Thursday, Oct.18, 2018

Newport Beach surgeon, girlfriend face new rape, other charges

A 38-year-old Newport Beach surgeon and his 31-year-old girlfriend were charged with crimes against five additional victims in addition to two women they were previously charged with drugging and sexually assaulting.

Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley were charged with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping with the intent to commit a sexual offense and other crimes. The pair pleaded not guilty to all counts in court and a judge ordered their bail raised to $1 million each.

Prosecutors say Robicheaux, who once appeared in a reality TV show called "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male," and Riley met women at social events in and once the women were intoxicated, brought them back to Robicheaux's Newport Beach home and sexually assaulted them.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said "nobody has a pass to rape or have sexual contact with you once you are unable to give consent." The couple was initially charged last month in the assault of two women. Prosecutors held a press conference, and then said they received new information that led to the additional charges.

Prosecutor Jennifer Walker says authorities now believe there could be additional victims in Los Angeles or San Diego counties as well as Nevada, Colorado and Louisiana.

Robicheaux and Riley face up to life in prison if convicted.


Feds: Man faces assault charge after flight disruption

Federal authorities say a man accused of touching a woman's leg and trying to play "footsies" with her on a flight has been charged with simple assault.

A criminal complaint also accuses Justin Brafford of trying to intimidate flight crew members on the Southwest flight Tuesday from Los Angeles to Dallas.

According to authorities, Brafford sat next to the woman, and inched closer to her even as she leaned away from him. He also is accused of tugging on her sweater, and whispering a profanity.

A flight attendant granted the woman's request to change seats and then confronted Brafford. Authorities say that's when he yelled at the crew, and the pilot diverted the flight to Albuquerque.


Laguna Niguel

The Laguna Niguel City Council has endorsed the city’s staff’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

City Manager Kristine Ridge says South Orange County is the hardest hit region of Orange County for opioid abuse. Laguna Niguel is ranked sixth for opioid related emergency department visits in the county and related overdose deaths.

She says in the past year the Laguna Niguel police services had responded to five opioid related overdose deaths.

Ridge says the Council was told over half of the teens abusing opioids were getting it from a family member or a friend from the medicine cabinet, often without the individual’s knowledge. And the best way to dispose of expired and or unwanted medicines is through Drug Take Back Programs.

She says the Laguna Niguel Police Services at City Hall has a drug disposal receptacle that’s available five days a week between eight in the morning and five in the evening. It’s located at the intersection of Alicia Parkway and Crown Valley Parkway.

The city also has two annual drug take back events at the Sea Country and Senior Community Center.


Chargers release season-ticket prices for new LA Stadium

The Los Angeles Chargers have announced season-ticket prices for non-premium seats in the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will range from $50 to $150 per game.

The Chargers said in a release that more than 26,000 seats would range from $50 to $90 each. A stadium map on the team website shows $50 seats are in the upper deck in the corners. There are also seats ranging from $60 to $80 in the upper deck with the highest-priced tickets located at the middle of the field. Stadium seat licenses for seats in the upper deck are $100 per seat.

Seat licenses increase the lower the seats are in the stadium. Seat licenses for $125 and $150 seats in the 300 level are $3,000 per seat. There are $100 seats located in the lower bowl in the end zones, which also have $3,000 seat licenses.

The Rams announced in September that season tickets for reserved seats would range from $60 to $125 per game with seat licenses from $1,000 to $5,000.

Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos said in a statement that he believes the prices are affordable for a family of four to be able to buy season tickets.

The new stadium in Inglewood will have a capacity of 70,240 with 260 suites and 13,000 premium seats when it opens for the 2020 season.


March Against Bullying

Saturday, with signs in hands, hundreds of people are expected to participate in the 7th Annual People’s March Against Bullying at the Main Beach in Laguna Beach.

National Association of People Against Bullying Executive Director Anna Mendez says San Clemente High School’s Cool 2 Be Kind club is putting on the event beginning at noon.

She says over 300 people are expected to participate in the peaceful march along Pacific Coast Highway. They intend to send the message that bullying isn’t cool, and they want to change the culture on school campuses.


Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal

Chaka Khan has been named grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, which will feature the theme, "The Melody of Life."

Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny saluted the Grammy Award-winning singer's efforts as an activist and praised her gourmet dark chocolates.

She sells her own line of gourmet chocolates called "Chakalates."

Khan will ride through Pasadena in the 130th Rose Parade on New Year's Day and participate in the celebration before the 105th Rose Bowl game, which will be a college football playoff semifinal.

Khan is known for her array of hits including "I'm Every Woman," ''Ain't Nobody" and "Through the Fire."

After the announcement, Khan said she was honored for being chosen as grand marshal.