Blog Posts in 2009

  • Russell Otis, a 46 year old boys' basketball coach and athletic director at Dominguez High School in Compton, California has been found guilty at trial of misdemeanor child molestation. He originally had been charged with one felony count of meeting a minor for lewd purpose and a misdemeanor count of child molestation. Both charges reportedly involve the alleged use of text messages of a ...
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  • Los Angeles Man Shoots Teen for Taking Shortcut through His Yard

    || 8-Dec-2009

    Eiji Takara, a 36 year old Gardena resident shot a teenager in his driveway because he was frustrated that kids were using his property as a shortcut. The teenager survived and the property owner was arrested. Takara was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held at the Gardena Police Department in lieu of $1 million bail. Takara had previously complained to authorities ...
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  • School Bus Driver Faces DUI Charges

    || 8-Dec-2009

    A school bus driver in Ventura county CA was arrested for driving under the influence while on the job with 31 students in the bus. The 53-year-old female bus driver was trying to make a U-turn on an Ojai street when she was involved in a traffic accident striking another vehicle. The bus driver took a breath test and was booked for driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. ...
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  • School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Student

    || 8-Dec-2009

    An Orange County school teacher was accused by the Orange County District Attorney's Office of sexual misconduct with teenage students. Marc Silberman, 27 of Anaheim is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student after requesting she stay after class and grabbing another student after sending her sexual notes during class. Silberman is charged with one felony count of sexual ...
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  • Changes in California DUI Laws

    || 15-Aug-2009

    A new California law now requires mandatory ignition interlock devices on motor vehicles owned and operated by motorists convicted of driving on a suspended license due to a previous alcohol-related conviction. Under the new law, a person who is required and fails to install an ignition interlock device is guilty of a criminal misdemeanor. Driving under the influence is a serious offense in ...
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  • Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Theft Crimes

    || 15-Aug-2009

    There has been a dramatic rise in theft crimes and robberies occurring at medical marijuana dispensaries in the Los Angeles area. A team of gunmen allegedly enter the dispensaries posing as customers, then take over the business and flee with large quantities of marijuana and U.S. currency. The frequency of the heists, and their violence, is increasing. Theft crimes, especially armed robbery, is a ...
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  • The California Supreme Court held in the recent case of Superior Court v. Nguyen, that a juvenile who was adjudicated a ward of the court in Juvenile Court for a crime that would be considered a strike under California's Three Strike Laws will count as a strike if that juvenile offender commits another felony. The 6-1 decision of the California Supreme Court now allows prosecutors to allege a ...
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  • California, particularly Southern California, is a hot spot for drug importation and trafficking. International and interstate drug import and export leads to an increase in drug crime altogether, thus both State and Federal law enforcement agencies vigorously prosecute drug offenses. Kendall Craig Farris is a well known anti drug advocate who has created drug treatment programs and written books ...
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  • Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon

    || 1-Jul-2009

    A plea deal has been reached in the assault case against singer Chris Brown in the Los Angeles Criminal Court. Brown, 20, faced charges of assaulting his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna. Under terms of the agreement, Brown will serve five years of probation and must serve 180 days in jail or the equivalent, about 1,400 hours in labor-oriented service. He must also undergo a year-long ...
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  • In a ruling that sets new limits on school searches, the U.S. Supreme Court held Thursday that a school official in Arizona violated the Fourth Amendment rights of a 13-year-old girl by strip-searching her for prescription-strength ibuprofen. The court affirmed a March 2008 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, in which the court, sitting en banc, held that school officials violated the Forth ...
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  • Orange County Youth Pastor Sentenced for Statutory Rape

    || 24-Jun-2009

    Under California law, Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (statutory rape) occurs when the victim is considered incapable of giving legal consent because they are under 18 years of age, even if the intercourse is consensual. A former youth church pastor, Daniel John Pedroza, 28, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met through his youth ministry. ...
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  • An Orange County, CA woman has been accused of using a false identity to obtain new breast implants from a plastic surgeon. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne, 30, nicknamed the 'Breast Implant Bandit', is now facing three felony charges, including commercial burglary, grand theft and identity theft. Pampellone surrendered to police in March after detectives caught up with her using breast implant ...
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  • A Los Angeles County jury convicted Phil Spector of actress Lana Clarkson's murder last month, a year and a half after his first trial had ended in a mistrial after the jury had deadlocked, unable to agree upon a verdict. At the sentencing hearing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler sentenced Spector to serve 19 years to life in prison. Meaning Spector would not be ...
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  • Police have arrested a U.S. Marine Corps recruiter in Riverside County, California on charges of felony pimping and kidnapping and are looking into whether he used sex with a 14-year-old girl to entice potential recruits. Staff Sgt. Bryan Damone Cunningham, 33, of San Pedro pleaded not guilty to seven felonies last Thursday after police in Orange discovered the teenage girl in a car with ...
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  • Police misconduct refers to objectionable and even illegal actions taken by police officers in connection with their official duties, which can lead to a miscarriage of justice. Some criminal defendants could get new trials because an Oceanside, CA police officer withheld taped interviews in cases dating back to 2001. Officer Damon Smith, who disclosed that he had some recordings in his locker ...
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