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Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 1:51 PM
A Springfield man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a brutal attack on a pregnant woman that included him pouring hot grease on her back.
Steven P. B. Wilson was convicted of felonious assault and domestic abuse. He is accused of beating a woman who was two weeks away from having their baby.
“This victim was, in my opinion, beat both physically and emotionally,” Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Hoying said. “She had puncture wounds on her shins. She stated that he used a metal fence post similar to what you would use for a stop sign to do that and she had bruises all over her body. She had a broken nose, a broken toe and she had burn marks on her back and on her right arm.”
The assault occurred in the 700 block of Sherman Ave. in Springfield between Jan. 27 and Jan. 31, according to court documents.
Wilson forced the woman in a bathtub where he made her choose whether to fight him for her life or suffer scolding hot grease on her back, Hoyin said.
“At that point, she was concerned for the safety of her child,” Hoying said. “She did take that grease and he burned her back pretty severely.”
The motive behind the attack was a fear that she was cheating on him, Hoying said.
“He ended up beating her over the course of the weekend and held her after that attack. He allowed her to go the hospital because she was in labor with their child,” Hoying said.
When the two got to the hospital she told police and medical staff that she had been in a car accident, Hoying said, but later disclosed she had been attacked.
However, Hoying said after some phone calls made to the victim by Wilson, her story changed again. The victim testified during the trial that the beating did not happen, Hoying said. However, her injuries and previous statements indicated that the attack did happen, she said.
“The story just didn’t match,” Hoying said.
The beating is one of the worst she had ever seen, she said.
“The amount of control this man had over the weekend … he has major control,” Hoying said.
Wilson spoke during his sentencing and maintained his innocence. He pointed to the woman’s testimony as proof he was innocent.
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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM
Bada Bing Pizzeria in Springfield will close on Sunday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page.
The post reads in part, “Thank you all for your support over the last few years. We have been blessed beyond measure. What’s next? Stay tuned.”
The restaurant is located at 40 N. Fountain Ave.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:31 PM
AGUA DULCE, Calif. — A tip called in to Los Angeles County authorities led investigators to seize a total of 553 guns from a convicted felon last week, officials said.
Manuel Fernandez, 60, of Agua Dulce, was arrested Thursday on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, being a felon in possession of ammunition and possession of large-capacity magazines, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials. He was released on bond the following day.
Sheriff’s Department officials said in a news release Monday that deputies at the department’s Palmdale station received a tip about a felon in possession of a “large arsenal of firearms.” Detectives, along with agents from the California Department of Justice, obtained a search warrant for Fernandez’s home in Agua Dulce.
Agua Dulce is located about 20 miles northeast of Santa Clarita, near Angeles National Forest.
Investigators found a total of 432 guns during the execution of the first search warrant at Fernandez’s home, the news release said. That search led them to a second home in Agua Dulce connected to Fernandez.
A total of 30 guns were found at that home, which belongs to a woman described by authorities as a female associate of Fernandez’s. The woman, who was not home Monday and has not returned since the search, is expected to face charges.
A second warrant served at Fernandez’s home led investigators to find another 91 weapons hidden in the house, the news release said.
“Detectives also seized computers, cellphones and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the news release said.
A photo released by the Sheriff’s Department shows rifles and other weapons piled into the bed of a Ford F-150 pickup truck. Other pictures show the massive cache of weapons laid out on a patio at the station.
The number of weapons seized was so large that investigators brought in agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist in tracing the purchase history of the guns, authorities said.
“This case is a testament to the community’s involvement in reducing crime and taking guns out of the hands of criminals,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a statement.
McDonnell said the response by his personnel, as well as state and federal officials, shows the positive result of the Sheriff’s Department’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:12 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
— UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19
Oral arguments in Brock Turner’s appeal of his sexual assault conviction will be held next month, according to court documents.
The Oakwood High School graduate and registered sexual offender’s appeal will be heard July 24 in San Jose, California.
UPDATE @ 10 a.m., Monday, May 21
Brock Turner’s attorney has asked the court to reschedule oral arguments in his appeal case, according to a court docket. A new date has not yet been scheduled.
Oral arguments in Brock Turner’s appeal of his sexual assault conviction are scheduled for next month, according to a California appellate court spokesman.
The Oakwood High School graduate and registered sexual offender’s appeal will be heard by a panel of three justices from California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal. Turner’s counsel and the state’s attorney will present arguments and answer questions during the June 28 hearing in San Jose, California.
The justices will then deliberate and later issue an opinion, said Cathal Conneely, the court’s spokesman.
The scheduling comes as Turner’s legal team drops several claims that would have allowed a re-trial or a re-sentencing on one or more counts, according to a court document filed by Turner’s attorney, Eric Multhaup.
The decision to withdraw a handful of the claims, Multhaup wrote, “was reached in large part out of consideration for appellant’s (Turner’s) family and out of consideration for Jane Doe and her family.”
Doe is the unidentified victim in the 2015 sexual assault at Stanford University. The 2016 case — and Turner’s sentence — sparked a nationwide controversy and wide-ranging discussions about sexual assaults on college campuses.
A jury found Turner guilty on three felony counts: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person. Turner was sentenced by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky to six months in jail, but served three months of the sentence.
Turner returned to Ohio and lives in Greene County, where he is a Level III sex offender — Ohio’s most-strict classification.
In a court filing earlier this year, the state’s attorney argued there was “substantial evidence from which a rational jury could find appellant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of all three charges.”
Turner’s attorney declined comment. Doe’s family friend, Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, also declined comment.
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police are investigating after a 79-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday evening.
The incident was reported around 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Gerald Drive. The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital.
According to his neighbors, he was alert and talking to medics following the incident, and he said he was stabbed by a relative.
Everyone knows the victim, neighbors said. They described him as a nice man who is quick to help out his neighbors.
According to initial reports, the victim suffered wounds to the chest and leg.
Springfield police Lt. Jeff Williams said detectives were at the scene and that no further information would be released until Wednesday.
The incident remains under investigation and no one is in custody, Williams said.