News Roundup for September 1, 2011

An Independence woman allegedly helped others in 2006 to vandalize and set fire to a biracial man's mobile home because they wanted him out of their neighborhood. A federal grand jury indicted Teresa Witthar, 43, on seven counts Wednesday for allegedly conspiring to violate the man's civil rights by threatening and intimidating him because of his race or color.

A Bay Point heroin dealer has been sentenced to 13 years for fatally stabbing a Pittsburg man he wrongly suspected had stolen Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts from a fellow gang member's garage. Van Quinliven, 47, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for attacking 35-year-old Ricky Mendoza last year. Quinliven is a member of the CoCo Boys, an Aryan street gang with strong prison ties.