Father Charged With 4-Year-Old Daughter’s Death

The father of a 4-year-old girl was charged today with her death over the weekend in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Charles Richard Lee (dob 4/15/95) was charged in case BA473340 with one count of assault on a child causing death. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Deputy District Attorney Colby Cano of the Complex Child Abuse Section, Family Violence Division, is prosecuting the case.

Prosecutors said the victim was dropped off at her father’s home in the 1500 block of East 42nd Street several weeks ago. Over the course of that time, Lee allegedly physically abused her.

On Dec. 2, paramedics responded to the home where they found the girl unresponsive and took her to a nearby hospital.

If convicted as charged, Lee faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Woman Sentenced for Killing 6 in 2014 Fatal Car Crash on 60 Freeway

A 26-year-old Fontana woman was sentenced today to 30 years to life for killing six people in a wrong-way car crash on the 60 Freeway four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath (dob 11/3/92) pleaded no contest in May to six counts of second-degree murder in an open plea to the court. The open plea means a sentence was not negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.

Deputy District Attorneys Elizabeth Padilla and Casey Higgins of the DUI Training and Prosecution Section co-prosecuted the case.

On Feb. 9, 2014, Culbreath drove her car against traffic on the 57 and 60 freeways in the city of Diamond Bar, prosecutors said.

The defendant was driving northbound on the southbound lanes of the 57 freeway and then traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes of the 60 freeway when she collided head-on with another vehicle, prosecutors said.

All four occupants were killed. Two passengers in Culbreath’s car, including her sister, also died in the collision, prosecutors added.

According to evidence presented at the preliminary hearing, Culbreath had previously been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in a collision. She was warned by the court about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and also was admonished that such future conduct could result in murder charges.

In addition, evidence was presented that Culbreath had a .15 percent blood alcohol content approximately three hours after the fatal crash.

Case KA104665 was investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

Man Convicted of Capital Murder in Pomona Shootings

A 36-year-old man was convicted today of killing an 8-year-old boy inside a Pomona home last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jurors deliberated less than two hours before finding Sengchan Houl (dob 12/14/81) guilty of one count of first-degree murder, two counts each of shooting at an occupied dwelling and negligent discharge of a firearm and one count of shooting from a motor vehicle.

The panel also found true a special circumstance allegation that the murder was perpetrated by means of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 29 when he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Deputy District Attorney Lance Hansen prosecuted the case.

On Feb. 20, 2017, Houl was in a vehicle when he shot at a home in 1100 block of West 11th Street in Pomona.

During the shooting, victim Jonah Hwang, 8, was struck by the gunfire, the prosecutor said. The child later died from his injuries.

Houl also shot at the same home on one occasion before the murder and then again twice after the murder.

Case KA114915 was investigated by the Pomona Police Department.

Man Charged with Killing 77-Year-Old Woman in Hit-and-Run

A man has been charged with fatally hitting a 77-year-old woman with his vehicle and then fleeing last month in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Brandon Rosendo Mazariego (dob 4/2/93) of South Los Angeles was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person in case BA472974. The charge includes allegations of a prior felony conviction.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case was filed on Nov. 19.

On Nov. 13, Mazariego was allegedly driving an SUV on Budlong Avenue and turned onto West 28th Street, where he is accused of striking Maria Asuncion Reynoso with his vehicle, said Deputy District Attorney Jane Brownstone. He allegedly made no effort to stop and continued driving, the prosecutor said.

The victim, who lived a few blocks away, died of her injuries. Mazariego was arrested two days later.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years in state prison if convicted as charged. The prosecutor is recommending that bail be set at $125,000.

Mazariego was convicted in October 2016 of one felony count of first-degree burglary, person present, according to the criminal complaint.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, South Traffic Division.

Fresno County Sheriff’s SAR Team Has Been Called Back to Help Search for Remains of Missing Residents

This weekend, the Fresno County Sheriff’s SAR team has been called back to the #CampFire in ButteCo. They are helping search for remains of missing residents in . Recent rain has created muddy conditions, making search efforts more difficult.


FSO Detectives Investigating Inmate Death

Members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit and Fresno County District Attorney’s Office are conducting an investigation into the death of an inmate at the Fresno County Jail.

Around 3:15 am on Wednesday, November 14th, Fresno County Sheriff’s correctional officers were distributing meals to inmates in a pod of the North Annex Jail when they noticed one inmate lying on his bed, unresponsive. Officers began to give CPR to the man, 26 year old Daniel Weaver. Medical staff responded and also provided aid while an ambulance was dispatched to respond to the jail. EMS personnel arrived and transported Weaver to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Fresno Police officers booked Weaver into the Fresno County Jail on October 21, 2018. The Fresno man was in custody for warrants related to misdemeanor charges of drug possession and violating a domestic violence protective order.

This remains an ongoing investigation. An autopsy has been scheduled and a cause of death should be known following the results of toxicology tests.

Identification Made on Man Found Deceased Inside Vacant Fresno Home

A man found deceased inside a vacant home has been identified as 34 year old Ka Vang Her of Fresno. An autopsy has been performed and a cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests.

Shortly after 4:00 pm on October 21st, a man looking for scrap metal reported finding a dead body. Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area, which was a vacant home on the 2600 block of S. Willow Ave. in Fresno. Deputies found a man, later identified as Ka Her, with a wound to his head. His death was determined to be questionable and homicide detectives were called to the scene to begin an investigation. Detectives have conducted some interviews, but have not identified anyone as being responsible for Her’s death.