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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Doctor Killed at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach


On Monday, at about 2:45 p.m., a man allegedly fatally shot a Newport Beach doctor inside an exam room at Hoag Health Center. Investigators have arrested a suspect who they believe was a longtime patient of the Urologist Dr. Ronald Gilbert, 52, of Huntington Beach. Dr. Gilbert was shot six to seven times in the torso on the building’s second floor. He was declared dead at the scene. Employees say a man suspected of fatally shooting a Newport Beach doctor inside an exam room was his longtime patient.

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, the suspect has remained cooperative throughout the investigation. As of now, the suspect’s motive is unclear and investigators have searched the suspect’s home for new evidence that might help uncover a motive. But as of Tuesday morning, the circumstances leading up to Gilbert's death remained unclear.

Newport Beach police would not elaborate on how the suspect and doctor knew each other but Gilbert's coworkers say the suspect was the doctor's longtime patient. Gilbert was a husband and a father of two. He was set to celebrate his 53rd birthday Wednesday.
The suspect, a retired barber, has lived in the same home in Lake Elsinore for 20 years. Neighbors described him as a friendly man who in recent years complained of prostate problems. He underwent surgery at least twice.

Hoag Hospital President and CEO Dr. Richard Afable said neither the suspect nor other patients filed complaints in the past involving Gilbert.  In a statement earlier Tuesday, Afable expressed the devastation the Hospital has felt after Dr. Gilbert’s death and sent condolences to Dr. Gilbert's family, staff, friends, patients, employees and medical staff.

The suspect is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Two Orange County Men Arrested for Check Fraud, Burglary


Two men have been arrested on suspicion of creating counterfeit checks, using them to buy goods at home improvement stores then reselling the items for cash.
The two men, resident of Anaheim and Santa Ana, were arrested Thursday after Los Alamitos and Buena Park police detectives found equipment used to create counterfeit checks during a search of their homes, police said.
Officials from Los Alamitos began investigating the men about three weeks ago after retailers including Home Depot, Ganahl Lumber and Office Depot reported the crimes, police Capt. Bruce McAlpine said.
Investigators said they believe the men created checks using the names of existing businesses and used them to purchase goods totaling an estimated $30,000. This amount could change while the investigation is still underway.
Police said they would take the goods purchased with the checks and pawn them later for cash. They were arrested on suspicion of burglary, forgery and narcotics possession. During the search, officers said they found about 15 grams of methamphetamine and evidence of paperwork used to steal identities. Police said $3,500 worth of Home Depot property was also recovered and returned to corporate authorities.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Irvine Soccer Coach Accused of Felony Lewd Acts


A soccer coach was being held on $100,000 bail Friday on suspicion of felony lewd conduct with a 15-year-old female player, police said.
The Irvine soccer coach was arrested Thursday at his north California home in Los Gatos. At the time of the alleged crimes, he was coaching for the Strikers FC of Irvine, a private soccer club, said Lt. Julie Engen of the Irvine Police Department.
Irvine police launched an investigation Monday after a high school counselor received information about an inappropriate relationship between an adult and a female student and tipped officials. The counselor promptly notified officials and the parents of the alleged victim.
The girl, who lives in Irvine, had intermittent contact with the Irvine coach through her participation in club soccer, and the inappropriate contact occurred between August 2012 and December 2012, while he the coach was living in the city working as a coach for the private club.
The soccer coach being accused of felony lewd conduct was also a coach for the Irvine Unified School District at two campuses between 2009 and 2012, police said. 

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Teen Pleads Guilty in DUI Crash


A Tustin High School graduate plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the killing of his best friend and to injuring four other passengers in a drunken driving crash, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said.
The Tustin teenager lost control of his brother's 1996 Subaru Legacy while speeding and under the influence of alcohol in the early hours of Nov. 6, 2011, on Santiago Canyon Road near Irvine Lake.
The car swerved over the double yellow lines, crossed onto the other side of the street, and then leaving the roadway slammed into a tree. About an hour after the crash, the defendant had a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit, prosecutors said.
The driver’s best friend, 18 year-old Jorge Cisneros, fellow Tustin high graduate who was the front-seat passenger, was trapped between the car and the tree. He was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he later died.
Two passengers were ejected from the Subaru; the driver did not suffer serious injuries, Deputy District Attorney Anna McIntire said.
The defendant plead guilty to a court offer of one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated with sentencing enhancements and allegations for causing bodily injury to more than one victim while driving under the influence and personally inflicting great bodily injury on two additional people. He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison at his Feb. 21 sentencing by Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett.
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