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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Suspect Arrested in John Wayne Airport Grenade Incident


A Kentucky man has been identified the man found with an explosive and artillery fuses in his luggage when he boarded a plane at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.
George Salyer was arrested Tuesday, August 27, after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents found suspicious devices in his luggage and called the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad. Bomb squad members responded to the airport shortly after TSA discovered the items in a screening area. Deputies soon determined that there was no threat.

Salyer had three military artillery fuses and a sting ball grenade, a non-lethal explosive that shoots out rubber projectiles upon detonation, in his checked bag when he boarded a flight to Denver. When authorities searched his carry-on bag, they also found a small knife, Adderall and steroid pills.
Salyer was arrested on suspicion of placing an explosive device in a checked bag, possession of a prohibited weapon in an airport, possession of stolen property and possession of the pills.
Salyer has allegedly been recently discharged from the military and was not authorized to be in possession of the grenade and fuses, which are property of the military. The military took possession of these items upon Salyer’s arrest. Sheriff’s officials said they did not know what branch of the military Salyer was discharged from.
A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns Over Sexual Harassment

English: US Rep. Bob Filner



After six weeks of civic unrest over his treatment of women, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner submitted his resignation Friday, and the City Council approved a deal to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide in exchange for his resignation.

Filner, 70, was elected in November, the city's first Democratic mayor in two decades. Almost immediately his confrontational, abrasive style resulted in friction with City Council members and business leaders.

For weeks Filner had resisted calls that he resign. He apologized for misconduct toward women and entered two weeks of behavioral therapy. All nine council members and numerous other officials had called for Filner's resignation. But nothing chilled the controversy.

The end of the mediation came late Wednesday afternoon after three days of negotiations that included Filner, his three attorneys, Goldsmith, two deputy city attorneys and two City Council members. The Monday session was attended by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, who filed a sexual harassment suit against Filner and the city on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former director of communications.

Mayor Filner resigned from office as part of a mediation deal reached in his sexual harassment lawsuit. Filner's decision to resign comes after three days of closed-door mediation. At least 18 women have publicly accused Filner of sexual harassment, including one former aide who filed the lawsuit.

Under the agreement, the city will pay $98,000 to Filner's private attorneys. The city will also defend Filner against the Jackson lawsuit and pay any damages that result from a court decision or an out-of-court settlement.

The council now must call an election to be held within 90 days to find a successor. In the interim, Council President Todd Gloria will assume greater authority but not the full powers of the "strong mayor" adopted by voters in 2004.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, call an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and/or reduce your sentence. Call Brower & Associates, the Orange County criminal defense attorneys who will fight for your rights!




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Friday, August 16, 2013

Suspect found in Miss Teen USA 'Sextortion' Case


The FBI is investigating allegations that someone tried to extort nude photographs from the newly crowned Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women.

Wolf, who was Miss California Teen USA before winning the Miss Teen USA pageant over the weekend at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, told the website of NBC’s Today show that she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to be in possession of nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer. Wolf also said the author tried to extort her to ensure that the photos were not made public.

Federal officials on Thursday said they have identified an individual believed to be involved attempting to procure the nude photos from Wolf. Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI's Los Angeles office, said the investigation was several months old but would not discuss any details of the case, including whether a suspect had been identified.

Wolf is the latest victim in a string of supposed "sextortion" cases involving individuals who have used email accounts, social media or a computer's own hardware to collect compromising information or images of its user.

A Glendale man, Karen Kazaryan, pleaded guilty last month in a “sextortion” case in which he targeted 350 women and coerced them into showing him pictures of them nude. Christopher Chaney, 35, pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles to nine counts of computer hacking and wiretapping for the unauthorized access of email accounts belonging to 50 people in the entertainment industry. 

A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Suspect in Venice Boardwalk Crash Charged with Murder, Pleads Not Guilty

On August 3, 2013, in Venice Beach, a motorist drove a car through vehicle barriers to get onto the pedestrian-heavy boardwalk, killing one pedestrian and injuring 16 others, before driving away. 
The lone pedestrian killed in the hit-and-run crash was identified as Alice Gruppioni, 32, from Italy, was on her honeymoon when the car plowed into a crowd on the Venice boardwalk. Gruppioni was killed and her husband suffered injuries. 
Later that evening, a man surrendered to police at a Santa Monica police station. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder. The suspected driver was identified that day as 38-year-old Nathan Louis Campbell. 
Campbell, who allegedly plowed his car onto the popular Venice Beach boardwalk failed a field sobriety test when he surrendered to authorities to hours after the crash, according to Los Angeles Police Department

A felony complaint outlined 34 counts against Campbell, saying he acted willfully. However, it provided no explanation for why he allegedly maneuvered around a vehicle barrier and plowed into tourists and vendors on the boardwalk.  
Campbell made his first court appearance at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, pleading not guilty to murder, along with 16 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 17 counts of hit-and-run. 

If convicted, Campbell could face life in prison. His bail was set at $1.48 million dollars.

A criminal conviction is costly. You may serve time in prison, you may have your license revoked, your career and family life will be disrupted, and your record will be stained by such convictions. Our goal at Brower and Associates is to provide an aggressive and comprehensive defense to those accused of a crime throughout Orange County. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Brower and Associates today. 


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