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Man caught masturbating outside two Santa Ana schools pleads guilty


Carlos Sanchez Hernandez

Carlos Sanchez Hernandez, 42, of Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts each of indecent exposure and child annoyance, according to the O.C. Register.  He was sentenced to 68 days in jail and placed on three years of informal probation.

Between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on or around March 3, 2014 and June 4, 2014, Hernandez was accused of driving a white van near the location of Godinez Fundamental High School in Santa Ana and Carr Intermediate School in Santa Ana. He was accused of parking his van along a curb on St. Andrew Street near King Street located between the two schools. Read more…

 
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Hit and run driver who was texting wrecked a local resident’s car this morning


Car hit at Civic Center and Pacific

Roger Gomez was awakened by a loud noise at 7 am today.  He ran outside and found out that someone had hit and badly damaged his car.  There were witnesses and they were able to write down the first and last digits of the license plates, “5EA756.”  The car was a tan Trail Blazer.

If you see the Trail Blazer in question look for damage on the left front side of the car. Read more…

 
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Newsong to honor First Baptist Church’s past congregation at a luncheon today

December 20, 2014
11:00 amto1:00 pm

First Baptist of Santa Ana, 1895

Newsong Church is hosting a holiday lunch today for anyone who was a part of Santa Ana’s historic First Baptist Church congregation.  The lunch is set for Saturday, December 20 from 11 am-1 pm at 10ten Church.

The purpose of the lunch is to honor FBC, share Newsong’s long-term vision, and “celebrate our future together.” Read more…

 
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Orange County DUI Task Force holiday crackdown on impaired driving


DUI Santa

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org

Orange County DUI Task Force Holiday Crackdown on Impaired Driving

SANTA ANA, Calif. –  (December 12, 2014) — This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you are celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, local law enforcement agencies have a message for you:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in force December 12, 2014 through January 1, 2015 actively searching for drunk drivers.

The Orange County Avoid DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers this holiday season with plans in place for 14 DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, a minimum of 27 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols and a DUI Warrant/Probation Sweep. Read more…

 
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Hit and run driver charged with killing woman and fleeing to Mexico to fix his truck

Published on December 20, 2014 by in anaheim, Crime, OCDA

Junior Rigoberto Lopez

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 14NF5122

Date: December 19, 2014

DRIVER CHARGED WITH KILLING BICYCLIST AND FLEEING TO MEXICO TO REPAIR VEHICLE

SANTA ANA – A driver was in court today for killing a bicyclist and fleeing to Mexico to repair his vehicle. Junior Rigoberto Lopez, 30, Buena Park, is charged with one felony count of hit and run with permanent injury or death. If convicted, Lopez faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. Lopez is being held on $500,000 bail. The scheduled arraignment was continued in court today to Jan. 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2014, Lopez is accused driving his pick-up truck and traveling northbound on Magnolia Street in Anaheim. He is accused of approaching the intersection of Magnolia Street and La Palma Avenue and crashing into 44-year-old Daniella Palacios while the victim was riding her bicycle. Instead of stopping to assist the victim or calling 911, Lopez is accused of failing to remain at the scene or rendering any aid and fleeing the scene. The defendant is accused of sustaining damage to his pick-up truck consistent with colliding with a person riding a bicycle. Read more…

 
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O.C. Human Relations Commission plans police community dialogues


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Orange County Human Relations Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2014

Contact: Ken Inouye, Chair, OC Human Relations Commission, 949-586-6640

Commission Plans Police Community Dialogues

An African American woman shared that her kindergartener asked, “Mommy, why don’t police like Black people like me?”

This anecdote earlier this month symbolized the reach and impact of the national media attention to a series of conflicts between African American young men and police officers resulting in violence and death.

  • In California Proposition 47 passed aiming to reduce the number of people incarcerated for non-violent offenses.
  • In Anaheim destructive demonstrations followed after a series of shooting deaths of suspected gang members by the police.
  • In Santa Ana activists demonstrated at city council meetings with profane messages on their hats and shirts targeting the police.

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The OCTA will offer free bus rides on New Year’s Eve


Free OCTA bus rides on New Year's Eve

To encourage people to travel safely, OCTA will continue its tradition of free bus rides on New Year’s Eve throughout Orange County. From 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 until 2:30 a.m., Thursday, January 1, 2015, rides on all fixed-route buses will be free.

Over the past 12 years, nearly 100,000 people have taken advantage of this special free bus service. OCTA provides 600 buses travelling on 77 designated routes with stops at more than 6,500 bus stops in Orange County, making the bus one the safest and most convenient ways to get around on New Year’s Eve. Read more…

 
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Toy giveaway at Sen. Correa’s Holiday Celebration on Dec. 23

December 23, 2014
4:00 pmto8:00 pm

Santa Lou Correa

Senator Lou Correa is hosting a Holiday Celebration on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, from 4 to 8 pm, at the Plaza Santa Ana, located at the corner of 4th St. and French St. in Downtown Santa Ana.

The event will feature a toy giveaway! Read more…

 
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1989 Santa Ana murder solved by the O.C. Cold Case Homicide Task Force


Douglas Gregory Gutridge

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

December 18, 2014

Case # 14CF3982

MAN CHARGED FOR 1989 COLD CASE MURDER AFTER INVESTIGATION BY ORANGE COUNTY COLD CASE HOMICIDE TASK FORCE

*This is the first cold case investigation by OCHTF resulting in a murder charge

SANTA ANA – A man has been charged for a 1989 cold case murder as a result of extensive investigative work by the Orange County Cold Case Homicide Task Force (OCHTF). Douglas Gregory Gutridge, 63, Lodi, is charged with one felony count of murder. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

In June 1989, Gutridge, then 37 years old, is accused of murdering 35-year-old Carla Salazar inside her apartment in Santa Ana. The defendant is accused of providing information about the murder to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) during the initial stages of the investigation. SAPD thoroughly investigated this case but did not have enough evidence to file charges against Gutridge. Read more…

 
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Two men arrested for a home invasion robbery in Councilwoman Martinez’ Ward 2


Javier Cabezas

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD ROBBERY DETECTIVES ARREST TWO FOR HOME INVASION ROBBERY

DETECTIVES BELIEVE ARRESTEES MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OTHER REPORTED AND UNREPORTED ROBBERIES

Arrested:

1. Alfonso Cisneros (35) Santa Ana
2. Javier Cabezas (46) Santa Ana

On Tuesday 12/16/14, at 9:20 a.m., three victims were sleeping in the rear garage of an apartment unit in the 600 block of South Sycamore Street. They woke up to find two suspects with handguns in the room. All three victims were restrained with zip ties; one of the victims was also pistol whipped across the head and face resulting in a three-inch laceration to his head and facial swelling. The victims were robbed of cell phones, a small amount of money and a gold chain. Robbery detectives responded to assist with the investigation. Read more…

 
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Arrest made in fatal hit and run accident


Junior Rigoberto Lopez

Anaheim Police Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2014
Released by: Lt. Bob Dunn, (714) 497-6330

Subject: Arrest Made in Fatal Hit & Run

On November 1, 2014 at 9:10 p.m. Daniela Palacios, 44, of Anaheim was struck by a pick-up truck as she rode her bicycle near the intersection of La Palma Avenue and Magnolia Avenue in Anaheim.  After the collision, the pick-up fled the scene and the suspect remained at-large.  Palacios was transported to a local trauma center and succumbed to her injuries shortly after 1:00 a.m. on November 2, 2014.

Since the fatal hit and run, Anaheim Police Traffic Investigators have been working to locate the suspect vehicle and its driver.  With the assistance of Orange County Crime Stoppers, Junior Rigoberto Lopez, 30, of Buena Park was arrested this morning at the Anaheim Police Department.  He is suspected to be the driver of the vehicle that struck Palacios and he has been booked at our temporary detention facility for felony hit and run.  His bail is $50,000. Read more…

 
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The City of Santa Ana is now accepting medical marijuana dispensary applications


Medical Marijuana

The City of Santa Ana has begun its application process for those interested in opening a medical marijuana collective in town, after residents voted Nov. 4 to legalize and tax medical marijuana shops, according to the O.C. Register.

Fees associated with the process include $1,690 for the registration application and $12,086 for the regulatory safety permit.  If you are lucky enough to win the City’s marijuana dispensary lottery you will essentially have a license to print money.

Here is additional information including a link to the City’s medical marijuana dispensary application: Read more…

 
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Noche de Justicia event set for tonight at Spurgeon Intermediate

December 18, 2014
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Noche de Justicia

The Spurgeon Social Justice Club is hosting a Noche de Justicia” on Thursday, December 18th, from 5-7 pm in the C-Quad at Spurgeon Intermediate School on Fifth and Fairview in Santa Ana, CA. It is a celebration of the Brown vs. Board of Education Decision that desegregated public education in the United States. The event is open to students, parents, SAUSD staff, and community members. There will be music, performances, and food. There is no charge for the event.

It will be a great event filled with Danza Azteca, great music from the Valley Marching Band (including Spurgeon students) and the Spurgeon choir, spoken word from the community, great speakers, and the unveiling of the mural “In Defense of Santa Ana” created by the Spurgeon students who attended the “History of Santa Ana” class this summer at Spurgeon. They will end the evening with a plate of tamales for everyone! Read more…

 
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Riverview neighbors celebrate their 7th Annual Posadas


Residents in Santa Ana’s Riverview Neighborhood have been making a difference in their community by celebrating the Posadas Navideñas for the past four years. The Posadas Navideñas is a traditional Mexican reenactment of the search for lodging that Mary and Joseph did nine days before the birth of Jesus.

The Gallardo family in Riverview schedules a night for the Posada to be held at their home, starting on the 16th of December and finishing on the 24th of December, which is called Noche Buena.

The founder of this event, Manuel Gallardo, along with his family and neighbors continue to preserve this wonderful and beloved holiday tradition and culture. This is their 7th year doing this wonderful event. Read more…

 
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A celebration of the SAPD’s Mike McCoy is set for Dec. 18 at the C4 Deli

December 18, 2014
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Mike McCoy

After 34 years with the Santa Ana Police Department, Mike McCoy will be retiring at the end of December.  A celebration of all of his hard work in making Santa Ana a better city is set for Thursday, December 18, 2014, from 6 to 8 pm, at the C4 Deli, located at 200 North Broadway, in Downtown Santa Ana.

Here is the farewell note that McCoy posted on his Facebook Page: Read more…

 
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