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Three Men Arrested In Connection With Colby Wildfire

Three men have been arrested for allegedly setting a brush fire that burned over 1,700 acres in the foothills above Glendora, Thursday. The men claimed they were sitting around a camp fire in the foothills when a breeze kicked up, starting the fire, now dubbed the Colby Fire.

Glendora police took three men into custody and booked them for recklessly starting the Colby Fire. They have been identified as Clifford Eugene Henry, Jr., 22, of Glendora; Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 23, of Irwindale; and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, homeless of the Los Angeles area.

The trio were allegedly tossing papers into the campfire and allege that a gust of wind fueled the small campfire into a monstorous blaze.

The three men initially denied their involvement. However, two of the men were seen running away from the mountains when first responders arrived, and a third man was taken off the mountain by the U.S. Forest Service.

Police found marijuana and cigarettes in the backpacks of two of the men. Jarrell and Aguirre had no prior convictions in Los Angeles, Orange or San Bernardino counties, according to online court records. However, Henry pled no contest on Oct. 10, 2013 to a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct in public and was sentenced to 36 months probation, eight days in county jail and ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous for a year, according to Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Their bail is currently set at $500,000 for each man, raised from the initial $20,000 due to the seriousness of their crime, the cost of property damage, and the resources consumed during the fire battle. The fire, which erupted in dry and windy conditions, destroyed five homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.

The men will face federal charges when they make their first court appearance Tuesday as the fire was started on federal land.


If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and reduce your fines. A DUI or criminal conviction can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. Don Ho, an established criminal defense attorney, will fight the charges on your behalf.

Published by Don Ho LawDon Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 
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San Bernardino Marijuana Operation Bust, 188 plants and 2 arrests

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department has made numerous drug busts this year, the largest thus far being a raid in which Sheriff’s netted 2,000 marijuana plants and stolen guns in Helendale. The Sheriffs Department has continued this trend with a recent bust of a marijuana-grow operation in Apple Valley.

Two loose dogs and a report of shots fired brought about the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in the backyard of an Apple Valley property. Deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Apple Valley station received reports of shots fired Sunday morning in the area of Pahute and Mesquite roads.

When officers arrived on scene, they learned that a large dog had escaped from a property on Minnetonka Road by digging under the fence. That dog attacked a smaller dog at a property on Pahute Road, where the homeowner shot that dog to stop the attack. While deputies were on scene conducting their investigation, a second large dog escaped from the same Minnetonka Road property and was taken by animal control.

Deputies discovered that the two large dogs were guarding a marijuana growing operation in the back yard of that Minnetonka Road property. Investigators with the sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team were called to the scene to help deputies search the residence. Authorities found a large marijuana grow that was not in compliance with California’s medical marijuana laws.

Officials seized 188 large marijuana plants and 4 pounds of processed marijuana. Investigators arrested two individuals in connection with the drug bust – Carlos Moreno and Felipe Delrio. The investigation has been submitted to the district attorney for review.

A criminal conviction can be costly, and serve as a permanent scar on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with possession or sale of drugs, it is important to obtain an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight your charges, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.

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OC Man Arrested After Police Find $1.3 million in Marijuana and Cocaine

An Orange County resident was arrested when Fountain Valley Police discovered marijuana and
cocaine worth more than $1.3 million during a search of two homes in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley.

Jace Remington, 34, who was free on bail on narcotics charges, was booked Tuesday on suspicion of possession of marijuana and cocaine for sale after authorities recovered 115 pounds of pot valued at $1.3 million and 1.5 pounds of cocaine worth $64,000 in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Remington was released from custody after posting bail on Wednesday, according to Orange County sheriff’s department website.

Fountain Valley police served the search warrants in relation to a narcotics investigation, according to the release. Remington was previously charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, sale or transport of a controlled substance, possession for sale of marijuana, sale or transport of marijuana, and possession of concentrated cannabis, all felonies, in connection to a June arrest.

Remington also faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and on a suspended or revoked license, as well as sentencing enhancement for committing a secondary offense while released from custody, according to court records.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, or possession of drugs or narcotics, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf. 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. Contact Don Ho Law to speak to an attorney to fight for your rights!

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense attorney in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

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132 Arrests in Newport and Costa Mesa over July 4th Holiday

Police made 132 Fourth of July-related arrests in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, police said Friday. Newport Beach police arrested 123 revelers between Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday. The arrests were largely related to alcohol and parties, although specifics were not immediately available, police said.

This year’s arrest total was similar to those of the past few years. Newport Beach made 119 arrests last year, according to Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

In Newport Beach there were 943 events logged from midnight on the Fourth of July to 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to Newport Beach Police Lt. Jon Lewis. Those events include self-initiated police activity and citizen calls for service, Lewis said. A more specific breakdown was not available.

Newport, with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Irvine Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit, had 200 safety personnel on patrol Thursday,, Manzella said.



Costa Mesa police said they arrested nine people from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday — four for impaired driving, one for drug possession, one for being drunk in public, one for an arrest warrant, one for an arsonist failing to register with the Police Department and one for a fireworks-related citation.

 

The Costa Mesa Police Department deployed 14 to 26 officers throughout the city on the Fourth of July, police said. Costa Mesa authorities received 224 fireworks calls, and officers were dispatched to 40, police said. Authorities received 47 calls in Costa Mesa related to disturbances or fights that were handled by officers, police said.


 

This Fourth of July Orange County celebrated with fireworks, barbeques, sparklers and sunshine. It was a great day to celebrate our nations independence to remember those who serve and protect our country. However, oftentimes the celebration does not end with applause at the fireworks bursting in the sky but rather handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser.


 

If you or a loved one were charged with driving under the influence or with other crimes, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight your charges and reduce your fines. A DUI or criminal conviction can be costly, you can lose your license, lose your transportation, and will have to pay hefty fines. DonHo, an established criminal defense attorney, will fight the charges on your behalf.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is an experienced criminal defense attorney who serves Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties. 

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Rescued Hiker Charged with Possession

One of two hikers rescued from Trabuco Canyon in the Cleveland National Forest has recently been arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Nicolas Cendoya, 19, and his friend, 18-year-old Kyndall Jack, went missing while hiking on Easter
Sunday on what was supposed to be an easy hike, the pair were found separately sever days later. Cendoya was rescued first and Jack was rescued the next day. Each hiker told reported having suffering hallucinations and lucid dreams.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said methamphetamine was found on or around March 31st in Cendoya’s parked car in the Cleveland National Forest. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department was searching his car looking for any information that might help them locate the two missing hikers and while they were looking in the car they found 497 mg, or a small useable amount, of methamphetamine, reports the ABC News. Investigators did not ask the hikers to submit to toxicology testing after their rescue.

Cendoya was charged with one felony count of unlawful possession of methamphetamine. If convicted, he could face up to three years behind bards. Jack is not charged at this time, according to the district attorney’s office.

Orange County officials said earlier they would not seek reimbursement for the more than $160,000 spent rescuing the hikers, but a request for an investigation to determine if the hikers set in motion a series of events in which they should be held legally and financially responsible has been made.

A criminal conviction can be costly, and serve as a permanent scar on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with possession or sale of narcotics, it is important to find an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight your charges, contact Don Ho Law today.

Published by Don Ho Law. Don Ho is a criminal defense and employment law attorney in Riverside and Orange County, California.

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