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Monday, March 31, 2014

Huntington Beach Fight Between Angels and Dodgers Fans Leave 2 Marines Injured

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With baseball season beginning, tension between fans of the Angels and Dodgers are again in the news. Huntington Beach is cleaning up once again after a fight broke out early Sunday morning leaving three US Marines and one woman injured.

The fight allegedly began as a dispute between Dodger and Angel fans, police said Monday. Six people were initially arrested in connection with the brawl that broke out near Main Street and Walnut Ave in Huntington Beach. 

Police responding to the incident found a large fight involving multiple people. The injured Marines came to the aid of a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fan being attacked by two Dodger fans about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O'Brien said a woman wearing an Angels jersey was accosted by two other women, who were Dodger fans, and a fight broke out. That is when the Marines intervened. One of the Marines was stabbed in the face with a broken bottle in front of officers, and another was found about half-block away bleeding. 

Two of three Marines hurt in the fight remain hospitalized. A third marine was treated for his injuries and later released.

Four were later released pending further investigation, two were booked. The two people booked into the Huntington Beach jail were identified Monday as Manuel Alexis Alvarez, 23, of Downey, and Victoria Robledo, 20, of Norwalk. Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and have been released on $50,000 bond. 

Charges of violent crimes such a murder, assault, and battery should be taken seriously, and traversed with the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys. If you or a loved one has been charged with criminal conduct, contact the experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

OC Pain Doctor Faces Disciplinary Action and Possible Criminal Charges

The Medical Board of California alleges that a Huntington Beach doctor, Dr. Van H. Vu, caused the death of three patients by negligently prescribing them powerful narcotics. The Board is seeking to suspend or revoke the license of Dr. Van H. Vu, who was linked to more than a dozen patient overdose deaths by a Los Angeles Times investigation in 2012.

The 15-page complaint, made public Friday, cites 17 causes for discipline, which include instances of gross negligence, incompetence, and failure to maintain adequate records.

The complaint alleged Vu was grossly negligent in the deaths of a 21-year-old woman Jennifer Thurber of Fountain Valley, a 43-year-old mentally ill man who was prescribed drugs by Vu the day he was released from a hospital after an earlier overdose, and a 51-year-old single father who became addicted to pain drugs after a car accident.  Each death had been detailed in The Times' investigation. In 2012, the Los Angeles Times analyzed the fatal overdoses of prescription medication and found Vu linked to 17 patient deaths.

The medical board said Vu failed to address signs of trouble in all three cases cited in its complaint. The board alleges Vu continued prescribing addictive pain drugs, representing "extreme" departures from good medicine.

Jennifer Thurber, a patient referred to in the board's complaint, is alleged to be one of three that died as a result of Vu’s gross negligence. Thurber began seeing the doctor after being diagnosed with cervical cancer and suffering from abdominal and lower back pain. Vu allegedly prescribed Thurber pain medication, despite reports that Thurber was reacting adversely to the medication, which contradicts notes from Dr. Vu who continued to prescribe Thurber Methadone.  Thurber died May 23, 2007. The complaint states that the cause of death was an overdose of opioids.

In addition to the medical board action, Orange County prosecutors are considering potential criminal charges against Vu, said Susan Kang Schroeder, chief of staff for Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas. She declined to provide details of the matter other than to say the review was ongoing.

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, March 14, 2014

Former Fullerton Mayor and Assemblyman Chris Norby Arrested

Former Assemblyman Chris Norby is out on bail Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Fullerton police said. This is just the latest in a series of domestic issues dating back to his days as an Orange County supervisor.

Fullerton police were summoned to Norby’s home Wednesday afternoon. Norby, 64, was taken into custody the same day and booked at the Fullerton Police Department Jail. He was released a few hours later after posting a $10,000 bond, police said.

Though authorities have refused to release more information about the case, Norby said Thursday that he believes his wife, Martha Norby, allegedly went to Fullerton police with accusations that he abused her. Martha Norby is Norby's fourth wife.

The Republican served as councilman and mayor in Fullerton before joining the Orange County Board of Supervisors. He was elected to the 65th Assembly District seat in a 2010 special election, but he lost his Assembly reelection bid in 2012 to Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat.

This incident is not Norby’s first run in with the law.  Norby was investigated in 2010 after a deliveryman called police to say he overheard an argument between Norby and his wife. Criminal charges were not filed in that case due to insufficient evidence. In 2012 the state Fair Political Practices Commission dismissed allegations that Norby had misused campaign money to pay for a motel stay in 2007, when he was experiencing marital troubles during his third marriage. The state's ethics watchdog agency found that the $340 charge was properly paid for because it served a governmental purpose by helping Norby study how the homeless and transient population relies on motels.

The current case against Norby will be forwarded to the district attorney's office, which will decide whether to file charges. His arraignment is scheduled for March 19.

No other details on the arrest were immediately released.

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime, it is important to secure representation by an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to give your case the attention and defense it needs. The criminal defense attorneys at Brower and Associates have years of experience fighting for the rights of those charged with criminal offenses, and working to get their sentences reduced. Call Brower and Associates today for help with your case.
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Son Arrested in the Shooting Death of a San Juan Capistrano Couple

February 9th shooting deaths of 57-year-old Brad Sachs and 54-year-old Andra Sachs left the Orange County Sheriff's Department wondering, who did it? 

Recently, a teenage son of the wealthy San Juan Capistrano couple is accused of killing the couple while they slept last month. The 19-year-old son of Andra and Brad Sachs was charged with their deaths Friday, as well as the attempted murder of a sister and younger brother. 

Police believe that Ashton Sachs, who was living in Seattle before the killings, traveled to Orange county, entered his family's home armed with a gun and shot his parents as they slept. Sachs is also accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting him. The child survived but is paralyzed. He then fired at his  17-year-old sister, but the teenager was not struck. 
Investigators interviewed Ashton Sachs after the shootings, but did not have enough evidence leading to a suspect. Sachs returned to Seattle after the killings, authorities contend, and was arrested Thursday after police interviewed him in San Diego, where he was staying with friends. 

Ashton Sachs has no criminal history beyond speeding tickets, but now faces two counts of murder with special circumstances for multiple murders and two counts of attempted murder with premediation and deliberation. He also faces sentencing enhancements for personal use of a firearm causing death, as well as person use of a firearm causing bodily injury and paralysis. 

If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He also could receive the death penalty. He is being held without bail. 

Charges of criminal conduct should be taken seriously, and traversed with the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys. If you or a loved one has been charged with criminal conduct, contact the experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates.
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