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NEWS
March 17, 2001
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- Seconds after Eric Bechler told a packed courtroom that he loved his wife and did not kill her, a Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Frank F. Fasel said he agreed with a 12-member jury, which on Feb. 1 found the 33-year-old man from Newport Heights guilty of first-degree murder for bludgeoning his 38-year-old wife, Pegye Bechler, on a boat and then dumping her body in the ocean in trash bags filled with weights.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By: | August 16, 2005
Testimony will continue today in a hearing in Orange County Superior Court to decide whether two men and one woman will stand trial in the alleged killing of a Newport Beach couple. Skylar DeLeon, 26, his wife Jennifer Henderson-DeLeon, 24, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 40, all of Long Beach, are expected to appear in court on charges of murdering Tom and Jackie Hawks, who went missing in November after allegedly selling their yacht. Two other men charged with the murders, Myron Gardner, 42, of Long Beach, and Alonso Machain, 21, of Pico Rivera, will be tried separately, a judge ruled Friday.
NEWS
June 2, 2004
Deepa Bharath The defense in a high-profile gang-rape case will ask the judge today to admit testimony of a pornography expert attorneys say will contradict a witness for the prosecution who suggested the defendants drugged the girl. Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann are accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her in Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home. The jury trial for the teenagers, which began on May 3, has come to an abrupt standstill this week because defense attorney Pete Morreale's son met with a traffic accident on Friday.
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By Mona Shadia | September 14, 2011
SANTA ANA - A UC Irvine professor overstepped his boundaries when he told students that no disruptions were allowed during the Israeli ambassador's visit last year, according to testimony given during Wednesday's Irvine 11 trial. According to UCI comparative literature professor Rei Terada's testimony, before introducing Ambassador Michael Oren on Feb. 8, 2010, political science professor Mark Petracca, who emceed the event, told the audience he had the highest expectation for civility for the ambassador - a level that would exceed the respect given even during a joint session of Congress.
NEWS
December 9, 2003
Marisa O'Neil The new attorney for a former UC Irvine student convicted of sexually assaulting and torturing a 15-year-old-girl is seeking a new trial, this one in front of a jury. Newport Beach resident Brian Dance, 21, was convicted in July of three counts of forced penetration, one count of torture and one count each of robbery and criminal threat. He had previously waived his right to a jury trial and faces a possible life sentence for beating a girl he had met on the Internet and carving swastikas on her face on the UCI campus.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 9, 2013
The potential new owners of a mobile home park on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa are one step closer to building condominiums on the land. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously certified Newport Beach-based IntraCorp Socal-1 LLC's closure impact report for Anchor Trailer Port, 1527 Newport Blvd. The report examines any adverse impacts of the closure, describes relocation options for residents and potentially mitigates problems. The certification does not necessarily mean the council approves of the conversion, only that the plan meets the minimum requirements of state law, according to city special counsel Celeste Brady.
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By Denys Oberman | November 1, 2012
Newport Beach city leaders are going to extraordinary lengths and expense to convince taxpayers that Measure EE is "for their protection," and that the passage of the 38 items will "increase efficiencies. " One must ask, Why? I urge citizens and voters to think about the consequences of Measure EE: Are taking away of our rights, and loosening conflict-of-interest regulations, "protections," or are they simply ways for the city to steamroller unreasonable regulations and make decisions which may not be in the public interest?
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By Bradley Zint | January 19, 2013
The neon letters of Anchor Trailer Port's sign haven't been lit in years. Word is they don't work anymore. If lit again, though, they wouldn't fully spell out "Trailer Port. " On the top line, only the A, I, L, and a smudge of the E, are left. It's the kind of sign that's been naturally aged by the elements, a throwback to the easy-living California days of the post-war 1940s that, in some ways, still ring true for the folks living in their mobile homes, trailers or RVs at Anchor Trailer Port.
NEWS
December 9, 2004
Jeff Benson Elizabeth Loftus calls it the highest national award she could receive as a psychologist, but the distinguished UC Irvine research professor might not always clearly remember being notified that she won it. If her theories come to fruition, Loftus will have to factor in the occasional mind distortion, contaminated memory and unreliability of eyewitness testimony. And maybe, just maybe, she'll determine she got caught up in the moment.
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