Blog Posts in 2010

  • Defendants in woman's slaying return to court

    Merced Sun Star || 24-Dec-2010

    Attorneys get time to review information about the case. MERCED - The couple accused in the brutal killing Ana Lila Diaz DeCeja and the abduction of her 2-month-old son were in court Thursday morning. Maria Teresa Ceja Robles, 33, and her husband, Jose Augustine Velarde, 37, were escorted into the courtroom separately, both handcuffed and wearing yellow jail uniforms. Robles looked around the room ...
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  • Jeffrey A. Tenenbaum, pictured on the right, attorney for Rudolfo Romero who pleaded not guilty in the stabbing of his wife school teacher Diane Romero, during his arraignment Thursday, September 30, 2010 morning in Merced County Superior Courtroom two with Superior Court Judge Marc Garcia presiding. Photo: MARCI STENBERG — Merced Sun-Star. MERCED - In his first public appearance since the ...
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  • MERCED - A 37-year-old burglar who stole from more than a dozen residences, including that of a Merced County Superior Court judge, is heading to prison after making a plea agreement with prosecutors. Kevin Puglizevich was sentenced to 12 years, eight months in prison Wednesday after pleading no contest to eight counts of first-degree burglary, including enhancements, because there were people ...
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  • MERCED - Accusations of unbridled greed, threats to abort an unborn baby and a $5,000 hit on a man’s life. Those details emerged Monday during a court appearance by three people accused of murdering Alberto Rodriguez Macias, 40. Macias’ wife, Laura Hernandez, 37, her son Erick Camarillo, 20, and Edgar Garcia, 16, are accused of killing Macias on March 14 near Dos Palos. A fourth ...
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  • Nancy Salas gets probation, community service

    Glendale News Press || 14-Aug-2010

    MERCED - Nancy Salas, the former UCLA student who sparked a massive police search in May after faking her own disappearance, was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Salas, 22, appeared before Merced County Superior Court Judge Glenn Ritchey and changed her not-guilty plea to no contest to a misdemeanor charge of providing a false report to police, said ...
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  • Judge Wants Salas Here For Next Hearing

    Modesto Bee || 3-Aug-2010

    Nancy Salas. Ap Photo/Glendale Police Department MERCED - An attorney for Nancy Salas, a 22-year-old Glendale woman accused of lying to Merced police about being kidnapped, entered a not guilty plea in her absence during a brief arraignment hearing in Merced County Superior Court on Thursday. Jeffrey Tenenbaum, Salas’ attorney, said his client was at home in Glendale and didn’t have to ...
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  • MERCED - A 32-year-old man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl was set free Monday evening, after a Merced County jury acquitted him of rape charges. Raymond Dean Thompson was accused of committing a Nov. 1 rape in the bedroom of the teenager’s Merced apartment and was charged with seven felony counts. After deliberating for 13 hours, a jury of seven women and five men found Thompson not ...
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  • Closing Arguments Made in 2009 Rape Case

    Merced Sun Star || 21-Jun-2010

    MERCED - The prosecution and defense both made passionate closing arguments Friday in the case of the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl. Raymond Dean Thompson, 31, faces seven felony charges, including rape by force, sodomy by force, oral copulation by force, assault by means of force, burglary, criminal threats and committing a lewd act upon a child. The jury is still deliberating the case and ...
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  • Trial begins for man accused of raping teen girl

    Merced Sun Star || 11-May-2010

    Attorneys provided opening statements Thursday in the trial of a Merced man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. MERCED - Raymond Dean Thompson, 32, is accused of assaulting the girl during the early morning hours of Nov. 1 in the bedroom of her Merced apartment. He’s pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts, and his attorney claims there’s little or no evidence the girl was ...
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  • MacDonald case goes to the jury

    Mariposa Gazette || 29-Apr-2010

    MARIPOSA - After nearly two weeks of emotional and dramatic testimony, the fate of William Terry MacDonald, 64, of Hornitos is now in the hands of a Mariposa County jury. Both the prosecution and defense presented closing arguments on Tuesday afternoon. Late last week, MacDonald took the stand in his own defense. MacDonald’s testimony followed that of his oldest child, Lance Mac- Donald, Sr. ...
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  • Both sides allege deep conspiracy

    Mariposa Gazette || 22-Apr-2010

    Testimony continues in MacDonald case MARIPOSA - A Mariposa County jury continues to hear testimony in the child molest case against William Terry MacDonald, 64, of Hornitos. After a full week of the trial, it appears the prosecution and defense believe there was a conspiracy behind the story. MacDonald had been awaiting trial in the Mariposa County Jail since he was arrested last summer. He was ...
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  • MacDonald molestation trial begins

    Mariposa Gazette || 7-Jan-2010

    MARIPOSA - Emotional testimony from the alleged victims of William Terry MacDonald’s systematic and generational child molestation marked the beginning of his criminal trial. Jurors began hearing from the victims on April 8. MacDonald, 64, of Hornitos, has been awaiting trial in the Mariposa County Jail since he was arrested last summer. He was originally charged with 17 felonies, with ...
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  • Total of eight now in custody; detectives believe suspects are members or affiliates of gang. GUSTINE - Four more men are in custody for allegedly being involved in the fatal Nov. 6 stabbing of 33-year-old Bill James at a Gustine bar. That brings the total number of jailed suspects in the case to eight. Suspects Rafael Valdez, 26, Anthony Oseguera, 24, and Albert Aleman, 36, were arrested ...
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