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October 2, 2017

O.C. Day Care Agrees to Administer Emergency EpiPen Injections When Needed to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act

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LOS ANGELES – A Garden Grove preschool has entered into a voluntary civil settlement agreement with the United States to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to agree to provide EpiPen injections when required and requested at its facility.

OC Kids Infant and Preschool agreed last week to modify its policies to allow its staff to administer emergency EpiPen injections to children experiencing severe allergic reactions.

The agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office resolves allegations that OC Kids was violating Title III of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination by places of public accommodation, including day care facilities, against individuals with disabilities.

“Children with disabilities, including severe food allergies, must be given equal opportunities to attend day care,” said Acting United States Attorney Sandra R. Brown.  “I want to thank OC Kids for acknowledging its responsibility to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The policies and changes that OC Kids has agreed to implement should serve as a guide for other day care centers to ensure that their admissions policies and practices do not discriminate against children with disabilities.” (more…)

September 25, 2017

OCDA STATEMENT ON SCOTT DEKAAI SENTENCE

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SANTA ANA, Calif. – Today is an important day for the people of Orange County, as mass murderer Scott Dekraai has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) secured the conviction for eight counts of first degree premeditated murder, and one count of attempted murder — plus the special circumstance of multiple murders, which made the defendant eligible for the death penalty. The OCDA fought for the death penalty because it is hard to fathom how anyone who has heard Dekraai’s chilling recorded confession immediately following his arrest would think that this evil person should get anything less than the death penalty. The California Attorney General’s Office independently examined the evidence and supported the OCDA’s decision. The OCDA disagrees with Judge Goethals’ decision to remove the possibility of the death penalty for the man who will go down as the largest mass murderer in Orange County history.

The OCDA believes the defendant’s crimes were so wicked as to deserve the ultimate penalty. The aggravating circumstances in this case include the following:

  • The defendant killed eight people, and wounded a ninth, in execution-style fashion from close range.
  • The victims were unarmed, particularly vulnerable, and posed no threat to the defendant when he shot them.
  • The manner in which the crimes were committed disclose that the defendant acted with a high degree of cruelty, viciousness, and callousness.
  • The defendant was remorseless while committing the crimes and remained so after being arrested. (more…)

September 1, 2017

Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes

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The National Center for Disaster Fraud reminds the public to be aware of and report any instances of alleged fraudulent activity related to relief operations and funding for victims. Unfortunately, criminals can exploit disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey, for their own gain by sending fraudulent communications through email or social media and by creating phony websites designed to solicit contributions.

Tips should be reported to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721. The line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, e-mails can be sent to disaster@leo.gov(link sends e-mail), and information can be faxed to (225) 334-4707.

The U.S. Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud to investigate, prosecute, and deter fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region. Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or manmade disaster. More than 30 federal, state, and local agencies participate in the National Center for Disaster Fraud, which allows the center to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to disaster relief fraud.

The public should remember to perform due diligence before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations or individuals offering to provide assistance to those affected by the hurricane and tornadoes. Solicitations can originate from social media, e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, flyers, mailings, telephone calls, and other similar methods.

Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including: (more…)

August 28, 2017

La Cañada Man Convicted of Molesting Two Children

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A man was convicted today of sexually assaulting two family members, a young boy and a girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jurors deliberated for three days before finding 45-year-old Michael Dane Ward of La CañadaFlintridge guilty of four counts of lewd act on a child, two counts of forcible lewd act on a child under 14, three counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger and one count of sodomy with a child under 10.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 19 when Ward faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

Deputy District Attorney Guillermo Santiso of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

Both victims were under the age of 10 when the sexual assaults occurred between October 2013 and November 2015. The two victims testified at trial against Ward, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department psychologist.

Case BA446469 was investigated by LASD’s Special Victims Bureau.

Los Angeles District Attorney / Case BA446469 / August 25, 2017

July 11, 2017

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY STRONGLY OPPOSES STATE SENATE PROPOSED BILLS THAT CHANGE FIREARM ENHANCEMENTS, PRETRIAL RELEASE, AND SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION

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SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) strongly opposes three California State Senate bills that change firearm sentencing enhancement requirements, bail and pretrial release, and sex offender registration. Crime victims’ rights leaders Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III (Marsy’s Law) and Erin Runnion (The Joyful Child Foundation) joined the OCDA at the news conference to voice their opinions.

Senate Bill 620 – Firearm Sentencing Enhancements

In my lengthy experience as both a judge and a prosecutor, I have found that the ‘10-20-life’ law has been simple and effective. Let’s lock away the criminals who commit the worst crimes while using a gun.” – District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

California’s “10-20-life: Use a Gun and You’re Done” law, Penal Code 12022.53, was enacted in 1997 and provides a criminal enhancement to California state prison sentences for certain serious felonies including murder, kidnapping, robbery, carjacking, and rape when the perpetrator uses a gun during the commission of a crime. As the law stands today, a criminal who uses a gun while committing any of the above-mentioned crimes, is subject to an enhancement which adds 10 years in prison, 20 years for firing the gun, and 25 years to life for killing or seriously injuring someone during the commission of said crime. The enhancement is in addition to and consecutive to the underlying felony conviction.

SB 620 would allow the judge, at the time of sentencing, to strike or dismiss firearm sentencing enhancement otherwise required to be imposed by Penal Code 12022.5. Any person who uses a firearm during the commission of any felony shall be punished by an additional and consecutive term in prison of three, four, or 10 years, and currently, “The court shall not strike an allegation under this section or a finding bringing a person within the provisions of this section.”

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Massage Therapist Pleads to Killing Patient in Illegal Cosmetic Procedure

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A massage therapist accused of performing an illegal buttocks enhancement on a woman who later died pleaded no contest today to one count of involuntary manslaughter, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Lee Cernok said Sandra Yaneth Pérez-González, 48, was immediately sentenced to three years in jail.

Hamilet Suarez, 36, died after undergoing the cosmetic work at a Long Beach beauty salon on Feb. 12, 2014, the prosecutor said. Pérez-González, who is not a licensed doctor, performed the procedure.

The defendant advertised various cosmetic procedures such as buttocks and lip enhancements and “vampire facelifts.” She had previously performed a similar procedure on the victim’s family member, the prosecutor added.

Case NA105844 was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.

Los Angeles County District Attorney / Case NA105844 / July 10, 2017

June 2, 2017

Pimp Pleads Guilty to Federal Sex Trafficking Charge Related to Young Woman Forced to Work as Prostitute in Inland Empire

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SANTA ANA, California – A local pimp who recruited a woman through a social media website and advertised her services as a prostitute in an online publication has pleaded guilty to a federal sex trafficking charge.

Lawrence T. Gunn Jr., 33, whose last known residence was in Woodland Hills, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

Gunn pleaded guilty before United States District Judge David O. Carter, who scheduled a sentencing hearing on October 2. As a result of yesterday’s guilty plea, Gunn faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, and he could be sentenced to as much as life in federal prison.

Gunn, who is also known as “Classified,” forced the victim to get a tattoo of his moniker on her face after he recruited her on Facebook, according to a plea agreement filed in United States District Court.

Gunn admitted that he used force, threats of force, fraud and/or coercion that led the victim to engage in commercial sex acts between May 2015 and late February 2016.

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January 4, 2017

Deputy arrested for allegedly having sex with teenage girl in Explorer program

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Authorities say a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl participating in the department’s youth Explorer program.

The department says in a statement Deputy David Israel Ceballos was arrested Friday on charges of sexual intercourse and sexual penetration with a foreign object on a minor. His bail was set at $100,000.

It says the 14-year veteran started a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old after meeting her in mid-2016. She is now 18.

They say other Explorer scouts reported Ceballos to a deputy serving as an Explorer advisor and that started an investigation. There are no other known alleged victims at this time.

The department says 34-year-old Ceballos was placed on paid leave pending a separate administrative investigation.

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August 17, 2016

Final Defendant in RICO Indictment Targeting East Coast Crips Street Gang Pleads Guilty to Federal RICO and Narcotics Offenses

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LOS ANGELES – The 16th and final defendant in a racketeering indictment that targeted the East Coast Crips (ECC) street gang, which claims a large swath of territory in South Los Angeles, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to federal charges.

Gregory Sutton Jr., 40, of South Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), conspiracy to distribute marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm. As a result of the guilty pleas, Sutton, who was an associate of the gang, faces a statutory maximum sentence of 35 years in federal prison when he is sentenced by United States District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell on November 7.

Previously in this case, 15 other ECC members and associates have pleaded guilty, with most of them admitting to being part of the RICO conspiracy. The ECC indictment was the third in a series of racketeering indictments brought by federal grand juries following investigations by the FBI into the criminal activities of Blood and Crips gangs that claim territories in Los Angeles

“Criminal street gangs make their livelihood by distributing narcotics and preying on the people that live in the neighborhoods they claim as territory,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Today’s guilty plea marks the end of one phase of the prosecution of the East Coast Crips, but my office will continue to bring cases like this one seeking to cripple street gangs operating in our community.”

The ECC racketeering indictment arises out of an investigation that started in March 2011 when the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) began looking into the racketeering activities of the gang, which claims a large swath of South Los Angeles running from 1st Street to 190th Street, between the 110 Freeway and Central Avenue. The ECC gang is believed to have approximately 850 members and is comprised of multiple “sets.” According to various court documents, members of the gang engage in a variety of violent crimes, home invasion robberies, firearms violations and the sale of narcotics, including crack cocaine and marijuana. According to court documents, members of the gang routinely engage in the distribution of crack cocaine near elementary schools.

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June 17, 2016

Wanted by the FBI - East Area Rapist

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Mollie Halpern: The FBI is offering an up to $50,000 reward for the conviction of the East Area Rapist.

The unknown suspect committed more than 45 rapes and a dozen homicides between 1976 and 1986.

Marcus Knutson: During that time frame, everybody was in fear. This guy was terrorizing the community. He did horrible things to people.

Halpern: That was FBI Special Agent Marcus Knutson.

The suspect’s hunting ground was near a now-shuttered air force base in Sacramento, California, where 21-year-old Brian Maggiore was a sergeant.

Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were shot and killed while walking their dog, Thumper, back in 1978.

For Katie’s brother, Kenneth Smith, the pain is still fresh.

Kenneth Smith: It doesn’t get any easier. I miss them dearly. She had a great outgoing personality, she was fun, she loved to smile and laugh.

Halpern: Report tips at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Knutson: Please call that number. Any little bit of information will help us out on this case.

Halpern: With Wanted by the FBI, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

06/15/2016

https://www.fbi.gov/

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