San Diego Man Sentenced for Killing Spouse in Execution-Fashion Taking pictures – NBC 7 San Diego

A man accused of killing the mother of his two children on the day she was about to deliver divorce papers to him learned of his fate in court on Monday.

Julia Maria Serrano Avila, 29, was murdered in a shooting in December 2019. Her husband, 28-year-old Fernando Avila, was arrested as the sole suspect.

Avila later pleaded guilty to first degree murder charges and firearm charges on the case.

On Monday, Avila was sentenced to 35 years in prison by a district judge in San Diego.

During the verdict on Monday, Avila apologized to Julia’s family “for having suffered so much pain” and her children “for taking their mother away from them.”

Julia Avila was shot dead on the street outside a pawn shop in City Heights, the prosecutor said, just blocks from the house where she lived with the couple’s two children.

The victim’s father described her alleged killer as lazy and not good. NBC 7’s Jackie Crea has the story.

San Diego police said at least three people watched the shooting. Violeta Marquez, who lives next to the family, told NBC 7 the first time she heard screams and called 911. Then she saw Avila fire two shots at his wife

“She was sitting on the sidewalk and I don’t know what he told her,” said Marquez. “And just like seconds he shot her again.”

Avila stayed and held her before running away on foot, Marquez said.

Witnesses said the couple quarreled prior to the shooting, which took place just blocks from Rosa Parks Elementary School and the neighborhood’s city center.

Sgt. Michelle Velovich said the argument started at her home and spread to the street and eventually outside the pawn shop, which is unrelated to the suspect or the victim.

The national domestic violence hotline is 1-800-799-7233. NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia sits down with District Attorney Summer Stephan to discuss domestic violence resources available to victims.

It was not clear how many, if any, of the shots the children witnessed, but they were in the house at the time. The children, identified by neighbors as between 8 and 12 years old, were brought to live with family members, SDPD said.

NBC 7 learned that Julia filed for divorce in November 2019. She intended to serve Avila with these papers, her father Pablo Serrano told NBC 7.

Lady in Execution-Fashion Killing of NYC Mother Extradited From Florida – NBC New York

The woman arrested in Florida in Execution style shooting a Brooklyn woman was extradited to New York City that summer to face criminal charges.

Police on Thursday charged Georgia-year-old Claudia Banton, 42, with murder and criminal gun possession reportedly shot Delia Johnson in the back of the head while chatting with people on a flight of stairs in August. The motive for the killing is currently unclear.

Banton, also known by the names Claudia Williams and Kiesha Brown, was picked up by police in Jacksonville, Florida earlier this month – more than three months after the Crown Heights murder that was caught on camera.

A surveillance video of the shooting previously released by police showed a woman in black leggings stepping out of a double-parked white limousine and casually shot Johnson in the head while talking to a group of people.

The shooter walked calmly back to the car with her handbag on her shoulder and drove away, informed the police. Johnson was pronounced dead in a hospital.

Information on a lawyer for Banton was not immediately available.

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The brother of the 42-year-old victim said the Daily News At the time, he thought the shooter followed Johnson from a neighborhood funeral that both of them attended.

“She was at a funeral earlier that evening to pay tribute to an old friend in the neighborhood and then this happened,” Mathis Johnson, 47, told the newspaper. “It was terrible. This lady executed my sister.”

Family members said Johnson was an entrepreneur and had a 17-year-old daughter. Her mother, Delia Barry, said after her death: “I am in so much pain, I am numb … I try my best to hold myself up, but the carnage, that was it.”

1 Critically Injured in Crash Involving Trike Type Bike on Route 6 in Killingly – NBC Connecticut

One person was seriously injured in a trike-style motorcycle accident on Route 6 at Killingly on Saturday.

State Police were informed of the accident on Route 6 in Killingly just before 10 a.m.

When the state police arrived, they reported possible serious injuries. LifeStar was dispatched to the scene and one person was transported to a nearby hospital, according to the soldiers.

The authorities did not say whether other vehicles were involved in the accident.

It is unclear what could have caused the crash.

The scene remains active. Everyone in the area is asked to use alternative routes.

Ultimate Dallas Funds Restores Police Additional time Cash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value

A record $ 4.35 billion budget for the city of Dallas, final approved on Wednesday, puts public safety first, but some other functions get extra money, including road repairs.

The final vote after months of community budget meetings and city hall debates was 13-2, with Members Cara Mendelsohn and Gay Donnell Willis opposed over concerns about rising property taxes.

In the closing hours of this year’s budget debate, city councilors restored a $ 10 million cut in police overtime they had approved just two weeks ago.

Part of the larger budget comes from COVID-19 aid funds that will not be available in the coming years.

“That’s a damn good budget. I think it’s the best budget we’ve ever seen, ”said Councilor Chad West.

West voted for the final budget, although he opposed the restoration of police overtime pay and cited the overtime cut two weeks earlier.

He wanted Police Chief Eddie Garcia to return to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee in the future if the money was required for overtime.

West said a preliminary audit report suggests there may have been a lack of police oversight of overtime in the past.

“56% of overtime was neglected in some way. That doesn’t mean that 56% had abuse. That means we don’t know, ”West said.

Councilor Paul Ridley on Wednesday also voted against the restoration of police overtime pay.

“I think we need accountability. I think taxpayers expect us to be accountable, ”said Ridley.

Mayor Eric Johnson cited violence in Deep Ellum Sunday, which killed a second of six shooting victims on Wednesday, as a justification for overtime pay.

“The police’s overtime budget is initially our backing against the increasing violence in our city. Chief Garcia has applied for this funding to complement his efforts, and I don’t think we should get him to get this money that he tells us we are going to need badly, “said Johnson.

The Dallas Police Department is hundreds of officers smaller than it was 10 years ago.

In a 12-3 overtime vote, most city councilors approved Mayor Johnson.

“And I think it’s important to keep sending the message that we support our first responders, we support our cops, and we equip them with the tools they need, including overtime while we are understaffed,” Councilor Adam McGough said.

The new budget also includes money to hire 250 more officers, pay increases for police and fire departments, and buy dozens of additional patrol cars to increase police patrol presence.

The leader of Mothers Against Police Brutality, Sara Mokuria, urged the council not to provide additional money for the police. She said the Dallas neighborhoods need more investment to increase public safety.

“DPD has consistently proven to be an ineffective intervention in creating a safe public over time,” said Mokuria.

The budget allocates funds to community programs to improve lighting and reduce putrefaction, treat substance abuse, and expand mental health alternatives to take police action.

There’s also better pay to attract and retain 911 operators and garbage disposal workers, both municipal services that have suffered from a lack of hiring difficulties.

The streets of Bad Dallas are receiving a $ 150 million repair budget, the largest yet, to start a multi-year program to reverse decades of neglect.

But the police get the largest share of the budget at around $ 565 million, including the city’s largest police budget of all time.

“We have seen some early signs of success from the chief of police in a crime reduction plan, but we have a lot more to do,” said Mayor Johnson.

Slightly lowering the property tax rate in the new household will not be enough to offset soaring Dallas real estate values. Most taxpayers will see higher bills.

Most council members said residents told them in community meetings that they wanted the services the new budget will provide and that they are willing to pay for them.

The new budget comes into force on October 1st.

The city of Dallas received a total of $ 627 million in federal COVID-19 aid some of them have been included in the new budget and some have already been spent in the current year.

Settlement Reached in Dennis Hastert Hush Cash Lawsuit Days Earlier than Trial – NBC Chicago

In the civil suit against the disgraced former speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert, an agreement was reached on Wednesday that provisionally put an end to the year-long hush-money case just a few days before the planned trial.

Judge Robert Pilmer, presiding judge for the 23rd Judicial District of Illinois, which includes Kendall County, where the lawsuit was filed, announced Wednesday afternoon that the parties had reached a preliminary settlement after attorneys on both sides showed more than an hour ago the scheduled date were held court proceedings.

“We have agreed in principle, the terms of the agreement are confidential,” said plaintiff’s attorney Kristi Browne after the settlement was announced, adding: “It just depends on us working out a written settlement agreement.”

“I can tell you that all claims between the parties are resolved subject to execution of the settlement agreement,” she said.

Hastert’s attorney, John Ellis, declined to comment.

“I would have loved to try this case, I think it was a good case,” said Browne. “I was very confident about our case from the start, but you know this is what we did and this is a solution my client is happy with.”

The settlement came less than a week after the judge ruled that the plaintiff, referred to only as James Doe in court records, would be identified in court for the first time after the trial began. The selection of the jury should begin on September 20th.

Haster, 79, approx. 85% served a 15-month prison sentence Delivered in 2016 after pleading guilty to a crime of financial crime known as structuring: disguising banking activities by withdrawing large amounts of cash in small denominations to circumvent federal reporting requirements.

Prosecutors said Hastert broke federal banking rules by covering up his $ 1.7 million withdrawals to pay hush money to a former student he made while teaching and wrestling in the 1970s. Sexually abused a coach at Yorkville High School prior to entering politics.

That person filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Hastert in 2016, demanding the unpaid balance of the total of $ 3.5 million in hush money, approximately $ 1.8 million.

Hastert was not charged in connection with the allegations of sexual abuse in part because of the Illinois statute of limitations – within three years of the incident or three years after a minor victim reached the age of 18 – had already expired.

When asked if the judge’s decision to appoint Doe had any impact on the settlement negotiations, Browne said she was unable to disclose communications with her client. But she later said that the deal came as “a bit” of a surprise to her.

“Anything can happen anytime, cases can be settled, but I would have said a few weeks ago that I was pretty sure this case was on trial,” she said.

“Let me say this: It is never over for a victim of childhood sexual abuse. It’s never over It affects her for the rest of her life, ”said Browne. “This solves this case. This solves my client’s claims against Mr. Hastert. It resolves Mr. Hastert’s counterclaim against my client and any litigation issues between them. “

Pretend Job Listings Value North Texans Time, Cash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value

Fake job offers have increased during the pandemic, according to the pandemic Better business office. In 2020 the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center data showed that 16,012 people were victims of employment fraud. They said they lost more than $ 59 million.

We told you about cyber criminals who fake legitimate companies and post on popular job boards to deceive job seekers.

Now a man from North Texas says a job fraud cost him potential unemployment benefits. Read on to learn more about how to spot the signs of fraud.

“To be too good to be true”

After being laid off last year, Moises Duke was in training for a new job. It was not in his area and it did not provide the full benefit. So when another company looked for a graphic design position with full health and dentures, Duke said he grabbed the chance.

“When I got the offer letter, I thought, okay, I’ll file my resignation with the other company,” Duke said.

Duke said all negotiations with the new company were handled via email. The company informed him that it would be discontinued this way because of the pandemic.

“I tried to sell myself through the emails and everything went well,” said Duke. “At some point they said that due to COVID we are going to send you a check so you can buy the computers and everything. Everything was a little too good to be true. “

He later learned that the second offer was a scam. Since he had quit his job, he could not apply for unemployment benefits.

“The problem is, I quit this company, the other one was fake, so I have no unemployment or a job,” said Duke.

Cyber ​​criminals use sophisticated tricks

Cyber ​​criminals go to extra lengths to make the scam more believable. They can fake legitimate companies – even pull up public information to impersonate actual employees.

According to the latest BBB to learn In job fraud, victims are usually contacted via email or text message, and most believe that the contact was the result of their online job search.

“A lot of people post their résumés when they apply for jobs without knowing that this information is readily available to everyone, including scammers,” said Erica Mendoza, investigations manager for BBB Serving North Central Texas.

Mendoza said that cyber criminals are after your personal information and money. A common trick is to send a job seeker a check with deposit instructions and then purchase equipment for work from home from a provider of their choice. The “seller” is also a fraud.

Once the victim sends money for equipment, the money is gone from their account. Later, the original check fails and the victim’s money is gone.

The Federal Trade Commission explained Just because you can see the balance in your account after you deposit a check, it does not mean that the check has been “cashed”. While banks are required to provide funds from deposited checks within a few days, it can take weeks before they discover that the check is a fake.

“In the end, you transfer your own money to these scammers and then you’re on the hook for the money,” Mendoza said.

Recognize red flags

Moises Duke didn’t lose any money in the end. The scam ended when his alleged new boss sent Duke a check to pay for equipment to work from home. Duke, a graphic designer, said he could see that the bank logo on the till check was not quite right.

“Usually the banks are the ones who make their logo look perfect,” Duke said.

He broke off contact with the fraudster, reported the system to the BBB and posted fraud warnings on his accounts. Although Duke did not return any cash, he had provided the scammer with personal information after they insisted on a background check.

“It’s a bit daunting because you’re trying to work hard to get a job,” said Duke.

He wants to share his story so that another job seeker doesn’t get thrown back by a scam.

“If it all sounds too good to be true, it’s not true,” said Duke. “Take care.”

Other red flags include grammatical and spelling mistakes, vague job descriptions, and the promise of immediate hiring without an interview.

The FBI warns job seekers to be careful about interviews that are not conducted in person or through a secure video call.

If asked to buy start-up equipment or pay for your own background check or check, it is likely a scam – according to the FBI.

The BBB said working from home, where packages are received and re-sent, is a fraud.

Be careful about providing personal information – including your full address, date of birth, and financial information – on your resume or to unverified recruiters and online applications.

The FBI advises that after hiring employees, legitimate companies will ask for direct deposit information for payroll purposes. It is safer to do this in person. Even reputable companies shouldn’t ask for your credit card number.

How to protect yourself

Check the job posting directly through the company. Don’t use a stranger’s contact information. Instead, call or go directly to the company’s website for contact information to validate the job posting.

If you can find multiple websites for the same company, or if the web address is just a few letters away from the URL of an actual company website, it may have been spoofed.

If a job posting appears on job boards but not on the company website, it could be a scam.

Check the Settings Manager email address. Does it match the web addresses used by the actual company? Scammers can use a similar looking address.

You can also do an internet search with the name of the employer and the word “scam” to look for reports of similar job fraud cases.

If a new employer sends you a check asking you to send money to a third party – either via wire transfer, cash app, or gift cards, don’t do it.

What to do if you are a victim of job fraud

Contact your bank or credit card company immediately. If you’ve used a cash app to send money to a stranger, contact the bank associated with the account and notify them of the fraudulent charge. It may be too late to stop the transaction, but law enforcement agencies recommend that you notify your financial institutions immediately.

The Federal Trade Commission highlights additional steps you can take here if you have been the victim of fraud.

Report the scam to Cybercrime Complaints Office.

Notify the FTC on-line or call 877-FTC Help

You can also use the BBB and report the scam of the website that featured the job posting and the company that the cybercriminals impersonated.

NBC 5 Responds is committed to investigating your concerns and getting your money back. Our goal is to give you answers and, if possible, solutions and a solution. Call us at 844-5RESPND (844-573-7763) or Fill out our customer complaint form.

Dallas Price range Debate Over Police Time beyond regulation Cash – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Value

Dallas city council members admitted a record $ 4.3 billion budget for the first time on Thursday after a last-minute controversy over police overtime money.

The spending plan benefits from $ 355 million in federal COVID-19 aid funding. This includes a slight reduction in the property tax rate. Councilors Cara Mendelsohn and Adam McGough voted against. Mendelsohn has repeatedly said that she wanted a greater reduction in the tax rate. Most taxpayers will pay higher bills due to rising property values.

There was an 8-7 vote to divert $ 10 million in police overtime pay to a reserve account.

“We’re tired of not getting answers when we call. So I cannot support handcuffing these officers, ”said Councilor Carolyn Arnold.

Proponents of the budget change said a new state law passed after calling for a “defuse” of the police last year now forbids reducing city police spending below the amount included in this new budget.

Councilor Chad West proposed to start this year with a lower amount for the police.

“It gives us and the council more flexibility in the future if there are budget issues due to COVID or something else,” West said.

Several councilors said it was a token vote to respond to state lawmakers who imposed their will on city households.

“Make sure we keep our local budgets in control at the local level instead of being bullied by those in Austin for political points,” Councilor Adam Bazaldua said.

The police will get the overtime pay back from the reserve account and Chief Eddie Garcia said the money is needed.

“Taking $ 10 million from that budget for police overtime is a bad idea, just like it was last year. And we will go through the budget like last year, ”said City Councilor Cara Mendelsohn.

Despite the overtime rerouting, the Dallas Police Department is still getting $ 8 million more than last year in their $ 583 million portion of the city budget, most of it from all departments.

The police budget provides for the recruitment and training of 250 more officers, although some of the recruitment could be offset by the departure of officers. More patrol cars will also be added to increase the visibility of the patrols.

Several city council speakers called for the police not to receive additional money and for more spending to be allocated to crime prevention programs.

“Adding police does not increase security. They only respond to crimes, “said spokesman Carvell Bowens.

Speakers said their research shows Dallas will spend about $ 422 on police for each resident, compared to about $ 49 on housing and homeless solutions.

“When you work to build the Dallas we deserve, you are spending more money on services for our communities, not the police,” said Tearyne Almendariz.

The speaker could not convince the city council.

A second Dallas city budget approval is required later in September before it goes into effect October 1, and more changes are still possible, but Thursday’s vote is a big step after months of public meetings and voter input.

Right here’s The right way to Save Cash, Even By means of Unsure Financial Occasions – NBC 6 South Florida

How can you save money and get your finances in order during COVID-19?

Brokers International’s Mark Williams says it will take effort to start a savings plan during the pandemic, especially when many people have lost their jobs and unemployment benefits expire on September 6th.

But it can be done.

“Regardless of your job, no matter how your income comes in, is trying to create some kind of safety net,” Williams said.

And everything can start with a few cents.

“Five cents, 10 cents, 15 cents, and while it doesn’t sound like much, it’s about the mindset,” he said.

The mindset that you can build a nest egg even in the worst of times.

“For every 25 I’ve seen, I give five as a treat. Now I’ve made a game of saving because what you are going to find is the thrill of watching your savings account grow and it gets more exciting than the added pleasure you end up spending, “he said.

On Friday, President Joe Biden talked about the latest economic report from the Labor Statistics Office.

“On the way to Labor Day weekend, we have more evidence of how our economy is progressing after last year’s economic disaster,” said Biden.

The economy created 235,000 new jobs in August and the unemployment rate fell to 5.2%, its lowest level in 18 months, it was reported on Friday.

Whether you’re changing jobs or adjusting to a new budget, experts suggest setting aside an amount of money that can be automatically transferred to a savings account, take advantage of the tax-free days to shop, and save on your income tax refund if you have one and don’t forget the store apps because it all adds up in the end.

New Orleans-Impressed Restaurant in San Diego Goals to Increase Cash for Hurricane Ida Reduction – NBC 7 San Diego

San Diego is a long way from Louisiana, but a Hillcrest restaurant keeps the New Orleans community up for victims through a fundraiser Hurricane Ida.

NOLA On 5. – located at 3683 5th Ave., south of Pennsylvania Avenue – is working with the American Red Cross Thursday to raise funds for Ida relief efforts. From September 2nd to 5th, daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant will donate 50% of sales of its New Orleans Comfort Food menu to the American red cross.

A Hurricane Katrina survivor who now lives in San Diego recalls the storm and worries about the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Allie Raffa from NBC 7 reports.

You see, the co-owner of the New Orleans-inspired restaurant – Andrew Boyer – is a retired New Orleans resident and wants to do what he can to help after Ida’s devastation.

“Our thoughts go with those affected by Ida and the entire Louisiana community,” said a message posted on Restaurant Instagram feed.

Hurricane Ida left a lot of damage in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana – devastating buildings and roads.

On Saturday, a local chapter of Louisiana State University alumni will participate in the restaurant’s fundraiser; the alumni will also collect money for Ida aid during the LSU vs. UCLA soccer game from 5:30 p.m.

NOLA On 5th specializes in Louisiana dishes such as catfish, po’boys, Mediterranean style lobster and chicken. Jambalaya, Gumbo, red beans, and rice are also on the menu.

Ida swept through Louisiana on Sunday, leaving New Orleans without power.

To learn more about how to donate directly through the American Red Cross to Hurricane Ida relief efforts, Click here.

Hurricane Ida: What You Should Know

Hurricane Ida landed on August 29th – the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A few days later hundreds of thousands of Louisians were braising with no electricity, no tap water and little gasoline.

Ida was the fifth strongest hurricane hit the US and its devastation continues to be widespread. More than 1 million Homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi were left without power. At some point New Orleans fell into complete darkness.

The death toll rose dramatically through Thursday as remains of the Hurricane Ida devastated the northeastern United States with record-breaking rains and floods.

Police said nine people died in New York City and 14 confirmed deaths in New Jersey. Check out the latest updates on Ida-related deaths Here.

In the meantime, President Joe Biden will visit Louisiana on Friday to assess the aftermath and speak to local and state leaders.

On Thursday, the president spoke about his administration’s efforts to protect the areas hit by Hurricane Ida (as well as those affected by Caldor fire in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe).

“We’re all sticking together,” said Bide. “The nation is here to help.”

President Joe Biden described his administration’s efforts to provide federal aid to competing climate crises in the United States, including historic floods from Hurricane Ida in the southern and eastern states and the devastating Caldor Fire in Sierra Nevada. “We’re all in the same boat. The nation is here to help.”

Native Palm Springs Bakery Whips Up Southern Fashion Desserts – NBC Palm Springs – Information, Climate, Visitors, Breaking Information

BabyGirls Soul Sweets is a local North Palm Springs bakery that makes southern-style desserts.

“We’ve been baking in the kitchen since we were little, since we could walk,” said Jamiah Hall.

Jamiah and Renaya Hall are the owners of the Soul Desserts Bakery.

“We’ve been doing this since childhood,” says Tanaya Hall, the girls’ mother. “You were in a family of cooks and bakers and now it feels really great because I can be less in the kitchen now.”

The 20- and 21-year-old sister duo started their bakery a year ago at the height of the pandemic, serving the Coachella Valley desserts that have been shared from one generation to the next.

“Recipes have been passed down – our grandma gave us recipes for her 7 up cake, peach cobbler … my grandma’s banana pudding,” said Jamiah Hall. “We started learning the recipes and then we were responsible for Thanksgiving and Christmas … then finally we (we) just made a business out of it.”

BabyGirls is not a traditional bakery. Inspired by family, love and Mediterranean home cooking, the sisters combine classics from the South such as pound cake and peach cobbler to offer customers the best of both worlds.

“If we bring that with us, they’ll say, ‘What is that? What is that? ‘”Said Jamiah Hall. “You’ve never seen the peach cobbler pound cake, so once you’ve taken a bite it’s like a little bit of everything.”

“They took these recipes and – not only took them, they perfected them.”

The Hall sisters said while tweaking the recipes to make them their own, one thing that will never change is the soul-inspired family traditions.

“Soul Satisfying Sweets – that’s our slogan,” said Jamiah Hall. “We always say ‘It’s soul candy’, soul food, comfort food. Food you’d see on Sunday after church at Thanksgiving or family dinners. “

The duo of sisters was a big dream for their small business in North Palm Springs.

“We want to open a food truck one day and have our own storefront,” said Jamiah Hall. “We also want some of our income to go to charitable organizations.”

They say they wouldn’t be where they are today without the support of the community and they hope they can represent the Coachella Valley well.

“We (hope) can make something of ourselves and make our name known to our community,” said Jamiah Hall.