Crime

Stories about crime other than the police blotter

Special agents with the FBI this evening arrested a Southern California man on a federal fraud charge alleging he solicited investments in a company he claimed would be used to market pills that would prevent coronavirus infections and an injectable cure for those already suffering from COVID-19. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, …continue reading

U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott warned of several new fraud schemes seeking to exploit the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) public health emergency often targeting vulnerable populations. Scammers have already devised numerous methods for defrauding people in connection with COVID-19. They are setting up websites, contacting people by phone and email, and …continue reading

Matthew John Anderson, a former San Diego Zoo biologist, pleaded guilty in federal court today, admitting he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the world-renowned institution. Anderson worked for the zoo for over 17 years, starting as a research fellow and ultimately serving as the Director of Behavioral Biology …continue reading

The mother of Syed Rizwan Farook, the male shooter in 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, has agreed to plead guilty to a federal criminal charge of intending to impede a federal criminal investigation by shredding a map her son generated in connection with the attack. Rafia Sultana Shareef, a.k.a. Rafia …continue reading

Brandon Michael Fleury, 22, of Santa Ana, California, was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison today for cyberstalking and sending a kidnapping threat to families of victims of a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, announced U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent …continue reading

Top Ten Stories for February 16 through February 22 included a suicidal Nevada man in Seal Beach, jazz in Buena Park, and Cypress Police Chief retires. Top Ten Stories for February 16 through February 22 were the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over the last week (excluding weather forecasts …continue reading

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at approximately 2:10 a.m., officers responded to a screaming person call and multiple reports of shots being heard in the area of White Avenue and Butler Street, which resulted in the death of a male adult. While officers were conducting their preliminary investigation, they learned …continue reading

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, at approximately 9:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Market Street and Atlantic Avenue in response to a shooting call, which subsequently resulted in an officer involved shooting. As officers were responding they were updated by dispatch that the suspect had opened fire …continue reading