Wednesday, June 9, 2010

But Who Was The Better Singer??

MAN FACES TRIAL FOR STABBING AND MURDERING ACQUAINTANCE IN PARK AFTER DISPUTE OVER WHO WAS A BETTER SINGER
*Co-defendant has pleaded guilty in this case and is expected to testify in the trial

SANTA ANA - A man faces trial tomorrow for stabbing and murdering an acquaintance in a park after an argument over who was a better singer. Julian Sermano, 58, San Juan Capistrano, is charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of aggravated assault, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Department C-38, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Co-defendant Maurico Molina, 34, San Juan Capistrano, pleaded guilty Sept. 4, 2009, to one felony count of voluntary manslaughter with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. He was sentenced May 21, 2010, to 11 years in state prison. Molina is expected to testify in the jury trial.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on June 6, 2007, Sermano is accused of being in San Juan Capistrano Park off Ortega Highway with acquaintances Molina and 39-year-old Blas Gutierrez. The defendant is accused of drinking in the park with his two companions as the three sat singing.

Sermano is accused of becoming angry and getting into an argument with Gutierrez, who complained about Sermano's singing and boasted that he was a better singer. The defendant is accused of getting into a physical fight with Gutierrez, which Molina attempted to break up. Molina began fighting with Gutierrez, pulled out a pocket knife, and stabbed the victim twice.

While Molina and Gutierrez were fighting, Sermano is accused of taking out a knife and attempting to stab the victim, missing and inadvertently stabbing Molina instead. When Molina fell to the ground, Sermano is accused of again turning on Gutierrez and repeatedly stabbing him after chasing him through the park.

Molina called 911 to receive help for his stab wound.  Responding paramedics discovered Gutierrez nearby. Gutierrez and Molina were both transported to Mission Hospital. Gutierrez was pronounced dead minutes after arriving at the hospital, suffering from multiple stab wounds to his chest and stomach. Molina was hospitalized for several days for a lacerated liver from being stabbed.

More Cop Trouble, Jurors (who automatically believe the cops)

June 9, 2010

Case # TBA

OCSD DEPUTY CHARGED WITH INJURING 78-YEAR-OLD IN CRASH WHILE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
*Defendant is also charged with using fake cocaine to buy prescription drugs in an unrelated case

SANTA ANA - An off-duty Orange County Sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged today with injuring a 78-year-old woman after crashing into her car while driving under the influence of prescription drugs. He is also charged with using fake cocaine to purchase prescription drugs. Allan James Waters, 36, Laguna Niguel, has been charged with one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury and two felony counts of selling a substance in lieu of cocaine with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years and four months in state prison. Waters is being held on $100,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned Friday, June 11, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.  

Driving Under the Influence Causing Injury Charge
At approximately 4:45 p.m. on March 1, 2010, Waters is accused of driving southbound on Golden Lantern Street in Dana Point. He is accused of failing to stop and crashing into the back of a vehicle that had stopped at a red light in front of him. Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) responded to the scene and released Waters and the other driver approximately 30 minutes later after taking a report of the incident. The responding deputies were aware that Waters was an OCSD employee.

At approximately 5:20 p.m., seven minutes after leaving the scene of the first crash, Waters is accused of driving northbound on Golden Lantern Street. He is accused of driving erratically including failing to accelerate at a green light, stopping partially in an intersection on a red light, and almost crashing into a passing motorist. Multiple drivers called 911 to report his driving.

Waters is accused of swerving and hitting the curb before over-correcting and swerving to his left. He is accused of crossing over the middle lane and crashing into a vehicle driving in the far left lane. The victim's vehicle was forced over a planter onto the wrong side of the road, where it came to a stop facing northbound in the southbound lanes.

The defendant is accused of driving forward for a short distance before coming to a stop. OCSD deputies arrived at the scene and contacted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to investigate. CHP officers contacted Waters at the scene. The defendant is accused of displaying objective signs of drug intoxication including slurred speech, a lack of balance, and trouble following directions. Waters is accused of being impaired while driving and under the influence of prescription drugs Zolpidem and Hydrocodone. He was arrested at the scene. He was later released pending further investigation.

The driver of the victim's car sustained minor injuries. The passenger in that vehicle, a 78-year-old woman, was transported to the hospital and sustained injuries to her back for which she later had surgery.

Drug Charges
During the driving under the influence investigation, detectives also began investigating Waters for drug-related charges. On April 15, 2010 and April 30, 2010, Waters is accused of meeting a friend after arranging to receive Opanas and Oxycontin, prescription drugs, in exchange for money and cocaine.  He is accused of providing the friend with a fake white powdery substance under the false pretense that it was cocaine.

OCSD arrested Waters this afternoon, Wednesday, June 9, 2010.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Truly Tragic..

DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FACES TRIAL FOR CRASHING INTO AND MURDERING MOM WHO WAS RIDING BIKE WITH SON

SANTA ANA - A driver under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol faces trial tomorrow for murdering a woman by crashing his car into her while she was riding her bike on the sidewalk with her son. Alex David Trujillo, 45, Garden Grove, is charged with one felony count of murder and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. in Department C-34, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At approximately 4:55 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2008, 46-year-old Catherine Busse was riding her bike on Lampson Avenue in Seal Beach with her 15-year-old son, Samuel Busse. The pair was riding on the sidewalk. Trujillo is accused of veering off the road up onto the sidewalk at 45 mph while driving under the influence of multiple prescription drugs and with a blood alcohol level of .11 percent.

Trujillo is accused of crashing his car into Catherine Busse, who was thrown from her bike and landed nearby. Witnesses called 911 and detained Trujillo until police arrived. Catherine Busse died at the scene due to blunt force trauma to the head. Her son, Samuel Busse, was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

How Did I Get Caught?

June 7, 2010

Case # 10NF1223

TRUCK RENTAL COMPANY SECRETARY CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING OVER $140,000 BY FORGING CHECKS AND FALSIFYING COMPANY FINANCIAL RECORDS

Well, for starters, Don't Make Them Payable To Yourself! And Then Deposit in Your Personal Account!

SANTA ANA - A truck rental company secretary was convicted today of embezzling over $140,000 by writing company checks to herself and falsifying business financial records.  Beverly Joan Winter, 59, Tustin, pleaded guilty to a court offer to 34 felony counts of forgery and 34 felony counts of falsifying records with sentencing enhancements and allegations for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, loss over $100,000, and property damage over $65,000. She was sentenced to one year in jail, five years of probation, and ordered to pay full restitution. The People objected to the court's offer, advocating for a sentence of three years in state prison based on Winter's criminal record, violation of trust,
amount of theft, and number of violations.

In early 2005, Winter began working as secretary for David Linskens, owner of Five Star Water Truck Rental, Inc. (Five Star) in Anaheim. Five Star provides water trucks and licensed operators to companies that require a water source for large scale construction projects.  As company secretary, Winter was responsible for managing the company's finances and had access and control over the company's bank account, checks, and financial records.

Between June 29, 2005, and July 28, 2008, Winter forged over 130 company checks, making them payable to herself, and deposited them into her personal bank account. She wrote herself checks amounting to more than $140,000 without the knowledge or consent of Linskens. In order to conceal the theft, Winter falsified the company's financial records by altering the payee to reflect a legitimate business or individual with whom the company did business.  

In early September 2008, the bank contacted Linskens to inform him that Five Star's account had been overdrawn. Upon comparing the company's bank account statements and accounting records, Linskens discovered several financial inconsistencies and contacted the police.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Brilliant!--Until He Got Caught

MAN CHARGED WITH GRAND THEFT OVER $3.5 MILLION IN FRAUDULENT SCHEME OF REAL PROPERTY THEFT AND RENTING OUT HOUSES

SANTA ANA - A man was charged today with stealing over $3.5 million in a fraudulent scheme of real property theft and renting out houses he took over. Blair Christopher Hanloh, 46, Long Beach, is charged with eight felony counts of grand theft, five felony counts of recording false and forged instruments, one felony count of second degree commercial burglary, and sentencing enhancement allegations for property theft over $65,000, $200,000, $1.3 million, $3.2 million, and aggravated white collar crime over $100,000 and $500,000. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 21 years in state prison. Hanloh is scheduled to be arraigned July 14, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Hanloh owned and operated Blair Hanloh Trustee of Diversified Management Trust (Diversified Management). He is accused of starting this company to file quitclaim deeds to fraudulently transfer properties from himself to Diversified Management. A quitclaim deed is a document filed with the County Recorder's Office that severs ownership of the person filing from a specified property and passes ownership to another named party.

Prior to Feb. 1, 2010, Hanloh is accused of going to properties on Birch Tree Lane in Anaheim and Sea Bright Drive in San Clemente to assess whether they were vacant or mid-foreclosure. He did not own these homes. The defendant is accused of posting an abandoned property notice on the houses. After a couple of weeks, Hanloh is accused of fraudulently taking possession of the houses, drilling the locks and entering the homes. He is accused of changing the locks and posting a "No Trespassing" sign on the houses.

On Feb. 1, 2010, Hanloh is accused of filing two fraudulent quitclaim deeds on Birch Tree and Sea Bright Drive homes. The defendant is accused of fixing up the homes and posting them for rent on Craigslist. He is accused of renting out the properties to unsuspecting families by having them sign a fraudulent lease agreement.

On March 5, 2010, Hanloh is accused of taking possession of and filing a fraudulent quitclaim deed on a property on Rainview Court in Anaheim. Hanloh is accused of entering the house with the intent to commit larceny. On March 11, 2010, Hanloh is accused of fraudulently taking possession of two houses, one in foreclosure on Del Gado Road in Dana Point and the other due to be sold in public auction on Avenida Valencia in San Clemente. He is accused of filing fraudulent quitclaim deeds and renting out the houses to unsuspecting renters by having them sign fraudulent lease agreements.

The Anaheim Police Department began investigating Hanloh after they received a call from the legal owner of the Rainview Court property about tenants in his home that he did not know and had not rented from him.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

There You Have It.

SANTA ANA - A Tustin man was sentenced today to two years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting a Tustin High School student while she was walking home. Jonathan Jimenez-Gonzalez, 19, Tustin, pleaded guilty May 10, 2010, to one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, attempted sexual penetration by foreign object by force, sexual battery, false imprisonment, and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

On Sept. 30, 2009, Jimenez-Gonzalez followed 18-year-old Jane Doe as she walked home from Tustin High School. Jimenez-Gonzalez, who is not a student at the victim's high school, asked Jane Doe if he could walk her home. After Jane Doe refused, he continued to follow and talk to the victim and lured her into a laundry room of an apartment complex on Williams Street in Tustin. Jimenez-Gonzalez sexually assaulted Jane Doe by attempting to digitally penetrate her. The defendant exposed his penis to Jane Doe by pulling down his pants. Jimenez-Gonzalez then fled the scene after someone walked into the laundry room. The victim reported the incident soon thereafter to the Tustin Police Department.

Friday, May 21, 2010

EVEN THE DUKES OF HAZZARD ARE JEALOUS

NEWPORT BEACH - A Los Alamitos man pleaded guilty today to recklessly driving under the influence of alcohol into a correctional facility and assaulting a facility officer. Matthew Van McDaniel, 25, pleaded guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault on an officer, one felony count of an ex-convict entering grounds of a correctional facility, one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood level of .08 percent or more, and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury was found true. McDaniel's 2003 prior strike conviction for assault with a deadly weapon was also admitted. He was sentenced to nine years in state prison.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2010, McDaniel was driving under the influence of alcohol. He rushed the gates of the James Musick Correctional Facility in Irvine and drove a Mercedes Benz S550 into the facility. He recklessly drove inside the property and crashed the car into a tree. Sergeant Fabris, a facility officer, tried to restrain the defendant, but McDaniel punched the officer in the face while trying to escape. McDaniel was restrained by facility officers and exhibited signs of intoxication including slurred speech and emitting an odor of alcohol from his breath. During the booking process, the defendant had a blood alcohol level of .14 percent.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

CREEPY COP CAUGHT--REMEMBER THAT PROSPECTIVE JURORS

Look, in every trial, jurors bend over backwards to believe an officer that they don't know and automatically assume has the integrity of Abraham. This guy was a cop too. DId you buy his bullshit?

FORMER POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED OF VICTIMIZING THREE WOMEN, INCLUDING FORCING ONE TO ENGAGE IN SEX ACTS UNDER THREAT OF DEPORTATION

SANTA ANA - A former police officer for the Anaheim Police Department (APD) was convicted today of victimizing three women while on duty in a marked police patrol car, including threatening to have two of them deported and forcing one to orally copulate him. Bradley Stewart Wagner, 62, Perris, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of forcible oral copulation and oral copulation under the color of authority for Jane Doe #1, one felony count of sexual battery by restraint for Jane Doe #2, and one felony count of false imprisonment by violence or deceit and one misdemeanor count of being an officer acting without regular process for Jane Doe #3. Wagner faces a sentence of four years in state prison at his sentencing on July 14, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Jane Doe #1
Shortly after midnight on Nov. 11, 2005, Wagner turned on his overhead lights and pulled Jane Doe #1 over on Kramer Boulevard while on-duty in a marked patrol car. The victim, who is primarily a Spanish speaker, was driving home alone from work in her van and pulled over in a parking lot.

Wagner approached the victim's window and asked if she had any legal papers or a driver's license. Upon learning that Jane Doe #1 did not have any legal papers, the defendant told the victim that he could have her deported and instructed her to move her car across the street into another parking lot on East La Jolla Avenue. The defendant followed Jane Doe #1 across the street, had her get out of her vehicle, and fondled her breasts under the false pretense of searching her. He told the crying victim that he wanted sex from her in exchange for not having her deported.

Wagner again instructed Jane Doe #1 to move her van, this time leading her to a dark, secluded industrial area. He had Jane Doe #1 get out of her van, pulled up her shirt to expose her bra, and forced her to pull down her pants. The victim pleaded for the defendant to stop and told him she was married with children. The defendant exposed his erect penis and forced Jane Doe #1 to orally copulate him by repeatedly pushing her head down as she gagged and struggled to pull away. The defendant finally released the victim as she began to vomit. He then wrote a phone number on a lottery ticket, gave it to the victim, and left.

Jane Doe #1 reported the sexual assault the following day to APD. As a result of media coverage on this case, two additional victims came forward. None of the three victims know each other or the defendant.

Jane Doe #2
Between Oct. 31, 2005, and Nov. 5, 2005, Wagner pulled over Jane Doe #2, an unlicensed Spanish speaking woman, on two occasions while on-duty in a marked patrol car. The second time Jane Doe #2 was pulled over, Wagner had the victim follow him into a secluded alley behind a business. The defendant asked Jane Doe #2 for sex after telling her that she could be deported or be sent to jail, and rubbed her vagina over her clothes. Wagner asked the victim for sex, but let her go after she resisted and agreed to meet him the following night. The victim did not return to meet the defendant.

Jane Doe #3
Between Sept. 1, 2005, and Nov. 10, 2005, Wagner pulled over Jane Doe #3, an undocumented Spanish speaking woman, on four occasions while on-duty in a marked patrol car. The defendant asked the victim personal questions, including whether she was married or had children, and let her go each time without writing her a ticket.

Per THE OC DA:SEX CASE + RES BURG= LOTS OF PRISON TIME

SECOND STRIKER TO BE ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES SURROUNDING FOUR RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES AND SEXUAL ASSAULTS ON
TWO GIRLS UNDER 14
*Defendant was linked through DNA to the sexual assault of Jane Doe #1

SANTA ANA - A second striker will be arraigned today on charges surrounding four residential burglaries and sexual assaults on two girls under the age of 14. Roberto Jacobo Reyes, 47, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of forcible lewd act on a child under 14, one felony count of lewd act upon child under 14, and two felony counts of first degree residential burglary with sentencing enhancements and allegations for committing lewd acts during the commission of residential burglaries and committing lewd acts on multiple victims. The defendant also faces enhancements for a prior strike conviction and prison prior from a 2003 residential burglary (Case #02CF3324). If convicted, he faces a sentence of 115 years and eight months to life in state prison. The People will be requesting that the defendant be held on $1 million bail at his arraignment scheduled for today, Thursday, May 20, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2010, Reyes is accused of entering the bedroom of 11-year-old Jane Doe #1 while she was asleep. He is accused of kissing Jane Doe #1's face and breasts. Reyes is also accused of fondling the victim's vagina and breasts over her clothes, waking Jane Doe #1. Reyes is accused of holding down the victim and covering her mouth so she was unable to scream. Jane Doe #1 kicked and ran out of her bedroom and called police. Reyes is accused of fleeing the scene. Santa Ana Police Department Crime Scene Investigators collected DNA evidence at the scene.

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2010, Reyes is accused of breaking into 13-year-old Jane Doe #2's Santa Ana residence through her bedroom window. Reyes is accused of rubbing Jane Doe #2 down the side of her body while she was sleeping. He is accused of waking Jane Doe #2 causing her to scream. Reyes is accused of fleeing the scene. The victim called 911.

In the early morning of Oct. 25, 2009, Reyes is accused of entering the home of 19-year-old Jane Doe #3 in Santa Ana. While the victim was asleep, the defendant is accused of rubbing her thigh and waking Jane Doe #3. When the victim screamed, Reyes is accused of fleeing the scene. Jane Doe #3 called police.

In the early morning of July 12, 2009, Reyes is accused of breaking into 22-year-old Jane Doe #4's Santa Ana residence while she was sleeping. The defendant is accused of reaching through the window and touching the foot of the victim, waking Jane Doe #4. The victim screamed and the defendant is accused of fleeing the scene. Jane Doe #4 called 911 later that morning.


On May 7, 2010, the DNA collected at the crime scene involving Jane Doe #1 was linked to Reyes' DNA. The defendant had previously submitted a DNA sample as a result of the 2003 burglary conviction. The defendant was sentenced to four years in state prison for that case and deported back to Mexico upon completing his sentence. The defendant is accused of illegally returning to Orange County and committing these crimes. Reyes was linked to the crimes surrounding Jane Doe #2, Jane Doe #3, and Jane Doe #4 through additional evidence collected during the investigation. Reyes is married with children.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Real Estate---OC Style

BROKER CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY WITH BOYFRIEND AND HIS BROTHER TO COMMIT $17.5 MILLION IN REAL ESTATE FRAUD BY PURCHASING HOMES USING STOLEN IDENTITIES AND INTENTIONALLY DEFAULTING ON LOANS
*Co-defendant boyfriend and brother have warrants for their arrest

WESTMINSTER - A real estate broker was convicted today of conspiring with her boyfriend and his brother to commit $17.5 million in real estate fraud by purchasing 35 properties using stolen identities and intentionally defaulting on loans in order to steal the loan money.  Kathy Chen, 49, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury of 136 felony counts including one count of conspiracy, 47 counts of grand theft, one count of attempted grand theft, 37 counts of forgery, 27 counts of recording false documents, 15 counts of identity theft, one count of elder financial exploitation, four counts of forging an official seal, and three counts of filing false tax returns. The sentencing enhancements for causing loss in excess of $2.5 million and $100,000 were found true. Chen faces a sentence up to 111 years in state prison at her sentencing July 9, 2010, in Department W-9, West Justice Center, Westminster.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

You Had Me at "Gymnastics Coach"

May 14, 2010

Case # 09NF2655

FORMER GYMNASTICS COACH SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 16-YEAR-OLD.
*Defendant was serving in U.S. Army at the time of his arrest and was extradited to Orange County from Arizona

FULLERTON - A former gymnastics coach was sentenced today to one year in jail and three years of formal probation for having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Jason Wayne Scofield, 37, formerly of Fullerton, pleaded guilty to the court Feb. 23, 2010, to two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, one felony count of sodomy of a person under 18, two felony counts of digital penetration of a minor, and one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object. The maximum possible sentence for these charges is seven years and eight months in state prison. The People objected today to the court offer, advocating that the defendant should also be required to register as a sex offender.

Scofield met 16-year-old Jane Doe while working as a gymnastics coach at Wildfire Gymnastics in Tustin. Between Feb. 17, 2009, and June 30, 2009, Scofield had an unlawful sexual relationship with the victim on numerous occasions in his car and at his Fullerton home.

Sometime after June 2009, Scofield joined the U.S. Army and was sent to Arizona for his military duty. While serving in Arizona, Jane Doe's parents learned of the unlawful sexual relationship between their daughter and Scofield after receiving an e-mail from a concerned friend. Charges were filed and a warrant was issued for Scofield on Sept. 18, 2009.

A few days after the issuance of the warrant, Scofield was arrested in Arizona. The defendant was living in Ft. Huachuca, AZ, at the time of his arrest. He was brought back to Orange County, Oct. 21, 2009, to face charges.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

STAY AWAY FROM TRAILER PARKS

SANTA ANA - A driver was sentenced today to six years in state prison for hitting and killing a man with a truck after a birthday party at a mobile home park. Felix Anthony Abreu, 22, Anaheim, pleaded guilty to the court to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one felony count of hit and run with injury.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2008, Abreu left a birthday party in the Quiet Village Mobile Home Park in Santa Ana, where 25-year-old Arthur Carmona had also been in attendance. Abreu got into the driver's seat of a gray 2002 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck, which was registered to a friend, and was recklessly driving at an unsafe speed in the mobile home park.

The defendant turned at a blind corner at an unsafe speed as Carmona, who was outside of the party, and several others attempted to run out of the way to avoid being struck by the defendant. Abreu almost collided with a parked car before hitting the victim. Abreu then reversed and crashed into a brick wall before accelerating and fleeing the scene.

Carmona was transported to Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead due to multiple blunt force trauma injuries including a laceration to the heart.

The Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) contacted Abreu the following day. After additional investigation by SAPD, Abreu was arrested Oct. 2, 2008, and was charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office on Oct. 3, 2008.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

COPS GONE WILD

WESTMINSTER - The Orange County District Attorney's Office filed charges today against a Costa Mesa police officer for hiding a Global Positioning System (GPS) device in a woman's vehicle without her knowledge. Aaron Paul Parsons, 30, Costa Mesa, is charged with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of an electronic tracking device. If convicted, Parsons faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 28, 2010, at the West Justice Center in Westminster. The Department and time are to be determined.

Parsons is a police officer with the Costa Mesa Police Department. On March 18, 2010, Parsons is accused of hiding a GPS device in 32-year-old Jane Doe's vehicle. He is accused of tracking her and showing up unexpectedly to places he did not frequent at the same time as the woman.

After several run-ins, Jane Doe became suspicious and checked her car. She found the GPS device, which belonged to the Costa Mesa Police Department, and reported it to police.

PLAIN OLD COP CRAZY

FULLERTON - A deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was charged this week with assaulting an ex-girlfriend with a firearm after accusing her of cheating and violently holding her against her will at gunpoint in her apartment.     Sean Paul Delacerda, 26, Fullerton, was charged Tuesday, April 20, 2010, with one felony count each of assault with a firearm, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence battery. He faces a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. If convicted on all counts, Delacerda faces a maximum sentence of 18 years in state prison. The defendant is being held without bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment May 7, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department N-3, North Justice Center, Fullerton.  

On April 18, 2010, Delacerda is accused of entering the home of his ex-girlfriend, Jane Doe, whom he had dated for two months, without the victim's permission. The victim was not home. When Jane Doe arrived home at approximately 4:00 p.m., the defendant is accused of asking where she had been and accusing of her cheating. He is accused of pulling out a firearm and loading one bullet into the cylinder. Jane Doe became scared and tried to run to the front door, but Delacerda is accused of chasing her, grabbing her by both arms, and keeping her inside. He is accused of forcing the victim to open her e-mail so that he could read them.

When Delarcerda was reading the e-mails, Jane Doe again tried to run to the front door to escape. The defendant is accused of chasing after her, tackling her to the ground, and climbing on top of her. He is accused of covering the victim's mouth as she screamed. Delarcerda is accused of taking the firearm with one bullet, pointing it in his mouth, and pulling the trigger while still on top of the victim. The firearm clicked but did not fire. The defendant is accused of then pointing the firearm at Jane Doe.

After pointing his firearm at the victim, Delarcerda is accused of dragging Jane Doe to her bedroom and pushing her in a closet. He is accused of returning to her computer to continue reading her e-mails. While the defendant was distracted, Jane Doe was finally able to run outside and get into her car.

Delacerda is accused of running after the victim, trying to open her locked car door, and banging on her window. He is accused of jumping on the hood of her car as she reversed and chasing after her as she drove away. Jane Doe called 9-1-1 from her car and the defendant was arrested shortly thereafter leaving the area of the victim's home.  

Saturday, April 17, 2010

PUNISHING THE PRESUMPTIVELY INSANE

APARTMENT VANDAL SENTENCED FOR KILLING DOG BY CHOCKING AND SLAMMING IT AGAINST A SIDEWALK

READ BELOW. YOU WILL INITIALLY WANT TO KILL THIS GUY YOURSELF BUT, UPON ANY ANY HONEST READING OF THE SOTRY, YOU WONDER WHAT HIS METAL STATE WAS AT THE TIME OF THESE ACTS. LOOK, I LOVE DOGS, BUT I ALSO LOVE PEOPLE. AND I FEEL THAT INSANE PEOPLE OUGHT TO BE TREATED, NOT INCARCERATED. THIS GUY IS CLEALY INSANE. THE ONLY THING MISSING IS THE FULL-BODY PEANUT BUTTER SUIT. BUT, SINCE THIS GUY IS GOING BACK TO MEXICO, I AM SURE THAT MEXICO'S CRACK SOCIAL SYSTEM WILL ATTEND TO HIS NEEDS.

NEWPORT BEACH - A man was convicted today of killing a dog by slamming its head against a concrete sidewalk numerous times after vandalizing his apartment complex earlier that morning. Bayron Reyes Lopez, 26, San Clemente, pleaded guilty to the court to one felony count of animal cruelty and one felony count of vandalism. He was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on the defendant, who is expected to be deported to Mexico upon completion of his sentence.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2009, Lopez vandalized his San Clemente apartment complex by shattering the glass doors to the gym using a metal chair.

At approximately 6:00 a.m. that same morning, Lopez approached a woman who was walking her dog, Kokanee, a 5-year-old miniature schnauzer. The defendant raised his arms above his head in a threatening manner and began to yell at the woman, who became frightened and attempted to run in to the street to get away. Lopez chased after her and then picked up Kokanee, whose leash had tangled around a street sign pole.

The defendant grabbed the dog around the neck with both hands and choked it before repeatedly slamming the dog on the concrete sidewalk multiple times. Lopez then fled and Kokanee died at the scene.

Responding police officers located Lopez shortly thereafter at the Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club, where the defendant worked as a maintenance man. When officers arrived they found Lopez nude lying on his stomach in a pool of coffee.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Very Sad

SANTA ANA - A woman will be arraigned Monday on charges for murdering her newborn immediately after giving birth by drowning the baby in her bathroom toilet and throwing the body into a trash can. Yanira Valderrama, Fullerton, 20, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of child abuse with a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting Valderrama be held on $1 million bail at her arraignment Monday, April 12, 2010, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The time and Department are to be determined.

At approximately 10 p.m., on Sept. 4, 2009, Valderrama, then 19 years old, is accused of giving birth to a baby boy in her bathroom of her family's Fullerton home. The defendant is accused of putting the newborn in her bathroom toilet when she heard her mother try to enter from the connecting bedroom. No one in her family knew she was pregnant. After Valderrama's mother left the bedroom, the defendant is accused of wrapping the newborn in a t-shirt and throwing the baby into a bedroom trashcan. Shortly after, Valderrama is accused of expelling the placenta and hiding it underneath the bathroom sink.

Later that night, Valderrama's mother entered the bathroom and saw, the large amounts blood, and called 9-1-1.  The paramedics arrived and transported the placenta, which her mother found under the sink, and the defendant to the hospital. Upon arriving at Anaheim Memorial Hospital, doctors examined Valderrama and determined that she had just given birth and alerted police. That same night, Anaheim police found the discarded newborn in the defendant's bedroom trash can.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Text + Drive + Death = 4 years

SANTA ANA - A distracted driver was sentenced today to four years in state prison for killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk after failing to slow or stop. The driver had been illegally sending text messages prior to the crash. Martin Burt Kuehl, 42, Costa Mesa, was convicted by a jury Jan. 27, 2010, of one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence.

Proving yet again that we live in the most punative society, we imprison someone for tragic carelessness. To be sure, this is a tradegy, but if he had been distracted by anything else, would he be in prison?

Prior to the crash on Aug. 29, 2008, Kuehl was illegally text messaging while driving in Newport Beach in a sport utility vehicle (SUV). Prior to making a left turn on Westcliff Drive, the defendant was not paying attention and did not advance when the light turned green, prompting a driver behind him to honk. The defendant then made a wide turn from the number one left turn lane on Dover Drive into the number two westbound lane on Westcliff Drive.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., a distracted Kuehl failed to slow or stop as he approached a crosswalk, where 32-year-old Martha Ovalle was crossing the street. The defendant hit and killed the victim with his SUV. Kuehl had an unobstructed view of the crosswalk for 286 feet prior to striking the victim and failed to see the pedestrian or slow or break in any way. Kuehl admitted to Newport Beach Police, who investigated this case, that he never saw the pedestrian. Ovalle was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force injuries to her head, torso and extremities.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

STEALING FROM THE HOSPITAL :(

WESTMINSTER - A former executive assistant at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center was sentenced yesterday for embezzling over $300,000 from the hospital by stealing cash from its cafeteria registers. Bridget Dominique Ganier, 38, Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement. She was sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $306,000 in restitution.

In 1998, Ganier began working as a cafeteria secretary at the non-profit hospital in Fountain Valley. In September 2003, the defendant was promoted to a cafeteria executive assistant position. Ganier felt she deserved the vacant head cafeteria position, despite the fact she lacked the required qualifying credentials. The defendant's new job charged her with supervising the daily cafeteria revenues and deposits.

Between September 2003 and June 2008, Ganier stole over $300,000 in cash from cafeteria registers and deposited the money into her personal bank accounts. The defendant altered cafeteria receipts and records to conceal the theft. Ganier spent the money on a lavish lifestyle including purchasing a new home in Las Vegas, rental homes in Orange County, multiple vehicles, jet skis, and other luxury items. In June 2008, while Ganier was on vacation, hospital administrators discovered that cafeteria deposits doubled in her absence and contacted police. In July 2008, Ganier was fired by the hospital and went to live in her Las Vegas home. During the defendant's last month of employment, the cafeteria revenue totaled $9,280. The month following her termination, the cafeteria revenue totaled $28,565.

DONT MESS WITH HER EASTER BASKET

SANTA ANA - The Orange County District Attorney's Office filed charges today against a wife for the stabbing-murder of her husband after an Easter party fight. Janeth Hernandez, 29, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count murder and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, April 7, 2010, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

On April 4, 2010, Hernandez and her husband Carlos Humberto Vallejo were scheduled to go to a family event for Easter, but they did not attend. That night, Hernandez is accused of attending a different party with her husband in Santa Ana. After midnight, Hernandez is accused of leaving the party without her husband and driving home. She is accused of later returning to the party to pick up Vallejo and drive him home.

Early in the morning of April 5, 2010, Hernandez is accused of arriving home with Vallejo. While family members were asleep inside the house, Hernandez is accused of verbally fighting with her husband. Family members, who heard screaming and a thud, walked in to the room to find Vallejo on the floor and bleeding profusely from the leg. A family member called 9-1-1 while the other family members tried to assist the victim. Vallejo died at the scene.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

THE SENSELESS WAR ON POT CONTINUES

MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OWNER AND MANAGER CONVICTED OF ILLEGAL MARIJUANA POSSESSION AND SALES
*A third co-defendant has charges pending in this case

NEWPORT BEACH - Two defendants, an owner and a manager, have pleaded guilty for their role in the sale of marijuana from a marijuana dispensary business in Lake Forest. Steven John Wick, 26, Rancho Santa Margarita, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of the sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. He admitted to the sentencing enhancements for crime-bail-crime, as he was out of custody on two other marijuana-related crimes from Orange and Humboldt Counties at the time of his arrest. He was sentenced to three years in state prison for this case.

As a term of Wick's plea agreement, he is expected to plead guilty to his other 2009 Orange County case (Case #09SF0037) on April 13, 2010, in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. He will plead guilty to one felony count of possession of marijuana for sale and possessing more than $25,000 obtained through illegal drug sales. He will be sentenced to an additional one year in state prison for this case, bringing his total sentence to four years in state prison.

Marilynn Geneva Manuel, 29, Rancho Santa Margarita, pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession for sale of marijuana and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation. Her jail sentence was stayed pending successful completion of her probation.

Co-defendant Tara Elizabeth Sorenson, 22, Rancho Santa Margarita, is charged with three felony counts of the sale of marijuana and one felony count of possession of marijuana for sale. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison. Sorenson is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 29, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

OC Just Had Enough of This Guy

SANTA ANA - A third-striker was sentenced today to 35 years to life in state prison for killing an 18-year-old graduate of Huntington Beach High School by crashing into the victim's stopped car at over 60 mph while under the influence of methamphetamine, marijuana, and other drugs. Danny Lewis Malone, 56, Orange, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 5, 2009, of one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated. He has two prior strike convictions for robbery in 1978 and attempted residential burglary in 1986. Malone also has prior prison convictions for commercial burglaries in 1974 and 1976, receiving stolen property in 1984, commercial burglary in 1991, and possession of a controlled substance in 1998.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on March 11, 2006, Malone was driving over 60 mph on Beach Boulevard in Stanton while impaired and under the influence of numerous drugs. At the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Village Center Drive, Malone crashed into the back of a Mercury sedan driven by Nicholas Russell. The victim was stopped at a left-turn red light waiting to turn into a parking lot. Malone crashed into Russell in his Ford sport utility vehicle at 61 miles per hour without slowing, hitting his brakes, or attempting to avoid the collision in any way.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

DUI Marijuana?

DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA FACES TRIAL FOR CAUSING HIGH-SPEED FREEWAY CRASH, KILLING TWO AND SEVERELY INJURING ANOTHER

SANTA ANA - A driver under the influence of alcohol and marijuana faces trial tomorrow for causing a high-speed freeway crash, killing two elderly passengers and severely injuring their elderly driver. Trevor Mark Coffman, 38, Laguna Niguel, is charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act without gross negligence while intoxicated with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury to an elder. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison. Coffman is out of custody on $100,000 bail. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-43, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

On March 15, 2007, 76-year-old Sally Lee Howd and her 82-year-old husband Frank Howd were returning home with 72-year-old Catherine Malloy, a visiting friend whom they picked up from Los Angeles International Airport. They were driving southbound in the carpool lane on Interstate 5 and collided with a black Toyota Celica, which was disabled with no emergency signal lights on the freeway south of El Toro Road.

In the evening of March 15, 2007, Coffman is accused of consuming several alcoholic drinks following a recreational softball game. At approximately 11:20 p.m., the defendant is accused of driving southbound on Interstate 5 while intoxicated in his pick-up truck with a friend in the passenger seat. Coffman is accused of failing to stop due to his intoxication and crashing into the victims' Volvo, which was disabled as a result of the earlier collision. Witnesses called 9-1-1.

Coffman is accused of killing passengers Malloy and Frank Howd and severely injuring driver Sally Howd. Malloy was pronounced dead at the scene. The two other victims were transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Frank Howd suffered internal injuries and a broken pelvis and died the next day from multiple traumatic injuries that were caused by the crash. Sally Howd sustained a skull fracture, broken ribs, and cuts to her face.

When contacted by police at the scene, Coffman is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including impaired balance and coordination, watery eyes, and an odor of alcohol on his breath. The defendant is accused of having a blood alcohol content of .10 percent and testing positive for marijuana. Coffman was arrested after being transported to the hospital and treated for a broken collar bone and scratches.

Another Victim of the Real Estate Bubble

According to the Orange County DA:

BROKER FACES TRIAL FOR CONSPIRACY WITH BOYFRIEND AND HIS BROTHER TO COMMIT $17.5 MILLION IN REAL ESTATE FRAUD BY PURCHASING HOMES USING STOLEN IDENTITIES AND INTENTIONALLY DEFAULTING ON LOANS
*Co-defendant boyfriend and brother have warrants for their arrest

WESTMINSTER - A real estate broker faces trial today for conspiring with her boyfriend and his brother to commit $17.5 million in real estate fraud by purchasing 35 properties using stolen identities and intentionally defaulting on loans in order to steal the loan money. Kathy Chen, 49, Westminster, is charged with 157 felony counts including one count of conspiracy, 47 counts of grand theft, one count of attempted grand theft, 40 counts of forgery, 30 counts of recording false documents, 30 counts of identity theft, one count of elder financial exploitation, four counts of forging an official seal, and three counts of filing false tax returns. She faces sentencing enhancements for causing loss in excess of $2.5 million and $100,000. If convicted, she faces a sentence ranging from two years up to 109 years in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin today, Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Department W-9, West Justice Center, Westminster.

Chen's boyfriend, Richard Salgado Gonzalez, 60, and his brother, Daniel Gonzalez, 57, face the same charges and sentence as Chen. Fugitives Richard and Daniel Gonzalez have outstanding arrest warrants. Both may currently be living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Chen worked as a real estate broker and owned several businesses including Chen Financial, Western Escrow, Nationwide Tax Services and SBC Financial. She is accused of conspiring with her then-boyfriend, Richard Gonzalez, and his brother, Daniel Gonzalez, to commit over $17.5 million in fraud by using the identities of unsuspecting or unqualified victims to obtain mortgage loans for the purchase of multiple properties. Chen and her co-defendants are accused of recruiting these victims in order to hide their own identities. These victims often spoke little or no English, were unemployed or had limited incomes, and had no intention of ever residing in or repaying any loan on properties in their names.

Between Jan. 13, 2005, and July 10, 2007, the defendants are accused of obtaining 47 fraudulent loans from 13 lenders on 35 properties in excess of $17.5 million through the use of the fraudulently obtained identities. These properties included 13 in Orange County, 16 in San Bernardino County, and six in Kern County. The defendants are being prosecuted in Orange County for all 35 properties.

The defendants are accused of using the fraudulently obtained personal and credit information of some of the fake buyers, including a 92-year-old woman, on several occasions without their knowledge or consent. Chen, Richard Gonzalez, and Daniel Gonzalez are accused of acquiring city business licenses using the stolen identities for nonexistent businesses in order to obtain higher income loans. They are accused of fabricating loan applications to reflect higher incomes for the fake buyers, forging the fake buyers' names and signatures on various deeds and loan documents, and forging seals and notary stamps on a variety of notarized documents and deeds. They are accused of fraudulently filing these fabricated and forged documents with the Orange County Clerk-Recorder's Department.

Acting as the escrow company, the defendants are accused of making some monthly payments on the loans to prevent suspicion by the lender. They are accused of then defaulting on the loan and keeping the remaining loan money.

Friday, March 26, 2010

THE REAL WORLD--LAGUNA BEACH

16-YEAR-OLD DIRECT FILED AS ADULT FOR STABBING FORMER CLASSMATE AND ASSAULTING TWO OTHER TEENS WITH A CARVING KNIFE

NEWPORT BEACH - A 16-year-old has been charged as an adult for stabbing a former classmate in the stomach and assaulting two of the victim's friends with a carving knife. Michael Jason Wilson, Laguna Beach, is charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison. Wilson is out of custody on $65,000 bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment March 29, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Prior to March 11, 2010, Wilson is accused of engaging in an online rivalry with 17-year-old Julian C. on Facebook and through text messages and e-mail. The defendant is accused of agreeing to meet Julian C. at Wilson's house on March 11, 2010.

On the agreed-upon date, Julian C. and 16-year-olds Nicholas L. and Sam S. drove with a fourth friend to Wilson's Laguna Beach home after school. The victims and the defendant had previously attended the same high school, which Wilson was no longer attending. Wilson is accused of meeting Julian C. outside of the house while the other three waited in the car. After a confrontation, Wilson is accused of using a carving knife with a 12-inch blade, which he had brought outside with him, and stabbing Julian C. in the stomach.

The three waiting friends got out of the car and ran to help Julian C. and disarm Wilson. Wilson is accused of struggling with the victims and cutting the hands and arms of Nicholas L. and Sam S. The fourth friend was not physically injured. The three victims and their friend were able to get back into their car and drive away. They flagged down a passing police officer and were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Responding officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department arrested Wilson that day at his home. Julian C. underwent surgeries to treat stab wounds to his stomach and hands. He was released from the hospital after one week. Nicholas L. underwent surgery on his hand and received stitches. Sam S. received stitches for his wounds.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

PER THE OC DA: DEPUTY ACCUSED OF DUI

ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AFTER DRIVING OVER FRONT LAWN AND CRASHING INTO PLANTER

SANTA ANA - A deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Department has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after losing control of his car and crashing into a planter in the front yard of a Villa Park home. Mark Wayne Hewlett, 30, Orange, is charged with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail. Hewlett is scheduled to be arraigned April 29, 2010, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.

Early in the morning on Dec. 13, 2009, Hewlett is accused of driving home from a friend's house while intoxicated after consuming several alcoholic beverages. At approximately 1:45 a.m., the defendant is accused of losing control of his vehicle in Villa Park, driving up over the curb and across the grass, and crashing into a planter in the front yard of a home. The residence is the home of Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.

A passing teenage motorist contacted his father, who called 9-1-1. When police arrived, Hewlett is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including emitting a strong odor of alcohol, having watery eyes, and a lack of balance. At approximately 3:30 a.m., an hour and 45 minutes after the crash, Hewlett is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .13 percent.

At the time of his arrest, Hewlett is accused of being in possession of a controlled substance, Xanax, for which he does not have a prescription.

Think about the above next time you are no jury duty and feel the need to view the officer as having more credibilty than other witnesses. People from all walks of life can be accused of a crime. . .

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NO BAC RESULTS + PROCEEDING BY INDICTMENT=WEAK CASE?

An alleged drunken driver was indicted today for killing another motorist by crashing into the victim's car while speeding over 100 mph on the toll road. Richard Ernest Caselli, 37, Ladera Ranch, was indicted by the grand jury on one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison if convicted. The defendant is out of custody on $150,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Friday, March 19, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office sent a press release on Oct. 19, 2009, with the following information regarding this case: At approximately 6:25 p.m. on Oct. 16, 2009, Caselli is accused of speeding over 100 mph on State Route 73 in his Volvo sedan. The defendant is accused of being under the influence of alcohol as he drove at a high rate of speed just north of Laguna Canyon Road. Caselli is accused of losing control of his car and crashing into a Nissan sport utility vehicle driven by 51-year-old Brook Boynton. The force of the crash caused the victim's car to spin out of control and roll, ejecting Boynton onto the right shoulder. The victim was killed as a result of his injuries.

Caselli's vehicle also came to a stop. When contacted by police at the scene, Caselli is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, and omitting an odor of alcohol.

Interestingly, they did not release the BAC results as they usually do. Moreover, they proceeded by indictment, another sign that this may not be the strongest case for the DA. In any event, it will be interesting to follow.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Well, Of Course They Got Caught!

Two men were convicted today of breaking into the home of an
off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent through a
partially-open garage door. Jeffrey Michael Drach, 20, Yorba Linda, and
Justin Wesley Case, 21, Placentia, pleaded guilty to one felony count each
of first degree residential burglary with a sentencing enhancement for a
non-accomplice present during a residential burglary. Drach and Case were
each sentenced to two years in state prison.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2009, Drach and Case entered the
residence of James M. through a partially-open garage door. The victim, an
FBI agent, was awake and had temporarily exited his home through the garage
door to get his canine from the back yard prior to an early morning
briefing.

When James M. returned to his garage, Drach and Case were standing inside.
The victim identified himself as a law enforcement officer and ordered the
defendants to stop. One of the defendants physically struggled with James M.
before both Drach and Case fled the scene in a nearby car. The victim
approached the car and attempted to stop the defendants, firing at the
vehicle as they fled the scene. Drach and Case were not injured.