#103 May 31, 2007
Obviously killed her kids first.
Hangings stun women's shelter
Staff thought battered woman was ready to turn life around
12:24 AM CDT on Thursday, May 31, 2007
By JEFF MOSIER, DEBRA DENNIS and STELLA M. CHÁVEZ / The Dallas Morning News
A pregnant Gilberta Estrada-Vega arrived at the SafeHaven women's shelter last summer with no home, a bruised body and three young children.
Despite her hard luck, the staff at the Fort Worth shelter figured the 25-year-old would be one of their success stories. Ms. Estrada-Vega convinced the staff she was ready to split permanently with the man she accused in court filings of abuse and was determined to keep herself and her children safe.
From his porch in Weatherford, Gregorio Frayre Rodriguez declined to talk about the hanging deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Gilberta Estrada-Vega, and two of their daughters.
They said Ms. Estrada-Vega was fiercely protective of her three little girls and seemed serious about fixing all that was wrong in her life.
"She was the model client," said Mary Lee Hafley, CEO of SafeHaven of Tarrant County. "She was cooperative and very determined to make some significant changes in her life."
Eight months after she gave birth to her fourth daughter and left the shelter for a Parker County mobile home park, Ms. Estrada-Vega and her children were found hanging by their necks in a closet.
Only the "miracle" baby – 8-month-old Evelyn Frayre – survived.
The Tarrant County medical examiner's office ruled the deaths a murder-suicide after completing autopsies Wednesday. The children have been identified as Maria-Teresa Estrada-Vega, 5; Yaneth Frayre, 3; and Magaly Frayre, 21 months.
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A news release from the medical examiner said Ms. Estrada-Vega "may have been suffering from depression, although there is no documented history of threatened or attempted suicide." No antidepressant medicine or illegal drugs were found in the home, and there was no suicide note.
Ms. Hafley said the shelter's staff saw no signs of postpartum psychosis or other mental instability that sometimes leads women to kill their children. Ms. Estrada-Vega appeared to have turned her life around.
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#104 May 31, 2007
Man what a disaster...
#105 May 31, 2007
Yeah really. Bullshit that she had to murder her own kids just because she was depressed and probably wanted to get back at her husband.
I heard on CNN about some police cars that killed a 4 year old. Details are scewed up. I don't even like thinking about it. Wish I never heard it really.
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#106 May 31, 2007
I swaer if I was in any way un-stable..I would hide myslef in my closet...away from the world..
I often times hate the world...
I don't at times want any part of it..with all it's sick things that it entailes..(don't know if it is the right word to use..entailes..)
But it is just sick stuff..
Want to cave myself in..with a couple of beers...that's all..
#107 May 31, 2007
San Jose man arrested in city's 12th homicide of the year
By Mark Gomez
Article Launched: 05/31/2007 08:37:28 AM PDT
Jerry Junior Chavez was arrested on suspicion of homicide in San Jose.«1»
San Jose police have made an arrest in connection with the city's 12th homicide of the year, a downtown stabbing that took place Memorial Day.
Jerry Junior Chavez, 30, of San Jose, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of homicide in the death of Charles Krinard, 47, of San Jose.
Monday at 12:58 p.m., police responded to the 1300 block of North Fourth Street and found Krinard dead at the scene. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim had been stabbed.
Within 24 hours, homicide detectives had developed significant leads that led to the identification of Chavez, police said. Chavez was arrested without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail, where he is being held without bail. Chavez will be arraigned today at noon.
#108 Jun 4, 2007
Woman testifies she was rapedWitness in Visalia says she was tied up, forced to have sex for money.By Tim Bragg / The Fresno Bee05/31/07 04:39:21
VISALIA -- Jurors began hearing testimony Wednesday in the trial of two Porterville men accused of kidnapping and raping a Fresno woman for two days until she got help after passing a note to a grocery store clerk.
The victim took the stand, telling Superior Court jurors that the men took her and two other women from a Tulare shelter Oct. 8 and drove to a garage at a Porterville apartment complex, where the victim was physically and sexually assaulted.
Defendants Benny Munoz, 37, and Robert Gracia, 34, showed little emotion -- only whispering occasionally to their attorneys -- as the victim recounted her alleged ordeal during the Tulare County Superior Court trial.
Gracia faces several felonies, including sexual assault, while Munoz faces a single sexual assault charge. Another man charged in the case had his charges dismissed by a judge during a preliminary hearing last year.
A woman originally thought to be a victim and then later arrested after police thought she was involved in the kidnapping scheme, also had her charges dismissed.
The victim said Wednesday she was at the Tulare shelter when one of the two other women she was with made a cell phone call.
Gracia and another man picked the three women up in a van.
The victim said she thought they were going to a motel room to "party," which meant taking the illegal drug methamphetamine.
While driving in the van, the woman testified that Gracia asked her about her ability to break into bank accounts using a computer and her abilities to forge checks.
Instead of going to a motel room, the victim said they went to Munoz's garage in Porterville. While there, she said, Gracia forced one of the women to tie her up.
The victim said she was untied after Gracia pulled up her shirt and fondled her. He then took her outside and asked whether she was an undercover police officer.
"He said I would do whatever he wanted me to do," the victim said, referring to Gracia. "If I didn't, he said he was going to kill me."
The victim said Gracia sexually assaulted her. She said Gracia then "pimped her out" by calling other men to see whether they would pay him to have sex with her. One man paid Gracia $50 and a bag of illegal drugs to have sex with her, the victim testified.
Later, the victim said the woman who tied her up owed Gracia several thousand dollars.
Testimony in the trial is expected to continue today
#109 Jun 4, 2007
66 face insurance fraud chargesArrests span five counties; more than 40 of the suspects are from Fresno County.
The California Department of Insurance announced Wednesday it will charge 66 people in the Valley with insurance fraud or related crimes after a series of multiagency investigations -- some of which took more than a year to complete.
"I can't remember the last time we had this many busts at once," said Fresno County Assistant District Attorney John Savrnoch.
"For it to be of this magnitude in the Valley is pretty rare."
Savrnoch said more than 40 of the suspects are from Fresno County. Over the past two days, he said, officials started working at 4 a.m. to make dozens of arrests in five counties -- Merced, Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare.
Savrnoch said the law enforcement agencies decided to coordinate their busts after they realized that many of their insurance fraud investigations were wrapping up at about the same time.
Insurance fraud costs California consumers and businesses an estimated $15 billion a year -- or $500 for each resident of the state -- according to a news release the Insurance Department issued Wednesday.
"The large number of suspects arrested is indicative of the magnitude of insurance fraud," District Attorney Elizabeth Egan said in the release. "It concerns me to see our citizens paying higher premiums and increased consumer prices due to criminals taking advantage of the insurance system."
The suspects were charged with various crimes, including insurance fraud, grand theft, receiving stolen property and perjury.
Each count of insurance fraud is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Investigators identified 38 suspects who they say either provided, assisted or verified false receipts of auto parts. The receipts were to be used to obtain insurance money through fraudulent claims.
The District Attorney's Office also will press charges against 12 Fresno County residents suspected of organizing automobile insurance fraud rings in which they reported vehicles as stolen when in fact they had been intentionally set on fire.
One of the investigations' most significant arrests was of Armando Rios, 26, of Reedley. Rios, who owns a farm labor service company, will be charged with 13 counts for allegedly failing to report or misclassifying about $4 million in employee paychecks to the state Compensation Insurance Fund and the state Employment Development Department, resulting in combined losses of about $1.4 million for the two agencies.
#110 Jun 4, 2007
Another attempted kidnapping reported
From The Modesto Bee Newsroom
BEE STAFF REPORTS
Last Updated: June 4, 2007, 11:40:38 AM PDT
Law enforcement this morning is investigating another attempted kidnapping near an area school, the sixth such report since Wednesday.
According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, three teenage girls walking to Mark Twain Junior High School in west Modesto about 8 a.m. were approached by man who tried to get one them into his car.
The girls were walking along the canal bank near Chicago Avenue and Ritsch Court when the man approached them from behind, grabbed two of the girls and told the third girl to get into his car.
A witness riding his bike nearby noticed what was going on and chased the suspect away from the girls.
The first attempt was reported Wednesday; on Thursday morning, four more girls reported someone tried to kidnap them. The man groped two of the girls before they got away and told authorities, police said, but no one was injured.
The girls' descriptions of the man are similar, leading investigators to believe that the five incidents may be the work of one person. He is described as a Latino male, in his late teens or early 20s, with a goatee, driving a light-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota Corolla. When last seen, he was wearing a dark gray hooded sweat shirt and a black baseball hat.
#111 Jun 4, 2007
Melee Erupts in South Reno Neighborhood
Two Reno Police officers went to a local hospital last night after what is being called a melee broke out Thursday night in South Reno.
It happened around 8:30 pm at an apartment complex near Neil Road and Nannette Circle.
Police were called to the scene to break up a fight. When they got there they found two young girls fighting. Police say neighbors, including relatives of the girls, got involved and that the fight escalated from there.
Police officers then called for back-up which brought in dozens of officers and deputies from all over the county.
Witnesses say that's when things got out of hand.
One resident, Sarah Carter said, "I saw the police come in and run around and one of them hit a woman over the head with a baton and then a bike cop came in and tackled a guy for no reason."
Three adults, Zorieda Carrillo, 18 years old, Daniel Ruiz, 21 years old, and Bolivar Perez, 18 years old, were arrested for obstructing justice, battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest.
Reno Police also say two juveniles were taken into custody.
Stay with News 4 and www.krnv.com for more details on this story.
#112 Jun 5, 2007
Police seek 2 robbers who threatened clerk
By the Mercury News
Article Launched: 06/05/2007 01:39:38 AM PDT
Morgan Hill police on Monday were searching for two armed robbers who escaped with an undisclosed amount of money from a Shell gas station Sunday night after threatening to shoot the clerk.
About 6:30 p.m., the robbers confronted the lone female clerk at the Shell gas station at 810 E. Dunne Ave., Morgan Hill police said.
They ordered the clerk to empty both cash registers and the office of all cash and put it in a black bag. The robbers then forced the clerk into the office, where they told her to get on the floor face down for 30 seconds or else they would shoot her, police said.
She did what they asked and then called police after they left. She did not see the robbers arrive or leave.
The robbers are described as Latino males between 18 and 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds. Both were wearing black-hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans. One also wore a red shirt.
The Morgan Hill Police Department is investigating several leads to the robbery.
#113 Jun 5, 2007
2 Teens Arrested In Bat Attack
NASHUA, N.H.-- Two Nashua teens have been charged with beating another man severely with a baseball bat.
Daniel Ramirez, 18, and Rodolfo Santos, 17, are charged with assault and falsifying evidence. Ramirez also is charged with hindering apprehension.
Police said officers responding to a call that someone had been beaten with a baseball bat found the victim on the ground around 3:40 a.m. Sunday morning. The victim's name has not been released. Police said he suffered severe head injuries.
#120 Jun 7, 2007
Fresno ex-bookkeeper admits embezzlement
A former bookkeeper for the Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau admitted Wednesday to stealing from the nonprofit agency.
Deanna Gonzalez, 37, pleaded guilty in Fresno County Superior Court to felony grand theft. She also admitted to embezzling more than $50,000, but the exact amount -- and her possible punishment -- will be debated at a hearing next month.
Despite her admission, Gonzalez and her private attorney Christopher Caine will argue at a July 17 restitution hearing that she stole less than $50,000, which could lessen her punishment.
Gonzalez could be sentenced to 16 months in prison if she embezzled more than $50,000, Judge Rosendo Peña indicated, according to prosecutor Roger Wilson. If Gonzalez can convince a judge that she stole less than $50,000, she could face a year in Fresno County Jail and probation.
In either case, Gonzalez will be forced to pay back the money.
Wilson, and the bureau, say Gonzalez stole $56,081 from the agency between July 2005 and October 2006 using its credit cards and fraudulent checks.
"We're going to prove she stole over $50,000," Wilson said.
The Sanger woman was arrested in March and is free on $40,000 bail. She rushed from the courthouse Wednesday without answering reporters' questions.
The city of Fresno pays the bureau $740,000 a year to book conventions into the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center.
The bureau's insurance company covered about $55,000 in losses stemming from the embezzlement. The bureau was charged a $1,000 insurance deductible.
Fresno City Council Member Mike Dages, who sits on the bureau's board, said he was pleased Gonzalez admitted to embezzling because it means there won't be a lengthy and expensive trial. It also will allow the bureau to move past its troubled financial past, he added.
"It makes life easier for everyone involved in this thing. She did the right thing by saying,'Yes, I did it.' " said Dages, who added that stricter financial oversight was instituted at the bureau after the embezzlement was discovered.
The agency has stopped giving employees credit cards and two bureau officials are now required to sign checks. The bureau also hired an outside firm to manage its finances.
#121 Jun 7, 2007
Drug agents find meth in Strawberry Shortcake doll, arrest San Jose man
By Mark Gomez
Article Launched: 06/06/2007 01:56:17 PM PDT
A San Jose man who stuffed some methamphetamine into a Strawberry Shortcake doll and brought his teenage son and stepdaughter along on a drug deal was arrested in Los Gatos, agents from a special state task force said today.
Francisco Servin Ruiz, 38, who authorities described as a "mid-level" drug-dealer, was arrested Tuesday by agents from the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team on suspicion of transportation/sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, child endangerment and using a child to aid in a narcotics transaction.
"In our opinion, he's using the kids almost like props to facilitate his drug transaction," Commander Robert Mecir said. "Bringing these kids into a narcotics deal is inherently dangerous. It's a pretty egregious act."
Mecir said his unit learned that a drug deal was going to take place and agents set up surveillance near Spencer Avenue at Ferris Avenue, off Los Gatos Boulevard. Agents said Ruiz showed up with his 14-year-old son and 16-year-old stepdaughter.
Agents searched Ruiz's vehicle and found an ounce of meth, including some stuffed into a Strawberry Shortcake doll found on the floorboard at the feet of the girl.
Mecir said a search of Ruiz's home netted an additional ounce of meth found in a bedroom with two other, younger children.
The teens were taken to Child Protective Services.
#122 Jun 7, 2007
10,000 arrested in child sex-predator probe, U.S. says
Immigration authorities have arrested more than 500 sexual predators of children in Illinois during the last four years, the sixth-highest total in the country, under a special initiative called Operation Predator, federal officials plan to announce Thursday.
Nationwide, the investigation, run by the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has nabbed about 10,000 child sex offenders, with 85 percent of those arrested found to be non-citizens, said ICE spokeswoman Gail Montenegro. That high percentage reflects the nature of the investigation, which focused on foreign nationals and targeted international Internet rings used by people in the U.S., she said.
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More than 5,500 of those arrested around the country have been deported, she said.
In the Chicago area, those arrested included a former principal at Chicago International Charter School's West Belden campus on the Northwest Side, an Aurora police officer, a Wilmette junior high school teacher and a Chicago pediatrician -- all of them U.S. citizens who kept child pornography in their homes or solicited children for sex over the Internet, Montenegro said.
Non-citizens arrested included a 26-year-old Mexican national convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Moline and a Nicaraguan national in central Indiana convicted of molesting a 6-year-old girl.
Both men served prison time and were later deported, officials said.
#123 Jun 7, 2007
NOW START ON THE HILLBILLY LIST< THEN THE BLACK LIST>>>ETC>> > I'm sure there are plenty of those too, but Hillbillys prob. don't report cases cause they take care of they own, hahahahah.
#124 Jun 7, 2007
people here done all of those but the hillbilly one, no.
There was one or two that may have worked a few months back. But no one probably wants to know what that was. GROSS !!!
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#125 Jun 8, 2007
Ice cream worker suspected of touching girl
An ice cream store manager in Sunnyvale who allegedly touched an 11-year-old girl in a sexual manner was arrested last month on suspicion of lewd acts against a child, investigators said today.
The girl, a Sunnyvale resident, told investigators that Gerardo Ochoa, 36, of San Jose, enticed her with free ice cream on two different occasions in the past month when she visited Gourmet Ice Cream, located at 223 E. Maude Ave. The girl said Ochoa touched her on both occasions.
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#127 Jun 8, 2007
Man gets 20 years in fatal beating
A suspected gang member was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to his role in the fatal beating of a Schaumburg man whose body was found in 2005 along a trail near Elgin.
Victor Orozco, 20, of Carpentersville pleaded guilty to first-degree murder at a hearing in Kane County Circuit Court. Orozco was one of nine people charged with murder or concealing a homicide in the death of Fernando Diaz Jr., 21, who was found beaten to death in unincorporated Dundee Township.
Diaz had accompanied a group of people on Sept. 3, 2005, from a party in Schaumburg to a home in the 300 block of South Street in Elgin, prosecutors said. At the Elgin home, Diaz made a disparaging comment about the street gang to which other people there belonged, according to court testimony.
He was attacked by gang members and beaten with a wood stick, a metal rod, fists and feet. He was put in a car and driven to the location where his body was found the next day by fishermen using the trail near Duncan Avenue, north of the Northwest Tollway.
The suspects initially were charged only with concealing a homicide. But authorities eventually filed murder charges against four men who participated in the beating, said Sal LoPiccolo, an assistant state's attorney.
Orozco admitted wielding a stick during the beating. Aldo Salazar, 19, of Elgin, is awaiting trial on murder charges. Two others charged with murder disappeared, authorities said.
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#128 Jun 8, 2007
2 gang members found guilty of murder
Medical center employee was gunned down while wearing red shirt, sneakers
Last Updated: June 8, 2007, 06:11:48 AM PDT
A Stanislaus County jury on Thursday found two Sureño street gang members guilty of first-degree murder for their involvement in the shooting death of a Modesto father of three who did nothing wrong except wear the wrong color.
Antonio Barajas, 22, and Victor Lopez, 28, face life in prison, said Deputy District Attorney Marlisa Ferreira.
She said the 10-week trial was tough, not only for the prosecutors and the defense attorneys, but also for the jurors who deliberated three days before they produced a verdict.
"The bottom line was that this was a just verdict," Ferreira said.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 10, said Ernie Spokes, Barajas' attorney.
"Needless to say, we're going to be filing an appeal," Spokes said.
Eric Adorno, 28, was shot in the head while he stood in an alley between California and Ruberto streets in west Modesto about 9:50 p.m. Aug. 24, 2003.
Adorno was in the neighborhood to pick up his children from a friend who was baby-sitting, said his wife, Natosha Adorno.
Her husband was wearing a red shirt and red sneakers. Adorno, who worked at Memorial Medical Center, was mistakenly believed to be a member of the Norteños, a street gang that favors red, according to court records.
Witnesses would later testify that the murder was carried out on behalf of the Sureños, a street gang that sports blue.
Natosha Adorno said she hopes the verdict will act as a deterrent for youth caught up in the gang life.
She sat in the courtroom each day of the trial, and she said the verdict finally delivered justice for her husband.
"I felt chills all over my body," Natosha Adorno said about hearing the verdict. "I feel like now his spirit can be relieved."
Four other people were previously convicted for their involvement in Adorno's murder.
Maria Mariscal, 25, and Juan Martin Villa Jr., 25, each pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory to murder.
Freddy Romero, 25, pleaded no contest to one count of being an accessory to a murder.
Rudy Vincente, 24, also known as Rudy Santillan, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and faces 13 years in prison, according to court documents.
The day of the shooting, Barajas, Lopez, Romero and others, all Sureños, had spent much of the day together in Romero's home, smoking drugs and drinking, court records show.
Romero, now a former gang member, testified as part of his plea agreement. He told the court that Barajas shot Adorno and Lopez drove the getaway car.
Barajas also was convicted of using a firearm to cause death or bodily injury.
Both men received gang enhancements. Since Barajas faces 25 years to life each for the murder charge and the firearm charge, Ferreira said he cannot receive additional prison time for the gang enhancement charge.
Ferreira said Barajas is already serving a prison term of 40 years to life for the attempted murder of another man mistakenly believed to be a Norteño gang member.
She said Barajas faces 50 years to life in prison for Adorno's death. It will be up to the judge to decide if the 50 years will be added to his current prison term.
Lopez faces 35 years to life in prison, which includes 10 additional years for the gang enhancement.
#129 Jun 9, 2007
My neighbors fiance was shot and killed.BECAUSE HE WAS THERE. The place where it happend is heavily mex.Don't know any particulars as it was upsetting for her to talk. We used to be able to ride out horses to this place and have dinner. (kids in tow) UNTIL THE GANGS MOVED IN.
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