Orange County District Attorney

featured graphic for the December 2021 issue of OCB's Dining, Arts, and Entertainment guide (DARTS).

While pulling together the Top Ten Stories list on Sunday, April 10, I realized that I have neglected monthly, quarterly, and yearly Top Ten Stories. The last monthly Top Ten Stories article was for September 2021. As part of catching up, here is a list of the Top Ten Stories …continue reading


In a published opinion issued Tuesday, the District Court of Appeal agreed with Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer that driving under the influence (DUI) defendants are not eligible for misdemeanor diversion under newly enacted Penal Code section 1001.95 because existing law already specifically prohibits granting diversion to DUI defendants, …continue reading

featured graphic for Pete Hardin for Orange County District Attorney during COVID-19

Former Congressmember Harley Rouda (CA-48) announced his endorsement of Pete Hardin to serve as Orange County’s next District Attorney: “I’m proud to endorse Pete Hardin for Orange County District Attorney,” said former Congressmember Harley Rouda. “He has served this country in garrison and at war as a Marine and at …continue reading

featured graphic for Orange County District Attorney Todd Sptizer during COVID-19

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer issued the following statement on Friday, May 7: An independent outside law firm hired by the County’s CEO conducted an investigation and concluded what the Orange County District Attorney’s Office had previously uncovered and disclosed to the County: a former OCDA manager sexually harassed …continue reading

Top Ten Stories for Top Ten Stories for January 5 through January 11 included Yelp’s Top 100 places to eat, I-405 Improvement Project news, and a Santa contest winner. Top Ten Stories for Top Ten Stories for January 5 through January 11 the most-read stories at Orange County Breeze over …continue reading


A professional mixed martial artist and owner of several Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academies has been indicted by the Orange County Grand Jury on a felony assault charge for an unprovoked attack on a five-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion that knocked out the victim’s two front teeth. Ralph Gracie, 39, of Danville, was …continue reading


A 51-year-old Huntington Beach man has been charged with lying in wait and stabbing an administrator at Cal State University, Fullerton to death on Monday. Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, of Hacienda Heights was in a CSUF parking lot off Nutwood Avenue around 8:30 a.m. Monday when he was stabbed …continue reading


A man was sentenced today to life without the possibility of parole for the special circumstances stabbing-murder of his wife and their infant son. Kwame Adom Carpenter, 27, Anaheim, was found guilty by a jury on Feb. 26, 2019, of two felony counts of murder with special circumstances for committing …continue reading