Dog fighting defendants out on bail
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
May 24, 2013 | 2395 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MANTECA — Three Tracy residents charged with dog fighting had their case continued May 16 to the end of this month.

Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49, appeared in the Manteca court out of custody for further arraignment on a charge of aiding and permitting dogfights and training a fighting dog.

The Baldwins, who are married, face additional charges of being present at dogfights, cultivating marijuana and possession of hash oil.

Gracie Baldwin is also charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition, and Brewer faces additional charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Judge Ron Northup approved a request by the defendants’ attorneys to set the next hearing for 8:30 a.m. May 31

Because the Baldwins are free on bail, Northup gave them the same orders he gave Brewer upon his bail release in late April: not to possess a dog through the conclusion of the case.

The three defendants are accused of aiding a large dog-fighting operation that was raided by several law enforcement agencies in Benton County, Miss., on March 31.

Kenneth Baldwin was allegedly able to escape that raid, which led investigators to Tracy.

They were all arrested April 3, when the sheriff’s departments of Sacramento and Placer counties and the Humane Society of the United States raided two homes in Tracy.

During the search of the homes — on Lighthouse Circle and Elsie Way — officers allegedly seized 14 pit bulls that are believed to have been used for fighting and more than 26 pounds of marijuana.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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