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.
Just to make it clear from the outset, the Roberto Duran who along with six others was indicted in what Orange County prosecutors call the biggest loan modification scam in the country IS NOT Roberto Duran, the "no mas" boxer. According to the Newport Beach Police Department and Orange County Distri ... More >>
The mother of 53-year-old Douglas Brian Galvin asked his nephew in court Friday to apologize and explain to his family why he killed his uncle and set the body ablaze. Kirk Michael Galvin, 25, of La Palma, said nothing at his sentencing hearing. He'd cut a deal to have a first-degree murder count ... More >>
Popular former Brea Olinda High School math teacher Michelle Lynn Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male student, and the Anaheim 46-year-old was sentenced to 270 days in jail, five years of formal probation and an order to register as a sex offender while on probat ... More >>
An 18-year-old man was shot to death in Anaheim early today, making him the third young person gunned down in Orange County since late Friday night.
A former math teacher at South Junior High School in Anaheim pleaded no contest in a Long Beach courtroom last week to possessing child pornography.
A 36-year-old mother of nine was convicted and sentenced to jail time last week for abusing and nearly starving to death her youngest, who at age 4 weighed only 18 pounds. The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) objected to the sentence, arguing Santa Ana's Antonia Benitez should have re ... More >>
Kyle Alan Veach, a frequent source of calls for Laguna Beach police officers in recent years, was sentenced this week to seven years in state prison for robbing a bank in town. This is the 25-year-old man of letters (from an alphabet soup can) who tried to make his escape in a municipal bus.
The transition from Anaheim gang member to college graduate has been anything but easy
An Anaheim bookkeeper has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from two law firms and issuing unauthorized checks to her husband. Meanwhile, the former treasurer of the Fullerton office of a Teamsters union has pleaded guilty to embezzling $10,000 and faces sentencing Aug. 4.
See the update at the end of this post on Robert Rizzo's state-court sentence and apology. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 6:37 A.M.: Former City of Bell chief administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as part of a plea deal that included Jabba the Cor ... More >>
A 55-year-old Garden Grove man pleaded guilty to attempted murder for stabbing his estranged wife in the neck. After the plea by Tai Trieu on Monday, the foamy-mouthed looker at right was immediately sentenced to eight years in state prison.
Two Irvine bank tellers embezzled more than $112,000 in 2013 and faced potential prison trips, but walked out of Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse April 7 visibly relieved with comparative wrist slaps. Nether U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, a federal prosecutor nor defense ... More >>
A Boston man who repeatedly raped an Orange County girl beginning when she was 12--and then reached out to her via Facebook when she was in her 30s and married--pleaded guilty Friday to lewd acts upon a child under 14. Vanna Hong, 45, was immediately sentenced to eight years in state prison and ord ... More >>
A jury Thursday found a former mechanic at Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach guilty of twice raping an Irvine woman and trying to rape a Newport Beach woman after breaking into their homes. Travis Dewayne Batten Jr., 31, of Irvine, sobbed as the guilty verdicts were announced, according to ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the sentencing of Edgar Salvador Luciozamudio. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 7, 7:31 A.M.: A jury in Santa Ana found a Buena Park man guilty Thursday of murdering his "father figure" after the older man tried to initiate sex. Edgar Salvador Luciozamudio, a 24-year ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Scott Sanders destroys credibility of Mexican Mafia punk turned prized government informant
The city of Anaheim settled a lawsuit earlier this month filed by the family of David Raya. The 23-year-old man was unarmed when shot to death on August 16, 2011 by detective Bruce Linn near the 100 block of West Guinida Lane. The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) ruled the shooting ... More >>
Jose Felix Zepeda did not pull the trigger on the gun that killed 29-year-old Leder Vazquez Sanchez about a half-mile from Disneyland on April 25, 2012, but Zepeda is the only one of several defendants to be convicted of first-degree murder in the case. A jury Thursday found Zepeda, a 41-year-old dr ... More >>
Hey, remember Kyle Alan Veach, the 25-year-old Laguna Beach bank robber who tried to make his getaway in an Orange County Transportation Authority bus? The transient pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree robbery. He's now scheduled to be sentenced on April 30.
The fatal stabbing of 55-year-old Mikel Anthony Williams struck a chord at Irvine Valley College in 2012. After a rough life--Williams' mother and brother were murdered before him--he seemed to have turned his life around after getting a college education at IVC, moving into housing nearby and tradi ... More >>
Anaheim police shot and killed a man today at the 1100 block of Mayfair Avenue near the intersection of La Palma Avenue and Citron Street. It's the first fatal killing by the department since back-to-back shootings in July 2012 set off social unrest in the city. Details are slim at the moment, but ... More >>
Remember the Snowboarder Bandit? Better yet, remember Navel Gazing's Snowboarder Bandit Fashion Show?
There's been many a bizarre crime at Taco Bells over the course of this column's history, but this one may be a first: victims of a robbery claim they had gone to a Taco Bell parking lot to practice their medieval swordplay. Then, it turns out these errant knights were actually there to sell pot to ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) ended the holidays by publishing a slew of investigations clearing OC cops of wrongdoing in a number of shooting incidents. A week into the new year, the agency issued its first report clearing two SanTana policemen in the fatal killing of 35-year- ... More >>
One man was stabbed to death in Buena Park and a second is clinging to life, according to police. Cops were called to the 6000 block of Fullerton Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Monday about a fight, and they arrived to find the two unidentified men down on the ground, police Cpl. Andy Luong said.
Last night, SanTana Police Department (SAPD) Commander Tammy Franks and Assistant District Attorney Tracy Rinauro talked to a community gathering about the city's sole gang injunction: the one affecting Santa Nita street gang, enacted in 2006. But residents and community groups didn't gather to deba ... More >>
Blair Christopher Hanloh faces up to five years and eight months in prison at his Dec. 13 sentencing after jurors found him guilty recently of five counts of filing false and forged documents to take over five homes in Anaheim, Dana Point and San Clemente he did not own so he could rent them out to ... More >>
Ah, the "Snowboarder Bandit," the bank robber who wore wintering clothing while pulling 10 robberies at nine Orange County banks for a whopping $30,000 in 2011 and '12. Michael Brandon Franks, 30, of Riverside, pleaded guilty to bring that dude Thursday, setting himself up for 10 months and six mon ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on more of what Paul Michael Bracamontes was up to before he was fatally shot. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 28, 10:52 A.M.: A 22-year-old Fullerton man who had reportedly been at a party where he was hallucinating and making comments about "zombies" and wanting a gun g ... More >>
An Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus driver is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning for allegedly possessing hundreds of graphic images and videos of child pornography. Richard Raoul Contreras, 63, of Garden Grove, faces criminal counts in Westminster court that could send him ... More >>
During a February 2012 Eva Airways flight from San Francisco to Taipei, sleeping passenger Cathy Hanh Nguyen of Anaheim was injured when another passenger opened an overhead compartment and a heavy piece of luggage landed on her head and right shoulder. Upon arrival in the Republic of China, Nguyen ... More >>
James Christopher Corr, whose "Fuck the police" tat across his chest caught our eyes, was sentenced today to nearly 13 years in state prison for stealing an Aliso Viejo mom's SUV from her garage with her 2 1/2-year-old son and dog in the backseat and running over the frantic and pregnant woman's foo ... More >>
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man was accused in court Wednesday of brutally killing an Anaheim Hills man and his daughter and nearly killing her mother so he could leave his ex-girlfriend alone and "swoop in like a white knight" to comfort her and win back her love. Prosecutors are seeking the death pena ... More >>