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Gang member convicted of first degree murder faces 50 years to life in state prison

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A criminal street gang member was convicted Wednesday of first degree murder for the 2015 shooting murder of 26-year-old Jamil Terry.

A jury found 21-year-old Gary Lee of San Bernardino guilty of one count of Murder and found true a gun and gang allegation.

On the night of Dec. 17, 2015, the victim was gunned down by members of a local gang while he was hanging out with friends outside his apartment. Three assailants-later identified as members of a local gang-were seen on video exiting a rented truck and then opening fire on the victim. One of the shooters used an AK-47 assault rifle that the gang referred to as the "BK" for "Biscuit Killer."

Biscuit is a derogatory term for a rival gang member. Over 17 rounds were fired in a short duration, with over 15 rounds coming from the AK-47. One of the armor piercing rounds from the AK-47 killed Jamil Terry almost instantly. At the time of the shooting, no one could see who the shooters were as it was dark and the shooters were 50 yards away.

The video footage was also too grainy to make any identifications or to find plates on the truck. The case at that point went cold until the initiation of "Operation No Boundaries."

"Operation No Boundaries" was a multi-agency task force created in June 2016 that focused on the most violent criminal street gangs in San Bernardino, and it consisted of multiple agencies, including the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, San Bernardino Police Department, and several other local and federal agencies.

During "Operation No Boundaries" the Task Force found an AK-47 at a gang member's home that came back after ballistic analysis as being used at the murder scene of victim Jamil Terry. Along with the ballistic test, further evidence ultimately placed Lee at the scene of the crime.

"This is yet another great result stemming from the collaborative efforts our office has with local law enforcement," said District Attorney Mike Ramos. "We will continue pushing forward to make sure those criminals who terrorize our neighborhoods are held accountable. Simply put, we will find you. We will charge you if you break the law, and we will not be intimidated. Our law-abiding citizens deserve nothing less."

Sentencing for Lee is scheduled Dec. 1 in Dept. S18 at the San Bernardino Justice Center. Lee is facing 50 years to life in state prison.

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Omnitrans Introduces Pay by Phone Option

Images depict an Omnitrans mobile fare purchase screen, left, and an active pass, right, via the Token Transit app

(San Bernardino, CA) Now Omnitrans riders can pay their bus fare with a smartphone as the San Bernardino Valley’s transit agency launches a new mobile fare payment partnership with Token Transit.

To go cashless, riders first download the free Token Transit app, and then set up an account tied to a credit or debit card. Purchasing and activating a pass takes seconds. Upon boarding, riders just show the driver their phone displaying an active pass, and take a seat.

We are excited to offer this convenient fare payment option to enhance the customer experience,” said Omnitrans CEO P Scott Graham. “Paying by phone makes taking transit easier for both new and current customers.”

Over 20% of non-riders surveyed in spring 2017 indicated that the ability to pay by phone was an amenity that would entice them to use Omnitrans. The transit agency already offers real time arrival information and online trip planning via smartphone through the free Omnitrans mobile app and the agency’s mobile-friendly website, www.omnitrans.org.

The Token Transit app is available at Google Play or the App Store. Also, texting “TOKEN” to 41411 will generate a download link. All fare categories are available for mobile purchase including single-ride, one-day, 7-day and 31-day passes for full fare and reduced fare customers.

To encourage customers to give it a try, we are offering half off their first 7-day or 31-day pass purchase through December 31, 2017,” said Wendy Williams, Director of Marketing and Planning. Regular bus fares are $1.75 for a single ride, $5 for a 1-day pass, $18 for a 7-day pass and $55 for a 31-day pass. Discounted fares are offered for seniors age 62 and up, people with disabilities, military veterans and youth age 18 and under. Details at www.omnitrans.org.

Aside from the convenience for customers, on board mobile fare transactions are four to five times quicker than inserting bills and coins into the fare box. This helps keep buses running on time. About one-third of Omnitrans boardings involve a cash transaction currently. As customers switch from traditional paper passes to mobile fares, the agency will be able to save on printing and outlet distribution costs.

 

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Aguilar Hosts Veterans Resource Fair for Inland Empire Community

San Bernardino, CA – Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) hosted a Veterans Resource Fair at the Frank A. Gonzales Community Center in Colton. The event provided Inland Empire veterans with resources on health care, housing, employment and assistance with VA claims.

“This event was about getting our veterans the help, care and resources they need and deserve,” said Rep. Aguilar. He continued, “I’m glad that our veterans were able to connect with our local veteran service organizations, and I’m grateful that we had so many groups that participated. We can and must do more to help our heroes when they come home, and that responsibility starts right here in the Inland Empire.”

Gary Lemos, a San Bernardino U.S. Marine Corps veteran, thanked the congressman for holding the event saying, “There were a lot of resources that I had no idea existed. I’ve been to a few before but I didn’t see as many resources as I did at this one. It was a really good, positive experience.”

Rep. Aguilar is committed to helping veterans get the assistance and resources they need to live healthy and happy lives. Ahead of his resource fair, Rep. Aguilar invited veterans to share their experiences with the Loma Linda VA to identify ways to improve care, responsiveness and accountability in veteran health care. Additionally, earlier this year, Rep. Aguilar’s bill to help active-duty service members and reservists translate the skills the acquired in the military to jobs at home passed the House of Representatives. The bill provides active-duty members access to the same unique training and testing standards for a commercial driver’s license granted to veterans in the latest surface transportation bill.

Rep. Aguilar’s 2017 Veterans Resource Fair is one of many constituent service events he’s holding this year. Just last month, he held a Senior Fair for over three hundred residents and next week he’ll host his third Jobs Fair. Rep. Aguilar’s office also holds regular Mobile Office Hours to assist community members who need help accessing federal agencies. Directly connecting Inland Empire families with the help and resources they need is one of Rep. Aguilar’s top priorities. In his first term of office, he helped nearly 900 constituents with problems they faced with federal programs like Social Security, Medicare and veterans benefits.

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