Deputy charged in domestic dispute returns to work

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 02:41:21 PM PDT

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy suspected of beating his girlfriend in Beaumont and then holding police at bay before his arrest returned to work at the Sheriff’s Department less than a week after the incident.

Alfredo Lopez, 32, was released Sept. 22 from Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside and was cleared to come back to work late last week, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman. He is assigned to Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

“Our policy does not prohibit an employee from working during the legal process,” Bachman said. “In this case, we understand he’s facing misdemeanor charges.”

Beaumont police received a call at 2:53 a.m. Sept. 18 regarding a domestic dispute in the 1300 block of Bird of Paradise Court. Lopez fled the residence by the time officers arrived.
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Lawyers for Old Fire suspect seek to get indictment dismissed

Defense lawyers for Old Fire suspect Rickie Lee Fowler have filed a 170-page motion seeking dismissal of the Grand Jury indictment against him.

The motion alleges prosecutors failed to present exculpatory evidence – evidence that tends to show a person should not be indicted – to a criminal Grand Jury that was assembled in August 2009 to hear witness testimony about the 2003 deadly and devastating wildfire.

The motion from lawyers Donald Jordan and Michael Belter, which was authored by Jordan, was briefly discussed Monday at Fowler’s scheduled appearance before Judge Michael Smith in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Read the actual defense motion here or here.
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Trio face charges in killing of Rancho Cucamonga man

Two men who San Bernardino police say killed a Rancho Cucamonga man for his money and belongings are set to appear in court Thursday to confirm the appointment of their lawyers.

San Bernardino police detectives traveled last week to Decatur, Ill., to bring back Antonio Marquis Eubanks, his half-brother, John Fitzgerald Dozier, and Crystal Ann Carmelo, Dozier’s pregnant wife, to face charges in the deadly beating of Matthew Thomas Cook in July.

Eubanks and Dozier have already pleaded not guilty to murder charges in San Bernardino Superior Court, according to court records. Carmelo has not yet appeared in court.
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Tribal member’s lawyer calls alleged probation violations “technicalities”

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/25/2008 10:01:44 PM PST

The lawyer for a San Manuel tribal member who was recently sentenced in a murder conspiracy case downplayed his client’s alleged violations of her probation as “small, technical issues” on Tuesday.

Stacy Barajas-Nunez was arrested Friday by sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of trespassing on casino property. On Tuesday, she appeared in San Bernardino Superior Court for allegedly violating her probation.

San Manuel security contacted deputies after Barajas-Nunez was seen blocking a tribal road to pick up a friend, was in a parking lot and was at a guard station to fill out a complaint about an employee, authorities said.
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Stacy Nunez-Barajas back in jail after violating parole

Mike Cruz and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Posted: 11/22/2008 10:17:55 PM PST

A San Manuel tribal member who was sentenced to probation almost three weeks ago in a murder conspiracy case was back in jail Friday night after being arrested at the tribe’s casino and could face at least a decade in state prison.

Casino security reportedly contacted sheriff’s deputies after a disturbance developed involving Stacy Nunez-Barajas, who was sentenced earlier this month in San Bernardino Superior Court for her role in a murder conspiracy that was discovered by police and federal drug agents who were investigating the Mexican Mafia’s drug trade in San Bernardino.

Nunez-Barajas, 26, was arrested about 9 p.m. on suspicion of trespassing at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino and booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

She was being held without bail.
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