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.