accord.
Vasquez and Officer Erik Campos attempted a traffic stop of the Accord, at which point the driver fled at speeds of up to 70 mph, according to the DA’s report. As they pursued the car, officers said they saw the driver throwing items out of the car they thought were firearms.
Hernandez lost control of his car as he attempted to turn onto Mesa Street. The vehicle went over a cdurb and hit a chain link fence in front of a residence. Vasquez positioned the police car against the rear bumper of the car to keep it from backing up.
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

#InTheNews: October 10, 2013

Former Inland Empire Utility Agency official sentenced on tax evasion charges
Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

A former elected official with the Chino-based Inland Empire Utilities Agency has been sentenced to county jail for failing to report income of about $269,189.

Angel Santiago was sentenced to 90 days in county jail and five years felony probation for tax evasion for the years 2007 to 2009, according to a Franchise Tax Board investigation.

The 45-year-old Fontana resident received the probation sentence under a plea agreement with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

On Wednesday Santiago agreed to pay full restitution to the state, including penalties, interest and the cost of the investigation.

Santiago pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to felony charge of tax evasion at the West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga.

In November 2009, the DA Public Integrity Unit received complaints alleging Santiago, who was an Inland Empire Utilities Agency board member representing the Fontana area, touting his status as an elected official was obtaining large sums of money as “consulting” fees for services he allegedly never performed, according to the district attorney’s news release.

It was also alleged Santiago -who was an area franchisor for a car wash company as well — was representing himself as a trusted elected official in order to lure prospective franchisees as investors, Deputy District Attorney Reza Sadeghi said in a news release.

“According to the complainants, Mr. Santiago would ask for payments in cash and when people objected, he would ask for checks to be made in his wife’s name,” Sadeghi said. “Investigators were told Santiago would tell people he cannot have anything in his name because he is a board member, and it would be a conflict of interest.”

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107 pounds of meth seized in Fontana-Bloomington drug bust
Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun

A state task force arrested four suspected members of the La Familia Michoacana Mexican cartel and seized 107 pounds of methamphetamine, five kilos of cocaine and a half pound of heroin at a home in Fontana.

A task force known as Inland Crackdown Allied with the state Attorney General’s Office conducted the operation Tuesday night that netted the arrests, drugs and more than $27,000 in cash, authorities said.

Suspected cartel members Jesus Armando Cardena-Selem, 25, Fontana; Ramiro Gill, 40, Fontana; Sergio Mercado-Vasquez, 32, Fontana; and Juan Gabriel Angulo-Cabrera, 37, Fontana were booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of a controlled substance for sale.

The undercover investigation that began in September identified the four men as suspected members of the drug trafficking organization operating in Southern California, authorities said.

Authorities say the four suspects in a Dodge Caravan and Honda Pilot arrived at a predetermined meeting place at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in Bloomington where undercover agents conducted a “buy bust” sting, purchasing 10 pounds of “meth” and then arresting the suspects.”

A search warrant was served at a Fontana residence where agents discovered the rest of the drugs seized,” special agent Steve Utter said at a news conference in Riverside on Wednesday. “The total street value of the narcotics seized is over $5,916,800.00.”

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#InTheNews: October 9, 2013

Accused Rialto lunch money embezzler bail hiked to $1.8M
Sun Staff Report

Fontana >> Rialto Unified accountant Judith Oakes, alleged to have embezzled millions from the district’s nutrition services department, pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday before being led out of a Fontana courtroom this morning in handcuffs.

Oakes, 49, had her previous $50,000 bail revised to $1.8 million -- the amount of money she’s alleged to have stolen over seven years -- at her arraignment Wednesday morning in Fontana Superior Court.

San Bernardino attorney Pat Milligan, who is representing Oakes, told Judge Steven A. Mapes she wasn’t a flight risk or danger to the public. Accused murderers have bail set lower, he said.

“If she wanted to have bail at $250,000 that’s what she should have stolen,” San Bernardino County Assistant District Attorney Rick Young shot back.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Safe at Home

Did you know that victims and survivors of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault are able to get a free post office box and mail forwarding service through the California Safe at Home program? Other services include Confidentiality for Children, Confidential Name Change & Voter Registration & DMV Records Suppression. To learn more about this program contact our Bureau of Victim Services or visit the California Secretart of State.

Monday, October 7, 2013

#InTheNews: Gang member gets life in prison in ‘Dead Presidents’ quadruple murder

Congratulations to DDA Denise Yoakum and the Central Gang Unit and all those who worked this case to the very end.

Lori Fowler, San Bernardino SunSAN BERNARDINO >> After nearly 10 months of trying to get a new lawyer or a new trial, convicted killer Froylan Chiprez found out Friday that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Chiprez, who was accused of participating in the “Dead Presidents” quadruple slaying in July 2000, was sentenced to four life terms without parole, plus 125 years to life and an additional 31 years.

“He earned every day of this,” said Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum, who prosecuted the case.

During Friday’s hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court, Judge William Jefferson Powell said the killings took significant planning and sophistication.

“It’s very rare for a judge to comment on the evidence of the trial,” he said. “This case is one of the most disturbing cases in my career.”
Chiprez was one of the most dangerous defendants he had ever come across, the judge said.
“Life in prison without the possibility of parole is the only way to keep society safe from what I can only describe as a monster,” Powell said.

Defense attorney James Gass said he did not agree with the judge’s description of Chiprez.
“He was always nice to me,” Gass said after the sentencing.

On July 9, 2000, Chiprez was part of a crew who went to a San Bernardino home and opened fire on leaders of local gangs, authorities said.
Their motive, authorities said, was to remove the high-ranking leaders from their positions of power.

Johnny Agudo, 33, and his brother, Gilbert Agudo, 27, as well as Anthony Luna, 23, and his cousin, Marcelino Luna, 19, died. Armondo Villasenor and Michael Velarde were wounded.

Two of the victims were presidents of San Bernardino street gangs Little Counts and Seventh Street, cliques within the West Side Verdugo, which is controlled by a prison gang, prompting some law enforcement circles to dub the case “Dead Presidents.”

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Victim Advocates Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Advocates from our Victim Services Unit showed their support this past weekend at the Victor Valley College Dog Walk to raise awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence.