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March 26, 2004 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
One of Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona's top assistants Thursday criticized a proposed initiative to take sales tax revenue from his department and give it to firefighters, a move that caused the firefighters union to accuse Carona of backing down from a campaign pledge and threatening their support for him. The Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn. supported Carona's campaign for sheriff in 1998, in part because he promised to support sharing sales tax revenue with firefighters.
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July 21, 2005 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County sheriff's sergeant warned more than two years ago that documents may have been altered to support the appointments of 86 reserve deputies who are political allies and friends of the sheriff, according to a confidential memo. The sergeant reported the perceived problems after reviewing the files and warned that Sheriff Michael S. Carona could be unwittingly put in the position of lying about appointment dates to the state commission that credentials police agencies.
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June 13, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
The chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Monday said he was satisfied that Sheriff Michael S. Carona had the legal authority to remove a campaign rival from his job as head of police services in San Clemente. William Campbell, after he and Supervisors Chris Norby and Lou Correa met separately with Carona, said that he urged the sheriff to publicly detail reasons for any action he might take against Lt. William Hunt.
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February 18, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
A judge on Friday refused to dismiss a criminal case against an Orange County sheriff's captain accused of soliciting campaign cash for her boss and ordered an April jury trial. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Dewey L. Falcone ruled that Capt. Christine Murray failed to prove she was the victim of discriminatory prosecution. "You're asking me to draw an inference I don't think is justified based on what I've seen," he told Murray's attorney, Jennifer Keller.
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March 17, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
A supporter of the Orange County sheriff's reelection bid filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the ballot statement of a rival candidate that calls the sheriff's term a "failure" marked by "scandal after scandal." At a hearing scheduled for Monday, Aliso Viejo voter Ronald Young, who favors incumbent Michael S. Carona, wants a Superior Court judge to strike a sentence from the ballot statement of Sheriff's Lt. Bill Hunt of San Clemente.
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February 6, 2003 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
A Costa Mesa man who suffered brain injuries six years ago when a sport-utility vehicle full of Newport Harbor High School students overturned has been charged with threatening to kill Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona. Daniel Townsend, 23, was arrested over the weekend after investigators found a newspaper clipping pinned to his bedroom door that showed Carona with a bull's-eye drawn on his forehead, officials said Wednesday.
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November 9, 2007 | Christine Hanley and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
When a paintball firm began exploring the idea of opening a range in Orange County, they turned to an unlikely source: Sheriff Michael S. Carona. After Carona met with the business partners, one of Carona's associates told them the sheriff would do his best to help out with the deal but that it would cost them thousands of dollars, according to a federal criminal indictment made public last week. So, the indictment says, the businessmen ponied up $25,000 for Carona's influence in landing a site.
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December 3, 2007 | Paul Pringle and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Near the gravel pits and scrap yards of east Los Angeles County, Donald Haidl made his fortune auctioning road-weary cars and trucks from lease fleets and government motor pools. The sales paid for homes in Newport Beach and Las Vegas, a private plane and a yacht named Quickhammer, after its bid-calling owner. Even Haidl's office in the City of Industry, a stucco box overlooking cracked asphalt and barbed wire, had expensive touches, including a Jacuzzi and private dressing room.
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December 2, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Hanley is a Times staff writer.
She sits every day at a defense table behind former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, occasionally twirling her short blond hair and looking bored. As Carona's longtime paramour, she emerged from the shadows of his life last year when she was indicted in the public corruption case against the former sheriff. Now, as they face trial together, days pass with hardly a mention of her name. And at times, even the judge seems to have forgotten she is in his courtroom.
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March 1, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Lawyers for former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona made one of the most pivotal arguments in his corruption case Friday, asking a judge to prohibit jurors from hearing secret recordings in which Carona reportedly discussed hiding evidence that he illegally received cash and gifts. Carona's lawyers said the recordings should be excluded because federal law prohibits prosecutors from contacting a target who has an attorney, even through a third party.
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