Blog Posts in June, 2013

  • Orange County prosecutors have notched their first human-trafficking conviction under California's Proposition 35. Mark Wesley Anderson, 27, of Seattle, was sentenced to eight years in prison for his guilty pleas to felony charges of human trafficking and possession of Ecstasy with intent to sell. Anderson's co-defendant Jaelessa Jaemika Smith, 25, of Salem, Oregon, pleaded guilty to ...
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  • Rapper "2 Chainz" Arrested At LAX For Drug Possession

    || 25-Jun-2013

    Rapper "2 Chainz" was arrested at LAX after officials found marijuana and a bottle of "purple drank" in his checked bag. "2 Chainz" real name is, Tauheed Epps, 35, was removed from a departing flight and arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. Airport police responded to a narcotics investigation in the baggage check area. Transportation ...
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  • Lonnie Kocontes, 55, was arraigned in Orange County Superior Court, charged with murder for financial gain. Prosecutors alleged that Kocontes strangled his ex-wife Micki Kanesaki, 52, and tossed her body overboard in the scheme that netted him more than $1 million. The morning of May 26, 2006, Kocontes reported that Kanesaki was missing to ship authorities. Her body was found a day later in the ...
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  • Juan Avila Gets 363 Years To Life For Rape of 16-Year-Old Girl

    || 25-Jun-2013

    Juan Humberto Avila, 36, was sentenced to 363 years in prison after he raped a 16-year-old girl walking home from a fast-food restaurant five years ago. After hanging out with friends at an In-N-Out Burger in Santa Ana, the girl was walking home around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2008, when Avila jumped out from behind a sign, punched her several times and dragged her across the street, where he ...
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  • DUI Driver Who Severed Legs of Strip-Club Patrons Pleads Guilty

    || 25-Jun-2013

    A strip-club patron who was so intoxicated he drove into two men, causing them to lose three legs between them, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing injury. One victim's legs were severed at the scene, authorities said. One of the other guy's legs was crushed and had to be amputated at the hospital. The crime was reported after the club closed: Terrence Conrad Meeks, 40, ...
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  • Aspiring Hip-Hop Rapper Sentenced For Role In Massive Identity-Theft Ring

    || 5-Jun-2013

    Aspiring Southern California hip-hop rapper Keley Bluez has been sentenced to prison for his role in a multiyear, sophisticated, identity-theft and bank-fraud ring that stole millions of dollars from innocent victims. Federal agents who conducted wiretaps on cell phones used by Armenian gang members/prison inmates running the scheme that included bribing bank employees in the Los Angeles and ...
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  • Edward Fitzgerald, Ex-Dana Point Yacht Broker Accused of Fraud

    || 5-Jun-2013

    Edward Sellers Fitzgerald, 60, then owner of a Dana Point yacht brokerage, is accused of running an investment fraud scam between 2008 and July 2009. According to prosecutors, who alleged Fitzgerald secured loans from friends and acquaintances under the false pretense of purchasing boats for resale, failed to make those purchases and then used new investors to pay off previous investors, keeping ...
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  • Pit Bull Owner Charged With Murder In Fatal Mauling

    || 5-Jun-2013

    A 29-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with a pit bull mauling that killed a 63-year-old Antelope Valley jogger earlier this month. Alex Jackson, 29, was arrested and his bail is set at $1,050,000. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. Eight dogs, six pit bulls and two mixed breeds, were recovered from his home, sheriff's officials said. Four of the dogs were believed ...
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