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Sunday, December 29, 2013

DUI Car Crash Into Mission Viejo Home

Drinking and driving has caused another tragedy this holiday season in Orange County.
A motorist has been arrested this afternoon and accused of driving his car into a Mission Viejo home, killing a resident inside. The home’s layout had a bedroom in the front portion of the home. The driver went through the room, killing the resident inside sleeping in bed. The motorist allegedly has a suspended license and a history of DUIs.
The motorist has been identified as Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, of Mission Viejo. Keshmiri crashed a late-model Cadillac sedan into a bedroom of a home, killing a man who was asleep in bed, authorities said. The house was at least 30 feet from the street. The victim's identity has not yet been released.
The one-story dwelling sits at a traffic elbow, where Pacato Drive and Olivera Drive meet at a right angle. A car that failed to make the right turn from Olivera onto Pacato would be going straight toward the victim's residence.
The house sustained major damage, and investigators were checking its structural integrity. Crews repaired a ruptured gas line.
Keshmiri suffered minor injuries, as did a passenger in his car, authorities said. The passenger was interviewed and released.
According to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Keshmiri had a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction in August 2010 and a pending case from June. His driver’s license was suspended as a result of the incident earlier this year.
After Sunday's crash, officers booked Keshmiri on suspicion of felony DUI with a prior conviction. He may face additional charges after the investigation is complete. Allegedly, alcohol and speed were factors in the collision.                                                
The one-story dwelling sits at a traffic elbow, where Pacato Drive and Olivera Drive meet at a right angle. A car that failed to make the right turn from Olivera onto Pacato would be going straight toward the victim's residence.

No one else in the home was injured.

Driving under the influence is both a criminal and a civil matter. If you or a loved one is accused of driving under the influence, call Brower & Associates to handle you case. The Law Offices of Brower & Associates applies an aggressive defense of individuals, resulting in a high success rate. 
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Garden Grove Man Pleads Guilty Terrorism


A Garden Grove man who used the Internet and Facebook to connect with al-Qaida pleaded guilty Friday to a federal terrorism charge after admitting he attempted to assist al-Qaida by providing weapons training, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, of Garden Grove unexpectedly entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter, who scheduled sentencing for March 21, prosecutors said in a statement.
Nguyen had confessed to federal agents after an undercover FBI agent posing as a recruiter for the terrorist group unmasked him.
He said that he planned to offer himself as a trainer of some 30 al-Qaida forces to ambush troops in Syria, where he had already spent five months fighting with rebels.
Nguyen's admission was contained in a plea agreement filed in federal court, according to a U.S. attorney's press release issued after the plea was entered and accepted.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Nguyen admitted that approximately one year ago he traveled to Syria where he joined opposition forces and allegedly fought against the Assad regime. Nguyen returned to the U.S., where he told associates that he had offered to train al-Qaida forces in Syria but was turned down.
On Oct. 1, Nguyen purchased a ticket for travel from Mexico to Pakistan and FBI agents arrested him on Oct. 11 as he was about to board a bus from Santa Ana to Mexico.

Nguyen faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.

Driving under the influence is both a criminal and a civil matter. If you or a loved one is accused of driving under the influence, call Brower & Associates to handle you case. The Law Offices of Brower & Associates applies an aggressive defense of individuals, resulting in a high success rate. 
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Monday, December 23, 2013

OC Man Arrested for Attempting to Hire a Hitman to Murder Ex-Wife

A 33-year-old Orange County man is in custody after attempting to solicit an undercover detective to murder his ex-wife.William John Wallace has been charged with premeditated attempted murder and two counts of solicitation to commit murder after offering an undercover detective $30,000 to murder his ex-wife.
Wallace shares custody of his 4-year-old daughter with his ex-wife. The parties were in the heart of a custody and child support battle following their divorce.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies say Wallace allegedly hired a private investigator in August 2013 to try and find negative information about his ex-wife that could be used against her in court. Wallace hoped to use this information against his ex-wife to gain favor in the child support case. It was during this time that Wallace allegedly decided that murdering his ex-wife would be better.
In September 2013, Wallace told the private investigator that he wanted his ex-wife to be killed. A month later, the suspect asked the private investigator if he knew anyone who would murder his ex-wife and dispose of her body. That's when the private investigator contacted police, who set up a sting operation.
On Saturday, Wallace met with an undercover detective who he believed could facilitate the murder and offered him $30,000 to kill his ex-wife. Wallace showed the undercover detective a photograph of his ex-wife so that she could be identified.
Wallace allegedly asked that the murder take place after Dec. 23 because he would be leaving the country for Christmas. Wallace had a plane ticket to travel to England and $4,000 in cash when he was arrested Saturday.
Wallace will remain behind bars as he awaits his arraignment on Dec. 31. A judge denied bail Monday, deeming the suspect a flight risk and danger to the community. Wallace was also asked to turn over his passport.

If convicted, Wallace faces up to 26 years to life in state prison.

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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Friday, December 13, 2013

Two Dozen Students Arrested in Riverside County for Selling Drugs at School

More than 20 students at Perris and Paloma Valley high schools have been arrested on narcotic-related warrants following a long-term undercover drug investigation. Twenty-five high school students in Riverside County were arrested for allegedly selling illegal drugs on their school campuses, authorities said Friday.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigation’s Bureau said they identified 23 juvenile students and two adult students between Perris High School in Perris and Paloma Valley High School in Meniffee who were involved in the drug sales during the four-month undercover investigation, in which officers posed as high school students.

The sheriff's department reached out to school district officials to get permission to conduct undercover operations at the schools prior to the investigation. A male and female officer had been posing as 11th graders at both schools since August. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the operation was a well-guarded secret in order to protect the safety of the officers. During the investigation, Special Investigations Bureau collects information regarding drug sales and drug usage in Riverside County to determine local sources of drugs

Riverside County sheriff's deputies say they seized illegal narcotics including marijuana, cocaine, crack, meth, hashish, and various prescription pills were among the drugs recovered by deputies during the course of the investigation.

Thursday, 22 of the students were arrested, and the arrests of two more was announced Friday. The underage students were taken to Juvenile Hall, and the adult students, 18-year-old Serina Ramirez and 19-year-old Erick De La Cruz of Perris High School, were taken to a detention center in Murietta.


Individuals charged with drug offenses in California can face severe consequences, ranging from a fine and community service to years in prison. Effective legal representation is important to ensure that your rights have not been violated and to provide an aggressive defense. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates are ready to fight for you, call Brower & Associates to receive help with your case. 
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