Santa Maria Crime
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Recent Crime News
Tuesday | via Noozhawk
A Santa Maria day-care provider will be tried on felony child-torture charges, a Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge ruled Monday. The hearing to determine whether enough evidence exists for a trial for Georgina Ruiz, 51, started Friday afternoon before Judge Patricia Kelly and resumed Monday. Comment?
Monday | via Noozhawk
A 19-year-old woman was sentenced to the three years in prison for pandering while law enforcement officials continue to look for her co-defendant, an alleged pimp accused of human trafficking charges. Brianna Shawntay Jackson Robinson pleaded guilty to pandering, a felony charge which involves procuring another person for the purposes of prostitution, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office. Comment?
Friday Aug 28 | via Noozhawk
Kaichi Sato of Santa Barbara has extensive record of driving-related charges, including misdemeanor drunken driving and hit and run cases A motorcyclist passes a vehicle on southbound Highway 101 west of Ellwood on Sunday afternoon during a high-speed pursuit that began in the Santa Maria area. He eventually was arrested in Santa Barbara. Comment?
Thursday Aug 27 | via Noozhawk
A man suspected of firing a gun during a drive-by shooting in Lompoc earlier this month was arrested in Santa Maria early Thursday morning, Lompoc Police said. Members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department SWAT unit served a search warrant at 4 a.m. in the 1900 block of Via Carro, the residence of Josue Ponce, 19. A Lompoc police investigation identified Ponce as the alleged shooter during the Aug. 3 incident where someone in a vehicle shot into an inhabited apartment building in the 300 block of East Airport Avenue. Comment?
Thursday Aug 27 | via Edhat
On 08-27-2015, at 0400 hours, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's SWAT team served a search warrant at 1938 Via Carro in Santa Maria. This is the residence of Josue Ponce 10-18-95. Comment?
Wednesday Aug 26 | via Cal Coast News
An illegal immigrant who shot and killed a 32-year-old Cal Poly graduate last month in San Francisco is appearing in court this week as a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a murder trial. [ SF Gate ] Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who has been deported to Mexico five times, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Kathryn Steinle. Comment?
Monday Aug 24 | via Noozhawk
A Santa Maria man facing rape charges is scheduled to return to Santa Barbara County Superior Court on Sept. 2. Christian Sandez, 23, was arrested Aug.12 at his home on the 2400 block of Baldwin Way in the northwest section of the city, Santa Maria police said. Comment?
Monday Aug 24 | via Edhat
Well I'll be dammed, the Dam Dinner in Goleta on Saturday looked dam good! Co-hosted by the City of Goleta, Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, Goleta Valley Community Center and Goleta Valley Historical Society, the 3rd annual event took place on the top of the Lake Los Carneros Dam near the Stowe House. Edhat subscribers shared their dam photos with the edhat community, see them here. Comment?
Friday Aug 21 | via Noozhawk
Marilyn Joy Pharis was remembered Friday night as an animal lover, world traveler, reader and much more during a candlelight vigil to mark the life of the Santa Maria resident described as a woman of peace who died due to violence. More than 50 people gathered at the courtyard of Santa Maria City Hall to reflect on the life the 64-year-old woman, who was beaten and raped in her home last month. Comment?
Tuesday Aug 18 | via Noozhawk
A vigil Friday night will remember the life of Marilyn Pharis, the Santa Maria woman who died eight days after she was brutally attacked in her home. The vigil, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Santa Maria City Hall courtyard, was announced Tuesday by one of two speakers who told the City Council that violence, not immigration, is at the root of the crime. Comment?
Tuesday Aug 18 | via Los Angeles Times
Inice Edwards was one of two dozen protesters standing outside the courthouse here last week when Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez appeared to face charges that he raped, tortured and killed a Santa Barbara County woman. Ramirez, 29, was living in the country illegally at the time of the July 24 attack and was arrested several times in recent years for a variety of offenses. 3 comments
Friday Aug 14 | via Santa Barbara Independent
Tensions ran high between two groups who gathered near the Santa Maria courthouse on Thursday after the arraignment of the men suspected of raping and murdering a 64-year-old Santa Maria woman. While about 35 people gathered on the west side of Miller Street at noon to protest illegal immigration, about the same number gathered across the street in counterprotest, saying that the protesters are using a tragedy to further a political agenda. Comment?
Thursday Aug 13 | via Noozhawk
Two men charged with murder in connection with the brutal attack and rape of a Santa Maria woman appeared Thursday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court , where one pleaded not guilty. Victor Aureliano Martinez , represented by Deputy Public Defender Lori Pedego, entered a not-guilty plea on the amended complaint and denied the special allegation before Judge John McGregor. Comment?
Wednesday Aug 12 | via Noozhawk
On July 24, a heinous crime was committed in Santa Maria. Marilyn Pharis, a 64 year old Air Force veteran was brutally sexually assaulted, tortured and murdered in her own home. Comment?
Wednesday Aug 12 | via Fox News
Prosecutors in California said Tuesday they may seek the death penalty against an illegal immigrant accused of the horrific sexual assault and bludgeoning murder of a 64-year-old Air Force veteran attacked in her Santa Maria home last month. Victor Martinez Ramirez, 29, an illegal immigrant with an extensive criminal record, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday to enter his plea in the murder of Marilyn Pharis, who was beaten with a claw hammer and left for dead in a home invasion three weeks ago. Comment?
Wednesday Aug 12 | via Cal Coast News
The chairman of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the background of an illegal immigrant, whom he says was allowed to murder a Santa Maria woman because of a dysfunctional immigration system. Last month, Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, an illegal immigrant, and a co-defendant broke into the home of 64-year-old Marilyn Pharis while she was sleeping. Comment?
Monday Aug 10 | via Noozhawk
The gunshot victim who died late Friday in downtown Santa Maria has been been identified as Juan Francisco Valdez-Cortez, 39, police said Monday evening. He was identified Sunday, but his name was withheld so his family members could be notified, Sgt. Comment?
Monday Aug 10 | via WDAM-TV Hattiesburg
A California woman, Marilyn Pharis, died days after being beaten and raped inside her home last month. Now, the local police chief is blaming national and state immigration policies for her death. Comment?
Thursday Aug 6 | via Edhat
The Santa Maria Police Chief is blaming immigration policies in the brutal death of a Santa Maria woman. This incident has gained national attention being discussed on CNN, Fox News, and HLN. Comment?
Apr 21, 2015 | via Right Wing News
Another illegal alien brutally raped and murdered an American citizen in California last week and this one had been arrested by authorities in California six times in the last 15 months. Victor Aureliano Martinez, 29, brutally raped and murdered 64-year-old Marilyn Pharis in Santa Maria, California, police report. Comment?
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