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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 17, 2013
Prosecutors in the Orange County district attorney's office said Monday that a police officer's fatal shooting of a Huntington Beach man was justified. Huntington Beach Police Officer Doug Martin was cleared in the death of Ian Berrier, 20, whom he shot during an incident March 21 in a neighborhood near Warner Avenue and Green Lane, according to an investigation report by the district attorney's office. Martin had received a call at around 4:30 p.m. to respond to trouble at a restaurant off Warner.
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By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times | April 20, 2014
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
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By Bradley Zint | February 24, 2014
A Fountain Valley woman was sentenced to prison Friday for having sex with a 12-year-old boy, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Patricia Ann Serrano, 45, pleaded guilty last month to three felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a minor, according to a news release. Serrano also pleaded guilty to a felony count of forgery and a misdemeanor count of attempted petty theft for giving a fake letter from the district attorney's office to her employer.
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May 4, 2011
A Fountain Valley man and woman were scheduled to go to trial Wednesday on charges of attempting to murder the woman's husband. Mary Katheryn Sharpski, 48, and Michael Calvin Shores II, 40, and Antonio Cinco Ortega, 25, of Santa Ana, are each charged with one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of mayhem and a sentencing enhancement for great bodily injury, according to the Orange...
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November 29, 2001
A few eyebrows might have gone up at news that City Councilman Dave Garofalo is planning to run for the state Board of Equalization when his council time is up next year. After all, there is that lingering, year-and-a-half investigation by the district attorney into allegations that Garofalo approved city projects for companies that advertised in his publishing ventures. In April, we called on the district attorney to quit dragging out the investigation and wrap it up. Nine months was long enough to determine Garofalo's innocence or guilt, we said.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 28, 2013
A Santa Ana man was charged Friday with murder in the stabbing death of a Huntington Beach man, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Rito Samuel Tejeda, 22, is being held on $1-million bail in the Central Jail Complex in Santa Ana and faces up to 26 years to life in state prison if convicted. The district attorney's office charged Tejeda with murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. Tejeda is accused of stabbing Frederick Sledge, 51, repeatedly Oct. 23 in an apartment in the 1400 block of Delaware Street, in Huntington Beach, and fleeing the scene on foot while covered in blood, according to officials.
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By Michael Miller, michael.miller@latimes.com | April 27, 2011
The Orange County district attorney has issued an arrest warrant for a Long Beach Fire Department captain and Huntington Beach resident who has been charged with injuring a bicyclist in a hit-and-run while under the influence. John David Hines, 38, is charged with one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more causing injury and hit-and-run with injury, according to a release from the district attorney.
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July 24, 2013
A Huntington Beach parolee was convicted on charges of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old female relative while he was babysitting her, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Gordon Ray Bodkin, 47, was found guilty by jury on Tuesday on unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and sexual penetration of a child under 10. He could face 55 years to life in state prison and a mandatory lifetime sex offender registration, according to officials. He has a prior conviction for residential burglary in 2009.
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July 23, 2013
A Huntington Beach man pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two other charges in the death of a woman who was riding on the back of her boyfriend's motorcycle, according to Orange County Superior Court records. Tadashi Mizutani, 69, is accused of killing Huntington Beach resident Kelly Morehouse, 25, and injuring her boyfriend Taylor Rolfson, 24, on June 1 after their vehicles collided at Goldenwest Street and Rio Vista Drive in Huntington Beach.
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By Mona Shadia | March 21, 2012
A Midway City man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault charges for allegedly attacking a Huntington Beach police officer who responded to a fight in front of a hotel, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Nam Viet Hong Vo is allegedly one of an unknown number of people who attacked the officer at 12:59 a.m. Saturday. His bail was set at $500,000, and he is scheduled for pretrial hearing on Friday, said district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
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By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times | April 20, 2014
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
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By Paloma Esquivel | March 10, 2014
An Orange County prosecutor says an effort to dismiss the death penalty against alleged Seal Beach mass killer  Scott Dekraai  should be denied because the defense failed to show that prosecutors engaged in the type of egregious misconduct that could lead to dismissal. Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephan Sauer filed the reply this week to a lengthy motion made by Dekraai's attorneys in January, which accused county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an illegal jailhouse informant operation that ensnared multiple inmates, including Dekraai, the Los Angeles Times reported . On Friday, Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said he expects to start hearing testimony on the accusations on March 18. Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, who represents Dekraai, has also asked the judge to recuse the Orange County district attorney's office from prosecuting the case.
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By Paloma Esquivel | February 28, 2014
An Orange County judge said Friday that he'll hear testimony on accusations that county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies ran an illegal jailhouse informant operation that ensnared multiple inmates, including the man accused of killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon in 2011. Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said the allegations made by defense attorneys for  Scott Dekraai  deserve to be fully examined, the Los Angeles Times reported . The judge indicated it may take weeks of testimony and evidence to ferret out the claims.
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By Paloma Esquivel | February 27, 2014
Attorneys for the man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon three years ago have accused Orange County prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an unconstitutional jailhouse informant operation that ensnared their client and other inmates. Scott Dekraai 's public defenders say that the district attorney's office oversaw an “unchecked and lawless custodial informant program” which resulted in systemic constitutional violations and kept defense attorneys in the dark about the so-called jailhouse snitches, the Los Angeles Times reports . Dekraai faces the death penalty for allegedly walking into  Salon Meritage  on Oct. 12, 2011 and opening fire, killing his ex-wife and seven others in the county's deadliest shooting.
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By Bradley Zint | February 24, 2014
A Fountain Valley woman was sentenced to prison Friday for having sex with a 12-year-old boy, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Patricia Ann Serrano, 45, pleaded guilty last month to three felony counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a minor, according to a news release. Serrano also pleaded guilty to a felony count of forgery and a misdemeanor count of attempted petty theft for giving a fake letter from the district attorney's office to her employer.
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This post has been corrected, as noted below. | December 18, 2013
The arraignment for a Huntington Beach City School District maintenance painter accused of possessing and distributing child pornography was continued to Jan. 31. Roger Scott Hewson, 51, of Fountain Valley, has been charged with one count of possession and control of child pornography and one count of distributing obscene matter, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. District Supt. Gregg Haulk said Friday that Hewson was put on unpaid leave after being arrested in November.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 18, 2013
The Ocean View School District has filed a lawsuit alleging that a Huntington Beach waste-management facility is a threat to the health of low-income schoolchildren across the street. The claim, filed Dec. 10 in Orange County Superior Court, accuses Rainbow Environmental Services of negligence, improperly maintaining its operation in the Oak View neighborhood, causing a public and private nuisance and conducting "ultra-hazardous" activities that make children ill. Ocean View has long complained about what it describes as nauseating odors emanating from Rainbow's 17.6-acre site at Warner Avenue and Nichols Lane near Oak View Elementary School and Oak View Preschool, as well as waste from seagulls attracted to the trash.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | December 17, 2013
Prosecutors in the Orange County district attorney's office said Monday that a police officer's fatal shooting of a Huntington Beach man was justified. Huntington Beach Police Officer Doug Martin was cleared in the death of Ian Berrier, 20, whom he shot during an incident March 21 in a neighborhood near Warner Avenue and Green Lane, according to an investigation report by the district attorney's office. Martin had received a call at around 4:30 p.m. to respond to trouble at a restaurant off Warner.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 28, 2013
A Santa Ana man was charged Friday with murder in the stabbing death of a Huntington Beach man, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Rito Samuel Tejeda, 22, is being held on $1-million bail in the Central Jail Complex in Santa Ana and faces up to 26 years to life in state prison if convicted. The district attorney's office charged Tejeda with murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. Tejeda is accused of stabbing Frederick Sledge, 51, repeatedly Oct. 23 in an apartment in the 1400 block of Delaware Street, in Huntington Beach, and fleeing the scene on foot while covered in blood, according to officials.
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October 21, 2013
A former Huntington Beach youth soccer referee could face a decade-long jail sentence for molesting minors, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Jorge Serafin, 31, of Anaheim, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of oral copulation of a minor younger than 16, one count of a lewd act on a child and one count of a lewd act on a child younger than 14. The former Oak View Soccer League referee faces up to 10 years and eight months in state prison and a mandatory lifetime sex offender registration at his sentencing Nov. 15 in the North Justice Center in Fullerton.
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