On Monday, the charge was changed to a felony after Granbury police confirmed Hulett had previously been convicted twice before of driving while intoxicated, Granbury Deputy City Manager Michael Ross said.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-6-0/html/r-sf-flx.html
Hulett was arrested on the upgraded charge on Monday, according to court records.
Hulett was previously arrested on a DWI charge in Fort Worth in November 2007, according to Tarrant County court records, which indicated that was his second offense. He was sentenced in April 2008 to 90 days in jail and two years of probation. It is not clear when or where Hulett’s first DWI conviction took place.
On September 28, 2018, Lacey Township Police responded to the area of Lacey regarding a motor vehicle crash.
After the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Lacey Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit performed an investigation, they found that Orr was traveling westbound on Lacey Road in a 2018 Hyundai Elantra when he crossed over the center line and struck a 2017 Nissan Sentra head-on, which was being driven by Elizabeth Patashinsky, 40, of Palm Bay, Florida.
Patashinsky was then transported to Community Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased. While the passenger in Patashinsky’s vehicle, William Muset, 66, of Whiting, was transported to Community Medical Center, treated for his injuries, and released.
Orr was treated at the scene for his injuries and no signs of impairment were exhibited at the scene. He was unable to perform any field sobriety tests due to a back injury which required him to use a cane for balance. Subsequently, Orr was brought to Community Medical Center and voluntarily consented to a draw of his blood.
On October 29, 2018, Orr’s blood results revealed the presence of four medications which had been lawfully prescribed to him: Alprazolam, Gabapentin, Oxycodone and Zolpidem. There was no alcohol or illegal narcotics detected in Orr’s system, however, forensic toxicologists nonetheless concluded that the combined psychoactive effects of those medications made Orr unfit to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Orr was arrested and charged on October 29, 2018 at his residence and transported to the Ocean County Jail, but released by the Court on November 2, 2018 as a consequence of New Jersey Bail Reform.
At the time of Orr’s sentencing on May 10, the State will be seeking a term of three years in New Jersey State Prison with a three-year-term of parole ineligibility.
“But for the compassionate and forgiving nature of the victim’s family – and their unequivocal desire to achieve closure after this two-and-one-half yearlong nightmare – this plea agreement would never have even been contemplated by this Office, let alone approved,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer stated. “It is only by the grace of Ms. Patashinsky’s family that we agreed to a sentence that is significantly less than what would otherwise have been recommended to the Court. This defendant should consider himself very fortunate that the victim’s family – in a show of tremendous mercy – requested this case be resolved is this manner,” Prosecutor Billhimer added. “I wish to remind the public that impaired driving is not limited to being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. The combined effects of ingesting even prescription medications might very well have a deleterious impact upon one’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. I urge all motorists who use prescription medications to exercise extreme caution before they drive; failure to do so may produce deadly consequences, as this case so painfully demonstrates,” Prosecutor Billhimer concluded.
Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Michael Abatemarco who handled the case on behalf of the State, as well as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit, Lacey Township Police Department, Stafford Township Police Department, Manchester Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collaborative efforts in connection with this investigation, ultimately resulting in the guilty plea. https://www.jerseyshoreonline.com/ocean-county/guilty-plea-in-fatal-crash-driver-was-on-prescription-drugs/
A 19-year-old driver was jailed Tuesday, charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, in a crash that killed a father and teenage son as the pair left baseball practice at Poway High School earlier this year.
Donald Lee Farmer Jr. is also accused of driving under the influence of drugs causing injury and driving without a license, a misdemeanor, according to the complaint filed by prosecutors. The court document does not indicate what sort of drug.
Farmer was taken into custody and pleaded not guilty to the two felonies and misdemeanor charge during his arraignment in San Diego Superior Court. He was ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail and is due back in court May 18 for a bail review. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The crash happened just after 7 p.m. Feb. 12 on Espola Road. Authorities said Steve Pirolli, 54, was making a left turn out of the school’s north parking lot when the driver’s side of his Toyota Camry was broadsided by a Mercedes.
Pirolli died at the scene. His son Stephen Pirolli Jr., 13, died at a hospital. The Mercedes driver, identified as Farmer, was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for undisclosed injuries.
Sheriff’s Capt. David Schaller said in a news release Tuesday that deputies assigned to the traffic unit at the department’s Poway station conducted “extensive reconstruction” of the crash.
“Based on their investigation, they determined Farmer was driving under the influence of drugs and had been driving recklessly,” Schaller said.
Police did not disclose any details about what investigators found, including the speed of the cars at impact.
The victims loved baseball, a family member said. Steve Pirolli played baseball at Southwestern College then at University of the Pacific in Stockton. He was working as an IT salesman.
Todd Gracey, 53, of Manheim Township, lowered his head after the jury returned its verdict at 5 p.m. at the conclusion of the four-day trial in the York County Court of Common Pleas. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of three to six years in prison.
The legal limit for driving is 0.08% in Pennsylvania.
His girlfriend, Ambre Rheinhardt, 41, formerly of Weirton, West Virginia, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was seriously hurt in the wreck, and emergency medical services medevaced him to York Hospital.
In her closing argument, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Phoebe Yates stated that Gracey was driving under the influence and speeding.
Gracey had been drinking throughout the day, she noted, including earlier at a Baltimore Ravens game. He had a blood alcohol content that was more than the legal limit, lost control of the pickup and caused the death of his girlfriend, Yates said.
“It’s that simple,” Yates said. “It’s that straightforward.”
Yates acknowledged that prosecutors were asking the jury to make a serious and unpleasant decision.
But she said that jurors could not imagine or conjure up reasonable doubt to avoid fulfilling that duty. Yates told them to not get distracted by the defense’s “unreasonable theories.”
“He didn’t have a medical event,” said Yates, who tried the case with Deputy Prosecutor Virginia Hobbs. “He was conscious. He was awake.”
But Chris Ferro, Gracey’s attorney, argued that law enforcement exhibited willful blindness toward information that contradicted its pre-existing belief in the case.
For instance, Jimmie Valentine, an expert in clinical pharmacology, forensic toxicology, analytical chemistry and blood alcohol testing, testified on behalf of the defense about “possible alternative explanations” for the deadly crash.
Valentine stated that factors including trauma, blood loss and medical intervention can skew blood alcohol results and make them unreliable. Your stories live here.Fuel your hometown passion and plug into the stories that define it.
Gracey, he noted, could’ve experienced a “medical event.” He told troopers that he had been feeling numb, tingly and sick before the wreck.
“They want you to disregard the possibilities, because it doesn’t fit into their final conclusions,” Ferro said. “They didn’t care. They didn’t listen. They didn’t look,” he added.
The following is a list of incidents reported by the Teller County Sheriff’s Department from April 7-21. Published with permission from the Teller County Sheriff.
• Oscar Gerald Sparkman, DOB Nov. 13, 1966 of Brenham, Texas, was arrested on two warrants and local charges. The two warrants were for failure to appear with original charges of assault, violation of a restraining order, domestic violence, driving under restraint, failure to display proof of insurance, fictitious plates speeding and seat belt not used. Local charges were driving under the influence of alcohol and violation of a protection order. Bond for all charges was $12,000.
• Ian Spencer Loftin, DOB Aug. 23, 1986 of Woodland Park, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear with original charges of driving under restraint, failure to display proof of insurance, open alcohol container in the vehicle, failure to yield right of way and menacing. Bond was $3,000.
• Nickolas Anthony Parise, DOB Aug. 6, 1997 of Colorado Springs, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence per se, prohibited use of a weapon, weaving and speeding. Bond was $1,000.
• John D Jordan, DOB Nov. 22, 1956 of Woodland Park, was summoned and released on a promise to appear for criminal mischief and trespass.
• Angel Braent Flores, DOB Aug. 26, 1997 of Leadville, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear with original charges of two counts of driving without a driver’s license, expired temporary permit and overtaking a school bus. Bond for both warrants was $2,000.
• Jereny Dean Ridgeway Gates, DOB April 3, 1985 of Woodland Park, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with an original charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $700.
• Jerry Anthony Spinnichia, DOB Jan. 28, 1980 of Colorado Spring was summoned and released on a promise to appear on a warrant for failure to comply with probation with an original charge of theft.
• Seth Edward Hourigan, DOB May 4, 1982 of Security, was summoned and released on a promise to appear on a warrant for failure to comply with terms and conditions of probation with an original charge of possession of a controlled substance.
• Chanel Leigh Duran, DOB June 4, 1998 of Castle Rock, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of obstructing a peace officer and driving under restraint — alcohol related. Bond was $3,000.
• Blake Anthony Myers, DOB Dec. 11, 1998 of Victor, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of driving under restraint and speeding 20-24 mph over limit. Bond was $500.
• Meghan Colleen Rickman, DOB Aug. 14, 1993 of Buena Vista, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of driving while ability was impaired, speeding 10-19 mph over limit, open alcohol container in the vehicle and failure to dim headlights. Bond was $1,600.
• Patrick Michael Armstrong, DOB Dec. 30, 1993 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of possession of a controlled substance, motor vehicle theft, obstructing a peace officer and trespass. Bond was $5,000.
• Steven Anthony Salsberry, DOB July 21, 1992 of Cripple Creek, was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply with probation with an original charge harassment. Bond was $300.
• Charles Thomas Sturgeon, DOB July 14, 1977 of Pueblo, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of driving under the influence, no insurance, failure to display proof of insurance, fictitious plates and expired to license plates. Bond was $1,000.
• Jakob Willard Lupher, DOB Aug. 30, 1994 of Woodland Park, Colorado was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of identity document and criminal possession of financial device. Bond was $800.
• Roan James Brice, DOB Oct. 16, 2001 of Colorado Springs, was summoned and released on a promise to appear for possession of marijuana by underage person and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Ian Patrick Schauffele, DOB Oct. 17, 2001 of Colorado Springs, was summoned and released on a promise to appear for possession of marijuana by underage person and possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Roxanne Carol Hill, DOB Jan. 29, 1982 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of motor vehicular theft, possession of a forged instrument and criminal impersonation. Bond was $4,000.
• Robert Michael Underhill, DOB Aug. 29, 1986 of Brighton, was arrested on local charges and a warrant for failure to comply with terms and conditions of probation with an original charge of menacing. Local charges of possession of a controlled substance, violation of a protect order and fictitious plates. Bond for all charges were $22,000.
• Samantha Kaye Vinson, DOB Jan. 22, 1990 of Brighton, was arrested on local charges and two warrants for failure to appear with original charges of fictitious plates and theft. Local charges were identity theft, possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a financial device. Bond for all charges was $3,000.
• Edward Arthur Tuma, DOB Oct. 22, 1976 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of driving under restraint, no insurance, fictitious plates and license plate no lighted. Bond was $400.
• Rene Robles Perez, DOB Jan. 24, 1968 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply with terms and conditions of probation with an original charge of criminal impersonation. Bond was $6,000.
• Roberto Ramirez-Ramirez, DOB April 8, 1963 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with an original charge of no insurance. Bond was $400.
• Jonathan Ryan Bethea, DOB Aug. 12, 1991 of Pueblo, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of possession of a controlled substance, vehicular eluding, criminal possession of financial device, criminal possession identity documents, assault, resisting arrest and driving under the influence. Bond was $2,000.
• Gino Mario Lucero, DOB Feb. 16, 1978 of Victor, was arrested on two warrants and local charges. The warrants were for failure to appear and an arrest warrant for two counts of failure to register as a sex offender. The local charges were introducing contraband and possession of a controlled substance. Bond for all charges was $3,000.
• Harley David Shreve, DOB June 24, 1996 of Woodland Park, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear with original charges of failing to report an accident and no insurance. Bond was $700.
• Adrianna Jean Houston, DOB Feb. 4, 1982 of divide, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs or both, driving with excessive blood alcohol content, two counts of child abuse, reckless endangerment, failure to provide evidence of insurance, failure to give information and/or aid after an accident, failure to notify police of accident and careless driving. Bond was $1,000.
• Nicholas Andrew Hasling, DOB Oct. 4, 1992 of Monument, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of driving under restraint, driver’s license — evades interlock, failure to display proof of insurance and careless driving. Bond was $1,000.
• Joshua Nelson Arellano, DOB March 6, 1981 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply with terms of probation with an original charge of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $10,000.
• Maggie Mae McDonald, DOB July 29, 1998 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with an original charge of fugitive out of Texas. Bond was $25,000.
• Shane Luis Hansford, DOB Aug. 3, 1977 of Cripple Creek, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with an original charge of county ordinance violation. Bond was $250.
• Raymond Michael Kassel, DOB Jan. 14, 1997 of Aurora, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear with original charges of two counts of driving under restraint, two counts of fictitious plates and two counts of vehicle registration violations. Bond was $2,000.
• Garrett A Fitzgerald, DOB March 10, 1992 of Woodland Park, was arrested on an arrest warrant for sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust, sexual contact — no consent, indecent exposure and child abuse. This was a no bond arrest.
• Blake Anthony Myers, DOB Nov. 12, 1998 of Victor, was summoned and released on a promise to appear for criminal mischief.
• Olieva Marie Martinez, DOB June 5, 1966 of Florissant, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with unknown original charge. Bond was $843.
• Zachary Alexander Busby, DOB April 3, 2003 of Woodland Park, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence per se, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, open alcohol container in the vehicle and failure to stop at a stop sign. Bond was $3,000.
• Cedric Tyree Walker, DOB Oct. 11, 1991 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on an arrest warrant for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. Bond was $5,000.
• Kenneth Louis Dottson, DOB Aug. 25, 1980 of Cripple Creek, was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply with a court order with original charges of harassment and child abuse. Bond was $1,900.
• Yvette Renee Deppen, DOB Jan. 20, 1991 of Colorado Springs, was arrested on a warrant for harassment. Bond was $500.
• Edward Allen Decock, DOB Nov. 27, 1960 of Florissant, was arrested for domestic violence, intimidation of a witness and violation of a protection order. This was a no bond arrest.
• Ryan Casey Zeleznikar, DOB Jan. 29, 1993 of Peyton, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear with original charges of driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se, driving while ability was impaired, expired temporary license plates and on insurance. Bond was $1,800.
• Anthony Robert Trombley, DOB Oct. 25, 1996 of Woodland Park, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of driving under restraint — alcohol related and no insurance. Bond was $200.
• Stephen Andrew Foote, DOB Nov. 2, 1991 of Monument, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with an original charge of gaming — fraud take money not won. Bond was $800.
• Mikael William Gambrel, DOB May 4, 1982 of Florissant, was arrested on three warrant for failure to appear with charges of two counts of fictitious plates, open container of marijuana in the vehicle and driving without a license. Bond for all warrants was $600.
• Nicole Marie Lowe, DOB Aug. 29, 1992 of Woodland Park, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear with original charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,400.
Michigan State Police released bodycam footage on Sunday of an incident involving Democratic state Rep. Jewell Jones, who was reportedly charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and weapons possession following a collision last week on Interstate 96 in Fowlerville.
The video shows police tackle a combative Jones to the ground after he physically resisted arrest and threatened to call Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Jones can be heard reminding the officers that he had oversight of their budget as they attempt to put handcuffs on him.
“I don’t give a f— bro, when I call Gretchen [Whitemer] I’ll (sic) need y’all (sic) ID’s badge numbers everything,” Jones says in the footage.
“It’s not going to be good for you, I’m telling you. I run y’alls budget, bro,” he told a trooper.
When an officer asked Jones to present his driver’s license, the 26-year-old responded, “I can’t do that.”
Police initially arrested Jones, 26, on April 6, after his black Chevy Tahoe, bearing an “ELECTED” vanity plate, drifted erratically across multiple lanes before he pulled off onto the shoulder and rolled into a ditch, according to reports.
Jones’ blood-alcohol level was allegedly twice the legal limit. Law enforcement also discovered a Glock in the glove compartment of his vehicle, according to Fox 2.
The lawmaker was elected in 2016 and previously served on the Inkster City Council. He is reportedly also a National Guard member and an Inkster, Michigan, auxiliary police officer.
Jones faces multiple charges and a minimum two-year prison sentence.
Ali Hammoud, the attorney representing Jones, said during last week’s hearing that his client is presumed innocent and “will continue to faithfully serve” his constituents, according to the Detroit Free Press.
In February of 2020 Paul Flores was released from custody after his home and vehicles were searched in San Pedro. Sheriff deputies search the home of a suspect Paul Flores in the case of missing student Kristin Smart who vanished from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo nearly 24 years ago. He has since been arrested. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
Fourteen years ago, police in Redondo Beach were called to a hospital where a woman had come after waking up in a stranger’s bed, naked and with no memory of what had happened. She believed she had been raped.
An examination confirmed she’d had sex with a man. Police uploaded his DNA profile to a law enforcement database and, a few years later, it matched to a name: Paul Ruben Flores.
Redondo detectives opened a rape investigation into Flores. Although he was not charged in the case, the DNA hit sounded alarms 200 miles north in San Luis Obispo, where Flores was the prime suspect in the enduring mystery of Kristin Smart’s disappearance and presumed death.
Smart, a 19-year-old freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, had vanished on Memorial Day weekend in 1996. She was last seen walking with Flores, a classmate, but without sufficient evidence tying him to the crime, he remained free.
For the next quarter of a century, Flores was dogged by his ties to the Smart case. He moved to Los Angeles County’s South Bay, but detectives continued to pursue him, tapping his phones, seizing his computers and digging up his parents’ yards in search of Smart’s remains.
When Flores was charged with Smart’s murder this month, prosecutors and police made clear the years that Flores spent in Southern California had bolstered their long-held suspicions that he had killed Smart, and helped them build a case against him.
What appeared on the surface to be a mundane life was in fact one marked by troubling encounters with police. The alleged rape in Redondo Beach, which has not previously been reported, was one of multiple cases in which Flores was suspected of sexually assaulting women. He is also a suspect in two more recent alleged sexual assaults being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities say.
Flores, 44, has not been charged with any sex crimes stemming from his time in Southern California. He has pleaded not guilty to Smart’s murder, which authorities allege he committed while attempting to rape her. Flores’ attorney said in court this week he “denies every allegation.” Flores’ 80-year-old father, who is charged with being an accessory to murder, has also pleaded not guilty. He is accused of helping his son hide Smart’s body, which has never been found.
Neighbors and others who encountered Flores during the 20 years he lived in San Pedro and Lawndale, a small city near Los Angeles International Airport, described him as a solitary man who drank heavily and acted erratically.
A few months after moving into her home in San Pedro, Elena Palleschi was putting up a fence when Flores came over and offered to help. After helping her hoist a few two-by-fours into place, Flores invited her over for a glass of red wine, she said.
She was ready with her answer. Before she had moved in, Palleschi’s landlady had said she believed she had an obligation to tell her that the man who lived in the small green house next door with aging cars parked outside was a suspect in a killing.
“I don’t drink red wine,” Palleschi told Flores.
Palleschi said she came to know Flores as quick-tempered and prone to fits of anger over parking and his dogs. He accused neighbors of blocking his driveway with their cars, and Palleschi said he once banged on her door at night, accusing her of spraying his dogs with a hose as she watered her garden.
Frank Romero, who has lived next to Flores since 2017, said Flores shared few details of his life and never brought up Smart, despite his ties to her case being an open secret among neighbors. Fliers would periodically appear on light poles on Flores’ street that identified him as a person of interest in her disappearance — their source unknown.
Romero recalled that each morning Flores would lift the hood of his cream-colored 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air, fiddle with the engine until it roared to life, and “take off real loud.” He never asked Flores where he was going, although Flores once told the police he worked as a mover for a company in Willowbrook, according to an arrest report.
The only time Flores seemed in any mood to socialize, Romero said, was when he was drunk. He’d come uninvited to Romero’s home, smelling of beer, and hit on Romero’s female friends, he said.
“You could tell when he was drinking,” he said. “He’d get loud, belligerent. Obnoxious.”
His clumsy attempts at flirting left the women uncomfortable, Romero said. “He was pushy. He’d grab their hand, kiss it, keep repeating himself: ‘Oh, you’re so lovely,’” Romero said.
In Lawndale, where Flores lived in a small back house before moving to San Pedro, neighbors recalled similar behavior. Flores was awkward, a heavy drinker who didn’t seem to understand or respect boundaries, said one woman, who asked not to be identified because Flores’ relatives still live at the property.
On a few occasions, he tried to scale a wall between their homes in an attempt to socialize with her family without being asked, she recalled.
Flores frequented bars on Artesia Boulevard about a mile from his home, according to the neighbor, who said she worked as a bartender at one of them. She said she believed Flores kept to bars close to his home because he had lost his license and only walked or rode a bicycle for several years. Police records show Flores has been convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Flores’ drinking led to run-ins with police. His record includes at least five convictions — one of them a felony — for driving drunk in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, as well as a conviction for being drunk in public, according to court records.
And in 1998, two years after Smart disappeared, Flores was arrested by the Huntington Beach police on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to a criminal history report filed in court. He wasn’t prosecuted for lack of evidence, the report says.
In a letter to a judge handling one of his drunk driving cases, a counselor at a court-ordered alcohol program described Flores as an admitted alcoholic whose symptoms include “loss of control over intake” once he starts drinking. Judges have repeatedly ordered Flores to enroll in self-help courses and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as a condition of avoiding jail, according to records filed in a drunk driving case and another in which Flores was convicted of public intoxication.
Flores avoided criminal charges for sexual assault, despite being suspected of assaulting multiple women.
In a probation report inadvertently made public and obtained by the San Luis Obispo Tribune, a deputy district attorney wrote that dozens of women have described “sexual assaults and predatory behavior that document [Flores’] twenty-five years as a serial rapist.”
That report did not provide details of the alleged assaults, but since his move from California’s Central Coast to the Los Angeles area, Flores has been investigated in at least three alleged sexual assaults — the Redondo Beach case and the two in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Police Det. Daniel Aguirre said Flores is a suspect in two attacks being investigated by the LAPD that occurred in the San Pedro area between 2013 and 2017. County prosecutors have not yet decided whether to file charges against Flores, and detectives want to speak with any other potential victims of Flores, Aguirre said.
In the Redondo Beach rape investigation, a police officer’s crime report and a memo written by a county prosecutor that were reviewed by The Times describe the facts of the case and the decision not to bring charges against Flores.
One January night in 2007, the woman met some friends at BAC Street Lounge. She told police later that she remembered drinking two vodka cocktails, a shot and some beer. The last thing she could recall was sitting on a bar stool.
She awoke in a stranger’s bed, naked and wrapped in a blanket. She had no memory of meeting the man beside her or having sex with him, she told police. The man pointed her in the direction of Artesia Boulevard and she walked home, still feeling intoxicated.
In the police report, the officer noted the woman said she had consumed similar amounts of alcohol on other nights and had not become so incapacitated. “She strongly believes that she ingested an unknown substance to cause her to feel the way she did,” the officer wrote.
The medical exam at a hospital confirmed she’d had sex, although it showed “no obvious indication of force or assaultive behavior,” according to the prosecutor’s memo. Her urine had no trace of date rape drugs, the document says.
Four years later, the DNA sample collected from the woman’s body was identified as belonging to Flores, Redondo Beach Police Lt. Fabian Saucedo said. Questioned by the police, Flores said he had no “particular recollection” of the woman or the incident, according to the prosecutor’s memo. “He stated it was possible he had sex with her since he has had sex with many girls,” the document says.
Investigators asked the woman to pick her assailant from a lineup. She wasn’t able to identify Flores as the perpetrator, Saucedo said.
When Redondo Beach police spoke with a bartender at the lounge, she told them she had already been interviewed by police from San Luis Obispo, who “were investigating a 1996 case in which the suspect was the last known person seen with a student from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,” according to the memo.
The bartender told the San Luis Obispo officers that she didn’t know much about Flores, whom she described as a “sometimes customer.” She didn’t remember seeing Flores leave with the woman in the 2007 case, and she couldn’t recall him doing anything suspicious that night, the memo says.
Another customer had confided in the bartender that she’d had a “similar experience” with Flores, but had never reported it to the police and had “no desire to do so now,” the prosecutor wrote.
Los Angeles County prosecutors chose not to charge Flores with rape. “The DNA hit only proves that there was some type of sexual contact,” Deputy Dist. Atty. Christi Frey wrote in the memo, “but not what the nature of that contact was.” While Flores very well may have “taken advantage” of the woman’s drunken state, it couldn’t be proved beyond a doubt that she didn’t go to his apartment and have sex willingly, Frey concluded.
The assault allegations in Southern California could figure into the Smart case. Because Flores is accused of killing Smart during the commission of a rape, prosecutors may be allowed to raise instances of other, uncharged sexual misconduct to show his propensity for sexual assaults.
If Flores’ case goes to trial and San Luis Obispo prosecutors present testimony that Flores has preyed on women in the years after Smart disappeared, as they have said in court papers that they intend to do, it would broaden the scope of the trial significantly.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A mentally ill Iowa woman who struck two children with her Jeep in 2019 because they were Black and Hispanic pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal hate crime charges in the case.
Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 43, of Des Moines, admitted that she targeted the children, a Black 12-year-old boy and a Hispanic 14-year-old girl, because of their race. Poole Franklin believed the boy was of Middle Eastern or African descent, and she believed the girl was “a Mexican,” according to authorities.
“Nicole Poole Franklin attempted to kill two children because she thought they came from another country,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “All people in the United States, regardless where they come from, have the right to be free from fear of violence because of who they are. The Justice Department will continue to protect the civil rights of all individuals and prosecute hate crimes, as we have done in this case.”
The Des Moines Register reported that Poole Franklin said in federal court Wednesday that she believed the 12-year-old boy was Middle Eastern and an Islamic terrorist.
At 3:38 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2019, Poole Franklin spotted the boy and his sibling walking on a sidewalk in a Des Moines apartment complex. She drove her 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee over the curb and onto the sidewalk, striking the 12-year-old. The boy suffered cuts, bruises and swelling to his leg.
Poole Franklin drove away without stopping. Witnesses told police the vehicle that struck the child accelerated prior to hitting him.
That incident was captured on surveillance footage, authorities said.
Around 30 minutes later, Poole Franklin was in nearby Clive, where she saw the Hispanic victim walking near Indian Hills Junior High School. She again intentionally drove up onto the sidewalk and struck the girl, identified at the time as Natalia Miranda.
Miranda, whose name became public when she and her parents spoke to the media, was walking to a basketball game at the school when she was hit. She lay, unconscious in the snow, for several minutes before regaining consciousness and stumbling the remaining few blocks to the school, where she got help.
Miranda suffered a concussion, cuts, bruises and swelling. She spoke to KCCI in Des Moines two days after the crash as she recovered at her family’s home.
“I don’t remember the impact, I just remember the car coming towards me,” the teen said.
Poole Franklin later told detectives she’d smoked meth a few hours before the attacks.
She was arrested about an hour after the attack on Miranda. According to police, Poole Franklin went to a West Des Moines Conoco gas station, where she was accused of berating the clerk, taking and eating items she had not paid for and throwing objects at the clerk, who co-owns the store with his brother.
A witness, Kevin Reed, told the Register in 2019 that he was in the store when he saw Poole Franklin throwing bags of potato chips, referring to people by racial and ethnic slurs and destroying merchandise.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-1&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfX0%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1384993283068338184&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wsoctv.com%2Fnews%2Ftrending%2Fwoman-who-hit-hispanic-black-children-with-jeep-pleads-guilty-hate-crimes-attempted-murder%2F347VNDGGHFH3NJHDTBEGGIXFVQ%2F&sessionId=94b4e5660139306f80a8ca733b0bc59389825d87&siteScreenName=wsoctv&theme=light&widgetsVersion=82e1070%3A1619632193066&width=550px
She was charged with assault, operating under the influence, theft and public intoxication in that incident, the Register reported. It was not immediately clear Monday if those charges are still pending or if they were to be dropped as part of her plea agreement.
Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said last week that the organization was pleased with Poole Franklin’s guilty pleas.
“We welcome this guilty plea as the culmination of a law enforcement effort to hold the perpetrator accountable,” Hooper said in a statement obtained by the Register. “It is our hope that the court will impose a sentence that reflects the severity of the crime, as well as the victims’ wishes.”
Betty Andrews, head of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP, said Iowa and the U.S. have a “long way to go to reach a space where every human is valued equally.”
“We continue to be concerned about the cultural trauma (Poole Franklin’s) victims have experienced, and how this can be addressed in times where people of color continue to be targeted for their skin,” Andrews said.
Poole Franklin, who is scheduled for sentencing May 28 on the state charges, faces up to 25 years in prison on each attempted murder charge.
The federal hate crime charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each charge. According to Poole Franklin’s plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending she serve 27 years in prison, to run at the same time as her sentence on the state charges.
Her sentence is at the sole discretion of the judge, however. Her federal sentencing hearing is set for Aug. 19.
Poole Franklin, who has an extensive criminal history, as well as a long history of mental illness, had been declared incompetent to stand trial in February 2020. The judge reversed her decision three months later after a doctor reevaluated her, the Register reported last year.
She told the court Wednesday that she suffers from schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Miranda and her family were in federal court Wednesday as Poole Franklin admitted to the crimes. The girl’s father, Cesar Miranda, told CNN that the family had sympathy for Poole Franklin, despite the trauma she’d inflicted upon them, because “it’s just a person that has a lot of problems.”
Cesar Miranda told the network he’d always felt blessed to live in the U.S. but that the incident with his daughter make him lose “the hope and the feeling of being free in this country.”
“It’s just hard to believe that someone can have the heart to do that to somebody, to hurt someone just because they believe you’re Mexican, believe you are Latino, or your skin color and just think you don’t deserve to be here,” he said.
Watching the court proceedings brought a little of that hope back.
A resident said April 18 that a neighbor was having pool work done and that one of the workers had exposed himself and urinated on the property.
Officers spoke to the North Royalton man, 23, who said it was an emergency and that he had tried to conceal himself as much as he could. He was warned about such behavior.https://buy.tinypass.com/checkout/template/cacheableShow?aid=FJRWf1RWpu&templateId=OT8JELT63XNJ&templateVariantId=OTV6NDG85EHOR&offerId=fakeOfferId&experienceId=EX5EK184ZXBV&iframeId=offer_6e01e79883fd428015fa-0&displayMode=inline&widget=template
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Officers responded April 13 to the parking lot near the stadium at Mayfield High School on a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman.
They learned that the woman, 37, was drunk and arguing with her boyfriend, who said he was trying to stop her from driving with her children. She was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct-public intoxication.
Civil matter: Beta Drive
A woman reported April 15 that a clerk at the Hilton Garden Inn was harassing her about moving her vehicle. Officers learned that the Highland Heights woman, 60, felt she could take up two parking spaces with her vehicle because she had paid for two rooms.
She said she did not want to move her vehicle because it contained several items. The staff decided it did not want her at the hotel. Officers advised her that she had to pack her belongings and leave, and if she returned, she would be charged with trespassing.https://dca9b52f46d64f2050ce7ae6f5667817.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Disturbance: North Commons Boulevard
Officers checked on a possible fight in a vehicle in a parking lot April 15. A man, 18, was found to be upset and kicking his own vehicle. He was with two girls, who were subsequently released to their parents. The man was sent on his way after it was confirmed that the trio had only been arguing.
Civil matter: Wilson Mills Road
A woman said April 16 that the property manager for her home was possibly entering it without her permission. Officers advised her to tell her landlord to contact her when work is going to be done at the home.
Disturbance: Wilson Mills Road
Around 1 a.m. April 18, a resident reported two unknown male suspects in parked vehicle in a neighbor’s driveway. She said the house was dark and she did not know if the homeowner was home.
Officers did not locate the parked vehicle and could not contact the homeowner. Special attention was given.
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A South Euclid man, 31, was arrested for OVI after he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle at the Highland Road intersection around 3:30 a.m. April 18.
Fraud: Hanover Road
A 67-year-old resident reported April 18 that he was the victim of an AT&T scam and had purchased $500 worth of eBay gift cards. He had received a phone call from someone claiming he could lower his rates, but needed to purchase the gift cards upfront.
The value of the cards was depleted almost immediately after he provided the redemption codes. He became suspicious when he was asked to buy more cards.
Impaired driving: Eastgate Drive
At 7:53 p.m. April 19, a resident reported that a vehicle had struck trash cans in the area. Responding officers located the vehicle driving on the side of SOM Center Road in the curb lane.