Orange County "mystery candidate" wins spot on school board
He's unknown to the district and didn't even campaign, but that didn't stop him from winning a seat on a California school board. Steve Rocco got nearly 54 percent of the vote in the Orange Unified School District race. One teacher says it's "bizarre" because "absolutely nobody" has "seen the guy." Rocco identified himself as a writer-educator on the ballot. A former political opponent says voters probably picked him for that reason alone. The 53 year-old Rocco lives with his bedridden parents. Neighbors say they see him occasionally, usually on a bicycle. Rocco raised eyebrows when he went to a candidate forum dressed in camouflage and sunglasses when running for mayor of Santa Ana in 2000.
A late-night meeting of moderate-leaning members Wednesday broke up without resolution or a deal as most lawmakers left out of side exits and avoided talking to reporters.Full Story >
A Middletown man accused of raping a minor under the age of 13 in September plead guilty to six charges including rape and sentenced to 20 years in prison.Full Story >
Investigations are continuing around Parliament, but lawmakers are expected to go ahead with plans to reconvene in a show of solidarity.Full Story >
Two teenagers have been arrested, while one remains at-large in connection to a series of robberies at two Butler County businesses.Full Story >