September 27, 2012
Several people on board a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Orange County had to restrain an unruly man who was reportedly threatening fellow passengers, FBI officials said. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller identified the man as 26-year-old Arash Durrani, also known as Ash, KTLA News reported Thursday. According to Eimiller, Durrani was taken into custody when the plane landed and will be charged with interference with a flight crew, a federal offense. Durrani is an actor, model and founder of Grow Clothing, a company geared toward promoting awareness of social movements and charities, according to imdb.com.
June 11, 2012
Looking to avoid becoming a crime statistic? Move to Irvine. In 2011, for the eighth year in a row, the Orange County city had the lowest violent crime rate of any U.S. city with a population larger than 100,000, the FBI said Monday. Irvine -- population 214,872 -- reported only 120 violent crimes last year, the same number as the year before. Among the crimes: two murders, 67 aggravated assaults, 11 rapes and 40 robberies. Random comparison: Similarly sized Modesto had more than 10 times the number of robberies.
October 14, 2001
A 41-year-old Baldwin Park man, believed to have been involved in the attempted bombing of the Vietnamese embassy in Thailand earlier this year, was arrested by FBI officials at John Wayne International Airport late Friday night, officials said. Vo Van Duc was arrested by the FBI on suspicion of using weapons of mass destruction after he got off an Alaska Airlines flight about 9 p.m., according to a statement released by FBI spokeswoman Cheryl Mimura in Los Angeles.
March 11, 2010
Editor’s Note: The following article contains allegations of child molestation and abuse that some readers may find offensive. Now in her 40s, married and living in Florida, Jackie Zudis said learning that the man who claimed to be her father, George Joseph England, 65, was going to be freed from prison compelled her to tell her story to the FBI in a videotaped interview shown to the public. In the 45-minute interview, which took place in Florida last week and was released to the media Thursday, Zudis recounted her life with England.
June 5, 2007
A man wanted for 16 Southern California area robberies is now also wanted for hitting a Newport Beach bank Monday, making off with more than $800, police said. At 12:30 p.m. the robber walked into the California National Bank, 901 Dover Drive, Newport Beach, and handed the teller a note demanding money, police said. Investigators identified the man through a surveillance video of the robbery as the so-called Irreconcilable Differences bandit. He is wanted for a number of robberies in the Los Angeles area, Sgt. Lloyd Whisenant said.
February 28, 2004
Deirdre Newman Two offices and a residence were raided today by a swarm of federal agents investigating a trio that includes a Newport Beach couple. The investigation of Lorenzo Espinoza, his wife Cynthia Espinoza and their associate Pedro Rodriguez involves a host of alleged crimes. They include conspiracy to engage in fraud, attempting to defraud the IRS and attempting to launder money. IRS, FBI and Department of Housing and Urban Development agents are all involved in the investigation.
August 2, 2001
The FBI arrested two Huntington Beach residents last week on suspicion of mail and wire fraud, officials said. Members of a Telemarketing Fraud Task Force arrested Kristopher A. Menden and Adrienne C. Eichenbaum alleging they used an advance fee loan scheme to trick customers into paying insurance deposit fees between $300 and $1,500. Victims then found out no loans were funded, officials said. The investigation was initiated based on a July 2 complaint received by the FBI from the North Carolina Attorney General's office alleging the crimes.
December 21, 2000
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Continuing the nationwide trend of declining crime statistics, overall crime in the city was down by about 7% during the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 1999, according to numbers released this week by the FBI. There were fewer violent crimes this year, except for cases of forcible rape. That number went up from eight last year to 13 this year. There were four murders during the first six months of last year compared with none from January to June this year.
December 10, 2002
Costa Mesa man charged by FBI A Costa Mesa man was one of four people the FBI charged on Friday with multiple counts of mail fraud and money laundering that involved 800 victims across the country, officials said. James S. Eberhart, 61, was named in the indictment along with Eugene M. Carriere, 53, of Sunset Beach, Richard Hines, 57, of San Pedro, and Kenneth Gottlieb, 59, of Los Angeles, according to the indictment. Eberhart and Carriere were co-founders of the now defunct YES Entertainment Network Inc. in Newport Beach.
August 28, 2005
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily Pilot has agreed to republish The Verdict, the ever-popular column written for many years by retired Corona Del Mar jurist and historian Robert Gardner, in exchange for donations to the Surfrider Foundation. This column was originally published April 3, 1993. Tom Heffernan was one of the better people. A barrel-chested guy with a nice smile and a deep voice, Tom was the resident special agent of the FBI during the early days of World War II. I was an ONI officer stationed in San Pedro.