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December 17, 2010
The arraignment of Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard has been postponed until Dec. 27, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Hubbard was set to be arraigned Tuesday on a pair of felony charges of misappropriating public funds while he worked as superintendent of Beverly Hills Unified School District, which was his previous job. This is the second time that his arraignment has been changed. Initially, the arraignment in Department 6 of the Beverly Hills Superior Court was set for Monday morning, but then the date was changed to Tuesday because of a scheduling conflict with attorneys.
NEWS
July 16, 2010
Two men accused of trying to stab a man to death a man while robbing him of $50 in May had their arraignment rescheduled for Aug. 16, court records show. Maximiliano Bahena Jr., 20, of Orange, and Frank Rocha, 19, of Garden Grove, are charged with attempted murder and robbery for the May 27 attack on a man as he left the bars on the Balboa Peninsula. The two men jumped the man as he walked home, kicking and punching him to the ground and stabbing him six times as they stole his wallet, police said.
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From the Los Angeles Times | July 16, 2012
Two 38-year-old attorneys who allegedly hatched a plan to frame a school volunteer because they were unsatisfied with how their son was treated appeared in court Monday morning but did not enter a plea. Jill and Kent Easter  allegedly planted drugs  on school volunteer Kelli Peters on Feb. 16, 2011. Based off a tip, which police later said came from Kent Easter, authorities searched Peters' car and found a bag containing marijuana, Percocet and Vicodin. Peters told police she had no idea where the drugs came from, and after police searched her home, they found no evidence that she was a drug user.
NEWS
July 14, 2012
An Irvine couple is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on felony charges that they planted drugs in a PTA president's car because they didn't like how their son was being supervised. Kent Wycliffe Easter, 38, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 39, are charged with felony conspiracy, false imprisonment by fraud or deceit, and conspiracy to falsely charge another with a crime. The defendants, who are both attorneys, face up to three years in state prison and are being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
NEWS
October 1, 2011
An Irvine woman charged with running a red light and killing an elderly woman in a January car crash in Irvine will be arraigned in late October, according to court records. Laurie Ane Keen, 43, was charged last month and was scheduled to be arraigned Friday but had it delayed until Oct. 28. Keen was released from custody Friday on her own recognizance under the condition she does not commit any vehicle code infractions and drives with a valid license and insurance, said Deputy District Attorney Nancy Hayashida.
NEWS
April 27, 2011
A Costa Mesa man accused of stealing more than $280,000 from a blind and deaf woman who was suffering from dementia is to be arraigned Thursday morning at the Santa Ana Central Jail, according to court documents. John Thomas Windsor is accused of stealing from a 98-year-old Newport Beach widow and using the money to buy a sex swing, a Tiffany & Co. engagement ring for his girlfriend and a classic record collection, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck and Jamie Rowe | December 21, 2012
SANTA ANA — The arraignment for a Sunday school volunteer accused of sexually abusing children has been delayed while the investigation into his case continues. Christopher Bryan McKenzie appeared in court at Orange County Mens' Jail in Santa Ana on Friday, but the hearing was continued to Jan. 11, prosecutors said. It's alleged that McKenzie formed relationships with at least two children from Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa and sexually abused them between November 2009 to November 2011.
LOCAL
February 16, 2008
The arraignment for a Newport Beach painter charged with conning a man out of more than $40,000 by using a Picasso sketch as collateral has been pushed back to Wednesday, prosecutors said. Local artist Michael Schofield, 60, is charged with two felony counts of grand theft and one felony count of passing a check with insufficient funds. Police began investigating Schofield in mid-January after a local real estate broker told police Schofield had not paid him back a $40,000 loan plus interest due months earlier, authorities said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | August 4, 2011
A man accused of fatally squeezing an 18-month-old baby girl is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Santa Ana. Juan Carlos Aguilar, 25, of Santa Ana is accused of squeezing Megan Rodriguez to death on the morning of July 9 after he was left at home alone to care for her, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a news release. Megan's mother, the sister of Aguilar's girlfriend, had gone to work at a hotel in Newport Beach, and his girlfriend had gone to the market.
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By Bradley Zint and Jeremiah Dobruck | September 10, 2013
The man accused of slaying a woman whose body was found in Newport Beach last week did not enter a plea Tuesday when he briefly appeared in court. Jaime Prieto Rocha, of Santa Ana, is charged with murdering Nancy Hammour, 28, of Santa Ana, whose body was found under a bridge near East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive on Labor Day morning. Newport police detectives arrested Rocha, 40, at 7:40 p.m. Friday after an autopsy determined that Hammour died of a gunshot wound, according to a news release.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 25, 2013
Months before a Newport Beach man was kidnapped and severely beaten last year, he had traveled to Las Vegas with a business acquaintance he knew from his Orange County medical marijuana dispensary, according to court testimony given Wednesday by police detectives who investigated the attack. On that trip to the desert, the Balboa Peninsula resident spent tens of thousands of dollars on hotel suites and gambling and allegedly paid for his associate to have a massage that included a sexual act, according to the Newport Beach Police detectives.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Jamie Rowe | December 21, 2012
SANTA ANA — The arraignment for a Sunday school volunteer accused of sexually abusing children has been delayed while the investigation into his case continues. Christopher Bryan McKenzie appeared in court at Orange County Mens' Jail in Santa Ana on Friday, but the hearing was continued to Jan. 11, prosecutors said. It's alleged that McKenzie formed relationships with at least two children from Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa and sexually abused them between November 2009 to November 2011.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | November 8, 2012
An Orange County man was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday for the fatal shooting of his live-in girlfriend during a confrontation, prosecutors said, but the arraignment was pushed to Nov. 30. Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 48, was indicted by a grand jury last month and faces one felony count of murder, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in prison. Prosecutors say that on the evening of July 8, Wilhelm took a handgun from a neighbor's home before returning to his Costa Mesa home, where he confronted his girlfriend, Christine Murray.
OCNOW
From the Los Angeles Times | July 16, 2012
Two 38-year-old attorneys who allegedly hatched a plan to frame a school volunteer because they were unsatisfied with how their son was treated appeared in court Monday morning but did not enter a plea. Jill and Kent Easter  allegedly planted drugs  on school volunteer Kelli Peters on Feb. 16, 2011. Based off a tip, which police later said came from Kent Easter, authorities searched Peters' car and found a bag containing marijuana, Percocet and Vicodin. Peters told police she had no idea where the drugs came from, and after police searched her home, they found no evidence that she was a drug user.
NEWS
July 14, 2012
An Irvine couple is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on felony charges that they planted drugs in a PTA president's car because they didn't like how their son was being supervised. Kent Wycliffe Easter, 38, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 39, are charged with felony conspiracy, false imprisonment by fraud or deceit, and conspiracy to falsely charge another with a crime. The defendants, who are both attorneys, face up to three years in state prison and are being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 3, 2012
The trial of a Costa Mesa man accused in a double murder case has been fast-tracked, prosecutors said Thursday. Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 28, is scheduled to be arraigned in a Santa Ana courtroom Friday on charges that he killed his neighbor, Samuel Herr, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, both Orange Coast College students, in May 2010, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors allege Wozniak killed Herr, who lived in his apartment building in Costa Mesa, in order to steal money from his bank account.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 8, 2011
SANTA ANA — An allegedly intoxicated driver who hit and seriously injured a Newport Harbor High School student was charged Thursday with felony driving under the influence with an enhancement for causing brain injury and paralysis. Marnie J. Lippincott, 38, of Costa Mesa was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license. Her arraignment in Orange County Superior Court was delayed Thursday until later this month. Prosecutors said Lippincott was under the influence of drugs and alcohol Tuesday afternoon when her black Chevy Tahoe hit Crystal Morales, 17, as she crossed Margaret Drive in a crosswalk near of the school, which had just let out for the day. Morales suffered serious internal and head injuries.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | October 11, 2011
LOS ANGELES — Newport-Mesa Unified Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court to an additional felony charge of misappropriation of public funds. Hubbard, 54, is now facing three felony counts related to his last job as schools chief in Beverly Hills. Following his arraignment on the charge brought by the grand jury, Judge Patricia Schnegg released Hubbard on his own recognizance. The new charge stems from prosecutors' allegations that Hubbard gave a pay raise — without the school board's required approval — to another administrator, Nora Roque, while the two worked together in the Beverly Hills Unified School District in May of 2005, according to a copy of the indictment.
NEWS
October 1, 2011
An Irvine woman charged with running a red light and killing an elderly woman in a January car crash in Irvine will be arraigned in late October, according to court records. Laurie Ane Keen, 43, was charged last month and was scheduled to be arraigned Friday but had it delayed until Oct. 28. Keen was released from custody Friday on her own recognizance under the condition she does not commit any vehicle code infractions and drives with a valid license and insurance, said Deputy District Attorney Nancy Hayashida.
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