VICTORVILLE — Victor Valley improved to 2-1 in Desert Sky League play with a 49-29 victory against crosstown rival Silverado on Thursday night.The Jackrabbits held Silverado to single digit points in all four quarters. Victor Valley trailed 8-5 after the first quarter but outscored the Hawks 43-21 from that point on.Camry Porter scored 14 points and had eight rebounds and nine steals for the Jackrabbits. Victor Valley’s Garyonna Bradley had eight points and […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/sports/20171214/area-roundup-12-14-17-victor-valley-girls-top-silverado-by-20-points?rssfeed=true
APPLE VALLEY — The victim of a July crash on Interstate 15 that was first reported by the Daily Press and resulted in a felony hit-and-run charge against Apple Valley’s finance director is seeking millions in damages from the town, according to a claim filed by her attorney.Filed on behalf of Lola Espinoza by […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20171214/i-15-crash-victim-seeks-2m-in-damages-from-apple-valley?rssfeed=true
APPLE VALLEY — The New Year will see the opening of a new urgent care treatment facility that will serve patients from across the High Desert region and beyond.St. Joseph Health, St. Mary High Desert Medical Group unveiled its new St. Mary High Desert Urgent Care Center during a ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday. The new two-story, 5,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open Jan. 3.During the event, medical professionals, Town of Apple Valley and community […]Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20171214/expanding-care-st-joseph-health-st-mary-unveils-new-urgent-care-facility?rssfeed=true
The early list of would-be appointees comes as the Council appears poised to utilize its authority granted under the city charter to remove Wright from office once 60 unexcused days have passed since his last meeting appearance.Original Article: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20171214/early-candidates-step-forward-to-replace-adelantos-mayor-pro-tem?rssfeed=true
MENIFEE — A 19-year-old man suspected of stealing a Menifee boy’s bicycle, and threatening to shoot him if he didn’t let it go, was being held Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Jarmal Allen Rollins of Menifee was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on Wednesday on suspicion of robbery.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Curt Harris alleged that the suspect was passing the intersection of Antelope and Newport roads about 4:15 p.m. Monday when he stopped and confronted the 17-year-old victim, whose name was withheld.
Rollins told the boy, who was stopped for a red light, that he wanted his bike and that if the youth didn’t give it up, he would be shot, Harris alleged.
The teenager surrendered the bike to the suspect, who threw it in his car and sped away, according to the sergeant.
Harris said a deputy responded to the teen’s 911 call a short time later and could see the “emotional trauma” inflicted by the robbery, prompting the sympathetic lawman to “purchase a replacement bike for him.”
Investigators identified Rollins as the alleged offender within 48 hours and served a warrant at his residence Wednesday morning in the 29000 block of Camino Cristal, where the suspect was taken into custody without incident, according to Harris.
He said the stolen bike was seized from the suspect’s garage and returned to the victim.
Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/15/menifee-19-year-old-suspected-of-threatening-to-shoot-boy-stealing-his-bike/
By Paul Anderson
City News Service
SANTA ANA >> A 38-year-old man teamed up with two high school buddies to abduct a marijuana dispensary owner from his Newport Beach home and torture him into telling the trio where they erroneously believed he had stashed $1 million in profits in the Mojave Desert, and when that failed, they cut off his penis and threw it away, a prosecutor told jurors today.
Kyle Shirakawa Handley is charged with two counts of kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, and torture, all felonies, with a sentencing enhancement allegation for inflicting great bodily injury. If he is convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Handley’s attorney, Robert Weinberg, deferred making an opening statement in the trial.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told the jury that three men wearing ski masks broke into the Newport Beach home on the peninsula and abducted Michael Simonian and his landlord, Mary Barnes, about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2012.
The victims were bound with zip ties, gagged with duct tape and blindfolded, Brown said.
The trio spent about 20 minutes “ransacking the home” before stuffing the two victims into a cargo van, where Simonian was “repeatedly” shot with a Taser, beaten with a rubber pipe, burned — possibly with a blow torch — and kicked during a 90-minute drive to the desert, the prosecutor said.
Barnes smelled methamphetamine being smoked in the van, she said.
The trio affected what sounded like bogus Spanish accents as they demanded to know where Simonian buried $1 million in cash, Brown said. But the victim, who worked in a “heavy cash” business because banks won’t accept medical marijuana profits for deposit, had not buried any money in the desert, she said.
Ultimately, the kidnappers slashed off Simonian’s penis and threw it out the window, Brown said. They left behind a knife for Barnes, admonishing her to count to 100 before trying to find the knife so she could cut herself free, Brown said.
Barnes was found about a mile away, walking on Route 14, her hands still zip-tied, Brown said. A Kern County sheriff’s deputy spotted her and came to her aid.
When authorities returned to the off-road site where the two were abandoned, they found Simonian covered in bleach and badly beaten, Brown said. The bleach was used in an attempt to erase DNA evidence, she said.
The case was a whodunnit as Simonian had no idea who might want to rob or attack him, the prosecutor said. Police lucked out, however, when a neighbor spotted a suspicious looking pickup truck with a ladder that arrived at the Barnes residence, but no one seemed to be doing any work there, Brown said. She gave police a license plate and investigators learned it was registered to Handley, Brown said.
Handley grew up in Fresno with co-defendants Hossein Nayeri, 39, and Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 38, Brown said. Nayeri made headlines last year when he escaped from the Orange County Jail.
Handley and Nayeri were marijuana growers and Simonian befriended Handley earlier in 2012, taking him on two trips to Las Vegas, Brown said. It was on those trips that Handley likely saw the dispensary owner spending $15,000 for posh hotel rooms and gambling up to $5,000 nightly, she said, and came up with the buried loot theory.
Investigators found a zip tie in Handley’s Fountain Valley residence that had Kevorkian’s DNA on it, Brown said. A blue latex glove found at his home had DNA on it matching Nayeri’s, she said.
On Sept. 26, 2012, Nayeri led police on a chase in Newport Beach and got away, but police recovered his vehicle, which had surveillance cameras and GPS trackers in it, Brown said. Videos in the Chevrolet Tahoe showed hours of surveillance of the residence where Simonian lived with Barnes and her boyfriend, Brown alleged.
Another break came when Nayeri’s wife, Courtney Shagerian, went to claim the Tahoe from the Newport Beach impound yard, the prosecutor said.
Shagerian cooperated with authorities and helped them trick Nayeri, who fled to Iran when Handley was arrested, into getting on a plane in the Czech Republic, where he was taken into custody, Brown said. Investigators wanted to lure Nayeri into the Czech Republic because, unlike Iran, it is easier to extradite a suspect from that country, Brown said.
The GPS trackers she helped obtain showed Simonian had made trips to the Mojave Desert, so they figured he buried his cash there, Brown said.
Police working undercover picked up a towel Kevorkian used at a health club and used the DNA on it to make a match to the zip tie at Handley’s home, she said.
“I expect you will be saddened and sickened” by the evidence in the case, Brown told the jury. “But, also, you’ll be thoroughly convinced of Kyle Handley’s guilt in this case.”Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/15/trial-begins-for-fountain-valley-man-accused-of-kidnapping-mutilation-of-marijuana-dispensary-owner/
LOS ANGELES — More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16 years old.
Playwright Cori Thomas described the 1980 incident in a story published Thursday by the trade outlet Variety. She confirmed the story in an email to The Associated Press.
Thomas was a classmate of Hoffman’s daughter when she says she met the actor, who invited her to his hotel room to wait for her mother after a dinner with the teenagers. Thomas says after Hoffman’s daughter left, the actor took a shower and came out wearing only a towel, which she told Variety he dropped, exposing himself to her. Hoffman then put on a robe and asked Thomas to massage his feet, Thomas said, and repeatedly asked her if she wanted to see him naked again.
The Variety report included the account of another woman, Melissa Kester, who said the actor pushed his hand down her pants while they were in a recording studio. The incident occurred while Hoffman was recording music for the film “Ishtar,” and happened behind a partition while others, including Kester’s boyfriend, were nearby.
Hoffman’s publicist and attorney did not return email messages seeking comment Thursday.
It is the latest allegation of sexual harassment or abuse against the 80-year-old Oscar winner.
Actress Anna Graham Hunter has alleged that Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie “Death of a Salesman.”
Hoffman said in an earlier statement that the incident “is not reflective of who I am.”
The report came a week after Hoffman was pointedly questioned about his treatment of women by late-night host John Oliver. Hoffman appeared blindsided by Oliver’s questioning at a panel hosted by Oliver.
In a lengthy statement emailed to the AP, Thomas wrote of Hunter’s allegations, “I recognized Ms. Hunter’s story as the truth immediately because of the similarities to what happened to me.”
She said attacks on Hunter’s credibility led her to speak to Variety about her experience with Hoffman.
“In response to why I’ve stayed quiet for so many years, I have not stayed quiet for so many years, friends and family have been aware of this story for many many years, I just didn’t go to newspapers with the story is all,” she wrote. “And I regret that. I realize now, that the reason this continued to happen to others, was because of my silence, and I feel guilty about that but I hadn’t even processed how badly this shamed and hurt me.”Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/15/dustin-hoffman-accused-of-new-incidents-of-sexual-misconduct/
Gifted & Gorgeous
Santa wants you to be well-lit, well-rested and well-scrubbed this holiday season
Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/15/give-the-gift-of-looking-good-this-holiday/
By ZEKE MILLER
WASHINGTON — The White House said Friday newly revealed FBI records show there is “extreme bias” against President Donald Trump among senior leadership at the FBI. The accusation came hours before Trump was scheduled to speak at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va.
Trump, who has described the agency as “in tatters,” is to speak at a ceremony at the FBI campus for law enforcement leaders graduating from a program aimed at raising law enforcement standards.
Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News Channel that edits to former FBI Director James Comey’s statement on Hillary Clinton’s private email server and text messages from a top agent critical of Trump are “deeply troubling.”
“There is extreme bias against this president with high-up members of the team there at the FBI who were investigating Hillary Clinton at the time,” Gidley charged, as special counsel Robert Mueller pushes on with a probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. Gidley says Trump maintains confidence in the FBI’s rank-and-file.
Edits to the Comey draft appeared to soften the gravity of the bureau’s finding in its 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.
Gidley said the disclosure of politically charged text messages sent by one of the agents on the Clinton case, Peter Strzok, were “eye-opening.” Strzok, who was in the room as Clinton was interviewed, was later assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to investigate potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. He was re-assigned after the messages were uncovered this summer.
About 200 leaders in law enforcement from around the country attended the weeks-long FBI National Academy program aimed at raising law enforcement standards and cooperation. Coursework included intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication, and forensic science.Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/15/white-house-fbi-records-show-extreme-bias-against-trump/
After months of anticipation, dozens of Star Wars fans were vocally angry when the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” began to roll with no sound at a Burbank theater Thursday night.
Several posts to social media show fuming fans standing in the lobby of the AMC Burbank 16, 125 Palm Ave., demanding management start the movie over again.
Star Wars at AMC Burbank had no sound. pic.twitter.com/aOxkvYJ3Hk
— Isaias Rodriguez (@ISA1AS3000) December 15, 2017
According to Twitter user, Isaias Rodriguez, theater management attempted to appease the angry fans by either moving them to another screening at the same theater — albeit not in the IMAX format — or to attend a screening of the much-anticipated film at another AMC theatre Friday.
Despite these options, many fans were not satisfied.
Excited for #StarWars until #AMC in Burbank, CA decided to play the film w/ no sound & wouldn’t start it over. So for 20 minutes, no idea what they’re talking about. Thanks, @AMCTheatres . Thanks, a lot.
— Michael Antonio (@MichaelAntonioZ) December 15, 2017
— Claudia Sookame (@itsmybeezkneez) December 15, 2017
@AMCTheatres wow opening night showing of Star Wars at AMC Burbank starts without sound for 10min and staff refuses to restart the film! Unbelievably poor customer service!
— Brock J. Stearn (@myanimator) December 15, 2017
@AMCHelps AMC 16 Burbank refused to restart #StarWarsTheLasJedi after playing it without sound for 10+ minutes. Staff lied multiple times to patrons, promising the movie would be restarted. AMC Burbank showed an incredible amount of greed tonight. I don’t think I’ll ever go back.
— Evan Scott Russell (@TheEvanRussell) December 15, 2017
Burbank 16- first 10 minutes of Jedi without dialog. They refused to restart the movie because it would throw off the schedule for the theater. Why not skip the 20 minutes of previews for the next screening then? Ruined it. Big let down. Almost started a riot. #yousuckamc
— Audrey Arrecis (@AudreyArrecis) December 15, 2017
Despite the problems, it appears the issue may have only been with the IMAX screening.
Theater 16 sounded great! That really sucks though. Sorry to hear.
— Adam Hlavac (@adamhlavac) December 15, 2017
The disturbance became so tense, there were reports police were called to the theater.
ALERT: Burbank police have been called to the AMC Theaters for a large crowd of people mad that the sound failed in their theater.
You think you have it bad waiting in those long concession stands…
— myBurbank News (@myBurbankNEWS) December 15, 2017