Fontana teachers go to court to get counselors brought back

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Posted: 11/05/2011 09:23:21 PM PDT

FONTANA – The teachers union has filed a lawsuit against the school district seeking to reinstate laid-off counselors on the basis of seniority.

The legal action, filed in San Bernardino County Superior Court, contends that the Fontana Unified School District’s practices violate the California Education Code, a charge the district denies.

Pat Mazzulli, president of the Fontana Teachers Association, said the district created new job categories after it laid off 68 counselors at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
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Drunken driver in fatal crash gets 19 years

FONTANA – A Phelan man who plowed into a family on bicycles in Rialto while driving drunk – killing a little girl weeks before her second birthday – has been was sentenced to 19 years in state prison.

Jesse Rolando Astorga appeared in Fontana Superior Court for sentencing proceedings on Friday, after he pleaded guilty Sept. 9 to five felony counts as part of a plea bargain.

Rialto police say Astorga fled from a fender bender with another car in June 2008, when he ran his 2008 Honda Pilot into a median on South Willow Avenue a few minutes after noon, veered to the right, jumped a curb and struck a family of four riding on the sidewalk.
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Two Vagos motorcycle club members seek lower bail

SAN BERNARDINO – Four local members of the Vagos motorcycle club, who were arrested earlier this month in a raid across Southern California, appeared before a Superior Court judge Tuesday.

Two of the men, Thomas Henry Gibson and Andrew Eloy Lozano, sought bail reviews by Judge Michael Dest in San Bernardino Superior Court to have their bail reduced.

Lozano’s lawyer Mark McDonald, who substituted-in to represent Gibson, 60, of San Bernardino, told the court that Gibson is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

But based on his client’s charges of possession of marijuana for sale and participation in a criminal street gang, McDonald argued that $50,000-100,000 bail “is more appropriate.”
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Three arraigned in Vagos raid

SAN BERNARDINO – Three San Bernardino County members of the Vagos motorcycle gang were arraigned Friday in connection with the drug and weapons raid connected on Thursday.

A fourth member from Oak Hills has a warrant for his arrest and remains at-large, while a fifth member from Ontario was arrested and remained uncharged as of Friday.

Scott Randall Rivera and Scott Randall Rivera, both of San Bernardino, and Andrew Eloy Lozano of Fontana appeared for arraignment, via a video link, in San Bernardino Superior Court.
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Dozens in Inland Empire indicted in huge tax fraud scheme

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/03/2011 12:25:41 PM PDT

A federal investigation into the practices of two San Bernardino County tax service companies has resulted in one of the largest indictments issued for tax fraud, federal officials said.

The Fontana-based Old Quest Foundation Inc. and Rancho Cucamonga-based De la Fuente and Ramirez and Associates filed false federal income tax returns containing bogus claims for refunds that sought more than $250 million, officials said.

The IRS investigation, code named “Operation Stolen Treasures,” resulted in 32 federal indictments that name a total of 55 defendants. Nearly half were arraigned in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.
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Fontana teacher found guilty of possessing child porn

A Loma Linda man, who taught elementary school in Fontana, was taken into custody Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of possessing child pornography.

Jurors returned the guilty verdict against Clark Alexander Mahoney Jr. after about an hour of deliberations at his trial in Fontana Superior Court, according to court records. He had been out of custody on his own recognizance.

Mahoney, 45, was found guilty of one count of Penal Code 311.11, defined as possession or control of child pornography, court records state. He is being held without bail at West Valley Detention Center, in Rancho Cucamonga, and he returns to court Nov. 4 for sentencing.

A teacher at Date Elementary School in Fontana, Mahoney was arrested last year on allegations of inappropriately touching two students.
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Rialto teenager to be sentenced in uncle’s slaying

By Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/03/2010 08:03:32 PM PST

A Rialto teenager stabbed his uncle dozens of times with a pair of scissors and a folding knife in September 2006 when an altercation between the pair spun out of control, authorities said.

Just 15 years old at the time, Daniel Cordero said his uncle bit him in the arm during the struggle. The uncle, Robert Eugene “Gene” Cordero, was HIV positive.

Authorities said they found no bite marks on the teen’s arm, just a 2-centimeter scratch. The pair had previous run-ins, and the defense said the stabbing was in self-defense.

But jurors didn’t agree with the defendant at his trial last month in Fontana Superior Court.

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Fontana police looking into charges in mauling of girl

Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/02/2010 05:03:12 PM PST

The Fontana Police Department is working with the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office to look into possible criminal charges concerning the owner of the dogs who attacked a mother and her children Monday.

At the very least, police can ticket the owners for not maintaining their property so that the dogs could not escape and cause harm to someone, which is a law within the city, Fontana Sgt. Jeff Decker said.

“We do know the dogs escaped from the backyard, which is different from someone who sicked a dog on a person,” Decker said.

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Man faces charges for graffiti at San Antonio Dam

By Mike Cruz
Posted: 01/31/2010 05:10:17 PM PST

Prosecutors charged a man Thursday who is suspected of causing nearly $8,000 in graffiti damage to the San Antonio Dam.

Michael Kettle, 24, was charged with one count of felony vandalism in Fontana Superior Court after he was witnessed spray painting graffiti in the waterway area of the dam on Tuesday in San Antonio Heights, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies found Kettle in possession of numerous cans of spray paint and a gallon of red household paint, sheriff’s officials reported. Kettle had painted approximately a 204-square-foot area.

The estimated cost of removing the graffiti is $7,700.

Bedtime Bandits set for hearing Friday in robberies

A group of suspected bank robbers dubbed the Bedtime Bandits are scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday.

The Bandits are accused in 19 take-over style robberies last year across Southern California, including banks in Chino, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Nine gang members from the Los Angeles area are charged in the case. The preliminary hearing is scheduled to be heard in San Bernardino Superior Court, according to court records.

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