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November 15, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and James Rainey
Nearly four years ago, the McStays left their snug home in suburban San Diego County on a chilly February evening. Piling into their Isuzu Trooper, parents Joseph and Summer and young sons Gianni and Joseph Jr. left behind two dogs, two bowls of popcorn and, soon, a mystery. Their car turned up four days later in the parking lot of a mini-mall near the Mexican border, with a few birthday toys for one of the boys tossed in back. But there was no sign of the McStays. About 1,374 days later and about 100 miles to the north, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies uncovered the skeletal remains of the parents and two small bodies believed to be their boys, authorities said Friday.
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November 15, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Two sets of skeletal remains found in Victorville this week have been identified as members of the missing McStay family, who mysteriously vanished from their San Diego County home in February 2010, a relative confirmed to The Times. San Bernardino County sheriff's officials told a family member Thursday that the remains had been identified as Joseph McStay, 42, and his wife, Summer, 45, according to Patrick McStay, the father of Joseph McStay. The remains of two additional bodies were also found Monday by a motorcyclist, off-roading through a remote area of San Bernardino County, near Victorville.
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November 12, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A Victorville man has been arrested for allegedly planting an explosive device under his ex-wife's car, forcing authorities to evacuate a Redlands shopping center for nearly an entire afternoon, police said. Steven James Sunny, 28, was arrested Monday at a home in San Bernardino, just hours after the woman spotted something suspicious under her sport-utility vehicle, according to a statement from the Redlands Police Department.  He was arrested on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder and possession of an explosive device with intent to kill.
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November 8, 2013
Join a discussion with Times reporter Ari Bloomekatz at 9 a.m. about the National Transportation Safety Board's findings on a fatal bus crash in San Bernardino that showed the vehicle had significant maintenance issues and federal regulators exercised poor oversight. The head of the NTSB chastised federal regulators Thursday for lax oversight of the tour bus and commercial trucking industry, citing in part the deadly San Bernardino County bus crash in which the driver lost control, struck an embankment and overturned.
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November 8, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A San Bernardino man and woman are due in court Friday after witnesses say they shoved her children into a car trunk and attempted to drive off from a laundromat last weekend. Witnesses on Saturday reported seeing Ralph Castillo, 46, shove the children, ages 6 and 7, into the trunk at 245 W. Highland Ave., KTLA-TV  reported. Castillo's girlfriend and mother of the children, 26-year-old Heather Burrows, was allegedly there when the incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. Witnesses tried to intervene and called police as the couple prepared to drive off with the children in the trunk.
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October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two freight trains apparently collided head-on Tuesday afternoon near the 40 Freeway in San Bernardino County, fire officials say. No injuries were reported in the accident near mile marker 47 by Ludlow, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The cargo was produce, and there were no reports of hazardous materials, fire officials say. Some railroad ties were ablaze. The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. No other details were immediately available.  ALSO: DA seeks victims of medic accused of groping patient Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake' USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details. A reputed prison gang leader who is accused of cutting his GPS ankle device while on probation in San Bernardino County has been captured after fleeing to Missouri, authorities said Tuesday night. Albert "Spanky" Amaya was validated by state corrections authorities as a crew chief for the Mexican Mafia prison gang, according to the San Bernardino County Probation Department. Amays, 45, was convicted of extortion, his third felony conviction, and sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison in 2008.  But under a voter-approved measure last year that allowed "three strikes" inmates to seek re-sentencing, Amaya was released in June to the supervision of the Probation Department, authorities said.
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October 17, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Prosecutors announced Thursday that two San Bernardino city councilmen have been charged in separate criminal cases, with one of them admitting his guilt, resigning his post and ending his bid for mayor weeks before election day. Chas Kelley pleaded guilty to a perjury charge for lying on campaign finance documents, forcing him to resign the seat he had held since 2003. Robert Jenkins faces 18 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts related to identity theft and stalking. Prosecutors allege that he targeted a former partner.
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October 17, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Two San Bernardino city councilmen face criminal charges in separate cases, authorities said Thursday. Councilman Robert Jenkins, 33, has been charged in Riverside County with 18 felonies and 12 misdemeanor crimes related to identity theft and stalking, according to a statement from the Riverside County district attorney's office.  Councilman Chas Kelley, a 44-year-old running in the Nov. 5 election for mayor, faces a perjury charge for allegedly...
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October 7, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials in Riverside County are scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would require pit bulls and pit bull mixes to be sterilized in unincorporated areas of the county. Under the ordinance being considered by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, sterilization would be required for pit bulls and pit bull mixes 4 months or older. Failure to get a dog sterilized would be an infraction or misdemeanor crime, according to the proposal. The ordinance would not apply to pit bulls owned by licensed breeders, law enforcement authorities or people who need the animals for assistance.
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