Friday, November 16, 2018

SBCPAA Veterans Donations Drive

Veteran’s Day is an especially important time for us all to remember and appreciate the sacrifices and contributions those who serve our country have made to preserve our way of life.

The San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association is proud to each year host a countywide event to collect items for the Vietnam Veterans of America and the California Disabled American Veterans.

Deputy District Attorneys, District Attorney Investigators, Public Defenders, Child Support Attorneys and Support Staff all contributed goods and time to make for a very successful donation!

According to SBCPAA President Douglas Poston, this year’s collection drive which is coordinated by SBCPAA member Grace Parsons was particularly generous.

“It’s overwhelming to see such an outpouring for Veterans,” said Poston. “All of us should be proud of our fine women and men who work hard every day to see justice done have gone above and beyond to fully support this worthy charitable cause.”  


Friday, October 19, 2018

(Investigative Tech Michelle Faxon was recently featured in an article on the City of Hope website)

October 11, 2018
by Maxine Nunes

As an investigative tech with the San Bernardino District Attorney Child Abduction Unit, Michelle Faxon and her colleagues track down between 30 and 50 children a month who have been illegally taken by a parent.

Faxon is also a two-time
breast cancer survivor, and during that journey she discovered she was not alone among her co-workers.
“There are so many people in our office who have either gone through breast cancer or had somebody very close to them go through it,” she said.

It’s one of the reasons there are now two versions of their Bureau of Investigation insignia. There’s the standard one — and then there’s the
Pink Patch Project design, created by her supervisor, Carlos Flores, with two embroidered pink ribbons on either side of the scales of justice.

Participants in the Pink Patch Project — law enforcement personnel, fire departments, ambulance services and many other public safety agencies across the country — raise funds to support breast cancer research.
Sales of pink patches from these agencies go to fund research at City of Hope.

“Our patches sell like hotcakes,” she said. “And people contact us from all over the United States wanting to add our Pink Patch to their collection.”

Faxon is often the one people seek out for advice about breast cancer, and one of the things she recommends is
genetic testing.

Michelle Faxon with husband Frank She herself has been tested twice at City of Hope — the second time because the technology had advanced — and both results showed that she is not genetically predisposed to the disease. So we asked her why she still thought testing was important.
“Genetic testing gave me peace of mind,” she said, “and not just for me, but for my siblings.”

She also explained that for those who have inherited a cancer gene, test results can also make a significant difference.

“People can act on this genetic awareness by taking better care of themselves, eating healthier, exercising more. You can do some research and learn what your options are,” she said. “Don’t stick your head in the sand.”

Click here to read the full story.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Congratulations to our Bureau of Investigation BBQ Team who won The Third Annual Blues Brews Badges & BBQ Competition this past weekend. Proceeds help support the San Bernardino Police Foundation.

Our team won First Place in the Ribs Category, First Place in the Tri-Tip Category and Best in Show. You might recall our team won last year as well--so the traveling trophy won’t have to go very far this year.




Friday, August 24, 2018

Man convicted of double murder at mobile home park sentenced to life without the possibility of parole

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – The man convicted of shooting Phillip Connors and David Morales at a Chino mobile home park in 2017 was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive life sentences in state prison without the possibility of parole.

On July 25, a jury convicted 55-year-old Joe Montgomery of Chino of the first-degree murders of 69-year-old Philip Connors of Newport Beach and 54-year-old David Morales of Chino.
Prior to yesterday’s pronouncement of judgment, family members read victim impact statements. Phillip Connors’ wife, Patricia, said the following (excerpt):

The anticipation of the trial made us all physically and emotionally sick and hearing the horrible details during the trial was brutal and more than we could tolerate. Who could imagine the horror Dave and Phil felt when they realized that under no circumstances was the defendant going to let them live? And what was going through Phil's mind when he was running for his life but knew in the end that he was going to be assassinated? And the defendant can only say that he was having an emotional outburst? Really? […] We feel the defendant should never be allowed to rejoin society as it has been proven that he is a cold-hearted and calculating murderer. The defendant chose his actions and his fate while sadly Phil and Dave had no control over theirs.
According to Deputy District Attorney Angela Gerovac, who prosecuted the case, the defendant was a longtime resident of the Four Seasons Mobile Home Park who had several previous confrontations with the park manager, David Morales, regarding violations of park rules.

Mr. Morales and the owner of the property, Phil Connors, planned to serve the defendant with an “Eight Day Demand for Compliance” regarding rules violations.

When the defendant returned to the park in the late morning of Jan. 28, 2017, he saw Mr. Morales and Mr. Connors standing at the back of the property. He drove his truck past the men and then went back to his trailer—at which time it is believed he retrieved a handgun. Montgomery then drove his vehicle back to where the victims were standing. This interaction is captured on multiple video surveillance cameras in the park.

According to Deputy DA Gerovac, the defendant parked his truck in a manner that blocked the victims in with his vehicle and then got out to speak with them. At that point, Mr. Morales attempted to serve the defendant with the Demand, but a brief verbal altercation ensued. Montgomery calmly walked back to his truck and retrieved a handgun from the front seat.
Once he emerged from his vehicle, Montgomery shot and killed both victims. He then fled the scene in his truck but was apprehended a short time later by Ontario Police Officers.

David Morales’ daughter, Anita, read the following prior to sentencing (excerpt): 
My father David Morales took his last breath as he was gripping with pain from the first shot to his abdomen and the last thing he saw was his killer running toward him and aiming to his head. That day was the day my heart shattered, and it has been in pieces since [….] Although this sentencing will not bring my father back, I hope it will prevent the defendant from killing again.

Phillip Connors’ son, Ryan, said the following (excerpt):

There’s no wrong or right way to die, but not getting a chance to say goodbye and tell someone how much they were appreciated makes this that much more difficult. My father will miss many holidays, birthdays, weddings, first days of school and other special events. While the person who did this will continue to live. The sleepless nights, horrible images and wondering what the next 20-30 years could have been will continue to haunt me and my family. I hope that the defendant experiences the same level of discomfort, anxiety and stress that we will continue to endure. Even then, this will still be a horrific and unfair situation no family should have to experience in their lifetime.
The case was investigated by a team of officers and detectives from the Chino Police Department, led by Detective Michael Johnson, as well as experts from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

National Night Out!

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Last night, members of the Bureau of Victim Services participated in National Night Out at multiple locations around the county.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. 

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Two men convicted in 2016 gang shooting

Two gang members were convicted Monday for a 2016 shooting that killed one man and wounded two women.

A jury found 26-year-old Quaid Cornell and 22-year-old Andre Haynes, both of San Bernardino, guilty of First Degree Murder, two counts of First Degree Attempted Murder, and found true gang and gun allegations.

On August 27, 2016, the two defendants and another subject approached a San Bernardino apartment complex to carry out a retaliation shooting against a rival gang.

No members of the rival gang were at the apartment complex. Instead, Dawn Sutton, her fiancée Harold Cook and their neighbor Ellen Wimbish were sitting in the parking lot in front of the apartment complex talking.

According to Deputy District Attorney Reza Daghbandan, who prosecuted the case, the defendants and a third member of their gang shot a combined 31 rounds at the victims.

“Dawn Sutton was hit once in the thigh with the bullet travelling up her leg and into her pelvis nearly killing her,” said DDA Daghbandan. “Harold Cook, who was disabled and needed a cane to walk, was shot in the back of the neck and killed almost instantly, and Ellen Wimbish was shot twice in the leg.”

None of the victims had gang ties. Cornell and Haynes each face 114 years to life in state prison when sentenced Aug. 27.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Two defendants in 2000 cold case murder sentenced to state prison

Two defendants convicted in the shooting death of Timothy Morris have been sentenced to state prison.

John Cory Broyles, 41, of Illinois, was sentenced to 45 years to life, and Carmen Worthy, 40, of Texas, was sentenced to 25 years to life. On May 30, a jury found Broyles guilty of one count of first degree murder and found true a firearm allegation. The jury found Worthy guilty of first degree murder.

In March 2000, Timothy Morris’ body was found in Lytle Creek.

“He was shot once in the head, his body was burned and he had been stabbed multiple times,” said Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum, who prosecuted the case. “A bloody knife was located in the area where his body was found.”

Broyles was arrested soon after Timothy Morris’ death. However, he was let go due to a lack of evidence. In 2017, members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit reinvestigated the case and uncovered further evidence linking Broyles and Worthy to the murder.

According to DDA Yoakum, Worthey wanted her cousin Timothy Morris dead because she knew he was possibly coming into some money.

Prior to sentencing today, the victim’s niece, Shauraye Holloway gave the following impact statement. Holloway—who said she was “extremely close” to her uncle--was 14-years-old at the time when the murder took place.

Tim’s murder, at the hands of his own blood cousin is sickening. To think that your own family member would orchestrate something so heinous, to kill an innocent man for absolutely nothing should be punished to the full extent. My Uncle had his whole life ahead of him and it was snatched away in an instant. He suffered in that trunk and not one person sought out medical care. The burning, stabbing, and beating were completely evil and unnecessary. I break down in tears when I think about how he must have been fighting for his life that night. Ultimately to only lose the battle.

His killer attended the funeral as if nothing happened, even rode in the family limo, with Tim’s mother. There was never any remorse for what either defendant did, as they continued living their lives for 17 years, while we still were left with unanswered questions and a life without Tim’s presence.

This case was investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Unit, which consists of Sheriff’s Detectives, District Attorney Investigators and Prosecutors.