Daily Archives: March 30, 2010
Daniel Cowart, 21, of Bells, Tennessee, said he had plotted with Paul Schlesselman of West Helena, Arkansas to carry out a racially motivated plot to murder dozens of people. He said he had planned to culminate the attacks by assassinating Obama, then a U.S. senator and presidential candidate.
“Despite great civil rights progress, this unthinkable conspiracy serves as a reminder that hate-fueled violence remains all too common in our country,” said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s Civil Rights division.
Under terms of a plea agreement, Cowart faces between 10 and 75 years in prison.
Schlesselman pleaded guilty in January to three counts and faces 10 years in prison under a plea agreement.
A Vidalia teenager was killed early Monday in a one-vehicle wreck in Concordia Parish.
Jimmy Williams Jr., 18, Vidalia died in the accident. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office.
State Police said Vidalia resident Cody Mcentyre, 17, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt west on Moose Lodge Road about 12:20 a.m. Monday when he lost control while entering a slight curve. The car began to spin and traveled 160 feet before running off the road to the right. The car traveled about 65 feet off the road, turned on its left side and hit a utility pole.
Mcentyre suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to Natchez (Miss.) Regional Hospital for treatment.
Passenger Jenny Jo Williams, 17, of Vidalia, who is Jimmy Williams’ sister, was taken to Natchez Regional Hospital with moderate injuries.
None of the occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, troopers said. Charges are pending against Mcentyre.
What a shame. Its always a tragedy when someone so young dies in asenseless manner. Family and friends are having a carwash which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the 76 gas station at 1200 S. Glendora Ave., near Glendora and Merced avenues, to raise money for Anthony’s funeral. I am going to stop by on my way to work to help out. JD
When sophomore Britney Rodriguez, a star softball player at South Hills High School, was struggling in the field, her brother would pull her aside and offer some advice.
And when Rodriguez did well, 18-year-old Anthony Ha was the first to cheer for his half-sister, who has already verbally committed to play at UCLA.
Ha rarely missed her practices or games.
“Anthony couldn’t wait to go watch her,” said their mother, Mary Rodriguez. “He was so proud of her.”
Ha died Thursday in a car crash on the 10 Freeway that family members have called a “freak accident.”
Since he graduated in June from Fairvalley High School in Covina, he worked with his stepfather at a Chino-based vending machine company, Mary Rodriguez said.
He was biding his time, waiting for an open spot at the Mt. San Antonio College fire academy, she said.
“He was 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Solid muscle,” Mary Rodriguez said. “He wanted to use his size to help people.”
He was also considering the U.S. Coast Guard, she said.
Family and friends remember Anthony as a bubbly and generous person who loved fishing.
Anthony tucked his mother into bed every night and called her from work every morning to ask how she slept.
He was the type of person who would offer a chair to a standing person or cheered you up if you cried, said friend Emily Orozco, 16, of West Covina.
“He was just a good person,” she said
The day of the crash, Ha and his stepfather were heading home from work around 2:30p.m., Mary Rodriguez said.
Authorities said the van driven by stepfather, Jacinto Rodriguez, drifted to the right and struck a tractor-trailer parked on the shoulder of the 10 Freeway in West Covina, killing Ha. The stepfather escaped with minor injuries.
Based on a preliminary investigation, the stepfather may have fallen asleep at the wheel, California Highway Patrol Officer Edmund Zorrilla said.
No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed, Zorrilla said.
Though the crash remains under investigation, Mary Rodriguez said her husband told her he dozed off “a little bit” as he was driving.
“But he’s not sure what happened,” she said. “I know (Anthony) was meant to be an angel. He was the perfect son.”
The reality of Anthony’s death hasn’t hit his three other sisters, 13-year old Chyanne, 9-year old Destiny and 7-year old Enjolina, Mary Rodriguez said.
Britney said she is still struggling to comes to grips with the death.
“I’m still waiting for him to come through the door and say something stupid,” Britney said.
Funeral services are pending. A carwash is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the 76 gas station at 1200 S. Glendora Ave., near Glendora and Merced avenues, to raise money for Anthony’s funeral, family said.
I grew up about a block from The Wheel. Its a really small bar in Baja Glendora that has been there for more than 50 years. As a boy, I used to sit across the street from the bar with my bottle of pop and Milky Way bar watching the drunks stumble out to their cars and drive off.
If I were the cops, I would look no farther than those shitbox apartments right down Vecino road, which have been inhabited by low lives and scum bags since I was a kid. JD
Three robbers stole cash from a Glendora bar early Monday morning, police said.
A bartender at The Wheel, 921 W. Arrow Highway, was leaving for the night at 3 a.m. when three men held him at gunpoint, Glendora police
Lt. Tim Staab said.
The men, who wore masks and hooded sweatshirts, unplugged the bar’s video surveillance cameras during the robbery, Staab said.
The men also broke the bar’s pay phone, broke into video game machines and took the bar phone, Staab said.
Police suspect the men knew the bartender’s routine and were familiar with the establishment, Staab said.