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*Jan 22,San Jose Man Charged With Murder For Running Down Neighbor

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*Jan 22,Danville Police Identify “Person Of Interest” In Teens Killing
*Jan 22, San Jose Man Accused Of Kidnapping 8-Year-Old Girl Declares His Innocence
*Jan 22, Berkeley Man To Be Charged With Murder For Jan. 11 Shooting
*Jan 22,San Francisco 23 – Year Old Man Shot And Killed Near Alamo Square
*Jan 22, Redwood City Man Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Girlfriend’s Dog
*Jan 22, San Francisco Men Accused In Murder-For -Hire Plot Ordered $5 Million Bail


Police have identified a “person of interest” in connection with the fatal shooting of a Danville teenager in front of his home

Police have identified a “person of interest” in connection with the fatal shooting of a Danville teenager in front of his home Tuesday night, but were not releasing the person’s name today, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.Danville police Chief Chris Wenzel said the shooting of 17-year-old Rylan Fuchs was not a random act and investigators believe the teenager knew his killer.Investigators from the Danville Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office were continuing to interview potential witnesses today, but were not releasing any information about a possible motive for the killing.Fuchs, who would have graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in June, was shot once in the neck on the front porch of his family’s home in the 1000 block of El Captain Drive at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.He died at John Muir Medical Center early Wednesday morning, Lee said.The homicide was Danville’s first since 2007.

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Jan 22, 2009 SAN JOSE MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL DECLARES HIS INNOCENCE

A 24-year-old San Jose man appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court today and declared his innocence on charges that he kidnapped an 8-year-old girl from her elementary school Jan. 13. Mark James Porter is charged with one count of kidnapping and one count of child abduction and could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Amy Cornell said.Porter allegedly abducted Kayla Montez from Holly Oak Elementary in the 2900 block of Rossmore Way around 8:40 a.m. A statewide Amber Alert was issued, and Montez was then dropped off around 11:10 a.m. at a Wienerschnitzel restaurant on Camden Avenue. Kayla is the daughter of Porter’s ex-girlfriend, Cornell said.Porter turned himself in at the city’s main jail later that night, according to police. He remains in custody on $75,000 bail, Cornell said.The public defender’s office represented Porter today, but he did not enter a plea, as was scheduled. Instead, Porter was visibly agitated with the public defender’s office representative and asked Judge Jerome Nadler if he could speak. Nadler advised against Porter speaking, and the public defender’s
office appeared to do the same.Porter then loudly stated, “I’m innocent”. Porter’s case was continued to Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

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Jan 22, 2009 SAN JOSE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR RUNNING DOWN NEIGHBOR ON FRONT LAWN

A 19-year-old man accused of fatally running down a 46-year-old woman with a Honda Civic on Monday night delayed entering a plea in Santa Clara County Superior Court today.Richard Delgado is charged with murdering San Jose resident Donna Fife and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted, according to the district attorney’s office. Delgado allegedly drove a black Lincoln Mark VIII into a fence at 3917 Thainwood Way around 11 p.m. Monday, police said. The vehicle lost its bumper in the crash.Witnesses identified the driver of the Lincoln as Delgado, told police he had fled the scene and informed officers he lives at 3916 Thainwood Way, according to police reports. Delgado, who was apparently confronted by neighbors after the crash, parked his car around the corner, came back and started arguing with them, police Sgt. Mike Sullivan said.Witnesses who were standing in the yard and waiting for police to arrive then saw Delgado go into his home before exiting and getting in the driver’s seat of a beige Honda Civic, police said.Fife was standing on the front lawn of the house next to Delgado’s home when Delgado reversed the Honda out of his driveway.A witness then heard Delgado yell, “I’m gonna get you,” according to police. Delgado allegedly drove the Honda toward Fife and over the grass, hitting her and running her over. He then drove off the lawn and fled the scene, police reported.Fife was transported to a hospital, where she later died. Police located and arrested Delgado, who appeared briefly in court today and delayed entering a plea until next week. He is scheduled to return to court for a plea entry at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 in Dept. 23 of Santa Clara County Superior Court.

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Jan 22, 2009 BERKELEY: MAN TO BE CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR JAN. 11 SHOOTING

A Berkeley man already in custody on assault with a deadly weapon charges will now be charged with murder because the victim he allegedly shot \died earlier this week, Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Marty Brown said today.Lee Freddy Green, 50, has been in custody since Jan. 12, the day after he allegedly shot and killed 37-year-old William Payton, also of Berkeley, on the sidewalk on the west side of a Bank of America parking lot at 2546 San Pablo Ave.The shooting occurred shortly after 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 11.Brown said he won’t formally charge Green with murder for another week or two. He said there’s no need to rush because Green already is in custody on the assault charge that was filed shortly after the shooting incident. Berkeley police also arrested 47-year-old Rhonda Reid of Berkeley in connection with the shooting but Brown said he didn’t charge her because of a lack of evidence against her. Brown said the motive for the shooting is unclear.Payton had been in critical condition and on life support at Highland Hospital in Oakland since being shot but he died on Tuesday, according to Berkeley police spokesman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.

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Jan 22, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO 23-YEAR-OLD MAN SHOT AND KILLED NEAR ALAMO SQUARE

A 23-year-old man was the victim of an early morning shooting today in San Francisco’s Alamo Square neighborhood, authorities said.The victim was identified by the medical examiner’s office as Leo Jia Jian Yu, a San Francisco resident Police said the shooting took place outside at Pierce and Turk streets, three blocks north of Alamo Square, just before 2 a.m.Yu was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said.No suspects were arrested, police said.The shooting is the third homicide reported by San Francisco police this year.

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Jan 22, 2009 REDWOOD CITY: MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO KILLING GIRLFRIEND’S DOG

A 27-year-old man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 7-pound dog Godiva to death pleaded not guilty to felony animal abuse charges in San Mateo County Superior Court this morning.Ryan Reeser was charged with killing the 6-year-old miniature pinscher about three weeks after the animal’s Nov. 20 death.Prosecutors say on that day he punched Godiva’s face and body, dislodged the dog’s eye from its socket and dumped the mortally wounded animal in a plastic storage container before leaving it to die a block from his home, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Reeser allegedly told his girlfriend that Godiva had gotten out and was nowhere to be found.The next day, his girlfriend’s father found Godiva’s body, and Peninsula Humane Society & Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigators allegedly found blood in Reeser’s house leading to the laundry room area, Wagstaffe said.The district attorney’s office charged Reeser with two separate felony counts of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of destroying or hiding evidence after obtaining necropsy results and conducting several interviews with him, according to Wagstaffe.The necropsy showed the dog suffered bruising in 13 different places and died of blood loss and injuries incurred from blunt trauma.Reeser remains out of custody in lieu of $100,000 bail. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 29. He faces up to three years in state prison if convicted.

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Jan 22, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO MEN ACCUSED IN MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT ORDERED HELD ON $5 MILLION BAIL

A San Francisco Superior Court judge today ordered two men accused of a murder-for-hire plot involving a 23-year-old San Francisco woman held on $5 million bail each.Emerson Portillo, 24, of San Francisco, and Deonte Bennett, 24, of Oakland, appeared in court this morning for the first time since their arrest on Saturday.They stood before Judge Diane Elan Wick, handcuffed to each other.Police have said the pair schemed to kill Portillo’s estranged girlfriend for $5,000, but the plan broke down after the woman tried to bargain with the alleged gunman, Bennett. Prosecutors have charged Portillo with solicitation of murder, grand theft and possession of stolen property, and Bennett with kidnapping, assault with a firearm, robbery, attempted extortion and drug possession.Both men today postponed entering pleas for one week.At the request of prosecutors, Wick ordered both held on $5 million bail. She also granted stay away orders from the alleged victim.Attorneys for the men said they plan to argue for a bail reduction at their arraignment Jan. 29.Bennett’s attorney Joseph O’Sullivan said after the hearing that the charges against his client were unsubstantiated, and questioned the reliability of the victim’s account.”It just think it’s nonsense,” said O’Sullivan, who previously represented Bennett in a 2005 gang-related murder case.That case against Bennett, charged along with another man in the Sept. 19, 2005, killing of Arkeylius Collins, was dismissed when the prosecution’s sole witness, 22-year-old Terrell Rollins, was also murdered while in the witness protection program.O’Sullivan today predicted the current case against Bennett would also bedropped. “I don’t see this case going anywhere, except out,” he said.According to a police account, Portillo hired Bennett to kill Portillo’s ex-girlfriend in retaliation for a prior incident between the couple. Police would not discuss details of the incident.On Friday night, Portillo spoke to the woman by phone, police said.She had asked to be picked up from South San Francisco, but Portillo lied to her, telling her he had been arrested for a traffic violation, and said that a man unknown to her, Bennett, would have to pick her up, using her own car, police said.Once inside the car, Bennett allegedly told her Portillo had ordered him to kill her and had already given him half of the money to do the job, and he then held a gun to her head, according to police.The frightened woman offered to pay Bennett $2,500 not to kill her, police said.The pair drove to the woman’s home in the Bayview district, where Bennett took $200 in cash from the woman and forced her at gunpoint back into the car, police said. According to police, after driving around the area, Bennett got out of the car and walked off, and the woman notified police about what had happened.O’Sullivan dismissed the account, and claimed the alleged victim was a mentally unstable prostitute.”It’s absurd, it’s absolutely absurd,” he said. He asserted that police lacked documentation to support the story, and said his client did not have a weapon when he had been arrested.O’Sullivan also maintained that Bennett had met the woman before. He said he was unaware of how Portillo and Bennett knew each other.Bennett was arrested Saturday night in Emeryville, and Portillo was taken into custody a short time later in San Francisco, according to police.

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