Friday, September 13 2013 8:04 PM EDT2013-09-14 00:04:38 GMT
SANTA MARIA - 28 year old Carmen Cardenas has pleaded no contest to accessory to murder after the fact, along with a gang enhancement, and sentenced to prison in the alleged kidnapping, torture and killingMore >>
Carmen Cardenas pleads no contest to accessory to murder after the fact, gets more than three years in state prison.More >>
Thursday, August 29 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-08-29 23:22:20 GMT
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY - The Santa Barbara County Juvenile Court off of Foster Road near Santa Maria is one of the largest courtrooms in the county. Because it handles juvenile criminal and civil cases,More >>
Administrators determined Juvenile Court is sufficient to provide desks and seating for all eleven defendants and their attorneys.More >>
Friday, July 26 2013 7:59 PM EDT2013-07-26 23:59:00 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Security, public access and cost are the main considerations in finding a larger venue for the Anthony Ibarra murder case involving 11 defendants. Central Coast News has learned the firstMore >>
Modifying Santa Maria courtroom or moving to larger, County Juvenile Court deemed two best options.More >>
Wednesday, July 17 2013 8:15 PM EDT2013-07-18 00:15:03 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Eleven defendants charged in the alleged, kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra earlier this year are due in Santa Maria court Thursday morning. Lead prosecuting deputy DistrictMore >>
Eleven defendants in Anthony Ibarra murder case due in Santa Maria court Thursday morning.More >>
Thursday, July 11 2013 8:09 PM EDT2013-07-12 00:09:15 GMT
SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria home at the heart of the Ibarra case remains unoccupied, the windows boarded up and weeds growing nearly as tall as the roof. Its been several months since Santa Maria PoliceMore >>
Eleven suspects indicted on murder and accessory charges.More >>
Friday, June 7 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-07 23:25:59 GMT
SANTA MARIA - 54 year old Pedro Torres was so badly beaten in his Santa Barbara County Jail cell last Monday that the County Sheriff's Department, which runs the jail, said Torres could not attend hisMore >>
Pedro Torres was hospitalized after being beaten in his jail cell last Monday. More >>
Thursday, June 6 2013 8:16 PM EDT2013-06-07 00:16:13 GMT
SANTA MARIA - They walked into Santa Maria Court dressed in their own personal clothing and not Santa Barbara County Jail jumpsuits, a key condition for allowing news cameras in court for the first time. SomeMore >>
Sheriff's Department says one of the eleven defendants was beaten in his jail cell on Monday and unable to attend court hearing.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-06-05 16:03:38 GMT
SANTA MARIA – There are eleven defendants charged in the alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra in a Santa Maria back in March. With eleven attorneys at their side, all eleven defendantsMore >>
Arraignments for eleven defendants in gang-related homicide case on Thursday.
Monday, June 3 2013 7:40 PM EDT2013-06-03 23:40:16 GMT
SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Court had never seen anything like the child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson nearly a decade ago. By contrast, the arraignment later this week of 11 defendantsMore >>
The arraignment of 11 defendants in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra will be a challenge for court administration.More >>
SANTA MARIA - They walked into Santa Maria Court dressed in their own personal clothing and not Santa Barbara County Jail jumpsuits, a key condition for allowing news cameras in court for the first time.
Some of the defendants smiled at times as they stood or sat next to their attorneys.
14 year old Ramon Maldonado Jr., who's charged as an adult in the case, stood alone across the courtroom from the other defendants.
Missing in court among the eleven defendants in the Ibarra Homicide case was 54 year old Pedro Torres.
The County Sheriff's Department says Torres was beaten in his jail cell earlier this week and was unable to appear in court due to his injuries.
Torres is charged with the less serious accessory to murder charge in the Ibarra homicide, the Sheriff's Department says no suspects have been named in his jail cell beating.
"I don't have any of that information yet", says Santa Barbara County Assistant District Attorney Ann Bramsen who is prosecuting the Ibarra case, "that's still under investigation by the Sheriff's Department and hopefully we'll know more about that soon."
One of the 11 defense attorneys tried but failed to subpoena documents and records that case investigators have collected since the defendants were arrested and taken into custody.
"The judge found it was overly broad and quashed the subpoena and directed Mr. Allen to go through the District Attorney's office first", Bramsen added.
Seven of the eleven defendants face the possibility of life in prison without parole after being indicted in the alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of Anthony Ibarra in Santa Maria in March, his body found in a U-Haul truck parked in Orcutt.
The defendants have not yet formally entered pleas to the charges against them and their arraignments were continued to July 18.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:41 PM EST2013-12-04 23:41:29 GMT
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. -- Salvation Army volunteers say for the first time in years, they've been kicked off the property of two valuable fundraising locations in San Luis Obispo County. TheMore >>
Salvation Army volunteers say for the first time in years, they've been kicked off the property of two valuable fundraising locations in San Luis Obispo County.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 3:51 PM EST2013-12-04 20:51:00 GMT
Dear Jon - It's getting cold out there, so what happens to the central coast's number one cash crop in freezing weather? Our Chief Meteorologist Norm Hoffman is reporting freeze warnings for this weekMore >>
Dear Jon - It's getting cold out there, so what happens to the central coast's number one cash crop in freezing weather? Our Chief Meteorologist Norm Hoffman is reporting freeze warnings for this week from the National Weather Service. Rosie asked me, "Dear Jon, does the freezing weather hurt the strawberry production on the central coast?"More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 2:51 PM EST2013-12-04 19:51:20 GMT
Dear Jon - You may have attempted to recycle non-CRV containers with your regular CRV containers recently and were turned away. There's a reason for that. Karen emailed me and asked, "Dear Jon, did GovernorMore >>
Dear Jon - You may have attempted to recycle non-CRV containers with your regular CRV containers recently and were turned away. There's a reason for that. Karen emailed me and asked, "Dear Jon, did Governor Brown sign a new law that limits what I can get paid for when I recycle?" Yes, he did.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:43 AM EST2013-12-04 15:43:10 GMT
PISMO BEACH, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's department is conducting multiple narcotics investigations in Pismo Beach as part of an ongoing investigation. Central Coast News received callsMore >>
PISMO BEACH, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's department is conducting multiple narcotics investigations in Pismo Beach as part of an ongoing investigation.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 1:51 AM EST2013-12-04 06:51:05 GMT
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The search is on to find two jewelry thieves in Santa Barbara.Police say the suspects stole more than $40,000 dollars worth of jewelry from a business in the Downtown area on SaturdayMore >>
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The search is on to find two jewelry thieves in Santa Barbara.More >>