Mortgage Scam Suspect Arrested Boarding LAX Flight To Afghanistan

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Knowing federal officials in Santa Ana were contemplating criminal charges against her for posing as an attorney and operating a mortgage scam, 30-year-old Najia Jalan decided this month to buy a one-way ticket from LAX through Dubai to Afghanistan on Emirates Airline.

But as the backpack-toting Jalan boarded the Oct. 18 flight, two special agents with the U.S. Department of Treasury's Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) arrested her on mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

Less than 48 hours earlier, Jalan--who has used the names Poh Yee Neo, Sarah Adams and Korina Taylor--met with Assistant United States Attorney Ivy A. Wang and federal agents inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse and learned the government contemplated her arrest, according to court records.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is Now Restored and FREE to Stream on Halloween

Categories: Film and TV

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Fandor
We've got to stop meeting like this.

Tricks or treats aren't the only things being given out for free Friday as Kino Lorber's new 4K restoration of Robert Wiene's classic horror thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari will be available to stream at no cost--for one day only from San Francisco-based Fandor, which is, of course, normally a pay online subscription service.

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Greg Beville Leads Comikaze Panels Before His Blackstar Canyon Film and Comic Book Wrap

Categories: Film and TV

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A filmmaker working on a film and comic book about the "misadventures" he has experienced in Orange County's "haunted" Blackstar Canyon will be participating in three panel discussions at Comikaze at the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning Halloween afternoon.

On Friday, Greg Beville says he will moderate the panel for Phil Tippett's Mad God Part 1 from 3-4 p.m. in screening room 406AB.

Beville gets to be the one getting grilled from 6-7 p.m. Friday in room 303AB, where the Comikaze topic will be his Blackstar Canyon film and comic book. He'd mentioned months ago that Rob Burnett, producer of Hills Run Red, would be the moderator but the scheduled may have changed.

Sunday will be truly special for Beville.

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Santa Ana and Orange County Water District Talk Safe Water, Pollution, Drought TONIGHT

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Photo by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Drink 'em while you've got 'em.

The city of Santa Ana and Orange County Water District (OCWD) host a community meeting beginning at 6:30 tonight to address continued water reliability and quality in the wake of pollution and the state drought.

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Ryan Eric Galliher Accused of Being Off-Duty LAPD Cop, On-Duty Exposer of His Junk

Categories: Crime-iny

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An LAPD cop was doing a different kind of exercising at Bolsa Chica, say Surf City police.

A Los Angeles Police Department officer who resides in Huntington Beach has been arrested for exposing himself near the Bolsa Chica wetlands, according to cops in Surf City.

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Caretaker Jose Reyes Calderon Allegedly Raped Disabled Female Patient

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Don't answer if it's you-know-who.

A 56-year-old caretaker at a long-term healthcare facility in La Palma is accused of raping a disabled woman.

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Steven Joseph Bruno Guilty of Slaying Father

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Steven Joseph Bruno GUILTY!
UPDATE, OCT. 29, 4:44 P.M.: After six hours of deliberation, a jury just found Steven Joseph Bruno guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his adoptive father in the chest and head in his Irvine condo. The prosecution, which sought first-degree murder, claimed the slaying was premeditated so the 23-year-old could have money and a car to drive to Ohio to finally meet his Internet girlfriend. The defense countered Ernest Bruno was shot and killed about 9 p.m., Aug. 30, 2012, with a .40-caliber semi-automatic Glock handgun because the younger man feared the 60-year-old.

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OC's Scariest People 2014! Scary People to Avoid in the Dark!

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Illustration: D. W. Frydendall, Design: Dustin Ames

By Gustavo Arellano, Matt Coker, LP Hastings, Charles Lam, R. Scott Moxley, Gabriel San Román and Nick Schou

Ever heard of the children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Neither had we, but the tales so spooked Weekly art director Dustin Ames as a kid that he asked if we could illustrate some of this year's scariest people in the same sparse, spooky style immortalized by the series. Why not? Cheaper than therapy!

Anyhoo, behold this year's roster of OC's worst people. Note that many inanimate objects made the list this year, then ponder that anomaly. And don't forget to visit our Navel Gazing blog, on which we'll reveal the latest inductee into the Bob Dornan Scary OC Hall of Fame!

1. ANTI-VAXXERS
A bunch of South County housewives feel they don't have to vaccinate their children because some mommy blog told them not to, so California saw its worst outbreak of measles in decades this past year. Unlike stolen purses or shoes, this isn't something they can blame on Mexicans, as they're one of the highest vaccinated groups in the county. So, conservatives? You're more likely to get a deadly infectious disease driving down Oso Parkway than you are hanging out with Liberians--try to blame THAT on Obama.
Mitigating Factor: Anti-vaxxers tend to be cute, so . . .

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Ximena Meza: Killed by the System

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R.I.P., Ximena

By Gustavo Arellano and Gabriel San Roman

It's being called another tragic case of gang violence claiming the innocent. Nine-year-old Ximena Meza was playing with her sisters outside their family's apartment near Brookhurst Community Park in Anaheim around 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 when, police say, a white car stopped nearby. A man emerged from the vehicle, shot at a group of men standing on an apartment lawn, then hustled back into the car, which sped off into the night. While the targeted men scurried off, Ximena ran to her father's arms and collapsed, fatally shot in the chest.

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Garden Grove Police Seek Sexual Assault Victims of Mystery Man Already in Custody

Categories: Crime-iny

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OC Weekly
Are you ready for your mystery date?
The Garden Grove Police Department would like your help in finding victims of a man who is in custody and believed to have sexually assaulted at least three women. But his booking mugshot is not being released nor is his name. WTF?

"We cannot release the suspect's name or photo at this time, as it would taint any additional cases should we identify more victims in the community," explains Lt. Ben Stauffer, the department's spokesman, in an email. "The victims' names are being held confidential as victims of sexual assault. So, there is not much we can release, but we do need your help in getting the word out to any potential unidentified victims to make sure we can investigate all of their cases."

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