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Santa Barbara

Suspect in fatal beach stabbing gets high-powered defense

SANTA BARBARA — With an arraignment appearance on first-degree homicide charges scheduled in Santa Barbara Superior Court today, Adrian Robles finds himself in the middle of some apparent judicial confusion

Fresno Madera

Mother with mental health issues confesses to stabbing son, but pleads not guilty in court

FRESNO — A local mother pleaded not guilty to felony charges of attempted murder and corporal injury to a child in Fresno Superior Court Monday morning.


Evading suspect snuffed by K9

WOODLAND — A Merced man faces criminal charges and a few days of pain after allegedly leading Woodland police on a high-speed vehicle pursuit that ended Saturday with his apprehension by a

Santa Barbara

Distraught over estrangement, man believed to have stabbed ex

SANTA BARBARA — An eight-hour saga of love gone awry Thursday began weeks ago when the girlfriend of Jose Miguel Ortega, 28, removed herself and their child from his residence


Valley gang sweep results in 45 arrests

SELMA — Police agencies from around the Valley concluded a four-month gang investigation last week when they arrested 45 adults and one juvenile through the use of search warrants and


Babysitter pleads not guilty to homicide charge

FRESNO — More than a year after an infant girl died of blunt force trauma to the head, her former babysitter told a Fresno superior court judge she wasn’t guilty

Santa Barbara

Repeat flasher busted on courthouse steps

SANTA MARIA — Alvaro Barajas-Chavez is having problems with self-control. The 25-year-old made a Santa Barbara Superior Court appearance in Santa Maria where he submitted a not-guilty plea to charges

Santa Barbara

Bogus 20s lead authorities to counterfeiting kids

ISLA VISTA — A late April shopping trip throughout the University of California, Santa Barbara community of Isla Vista, in which bogus $20 currency was used to make incidental purchases,


Five suspects escape after botching home invasion

FRESNO — Sheriff’s investigators are searching for five armed men following a home invasion in west Fresno early Wednesday morning. The crime occurred around 6:30 a.m. on the 1200 Block


Violent sex offender gets 40 years to life for attack on 66-year-old woman

SANTA ANA — The attempted rape of a 66-year-old Huntington Beach woman resulted this week in a 40-years-to-life sentence for Tracy William Barton, 54, of Costa Mesa, according to the