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February 28, 2014
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Thursday filed the necessary paperwork to seek a fifth term. The county's top prosecutor also recently raised $418,000 at a gala at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach attended by hundreds who turned out to show their support, according to a news release sent late Thursday. "I am very humbled to have this kind of strong support from so many different segments of the Orange County community," Rackauckas said in the release. He has picked up endorsements from Michelle Steel, California Board of Equalization vice chairwoman, who is running for the District 2 supervisor seat; Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
NEWS
April 4, 2011
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is planning to adopt an ordinance Tuesday that would bar registered sex offenders from entering the county's parks — including its beaches, wilderness areas and harbors. The rules would apply to offshore sections of Newport Beach. Supervisor Shawn Nelson and Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said they proposed the law to protect children. "Parks do not belong to sexual deviants," Rackauckas said in a statement. "Parks belong to children who want to play there and parents who want to enjoy nature with their children.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | February 19, 2013
Orange County's district attorney touted the success of his office's DNA database during a Tuesday speech to members of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. Tony Rackauckas told about 30 lunchtime diners gathered at the Five Crowns Restaurant that samples from 78,510 people are included in the local database. Many district attorneys rely on state and federal databases, but Orange County created its own, he said, to help solve crime when traditional means of gathering information fall short.
LOCAL
By By Lauren Vane | October 14, 2005
Two on county's top 10 list, which is available online, have Newport Beach connections.Two men believed to be residents of Newport Beach are among Orange County's 10 most wanted criminals, officials said Thursday. Descriptions and information about the two suspects, along with the others, are available on the new Orange County district attorney's website, which launched Thursday. "If you are a fugitive, you need to know that you can't hide forever," Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
June 30, 2004
Deepa Bharath Three teenagers, including the son of an Orange County assistant sheriff will be retried on rape charges, the Orange County district attorney announced on Tuesday. The jury, in what turned out to be a high-profile case spanning two months, hopelessly deadlocked on Monday, forcing Judge Francisco Briseno to declare a mistrial. Prosecutors accused Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her with various objects including a Snapple bottle, a fruit juice can, a lighted cigarette and a pool cue. The prosecution's key piece of evidence was a 20-minute digital videotape the defendants had made of the July 5, 2002, incident that reportedly occurred in Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home.
LOCAL
By Erik Holmes | March 11, 2010
SANTA ANA — A former Costa Mesa resident described by law enforcement officials as a serial child molester, and who was scheduled to be released from prison today, will remain incarcerated because federal prosecutors plan to file new charges against him, officials said. The news of federal charges against George Joseph England, 65, came as Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas was addressing the media Thursday morning and warning of the threat that England would pose to the public if he were released.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 28, 2014
The Orange County Board of Supervisors was facing a changing of the guard Tuesday, with the body expected to choose a new chair and vice chair for the year. Instead, citing a need for continuity in contract negotiations with the county's biggest labor unions, Supervisor Patricia Bates asked to hang on to her place as the board's vice chairwoman, allowing Supervisor Shawn Nelson to serve another year as chairman. Bates, who represents the board's District 5, said that in this "unique year," the board would benefit from the stability afforded by Nelson.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters and Mona Shadia, sarah.peters@latimes.com | February 8, 2011
A leading Los Angeles Jewish rights organization on Tuesday came out in support of the Orange County district attorney's decision to file criminal charges against 11 students who interrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. In a statement on its website, the Simon Wiesenthal Center commended District Atty. Tony Rackauckas, who charged the so-called "Irvine 11" with two misdemeanor counts each of planning to and disrupting a public meeting or lawful assembly.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | May 1, 2014
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas gave members of the Newport Beach business community a crash course Tuesday morning in the work performed by his office. At the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's monthly Wake Up! Newport breakfast event, Rackauckas, first elected to the position in 1998, said the district attorney's office deals with more than high-profile murder cases. "There are a lot of things we do in the D.A.'s office that you wouldn't think of," he told the several dozen audience members gathered in the Newport Beach Library's Friends Room.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 11, 2010
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Daniel Wozniak, the Costa Mesa man accused of killing and beheading his neighbor then killing a friend of the neighbor to cover up the first crime, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Thursday. The Wozniak case marks the first this year in which the county's top prosecutor and his team are seeking the death penalty. It is the second murder case in Costa Mesa in 2010. "Some murders are committed with such a depraved heart and in such a callous manner that the only punishment that fits the crime is the death penalty," Rackauckas said at a news conference in Santa Ana. On Thursday morning, Rackauckas and his office's Special Circumstances Committee decided that the details behind the slaying of Samuel Herr, 26, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23 — both Orange Coast College students — warranted death for their suspected killer.
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By Jill Cowan | May 1, 2014
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas gave members of the Newport Beach business community a crash course Tuesday morning in the work performed by his office. At the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's monthly Wake Up! Newport breakfast event, Rackauckas, first elected to the position in 1998, said the district attorney's office deals with more than high-profile murder cases. "There are a lot of things we do in the D.A.'s office that you wouldn't think of," he told the several dozen audience members gathered in the Newport Beach Library's Friends Room.
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NEWS
February 28, 2014
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Thursday filed the necessary paperwork to seek a fifth term. The county's top prosecutor also recently raised $418,000 at a gala at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach attended by hundreds who turned out to show their support, according to a news release sent late Thursday. "I am very humbled to have this kind of strong support from so many different segments of the Orange County community," Rackauckas said in the release. He has picked up endorsements from Michelle Steel, California Board of Equalization vice chairwoman, who is running for the District 2 supervisor seat; Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
NEWS
By Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 28, 2014
The Orange County Board of Supervisors was facing a changing of the guard Tuesday, with the body expected to choose a new chair and vice chair for the year. Instead, citing a need for continuity in contract negotiations with the county's biggest labor unions, Supervisor Patricia Bates asked to hang on to her place as the board's vice chairwoman, allowing Supervisor Shawn Nelson to serve another year as chairman. Bates, who represents the board's District 5, said that in this "unique year," the board would benefit from the stability afforded by Nelson.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | February 19, 2013
Orange County's district attorney touted the success of his office's DNA database during a Tuesday speech to members of the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. Tony Rackauckas told about 30 lunchtime diners gathered at the Five Crowns Restaurant that samples from 78,510 people are included in the local database. Many district attorneys rely on state and federal databases, but Orange County created its own, he said, to help solve crime when traditional means of gathering information fall short.
NEWS
April 4, 2011
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is planning to adopt an ordinance Tuesday that would bar registered sex offenders from entering the county's parks — including its beaches, wilderness areas and harbors. The rules would apply to offshore sections of Newport Beach. Supervisor Shawn Nelson and Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said they proposed the law to protect children. "Parks do not belong to sexual deviants," Rackauckas said in a statement. "Parks belong to children who want to play there and parents who want to enjoy nature with their children.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters and Mona Shadia, sarah.peters@latimes.com | February 8, 2011
A leading Los Angeles Jewish rights organization on Tuesday came out in support of the Orange County district attorney's decision to file criminal charges against 11 students who interrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. In a statement on its website, the Simon Wiesenthal Center commended District Atty. Tony Rackauckas, who charged the so-called "Irvine 11" with two misdemeanor counts each of planning to and disrupting a public meeting or lawful assembly.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 11, 2010
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Daniel Wozniak, the Costa Mesa man accused of killing and beheading his neighbor then killing a friend of the neighbor to cover up the first crime, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas announced Thursday. The Wozniak case marks the first this year in which the county's top prosecutor and his team are seeking the death penalty. It is the second murder case in Costa Mesa in 2010. "Some murders are committed with such a depraved heart and in such a callous manner that the only punishment that fits the crime is the death penalty," Rackauckas said at a news conference in Santa Ana. On Thursday morning, Rackauckas and his office's Special Circumstances Committee decided that the details behind the slaying of Samuel Herr, 26, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23 — both Orange Coast College students — warranted death for their suspected killer.
LOCAL
By Erik Holmes | March 11, 2010
SANTA ANA — A former Costa Mesa resident described by law enforcement officials as a serial child molester, and who was scheduled to be released from prison today, will remain incarcerated because federal prosecutors plan to file new charges against him, officials said. The news of federal charges against George Joseph England, 65, came as Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas was addressing the media Thursday morning and warning of the threat that England would pose to the public if he were released.
LOCAL
By By Lauren Vane | October 14, 2005
Two on county's top 10 list, which is available online, have Newport Beach connections.Two men believed to be residents of Newport Beach are among Orange County's 10 most wanted criminals, officials said Thursday. Descriptions and information about the two suspects, along with the others, are available on the new Orange County district attorney's website, which launched Thursday. "If you are a fugitive, you need to know that you can't hide forever," Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
June 30, 2004
Deepa Bharath Three teenagers, including the son of an Orange County assistant sheriff will be retried on rape charges, the Orange County district attorney announced on Tuesday. The jury, in what turned out to be a high-profile case spanning two months, hopelessly deadlocked on Monday, forcing Judge Francisco Briseno to declare a mistrial. Prosecutors accused Greg Haidl, son of Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her with various objects including a Snapple bottle, a fruit juice can, a lighted cigarette and a pool cue. The prosecution's key piece of evidence was a 20-minute digital videotape the defendants had made of the July 5, 2002, incident that reportedly occurred in Don Haidl's Corona del Mar home.
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