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Man charged with neglecting a dog that chewed off part of his own leg


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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15WM01698

Date: February 25, 2015

MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR NEGLECTING TO CARE FOR DOG’S ENTANGLED LEG CAUSING DOG TO CHEW PART OF HIS OWN LEG OFF

WESTMINSTER – A man is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow on animal abuse charges for allowing his dog to become entangled in the backyard, causing the dog to chew a part of his own leg off. Samer Samir Ibrahim, 23, Westminster, is charged with one misdemeanor count of keeping an animal without proper care and one misdemeanor count of animal abuse by a caretaker. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Feb. 26, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-4, West Justice Center, Westminster.

Ibrahim is accused of owning and caring for an 11-month-old German Shepherd named Rocky. He is accused of only allowing the dog to remain in the backyard in conditions where the dog caught fleas and was significantly thinner than an average healthy German Shepherd. Read more…

 
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Man robs a Santa Ana 96 Cent Store and steals the employee’s car too

Published on February 25, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

96 cents and up store in Santa Ana

Santa Ana police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the 96 Cents Up Store in the 1500 block of West First Street, on Tuesday morning, at around 9:35 a.m., according to the O.C. Register.

A man with a knife not only took the money from the store’s cash register – he also grabbed the keys to the store employee’s 2007 Toyota Highlander, and used it to get away, on West First St. Read more…

 
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Poll – Should the SAPD put video cameras on their police officers?


video cameras on policemen

The SAPD is considering requiring police to wear cameras that record video and audio of interactions with the public, according to the O.C. Register.

In Santa Ana, there was one officer-involved shooting in 2014 that did not result in a fatality. In 2013, there were seven officer-involved shootings, five of which were fatal, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The City of Santa Ana will have to come up with about $1 million dollars to pay for the cameras and there is some debate at the SAPD about privacy issues and whether the cameras might discourage residents from talking to police for fear of being tape recorded. Read more…

 
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Woman charged with embezzling money from Holy Family’s fundraising program


Adela Maria Tapia

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF0347

Date: February 24, 2015

FORMER OFFICE MANAGER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR EMBEZZLING MONEY FROM CATHOLIC SCHOOL FUNDRAISING PROGRAM

SANTA ANA – A former office manager is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for embezzling money from a Catholic school’s fundraising program. Adela Maria Tapia, 40, Tustin, is charged with two felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement, 13 felony counts of money laundering with sentencing enhancement allegations for aggravated white collar crime over $100,000, and property loss of over $200,000. If convicted, Tapia faces a maximum sentence of 14 years and four months in state prison. The People will request that she be held on over $438,000 bail and must prove that the money comes from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond at her arraignment tomorrow, Feb. 25, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

In September 2006, Tapia was hired as the scrip card coordinator at the Holy Family Cathedral School (HFCS) in Orange. The scrip card program is utilized by HFCS to raise funds for the operating costs of the school by selling scrip cards, which act similarly to gift cards, to school families or parishioners at face value. HFCS purchases scrip cards at a discount and their profit is based on the difference between the purchase value and sale value of the scrip cards sold. The scrip card program raises approximately $200,000 for the school each year. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana couple sentenced for attempted murder and Facebook threats


Jessica Gascon

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12HF1198

Date: February 24, 2015

BOYFRIEND SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO MURDER MAN AND POSTING THREATS ON VICTIM’S FACEBOOK

*Defendant’s girlfriend was sentenced to nine years in state prison in this case

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today for attempting to murder the friend of the female defendant and posting threats on the victim’s Facebook page. Fernando Sanchez, 20, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty today to one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, criminal threats, and shooting at an inhabited dwelling house with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a firearm. Sanchez was sentenced to 20 years in state prison.

Co-defendant Jessica Gascon, 21, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to one felony count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm and was sentenced to nine years in state prison. Read more…

 
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Investigators seeking additional victims after arrest of sexual assault suspect


Raymond Baker

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Investigators Seeking Additional Victims Following Arrest

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (February 24, 2015) – On Thursday, February 19, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Raymond Newton Baker, 72, Laguna Niguel, following a three week investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted a victim under the guise he was training her to use a medical device. Read more…

 
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Three men arrested after fleeing in a stolen car in Santa Ana’s Ward 4

Published on February 23, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Santa Ana Police Pursuit

Three unidentified men were caught by the SAPD today after they tried to get away in a stolen car.

Police first tried to pull the men over at Sullivan St. and McFadden Ave., in Santa Ana’s Ward 4, which is represented by Councilman David Benavides, according to the O.C Register. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana releases a pedestrian safety survey after a man is struck by two vehicles


Santa Ana pedestrian accidents

A 78-year-old Santa Ana man, Lamberto Mejia, was hit and killed by two vehicles this early this morning at 5:30 a.m. after he tried to cross outside of a crosswalk at the 1700 block of West McFadden Avenue, which is near Jerome Park and MLK Elementary School, according to the O.C. Register.  The incident happened in Santa Ana’s Ward 4, which is represented on the City Council by Councilman David Benavides.

Keep in mind the fact that it is still dark at 5:30 a.m. – and the two drivers who hit Mejia stayed at the scene and spoke to the police, who closed McFadden Ave. between S. Raitt St. and S. Pacific Ave. until 11 am today.

Ironically a few hours later the City of Santa Ana sent out a press release asking residents to fill out an online survey to “help make our streets safer for biking, walking, and driving.” Read more…

 
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Girlfriend to be charged with stabbing her boyfriend to death


Michele Lynn Green

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # TBA

Date: February 23, 2015

GIRLFRIEND TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STABBING-MURDER OF BOYFRIEND IN THEIR HOME

SANTA ANA – A girlfriend is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for stabbing and murdering her boyfriend in their home. Michele Lynn Green, 50, Laguna Niguel, was charged today with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting Green be held on $1 million bail at her arraignment tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1. Central Jail, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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Free Celtic Family Festival at Bowers Museum on Sunday, March 1

March 1, 2015
11:00 amto4:00 pm

Bowers Family Festivals

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Free Celtic Family Festival at Bowers Museum, Sunday, March 1

WHEN: Sunday, March 1, 11 am-4 pm

WHERE: Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

COST: Free

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Bowers Museum invites you to a Free Celtic Family Festival on Sunday, March 1 from 11am to 4pm. This family-friendly celebration is free and fun for all ages, and will feature children’s art activities, live music by the Innisfree Irish Band and award-winning bagpipe musician Forrest Cormany. The event will also feature a special presentation by the Butler-Fearon-O’Connor School of Irish Dance, which has been named the number one Irish dance school in the United States. The Free Celtic Family Festival includes free admission to both the Bowers Museum and the Bowers Kidseum, and the first 1,500 attendees will receive free admission to the specially-ticketed China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui exhibit. The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, just a few blocks from the 5 Freeway at the Main Street South exit in Santa Ana and a few short minutes from the 22, 55 and 57 freeways. For more information, visit www.bowers.org or call 714-567-3600. Read more…

 
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Police chase and catch a reckless driver who hit several cars in DTSA


Santa Ana Police Pursuit

An SAPD police officer tried to stop a fellow who was driving recklessly this evening at around 5:15 pm near North Main Street and West Washington Ave, which is just over one mile from the SAPD headquarters.  The incident happened in Santa Ana’s Ward 2, which is represented by Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez.

The driver took off, going south on North Main Street – hitting several cars that were stopped near the 5th Street intersection, according to the O.C. Register.

The reckless driver, who was not identified by the SAPD, continued fleeing down North Main St., crashing into yet another car, near 4th St., which totaled the car and set off a fire. Read more…

 
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Man convicted of killing a 14-year old in Jerome Park


Armando Carachure

Armando Carachure

Armando Carachure, 27, a member of the Townsend Street gang in Santa Ana was sentenced Friday by Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Menninger, to life in prison for stabbing a 14-year-old rival, Fidel Armando Guajardo, to death during a confrontation at Jerome Park on June 21, 2013, according to the O.C. Register.

Guajardo was a member of a street gang that was allied with another gang that had a “loose rivalry” with Carachure’s gang.

Armando Carachure and a 12-year-old boy in his gang approached Guajardo and asked what gang he was affiliated with, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, as reporetd by My News LA. Read more…

 
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Residential no-burn alert set for Saturday, Feb. 21 in Central Orange County


SCAQMD Air Alerts

A(n) Residential No-Burn Alert has been declared for Central Orange-2, CA, on Saturday, Feb 21

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has declared a Residential No-Burn Day in your area.

Residents in your area are prohibited from burning wood or manufactured fire logs in indoor and outdoor residential wood burning fireplaces and stoves due to elevated fine particulate levels forecast by the SCAQMD. Read more…

 
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SAPD police officer shoots a man who stabbed a 21-year old woman


Santa Ana Stabbing

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Santa Ana Police Department & OCDA Investigating Officer Involved Shooting and Stabbing

Suspect: Francisco Alvarez (50) Santa Ana – In Custody (2) Counts of Attempt Murder

Victim: Female (21) Santa Ana

At approximately 12:20 p.m., the Santa Ana Police Department received multiple 911 calls of a stabbing in progress in the area of 1900 South Susan Street.

As officers were responding to the location, callers continued to state the male suspect was repeatedly stabbing the female victim.  Witnesses intervened to assist the victim and followed the suspect who fled on foot southbound on Susan then eastbound on Harvard. Read more…

 
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OCDA to host a booth at the upcoming O.C. Tet Festival


ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Date: February 20, 2015

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO HOST BOOTH AT 34TH ANNUAL TET FESTIVAL “YEAR OF THE GOAT”

*OCDA will host booth NW-28 with English and Vietnamese resources

COSTA MESA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is proud to participate in the 34th Annual Tet Festival this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. The 2015 Tet Festival is a celebration of the Vietnamese New Year, “Year of the Goat”, and will feature entertainment, games and prizes, food, art and culture vendors, and exhibitors from local businesses, government, and law enforcement agencies. The Tet Festival attracts over 100,000 guests each year in the span of a 3-day weekend event. This event will take place at the OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Read more…

 
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