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April 15, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors filed murder charges Friday against a reputed gang member suspected in the shooting death of a gas station attendant during a robbery. If convicted, Oscar Lemus, 19, of Long Beach would be eligible for the death penalty, Deputy Dist. Atty. Vickie Hix said. A 14-year-old boy, who police said made incriminating statements that link both teen-agers to the slaying, has not been formally charged. Hix said prosecutors plan to use a new law in an attempt to try him as an adult.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1991 | ELIZABETH HOWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A third defendant has pleaded guilty to felony drug-trafficking charges and been sentenced in the aftermath of Orange County's second-largest cocaine bust. Superior Court Judge Theodore E. Millard sentenced Juan Carlos Marteloto, 35, a Colombian citizen, to 15 years in state prison Tuesday. Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Program officers seized more than two tons of cocaine in three raids in the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA
A La Palma teenager will be tried as an adult in connection with a near-fatal knife attack on a Native American man in Huntington Beach that prosecutors allege was motivated by racial hatred. Michael Steven Eckert, 17, faces a maximum life sentence if he is convicted of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a hate crime, Deputy Dist. Atty. Vickie Hix said. Superior Court Judge Frank F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marvin Chavez freely admits he grows marijuana--and smokes it. He sprouted more than 60 pounds of the stuff in his backyard this year, all in full view of his Santa Ana neighbors. But Chavez does take issue with police accusations that he is a drug seller. At a court hearing Monday, 46-year-old Chavez pleaded innocent to charges of marijuana cultivation and possession for sale, and insisted he only raised and smoked the plants to fight the pain of a rare spinal disorder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old Laguna Beach motorist who killed three of her passengers when she ran into a big-rig truck reported to Juvenile Hall this week to start serving a 180-day sentence for vehicular manslaughter, authorities said Thursday. The girl, who was a juvenile at the time of the May 23, 1996 accident, had pleaded no contest Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG
An arrest last year of suspected drug traffickers helped make Orange County's narcotics task force nearly $1.5 million richer, authorities said Tuesday. Federal authorities, citing asset forfeiture laws, on Tuesday presented the county's Regional Narcotics Suppression Program with a $1.43-million check--one of the largest such financial windfalls in the history of the 6-year-old task force. The money is already budgeted for various ongoing projects, said the task force chief, Capt. Tim Simon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1994 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old denied charges Thursday that he played a role in the killing of a UC Irvine engineering student as prosecutors sought to have the youth treated as an adult. A Juvenile Court commissioner ordered the Orange teen-ager to remain in custody on a suicide watch pending a hearing later this month to determine if the case should move to adult court. "You are definitely a threat to the community," Superior Court Commissioner F.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old from Santa Ana was charged Wednesday with murdering a UC Irvine engineering student and with lying in wait, a special circumstance that would make him eligible for the death penalty. Vinh Quoc Ta was also charged with a second count of attempted murder of a young man who was a passenger in Robert Sapinoso's car when Sapinoso, 19, of Westminster was fatally shot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2004
Several lawsuits have been filed in the last six years against Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas by former employees who accused him of political favoritism and unethical behavior. Of these cases, Rackauckas was ordered to reinstate three workers, and he prevailed in two trials. Several cases are pending.
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