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Man pleads guilty to taking lemur from California zoo

May. 20, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo. The U.S. attorney's office says in a news release that 19-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully...

Mongols biker club fined $500,000 but keeps logo trademarks

May. 18, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the government to take away the club's control over its logo — a Genghis Khan-style rider in sunglasses...

Avenatti hires lawyer to represent him in fraud case

May. 15, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti hired a lawyer to represent him Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his request for a public defender in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on taxes and committed bank fraud. Avenatti announced the hiring of attorney H....

The Latest: Avenatti tells court he's hired a defense lawyer

May. 15, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a criminal case against attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 10:52 a.m. Attorney Michael Avenatti has told a federal judge in California that he has hired a lawyer to represent him in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on taxes and...

Judge rejects public defender for Avenatti in fraud case

May. 14, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday rejected attorney Michael Avenatti's request for a public defender to represent him in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and committed bank fraud. Judge James Selna denied the request without providing a reason on the...

Avenatti pleads not guilty on charges of cheating, lying

Apr. 29, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and lied to investigators. When asked to enter a plea in federal court in Santa Ana, California, Avenatti told the judge, "Not guilty to all charges."...

The Latest: Avenatti pleads not guilty in California case

Apr. 29, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on criminal charges against attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Attorney Michael Avenatti has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and lied to investigators. Avenatti was arraigned Monday...

California police say teen lured to assault with dating app

Apr. 21, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — California police say a teenage victim of sexual assault was lured through a dating app. KABC-TV reports that Santa Ana police arrested 59-year-old Michael Komoto April 18 on a charge of engaging in sex acts with a minor. Police say Komoto told a 15-year-old boy he was 39 years old...

Music program founder charged with lewd acts against girls

Apr. 18, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a nonprofit group that was investigated over allegations it gave flutes possibly tainted with semen to schoolchildren has been charged with committing lewd acts against girls in California, it was announced Thursday. John Zeretzke, 60, of Ventura was indicted by an...

Memorial at Nixon Library for Ed Nixon, president's brother

Apr. 15, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Ed Nixon, the younger brother of President Richard Nixon who spent years promoting his brother's legacy, was remembered at a memorial service as a Navy aviator, geologist, global energy expert, husband and father, the Orange County Register reported. The youngest and last...