Defense says man didn’t commit Grand Terrace robberies

SAN BERNARDINO – The family and lawyer of a Lancaster man who is accused of robbing a Grand Terrace liquor store three times in 2009 say he isn’t the armed man who authorities see in surveillance videos.

Derik Carl Garcia appeared Friday before Judge Harold Wilson in San Bernardino Superior Court, where lawyers set a jury trial for Garcia in December. He returns to court Nov. 23.

Garcia, 30, is charged with robbing Smart Time food store at gunpoint in August and twice in December 2009. Sheriff’s detectives have surveillance videos that show a Hispanic man robbing the store on Barton Road, near Canal Street, according to the defense.
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Man claiming to the Jim Morrison’s son turns down prosecutor’s deal in robbery trial

By Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2011 06:05:18 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A man claiming to be the son of famed Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison denied a prosecutor’s offer to significantly lower his prison time on a robbery charge Friday.

Clifford Morrison, 42, could get 75 years to life if he is found guilty of robbery and ramming a police car during a chase early last year in Ontario.

San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Dinah Touny said she would take the life sentence off the table, and Morrison could have 15 years with an “end date.”

“We offered again today, on the record,” Touny said during the hearing. “It had been conveyed to the defendant’s attorney… and his attorney indicated that he was not interested.”
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“Devils Professor” defendants plead not guilty

SAN BERNARDINO — Three defendants in the “Devils Professor” drug-trafficking case — including alleged methamphetamine supplier Jeremy Disney — pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday.

Holly Robinson, of Highland, Hans Preszler and Disney, both of San Bernardino, appeared before Judge Kenneth Barr, who entered the pleas and denied all allegations on behalf of the defendants, during their arraignment in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Prosecutors say the three defendants were part of a trafficking ring operated by Cal State professor Steve Kinzey, who authorities say is also president of the San Bernardino Mountains Chapter of the Devils Diciples motorcycle club.
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Walker brothers found guilty in Westside beating death of 63-year-old man

SAN BERNARDINO — A jury found two young men guilty Wednesday in the beating death of 63-year-old Nathan Macon during a fight at a San Bernardino convenience store.

Jurors found Milton Walker, and his brother, Jerome Walker, guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Macon last year at Jimmy’s Food Store, near Base Line and Medical Center Drive.

The Walkers, in their early 20s at the time Macon was killed, are scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 2. A key piece of trial evidence – a security video recorded from inside the store – showed the Walkers punching a drunken Macon after he had yelled threats.

Family members of the victim cried and hugged eachother upon hearing the verdicts.
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Arraignment postponed for Diamond Bar teacher

Arraignment was postponed Tuesday for a Diamond Bar teacher who authorities allege was having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.

Steven Shane Andrews, 41, was scheduled to be arraigned in Pomona Superior Court, but the proceedings were postponed, confirmed Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Andrews, a teacher at Lorbeer Middle School, faces 18 felony counts stemming from an alleged relationship with the girl from May through September, according to a criminal complaint filed in Superior Court by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Andrews is scheduled to return to court Nov. 1 for arraignment on the charges, Gibbons said.
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Supreme Court to hear ‘downer cattle’ meat processing case which originated in Chino

The controversy over a California law that bars livestock which cannot walk from entering the country’s food supply will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month.

The state law,amended in 2008 in the aftermath of an investigation at the Westland/Hallmark plant in Chino, has created a legal showdown between the nationwide meatpacking industry and advocates for farm animals.

At issue is whether California can create its own laws to safeguard its food supply and prevent farm animal abuse, while preempting federal law which regulates slaughterhouses and prevents the slaughter and processing of cattle which cannot walk, according to court briefs.

The issue is set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 9, according to the court.
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Colonies warrants, affidavits unsealed for defense lawyers

Nearly a dozen search warrants and their affidavits served by investigators probing the Colonies Partners LP $102million settlement with San Bernardino County were ordered unsealed Monday for defense lawyers.

Lawyers for Jeff Burum, co-managing partner of Colonies Partners LP, have been trying to secure release of the warrants since June as part of their effort to fight the criminal charges against their client.

Those charges are part of a sweeping criminal probe of alleged county corruption.
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‘Devils Professor’ suspects due in court

A San Bernardino man is expected to be arraigned today on charges alleging that he supplied methamphetamine to CSUSB associate professor Steve Kinzey for distribution in a drug trafficking ring.

Jeremy Disney, whose scheduled appearance Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court was put over to today, faces two felony charges for his part in the so-called “Devils Professor” case, according to court personnel.

Prosecutors allege Disney, 31, also has four prior convictions in Superior Court, court records show.
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Judge declines to bar Grand Jury transcripts in San Bernardino County corruption case

Mike Cruz and Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/24/2011 02:55:29 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — A Superior Court judge on Monday declined to bar more than 2,000 pages of Grand Jury transcripts in a criminal corruption probe from being used in a civil case involving the county and three other public entities.

Attorneys representing the county filed a motion with the court in September attempting to block the defendants in an indemnity lawsuit from using the transcripts in its defense. The county sued San Bernardino Associated Governments (SanBag), Caltrans and the city of Upland in 2004, seeking to recover any damages that could arise from a separate land rights lawsuit it was engaged in with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP.

The developer sued the county in 2002, arguing the county abandoned its flood control easements and refused to pay for flood control improvements on its 434-acre residential and commercial development in Upland. The county settled with the developer in November 2006 for $102 million, a settlement prosecutors now say was tainted by bribery and conflict of interest.
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Court orders Ontario dispensary to close

Liset Mrquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2011 12:03:54 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – City officials have reached agreement with the landlord to evict a medical-marijuana dispensary that has operated in the city for two weeks without a business license.

The landlord of a shopping center at 856 S. Mountain Ave. agreed Thursday to evict the tenant, HPMC, also known as Holistic Pain Management Center, which was order closed by the city Wednesday.

City Attorney John Brown said the landlord is expected to serve a notice to the dispensary no later than next week.
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