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February 19, 2011
An Irvine man convicted of child molesting and scheduled to be released from prison will appear in court in May to fight Orange County prosecutors' attempts to keep him behind bars under state sexually violent predator laws. Douglas John A. Mackenzie, 34, pleaded guilty in January 2010 to multiple counts of lewd acts upon a child younger than 14 and using a minor for sex acts for creating pornography and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He had been in custody for nearly 10 years awaiting extradition from Canada, where he was being held in an unrelated case.
NEWS
August 20, 2011
When he was a child in Croatia, Tony Burica first got wind of sailing. He'd watch large schooners coming and going from the port. Images of ketches sailing the Mediterranean hang from his shop walls. One night in Communist Croatia, Burica fled the party, which wanted to conscript him, he said: "You'd have to be a fanatic, or not have a brain. " He bid goodbye to his childhood sweetheart Tereza and sailed across the Adriatic Sea, from Croatia to Italy, in 1951. Without papers, Burica wound up in a labor camp, he said.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
Two men who attacked an 83-year-old woman after she refused their offer to buy her dinner pleaded guilty to charges Thursday, court records show. Brothers Paul Patrulescu, 30, and Ciprian Patrulescu, 31, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of inflicting an injury on an elderly adult and one misdemeanor battery charge in connection to the Aug. 18 attack, according to court records. Police said about 4 a.m., after a night of drinking, the two asked to buy the woman dinner. After she repeatedly refused their offers, she was punched and suffered bruises and an injury to her eye, police said at the time of the brothers' arrests.
NEWS
December 10, 2011
An Irvine woman was sentenced Friday to a year in jail, five years probation and drug treatment for six arson-related felonies, authorities said. Jana Spires, 39, pleaded guilty in Newport Beach's Harbor Justice Center to arson and setting properties not owned by her on fire, according to a news release by the Orange County district attorney's office. Spires started several fires between January and May of this year. Her targets included a playground, an apartment complex and homes, the release said.
NEWS
August 2, 2010
A man arrested on suspicion of spousal battery apparently hanged himself within hours of being booked into the Newport Beach city jail on Saturday. William Robert Wedgeworth, 43, was found dead by a custodial officer around 10 p.m. He had been booked earlier in the day at 3:40 p.m. on suspicion of spousal battery, Lt. Bill Hartford said. Attempts to resuscitate him by paramedics were unsuccessful. Wedgeworth was pronounced dead at the scene, Hartford said. Hartford was unable to say whether Wedgeworth had any prior arrests.
NEWS
December 24, 2010
A Newport Beach resident accused of stealing residents' Christmas presents off their doorsteps spent Thursday night in the Orange County Sheriff's Department jail, according to booking records with the agency. Melanie Kathleen Astin, 42, was arrested by Newport Beach on Thursday after officers conducted surveillance in the neighborhood of Fullerton and El Modena avenues, according to police reports. Officers said Astin allegedly followed a United Parcel Service driver around the neighborhood, then would steal the packages after they were dropped off on different doorsteps.
NEWS
November 18, 2004
I think he needs a lot of love, that kid. He needs a family that understands him. He doesn't need to be punished. He just needs a lot of loving. Tell the family it's all he needs. That's all I want to tell Greg Haidl's parents. Just love him -- that's all he needs. Don't make his life miserable, because he's too young. He's going to have a bad reputation if you don't help him. It's up to you to straighten out your son. He's a good boy; he doesn't need to be punished.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 26, 2010
A Costa Mesa woman and her accomplice who took thousands of dollars from homeowners with promises of refinancing their mortgages could be sentenced to a year in county jail at their sentencing next month, one of their attorneys said Thursday. Marianne Curtis, 69, and Mary Alice Yraceburu, 46, of Riverdale, Calif., pleaded guilty Thursday to 71 felony counts of grand theft and taking a consultant fee before performing any refinancing services. The two pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement offered by Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald.
LOCAL
By Erik Holmes | March 3, 2010
Details are beginning to emerge of a proposal by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department that would allow the county to house more than 800 federal immigration detainees — most with criminal records — in county jails. Some officials and citizens are raising concerns about residents’ safety. The proposal calls for the Sheriff’s Department to rent out 838 beds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house inmates who have completed jail sentences for crimes and are in the process of being deported, according to a report prepared for the Board of Supervisors.
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By Jill Cowan | April 3, 2014
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens talked jails, guns and drugs Thursday morning at a breakfast event with members of Newport Beach's business community. Hutchens, who took the podium at the city's central library as part of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's monthly Wake Up! Newport event series, first discussed the impacts of the state's efforts to relieve overcrowding in prisons on the county. Although Orange County's jails are in better shape than most jurisdictions, she said that when it comes to jail population management, the department isn't getting complacent.
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NEWS
By Billy Graham | February 7, 2014
Q: I'm really scared because I'm due to get out of jail in a couple of months, and I know I don't have what it takes to stay out of trouble. I know I'll just end up here again, like I have before. Please pray for me. — S.J. A: It may surprise you to learn that you've already taken the first step toward a new life by admitting you're weak and need help. The person who's in the greatest danger is the one who thinks he or she is strong enough and doesn't need help from anyone, including God. Now, take the next step by actually turning to God, telling him that you know you're weak and need his help.
NEWS
By Robert J. Lopez | January 30, 2014
A former teacher and coach at an Irvine high school was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posing as a teenage girl on Facebook to get nude photos and videos from more than 100 underage boys, authorities said Wednesday. Zachary Reeder, 31, created a Facebook account and pretended to be a blonde high school student to "convince and direct the victims to send sexually explicit photos and videos," the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement. Reeder was charged with targeting his victims between June 1, 2010, and Jan. 14, 2013.
OCNOW
By Paloma Esquivel | December 23, 2013
On a barren stretch of road on the edge of Irvine, a tasteful brown sign topped with a whimsical orange bicycle announces that a long-anticipated addition to the city is finally underway: the thousands of elegant new homes around the perimeter of the city's planned Great Park. The park itself will also soon grow, now that a plan to build 688 acres has been approved. And a long-awaited high school nearby is expected to open in 2016, according to the Los Angeles Times . Just down the road, another long-stalled project is also finally underway - the addition of hundreds of jail beds to a county lockup once so rustic it was known as "The Farm.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 26, 2013
A 23-year-old former Marine pleaded guilty Friday to bringing a nonlethal grenade and other explosives equipment onto a plane at John Wayne Airport. Gregory Salyer of Kentucky caused a brief evacuation from one of the airport's terminals in August when screeners found in one of his checked bags a sting-ball grenade that shoots rubber projectiles, two military artillery fuses and a fuse assembly. Investigators also found that Salyer had carried onto his flight a butterfly knife, 300 steroid pills and more than 10 Adderall pills.
NEWS
November 16, 2013
An Irvine man was sentenced Friday to 21 years to life in prison after being convicted of murder for drunkenly crashing his truck into a car and killing a teenage girl, the Orange County district attorney announced. Austin Jeffrey Farley, 28, had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood on May 29, 2011, when he ran a red light turning left at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard, crashing into a Mercedes-Benz sedan carrying a father, his daughter and three of her friends.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | July 30, 2013
Four Orange County men were sentenced Monday for their participation in a real estate investment scam that took an estimated $130,000 from hundreds of victims, prosecutors said. Justin Dennis Koelle, 23, of Costa Mesa, was sentenced to nine months in jail and five years of formal probation, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Dominic Adam Nolan, 32, of Irvine, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of formal probation. Jacob John Cunningham, 26, and John D. Silva, 28, both of Irvine, each received sentences of eight months in jail and five years formal probation.
NEWS
June 8, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. continues to maintain it is misguided, as well as illiegal, public policy for the City Council to hand over control of its public jail to a private corporation. However, the city's employees applaud the council's willingness to, as part of its decision to outsource jails, include a clear and indisputable commitment to preserving the jobs of its dedicated work force. The City Council approved outsourcing jail services on Tuesday, but only after Councilwoman Sandy Genis amended the original motion to include a commitment to use all means available to avoid layoffs.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | June 3, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. is seeking a temporary restraining order Tuesday morning against an attempt to outsource jobs at the city jail. The proposed contract with G4S Secure Solutions - which is up for a vote of the City Council the same evening - is expected to save the city up to $3.2 million over a five-year period with the firm's "cutting-edge" technology, according to a city news release. No layoffs are projected for city employees under the G4S contract. The workers would be transferred to other positions.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | May 17, 2013
One thing that starkly sets the United States apart from other Western industrial countries is our incarceration rate. Today our country has more than 2.3 million people in jail or prison, which means that, with about 5% of the world's population, we have 25% of its prisoners. In the years 2006 to 2008, which are the latest dates for which statistics are available, the U.S. led the world with 753 people incarcerated for every 100,000 members of our population. Russia was next with 629, followed by Rwanda, Cuba and Belize with 593, 531 and 476, respectively.
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