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Tustin lawyer/former cop convicted of embezzling over $469K due to gambling


Wayne Martin Fong

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 2, 2014

Case # 12CF3427

DISBARRED ATTORNEY/FORMER NYPD OFFICER CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING OVER $469,000 FOR GAMBLING

SANTA ANA – A former vice president of a title insurance company pleaded guilty today to stealing over $469,000 from his company to spend on gambling. Wayne Martin Fong, 51, Tustin, pleaded guilty to a court offer, over the objection by the People who requested a state prison sentence, of seven felony counts of grand theft, five felony counts of money laundering, sentencing enhancements and allegations for causing over $100,000 in loss, aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, property loss over $200,000, and transactions exceeding $50,000. Fong was sentenced by the Honorable Robert R. Fitzgerald to six months in jail, five years formal probation, and must pay $309,000 in restitution.

Fong was hired in 1999 by Fidelity National Title Group (Fidelity) as the Associate Counsel and Vice President. He was responsible for working with and overseeing contracts with vendors who searched for and obtained missing assets for the company. Read more…

 
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Eleven men convicted on prostitution-related charges


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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2014

11 MEN CONVICTED OF LOITERING WITH THE INTENT TO COMMIT PROSTITUTION OR AGREEING TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION

SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) convicted 11 men in June 2014 of loitering with the intent to commit prostitution or agreeing to engage in prostitution. The defendants in these cases approached a woman, whom they believed to be a prostitute, in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County or loitered in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County. Some agreed to engage in commercial sex with a woman and were subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

The Santa Ana Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated these cases. Deputy District Attorneys Eric Eastman and Tina Patel of the HEAT Unit prosecuted these cases. Read more…

 
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Garden Grove man charged with defrauding over 40 victims in loan mod scheme


Duc Khac Nguyen

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2014

Case # 14CF0585

MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR DEFRAUDING OVER 40 VICTIMS IN $92,000 LOAN MODIFICATION SCHEME

SANTA ANA – A man is scheduled to be arraigned today for defrauding 42 victims of over $92,000 by operating a fraudulent loan modification company. Duy Khac Nguyen, 34, Garden Grove, is charged with 37 felony counts of grand theft, five felony counts of theft from elder, with a sentencing enhancement for property loss over $65,000. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 33 years and eight months in state prison. He is being held on $90,000 and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. Nguyen is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Department C-57, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Between February and July 2010, Nguyen is accused of owning and operating a fraudulent loan modification company called HAMP Resources in Garden Grove. He is accused of falsely claiming to be affiliated with the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and obtaining a business license from the City of Garden Grove. The defendant’s business and the federal government’s HAMP are not affiliated in any way. Read more…

 
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Lou Correa’s wife got mugged while walking on the Santa Ana River Trail


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State Senator Lou Correa, who is terming out this November, apparently showed up at the Santa Ana City Council meeting last night.  And what he had to say was chilling.

Correa said that his wife, Esther, was recently mugged while walking along the Santa Ana River Trail.  This is a Class 1 bicycle path that parallels the Santa Ana River channel.  This section of trail is operated and maintained by OC Parks. Read more…

 
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Say goodbye to The Crosby and hello to The North Left


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The Crosby in downtown Santa Ana, which closed indefinitely earlier this year after a deadly beating outside the restaurant-nightclub, has reopened as The North Left, according to the O.C. Register.  They opened on June 7, 2014, according to their website.

There is a new chef at this new restaurant – Chef Ryan Adams of Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink in Laguna Beach.

I looked up the Orange County Health Care Agency’s record of health violations at Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink, and here is what I found: Read more…

 
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Check out the Santa Ana Zoo for free on July 20

July 20, 2014
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Summer concerts at the Santa Ana Zoo

If you live in Santa Ana you can visit the Santa Ana Zoo for free on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill) will be required upon arrival. Not valid to schools or business addresses.

There is always a lot going on at the Zoo.  here are a few recent highlights:

  • Tiny Twin Tamarins Win the Hearts of Local Zoo-goers: The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of twin golden-headed lion tamarins on March 12, 2014. With only 75 of these rare tamarins living in North America, the tiny tots – weighing in at 1/8th of a pound – are a boon to the captive breeding program. Read more…
 
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Summer art, drama and writing classes now available at OCHSA


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The Orange County High School of the Arts is hosting a Summer Enrichment Program.  Some classes have already started.  If you would like to register for a course that is no longer available online, please call 714.560.0900, ext. 3259 or 5630.

Click here for more information.  Here is the course list: Read more…

 
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Free youth baseball clinic with Bobby Grich set for 7/12 in Costa Mesa

July 12, 2014
9:00 amto12:00 pm

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Free Youth Baseball Clinic Costa Mesa July 12 with Ex-Big Leaguers Grich, Bailey, Rettenmund

COSTA MESA – The Hanover Insurance Group Inc. is partnering with Wood Gutmann & Bogart Insurance Brokers and The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) to host a free “Legends for Youth” baseball clinic on Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon at Vanguard University Baseball Field in Costa Mesa.

Former All-Stars, including Bobby Grich, Jerry Spradlin, Bob Bailey, Merv Rettenmund and Mike Gallo, will serve as instructors at the clinic. Approximately 250 children, ages 6-16, are expected to attend. Read more…

 
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Susan Andersen and Michael ray to be honored at tonight’s City Council meeting


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City of Santa Ana

Community  Alert: The Mayor & City Council will honor exemplary citizens Susan Andersen & Michael Ray at Tuesday’s City Council meeting

SANTA ANA, CA (June 30, 2014) – The Santa Ana Mayor and City Council will recognize Susan Andersen & Michael Ray for their exemplary service to the Santa Ana community.

Susan Andersen has been touching the lives of Santa Ana’s residents for over fifty years. She moved to Santa Ana and opened Andersen Dental Lab on Main Street with her husband in 1946. Yesterday, Susan celebrated her 100th birthday. She is the last remaining of her siblings. Read more…

 
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Westminster man sentenced for soliciting the murder of his wife


Magdi and Ariet Girgis

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2014
Case # 13CF0340 & 13CF1025

HUSBAND SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE FOR 2004 SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES CONSPIRACY-MURDER BY SOLICITING MURDER OF WIFE

SANTA ANA – A husband was sentenced Friday to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for the 2004 solicitation-murder of his wife. Magdi Faiz Girgis, 62, Westminster, was found guilty by a jury April 17, 2014, of one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, and sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain and murder to prevent testimony were found true.

Co-defendant Anthony Edward Bridget, 40, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, one felony count of aggravated assault, one felony count of false imprisonment by violence, and sentencing enhancements for murder for financial gain, murder by lying in wait, and murder during the commission of a burglary. If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Bridget is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing July 18, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-57, Central Justice Center. Read more…

 
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Man sentenced for pimping two minors in Santa Ana


Michael Wayne Greer and Jaylin Juwan Marshall

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2014

Case # 13CF2470

MAN SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SEX TRAFFICKING TWO FEMALE MINORS, AGES 16 AND 17

*Co-defendant in this case was convicted and awaits sentencing

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to six years and four months in state prison for sex trafficking two minor girls, ages 16 and 17 years old. Michael Wayne Greer, 25, Sacramento, pleaded guilty June 3, 2014, to one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor and pandering a minor over 16 years old by procuring.

Co-defendant Jaylin Juwan Marshall, 21, Sacramento, pleaded guilty June 3, 2014, to one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor and pandering a minor over 16 years old by procuring. Marshall has a prior strike conviction for a 2011 residential burglary in Sacramento County. Marshall is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison at his sentencing July 18, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Both defendants must also register as lifetime sex offenders. Read more…

 
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Electrical fire at a Santa Ana home displaces 15 residents


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An electrical fire in Santa Ana displaced 15 residents Sunday afternoon, fire officials said, according to the O.C. Register.

The fire started at 3:40 p.m. at a home in the 1300 block of South Halladay Street and was extinguished about 20 minutes later, according a watch commander with the Orange County Fire Authority.

What is really mind-blowing is that “Eleven adults and four children were displaced by the fire. A total of 12 requested assistance from the Red Cross but no injuries were reported.” Read more…

 
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Annual Family Kickball Game to help the homeless set for July 27 in Tustin


Operation Warm Wishes
Operation Warm Wishes Presents: The Second Annual “Kick To Give” – Family Kickball Game, BBQ & Food and Clothing Drive for homeless and struggling families and youths.

Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Pepper Tree Park in Tustin, located at 230 West 1St Street, in Tustin.

During a time when our families and youth are in need of encouragement, inspiration, and motivation we are reaching out and giving back to those in need in a fun and exciting way. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana medical marijuana house burns down


Pot Building Burns Down – Scene from the movie Pineapple Express

A fire damaged a Santa Ana home Friday, sending an apparent personal medical marijuana operation up in smoke.The fire was reported at 11:40 a.m. in the 5000 block of Lindell Lane, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi, according to the OC Register.

When firefighters arrived, thick smoke and fire were coming from the home’s second story, he said. The fire caused heavy damage to the upstairs portion of the house and attic. The damages were estimated to be about $250,000 to the home’s contents and the structure, Concialdi said.

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GCS Clothing is moving out of the Santora building


GCS Moving Sale

GCS Santa Ana opened its doors in April, 2009 at the historic Santora Arts Building.  However they are now closing their doors – they are the latest victims of Jack Jakosky, the Newport Beach developer and property owner who bought the Santora Arts Building last year.

GCS has a store in Pomona and they are apparently trying to find a new location in Santa Ana.  Read more…

 
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