The Tustin Police Department has released a photo of an alleged sexual predator who is being sought for an attack on a female in a gated community. He is identified as Silverado 22-year-old Samuel Ostgaard, who knew the victim before the sexual assault, according to Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright. ... More >>
Police have made an arrest in the Oct. 4 theft of a box that presumably held wedding cards, cash and gift cards at a Tustin Ranch Golf Course reception--presumably because detectives say they found "evidence" related to the crime at the suspect's residence but nothing of monetary value.
A piano teacher who molested girls ages 9 and 12 he met through Agape House of Prayer in Anaheim has been sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison. A worship team leader who gave electronic keyboard lessons at Agape, 35-year-old David Elifar Verduzco of Santa Ana had befriended the families of ... More >>
Call this a tale of three recent Orange County weddings and, fittingly, we'll start with the one that has a life at stake.
An Anaheim Hills man who lured a boy into a Tustin library restroom, had sex with the 13-year-old and then claimed it was all the kid's idea was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.
The Tustin Police Department's Traffic Unit holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint and the Orange County Sheriff's Department's DUI Task Force will be out in force in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and Rancho Santa Margarita tonight.
"On 03/15/14 at 8:15 P.M. the Tustin Police Department received a call from mall security of two suspicious males entering the movie theaters at 2457 Park," reads a release from Lt. John Strain, the agency's spokesman. "One of the suspects was wearing a backpack. Officers responded to the scene and ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Tustin police fail to kill federal lawsuit over alleged lies, brutality
Damn, Moxley takes a vacation day and major developments happen with his stories. First, it was the Andy Tran death-by-cop case settlement. Then it was the Judge Scott Steiner sex-with-law-school student probe. Now comes a creep Moxley wrote up getting convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old ... More >>
Scott John Henderson is a California inmate sitting in an Arizona prison, and he's mad as hell. Henderson--who is 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds--claims Orange County's "racist" criminal-justice system convicted him in 2010 of robbing a man for a measly $60 near Tustin, and then sentenced him to nine year ... More >>
A lead attorney in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse case that broke in Los Angeles last year has turned his attention to the Orange County Social Services Agency. Brian Claypool accuses the agency's Child Protective Services (CPS) workers of "aiding and abetting the commission of child ab ... More >>
Nothing really stands out when you look at Brian Joseph Eastman, but the Tustin Police Department hopes some ladies out there in Viewerland will recognize the 25-year-old Irvine resident.And if they do, these females may discover Eastman has photos and videos of them and, even creepier, what's up th ... More >>
A call about a guy being beaten in a car parked in a Tustin residential neighborhood, and some follow-up police investigation, led to the discovery of an alleged conspiracy/kidnapping/attempted murder plot by an Arizona drug cartel.That's the spin from the Tustin Police Department, which claims the ... More >>
Chase Jeffrey White appears from the booking photo at right to be about 12 but, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) he's 21, from Tustin and linked to the rape of a 17-year-old girl he did not know in a hometown park.After a DNA database hit, White was charged with a fe ... More >>
Updates throughout. The latest is Update No. 8 at the bottom of page 4 with conflicting reports about the female victim's employment.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 19, 8:22 A.M.: Three people were killed and two others were wounded in a 25-minute spree of shootings that began in an upscale Ladera Ranch neighbo ... More >>
The multi-agency "Avoid the 38" Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.Exact intersections were not revealed.
Daniel Vidal Santana pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping, assault producing great bodily injury, two counts of sexual assault and auto theft for an early morning crime wave that included beating up a stripper he met at an Anaheim Club. As the Stanton resident awaits an Oct. 26 Superior Court senten ... More >>
It sounded like the perfect summertime crime. Early in the morning on May 27, six men cut through a fence and entered Tustin's Raj Manufacturing, the maker of swimwear lines such as St. John, Hurley, Guess and Reef. They grabbed $200,000 worth of bathing suits, loaded them into a white van and fled, ... More >>
International serial rapist Ali Achekzai, who was convicted of six felony counts last month after Orange County authorities had the 34-year-old extradited from Austria, was sentenced today to 61 years to life in state prison. Before the former Ladera Ranch resident learned his fate, one of three ... More >>
A South Dakota man who allegedly posed as a DEA agent, robbed a Tustin man and then stole from the victim's family earlier this month was traced by police to an Anaheim Motel 6, where he was busted.James Robert Anderson, 35, was held on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping and burglary, according to ... More >>
"Hard money lender" Mark Alan Helsing was sentenced today to 15 years in state prison and three years of probation for stealing $6.9 million from investors in a Ponzi and real estate fraud scheme. The Tustin 53-year-old will also have to come up with restitution, which is to be determined at a ... More >>
ArroyoThe beginning of the end of an Orange County crime ring came with the late August 2009 arrest of a man, who was hiding near a shed in Oceanside, for being involved in a Laguna Beach jewelry store robbery. What authorities did not know at the time was he would be tied to another robbery earl ... More >>
Hamilton County SOJames Ernest HuttonA Tustin man and his pal who moved to Tennessee face charges of sexually assaulting boys ages 7 to 11 whose images of sexual acts with the suspects were found on a computer flash drive by one victim's mother, according to authorities.Jimmy Ernest Hutton, 24, w ... More >>
Two Orange County investment "experts" have been convicted of bilking friends and elderly folks out of nearly $10 million in separate Ponzi schemes that funded their lavish lifestyles.The bigger thief, when it came to funds swindled, is Mark Alan Helsing. The 53-year-old Tustin resident was conv ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 7, 5:01 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled Wednesday that Akeem Jelani Johnson must stand trial for allegedly raping a drunken Australian tourist outside Godfather's Bar in Tustin that day after Thanksgiving 2010.However, Goethals dismissed charges against ... More >>
The Tustin Police Department is "goin' Costa Mesa" on us.No, that does not mean half of the force is going to be laid off like those boys and girls in blue in Messa. Or, at least the TPD coppers had better hope that's not what it means; with Jerry Amante as your mayor one never knows.But this muc ... More >>
OCDALawrence Joseph Brown's booking photoUPDATE, APRIL 11, 3:46 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office continues to work toward keeping convicted child rapist Lawrence Joseph Brown off the streets indefinitely, filing a new petition to have him committed to a mental institution as a s ... More >>
OCDALawrence Joseph Brown's booking photoOrange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas held a press conference this afternoon to lay out what he and fellow OC authorities have planned to keep a violent rapist out of the community.The DA called out the Department of Mental Health (DMH) for faili ... More >>
Update, January 10, 5:23 p.m.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office has released to the media surveillance photos taken from Godfather's bar in Tustin early Nov. 26 of a man who is believed to have participated in helping facilitate a woman's rape.On the following page, you'll see larger ... More >>
R. Scott Moxley told you in January about the capture of Ali Achekzai, a onetime Ladera Ranch resident and alleged Southern California serial rapist who was found living in Salzburg, Austria, through a DNA match. Tonight, the 32-year-old on District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' Ten Most Wanted list ... More >>
Flickr user Aaron Gustafson / Creative CommonsMeant to clean things.Jonathan Jimenez-Gonzalez couldn't take "no" for an answer, so now he's going to prison.
beachcitiescalvary.orgJim Kempner (the older man in the center) and other Beach Cities Calvary pastors.Enrollment has been declining at Prince of Peace School, a private Christian preschool and K-6 elementary campus in Costa Mesa's Mesa Verde neighborhood, since revelations surfaced that the past ... More >>
UPDATED WITH STILL ANOTHER ARREST . . . Suspect photos courtesy of Tustin Police DepartmentArrested in the murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez, who was gunned down around 2 a.m. Jan. 10 in Tustin and is shown at bottom right, are (clockwise from top left): John Saway; David Escobar; Pablo ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly crime round-up--now with more blatant Arrested Development imagery.Could Tobias Fünke be the "Blue Note Bandit" (Wednesday) or the man making "blown" offers (Thursday)?TUESDAY, DEC. 1Nice Racks! After pulling over a silver 2004 Acura TL four-door at Newport Boulevard and ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--with an especially heavy emphasis on San Clemente and Huntington Beach. MONDAY, OCT. 5 He died for your remote. Who's the Patron Saint of Stupidity Again? A 50-inch Viso plasma TV was stolen out of the beer tent erected for the weekend F ... More >>
Wikipedia CommonsImagine being 16-year-old Jane Doe from the "Haidl Three" gang-rape case. First, you discover three guys knocked you out with gin, sprawled your unconscious body on a pool table and garage sofa and then shoved a Snapple bottle, a lit cigarette, an apple-juice can, a pool stick an ... More >>
Tustin Police DepartmentIrvine-based former UFC fighter Kimo Leopoldo, who was sentenced on Monday to 10 days of community service following a February arrest in Tustin, is not dead, Yahoo! reports--despite articles to the contrary published earlier today from sources including TMZ, the Huffington P ... More >>
Weekly editorial assistant Amanda Parsons receives all kinds of phone calls during the day. On the other end of the receiver--generally--are your garden-variety nutbars, droolers and shim shamsters. But the call she received Wednesday afternoon was different. Angela Jolitz was distraught. She's live ... More >>
Stained: The deeper the LA Times reads into Sheriff Mike Carona's indictment, the more ugliness they find. Today's tidbit: the sheriff and his wife allegedly received $25,000 from a paintball firm for getting primo placement at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Note that Mrs. Carona is pr ... More >>
OC cops seek to expand anti-public-drinking laws to private property
Lawsuit alleges mystery snuff film shows police informants death
Retired cop says death of Mr. Js informant was too much of a coincidence
How a strip-club love triangle landed an OC man in federal prison
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