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Garden Grove man shot his victims during a possible drug transaction

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Dustin Sean Ross McDonald

Dustin Sean Ross McDonald

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: August 15, 2014

Case# 14CF2681

DEFENDANT TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES SHOOTING-MURDER OF ONE MAN AND INJURING TWO WOMEN

SANTA ANA – A Garden Grove man will be arraigned today for the special circumstances shooting-murder of a man and attempted murder of two women in Santa Ana. Dustin Sean Ross McDonald, 23, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder by lying in wait, and two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation. He also faces sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death or great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. McDonald is scheduled to be arraigned today, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined. Read more…

 
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Rene Gomez joins field running for Santa Ana City Council’s Ward 2

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Rene Gomez

Rene Gomez, a graduate of Santa Ana High School who studied at CSU Long Beach, is running for Ward 2 of the Santa Ana City Council.  He joins a field of candidates that includes the incumbent, Michele Martinez, and another challenger, Mirna Velasquez.

The local Republican Party tried to recruit Velasquez but she opted to continue as a Decline to State voter.  Martinez is a liberal Democrat.  Gomez is a Republican and he stands to get support from the OC Lincoln Club and the OC GOP.

Gomez lists his birthplace as Tijuana, Mexico. He appears to be friendly with Mike Gonzalez, the head of Los 32, an organization that supports Mexican Americans.  Gonzalez is also running for the Santa Ana City Council, in Ward 6. Gomez supports immigration reform and immigrant rights. Read more…

 
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Can Alex Padilla beat Councilman David Benavides in the November election?

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Alex Padilla for the Santa Ana City Council

Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides got a free ride when he ran for reelection in 2010.  No one ran against him.  He got just over 34,000 votes according to Smart Voter.  There were about 43,000 votes cast in that year’s Santa Ana Mayoral contest, according to Smart Voter.  That means that over 9,000 voters chose not to vote for Benavides in 2010, even though his was the only name on the ballot in Ward 4.

Benavides ran for Santa Ana Mayor in 2012.  His campaign was very ill-advised.  He ended up with 14,995 votes, according to Smart Voter.  The incumbent, Mayor Miguel Pulido, got 27,092 votes.  The rest of the vote was split among three gadfly candidates.  Benavides raised a ton of money in that campaign but it was for naught.

Perhaps Benavides was distracted as his marriage was reportedly falling apart during his mayoral campaign.  He is supposedly divorced now.  Ironically he came to town with his wife years ago and took advantage of a program that allowed his wife, a teacher, to buy a home in Santa Ana at a low interest rate.  I believe that Benavides is still living in that home.  He has since scrubbed his official city bio of any mention of his wife and kids. Read more…

 
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Gentrifiers and Latinos protesting against police brutality face off in DTSA

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American Barber Shop employees

Employees of a business called the American Barbershop allegedly hurled racist insults at a group of mostly Latino protesters who had gathered on Friday, August 15, 2014 to held a vigil last night at Plaza Santa Ana, against police brutality.

A number of employees of this business were reportedly caught on video and in photos saying racial slurs and giving the middle finger to the crowd and members of the press.  Members of the Santa Ana Police Department were there at the time acting as personal security to the East End businesses. Read more…

 
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Michigan man indicted for a sextortion plot against a 16-year-old Santa Ana teen

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Nicholas Glenn Wilcox

A Southern California Grand Jury has indicted Nicholas Glenn Wilcox, who resides in Michigan, for allegedly threatening a 16-year-old Santa Ana boy and demanding the teen take pornographic photos and videos of himself, court filings show, according to the O.C. Register.

Michigan law enforcement authorities list the 5-foot-9 inch and 250-pound Wilcox–who used monikers that include “rapegod666,” “Kypkilla12,” “that1kid014,” “Flame” and “Heretik”–as a sex offender with a 2009 felony conviction for possession of “child sexually abusive material,” according to the OC Weekly.

Here are additional details about this case, courtesy of the OC Weekly: Read more…

 
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Santa Ana High School to celebrate its 125th birthday on September 6

September 16, 2014
9:00 amto1:00 pm
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Santa Ana High School Turns 125 Years Old

Santa Ana High School will be 125 years old in September. On Saturday, September 6, 2014, there is going to be a birthday party at the school.

The school will open at 9:00 a.m. A program with the band and choir will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by a tour of the school, review of old pictures, and socializing. The day will conclude with a picnic.

The event is open to all current and alumni of Santa Ana High School and anyone who wishes to take part in the festivities. Read more…

 
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Orange County Bike Loop update

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OC Bike Loop Update

By Supervisor Shawn Nelson

Supervisor Nelson visited Anaheim City Hall on Tuesday, August 12 to update council members and residents about the progress on the Orange County Bicycle Loop. This 66-mile trail for commuting and recreational activities is about 70% complete with only a few remaining gaps to fill along Pacific Coast Highway and the northern portion of the county.

Closing the gaps in the OC Loop would increase connectivity, expand transportation options and enhance recreational opportunities. OCTA and other stakeholders, including local cities, are working with the County of Orange on a feasibility study to close the remaining gaps. The study will provide the cities with grant-ready information to help them secure funding. Learn more about the OC Loop and the study here.
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SAUSD Board V.P. Hernandez endorses Rodriguez for the School Board

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Dr. Rigo Rodriguez for the SAUSD School Board

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Contact: Eric Hogensen, 323-761-9514

Santa Ana School Board Vice President José Alfredo Hernández Endorses Rigo Rodríguez for School Board

(Santa Ana) – Today, Santa Ana School Board Vice President José Alfredo Hernández joined School Board Clerk Rob Richardson and President Audrey Yamagata-Noji in endorsing Dr. Rigo Rodríguez for School Board.

Vice President Hernández was appointed to the School Board in January 2007. Prior to that, he served as a member of the Whittier Law School Trial Advocacy Honors Board and was a Fellow at the Center for Children’s Rights. In addition to serving on the School Board José Alfredo Hernández works as a criminal and immigration defense attorney for the Santa Ana community. Read more…

 
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Fake OC cop made a traffic stop and stole his victim’s wallet, cell phone and keys

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The above sketch is a composite image and not an actual photo depicting the suspect

Orange County Sheriff”s Department

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Investigators Seeking Public’s Assistance Identifying Suspect Impersonating an Officer

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – (August 15, 2014) – On Thursday, August 14 at approximately 9:20 p.m., an adult male victim was contacted by a suspect believed to be impersonating a police officer. The suspect conducted a traffic stop of the victim in the city of San Clemente and stole personal property from inside the vehicle.

The victim was travelling northbound on the Interstate 5 freeway when he observed red and blue flashing lights behind his vehicle. The victim exited the freeway and yielded in the Jack-in-the-Box parking lot located at 2938 S. El Camino Real. Immediately after yielding, the victim was contacted by the suspect who was extremely aggressive and ordered him out of the vehicle and to sit on the curb. While the victim was sitting on the curb, the suspect stole a wallet, cell phone and keys from inside the vehicle. Read more…

 
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Groundbreaking for new SAUSD Sports Complex set for 8/18

August 18, 2014
4:00 pmto5:00 pm
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SAUSD Sports Complex

Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2014

Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer , (714) 558-5555 Office, (714) 673-4995 Mobile

Media Advisory: Groundbreaking for Highly Anticipated SAUSD Sports Complex

What: Celebrate the groundbreaking of the highly anticipated Santa Ana Unified School District Sports Complex. Thanks to the passage of Measure G, a facilities improvement bond to construct and maintain the condition of the district’s school facilities, students in the city of Santa Ana can finally have a sports complex to call their own. Although the Sports Complex is located on the grounds of Valley High School, it will be jointly used by all of the district’s high schools.

Who: Members of the SAUSD Board of Education, Superintendent, Elected Officials (State, County, and City), students, athletes, coaches, parents, and community members.

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OC Sheriff’s Department destroys marijuana operation in Laguna Wilderness Park

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Orange County Sheriff

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Marijuana Cultivation Eradicated by Narcotics Investigators

LAGUNA WILDERNESS PARK, Calif. – (August 15, 2014) – On Friday, August 15, Orange County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators are conducting a marijuana cultivation eradication operation in the Muddy Canyon area of the Laguna Wilderness Park. The location is south of the SR 73 toll road, east of Newport Coast Drive near East Coastal Peak Park and Ridge Park Road. The plants are located on property in OC Parks jurisdiction, outside city limits. Investigators have estimated there to be approximately 2500-4000 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity. Read more…

 
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Orange County DUI Task Force announces Summer/Labor Day DUI crackdown

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OC DUI Task Force

Orange County Sheriff

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Orange County DUI Enforcement – Summer/Labor Day Schedule

SANTA ANA, Calif. (August 14, 2014) – The Orange County ‘Avoid the 38’ DUI Task Force is announcing its upcoming enforcement operations for the Summer/Labor Day Holiday DUI Campaign from August 15 through September 1, 2014. The following schedule of operations, dates, and locations are provided for media release:
DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints:

  • City of Irvine: Fri, August 15, 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • City of Stanton (OCSD): Fri, August 22, 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Cities of Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach (Multi-Agency): Fri, August 22, 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
  • Cities of Irvine and Tustin (Multi-Agency): Fri, August 29, 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

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Garden Grove man arrested in shooting of man and two women in parked car

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Dustin Sean Ross McDonald

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Advisory Update: arrest made in homicide investigation

Arrested : Dustin Sean Ross McDonald, 23 years old from Garden Grove

Charges will be murder (187), two count of attempt murder (664/187) and special circumstances enhancement (190.2) and weapons enhancements (12022.5)

SAPD detectives arrest 23-year-old Dustin Sean Ross McDonald yesterday evening in a car stop near his residence in Garden Grove. Charges are pending, case has been submitted to the District Attorney’s office for filing. Read more…

 
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New 1/2 acre park to be built by Memory Lane and the Santa Ana River

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New Santa Ana Park at Memory Land and the Santa Ana River

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: CITY OF SANTA ANA AWARDED ONE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT, UNDER THE HOUSING RELATED PARKS PROGRAM, FOR NEW HALF ACRE PARK

SANTA ANA, CA (August 12, 2014) – The City of Santa Ana has been awarded $1,030,800 grant to develop a 1/2 acre park at Memory Lane and the Santa Ana River, adjacent to the Vista Del Rio Housing Project.

The grant was funded under the Housing Related Parks Program. The program provides funding for parks and recreation projects that benefit the community and add to the quality of life. The program awards funding on a per-bedroom basis for residential units in very low to low-income household. $25 million was available in this funding cycle for projects in the State of California. Read more…

 
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15th Annual Summer Talent Show set for 8/16 at the Salgado Rec Center

August 16, 2014
1:00 pm
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Santa Ana 15th Annual Summer Talent Show

City of Santa Ana

Community Alert: CLOSE TO 200 STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN “AN ENDLESS SUMMER” THE CITY OF SANTA ANA’S 15TH ANNUAL SUMMER TALENT SHOW

SANTA ANA, CA – The public is invited to join the City Council as the City of Santa Ana’s youth program celebrates the end of summer with the City’s 15th Annual Summer Talent Show. Close to 200 young people from the Citywide summer recreation program will showcase their talents and perform on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Salgado Recreation Center, from 1 to 3:30 pm. Read more…

 
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