Posted tagged ‘Orange County’

2nd Earthquake in 3 Hours Shakes Los Angeles

April 23, 2009

A second earthquake, measuring 4.0 on the richter scale, has struck an area of Orange County where a 3.8 quake struck just hours earlier.

From MyFox LA:

The automated California Integrated Seismic Network says the latest quake struck at 8:27 p.m. Thursday and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.0.

Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Tom Slayton says no damage has been reported.

The first quake struck at 4:56 p.m. and was centered 2 miles northeast of the city of Yorba Linda.

Casey Anthony: Baez to Interview Corrections Officers

March 28, 2009

Jose Baez has filed a schedule of depositions he plans to take next week including four Orange County Corrections officers.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Jose Baez will question — under oath — four people with Orange County Corrections on Thursday. These are the folks watching his client in jail.

Casey Anthony, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-daughter, Caylee Marie.

On Tuesday, he plans to interview two people from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and private investigator Jim Hoover, who volunteered his services to the Anthony family last fall. Hoover went with another private investigator who got a tip on the location of Caylee’s body. In November, Hoover and private investigator Dominic Casey searched the wooded area on Suburban Drive with no luck.

Caylee Anthony Seen in Orlando?

November 21, 2008

A photo of a girl involved in a possible Caylee Anthony sighting at a West Florida mall was released on Friday by a group searching for the missing girl.

UPDATE: The girl in the brown shirt is the one believed to be Caylee.

I first want to say that IF Caylee is still alive, I don’t believe that anyone would be keeping her in the Orlando area. There are too many people looking for her and it just wouldn’t make any sense to me.

Second, I have been to mall playgrounds, and have a 3 year old of my own. At that age, many of them look very much alike. In fact, both girls in the picture appear as if they COULD be Caylee, but I’m pretty sure that neither one is. Take a look at the photo and judge for yourself. Thoughts?

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From Local 6:

D & A Investigations, an agency working with the Anthony family in the search for Caylee, obtained the photo, which was taken by a patron at the unnamed mall.

The person who took the picture has declined to comment, Dominic Casey with D & A Investigations said.

The photo has been provided to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, according to a news release.

Caylee’s grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, had said earlier in the week that they had proof that Caylee was alive, a belief they have held since she’s been missing. It is not known if their statement was in reference to the released photo.

From Central Florida News 13:

Meanwhile, the Anthonys told News 13’s Melissa Crabtree that they believe Caylee was in Orlando this week.

The family released a photo to News 13 that was taken Sunday at an Orlando-area mall by two women with a cell phone camera.

The photo shows a girl playing, who they feel looks a lot like Caylee

It has been e-mailed to both the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and FBI.

“There are just too many characteristics that stood out that it could be her,” said Michelle Bart, the family’s new spokesperson. “We’re not saying that it is her. We’re saying it’s another tip that somebody in the community believed it was her.”

George said at this point, he’s going to start skipping the chain of command and aggressively align himself with anyone who can help the search effort for a live Caylee, whether it’s law enforcement or the media.

“Is the system broken? Yes. That’s evident every single day. Not only with my granddaughter but all these other children,” said George.

The Kid Finder’s command center on Goldenrod Road will remain open, except on Thanksgiving.

George plans to be there every day.

Caylee Anthony is Dead According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department

November 19, 2008

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office told WESH today that they are no longer following up on any tips that suggest Caylee Anthony is still alive. Many of us have thought this for quite some time but I believe that this is the first time that an official spokesperson has been quoted stating this. Thoughts?

From WESH:

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Carlos Padilla said they are confident that FBI lab tests on evidence found in Casey Anthony’s car prove Caylee is dead.

“We cannot continue to look when we have no evidence whatsover that she’s alive,” he said.

Grandfather George Anthony said his group, Kid Finders, is still getting reports of live sightings of Caylee. They have no reason to believe Caylee is dead.

Investigators said they are also concerned that if they continue to follow up on live sightings, it could help Casey Anthony’s defense establish reasonable doubt about whether Caylee is deceased.

Caylee Anthony Is Alive…According to Her Grandparents

October 22, 2008

12/19 UPDATE: The remains have been confirmed to be Caylee Anthony at the news conference today.

George and Cindy Anthony said on national television this morning that they believe that their granddaughter, Caylee Marie, is still alive. The couple appeared on the Today Show with Meredith Vieira and said that they have not given up hope, despite a first-degree murder indictment against their daughter, Casey Anthony.

UPDATE: Thank you Monica for a better link to the interview.

Sorry, the volume is not the best quality. You’ll have to turn it up to hear the segment.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

George Anthony refused to answer questions about his subpoena to testify in front of a grand jury last week. “I cannot comment,” he said.

Orange County officials announced last week that they think the child is dead and charged Casey Anthony

The evidence that points to a decomposing body in the back of Casey Anthony’s car and traces of chloroform found in the same place have not been released yet to the public. Cindy Anthony thinks it’s all circumstantial and can be disproved.

When Vieira asked George and Cindy if they are in denial about their granddaughter’s death, they said no.

“My granddaughter is still alive,” George Anthony said. “My granddaughter is still out there and we are going to find her.”

Casey Anthony has been in jail since last Tuesday after being arrested on the side of an Orange County freeway. Her parents have not spoken to her since that day. Casey Anthony asked them to remain focused on finding Caylee, and keep the spotlight off of her, Cindy Anthony said to explain the reason they have not visited or spoken to her.

Casey Anthony Makes Court Appearance…No Bond Ordered

October 16, 2008

Casey Anthony went before a judge earlier today to hear charges read that she killed her daughter, Caylee Marie. This comes just a day after she was indicted following four months of searches that have yet to find her 3 year old daughter.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Anthony could face the death penalty or a term of life in prison. Prosecutors have stated that no decision has been made as of yet whether or not they plan to seek the death penalty.

I’ve said this before, I have a 3 year old daughter of my own (family pictures are on my profile and on my MySpace and Facebook pages) and I just can’t imagine the thought of a parent, or anyone doing something as terrible as this. I hope that this trial will bring closure to all involved, even those only brought together by watching the news and reading the stories and blogs.

From the Associated Press:

Casey Anthony, 22, went before Judge John Jordan, who read the charges against her and denied bond. Dressed in a blue jail jumpsuit, Anthony made no comment during the 90-second hearing. Her attorney, Jose Baez, declined comment afterward. She will be arraigned in about 30 days.

Anthony was arrested Tuesday after a grand jury indicted her on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators about the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee.

The case has captivated the Orlando suburb where the family lives, and teams of volunteers have looked for the doe-eyed child with brown hair and bangs for months. No body has been found, and prosecutors have questioned why the child’s mother didn’t contact authorities even though the girl had been gone for a month.

Casey Anthony wept before the indictment was handed up Tuesday, and her attorney said she would be vindicated.

“I sincerely believe that when we have finally spoken, everyone, and I mean everyone, will sit back and say, ‘Now, I understand. That explains it,'” Baez, said Tuesday as he stood next to his client before the indictment was issued.

Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary said investigators’ satisfaction that the indictment had been issued was tempered by what it concludes: That Caylee was apparently killed.

“Speaking as a father, a day doesn’t pass where I wish the evidence that we have gathered didn’t add up to the painfully obvious,” he said, adding that investigators will continue looking. “Sadly, I cannot change the facts surrounding the investigation.”

From the Orlando Sentinel:

9:01 a.m. Casey Anthony appeared before an Orange County judge this morning for a first-appearance that lasted less than one minute.

Anthony stood beside her defense attorney Jose Baez.

Judge John Jordan read the charges: First degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.

“There’s no bond on these charges,” Jordan said.

The judge asked Baez if he would be filing a notice of appearance. Baez responded that he would.