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A 28-year-old woman was sentenced to life in prison for a DUI crash that killed two people and left another seriously injured.

On August 9, 28-year-old Cheyenne Wyllie pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder against 69-year-old Angelita Espinosa and 10-year-old Jamie Espinosa, as well as felony driving under the influence causing injury with the special allegation of causing great bodily injury against George Espinosa, Jamie’s father.

In the evening of March 26, 2016, the Tualre County District Attorney’s Office says Wylie ran a stop sign and slammed into a minivan driven by the Espinosa family. The family was visiting Tulare County from Las Vegas at the time.

Angelita and Jamie were killed in the crash and George suffered major injuries requiring multiple and extensive surgeries.

The DA says Wylie was determined to be driving with a .21% BAC.

Investigation showed Wylie had spent the evening drinking at a downtown Visalia restaurant and at a friend’s house.

Cellular phone forensics showed that Wyllie sent text messages to friends and family detailing her inebriation and her intention to drive, despite return text messages telling her not to.

“The word ‘closure’ is a difficult word to use in a tragic case like this. Just because the court process has ended doesn’t mean the Espinosa family will be made whole again. Cheyenne Wyllie took what can never be given back,” said District Attorney Tim Ward. “What is readily apparent is the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and this community for the Espinosa family. I ask that Angelita and Jamie’s memories be honored this way: if you truly love and care for others, never drive under the influence. Please call someone, use rideshare, or just don’t get behind the wheel. These cases are entirely preventable. Please be safe on the road.”

Under current California law, the DA says Wyllie must serve 19 years and 4 months in prison before she is eligible for a parole hearing.

“We will honor the victims by never forgetting this tragedy. The Office of the District Attorney will appear at any potential parole hearing and argue against the possibility of early release,” continued District Attorney Ward.

The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the TCDA Bureau of Investigations.

Recently, a father was beyond shocked after watching footage from his NEST home security camera. Jason Cooper, from Playa Vista hired a man to repair his floors but was horrified when he witnessed the man in his young daughters room, rummaging through their dirty laundry hamper. Cooper, the father of a 3 year old and 5 year old daughter said he was beyond outraged when he witnessed the footage from the nanny cam. The man can be seen closing the blinds in the room after making several trips to the dirty laundry hamper and at one point appears to sniff the child’s underwear. The man is later seen stuffing the underwear into his pockets before leaving the home. The family has already contacted police and filed a report and are awaiting the results of their investigation.

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy narrowly escaped serious injuries during a deputy-involved shooting in Victorville, which was captured on dramatic video that shows the suspect aiming gunfire at the deputy as she tried to get away. The shooting occurred just before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday in front of homes in the 13000 block of Cabazon Court, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Cellphone video shows the deputy in a physical altercation with the suspect. During the scuffle, two shots can be heard going off, then the deputy is seen getting off the ground and running away from the suspect. The suspect also stands up armed with a gun, begins walking toward her, and fires at the deputy at least twice. It’s unclear if the gun was taken from the deputy during the altercation or if he already had it. “That’s when a whole army of police came around the corner,” said a man who witnessed the episode, “came into this cul-de-sac right here and opened fire on the suspect.”

The suspect was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The deputy was injured but was not shot; she is expected to be O.K. According to a sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller, a “very upset female” called 911 shortly before 8:30 a.m. and pleaded for help, asking authorities to remove her son from her home. Neighbors said a female deputy arrived at the scene first and tried to arrest the suspect, but the confrontation turned violent.

After the suspect shot at the deputy, witness Fany Contreras said, he held the gun with both hands, extended his arms in front of his body and again pointed the firearm at her. “She was so lucky,” Contreras said. “She was lucky this time.” Meanwhile, there was a second deputy-involved shooting about 6 miles away near Heatherdale Road. Sheriff’s officials said the two were unrelated.

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Los Angeles police are investigating on Monday after an irate woman was caught on camera over the weekend ramming her car repeatedly into another vehicle in a parking lot near a taco truck in Hollywood.

The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday on the corner of Western and Lexington avenues. A group of people ordered food from a taco truck on the corner and put their plates on the hood of a black Ford Mustang, one of the car’s passengers told KTLA on Monday.

The car was parked in a crowded lot, and a couple of vehicles were blocked in, according to the man, who asked to remain anonymous.

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The mother and step-father of a 15-year-old girl are in jail after allegedly assaulting and kidnapping the teenage boy they found in their daughter’s bedroom. Police are saying it was a hate crime.

According to San Bruno Police the 15-year-old’s biological dad Luisandor Suarez, her mom Haydee Arguello and step-dad Wilfredo Amaya physically abused a 17-year-old African American boy for 30 minutes and threaten to kill him with a deadly weapon.

The three suspects were booked into the San Mateo County Jail facing multiple felony charges related to committing a hate crime, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

“These family members ultimately restrain the victim using a rope. Held him against his will, assaulted him multiple times and even threatened to kill him,” said Lieutenant Ryan Johansen with San Bruno Police Department.

According to San Bruno police, the crime took place on Thursday around 2:30 AM. At 12:38 PM the victim arrived at the San Bruno Police Department and reported the crime.

The 15-year-old’s oldest sister says her parents thought the boy was an intruder and acted in self-defense.

“They were so scared because they found someone in the closet. They jumped because everyone was sleeping and this guy started kicking my step-father and trying to kill him,” said Belkys Gomez.

Katherine Gomez was in the house during the incident and said she came out of her room when she heard the commotion.

“He punched her and then my step-dad, of course, is not going to let anyone hit his wife. They tried to stop him and he was acting very violent so they grabbed a rope to try to tie him down and ask him why he was at the house,” said Katherine.

According to San Bruno Police the three suspects used racial slurs against the victim while he was tied up.

“The victim reported that throughout this attack the suspected yelled at him using multiple racial slurs. He believed his race to be a motivating factor in the attack,” said Lieutenant Ryan Johansen.

We asked the sister who was in the house:

Luz: “Did they hurt him?

Katherine: “No they didn’t”

When we asked about the racial accusations Gomez responded, “It’s not true at all”

Jorge Flores lives several houses down from the where the incident took place and said he heard the screams.

“A boy screaming? What was he screaming? Like AHHHH in pain like that,” said Flores.

On Friday morning the three suspects were arrested for charges related to committing a hate crime, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Angel Reinosa fabricated a claim that he was shot Wednesday afternoon while standing in the parking lot of the Lancaster Sheriff’s station, department officials announced Saturday night.

Reinosa confessed to detectives during a follow up interview Saturday, was relieved of duty and will likely face criminal charges

A man in California arrested in the death of his wife earlier this month reportedly told sheriff’s detectives he beat her with a concrete block while claiming it was protecting her from a group of “brutal, powerful” people who had infected him with mayonnaise.

Nathaniel Robertson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of his 57-year-old wife, Lidia. Robertson was arrested on July 12 after his wife found dead with blunt force trauma injuries and blood was discovered splattered at the entrance to their home.

In court documents, sheriff’s deputies said the 57-year-old was discovered the previous day with “major head trauma,” surrounded by a large pool of blood with a large concrete block next to her.

After his arrest, Robertson told deputies he beat his wife with the concrete block at least four times and killed her in order to keep her from a group of people to “give her compassion and mercy, “I didn’t want it to be a painful thing,” Robertson told investigators. “I didn’t want to hit her a bunch of times, I wanted to end it, I didn’t want her suffering.”

Robert claims he was infected by mayonnaise that a group he only referred to as “they” put into his leg. The police report said that Robertson claimed the mayonnaise was releasing information to him from the Revolutionary War.

Robertson is currently being held at the Lerdo Justice Facility in Bakersfield on $1 million bail, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court July 31 for a pre-preliminary hearing.

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Two men in California exposed one of the largest cases of fraud in the history of the state. Bill Reynolds and Mark Sersansie discovered doctors were being paid to perform what some say were unnecessary spinal fusion surgeries. The scam involved doctors allegedly implanting counterfeit hardware into hundreds of patients. “Whistleblower” host Alex Ferrer joins “CBS This Morning” to preview: “The Billion Dollar Back Surgery Scam: Patients in Pain and Peril,” airing Friday, June 21 at 8/7c on CBS.

An unarmed Black man was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in South Los Angeles and now his family is threatening to sue; and there has been outrage on social media — including emotional pleas from rapper The Game to the city’s mayor. Witnesses report hearing over 30 shots fired. Speculation about the exact number of times Twyman was shot has surfaced in dozens of social media posts in the days since.

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A California sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a minor.

Shauna Bishop, 44, was arrested Thursday and will appear in court next week on five counts pertaining to the case.

Bishop is a five-year veteran with the Sacramento Police Department.

Investigators began eyeing Bishop in May and police later issued a warrant for her arrest.

She did not meet the teen through her work and the alleged sex acts happened while she was off-duty, authorities said.

A Redwood City woman Sarah Jane Lockner, 27, accused of trying to drown a baby she had given birth to in a McDonald’s restroom will not serve time in prison, court documents show.

On Friday, Lockner was placed on four years supervised probation and one year in county jail with credit for time served. She was also ordered to complete parenting classes.

She took a plea deal in January after prosecutors initially charged her with attempted murder. She instead pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment.

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CALIFORNIA: 03/12/19 at approximately 8:20 pm, a 50-year-old man was exiting the Montebello Bus Lines near the intersection of 4th Street and Whitter Boulevard. An unknown male exited the bus behind the victim and punched him in the head. The unprovoked attack knocked the victim to the ground where he lay unconscious. The suspect kicks the victim three more times while he is lying defenseless on the ground. The suspect did not attempt to take any of the victim’s property. The suspect is last seen walking east on 4th Street and out of sight.

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A California woman is accused of having sex with her daughters’ teen boyfriends.

Coral Lytle, 41, was arrested for having sex with two teenage boys in the fall of 2017. The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office charged her with 21 felony sex counts.

After reviewing the probation report, a Tulare County judge said he would not sentence Lytle on Monday, saying he didn’t believe the indicated sentence (five years of probation with a six-year suspended prison term) was appropriate.

Lytle, who is out of custody, can now withdraw her earlier plea.

A trial setting hearing will take place next Monday.

“Most of the time, when a court makes an indicated sentence, the probation report will follow the indicated sentence,” said Tulare County Assistant District Attorney David Alavezos. “There are times the probation report will recommend a sentence that is not what was indicated.”

As Lytle’s legal proceedings continue, court documents are shedding light on the nature of her alleged sexual relationships with two teenage boys.

“The crimes in this case committed by the defendant involved great cruelty and callousness especially considering the defendant took advantage of a position of trust to molest two boys who she met when they (were in) teenage dating relationships with the defendant’s daughters,” a Tulare County Deputy District Attorney writes in a recently filed brief.

Prosecutors say Lytle provided alcohol and cigars to the alleged victims, both freshmen at Redwood High School at the time, and would drive from her home in Tulare to Visalia to meet them for sex.

One of the alleged victims said he had sex with Lytle three times, the last time on Oct. 5, 2017.

“(Victim) stated this was the last time he had sex with defendant because he felt bad shaking defendant’s husband’s hand knowing what he was doing with defendant,” the brief states.

Records show that Lytle’s husband filed divorce paperwork within days of her arrest.

That case is still ongoing as well.

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A Rancho Cordova Uber driver is in custody after he allegedly dropped off a passenger at a Bay Area airport and then promptly attempted to rob their San Mateo home. The driver, Jackie Gordon Wilson, dropped off an unidentified passenger for a flight and then drove back to their house in San Mateo with the intention of burglarizing it, San Mateo police said. Wilson’s attempt was thwarted, however, when a Ring security camera caught him in action and an alarm system went off.

San Jose police have arrested a 14-year-old boy who officers said repeatedly punched a 72-year-old man and carjacked his Nissan Sentra as the man was unloading groceries in his driveway. The attack was captured on surveillance video. Police said the teen came up to Hector Estrada about 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the 3200 block of Coldwater Drive with a gun and demanded he give him his keys. Estrada, who had just returned from Costco, refused and the teen grabbed them and hopped into the Nissan

It was an epic standoff as two drivers were jockeying for the same parking spot in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Mariah Flores recorded the hour-long drama from her apartment with running commentary. “If this were some type of sport, I’d imagine we’re nearing halftime,” she noted on social media 25 minutes into the situation. The black car was trying to back into the spot while the silver car was going forward, and no one was willing to give in.

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The Vallejo Police Department has released body cam video in an officer-involved shooting that left a local rapper dead last month.

The family of Willie McCoy,20, saw footage from the fatal shooting weeks before it was released to the public.

They believe the video provides a different view of what led up to the incident.

According to the Vallejo Police Department, on Feb. 9 officers responded to a 911 call from a Taco Bell regarding an unresponsive driver in the drive-through lane of the restaurant.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located McCoy in the driver seat of the vehicle.

Officers claim they saw a gun on his lap.

Officer tried to retrieve the gun from McCoy’s lap, without disturbing him, but the door was locked, authorities say.

“Officers attempted to secure the driver’s car by placing a car in front and behind the driver to pin it in,” the Vallejo Police Department said in a detailed video describing the incident. “While the second car was approaching to pin in the car, the driver awoke.”

Officers told McCoy to show his hands.

Investigators say that he was not coopering with the officers’ commands.

According to police, McCoy reached down for his gun and officers fired at him.

He was pulled from the car and officer performed life-saving measures on the man, but McCoy died from his injuries.

Family members say that McCoy was not alert when he was shot and the body cam footage proves it.

His cousin, Davis Harrison told KRON4 in a previous interview, that officers never identified themselves when calling for McCoy to raise his hands.

“He was never coherent,” Harrison said. “They shot him all of those times while he was asleep.”

The terrifying moments of a man beaten unconscious in a Central Fresno neighborhood were caught on camera.

Deplo Sanchez shared the video he captured with Action News as two homeless men begin swinging at each other. One armed with a baseball bat and the other with a metal rod from a bed frame.

The tables quickly turn when the suspect 61-year-old Phillip Ray Lester gets a hold of the victim’s weapon.

“Before officers arrived we had our police helicopter fly overhead trying to get them to stop and drop their weapons,” said Lt. Mark Hudson.

When officers arrived, they offered medical aid to the victim and arrested Lester.

He is being held in the Fresno County Jail on assault with a deadly weapon charge.

“I’m glad officers were there because this was a dangerous individual that needed to go to jail,” Hudson said.

Lester has been arrested before on several drugs and domestic violence-related charges.

On 3/24/19, at 10:32 pm, a uniformed officer with the Chico Police Department on-viewed a shoplift-in-progress at the AM/PM mini market at 110 W. 9th Street in downtown Chico. The officer immediately recognized the suspect as 41-year-old Billy Faga, a homeless Chico resident. When the officer approached Faga and told him to stop, Faga charged at the officer. The officer deployed a Taser but it was ineffective. Faga swung at the officer several times, striking him once on the head. Undeterred, the officer successfully got Faga on the ground after a short, but violent, struggle. Assisting officers arrived and Faga was physically detained.

A driver in Southern California decided to show off his best dance moves after leading police on a highway chase Tuesday night. After the pursuit in the San Fernando Valley, police spun out the vehicle. With police guns drawn on him, the driver stepped out of the car. But before he could be placed in handcuffs, he busted a few dance move for the arresting officers.

The dancing driver eventually followed officers’ instructions and was taken into custody. It’s unclear why he was fleeing police. The name of the man has not been released.

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An Upland mother has been formally charged in connection with an incident at her apartment building that left her infant daughter dead and injured her toddler son, who was thrown from a second-story balcony, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Tierra Ortega, 25, is accused of one count of assault on a child, causing death, and one count of great bodily injury, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Emergency responders found 7-month-old Ezlynn Ortega suffering from skull fractures Tuesday morning at an apartment in the 600 block of North Wedgewood Avenue.

Her 1-year-old brother, Jerricho Ortega, was allegedly thrown from the two-story building by his mother. He suffered a broken foot.

A witness said Tierra Ortega jumped from a balcony after throwing her son.

Both children were airlifted to a hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. The mother had visible facial injuries in a booking photo released by authorities.

Her scheduled arraignment in Superior Court was postponed Tuesday.

A motive in the case remains under investigation

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A registered sex offender was taken into police custody after allegedly trying to kidnap two small children from a park in Lake Elsinore on Monday.

The frightening incident occurred around 11:30 a.m.

Police said 29-year-old Marcus Dewitt tried to grab a 3-year-old boy by the arm while the child was partially inside of a play apparatus at Rosetta Canyon Sports Park.

When Dewitt was unsuccessful in taking that child, he picked up a 4-year-old boy and attempted to flee the area with the child, police said.

Investigators said the children’s parents saw what was happening, chased Dewitt and wrestled the boy away from him.

That’s when Dewitt tried to flee the park on foot, but a family member of one of the victims subdued him. Other witnesses and family members also held him down and subdued him until police officers arrived and took him into custody.

The children were not injured in the incident, authorities said.

Dewitt was set to be booked on kidnapping charges. If you have any relevant information about this case, you’re urged to contact Investigator Matt Posson with Lake Elsinore police at (951) 245-3300.

San Jose State on Friday, March 8, 2019, released records related to a fatal 2014 officer-involved shooting, including body-cam footage, in response to Senate Bill 1421, the state’s new police transparency law. Officers with the University Police Department were cleared in the shooting, which left 38-year-old Antonio Guzman Lopez dead.

Sgt. Mike Santos and Officer Frits Van der Hoek had responded to South Eighth and East San Salvador streets just outside the campus that day and ordered Lopez to drop the knife, but he refused to follow their commands, according to the report.

Based on reports from officers and witnesses, Lopez was “acting strangely, as though he was mentally unstable or intoxicated,” according to prosecutors.

Officer Van der Hoek used his Taser stun gun on Lopez, who was not affected by the shock, police said.

Santos shot Lopez twice in the back and one of the bullets went through his body and into a window at a nearby sorority house, where no one was injured, according to the report.

Lopez was transported to a hospital were he was later pronounced dead, the report said.

San Jose police investigated the shooting because it occurred within their jurisdiction and determined that Lopez was holding a foot-long saw blade that is similar to a jagged-edge tool used for cutting drywall.

An autopsy determined Lopez had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, prosecutors said.

Lopez had a criminal history that included domestic violence, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, according to district attorney’s officials.