FBI Arrests Orange County Man for Falsifying Passport Application to Go to War-Torn Syria

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

A federal grand jury announced this week it indicted a 2012 El Modena High School graduate for lying on an expedited U.S. passport application.

FBI special agents on the Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force stopped Adam Dandach (a.k.a. Fadi Fadi Dandach) at John Wayne Airport on July 2 before he could board a Delta Airlines flight to Istanbul, Turkey, and eventually go to Syria.

In June, Dandach reported to the U.S. Department of State in June that he'd accidentally thrown away his passport in a trash can while cleaning and needed a replacement.

FBI agents learned the defendant originally made overseas travel plans in December, but his mother, Sawsan Ghannoum, took his passport and hid it in a purse in her closet because she did not want him to fly to the Middle East.

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Families of Men Killed by Anaheim Police to Hold March and Rally THIS SATURDAY

Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Scene from last year's anniversary march
The second anniversaries of the killings of Manuel Angel Diaz and Joel Acevedo by Anaheim police is next week. The deaths, of course, led to riots that captured international media attention. Families of Acevedo, Diaz, and others killed by Anaheim PD will hold a rally and protest this Saturday to remember their loved ones.

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Ku Klux Klan Pamphlets Diverse Orange Neighborhood 'Cause They're Dumb

Website of Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Wake up, white people!

Sometime last week, someone passed out fliers in an Orange neighborhood off the 57 Freeway and Chapman Avenue urging them to join some offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan called the Loyal White Knights based out of somewhere called North Carolina. It made such an impact on the world that the news only came out yesterday in the Orange County Register to one giant, collective yawn from residents, who noted their area of Orange is multicultural and sure-as-hell ain't the Orange Kity Kouncil Khambers.

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Accused Orange County Methamphetamine Dealers Face Federal Grand Jury Indictment

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Paul Lee Levitt may have thought he'd gone undetected while allegedly running an Orange County methamphetamine distribution network in 2012, but in January a federal grand jury filed a secret indictment against him and authorities finally arrested him this week.

According to the now unsealed five-count indictment, Levitt (a.k.a. Shorty) and Joseph Anthony Meza, a drug courier, unwittingly sold at least 55 grams of meth on various occasions to a confidential law enforcement informant.

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Six: Vanesa Zavala Takes Stand, Gets Kicked Into Submission by DA

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Zavala during opening statements

Twenty-five-year-old Vanesa Zavala took the stand in her own defense yesterday afternoon after witnessing six days of testimony against her. The accused mother, who has thus far been fairly muted in court, spoke softly but firmly while being questioned by her defense attorney, Kenneth Reed.

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Octomom Nadya Suleman Means to Make You Scream at Her in Latest Old Horror Movie

The motion picture formerly known as Millennium
Natalie Denise Suleman IS Vanessa in Millennium, I mean, 666: The Devil's Child.

When Octomom Nadya Suleman of Orange pleaded no contest Monday to welfare fraud, I figured some of the unreported income came from starring in the horror flick Millennium. After all, as I'd reported in November 2011, the director was saying Millennium was coming soon. Turns out we both were wrong.

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Michael Theodore Mordaunt, IT Professional for Boeing, Alleged to be Online Child Predator

Categories: Crime-iny

Courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department
Investigators are scanning all of Michael Theodore Mordaunt's electronics devices.

The occupation of a Cypress man arrested for allegedly trying to contact teen-age girls via the Internet for sex and possessing child pornography has investigators worried. That's because 45-year-old Michael Theodore Mordaunt works in information technology for Boeing in Seal Beach.

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Kim Pham Trial, Day Six: Prosecution Rests After Undercover Cop, Zavala Interview

Pool Photo
Pino during opening statements

The prosecution in the Kim Pham trial rested today after admitting into evidence an audio recording of a police interview with Vanesa Zavala and calling back to the stand a detective who had gone undercover to speak with the woman while she was held in preparation to be booked.

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Orange County Federal Judge Aided Rapist/Killer's Death Penalty Appeal

As my colleague Matt Coker reported earlier, a Santa Ana-based federal judge this week ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in the case of convicted rapist/murderer Ernest Dewayne Jones.

Though other federal judges in more liberal settings have made similar rulings in the past, the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney won national headlines perhaps because of the conservative nature of Orange County and the Republican judge's lifetime appointment by execution-happy President George W. Bush.

What hasn't won attention is the fascinating backdrop to Carney's ruling.

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Sunshine Cavalluzzi, El Dorado High Teacher: Being Honored by First Lady "Awesometastic"

See Update No. 2 at the end of this post where Sunshine Cavalluzzi describes her "awesometastic" day. Update No. 1 has what Michelle Obama said about her.

El Dorado High School
Sunshine Cavalluzzi, teacher to "rock stars"
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 16, 7:01 A.M.: During the second day of a two-day swing through Los Angeles, first lady Michelle Obama will attend a luncheon where an Orange County teacher will be honored.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the Grammy Museum's inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which was established by the family of the late public school teacher who recognized the critical importance of music in the education of students at all levels.

This year's award for the teacher from a public or private school, from kindergarten through high school, who successfully incorporates music into their classroom lessons is Sunshine Cavalluzzi of El Dorado High in Placentia.

The social sciences teacher is being recognized for what the museum calls her "innovative economics lesson plans."

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