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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 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 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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October 5, 2013 | Richard Winton
Usually it's the school bully who steals lunch money from the kids. But in Rialto, it's allegedly the accountant hired to keep an eye on the lunch money. When accountant Judith Oakes was arrested on suspicion of embezzling from the school district's nutrition services department this summer -- allegedly caught on surveillance tape stuffing cash in her bra -- officials said they were staggered when they were told that as much as $3.16 million might be missing. Oakes faces the prospect of embezzlement and grand theft charges, but the fallout from the lunch money episode could continue as law enforcement agencies and the state Department of Education investigate why the loss was not spotted sooner.
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October 4, 2013 | By Lisa Girion
Amid a rising number of West Nile virus cases and the first death of the year, San Bernardino County officials issued a warning Friday about the illness, which is spread by mosquitoes. The name, age and gender of the person who died were not made public. Authorities said they were aware of 10 people in San Bernardino County who showed symptoms of West Nile virus so far this year. San Bernardino County Health Officer Maxwell Ohikhuare urged residents to take precautions. “We continue to see an increase of WNV activity throughout the county," Ohikhuare said in a statement.
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September 30, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who was seriously wounded in a February gun battle with ex-LAPD Officer Christoper Dorner returned to work Monday, officials said. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon called Deputy Alex Collins' return to the Big Bear station an "emotional and proud day," according to a statement from the Sheriff's Department. McMahon and others were on hand to welcome Collins when he arrived at the station. "We are so happy that Alex is doing so well and is returning to work," the sheriff's statement said.
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September 25, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Riverside County supervisors are considering an ordinance that would require pit bulls not owned by certain groups to be sterilized in all unincorporated cities. The ordinance - which would affect pit bulls older than 4 months if they are not owned by licensed breeders, law enforcement or people who need them for assistance - was initially approved 5 to 0 Tuesday with a second reading scheduled for next month. Dogs in special training would also receive an exemption. Supervisor Jeff Stone said the law was particularly relevant given recent headlines on pit bull attacks.
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September 25, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Jill Cowan
The uncle of a 2-year-old boy who was killed by a group of pit bulls in San Bernardino County pleaded not guilty Wednesday to child endangerment. The boy's grandmother, who owns the home where the attack occurred, was also arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. However, prosecutors declined to file charges against Eustulia Zamudio, 42, because of insufficient evidence, according to the San Bernardino County district attorney's office. Samuel Zamudio's body was discovered Monday afternoon in the backyard of Eustalia Zamudio's Colton home.  Colton police said Samuel suffered extensive wounds to his upper body.  He was rushed to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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