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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Calfornia attorney general explains decision to leave mortgage settlement talks

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/04/2011 03:56:03 PM PDT

State Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday she left national settlement talks with lenders over potential mortgage and foreclosure violations because she doesn’t expect a deal will provide enough compensation for troubled California homeowners.

“I do not believe that the total number of Californians who are in foreclosure would be eligible for relief,” Harris said in a conference call with reporters.

Harris also said she was concerned that a deal would allow lenders to escape civil, or even criminal, penalties for alleged wrongdoing.
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Court rules in favor of former San Bernardino police chief

SAN BERNARDINO – Former Police Chief Garrett Zimmon may be entitled to a disability retirement after a recent state court ruling sided with him in his lengthy legal battle with the city.

A three-judge panel of the state 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside issued a 24-page ruling on Sept. 16 that reversed a pair of earlier court decisions in favor of the city and denied Zimmon a disability retirement.

Doctors diagnosed Zimmon with a cardiac arrhythmia with a history of recurrent atrial fibrillation, better known as a irregular heartbeat, according to the ruling. Zimmon attributed the condition to the cumulative trauma, stress and pressures of the job.
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Johnson found guilty in puppy beating trial

Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2010 12:58:17 PM PST

Retired Los Angeles County assistant fire chief Glynn Johnson was found guilty Tuesday of one count of felony animal cruelty after he maliciously beat his neighbor’s puppy with a rock in 2008.

Jurors in the case at the Riverside Superior Court also found the special allegation for use of a deadly weapon to be true.

The 55-year-old Riverside resident could serve up to four years in state prison.

Johnson will remain out of custody until he is sentenced, which is scheduled for March 8.

Jury deliberates in drug-related double homicide in Yucaipa

Jurors were expected to begin their first full day of deliberation today about a Lynwood man charged in a double homicide two years ago in Yucaipa over a drug debt.

Lawyers in the case concluded their closing arguments in the trial of Alberto “Beto” Oropeza Delgadillo near mid-day Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court, according to court records. A juror was sick Tuesday, and jurors were scheduled to continue deliberations today.

Authorities say Delgadillo drove two men, 31-year-old Salvador Felix and Pedro Sanchez, 53, from the Los Angeles area to a desolate turnout on Live Oak Canyon Road, about a mile south of the 10 Freeway, and shot them both in the head on Dec. 18, 2006.
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Court rules L.A. County can’t give judges perks

Here’s an interesting story from our friends at the Associated Press regarding a recent Court of Appeal decision affecting Superior Court judges in Los Angeles County.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appeals court has ruled that Los Angeles County can not give employment benefits to its judges beyond the compensation determined by the state Legislature.

In a decision issued Friday, a three-judge panel of the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal said that programs allowing judges access to benefits given to other county employees was not allowed under the state’s constitution.

“The duty to prescribe judicial compensation is not delegable,” Associate Justice Patricia Benke wrote in a 37-page opinion.
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Blue Cross accused of contacting ex-customers

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthem Blue Cross, facing a class-action lawsuit for allegedly dropping coverage to people who file expensive medical claims, was accused Friday in court documents of unlawfully offering former customers $1,000 to drop all legal claims against the health insurance company.

City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said his office filed a motion in Superior Court asking the judge to bar Anthem Blue Cross from contacting any plaintiffs without court permission. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Nov. 4.

“Blue Cross is putting profits before people, and violating multiple laws in the process,” Delgadillo said. “And regulators are once again unable or unwilling to take action to stop it — so we are. The settlement options … prey upon the desperation of sick people in these troubled economic times.”

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Injunction sought against six street gangs in Los Angeles

I know this wire story is based outside the Inland Empire, but gang members from Los Angeles often come to San Bernardino County, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The City Attorney’s Office sought an injunction today that would prevent members of six South Los Angeles gangs from associating in public or possessing weapons and graffiti tools.

The injunction names the All for Crime, Barrio Mojados, Blood Stone Villains, Florencia 13, Oriental Boys and Pueblo Bishops gangs in a 13.2-square- mile area referred to as the Florence-Pueblo Del Rio Safety Zone. That area is bounded by Washington Boulevard to the north and Manchester Avenue to the south, and from San Pedro and Vernon in the northwest to San Pedro and Alameda Street to the east.

“This proposed injunction and safety zone have been carefully tailored to address the continuing problem of gang violence by six notorious street gangs in South L.A.,” said City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.

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