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.
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 >>
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
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.
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 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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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?
See update number one with details on the felony charges at the bottom of this post. ORIGINAL POST, Jan. 8, 6:00 P.M.: Iconic punk musician and professional skateboarder Duane Peters was arrested by the Long Beach Police Department on felony charges just before midnight Friday. According to records ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
See the update at the end of Page 2 where the judge explains his sentence for the professor. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 3:29 P.M.: The UC Irvine professor who became a serial arsonist and either a wannabe mass killer/rapist--or someone who fantasized about that--after his bullied 14-year-old son hange ... More >>
A 38-year-old Aliso Viejo woman is to be arraigned today for allegedly setting fires to her home and car to collect $128,000 in insurance payments and of lying to reap $85,000 in welfare, housing, and MediCal benefits for which she did not qualify. Andrea Michelle Robinson is also accused of recei ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Once-proud white-supremacist gangster offers unusual conviction appeal
A Santa Ana woman has pleaded guilty to encouraging a 9-year-old female relative to have sex with the woman's live-in boyfriend. Estela Garcia, 30, copped to seven felony counts of lewd acts with a minor and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 25.
Two more burglars in that rash of thefts from Orange County churches, temples and other religious facilities pleaded guilty and were sentenced to a year in jail each. Robert Lee Dennis, 45, of Santa Ana, and Fernando Flores, 21, of Garden Grove, received the same jail time as Daniel Ruben Cortes, 2 ... More >>
Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson escaped murder counts when the 30-year-old Lake Forest resident was convicted in May of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbings of a Santa Margarita Catholic High School hockey coach and his friend in 2011. But the sentence Tombleson received today was still stiff ... More >>