California Lawmakers Continue Shift from Mass Incarceration
9/13/2018 10:22:56 AM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—The recently completed California legislative session continued a yearslong effort to lower criminal sentences, ease restrictions on suspects, and keep juveniles out of adult prisons despite objections that the moves could harm public safety. From a nation-leading reform measure that eliminates cash bail to restrictions on trying juveniles, a major goal of Democratic lawmakers this year was to limit mass incarceration that supporters say often disproportionately affects women, youth and minorities. “All these bills are coming to you because it's time for...

Galaxy Coach Sigi Schmid Steps Down
9/13/2018 9:46:31 AM

CARSON—With just six games remaining in the Major League Soccer season and the team fighting for a playoff berth, LA Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid announced Monday he is stepping down, effective immediately. "After careful consideration, I have decided to step away from coaching at this time, but would like to remain in the game," Schmid said in a statement released by the team. "With six games remaining as the bluc fights for a playoff spot, I understand the timing of this decision is unfortunate." Schmid said he is confident the team can succeed under...

Traffic Accident Claims Two Lives, Remains Under Investigation
9/6/2018 9:56:04 PM

On Sept. 3, 2018, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department and EMS personnel responded to an injury traffic collision involving two vehicles at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Wooley Road. When officers arrived, they located a red 1991 Pontiac Firebird south of the intersection. The driver of the vehicle, 19-year old Oxnard resident Juan Cruz, suffered significant injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics. A female passenger, 20-year-old Port Hueneme resident Karisa Serrato, was ejected from the vehicle...

Traffic Stop Yields Multiple Arrests
9/6/2018 9:53:34 PM

On Sept. 2, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers from the Special Enforcement and K9 units attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The car stopped near the intersection of Statham Blvd. and Sunkist Cr. Adolfo Marin, a passenger in the vehicle, fled but was quickly apprehended. During the foot pursuit, Marin discarded a loaded handgun which was recovered at the scene. Marin had a prior conviction for firearms possession which makes him a prohibited person. The remaining occupants (Ortega, Garcia, and Steir) were in possession of methamphetamine and arrested...

Gang Member Arrested for Robbery
9/6/2018 9:42:59 PM

On Aug. 31, 2018, at approx. 4:45 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Magnolia Ave and Oxnard Blvd. The driver of the vehicle, Omar Romo, was positively identified as the suspect who earlier committed a robbery involving a pizza delivery person. Romo is a documented injunction served gang member who is also a high-risk parolee on electronic monitoring for assault with a deadly weapon. Before the traffic stop, Romo cut off his electronic monitor to avoid capture. Once contacted, Romo exited his vehicle and took a...

Criticism of Rev. Jasper Williams Follow His Remarks at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral
9/6/2018 9:40:19 PM

Saying his subject was “Aretha the Queen of Soul,” Rev. Jasper Williams of the Salem Bible Church in Atlanta gave the audience gathered for Aretha Franklin’s funeral a few unexpected memories laced with political commentary. Though he began simply, referring to the history of soul music and gospel, his talk became political as he Williams appeared towards the end of the ten-hour service. Rev. Williams was one of over three dozen speakers at Franklin’s lengthy Detroit home going ceremony. Rev. Williams referenced Black-On-Black crime, said single mothers are...

Health Checks for Ex-Circus Big Cats
9/6/2018 9:36:07 PM

LOS ANGELES—Fourteen ex-circus big cats have undergone a raft of health checks to enable their rescuers Animal Defenders International (ADI) to get the travel permits needed to take them home. Four of the big cats required surgery to repair damage caused in the circus. Helping to enforce a ban on animal circus acts, ADI has established a temporary rescue center in Guatemala where it is caring for the five lions and nine tigers, and will be for several months, as the import and export process to take them to their forever homes is a lengthy one. Filled with enrichment, and the most...

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s New Books Aimed at Inspiring Schoolchildren
9/6/2018 9:30:10 PM

By Jessica Gresko   WASHINGTON (AP)—Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor got some unsolicited health advice the last time she wrote a book. The justice was diagnosed with diabetes as a child and discussed it as part of her 2013 autobiography. That prompted a grandmother to write. The woman reported she was using newer technology to manage her diabetes than Sotomayor, and she had a message for the justice: “I'm much older than you are, and if I can do it you can do it, too.” “I still remember that letter, challenging me to become more...

Texas Police Officer Convicted, Sentenced for Murder of 15-Year-Old Jordan Evans
9/6/2018 9:12:00 PM

By Ryan Tarinelli   DALLAS (AP)—A white former police officer was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday night after being convicted of murder a day earlier for killing an unarmed 15-year-old boy when he fired into a car filled with Black teenagers leaving a house party in suburban Dallas. Roy Oliver's conviction Tuesday in the April 2017 death of Jordan Edwards was handed down by the same jury that delivered his punishment. He also was fined $10,000. Prosecutors had sought a minimum of 60 years in prison. Edwards' family praised prosecutors and the...

Arbitrator Sends Kaepernick's Grievance Against NFL to Trial
9/6/2018 9:04:24 PM

By Rob Maaddi   PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Colin Kaepernick and his legal team are driving inside NFL territory, forcing the league and its 32 teams to brace for a defensive stand. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture Thursday of a ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank. The NFL declined a request for...