Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wrong Way Benz Driver Charged with Killing Two

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SANTA ANA, CA  - Anthony Louis Fragoso, has been charged with killing two people by causing a head-on crash. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA)office, Fragoso, 21, South Gate, is charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful manner of driving with gross negligence with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison. 

At approximately 12:45 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2011, Fragoso is accused of driving at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction in the carpool lane of California State Route 91 in Anaheim. Numerous witnesses called 911 to report the wrong-way driver. 

Fragoso is accused of driving in his Mercedes-Benz sedan into oncoming traffic and crashing head-on into a Toyota Scion, killing the two occupants. Driver Alan Reyes, 25, and passenger Vanessa Cease, 24, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Fragoso was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center for major traumatic injuries. He is currently still hospitalized and will be taken into custody upon his discharge. Toxicology reports are pending. 

The California Highway Patrol investigated this case. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Laguna Woods Sounds of Silence, Civility and Psychosis

Posted by CotoBlogzz  January 18, 2011

Laguna Woods Village, CA   It is interesting how common interest development communities such as Laguna Woods, continue to be a microcosm of what goes on at the national level:  Consider that after the Golden Rain Foundation presented a Shut Up Rule (click here for copy) which in essence stifles public discourse, the topic changed to civility:

During a successful candidates' meeting in August 26, 2010, the self-referenced  Take Back the Village Slate:  Rae Tso, Sy Wellikson, Denise Welch and Isabell Muennichow, the slate promised unity, civility and cordial and respectful relationship with property management company PCM, while uncivilly calling outgoing director Stan Feldstein  “.. a little man playing God ….Director Feldstein monopolizes meetings with his acolyte  right next to him and Director Feldstein is a fool, pure and simple"

Now, the topic in the community changes again.  This time is  psychosis. 

The United Mutual board wants to put a stop to residents’ hoarding.  Now, we wanted report on the subject for the last few days, but had been suffering from writer's block, until we read a letter to the editor suggesting “..that the community needs to concentrate more on the residents who are losing their memories.  Many are into Dementia or Alzheimer’s and yet their families seem to look the other way.  Would it be a possibility they forget they turned on their stove?  Some even are still driving (scary thought).” 

Is it possible that our perceived writer’s block is not writer’s block?  Psss! Whatever the case might be, do not tell my HOA!

After all, consider that the Mayo Clinic’s  Dr. Hall-Flavin,  when asked to differentiate hoarders from non-hoarders  suggests that only qualified health professioanls may be able to do so: “hoarding, also called compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome, can be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But many people who hoard don't have other OCD-related symptoms, and researchers are working to better understand hoarding as a distinct mental health problem.  People who hoard often don't see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treatment can help people who hoard understand their compulsions and live a safer, more enjoyable life.

Is it also possible that the United board is focusing on the right priorities?  After all, if the board can successfully implement regulations to deal with one mental health disorder, will it not be also able to deal with other disorders, such as dementia and or Alzheimer’s?

In any case, dealing with Shut Up Rules, Civility and Psychosis may be easier and more glamorous than what statue requires:  replace, repair and maintain.

Friday, January 07, 2011

OCDA seeks help in identifying man who assisted in dumping woman in Tustin after rape

The victim was in Orange County from Australia visiting family and visibly intoxicated

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SANTA ANA, CA  - The Orange County District Attorne's (OCDA) office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who assisted in dumping an intoxicated woman in an alley after his friend raped her in the back of a car.  Two defendants have been charged in this case and the identity of the third man is unknown.

According to the OCDA, Akeem Jelani Johnson, 27, Tustin, is charged with one felony count of rape by use of an intoxicating substance.  He is out of custody on $100,000 bail. Bradley Joseph Stelly, 27, Tustin, is charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact and faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted. He is out of custody on $20,000 bail. Johnson and Stelly are scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Jan. 27, 2011.

A fourth man was present with the defendants at the time of the crime. He has been identified by law enforcement but his name has not been released pending further investigation and possible filing of criminal charges.

Sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2010, Johnson, Stelly, and an unidentified friend are accused of talking with 47-year-old Jane Doe, whom they met for the first time that night, at Godfather's bar in Tustin. The victim was in Orange County from Australia visiting family and was visibly intoxicated, including unsteady balance and difficulty walking without assistance.

Johnson is accused of taking the unsteady victim outside to his parked sport utility vehicle (SUV) and putting her in the back seat. He is accused of raping her in his car while she was unable to resist due to intoxication. Stelly and the unidentified friend are accused of standing directly outside the vehicle during the rape knowing that the victim was intoxicated and being assaulted inside.

After the rape, Johnson is accused of getting out of the vehicle. The three defendants are accused of lifting  Jane Doe from the car by holding her arms and feet in the air and carrying her into the alley on the side of the bar. They are accused of dumping her body on an old, dirty mattress and fleeing the scene. A witness who observed the victim being carried called 911 and provided the license plate number from the defendants' SUV.

Officers from the Tustin Police Department (TPD) responded to the scene and located Jane Doe in the alley on the mattress. She was unresponsive, incoherent, and unable to stand without assistance due to alcohol intoxication.

Johnson was arrested later that day based on the license plate number provided by the witness. Stelly was arrested Nov. 29, 2010, after additional investigation by TPD. The identity of the third man is unknown.

Anyone with additional information as to the identity of the third man is encouraged to contact Tustin Police Detective Bonnie Breeze at (714) 573-3240 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.

Law Office Manager to be arraigned for embezzling - apparently knows Jack about law

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SANTA ANA -  Donna Joy Henderson,  law office manager  for  law firm in Tustin, Rinos & Martin, LLP, will be arraigned today for embezzling over $480,000 by writing checks to herself and falsifying the firm's records to spend it on a lavish lifestyle including timeshare properties, vacations, home improvements and room additions, jewelry, pampered pet day spa visits, and gambling.ccoding to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office

Henderson, 67, Orange, is charged with 14 counts each of falsifying records and one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement with sentencing enhancements and allegations for property damage over $200,000 and loss over $100,000. Henderson is being held on $500,000 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond.

Beginning in 2000, Henderson worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for a law firm in Tustin, Rinos & Martin, LLP. She is accused of being responsible for overseeing the law firm's financial accounts and records. Between January 2003 and September 2009, Henderson is accused of writing 122 company checks payable to herself, cash, personal credit cards, relatives or fictitious businesses and depositing them into her personal bank accounts. Henderson is accused of spending the money on personal expenses including timeshare properties, cruises, home shopping network jewelry and collectibles, home improvements, indoor sauna, pampered pet day spas visits, and gambling.

Henderson is accused of falsifying the company's financial records to conceal the theft by documenting the stolen checks as "void" in the accounting records. She is accused of altering the firm's monthly financial statements that were submitted for review by the firm's managing partners. In September 2009, the theft was reported to the Tustin Police Department by firm staff after hiring a new accountant to implement a different accounting system, who noticed that a check marked as "void" in the company ledger cleared and made payable to Henderson. Upon further investigation and review of financial records dating back to 2003, Henderson was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

LA County Sheriff's Deputy convicted of shooting firearm and filing false report against ex-husband

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Santa Ana, CA - Patricia Margaret Bojorquez, a former off-duty deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was convicted today of filing a false police report against her ex-husband and firing a firearm in her Westminster home, endangering children playing nearby.

t Bojorquez, 43, Westminster, pleaded guilty to one felony count of discharging a firearm with gross negligence which could have resulted in injury or death to a person and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime. She has been sentenced to one year in jail, and five years of formal probation including a term that she not own or possess any firearms. 

According to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office, on Nov. 18, 2009, Bojorquez called the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Dispatch and falsely reported that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative. The defendant lied about the sexual assault because she was upset over child custody issues. Responding HBPD officers investigated the report and determined that the 13-year-old girl had not been molested and had made no such representation to the defendant. 

At approximately 11:50 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2010, Bojorquez shot a firearm inside her Westminster home. She fired a bullet that pierced a bedroom window and exited the home toward a residential street where children were playing in the front yards of their homes. Bojorquez showed a disregard for the safety of the children outside, who were directly in the line of fire. The defendant's brother and fiancĂ© were in the house at the time and called the police. The Westminster Police Department investigated this case. 

At the time of the crime, the defendant was on probation for a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in Orange County. 

On Aug. 10, 2009, Bojorquez pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or more. She pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of child endangerment by a caretaker. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and ordered to complete a 6-month first-offender alcohol program, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Victim's Impact Panel, and Child Abuser's Treatment Program. In this case, the defendant was driving her two children on April 12, 2009, to the parking lot at the Block at Orange to drop them off with their father. Bojorquez was under the influence of alcohol while driving and had a .19 blood alcohol level. Upon arriving in the parking lot, one of the defendant's children reported her drunken driving to a police officer, who happened to also be in the parking lot. The officer observed Bojorquez speed away through the parking lot before stopping her for DUI. 

On April 15, 2010, Bojorquez pleaded guilty  to one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol of .08 percent or more with a prior conviction. She was sentenced to 55 days in jail, 30 days residential program, 60-day outpatient treatment program, five years probation, and ordered to complete an 18-month multiple offender alcohol awareness program and MADD Victim's Impact Panel.  In this case, the defendant was leaving a strip mall in Huntington Beach at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2009. Bojorquez was driving under the influence of alcohol and had a blood alcohol level of .27 percent. The defendant backed into a parked car and then began to slowly drive through the parking lot. A witness knocked on the window of Bojorquez's slowly moving car and asked her to get out. The defendant was naked from the waist down and had an open bottle of wine in the center console cup holder in her car

Not so clever Laguna Hills identity thief convicted in slippery slope

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SANTA ANA, CA  - Ryan Matthews  was convicted today of identity theft and grand theft for purchasing a BMW using a stolen identity and then falsely reporting his stolen identity stolen.

Matthews, 38, Laguna Hills, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of identity theft, grand theft, false personation, and two felony counts of grand theft by false pretense. He was sentenced today to nine months in jail and three years of formal probation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on the defendant, who is expected to be deported to Jamaica upon completion of his sentence.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office, in February 2009, Matthews is accused of using the name Terrance E. and contacting the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) to report that his identity had been stolen and his credit had been used to purchase a BMW. OCSD officers began investigating the case and determined that 10 years earlier, Matthews had stolen the identity of Terrance E., a felon in Nevada. It was this stolen identity that the defendant claimed had been stolen from him. 

Additional investigation revealed that Matthews, using the identity of Terrance E. stolen a decade earlier, had been the one to purchase the BMW. This was the same vehicle the defendant claimed had been purchased by an identity thief using his stolen credit. It was determined that Matthews originally contacted the police because he had defaulted on the BMW payments and didn't want the credit of his stolen identity to be negatively affected. 

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Irvine Attorney charged with molesting minors- OCDA seeks help in identifying additional victims

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SANTA ANA - The Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) Office is seeking the public's help in identifying potential additional victims of an attorney charged with having unlawful sex with two minors. Matthew Christopher Tye, 31, Irvine, is charged with eleven felony counts anent a minor under 16  for Jane Doe #1. For Jane Doe #2 he is charged with nine felony counts. He faces sentencing enhancement allegation for committing lewd acts on multiple children. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 24 years in state prison. Tye was arrested this morning by the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) and is being held on $500,000 bail. 

According to the OCDA,  between May and July 2009, Tye is accused of meeting 17-year-old Jane Doe #2 online. He is accused of arranging to meet the victim on multiple occasions at his Irvine home and in his car in a Disneyland parking lot. Jane Doe #2 reported the assault to a family member, who reported it to police. Tye is accused of calling the victim and telling her to lie to police about the inappropriate conduct. 

While investigating Jane Doe #2, 14-year-old Jane Doe #1 was discovered. Tye is accused of molesting the victim on multiple occasions in the defendant's home between May and July 2009. Tye is accused of being in possession of several videotaped recordings of himself engaging in lewed acts with girls who appear to be minors. The girls on the videos are yet to be identified. 

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794. 

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

FBI Funded CyberCSI Lab Launched

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SANTA ANA - Ten Orange County law enforcement agencies announced today the launch of the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (OCRCFL) to respond to technological advances and more computer savvy criminals. The laboratory is funded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and is made up of participating agencies which assist with regional, State, and federal cases.

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"Gang members boast their crimes on Facebook and intimidate using websites. Pedophiles hide child pornography and delete data files. Major fraud evidence is stored digitally. Cyber criminals use disguised USB drives to make detection difficult," said District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. "This partnership pools our limited resources to fight cyber crime and stay one step ahead of criminals."

OCRCFL is a full-service forensics laboratory and training center devoted to the examination of digital evidence and available to multiple law enforcement agencies. Forensic examiners utilize the most cutting-edge technology to extract information from digital devices and investigate crimes ranging from homicide and child pornography to terrorism and major fraud. The lab was created to respond to the growing number of crimes perpetrated using the Internet, cell phones, and other technology, which provide dangerous criminals greater access to citizens' personal and private information. OCRCFL arms law enforcement agencies with the expertise and equipment to combat these cyber criminals.

Prior to the OCDA's participation in OCRCFL, the OCDA's High-tech Crimes Unit ensured that Orange County law enforcement could successfully process and analyze digital evidence to support and solve high-tech crimes. The Unit provided support to other law enforcement agencies through computer forensic analysis, training, and search warrant service. In 2009 and 2010, the Unit processed 94.8 terabytes of data, the equivalent to over nine times the volume of data in the Library of Congress.

FBI Assistant Director In Charge Steve Martinez is Chair and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is Vice-Chair of OCRCFL. The OCRCFL Executive Board is comprised of Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Anaheim Police Chief John Welter, Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers, Irvine Police Chief David Maggard, Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson, Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters, Westminster Police Chief Mitch Waller, and Deputy Director of California Department of Toxic Substance Control Gale Filter.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

OCDA Needs help identifying victims of cab driver charged with assault

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WESTMINSTER, CA - The Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) Office is seeking the public's help in identifying potential additional victims of a taxi driver charged with rape for sexually assaulting a female passenger after knocking her unconscious.

Orlando Bruce Bosley, 57, Westminster, is out of custody on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled for continued arraignment Jan. 18, 2011.

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According to the OCDA's office, on the night of July 6, 2010, 45-year-old Jane Doe called "A White & Yellow Cab, Inc." for a ride after having drinks in Sunset Beach. Bosley is accused of picking up the intoxicated victim in his cab and driving her to her mother's Seal Beach home, where she was staying while her mother was out of town.

When Jane Doe looked down into her purse for cab fare, Bosley is accused of punching the victim in the face and rendering her temporarily unconscious. The defendant is accused of taking Jane Doe to her home and raping her inside the house as she went in and out of consciousness.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794.

Dana Point man charged with murder in New Year's Eve party gone wrong.

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SANTA ANA, CA  - Adam Randy Baker, has been charged with murdering one man and injuring his friend by stabbing the victims after a New Year's Eve hotel party, according to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office.

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Baker,  23, Dana Point, is charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of attempted murder, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 23 years to life in state prison. TheOCDA will be requesting $1 million bail at Baker's arraignment.

At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011, Baker is accused of sitting on a bench near the valet parking area at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa after attending a New Year's Eve party at the hotel. When a group of men exited the hotel, Baker is accused of flicking his cigarette at them and starting a verbal argument with 27-year-old Robert Sickles.

The defendant is accused of approaching Sickles and starting a physical fight by pushing the victim. Baker is accused of pulling out a knife, slashing the victim across the chest, and stabbing him one time in the chest. Sickles' friend, 26-year-old Brian McTeigue, attempted to intervene to protect his friend and Baker is accused of stabbing McTeigue one time in the back.

The victims' friends became involved in the physical fight to defend Sickles and McTeigue and detained Baker. The Costa Mesa Police Department, who were already at the hotel responding to unrelated disturbances, responded immediately.

Sickles and McTeigue were transported to Western Medical Center, where Sickles was pronounced dead on arrival as a result of his stab wound to the chest. McTeigue was treated for a non-fatal stab wound to the back and was later released. Baker was transported to Mission Hospital to be treated for facial fractures sustained after the stabbing. He will be taken into custody upon discharge from the hospital.

Home Owners Association stripped of powers over accusations of theft and fraud

Casa Grande AZ - According to a piece published in the Arizona Capitol Times,
a  Casa Grande homeowners association was placed in receivership, following allegations that board members drained funds for their own benefit - including what was described as the “theft” of more than $600,000."
Last month, the Receiver filed charges of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of ethical duties, disgorgement, professional negligence, aiding and abetting, and breach of contract against the Maxwell & Morgan law firm as well as against Maxwell and his wife, personally.

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Except for the breach of contract,  the above charges are torts — wrongful actions — permitting a claim for punitive damages, which the Receiver is seeking.   Filing tort claims and seeking punitive damages against the HOA and the individual directors is the only effective means today that homeowners have against abusive boards.

The law firm for the Receiver is Cheifetz, Iannitelli and Marcolini

The article states that

along with other reasons, Olson cited a board member’s unauthorized withdrawal of $665,000 from association’s account.

“The court finds that the parties controlling the DC Lot Owners Association were grossly negligent in failing to protect to, protect, preserve or detect these withdrawals, which constituted the bulk of the liquid assets of the association,” Olson said in his order. “This alone justifies the appointment of a receiver.”

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