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    A San Marino man who drove into a crowd of protesters in Pasadena was sentenced Monday, Oct. 25,  to a year and one day in federal prison for transporting and receiving guns across state lines, conspiracy and other gun-related charges. The court also ordered Benjamin Jong Ren Hung to pay a $10,000 fine and perform 120 hours of community service,...
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — A judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities’ health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Kern County Superior Court Judge Bernard Barmann’s ruling does not extend to all state prison employees, including guards who work in other settings. READ MORE: Ironman California Road Closures In Sacramento...
    A California judge on Friday ruled in favor of a vaccine mandate for some California prison guards, arguing that the court was not in a position to dictate how the state should be taking steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic, The Sacramento Bee reported. “This is an unfortunate situation. We’re all dealing with this global pandemic which has gripped the...
    BAKERSFIELD (AP) — A judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities’ health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Kern County Superior Court Judge Bernard Barmann’s ruling does not extend to all state prison employees, including guards who work in other settings. READ MORE: Alameda County Supervisors Could Decide the Future...
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A judge in California ruled Friday that state prison guards who work in and around facilities’ health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Kern County Superior Court Judge Bernard Barmann’s ruling does not extend to all state prison employees, including guards who work in other settings. The state Department of Public Health...
    An area man has been indicted for allegedly murdering his best friend. Gregory Thayer, age 48, of the Town of Ulster was indicted on Friday, Oct. 15, by an Ulster County grand jury for murder and criminal possession of a weapon, said the District Attorney's Office. Thayer was charged by the Town of Ulster Police Department for the murder of...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — A superior court judge in Marin County tentatively ruled Friday that state prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at San Quentin State Prison last year. But he said vaccines have since so changed the landscape that officials are no longer violating inmates’ constitutional rights. The lawsuit stemmed from the botched...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — A Marin County judge tentatively ruled Friday that California prison officials acted with deliberate indifference when they caused a deadly coronavirus outbreak at San Quentin State Prison. But he said vaccines have since so changed the landscape that officials are no longer violating inmates’ constitutional rights. The lawsuit stemmed from the botched transfer of infected inmates...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — New York real estate heir Robert Durst sentenced to life in California prison without parole for murder of best friend. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the vaccination mandate for guards and peace officers represented by a powerful union while the court weighs a request...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the vaccination mandate for guards and peace officers represented by a powerful union while the court weighs a request...
    SACRAMENTO — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the vaccination mandate for guards and peace officers represented by a powerful union while the court weighs a request for a...
    A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the vaccination mandate for guards and peace officers represented by a powerful union while the court weighs a request for a preliminary injunction,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked an order due to take effect this week that required California prison employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Kern County Judge Bernard Barmann issued a temporary restraining order that prevents enforcement of the vaccination mandate for guards and peace officers represented by a powerful union while the court weighs a request...
    (CNN)A triumphant group of incarcerated students at a prison in California began a new chapter of their lives on Tuesday after graduating with their bachelor's degrees.The 25 students, who are incarcerated at California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC), celebrated their commencement ceremony in the prison yard, 70 miles away from the campus that made it possible.The new graduates were...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday approved limiting prison terms for those associated with street gangs, among several criminal justice bills restricting enhancements that can add years to offenders’ sentences. In doing so he followed recommendations from an advisory committee the most populous state created last year to continue reducing criminal penalties in the latest attempt...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed laws aimed at reducing prison sentences for people convicted of drug- and gang-related crimes, despite concerns from prosecutors that the measures will hinder their effort to protect Californians. Legislation signed by the governor includes Senate Bill 81, which seeks to reduce the number of sentence enhancements in criminal cases that can double prison...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard killed himself after reporting corruption and harassment to authorities and cooperating with attorneys suing the state, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Sgt. Kevin Steele, 56, wrote memos to top prison officials early this year in which he said fellow correctional officers in his California State Prison, Sacramento, investigations unit had faked documents and...
    SAN FRANCISCO – A 25-year-old San Mateo man has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for convincing a 14-year-old girl to make and send sexually explicit images and videos to him, federal prosecutors said. Adrian Kyle Benjamin pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography on July 30, 2018. In a plea agreement filed Friday, Benjamin admitted he...
    SAN MATEO (CBS SF) – A San Mateo man was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison on Friday after pleading guilty to receiving child pornography, authorities said. According to Northern California Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds’ office, 25-year-old Adrian Kyle Benjamin was sentenced to 135 months in prison. READ MORE: California Mandates COVID Vaccine For In-Person School...
    Michael Joseph Callahan, the 39-year-old Winchester resident who was convicted of second-degree murder after running over a California Highway Patrol sergeant in Lake Elsinore in 2019, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Friday, Oct. 1, in Riverside County Superior Court in French Valley. Callahan faced a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison...
    Say it ain’t so, governor. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom made California the first state to mandate vaccination or testing for all state workers. But when the state’s powerful prison guards union objected, Newsom caved. So much for the governor’s insistence that California follow the science when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar on Monday...
    A male warden at a federal women's prison in California has been charged with sexual assault of a female prisoner after he took nude photos of her on his phone and digitally penetrated her on multiple occasions.  Ray J. Garcia, 54, who was in charge of directing training on the Prison Rape Elimination Act for new supervisors in 2019 and 2020, has been...
    (CNN)John T. Earnest was formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday for murder and attempted murder in the deadly 2019 shooting at a Southern California synagogue.Under a plea agreement accepted by San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh in July, Earnest avoided the death penalty.Armed with an AR-15 style rifle, Earnest, 19 at the...
    SAN QUENTIN — The FBI is investigating alleged corruption by corrections officers at California’s oldest prison, in an “ongoing” probe that has so far resulted in charges against one prison guard, the agency confirmed Thursday. In an email to this news organization, an FBI spokesperson confirmed the existence of the federal investigation at San Quentin State Prison, where a guard...
    DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — The warden of a federal prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate, authorities said Wednesday. Ray J. Garcia, 54, of Merced, allegedly groped at least one of his female wards, asked at least two inmates to strip naked for him and took and stored photographs of a naked inmate in a cell...
    SACRAMENTO — A year after hearing arguments, a federal judge has given the green light to a lawsuit alleging prison officials were negligent when they placed a man listed as an Aryan Brotherhood enemy into a cell with a gang member who stabbed him to death within minutes. U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley issued the 14-page ruling earlier this month,...
    A federal judge ruled on Monday that California prison guards and other facility employees will be required to get COVID-19 vaccines in the next two weeks.  Judge Jon S. Tigar's ruling will impact 66,000 prison employees and any inmates working outside of the prisons, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.  "Defendants have undertaken significant measures to combat the virus,” Tigar wrote...
    SACRAMENTO — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison last year. Inmates who want in-person visits or who work outside prisons,...
    A federal judge on Monday ordered that all correctional officers and staff entering California’s prisons be vaccinated. The judge sided with a federal court-appointed receiver overseeing the medical care there and rejected efforts to block it by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the prison guards union. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar’s order covers all 34 of California’s prisons and does allow...
    A former pastor of the Westminster-based Church of the Healthy Self was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $22 million in restitution after being accused of orchestrating a church-based investment scheme that took in $33 million. Kent R.E. Whitney, 39, formerly of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty in November 2020 to two counts...
    Seeking a vaccine mandate for all state prison guards and staff, a federal court-appointed receiver overseeing the medical care of California’s prisons argued Friday that there have been 11 coronavirus-related deaths since August among corrections employees who were not fully vaccinated and outbreaks at 21 prisons. “We do really have a problem of continuing major outbreaks,” J. Clark Kelso, the...
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at his job at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Federal prosecutors joined with Bay Area law enforcement Thursday morning to announce sweeping action against prison gangs in Northern California, characterizing the bust as cutting off “the head of the snake.” The law enforcement action dubbed “Operation Quiet Storm” is one of the largest FBI gangs busts in history, according to Acting U.S. Attorney for...
    A 51-year-old felon who breached a secured part of John Wayne Airport last month was sentenced to prison this week for crimes that left flights grounded and travelers stranded on the tarmac while he eluded capture for hours. Johnny Howard Hecker was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday, Sept. 13, immediately after pleading guilty to felony counts of...
    Share this: TV actor Allison Mack, who played a key role in the cultlike group NXIVM, has surrendered to a California prison to serve her sentence in a New York case against the group’s spiritual leader. Mack, best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on “Smallville,” was sentenced to three years behind bars in June. She had previously...
    A customer who attacked a San Luis Obispo County bank manager in the parking lot after being told to wear a mask has been identified by police as a correctional officer. The assault took place around 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 3 outside a Wells Fargo in Grover Beach. The manager told police he was leaving for the day when he...
    Riverside County has paid $11 million to a former Temecula man who spent 20 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend before he was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2018. Attorneys for Horace Roberts, now 63 and living in South Carolina, signed a settlement agreement with the county on May 25 to end a federal lawsuit filed by Roberts on...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The co-owner of a network of online charter schools who was accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars in California education funds was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison. Jason Schrock, 46, of Southern California and his business partner, Sean McManus, 48, of Australia, also were ordered to pay $37.5 million in fines,...
    SACRAMENTO —  Alarmed by more than a year of dysfunction and fraud in California’s unemployment benefits system, state lawmakers have sent the governor a raft of bills aimed at fixing the agency that stumbled in helping those left jobless by the COVID-19 pandemic. Legislation approved by lawmakers on Thursday would require the state Employment Development Department to enact far-reaching changes recommended...
    A San Quentin prison guard and two others were charged in federal court Wednesday in a scheme to smuggle cellphones to death row inmates, officials said. Keith Christopher, 37, of Pittsburg, appeared in federal court in San Francisco on a charge of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud using interstate wires. He was accompanied by Isaiah Wells, 32, of Tracy,...
    A 67-year-old San Pablo man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to sexually abusing a young child, the U.S. Justice Department said. According to a plea agreement, Adalberto Guardado admitted at a June 10 hearing that on Sept. 9, 2019, he visited his elderly mother, who was receiving home care from a caregiver, and agreed to watch over the caregiver’s...
    By Paul LeBlanc | CNN Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, said Tuesday that her husband’s assassin “should not have the opportunity to terrorize again” after he was recommended for parole last month. “Our family and our country suffered an unspeakable loss due to the inhumanity of one man,” Kennedy, 93, said in a statement of Sirhan Sirhan,...
    The scheduled release of a convicted child rapist from prison has been put on hold until a Riverside County Superior Court judge can determine whether David Stephen Jakubowski should be committed to a state hospital as a sexually violent predator. Jakubowski, 23, was convicted of two counts of child rape and sentenced in March 2016 to 10 years in prison...
    The CEO of a Long Beach substance abuse treatment program for youth was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday, Sept. 2, after pleading guilty to participating in an insurance fraud scheme. Richard Mark Ciampa, 67, of Commerce, admitted to the scheme in which fraudulent claims were submitted to the state’s Medi-Cal program for alcohol and drug treatment for...
    Rory Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, argued Wednesday against the release of her father's assassin from prison following the approval of his parole by a California board last week.  Sirhan Sirhan, who has spent more than 50 years in prison following his guilty plea for the 1968 assassination of Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, still...
    A Huntington Beach man who was a youth soccer coach and referee was indicted on federal charges of possession, distribution and production of child pornography, the FBI said. Mark Phillip Oster, 61, was named in a four-count indictment on Wednesday, Aug. 25, the FBI said in a news release. Oster was charged with two counts of producing child pornography, one...
    The sons of the former presidential candidate supported Sirhan’s release. Photo: Harry Benson / Express / . Sirhan Sirhan, who was the assassin of senator and former presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, was one step away from being free this Friday after 53 years by the California parole board, after two of the deceased’s...