Pool hall sued over death

first_imgPALMDALE – The parents of a 16-year-old Lancaster boy who was shot and killed while playing pool with family and friends have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pool hall and the suspect. Alfredo Briano was shot Aug. 12, 2005, at Vaughn’s Billiards in the 2000 block of East Palmdale Boulevard after he and his companions were confronted by suspected gang members who walked into the pool hall. “This was a place that had a restriction on minors being in the place, and the victim was allowed in. They do let minors in on some days. This was not one of those days,” said Joseph Lovretovich, attorney for Briano’s parents. “My kid was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The lawsuit names as defendants Vaughn’s Billiards and suspect Joseph Armondo Bonilla. A gun believed to have been used in the slaying was found in weeds on a dirt road behind an apartment building, along the route the pursuit followed. The lawsuit said Vaughn’s “did not provide any security at their pool hall, despite their personal knowledge of gang activity, violence, shooting and other similar criminal activity occurring on the premises of the pool hall.” [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bonilla was among four teenagers and two men who were charged in Briano’s slaying. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial on murder charges. Officials at Vaughn’s had not seen the lawsuit and declined Friday to comment. Sheriff’s detectives said Briano and his companions had been playing pool and minding their own business when a group of six men and two women walked into the pool hall and challenged them about their gang association. The boy and the others denied being gang members, investigators said. A fight broke out, and one of the assailants pulled out a gun and shot the boy. After the shooting, witnesses told deputies, as many as five people got into a black sport utility vehicle and sped off. Deputies spotted an SUV matching the description and chased it until it stopped near Avenue Q and 4th Street East. last_img read more

Dundee goalkeeper Scotland call-up for Euro 2016 qualifier with Republic of Ireland

first_imgGordon Strachan has handed Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain his first call-up to the Scotland squad for the June 5 friendly with Qatar and the Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland eight days later.The 24-year-old Dens Park stopper has been rewarded for his impressive displays for Paul Hartley’s side this season.Meanwhile, Dark Blues boss Strachan has recalled Charlie Mulgrew despite the Celtic utility man having missed the last five and a half months with hamstring trouble, while Hoops team-mate Leigh Griffiths and Stoke’s Charlie Adam are also included.Mulgrew made his return to action against St Johnstone on Friday night as he was given the second 45 minutes of the goalless draw in Perth.Adam has not featured for his country since the Warsaw friendly with Poland in March last year, while Griffiths – Celtic’s top scorer with 19 goals this term – will hope to win his fifth cap, just under two years from his last in a Hampden World Cup qualifier with Belgium.However, there continues to be no room for his Parkhead team-mates Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven, despite the impressive nature of their displays since switching from Dundee United at the end of January.Dropping out of Strachan’s selection are Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor and strikers Stevie May, Jordan Rhodes and Ross McCormack.Scotland will use the challenge match with the 2022 World Cup hosts at Hibernian’s Easter Road as vital preparation for their Dublin clash with the Republic of Ireland as they prepare to keep their Group D qualifying bid on track.Scotland squad to face Qatar and Republic of IrelandGoalkeepersScott Bain (Dundee)Craig Gordon (Celtic)David Marshall (Cardiff City)DefendersChristophe Berra (Ipswich Town)Craig Forsyth (Derby County)Gordon Greer (Brighton & Hove Albion)Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)Russell Martin (Norwich City)Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen)Andrew Robertson (Hull City)Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)MidfieldersCharlie Adam (Stoke City)Ikechi Anya (Watford)Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace)Scott Brown (Celtic)Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion)James Forrest (Celtic)Shaun Maloney (Chicago Fire)James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)James McArthur (Crystal Palace)Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)ForwardsSteven Fletcher (Sunderland)Leigh Griffiths (Celtic)Steven Naismith (Everton)Johnny Russell (Derby County) 1 Scotland manager Gordon Strachan last_img read more