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By Lauren Williams | February 6, 2013
A man who twice ejaculated into his co-worker's water bottle began serving 180 days in Orange County Jail Wednesday, a prosecutor said. Michael Kevin Lallana, 34, will serve 180 days for two 2011 misdemeanor battery convictions, said prosecutor Brock Zimmon. Lallana's attorney asked for home confinement, a request Judge Walter Schwarm denied, Zimmon said. Lallana and the co-worker met at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Newport Beach. Twice while the two worked together he left semen-laced water bottles on his female co-worker's desk - the first time in Newport, the second time in Orange.
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.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 25, 2013
A former Irvine soccer coach accused of felony sexual crimes against a teenage girl pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday. Ian Ebert, 26, engaged in lewd acts with the girl, who is between 14 and 15, prosecutors said. The crimes allegedly occurred three times between Aug. 1 and Dec. 8. He had occasional contact with her because of his work as a coach for the Strikers FC of Irvine club soccer league, according to police. Ebert later moved to Los Gatos, where he was arrested Jan. 15 after a school counselor alerted police to the alleged abuse.
December 11, 2012
A woman accused of helping her then-fiance by allegedly lying to police after the murder of two people was released from jail Monday, officials said. Rachel Mae Buffett, 25, of Long Beach, previously had her bail set at $100,000, but it was reduced to $50,000, a court official said Monday. She was released from jail at 11:49 p.m. Monday, jail records show. Buffett stands accused of propagating a false story that one of the murder victims had family problems when he did not, and she is charged with three felony counts of accessory to murder after the fact, according to a statement from prosecutors and court records.
By Lauren Williams | December 7, 2012
Hours before he played the romantic lead in a play opposite his real-life fiancee, authorities allege Daniel Patrick Wozniak shot and killed his neighbor. Not long after that performance, he slipped out of the Costa Mesa apartment he shared with his then-fiancée, Rachel Buffett, 25, and allegedly killed the first victim's tutor, according to police, prosecutors and Buffett's account of events. Authorities say that when they questioned Buffett, she lied to protect Wozniak, 28. More than two years after the May 2010 crimes, she was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.
By Lauren Williams | August 24, 2012
A former Costa Mesa priest was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and five years formal probation for committing lewd acts on a child younger than 14 while he served at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, according to prosecutors. Denis Lyons, 78, previously pleaded guilty in March to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14 between 1992 and 1995 while he served as a priest at the church, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Lyons molested the boy for three years when the child, a student at the church's school, was between 7 and 9 years old, prosecutors said.
By Lauren Williams | August 16, 2012
The city of Newport Beach this week took a preliminary step toward outsourcing the operation of the city jail to a private company. The city requested bids from providers who could operate the jail. Police Chief Jay Johnson said the move could reduce the jail's $1 million annual budget by 30% to 40%. The jail, located at Police Department headquarters in Newport Center, would not move from the area as part of the outsourcing proposal and no police personnel would be laid off, Johnson said.
By Joseph Serna | July 9, 2012
Police arrested a Costa Mesa man Sunday after he allegedly shot his former business partner in the Redwood Avenue home they shared. Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 48, was booked on suspicion of murder and is being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $1-million bail. Just before 6:30 p.m. residents reported hearing a possible episode of domestic violence at the home in the 2900 block and called police, authorities said. Neighbors reporting hearing several gunshots before officers arrived.
By Brittany Woolsey, Special to the Independent | June 20, 2012
Christian Hosoi had it all. Long before he was legally old enough to drink, the skateboarder nicknamed "Christ" was a stud on the pro circuit who was touted as an emerging rival to the legendary Tony Hawk. Hosoi's fame brought him a lot of money, parties and girls, but he also rode his board into a downward spiral of substance abuse that eventually landed him in prison. The skateboarder known for his "Christ Air" move has since reformed himself as a Huntington Beach resident and pastor at The Sanctuary church in Westminster.
By Lauren Williams | May 16, 2012
In a marathon meeting that concluded after 3 a.m. Wednesday, the Costa Mesa City Council pushed through plans to outsource the city jail and street-sweeping services to private companies. "Today is a momentous day, a great day," said Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer. "... I know we're going in the right direction, and I think by the time this is over I think the rest of the city will too. " Councilwoman Wendy Leece, who cast the lone dissenting vote in 4-1 splits on the jail and street-sweeping measures, said such an important decision should not be made in the early-morning hours, when most community members have gone home.
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