Robert Rizzo Gets 12 Years in Prison and $8.8 Million Restitution Order: Update

See the update at the end of this post on Robert Rizzo's state-court sentence and apology.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 6:37 A.M.: Former City of Bell chief administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion, as part of a plea deal that included Jabba the Corrupt admitting he spent $120,000 in ill-gotten loot on construction at his former Huntington Beach home.

We're guessing it was for wider archways and reinforced floors.

U.S. District Court Judge George H. King in Los Angeles said at sentencing Rizzo was consumed by "greed in cheating the taxpayers of the United States after cheating the citizens of Bell," proving yet again that greed is very fattening.

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Medical Marijuana Advocates File [Not Enough Valid] Signatures In Santa Ana UPDATE

Categories: Bong Blotter

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See the bottom of the post for an update on this story.

Original Post, March 10, 9:28 AM: A group of "concerned citizens and business owners" is filing signatures today with the Santa Ana City Clerk, hoping to turn around the recent "Potpocalypse" in that city.

In case you weren't aware, an explosion of medical marijuana dispensaries occurred in Santa Ana after the first election of President Barack Obama. However, starting in 2011, both the feds and local officials in Orange County began cracking down on pot shops, forcing all but a handful of storefronts in Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim to shut down. As recently as last November, the city sent letters to all dispensaries warning them to shut down or face prosecution.

The latest attempt by medical marijuana advocates to turn this situation around aims to go before voters this November and calls itself "The Initiative to Authorizing Regulated Operation of Medical Marijuana Facilities," or "ARO" for short.

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Newport Beach Mansion Burglar Wants Conviction Overturned

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Anyone home alone?
In the view of Newport Beach Police Department officials, Paul Keesling is a prolific burglar who specializes in targeting mansions in ultra-wealthy neighborhoods and won the nickname "Dinnertime Bandit" because he liked to strike when families dined out.

An Orange County prosecutor won a conviction in 2010, but Keesling filed an appeal arguing the case against him was an injustice. He also says his defense lawyer provided ineffective trial work by letting weaknesses in the government's case go largely unchallenged.

Keesling claims law enforcement officials gave the jury misleading DNA evidence, erroneously asserted the neoprene motorcycle mask he used when driving his motorcycle was a burglary mask, and ignored alleged exculpatory evidence that supported his alibi.

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Grisel Maria Ramirez Gets 13 Years for Posing as Nurse and Stealing Newborn from Hospital

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Ah, remember the lady who posed as a nurse in 2012 and grabbed a newborn at Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center to get her estranged husband to stay with her--after having lied to him the previous nine months about being pregnant?

Tuesday, Grisel Maria Ramirez, 50, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary and was given a 13-year prison sentence.

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Cal State Fullerton's Social Justice Summit Returns This Weekend!

Categories: School Daze

"Think global, act local"
Finally, the Social Justice Summit has come back to Cal State Fullerton! Okay, so the all-day activist event only had a one-year hiatus, but in this reactionary county of ours, that can seem like an eternity.

The summit returns for its 10th anniversary with its familiar slew of workshops, cool t-shirts, social justice swag bags and vegan luncheon sure to draw hundreds this Saturday. The lineup of keynote speakers is superb with civil rights icon Reverend James Lawson, Cal State Fullerton's own Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes and undocumented activist extraordinaire Abraham Medina all on deck.

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Anaheim Police Release Description of Possible Fifth Victim of Alleged Serial Killers

Categories: 2014 Homicides

At a press conference Monday where Orange County law enforcement officials provided some details on their case against alleged serial killers Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, who are accused of murdering four women, Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said investigators are "confident" there is at least a fifth victim.

His department released a description that person Tuesday afternoon in hopes the public can help find her.

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Jodi Pier-Estepp, Mother of Presumed Victim of Alleged Serial Killers, Blasts Authorities

Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, R.I.P.
The mother of the only victim whose body has been recovered so far as part of the quadruple murder case against two alleged serial killers lashed out at Orange County authorities outside court Tuesday.

Jodi Pier-Estepp said if registered sex offenders Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were more closely monitored, her 21-year-old daughter Jarrae Nykkole Estepp might still be alive today.

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Aliso Viejo's Courtyard Healthcare Center Sued over Alleged Physical Assault on Elderly Patient

A patient who claims to have been assaulted last month by an employee at an Aliso Viejo nursing home is suing the owner for alleged elder abuse, negligence, assault and battery, as well as negligent hiring and supervision. The Long Beach office of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby announced it filed the suit Tuesday against Covenant Care California, LLC, the manager of Courtyard Healthcare Center in Aliso Viejo, on behalf of Clara Cranford.

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Dr. Jay W. Calvert, Newport Beach-Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Cleared of Insurance Fraud

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Orange County prosecutors dropped their medical insurance fraud case against popular Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Jay W. Calvert.

"I am satisfied that this thorough investigation into my practice has yielded a favorable, complete and just result," says Calvert, who also has an office in Beverly Hills, in a statement.

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Steven Dean Gordon and Franc Cano Have Arraignment Delayed for Alleged Serial Killings

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the end of this post on the arraignment delay of two registered sex offenders accused of raping and murdering at least four women in Orange County.


ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 7:34 A.M.: The GPS devices parolees Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon wore played a role in implicating them in the murders of four women, being suspected in the slaying of a fifth and possibly more, according to authorities.

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