Monthly Archives: November 2013

Seal Beach bank robbery could be related to another O.C. robbery

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Surveillance video of a man suspected of robbing a bank in Seal Beach on Monday, Nov. 25.

SEAL BEACH – – A Main Street Bank of America branch was robbed Monday afternoon by a man who police say may be connected with an earlier bank robbery in Yorba Linda.

A thin man in a blue button-down shirt walked up to a teller about 1:23 p.m. Monday, passed the teller a note and walked away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Seal Beach police spokesman Sergeant Ron LaVelle said.

LaVelle said the demand note said “something to the effect of ‘I need 50s and 20s,’” but he didn’t have specifics.

No one was injured in the robbery, and the man was last seen walking south on Main Street, LaVelle said.

Police described the man as Caucasian, between 48 and 50 years old and 5’9”.

Police haven’t identified the suspect from surveillance video but his appearance suggests he may have been involved in the robbery of a Yorba Linda bank about 10 days ago, LaVelle said.

The department is asking anyone with information to contact Det. Gary Krogman at 562-799-4100, ext. 1108. Wells Fargo is offering a reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest, according to the release.



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Woman who orchestrated husband’s killing must pay restitution

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Sandra Jessee enters an Orange County courtroom in Santa Ana on Dec. 7, 2011, where she was found guilty of orchestrating a murder-for-profit conspiracy against her ailing husband Jack Jessee.

SANTA ANA – A panel of justices from the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that a woman convicted of orchestrating a hit on her husband because she worried his cancer was eating up their nest egg must pay restitution to his estate.

Sandra Jessee, 62, formerly of Placentia, challenged restitution orders, but did not contest her conviction or sentence for special-circumstances murder for financial gain for the stabbing of 56-year-old Jack Jessee on Aug. 13, 1998. She was sentenced in March 2012 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors said Sandra Jessee had Jack Jessee, who was battling colon cancer, murdered so she could save money by not paying for his cancer treatments and to profit from his insurance and 401(k) death benefits.

After the trial, Jessee was ordered to pay $521,414 in restitution, including $311,858 to Jack Jesse’s estate as repayment for the life insurance proceeds, $131,291 to his estate as repayment of one-half of the 401(k) plan he received from his employer, $45,335 to his estate as repayment for one-half of the proceeds from the sale of the family home, $29,648 to Allstate Insurance Co. for a fraudulent auto theft claim she filed and $3,282 to one of his daughters, Chere Conrad-Williams, for the cost of attending the hearings and trials.

Jessee challenged four of the five restitution orders. The justices upheld the restitution orders except for the payment to Allstate, which they reversed because she was not convicted of insurance fraud, according to the court of appeal’s opinion.

The justices also upheld a ruling that co-defendants Thomas Aehlert, Sandra Jessee’s son; and Brett Schrauben, Aehlert’s former best friend, must help to pay the restitution.

Prosecutors said Jessee and her son solicited and paid Schrauben $50,000 to kill Jack Jessee. In a deal negotiated with prosecutors, Aehlert pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in April to 15 years to life in prison.

Schrauben pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced in March to two years in jail. Schrauben’s friend, Thomas Joseph Garrick, who was accused of being a contract killer, was acquitted in February.

Register staff writer Vik Jolly and City News Service contributed to this report.



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Orange man accused of stealing $110,000 from aunt’s insurance policy

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Former Orange insurance agent Myles Seishin Hanashiro, 47, was accused of financial elder abuse.

ORANGE – A former insurance agent was arrested last week on suspicion of stealing more than $110,000 from his elderly aunt’s life insurance policy, officials said Tuesday.

Orange resident Myles Seishin Hanashiro, 47, was booked into Los Angeles County Jail on Friday on suspicion of four counts of financial elder abuse, said Patrick Storm, a spokesman for the state Department of Insurance. Hanashiro was held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Investigators said Hanashiro sold his aunt, a Gardena resident, a $100,000 life insurance policy in 2005. In 2009, she received a letter that the policy’s address had been changed to the same as Hanashiro’s without her permission.

The 78-year-old wasn’t aware of any crime, however, until 2012, Storm said. At that time, she contacted the insurance company about the status of her policy and found that four withdrawal requests had been made between April 2009 and April 2010.

For each withdrawal, Hanashiro had forged his aunt’s signature, Storm said. The checks, totaling more than $110,000, were sent to his address in Orange. Two had been cashed, and two were deposited into Hanashiro’s bank account, Storm said.

If convicted, Hanashiro, whose insurance license expired in 2009, would face up to four years in prison as well as fines and restitution, Storm said. The case was investigated under the Department of Insurance’s Life and Annuity Consumer Protection Program, which provides resources to district attorneys to prosecute financial abuse.



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Jury selected to hear evidence in death of homeless man

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An undated photo shows Kelly Thomas, a local transient. Thomas, 37, was taken off of life support and died five days after a July 5, 2011, struggle with Fullerton police officers.

SANTA ANA – Eight women and four men were sworn in as jurors Tuesday for the trial of two former Fullerton police officers charged in the death of a mentally ill homeless man two years ago.

They will be asked to decide if the former policemen are criminally responsible for the death of Kelly Thomas, 37, who died five days after a confrontation July 5, 2011, in the parking lot of the Fullerton Transportation Center.

Manuel Ramos, 39, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and faces a potential term of 15 years to life in prison if convicted. Ramos is the first policeman in Orange County history to be charged with murder for an on-duty, in-uniform incident.

Prosecutors contend Ramos ignited the fatal fight when he snapped on plastic gloves and told Thomas: “Now see these fists? They are getting ready to f— you up.”

Jay Cicinelli, 42, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. He faces a maximum term of four years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors contend he used unlawful force by using a Taser first to jolt Thomas and then as a weapon to strike the homeless man.

Ramos and Cicinelli have pleaded not guilty.

Defense attorneys argue that they were properly doing their jobs and that Thomas escalated the situation by refusing to comply with lawful commands.

The incident was captured by a surveillance camera. The 32-minute video will be the key exhibit during the trial.

Superior Court Judge William Froeberg also swore in four alternates – two women and two men – who will hear evidence and be available for deliberations in case a regular juror is replaced.

Opening statements will be delivered Dec. 2. The trial, which could last five to six weeks, will be recessed for two weeks for holidays in late December.



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Police ID man shot dead outside Orange bar

ORANGE – Authorities have identified an Orange man shot dead in a bar’s parking lot early Saturday morning.

Thomas Ramirez, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene when police responded about 12:05 a.m. to a shooting reported at Second Base Bar and Grill, 1535 W. Chapman Ave., a MetroNet dispatcher said Saturday.

MetroNet had received a report that six gunshots were heard, the dispatcher said.

Second Base Bar and Grill was formerly known as Extremes Bar and Grill before appearing on the reality TV show “Bar Rescue.” The episode aired on Spike TV on Sept. 30, 2012.



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Man stabbed near Los Alamitos bar

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A Los Alamitos Police officer interviews witnesses after a man was stabbed at Boon Dock Cocktails in the 11000 block of Los Alamitos Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in Los Alamitos.

LOS ALAMITOS – A man was stabbed multiple times near a bar early Saturday morning, but is expected to survive, authorities said.

Police responded at 12:37 a.m. to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon at Boon Docks Cocktails, 11142 Los Alamitos Blvd.

The injured man was taken to Los Alamitos Medical Center, said police Sgt. Rick Moore.

The man who did the stabbing fled, Moore said.



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Police: Woman in pursuit fatally shoots self

orange county bail bondsCAMP PENDLETON – A police pursuit on southbound I-5 ended in a crash with the driver dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol has issued a SigAlert on the southbound lanes of the freeway near the San Onofre Border Patrol inspection facility as authorities investigate the crash and death.

The pursuit started near Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, after the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a despondent woman in the area, Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

Officials were told the woman had made comments to her boyfriend threatening suicide, he said.

A deputy on patrol spotted the woman’s vehicle, but the driver took off, heading south on the freeway, Hallock said.

The driver lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason and crashed near the San Onofre inspection facility.

The CHP issued a SigAlert at 1:30 p.m. for the two right southbound lanes, CHP officer Mary Bailey said.

A deputy approached the crashed vehicle and found the female driver dead from an apparent gunshot wound, Hallock said.

Sheriff’s officials are coordinating with San Diego officials to investigate the incident, he said.

Public transportation in San Diego County was also affected because of the incident.

The North County Transit District in San Diego County sent an alert via Twitter that tracks were closed between Oceanside and San Clemente because of police activity.

The woman’s identity has not been released.



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