Chirstopher Dorner charged with capital murder

Feb 12, 2013

Christopher Dorner was charged with capital murder Monday by Riverside County prosecutors for the Thursday morning fatal shooting  of Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain. He was also charged with three counts of attempted murder for the shooting of Crain’s partner and a shooting attack on two LAPD officers in Corona. One of the LAPD officers suffered a graze wound in that shooting, which occurred about 15-20 minutes before Crain and his partner were attacked, police said.

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Massive man hunt for Ex-cop extends to Mexico

Feb 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – With a $1 million reward being offered for information leading to his capture and conviction, triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner remained the target of a massive manhunt today, with the dragnet now stretching across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexican authorities got a tip that the 33-year-old fired Los Angeles Police Department officer, who is suspected of killing two people in Irvine and a police officer in Riverside, had been spotted at the Tapatio Hotel in Tijuana, but when they raided it Monday night, he was not there.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection was expected to increase its scrutiny of vehicles traveling into Mexico amid the burgeoning search for Dorner.

Authorities have received more than 1,000 clues and tips on Dorner’s possible whereabouts, up from about 250 before the reward was announced, said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman at a briefing this morning at LAPD headquarters.

“We will investigate all investigative leads,” said Neiman, adding, “with 1,000 clues or tips, you have to prioritize.”

Neiman said investigators were trying to determine if Dorner was at a Manhattan Beach hotel last week, and they also were trying to determine if a man depicted in security video buying Scuba equipment on Feb. 1 at a sporting goods store was Dorner or someone who looked like him.

He said drone aircraft were not being used by the LAPD in the search for Dorner, but he stopped short of saying that they were not being used by other law enforcement organizations.

Neiman said Monday that hundreds of local, state and federal investigators have been sorting through clues in their search for Dorner. A reported sighting at a Northridge home-improvement store on Sunday led to an hours-long search. On Monday, a man matching Dorner’s description was questioned by police as he exited a KFC restaurant in Tarzana.

Neiman urged anyone with information on Dorner’s possible whereabouts to call (213) 486-6860, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. However, anyone seeing Dorner should call 911 immediately, Neiman said.

 

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Fundraising $ 100,000 more to capture tripple murder suspect

Feb 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES – The Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles City Council today each approved their $100,000 contributions to the $1 million reward being offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of triple-murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who recommended the county’s portion of the reward, said he received a call from officials in San Bernardino over the weekend looking for pledges toward the $1 million total.

“The idea came from (Los Angeles) chief of police Charlie Beck’s wife,” who said “a $1 million reward would bring this man to justice,” Antonovich said.

City Council members Dennis Zine and Mitch Englander introduced the motion for the city portion of the reward, noting that while Dorner is not accused of committing any crimes in the city, he is accused of opening fire at two Los Angeles Police Department officers in Corona, with one suffering a graze wound to the head.

“One of the individuals who was shot was a Los Angeles police officer who was on a mission for protection of an individual, or individuals,” Zine said. “… That’s why the Los Angeles City Council would have jurisdiction, since the three murders occurred outside of Los Angeles.”

Since the $1 million reward offer was announced over the weekend, police have received more than 1,000 tips from the public. The reward money includes donations from a variety of law enforcement associations and unions, police departments, private companies and federal authorities.

Antonovich noted that Holy Angels School in Arcadia had been shut down because the Rev. Michael Evans, who leads the parish, is the brother of a Los Angeles police sergeant considered a target of Dorner, who is a fired LAPD officer.

The massive manhunt has “created complete chaos, taking our men and woman off of patrol,” Antonovich said, adding that he hoped the reward would make a difference.

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Teacher takes gun to school investigation under way

Feb 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO – A Farb Middle School teacher was on compulsory paid leave today and facing possible felony charges for allegedly bringing a gun and knife to work, possibly as a means of defending himself in the event of a shooting or other violence at the campus, authorities reported.

Seventh- and eighth-grade English instructor Ned Carter Walker, 41, was taken into custody in a parking lot at the Tierrasanta school Monday morning and booked into county jail, according to San Diego Unified School District officials. He later posted bail and was released on his own recognizance.

SDUSD police Chief Rueben Littlejohn told reporters that Walker’s alleged decision to carry a loaded .380-caliber pistol and a knife with a 2 1/2- inch blade onto the school grounds may have been well-intentioned, but was nonetheless illegal and contrary to district regulations.

“We speculate that, based on reports from staff members, this employee had somewhat of an infatuation with guns and brought the weapon(s) to the school to protect himself in the event of a violent intruder,” Littlejohn said during a briefing late this morning.

Courtney Rizzo, interim principal at the La Cuenta Drive school, told parents in a letter that administrators were limited in the amount of information they could release on the allegations against Walker.

“Our focus is to continue to ensure that our students are safe, the learning process goes on as usual and we work with the proper authorities,” Rizzo wrote.

A conviction on either or both of the felony charges — one per weapon — that Carter could face in the case would be grounds for dismissal, district spokesman Jack Brandais said.

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Ex coach accused of sex with a high school female student sentenced

Feb 11, 2013

RIVERSIDE  – A former volunteer assistant basketball coach at Perris High School is expected to be sentenced tomorrow to six years in prison for carrying on a months-long sexual relationship with a female student.

Dominic Leon Evans, 49, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to 24 felony charges, including lewd acts on a child under 15, sodomy of a minor and possession of child pornography.

The defense made a plea directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, who accepted it without an objection from the District Attorney’s Office.

Dugan indicated a sentence of six years in prison would be imposed, though she could change that term. Had he been convicted by a jury, Evans could have faced more than 50 years behind bars.

The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, was arrested lat November following a sheriff’s investigation that uncovered evidence he had been engaging in sex with a a girl identified in court documents as Jane Doe.

According to the criminal complaint, between January and July of last year, the defendant engaged in a variety of sex acts with the girl. The locations of the meetings were not disclosed.

According to investigators, Evans worked as a volunteer coach for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball squads at Perris High, though how long he acted in that capacity could not be confirmed.

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Pope Bendecit XVI makes history first pope to resign in 600 years

Feb 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Cardinal Roger Mahony, who will travel to Rome to help select a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, reacted today to news that the pope would resign Feb. 28 due to his health.

“Surely one of his great legacies will be a continuing emphasis on the need for all Catholics to exercise their role as evangelizers in the world. His focus upon the new evangelization will continue to enliven all disciples of Jesus,” Mahony stated.

As a member of the College of Cardinals, Mahony recalled the April 2005 conclave in which the 85-year-old German-born pope was elected.

“I recall so clearly his words when he told the cardinals that he was choosing the name Benedict because of his fondness for the prayerfulness and the Rule of St. Benedict, and also because Pope Benedict XV (1914-1920) served during a time of turmoil and wars across the world,” Mahony stated.

The pope, who cited failing strength of mind and body, would become the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to resign from the lifelong appointment in about 600 years. He appointed 67 of the 118 cardinals who will pick a successor, who needs two-thirds approval to be elected pope.

Mahony said he looked forward to thanking the pope in person “and to participate in the conclave to elect his successor.”

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$ 1 million reward for ex-LAPD officer

Feb 11, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – The Los Angeles Police Department today lifted a tactical alert that allowed supervisors to keep officers past their shifts in connection with the search for suspected three-time killer Christopher Jordan Dorner, but motorcycle officers were ordered to continue doing their patrolling in cars to guard against them being picked off by the embittered ex-cop.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Sunday announced a  $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the 33-year-old Dorner, saying it had been raised from “business, unions, government, law enforcement and community groups.” Police Chief Charlie Beck, who says the reward was his wife’s idea, called it “the largest award ever offered locally.”

Dorner last Sunday allegedly gunned down the daughter and future son-in- law of the ex-police captain who represented him at a hearing that resulted in his dismissal from the Los Angeles Police Department. The bodies of 28-year-old college basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, 27-year-old Keith Lawrence, were found in a parked car in Irvine.

The next day, Dorner allegedly posted a 6,000-word manifesto on Facebook, vowing to kill several LAPD officers he named and their families. Fifty Los Angeles police officers and their families are being watched, authorities said.

On Thursday, Dorner was involved in a shootout with Los Angeles police guarding an officer’s home in Corona, leaving an LAPD officer with a graze wound to the head, police said. About 20 minutes later, he allegedly fired on a pair of Riverside police officers stopped at a red light, killing one and wounding the other.     Riverside police Sunday identified the slain officer as 34-year-old Michael Crain, an ex-Marine survived by his wife, Regina, and two children, Ian, 10, and Kaitlyn, 4. Crain left “an unforgettable impression” on everyone he met, Riverside police Lt. Guy Toussaint said.

Crain’s funeral is set for Wednesday.

The search for Dorner, meanwhile, continues to include the area around Big Bear, where he abandoned his pickup truck and set it afire Thursday, but it has been scaled back.

An LAPD tactical alert that had been in effect over the weekend was lifted about 7 a.m. today, the LAPD reported. However, motorcycle patrols remained suspended by the LAPD as a security measure, according to the department.

Beck said Sunday that the crimes attributed to Beck in the past week amounted to “an act of domestic terrorism,” and Villaraigosa said the region rejects being placed under a “reign of terror.”

“This is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect the public. This is not about capturing a suspect, this is about preventing a future attack, maybe a murder,” Beck said.

Donors to the $1 million award for information leading to Dorner’s arrest and conviction included police officers associations in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Irvine, Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Staples Center’s AEG contributed, as did the United Firefighters of Los Angeles, the Association of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, the FBI, First Watch, the city and county of Riverside and six anonymous donors.

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Helicopter crash leaves 3 tv crew members dead

Feb 11, 2013

ACTON  – Authorities today identified three men killed in a helicopter crash during filming in Acton.

The crash occurred at 3:40 a.m. Sunday on the Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch, 5726 Soledad Canyon Road, said Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher Robert Diaz.

The aircraft, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter, was substantially damaged, said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Killed were the pilot, David Gibbs, 59, of Valencia; Darren Rydstrom, 46, of Whittier; and Michael Donatelli, 45, of the city of Indiana, Pa., said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

A movie reportedly was being shot on the ranch, which was closed to reporters. Signs at the gate pointed to a set for a production called “Bongo,” but firefighters could not confirm if that was the production that was underway during the crash. KCAL-TV reported that a company called “Bongo Productions” was shooting an unnamed reality show there.

The ranch is a movie, TV show and commercial location offered for rent to production companies. It has two airstrips and “miles of roads,” according to its website.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, Kenitzer said, with the NTSB serving as the lead investigative agency.

The crash happened about 35 miles east of the movie location where actor Vic Morrow and two small children were killed in 1982, when simulated artillery fire downed a helicopter hovering over them during the filming of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”

Criminal charges were filed against director John Landis, but he was acquitted.

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Por ser transgénero, teme por su vida

Feb 11, 2013

Credit to – MundoHispánico, News Report, Johanes Rosello, Posted: Nov 02, 2012

Un hondureño emigró a EE.UU. hace siete años de forma ilegal huyendo del rechazo que sufría por su orientación sexual, pero ahora teme que lo obliguen a regresar.

Sin embargo, tiene la esperanza puesta en su petición de asilo.

Nelson Castro, quien ahora se hace llamar Marisela, está en  la cárcel de inmigración de Gainesville, en donde enfrenta una orden de deportación.

Durante su niñez y adolescencia, Castro sufrió abuso físico y sexual. Además, tuvo que tolerar el asedio constante.

Su familia, por ejemplo, no acepta su preferencia sexual, su seudónimo ni el hecho de que se vista ocasionalmente de mujer.

“Me decían que lo que yo hago es un asco, que no debería de existir, que soy lo peor de la familia y que no tengo perdón de Dios”, dijo Castro a MundoHispánico.

Estas experiencias lo hicieron decidirse a escapar de Honduras.

“Yo no quiero regresar a mi país. Hay personas de Honduras que me dicen que no va a valer la pena estar allá, que llegando a Honduras me puede pasar lo peor”, dijo Castro.

Castro, actualmente de 30 años, trató de entrar ilegalmente a EE.UU. en el 2005, pero las autoridades migratorias en la frontera de Texas lo arrestaron y deportaron.

Pero, en un segundo intento, el hondureño logró ingresar al país. Vivió en Florida, Virginia y Carolina del Norte.

En ese último estado lo arrestaron por presunto tráfico de drogas, pero posteriormente le eliminaron los cargos al no hallarle responsabilidad alguna en el asunto.

Sin embargo, por ser indocumentado, fue puesto en proceso de deportación, razón por la que está encarcelado desde finales de 2011.

Intolerancia y represión

El miedo que manifiesta Castro es reflejo de la realidad que vive la comunidad lesbiana, bisexual, gay y transgénero (LBGT) en sitios como Honduras, donde los crímenes en contra de ellos son comunes.

De acuerdo con Suyapa Portillo, profesora de la Universidad Pitzer y experta en Centroamérica, aunque la violencia y la intolerancia hacia esta comunidad ocurren ahí desde hace tiempo, los crímenes en contra de ella se dispararon tras la caída del gobierno de Manuel Zelaya en 2009.

“Después del golpe de estado se creó una situación de ingobernabilidad en el país, mucha de esta violencia es expresada por policías y militares en la calle, especialmente contra la comunidad transgénero”, comentó Portillo.

De acuerdo con Portillo, luego del golpe de estado, más de 80 miembros de la comunidad LGBT fueron asesinados en Honduras.

“Aparecen muertos, atados, mutilados”, dijo Portillo.

Pero muchos de estos crímenes no son investigados en el país centroamericano quedando impunes, explicó la profesora.

Esta falta de reportes incluso dificulta la labor de los abogados de ‘Marisela’.

De acuerdo a un reporte de organización Human Rights Watch, que hizo un llamado al gobierno de Honduras a investigar estos crímenes, entre el 2004 y el 2009, al menos 17 travestis fueron asesinados en ese país.

Castro teme correr con la misma suerte.

“Tuve dos amigos que fallecieron por el simple hecho de haber dicho ‘soy gay’”, dijo el hondureño oriundo de Juticalpa.

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Reforma migratoria

Feb 11, 2013

Credit to – New America Media, Editorial, Posted: Jan 27, 2013

Nota Editorial: Este editorial fue producido en colaboración con New America Media (http://www.newamericamedia.org), una asociación nacional de medios étnicos, y fue publicado por medios étnicos a través del país para llamar atención a la urgencia de una reforma migratoria.

La Casa Blanca y el Congreso debe actuar rápidamente para promulgar una reforma migratoria integral que sea justa y humana.

Después de las elecciones de 2012, ambos legisladores democráticos y republicanos han expresado la necesidad de actuar sobre el tema. La ventana para legislación bipartidista está abierta ahora.

Los medios étnicos tienen un gran interés en el futuro de la política de inmigración de este país. Por eso nos estamos uniendo para tomar una posición editorial para urgirle al Congreso y la Casa Blanca: Hagan el 2013 el año de la reforma migratoria.

Esto no es solo una cuestión de la política. Estamos pidiendo una reforma migratoria integral porque es justo moralmente, sabio económicamente, y es lo sensible que hacer.

Nuestro país es una nación de leyes y está claro que las leyes migratorias de los Estados Unidos tienen que ser revisadas. El sistema migratorio está roto, no solo para los 11 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados, sino también para los miles de inmigrantes quienes no pueden conseguir visas para trabajar en los Estados Unidos; para los negocios estadounidenses que no pueden emplear a los trabajadores que necesitan; para las familias que esperan años para recibir visas para reunirse con sus familiares en los Estados Unidos.

Necesitamos una reforma migratoria integral que reunificara a familias, revigorice la economía, y reviva nuestra identidad como una nación que prospera con las contribuciones de inmigrantes trabajadores.

Está claro que nuestras leyes migratorias federales no funcionan. La inacción federal sobre la inmigración ha resultado en que los estados desde Arizona a Alabama han escrito su propia legislación. Aun el reciente anunciado Programa Federal de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés) es una solución transitoria que no hace nada para resolver el problema más amplio de un sistema roto de inmigración.

La inmigración ha sido pintada como un tema divisivo. En realidad no lo es. Todos nosotros nos beneficiaríamos de un sistema migratorio efectivo que responde a las necesidades del mercado, protege a todos los trabajadores del abuso y la explotación y pone fin a la práctica de separar a los hijos de sus padres.

Necesitamos un sistema migratorio que refleja las mejores tradiciones de nuestra historia – nuestra convicción en la justicia, la igualdad, y la oportunidad económica.

Y mientras miramos hacia el futuro, debemos asegurarnos que nos mantengamos competitivos en un mundo cada vez más globalizado. Tenemos que seguir a atraer los mejores y más brillantes, ser el destino de los trabajadores más innovadores del mundo.

Debemos actuar ahora. Nuestra economía y nuestro futuro dependen de esto.

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