Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 24, 2017
LOS ANGELES – An Irvine man who admitted that he illegally piloted private jet airplanes with passengers onboard without having a valid pilot’s license was sentenced today to 10 months in federal prison.
Arnold Gerald Leto III, 37, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer, who also ordered the defendant to pay a $5,500 fine. Continue reading
Irvine, Calif., April 24, 2017 — University of California, Irvine students will “shoot for the moon” thanks to a $1 million gift from Base 11, a nonprofit STEM workforce development and entrepreneur accelerator. The “Moonshot Initiative” will establish a rocketry program at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, with the intent of making UCI the first academic institution to launch a liquid-fuel rocket into space.
The Base 11 donation will turn an existing area on the Engineering Tower’s ground floor into a rocketry lab that enables students to design, build and test rocket prototypes between 15 and 50 feet long. It will also fund a mobile operations center and assembly trailer that can transport rockets to test sites and will allow students to make repairs off-site as needed. Continue reading
Meghan Breanna Alt, 27, of Irvine, a former Mrs. Orange County, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and lewd acts with a minor younger than 14 and was immediately sentenced to 300 days in jail, according to the OCDA.
Alt was sentenced to three years of probation and she was also ordered to participate in a child abuser’s treatment program and do 15 days of community service with Caltrans. Continue reading
Coleman Michael Pickell, a 23-year-old former walk-on water polo coach for University High School in Irvine, has been sentenced to four years of probation and 15 days of community service in lieu of jail time for having sex with a 17-year-old student, according to the O.C. Register.
Pickell, an Irvine resident, was arrested in October and charged with six felony counts including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He pleaded guilty to one felony count of sexual intercourse with a minor who is three years younger than the perpetrator, on Monday, April 17. Continue reading
UCI RESEARCHERS SEEK ANSWERS TO FIND ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION; ANNOUNCE URGENT NEED FOR CLINICAL TRIAL PARTICIPANTS
Irvine, Calif. (April 17, 2017) – UCI MIND, Orange County’s only state and federally funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, is calling on Orange County residents age 65 to 85 who have normal memory function to help in meeting its urgent need for study participants in an active clinical study now underway. The researchers are hoping to find new ways to prevent, slow, and/or stop Alzheimer’s disease before it begins.
“The need for this research is immediate,” explains Dr. Joshua Grill, Co-Director of UCI MIND. “More than 84,000 people in Orange County are now living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is going to increase substantially over the next decades. The more rapidly we can fill the need for study volunteers, the sooner we can find ways to prevent this disease through research.” Continue reading
Two high school students in Irvine has each won a $40,000 college scholarship from Edison International in their pursuit of a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) degree. They are among 30 students from throughout Southern California Edison’s service territory who were chosen for their academic success and demonstrated financial need as part of the $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program.
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Survive and Thrive Run Walk Health & Safety Expo
(Irvine) – The public is invited to attend the Southern California Survive and Thrive Run Walk Health & Safety Expo at 7 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday, April 8 at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.
Crime Survivors, Inc. (Crime Survivors) Southern California’s leading Crime Victim’s support and education organization, will be hosting its 13th Annual Run Walk – Health & Safety Expo. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
March 31, 2017
Case # 14HF2390
SANTA ANA – A woman was convicted yesterday of pimping four women out of three brothels disguised as massage parlors. Nga Thuy Tran, 47, Lake Forest, was found guilty by a jury on March 30, 2017, of four felony counts of pimping and one felony count of pandering by procuring. Tran faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison at her sentencing on May 1, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-27, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Continue reading
EVENT: EXPERIMENT, EXPLORE AND PLAY WITH THE FAMILY AT THE STEAM CARNIVAL & IPSF BIRTHDAY BASH
Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to present the third annual STEAM Carnival on Saturday, April 22. A creative twist on the traditional carnival, this family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).
This event is also a 20th Birthday Bash in celebration of IPSF’s 20 years of impact in Irvine! You won’t want to miss this epic party with activities for all ages including a “Cheers to 20 Years” beer and wine garden, live music featuring the band, The Brevet, student performances, and local food trucks. Continue reading