Wednesday, May 28, 2008

5 Dead Orange County Family Members Wore Black

Were the deaths of five members of the same Orange County family a murder-suicide?

Authorities on Wednesday released an interesting tidbit, noting that the five members of the Ucar family discovered in their home over the weekend were all wearing black.

The dead were identified as Manas Ucar, 58; his wife, Margrit, 48; their twin 21-year-old daughters, Margo (pictured on right) and Grace (pictured left), and the family's maternal grandmother, 72-year-old Fransuhi Kesisoglu.

The bodies were so badly decomposed that authorities were using fingerprint experts to help determine who the deceased were. Two family members broke into the home on Sunday after not hearing from the family for a couple of weeks.

Although two guns were found near two of the bodies, police have not said how the family members died.

Photos from KDOC.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

UPDATE: 5 Found Dead in Orange County Home

Five members of an Orange County family were found dead in a home over the weekend.

Authorities indicated it may have been a murder-suicide that took place at the gated Sea Point Estates neighborhood, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Two handguns were reportedly discovered in the home, which sits on Campanilla Street.

On Tuesday, authorities identified the dead as Manas Ucar, 58; his wife, Margrit Ucar, 48; their 21-year-old twin daughters, Grace and Margo; and Fransuhi Kesisoglu, the wife's mother.

The bodies were reportedly so badly decomposed that fingerprint experts were called in to help identify the deceased.

Police and family members checked on the house after not hearing from the family for a couple of weeks. Authorities said the family may have been dead for two weeks or more.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Convicted Felon Stoops to New Low; Gets 120 Days

A convicted felon accused of impersonating a Los Angeles County Fire Fighter Paramedic was convicted Monday after pleading guilty to the court to two felony counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one misdemeanor count of fraudulently impersonating fire personnel.

James Charles Campbell, 45, was sentenced to 120 days in custody, which the Court allowed him to serve in home confinement over the objection of the People.

Campbell reportedly has prior felony convictions in Arizona related to burglaries and the fraudulent misuse of credit cards. He was working in Arizona as an emergency medical technician for a local ambulance company, where his paramedic license was later revoked based on his felony convictions.

Campbell obtained an Emergency Medical Technician license in May 1995 in the state of California. California revoked Campbell’s license in November 1997 because he reportedly failed to disclose his prior felony convictions. Campbell was arrested at his home shortly before 8 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2007, by County District Attorney’s Office investigators. He was reportedly found in possession of a handgun, a shotgun, and Los Angeles County Fire Department equipment in his house.

Between 2001 and the present, Campbell reportedly pretended to be a Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedic Captain who flies helicopters for the Department. He obtained a uniform with Los Angeles patches and a badge and carried a wallet badge and firefighter identification with him at all times. The defendant reportedly showed up at the scenes of national and local disasters including the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Dean, and falsely represented himself as a paramedic in the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

He reportedly gained access to secure fire areas in California and was on the front line of the Sawtooth fire in San Bernardino County and the Esperanza fire in Riverside County with a video camera. He was also present at the Placentia Metrolink accident.

Campbell owns an Anaheim business, Frontline Safety Products, which sells fire safety equipment online and offers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training courses.

Under the false pretense of being a firefighter, Campbell has reportedly been hired to teach CPR to local Southern California government agencies and private industries.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Gay Marriage Coming to a Church Near You

Gay marriage proponents celebrated Thursday as the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage. The ruling paves the way for the Golden State to be the second state in the Union to allow gay and lesbian residents to marry.

In a 4-3 decision, Chief Justice Ron George spoke for the majority that domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage.

In striking down the ban, the court said, "In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual's sexual orientation — like a person's race or gender — does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who originally opposed gay marriages, said he will back the decision.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that today was a day for all Californians to take pride in.

Well, maybe not all.

While we believe gays and lesbians are entitled to practice their lives as they wish, we still support that marriage is as traditionally viewed, between a man and a woman.

Call us out of touch, or call us in touch with the silent majority. Either way, not everyone thinks this ruling was the right call.

So what do you think?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

San Diego Housewife Reacquainted with Michigan

For a little over three decades, Susan LeFevre, alias Marie Walsh, lived a pretty nice life on the run, including time in San Diego.

The suburban housewife raised three kids and enjoyed her life in the Carmel Valley home she shared with her husband. Then late last month, that world came to a crashing end.

You see, LeFevre was wanted in Michigan on drug and conspiracy convictions.

LeFevre had simply walked away after only serving one year of a longer sentence in a Detroit-area House of Corrections back in the mid-1970s and began her new life. That is until authorities finally caught up with her.

Now, she is back in Michigan to begin serving at least five-and-a-half years on the drug conviction she walked away from decades ago. Her lawyer will reportedly petition the Michigan governor to commute the sentence.

We believe she should serve out the remainder of her sentence. Not only is it the law, but it would set a good example for her three children that their mom is a responsible person.

So what do you think?

Monday, May 12, 2008

78-Year-Old Doc in Jail for Prescription Fatality

Following a 10-month investigation, California Department of Justice special agents arrested Dr. Wesley Albert, 78, in Lake Elsinore for reportedly writing large quantities of prescription drugs which led to an individual's death in Riverside last year.

The California Department of Justice opened its investigation into Dr. Albert’s medical practice after a former patient was arrested in Encinitas in April 2007 for possessing controlled prescription drugs. Undercover agents reportedly discovered that Dr. Albert was running a prescription mill from his room at the Lake Elsinore Casino and Hotel in which he reportedly churned out hundreds of prescriptions for dangerous narcotics including Vicodin, Xanax, Soma and Oxycontin.

According to authorities, Dr. Albert routinely prescribed more than 5 times the normal quantity of these drugs, sometimes up to 500 pills per person per month, and pocketed between $50 and $100 cash per prescription.

In November, Jason Morgan, 28, a resident of Riverside, died after Dr. Albert reportedly gave him large prescriptions for Soma, also known as Carisoprodol, which is a centrally acting skeletal muscle relaxant prescribed for treatment of acute, musculoskeletal pain. Investigators found Jason Morgan with 30 bottles of narcotics that Dr. Albert had reportedly prescribed.

Agents charged Dr. Albert with second degree murder, Penal Code Section 187(a), for prescribing medication without pathology. He was booked into Riverside County Jail in Murrieta. Bail is set for $2 million.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

UPDATE: Couple Still Missing, Boat Discovered

Just what happened to a California couple who disappeared at sea off the coast of Mexico?

That questions continues to puzzle authorities in the search for Josh Hartman, 28, and his fiancee, Ana Martin, 30, of Oceanside, Calif.

The couple's boat, The Pelican," came ashore on a Mexican beach on Friday near Rosarito. The Mexican community is about 20 miles from the San Diego border.

The Coast Guard has since suspended a search for the couple, with the Mexican Navy now handling the matter. The boat has reportedly since been returned to the U.S.

According to reports, a life raft, life jackets and other items were discovered on the vessel.

The couple were reportedly last seen on the boat around 7:30 a.m. last Thursday.

Friday, May 9, 2008



* The San Francisco City Attorney's Office has turned down a claim for physical and emotional injuries from two brothers wounded last Christmas by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo. The city responded to attorneys for Amritpal and Kulbir Dhaliwal, saying there is no liability on the city's part. A friend of the Dhaliwal brothers, Carlos Sousa Jr., was mauled by a tiger, Tatiana. Police later killed the tiger.

* A California driver, who authorities say repeatedly drove under the influence of alcohol, has been charged with killing a 71-year-old woman and seriously injuring her 76-year-old friend after running through a red light and crashing into their car. Miguel Angel Gallardo, 45, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful act with gross negligence while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, one felony count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more causing bodily injury, one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more. For more information, visit .

* A 4.1 earthquake hit Southern California shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit


* The Utah Jazz hung on for a 104-99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Thursday, May 8, 2008



* A well-known radio voice in the Bay Area, who has been silent for some time now, admitted in court to distributing child porn by email. Bernie Ward's deal will result in a prison term of at least five years. Ward, who was fired from KGO-AM 810 last December, was charged last year with two counts of distributing and one count of receiving child porn.

* Traffic heading into Mexico from San Diego at the San Ysidro border crossing on I-5 was tighter than usual for several hours as federal agents searched vehicles heading south. The inspections have been beefed up recently as authorities search for drugs, stolen cars and weapons.

* California Department of Fish and Game Officers are working to stave off a coyote-humans problem in the Inland Empire. In recent days, there have been several encounters with coyotes in San Bernardino County.


* The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres both came up on the short end of 5-4 decisions on the road at Pittsburgh and Atlanta, respectively.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008



* In the wake of a major drug bust Tuesday at San Diego State University, one local family is hoping something good comes out of it. It was last year when 19-year-old SDSU student Jenny Poliakoff (pictured left) died of a reported drug overdose at an off-campus apartment. Her death, due to a mixture of cocaine and alcohol, reportedly led investigators to a months-long operation to arrest those using and selling drugs on campus.

* A San Diego woman, arrested as a fugitive on the run for more than 30 years, is on her way back to Michigan to serve out the remainder of a drug charge sentence. Susan LeFevre, 53, was released from a San Diego prison and was heading home to Michigan to face prison time. LeFevre had been living in California for three decades, is married, and the mother of three children. She reportedly never told her husband or children of her past in Michigan, where she was arrested on drug charges.

* Six California men charged with running a crime ring that stole nearly $2 million from federal and private health insurers were arrested recently in connection with an interagency effort against health care fraud. Deputy District Attorney Celia Politeo of the Organized Crime Division said the defendants collectively face 62 counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and grand theft of personal property. The alleged crimes occurred between March 2005 and September 2006. To see more on this story, visit


* The Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 120-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

* The New York Mets left town with a 12-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in an afternoon contest at Dodger Stadium.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008



* Some 70 to 75 students, local gang members and others were arrested in a major drug raid at San Diego State University. Drugs that included cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamines, along with guns, were confiscated in the raid. The months-long sting operation follows the death one year ago today of a female SDSU student who died of a drug overdose. Several fraternities on campus have been shut down as a result of the raid.

A California teenager involved in a fatal street racing accident in Pico Rivera last year pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and four counts of reckless driving causing specified injury. Deputy District Attorney Duke Chau of Pomona Branch Office said Fitzgerald Paragas, 18, is due back for sentencing on June 20 by Judge Daniel Buckely in Dept. E of Pomona Superior Court. Paragas may receive a maximum sentence of eight years and eight months in state prison. To see more on this story, visit

* A longtime Santa Monica middle school teacher was charged with 14 felony counts for allegedly molesting several female students at Lincoln Middle School. Thomas Beltran, who pleaded not guilty, was arrested last weekend after a 12-year-old accused him of reportedly molesting her.


* The Los Angeles Angels banged out 15 hits en route to a 5-3 win at Kansas City. Meantime, San Francisco dropped a 12-6 decision at Pittsburgh, while San Diego fell 5-3 in Atlanta.

Friday, May 2, 2008



* With insufficient evidence with which to work with, prosecutors say they will not file charges against several men who were accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female in 2007 during a party at the residence of a De Anza College baseball player. The case has been investigated for close to a year, but there was not enough credible evidence to proceed. The alleged victim in the case reportedly does not remember what happened at the residence, where authorities say alcohol was involved. The school suspended eight players on the baseball team for reportedly violating the team's code of conduct. De Anza is a community college located in Cupertino.

* A Chula Vista man entered a guilty plea in the abduction of his pregnant 16-year-old ex-girlfriend. Carlos Omar Antonio, 20, pleaded guilty to child abduction and assault with a deadly weapon, in the kidnapping that took place on March 8. He faces up to two years in prison at his July 9 sentencing.

* California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced the arrest of a Desert Hot Springs resident for allegedly defrauding his insurance company of $26,000. Robert Andrew Nelson, 44, was arrested in Cathedral City on April 28 on charges of filing a false police report and knowingly presenting a fraudulent insurance claim. Editor's note: To see more on this story, visit .


* 7:05 p.m. (Angel Stadium) Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels

Editor's note: Traveling for a few days, sorry for delay in news reporting.