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 >>
The surviving daughter and son of the key target of an accused madman, who viciously murdered eight people at a Seal Beach salon in Oct. 2011, this week filed a wrongful death lawsuit against shooter Scott Evans Dekraai. According to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Chelsea Huff o ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] State court of appeal calls lifetime imprisonment of mentally challenged 14-year-old offender cruel
Orange County billionaire Don Bren's Island Hotel gave multiple command staff officers at the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) free suites, massages, spa services, booze and food, and agreed to erase hotel surveillance footage when the cops didn't want any record of who they were partying with ... More >>
It's one of those Catholic pope shitting in the woods as a tree falls down questions: If the Lipstick Bounty Hunters jumped bail, could they haul themselves in? Actually, the bounty hunters whose pink vehicles with large lips graphics you see all over north Long Beach are not dealing with a crimina ... More >>
A man in the middle of a narcotics investigation was shot to death Thursday evening by a plainclothes cop in Long Beach, where the police department has logged three officer-involved shootings in five days that have now left two suspects no more. Don't know if they keep records for such things, but ... More >>
An 18-year-old man, who two years ago was charged as an adult with murder in the fatal stabbing of another teen in a Huntington Beach park, was convicted today of voluntary manslaughter. Jesse Taylor Shockey is now scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22 for the Dec. 21, 2011, slaying.
Former Garden Grove police officer Jesse Andrew Green wiped his eyes as a five-man, seven-woman jury read his verdict today: guilty of raping three women he dated. The jury deadlocked on a fourth sex-assault count against the 35-year-old Huntington Beach resident, who lost his job in November 2010, ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with police providing more details, including why two gun were found at the scene. Update No. 1 identified the man shot by police. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 3, 12:55 P.M.: While serving an arrest warrant for lewd acts involving a child, an Irvine Police officer s ... More >>
Remember the Irvine fellow who was accused of stealing $2.7 million worth of wine from the storage lockers of his son's business? George Osumi II, 65, pleaded guilty Friday to the embezzlement as well as under-reporting more than $3.5 million in payroll to his workers' compensation insurance carrie ... More >>
Another month, another little girl former Disneyland machinist Bryan William Anast is accused of sexually assaulting. In May, the Corona 45-year-old was accused of sex acts with a female relative beginning when she was 11. In June came allegations about a second girl, the 7-year-old daughter of a fr ... More >>
A Long Beach man who used to own a medical equipment supply company pleaded guilty recently to a $2.6 million Medicare fraud scheme. If the scam sounds familiar it should; several Orange County residents have been convicted or implicated for recruiting patients who did not need power wheelchairs, g ... More >>
If Titus Young had proved as elusive on the football field as he has in a Newport Beach courtroom, he might still be in the NFL. Orange County Superior Court Judge Andre Manssourian on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for the former Detroit Lion wide receiver, who has missed four court hearings tie ... More >>