Judge Thomas Goethals’ ruling Friday, Aug. 18, that mass murderer Scott Dekraai cannot face the death penalty surprised and angered some who expected he would be sentenced to die. Others, however, were relieved that Dekraai soon should be sentenced nearly six years after he killed eight people in and around a Seal Beach salon in 2011.
He later pleaded guilty to their murders .
Dekraai has been awaiting his sentencing during hearings that examined the Orange County justice system.
LOS ALAMITOS – A hazardous-materials team sifted through debris in a parking lot here on Thursday, Aug. 17, searching for the origin of an odor that sickened two men.
Around 7:50 a.m., the truck’s driver emptied a large trash bin at SemiDice, a die-processing company at 10961 Bloomfield St. The driver and a man who works at SemiDice, both in their 40s, were overcome by fumes from the trash bin, becoming nauseous and vomiting, said Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority.
Both were transported to Los Alamitos Medical Center; their conditions were not immediately known.
Los Alamitos Medical Center officials allowed the Fire Authority to
LA PALMA – A $10 Scratchers ticket turned into a $1 million win for one man.
In Park bought a Super Ticket at the 7-Eleven on Moody Street and Crescent Avenue and has claimed the prize, California Lottery officials said on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
The ticket features four different games that each give players the opportunity to win.
“All it took was for Park to scratch and reveal a ‘money bag’ icon in the Quick 6’s section to score the amount beneath it, which in this case was the game’s top prize,” lottery officials said in a statement.
The seller also wins. The
Two hikers were found dead Saturday afternoon around the scorching Amboy Crater, an extinct cinder cone volcano halfway between Barstow and Needles where temperatures hit 104 degrees, authorities said.
CBS Local reported the man and woman, reportedly from Yorba Linda, were said to be in their 50s. Their names were not released.
At 1:36 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to the area of the Amboy Crater and National Trails Highway after receiving a report of two lost hikers, according to an email from San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller.
The Amboy Crater is a barren, almost black geological structure that fascinates tourists –
COSTA MESA A 29-year-old Anaheim man with four prior driving under the influence convictions was found passed out behind the steering wheel of his car and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, police said.
The incident was reported to Costa Mesa Police on Sat. August 12 at 7:53 p.m., when a motorist driving on the 405 freeway called 911 reporting a Honda swerving across multiple lanes of the freeway, said Sgt. Matt Selenske.
The motorist followed the Honda as it exited at Fairview Road and then watched the car stop at the intersection with Paularino Avenue blocking several lanes of
ORANGE Police were investigating a body found Friday morning, Aug. 11 inside a car in a parking lot about one block away from the Orange Circle.
Authorities were notified about the discovery about 6:30 a.m., said Orange police Sgt. Kevin Plog. The car was parked in a lot in the 100 block of South Olive Street.
Officers closed off a portion of the scene for the death investigation. Plog said the person has not yet been identified, and it was unknown if it was a man or a woman.
It has not been determined yet if there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the
Santa Ana police and Orange County District Attorney’s officials are investigating the death of a man found unresponsive in his cell at the Santa Ana Jail, police said Friday, Aug. 11.
The man, whose name was not released, was found at 9:49 p.m. the night of Aug. 4 by correctional officers. The officers started life-saving measures while they waited for medics, who soon took him to a hospital where he was stabilized and admitted due to a medical condition. He died six days later on Thursday, Aug. 10 after going into “medical distress,” Santa Ana police said in a statement.
A driver who led police on a chase in Garden Grove Wednesday night, Aug. 9, was in custody after he crashed his Cadillac sedan into a pole, police said.
A patrol officer tried to pull over the car for traveling at high speeds, but the driver refused to stop, Garden Grove police said Thursday, Aug. 9. The car kept traveling fast on southbound Brookhurst Street, and a pursuit began around 10:13 p.m., according to Sgt. Luis Payan.
The chase continued for about one mile until the suspect crashed into a traffic signal pole near Brookhurst Street and Garden Grove Boulevard, Payan
IRVINE – A suspected burglar interrupted by a babysitter at an Irvine home has been arrested in San Bernardino County, Irvine police said on Thursday, Aug. 9.
Authorities released details and footage of the July 31 burglary after the suspect smashed open a sliding-glass door and entered the Irvine home in the Woodbury neighborhood. The babysitter found the suspect by the staircase – he fled.
The suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday, Aug. 9, said Kim Mohr, an Irvine police spokeswoman.
“Tips that came in after video of the crime was aired by several media outlets ultimately led police to the suspect’s location,”
On this day in 1969, members of Charles Manson’s “family” killed five people in movie director Roman Polanski’s Beverly Hills, California, home, including Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. The next night, Rosemary and Leno LaBianca, a wealthy couple who lived across town, were stabbed to death in their home.