A man suspected of burglary who attempted to hide inside a 7-Eleven located at 2745 W. McFadden Ave., was arrested late Thursday, June 15, after he crashed through the store’s ceiling tiles, according to the O.C. Register.
Santa Ana Police Department
Location: 612 E. Warner – National Guard Armory
UPDATE: The SAPD has declared the scene to be safe as of 10:36 a.m.
Armory personnel discovered a suspicious package left near the south entrance gate. SAPD Officers are on scene and have established a perimeter. Monroe Elementary has been placed on lockdown. Continue reading
OCTA Scholarship Program Invests in Education
Employee-funded program awards more than $13,000 to 26 students
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority recently held its annual scholarship event, awarding $13,000 to students through a fund that is raised entirely from employee donations.
The OCTA Scholarship Fund provided 25 deserving students with awards of $500 to offset their college tuition and help advance their academic careers. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
Date: June 13, 2017
*Allegations characterized by the Orange County Grand Jury as “witch-hunt”
OCDA is addressing only the parts of the report pertaining to the Office and defers inquiries regarding the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County Grand Jury’s (OCGJ) report released today entitled “The Myth of the Orange County Jailhouse Informant Program,” confirms the steadfast position of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) both in court and in the media regarding informant matters. The OCGJ debunked the media “witch-hunt” for agency corruption, in examining People v. Dekraai and People v. Wozniak.
“The OCGJ is confident there is no program of jailhouse informant use for criminal investigation in the Orange County jails.” (p. 19). Furthermore, the OCGJ found that “Allegations of intentional motivation by a corrupt district attorney’s office … to violate citizen’s constitutional rights are unfounded. Disparate facts have been woven together and a combination of conjecture and random events have been juxtaposed to create a tenuous narrative insinuating nefarious intent. That narrative does not stand up to factual validation.” (p. 5)
Key points and findings include: Continue reading
Daniel Jones-Hoebel, a 19-year old transient, was arrested by the Garden Grove police on Saturday, June 10, in the Friday, June 9 stabbing of 20-year-old Genaro Diaz of Santa Ana, who later died of his injuries at a hospital, according to the O.C. Register.
Antonio Esquivel, a 21-year old resident of Garden Grove, was arrested shortly after the Garden Grove police found Diaz, who was stabbed in the chest, at the 12800 block of Haster Street, just after 9 p.m. on Friday night. The police believe that Diaz got into a fight with the two men. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
Metrolink’s contractor will be performing maintenance between E 4th Street and E. Chestnut Avenue starting June 1, 2017. Work includes:
- Changing out rail and ties.
- Replacing turnouts and power switches from July 7 to July 9, 2017.
- Preliminary work for the turnout replacements will run from June 1 through July 31, 2017. Continue reading
You can visit the Orange County Zoo, which features animals native to California and the U.S. and is located at the Irvine Park, for $2 per person plus a $3 parking fee during the week which increases to $5 on weekends. Ages 2 years and under are free. You can also buy an annual parking pass to all Orange County Parks and Beaches for $80.
Or you can take the family to the Santa Ana Zoo, which features animals that are mostly not native to California, for a whopping $10 per adult or $7 for children aged 3-7. Parking is free as are kids under 3. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
SANTA ANA, CA – Visit the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park this summer for some “wild” times with family and friends! The Zoo is an urban oasis, providing a cool and relaxing getaway right in the heart of Orange County. Many events and activities are planned for this summer with some exciting developments in the works.
• SUNSET AT THE ZOO EVENING CONCERTS: Sunday June 11, Sunday June 25, Sunday July 9, and Sunday July 23, 2017; 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friends of Santa Ana Zoo hosts this after-hour’s concert series, featuring live music, art by local artisans, zoo animals, Train & Carousel rides, and offers an exclusive craft beer tasting experience for adults 21 and over to help raise funds to help the Zoo. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic dinner, blanket, family & friends, enjoy the concerts, and wander around the Zoo after it is closed to the public. Admission is $16.95 per person ages 3 & up, and just $8.95 for FOSAZ Members. Children under 3 are free. Continue reading
Saddleback High School student Jose Perez was the lucky winner yesterday of the SAUSD’s perfect attendance car giveaway, which took place at Bruce Hamlin’s Guaranty Chevrolet, located at 711 East 17th Street in Santa Ana. Perez won a 2017 Chevy Sonic.
There were 733 eligible high school students in the contest during which five names were drawn. Then the five students each picked one of five cars that they believed might be the winning vehicle. The student whose key was able to start the car won that vehicle – and that turned out to be Perez. Continue reading
Saturday, June 10 Car Giveaway
One High School Student with Perfect Attendance Will Win a 2017 Chevy Sonic!
One lucky Santa Ana Unified School District high school student, who has had perfect attendance all year long, will be the winner of a brand new car as part of the Perfect Attendance Car Giveaway promotion courtesy of Bruce Hamlin, Owner of Guaranty Chevrolet, located at 711 East 17th Street in Santa Ana.
Every year, Hamlin hosts a celebration in the Guaranty Chevrolet showroom for nearly 733 eligible high school students. “The main reason we do this is to help the community. The more students that attend classes daily, the more educated the student becomes. Those are the people that become good citizens and therefore help the community. I feel it’s beholden on the businesses in each community to help keep our communities strong and safe.” said Hamlin. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
Case # 17NF1372
Date: June 9, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a man who is scheduled to be arraigned today for posing as a police officer and kidnapping a woman to commit a sex offense.
Defendant: Sean Michael Vasquez, 35, Los Alamitos
Charged today in an amended complaint with the following counts: Continue reading
Remember a few weeks back when we noticed that the SAPD was no longer reporting crime data to Crimemapping – a website that logs crime activity throughout the U.S.? Well today the SAPD finally admitted what happened.
The SAPD noted in a press release that the Department changed its computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system and apparently because of that the link between the CAD and CrimeMapping.com stopped working and had to be rebuilt. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
SANTA ANA – The award-winning Santa Ana Public Library promotes literacy and provides a fun and safe gathering place for adults and families all year long. Once again, the Santa Ana Public Library is proud to present their annual Summer Reading Program, an exciting, literary-based program for children, teens, and adults.
This year’s theme is “Reading by Design,” a creative way to use the spirit of reading to show that literacy is the foundation for all, be it architecture, fashion, or art! The Summer Reading Program is an excellent way to promote reading and continuous development for people of all ages. For children and teens, participation in a vacation reading program strengthens their reading skills and helps prevent them from falling behind academically. For adults, their participation serves as a positive example to children and family members of the importance of reading, and fosters their own lifelong learning. Continue reading
The Greenwood Homes in the Tustin Legacy development have been experiencing a spike in theft related property crimes since the beginning of the year. In addition to regular Neighborhood Watch meetings, several of the residents have installed video security surveillance systems.
On May 23rd a homeowner had a package stolen from the front porch and the surveillance video captured the suspect fleeing in a black Mercedes. On May 25th the same vehicle was involved in a package theft in a nearby Irvine neighborhood. On May 26th the suspect struck again at a different residence and he was once again captured on video surveillance fleeing in a black Mercedes. The license plate on the vehicle was stolen from a similar looking Mercedes in the City of Orange weeks earlier. Continue reading
Do you remember when the Guest Inn and Quality Suites, located at 2151 E. First St., was converted into the first large-scale permanent supportive housing project in Santa Ana for the homeless, last year? Well they are in the news again as the SAPD is now investigating a shooting that occurred there early this morning in which a woman was wounded, according to the O.C. Register.
When SAPD police officers arrived at the Guest Inn, after getting a phone call about a woman being shot, they found a woman with what looked like one gunshot wound to her upper torso, according to the SAPD. Continue reading