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Man charged with assault with a deadly weapon for 5 attacks

A California man is facing serious charges after allegedly assaulting five women in Orange County. The defendant, age 32, is accused of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted rape and other allegations in connection with the incidents. Authorities say the assaults occurred within a period of just six hours on Jan. 16.

Politician's wife cleared of drug crimes charges after rehab

A state official's wife is no longer facing drug and child endangerment charges. California state Treasurer Bill Lockyer's wife had been arrested for drug crimes including drug possession and being under the influence of drugs. She was accused of consuming methamphetamine and storing drugs in her home. Her 9-year-old son also lived in that Southern California house. Authorities arrested the woman in August 2012 after receiving a tip. The woman was living at a relative's home. Officers said they found drugs and paraphernalia at the home.

Teens get short sentence in juvenile court in sex crimes case

Three California boys have admitted to a sexual assault that led the victim to commit suicide. Two members of the trio have already served 30 weekend days in custody for their juvenile crimes. One boy must spend 45 consecutive days in custody. Authorities say the alleged 15-year-old victim hanged herself after the assault. All three of the boys are high-school juniors.

Officers acquitted of assault and battery in beating death

A pair of former California police officers have been acquitted in a criminal case related to the death of a homeless man with a psychiatric condition. The pair were accused of a variety of charges in connection with the alleged assault and battery, including second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force. The verdict has incited some negative response from community members, who believe that the lack of a criminal conviction will now allow police officers to "do whatever they want" on California streets.

'Octomom' accused of defrauding California welfare system

The famed 'Octomom' is back in the news again, this time facing allegations of welfare fraud in the state of California. The woman, age 38, was officially charged with fraud during a courtroom hearing in early January. She has not yet been taken into custody, but Nadya Suleman is facing allegations of perjury by false application for aid. She is also charged with aid by misrepresentation. A prison term of five years and eight months could result from these criminal allegations.

Men accused of theft after human remains in urns found missing

A bizarre criminal case involving the theft of human remains is slated to go to trial for one defendant in January. The 55-year-old defendant was allegedly assisted in the thefts by a 68-year-old man, whose trial will be scheduled for the coming weeks. Both men are accused of stealing urns from the Evergreen Funeral Home and Memorial Park in California. The theft allegedly involved turning the urns into scrap metal that could be sold for profit. The human remains were reportedly discarded.

Man with drug crimes history accused of murdering priest

Police officers are facing public scrutiny after they may have inadvertently released a man who ended up attacking a local priest. The defendant in the case, a 43-year-old man from Humboldt County, had been accused of drug crimes in the past, though he did not have a history of assault charges or other violent crimes. Officers in the case say they had no choice but to release the man, as he was not eligible for an ongoing psychiatric hold that may have kept him out of the community for a 72-hour period.

Crime stats show drops in weapons charges, other violations

New crime statistics out of California show that Los Angeles has become even safer, continuing an 11-year drop in violations throughout even the toughest regions of the San Fernando Valley. Official reports show that crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon are on the decline, with homicides in the city reaching their lowest point since the mid-1960s. In fact, declines of nearly 50 percent have been reported in some areas in just the past year.

California teens accused in teacher's shooting

Four California teenagers are facing serious allegations after they reportedly shot a Fresno high school teacher. The group, thought to be associated with the Norteno gang, allegedly accosted the teacher on Dec. 19 when he was in his classroom. Three 16-year-old defendants and one 17-year-old defendant assaulted the teacher at about 7 p.m., as the man was on the phone to his wife to tell her he was coming home. Investigators say that the young men will face charges for the juvenile crimes, including attempted robbery, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and other serious allegations.

New Year, new drug crime tests for drivers in California

When most California drivers think of driving under the influence, they often turn their thoughts to alcohol-related incidents. Now, though, a variety of municipalities throughout the nation are choosing additional measures to ensure that the drivers are not operating a vehicle under the influence of illegal drugs. As a consequence, drivers could face charges for a drug crime thanks to mobile intoxication test designed to identify marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs.

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