School administrator pleads not guilty to animal cruelty, dog fighting

A Palmdale School District administrator charged with multiple counts of dog fighting and cruelty to animals pleaded not guilty Tuesday, prosecutors said. Pauline Winbush, a longtime educator in the Palmdale School District and the district’s current assistant superintendent of human resources, faces more than two dozen charges, including 17 felony counts of animal cruelty, four counts of dog fighting and one count of child abuse, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Her boyfriend, Kevin Ray Williams, 50, also faces the same charges. They surrendered Monday to Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on a warrant issued Dec. 24....