LA County health inspector under investigation for sex assault at Pomona Bakery

Here’s the video that basically tells the whole story:

Pomona cops are investigating — and the alleged pervert has been placed on unpaid leave as of this afternoon, offiicials said.
Here’s Tom Himes’ story on the assault:

POMONA — The owner of a Pomona bakery says a Los Angeles County health inspector sexually assaulted her during a compliance check late last month in an ordeal captured by surveillance cameras.

The woman says health inspector Magdy Tawadros used his county position and the guise of a health inspection to intimidate and grope her in a back room of her business on March 24.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said the 45-year-old woman, whose name and place of business are withheld to protect her identity. “I was afraid I would get a bad grade on the inspection. I felt helpless.”

The woman filed a claim for damage with Los Angeles County on April 1 seeking up to $10 million in damages.

Read more: http://www.sgvtribune.com/ci_14829892#ixzz0kMGwJ0au

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Eileen Ponce murder case moves closer to trial — a note from her mom

Here’s the story as told by Fox 11 back in 2008:

Here’s the note from Tracy Ponce to friends and family:

Hi all,

Just wanted to share with you that I received an official subpoena from the District Attorney’s office to report as a witness in my daughter’s case on Feb. 11. So now it does look like, FINALLY, that the trial will soon begin. It will be two-years since we found my daughter Eileen on Feb. 15, 2008. Unfortunately, I’ll be going to the same courthouse where I found my daughter’s body, but either way, I’m thankful that the killer has been in custody and that we will be going to trial. I’m also going to court on Feb. 9 for the Readiness date (too see if both sides are actually ready to proceed) which now, I believe they both are since we received these subpoenas, and then on Feb. 11 is when they begin to select the jury, then afterwards the trial will start. I hear the trial may take up to 10-days.

Anyways, for those of you who have went to trial in your loved one case or who are still waiting, I wanted to share with you that after receiving the subpoena, it did something to me emotionally and I wasn’t expecting to feel that way and just wanted to know from those who have went to trial already, is this normal, or is this our kind of normal???

See, like many of us Parents Of Murdered Children, I have prayed to get to trial so that part could be put behind us, but when the day actually comes, it seems sort of surreal and for some reason it put a fear in me, why? I don’t know, because I pray everyday for Justice and I truly believe we will receive it, but I hate having that bit of doubt and confusion in my heart because it totally scared the hell out of me!!

Anyways, I presume the opening remarks will begin on that following Monday, Feb. 15 and if you have time available to support us in the courtroom, it will be greatly appreciated. The courthouse is located at 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA. I’ll let you know the exact room number as soon as I know it. And if you can’t come, I understand, but if you believe in the power of prayer, I’m asking that you please pray for our family, the witnesses, the incoming jury and our DA during this time so that everything proceeds in an efficient manner and the killer is found GUILTY!!

Thank you!!

Tracy Ponce & Family

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Lawsuit alleges Pomona police checkpoints unfairly target Latinos

From the Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – A federal lawsuit accuses Pomona police of intimidating residents who complained about police checkpoints in Latino neighborhoods.

The plaintiffs include more than 50 people who attended an August 2008 community meeting to discuss the checkpoints, which some residents say targeted Latinos.

Plaintiffs say police officers in plainclothes came to the meeting at a local religious center and threatened and intimidated participants. The lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles accuses the officers of interfering with their rights to free speech, assembly and religion.

Mark Gluba, assistant to the city manager in Pomona, said Tuesday officials are studying the allegations.

Police have said the checkpoints were set up to look for drunk drivers and traffic safety violations.

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Walnut man shot during break-in attempt

Here’s the story:

A Walnut man who forced his way into a Pomona apartment Monday evening was shot after he stabbed a man inside the residence.

Paramedics flew Anthony Zabele, 27, to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds to his lower legs.

Police received a call about a stabbing and shooting in the 700 block of East Third Street at 6:14 p.m. They found Keith Kilpatrick, 28, of San Bernardino, April Chacon, 24, of Pomona and Zabele in the apartment.

Officers discovered that Zabele entered the apartment and attacked Kilpatrick and Chacon. Kilpatrick was stabbed during the fight. Kilpatrick shot Zabele in self-defense, police said.

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A spate of missing or dead women

Perhaps this sort of news comes in threes:

There was the woman’s body found in the Angeles National Forest.
There was the West Covina woman found shot to death in Pomona.
How long until Fox News or CNN pays attention? (Don’t hold your breath — none of these women were teen prom queens, models or lived on the East Coast)
We’ll keep on top of it here though ….
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Florida man arrested by Feds for pimping teen in Pomona

Here’s a press release from the US Department of Justice:

A Florida man was arrested last night by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on federal charges that he prostituted a 17-year-old girl he solicited through her page on the MySpace website and then offered her services on Craigslist.

Christopher Tyrone Young, also known as “Staydown,” 28, of Orlando, Florida, was arrested last night in San Diego after being named in a criminal complaint filed Monday in United States District Court in Santa Ana. The complaint charges Young with one count of sex trafficking of children.

The investigation into Young began on March 24 after investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department arrested a 17-year-old girl on prostitution charges. After it was learned that the girl was a runaway minor from Florida, investigators determined that she was working for a pimp that the girl later identified as Young, according to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint.

Young allegedly contacted the girl last October and, after promising to make her a “star,” gave her a bus ticket from Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada. Following a three-day bus trip from Florida to Las Vegas, Young brought the girl to Orange County, where he had her work as a prostitute. Using sexually explicit photos he took of the girl, Young placed an ad on the Craigslist website for Orange County that offered sexual services, the affidavit alleges. Young later had the girl working as a prostitute by walking streets in the California cities of Anaheim, Pomona and Montclair, as well as in Las Vegas. The affidavit also alleges that Young had sex with the girl and provided her with the drug ecstasy.

Young is expected to make his initial court appearance this afternoon in federal court in Santa Ana.

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Pomona man’s murder may be related to Gas Company killing

Charlie Santisteban, killed early this morning outside his home in Pomona may have been targeted by a killer preying on Gas Company employees, authorities said Wednesday.

A Gas Co employee was shot Tuesday night in a parking lot in Anaheim. Pomona PD and Anaheim PD are seeking disgruntled ex-coworkers.

We’ll have more when known….

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From the a.m.

Courtesy Emma Gallegos:

There was an attempted kidnapping in Covina, but they’re not saying much about it just yet. I talked to the PIO David Foster and he said it happened last night and it was around the downtown area, but that’s about it — he wouldn’t say how old the victim was or whether it was a domestic dispute or a stranger or any further detail.

I put this online but it’s incredibly vague:

Man wounded in officer-involved shooting in Pomona

POMONA – Detectives from the sheriff’s homicide bureau are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning in Pomona.

An officer from the Pomona Police department shot a man at the 700 block of East Holt Avenue at 2:15 a.m., according to Dep. Art Spencer.

The man shot was wounded and transported to a local hospital, according to Spencer.<p>

Pomona police officers were responding to a call at 1:45 a.m., but they did not release any further information about the circumstances of the shooting.<p>

No officers were injured in the shooting.

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