Woman 8 months pregnant dies in Anaheim crash; baby survives

A pedestrian who was more than eight months pregnant was killed in a crash in Anaheim on Tuesday night, Aug. 11 and another woman was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The victim was walking on the sidewalk with her husband at about 7:36 p.m. when a Jeep jumped the curb on Katella Avenue, drove along the sidewalk for about 300 feet and struck her, police said. The jeep then crossed Bayless Street and crashed in front of a car wash.


A man in distress kneels and is comforted by bystanders following a crash on Katella Avenue near Bayless Street in Anaheim that left a pregnant 23-year-old Anaheim resident dead Tuesday, Aug. 11. The driver of the SUV involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. (Image taken from footage by Brentt Sporn, OnScene TV)

The woman’s husband attempted to perform CPR before she was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, where she died, Anaheim Police Sgt. Shane Carringer said.

The 23-year-old Anaheim resident was in her eighth month of pregnancy, he said. The baby was hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit as of 10:45 p.m. The mother’s identity was not immediately released.

David Orozco told a videographer at the scene he was in the area when he heard a loud boom and saw an SUV speeding past. He rushed to the scene of the collision and saw a woman lying on the ground with injuries to her head.

“It looked like she wasn’t breathing anymore,” Orozco said. “The husband was checking the pulse, and when he did check, he screamed.”

The 40-year-old woman behind the wheel of the SUV suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized, Carringer said. Investigators believe she may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. She was arrested and her booking was pending her release from medical treatment.


Police investigate at the scene of a crash on Katella Avenue near Bayless Street in Anaheim that left a pregnant 23-year-old woman dead Tuesday, Aug. 11. The driver of the SUV involved in the collision was arrested on suspicion of DUI. (Image taken from footage by Brentt Sporn, OnScene TV)

 

This is now a fatal traffic collision. An adult female pedestrian was killed in the collision.

— Anaheim PD (@AnaheimPD) August 12, 2020

OnScene.TV videographer Brentt Sporn contributed to this report.

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Driver suspected of ramming police vehicle surrenders after pursuit on O.C. freeways

SANTA ANA — A high-speed pursuit of a suspected drunken driver in a full-size pickup truck that traveled along at least two Orange County freeways ended Tuesday night with the driver surrendering to authorities in Santa Ana.

Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call in a parking lot in the 5700 block of La Palma Avenue, just east of Imperial Highway, about 9:20 p.m., and the driver rammed into at least one of the officers’ vehicles, then fled, prompting the pursuit, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The suspect drove at speeds mostly in the 80s and briefly topped 100 mph while traveling on the southbound Orange (57) Freeway and eastbound and the westbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway.

The driver exited the eastbound Garden Grove Freeway at Grand Avenue about 10:20 p.m. and pulled into a gated apartment complex, stopped the vehicle, stepped out and surrendered to officers. He was quickly taken into custody.

The suspect’s name was not immediately disclosed.

No injuries were reported.

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DUI suspected in fatal Garden Grove crash

A woman was fatally injured Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash that Garden Grove police investigators said involved an impaired driver.

Police in a news release said it happened at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Euclid Street, where a white 2017 Honda hit a vehicle that was stopped for a red light. The collision caused the second vehicle to collide into a third vehicle.

A 59-year-old woman driving the vehicle initially hit by the Honda was found by emergency responders to be unconscious and not breathing. She was taken to UCI Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

The Honda driver, described as a man, 27, was also hospitalized for injuries sustained in the crash. He was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and released to the care of a hospital because of his injuries.

Authorities did not immediately identify the suspected DUI driver or the woman who died.

No one in the third involved vehicle required medical attention.

Anyone who witnessed the crash was asked to contact Garden Grove Police Department traffic investigator Officer Paul Ashby at (714) 741-5823.

 

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Man charged with manslaughter in double-fatal O.C. crash dies of overdose

WESTMINSTER — A man who was charged in a drunken driving crash that killed a mother and her 9-year-old daughter on New Year’s Day last year in Garden Grove died late last year of a drug overdose, court records obtained Tuesday show.


Multiple vehicles were involved in a crash on the 22 Freeway in Garden Grove on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. (Photo by Southern Counties News)

Melvin Cleveland Branch, who turned 30 on New Year’s Eve 2018, overdosed on fentanyl on Dec. 29, according to court records.

The former Maryland resident, who lived in Orange at the time of the crash, was charged in January 2019 with two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury and driving with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or more causing bodily injury — all felonies — and one misdemeanor count each of resisting/obstructing an officer and assault on a peace officer.

Branch had also faced sentencing enhancement allegations of causing bodily injury and death to multiple victims and fleeing the scene of a crime. He would have faced a maximum sentence of 20 years and eight months in state prison if convicted.

In video footage of Branch’s arrest, aired in news reports, he could be seen struggling with officers.

Branch’s attorney, Mark Fredrick was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday, but previously told reporters that Branch had never had any run-ins with the law before and was “extremely scared” at the time.

Fredrick said when his client learned of the charges, he “insisted on turning himself in as early as possible” and had “expressed nothing but total sadness” about the victims.

He said Branch, a cable installer, did not learn anyone was hurt in the 12:50 a.m. crash until he was in the police station following his arrest.

Killed in the collision on the Garden Grove (22) Freeway east of Valley View Street were 33-year-old Jolene Gardner and her 9-year-old daughter Payton Castillo, who were on their way home to Hawthorne from a New Year’s Eve gathering at the time, according to a GoFundMe fundraising page set up to help their family.

The girl died at the scene and her mother was pronounced dead at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange about an hour after the crash.

Branch was driving a BMW on the freeway east of Springdale Street at an “extremely high rate of speed” in the HOV lane when he rear-ended a Lexus multiple times, causing the driver to lose control and slam into the right shoulder sound barrier wall, the CHP reported.

The Lexus driver escaped injury, but Branch then rear-ended Gardner’s 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which rolled over onto its right side and skidded across the freeway into a 2003 Mazda 3 and then struck a guardrail bordering the right shoulder, the CHP reported. The Mazda driver also escaped injury.

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Santa Ana man gets 10-year sentence for fatal DUI crash in Diamond Bar

A Santa Ana man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday, March 2, for an alcohol-related crash that killed two people on the southbound Orange (57) Freeway in Diamond Bar in 2017.

Vincent Delavega, 31, pleaded no contest in January to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the Oct. 28, 2017, deaths of Eduardo Goncalves-Lins, 28, of Costa Mesa, and his passenger, Paula Queiroz-Lopes, 24, of Diamond Bar.

Goncalves-Lins was driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla south on the freeway when he veered to the right and crashed into the back of a tow truck parked on the right shoulder just south of Diamond Bar Boulevard shortly before 3 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. About a minute later, Delavega’s Toyota Tacoma struck the Corolla, and both the driver and passenger were thrown onto the freeway, a CHP spokesman said.

Delavega, who suffered fractured ribs and bruises to his chest, was arrested at the scene.

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Long Beach man gets 30-year sentence for meth-fueled fatal crash in Fullerton

SANTA ANA — A Long Beach man pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for a methamphetamine-fueled crash in a stolen vehicle that killed a Montana man and critically injured another victim in Fullerton.

 


Police arrested Randy Lamar Wilkins, 39, of Long Beach, on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle while under the influence of drugs during a collision in Fullerton that left one person dead on Monday, April 1, 2019. One other person was injured in the crash that happened near Euclid Street and Valencia Drive at about 9:51 a.m. (Photo Courtesy of the Fullerton Police Department)

Randy Lamar Wilkins, 40, also pleaded guilty to bringing methamphetamine into the Fullerton jail following his arrest.

Wilkins admitted a felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, buying or receiving a stolen vehicle and smuggling a drug into a jail, along with a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license, with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury on the victim who survived.

The crash occurred at 9:51 a.m. April 1 in front of Charlie’s Best restaurant at the intersection of Euclid Street and Valencia Drive.

Police said the driver of a stolen Toyota Highlander T-boned a Honda Accord, killing 44-year-old Bryan Tyler Kirst of Missoula, who was a passenger in the Honda, whose driver was hospitalized with “significant but non-life-threatening injuries.”

Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said police were initially called at 9:38 a.m. regarding a reckless driver at Orangethorpe Avenue and Brookhurst Road, but before officers arrived, they were notified about a driver “acting erratically” at Brookhurst and Valencia. The crash occurred minutes later.

Wilkins was speeding eastbound on Valencia before broadsiding the Accord, Radus said. The Highlander was reported stolen out of Long Beach, he said.

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Lake Forest man convicted of second-degree murder in wrong-way DUI crash on 5 Freeway

SANTA ANA — A twice-convicted drunken driver was convicted Monday of second-degree murder and other charges for a high-speed, wrong-way DUI crash on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway that killed a man and seriously injured his passenger.


Ivan Gonzalez (Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office)

Jurors deliberated for about an hour before convicting Ivan Gonzalez of Lake Forest of second-degree murder, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of .08%. The panel also found true sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury.

Gonzalez was charged with murder instead of manslaughter because state law allows for enhanced charges when a defendant has been previously convicted of drunken driving. Gonzalez pleaded guilty June 30, 2016, and Feb. 27, 2017, to driving under the influence.

Gonzalez, who is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 3, faces up to 18 years to life in prison.

The crash happened just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2018, on the “flyover” connector from the Santa Ana (5) Freeway to the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Brian Orue.

The collision killed 33-year-old Michael Johnston Jr. of Brea and seriously injured his passenger, Amber Rickman, who suffered multiple fractures to her face and jaw, and a broken leg.

Three hours after the crash, the defendant’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .20 to .21% — almost three times the legal limit of .08, according to Orue.

A “black box” computer in Gonzalez’s Toyota Camry showed his car was going 99.52 mph about one second before the crash, and slowed to 74.64 at 0.1 seconds before the collision, the prosecutor said.

The defendant’s southbound Camry slammed into Johnston’s 2000 Ford Mustang head-on in the northbound HOV lane as police officers were frantically attempting to catch up to Gonzalez and stop him, Orue said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Bryan Gonzalez was the first to spot the defendant’s wrong-way vehicle at Gene Autry Way on the 5 Freeway, and two other officers gave chase when they heard his dispatches over the police radio, Orue said.

Gonzalez got on the southbound side of the freeway to try to catch up to the southbound defendant in the northbound lanes, Orue said.

“That’s where the nightmare starts,” Orue said, telling jurors that the officer “gets up to speeds of 100 mph” and still couldn’t catch up with the defendant.

Video from the officers’ squad cars was shown to jurors.

Gonzalez had been drinking from about 10:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. at the Round 1 bowling alley at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana prior to the crash, Orue said.

“When this occurred, he was signed up for an alcohol class,” the prosecutor said, adding the defendant had just met with an alcohol counselor.

Gonzalez’s attorney, J.R. Thomas, argued that the evidence in the case was “circumstantial,” as he implored them to keep an open mind.

“Mr. Gonzalez has made mistakes, no doubt about it,” Thomas said, but argued it was “not a case of murder.”

Thomas contended that his client was “unconscious leading up to and at the point of the collision,” so could not have formed a state of mind with “malice aforethought,” which is one of the necessary legal elements of a murder charge.

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Woman killed in alleged Long Beach DUI crash identified as a Cypress resident

LONG BEACH – The coroner’s office released the name of a young woman on Wednesday, Aug. 21, after she was killed Sunday in a two-vehicle crash in Long Beach while riding with an allegedly impaired driver, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter.

Marilyn Araiza, 21, of Cypress, died at a hospital a short time after the pre-dawn crash.

She was a passenger in a 1999 Lincoln Town Car driven by Osvaldo Ramirez-Vazquez, who was allegedly speeding eastbound on Pacific Coast Highway when he lost control of the vehicle approaching Grand Avenue around 2:40 a.m. The Lincoln rotated to the left and broadsided the passenger door of a 2014 Cadillac XTS, police said.

  • Investigators suspect DUI in a collision that left one woman dead in Long Beach early Sunday, Aug. 18. (Photo by Chris Villanueva, Contributing Photographer)

  • Investigators suspect DUI in a collision that left one woman dead in Long Beach early Sunday, Aug. 18. (Photo by Chris Villanueva, Contributing Photographer)

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Araiza was trapped inside the Lincoln and was extricated from the wreckage by firefighters. They also had to free the driver of the Cadillac from his vehicle, police said. A 49-year-old Garden Grove resident was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Ramirez-Vazquez escaped the crash with minor injuries, police said.

“Based on both driver’s and witness statements … Ramirez-Vazquez was operating a motor vehicle at a high rate of speed, while under the influence of alcohol, when he lost control striking the Cadillac that was driving in the opposite direction,” according to a Long Beach police statement.

Ramirez-Vazquez, 21, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a single count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, along with an allegation of causing great bodily injury or death. He is due back in court next week.

Long Beach police asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call them at 562-570-5520.

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Holiday DUI checkpoints are continuing in Southern California — here’s how one was carried out

Standing from a sidewalk, watching as cars streamed into a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of Holt Avenue and Union Avenue, Lt. Eddie Vazquez of the Pomona Police Department recalled previous checkpoints where drunken drivers would barrel through cones like bowling pins, at times slamming into other vehicles, or launching right past officers, prompting a high-speed chase.

This particular DUI checkpoint, though, held on a cold night just before the holidays on Friday, was without much incident at all.

  • Officers with the Pomona Police Department monitor a DUI checkpoint on Holt Avenue in Pomona Friday night December 21, 2018. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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  • A man removes his belongings out of his vehicle before it was impounded due to a past-due due registration at a DUI checkpoint on Holt Avenue in Pomona Friday night December 21, 2018. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Pomona Police Department Detective J. Dolgovin monitors a DUI checkpoint in Pomona Friday night December 21, 2018. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Pomona Police Department Detective J. Dolgovin checks a motorist’s drivers license at a DUI checkpoint on Holt Avenue in Pomona Friday night December 21, 2018 before being allowed to continue on his way. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

  • Officers with the Pomona Police Department monitor a DUI checkpoint on Holt Avenue in Pomona Friday night December 21, 2018. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

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Most of the 1,055 vehicles screened by officers that night had calmly pulled into the coned lanes. Officers asked for driver’s licenses, and perhaps added some questions of where they had been and if they had been drinking or smoking. Slurred speech, abnormal eye movement, red eyes and the scent of alcohol on their breath were signs officers looked for. And within seconds, with no incident, at times with a quick joke and laugh between driver and officer, most cars would be on their way down Holt Avenue.

“This is a fairly typical checkpoint, especially in this time of year,” Vazquez said. The largely uneventful evening was exactly how Vazquez, who has been on the job for nearly 30 years, prefers these nights to go. “I don’t like risk. I don’t like dangerous situations.”

Friday’s Pomona checkpoint, which went from 9 p.m. to about 2:30 a.m., was among many in the region over the weekend, with more planned this coming weekend leading up to New Year’s Eve.

Besides checkpoints, extra officers will be on the roads, monitoring drivers for signs of driving under the influence of alcohol, or other drugs, whether meth, cocaine, or the newly legalized marijuana, as well as prescription drugs.

DUI checkpoints, like Friday’s in Pomona, require a lot of planning and preparation.

The checkpoints are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, which receives money from the federal government, said Cpl. Robert Scheppmann of Pomona police’s Traffic Services Bureau. Agencies submit requests for the grant money. If approved by the state and city councils, a big chunk of the money goes to paying officers for overtime work at checkpoints. Other money goes to various education efforts for safe driving.

The Pomona Police Department received more than $500,000 during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, $400,000 of which is used to fund checkpoints.

Rights of drivers

In executing checkpoints, California agencies must toe the line of constitutionality and particularly 4th Amendment rights to privacy, abiding by eight guidelines set by a 1987 California Supreme Court case, Ingersoll vs. Palmer.

Agencies are required to publicly announce checkpoints before they happen, though they do not have to disclose their locations. Officers cannot target individuals at the checkpoints and need to select drivers with “neutrality.” In Pomona’s case, they vet every driver that goes through the checkpoint. Proper lighting, warning signs, and an opportunity to turn away prior to the checkpoint is required. The time and duration of the checkpoint needs to be reasonable. Drivers must always be detained for the shortest amount of time. And as for all the major planning decisions, a supervisor in the agency needs to be in charge.

Most of the decisions are driven by data and numbers. State officials hand out grant money with their annual goals in mind, among them, trying to reverse an upward trend of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities as numbers have been growing since 2012.

“Generally speaking, [state officials] do look at collision incidents and an area with a higher than normal amount of incidents,” said Timothy Weisberg, spokesman for the Office of Traffic Safety.

Protecting pedestrians

Pomona was seemingly a good place to focus.

According to data collected by the Office of Traffic Safety, in 2016, Pomona led nearly all cities in Los Angeles County in the number of alcohol-related traffic injuries or fatalities with 163. Only the much-larger cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach had more in the county. Across the state, compared with cities of similar population sizes, Pomona ranked 5th.

In most of these alcohol-related incidents in Pomona, pedestrians were victims.

Vazquez said the checkpoint’s location along Holt Avenue was selected because of the prevalence of pedestrian fatalities on the dimly lit street.

In recent years, Scheppmann said, numbers in Pomona have stayed relatively the same.

“The primary purpose of the checkpoints is to find DUI drivers and get them off the street, ’cause we don’t want to have the DUI driver injure others or injure themselves,” Scheppmann said. “The secondary part is checking the driver’s licenses. If you’re driving without a valid license, you’re cited for that.”

Officers who were on saturation patrols Friday night stopped and detained two drivers suspected of DUI.

But at the checkpoint, officers conducted zero field sobriety tests and made zero DUI arrests.

Though accessory to the primary concern of weeding out drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs, driver’s license infractions made up the bulk of the evening’s activity.

Officers handed out 24 citations, mostly for driver’s license-related issues. Fifteen cars were impounded as a result, while nine were returned to residents as drivers were given a chance to call family members or friends to reclaim them.

Licenses for the undocumented

These numbers are far below where they once were.

Vazquez remembered the tension at these checkpoints between police and residents who were undocumented or had family that were undocumented.

Before 2015 with the enactment of Assembly Bill 60, which allowed for undocumented immigrants to apply for and gain driver’s licenses, nights like this would draw scores of pro-immigrant protesters lining the sidewalks as police would impound 50 or even 100 vehicles in a single night, mostly for failure to show a driver’s license. This was common in Pomona and other cities with a majority Latino population and a large number of undocumented immigrants who, at the time, were barred from obtaining licenses.

While evolving laws have driven impound and citations numbers down, for those who are still roped in by officers at checkpoints, and for the lawyers who defend them in court, complaints and concerns still remain.

“It’s good for community safety but it ropes in a lot of people who probably shouldn’t be arrested,” said Hart Levin, an attorney who defends people charged with DUI, when speaking of checkpoints. “It’s like fishing with a massive net.”

People not driving under the influence and not posing any dangers to other drivers or pedestrians are caught in such checkpoint nets, Levin argued.

Impounded vehicles

Edward Bong, 32, of West Covina said he was on his way to his job at a hotel in Pomona when he was pulled over for an outdated license. He said had just returned from an extended stay in another country after a family member passed away. Bong had just started his job, working a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, and was starting to resettle back in the daily grind of life. Renewing his license had slipped his mind. As a result, Bong was cited and his car was impounded at the stop.

A Pomona resident, Richard Plancarte, 22, said he was returning home from a concert in Los Angeles. He had just passed his driver’s license test two days earlier. His license was set to arrive in the mail and Plancarte said he had left his temporary license paperwork at home. He was cited for the error and his car was briefly impounded before his brother came to pick it up.

Jeremy Niebergall, 23, of Montclair said he was riding his motorcycle to a friend’s house in Pomona. He had saved up to buy the motorcycle nine months ago, and since then he was taking the necessary steps toward a motorcycle license. Niebergall said a DMV official had mistakenly told him his paperwork was a license, when in reality it was only a permit. The law restricts permit holders from riding their motorcycles at night. Niebergall said he didn’t know anyone with a truck to pick up the bike, and it was not registered under his name, so it would be towed to a lot and held there until Monday for a fee of $175 per night.

While checking for impairment and licensing issues, Pomona officers would let a lot of things go like broken headlights, tinted windows, illegal exhausts, bicyclists pedaling by with no lights; cars with green, blue and red Christmas lights lining their interior; and a car with blue headlights, all vehicle code infractions.

“We don’t enforce those things here. All about drunk driving, I’m tellin’ ya,” Vazquez said.

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Chino Hills man faces DUI vehicular manslaughter charge in 2017 crash in Orange County

SANTA ANA — A 25-year-old Chino Hills man made his first court appearance Monday on a vehicular manslaughter charge stemming from an allegedly alcohol-fueled crash on the Riverside (91) Freeway in Orange County.

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Julian Bautista was charged in April with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, with sentencing enhancements for allegedly inflicting great bodily injury on two additional victims, according to court records. Bautista was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with manslaughter.

Bautista is accused of killing 21-year-old Guadalupe Ramirez of Lynwood in a March 25, 2017, collision near the Euclid Street off-ramp involving a Jeep and a Toyota. Two other victims were injured in the crash that occurred about 2:40 a.m. in the Anaheim/Fullerton area.

Bautista is accused of “inattention” and driving at an unsafe speed, according to court records.

Bautista’s arraignment Monday was rescheduled for July 27.

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