Sean Emery
Sean Emery
Crime and Courts reporter for the Orange County Register and the Southern California News GroupSource
Orange County, CA
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Man arrested in Orange in connection with Capitol riot

Man arrested in Orange in connection with Capitol riot

A man accused of entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington D.C. was recently arrested in Orange County and is facing federal charges. Michael G. McCormick has been charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, according to a newly unsealed criminal complaint filed with a federal court in Washington D.C. According to a sworn statement by an FBI agent filed with the criminal complaint, video footage taken inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6 captured a man investigators have...

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Laguna Beach mansion breaks OC record sale price at $70 million

Laguna Beach mansion breaks OC record sale price at $70 million

An oceanfront estate in Laguna Beach’s guard-gated Abalone Point has quietly changed hands for $70 million, shattering Orange County’s all-time price record. The 18,000-square-foot, Italian palazzo-style residence with a five-bedroom main house, all-glass guest house and an ocean-facing pool sold Nov. 18 in an off-market deal, besting the Crystal Cove mansion that sold for $61 million in 2020. Hedge fund billionaire Joseph E. Edelman, founder and CEO of the New York-based Perceptive Advisors, is the new owner as first reported by the Wall Street Journal and independently confirmed by the...

Nov 29
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Hate crime conviction thrown out against California man who attacked African American grocery store employee

Hate crime conviction thrown out against California man who attacked African American grocery store employee

By | Southern California News GroupA state appeals court has thrown out a violation of civil rights conviction and hate crimes enhancement for a man who carried out an unprovoked attack on an African American employee at a Laguna Beach grocery store.Fernando Ramirez admitted in explicit terms that he hated Black people and punched the employee because he was Black, but the appeals court found those comments were improperly obtained by police after Ramirez received his Miranda advisement and invoked his right to an attorney.In a written opinion released Wednesday, the panel of appellate...

Jan 15
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O.C prosecutors charge 2 men in YouTube prank involving fake Irvine bank robbery that led to police response

O.C prosecutors charge 2 men in YouTube prank involving fake Irvine bank robbery that led to police response

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Orange County RegisterTwo 23-year old twins face criminal charges for a prank in which authorities say they staged a fake bank robbery in Irvine that resulted in a police response, including officers holding an unsuspecting Uber driver at gunpoint.Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, of Irvine each were charged with a felony count of false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.Prosecutors allege that around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 15,...

August 6, 2020
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100 gather in Huntington Beach to protest stay-at-home orders

100 gather in Huntington Beach to protest stay-at-home orders

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | , | and | | Orange County RegisterShow Caption ofMore than 100 protesters defying stay-at-home orders gathered in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach on Friday afternoon, rallying for an end to restrictions on businesses and public gatherings that health officials say are needed to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.Mobilized largely through social-media posts, several dozens of protesters gathered at Main Street and Walnut Avenue shortly before 1 p.m.Many had signs, such as “Live free or die.” Some wore...

April 17, 2020
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Westminster pastor set to plead guilty to more than $33 million fraud

Westminster pastor set to plead guilty to more than $33 million fraud

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | Orange County RegisterThe pastor of a Westminster-based church accused of swindling more than $33 million from investors has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Kent R.E. Whitney, 38, of Newport Beach is expected to admit to federal counts of mail fraud and filing a false federal income tax return, court filings show.Prosecutors allege that Whitney ran the Church of the Healthy Self – along with a related investment arm known as CHS Trust – out of a strip mall in...

April 17, 2020
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Thousands of protesters flock to Huntington Beach following state-ordered OC beach closures

Thousands of protesters flock to Huntington Beach following state-ordered OC beach closures

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | , | and | | Orange County RegisterLarge crowds opposing the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home mandate took to the streets of downtown Huntington Beach on Friday, a day after the governor closed Orange County beaches and drew frustration and criticism from some residents and city leaders.Protesters gathered near the Huntington Beach pier shortly before noon, with the crowd eventually swelling to some 2,500-3,000 people, according to Huntington Beach police Chief Robert Handy. The tightly packed crowd, with most...

May 1, 2020
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