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A Very Clockwork Orange Year: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Our Fair County

A Very Clockwork Orange Year: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Our Fair County


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JAN. Eight: A homeless fellow walked into the Sensible & Last retailer in Laguna Niguel, went to the public-address microphone and knowledgeable consumers to make their strategy to the entrance exit as a result of of a bomb menace.

Orange County sheriff’s deputies say the fellow was not doing his civic obligation.

In the confusion of the retailer clearing out simply after 10:30 p.m. on Jan. four, the fellow grabbed some booze and fled.

A search turned up no explosives in the constructing at 30252 Crown Valley Parkway. A gander at the Sensible & Remaining surveillance video revealed the id of a recognized space transient, in line with deputies, who finally phrase reported the thief was nonetheless at giant.

Dennis Rodman. Illustration by Bob Aul

JAN. 17: OC Weekly cowl boy Dennis Rodman might go to jail for as much as two years as a result of of a Jan. 13 DUI arrest.

Newport Seashore cops popped the NBA Corridor of Famer for suspected driving beneath the affect simply after 11:10 p.m., when the 56-year-old was pulled over for allegedly swerving in the 4500 block of West Coast Freeway (close to Hoag Hospital hill). Police couldn’t miss the journey, and never solely as a result of a 6-foot-Eight, 235-pound “Freak” was behind the wheel. Loud music was reportedly blaring from its audio system.

After an officer made contact, Rodman is claimed to have reeked of booze. He failed a area sobriety check, blew right into a Breathalyzer a blood alcohol content material proportion that’s larger than California’s authorized restrict, and was arrested and jailed by means of the following morning earlier than being launched, based on Newport Seashore Police Lieutenant Rachel Johnson.

As a result of the Worm is already on three years’ probation for inflicting a July 2016 wrong-way crash on the 5 freeway close to Primary Road, he’ll possible should serve out all or some of the unique two-year jail sentence he was dealing with earlier than the courtroom’s probation supply in trade for a responsible plea, TMZ studies.

If and when Rodman emerges from behind bars (or, as his lawyer Paul Meyer has but once more advised, like a damaged document, that his shopper ought to go to rehab), it’s time for the metropolis of Newport Seashore to significantly contemplate buying and selling the former NBA rebound chief.

James Anthony Lawlor. Photograph courtesy Santa Ana Police Division

JAN. 31: A Santa Ana man was charged Jan. 30 with arson and tried homicide for a fireplace that was intentionally set to a tent with a homeless man and lady inside.

James Anthony Lawlor faces felony counts of tried homicide, arson of inhabited property and possession of flammable materials, in addition to sentencing enhancements for premeditation and arson with an accelerant. If convicted, the 35-year-old could possibly be despatched to state jail for seven years to life, in line with the Orange County district lawyer’s workplace (OCDA).

The homeless pair lived in a tent in a vacant lot in the 1300 block of West Tolliver Avenue that’s subsequent to residences and close to Lawlor’s residence. Round Eight:20 a.m. on Jan. 19, a person sporting black slacks and a black coat approached the tent with the pair inside and stated that they had 15 minutes to go away or he would return together with his Glock handgun, based on the Santa Ana Police Division.

The male transient poked his head outdoors the tent to speak to the stranger, who then kicked the sufferer twice in the head earlier than stepping into his newer black truck and driving westbound on Tolliver, police say. However the similar man returned to the tent about 5 minutes later with a purple gasoline can, from which he poured fuel on the tent, then lit it on hearth whereas the occupants have been inside, report police, who add the attacker subsequent obtained into the truck and drove southbound on Bristol Road.

The homeless pair escaped, though the male had sustained minor burns and accidents from being kicked in the head, in response to police.

Investigators from Santa Ana PD and the Orange County Hearth Authority launched a probe that uncovered the truck that was probably utilized in the crime. It was reportedly nonetheless parked in the space.

Police say that led them to Lawlor, who was positively recognized by the sufferer and arrested outdoors his residence.

Lawlor was questioned at the police station and held on suspicion of tried homicide, arson/property, arson of inhabited construction/property, possession/manufacturing/disposal of materials/gadget for arson, threatening crime with intent to terrorize and assault with pressure more likely to produce nice bodily damage.

FEB. 16: Comply with the bouncing, um . . .

Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump’s private lawyer acknowledged paying $130,000 simply earlier than Election Day, first shared particulars of her affair to Nik Richie of the gossip website The Soiled.

Richie, who promptly posted the story about Daniels’ fling with the then-star of The Apprentice actuality present, solely to take it down when threatened with a lawsuit, resides in a gated group in Newport Seashore.

Daniels is managed by Gina Rodriguez, who additionally appeared in grownup movies earlier than turning into a private supervisor.

Rodriguez used to handle Nadya “Octomom” Suleman, who again then resided in La Habra however now lives in Orange together with her 14 youngsters.

It was with Rodriguez’s assist that Suleman signed with adult-entertainment firm Depraved Footage.

Nevertheless, Suleman retired from the porn biz after the launch of Octomom: House Alone.

Rodriguez is now working with Daniels on an announcement about how and when she is going to inform her Trump story publicly.

In the meantime, Daniels has been booked for 4 “Make America Horny Again” exhibits in April at the Extremely Gents’s Membership in West Palm Seashore, Florida.

The identical membership was recognized in 2012 as T’s Lounge, the place Suleman was additionally booked. She tried to again out and strip at a rival membership, which led to a lawsuit and Octomom’s eventual efficiency at T’s Lounge in 2013.

Have you learnt what’s close to Extremely Gents’s Membership?

Trump Worldwide Golf Membership.

Humorous how life works, no?

Good occasions with Octomom, Trump and Stormy. Illustration by Sam Kerwin

FEB. 28: Issues are robust throughout when a man in La Habra rushes at cops whereas holding an ax with “pigs” written on the deal with on the Fourth of July, or when a cop in Fullerton comes up on a fellow in a crosswalk, pushes him from behind, then information a report claiming the dude was resisting arrest.

Welcome to Orange County, Mouseketeers!

A jury on Feb. 22 discovered Dan James Schuneman responsible of 4 felony counts of assault on La Habra cops and three felony counts of resisting an government officer.

The 48-year-old La Habra resident now faces a most sentence of 120 years to life in state jail, based on the OCDA.

Schuneman was extraordinarily upset (you assume?) round Eight:30 a.m. on July four, 2017, when he contacted the La Habra Police Division.

As six officers responded to Schuneman’s residence for a welfare examine, he swung open the door to show the three.5-foot-long ax with “pigs” and totally different phrases inscribed on the deal with, in accordance with the OCDA.

Schuneman “walked briskly toward the officers with the ax above his head and the blade facing officers,” say prosecutors, who add, “He ignored commands to stop.”

Officers fired a less-than-lethal taser and beanbag spherical at Schuneman “with little effect” earlier than one unidentified cop shot a single spherical at the suspect with a handgun, the OCDA says.

That stopped him.

Schuneman was taken to an area hospital to get well from the gunshot wound.

MARCH 21: A Huntington Seashore surfboard shaper and son of Surf Metropolis royalty pleaded responsible March 20 to making an attempt to get his former sister-in-law knocked off.

Joseph Jordan Taylor, whose father is 2011 Huntington Seashore Browsing Stroll of Fame inductee John Reid Taylor, copped to felony solicitation to commit homicide and tried homicide with a previous strike conviction for felony threats in 2007. The 32-year-old now faces a sentence of as much as 23 years in state jail, in accordance with the OCDA.

Testifying in Might 2016 at the Westminster courthouse, Huntington Seashore Police Detective Trent Tunstall stated that one of Taylor’s pals approached authorities in Might 2015 to report that his pal had given him $5,000 to rearrange the homicide of “his brother’s ex.” Investigators secretly recorded a subsequent dialog the pal had with Taylor, throughout which a gathering with two “hit men” was organized, Tunstall testified.

Two undercover Huntington Seashore cops posing as potential assassins met with Taylor in a Westminster Mall parking zone quickly after. Taylor advised the undercovers he needed his sister-in-law killed at her residence after she dropped her youngsters off at college and that it ought to appear to be a theft gone dangerous, in response to Tunstall, whose detectives additionally recorded the assembly.

Taylor, who specified the homicide must be completed earlier than a looming child-custody listening to, agreed to pay $12,000 for the hit, Tunstall stated.

The defendant was arrested later that very same day, proper after he handed the “hit men” a $2,000 money down cost, Tunstall testified.

Taylor’s father, a surf-shop proprietor who was half of the Gap In the Wall Gang surf staff that gained prominence in the 1960s and ’70s; the defendant’s brother Matthew Austin Taylor; and their pal Travis Sprague, of Lengthy Seashore, have been initially arrested in the case, however costs towards them have been dropped as a result of of a scarcity of proof.

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APRIL 20: A 26-year-old Irvine man, who was ratted out by a member of the family, was charged April 19 with hate crimes for threatening to kill outstanding Jews, possessing anti-semitic literature and being loaded for bear—if these bears have been Jewish bears.

Nicholas Rose was slapped with three felony counts of tried legal threats, three misdemeanor counts of violating civil rights and a sentencing enhancement for 3 hate crimes. Being convicted of all that would end in a sentence of six years and 6 months in state jail, in line with the OCDA.

An OCDA arraignment assertion says that on or about April 16, Rose informed a member of the family “he desired to kill people” and made “violent threats against the Jewish community.”

That member of the family contacted the Orange Police Division, who launched an investigation that included a search of Rose’s house, says the OCDA, which alleges the following turned up: .22-caliber ammunition, anti-semitic literature, “kill lists” of outstanding Jewish group members, an inventory of steps titled “Killing My First Jew,” and papers referencing one church and one synagogue in Irvine and one church in Lake Forest.

The invention led to Rose being arrested at the scene, in response to the OCDA.

MAY Eight: A man is taking a look at as much as seven years in state jail for allegedly hurling a 32-ounce cup of soda and white-supremacist feedback at a Center Japanese smoke-shop supervisor in Anaheim.

Robert Kevin Pressler, a 54-year-old transient, is predicted in the North Justice Middle in Fullerton on Might 14 to reply to fees of felony battery hate crime inflicting damage and misdemeanor possession of a managed substance.

The OCDA offered this account: “On May 2, Pressler is accused of standing outside of a smoke shop in Anaheim and repeatedly yelling a phrase associated with white supremacy at the store manager, who is Middle Eastern. As the manager approached the front entrance of his store, Pressler allegedly walked in that direction and threw a full 32-ounce soda cup.”

The cup hit the supervisor’s face, inflicting a small laceration and the begin of an altercation that ended with Pressler calling the Anaheim Police Division.

However the officers who responded arrested Pressler, who was allegedly holding methamphetamine.

JULY 6: A 29-year-old man has pleaded not responsible to throwing a Molotov cocktail at two homeless males at their tent in Anaheim.

Andrew Eric Mongerson of Backyard Grove was charged July three with felony tried arson, assault with a lethal weapon and possession of flammable materials.

Mongerson made an incendiary gadget round 1:30 p.m. on June 27, rode his bicycle towards two homeless males alongside Katella Avenue in Anaheim, lit the so-called Molotov cocktail, threw it at the pair and yelled insults as he rode away, alleges the OCDA. The suspect didn’t know the victims, one of whom was inside his makeshift tent close to a bus cease whereas the second man stood outdoors it, prosecutors add.

Glass shattered close to the males, and items remained on hearth till the gasoline ran out, states the OCDA, which credit the Anaheim Police Division with investigating the case, figuring out Mongerson as the suspect and arresting him in Anaheim.

AUG. 10: Individuals for the Moral Remedy of Animals (PETA) is looking for animal-cruelty counts to be added to the felony fees towards Holy Hearth arson suspect Forrest Gordon Clark.

The 51-year-old, who appeared in the courtroom someday after refusing to return out of his cell, is at present charged with one felony rely every of aggravated arson damaging no less than 5 inhabited buildings, arson of inhabited property, arson of forest and felony threats, plus two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

A conviction might ship him to state jail for all times, however PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien nonetheless is looking for extra costs towards Clark. “Millions of wild animals—from deer, raccoons, foxes and bears to coyotes, frogs, birds and insects—are losing their homes and their lives in shockingly painful ways, as they’re unable to escape from this inferno,” O’Brien says in a press release from her Norfolk, Virginia-based activist group. “PETA is calling for cruelty-to-animals charges to be added to those pending against the man now in custody and accused of starting the fire.”

Deciding that may fall to the OCDA, whose spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden just isn’t ruling out the risk. “This remains an open and very active investigation, with information continuing to come in,” she stated. “All of the reports will be thoroughly reviewed, and additional charges may be added based on the evidence.”

Photograph courtesy of Flutes Throughout the World

SEPT. 18: Keep in mind the story from 2017 about the music instructor accused of probably giving semen-filled flutes to college students in Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Newport-Mesa and Capistrano Unified faculty districts, in addition to elsewhere in Southern California?

It was an obvious crime so heinous that the Weekly had twin reviews Oct. 2, 2017, on our information and music blogs, and the then-unidentified suspect made our pre-Halloween record of Orange County’s 31 Scariest Individuals.

Federal authorities since launched the identify of John Edward Zeretzke.

Nevertheless, with out mentioning the flute incidents, the U.S. Division of Justice has revealed that the 60-year-old Ventura resident was arrested Sept. 13 for allegedly coercing a younger woman to supply youngster pornography, trying to entice one other sufferer to ship him sexually specific pictures, touring to the Philippines with the intent to interact in illicit sexual conduct with youngsters, and receiving youngster pornography over the web. Twice!

The Philippines is vital as a result of half of Zeretzke’s Flutes Throughout the World program concerned having every of his Southern California college students make two selfmade flutes, one they might maintain for themselves and the different they might donate to college students in the island nation.

Mother and father of those self same college students in Orange and Los Angeles counties acquired letters from their youngsters’s faculties final yr warning that Zeretzke might have inserted man juice into their flutes.

As an example, the Capo Unified letter said, “As part of this [Flutes Across the World] program, students may have received a flute made of PVC plastic piping and a single wine cork that they could decorate. Today, we further consulted with law enforcement and were advised that these flutes may have been inappropriately contaminated with the suspect’s bodily fluid. In an abundance of caution, we are asking all families who may have had children participate in this type of program either at school or within the community to remove these flutes from your child’s possession and place them in a sealed paper bag.”

It’s unclear if Zeretzke nonetheless faces expenses for the SoCal flute fouling. Nevertheless, if convicted, he might rise up to 15 years in the federal pen.

SEPT. 24: A Fullerton man is due in courtroom for an alleged hate crime towards a pregnant African American lady that occurred barely a yr after the similar defendant pulled a hate-crime assault on a sufferer who’s Filipino and Turkish.

Tyson Theodore Mayfield pleaded not responsible at his arraignment to felony felony threats and violating civil rights, misdemeanor petty theft, and a sentencing enhancement for a hate crime with a previous conviction.

The 42-year-old, who when he was final convicted was described as having a swastika tattoo on his proper shoulder, is accused of insulting the black lady with racial slurs and threatening her after she obtained off a bus at the Fullerton station on Sept. 17, in response to authorities.

The unidentified sufferer pepper sprayed Mayfield in self protection, and he grabbed her backpack and fled, alleges the OCDA.

After the lady referred to as police, Fullerton officers have been unable to find Mayfield. However a number of hours later, he approached the similar lady, who had ducked into a close-by café for security, says the OCDA, which notes police have been referred to as once more and Mayfield was arrested this time.

He’s used to brushes with police, having been arrested July 13 on suspicion of defecating in public 10 days earlier than. That case has not been resolved, based on courtroom data.

On Sept. four, 2017, which was Labor Day, Mayfield approached the Filipino/Turkish man he didn’t know and requested to borrow a lighter. After the stranger knowledgeable him he had no flame, Mayfield turned “agitated,” referred to as the sufferer an unspecified racial slur and punched him a number of occasions, the OCDA stated at the time. Fullerton cops obtained that decision as properly, and Mayfield was arrested.

Mayfield went on to cop to misdemeanor counts of violating a sufferer’s civil rights and inflicting a violent damage. Orange County Superior Courtroom Decide Kazuharu Makino sentenced Mayfield on Oct. 20, 2017, to a yr in jail. Nevertheless, he was launched from custody for time served.

He has pleaded responsible different occasions as nicely. In June 2008, Mayfield copped to a felony rely of mayhem and was sentenced to 4 years in jail. He additionally pleaded responsible to a felony rely of assault with a lethal weapon in February 2005, incomes a two-year jail stretch.

Perhaps that’s the place he’d quite be?

NOV. 16: In these occasions of mass shootings, mysterious explosions and bombs being despatched to public officers, that is sobering: A man was arrested at his Tustin space rental on Nov. 14 for possessing fireworks, explosive units and “a large amount” of bomb-making supplies, authorities say.

Kevin Sean Welch, 38, was held in Orange County Jail on $1 million bail after being booked and charged with felony possession of an explosive system close to a personal residence, possession of supplies with intent to blow up, misdemeanor possession of fireworks with no allow and misdemeanor sale of unlawful fireworks.

Deputies have been referred to as to a condominium at 12720 Newport Ave. in unincorporated Tustin simply earlier than 9 a.m. Wednesday when a neighbor heard a loud explosion and a bit of shrapnel landed in his again yard, in response to Orange County Sheriff’s Division (OCSD) Public Info Supervisor Carrie Braun.

Responding deputies went to an adjoining condominium, made contact with Welch and observed items of a terra-cotta chiminea—an outside hearth—in his again yard, Braun says. “Welch initially admitted to an accidental explosion resulting from an aerated can placed in the burning chiminea,” reads Braun’s launch, which notes nobody else was at the residence at the time and nobody was injured in the explosion.

Throughout their investigation, deputies noticed what seemed to be fireworks and explosive units in plain sight, in response to Braun, who provides the OCSD Hazardous Units Squad was referred to as, the rental and 4 adjoining models have been evacuated, surrounding residents have been requested to shelter-in-place, and Newport Avenue was closed from Wass Road to Warren Avenue.

As soon as a search warrant was obtained, the bomb unit went to work and “identified a completed pipe bomb, additional partially completed pipe bombs, illegal fireworks and a large amount of precursor materials used to make explosive devices,” the spokeswoman says.

The Orange County Hearth Authority Hazmat Staff, the California Freeway Patrol, the Orange County Crime Lab and the Tustin Police Division assisted throughout the incident, Braun notes.

Apart from being arrested for what was seized at his apartment, Welch “may be connected to at least two explosions in the Tustin area in the past few weeks,” in response to Braun, whose division has launched a full investigation.

Former Fullerton Police Chief David Hendricks. Photograph courtesy Fullerton Police Division

DEC. 7: When it rains, it pours in Fullerton: First, it was costs for the former mayor’s spouse, after which it was fees for the former police chief and a captain.

David James Hendricks, the now-ex Fullerton police chief, and Captain Thomas William Oliveras Jr. have been charged for his or her off-duty roles in the battery on emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at an August live performance in Irvine.

Hendricks, who resigned as chief on Nov. 2 amid the scandal, faces two misdemeanor counts of battery on an EMT and resisting and obstructing a police officer, which might result in the 47-year-old getting three years in county jail if convicted.

Oliveras additionally faces misdemeanor resisting and obstructing an officer, however solely a single rely of battery on an EMT. If convicted, the 50-year-old might get two years in the county slammer.

Their arraignments are scheduled for Jan. 9 at the Harbor Justice Middle in Newport Seashore, in accordance with the OCDA.

Captain Thomas William Oliveras Jr. Photograph courtesy Fullerton Police Division

As Liam Blume reported for the Weekly, Hendricks and Oliveras have been allegedly consuming closely whereas watching an Aug. 24 Woman Antebellum live performance with their spouses at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine.

Two Symons Ambulance EMTs, who had responded to a report that Hendricks’ spouse had suffered some type of damage, arrived to a struggle scene, and whereas tending to the lady, Hendricks and Oliveras allegedly assaulted them bodily. “Hendricks is accused of pushing two EMTs as they attempted to provide treatment, and Oliveras is accused of putting one victim in a headlock,” the OCDA stated. “The Irvine Police Department responded to the scene, and the defendants are accused of obstructing and delaying the investigation.”

The incident led to Hendricks and Oliveras being positioned on paid administrative depart throughout the Irvine Police legal investigation.

Hendricks had solely been chief for seven months when the melee occurred.

Matt Coker has been partaking, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and web sites for many years. He spent the first 13 years of his profession in journalism at day by day newspapers earlier than “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, government editor and is now senior employees author.