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L.A. County Fair Sept 1-24, 2017

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Favorable Ruling By Judge Against Rancho Motors In Victorville

    Despite the progress made in civil rights by people of color and women in America, we still have those that are wishing to return to the past. IE: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, one wonders…………

    Background

    I was assigned to Victorville in 1978 as a young deputy sheriff against my will but, it turned out to have been the best thing that happened to me for the sake of my kids. They missed the gang rise in the valley areas. I was one of two black officers assigned to Victorville due to the request from the NAACP President, the late Rev. Nathaniel Ruffin. There were issues of race with the sheriff’s department and claims of police brutality.

    You see back then Victorville was much smaller and most businesses were family owned and operated. As a 39-year resident of the city of Victorville I have seen things grow to where they are today. I have since retired and have continued to be very active in my community. I have seen and experienced the feeling of what it means to be black in America. I remember attending a conference years ago and going to a class regarding the double consciousness of a black peace officer. A black officer goes to work and has to adapt to the white world. A white officer goes to work and nothing changes. This is where stress comes in where the black officer is concerned. I will talk more about this in a future article.

    My Point In an article published in our July 13, 2017 edition, I wrote an article for our readers regarding ‘Racial Profiling against African American customers at Rancho Motor Co. Rancho Motor Company in Victorville should be stripped of its franchise by General Motors for participating in the many crimes against the customers who in good faith came to their dealership to purchase a vehicle and its racist behavior that has been exposed towards employees and customers in court filings.

    As I sat in court on Friday, July 28, 2017, to hear the proceedings regarding a former employee Christopher White who is being sued by Rancho Motor Company, I could not believe what I was hearing from the Rancho Motor Company Attorney. The motion filed in court by the Rancho Motor Attorneys seeking a gag order against Mr. Pelayes the attorney for Mr. White. There were a variety of issues that they wanted the Judge to rule on and gag Mr. Pelayes such as a recording made during a Rancho Motor Company Sales meeting where the N word is used, they were seeking to gag the speaking to the press about the case, along with other issues. The one item that stood out to me was when the Rancho Motor Attorney from the Scali Law Firm in Los Angeles began to question why an African American was in the court room. It was as though I did not have the right to be in court to hear this case. Then to add that to the list of sanctions because I was in court was just stunning. I looked up the gag rule from 1836 called Pinckney Resolution 3 (1836) Gag Rule/Pinckney Resolution 3 Resolved, that all petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers, relating in any way or to any extent whatever to the subject of slavery, or the abolition of slavery, shall, without being either printed or referred, be laid upon the table, and that no further action whatever shall be had thereon.

For more information and history on the case see the links below from the Sun News Paper

http://www.sbsun.com/government-and-politics/20170728/judge-denies-sanctions-against-attorney-in-victorville-auto-dealership-lawsuit

http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20170727/alleged-racism-fraud-at-victorville-auto-dealer-attracts-civil-rights-groups

http://www.sbsun.com/general-news/20170707/former-employees-of-victorville-car-dealer-talk-of-discrimination-harassment


Judge ruled against all gagged requests.

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16-Year-Old Girl Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of 79-Year-Old Pastor

A 16-year-old girl was arrested Sunday for the murder of a 79-year-old Apple Valley man, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced.

Willie Hunter, 79, was found dead inside his apartment in the 12700 block of Kiowa Road shortly before 4 p.m. and just miles from the church where he was a pastor.

Sheriff’s officials believed the man was the victim of a homicide. After a lengthy investigation, homicide investigators determined that Hunter and the teen knew each other. The nature of their relationship is unclear.

The suspect was at Hunter’s apartment, and an altercation occurred. She stabbed Hunter multiple times before leaving the apartment and taking his car, sheriff’s officials said.

The teen was booked at juvenile hall for murder early Sunday morning.

At United in Christ Baptist Church, Rev. George Horton said he had known Hunter for about four years and that he was loved by everyone at the church.

"He was a man of God," Horton said. "Believed in the word, talked the word, tried to walk the word and live the word."

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Adelanto gang member convicted of 2009 double murder sentenced to death

 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - An Adelanto gang member convicted of the 2009 double slaying of 28-year-old Ealy Davis, Jr. and 26-year-old Shameka Reliford has been sentenced to death.

On Oct. 3, James Ellis, 28, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Active Participation in a Criminal Street Gang. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait, murder during the commission of a robbery, murder while an active participant in a criminal street gang and multiple murder which made Ellis eligible for the death penalty.

Based on the jury's recommendation and the evidence presented during the Penalty Phase, Judge Eric M. Nakata sentenced Ellis to death in Victorville Superior Court Friday.

"Seeking the death penalty is one of the single most difficult decisions I have to make, and it is reserved for the worst of the worst criminals," said District Attorney Mike Ramos. "When we seek the death penalty, it is important to remember that it is not a reflection of our brutality, but rather an expression of our disdain for the defendant's brutal actions."

On Nov. 23, 2009, Ellis plotted with three other men and a woman to rob Ealy Davis:

Forrest Taylor, 30, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to Life Without the Possibility of Parole May 14, 2013.

Sandra Smith, 37, of Adelanto, was sentenced to 18 years in state prison Feb. 6, 2012.

William Jacobs, 30, of Adelanto, was sentenced to 13 years, 8 months Feb. 19, 2016

Joseph Bowen, 22, of Victorville was sentenced to probation for being an accessory after the fact Jan. 6, 2012.

On Nov. 23, 2009, Forrest Taylor, William Jacobs, Joseph Bowen and Sandra Smith were gathered at Smith's residence in Adelanto. During this gathering, there was discussion about a desire to acquire drugs and money. One of them suggested robbing a drug dealer. During the planning process, Ellis produced a handgun and showed it to the others.

Smith then suggested they rob Davis, a drug dealer she knows. Smith knew Davis because he was dating her half-sister Shameka Reliford.

According to Supervising Deputy District Attorney Britt Imes, who prosecuted the case, Smith provided Taylor with Davis' cell phone number. Several phone calls were placed to lure Davis to a secluded area near Westside Park Elementary School.

At the agreed-upon meeting place, Ellis approached Davis' car. Davis was seated in the driver's seat and Shameka Reliford was in the right front passenger seat. Two other passengers were in the backseat.

Ellis asked Davis, "Do you got me?" and Davis replied "Yes."

This exchange was repeated, and then Ellis took a step back, produced a handgun and fired 4 to 5 times into the vehicle. Davis was killed immediately, and Reliford was taken to Victor Valley Community Hospital, where she later died.

"The defendant has demonstrated a desire to continue a life of violent gang behavior up to and through the prosecution of this case," said Imes. "While seeking the ultimate punishment is a tough decision for all involved, I am pleased that a hardworking and dedicated jury representing the communities of this county held the defendant responsible for his actions and provided the families some sense of justice."

This case was investigated by the Adelanto Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Homicide Division.

 

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