Wednesday, June 9, 2010

But Who Was The 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

*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..


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


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


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.