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California woman charged with killing man over cat dispute

Sep. 28, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California woman has been charged with killing a man by ramming her car into him after accusing him of trying to run over a cat in the street, authorities said Wednesday. Hannah Star Esser, 20, was charged with murder in the death of Victor Anthony Luis,...

California doc pleads guilty to prescribing unneeded drugs

Sep. 28, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A physician pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding California’s Medi-Cal system by prescribing unnecessary drugs to more than 1,000 patients, prosecutors said. Dr. Mohammed El-Nachef entered pleas in Orange County to one count of insurance fraud and one...

Man charged in hate attacks on women in Southern California

Sep. 27, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been charged with pepper spraying women in hate attacks in Southern California, prosecutors said Tuesday. Johnny Deven Young faces multiple charges including assault and illegal use of tear gas with enhancements for using a deadly...

Minivan stolen with 2-year-old inside found in California

Sep. 13, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) — A minivan stolen with a 2-year-old boy inside was found with the child safe hours after it was taken Tuesday morning from outside a Southern California elementary school, authorities said. The silver 2017 Toyota Sienna was stolen at Charles G. Emery...

Oil company settles criminal cases in California spill

Sep. 08, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An oil company on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to negligently discharging crude off the Southern California coast when its underwater pipeline ruptured last year, a spill that closed miles of shoreline and shuttered fisheries. Meanwhile,...

New Jersey man sentenced for Tom Brady Super Bowl ring fraud

Aug. 29, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A New Jersey man who posed as a former New England Patriots player in order to buy and sell Super Bowl rings that he claimed were gifts to Tom Brady’s family was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison. Scott V. Spina Jr., 25, of Roseland was...

Pipeline operator agrees to guilty plea in California spill

Aug. 27, 2022 00:00 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A pipeline operator and two subsidiaries agreed Friday to plead guilty to negligently discharging oil off the Southern California coast in connection with a pipeline break that covered beaches with blobs of crude. The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles...

Oil spill settlement reached with California businesses

Aug. 25, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A pipeline operator said Thursday that it has reached a settlement with Southern California tourism companies, fishermen and other businesses that sued after a crude oil spill off the coast last year near Huntington Beach. Amplify Energy Corp., which owns...

California man gets life for killing 2, including father

Aug. 24, 2022 21:36 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who killed two people, including his father, after being told to stop drinking beer and get a job was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison, prosecutors said. Luke William Ferguson, 31, was sentenced to life without chance of...

$480K to inmate who miscarried after stop for coffee

Aug. 24, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's Orange County has agreed to pay $480,000 to an inmate who was pregnant but suffered a miscarriage after sheriff’s deputies stopped at a Starbucks while driving her to a hospital. Sandra Quinones, who is no longer in custody, alleged...