Craig Andrew Ledbetter Could Get 12 Years for Violent Attack of Elderly Lady and Her Dog: DA

Categories: Crime-iny

Courtesy of Irvine Police Department
Prosecutors want Craig Andrew Ledbetter's bail set at $1 million.
UPDATE, OCT. 1, 12:41 P.M.: If the allegations described in the original post sound as if they were rooted in a mental health issue that requires special handling for the accused ... well, we'll see. Because Craig Andrew Ledbetter now faces felony charges that could send him to state prison for 12 years if he is convicted, according to prosecutors. The 51-year-old Irvine resident is charged with attempted murder, elder and dependent adult abuse and battery with serious bodily injury, the Orange County District Attorney's office announced.

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Orange County Republican Party's Anti-Labor Union Edict Fails Again--This Time In Irvine

A Republican independent expenditure campaign committee violated a heavily publicized Orange County Republican Party edict against joining forces with public employee unions by aiding the 2014 re-election of Irvine GOP city council candidate Jeff Lalloway.

According to records at the Secretary of State's office, the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association contributed $5,000 to the California Taxpayer Protection Committee on October 22, 2014, the same day the group reported spending $42,914 on independent expenditures for Lalloway.

Emails obtained by the Weekly also show that Lalloway, an appointed Orange County Fire Authority board member, told Jon Fleischman, a prominent Republican activist who managed the political action committee, that the firefighters had endorsed his candidacy.

Fleischman, who has made no secret of his loathing of public employee unions over the years, then contacted Tony Bedolla, a longtime firefighter's union boss, for a contribution and supportive quote to be included in election literature.

He also provided Bedolla the JP Morgan Chase bank account information for his PAC.

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Anaheim Moves Forward with Year-Round Shelter Proposal, Proponents Smack Down the NIMBYs

Categories: What You Missed

Kristine Hoang
Todd Spitzer presents the panel: Karen Roper, Larry Haynes, and Raul Quezada

Yesterday, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and representatives from the cities of Anaheim and Fullerton held a community forum at Eastside Community Church to present details on the proposed year-round homeless shelter at 1000 N. Kraemer Place in Anaheim. OC Community Services Director Karen Roper presented a public safety plan in response to NIMBY protesters' complaints and reiterated the county's goal to end homelessness once and for all.

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Huntington Beach Among the Best Disabled Cities ... Scratch That: Best Cities FOR Disabled

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Screw San Francisco, Ironside, move to Surf City!
Huntington Beach is the sixth best city in America for people with disabilities. (Hold your jokes about the past mayors who have been indicted.)

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Irvin Tellez Faces More Than a Century in Prison for Murdering Nancy Hammour

Courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department
Irvin Tellez was convicted this week of murdering Nancy Hammour.
Remember Nancy Hammour, the drug dealer who was indicted by a federal grand jury in the Mexican Mafia gang crackdown Operation Smokin' Aces around the same time her body was dumped from a Newport Beach bridge on Labor Day 2013?

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Lawsuit Claims Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca Helped Pal in Investment Scheme

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Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana: Where crime autopsies occur
In my world--one overloaded with journalists, politicians, cops, bureaucrats, lawyers and judges--a sales pitch that, say, a $3 million personal investment will swell into $100 million in weeks is a knee-slapping, cry-laughing joke. That's one of numerous reasons why the case of Stanley Toy Jr. stands out. A Los Angeles County medical doctor, veteran investor, political appointee and major Democrat donor with connections to President Barack Obama, Toy claimed con artists asserting secret, high-level banking-world connections and the ability to deliver rapid returns of more than 3,300 percent suckered him.

Sophisticated financial crimes are, of course, an everyday occurrence in Southern California, but Toy's mess is unique. From 2006 to 2007, he counted among his pals then-LA Sheriff Lee Baca and Undersheriff Larry Waldie, who made him a reserve lieutenant sheriff after taking his regular campaign contributions. Orange County experienced a similar unseemly pay-to-play scenario in which, before his FBI arrest and six-year prison trip, Sheriff Mike Carona routinely gave guns and official badges to wealthy businessmen seeking law-enforcement influence.

Toy used his own connections in hopes of buying a hospital that would nab lucrative government contracts for indigent patients, an idea he pitched to Arlene Shih, a senior vice president at Chinatrust Bank. Toy didn't know Shih's job served as front for her real occupation, which a California Court of Appeal later characterized as a serial embezzler with ties to men skillful at luring gullible investors into scams with intricate enticements heavy on mystery and big on promises.

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How a Chapman University Law-School Student Saved a Korean Immigrant From Deportation

Dan Doperalski
Shin at his office

Jonathan Shin was up by 7:30 the morning of Sept. 11 this year--never mind he had only slept about four hours. The Chapman University law student skipped breakfast, his appetite zapped by nerves. He was due to appear at 1 p.m. at 606 S. Olive St. in Los Angeles. The Brutalist-style office building houses Los Angeles Immigration Court and the judges who decide whether people in the greater LA area can stay in this country or get deported.

Shin rode shotgun as his father drove from Irvine to downtown LA, the air conditioning on full blast. As if a mantra, Shin repeatedly drew in his mind the picture he'd paint of his client, a 59-year-old Korean immigrant the U.S. government wanted to deport. He also mapped out the various rebuttals he expected the judge would throw back.

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Judge Clears Path for Karma the Husky to Go to North Carolina Sanctuary

Wolf Mountain Sanctuary
An Orange County animal control officials consider Karma "vicious."
UPDATE NO. 3, SEPT. 30, 12:05 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge Corey S. Cramin today overturned his previous euthanization ruling so Karma the husky mix can be sent to a wolf sanctuary in North Carolina.

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Judge Rejects Anaheim's Attempt To Force $650,000 Deal With Former City Attorney

City of Anaheim lawyers fighting a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by a former city attorney have lost a tense battle to end the dispute with a $650,000 payment.

U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter ruled late this month that the city lawyers' actions didn't warrant sanctions but their wrangling to force Cristina Talley into the settlement was legally erroneous.

Talley, who is represented by attorney Edward J. Morales, claims city council members discriminated against her based on age, national origin and gender as well as created a hostile work environment before abruptly forcing her to resign in January 2013.

During so-called "last, best and final" settlement negotiations in April and early May, Talley proposed a $750,000 payment to end the case before it reached a jury.

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Gustavo's Latest Orange County Line: On the Endless Banning Ranch Controversy!

Categories: Environment

Save Newport Banning Ranch
Just like the credit says!

Okay, okay, okay: So there are some stories we should be covering more, and one of them is what's been happening at the Banning Ranch, the 400-acre wetlands and coastal hills in Newport Beach that its owners want to turn into Newport Coast-lite while activists want to keep untouched. I remember getting letters urging me to cover the issue in 2006...and nothing. Coker remembers getting alerts about it in the late 1990s...and nothing. Well, FINALLY we're going to start paying attention to the issue, and I began by focusing my KCRW "Orange County Line" commentary this week to the issue.

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