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May 15, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Christian Berthelsen
Concerned about the spiraling cost of overtime in the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Supervisor John Moorlach has asked a county auditor to study whether the department should hire more deputies instead of paying them tens of millions of dollars in overtime. The Times reported Wednesday that the department's overtime expenses have soared during the last few years, with two-thirds of the 1,700 sworn deputies now making more than $100,000 annually. "We have to take a hard look at whether this overtime is justified," Moorlach said.
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July 25, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
An "untrue and unfounded" report that former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona had a romantic relationship with a top federal prosecutor caused government officials to bar about 250 federal attorneys from handling his case, lawyers disclosed in court Thursday. All prosecutors assigned to the U.S. attorney's offices in Los Angeles and Santa Ana have been prohibited from any involvement in the case, except for two prosecutors who report directly to supervisors in Washington. Until now, officials had declined to publicly account for that unusual arrangement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
ederal prosecutors on Wednesday dropped one of the mail fraud charges in the corruption case against former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, his wife and former mistress. The U.S. attorney's office obtained a superseding indictment no longer alleging that Carona's wife, Deborah, failed to disclose the gift of a $15,000 Cartier watch on a conflict-of-interest form she filed as a member of the board overseeing the Orange County Fairgrounds. Carona, his wife and alleged mistress, Debra V. Hoffman, are still accused of conspiring to sell the power of Carona's office for tens of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts.
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May 22, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
A judge Wednesday declined to move the political corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, rejecting defense arguments that repeated banter about the case by two KFI-AM (640) radio "shock jocks" would prevent him from receiving a fair trial in Southern California. Carona's lawyers had argued that the hosts of "The John and Ken Show" had made it impossible to find impartial jurors because they have urged listeners to lie to get onto Carona's jury, then vote to convict him. U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford ruled that the commentary was inappropriate but would not prevent Carona from finding 12 honest jurors in a county of 3 million people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
Defense lawyers asked a judge Friday to dismiss two witness-tampering charges against former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, claiming the language in the indictment is too vague. The former sheriff, who resigned in January while awaiting trial on corruption charges, has previously asked U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford to dismiss the other four charges against him. The most recent motion addresses two counts that Carona attempted to persuade former Assistant Sheriff Donald Haidl to provide false testimony to a grand jury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
The Orange County Sheriff's Department lifted lockdown restrictions at Men's Central Jail on Friday, a week after 12 inmates were injured in racially motivated brawls in two dormitories. Since then, the roughly 1,300 inmates at the Santa Ana jail had been denied visits, trips to the exercise yard and education programs out of concern of renewed violence. Sheriff's officials lifted the restrictions after those concerns eased, Sheriff's Capt. Roland Chacon said. The fighting between black and Latino inmates erupted April 18 in two holding rooms lined with bunk beds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
Evidence of lazy and inattentive deputies at Orange County's Theo Lacy jail is stoking debate about whether the Sheriff's Department should staff its jails with career correctional officers instead of sworn deputies. Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson proposed the switch to lower-paid correctional officers in February as a cost-cutting measure, but he said Wednesday there could be additional benefits to using correctional officers. Grand jury testimony made public this week showed that deputies in the jail watched movies, played video games, sent text messages and slept while inmate "shot-callers" were allowed to enforce jail rules.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
A judge Wednesday declined to move the political corruption trial of former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, rejecting defense arguments that repeated banter about the case by two KFI-AM (640) radio "shock jocks" would prevent him from receiving a fair trial in Southern California. Carona's lawyers had argued that the hosts of "The John and Ken Show" had made it impossible to find impartial jurors because they have urged listeners to lie to get onto Carona's jury, then vote to convict him. U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford ruled that the commentary was inappropriate but would not prevent Carona from finding 12 honest jurors in a county of 3 million people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
A retired Orange County sheriff's lieutenant has filed a claim against the county alleging that acting Sheriff Jack Anderson violated state law last year when he asked the San Clemente City Council not to support the lieutenant's candidacy for sheriff. Anderson, then an assistant sheriff, appeared in uniform Nov. 20 when he asked the City Council to reconsider plans to endorse Sheriff's Lt. William Hunt as a candidate to replace Sheriff Michael S. Carona. Hunt's claim, filed April 22, seeks unspecified monetary damages and is considered a precursor to a lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
An "untrue and unfounded" report that former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona had a romantic relationship with a top federal prosecutor caused government officials to bar about 250 federal attorneys from handling his case, lawyers disclosed in court Thursday. All prosecutors assigned to the U.S. attorney's offices in Los Angeles and Santa Ana have been prohibited from any involvement in the case, except for two prosecutors who report directly to supervisors in Washington. Until now, officials had declined to publicly account for that unusual arrangement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Christian Berthelsen
Concerned about the spiraling cost of overtime in the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Supervisor John Moorlach has asked a county auditor to study whether the department should hire more deputies instead of paying them tens of millions of dollars in overtime. The Times reported Wednesday that the department's overtime expenses have soared during the last few years, with two-thirds of the 1,700 sworn deputies now making more than $100,000 annually. "We have to take a hard look at whether this overtime is justified," Moorlach said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
A retired Orange County sheriff's lieutenant has filed a claim against the county alleging that acting Sheriff Jack Anderson violated state law last year when he asked the San Clemente City Council not to support the lieutenant's candidacy for sheriff. Anderson, then an assistant sheriff, appeared in uniform Nov. 20 when he asked the City Council to reconsider plans to endorse Sheriff's Lt. William Hunt as a candidate to replace Sheriff Michael S. Carona. Hunt's claim, filed April 22, seeks unspecified monetary damages and is considered a precursor to a lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
The Orange County Sheriff's Department lifted lockdown restrictions at Men's Central Jail on Friday, a week after 12 inmates were injured in racially motivated brawls in two dormitories. Since then, the roughly 1,300 inmates at the Santa Ana jail had been denied visits, trips to the exercise yard and education programs out of concern of renewed violence. Sheriff's officials lifted the restrictions after those concerns eased, Sheriff's Capt. Roland Chacon said. The fighting between black and Latino inmates erupted April 18 in two holding rooms lined with bunk beds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
Evidence of lazy and inattentive deputies at Orange County's Theo Lacy jail is stoking debate about whether the Sheriff's Department should staff its jails with career correctional officers instead of sworn deputies. Acting Sheriff Jack Anderson proposed the switch to lower-paid correctional officers in February as a cost-cutting measure, but he said Wednesday there could be additional benefits to using correctional officers. Grand jury testimony made public this week showed that deputies in the jail watched movies, played video games, sent text messages and slept while inmate "shot-callers" were allowed to enforce jail rules.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
Defense lawyers asked a judge Friday to dismiss two witness-tampering charges against former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, claiming the language in the indictment is too vague. The former sheriff, who resigned in January while awaiting trial on corruption charges, has previously asked U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford to dismiss the other four charges against him. The most recent motion addresses two counts that Carona attempted to persuade former Assistant Sheriff Donald Haidl to provide false testimony to a grand jury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
ederal prosecutors on Wednesday dropped one of the mail fraud charges in the corruption case against former Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, his wife and former mistress. The U.S. attorney's office obtained a superseding indictment no longer alleging that Carona's wife, Deborah, failed to disclose the gift of a $15,000 Cartier watch on a conflict-of-interest form she filed as a member of the board overseeing the Orange County Fairgrounds. Carona, his wife and alleged mistress, Debra V. Hoffman, are still accused of conspiring to sell the power of Carona's office for tens of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts.
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June 30, 2003 | Jack Leonard, Jennifer Mena and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
A man wielding a samurai-style sword killed two people and wounded three others at an Irvine supermarket Sunday before his bloody rampage ended with a fatal volley of police gunfire. The deadly attack occurred about 9:35 a.m. inside the Albertsons at Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard, when Joseph Parker, a 30-year-old bagger known for erratic behavior, entered the market where he worked and began slashing employees and customers, witnesses said.
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August 15, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer
A man died early Thursday after his truck hit a concrete divider on Superior Avenue, just north of Coast Highway, a coroner's official said. Brian Thomas Campos, 22, died from "major traumatic injuries" sustained after the single-vehicle high-speed crash about 1:20 a.m., said Dan Aikin, a supervising deputy Orange County coroner. Campos apparently lost control of his 1974 Ford Bronco. He was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Evan Sailor. -- Stuart Pfeifer
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