Fugitive in 2002 murder case to be extradited


Pictured (L-R): Anthony Arteaga, original Arteaga wanted poster, Paul Casey.

A man who fled to Mexico after allegedly killing a Rancho Cucamonga man with a shotgun seven years ago is expected to be extradited to California in the coming weeks to face murder charges.

Anthony Arteaga, 23, is nearing the end of a jail term in Mexico, and is expected to arrive in California in early October to face charges for the slaying of 33-year-old Paul Casey, said Deputy District Attorney Reza Sadeghi.

Arteaga allegedly killed Casey with a shotgun blast to the chest on Sept. 7, 2002 in the course of a confrontation between Casey and a group of taggers that included Arteaga.

Following the incident, Arteaga fled the country. Federal authorities located Arteaga in 2007 in Mexican jail, where he was serving a four-year sentence for a gun possession charge under an assumed name.

“Our understanding is that (Arteaga’s release date) should be early October, so sometime in early October he should be released from Mexican custody and turned over to our custody,” Sadeghi said.

Casey’s family members are “very happy” that Arteaga will be returned to California to face charges, Sadeghi said.

“They’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” Sadeghi said.

The evening of Sept. 6, 2002, Casey, a friend and both men’s wives went to a Rancho Cucamonga bar to shoot pool and relax, Casey’s friend testified at a November 2002 preliminary hearing for one of Arteaga’s co-defendants.

When Casey and his friend walked home from the bar around midnight, they encountered a group of taggers who were standing near a bus stop at the intersection of Carnelian Avenue and Base Line Road.

The group of taggers, which included Arteaga, tried to block Casey’s path as the men passed, and a verbal exchange ensued, Casey’s friend testified.

One of Arteaga’s friends retreived a shotgun from his home nearby and fired at Casey and his friend from a distance, missing the men.

He then handed the gun off to Arteaga, who chased down Casey and shot him in the chest during a struggle, the friend testified.

Arteaga, who was 16 at the time of Casey’s killing, faces a life prison sentence if convicted of murder.

Three other members of the tagging group were convicted as part of Arteaga’s case, with two of the men receiving two-year prison sentences and another receiving an 11-year sentence.

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Welty jailed after knife possession violates his probation


RANCHO CUCAMONGA — A former strip-club manager’s legal woes continued last month when he was jailed for violating his probation.

Ward Ryan Welty, 35, pleaded guilty in February to soliciting a minor for sex, possessing a controlled substance for sale, and possessing child pornography.

He was found in violation of his probation on Aug. 28 following a hearing at West Valley Superior Court. Authorities found a knife when they searched Welty’s home, said Deputy District Attorney Jason Anderson. His terms of probation prohibit him from possessing a knife.

Welty, who had been serving a 270-day jail sentence through house arrest, was ordered by Judge Arthur Harrison at the conclusion of the hearing to serve his sentence in jail as “straight time.”

Authorities in Colorado are attempting to extradite Welty on multiple sex charges there. An undercover police sting that resulted in Welty’s arrest originated in Colorado.

Welty’s father owns Manta Management, which operates Tropical Lei, the Flesh Club in San Bernardino and the Hawaii Theatre in the City of Industry.

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Sunday school teacher jailed following sentencing for sex with minor


RANCHO CUCAMONGA — An Ontario Sunday school teacher was taken into custody this morning at West Valley Superior Court after he was sentenced to one year in jail for molesting an underage female student, a prosecutor said.

John Calvin Savage, 45, pleaded no contest in July to committing a lewd act on the 12-year-old girl. The plea bargain he reached with prosecutors spared him a potential three-year state prison term.

Savage, who was free on bail, will be serving his jail term as “straight time” rather than on weekends, said Deputy District Attorney Jason Anderson. Savage, a married father of six, will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life as a result of his conviction.

The girl told police that Savage touched her inappropriately in 2003, when she was a Sunday school student at Grace Baptist Church in Corona.

Savage was also suspected of molesting a 16-year-old Chinese girl who lived at his home as part of a foreign-exchange program. Prosecutors agreed to halt the investigation into the allegations as part of Savage’s plea bargain.

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Five men plead not guilty in shooting of clergyman


Five defendants (L-R): Pomona residents Timothy Jacquemain, 18, Jacob Bushow, 19, and Andrew Swindle, 23, Chino resident Anthony Coleman, 21, Perris resident Willis Bagley, 38.

RIVERSIDE — Five men pleaded not guilty this morning to attempted murder and other charges for a string of robberies that included the shooting of a Home Gardens clergyman.

The defendants include Pomona residents Timothy Jacquemain, 18, Jacob Bushow, 19, and Andrew Swindle, 23, as well as Anthony Coleman, 21, of Chino, and Willis Bagley, 38, of Perris.

The men are accused of robbing five restaurants at gunpoint on Sept. 15, and also shooting and wounding Antonio Garduno, pastor of Our Lady of Tepeyac, during a robbery of the church.

All men remain jailed in lieu of at least $1 million bail, and are next due in Riverside Superior Court Oct. 9 for a felony settlement conference.

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Police locate Ontario man charged with trying to kill his wife


An Ontario man who fled his home after allegedly trying to kill his wife has been arrested.

A tip to the Santa Ana Police Department led authorities to a home in the city where Juan Marrufo Cisneros, 32, was staying with a friend, said Ontario police Detective Jeff Higbee. Cisneros was arrested there without incident on Sept. 4, Higbee said.

Cisneros has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and three other felonies for his alleged attack on his wife. He remains jailed in lieu of $400,000 bail.

Cisneros’ wife told police that she and her husband argued over her disciplining one of their children on Aug. 25. He allegedly attacked her, first pushing her, then punching her, choking her, slamming her head into the ground, and attempting to slice her with broken glass.

Cisneros’ wife told police after the attack that she believed her husband fled to Mexico.

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