A Year of Navel Gazing: The Virtual Orange County

Looking back at 2010 on our news blog, one Top 10 List at a time

9. Retired Huntington Park Police Chief Paul Lawrence Wadley, 56, of Anaheim, was accused in December of leaving nude photos of male and female body parts on one Anaheim Hills trail, exposing his junk and butt to a woman on another, and placing male-penis pictures in car windshields in a park’s lot.  

8. Garden Grove cop Jesse Andrew Green, 33, of Huntington Beach, was charged in October with forcibly sodomizing two women on dates, one of whom he met online and the other he met through a friend.

7. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Sean Paul Delacerda, 26, of Fullerton, was charged in April with assaulting his ex-girlfriend by pointing a gun at her—right after having put a bullet in the weapon, sticking the muzzle in his mouth and pulling the trigger.

Jesse Lenz
Jesse Lenz

6. Former Huntington Beach cop James Roberts III is up on a laundry list of felony charges, including raping and sodomizing his wife and mistress.

5. Westminster Police Detective Anthony Nicholas Orban, 30, of Irvine, allegedly gagged with his fingers a 25-year-old waitress whom he did not know, choked her, repeatedly slapped and punched her, rubbed her face with his pistol, put the barrel of the gun in her mouth, twice threatened to kill her, ordered her at gunpoint to give him oral sex, and snapped several photos of her with his cell phone as he raped her. Orban’s friend since high school, state-prison guard Jeffrey Thomas Jelinek, also 30, is also charged in the case. Orban’s attorney will argue his client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his Marines service in Iraq.

4. Orange County sheriff’s deputy Mark Wayne Hewlett, 30, of Orange, got probation in July after losing control of his personal vehicle and crashing into a planter in the front yard of Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell’s Villa Park home. Hewlett was stinking drunk at the time of the early-morning crash.

3. Former Anaheim cop Kevin Noel Schlueter, 37, of Westminster, pleaded guilty in April to three separate cases of driving under the influence of prescription drugs, the latter involving being doped up on hydrocodone, hydromorphone, phenmetrazine, phendimetrazine and carisoprodol while weaving in and out of Interstate 405 traffic.

2. California Highway Patrol Lieutenant Stephen Robert Deck, who was caught up in a Laguna Beach police sting that had him thinking he’d be meeting and screwing a 13-year-old girl, was sentenced in March to probation and ordered to attend sex-addiction classes, register as a sex offender for life, and stay away from children and the Internet. Prosecutors had sought a four-year prison sentence.

1. Bradley Stewart Wagner, a former Anaheim cop who targeted undocumented workers near Disneyland for sexual assaults while on duty, was sentenced in December to four years in state prison.

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10. NASCAR gave the green light to a cannabis-promoting race car in March, allowing a stock car stickered up by the Cannabis Planet TV show on the track at the All-American Speedway in Roseville. In other news from our cannabis planet, synthetic marijuana—which trades under such names as K2, K2Herbal, Spice and Scary Spice—was banned in some states and classified a “substance of interest” by the buzzkilling DEA. Sounds like someone needs a race car.

9. Malinda Traudt, a 29-year-old woman who was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and blindness, sued Dana Point in May for closing her medical-marijuana provider, Beach Cities Collective in Capistrano Beach. After an Orange County Superior Court judge tossed the suit that claimed Traudt’s fundamental rights to life and safety under the California Constitution were infringed by the closure, she appealed to the Santa Ana-based 4th District Court of Appeal, which separately ruled against the Beach Cities Collective closure.

8. Isaac Robert Longo, 33, of Placentia, was sentenced in November to 15 years to life in state prison for causing a five-vehicle crash on the 91 freeway that killed a woman and injured four other people. Longo, who was under the influence of pot and pills at the time of the crash, may have been propped up as the poster child for marijuana-influenced manslaughter in the weeks leading up to the ultimately unsuccessful vote to legalize cannabis in California.  

7. Yup, Proposition 19 failed 54 percent to 46 percent, and backers and opponents agreed that voter misgivings about potential social problems from increased marijuana use killed the measure. But Prop. 19’s sponsors vowed they will return . . . in 2012. “This is not a matter of if, but when,” said Yes On 19 spokeswoman Dale Jones, “and our leaders are already working on how to move this issue forward.”  

6. On the same November ballot that included Prop. 19 was a measure in Long Beach to tax recreational marijuana. That’s right: not medical cannabis, but recreational pot, the kind consumed by the pride of LBC and the world’s cannambassador, Snoop Dogg. It passed.

5. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on The Tonight Show a week after Prop. 19’s defeat that, “No one cares if you smoke a joint or not.” He was pumping up decriminalization legislation he just signed. So, spark it, Caleeforneea!

4. Prop. 19’s defeat also emboldened elected buzzkillers to declare war on legal medical marijuana. How else to explain the dispensary bans in the unincorporated portions of Orange and Los Angeles counties, tighter regulations implemented in Long Beach, and a hydroponics and indoor-gardening store being forbidden from opening in a difficult-to-lease space in Old Town Tustin?

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