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Molotov cocktail thrown at a parked SUV in Ward 5 early this morning


Santa Ana Crime Scene

Someone threw a Molotov cocktail at a Ford SUV that was parked outside a home on the 900 block of North Bewley Street, in Santa Ana’s Ward 5, at 1:30 am on Tuesday morning, according to the O.C. Register.

The owner of the SUV, which had exterior damage after the incident, said that the getaway car was a dark-colored truck – but the SAPD has not found it or its driver yet. Read more…

 
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Is the Orange County Vector Control District poisoning our local honey bees?


Did the reliably lame Orange County Vector Control District screw up and poison our local honey bees?

One of our readers, David Marder, is a beekeeper, and he runs a bee control company here in Orange County, called Bee Busters.  In fact he is the one who took care of the Africanized honey bees that killed three dogs in Santa Ana lost week.

Marder and his colleagues started noticing earlier in this month (with a huge spike right around the weekend of the 7-8th of March) unusual numbers of people calling about swarms and colonies of bees which upon their arrival they found to be dying from apparent pesticide exposure. So they immediately called the offices of the Orange County Vector Control District, because they seemed like the most plausible cause of bee deaths all over the county. Read more…

 
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The first Art Walk at the Art Alley is set for April 4 in DTSA

April 4, 2015
3:00 pmto10:00 pm

Santanero Lit Slam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30th 2015

Contact: Alicia Rojas, Santa Ana Community Artist(a) Coalition, artistacoalition@gmail.com or 714-907-5468

SANTANERO ZINE and the SANTA ANA COMMUNITY ARTIST(a) COALITION will be hosting the first Art Walk at the Art Alley /Callejon de Arte!

The SANTANERO Lit Slam and Community Mural Kick off!

The Art Alley is located in *Downtown Santa Ana behind La Calle Cuatro / 4th St. In between Bush and Main*

SATURDAY APRIL 4th from 3:00PM – 10:00Pm

Community Artist(a)s will be creating temporary murals in preparation of the next big Community Mural. Hear the voices of the Community and their input about what kind of public art they would like to see go up in their City walls!  Hear slam poets; storytellers, and literary types drop word bombs!

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John Wayne Airport approves permits for ridesharing companies Uber and Wingz


John Wayne Airport, Uber

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2015
Contact: Jenny Wedge, (949) 252-5182, jwedge@ocair.com

JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT APPROVES PERMITS FOR RIDESHARING COMPANIES UBER AND WINGZ TO BEGIN OPERATING AT THE AIRPORT

SANTA ANA, Calif. – John Wayne Airport (JWA) today issued permits for two ridesharing companies to begin providing passenger pickups at the Airport. Uber and Wingz were the first two Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to submit the documentation required to receive JWA’s new TNC Ground Transportation Permit. Wingz intends to begin serving passengers at JWA today, March 30, and Uber plans to begin service Tuesday, March 31.

John Wayne Airport has worked with TNCs for several months to create a permit that ensures they comply with state and local requirements, and provide a safe, secure and efficient service to airport customers. Earlier this month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a ground transportation permit for TNCs that paved the way for ridesharing services to begin. Read more…

 
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Woman convicted of murder after she ran over a Santa Ana man’s head

Published on March 30, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana

Tad Allen Carroll and Barbara Ann Hamel

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 10CF2478

Date: March 30, 2015

WOMAN CONVICTED OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES MURDER DURING ROBBERY BY DRIVING OVER MAN’S HEAD AFTER FOLLOWING HIM HOME FROM HAWAIIAN GARDENS CASINO

SANTA ANA – A woman was convicted today of the special circumstances murder of a man by driving over his head after following him home from a Hawaiian Gardens Casino to rob him of $10,000 in gambling winnings. Barbara Ann Hamel, 51, Long Beach, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of special circumstances murder for committing a murder during a robbery, two felony counts of second degree robbery, and one felony count of attempted second degree robbery. Hamel faces a sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole at her sentencing on May 29, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., in Department C-41, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Hamel previously pleaded guilty in this case on Dec. 13, 2013, and was expected to be sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison on Feb. 21, 2014. During the sentencing the court allowed Hamel to withdraw her guilty plea based on the defendant’s request to have evidence in this case further analyzed. Read more…

 
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Man charged with kidnapping and carving his name on his ex-girlfriend’s chest

Published on March 30, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana

Sergio Joaquin Mendoza

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF0617

Date: March 30, 2015

MAN ARRAIGNED FOR KIDNAPPING AND THREATENING WOMAN AFTER CARVING HIS NAME ON HER CHEST

SANTA ANA – A man was arraigned today for kidnapping and threatening a woman that he had a romantic relationship with after carving his name on her chest. Sergio Joaquin Mendoza, 39, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping, one felony count of criminal threats, two felony counts of domestic battery with corporal injury, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. At the time of the crime Mendoza had a romantic relationship Jane Doe. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of 11 years and eight months in state prison. He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 8, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Between March 17, 2015, and March 20, 2015, Mendoza is accused of living in a room in a relative’s house in Santa Ana. During that time, Mendoza is accused of getting into multiple verbal arguments with Jane Doe and punching her on several occasions. The defendant is accused of forcing Jane Doe to sit in his car while he was at work and threatening her with violence in order to keep her from leaving the car. Read more…

 
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OC Animal Care is trying to locate a vicous dog and its irresponsible owner


OC Woman with her vicious dog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2015

Contact: Katie Ingram at katie.ingram@occr.ocgov.com, (714) 796-6413

OC Animal Care Needs Public Assistance Locating Dog and Owner

(Orange, CA) OC Animal Care is investigating a dog involved in an attack on two horses in O’Neill Regional Park on March 27, 2015. The horses were being ridden on Live Oak Trail at approximately 12:45 pm. The equestrians reported that both horses sustained multiple bites by the dog, which reportedly was being walked off-leash by its owner at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information on the dog, the owner or the attack is encouraged to contact OC Animal Care Operations at (714)796-6460. Please reference case A15-008874. Reporting parties are permitted to remain anonymous if they choose. Pending the results of the investigation, the case file may be referred for additional action to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Read more…

 
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So Cal Gas helps launch the new 2-1-1 info service for Veterans and their families


Chairman Todd Spitzer, 2-1-1 Chair Alan Roeder, OC Veterans Advisory Council Chairman Bobby McDonald, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager Paul Simonds

Chairman Todd Spitzer, 2-1-1 Chair Alan Roeder, OC Veterans Advisory Council Chairman Bobby McDonald, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager Paul Simonds and Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

Orange County Works with SoCalGas and 2-1-1 to Launch Internet Site to Help Veterans and their Families Gain Greater Access to Services

By: OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has supplied a $30,000 grant to help 2-1-1 Orange County develop and launch an internet site that will help Orange County veterans and their families gain greater access to services, it was announced this week at the Orange County Supervisors meeting.

The new portal is connected to 2-1-1 Orange County’s extensive database of regional services that include housing, legal assistance, counseling, child care and other services. The portal will serve as a central location for the most current information and relevant services for veterans and their families. 2-1-1 Orange County is also working with the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative to make sure that area agencies are trained to work specifically with service men and women as they transition back from deployment. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana mother sentenced for murder after drowning her baby

Published on March 28, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana

Lucero Diaz Carrera

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12CF1980

Date: March 27, 2015

MOTHER SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDERING 2-MONTH-OLD BABY GIRL BY DROWNING HER IN BATHTUB

SANTA ANA – A mother was sentenced today to 25 years to life in state prison for murdering her 2-month-old baby girl by drowning her in a bathtub. Lucero Carrera, 30, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury on Jan. 26, 2015, of one felony count each of first degree murder and assault on a child under 8 years old with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death. On Feb. 9, 2015, the same jury found that Carrera, who had entered pleas of “not guilty” and “not guilty by reason of insanity,” was legally sane at the time of the murder.

In June 2012, Carrera lived in a trailer in Santa Ana with her mother and her 2-month-old baby daughter Kimberly Gutierrez. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana man gets life in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in an alley

Published on March 28, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Luis Antonio Garcia Morales

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12CF3351

Date: March 27, 2015

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE FOR SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES STABBING-MURDER OF FORMER GIRLFRIEND IN SANTA ANA ALLEYWAY

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for stabbing and murdering his former girlfriend in a Santa Ana alleyway. Luis Antonio Garcia Morales, 26, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 24, 2014, of one felony count of special circumstance murder by lying in wait. The sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon was also found true.

On the evening of Nov. 13, 2012, Morales arranged to meet with 21-year-old Maria Isabel Cerrillo, with whom he had a previous romantic relationship, by pretending to be someone else. The defendant met his ex-girlfriend in an alleyway in Santa Ana, murdered her by stabbing her repeatedly, and then fled the scene. The victim died from the multiple stab wounds. Read more…

 
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Grant will help the OCTA to search for O.C. sidewalk gaps


OCTA Logo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713, Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697

Grant Will Help Search for O.C. Sidewalk Gaps

The $163,333 state grant will allow OCTA to establish a countywide inventory of sidewalks

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority has been awarded $163,333 in Active Transportation Program grant funds to complete the Orange County Sidewalk Inventory Project.

The grant is from the Southern California Association of Governments, in partnership with the California Department of Transportation. It allows OCTA to establish a countywide inventory of sidewalks that will identify the gaps, obstructions and amenities that may block pedestrian activity and access. Read more…

 
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What Supervisor Do is paying Probolsky over $60 an hour to do will shock you


Brian Probolsky goes fishing

Orange County First District Supervisor Andrew Do immediately disappointed us when he hired his Chief of Staff – the odious and overpaid Brian Probolsky.  Probolsky is being paid over $60 an hour – and now we know what we, the taxpayers, are getting for our money.

Do recently dispatched Probolsky to the “Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby,” at the North Lake of Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley. OC Parks hosted the event with the California Department of Fish and Game and United Anglers of Southern California. Read more…

 
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Rapper “Immortal Technique” and one of his homies arrested for robbery

Published on March 27, 2015 by in Crime, music, Santa Ana

Felipe Andres Coronel

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Santa Ana Police Arrest Rap Artist “Immortal Technique” And One Other For Robbery

Arrested:

Felipe Andres Coronel (37) New York City, New York
Steven Alexander McDaniel (40) Mission Viejo

Summary: Thursday, 3/26/15, at approximately 7:45 P.M., officers responded to 3600 South Susan reference an assault and robbery which had just occurred. Officers located two victims who advised they were selling T-shirts with the headliner rap artist “Immortal Technique” trademarked logo at The Observatory when they were confronted by 10 to 12 members of the group’s entourage. The victims stated they were beaten and had their T-shirts, cash and cell phones forcibly taken from them by the group. Read more…

 
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Two men stabbed, one in the face, in separate attacks in Santa Ana


Santa Ana Stabbing

What a bloody year it has been in Santa Ana so far in 2015.   Last night, on Thursday, two more men were stabbed in separate incidents, according to the O.C. Register.

In the first incident the SAPD showed up at an attempted robber, at around 11:40 pm, in the 700 block of South Van Ness Avenue, which is in Santa Ana’s Ward 2, which is represented by Councilwoman Michele Martinez.

Apparently a suspect who was wearing a ski mask and gloves ran up to a man and proceeded to stab him in the face! Read more…

 
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Supervisors Do and Steel to conduct a joint Open House on April 6

April 6, 2015
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Open House with Andrew Do and Michelle Steel

Orange County Supervisors Andrew Do and Michelle Steel are conducting a joint Open House on Monday, April 6, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm, at their offices at 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., 5th floor, in Santa Ana.

Do represents the First District, which includes most of Santa Ana and the West O.C. area known as Little Saigon.  Steel represents the 2nd District, a gerrymandered district that stretches form Buena Park in the north to Newport Beach. Read more…

 
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