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Man gets death penalty for rape and murder of a woman at a Garden Grove bar


Richard Raymond Ramirez

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # C-53262

Date: February 6, 2015

MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH PENALTY FOR RAPE AND STABBING-MURDER OF 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN OUTSIDE OF BAR IN 1983

*Defendant was previously sentenced to death but the case was overturned on appeal by a federal district judge

SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to receive the death penalty for raping and murdering a 22-year-old woman in an alley behind a bar in 1983. The defendant was previously convicted and sentenced to receive the death penalty in this case in 1985. In June 1990, Richard Raymond Ramirez appealed to the California Supreme Court, who affirmed the defendant’s conviction. His conviction was later overturned by the Federal District Court for the Central District of California on writ of habeas corpus.

Ramirez, 55, was found guilty by a jury in the re-trial of this case on May 15, 2013, of one felony count of special circumstances murder in the commission of rape, one felony count of rape, and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. A mistrial was declared in the previous penalty phase of the trial on June 3, 2013. A new jury recommended Ramirez receive the death penalty on Nov. 24, 2014. Read more…

 
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Gang bangers charged with firing at a police car

Published on February 8, 2015 by in anaheim, Crime, Gangs

Juan Carlos Covarrubias

Juan Carlos Covarrubias

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 12NF1746

Date: February 6, 2015

GANG MEMBERS TO FACE TRIAL FOR FIRING SEVERAL ROUNDS AT OFFICER’S VEHICLE ON PATROL IN ANAHEIM

SANTA ANA – Three defendants are expected to face trial Monday for firing several rounds at a police officer’s vehicle that was out on patrol in Anaheim for the benefit of their Hispanic criminal street gang. Juan Carlos Covarrubias, 22, Jordy Roman Martinez, 21, Andrew Gomez Sanchez, 21, all of Anaheim, are each charged with one felony count of conspiracy to commit murder, two felony counts of attempted murder on a peace officer, one felony count of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, and one felony count of street terrorism, with sentencing enhancements for the vicarious discharge of a firearm by a gang member and criminal street gang activity. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 45 years to life in state prison. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Covarrubias, Martinez, and Sanchez are accused of actively participating in a criminal Hispanic street gang with knowledge that its members engage is a pattern of criminal gang activity. Read more…

 
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Man stabbed in Santa Ana’s Ward 3


Santa Ana Crime Scene

A man was stabbed Friday afternoon in Santa Ana, police said. at Fairview and Seventeenth streets in Santa Ana. When the police arrived, they found a man stabbed several times in the upper torso, Sgt. Don Humphrey said, according to the O.C. Register.

For some reason the man did not cooperate with the police.  He admitted that someone stabbed him but that was it.  He was taken to an unnamed hospital for treatment. Read more…

 
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Support the Santa Ana Boy Scouts at a pancake breakfast on Sunday

February 8, 2015
8:00 amto10:00 am

Troop 28 pancake breakfast

Support Santa Ana’s historic Boy Scouts Troop 28, at a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 8, 2014, from 8 to 10 am, at the Santa Ana United Methodist Church located at 2121 N. Grand Ave., in Santa Ana, next to Sierra Intermediate School.

The pancake breakfast will include freshly made fluffy pancakes, savory breakfast sausages and scrambled eggs.  A $5 donation is requested. Read more…

 
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The SAUSD’s 2nd Annual 5K Resolution Run/Walk attracted 250 participants


SAUSD’s 2nd Annual Healthier U 5K Resolution Run Walk

SAUSD’s 2nd Annual Healthier U 5K Resolution Run/Walk

Draws 250 Participants on Beautiful Sunny Morning

On the beautiful Saturday morning of January 31, 2015, Santa Ana Unified School District employees joined their friends and family at the district’s 2nd Annual Healthier U 5K Resolution Run/Walk held at Godinez Fundamental High School and Centennial Park.

With a start time of 8:30 a.m., participants were geared up and ready to go to demonstrate the importance of physical activity for a healthy lifestyle. It didn’t matter if you were a trained runner or casual walker, participants were cheered and motivated along the way to go at their own pace and most importantly, finish the race. Read more…

 
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Mandatory wood-burning ban in effect in Orange County today and Sunday


SCAQMD Air Alerts

NO-BURN ALERT: MANDATORY WOOD-BURNING BAN IN EFFECT TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN

All Indoor and Outdoor Residential Wood Burning Prohibited Due to High Air Pollution Predicted for Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8, 2015, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire. SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces is prohibited today and tomorrow, through midnight on Sunday. No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area. The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. Read more…

 
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Santiago Elementary’s RAK Club shows kindness to needy animals


Santiago Elementary’s RAK Club

Santiago Elementary’s RAK Club Shows Kindness to Needy Animals

Santiago Elementary School’s Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Club, which is comprised of 30 5th grade scholars, can celebrate the success of their most recent project – “A Cause for Paws.”

Each trimester, the RAK Club ambassadors vote on a community service project to promote school-wide that will help all the students, parents and staff at Santiago practice kindness. This trimester, they organized “A Cause for Paws” to collect items needed by the Orange County Animal Shelter. Read more…

 
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High performance Mercedes-Benz crashes into a local Santa Ana business


Fast and Furious 7 is coming out soon in April but tonight we had a preview of it here in Santa Ana.  A custom high performance Mercedes-Benz automobile on a road test crashed tonight into a building belonging to Cresta Verde Landscape in Santa Ana.

The fiery crash was captured on video by one of our readers, Anthony Monks, who shared the footage and a few pictures with us. Read more…

 
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Spurgeon Intermediate School taking the lead on bike safety for students


Spurgeon Intermediate Bike Club

Spurgeon Intermediate Taking the Lead on Bike Safety for Students

Spurgeon Intermediate School Teacher, Stacy Kline, has put together a Bike Club for her students. The focus of the club is fun with cycling, but it all begins with safe riding skills. To reinforce the importance of safety, Kline offers a bicycle safety session for students.

During the session, students were surprised to learn from Ms. Kline that it is most often the bicyclists who are frequently at fault in collisions, and with some basic training, most bike accidents and the resulting injuries can be prevented. By taking time to learn how to check bikes before riding, practicing starting and stopping safely, adjusting helmets correctly, learning how to brake properly and developing bicycle control skills, kids can really enjoy the freedom that riding a bike provides. Read more…

 
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20-year old Santa Ana man caught tagging in Fountain Valley


Joseph Navarro

Joseph Navarro

City of Fountain Valley – Police Department

PRESS RELEASE

On January 16, 2015, at 1:06 a.m., a Fountain Valley Police Officer was conducting a patrol check of a suspicious vehicle parked to the rear of GameStop located at 16123 Harbor Blvd. As the officer approached the vehicle he observed two suspects run southbound through the parking lot towards the front of the business. The officer observed fresh graffiti on the block wall adjacent to the area where the suspects were originally located.

The officer was able to locate the suspects in front of the business and detained them for a vandalism investigation. The suspects were identified as Joseph Navarro (20) from Orange and Johnny Martinez (20) from Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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New security measures planned for O.C. Board of Supervisor meetings


Orange County Logo

New Security Measures Planned for Board Meetings

Metal Detectors Will Be Used Beginning March 3

(Santa Ana, CA) — Beginning March 3, 2015, those attending Orange County Board of Supervisors meetings will be required to pass through a metal detector before entering the Board Meeting Room, a move designed to boost security in line with other large urban California counties.

The recommendation to install metal detectors came from the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center, a multi-jurisdictional network of law enforcement agencies that develops best practices to protect the residents, visitors and critical infrastructure of the county. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana went red today to raise awareness about women with heart disease


Bowers goes red

Photo by Omar De La Riva

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bowers Museum Bell Tower Transformed for National Go Red For Women Day

OC Museum Participated in 13th Annual American Heart Association Campaign

SANTA ANA, CALIF. – The Bowers Museum in Santa Ana was among the numerous locations nationwide to “Go Red” on Friday, February 6, as part of the 13th Annual American Heart Association Go Red Day promoting women’s heart health.  As part of this campaign, the Bowers Museum’s iconic Mission-style Bell Tower was bathed in brilliant red light to help raise awareness about the importance of heart health among women. Located at 2002 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, the Bowers Museum is a familiar sight for thousands of daily commuters driving along Main Street.

The annual Go Red For Women campaign raises awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and encourages them to take preventive measures to reduce their risk. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women and those who love them, to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. On a national level, the Go Red For Women movement has resulted in 650,000 women’s lives being saved over the last 10 years. Read more…

 
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Mandatory wood-burning ban in effect today and on Saturday in Orange County


SCAQMD Air Alerts

NO-BURN ALERT: MANDATORY WOOD-BURNING BAN IN EFFECT TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN

All Indoor and Outdoor Residential Wood Burning Prohibited Due to High Air Pollution Predicted for Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, 2015, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes the greater Los Angeles area, Orange County and the Inland Empire. SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces is prohibited today and tomorrow, through midnight on Saturday. No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particle air pollution forecast for the area. The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. Read more…

 
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The SAPD arrests a suspect in the death of a transgender woman

Published on February 6, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Liborio De La Luz Ramos

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Homicide Detectives Make Arrest in Death of 40 Year Old Transgender woman

Arrested: Liborio De La Luz Ramos (44) Santa Ana

Charges CPC 192 Voluntary Manslaughter, Bail $500,000

On 2-5-2015, SAPD Homicide Detectives arrested Liborio DeLaLuiz Ramos (44) in connection to the death of a 40 year old transgender woman. Detectives believe that there may be additional victims who received injections from the suspect. Detectives would like additional victims to contact them at 714-245-8390.

Details:On January 28, 2015, at 1000 hours, the Orange County Coroner’s Office notified the Santa Ana Police Department, Homicide Section of a suspicious death that occurred on January 22nd. The decedent was a 40 year-old transgender who died of a “silicone embolism syndrome” related to a silicone injection to the buttocks for cosmetic reasons. Read more…

 
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Rapper B-Real a winner at Santa Ana’s medical marijuana dispensary lottery


Santa Ana Medical Marijuana Dispensary Lottery

Picture courtesy of Kandice Hawes

 

The medical marijuana dispensary lottery held in Santa Ana’s City Council Chambers yesterday felt like a cross between a horse race, with all the handicapping going on, and an expensive game of Bingo, according to NBC News.

Cypress Hill rapper Louis Freese, better known as B-Real, was one of the twenty lottery winners.  He said that he plans to name his collective Dr. Greenthumb, according to the O.C. Register. Read more…

 
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