The SAPD and the Fullerton Police are trying to figure out if this suspect is also the man who robbed JJ’s Liquor, located at 2238 W. Orangethorpe Ave., in Fullerton, at around 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, according to the O.C. Register. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
Case # 14NF3221
Date: July 21, 2017
SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to five years in state prison for shooting at a man in another car on the 91 Freeway.
Defendant: Jerry Valentin, 35, Scottsdale, Arizona
Pleaded guilty on April 12, 2017, to: Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
Arrested: Israel Gutierres Zamora (45) Santa Ana
Booking Charges: Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, Felony Hit and Run
Victim: Mitchell Paul Viturino (61), Fullerton
On Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 2:01am, officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Bristol Street and 1st Street in Santa Ana. The collision involved a silver 2006 Mercedes Benz E350 sedan and a red 1999 Ford Mustang coupe. It was also reported that occupants of the Mercedes were seen fleeing the scene of the collision. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
Over the past weekend, at the National Speech and Debate Association’s 2016 National Tournament, Santa Ana Councilman Tinajero was announced as the recipient of the Harold C. Keller Award, a top honor provided to individuals for their dedication and development to speech and debate. This great honor comes on the heels of Councilmember Tinajero’s retirement from being Director of the Fullerton Union High School Speech & Debate Team earlier this June after 15 years of dedicated service which included over 170 speech and debate tournaments, coaching of over 1,000 students, and numerous other prestigious accolades.
Councilmember Tinajero has an outstanding record of achievement including: Continue reading
Big Brothers Big Sisters Names Inaugural ‘Angelitos Award’ Recipients
New award recognizes teen volunteers for dedication to the organization’s High School Bigs mentoring program
SANTA ANA, Calif., June 2, 2016 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, Orange County’s premier youth mentoring organization, is launching a new award named in honor of local auxiliary group Angelitos de Oro. The auxiliary is a major supporter of High School Bigs, one of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ three one-to-one mentoring programs offered to children facing adversity.
Receiving the inaugural award are two dedicated teen volunteers through High School Bigs. The program matches high school students one-to-one with children at local elementary schools in weekly site-based sessions facilitated by a BBBS program specialist. During these sessions, matches discuss academic achievement, self-esteem, bullying and relationship-building. Continue reading
ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority invites bicyclists of all ages to improve their health, help the environment and cut the cost of driving by celebrating Bike Month at their annual bike rally at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12.
Get your free bike month T-shirt and join OCTA on the slow-paced group ride through Old Towne Orange and the Santiago Creek Trail. The ride will begin at Orange Metrolink Station and end at OCTA’s headquarters. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
The Orange County Transportation Authority is partnering with the cities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim and Fullerton for the Central Harbor Blvd. Transit Corridor Study to envision the future of transit on Harbor Blvd.
Harbor Blvd. provides a vital north-south connection linking residents, businesses, schools and visitor destinations and has the distinction of being the busiest bus routes in the County. Continue reading
A high-speed crash left one person dead and two others sought by police in Santa Ana Monday morning, according to KTLA News.
The accident happened this morning just after 2 a.m. when a driver in a silver Mercedes Benz ran a red light while speeding southbound at the intersection of North Bristol Street and West 1st St., according to the O.C. Register.
The speeding driver broadsided a red Ford Mustang that was headed eastbound through the intersection, fatally injury the Mustang’s driver, Mitchell Viturino, 61, of Fullerton. Continue reading
By OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
With the cold weather upon us, the Orange County Armory Shelter opened on November 14 and will remain open through April 15, 2016. The Armory Program provides up to 400 beds per night for the homeless in Fullerton and Santa Ana. Volunteers are needed 7 days per week to help both in the evening (5-8 PM) and morning hours (5-7 AM). Volunteer activities include assisting with set-up, clean up, passing out meals and donations. Continue reading
Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2015
Two Other Money Laundering Indictments Unsealed as Part of Operation “Phantom Bank”
Federal authorities today arrested 11 defendants named in a sweeping racketeering indictment alleging a series of money laundering schemes that revolved around the former head of Saigon National Bank, based in Westminster, California, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California. Four other defendants, who are named in separate indictments, were also arrested today.
The majority of the defendants arrested today are named in a racketeering indictment that was returned on Dec. 1 by a federal grand jury and unsealed today along with two other indictments returned by the grand jury over the past year. The three indictments charge a total of 20 defendants. Continue reading
Another embarrassment for Santa Ana. Turns out the so-called “Big A Bandit,” who got that name because he habitually wore an Angels baseball hat while committing a series of bank robberies in Orange County, lived in Santa Ana.
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 15CF0911
Date: May 4, 2015
SANTA ANA – A man will be arraigned today on charges of forcibly raping and stabbing a female victim in her home while their two young children slept nearby. Luis Javier Cervantes, 24, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count of forcible rape, one felony count of aggravated assault, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for raping the victim during the commission of a burglary. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 29 years to life in state prison. Cervantes is in custody on $1 million bail and is scheduled for an arraignment today, Monday, May 4, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
In the late evening hours on April 28, 2015, Cervantes is accused of entering the home of the victim, whom he previously had a romantic relationship with. Jane Doe had left her home with their 7-year-old and 6-year-old sons during that time. Cervantes is accused of hiding in the bathroom. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
On April 29, 2015, Luis Javier Cervantes, age 25, entered the home of his estranged wife located in the 1600 block of North Parton Street and waited for her to return. When the victim returned, she discovered Cervantes. An argument ensued regarding their marital situation. The victim alleges Cervantes then sexually assaulted her and stabbed her in the head. He fled the scene in her vehicle. Cervantes told the victim he wanted to commit “suicide by cop” and there were indications he had access to weapons. Continue reading
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 07NF2414
Date: March 3, 2015
MAN CONVICTED OF 1994 STABBING MURDER OF EX-GIRLFRIEND AND LOCKING HER BODY IN TRUNK OF HER CAR
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of stabbing and murdering his ex-girlfriend and locking her body in the trunk of her car in 1994. Samuel Agustin Lopez, 43, Placentia, was convicted by a jury of one felony count of murder and a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on May 1, 2015, at 9:00a.m., inDepartment C-34, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
Samuel Lopez’s cousin, Xavier Francisco Lopez, 43, Anaheim, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder involving the infliction of torture. He faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole and is scheduled for jury trial on March 20, 2015, in Department C-34, Central Justice Center. Continue reading
NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org
Villa Park High School Coach Arrested for Sexual Misconduct with Students
SANTA ANA, Calif. – (February 26, 2015) – On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigators arrested Dwayne Jordan Richardson, 19, Fullerton, following allegations he engaged in sexual misconduct with two female minor high school students. Richardson is a “walk-on” girls’ basketball coach at Villa Park High School and does not teach at the school.
On Thursday, February 25, 2015, the Villa Park High School Resource Officer obtained information about the alleged sexual misconduct. The Sheriff’s Department’s SVU responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation. Following the preliminary investigation, it is believed Richardson engaged in sexual misconduct with a female minor student who attends Villa Park High School and a student at El Dorado High School in the city of Placentia. Based on information obtained during the investigation, investigators suspect Richardson has engaged in sexual misconduct with at least one of the minor students since June 2014. Continue reading