Man gets probation in break-in at home of female resident, 82
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One of two men who broke into a La Jolla home and held an 82-year-old female resident as they ransacked the residence was sentenced May 4 to five years’ probation and ordered to complete a two-year drug treatment program. Jose Luis Delgado, 20, is also wanted in Los Angeles County for alleged involvement in four or five similar break-ins, authorities said. San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael Groch suspended a five-year prison sentence for Delgado as long as he completes the drug program and is successful on probation. Deputy District Attorney Scott Pirrello argued that the five-year prison sentence should be imposed, as it previously was on co-defendant Justin Naranjo. Pirrello said the burglars broke into the victim’s home around 11 p.m. last July 12, grabbed her from behind and put her in a chokehold. They stole televisions, her wallet and jewelry before fleeing. The prosecutor said the victim didn’t come to court today because she is still scared. “It’s been a nightmare for her,” Pirrello told the judge. “It’s everyone’s worst nightmare.” The judge cited Delgado’s age, his lack of criminal record, drugs and a rough upbringing as reasons for sentencing the defendant to probation instead of prison. – City News Service
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Ashley Heffington's mother, Cindy, with Girl Scouts. / Photo by Jenny Werth
Ashley Heffington's mother, Cindy, with Girl Scouts. / Photo by Jenny Werth
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Girl Scouts remember Ashley Heffington at annual event
by JENNY WERTH
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Ashley Heffington's mother, Cindy, with Girl Scouts. / Photo by Jenny Werth
Ashley Heffington's mother, Cindy, with Girl Scouts. / Photo by Jenny Werth
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More than 100 Girl Scouts from the Pacific Jewel Unit gathered together in Kate Sessions Park April 30 to celebrate the life of Ashley Heffington. The afternoon gathering included a commemoration ceremony for Heffington and reviewed the accomplishments and goals of the Girl Scouts. The event also was educational for the girls, some of whom are working toward earning their bronze, silver or gold stars. Informational booths representing the culture of various countries such as Mexico, England, France, Japan and Brazil dotted the park, while the Girl Scouts proudly displayed costumes native to their troop's adopted country. The girls sang songs in the language of their country as their families snapped their cameras. "It was beautiful for the girls to honor such a brave girl (as Ashley), who was a Girl Scout and part of the world," Ana Anderson said. Ashley's mother, Cindy, said that Ashley would have loved the event, now in its sixth year. "I feel so grateful and honored, because everyone thinks it's such a great event, and keeping Ashley's memory alive is important to me." Ashley was the victim of a fatal motor accident on Dec. 31, 2009 by a man found guilty of driving under the influence of inhalant drugs. Her picnic table and plaque was donated in part by donations from the Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts Emma Omar and Sophia Anderson, 7, adorned in pink berets to represent France, agreed the afternoon was a delight. "(Being in the Girl Scouts) is fun because we get to go places, and we explore nature, and we help people," Omar said. Indeed, the importance of caring for nature was demonstrated by Girl Scout Samantha Gans, who had a tutorial board about butterflies and the benefits of keeping them safe. Her mother, Audrey, facilitated much of the festive afternoon, including leading the Scouts as they sang around the picnic table with a plaque dedicated to Ashley.
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