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January 30, 2015


Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 8:04 am

SANTA ANA – A drunken driver was charged today for killing a passenger by losing control of his vehicle and causing a rollover crash. Colin Michael Selsted, 27, Irvine, is charged with one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more causing bodily injury, and sentencing enhancement allegations for driving with a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or more, and inflicting great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail. The defendant was arraigned in court today and is scheduled for pre-trial hearing on Feb. 20, 2015, at 8:30 a.m., in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2015, Selsted is accused of drinking with a group of friends at a restaurant. The defendant is accused of traveling to a friend’s home and continuing to drink with the group. Later in the evening, the defendant is accused of leaving the home and driving in his Volkswagen Golf GTI with 23-year-old Devon W. seated in the passenger seat.

At approximately 10:55 p.m. the defendant is accused of losing control of the vehicle and spinning out on Shady Canyon Drive, just east of Cloverfield, causing the vehicle to rollover multiple times down a hill before coming to a stop after hitting a concrete block wall. A resident living near the site of the crash called 911.

Emergency personnel arrived and extracted the defendant and victim from the vehicle and transported them to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. The victim suffered a severe skull fracture as a result of the crash. Approximately two hours after the crash, the defendant is accused of having a blood alcohol concentration of .17 percent.


Convicted Drug Dealer Charged with Former Fox Executive’s Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 7:58 am

A convicted drug dealer was charged today with the murder of Gavin Smith, a former UCLA basketball player and Fox executive who disappeared in 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

John Lenzie Creech (dob 7/22/72) is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, Feb. 2, at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, Department 30, in case BA433266.

Creech is charged with the May 2, 2012 murder of Smith, whose remains were discovered last October in a remote area near Acton in northern Los Angeles County.

Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace with the Major Crimes Division is prosecuting the case. Smith, 57, was last seen on May 1, 2012, leaving a friend’s home in Ventura County.


Sylmar Man Sentenced for Birthday Party Killing

Filed under: Uncategorized — fayarfa @ 7:54 am

A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to 16 years to life in state prison for stabbing a 19-year-old man to death at a house party, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Deputy District Attorney Kathy Ta said David Gage Silva of Sylmar was sentenced yesterday after a jury found him guilty on Dec. 8 of second-degree murder with a use of knife allegation in case PA075013.

The stabbing took place at a birthday party on Oct. 28, 2012, in the 13300 block of Sayre Street in Sylmar. The victim, Anthony Hernandez, and the defendant were both guests at the party, the prosecutor said.

According to court testimony, as the party was winding down an argument broke out between two groups of guests over the loudness of the music. The argument turned into a fight in which Hernandez was stabbed in the heart by Silva, the prosecutor added.


January 29, 2015

Leader of Burglary Ring that Broke into Post Offices Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:56 am

LOS ANGELES – The leader of a burglary ring that targeted Post Offices and stole boxes full of mail was sentenced today to five years in federal prison.

Jose Manual Guerra, also known as “Tricky,” 45, of Los Angeles, was sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt.

Guerra pleaded guilty in September to postal burglary and admitted that he used a crowbar to forcibly break into the North Torrance Post Office on Crenshaw Boulevard on October 24, 2013, with the intent to steal mail.

When he pleaded guilty, Guerra also admitted that he broke into at least two other Post Offices in the fall of 2013. Guerra may have been involved in five other burglaries, according to court documents.


Four Members of Loma Linda Family Arrested on Federal Charges Related to Embezzlement from Labor Union

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:52 am

RIVERSIDE, California – Four former and current officials of an independent labor union in Colton were arrested this morning on federal charges related to a scheme to embezzle funds from the union’s health plan.

The four defendants, who were named in a 40-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on January 21, are charged with conspiring to embezzle from the health plan for the United Industrial and Service Workers of America Local 101 (UISWA), which serves members in the Inland Empire.

Over the course of eight years, the defendants allegedly misappropriated a total of approximately $900,000 in union funds.

Those arrested this morning, all residents of Loma Linda, are:



Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:49 am

NEWPORT BEACH – A Newport Beach man is wanted by law enforcement after failing to appear for a scheduled court hearing today on a charge for murdering his wife in their Newport Beach home. Peter Gregory Chadwick, 50, is charged with one felony count of murder faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. The defendant was out of custody after posting $1 million bail on Dec. 21, 2012, and failed to appear for a scheduled pre-trial hearing today.

On the morning of Oct. 10, 2012, Chadwick is accused of murdering his wife, Quee Chadwick, in their Newport Beach home over a dispute regarding a possible divorce and related financial issues. He is accused of then disposing of the victim’s body in an unknown location.

That afternoon, neither Chadwick nor the victim arrived to pick up their children from school. Another parent drove the children home and then requested a welfare check from the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) when the Chadwicks could not be located. A subsequent search of the home by NBPD revealed blood and signs of a struggle inside. NBPD began investigating the whereabouts of the couple.

Sometime between the morning of the murder and the morning of Oct. 11, 2012, Chadwick is accused of driving to San Diego near the border of Mexico and contacting the San Diego Police Department. The defendant was arrested by NBPD in San Diego on Oct. 11, 2012.


January 28, 2015

Norwalk Man Charged with Capital Murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:53 am

A 31-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his friend was charged today with special circumstance murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Diego Arnold Castro (dob 9/23/83) of Norwalk has been charged with one count of murder in case VA138175.

The charging document includes a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, as well as a special allegation of personally and intentionally discharging a firearm, which caused great bodily injury and death.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Bellflower, Department 5.


Man Found Guilty of Double Homicide, Police Shootout

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:49 am

A 46-year-old former Chatsworth resident was found guilty today of murdering a man and a woman whose decomposed bodies were discovered behind a Chatsworth home the three had shared, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury in San Fernando deliberated five days before finding Brent Darrin Zubek guilty of all nine felony charges in case PA071240, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit, who prosecuted the case.

The decomposed bodies of John David Lee, 40, and Oletta Jean Williams, 28, were discovered Aug. 12, 2011 at 20410 Lassen Street. The victims, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, had been dead for approximately six weeks before their bodies were discovered behind the house.

Zubek was arrested 10 days later by Los Angeles Police Department officers after first eluding police for several hours. During the manhunt, Zubek was shot in the hip by officers after he pulled a gun and pointed it at them.


Newhall Father Charged With Murder, Sexual Assault of Newborn Daughter

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 5:46 am

A Newhall man was charged today with sexually abusing and killing his 19-day-old daughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Julie Kramer said Matthew Brendan Warner (dob 11/12/84) faces one count each of murder, assault on a child causing death, torture, oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Arraignment for case PA082876 was scheduled for today but continued to Feb. 18 in Department S of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, San Fernando Branch.

According to the felony complaint, the murder and sexual assault happened on Jan. 23. Bail was set at $2.25 million.


January 27, 2015

Attorney General, Manhattan U.S. Attorney, and FBI Announce Charges Against Russian Spy Ring in New York City

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — fayarfa @ 6:57 am

Spy Ring Attempted to Collect Economic Intelligence and Recruit New York City Residents as Intelligence Sources; Evgeny Buryakov, a/k/a “Zhenya,” Worked Under “Non-Official Cover” as a Bank Employee in Manhattan

Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John S. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Randall C. Coleman, the Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) for the Counterintelligence Division, announced charges today against EVGENY BURYAKOV, a/k/a “Zhenya,” IGOR SPORYSHEV, and VICTOR PODOBNYY in connection with BURYAKOV’s service as a covert intelligence agent on behalf of the Russian Federation (“Russia”) in New York City, without notifying the United States Attorney General of BURYAKOV’s status as an agent of Russia, as required by federal law. BURYAKOV was placed under arrest earlier today in Bronx, New York, and is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan federal court later today. SPORYSHEV and PODOBNYY no longer reside in the United States and have not been arrested. By virtue of their prior positions in the United States on behalf of Russia, both of them were protected by diplomatic immunity from arrest and prosecution while in the United States.

Attorney General Eric Holder said: “These charges demonstrate our firm commitment to combating attempts by covert agents to illegally gather intelligence and recruit spies within the United States. We will use every tool at our disposal to identify and hold accountable foreign agents operating inside this country—no matter how deep their cover. I want to thank the dedicated men and women of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and New York Field Office, the National Security Division’s Counterespionage Section, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for their skilled handling of this complex and highly sensitive matter.”

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Following our previous prosecution with the FBI of Russian spies, who were expelled from the United States in 2010 when their plan to infiltrate upper levels of U.S. business and government was revealed, the arrest of Evgeny Buryakov and the charges against him and his co-defendants make clear that—more than two decades after the presumptive end of the Cold War—Russian spies continue to seek to operate in our midst under cover of secrecy. Indeed, the presence of a Russian banker in New York would in itself hardly draw attention today, which is why these alleged spies may have thought Buryakov would blend in. What they could not do without drawing the attention of the FBI was engage in espionage. New York City may be more hospitable to Russian businessmen than during the Cold War, but my Office and the FBI remain vigilant to the illegal intelligence-gathering activities of other nations.”


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