On Monday, March 20 at about 7:30 p.m., SAPD police officers were dispatched to 627 E. Pine Street reference calls of a shooting and multiple shots being heard. When police officers arrived they found a male suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. A witness reported seeing the suspect(s) flee in a vehicle, according to SAPD Case # 17-07497. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
Subject: Luis Eduardo Distancia (45), Male, Hispanic, 5-10, 160 lbs., Brown, Brown, Warrant – $50,000.00
Suspect Vehicle: White, 2006, Ford, Econoline van, (IN CUSTODY)
UPDATE – New Photo of the Suspect Released:
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
Case # 14WF2704
Date: March 20, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was sentenced to 12 years in state prison today for contacting underage victims through social media with the intent of committing lewd acts. Michael Theodore Mordaunt, 47, Cypress, pleaded guilty on Feb. 9, 2017, to 19 felony counts of contacting a child with the intent to commit a specified crime,five felony counts of lewd acts upon a child age 14 or 15,two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, three felony counts of meeting a minor with the intent to engage in lewd conduct, one felony count of possession and control of child pornography, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for substantial sexual conduct with a child. In addition to prison, Mordaunt was also sentenced to mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.
At the time of the crime, Mordaunt was working in the Information Technology Department of the Boeing Company in Seal Beach. Continue reading
MOMS ORANGE COUNTY PARTNERS WITH COSTA MESA FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER TO OFFER FREE SPANISH-LANGUAGE CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION AND MOMMY & ME CLASSES
Nonprofit’s Programs Help Underserved, Pregnant Women and their Families to Have Healthy Babies
SANTA ANA, Calif. (March 20, 2017) – Santa Ana-based nonprofit MOMS Orange County is now offering free Spanish-language childbirth preparation classes, as well as free Spanish-language “Mommy and Me” classes for parents-to-be and new parents in partnership with the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center.
Each of the courses will be held at the Costa Mesa Family Resource Center, located in the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living in Newport Beach at 307 Placentia Ave. The classes are part of MOMS Orange County’s Health Education program and are specifically designed to enable new and expecting parents to gain the knowledge necessary to have a healthy pregnancy, positive childbirth experience, and give their baby the best possible start in life. Continue reading
Registered Sex Offenders in Santa Ana
Per the Megan’s Law website, there are currently 591 Registered Sex Offenders residing in the city of Santa Ana. There are approximately 3,500 registered Sex Offenders in all of Orange County – so why are so many in Santa Ana?
It may have to do with the large homeless community in Santa Ana. Of those 591 in Santa Ana, there are 197 Registered Sex Offenders who are transients meaning they have no permanent address or cannot be located. This is a sharp increase from the 2016 data provided by SAPD’s Sex Registrant Unit which stated there were 68 Homeless Sex Offenders in Santa Ana. Continue reading
On Friday March 17 at about 9 p.m. SAPD police officers were dispatched to 2200 West First Street regarding a shooting that had just occurred. Upon arrival they located an adult male bleeding from the upper torso lying on the sidewalk. The victim was transported to a local hospital for emergency treatment.
On Friday, March 17 at about 11 p.m., SAPD police officers were dispatched to the area of 2700 West Alton regarding a shooting. This shooting happened right in front of Councilman Sal Tinajero’s gated community. Continue reading
36-year-old Eduardo Estrada of Santa Ana was killed on Friday, March 17, when his motorcycle collided with a van in a hit-and-run crash at around 5:15 p.m. at the 200 block of South Standard Avenue. The police have still not tracked down the suspect who killed him.
Estrada left behind five children and his wife. On the day he was killed his family tried to reach him to find out what he wanted to eat that night. They knew something was wrong when he didn’t answer his phone late that evening and started to worry. Continue reading
Cutting off your nose to spite your face is an expression that dates back to the 12th century. It is thought to be derived from legends of pious women who disfigured themselves in order to protect their virginity. Today it has come to mean a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem. “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face” is a warning against acting in a way that would damage oneself more than address the subject of your concern.
The previous Santa Ana City Council cut off its nose, and by extension the nose of the city, by giving in to the bullying of a small group of outside agitators and refusing to comply with the federal contract with ICE which is a legal agreement in place with the city. Rather than considering the drastic implications of allowing ICE to remove inmates from the jail, the previous council provoked the cancellation of a contract that could have kept the facility operating for years to come, provided fiscal stability to the city and saved union jobs. Continue reading
Cesar Chavez believed ferociously in the border of the United States — because that border protected his union. So ferociously did he hold this view that the New York Times ran a story detailing an accusation that the union Chavez founded, the United Farm Workers, set up a 100 mile “wet line” to keep “wetbacks” and “illegals” — yes, all of those are Chavez’s words — out of the United States, according to the American Spectator.
A 1969 article in the Lodi News-Sentinel also quoted Dolores Huerta, who helped found the UFW with Chavez, using the term. “There is a detention camp for wetbacks at Coachella from where they’re (wetbacks) (sic) taken out every day to work in the fields,” one article says, according to the Huffington Post. Continue reading
Former SAUSD Trustee Nadia Davis Lockyer posted a cryptic message two hours ago on Facebook that appears to hint that she might be considering suicide.
The message stated “my children are the reason i’ve held on this long…but bill’s controlling ways, drugs, and dishonesty publicly have killed me, everything i ever wanted to do to help others, all about my heritage and purpose in life…i’m so very tired of carrying his cross…and my children suffer becuz of it. i can’t put them through it
anymore. sabrina, anja, marisa, luke, mark, erik….please take care of my babies. goodbye” Continue reading
The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation, in partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District, will celebrate the success and creativity of the arts during the 5th Annual Artspiration event from 5 to 7 p.m. March 23, 2017 at Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St. in Santa Ana. RSVP on Facebook here.
Student artwork will be sold during the event, giving students an opportunity to understand the value of art. Guests will also have an opportunity to meet some of the winning artists. Continue reading
Remember when the previous Santa Ana City Council majority, SAPD Police Chief Carlos Rojas and our since-fired City Manager, David Cavazos, tried to convince us last year that crime was going down in Santa Ana?
It turns out they were all lying through their teeth! Homicides in Santa Ana nearly doubled last year as gang-related shootings pushed the number of killings in Santa Ana to 23 homicides – its highest point in six years, according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
An unidentified man was critically wounded in a stabbing Friday night, March 17, in Santa Ana, at around 9 p.m., at a strip mall located in the 2200 block of West 1st Street, according to the O.C. Register.
The victim appeared to be a transient. One of our readers identified him as Eduardo Mendez. Continue reading
By ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER EDITORIAL BOARD
Every 10 years, the city of Santa Ana dreams up new rules and regulations to take on the purported menace of food trucks. On March 7, the City Council approved regulations which, if finalized, would impose unjustified burdens to owners of food trucks, ostensibly to “ensure public safety and prevent traffic hazards, preserve the peace and safeguard the welfare of the community.”
Under the ordinance, the Orange County Register reports, “food trucks cannot sell their wares within 500 feet of a school, park, community center or public playground; within 100 feet of a marked or unmarked crosswalk; in public streets, alleys or highways with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or greater; and they cannot flash neon or electronic displays that could distract drivers.” In addition, if the trucks do not move every hour, “they must obtain written permission for employees to use a health inspector-approved restroom within 200 feet.” Continue reading