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Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz’s family wants to know why the SAPD shot and killed him

Published on March 4, 2015 by in Crime, mexico, Santa Ana

Holding signs reading “Ernesto Canepa’s Life Matters” and with expletives directed toward police, more than a dozen people at Tuesday’s Santa Ana City Council meeting protested Friday’s officer-involved shooting that left Ernesto Javier Canepa Diaz, a 27-year-old man dead, according to the O.C. Register.

Few details have emerged about the incident. Santa On Tuesday, Santa Ana Police told the Orange County Register that Canepa was accused of robbing a 63-year-old woman on Feb. 13 while she was loading her grandchildren into a car in the 2300 block of N. Louise St., according to the Voice of OC. Read more…

 
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Permit process for Lyft and Uber approved for John Wayne Airport


Lyft

Contact: Jenny Wedge, (949) 252-5182, JWedge@ocair.com

Process Approved for Transportation Network Companies to Serve John Wayne Airport

(Santa Ana, CA) — The Orange County Board of Supervisors has approved an operating permit that will allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), which include “ridesharing” services such as Uber and Lyft, to begin serving John Wayne Airport.

Under regulations set by the California Public Utilities Commission, TNCs may not operate at airports unless specifically authorized by the airport authority. Board approval of the TNC permit process will lead to TNC drivers being able to pick up passengers who have arranged for rides as well as drop off passengers. Read more…

 
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Two suspects arrested in the El Zocalo Restaurant murder case


Santa Ana Gang Shooting

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Two Suspects in El Zocalo Restaurant Murder Case

Victim: Jose De Jesus Mendoza Maria (32) Los Angeles

Suspect 1: Viyey Castaneda (29) Santa Ana (No Photo available)
Suspect 2: Anastacio Castaneda Rios (45) Santa Ana (No Photo available)

Location: El Zocalo (Restaurant) – 301 N. Tustin

Summary: On 3/2/15 at approximately 12:47 a.m , patrol officers responded to the El Zocalo Restaurant located at 301 N. Tustin regarding an unknown trouble call. Upon their arrival, officers discovered multiple gunshot victims at the scene. One victim was deceased at the scene and (4) other people were transported to area hospitals. CAP/Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and took over the investigation. Read more…

 
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Man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, who was a CSUF student


Samuel Agustin Lopez

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 07NF2414

Date: March 3, 2015

MAN CONVICTED OF 1994 STABBING MURDER OF EX-GIRLFRIEND AND LOCKING HER BODY IN TRUNK OF HER CAR

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of stabbing and murdering his ex-girlfriend and locking her body in the trunk of her car in 1994. Samuel Agustin Lopez, 43, Placentia, was convicted by a jury of one felony count of murder and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on May 1, 2015, at 9:00a.m., inDepartment C-34, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Samuel Lopez’s cousin, Xavier Francisco Lopez, 43, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder involving the infliction of torture. He faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and is scheduled for jury trial on March 20, 2015, in Department C-34, Central Justice Center. Read more…

 
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Man gets death sentence for killing Irvine family members of his ex-girlfriend

Published on March 3, 2015 by in Crime, irvine, OCDA

Iftekhar Murtaza

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 07NF2178

Date: March 3, 2015

MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING EX-GIRLFRIEND’S FATHER AND SISTER BEFORE SETTING THEIR BODIES AND HOME ON FIRE AND ATTEMPTING TO KILL HER MOTHER

*One co-defendant was sentenced and another co-defendant is awaiting re-trial in this case

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to receive the death penalty for murdering his ex-girlfriend’s father and sister and attempting to kill her mother. The two murdered victims were set on fire and the third victim was left in a coma after suffering life-threatening injuries. Iftekhar Murtaza, 30, Van Nuys, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 22, 2013, of two felony counts of murder, one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, the special circumstance sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, and murder during the commission of kidnapping were found true. The same jury recommended the death penalty for Murtaza on Dec. 16, 2013.

Co-defendant Charles Anthony Murphy Jr., 30, Mission Hills, was found guilty by a jury Dec. 12, 2012, of two felony counts of special circumstances murder, one felony count of attempted murder, and one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder. The sentencing enhancements for multiple murders, murder during the commission of kidnapping, and murder for financial gain were found true. Murphy was convicted in his third re-trial, as a previous jury was unable to reach a verdict and the second re-trial was declared a mistrial. He was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole on Jan. 17, 2014. Read more…

 
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Woman arrested following domestic dispute

Published on March 3, 2015 by in Crime, irvine

Debra Gardner

Irvine Police Department Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE: 03-03-15

Subject: Woman Arrested Following Domestic Dispute

Contact : Farrah Emami, Public Information Officer, 949-724-7112, FEmami@cityofirvine.org

IRVINE, CA – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) has arrested a woman following a domestic dispute. Debra Gardner, 57, was taken into custody after IPD responded to a residence on the 600 block of Hayes in Irvine regarding a single shot fired.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. on March 2, 2015, Gardner entered the residence of a male victim, with whom she was previously in a romantic relationship. The suspect was armed with a firearm. Gardner and the victim began to struggle in the doorway of the apartment, and a single shot was fired into the apartment. The shot hit an interior wall and no one was injured by the round. Read more…

 
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21st Annual Parent Conference for SAUSD parents set for March 14

March 14, 2015
8:00 amto2:00 pm

21st Annual Parent Conference for All SAUSD Parents

SAUSD Parent Conference to Provide Valuable Resources for Student Success

SANTA ANA CA- March 3, 2015 – Parents of the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) are invited to attend the 21st Annual Parent Conference on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Villa Fundamental Intermediate School, located at 1441 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701. “Our theme this year is “Together, Supporting SAUSD Students.” This theme is fitting because we know that it takes parents and guardians in partnership with teachers, school staff, and district administration to ensure that students are receiving the best educational experience possible,” said Superintendent Rick Miller, Ph.D.

The event will feature a host of workshops and seminars, and community resources that are specifically designed to aid parents in supporting their student’s success. This event is free, and transportation is being provided from each school in the district to the location. Please visit the Santa Ana Unified School District website at www.sausd.us for pick up times. Read more…

 
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Segerstrom and Aitken to be honored at tonight’s City Council meeting

March 3, 2015
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Henry Segerstrom

Picture courtesy of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

 

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: MAYOR & COUNCIL TO HONOR CITIZENS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AT TONIGHT’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING

SANTA ANA, CA (March 3, 2015) – The public is invited to attend the City Council Meeting as members of the City Council will recognize community members for their outstanding service to the City of Santa Ana.

The Mayor will present a proclamation in memory of Henry T. Segerstrom for his extraordinary contributions to the City of Santa Ana. Mayor Pulido will also present Ashleigh Aitken with the Exceptional Service Award for her outstanding service to the Santa Ana community. Read more…

 
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Teachers now accused of sex, booze and drugs on the beach with students


Michelle Ghirelli

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15HF0219

Date: March 2, 2015

ADDITIONAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO TEACHERS FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE AND ILLEGALLY PROVIDING ALCOHOL AND COCAINE TO UNDERAGE STUDENTS DURING CAMPING TRIP AT SAN CLEMENTE BEACH

NEWPORT BEACH – Additional charges were filed today against two high school teachers for unlawful sexual intercourse and illegally providing alcohol and cocaine to a group of underage students after organizing a camping trip at San Clemente Beach. Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38, Covina, is facing additional charges of one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse, one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, and a sentencing enhancement for being four years or older than the minor, in addition to the original previous charge of one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Co-defendant Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, West Covina, is facing additional charges of one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse, one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, one felony count of oral copulation of a minor, and a sentencing enhancement for being four years or older than the minor, in addition to the original previous charge of one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Read more…

 
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Why is Benavides ignoring a racist comment by one of his Commissioners?


David Benavides and Phil Bacerra

David Benavides and Phil Bacerra

 

Agenda Item 13C is on tomorrow night’s Santa Ana City Council agenda, regarding the recommended reappointment of Phil Bacerra to the Ward 4 seat on the Santa Ana Planning Commission.  Bacerra’s reappointment, which is being brought forward by Councilman David Benavides, was voted down by a 4-3 vote of the city council last December.  Questions regarding Bacerra’s failing to properly disclose ex-parte communications were at the center of that debate.

However it is comments made by Bacerra on the dais during the May 12, 2014 public hearing on an affordable housing development called the “Depot at Santiago, that is being built by award-winning developer C&C Development, that raises questions as to why the council would agree to support Bacerra’s reappointment now.  In the audio from the May 12th meeting Bacerra can be heard comparing the proposed development to the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago. Read more…

 
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Shooting at El Zocalo results in one death and several injuries


El Zocalo Mexican Grill & Seafood

A confrontation at El Zocalo Mexican Grill and Seafood, located at 301 N. Tustin Ave., in Santa Ana, ended violently early Monday morning when a gunman fatally shot one man and a crowd of customers and security guards subdued the shooter and another attacker, according to the L.A. Times.

Two men were also shot, but are expected to survive, and were taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with another man whose head was injured, according to the O.C. Register. Read more…

 
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Man shot near apartment in Ward 5


Santa Ana Gang Shooting

A Santa Ana man was shot outside an apartment complex at the 2000 block of West Myrtle Street on Saturday afternoon, according to the O.C. Register.

The man is thought to have been shot after having a verbal fight with someone out side his apartment after which he made his way to his second-floor apartment, with a single gunshot wound.  Read more…

 
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The SAPD needs your help to find a driver who hit a pedestrian today


Santa Ana hit and run driver's car

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD traffic investigators need media and community assistance locating vehicle wanted in hit and run collision

On 02/28/15 at approximately 0819 hours, officers responded to the scene of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision near the intersection of 5th St. and Fairview St.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located the pedestrian (a male juvenile) lying in the northbound lanes of Fairview St. just south of Civic Center adjacent to the east sidewalk. The pedestrian was treated by paramedics and he was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. Read more…

 
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Gang members convicted of shooting at policeman on patrol

Published on February 27, 2015 by in anaheim, Crime, Gangs

Juan Carlos Covarrubias

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12NF1746

Date: February 27, 2015

GANG MEMBERS CONVICTED OF FIRING SEVERAL ROUNDS AT OFFICER’S VEHICLE ON PATROL IN ANAHEIM

SANTA ANA – Three defendants were convicted yesterday for firing several rounds at a police officer’s vehicle that was out on patrol in Anaheim for the benefit of their Hispanic criminal street gang. Juan Carlos Covarrubias, 22, Jordy Roman Martinez, 21, Andrew Gomez Sanchez, 21, all of Anaheim, were found guilty by a jury of one felony count of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and one felony count of street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for the vicarious discharge of a firearm by a gang member and criminal street gang activity. They will each be sentenced to 35 years to life in state prison at their sentencing May 1, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Covarrubias, Martinez, and Sanchez were actively participating in a criminal Hispanic street gang with knowledge that its members engage in a pattern of criminal gang activity. Read more…

 
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DUI driver charged with murder after hit-and-run crash that killed Pearleen Hopkins


Dallas Frank Reichstein III

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF0204

Date: February 27, 2015

DRUNKEN DRIVER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR MURDER AFTER HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT RESULTED IN WOMAN’S DEATH

SANTA ANA – A drunken driver is scheduled to be arraigned today for murder following a hit-and-run crash that resulted in a woman’s death. Dallas Frank Reichstein, 46, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of hit and run resulting in permanent injury or death with a sentencing enhancement allegation for a prior strike conviction in 2014 for residential burglary. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 34 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Feb. 27, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

At approximately 10:10 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2015, the defendant is accused of driving a Nissan Xterra Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) while under the influence of alcohol, westbound on West MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of driving 54 mph in a 40 mph zone. Read more…

 
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