SANTA ANA — Orange County Jail personnel are not criminally responsible for the February 25 death of an inmate, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has determined.
At the time of his death, 45-year-old Christopher Thomas Hardesty was serving a three-year sentence at the jail for receiving of stolen property and several drug offenses, prosecutors said this week.
Hardesty had been convicted on April 13, 2016 of 9 felony charges but was not put into custody at the request of his attorney, the DA’s office said in a report. At his sentencing on Feb. 24, he was brought into Orange County
SANTA ANA — A man wielding two knives stabbed a janitor in a Garden Grove tea house more than 20 times and then mopped up the crime scene, called 911, brushed his teeth and calmly waited for police to arrive, attorneys said.
Trial began on Tuesday, Sept. 26, for a 23-year-old Anaheim man charged with first-degree murder for the 2014 stabbing of Cesar Ramirez, 24, in a bloody incident caught on security video in the Volcano Tea House, which has since closed.
The federal government is seeking to seize warehouses in San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties amid allegations that the company that owns them tried to avoid paying about $15 billion in tariffs by disguising the aluminum they imported from China.
The asset-forfeiture complaint was filed Thursday, Sept. 14, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office against Perfectus Aluminum.
The complaint claims that after the government instituted tariffs on aluminum that could be made into finished goods, the company tried to avoid paying the tariffs by making pallets out of the aluminum in China and then importing more than 2 million pallets to the
SANTA ANA – An animal-rights group in a lawsuit filed this week accuses the Irvine Police Department of refusing to enforce animal-cruelty laws to stop the slaughter of chickens during a Jewish holiday ritual.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana by the San Diego-based Animal Protection and Rescue League, marks the latest effort by animal-rights activists to target the Chabad of Irvine’s annual Kapparot ceremonies.
The lawsuit alleges that the Irvine Police Department, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, protect the “illegal killing of animals” by not cracking down on the Kapparot ceremonies.
A former Irvine attorney convicted of planting drugs in the car of a PTA volunteer has been disbarred.
The California State Bar has announced that because of his felony conviction and “moral turpitude,” Kent Easter, 43, can no longer practice law in the state. The State Bar’s recommendation to disbar him was approved by the California Supreme Court, records show.
In a case that drew national headlines, Kent Easter and his then-wife, Jill Easter, in February 2011 were accused of planting bags of marijuana, Vicodin and Percocet in the car of Kelli Peters, a school volunteer at Plaza Vista School in Irvine
SANTA ANA – A private detective and former Riverside police officer accused of trying to help set up Costa Mesa city leaders in the midst of a police union dispute has died while awaiting trial.
Scott Impola – one of two investigators accused of making a false DUI report against Councilman Jim Righeimer and using a GPS tracking device to tail then-Mayor Stephen Mensinger – died on July 10, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday. He was 49.
Impola’s attorney, David Vaughn, confirmed his client died of natural causes. He declined to comment further.
Along with former Riverside police Officer Christopher Lanzillo,
BY SUDHIN THANAWALA and BRIAN MELLEY
SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters to change the state’s dysfunctional death penalty system and speed up executions.
The highly anticipated ruling concerned Proposition 66, a push to “mend not end” capital punishment in California. The measure aimed to expedite death sentences in part by setting a five-year deadline on court appeals by condemned inmates.
With two of the seven justices dissenting, the state Supreme Court said the five-year deadline was advisory, not mandatory — a point that supporters of the measure had conceded during
Judge Thomas Goethals’ ruling Friday, Aug. 18, that mass murderer Scott Dekraai cannot face the death penalty surprised and angered some who expected he would be sentenced to die. Others, however, were relieved that Dekraai soon should be sentenced nearly six years after he killed eight people in and around a Seal Beach salon in 2011.
He later pleaded guilty to their murders .
Dekraai has been awaiting his sentencing during hearings that examined the Orange County justice system.
By COLLEEN SLEVIN
DENVER (AP) — Taylor Swift’s allegation that a former morning radio host reached under her skirt and grabbed her backside during a photo op is bringing attention to a common but largely hidden outrage for many women, one that few report.
A 2014 survey found nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States had been groped or brushed up against in a public place by a stranger at least once.
But many never talked about it, let alone went to the police. A 2015 survey of more than 16,000 people globally found more than half of the respondents
SANTA ANA – A 45-year-old man who admitted peeping and molesting some of his victims in Costa Mesa was sentenced to 30 years in prison, according to court records obtained Monday, May 15.
Jeffrey Robert Smith of Costa Mesa pleaded guilty Friday, May 12, to three counts of first-degree burglary and single counts each of assault with intent to commit a sex offense and inflicting injury on an elder adult, all felonies. Smith also pleaded guilty to multiple misdemeanor counts of touching an intimate part of another person, indecent exposure, peeping, disorderly conduct, aggravated trespass and lewd conduct in a