Articles Posted in Orange County

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 →

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 →

IRVINE

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 →

24 year-old Richard Sandoval has been charged with 8 felonies related to his violent attempts at persuading his 18 year-old girlfriend to become his prostitute at a hotel in Garden Grove. Along with burning her leg with a blow torch, Sandoval threatened to kill the woman if she refused to engage sexual acts in exchange for money, according to the OC Weekly.

At some point during the event, Garden Grove Police were contacted and dispatched to the hotel room where Sandoval had taken up post. Inside the room Garden Grove Officers found scales, plastic bags, a large amount of cocaine, and the blow torch he had used to burn his victims leg.

Sandoval faces harsher punishment today than if he was charged with this crime only a few years ago. In 2012, Californians voted on Prop 35 and passed it with an overwhelming 81%, according to the Huffington Post. The proposition increases sentences for human traffickers to 12 year maximums, along with $1.5 million fines. Furthermore, those who traffic children could be sentenced to life in prison.

One local attorney now probably wishes he thought twice before he agreed to befriend a local drug kingpin. On Monday United States District Court Judge James V. Selna sentenced Richard Brizendine to spend 3 months in prison and serve 2 years probation for laundering money.

This was the result of a plea deal that Brizendine agreed to, which required him to admit that he was laundering money for John Melvin Walker, aka “Pops,” a convicted drug lord.

Walker was convicted in 2013 for drug trafficking and tax evasion in connection to running no less than 9 marijuana storefronts. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $2.4 million to the Internal Revenue Service, and $1.8 million to the California State Board of Equalization.

Santa Ana police arrested a local truck driver on Wednesday around 2:00 p.m. after he crashed a stolen vehicle into three different businesses and one home. The police chase lasted some 20 minutes and finally ended in front of a law office.

The driver, who was identified by the Santa Ana Police, was a 48-year old local named Tuan Anh Truong.

According to the police, they received reports of a man driving a stolen GMC Sierra truck around 1:30 p.m. The man, it was said, was driving recklessly and was crashing into businesses. Continue reading →

A woman in East Los Angeles had the opportunity to witness first-hand what an angry United States Marshal will do when he is being filmed during a law enforcement activity.

Standing on a residential sidewalk, the woman used her camera to film a group of U.S. Marshals, in what looked like preparations to enter a home that was suspected to be a location where biker gang activity was occurring, when one of them spotted her.

Strapped with an assault rifle, the U.S. Marshal aggressively approached the woman filming, who was still holding the camera in his direction, grabbed it from her hands and then threw it to the sidewalk, smashing it on the ground. Since that was not enough, he also kicked the broken camera toward the shocked woman. Continue reading →

Santa Ana, California – Judge M. Marc Kelly sentenced a convicted child rapist earlier this week. The sentence he gave the offender was 10 years, while the mandatory minimum sentence for child rape is 25 years.

In his opinion, Judge Kelly wrote, “There was no violence or callous disregard for (the victim’s) well-being.”

The opinion and lenient sentence has caused outrage amongst groups and people of all political leanings, and has even led to a petition on Change.org calling for Judge Kelly’s resignation.

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