Maine Governor Paul LePage appears to be working to cut funding for criminal defense attorney appointed to represent indigent client. The proposed changes would apply to payment to lawyers appointed in cases involving indigent defendants, juvenile offenders, parents facing child protective services accusations who are unable to pay for their own attorneys, and potential wards of the state. Continue reading →
Billionaire and Newport Coast resident, Henry Nicholas, is being sued by former girlfriend of 6 years for $70 million. Nicholas’s former girlfriend, Melissa Montero, filed the suit after attempting to help Nicholas during, what she describes as, a spiral of drug abuse and erratic behavior.
In the suit, Montero makes claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract, assault and battery, and domestic violence. Continue reading →
Lamar Odom will not face charges related to an incident at a Nevada brothel in 2015 in which the former Los Angeles Laker forward and 6th Man of the Year nearly died.
Odom, 36, was hospitalized for 3 months after a cocaine overdose inside Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada. According to reports, the Nye County District Attorney is set to dismiss the case later this week. After waking, Odom was transferred to a Los Angeles area hospital, but has since left and checked into a local rehabilitation facility to work on speaking and walking. Continue reading →
The recent news of refugees arriving in the U.S. has sparked a sharp divide amongst citizens who fear increasing crime rates. For generations refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers have been easy scapegoats in regards to crime rates. Xenophobia, the irrational fear or dislike of people from other countries, seems to rear its ugly head when governments agree to take in people fleeing genocide and other human rights atrocities. Continue reading →
Convicted double murderer Daniel Wozniak has received a recommendation for the death penalty.
The jury, which has been on the case for more than 5 years, deliberated for just over an hour before deciding the former Costa Mesa theater actor should be put to death for the slayings of two friends. Wozniak killed the two in a plot to steal money in order to pay for his wedding. Continue reading →
The Costa Mesa community theater actor was found guilty on December 16th, 2015 of murdering two people – one of whom served in Afghanistan.
The jury deliberated for only a few hours after the conclusion of the trial which took more than 5 years to complete. In closing arguments, the prosecution claimed that Wozniak hoped to “use his magical acting powers to trick the dumb police” after being investigated for the killings of Sam Herr and Juri Kibuishi. Continue reading →
Benjamin Golden of Newport Beach has been charged with 4 misdemeanor related to an assault on an Uber driver on Friday.
Golden faces assault on public transportation property, battery on a public transit employee with injury, assault and battery. The driver of the Uber car, Edward Caban, had a dash cam that recorded the entire event. Continue reading →
There are more delays in trying the 5-year old double murder case against Daniel Wozniak.
A judge ruled this week that the District Attorney’s office of Orange County could continue prosecuting the double-murder case of Daniel Wozniak. In his ruling, the judge rejected assertions by Mr. Wozniak’s defense attorney that there was misconduct on the prosecution side, which would have threatened Wozniak’s constitutional right to a fair trial. The judge made his ruling based on a lack of evidence regarding the alleged misconduct. Continue reading →
Alec Scott Abraham sped through a red light, mowing down a family in a Chevy Cruz, killing a 2 year-old girl and her grandmother, while seriously injuring the girl’s mother and 7 year-old brother last month. Abraham fled the scene of the accident. Detectives believe he stole a bystander’s mobile device and phoned a friend for help.
Abraham had been cited multiple times over the last year for speeding, and owned a highly modified Ford Mustang which was involved in the accident. Irvine Police Detective Jonathan Cherney says the department was able to track Abraham down by “pining” his phone. He was arrested in a park in Costa Mesa. Continue reading →
After being alerted to a fire inside an apartment on the 1900 block of Sherrington Place, police discovered roughly 25 marijuana plants. The plants were part of a cultivation project, however, one that police determined to be legal.
The Newport Beach Fire Department determined that a faulty electrical cord that may have been part of the growing operation was the source of the blaze. The Newport Beach Police were notified by firefighters after they had extinguished the fire and discovered the plants.
It’s rather surprising that NBPD did not pursue charges related to the cultivation. Newport Beach, known for its politically conservative city council, charged over 550 drug abuse violations in 2014 – second only to DUI charges.