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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.