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Off-duty O.C. Sheriff’s Deputy charged with using fraud to obtain prescription pills

Published on May 3, 2015 by in Crime, Orange County

Orange County Drug Arrest

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF0925

Date: May 1, 2015

OFF-DUTY OCSD DEPUTY ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF ILLEGALLY OBTAINING PRESCRIPTION PILLS BY FRAUD

SANTA ANA – An off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested today on charges of illegally obtaining prescription pills by lying to doctors about what prescription pills he was already taking. Mark Wayne Hewlett, 35, Yorba Linda, is charged with five felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, subterfuge, and/or concealment. If convicted, he faces a sentence ranging from probation to a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in jail. Hewlett is in custody on $20,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. If the defendant bails out, the arraignment date and time is subject to change.

On five occasions between Sept. 9, 2013, and Nov. 15, 2013, Hewlett is accused of going to four different doctors to obtain a prescription for the controlled substance hydrocodone, more commonly known as Norco or Vicodin. When at a doctor’s office, Hewlett is accused of fraudulently omitting that he was recently prescribed and currently taking hydrocodone in order to illegally obtain an additional prescription of the same drug. Read more…

 
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Two men who robbed businesses in four counties arrested in Chino Hills


Chino Hills Robber

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Press Release

Date/Time Occurred: Friday, May 1, 2015

Chino Hills – Detectives arrest two suspects clearing 16 robberies that span over 4 Southern California Counties

Suspect(s): Oddie, Anthony Edward, 20 years old, Chino Hills and Gomez-Quiroz, Richard, 20, Riverside

Summary: Chino Hills detectives arrested two men late Friday night and early Saturday morning in connection with more than 16 robberies throughout four Southern California Counties in which the suspect wielded a firearm and a machete.

Anthony Edward Oddie and Richard Gomez-Quiroz were each arrested on a $1,000,000 arrest warrant after an extensive investigation, spanning nearly two months, regarding a series of robberies that started in Chino Hills and spanned throughout neighboring cities and counties. Oddie and Gomez-Quiroz robbed more than 16 convenience stores throughout the cities of Chino Hills, Artesia, Fountain Valley, Diamond Bar, Riverside, Santa Ana, Orange and Newport Beach, often returning to a store more than once during the series. Chino Hills stores were victimized a total of six times, with a Circle K and Pizza Hut each getting hit twice. Read more…

 
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Four gang members were stabbed at a party at a Santa Ana hotel on Sunday morning

Published on May 3, 2015 by in Crime, Gangs, Hotels, Santa Ana

Santa Ana Stabbing

Four members of a Santa Ana gang were stabbed at a party early on Sunday morning, at a hotel believed to be the Budget Inn, located at 1108 N. Harbor Blvd., in Santa Ana.

SAPD officers sent to the hotel at 2 am, according to the O.C. Register.

The four victims somehow ended up at Tustin’s Centennial Park, 14722 Devonshire Ave., where one of them called his girlfriend for help. Read more…

 
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Mayor Pro Tem Sarmiento used almost a million gallons of water last year


Vince Sarmiento's Estate

Vince Sarmiento’s Estate. Picture Courtesy of Google Maps.

In these times of drought we are all trying to cut back on water usage.  But a recent expose by the Orange County Register revealed that a number of Orange County’s local politicians are actually wasting more water now than ever before.

Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Vince Sarmiento was one of the politicians highlighted in the article.  He said that “he plans to abandon his expansive front lawn and switch to drought-tolerant landscaping and synthetic turf.”

Sarmiento has used more water each year for the past five years, starting at 556,000 gallons in 2010 and jumping to nearly a million gallons last year. He blamed a family of five that is now renting a carriage house on his property, which is about three-quarters of an acre. Read more…

 
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The effort to recall Judge Marc Kelly is now underway


OFFICIAL RECALL EFFORT TO REMOVE JUDGE KELLY IS NOW UNDERWAY!

By: Sara Flores

May 2, 2015 — I am pleased to inform you that a formal recall effort to remove Judge Marc Kelly from the bench has OFFICIALLY begun as of today, May 1st, 2015.

Today, Bryan Scott, Chairman of the Committee to remove Judge Kelly and creator of the Facebook page “Remove M. Marc Kelly From the Bench,” announced that Judge Kelly has been officially served with a recall notice.

The OCRegister reports that Judge Kelly is accused of making “unacceptable and unilateral reductions of criminal sentences or punishments of criminals convicted of heinous sex crimes committed against a minor or child,” according to the notice served to him. Read more…

 
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Bicyclist was dragged about 200 feet after he ran into the rear wheels of a big rig


Bicycle Accident News

An 18-year-old bicyclist was badly injured Friday in Santa Ana when he ran into the rear wheels of a big rig and was dragged about 200 feet, as we reported on Friday.

The mishap occurred around 1:10 p.m. in the 2200 block of West 1st Street, according to the O.C. Register.

The bicyclist was riding east along the sidewalk on West 1st Street.  He reportedly tried to enter the intersection at South Center Street when he ran into the rear wheels of the truck, which was going east on West 1st Street and had turned onto South Center Street. Read more…

 
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Woman who was targeted by the IRS to speak about it in Santa Ana on May 12

May 12, 2015
5:30 pmto8:15 pm

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be targeted by the IRS?  You can hear about it first hand when Dr. Karen Kenney comes to speak to the Santa Ana Tea Party Patriots on May 12, 2015, from 5:30 pm to 8:15 pm, at the Green Parrot Villa, located at 2035 N. Main Street Santa Ana, CA, across from the the Bowers Museum.  (Note that there is a large free public parking lot north of the Green Parrot Villa, on the east side of Main Street, just south of the 5 Freeway.)

There will be a Social Hour from 5:30-6:30 pm (No host drinks, appetizers, meal) with the program running from 6:30-8:15 pm.

Dr. Kenney knows government intimidation up close and personal. Like so many Tea Party groups, her San Fernando Valley Patriots was targeted by President Barack Obama’s IRS when she applied for tax-exempt status. Read more…

 
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Accident between a big rig and a bicyclist causing heavy traffic at 2200 W. 1st St.


Santa Ana traffic alert

The Santa Ana Police Department is reporting on their Facebook page that there has been a collision between a big rig and a bicyclist at the 2200 block of West 1st Street, which is near the intersection with Center Street.

The SAPD says that traffic is heavy in the area. Read more…

 
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Man who raped and stabbed his estranged wife arrested in Fullerton

Published on May 1, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Luis Javier Cervantes

Santa Ana Police Department

UPDATE: Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Rape Case

On April 29, 2015, Luis Javier Cervantes, age 25, entered the home of his estranged wife located in the 1600 block of North Parton Street and waited for her to return. When the victim returned, she discovered Cervantes. An argument ensued regarding their marital situation. The victim alleges Cervantes then sexually assaulted her and stabbed her in the head. He fled the scene in her vehicle. Cervantes told the victim he wanted to commit “suicide by cop” and there were indications he had access to weapons. Read more…

 
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SAPD reopens cold case involving a decapitated woman found in Santiago Park in 1988

Published on April 30, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Dead woman's head found in Santiago Park

Santa Ana Police Department detectives reopened a 27-year-old case in the hopes of finding the killer who left a woman’s headless body in a dry creek bed, according to ABC News.

They are trying to find the killer and identify the victim, who was found by a man walking his dog at Santiago Park in March 1988, according to the O.C. Register. Read more…

 
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Needle exchange program proposed for the French Court Neighborhood

Published on April 30, 2015 by in Crime, Drugs, Santa Ana

clean-needles

City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community: COMMUNITY INPUT: PROPOSED NEIGHBORHOOD NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM / COMENTARIO PÚBLICO: PROGRAMA PROPUESTO DE INTERCAMBIO DE AGUJAS

The City of Santa Ana has received notification that a group of UC Irvine medical students are seeking approval from the State of California to establish a “free needle exchange program” in the French Court Neighborhood for intravenous drug users.

The community is encouraged to submit public comments on the needle exchange as the proposed location at 1605 N. Spurgeon is not permitted under Santa Ana’s General Plan. Public comments are being accepted through May 14, 2015 via email to: Read more…

 
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New study confirms that Santa Ana is a terrible place to open a new business in

Published on April 30, 2015 by in Business, Santa Ana

Wallet Hub City Rankings

Many of us already knew it but a new study by Wallet Hub has confirmed that Santa Ana is a terrible place to try to start a new business.

Santa Ana was ranked #143 on a list of the top 150 cities in which to start a new business.  Santa Ana was ranked just below Anaheim, at #141 and just above Oakland, at #143.

Santa Ana came in dead last in terms of having an educated workforce – at #150, which was one of the reasons the city scored so low overall in terms of being a city one should open a new business in. Read more…

 
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The SAPD is looking for an estranged husband who raped and stabbed his wife

Published on April 29, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Javier Luis Cervantes

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Detectives investigate attempt homicide by estranged husband

The female adult victim arrived home in the early hours of the morning with her two children, 6 and 7 years old, and put them to bed. As she moved to another room in the residence, she was assaulted by her estranged husband, Javier Luis Cervantes (24), who was lying in wait for the victim.

The suspect sexually assaulted the victim and stabbed her multiple times with a knife, causing injuries and severe bleeding. The victim escaped from the apartment and called police. The suspect fled prior to police arriving. Cervantes escaped and stole her 2013 silver Ford Edge, license plate number: 6WPY897. Read more…

 
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The lockout has been lifted at Willard Intermediate School

Published on April 29, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana, SAUSD

Willard Intermediate School

Santa Ana School Police Department

Advisory: The lockout has been lifted at Willard School

The lockout has been lifted at Willard School. Read more…

 
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Willard Intermediate School on lockout as police look for a stolen vehicle suspect

Published on April 29, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana, SAUSD

Willard Intermediate School

Santa Ana School Police Department

Advisory: Willard Intermediate school on Lockout. Police searching the area for a stolen vehicle suspect

Willard Intermediate School has been placed on a Lockout while police search the area for a stolen vehicle suspect.

Students are safe. School Police is on the campus. Read more…

 
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