Five Probationers Arrested this Week in CA City:
Murrieta, Calif., police arrested five probationers this week in two separate traffic stops, Trevor Montgomery of My Valley News reports. On Monday
, Sean Williams McConnell, 25, Ivan Escareno, 36, and another person were arrested and a search of the vehicle they were in yielded heroin, methamphetamine and narcotics-related paraphernalia. as well as 39 pairs of new, designer glasses and sunglasses with the sales tags still attached that officers believed were stolen. McConnell was found to be on formal probation for robbery and Escareno was out on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) under AB 109 for possession of stolen property. Both had extensive criminal histories. Murrieta officers made three more arrests around midnight on Wednesday
. All arrestees were on probation with lengthy criminal histories, and found in possession of heroin, concentrated cannabis, narcotics paraphernalia and pepper spray. Janice May Riepl, 37, was on formal probation for burglary; Mike Jason Reider, 42, was on formal probation for robbery; and Glen Shawn Ramirez, 25, was on PRCS for burglary. "(These arrests) demonstrate the impact of [AB 109] on the citizens of Murrieta," said Murrieta Police Lieutenant Tony Conrad.SC Church Shooter Waives Right to Jury Trial:
The man charged with gunning down nine people at a Charleston church nearly a year ago has waived his right to a jury trial, which would leave his future up to a judge. Melanie Eversley of USA Today reports
that lawyers for Dylann Roof, 22, filed a notice in U.S. District Court Thursday indicating Roof's intent, and also said that they have been informed by a lawyer for the federal government that "the government will not consent to waive a jury at either stage of this case." Roof shot the nine black parishioners during a Bible study at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last June. Officials say the victims were targeted because they were black. Roof's trial is set to begin Nov. 7. He faces the death penalty.NC Man's Death Penalty Trial Scheduled:
The death penalty trial of a Winston-Salem, N.C., man accused of fatally shooting a woman during a robbery nearly three years ago is set to begin the three months. Michael Hewlett of the Winston-Salem Journal reports
that Anthony Vinh Nguyen, 24, is facing charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary and robbery in the 2013 death of Sheila Pace Gooden, 43, and could face the death penalty if convicted. Nguyen and two other men -- Daniel Aaron Benson, 25, and Steven George Assimos, 24 -- broke into Gooden's house in October 2013, held her against her will and stole a flat-screen television valued at $200. All three men are charged with the same crimes, but Nguyen is the only one facing a death sentence because he shot Gooden in the head, killing her. His trial, which is set to begin the week of Sept. 6, will last at least six weeks.