Twelve arrested in Littlerock dog fighting raid
Tip received via the Humane Society’s Dog Fighting Tipline
PALMDALE, Calif.—Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested 12 men suspected of staging or participating in dog fights and seized eight animals in a raid in the high desert, a lieutenant said today.
The arrests came in response to a tip that led deputies to a home in the 8900 block of Avenue T-12 in the Littlerock area near Palmdale on Saturday evening. Deputies raided the property about 7:30 p.m. “just as they were getting ready to weigh dogs,” Lt. Larry Gregg said. “It’s nice to (stop it) before they get to fighting.”
Arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and dog fighting were:
- • Herman Ceasar, 62, and Kevin Bernard Thomas, 46, of San Bernardino;
- • George Allen Jones, 60, of Lancaster;
- • Jeffrey Reyes Tedtaotao, 36, of Bellflower;
- • Paul Manuel Wilhite, 48, and Miguel Angel Leon, 37, of Littlerock;
- • Adan Manzo, 36, of Palmdale;
- • Cornelius Bailey, 58, of Barstow and his son Cornelius Bailey, III, 35, of Compton;
- • Jeremy Maril Anderson, 43, of Victorville;
- • Theron Lee Mahone, 44, of Los Angeles; and
- • Julio A. Chavez, 47, of Orange.
All suspects were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail each. Wilhite, the resident of the location, was additionally booked on three outstanding traffic warrants totaling $199,000. The suspects will be arraigned Tuesday in the Antelope Valley station, according to a department statement.
The tip was received via the Humane Society’s Dog Fighting Tipline, Gregg said.
Three of dogs had obvious scars, he said. All were turned over to county animal control officers.
Deputies seized scales for weighing dogs, he said. On the property were a pit for fighting, three treadmills and “fight bars,” pieces of wood used to separate fighting dogs, Gregg said.
“There were medicines in the refrigerator inside the house to treat injuries, and six dogs were kept on chains on the dirt lot outside—not allowed near each other,” he said.
Under state law, the property owner can be charged with a felony for permitting dog-fighting on his or her property.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—An Antelope Valley community group sued Lancaster and Palmdale officials today, alleging the cities engaged in practices meant to drive out Black and Latino residents.
The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on behalf of the Community Action League, the California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and two unidentified residents who allegedly faced racial discrimination.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Two Southland men pleaded guilty today to a federal conspiracy charge involving a scheme in which stolen identities were used to file phony tax returns, claiming thousands of dollars in refunds.
Michael Williams, 42, of Palmdale, and 34-year-old Mike Niko of Carson entered their pleas before U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. They face up to 10 years each in prison at sentencing Sept. 9.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Southland again will bake in dry heat today, creating what the National Weather Service (NWS) called an “elevated fire danger” falling short of red flag conditions.
“A strong upper-level high-pressure system in combination with weak onshore flow near the surface brought record-breaking triple-digit heat to portions of the valleys and foothills on Sunday,” noted an NWS advisory.
LANCASTER, Calif. — Blood drops found at Apollo Park in Lancaster led to charges being filed against a state prison inmate in connection with a burglary from storage containers at the park, authorities said today.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Parks Bureau found blood drops in and around the containers used to store miscellaneous equipment and items used to maintain the park, said Johnnie K. Jones of the sheriff’s Parks Bureau.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — High surf pounded the coast and fierce winds howled across the Southland today, with gusts topping 70 mph whipping the Saugus area and 50 mph in Lancaster.