CRIME & SAFETY
9-year-old girl was drowned
WESTMINSTER (AP) – An Orange County woman was charged this week with drowning her 9-year-old daughter in a bathtub where her decomposing body was found days later, prosecutors said.
Police Log: Week of Nov. 21 to Nov. 29
Vehicle theft. Jimmy Musechuk, 42, of Oceanside was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft. He was held without bail. Bench warrant. James Louis Durand, 64, of Laguna Beach was arrested on suspicion of an outstanding bench warrant and a felony flash hold. He was held without bail. Probation violation, disorderly...
49 years later, Orange County investigators ID a presumed victim of serial killer Randy Kraft
Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators have managed to identify a man whose name was a mystery for 49 years and was thought to perhaps be a murder victim of serial killer Randy Kraft.
Letter: These are weird times
No question – these are weird times. Here we are mystically going through space on our planet and we are messing it up. I was saddened when I read that Tatum Goodman was murdered in downtown Laguna. When I moved here in 1966, I quickly learned Laguna Beach residents...
Blaze Battled in Mission Viejo, Firefighters Save Neighborhood Dream as Flames Engulf Home
Flames erupted in Mission Viejo—one that threatened to consume more than the immediate rage of the fire itself. A house on the 26000 block of Avenida Shonto was engulfed, the sight accompanied by the cacophony of explosions that pierced the stillness at 4:00 a.m. The Orange County Fire Authority...
Ex-Marine pleads guilty to firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Orange County and admits to additional targets
SANTA ANA, California – An Orange County man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic in March 2022 and admitted to plotting other attacks. Chance Brannon, 24, of San Juan Capistrano, who was an active-duty Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton at the time...
Trial begins in Santa Ana for fertility doctor accused of killing wife
Eric Scott Sills, 58, is charged with murder in the Nov. 13, 2016, death of 45-year-old Susann Stephanie Arsuaga Sills. The victim had told her husband “she wants out” of their marriage, Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said.
Man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend in Irvine
A 48-year-old Lake Forest man was convicted Monday of killing his ex-girlfriend with a tire iron in Irvine. Omar Velazquezhuar was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of 48-year-old Dora Maria Rosas Moreno.
House fire breaks out in Mission Viejo
Orange County firefighters said a quick response from neighbors help saved several homes after a fire broke out in a Mission Viejo garage.
Laguna Beach man sentenced for launching drones near aircrafts
A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man was placed on one year of probation and ordered to do 120 hours of community service Tuesday for launching drones near three aircrafts, risking dangerous crashes.
Man Faces Charges for Attempted Murder of Amazon Employee in Mission Viejo
Discover the shocking story of a 29-year-old Santa Ana man, charged with attempted murder following the stabbing of an Amazon employee in Mission Viejo. The victim, critically hospitalized, was allegedly attacked at the warehouse. The accused faces sentencing enhancements for attempted premeditated murder.
The Haunting Small Town Murder
A twenty-seven-year-old woman named Tatum Goodwin was discovered brutally murdered in the seemingly peaceful, charming, small town of Laguna Beach. Her unfortunate death was a shock to all, as there have been very few Laguna Beach murders in the past. Regardless, this terrible tragedy arose in the early hours of November 12, 2023. Goodwin was discovered by a construction worker in an alleyway behind the old movie theater on the 200 block of Ocean Avenue at 8:20 am. Police at the scene state to have seen her body left there with a sandbag lying over her head.
Woman stabbed at Orange County Amazon distribution center
A woman was in critical condition after being stabbed by a man inside the Orange County Amazon facility where she worked on Tuesday, authorities said. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to the stabbing around 9:30 a.m. at the Amazon distribution center in the 25000 block of Jeronimo Road in Mission Viejo. […]
Lake Forest's Finest Lay Down the Law, Sheriff's Dept. Launches Safety Crackdown to Stop Soaring Bike & Pedestrian Fatalities
Lake Forest is gearing up to seriously get tough on the streets. In a bid to curb the unsettling rise in bicycle and pedestrian-related fatalities, the Lake Forest Sheriff's Department is set to embark on a safety enforcement operation this coming Monday. The mission is to educate every Tom, Dick, and Harry on two wheels or feet about the nitty-gritty of traffic laws and how to responsibly share the road with their gas-guzzling counterparts.
An alert O.C. Sheriff Deputy arrested a suspect who was sleeping in a car full of drugs
While conducting a routine patrol check of Cavanaugh Park, in Lake Forest, on November 7 around 8:30 am, an O.C.Sheriff deputy observed an occupied vehicle parked on Gowdy. Upon approaching the vehicle, she discovered two males asleep, with the passenger holding a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue. A subsequent search of the vehicle and occupants uncovered a 75-gallon nitrous oxide tank, a loaded syringe, switchblade knife, and additional narcotics, including 8 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 10 pounds of marijuana, 12 grams of methamphetamine, and 2.5 grams of fentanyl, along with oxycodone pills.
Laguna Beach bartender pleads not guilty in Tatum Goodwin murder case
Dino Rojas-Moreno, 26, faces death penalty if convicted. Tatum Goodwin’s family and friends packed the front rows of a small Orange County Superior Courtroom early Monday morning, Nov. 20 to watch as Laguna Beach bartender Dino Fabrizio Rojas-Moreno, accused of killing Goodwin, 27, with a fire extinguisher, entered a not guilty plea to a special circumstances murder charge through one of his defense lawyers, Chris Bou Saeed.
Amazon employee stabbed in Orange County
An employee was stabbed Tuesday morning at an Amazon facility in Mission Viejo and one suspect was taken into custody.
In Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County's finest are on patrol as the motorcycle safety sweep shifts into high gear
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is ramping up enforcement this Friday in Rancho Santa Margarita to crack down on road violations. On the 24th, deputies will be out in force, aiming to reduce crash risks involving motorcycles according to the news released. The reminder comes loud and clear for California's...
'Monster Disguised by Smiles and Giggles': Nanny Sentenced to More than 705 Years for Molesting 16 Boys
Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski, 34, was convicted of 34 felonies