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POSTED April 2, 2013 7:22 p.m.

FONTANA TRAFFIC STOP ENDS IN CHILD PORN ARREST : FONTANA  (AP) — Police in San Bernardino County say a traffic stop ended with the arrest of a driver for investigation of having child pornography.

The Press-Enterprise reports that Fontana police officers noticed Robert Steven Romero deleting items from his cell phone's memory.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Romero's vehicle and home and allegedly discovered several photos that appeared to depict child porn.

The 27-year-old Romero was booked Friday for investigation of possessing child pornography and a prior arrest warrant charging him misdemeanor peeping. His bail was set at $100,000.

The sheriff's custody website says Romero remains in a detention center with court appearances scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday.

DRIVER, 85, DIES AFTER CAR CRASHES INTO HOUSE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — An 85-year-old man has died after plowing his car into a San Diego home.

Police say the Monday afternoon crash sent the car partway into a home on Braun Avenue. Nobody in the house was injured but the driver later died. His name wasn't immediately released.

Authorities say it's unclear whether the driver died from the crash or might have had a medical problem that led to the accident.

YOUTH SOCCER COACH GETS 225 YEARS FOR MOLESTATION: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors say a former youth soccer coach has been sentenced to 225 years to life in prison for molesting six boys.

Spokeswoman Jane Robison says 44-year-old Jose Duarte was sentenced Tuesday after the parents of three of his victims addressed the court.

One parent told the judge that the molestation destroyed their family.

In February, a jury took less than a day to find Duarte guilty of 20 counts of child molestation and five counts of sending harmful material.

Duarte was arrested in 2011, one day after a 13-year-old boy on his team said he had been sexually assaulted.

The victims were between ages 11 and 14.

Prosecutors said the crimes happened primarily at Duarte's home, and he showed the children pornography before molesting them.

SUSPECT IN  GOLD HEIST TURNS HIMSELF IN: YREKA  (AP) — A San Francisco Bay area man named as a suspect in the theft of more than $1 million of gold and other items from a far Northern California county courthouse has turned himself in.

Forty-nine-year-old David Dean Johnson of El Cerrito surrendered to a sheriff's detective on Monday.

Johnson and 51-year-old Scott Wayne Bailey of El Sobrante were recently named as suspects in the 2012 heist at the Siskiyou County Superior Courthouse in Yreka. About $1.3 million in gold, jewelry and artifacts were taken from a display case in the courthouse lobby.

Sheriff's officials say at least some of the gold proceeds appear to have been used to purchase other items. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the case.

It was not immediately clear whether Johnson had an attorney.

 

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