Mike Cruz and Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/24/2011 02:55:29 PM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO — A Superior Court judge on Monday declined to bar more than 2,000 pages of Grand Jury transcripts in a criminal corruption probe from being used in a civil case involving the county and three other public entities.
Attorneys representing the county filed a motion with the court in September attempting to block the defendants in an indemnity lawsuit from using the transcripts in its defense. The county sued San Bernardino Associated Governments (SanBag), Caltrans and the city of Upland in 2004, seeking to recover any damages that could arise from a separate land rights lawsuit it was engaged in with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP.
The developer sued the county in 2002, arguing the county abandoned its flood control easements and refused to pay for flood control improvements on its 434-acre residential and commercial development in Upland. The county settled with the developer in November 2006 for $102 million, a settlement prosecutors now say was tainted by bribery and conflict of interest. Continue reading →
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/06/2011 07:11:55 PM PDT
Senior state Assistant Attorney General Gary Schons will retire at the end of the month and will begin a new job at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, officials from both offices said.
San Bernardino County Assistant District Attorney Jim Hackleman also is retiring. His last day is Friday.
Schons and Hackleman oversaw the prosecution of Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former county officials in a sweeping corruption scandal tied to a $102 million legal settlement between the county and Burum’s development consortium, Colonies Partners LP. In a joint prosecution, the District Attorney’s and state Attorney General’s offices allege the settlement was tainted by bribery and extortion. Continue reading →
SAN DIEGO – A landlady accused with the 1994 killing of her tenant was arraigned in a San Diego Superior Court today.
Seferina Marquez Ponce, 52, pleaded not guilty to killing 18-year-old Sarah Reyes. San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney John Thomas said Ponce will appear in court again Feb. 1 for a status conference.
Redlands Police arrested Ponce Friday in connection with the Reyes’ killing.
A man charged with the violent murders of three men was sentenced today to life in state prison, after a Superior Court judge denied his attempt to back out of a plea bargain that helped him avoid the death penalty.
Defendant Christopher Richard Lanteigne, 29, and co-defendants Camille Vredenburg, 27, and Christopher Weaver, 32, pleaded guilty as part of a package deal for their roles in a 2004 series of crimes, including the murders, that extended from San Bernardino to the San Gorgonio Pass.
On Mar. 5, Lanteigne and Weaver pleaded guilty to three counts of murder – as part of a plea bargain package – in the deaths of Scott Fisher, 42, of San Bernardino, Clayton McCobb, 44, of Ramona and Kareem Mohammed Radwan, 26, of Loma Linda. But Lanteigne later changed his mind. Continue reading →