Rancho Cucamonga councilman ordered to stand trial

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2010 08:56:21 PM PST

A Rancho Cucamonga city councilman and former county employee stole from taxpayers when he attended city events on county time, billing the city for mileage and collecting pay from the county, according to court testimony on Friday.

At the conclusion of Councilman Rex Gutierrez’s preliminary hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court, Judge Duke D. Rouse ordered Gutierrez, 50, to stand trial on charges of felony grand theft and misappropriation of public funds.

“All we have are many examples of where (Gutierrez) was lying, cheating and stealing from the county of San Bernardino,” prosecutor John Goritz said.

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San Bernardino murder case of scorned lover goes to jury

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2010 06:43:18 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – After listening to almost three weeks of testimony, a San Bernardino jury must now decide if a local man is responsible for the grisly slaying of an estranged girlfriend and her 18-month-old daughter more than a decade ago.

The case was presented to the jury Thursday afternoon in San Bernardino Superior Court after lawyers on each side presented their closing arguments.

Prosecutors described the now 34-year-old Gregory Whiteside Jr. as a scorned lover who hungered for control of Shawana Andrews, a hot-tempered woman who manipulated and disrespected the defendant while seeing other men.

But the defense says Whiteside worked hard for the unemployed Andrews and doted over her daughter, Brittany, despite the woman’s illicit activities, such as “boosting,” and her mistreatment of the little girl.

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Witness: Officer shot unarmed teenager in SB

Stacia Glenn, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2010 06:33:08 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – A teenaged boy lay on the ground – unarmed – with his arms out to his sides when a police officer kicked him twice in the face, took a step back and opened fire, a witness testified Thursday.

Atusabai Taimalia told the jury he was sitting at a table on his back porch drinking coffee and smoking with his mother when he saw Terrell Markham run into a courtyard at the corner of N. Medical Center Drive and Temple Street and hide behind a bush.

About 40 feet behind Markham, who was then 16, came Officer Adam Affrunti, who was holding his service firearm in his right hand as he yelled for the teen to stop.

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Three sentenced in Foothill Villas shooting in SB

By Mike Cruz
Posted: 01/31/2010 10:11:50 PM PST

Three men who were involved in a deadly gang shooting in San Bernardino, which was possibly sparked by the rebuff of a marijuana request, were each sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison.

Donte Lazon Mack, his brother Dorian Lavonn Mack, and Chrystopher Lamarr Young were sentenced in San Bernardino Superior Court under the terms of plea bargains they reached with prosecutors Dec. 23.

In those agreements, each of the men pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a firearm and a street gang enhancement in the slaying of Devin Tervelle McDavis, according to court records.

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Two held in fatal beating of Redlands homeless man

By Mike Cruz
Posted: 01/31/2010 08:57:57 PM PST

Two transients were ordered held Friday to face murder charges in the deadly beating of a homeless man in Redlands last March.

After listening to witness testimony, Judge Douglas Gericke ruled there was sufficient evidence to hold over Kenneth Eugene Harris and Thomas Ruthvin Murray to face charges in the death of Vincent Richardson.

The ruling came during a preliminary hearing for Harris and Murray in San Bernardino Superior Court. The two defendants return to court Friday to enter a formal plea on the charges.

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