The fireworks blast every night in Anaheim as a thunderous reminder that escapism for locals is just around the corner at Disneyland.
Of course, leaving reality isn't free.
You'll have to pay $87 for a ticket and another $15 for parking.
Perhaps that is why some people turn to other, more illicit ways to transport themselves to fantasyland.
For example, take the case of Kimberly Dawn Keister. If Orange
County prosecutors are right, Keister had all the tools for a voyage one
day in July 2011. That's when police allegedly caught the 26-year-old
Anaheim resident with illegal drugs and a needle.
below during her arrest) has pleaded not guilty to multiple felony drug
possession charges and her criminal case is pending in Orange County Superior Court.
January–while she was out of custody on bail for the drug case, Keister was caught in
Costa Mesa in a pickup truck that contained 40 pieces of mail stolen
from at least 24 residences in Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and other
Orange County cities.
According to court records, the
stolen mail contained $26,609 worth of checks, driver's licenses and a
Social Security card. One check for $285 had been altered to make
Keister the payee.
This week, Keister resolved the mail theft
case in federal court by signing a guilty plea deal. She will be
sentenced at an undetermined date inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. The maximum punishment in such cases is a five-year prison trip and a $250,000 fine.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.