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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
The suspect in the death of a transgender YouTube reality show star may try to leave the state, Fontana police said Friday. Authorities identified Dantjier Powell, 18, of San Bernardino, as the suspect in the killing of Domonique Newburn, who was found dead in her apartment Tuesday afternoon. Powell was believed to be with a 25-year-old Highland woman named Jamie Nicole Cotton. He may be trying to leave the state on a bus, said Sgt. Doug Imhof. RELATED: Homicide Report Police described Powell as black with an average build, about 5 feet 8 and 150 pounds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
As the hunt for the killer of a transgender YouTube reality star entered its fourth day on Friday, detectives sharpened their focus on an 18-year-old man from San Bernardino. Fontana detectives say Dantjier Powell beat 31-year-old Domonique Newburn to death in her Fontana apartment Tuesday afternoon after a struggle. Authorities told local media they believe Powell was involved in a relationship with Newburn, who in 2010 legally changed her name from Daymond Watford. Now the search is on for Powell, who police said may be traveling out of state with Jamie Nicole Cotton, 25, of Highland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Fontana detectives are expected to search for evidence Thursday inside the car of a transgender woman who was killed inside her Fontana apartment earlier this week. The black Mercedes belonging to Domonique Newburn, 31, was found Wednesday afternoon about 13 miles and two cities away at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino. Police said initially that the man suspected of killing Newburn escaped in her car afterward. Police officials said Thursday it appeared Newburn's car had been at the park “for some time.” Witnesses told police that Newburn's suspected killer made off with clothes and her computer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Fontana police Thursday night identified a suspect in the slaying of a transgender woman, a former YouTube reality show star, who was apparently beaten to death in her apartment. Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead in her apartment Tuesday afternoon after residents called police reporting a disturbance, police said. Police were searching for Dantjier Powell, 18, a San Bernardino resident who may be trying to leave the state on a bus, Fontana Police Sgt. Doug Imhof said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Fontana police Wednesday afternoon found a Mercedes belonging to a transgender woman and former YouTube reality star who was apparently slain in her apartment. Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead inside her apartment Tuesday afternoon after residents called police reporting a disturbance, the Fontana Police Department said. Witnesses said that a man seen leaving the apartment took off in the victim's black 2004 Mercedes. But the vehicle appeared to have been parked "for some time" at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino, where it was located by detectives, Sgt. Doug Imhof said in a statement.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
For nearly two decades GLAAD has tracked the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on television. Now, the organization is turning its attention to the movies. The "Studio Responsibility Index," released by the media monitoring group Wednesday, found a significant lack of LGBT characters and story lines in movies released by the six top-grossing film studios in 2012. GLAAD staffers reviewed the 101 films released by 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony's Columbia, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
Fontana police were looking Wednesday for a man they believe killed a transgender woman in her home then escaped in her car. Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead inside her apartment in the 7900 block of Bennett Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after residents called police reporting a disturbance. The San Bernardino County coroner listed Newburn as a male but her friends told KTLA-TV that she was a transgender woman. Her relationships and struggles were documented in a reality TV show that never aired, KTLA reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A transgender woman who was killed inside her Fontana apartment Tuesday once starred in a YouTube reality show about her lifestyle. Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead inside her apartment in the 7900 block of Bennett Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after residents called police reporting a disturbance. Witnesses reported seeing a shirtless man leave Newburn's apartment before officers arrived, Fontana police said. Authorities described him as in his late 20s or early 30s, 5-feet-8 with an average build and wearing blue jeans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- Conservatives are gearing up to fight a new law requiring schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity instead of their physical sex. Two activists, with the support of a conservative legal group called the Pacific Justice Institute, began Friday the process for overturning the measure at the ballot box. They have just under 90 days to collect 504,760 signatures to...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
California has once again found itself in the national headlines -- this time for a new law involving transgender students. As The Times' Patrick McGreevy wrote on PolitiCa l, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill allowing "students in California schools to compete on sports teams and use facilities, including restrooms, based on their gender identity, regardless of whether they are listed as male or female in official campus records....
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