CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1990 |
Citing insufficient evidence, prosecutors on Wednesday said they will not file criminal charges against two young men who had been suspected of killing a 9-year-old boy. Wayne O. Hobbs, 19, and Richard LaLonde, 18, had been suspected in the murder of Jason Matthew Lea of Upland, whose partly decomposed body was found last Aug. 4 at the bottom of a cliff near the Mt. Baldy ski area.
August 7, 1989 |
Two young men sought in the killing of a 9-year-old Upland boy whose body was found at the bottom of a cliff surrendered to authorities Sunday. Richard LaLonde, 18, of Upland, one of four teen-age suspects in the death of Jason Matthew Lea, phoned the Upland Police Department at 9:30 a.m. and told officers they could meet him at a nearby McDonald's restaurant, Deputy Bill Wehner said. LaLonde was taken to the Walnut sheriff's station, where he was booked for investigation of murder.
August 15, 1989 |
Jason Matthew Lea, the 9-year-old Upland boy whose body was dumped over a cliff in the San Gabriel Mountains, was killed by severe blows to the chest and had alcohol in his blood, the coroner's office disclosed today. "Jason Lea died as a result of blunt force trauma to the chest due to an assault. The case is listed as a homicide," said Bob Dambacher, spokesman for Los Angeles County's chief medical examiner-coroner.
August 8, 1989 |
When Mike Kasbeck returned home from a family camping trip Sunday and turned on the nightly news, he got a real jolt. Just hours earlier, the broadcast reported, 19-year-old Wayne Hobbs had surrendered to police and was being held on suspicion of abducting and murdering a young Upland boy. Kasbeck, 15, instantly concluded that police had the wrong guy. Hobbs was his neighbor, his buddy, an idol of sorts with whom he shared an interest in snakes, skateboarding and motorcycles.
August 5, 1989 |
The body of a 9-year-old Upland boy believed to have been abducted by teen-agers and murdered was discovered Friday at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff on Glendora Ridge Road in the Mt. Baldy area, authorities said. Members of Los Angeles County Sheriff's San Dimas Search and Rescue Team found the body of Jason Matthew Lea in a rugged area about two miles west of the San Bernardino County line.