UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 20, 7:30 A.M.: During the discussion and exchange with audience members at Wednesday's UC Irvine law school panel on "The Constitutional Implications of Ebola: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights in Times of Health Crises," dean Erwin Chemerinsky said, "It's important that constitution ... More >>
Another round of OC Superior Court hearings are due today in the fight over a new gang injunction in SanTana. In August, Judge Franz E. Miller granted a preliminary injunction against the Townsend street gang that claims the neighborhood around Jerome Park. The early morning hearing will deal with ... More >>
Ricardo Cruz and Alfredo Miguel Aquino stand charged with the October 22 murder of 9-year-old Ximena Meza in Anaheim, caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting. Though Cruz and Aquino admitted this summer to being members of a relatively new gang called RAW (Ready at War), court documents o ... More >>
Michael F. Murray, one of Orange County's most accomplished homicide prosecutors, is running to win a superior court judge post in the 2016 election. Long feared by criminal suspects for his intense, relentless pursuit to solve major crimes, Murray's prospective departure from prosecution duties sh ... More >>
Four high school cheerleaders injured in an Oct. 16 crash are already suing drunken driving suspect/former Murrieta Mayor/since reelected City Councilman/Anaheim Fire Department Battalion Chief Alan Long for alleged negligence.
Authorities have identified a 43-year-old man who allegedly wormed his way into a Garden Grove home and threatened to kill a female resident with a knife before he was shot dead by police Saturday morning. He was John Brantley, Jr., who pleaded guilty July 24 to misdemeanor grand theft auto and was ... More >>
For four years up until March 2011, T. Michael Haws made nationwide solicitations to lure investors in his DrinkRite, a Costa Mesa water filtration company, while concealing material facts. Haws didn't tell his victims that he illegally diverted their investments to his personal use to pay for groc ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 29, 4:44 P.M.: After six hours of deliberation, a jury just found Steven Joseph Bruno guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his adoptive father in the chest and head in his Irvine condo. The prosecution, which sought first-degree murder, claimed the slaying was premeditate ... More >>
Another day, another previous drunken-driving defendant in his 20s facing a murder charge after a fatal crash on an Orange County road. Already this month: Neil Storm Stephany, 23, of Huntington Beach, was charged with second-degree murder in a suspected drunken driving fueled collision that killed ... More >>
A piano teacher who molested girls ages 9 and 12 he met through Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim has been sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison. A worship team leader who gave electronic keyboard lessons at Agape, 35-year-old David Elifar Verduzco of Santa Ana had befriended the families of ... More >>
A new center dedicated to family violence that unites community partners with faculty from 20 UC Irvine departments launches this afternoon at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana.
A 38-year-old man who murdered a drug dealer making himself a cup of coffee in a Santa Ana bakery has been sentenced to 80 years to life in state prison. A jury last month found Israel Pena Lopez of Santa Ana guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and found true a sentencing enhanc ... More >>
Just in time for the Halloween season comes this possible nightmare: the release from prison of a member of a devil cult whose slayings were compared to the Manson family murders a year earlier in 1969. Arthur Craig "Moose" Hulse, who has been in prison for 44 years after receiving a life sentence ... More >>
Up until Sept. 22, Santa Ana defense attorney Renee Garcia had waited more than 400 days for the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) to fully obey pretrial ethical rules about sharing evidence in an attempted murder case. Garcia wanted prosecutor Beth Costello to turn over records of in ... More >>
A 35-year-old man who allegedly rode a motorized scooter through a Santa Ana grocery store before getting up and robbing the manager was charged with several felonies Monday, according to police, who add he faces several more counts for a violent apartment invasion.
In a case marked by court delays, a male nurse has finally been sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting three male patients. Two of the men were medically incapacitated at the time they were victimized by Richard Alan No ... More >>
A 39-year-old Anaheim man on Friday was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life for--deep breath--drilling a hole through a closet to watch and photograph young boys showering and using the facilities; touching the penis of a sleeping 11-year- ... More >>
UPDATE: Jolene Engel told City News Service's Paul Anderson today that she left Powerplant Maintenance Specialists Inc. in 1998 but remained president in name only through June 30, 2001, when Richard Engel assumed that position. She added she separated from Richard in 1999, was divorced by 2000 and ... More >>
A man in his 20s was shot to death in front of an Anaheim apartment Sunday night in what either was or was not a drive-by shooting, according to police.
As Kwang Chol Joy was being sentenced today to 15 years to life in prison for murdering his roommate and Iraq War veteran Maribel Ramos, he serenaded Orange County Superior Court Judge William Froeberg with a long, rambling statement that professed his innocence, how much he misses the deceased and ... More >>
Anthony Calabrese suffered no vision problems and wasn't a moron in September 2012, but the 23-year-old college student couldn't have known he had just seen a mirage inside the Orange County Jail (OCJ). Only a madman would think law-enforcement officers had staged an elaborate, multihour, multiprong ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the man who was fatally stabbed. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 12:08 P.M.: A victim police described only as a male in his 20s was stabbed to death in an Anaheim street brawl early today that also resulted in the stabbing of a second person with the sa ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 on the total number of victims pinned to John Mordecai Scott rising to five, and the potential penalty now standing at 111 years in state prison. Update No. 1 was on the piano teacher's original arraignment. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 8:17 A.M.: A 58-year-old man who taught ... More >>
California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday the state will appeal Santa Ana-based federal Judge Cormac Carney's ruling that found the state's death penalty system is unconstitutional. See also: Federal Judge Cormac Carney in Santa Ana Rules Cali Death Penalty is Unconstitutional Or ... More >>
Sobriety checkpoints involving law enforcement agencies that cover Stanton, Anaheim, Cypress, Buena Park, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Santa Ana and Seal Beach will be held tonight and Saturday, and the locations of some operations have been released. Special patrols aimed at drunken drivers are also bei ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] OC prosecutors mischaracterized Henry Cabrera's gang ties for more than a decade—and now it's coming back to bite them
The children of parents who are incarcerated in the U.S. suffer significant health and behavioral problems, and in some cases these problems are worse than those experienced by kids dealing with divorce or a parent's death, according to a new UC Irvine study.
If you thought the 76-year-old barber who fatally shot a Newport Beach urologist over prostate surgery complications performed years earlier by another doctor must be crazy, get in line ... behind the defendant. Stanwood Fred Elkus has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in the Janua ... More >>
A hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning on a preliminary injunction against Santa Ana's Townsend Gang, the 13th Orange County street gang to face such sanctions.
See Update No. 2 at the bottom of Page 2 on a jury today finding Brian Hughes Benedict guilty of special circumstances murder of his ex-wife. Update No. 1 detailed the trial's opening statements. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 5, 7:08 A.M.: Opening statements are expected this morning in the murder trial of ... More >>
As part of a deal with the federal court, a youth dance competition emcee switched his plea from not guilty to guilty Tuesday to possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography. Paul Michael Barbour, 33, of Long Beach, also admitted to secretly recording little girls in their dressing room at ... More >>
A month ago, a three-justice panel at the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana observed that jail deputies at the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) "engaged in abhorrent conduct and were derelict in their duties." The panel--justices Kathleen O'Leary, William Rylaarsdam and Richar ... More >>
Five people tied to a $5 million health care fraud scheme--which recruited elderly Koreans in Southern California to pose as patients--have received federal prison sentences the past couple weeks, while two more defendants learn their fates in October. But an eighth participant in the scam, and th ... More >>
A Santa Ana man whose girlfriend watched as he raped her 9-year-old niece and who had sex with a separate live-in girlfriend's 12-year-old relative, was recently sentenced to 70 years to life in state prison. Jurors on April 23 found 43-year-old Cruz-Sanchez guilty of two counts each of having sex ... More >>
A cold-case murder plotted by a Westminster respiratory therapist who did not want to pay for his divorce from his wife in 2004 gets the NBC Dateline treatment tonight.
The Garden Grove Police Department is reaching out to the public in hopes of finding the killer or killers of a 20-year-old Orange man who was stabbed to death last year.
The defense in the Kim Pham trial rested today after testimony by Candace Brito, one of the two defendants in the murder case and the only witness to take the stand today. Closing arguments will be made tomorrow. The jury is expected to retire to deliberation tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning.
So much for Randy Orbach's redemption song (allegedly). The parolee and subject of a Weekly cover story in March has been arrested on suspicion of making illegal contact with the ex-girlfriend whose complaints of being harassed sent Orbach to prison in March 2010.
That a federal judge in California has declared the death penalty unconstitutional is no surprise--a 2006 ruling has put capital punishment on hold in Northern California--but that a federal judge in stodgy old Orange County did caused ripples Wednesday. To be fair, some are ripples of "atta boys" f ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with details on how you can contribute to funeral crowdfunding for Agustin Villegas, who leaves behind a wife and four children. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 15, 8:55 A.M.: A 32-year-old Anaheim man was shot to death Monday night while riding as a passenger in a truc ... More >>
See the update on Page 2 with Joe Cavallo and the German national pleading not guilty at arraignment and what the OC lawyer's lawyer John Barnett said outside court. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 15, 6:07 A.M.: The first time I read about lawyer Joe Cavallo was years ago, during my colleague R. Scott Moxle ... More >>
A longtime South County veterinarian and his real estate professional wife spent a night in jail recently as part of a $600,000 insurance fraud case by the state. Dr. Edward Julian Putnam, the 71-year-old owner of Foothill Animal Hospital in Lake Forest, and his 68-year-old wife Maxine Johanna Putna ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on former deputy David Lloyd Cass being due back in court regarding the deadlocked counts. Update No. 1 was on the jury acquitting him of a bribery charge and having jurors deadlock on a second bribery count and a charge of being an accessory after the fact. ... More >>
A 34-year-old Garden Grove man who pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court Tuesday to cheating 42 distressed homeowners out of about $92,000 is facing similar charges in Riverside County, where he is accused of stealing more than $50,000 from 16 victims. Duy Khac Nguyen ran HAMP Resources ... More >>
Like a lousy movie playing over and over on cable for months, Lewellyn Charles Cox (a.k.a. "Showtyme" or "Sho") is himself an annoying, tragic re-run. Having collected six prior convictions for identity theft-related crimes since the 1990s, Cox emerged from prison on parole, lived under a fake name ... More >>
Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas and Commander Tammy Franks offered inanities when asked by community members last November if the po-po was looking to place a gang injunction that would affect the Townsend Street barrio in central SanTana. "We are constantly looking at data related to all our ho ... More >>
A jury has found a 39-year-old Anaheim man guilty of: drilling a hole through a closet to watch and photograph young boys showering and using the facilities; touching the penis of a sleeping 11-year-old boy and recording the contact on video; touching the penis of a fully awake 9- to 11-year-old boy ... More >>
There are three things Baylor Eldric Maggenti loves him some: bomb-making material, child pornography and conservative politics. Guess which two just landed the 67-year-old Costa Mesa man in jail for a year? He pleaded guilty Monday to possessing firearms, bomb-making materials and child pornograp ... More >>
A Garden Grove man received the death penalty as expected from an Orange County Superior Court judge today, but he also heard three unexpected words from the sister of one of two people whose heads he'd blown off: "I forgive you."
The Newport Beach Police Department announced this morning that a man was shot to death by at least one of its officers inside a 7-Eleven Thursday night.