Court calendar update for the year ahead

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Man gets three years probation for misdemeanor battery

A Torrance man was sentenced to three years informal probation in December 2018 for a 2017 misdemenaor battery on a woman at a Seal Beach gas station, according to the Orange County Superior Court website.

Adel Rezkallaa, of Torrance, pled guilty on Dec. 20, 2018 to one count of misdemanor battery.

The court dismissed two other charges, misdemeanor touching an intimate part of another person and misdemeanor battery.

In addition to probation, Rezkalla was sentenced to 60 hours of community service and restitution. His probation period will end Dec. 5, 2021, according to the courthouse website.

According to prosecutors, the victim, a 29yearold woman, went to the gas station and bought lottery tickets from the cashier, who was ultimately identified as Rezkallaa.

According to prosecutors, Rezkallaa, followed the woman out of the gas station and grabbed both of her breasts from behind.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed the court case in September 2017.

According to the Seal Beach Police Department, on Tuesday, July 25 2017, a woman reported that a gas station employee had touched her in an inappropriate and sexual manner. The victim had reportedly gone to the Unocal 76 gas station, at 13980 Seal Beach Blvd., to buy gas for her car.

 

Hearing in First Street Golf Club assault

The latest: A hearing on an unspecified issue has been scheduled for today, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in the case of a Seal Beach man charged with assaulting a woman with a golf club, according to the Orange County Superior Court website.

According to the Orange County Superior Court website, Christopher Kensinger, 42, of Seal Beach, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting injury on anelder adult, vandalism causing more than $400 in damage and resisting an officer.

 

PCH misdemeanor manslaughter hearing set for Jan. 10

The latest: A hearing on an unspecified issue has been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2019, for a Seal Beach man accused of fatally striking pedestrian Sarah Krueger with his car last year is scheduled to continue Sept. 24.

Thomas Chandler Bell, 71, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor vehicular mansulaughter without gross negligence in the August 2017 traffic accident that cost Krueger her life. According to the complaint, which was filed in May, Bell failed to yield to a pedestrian when his car struck Krueger, 46. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, if Bell is convicted, the maximum penalty would be one year in the county jail and a fine of $1,000.

The victim’s family has also filed a civil suit against Bell, Caltrans and the city of Seal Beach.

 

Main Street involuntary manslaughter hearing set for Jan. 15

The latest: A hearing on an unsecified issue has been scheduled on Jan. 15, 2019, in the case of a Seal Beach resident accused of involuntary manslaughter as the result of punching another Seal Beach man in the face in 2017.

According to the DA’s Office, on July 18, 2017 at approximately 1:20 a.m., Matthew Paul Meier was socializing at Clancy’s, a Main Street bar where he is employed, when he allegedly punched 46yearold James Tinsman once in the face with a closed fist, causing the victim to lose consciousness, fall backward, and strike his head on the pavement outside of the bar.

Witnesses reportedly called 911 and emergency medical responders took the victim to a local hospital. Tinsman died later that day as a result of severe head trauma sustained during the assault, according to the police. In the early morning hours of Aug. 2, 2017, Seal Beach Police arrested Meier.He was released on $100,000 bail posted on Aug. 8, 2017, according to the courthouse website.

Trial readiness conference set for Jan. 23 2nd Street Arson case

A trial readiness conference has been scheduled for Jan. 23, 2019, in the case of a man accused of setting a Second Street Seal Beach house on fire in January 2018, according to the Orange County Superior Court website.

The house was being built at the time. The construction project has since been completed.

The preliminary hearing was held Sept. 25, 2018, and the court determined that the case could go to trial.

In January of last year, Seal Beach Police detectives, working with investigators from the Orange County Fire Authority, arrested John Louis Maier Jr., 60, of Seal Beach, on suspicion of arson.

Prosecutors filed 22 counts against Maier stemming from an alleged attack with “Molotovcocktail” type device on a house that was being built on Second Street in Seal Beach on Jan. 5, 2018.

Maier is currently out on $250,000 bail, which was posted on Jan. 11, 2018.

 

Hearing set for in home invasion case

The latest: A hearing on an unspecified issued has been scheduled for Feb. 1 in the case of two Costa Mesa men accused of a 2017 home invasion robbery in Seal Beach, according to the Orange County Supperior Courthouse website.

A trial readiness conference was held Oct. 26.

No date has yet been scheduled for a jury trial in the case.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 Seal Beach Police detectives arrested Richard Henry Derderian, and Aaron Michael Lipsey, in connection with the Aug. 21, 2017 robbery on the 1100 block of Seal Way. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office charged Lipsey and Derderian with first degree robbery, first degree burglary, threatening witnesses and making criminal threats.

Lipsey was released on $250,000 bail on Sept. 20, 2017, according to the Orange County Superior Court website.

According to a statement issued at the time by the Seal Beach Police Department, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at approximately 4 p.m., two suspects broke into a home on the 1100 block of Seal Way in Seal Beach.

The three men who occupied the home were tied up and the suspects ransacked the home. The suspects told the victims they had a gun, but no gun was ever seen. A safe was reported stolen.

 

Scott Durzo to be sentenced Feb. 28 for sex abuse of child

Former Seal Beach youth sports coach Scott Durzo is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 28, 2019, for 17 out of 20 felony counts stemming from the sexual abuse of a child.

Some news reports indicate Durzo might be sentenced to three years.

He last appeared in court Friday, Dec. 28, 2019 for a “Firearms Reqlinquishment” hearing. Michelle Van Der LInden, spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney’s office, confirmed that such a hearing is a standard procedure when a person who lawfully owns a firearm is convicted of a felony.

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