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January 18, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
About 300 people linked arms and held a 1960s-style freedom march through downtown Fontana Sunday to celebrate the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while a handful of Ku Klux Klan members shouted racial epithets. Escorted by about 100 Fontana police officers and two dozen San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, the marchers paraded for a mile, holding up Bibles and singing inspirational songs, including "We Shall Overcome" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
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November 30, 1990 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A white San Bernardino County man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison for violating the civil rights of a black neighbor by shooting her with a high-powered rifle after making a racial slur. U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts in Los Angeles imposed the sentence on Gary Dean McInnis, 39, of Hesperia, who was convicted in August of using force to interfere with the housing rights of Oleatha Kellar, 63. He was also convicted of using a firearm during a violent crime.
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August 11, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
A San Bernardino County man was convicted in Santa Ana on Friday on federal charges stemming from his racially motivated shooting attack on a black neighbor. Jurors who heard the 3-day trial in U.S. District Court convicted Gary D. McInnis of one count of using intimidation to interfere with housing rights on the basis of race and one count of using a gun to commit a felony. McInnis, 39, of Hesperia faces sentencing by U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts on Oct. 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1990 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ
A San Bernardino County man was convicted in Santa Ana on Friday on federal charges stemming from his racially motivated shooting attack on a black neighbor. Jurors who heard the 3-day trial in U.S. District Court convicted Gary D. McInnis of one count of using intimidation to interfere with housing rights on the basis of race and one count of using a gun to commit a felony. McInnis, 39, of Hesperia faces sentencing by U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts on Oct. 11.
NEWS
November 30, 1990 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A white San Bernardino County man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison for violating the civil rights of a black neighbor by shooting her with a high-powered rifle after making a racial slur. U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts in Los Angeles imposed the sentence on Gary Dean McInnis, 39, of Hesperia, who was convicted in August of using force to interfere with the housing rights of Oleatha Kellar, 63. He was also convicted of using a firearm during a violent crime.
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July 12, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Latino leaders here Monday demanded a federal investigation of what they contend was a brutal, unprovoked attack on five Mexican nationals by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies. A three-minute videotape of the June 30 incident in Victorville, made by an unidentified witness, was shown to reporters Monday afternoon.
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December 28, 1989 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was cold when Walter Johnson awoke before dawn last Friday, too cold. With the heater controlled by a timer, his two-story stucco house in the Chino Hills should have been toasty by that hour. Strange, he thought. Things got stranger still. A check outside revealed that someone had pried open the circuit box and cut power to the home.
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May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thirty-nine inmates were injured during a weekend of violence at San Bernardino County Central Jail, authorities said. Most of the injuries were cuts and bruises, but 10 inmates required hospitalization, a county sheriff's spokesman said. Deputies believe the fights erupted over a struggle between blacks and Latinos for dominance of the cellblocks. Overcrowding may also have played a role, as the facility houses more than 1,600 in space designed for 700.
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May 31, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thirty-nine inmates were injured during a weekend of violence at San Bernardino County Central Jail, authorities said. Most of the injuries were cuts and bruises, but 10 inmates required hospitalization, a county sheriff's spokesman said. Deputies believe the fights erupted over a struggle between blacks and Latinos for dominance of the cellblocks. Overcrowding may also have played a role, as the facility houses more than 1,600 in space designed for 700.
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December 28, 1989 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was cold when Walter Johnson awoke before dawn last Friday, too cold. With the heater controlled by a timer, his two-story stucco house in the Chino Hills should have been toasty by that hour. Strange, he thought. Things got stranger still. A check outside revealed that someone had pried open the circuit box and cut power to the home.
NEWS
July 12, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
Latino leaders here Monday demanded a federal investigation of what they contend was a brutal, unprovoked attack on five Mexican nationals by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies. A three-minute videotape of the June 30 incident in Victorville, made by an unidentified witness, was shown to reporters Monday afternoon.
NEWS
January 18, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
About 300 people linked arms and held a 1960s-style freedom march through downtown Fontana Sunday to celebrate the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., while a handful of Ku Klux Klan members shouted racial epithets. Escorted by about 100 Fontana police officers and two dozen San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies, the marchers paraded for a mile, holding up Bibles and singing inspirational songs, including "We Shall Overcome" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
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