4 must stand trial in burglaries

first_imgLANCASTER – Four Palmdale men are awaiting trial in connection with a string of burglaries stretching from the San Fernando Valley to the Antelope Valley. One of the break-ins occurred in January 2005 in Acton, where, unknown to the suspects, the homeowner called 911 from under a bed as she heard one of intruders say, “If anything moves, shoot it,” according to prosecutors. Charged are Ricardo Nunez, 28, Salvador Perez, 23, and brothers Jorge, 20, and Ramiro Ruvalcaba, 22. The four men were ordered held for trial after a three-day preliminary hearing that concluded Thursday. They have all pleaded not guilty and remain in custody. Evans said the woman was in her house when she heard the door kicked open. Before seeking refuge under her bed, she saw three men with guns entering the house, Evans said. “Forty minutes after they left, they were using her credit card to buy food at Carl’s Jr. in the San Fernando Valley,” Evans said. The January 2005 chase occurred after a Los Angeles County housing inspector went to a home in Lancaster to check complaints that the occupants were involved in narcotics. The inspector, who was called because the tenant received a Section 8 rent subsidy, spotted items that appeared to be stolen, deputies said. As deputies were attempting to get a search warrant, the suspects drove up in a truck and took off after they spotted the deputies, officials said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFour other defendants have entered pleas to other charges and been sentenced to terms ranging from 16 months to four years in prison, prosecutors said. “They committed residential burglaries during the daytime when people were working and these defendants weren’t,” Deputy District Attorney John Evans said. Nunez and another man were arrested two days after the Acton burglary following a 48-mile chase from Lancaster to Sylmar. Authorities said a search of a Lancaster home and a Palmdale storage locker turned up hundreds of pieces of stolen property, including passports, driver’s licenses, checkbooks, leather jackets, watches, cell phones, portable disc-jockey equipment and computers. Sheriff’s deputies said the property appeared to have been stolen in dozens of home burglaries, car burglaries and robberies to pay for drug use. Methamphetamine, counterfeit money and forged checks were tossed out of the pickup truck during the chase, deputies said. Among the property deputies found was an expensive shotgun stolen during the Acton burglary as the woman hid from the intruders. The burglars also stole her sport utility vehicle. last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Feb 1 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAs U.S. buys more guns, state agency has more dough than it can handleLiz Ruskin, APRN – WashingtonThe Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation is largely funded by a federal tax on the sale of guns and ammunition, and sales nationwide are booming. But now the division may have to give back a portion of its bounty.Retired workers file dental benefits suitAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO/APRN – JuneauAn association of retired state workers has filed a lawsuit saying state cuts to dental benefits violate the Alaska constitution.Court rules in favor of municipalities in pipeline caseRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court Friday has strengthened the role municipalities have in setting the tax value of Trans-Alaska Pipeline and similar structures. The ruling overturns a lower court decision that said the Alaska Department of Revenue had the final say.Congress OKs Coast Guard bill to transfer landsLiz Ruskin, APRN-WashingtonCongress has approved a Coast Guard bill that includes several land transfers Alaska’s congressional delegation has pursued for years. One of them is at Point Spencer, to advance the possible construction of an Arctic deepwater port near Nome.BlueCrest Energy updates drilling plansQuinton Chandler, KBBI-HomerBlueCrest Energy, the company drilling for oil north of Anchor Point, gave an update on their effort at a forum in Kenai last week.Reports conflict on Donlin Creek Mine’s effectsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK-BethelTwo federal agencies have come to different conclusions on the potential effects the proposed Donlin Creek mine could have on subsistence along the Kuskokwim River. The site sits 10 miles north of the village of Crooked Creek. Donlin estimates it could excavate 34 million ounces of gold over almost three decades.3 Togiak men die in boating accident after successful huntDave Bendinger, KDLG-DillinghamA moose hunting trip ended in tragedy this weekend in Togiak, after a boat carrying three men and three moose was swamped in heavy surf.  The three men, who all died, were attempting to cross from the mouth of the Togiak River back to the village just after dark Saturday.How a deer can cause a plane crashEmily Kwong, KCAW-SitkaThroughout this year’s hunting season, Sitka’s airport has been contending with an unusual issue: dead deer. Carcasses have been washing up on the runway since November, attracting birds. And that has posed a big problem to airport operations. KCAW’s Emily Kwong has more.last_img read more