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Michael Avenatti denies embezzlement charges in California

Jul. 21, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the brash lawyer recently sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in a $25 million extortion case in New York, now is on trial in California on charges of embezzling millions from his clients and told jurors Wednesday that he “gave people who had no...

Feds: California suspects used 'call centers' to sell heroin

Jul. 13, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Two Southern California call centers that facilitated illegal drug deliveries distributed at least $2 million worth of heroin before a federal grand jury indicted 19 people in connection with the scheme, authorities said Tuesday. The 13-count...

California man charged with raiding Capitol, posing as press

Jul. 10, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested after being charged with joining the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol while trying to impersonate a member of the media. Matthew Thomas Purse, 45, was arrested in Irvine on Friday to face federal...

Doctors to evaluate competency of office shooting suspect

Jul. 08, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Criminal proceedings were suspended Thursday for a man charged with killing four people in a shooting at a Southern California office complex pending a mental competency evaluation, his attorney said. Kenneth Morrison, assistant public defender,...

Bail reduced for co-defendant in road-rage killing of boy

Jun. 25, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Bail was reduced Friday from $500,000 to $100,000 for a woman accused of being an accessory to the road rage killing of a little boy on a Southern California freeway. Orange County Superior Court Judge Larry Yellin told defendant Wynne Lee that...

Information sought on pair charged in road-rage killing

Jun. 20, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are asking for the public's help as they try to determine whether a man and woman charged in the murder of a 6-year-old boy on a Southern California freeway were involved in any other road rage incidents. Marcus Eriz and his...

Man with abusive history sentenced for killing ex-girlfriend

Jun. 18, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who beat and strangled his ex-girlfriend and mocked the security system she'd installed hours earlier to protect her from his abuse was sentenced Friday to life in prison without possibility of parole. Jason Becher, 46,...

Judge: No bail for man accused of road rage murder of boy

Jun. 18, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man charged with the murder of a 6-year-old boy in a road rage incident was ordered held without bail Friday. Orange County Superior Court Judge Larry Yellin told attorneys that in addition to the murder charge he was...

Protection sought for California fish and lizard species

Jun. 17, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tiny fish native to Southern California streams and a legless, sand-swimming lizard will be studied to determine whether they qualify for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, a conservation group said Wednesday. The Center for...

Officials: Man in boy road rage killing admitted firing gun

Jun. 17, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in a road rage incident last month told police he pulled out a gun and fired at a car on the freeway after he got angry with a driver who made a rude gesture, prosecutors said. ...