Jerry Valentin of Arizona Could Get 25 Years to Life for 91 Freeway Shooting: DA

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See Update No. 3 at the end of this post on the charges against and potential punishment for Jerry Valentin. Update No. 2 identified him as the alleged 91 freeway shooter. Update No. 1 provided more details on the incident.

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They're lighting up the 91 freeway again.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 4, 5:05 P.M.: No sooner had we hit the send button on a report about charges against the alleged fatal shooter of a complete stranger on the 91 freeway in Anaheim last month than there was a new report of a shooting on the 91 in Anaheim Hills that left at least one person injured and at least one person in custody this afternoon.

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Great Park Insider: Larry Agran's Corruption, Incompetence Worse Than Previously Known

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In January 2008, Larry Agran--the leader of a three-council-member, Democratic alliance that then controlled the city of Irvine for more than half a decade--desperately needed to enlist outside professional help to manage what had spiraled out of control: plans to build the Orange County Great Park, then one of California's largest public-works projects.

But there was a problem.

Agran, a career politician who had no clue how to build a massive public park despite his promises otherwise, didn't just crave a competent CEO for the $1.6 billion project. The county's living liberal icon with frightening Nixonian tendencies hoped the park would be an unbreakable monument to his legacy, so he needed someone who would obey his wishes, no matter how ridiculous or shady.

Excluding the four other elected representatives on the council, as well as the other eight members of the Great Park's Board of Directors, Agran--a losing Democratic Party presidential-primary candidate in 1992--met Mike Ellzey at an Irvine Denny's off I-5 on Sand Canyon Avenue.

Ellzey's background with private corporations, at a university and as CEO of the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority made him a suitable candidate for the Great Park job. Demonstrating his dictatorial sensibilities that allowed him to dismiss notions of government transparency and the participation of his colleagues, Agran unilaterally offered Ellzey a taxpayer-funded job worth more than $175,000 annually.

Of course, there was a catch.

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Orange County Superior Court Bomb Threat Prompts Search; No Boom-Boom Maker Found

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Orange County Superior Court is still standing.

This morning, someone phoned in a bomb threat to Orange County Superior Court, otherwise known as the Central Justice Center in downtown Santa Ana.

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Little Saigon Loan Shark Accused Of Using Cop As Enforcer Admits Guilt

The Little Saigon businessman arrested in a loan-sharking scheme that allegedly used a Westminster Police Department officer as the enforcer against a bikini coffee shop owner for 60 percent annual interest has pleaded guilty.

After originally claiming innocence, Kevin Khanh Tuan Do admitted less than a week before a scheduled trial that he's guilty of a federal crime--lying to thwart FBI agents investigating the loan-sharking operation with surveillance and wiretapping.

According to the June 13 plea deal, the government will drop other charges while Do acknowledges that on August 30, 2013, he "knowingly and willfully made a materially false" statement denying his loan activities.

Do--a Fountain Valley resident known to have police and political connections by being generous with food and cocktails--must personally declare his guilt to U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, who can accept or reject the deal.

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Orange County Jail Inmates Allowed to Enjoy Phone Sex, Deputy Testifies

Rosenblum: My client is getting railroaded in jail sex case
Jail inmates--including killers, rapists, gangsters and pedophiles--regularly enjoy phone sex with civilians on public lines recorded by the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), and deputies allow the perk because "it's not illegal," according to court testimony this week.

That unplanned revelation came courtesy of OCSD Investigator James Karr, who was questioned by defense attorney Lewis Rosenblum about use of jail phone recordings to arrest David Lloyd Cass in 2013 after the deputy allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for allowing a maximum-security inmate contact sex dates from 2009 to 2012.

To charge Cass with four felonies involving gift cards to places such as Burke Williams Day Spa, Karr and prosecutor Aleta Bryant are relying on portions of more than 1,000 hours of phone recordings between inmate Stephenson Choi Kim and girlfriend Ha Duc Nguyen, who used her vagina to smuggle marijuana to the vicious killer and took cell phone recordings of him masturbating to porn she brought into the jail.

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Little Saigon Politicians Linked To Alleged Police-Tied Loan Sharking Operation

Councilman Quach
A Little Saigon businessman accused by the FBI of using a Westminster Police Department officer as an enforcer in an illegal, loan-sharking operation does not want his upcoming jury to know about his close associations with two local Republican political figures.

The lawyer for Kevin Khanh Tuan Do--who was arrested last August with accused accomplice cop Anthony Duong Donner--told U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter this week that federal prosecutors should be blocked from informing jurors about Do's ties to Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach and former councilman Tyler Diep.

Do attorney Shaun Khojayan is also asking Carter to block evidence of witness statements tying his client to violence--including at Little Saigon coffee cafes--in the collection of debts as well as his his "lunches, drinks, campaign contributions or even extra-ordinary contributions for the assistance in the granting of permits" by Quach, Diep--both mentored by ex-Little Saigon Assemblyman Van Tran--and other unnamed police officers.

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Alicemarie Stotler, Longtime Respected Orange County Federal Judge, Dies

U.S. District Court Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler, half of a well respected Orange County judicial team, died "peacefully" last night at home after a long illness that kept her away for years from her duties inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

After serving stints as a deputy district attorney, municipal judge, superior court judge, state appellate justice and in Newport Beach private practice, Stotler won a lifetime appointment to the federal bench by President Reagan in 1984.

The University of Southern California undergraduate and law school graduate was married to current Orange County Superior Court Judge James Stotler.

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Death Penalty Upheld For Vietnam War Refugee Who Went On Hospital Killing Rampage

Orange County's Dung Dinh Anh Trinh couldn't control his anger in September 1999, after his 72-year-old mother suffered a fatal heart attack.

"You American people kill [sic] my mother," Trinh declared to police after a nasty, retaliation crime spree inside the West Anaheim Medical Center. "Now I kill you. You kill my people. I kill you. You know, you just kill [sic] my mother."

Distraught about what he saw as the evils of western medicine and doctors, the Anaheim immigrant from Vietnam in 1975 entered the hospital with two .38-caliber handguns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

When he was done, he'd ambushed and murdered three people. A fourth victim in the shooting survived because Trinh had trouble aiming his weapon.

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Michael Sheer, 21, Suspected of Having Fatally Shot His Father, Mother, Sister and Self: Update

See Update No. 4 on Page 2 with deputies identifying all of the deceased and disclosing Michael Sheer, 21, is believed to have killed his father, mother and sister before turning his shotgun on himself. Update Nos. 1-3 on the next page identified the parents and confirmed no suspect was being sought.

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Pacific Hills Drive is an upscale neighborhood with hillside, two-story homes.

ORIGINAL POST, MAY 27, 11:07 A.M.: Details are sketchy right now, but the Orange County Sheriff's Department says four bodies were found in a home in the 25600 block of Pacific Hills Drive in Mission Viejo this morning.

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Alleged Orange County Courthouse Property Auction Scam Exposed By Federal Prosecutor

Going once, going twice, swindled!
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have busted an alleged Orange County Courthouse property auction conspiracy that involved fake high bids and kickbacks.

According to DOJ records obtained by the Weekly, Sean Frankhouse--an auctioneer at Reliable Posting and Publishing (RPP) that sells foreclosed residential properties usually at local courthouses--used an accomplice to cheat honest bidders.

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