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The SAPD updates the officer-involved shooting of Armando Antunez

Published on August 3, 2015 by in Crime, Gangs, OCDA, Santa Ana

Armando Antunez

Armando Antunez

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update From 8-2-2015

Suspect/Arrested: Armando Antunez (24) Santa Ana

On August 2, 2015, at approximately 6 p.m., SAPD Gang Enforcement Officers were conducting a patrol check in the area of 800 South Townsend.

Recently, this area has been plagued with increased violent gang crime and is part of a current gang injunction. Officers saw several gang members loitering in the alley and attempted to contact them. Read more…

 
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Santa Ana resident Francisco Martinez arrested after DUI crash in Tustin


Tustin DUI crash on August 2, 2015

Tustin DUI crash on August 2, 2015

Tustin Police Department

At 5:06 PM today officers were sent to the area of Edinger Ave. and Jamboree to investigate the report of an injury accident. When officers arrived at the location they discovered a white Audi RS 6 had struck a street sign and several trees in the center island of Edinger Ave.

The car impacted one of the trees with enough force to uproot it. The vehicle sustained severe damage. Read more…

 
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The SAPD responded to an alleged riot at the OC Pride Festival on Saturday night


A riot apparently broke out at the OC Pride Festival event that was held this Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Downtown Santa Ana.  Details are sketchy but I did receive a number of pictures and the video above from an anonymous source who said that the trouble started late and the Santa Ana Police were there in large numbers by 11 p.m.

This disturbance has not been reported in the local media but it does show up on Crimeapping.com, which notes that there was a “Disturbing the Peace” arrest at the 300 block of N. Spurgeon St., in DTSA, at 11:51 p.m. on August 1.

There was also a riot in 1989, when six people were arrested after a fist-swinging brawl broke out among more than 50 militant gays and fundamentalist Christians at Orange County’s first Gay Pride Festival, as reported by the L.A. Times. Read more…

 
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Opponent of the Townsend Neighborhood gang injunction shot by the SAPD

Published on August 2, 2015 by in Crime, Gangs, OCDA, Santa Ana
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Armando Antunez

Armando Antunez

Armando Antunez, a defendant in the Gang Injunction in Santa Ana’s Townsend Neighborhood has been shot by the SAPD, according to Santa Ana community activist Igmar Rodas.

The shooting has now been corroborated by the O.C. Register, which reported that “at about 6:15 p.m. Santa Ana police fired at a suspect in the 800 block of South Townsend Street.  A weapon was recovered at the shooting scene, but police didn’t immediately disclose how it related to the situation.” Read more…

 
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O.C. walk to honor children lost to stillbirth, infant death, and pregnancy loss set for 10/10


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Thousands Will Walk In Orange County To Honor Children Lost to Stillbirth, Infant Death, and Pregnancy Loss

TUSTIN – More than 4,000 people will gather at the 11th Annual OC Walk to Remember to Remember, a Forever Footprints event, sponsored by VIaSat. It celebrates the lives of babies that have died. The 5K Run, The Memorial Service, Walk and Celebration of Angels event will be held on Saturday, October 10, at The District at Tustin Legacy from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Nearly 5,400 babies will die today in the United States, and one in four Orange County women will experience miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, pregnancy loss and infant death. Read more…

 
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The Raise Foundation reminds us to check if a child is left unattended in a car

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MEDIA ALERT

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2015

Contact: Elizabeth DenBleyker,  (714) 541-7734

THE RAISE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES KAITLYN’S LAW AWARENESS CAMPAIGN-DON’T FORGET. DOUBLE CHECK

(August 2015) Leaving a child unattended in a car in California is both illegal (Kaitlyn’s Law) and dangerous no matter what the weather conditions. Joining together to get this lifesaving message out during August is The Raise Foundation — Orange County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council — in collaboration with the Orange County Social Services Agency, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Also championing the cause are many local car dealerships, banks, hospitals and medical clinics, colleges, stores, companies, youth groups, places of worship, and others. A comprehensive social media campaign, onsite presentations, radio spots, and information booths at community events will aide in educating and reminding the public.

“The Orange County Social Services Agency encourages and supports The Raise Foundation’s efforts to educate the community and raise awareness on this important issue,” said Mike Ryan, Director of the County of Orange Social Services Agency. Read more…

 
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Fire breaks out on an apartment building’s balcony at the 3100 block of S. Main St.

Published on August 1, 2015 by in Fires, OCFA, Santa Ana
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Santa Ana Fire News

A balcony fire broke out on the second floor of an apartment complex in Santa Ana today, at about 4 pm, at the 3100 block of South Main Street, just south of Dyer, according to the O.C. Register.

The fire was reported by a man who was on the first floor of the two-story apartment when he heard a “loud bang” upstairs. Read more…

 
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The O.C. Register is practically giving away their Sunday newspaper

Published on August 1, 2015 by in Deals, Santa Ana

Register deal

The Orange County Register has apparently hit rock bottom.  They are making a one year Sunday newspaper subscription available on Groupon for only $5 – or you can subscribe for two years for $10.  That price includes home delivery.

This is a 97% discount!  And it is a sure sign that newspapers are indeed dying as more and more Americans resort to getting their news online. Read more…

 
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Magnolia Science Academy to host a groundbreaking at their new Santa Ana site on 8/7

August 7, 2015
10:00 amto11:00 am

Magnolia Science Academy Groundbreaking

The Magnolia Science Academy, which was chartered by the Orange County Board of Education after it was rejected by the SAUSD School Board, is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, August 7, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at 2840 West 1st Street, in Santa Ana.

Light Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. Parking will be available on-site.

Speakers:

  • MPS Board Member Remzi Oten (Keynote Speaker)
  • MPS CEO and Superintendent Dr. Caprice Young
  • MSA-Santa Ana Principal Laura Betsabe Schlottman
  • Host – Chief External Officer Alfredo Rubalcava

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Santa Ana man among five men convicted of trying to hook up with prostitutes

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Daniel Santos Zamudio of Santa Ana

Daniel Santos Zamudio of Santa Ana

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Date: July 31, 2015

FIVE MEN CONVICTED OF AGREEING TO ENGAGE IN PROSTITUTION

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) convicted five men in July 2015 of agreeing to engage in prostitution. The defendants in these cases approached a woman whom they believed to be a prostitute in areas known for prostitution and human trafficking in Orange County. Each of the defendants below agreed to engage in commercial sex with a woman and were subsequently arrested by law enforcement.

Defendants:

  • Dean Gilbert Chance, 52, Huntington Beach. Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution with a prior conviction for one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution in 2012. Accepted a court offer of 45 days in jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education.
  • Kianoush Moghtaderzadeh Hosseini, 41, Irvine. Was convicted by a jury of one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution. Sentencing scheduled for Aug. 10, 2015.
  • Saul Rivera Mendoza, 33, Anaheim. Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution. Ten days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, must submit to AIDS testing and education, and must provide a DNA sample.
  • Derick Paul Penner, 32, Garden Grove. Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution. Accepted a court offer of ten days of voluntary community service in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, and must submit to AIDS testing and education.
  • Damian Santos Zamudio, 38, Santa Ana. Pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of agreeing to engage in prostitution. Thirty days of CalTrans in lieu of jail, three years of informal probation, must submit to AIDS testing and education, and must provide a DNA sample.

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Man who embezzled over $5.6M from a Santa Ana piano company gets 18 years in prison

Published on August 1, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana
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Russell Eugene Dunbar

Russell Eugene Dunbar

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

 

Date: July 31, 2015

Case # 11CF2660

FORMER CONTROLLER OF SANTA ANA PIANO COMPANY SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLING OVER $5.6 MILLION DOLLARS

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A former controller of a Santa Ana piano company was sentenced today to 18 years in state prison for embezzling over $5.6 million from the business. Russell Eugene Dunbar, 58, was found guilty by a jury on Oct. 21, 2014, of 17 felony counts of forgery, 17 felony counts of falsifying records, and 16 felony counts of grand theft with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing an aggravated white collar crime over $500,000 and property damage over $2.5 million.

Fields Piano is a long established piano store in Santa Ana. In 2001, the owners hired Dunbar, a close friend, to be the controller for the business in charge of accounting for the company. Read more…

 
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Major traffic accident at Bristol and Memory Lane


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A major traffic accident at Bristol and Memory Lane, in Santa Ana, could tie up traffic for a while.

A car has overturned in the intersection. No word yet on injuries.  Read more…

 
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The SAPD is seeking a female suspect who stole a USPS package from a residence

Published on July 31, 2015 by in Crime, Santa Ana

Santa Ana Package Thief 2

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: SAPD Property Crimes Detectives request assistance in identifying suspect committing theft of delivered package.

Suspect: Female-Hispanic, 20-25 years old, brown shoulder length hair, medium build, wearing a black V-neck tee-shirt, black tennis shoes. The suspect was last seen riding a purple or dark metallic mountain bike.

Summary: On 7-30-2015 at approximately 1:40 pm in the 1100 block of N. Linwood the female suspect is observed riding her bike up to the victim’s doorstep and removing a United States Postal Service package that had just been delivered. Read more…

 
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Injured man claims he was stabbed at Original Mike’s restaurant

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A man who was bleeding from a stab wound to the chest who was found by the SAPD while he was walking near the Center Justice Center courthouse on West Civic Center Drive and North Flower Street, early this morning at around 1:20 a.m. claimed that he was stabbed at at Original Mike’s Restaurant, located at 100 S. Main St., in Santa Ana, according to the O.C. Register.

The victim was located nearly a mile away from Original Mike’s when he was found by the police.  The SAPD was not able to find any  evidence at Original Mike’s restaurant showing anyone was stabbed in the area. Read more…

 
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Parolee sex offender being monitored by GPS convicted of pimping in Santa Ana

Published on July 30, 2015 by in Crime, OCDA, Santa Ana
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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF0630

Date: July 30, 2015

PAROLEE SEX OFFENDER ON GPS MONITORING DEVICE CONVICTED OF PANDERING AND ATTEMPTED PIMPING OF 18-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A parolee sex offender on a GPS monitoring device was convicted yesterday of pandering and attempted pimping of an 18-year-old woman. Eddie Bridges III, 36, Compton, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of attempted pimping and one felony count of pandering by procuring. The defendant’s sentencing enhancements for prior prison convictions in 1996 and 1998 in King County, Washington, for possession with the intent to sell a controlled substance, a prior prison conviction for possession of marijuana in Maricopa County, Arizona, a prior prison conviction in Los Angeles County in 2007 for the pimping and pandering of a minor, and pimping and pandering of an adult, a prior prison conviction in Los Angeles County in 2011 for attempted pandering, and serving separate prison terms but not remaining free for five years were also found to be true. Bridges faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison at his sentencing on Sept. 11, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. Read more…

 
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