Pair arrested, arraigned in woman’s death at Deep Creek

After a six-month investigation, sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man and woman from Apple Valley in the shooting death of 19-year-old Raquel Rayas at Deep Creek.

Sheriff’s detectives say the two suspects, Joseph Villa and Angela Lucia Sanchez, knew the victim. But detectives did not release any motive that the pair may have had in Rayas’ death, said Cindy Bachman, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.

Villa, 23, and Sanchez, 38, pleaded not guilty to murder charges at their arraignments Wednesday in Victorville Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
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Trial begins in deadly beating at Westside San Bernardino store

SAN BERNARDINO – Emotions ran high Monday at the trial for two brothers accused of beating to death a 63-year-old man at a Westside convenience store.

A woman in the courtroom gallery reacted with a loud “wow” as prosecutors played for San Bernardino Superior Court jurors a video from a security camera that showed Nathan Macon being punched several times.

Moments later, another woman erupted into tears and was yelling as she left the courtroom. Loud sobs and yelling could be heard in the hallway.

The reaction came while the owner of Jimmy’s Food Store – the trial’s first witness – testified about the March 2010 deadly confrontation with Macon and the defendants, San Bernardino residents Jerome Walker and Milton Walker, then 22 and 21.
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Attorney dies in dirt bike accident

Locally well-known lawyer Wayne Rozenberg died in a dirt bike accident Thursday in Perris, according to Riverside County coroner officials.

Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly after 9:30 p.m. to a motocross park in the 18700 block of Lake Perris Drive, according to a statement from coroner’s officials.

Rozenberg, 46, of Murrieta, was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley where he was pronounced dead at 10:11 p.m., authorities reported.

For unknown reasons, Rozenberg reportedly “lost control of his dirt bike while landing from a jump,” according to the coroner’s statement.

Rozenberg was once connected to – and later cleared from – San Bernardino County’s major attorney capping and bail bonds investigation last decade.

Prosecutors charged Rozenberg in 2004 with illegally recruiting clients in San Bernardino County jails, but the case against him fell apart during Grand Jury proceedings for the bail bond companies. The charges against Rozenberg were dismissed in 2008.

Trio face capital charges in RC man’s death

SAN BERNARDINO – Two of the three people accused of killing a mentally challenged Rancho Cucamonga man in July will need new attorneys because they could face the possible death penalty or life in state prison.

The trio – Antonio Marquis Eubanks, his half-brother John Fitzgerald Dozier and Crystal Ann Carmelo, Dozier’s wife – appeared before Judge Kenneth Barr Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court where the new lawyers were discussed.

Prosecutors allege the three defendants killed Matthew Thomas Cook, 29, in July at a San Bernardino apartment building for financial gain. Cook was beaten to death and left in a trash can, say San Bernardino police.
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Mother of teenager killed by deputy’s car in Highland files lawsuit

The mother of a teenage boy who died after being struck by a sheriff’s deputy while riding his bicycle filed a lawsuit against the city, Sheriff’s Department and county today alleging wrongful death.

In the lawsuit, seeking $3,000 for funeral expenses and general damages yet to be determined, Stacey McCombs alleges the unnamed deputy was speeding and blinded by a setting sun when he struck her son, Justin Ames, at the intersection of Ninth Street and Drummond Avenue the evening of Aug. 22.

The deputy was one of two responding to a call about 6:30 p.m. when the collision occurred. Neither of the deputies, both alleged to have been traveling between 50 and 60 mph, had their sirens or flashing lights on, and the posted speed limit was 35 mph, according to the lawsuit.
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Lawsuit to be filed in death of Highland boy by sheriff’s deputy

By Joe Nelson on October 22, 2008 5:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

An attorney representing the mother of a 14-year-old Highland boy killed after he was struck by a sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car in August plans to file a lawsuit against the city of Highland, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the county no later than Friday.

The city and county have rejected a claim, the predecessor to a lawsuit, filed by San Bernardino attorney Mark McDonald in September. McDonald represents Stacey McCombs, mother of 14-year-old Justin Taylor Ames, who was struck by an unnamed Highland sheriff’s deputy at the intersection of Ninth Street and Drummond Avenue on Aug. 22.

This much is fact: Two deputies responding to a disturbance call in the area passed through the intersection where Justin was struck. Justin and a friend were riding their bicycles south on Drummond Avenue about 6:30 p.m. The two deputies were headed west down Ninth Street.
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Suspect in rapper’s death to be formally arraigned Wednesday in Barstow

A man suspected in the execution-style slaying of 24-year-old rapper Robert Mastrangelo is scheduled to be formally arraigned Wednesday after a judge determined last week there was sufficient evidence to hold him on the charges.

Dudzai Prosper Pswatai faces charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery and a newly added fourth count of solicitation of murder of a witness when he is arraigned in Barstow Superior Court, according to Deputy District Attorney Shannon Faherty.

Pswatai, 20, also faces a special allegation for the use of a firearm for the first three counts, Faherty said.

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San Bernardino man sentenced in deadly beating of his girlfriend’s father

A San Bernardino man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in state prison, under the terms of a plea bargain, in the deadly beating of his girlfriend’s father following an argument in April 2004.

James Paul Pineda, 35, was sentenced during proceedings before Judge Bryan Foster in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Neighbors near the apartment that Pineda shared with his girlfriend reported rising tension between Pineda and the victim, 53-year-old John Velasquez, of Colton. The pair had an argument about 1:43 a.m. in April 2004, say San Bernardino Police.

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