CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Eager to strengthen its ties with the U.S., the government of Thailand agreed not to charge for use of its docks and wharves when three Navy ships arrived in 2010 for a multi-nation exercise at sea. So when a bill arrived weeks later at the Navy regional headquarters for $110,000, the Navy began asking questions. That led to an expansive, international investigation into whether the Navy and U.S. taxpayers were getting ripped off at ports throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2013 |
A criminal grand jury this week indicted a former Santa Clara County supervisor for false personation after he allegedly fabricated campaign mailers to discredit a San Jose City Council candidate. George Shirakawa was indicted Monday for one felony count of false personation. The Santa Clara County district attorney's office said the false personation occurred roughly between May 1 and June 8, 2010, when he "falsely personated the campaign committee entitled 'Neighbors for Magdalena Carrasco for Council 2010.' " According to the San Jose Mercury News , Shirakawa, 51, was arrested for false personation in June, but that case was quickly mired in legal maneuvers and his pending sentencing on other charges from another case.
October 29, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko and two other men were indicted Tuesday for the sulfuric acid attack on the company's artistic director, Sergei Filin. Dmitrichenko, looking haggard and nervous in court, pleaded not guilty and after hearing the indictment read his own version of events from handwritten notes. The indictment says that Dmitrichenko, driven by animosity toward Filin over the distribution of dance roles and fees, hired Yuri Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov and masterminded the Jan. 17, 2013, acid attack months before.
October 25, 2013 |
A Colorado grand jury voted to indict John and Patsy Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in the first-degree murder of their 6-year-old daughter, JonBenét, the beauty pageant princess whose death stunned the nation, according to documents released on Friday. A grand jury sitting in 1999 voted to bring charges against the parents , believed to be suspects in the 1996 slaying. But then-Dist. Atty. Alex Hunter refused to sign the true bill so the charges were never brought and the parents were never prosecuted.
October 18, 2013 |
A former Boeing Co. procurement officer and three other people were indicted by a federal grand jury and accused of engaging in a bribery and kickback scheme, a federal prosecutor said. The ex-procurement officer allegedly leaked nonpublic information to bidders for contracts on military aircraft parts in exchange for cash, the office of U.S. Atty. Richard Callahan in St. Louis said in a statement. The grand jury indicted former Boeing executive Deon Anderson; Jeffrey Lavelle, who owned Everett, Wash., bidder J.L. Manufacturing; and an outside consultant for J.L., Robert Diaz.
October 8, 2013 |
A California man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of securities fraud in connection with the Walt Disney Co.'s $4-billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment. Toby G. Scammell, 28, allegedly learned confidential details of the planned transaction from his girlfriend, who had been working on a six-month externship in Disney's corporate strategy department in the months leading up to the deal. The indictment alleges Scammell acquired call options in Marvel, based on non-public information he had gleaned that Disney planned to offer about $50 a share to buy the comic book publisher.