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July 10, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Desperately alone in his dark world, 20-year-old Jesus Orbina began to shake and cry uncontrollably when a message delivered to prisoners throughout the world Sunday came to him inside the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail. You have not been forgotten, the suicidal Orbina was told. People out there love you.
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November 11, 2009 | Shelby Grad
A 71-year-old Orange County man described by authorities as a "sexual psychopath" has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for attempting to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor overseas, authorities said. Arthur Leroy Shoot, who has residences in Mission Viejo and the Philippines, was arrested Sept. 3, 2008, at Los Angeles International Airport, where he was found to be carrying pornographic pictures of his wife's then 7-year-old niece. Shoot arrived in Los Angeles from the Philippines, where he and his wife own a house, according to federal prosecutors.
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June 26, 1996 | RENE LYNCH and DEXTER FILKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dianna D'Aiello insisted Tuesday that her ex-husband beat her, but conceded she could not be sure Kevin Lee Green caused the death of her unborn baby--a crime that kept Green in prison for nearly 17 years. D'Aiello said she is still trying to reconcile her vivid memories of the September 1979 night of the attack on her with the stunning news that a serial killing suspect, Gerald Parker, has allegedly confessed to the bludgeoning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Nearly a decade after the largest mass arrest in Orange County history, county supervisors have paid $280,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by more than 100 laborers jailed during a bitter strike by drywall workers. The settlement--the highest civil rights payout against the Sheriff's Department in years--closes the final chapter in a legal saga involving the 1992 detention of a convoy of drywallers accused of conspiring to kidnap replacement workers. Deputies jailed 153 of the strikers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
In what police say is an unusual arrangement that will allow Laguna Beach officers to stay closer to home while their station at City Hall is being remodeled, people arrested in Laguna Beach during the next year will be housed in Newport Beach Jail. The agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Newport Beach City Council, means Laguna police will not be pulled off their beats to drive prisoners to Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.
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November 26, 1997 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Anaheim Hills contractor who managed to get $82,705 from a bogus income tax refund while serving five years on a securities fraud charge will be spending 33 months more in a federal prison. Gerald W. McComber, 41, was sentenced late Friday to the additional time by U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler in Santa Ana. He had pleaded guilty in April to filing a false refund claim.
NEWS
February 4, 1991
What do you think is the most important purpose of a jail sentence? Criminal off the streets: 31% Crime prevention: 25% Punish criminal: 22% Rehabilitaion: 17% Other: 5% Source: Times Orange County Poll
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mark Richard Hilbun, the former Dana Point postal worker accused of murdering his mother and a former co-worker, suffered a possible broken vertebra and a slight concussion Monday in a fall from a second-story walkway in Orange County Jail, authorities said. Hilbun, 39, who is being held in protective custody without bail, was injured about 7:15 a.m.
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June 12, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
A Newport Beach socialite finished three days in solitary confinement Thursday for hoarding items such as jail underwear, towels and olive-drab inmate jumpsuits in her cell, authorities said. Tina Schafnitz, serving a 10-month sentence for selling cocaine to a Tustin detective, had been hiding the items somewhere in her cell at the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine, Sheriff's Lt. Tom Garner said.
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July 28, 1996 | BINH HA HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials condemned the Immigration and Naturalization Service on Saturday for ending a pilot program to identify and deport illegal immigrants, calling the decision "intolerable" and "insulting." Since March, the INS has stationed two agents at Anaheim City Jail to identify, detain and place a hold on illegal immigrants so that they won't be released on bond. The pilot program was terminated Friday.
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August 10, 2001 | MAI TRAN
Two inmates at the Theo Lacy Branch Jail were hit with pepper spray and suffered minor cuts after they refused to return to their modules, officials said Thursday. The men were among 33 inmates who disobeyed deputy's orders last Friday, said Jon Fleischmann, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Fleischmann said more than 100 inmates had spent 5 1/2 hours playing in the jail's recreation area, but 33 of them wanted more time.
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June 6, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sambo Lorn returned to the Santa Ana city jail Tuesday, a month after being released, but this time it was to celebrate. Lorn was one of seven graduates from a pilot program offered by Santa Ana College that allows inmates to take college courses and receive credits transferable to colleges and universities.
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April 26, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent prison-rights attorney filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday accusing Orange County Juvenile Hall of keeping youngsters behind bars for too long without a court hearing. The civil rights suit contends that juveniles are not receiving hearings within 72 hours after their arrest to allow a judge to decide whether they should remain locked up. County officials strongly deny the allegations. Attorney Richard P.
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April 13, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thursday was the best day of Anthony Ybarra's life. He was in jail, didn't know when he would see his 2-week-old son, Noah Anthony, and was crying hard. But a priest who had once been an inmate at the same jail was washing his feet, just as Jesus did for his 12 surprised disciples at the Last Supper. Father John McAndrew cleaned and kissed Ybarra's feet, along with those of 11 other prisoners, during a Holy Thursday Catholic service at Theo Lacy Branch Jail in Orange.
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April 8, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A little-publicized beating case that led to the first criminal convictions in memory for brutality at the Orange County Jail threatens to come back to haunt the county--and possibly taxpayers as well. The case involves an inmate who was repeatedly kicked and punched by jail officials. Unlike the flurry of beating allegations to hit the Sheriff's Department in recent years, investigators quickly determined Leonard Mendez's allegations had merit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The FBI has launched a criminal probe into whether sheriff's deputies violated the civil rights of a diabetic man who contends he was beaten while an inmate in the Orange County Jail, federal authorities said Tuesday. The investigation, which started at least several weeks ago, is the second claim of police brutality to warrant federal scrutiny of the Orange County jail system in the last six weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ
Supporters and opponents of the Centralized Jail Initiative, which would restrict the county from building any new jails outside Santa Ana, submitted written statements Tuesday for the June ballot. Residents of Anaheim Hills and Yorba Linda, a few miles from the Gypsum Canyon site that the Board of Supervisors chose for a new jail, were the driving force behind the effort to qualify the measure for the ballot in 1988, when they submitted about 130,000 petition signatures.
NEWS
September 7, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
A pilot program to identify deportable immigrants at the Orange County Jail has been so successful that it will be expanded by the end of the year, officials said Thursday. Since the jail program began in late July, U.S. immigration agents have placed deportation holds on 103 inmates, including illegal immigrants and permanent resident aliens who can still be removed from the United States after serving their sentences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the six months since Orange County prosecutors and public defenders joined forces to examine possibly erroneous convictions, 80 current and former prisoners have requested that their cases be reviewed. So far, the team of attorneys and investigators has looked at 35 cases and found only one--a 20-year-old rape--that warranted new DNA testing. But the team discovered that the evidence needed to conduct the tests was destroyed, so no more can be done with the case at this time.
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March 16, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County prosecutors announced Thursday that they have dropped a grand jury probe into claims that a group of sheriff's deputies used excessive force against a jail inmate. The four-month investigation, which included testimony from 17 witnesses, failed to determine conclusively whether the inmate was beaten by jailers or fellow inmates, district attorney officials said.
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