Fullerton cops target a citizen journalist who recorded a January protest at a memorial for Kelly Thomas
Math teacher Melissa Nicole Lindgren pleaded not guilty at her arraignment last week to sexually assaulting three male students at Nicholas Junior High School in Fullerton. But if the La Mirada 28-year-old is ultimately found guilty and must register as a sex offender, she can get tips on how to de ... More >>
A Los Angeles Police Department officer has been charged with child abuse for repeatedly striking a teen relative so severely for misbehavior and poor grades that it left welts and bruises. Daniel Hun Chun, 39, had an arraignment hearing Friday that was continued to May 6 at the North Justice Cente ... More >>
With friends like these ... a jury has found a former family friend guilty of having molested girls who were 5, 8 and 13 at the time. Gary Gruber, 52, of Santa Ana, is scheduled to be sentenced May 16 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.
The California Attorney General's Office will not pursue criminal charges against Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner, whose former law school student claimed to have been coerced into having sex with him, according to Steiner's attorney. "The Attorney (General's Office) made the right ... More >>
The Buena Park Police Department set up one of those stings Thursday morning where they followed DUI offenders who'd just had their drivers licenses suspended or revoked at the North Justice Center. Of 13 people followed out of the courthouse, four were cited for allegedly trying to drive vehicles ... More >>
Big changes are afoot in the Orange County court system thanks to a lack of state funding.The Harbor Justice Center in Laguna Hills will close July 1, and family-law cases handled in Santa Ana Superior Court will be moved to the Lamoureaux Justice Center in Orange.
A former La Habra police officer, who misrepresented himself as an active duty cop on medical leave when he was given a volunteer treasurer position with a nonprofit police football charity he would go on to steal $60,000 from, cut a plea deal that should have him spending a year in jail and m ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with arraignment details.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 11, 4:25 P.M.: Pastor Joseph Angel Olvera, who operates a shelter for at-risk youths at his Lifeline Ministries church in Fullerton, is facing misdemeanor sexual battery charges after a female teen accused the 54-yea ... More >>
See the update with information about today's conviction at the bottom of this post.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 3, 2012 1 P.M.: According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, registered sex offender Robert Bruce Engel is the sort of cat who enjoys masturbating in public spaces for an audience of ... More >>
When we Gazed our Navel on MySpace rapist Jason Ara Erpinar and his unicorn-follicle horn being tried the first time in August 2011, we received comments from his pals claiming there is no way the Yorba Linda 23-year-old sexually assaulted three woman, that we were out to get him and that his victim ... More >>
A Garden Grove man faces trial Wednesday for kicking the head and body of his 45-year-old female roommate with Down Syndrome.Richard Vu Nguyen, also 45, is charged with a felony count of dependent adult abuse that, with a conviction, could land him in state prison for four years. Unfortunately for N ... More >>
It sounds like the Los Angeles Police Department found a regular Cyrano de Bergerac when it hired Sgt. Joshua Jinwook Chong. The Orange County District Attorney says the 41-year-old Fullerton resident sent threatening text messages to an unidentified woman with whom he had formerly been romantica ... More >>
And the bad news just keeps rolling in for the Fullerton Police Department. Today the Orange County District Attorney's Office charged 41-year-old former FPD officer Thomas Mater with one misdemeanor count of destroying evidence relevant to the in-custody death of Dean Gochenour. On April 1 ... More >>
A California Highway Patrol officer who worked out of the Westminster office is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of having blank prescription forms she used to take paid medical time off from work. Deborah Therese Sparso, 46, of Anaheim Hills, could get up to six months in jail with ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 28, 11:48 A.M.: The woman beaten to death Christmas morning--allegedly at the hands of her husband--has been identified as Zazell Preston. An Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement on today's arraignment of William Wallace (pictured at right) also mentions the coup ... More >>
Celebrating the Day of the Dead with some of the county's worst offenders
Courtesy of OCDAArmando MaciasUPDATE, SEPT. 1, 1:26 P.M.: Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno today affirmed the death sentence for gang member Armando Macias, the triggerman in a bizarre family murder plot in 2002.A jury that convicted Macias in April for his role in the slaying followed up ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 25, 8:26 A.M: Sitting on top of his ex-girlfriend so she could not escape and holding his hand over her mouth so she could not scream, Sean Paul Delacerda put the barrel of a gun he'd just placed a bullet in into his mouth and pulled the trigger.Click.The gun did not fire, but th ... More >>
The WadUPDATE, JUNE 24, 10:11 A.M.: I still haven't heard back from the Anaheim City Attorney's office over its prosecution of retired pervy police chief Paul Lawrence Wadley. Perhaps given my history with the case (see the 150 updates that precede this one), they assume I'll blame them for the ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 6, 12:40 P.M.: A Placentia-Linda Hospital anesthesiologist accused of sexually abusing two unconscious females admitted for surgical procedures has had his medical license suspended, according to the California Medical Board.Yashwant Balgiri Giri pleaded not guilty to the charges aga ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAArmando MaciasUPDATE, MAY 19, 6:08 P.M.: A jury today recommended that gang member Armando Macias, 35, of Lancaster, receive the death penalty for his role in a bizarre family murder plot in 2002.It was Macias who "executed" 44-year-old David Montemayor, who was fleeing after bri ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAArmando MaciasUPDATE, APRIL 21, 5:56 P.M.: A jury in Santa Ana today found Armando Macias guilty of murder--a conviction that could bring the 35-year-old Lancaster gang banger the death penalty.Macias was part of the family murder plot of businessman David Montemayor, 44, of Buena ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 15, 2010, 10:43 A.M: 27-year-old Sean Paul Delacerda has been convicted of assaulting an ex-girlfriend with a firearm after accusing her of cheating and violently holding her against her will at gunpoint in her apartment.But the Fullerton resident, who is looking at up to 18 yea ... More >>
David MontemayorUPDATE, MARCH 28, 9:34 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) today goes for a third death penalty conviction and sixth and final conviction overall in the 2002 murder of a Buena Park man that was set in motion by his sister, who was jealous he was being handed ... More >>
As part of a misdemeanor case of filing a false vehicle registration, Fernando Manuel Ruiz of Los Angeles agreed to submit a sample of his DNA to cops.The 38-year-old may not have known at the time that the submission would lead to his arrest for a cold case armed robbery of a Buena Park movie th ... More >>
UPDATE: Three more girls have come forward to allege the suspect exposed himself to them (see end of post) . . . A 21-year-old Anaheim man has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to at least nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 over the last two months.
Eating, texting or ironing your pants behind the wheel are distracting enough, but can you imagine trying to drive with an ice pick sticking out of your head?The ex-boyfriend of Elizabeth Cuevas Villanueva probably did not have time to think of that shortly after he slid into his Mercedes-Benz in ... More >>
We told you last week about Angel Herrera Leal facing a murder charge in Fullerton's North Justice Center a December 2008 crash on the 5 freeway near Disney Way in Anaheim that occurred after the Los Angeles 30-year-old drove several miles the wrong way. Leal was found guilty by a jury today of ... More >>
Andrew Thomas GalloSeparate murder trials for two alleged drunken drivers begin this morning in Orange County.One you've heard a lot about, the other not so much.Guess that's to be expected when a rookie phenom Angels pitcher is a murder victim in the more talked-about case.
Law enforcement is asking people to come forward if they have information on a 29-year-old Anaheim resident who taught martial arts and coached youth soccer in Fullerton.Luis Alberto Pineda is facing multiple child molestation charges in the sexual assaults of two young boys he met while coaching ... More >>
UPDATE: Shawn Kelli Sepulveda was convicted of attempted murder today. Details on her sentencing at end of post . . . A Laguna Niguel woman was convicted today of leaving her newborn daughter to die in an apartment complex dumpster.
A former Anaheim Police Department cadet is accused of stealing more than $225,000 in cash fees paid to the City of Anaheim for the release of impounded vehicles. If convicted, 23-year-old Kainat Syeda of Buena Park could get probation. Or two years in state prison. Or up to 46 years in the big h ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's OfficeSean Paul DelacerdaA Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office this week with assaulting his ex-girlfriend by pointing a gun at her--right after having put a bullet in the weapon, sticking th ... More >>
What is it with guys in their early 20s forcing their dicks on young women around here?The Orange County District Attorney's office reached out to the public Dec. 10 to determine if there are other victims of Jason Ara Erpinar, a Yorba Linda 20-year-old charged with raping three women, two of who ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County District AttorneyJason Ara Erpinar, 20, of Yorba Linda, could get 45 years in prison if the rape charges against him stick.The Orange County District Attorney's office is reaching out to the public today to determine if there are other victims of a 20-year-old Yorba Lind ... More >>