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  • Maxine Waters: Americans are Bigots for Opposing Sharia Law

    09/13/2014 12:28:37 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    freedomoutpost.com ^ | september 12, 2014 | tim brown
    I confess I've been called a bigot for lots of things simply because I have a Christian worldview. I've been called it by atheists, homosexuals and Islamists, but they always use that because they simply cannot defend their positions, and so, they resort to name calling. It shouldn't surprise anyone then that socialist Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) spoke at an Islamic Society of Orange County town hall meeting on the issue of the Constitution and Sharia law. Keep in mind that this town hall meeting took place in 2012, but her words are still relevant today because she and others...
  • Anaheim police officers to wear cameras

    09/10/2014 11:37:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Louis Casiano Jr.
    ANAHEIM – The Anaheim Police Department could be the first agency in the county to require officers to wear video cameras while on patrol, after the City Council unanimously approved the the $1.15 million purchase of 250 of the devices Tuesday. The first officers are expected to be outfitted with the body-mounted cameras in November, with all of them wearing the devices by April. It’s part of the department’s effort to increase transparency and mend a fragile relationship with the public after several high-profile shootings.
  • Huntington Beach woman charged over tirade that went viral

    09/10/2014 9:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Daniel Langhorne
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – A woman whose tirade against her roommate was videotaped and went viral was arraigned in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday for a variety of charges. Laura Angela Cox, 47, of Huntington Beach was charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine, battery against a cohabitant and vandalism resulting in less than $400 in damages. Cox was in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, but information on her bail amount was not immediately available.
  • Police charity raffling semiautomatic rifle, pistol

    08/20/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 20, 2014 | Teri Sforza
    Perhaps the most important thing to know is this: It’s perfectly legal for a police charity to raffle off a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic pistol. Whether it’s entirely appropriate, however, may be another story. Several deputy sheriffs’ associations – including those in Orange County and San Diego – sold tickets for the rifle raffle on behalf of another organization (one ticket for $5, five tickets for $20). The grand prize: An AR-15 rifle which, in some incarnations in years past, fell under the federal assault weapons ban, and was on the failed 2013 Assault Weapons Ban’s no-no list.
  • Mysterious Lights In The Sky Spotted Above OC, Camp Pendleton

    06/19/2014 3:44:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | June 19, 2014 3:10 PM
    CAMP PENDLETON (CBSLA.com) — Did you see strange lights in the night sky? Our KCAL9 Street Team mobilized Wednesday night after receiving several reports of orange lights appearing various parts of southern Orange County. Viewer “Marilyn” sent KCAL9 video footage that apparently showed two round and apparently parallel objects pulsing and hovering near Trabuco Canyon around 10:15 p.m. Several viewers reported spotting similar objects over Camp Pendleton. Authorities at the U.S. Marine Corps base confirmed there was live fire training last night. Similar sightings were also reported in northern San Diego County and parts of Riverside County. It wasn’t immediately...
  • High School Boys Hold 'Draft' to Pick Prom Dates

    05/10/2014 7:27:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5/5 | Lauren Steussy
    In a world where asking a date to prom has become more romantic than asking for a partner’s hand in marriage, one group of high school boys has gone the opposite direction. For years, junior and senior boys at Corona del Mar High School have selected their dates for the formal dance through an NFL-style “Prom Draft.” The school’s principal is now condemning the tradition, saying it has the potential to objectify or judge those involved. Though the draft is not affiliated with the school and secret for the most part, some of the draft results were broadcast on Twitter,...
  • In California, a Fevered Rush for Gun Permits

    04/27/2014 11:19:16 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 April 2014 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Pete Alexander celebrated the news that a federal court in California had thrown out this state’s strict requirements for obtaining a concealed-handgun permit — among the toughest in the nation — by calling the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to apply for a permit he had long wanted. “I’m a gun enthusiast,” said Mr. Alexander, a construction contractor who lives in Fullerton. “Crime is encroaching on our neighborhood, and I don’t feel as safe as I used to. This is adding to the police force.” Mr. Alexander turned out to be the beginning of a flood. In the two months since...
  • Serial killings suspects were friends for years

    04/24/2014 3:34:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 24, 2014 | Tony Saavedra, Vik Jolly and Salvador Hernandez
    They were best friends, police say, with the worst intentions. Steven Gordon and Franc Cano did nearly everything together... Cano and Gordon are charged in the death of [Jarrae] Estepp as well as three women who vanished from the streets of Santa Ana: Kianna Rae Jackson, a baby-faced 20-year-old from Las Vegas; Martha Anaya, 28, who was raising a young daughter; and Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, known to her friends as “Giggles.” ...
  • 2 Suspects Arrested In OC Serial Murder Case

    04/13/2014 8:03:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | April 12, 2014 10:58 PM
    ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA.com) — Two suspects have been arrested in connection to the deaths of four women in Orange County. Frank Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, both of Anaheim, are being held for the suspected murders of all four women, according to Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments. Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said Cano was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the 5100 block of E. La Palma Avenue. Gordon was arrested shortly after 7 p.m. in the 3100 block of E. La Palma Avenue. Dunn said the investigation began on March 14 after Anaheim police...
  • New York Student Suspended for “Insubordination,” aka Opposing Common Core

    04/10/2014 10:25:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 47 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | 4/11/14 | Duane Lester
    We’re told that there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to Common Core. If that’s true, what’s with the intimidation and the punishment for those who oppose it: A 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES believes she was suspended from school this week as a result of telling other students they didn’t have to take the Common Core English test Tuesday. The girl, eighth-grader Seirra Olivero, was suspended for two days for insubordination. While she acknowledges the charge, she contends in a complaint filed with the district that she felt bullied by three administrators because she told other students they...
  • Florida man asks judge for atheist lawyer following alleged attack on Jesus-looking roomate

    04/09/2014 8:37:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | April 9, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.,A Florida man had a very specific request when he asked a judge to switch up his public defender. Gustav Potthoff, who is accused of attacking his roommate with a butter knife because he thought he looked like Jesus, told an Orange County judge that he deserves to “be with someone of my own kind." Potthoff is an atheist. "It's just my human rights and everything else," said Potthoff. "I'm allowed to be with someone of my own kind." The judge told the 51-year-old that if he wants an atheist attorney, he’s going to have to pay for...
  • 25 Year old charged with murder allegedly over a photobomb.

    A 25-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with the murder of a California woman who was beaten by a group of people while waiting in line outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Vanesa Tapia Zavala was arrested on Monday and is accused of taking part in the Saturday morning beating that left 23-year-old Annie Hung 'Kim' Pham brain-dead. Zavala, who pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. She was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bail and is due back in court January 30th for a pretrial hearing.
  • Plastic surgeon turns daughters into Barbie dolls (Video included)

    12/14/2013 9:34:40 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 66 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec. 13, 2013 | QMI Agency
    Dr. Michael Niccole takes pride in his profession and the spoils of his work can be seen in his children. The Orange County plastic surgeon has operated on his adopted 25-year-old daughters multiple times over the years, according to a video by Barcroft Media. Daughter Brittani says in the video her first surgery was breast augmentation after she finished high school at 18. Then she got a nose job right before her 21st birthday and started Botox injections at the age of 22. Meanwhile, her sister Charm got her navel changed from an outie to an innie when she was...
  • Man Was ‘Hallucinating,’ Talking About ‘Zombies’ Before Fatal Shooting In Yorba Linda

    10/28/2013 6:27:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 28, 2013 5:36 PM
    YORBA LINDA (CBSLA.com) — An intruder fatally shot by a Yorba Linda homeowner was intoxicated, “hallucinating” and talking about “zombies” and a gun, authorities said Monday. Paul Michael Bracamontes, 22, of Fullerton, was shot after breaking through a sliding glass door in the 5100 block of Wendover Road about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said. Sheriff’s deputies did not identify the homeowner, who did not know Bracamontes, he said. Considering Bracamontes’ “bizarre” behavior, the shooting appears to be justified, Hallock said. The case will be turned over to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for routine...
  • Changing Faiths at the Crystal Cathedral

    09/13/2013 8:33:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 122 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/13/13 | Rick Rojas
    Once the symbol of a congregation founded by Robert Schuller, the cathedral is now part of a church with rites and traditions that span centuries.Towering like the Emerald City, the cathedral formerly known as Crystal sits at what might be Orange County's nucleus, a trinity of confluencing freeways, the Angels and Ducks stadium and a glimpse of a sacred place of a different kind — Disneyland From that gleaming sanctuary, evangelist Robert Schuller delivered sermons that were beamed to television sets around the world. His ministry became synonymous with the megachurch, designed so the light and the breeze could stream...
  • DeMaio decries smear campaign (Filner replacement?)

    08/28/2013 12:15:07 AM PDT · by South40 · 11 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 8/27/2013 | Trent Seibert
    Candidate for U.S. Congress and potential San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio is accusing his political opponents of launching a smear campaign against him as the race to replace Mayor Bob Filner gets underway. “In politics, you see people make accusations all the time. And you know, I’ve had people criticize me before and I usually let it roll off my back,” DeMaio told the U-T on Tuesday. “But this one crosses the line. It’s so gross. It’s so false, that I have to speak out.” DeMaio on Tuesday said he had passed lie detector tests to refute an allegation...
  • Sea snail egg falls into boy's cut knee during beach vacation and HATCHES three weeks later

    08/15/2013 3:40:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2013 | Jennifer Smith
    When most of us go to the beach, the best souvenir we can hope for is sand in our shoes and maybe a shell or two. But for one little boy it was a little more exciting when a snail emerged from his knee following a trip to the beach. Four year-old Paul Franklin from Aliso Viejo in Orange County, was left baffled when the small creature appeared after his mother Rachael decided to squeeze his wounded knee which he had grazed after falling on rocks during a family camping holiday.
  • In Belvedere, Democrats picket one of their own, Rep. Nancy Pelosi

    07/14/2013 5:42:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Marinij ^ | 7/13/13 | Paul Liberatore
    **SNIP** The issue of privacy rights has opened up a rift between progressive Democrats and establishment liberals like Pelosi and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Caroline Banuelos, Northern California vice chair of the California Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus, invited demonstrators to a progressive caucus panel discussion on privacy rights, the NSA and whistle-blowers on July 20 in Orange County during a meeting of the executive board of the state Democratic Party. "The question I think we need to ask ourselves, in light of these new revelations, is how much longer can we afford to bankrupt ourselves morally and financially in the...
  • Marine pulls gun on rampaging carjacker (Man with knife attacked motorists in parking lot)

    07/10/2013 10:15:08 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | July 10, 2013 | Unattributed
    It’s apparent Eliud Martir Montalvo never heard of the old warning about taking a knife to a gunfight. It was a retired Marine who was carrying a concealed weapon that brought a halt to Montalvo’s alleged crime spree, which included a series of attempted carjackings in Orange County, Fla., this week. According to WFTV-TV in Orlando, the suspect allegedly tried to steal four cars, one after another, on Tuesday. Eliud Martir Montalvo Authorities said the attacks all were within a block of one another, and the episode was halted when a Marine Corps veteran, Andrew Koplin, pointed his concealed weapon...
  • Florida imam's jihad terror ties exposed by local news station

    11/28/2012 8:13:52 AM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | 26NOV12 | Robert Spencer
    We all know CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN or Fox wasn't going to do it. "Imam’s Terrorist Ties Exposed by Local News Station," from Judicial Watch, November 26 (thanks to Pamela Geller): While the Obama Justice Department tours the nation condemning unfounded discrimination against Muslims at their place of worship, a local Florida news station uncovers an imam’s ties to a blind sheik behind the first World Trade Center bombing in the early 90s. Not surprisingly, the administration’s campaign to combat mosque intolerance is being heavily promoted while the shocking imam terrorist story gets swept under the rug. We only know...
  • O.C. offers settlement to slain Marine's family (Remember this?)

    04/24/2013 6:04:22 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 18 replies
    Orange County supervisors have unanimously approved a proposed settlement in a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Manuel Loggins Jr., an unarmed Marine sergeant who was shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy in a darkend high school parking lot. The suit, which also names the county and the Sheriff's Department, said that Loggins didn't pose a threat to Sandberg in the early morning incident in 2012. Loggins, described by friends as a disciplined and religious career Marine, had recently begun taking his family on prayer walks at the field. His two daughters were in the SUV...
  • Suspicious substance found in envelope at Huntington Beach City Hall (Harmless)

    04/22/2013 2:27:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anthony Clark Carpio
    The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad found a suspicious substance in an envelope that was delivered to the Huntington Beach Fire Department on the fifth floor of City Hall, according to city Fire Capt. Bob Culhane.
  • Rick Warren says 'haters celebrate' his pain after son's suicide

    04/09/2013 3:42:25 PM PDT · by MNDude · 40 replies
    Rick Warren said it's been difficult to deal with some of the hate mail and online comments he's read since announcing Saturday that his son had committed suicide. "Grieving is hard. Grieving as public figures, harder. Grieving while haters celebrate your pain, hardest," Warren wrote on Facebook on Monday night. Warren has been deluged with words of support both at his Saddleback Church in Orange County and on the Web. “Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words,” the pastor wrote. But there have also been many words of hate on various website comment boards, including...
  • O.C. Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Sending Funds to Terrorists

    03/30/2013 12:40:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    LOS ANGELES TIMES ^ | March 29, 2013, 1:46 p.m. | by Victoria Kim
    Snippet: "An Orange County pharmacist who admitted to wiring $2,050 to Pakistan to be used to fund terrorist activities was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison."
  • The bank, the school and the 38-year loan

    03/19/2013 1:01:44 PM PDT · by sissydi · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Feb. 15 , 2013 | Melody Peterson
    The fliers touted new ballfields, science labs and modern classrooms. They didn't mention the crushing debt or the investment bank that stood to make millions. In early 2008, residents of Placentia and Yorba Linda approved a $200 million school construction bond after reading those fliers and being assured repeatedly that "their money will be spent wisely." What happened instead was that Measure A led to a debt so large and long lasting that it has mortgaged the future of their children's children.
  • School bond election deals appear illegal

    03/19/2013 12:50:37 PM PDT · by sissydi · 2 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 18, 2013 | By MELODY PETERSON
    State Treasurer Bill Lockyer asked the California attorney general Monday to investigate whether school officials were breaking the law by hiring banks and their political strategists to promote bond measures before voters. Lockyer did not name the schools or banks involved in these deals. But some of the examples he describes in a letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris are the same as the Register found in place at Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified in a recent investigation.
  • Doctor shot dead by patient during exam

    01/29/2013 9:31:02 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 35 replies
    AP ^ | January 29, 2013 | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    <p>NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A doctor was fatally shot in an examination room of an Orange County medical office, and the man who police believe shot him was taken into custody in the same room without a struggle, authorities said.</p>
  • Robert Citron, treasurer at center of O.C. bankruptcy, dies

    01/18/2013 11:56:43 AM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | Scott Reckard and Shelby Grad
    Robert L. Citron, the soft-spoken Orange County treasurer whose bad bets on exotic Wall Street investments resulted in what in 1994 was the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, died Wednesday ... A grand jury investigation would later find that Citron, who over the years won so many awards for his investment skills, relied upon a mail-order astrologer and a psychic for interest rate predictions as the county's treasury began to falter ...
  • A century later, Nixon legacy carries on: The president would have been 100 this week.

    01/06/2013 12:05:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 6, 2013 | Michael Mello
    For five years, he was known as the leader of the Free World. But for the first several years of his life, Richard Milhous Nixon had a more modest title: farm boy. Wednesday will mark the date, 100 years ago, of a winter day so cold that Hannah Nixon was advised it would be better to bear her fifth son at home than risk traveling in the chill to a hospital. That was the day a small, kit-constructed home surrounded by citrus trees saw the birth of the man who would become the 37th president of the United States.
  • Orlando Florida Imam Arrested by the FBI

    10/14/2011 8:30:21 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 21 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | Oct 13, 2011 | Alan Kornman
    On August 23, 2011 the FBI arrested Imam Abu Taubah aka Marcus Dwayne Robertson. The charge was possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, Case Number: 6:11-mj-1380 Attached to Imam Abu Robertson’s case is a Notice of Intent To Use Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Information (FISA). The U.S. Government’s intention to use its FISA powers signals probable cause to charge Imam “Taubah” Robertson “the target of such search is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power”. The facts presented in these filed charges leads this reporter to suspect an element of foreign intrigue may be...
  • Dana Rohrabacher: "Illegals" Were Paid To Steal 2012 Presidential Election For Barack Obama

    12/08/2012 7:22:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | Sat., Dec. 8 2012 | R. Scott Moxley
    Cheap tequila on the Kookville Express must have been free flowing as tipsy conductor Dana Rohrabacher pulled into the Costa Mesa train station on Dec. 6 to pen another wild, late night Twitter rant. Republicans like to claim they despise class warfare, but Orange County's senior career politician has concocted in his brain precisely the methodology Barack Obama used to romp Mitt Romney 332 to 206 in the electoral college: he simply stole the election. According to Rohrabacher, poor people and foreigners were paid to vote against Romney. Rohrabacher wrote, "1 reason GOP lost was Obama giveaways to cronies who...
  • 7 of 10 O.C. schools fail to hit federal standards

    10/11/2012 11:09:00 AM PDT · by edcoil · 18 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 10-10-12 | edcoil
    Only 29 percent of Orange County's public schools met the 2012 federal No Child Left Behind testing targets, according to figures released Thursday. "I would not say 71 percent of our schools are failing," county Superintendent Al Mijares said.
  • FBI: Actor Ash Durrani threatened to kill flight passengers

    09/29/2012 2:45:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    EXAMINER.com ^ | September 28, 2012 | by Taylor Rios
    SNIPPET: "The FBI says that an actor threatened to kill flight passengers on a flight from Chicago Tuesday night. The plan was headed to Orange County and Arash "Ash" Durrani, 26, is going to appear in federal court Friday. Sources say that Ash Durrani was being unruly by pacing the aisles, demanding alcohol, harassing female passengers and threatening to kill people. According to the affidavit, the deranged model and actor yelled, "I'm from Afghanistan and I will murder all of you." This San Antonio Celebrity Examiner is just in shock. Did he say Afghanistan? Durrani was born in Alexandria, Virginia."
  • Mother of teen in grisly photos case writes about cyberbullies

    09/26/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 26, 2012 | Greg Hardesty
    A mother who endured cyberbullying after her daughter's death writes about the insidious trend. Lesli Catsouras, the mother of Nikki Catsouras, has just completed a memoir "Forever Exposed," about her family's journey coping with Internet trolls and cyber-bullies in addition to the toll-road-crash death of her 18-year-old daughter.
  • Big Orange Book Festival at Chapman, September 21-22; Go Heckle Conservative Blowhard Mark Levin

    09/21/2012 7:10:13 PM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 17 replies
    Liberal OC ^ | September 21, 2012 | Dan Chmielewski
    Big Orange Book Festival at Chapman, September 21-22; Go Heckle Conservative Blowhard Mark Levin By Dan Chmielewski A postcard from our friends at Chapman University came in for the Big Orange Book Festival on the Chapman campus September 21-22. While the event looks like its a knock off of the LA Times Festival of Books, the promoted authoris include conservatiev radio host Mark Levin, a WABC host Sean Hannity often refers to as “The Great One,” expect I believe the correct spelling is “The Grate One.” Levin’s been one of the biggest critics of the Obama administration and once...
  • CA: 3 O.C. companies make Fortune fast-growth list (CA more, fastest growing companies)

    09/20/2012 1:38:29 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 10 replies
    Fortune considers companies, domestic or foreign, that are traded on a U.S. stock exchange. California has more of the 2012 fastest growth companies than any other location: California: 24 International: 20 Texas: 11 New York: 8 Massachusetts: 4
  • Backpack Containing Explosives Found In Placentia

    07/09/2012 12:23:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    CBS) ^ | July 9, 2012 12:05 PM
    PLACENTIA (CBS) — A backpack containing explosives was discovered Monday morning near a bridge in Orange County. Workers found the backpack just before 9 a.m. on Lakeview Avenue between Orangethorpe and La Palma avenues in Placentia, Orange County Sheriff’s officials said. Officials say it contained two hand grenades, black powder, white powder, fuse igniters, blasting caps, grenade fuses and two canisters. Authorities believe the backpack may have been lef tin the area for some time. The Orange County Bomb Squad has described the situation as “extremely volatile.” Evacuations of the surrounding area have been ordered and streets are blocked off....
  • Orange County Woman: Ex-Husband Is Terrorist

    12/24/2004 9:25:12 PM PST · by Susannah · 63 replies · 3,052+ views
    ABC-7news ^ | 12/24/04
    SANTA ANA — An Orange County woman said in an expose that aired last night that her ex-husband is a Muslim extremist who helped set up an al Qaeda sleeper cell in their Anaheim apartment complex in the 1990s. Saraah Olson told ABC-TV's "Primetime Live" that her ex-husband, Hisham Diab, beat her, turned a local teenager into a terrorist fanatic, and brought other terrorists into their home. Authorities say the couple's former neighbor, Khalil Deek, is considered a major al Qaeda figure, and is believed to have run the Orange County cell -- one of the first al Qaeda sleeper...
  • California sues Orange County over $73.5 million in property taxes

    04/06/2012 9:25:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/6/12 | Kevin Yamamura
    California state officials sued Orange County on Thursday to recoup $73.5 million in property taxes, . . . County has withheld property taxes this year that normally pay for K-12 schools and community colleges – money that the county believes is its own.
  • Slain man's friends get in shouting match with Newburgh officials at news conference

    03/09/2012 4:06:28 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Times Herald-record Middletown, NY ^ | 3/9/12 | Doyle Murphy
    ITY OF NEWBURGH – Residents and family of a 22-year-old man killed by police officers shouted down police and Newburgh officials during a news conference on Friday. Newburgh police Chief Michael Ferrara said four officers chased Michael Lembhard inside 55 Liberty St. late Wednesday night, planning to take him into custody on an arrest warrant. Lembhard struggled with the officers, broke free and grabbed a 12.5-inch kitchen knife, Ferrara said. He threatened to kill himself and then suddenly lunged at officers with a knife, Ferrara said. Two opened fire. Before Ferrara finished, people in the crowded City Hall chambers began...
  • Marine's daughters held 13 hours after he was shot, attorney says

    03/07/2012 8:01:16 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 71 replies
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com ^ | 3/7/2012 | http://latimesblogs.latimes.com
    For 13 hours after they watched an Orange County sheriff’s deputy fatally shoot their father, the traumatized daughters of Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins were held for questioning and not allowed to join their mother The accusation is contained in a claim Dunn said he would file Wednesday with the county, giving notice that the Loggins family plans to file suit in Superior Court against the Sheriff’s Department and the deputy for wrongful death. An attorney representing Darren Sandberg, identified as the deputy who shot Loggins, declined comment. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens declined to comment on the facts of the...
  • Ignorance of law clears Orange County Sheriff's top lobbyist in gun controversy

    02/17/2012 10:29:37 AM PST · by Altariel · 6 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 9, 2012 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    Ignorance of the law helped clear Sheriff Jerry Demings' political lobbyist of wrongdoing for handing out gun owners' restricted driver's license photos last year in Tallahassee to lobby against an open-carry law, Orange County sheriff's records show. Capt. Mike Fewless set off a statewide controversy in a April by distributing eight photos from a secret intelligence file that he claimed were outlaw bikers with valid state Carry Concealed Weapon permits. The lobbying was part of an effort by the Florida Sheriff's Association to persuade legislators that tourists would avoid Florida if gun owners were allowed to openly display their firearms....
  • Deputy Says He Shot 'Irrational' Marine to Protect Kids in Car

    02/11/2012 10:25:42 AM PST · by brityank · 193 replies
    Camp Pendleton Patch ^ | February 10, 2012 | Roy Rivenburg
    Deputy Says He Shot 'Irrational' Marine to Protect Kids in Car 15-year veteran of Sheriff's Department says Sgt. Manny Loggins was about to drive away, so he opened fire to prevent a perceived danger to Loggins' daughters. One other deputy was nearby at the time. The deputy who shot and killed an unarmed Marine sergeant after a predawn traffic stop said the Marine was acting so "irrationally" that it seemed dangerous to let him drive away with his two daughters, an official said Friday. So when the Marine -- later identified as Sgt. Manny Loggins Jr. of Camp Pendleton...
  • Deputy killed Marine to protect the man's daughters, official says

    02/11/2012 8:54:13 AM PST · by Smogger · 27 replies
    The Los Angeles Time ^ | February 11, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
    A veteran Orange County sheriff's deputy feared for the safety of two young girls sitting in a parked car when he shot and killed a Marine sergeant in a dark high school parking lot, authorities said Friday. Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. was shot Tuesday as he started to get into the SUV where his two daughters — ages 9 and 14 — were sitting, authorities said. Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said the deputy was fearful that Loggins — who he said appeared to be acting irrationally — was about the drive off with the girls. "The...
  • Marine killed by O.C. sheriff’s deputy had 3 good-conduct medals

    02/09/2012 6:31:11 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9 Feb 2012 | Tony Perry
    The Marine killed by an Orange County sheriff's deputy during a confrontation this week in San Clemente had received medals for his good conduct, the Marine Corps said. The Marine Corps identified the victim as Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31, a native of Joliet, Ill. He was assigned to a battalion at Camp Pendleton. Loggins was fatally shot by the deputy at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in a parking lot near San Clemente High School, officials said. The circumstances of the shooting have not yet been explained publicly by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Loggins enlisted in the Marine Corps...
  • Panel kicks long-serving judge off bench

    01/12/2012 11:16:32 AM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 11, 2012 | Vik Jolly
    A state agency Wednesday ordered an Orange County judge removed from office for handling tickets for friends and family, only the second jurist in the county to face such discipline. In handing down the discipline for Superior Court Judge Richard W. Stanford Jr., the state's Commission on Judicial Performance said "this pattern of misconduct between 2005 and 2010 created both the appearance and reality of a two-track system of justice – one for his family and friends and another for all others."
  • Anaheim Emails [Something Rotten the County of Orange]

    01/07/2012 2:20:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    KNX 1070) ^ | January 7, 2012 2:00 PM | Reporting Mike Landa
    ANAHEIM (KNX 1070) A member of an employees group is asking for a criminal investigation in the wake of a controversial directive asking city employees to delete potentially embarrassing emails. Last week, employees of the Planning Department were told to clean out old messages and files that might be unflattering to city leaders or developers. “Employees are stuck in an incredibly difficult position where they have to decide whether they’re going to follow a directive given from their boss or face potential disciplinary action that could, you know, amount to being fired,” Jennifer Muir of the Orange County Employees Association...
  • Crystal Cathedral Prays For Miracle to Stop Sale

    11/21/2011 6:27:15 AM PST · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 11/20/11 | Scott Martindale
    The bankrupt megachurch is to be sold to the Diocese of Orange.GARDEN GROVE – Crystal Cathedral's head pastor spoke optimistically about the future of her iconic megachurch at Sunday morning services, telling a congregation of about 400 that it was not too late to ask God to intervene and stop the church's impending sale to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, the daughter of the church's founder, offered a prayer thanking God for "intentionally delaying" a miracle, and indicated that the bankrupt church would continue to pray and wait for God to reveal His final...
  • O.C. family returns to a violence-plagued Mexico

    11/13/2011 8:21:17 AM PST · by Pelham · 29 replies
    THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | Nov. 12, 2011 | CINDY CARCAMO
    Grace Castro should have joined her friends in August for her first year at Newport Beach's prestigious Sage Hill School. Instead, she's mourning the death of a schoolmate abducted from her Mexican private school by kidnappers who gouged out the teenager's eyes before killing him. Grace's life in her newly adopted home in drug-war-plagued Acapulco is a far cry from her childhood about 2,200 miles away in a yellow Craftsman house in the heart of Santa Ana. After 15 years in the United States, a family illness, unemployment and growing hostility toward illegal immigration compelled her family to make a...
  • Occupy Orange County Takes Santa Ana and Finds A Republican!

    10/22/2011 6:10:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Orange County Weekly ^ | October 22, 2011 | R. Scott Moxley
    Just under 200 feisty protesters with Occupy Orange County marched Santa Ana streets this afternoon, chanted anti-corporate slogans and won supportive horn honks from hundreds of passing motorists. More than two dozen uniformed law enforcement agents--in vehicles, on foot and riding horses--carefully monitored the peaceful protesters as they gathered in a park across the street from the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse at noon and then zigzagged down sidewalks to a branch of Chase Bank. "Down with Chase, not the human race!" the crowd shouted under the leadership of Theo Hirsch, an outspoken local musician. The high-energy, bandana-donning Hirsch inspired the...