Additional molestation charges filed against Ontario man

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Prosecutors have filed five additional felony charges against an Ontario man accused of molesting at least a half-dozen young girls, with the most distant case dating back to 1995.

Jack Edward Andrews, 57, could be face a life prison sentence if convicted of the counts filed in today’s amended complaint.

Read the complaint:

FirstAmendedComplaint31July09.pdf

Andrews, who was initially charged in June with three counts of lewd acts on a child, is set to be arraigned on the five new counts when he appears in West Valley Superior Court on Wednesday.

He remains jailed at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore in lieu of $75,000 bail.

When he was arrested in June, Andrews confessed to molesting seven girls over a 12-year period, according to a police report attached to his court file.

The initial three counts were filed based on the corroborating statements of two of the girls, friends of Andrews’ young daughter who Andrews allegedly molested when they visited his home.

After Andrews’ confession, police said they planned to contact Andrews’ previous alleged victims to obtain corroborating statements from them.

Andrews worked as a painter for the Chino Valley Unified School District before his arrest.

Click here to read the initial story on Andrews’ case.

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Family members of Chino shootout victim file wrongful death claims against city

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CHINO — Family members of an innocent bystander who was shot and killed by a Chino police officer during a February shootout have filed wrongful death claims against the city.

The six claims — filed June 25 on behalf of the estate of Daniel Balandran, his parents, his girlfriend and his two children — seek unspecified damages from the city.

The claims allege that Chino police Cpl. Claudia Lisner mistakenly believed that Balandran, 23, was involved in a robbery and subsequent shootout with police at a Papa John’s restaurant on Feb. 1.

Balandran was holding an object Lisner said she couldn’t identify as he ran away from the scene of the shootout. When Balandran lifted the object, she shot him, according to police reports.

Balandran was holding food from a McDonald’s restaurant adjacent to the Central Avenue pizzeria.

After officers learned Balandran was not involved in the robbery, they failed to promptly summon medical assistance for the Rubidoux man, the claims allege.

Officers “handcuffed decedent, (and) left him to die on the pavement without medical aid,” the claims state.

The claims allege that Lisner “was unfit for her duties” at the time of the incident, and later falsified police reports in an effort to cover up her actions.

Lisner remains on paid leave, said Chino spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden.

Here are some pdf documents related to the case:

Settlement offer:

031909SettlementDemandLetter.pdf

Claim one:

ClaimAgainsttheCityEstateofDanielBalandran.pdf

Claim two:

ClaimAgainstTheCityIreneBalandranMom.pdf

Claim three:

ClaimAgainstTheCityIsmaelBalandranDad.pdf

Claim four:

ClaimAgainstTheCityJAraceliMillanGirlfriend.pdf

Claim five:

ClaimAgainstTheCityLizzetVanessaBalandranDaughter.pdf

Claim six:

ClaimAgainstTheCityManuelNismoBalandranSon.pdf

Chino’s city attorney, Jimmy Gutierrez, said in an interview this morning that he doesn’t believe the city is liable for Balandran’s death.

Gutierrez blamed the two alleged robbers for the killing of the bystander.

“That’s the focus — those two people that came into town intent on committing the crime and ready to use deadly force, which they did use,” Gutierrez said. “That’s what the whole circumstance is all about.”

The two alleged robbers — Edward Ramon Cisneros and Joel Anthony Jaquez — remain jailed and face murder and other charges for their alleged roles in the shootout.

The city has 45 days to respond to the family member’s claims after it receives them. If the city denies the claims, or lets the 45 days pass without response, then Balandran’s family can file lawsuits against the city in San Bernardino County Superior Court.

Gutierrez said the city will likely let the 45 days pass without response.

On March 19, the family’s attorney, Mark Algorri, asked for $19.5 million from the city to settle the claims.

Gutierrez called the figure “excessive.”

“We’re always willing to talk settlement, but when one party is unreasonable there can’t be any settlement,” Gutierrez said.

If the city settles the case, or is on the losing end of a judgement in the case, it will be forced to pay only the first $500,000 of any judgement, said Mayor Dennis Yates.

Any amount in excess of $500,000 will be paid by the city’s insurer, AIG, Yates said.


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Police: Suspect in Pomona stabbing mistakenly believed victim had relationship with her boyfriend

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POMONA — Robin Ridgeway sat among a small group of patients and a counselor during an outdoor afternoon meeting at the Hamilton Villa mental health facility last week.

Nicole Ann Stewart approached the group armed with a knife, and without speaking she stabbed Ridgeway, 49, in the upper torso, killing her, said Pomona police Sgt. Matt Stone.

“(Stewart) apparently thought there was some type of relationship between the victim and (Stewart’s) boyfriend, which was not true,” Stone said in an interview this morning. “(Police) ended up interviewing witnesses, and there was no relationship.”

What remains unclear, Stone said, is how Stewart, 33, obtained the knife, which was described by witnesses of the July 23 incident as a kitchen-style knife.

“Staff members said that the knife did not look familiar,” Stone said.

Residents of the mental health facility are able to leave the facility, Stone said. The sergeant said he was unsure how the outings are supervised

Management at Hamilton Villa, located at 948 S. Hamilton Blvd. in Pomona, has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Stewart has been charged with murder, and remained jailed this afternoon in lieu of $1 million bail. She is next due in Pomona Superior Court Aug. 12 for an arraignment hearing.

Stone said police have no information indicating that Stewart and Ridgeway argued in the past over Stewart’s boyfriend, a resident of Hamilton Villa, or had any type of discussion about him.

Ridgeway had lived at the facility for several years, Stone said, while Stewart was a relatively new arrival.

“(Ridgeway’s) family members are really distraught, and they really don’t want any contact,” Stone said.


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Murder charges filed in Friday shooting death near Montclair Stater Bros.

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Prosecutors have filed murder and other charges against an alleged gang member accused of shooting and killing an Ontario man outside a grocery store in Montclair last week.

Jose Ramon Lopez, 25, is accused of shooting and killing 38-year-old George Salsgiver in front of a Stater Bros. store at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The motive for the killing remains unknown, and authorities have no information indicating that Lopez and Salsgiver knew each other, said Deputy District Attorney Tom Colclough, who is prosecuting the case.

Lopez’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Christina Marie Pena, has also been charged as an accessory because police believed she lied to them in an attempt to craft an alibi for Lopez.

Witnesses told police that a man later identified as Lopez parked his car in the Stater Bros. parking lot at Central Avenue and Palo Verde Street. He walked toward Salsgiver with a handgun, then fired several shots at close range.

Several shoppers witnessed the shooting, and one person jotted down the first six digits of Lopez’s license place number, according to a police report attached to Lopez’s court file.

Police were able to identify Lopez, a parolee and alleged member of the Onterio Varrio Sur street gang, as the alleged shooter based on the partial license plate number, according to the police report.

Lopez and Pena, both of Montclair, pleaded not guilty to criminal charges Tuesday in West Valley Superior Court. Both are due back in court Monday.

Lopez’s bail was set at $1 million, and Pena — who is four months pregnant — had her bail set at $500,000. Both remained in custody today at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

If convicted of the charges filed against them, Lopez could face more than 50 years to life in state prison, and Pena could face up to three years in state prison, Colclough said.

Witnesses told police they saw Salsgiver cursing at someone during multiple cell phone calls Friday, both in the parking lot prior to the shooting and in a nearby bar earlier in the day, according to the police report.

It’s unclear if the profane phone conversations were related to Salsgiver’s eventual death.

Police recovered the possible murder weapon after serving Lopez’s home with a search warrant, and several witnesses identified him as the shooter in a photo line-up, according to the police report.

Lopez refused an interview with police after his arrest, according to the report.

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Murder charges filed in stabbing death at Pomona mental health facility

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POMONA — Prosecutors have filed murder charges against a resident of a mental health facility accused of stabbing another resident to death with a kitchen knife last week.

Nicole Ann Stewart, 33, allegedly killed Robin Ridgeway, 49, on Thursday after the Hamilton Villa residents argued over a man in whom both were romantically interested, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors filed murder charges against Stewart on Monday, and she was in custody Monday when she appeared in Pomona Superior Court for an arraignment hearing.

Stewart did not enter a plea during the hearing, which was postponed to Aug. 12. Bail was set for Stewart at $1 million.

Following an argument between the two women Thursday afternoon, Stewart retrieved a large kitchen knife and stabbed Ridgeway in the chest, according to authorities.

Ridgeway died after she was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

Police said Stewart was arrested as she tried to leave the facility, located at 948 S. Hamilton Blvd.

The knife Stewart allegedly used in the incident was recovered at the scene, police said.


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