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Burglary suspects who crashed in north Santa Ana identified

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

Burglary Suspects Arrested Following Vehicle Pursuit

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. – (October 9, 2014) – On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Harold Nathaniel Reese, 28, Los Angeles; Antwain Travon Smith, 28, Los Angeles; Raven Samone Queen, 19, Compton and John Smith, 24, Los Angeles, in connection with a residential burglary that occurred in the Nellie Gail Ranch community of Laguna Hills.

On October 8, 2014 deputies were conducting saturated patrols in the area of the Nellie Gail Ranch community following multiple residential burglaries over the last several months. During the course of saturated patrol effort, deputies observed a vehicle occupied by four subjects, believed to be connected to a recent residential burglary. Deputies initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle on Oso Parkway; however, the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued onto the northbound Interstate 5 freeway. Read more…

 
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Benefit concert for Santa Ana High and Willard Intermediate set for Nov. 2

November 2, 2014
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SAUSD Benefit

For the past 5 years, New Hope Presbyterian Church, in Orange, has sponsored a benefit concert to keep music alive for Santa Ana High School and Willard Intermediate. This year the benefit concert will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at Santa Ana High School, in the Bill Medley Auditorium, at 520 W. Walnut St., in Santa Ana.

This year’s benefit concert is entitled “Return to Motown” and will feature: Read more…

 
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Santa Ana man arrested for cold case murder of his suegra

Published on October 8, 2014 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana
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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release : October 8, 2014

Case # 14HF2750

MAN ARRESTED TODAY FOR 1998 COLD-CASE MURDER OF MOTHER-IN-LAW

SANTA ANA – A man was arrested today for the 1998 cold case murder of his mother-in-law. John Edward Moll Gutierrez, 47, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time and date are to be determined.

At the time of the crime, Gutierrez is accused of living in a Laguna Beach condominium with his wife and the defendant’s 55-year-old mother-in-law Lillian DeVilla. Read more…

 
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Man arrested for murder of transgendered Santa Ana resident Zoraida Reyes

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PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2014

Released by: Lt. Bob Dunn, (714) 497-6330

Subject: Updates on On-going Homicide Investigation

On June 12, 2014 at 10:51 am, the body of Zoraida Reyes was discovered in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen in the 200 block of N. State College Blvd. Reyes, 29 of Santa Ana, was an active member of several Orange County transgender and immigrant rights advocacy groups and her death prompted concern. So far the investigation has not uncovered any evidence to indicate Reyes was specifically targeted, and Detectives are not investigating this homicide as a hate crime.

Yesterday, October 7, 2014 at 9:25 a.m., Randy Lee Parkerson was arrested in his vehicle in the 200 block of E. Katella Ave. Parkerson, 38 of Anaheim, was booked at the Anaheim Police Department Temporary Detention Facility for murder and he is being held on 1 million dollars bail. His booking photograph is above. Read more…

 
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Robbers crash on the 5 Freeway and one of them runs to the MainPlace Mall

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Robbers crash in north Santa Ana

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Three men and a woman suspected in connection with at least one Laguna Hills burglary were chased from South County by deputies Wednesday morning on the northbound I-5 freeway until the fleeing driver crashed near the Westfield MainPlace mall, according to the OC Register.

The driver refused to stop and led authorities on a pursuit that lasted about 30 minutes before crashing into a white Chevy Volt on the 5 Freeway near the Westfield MainPlace mall in Santa Ana, according to KTLA News. Read more…

 
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How the Santa Ana City Council can retake control of their meetings

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City governments are generally loathe to change but after what happened last night, when a punk wearing an offensive hat, and his creepy homies were able to disrupt the Santa Ana City Council meeting to the point that it ended up being canceled, it is clear that we need to restore order at the Council’s chambers.

It actually can be done, without violating free speech, in a few easy steps:

  • Station a drug-sniffing K9 officer outside the entrance to the Chambers and if he identifies someone that could be under the influence of illegal drugs or could have them on his person, then frisk him and have police officers check out his car.  The miscreant will be carted off to jail if any illegal drugs are found.
  • Equip police officers with hand-held metal detectors and have them check any visitors who a) don’t have business with the city (if they are at the City Council to receive an award or have business with the City then they just have to show I.D. to get in) or b) or are suspicious. Make sure that the decorum ordinance specifies that weapons are not acceptable at Council meetings unless you are a police officer.
  • Develop Reserved Seating rules: Read more…
 
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Water main break at 17th and Alona

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Santa Ana Water Main Break

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Santa Ana Advisory: TRAFFIC ADVISORY: CREWS REPAIRING EMERGENCY WATER LINE BREAK ON 17TH STREET NEAR ALONA. ALT. ROUTES SUGGESTED

SANTA ANA (October 8, 2014) – Crews have been working throughout the night to repair two emergency water line breaks on 17th Street near Alona. Repairs have been made to one leak and crews are working to repair the second. Read more…

 
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Young man’s rude protest results in the shut down of tonight’s City Council meeting

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Mayor Miguel Pulido canceled Tuesday night’s Santa Ana City Council meeting after a man refused to remove a cap with an anti-police expletive on it, according to the OC Register.

The young man in question, identified as “Bijan” is affiliated with Santa Ana CopWatch. They posted this message on their Facebook page after the City Council meeting was shut down, “The city council meeting got shut down. The mayor and the cops tried a bluff saying that if we didn’t leave that we would get arrested. Over a hat. The cops were even showing off their cuffs. We stayed and it got shut down. Media was there so expect it in the news. In solidarity with all survivors and victims of police violence. From Santa Ana to Ferguson to Palestine: F*ck the Police.”

These actions were clearly premeditated.  The ruckus actually began over a month ago at a previous Council meeting when Mayor Miguel Pulido was upset that while he was trying to give service awards to two Santa Ana police officers there were protestors seated in the Council Chambers holding “f*ck the police” signs.  No one on the City Council said or did anything about that and in fact they all ignored the police too.  Pulido was the only one who congratulated them on their awards.  The meeting left a very negative impression on the members of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association and their President, John Franks, later sent a stern letter to the City Council announcing that unless they could control what happened at their meetings he would not allow his officers to receive awards in Chambers but instead they would be given out at the SAPD headquarters. Read more…

 
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Patient Town Hall Meeting on the State of Medical Marijuana in Santa Ana set for 10/7

Published on October 7, 2014 by in Entertainment
October 7, 2014
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Medical marijuana Santa Ana town hall meeting

A Patient Town Hall Meeting on the State of Medical Marijuana in Santa Ana has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, from 6 to 7 pm at the headquarters of the Yes on Measure CC ballot initiative campaign.

The discussion will include information about the recent raids on medical marijuana dispensaries by the Santa Ana Police Department, court cases and the upcoming election.

Refreshments will be served.  A patient raffle raffle will follow the meeting and will include volunteer rewards. Read more…

 
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Solorio receives several major law enforcement endorsements

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2014

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CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF HIGHWAY PATROLMEN AND FOUR OTHER MAJOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS ENDORSE JOSE SOLORIO FOR STATE SENATE

The Five State & Local Organizations Represent Rank And File Public Safety Officers Throughout Both Orange and Los Angeles Counties

SANTA ANA – Jose Solorio announced today that the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP) has endorsed his campaign for the 34th State Senate District. The group, which represents California Highway Patrol Officers, is one of the largest law enforcement organizations in the state with over 14,000 active and retired members.

Solorio also announced endorsements from the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), and the Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA). Read more…

 
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Was Santa Ana’s sad Ciclovia an attempt to promote Reyna and Benavides at public expense?

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Benavides and Reyna Ciclovia

Did Santa Ana’s taxpayers pay for Team Santa Ana’s jerseys too?

Isn’t it interesting that the City of Santa Ana scheduled their Ciclovia event a month before the General Election?  And sure enough Councilman David Benavides and his pal Roman Reyna, who is running for Mayor, were there in full force, promoting themselves at the City’s expense.

A friend of mine figures the City had to have spent a small fortune on City employees including perhaps 30 police officers and public safety personnel.  And who knows how much they spent on marketing the event?  I hear that the turnout was not great.  A reader estimated total turnout at under a thousand with perhaps half of them comprised of staff and volunteers. Read more…

 
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Charter Schools Association endorses Dr. Rodriguez for the SAUSD School Board

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PRESS RELEASE: October 6, 2014
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CCSA Advocates Endorses Dr. Rigo Rodriguez for Santa Ana Unified School Board

The teacher and community advocate will fight for students

Los Angeles – CCSA Advocates is pleased to announce its endorsement of Dr. Rigoberto (Rigo) Rodriguez for the Santa Ana Unified School District Governing Board. An experienced teacher, small business owner and respected community advocate, Dr. Rodriguez will work to ensure that every Santa Ana student receives a high-quality education.

“We enthusiastically endorse Dr. Rodriguez for the Santa Ana Unified school board,” said Gary Borden, Executive Director of CCSA Advocates. “Dr. Rodriguez has proven himself to be a visionary and collaborative community leader. He understands the complex challenges facing Santa Ana schools. As a school board member, he will put students first and work tirelessly for access to high-quality educational options for all families.” Read more…

 
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ODCA fundraising online to end modern day slavery

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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 3, 2014

THE ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, ORANGE COUNTY HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE, AND CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY LAUNCH ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO END MODERN DAY SLAVERY

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SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA), the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), and Chapman University are pleased to announce the launch of their online fundraising campaign with the world’s most established crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, for the 2nd Annual “Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T. Rocking & Rally” on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Chapman University.

The event will increase community awareness of human exploitation and trafficking, the second largest criminal enterprise in the nation, behind narcotics trafficking, that nets approximately $32 billion a year. A free rock concert will immediately follow with Stan Frazier and Murphy Karges of Sugar Ray. Elected officials, law enforcement, non-profits, private law firms, businesses, and private citizens have all donated to this cause and support is growing. To make a donation of any amount and to join the cause, please visit http://igg.me/at/beatheat. Read more…

 
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Pulido endorsed by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs’ PAC

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AOCDS endorsement of Pulido

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has been endorsed by the Political Action Committee of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) – his latest key public safety endorsement.  The Santa Ana Police Officers Association (SAPOA) has also endorsed Mayor Pulido as has the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association.

The AOCDS PAC wrote in their endorsement letter that Pulido’s re-election will “make our community safer.” Read more…

 
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State Senator Lou Correa to be honored by the City Council on Tuesday night

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Advisory: MAYOR & COUNCIL TO HONOR SEN. LOU CORREA, SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM & WATER IS LIFE CONTEST AWARD WINNER TUES.

SANTA ANA, CA (October 7, 2014) – The public is invited to attend the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 as members of the City Council will recognize community members for their outstanding service to the City of Santa Ana.

Mayor Pro Tem Sal Tinajero will honor the Southwest Little League Team, the Baseball Pirates, for winning the City Tournament for the City of Santa Ana. Councilmember Michele Martinez will honor Senator Lou Correa for his service to the community and for his years of service in the California State Legislature. Councilmember Vincent Sarmiento will honor Zayra Garcia for winning the “Water is Life” art contest held by the Metropolitan Water District and her teacher, Arica Dowd, for submitting the student drawings. Read more…

 
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