Thursday, December 5, 2013

In the News: December 5, 2014

San Bernardino police seek public help to find husband suspected in homicide
Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun

SAN BERNARDINO >> Police believe a local man suspected of killing his wife is still in the area, they said Thursday.

Edly Atherley, 29, of San Bernardino (pictured above), is suspected of killing his wife, Ashley Atherley, 28, who was found dead in the couple’s College Avenue home Sunday.

Police held a news conference Thursday morning on the steps of police headquarters to discuss their efforts to track him down.

He was seen Wednesday night at the San Bernardino Metrolink station by a security officer who asked him if he needed assistance, police said.

“A security guard asked him if he needed help but Atherley ran from him so the guard called us,” police spokesman Lt. Paul Williams said. “We have reason to believe he’s still in the area.”

Officers have said the attack appears to be the result of domestic violence, and family members confirmed there has been a history of violence.

“We begged Ashley to come home before something bad happened,” her father Scott Hall said at the news conference. “This animal needs to be brought to justice.”

Investigators have been distributing fliers regarding the homicide, with the hope that someone recognizes him during his travels.

A car Atherley borrowed from a family member was found parked near the crime scene at the couple’s home, police said. Detectives seized the car for evidence after they found blood inside of it.

Police said Edly Atherley’s family was cooperating during the investigation.

Ashley’s parents were at the news conference, and pleaded for the public’s help to bring the man that is suspected of killing their daughter to justice.

“He’s an animal that needs to be caught,” Ashley’s mother Lucia Robles said. “We begged and pleaded for Ashley to come home. We were afraid this was going to happen.”

Robles and Hall are also trying to secure guardianship of their two granddaughters, who were placed into protective custody with Edly’s family in Simi Valley.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos talked about his role in the search and prosecution of Atherley.

Atherley has been charged with murder, and if convicted, he faces 26 years to life in state prison, Ramos said.

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Fontana officer allegedly attacked by man on PCP
Melissa Pinion-Whit, San Bernardino Sun

FONTANA >> A man who reportedly attacked police while high on PCP and continued struggling with officers despite being struck with a baton and a shot with a Taser was charged Wednesday with several felonies.

The District Attorney’s Office charged Mario Granados, 34, of Bloomington with resisting police, attempting to take a firearm from an officer and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury.

Police encounters with PCP users are not as common as they were in the past, and some younger officers have never run into one, said Fontana police Sgt. Doug Imhof.

“The problem with PCP is (users) have a very high pain tolerance,” Imhof said. “Baton strikes and control holds tend to have very little effect on them.”

Police came to the corner of Etiwanda and Jurupa avenues at 7:30 a.m. Monday on a report of a man beating up another man. Granados allegedly stabbed a man with a screwdriver, leaving minor wounds. Officers are unsure what prompted the attack.

Police spotted Granados walking north on Etiwanda at Santa Ana Avenue. When an officer approached him, Granados allegedly became aggressive and advanced on the officer.

The officer struck Granados several times in his legs with a baton, but it only seemed to anger him more, police said. Granados reportedly ran into traffic away from the officer. The officer chased Granados for nearly a quarter mile, and several times during the chase Granados stopped, held up his fists and approached the officer before taking off again, police said.

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Sheriff's Department to host Neighborhood, Community Watch meetings in January 
Staff Report, Daily Press

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Apple Valley Station will host Neighborhood Watch and Community Watch meetings on the first Tuesday of every other month, according to a news release.

The meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Apple Valley Development Services Building, Conference Room 1, 14975 Dale Evans Parkway.

The meetings are open to anyone currently involved in an active Neighborhood Watch program or as a Community Watch member in Apple Valley.

The meetings will serve as an additional way for block captains to obtain information, as well as an alternate meeting location for Community Watch members and for NHW groups.

Community Watch is a new component and training to work within its guidelines will be provided at the meetings.

For more information, call Crime Prevention Officer Karen Hunt at 760-240-7400, ext. 7457.

2 suspects arrested in string of Colton home burglaries

Melissa Pinion-Whit, San Bernardino Sun

COLTON - A pair of Colton residents suspected in a string of home burglaries were arrested by police Monday.

Ulises Gomez, 41, and Diana Briones, 46, were booked into Central Detention Center in San Bernardino on suspicion of burglary.

Police were investigating a burglary in the 1200 block of Norman Road when they found Gomez and Briones casing another residence, officers said.

They admitted to burglarizing the Norman Road home.

When police searched their residence in the 400 block of East F Street, police found property stolen from the home. Officers also tied to the pair to a burglary that occurred three weeks earlier in the 200 block of West D Street, police said.

Detectives suspect the pair in additional burglaries in the same area.

Suspected gang member to be arraigned in Colton high-speed car chase

Melissa Pinion-Whit, San Bernardino Sun

COLTON - A suspected gang member is tentatively scheduled to appear in court next week after leading Colton police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle.

Russell Guaydacan, 19, was booked into Central Detention Center in San Bernardino on suspicion of felony evading, possessing a stolen vehicle and other violations, booking records show.

Police tried to stop Guaydacan on Nov. 26 in the 1400 block of Bordwell Avenue in Colton when they noticed the Toyota Camry he was driving was stolen.

He sped away, ignoring stop signs, driving on the wrong side of the road and reaching speeds of more than 90 mph, police said.

When the Toyota became stuck in a dirt field, Guaydacan abandoned the car and ran. Police chased after him and took him into custody.

 Records show he is set to appear Dec. 10 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Husband of elderly Highland homicide victim feared for wife’s safety

Melissa Pinion-Whit, San Bernardino Sun

HIGHLAND >> Raymond Comstock worried about his 76-year-old wife when he left her alone during his overnight shifts as a security guard.

He had friends come check on her and begged her to lock the doors of their Bonnie Street home when he left.

“I’d call her constantly from work,” the 83-year-old San Bernardino man said. “I’d have my family check on her. We were all concerned about her.”

When he returned home from his work as a guard for an Ontario security company Sunday morning, his worst fears became a reality.

Loyce Comstock, 76, had been stabbed to death by home-invasion robbers who stole a portion of her husband’s 12 samurai swords, several daggers and other valuables from the residence.

“These guys must be complete unconscionable cowards,” Raymond Comstock said.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has made no arrests in the homicide, the latest in a string of home invasions where elderly victims have been killed.

Loyce Comstock was born in Dallas, Texas, but moved to San Bernardino in 1968 to be closer to relatives, her daughter Lorrie Cook said.

She worked as an office manager for Seibert Security Services in San Bernardino, handling everything from scheduling, to hiring and firing. She also worked as a barmaid for the now-defunct Pine Cove bar in San Bernardino.

There, she met Raymond Comstock, a Navy veteran who would soon become her husband.

“I’d go in there every weekend,” Raymond Comstock said. “For about a month, we’d talk and talk. The more we talked, the more we got to like each other. Then we started going together. That was 45 years ago.”

The couple would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary Dec. 31.

Loyce Comstock retired when she was 55 years old due to rheumatoid arthritis, but tried to stay active.

Homeless people who stayed at a Salvation Army shelter near the Comstocks’ previous home on H Street knew her as the “Pancake Lady” because she made 50 to 100 pancakes every Sunday, and served them with butter and syrup to the homeless.

“She would make sure that these people would get a hot meal every Sunday,” Cook said.

Loyce Comstock became involved in an arts and crafts program through one of San Bernardino’s senior centers, and even helped run the program with friends in the early 2000s. She taught crocheting to senior citizens, and the group donated crocheted items to Santa Claus Inc., a group that helps needy families.

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