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By Lauren Williams | October 15, 2011
An Irvine man who kidnapped and raped a child and molested two others was denied parole Tuesday, according to prosecutors. Drew David Lambert, 32, formerly of Irvine, was sentenced to 15 years to life in August 1996 and is serving his sentence at California Correctional Institute in Tehachapi. In a news release Tuesday, Orange County prosecutors said Lambert approached a 6-year-old girl in the children's section of a Laguna Niguel bookstore and used a child's book to lure her to the men's restroom, where he assaulted her. Lambert was 16 years old at the time.
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By Lauren Williams | November 2, 2012
A Costa Mesa man who killed his ex-wife and her father in front of his home was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole Friday, officials said. Robert Alan Lehmann, 37, shot 32-year-old Emily Ford and her 62-year-old father, Russell Ford, to death when the two went to his house to pick up the daughter Lehmann and Ford had. A jury convicted Lehmann of two felony counts of murder in September and found five sentencing enhancements to be true.
NEWS
February 12, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- A Costa Mesa woman's letter-writing campaign has prompted state Sen. Ross Johnson to introduce legislation that would allow child molesters to be placed on lifetime parole. Under existing laws, a felony conviction and prison term comes with a standard three-year parole sentence. Johnson's bill would enable parole authorities to impose parole terms up to life for any person convicted of a sex offense against a child under the age of 14. "I'm really happy," said Lynn Vogt, who implored Johnson to work for tougher laws.
NEWS
March 18, 2004
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Unregistered sex offender arrested Newport Beach police arrested a 41-year-old man on charges of attempting to lure away two children on Balboa Island on Monday. Walter Reed Wise, an unregistered sex offender, is being held without bail for violating conditions of his parole, Sgt. Steve Shulman said. He is also charged with luring a minor. Police responded to the home after a man allegedly approached two children in front of their home just before 8 a.m. and asked them to come with him. The children, ages 4 and 6, ran inside and told their parents, who called the police.
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By Van Tran | February 22, 2008
Like food and shelter, being safe from crime is a basic necessity. All the opportunity, happiness and prosperity in the world is meaningless if you can’t take a walk in your neighborhood or feel safe at home. Public safety has always been my top priority in Sacramento. But under a dangerous proposal by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to create a new category of parole called “summary parole,” our safety could be at risk. Felons convicted of any number of serious crimes would no longer be supervised by law enforcement while they are out on parole.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 10, 2010
A former Costa Mesa dentist who killed three people in the 1980s must be freed from prison unless there’s new evidence that he is still dangerous, the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana ruled Tuesday. Writing for the three-judge panel, Associate Justice Raymond Ikola said that after serving more than 25 years of a 15-year to life sentence, Tony Protopappas, 63, should be granted parole. In late 1982 and early 1983, Protopappas killed Kim Andreassen, 23, Cathryn Jones, 31, and Patricia Craven, 13, by giving them fatal doses of a general anesthetic.
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By Lauren Williams | November 4, 2011
A small number of inmates who will be tracked by probation instead of parole agencies will soon be released in Costa Mesa, authorities said, adding that some of the tracking will fall on local police. Under the newly enacted public safety realignment plan, the non-serious offenders are being released into probation rather than parole. Parolees who violate conditions of their parole are being sent to jails instead, which helps ease state prison overcrowding. Responsibility for the so-called "three nons" — nonviolent, nonserious and nonserious sex offenders — on Oct. 1 shifted to local agencies like the Orange County Probation Department.
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By Amanda Pennington | August 8, 2006
The Costa Mesa City Council will be holding a study session today on the placement of registered sex offenders in the city. Councilwoman Katrina Foley requested the information from city staff at a July 5 council meeting in response to the concerns of some residents, she said. "I wanted the police department to give an overview of what the status is in the city right now and what we are doing as a city to manage people who are registered offenders living in our city and ? discuss some options for what we can do to limit parolees on being paroled into our city," she said in a telephone interview.
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February 6, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Marshall of Newport Beach joyfully announce the marriage of their daughter, Megan Marshall to Brandon Parole, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Parole of Newport Beach. The wedding was held on August 24, 2013 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The couple spent a two week honeymoon in Hawaii, and now reside in Costa Mesa. Brandon is currently employed with Ubiquity Records in Costa Mesa and Megan is currently employed with Harbor Family Chiropractic in Costa Mesa as well.
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August 16, 2013
Ashley Parole & Matthew Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Randy Parole joyfully announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Kristen Louise to Mr. Matthew Meyer, son of Dr. Karen Meyer of Newport Beach and Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Meyer of St. Louis, Mo.  They were married on May 18, 2013 by Mr. Ryan Divel, at Serra Plaza, San Juan Capistrano.  The bride was attended by Maids of Honor, Megan Marshall and Hillary Karges. Bridesmaids were Katie Erickson, Jenna Williamson, Alexandra Andersen, Ashley Reta and Jenna McCart.,  The flower girl was Mackenzie McKay of Newport Beach.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 16, 2013
A parole board denied release Thursday for an Irvine woman convicted of murdering her boyfriend in 1998 because she thought he had been unfaithful, the Orange County district attorney's office announced Friday. Judy Diane Valot, 54, is serving 15 years to life at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla for second-degree murder. Eight members of the family of victim Peter Theriault attended the hearing to oppose freeing Valot, who killed him weeks before Christmas and used her pickup truck to dispose of the body.
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By Lauren Williams | December 12, 2012
A Mission Hills man was convicted Wednesday for his role in the revenge-fueled murder of two people and an attempt to kill a third, prosecutors said. Charles Anthony Murphy, 28, was convicted by a jury in Orange County Superior Court of two felony counts of murder, one felony count of attempted murder and one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. In March 2007, Shayona Dhanak, an 18-year-old UCI student, ended her two-year relationship with Iftekhar Murtaza, now 28, according to prosecutors.
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By Lauren Williams | November 2, 2012
A Costa Mesa man who killed his ex-wife and her father in front of his home was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole Friday, officials said. Robert Alan Lehmann, 37, shot 32-year-old Emily Ford and her 62-year-old father, Russell Ford, to death when the two went to his house to pick up the daughter Lehmann and Ford had. A jury convicted Lehmann of two felony counts of murder in September and found five sentencing enhancements to be true.
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By Lauren Williams | August 10, 2012
A former NFL linebacker was sentenced Friday to life without the possibility of parole for the 1994 slaying of a wealthy Newport Beach businessman, prosecutors said. Eric Naposki, 45, and his then-lover, Nanette Packard, 47, killed Bill McLaughlin in a scheme to take $1 million in insurance money and live in McLaughlin's waterfront house rent-free for a year, prosecutor Matt Murphy told jurors at Naposki's trial last year. At the time, Packard dated and lived with McLaughlin.
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By Lauren Williams | April 10, 2012
Members of a Vietnamese street gang were convicted Tuesday in a 1995 cold-case slaying in Costa Mesa, authorities said. The four men - Anthony Paul Johnson Jr., 35, of Westminster; Giang Thuy Nguyen, 36, of Fountain Valley; Tam Hung Nguyen, 36, of Riverside; and Truc Ngoc Tran, 34, of Santa Ana - were found guilty of one felony count of murder and one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, with sentencing enhancements for lying in...
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By Alicia Lopez, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 21, 2012
SANTA ANA - While convicted murderer and rapist Jason Michael Balcom sat and showed no emotion, attorneys explained to jurors during the penalty phase of the trial Wednesday why they should vote for death or life without parole for the killing of Malinda Gibbons. Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy took issue with the idea that anything in Balcom's childhood was significant enough to influence his decision to rape and murder the young, pregnant Costa Mesa resident in 1988. Instead, he said, Balcom, 41, did it because he chose to. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version incorrectly listed Jason Michael Balcom's age as 42. At the time this article was written, he was 41. His birthday was Monday.
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