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Former OC sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to obstructing Fish & Game warden

Former Orange County Sheriff's Department Deputy Phillip Romero, 39, pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor account of obstructing an officer after he lied to protect a friend from being cited by the California Department of Fish and Game for illegal lobster poaching. Romero had falsely claimed that co-defendant Deputy William Robb, an off-duty officer, was a confidential informant.

Former Boys & Girls Club employee sentenced for stealing over $114,000 from club

The former chief of The Boys And Girls Club of Tustin was sentenced today for stealing over $114,000 from the organization by misappropriating club funds.

Storm warning issued for Los Angeles

A cold Pacific storm may bring showers and mountain snow tonight into Saturday, according to National Weather Service forecasts. If it rains, authorities are bracing for possible mudslides in the hills denuded by L.A. County's worst brush fire - the Station Fire.

Man deemed sane in LAX police officer's murder

William Sadowski, 51, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after a Los Angeles jury determined today he was sane when he carjacked and murdered a Los Angeles International Airport police officer in 2005. Sadowski was previously diagnosed with bipolar disease.

Gang member convicted of assault, robbery in home invasion

Santa Ana gang member Carlos Martinez, 26, was convicted late yesterday in a home invasion robbery. Charges included false imprisonment by violence, assault, and robbery. He faces a maximum sentence of two life terms, with sentencing scheduled for Dec. 18.

OC man faces manslaughter for drunk driving hit-and-run

Kenneth McNair, 22, faces manslaughter charges for allegedly killing Jose Pacheco in a high-speed crash while intoxicated. McNair had no driver's license. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 30.

LA woman sentenced to 1 year in prison for hit-and-run death

A 21-year old Los Angeles woman who pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist was sentenced to a year in county jail today.

The Freakonomics of UC raising tuition

I'm currently reading Freakonomics, so I was interested to see an entry on the Freakonomics blog at the New York Times' Web site about the increase in undergraduate fees at the University of California.

Orange County man to be arraigned in $5 million fraud case against elderly couple

An Orange County man accused of defrauding an elderly couple of nearly $5 million by promising to extract gold from old mines was set to be arraigned today.

UCLA basketball player Dragovic charged with assault

UCLA basketball player Nikla Dragovic, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned next month on felony assault charges. He allegedly pushed a man through a glass display following a concert last month.

Second defendant sentenced in Westside ATM murder

A 23-year-old Inglewood woman convicted of the murder of a federal employee at a Westside ATM during an ATM robbery was sentenced to prison today.

Man faces murder charges for Lake Forest drive-by shooting

Edgar Calvillo, 21, Santos Escamilla, 21, and Alfredo Cruz, 23, have been charged with murder for a drive-by shooting in Lake Forest after a dispute regarding Cruz's girlfriend. Calvillo's trial begins Monday; Escamilla and Cruz are scheduled to be tried in January.

Marine faces murder charges in high-speed crash

The Orange County District Attorney's Office announced today the beginning of the trial of a marine who allegedly killed a man in a high-speed car crash while under the influence of alcohol.

11 defendants indicted for OC crime spree

The Orange County District Attorney's Office announced today that transcripts were unsealed in an 11-defendant indictment by a grand jury for a crime spree involving two Orange County jewelry store robberies. Nine of the defendants have been accused of being members or associates of a Hispanic San Diego gang.

Costa Mesa self-defense instructor gets 3 years for molesting 4-year-old

Self-defense instructor John Patrick Harison was convicted today of molesting a 4-year-old girl while she was a student at his Costa Mesa studio. He was sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.