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 >>
A Santa Ana gang member is scheduled to be arraigned later this morning for the unprovoked murder of a 14-year-old rival gang member. Armando Andres Carachure, 25, had a 12-year-old member of his gang by his side when the approached the victim riding a bike at Jerome Park in Santa Ana on June 21. ... 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 >>
See the update at the end of this post about a now former Disneyland machinist facing allegations of sexually assaulting a third child, who was 7 when the abuse is said to have begun.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 4:36 P.M.: When Disneyland machinist Bryan William Anast was arrested and arraigned last month ... More >>
Jessica Gonzalez, who was being sought since Thursday for the fatal shooting of her life partner Jennifer Roberta Solorio in Orange, was shot to death by Santa Ana Police Sunday morning, according to friends and family. Loved ones believe the 35-year-old essentially committed suicide by cop, confron ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with the defendant's not guilty plea and Disneyland's response to the charges.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 24, 12:51 P.M.: Authorities are reaching out to the public in case there are other victims of a Disneyland machinist accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying three adults who have been arrested for the boy's fatal stabbing and the disclosure that an unnamed juvenile was also held.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 24, 9:12 A.M.: A 14-year-old boy died early Saturday from stab wounds he suffered hours hours earlier at t ... More >>
A jury today found a male nurse guilty of sexually assaulting two male patients who were medically incapacitated and, while posing as a doctor, jerking off a third man under the guise of a medical exam at Anaheim's Western Medical Center.Richard Alan Nolan, 48, of Buena Park, faces up to 34 years to ... More >>
A Brinks Armored Car company guard spent Christmas Eve 2011 threatening a Harbor Boulevard prostitute in Santa Ana with a Taser, tying her up, raping her and later telling a detective, "I did tie her up. I want to man up. I've been carrying this around with me."That was revealed in Orange County Sup ... More >>
Trial was scheduled to begin today for Richard Alan Nolan, a nurse accused of sexually assaulting two male patients at Anaheim's Western Medical Center.Charged in 2010 with five felonies ranging from sexual battery on an institutionalized victim to oral copulation, the 47-year-old made bail and has ... More >>
An Anaheim physician was recently convicted in federal court for his role in a $1.5 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.Dr. Sri J. Wijegunaratne, 58, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, another count of conspiracy to commit hea ... More >>
The trial of suspected serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo likely will not begin until May 2014.While the 25-year-old Yorba Linda man accused of fatally stabbing a mother, her adult son and four homeless men has a Nov. 1 court date, his attorneys asked an Orange County Superior Court judge today fo ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Three men, including a brazen public-library abuser, get punished for kiddie porn
An 18-year-old--who at 15 was charged as an adult for the murder of a La Habra teen beaten and stabbed to death at a Halloween night 2009 house party--pleaded guilty last week to voluntary manslaughter with a sentencing enhancement for gang activity.Rene Antonio Lobos, also of La Habra, was immediat ... More >>
The president of the Anaheim Police Association (APA) has issued a statement in support of Wednesday's announcement by the Orange County District Attorney that there will be no criminal charges against an officer who shot and killed an unarmed gang member in July 2012."We are very pleased that our o ... More >>
The Orange County district attorney's office on Monday filed DUI charges against Lake Forest City Councilman Peter Herzog, who is accused of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit."Hey, Cokehead, doesn't Lake Forest close medical-marijuana clinics with gusto?"Indeed.
In June 2010, Buena Park mobile home resident Andrew Cervantes (AKA "Tank") aged four years in an instant when--at the age of 14 and in the eighth grade--he paused a Santa Ana bicycle ride to buy candy to ask another teenage hoodlum, Manual Orozco, a gang-world question: "Where you from?" Cerva ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the suspect making bail as dozens and dozens of additional alleged victims come forward.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 11, 4:13 P.M.: A 30-year-old teacher at Servite High School, the all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim, is accused of posing as a woman on Facebook t ... More >>
A Santa Ana man with a history of crime and a restraining taken out by his mother for the violence directed at her received the maximum sentence today for the second degree murder of her house guest, who was stabbed in the chest with a pocket knife.Saul Jose Salazar, 29, was sentenced to 16 years t ... More >>
Counterfeiters, an innovative short film by Laguna Niguel's Bryce Hirschberg that was filmed in one continuous shot, makes its television debut tonight. Fine Cut: KCET's Annual Festival of Student Films, a five-week series that showcases documentaries, comedic, dramatic and animated shorts by stud ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's Office announced today it will file an additional arson charge against Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, the UC Irvine professor accused of setting several fires and writing threatening emails against students and high school administrators in the wake of his possibly b ... More >>
Two ex-administrators are the latest to be convicted in the massive medical insurance billing fraud case involving the since-closed Unity Surgical Outpatient Center of Buena Park. Dee Francis, 63, was sentenced to six years in state prison after pleading guilty the various counts Friday, while his f ... More >>