Newspaper Worker Arrested In Riverside DA 'Memorial Fund' Ad

A member of a newspaper's advertising staff was arrested in connection with a garage sale advertisement placed in its classified pages promising proceeds would go to a "memorial fund" for District Attorney Rod Pacheco.

Police took Chandler William Cardwell, 32, into custody Friday at his home in Perris and booked him the next day on suspicion of making terrorist threats and possession of a concealed firearm.

Cardwell was a member of a street gang, against which Pacheco had recently announced a crackdown, police Chief Russ Leach said.

He was being held on $1 million bail.

Cardwell was arrested after authorities executed search warrants at The Riverside Press-Enterprise and discovered that his cell phone was used to order the ad, authorities said.

The advertisement was paid for using a bogus checking number, police Sgt. Leon Phillips said.

The ad listed Pacheco's home address and cellular telephone number and stated proceeds would benefit the "Rod Pacheco Memorial Fund."

It was published one day after Pacheco's news conference and full-page newspaper advertisement announcing his bid for a sweeping civil injunction against the gang.

Cardwell was not among the more than 100 members named in the injunction.


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