Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/30/2008 09:39:05 PM PST
SAN BERNARDINO – Despite a tight budget, District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said he plans to expand a few key areas of his office, including the Cold Case Unit and environmental- fraud prosecution, with existing resources in 2009.
Like other San Bernardino County department leaders, Ramos has had to find ways to address a growing list of needs with manpower he already has in a tough economic environment. Adding more people isn’t an option.
Ramos announced a hiring freeze three weeks ago but has avoided layoffs, he said in a telephone interview last week. Nevertheless, the county’s top prosecutor believes he already has the people to tackle new goals in the new year. Continue reading →
The alleged ringleader and four other defendants charged in a statewide predatory lending scheme are scheduled to appear Tuesday in San Bernardino Superior Court to confirm whether a preliminary hearing will be conducted two days later.
At a preliminary hearing, prosecutors will present testimony and evidence to the court to support the charges that have been filed against 26-year-old Eric Michael Pony, his sister Paulette Pony, 24, both of Tarzana, and two others. A judge will then decide whether sufficient evidence exists to hold the defendants over for trial.
The preliminary hearing is currently set for Thursday in San Bernardino Superior Court.