SANTA ANA — Authorities are searching for a gunman who robbed a convenience store Tuesday, Oct. 17.
The incident occurred around 9:50 p.m. at the Santiago Food Mart-76 gas station, 617 East 17th St., police said.
The robber entered the store and approached two cashiers, according to police.
He then pulled out a silver and gray semi-automatic handgun that he pointed at a female cashier and ordered her to put money from the registers into a pink tote bag, police said.
The robber fled on foot in an unknown direction, according to police.
The robber is described as being white,
CAMP PENDLETON (City News Service) – A pair of wildfires spread across open terrain at Camp Pendleton on Monday, Oct. 16, sending plumes of brown smoke over northern San Diego County but posing no threats to populated areas, authorities reported.
One blaze erupted Monday afternoon in a training area at the Marine Corps installation north of Oceanside, according to the Camp Pendleton Fire Department.
The other involved remaining areas of combustion from a fire that burned over the weekend.The flames did not threaten any structures on the USMC base or in surrounding communities, officials said.
No details on the sizes of the burn
SANTA ANA — A Coto de Caza man who promised hundreds of homeowners that he would save their homes from foreclosure before bilking them out of more than $2 million pleaded guilty Friday to money laundering and fraud charges.
Kevin Frank Rasher, 46, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in Orange County Superior Court to 49 counts of money laundering and one count of preparing a false or fraudulent tax return.
LAKE FOREST — Passengers aboard an Orange County Transit Authority bus were evacuated Friday night, October 6, due to a bomb threat, authorities said.
Around 6:25 p.m., a man who claimed to be on the bus phoned OCTA dispatchers and said there was a bomb attached to a bicycle on the front of the bus, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. John Roche.
As a precaution, the passengers were evacuated near El Toro Road and Raymond Way.
A Sheriff’s Department bomb-sniffing dog did not find any explosives on the bicycle. The man who made the threat had not been identified or arrested Friday
SANTA ANA — Orange County Jail personnel are not criminally responsible for the February 25 death of an inmate, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has determined.
At the time of his death, 45-year-old Christopher Thomas Hardesty was serving a three-year sentence at the jail for receiving of stolen property and several drug offenses, prosecutors said this week.
Hardesty had been convicted on April 13, 2016 of 9 felony charges but was not put into custody at the request of his attorney, the DA’s office said in a report. At his sentencing on Feb. 24, he was brought into Orange County
NEWPORT BEACH – This year’s version of the long-running Newport Beach Triathlon was to take place this Sunday, Oct. 1.
But organizers announced this week that the triathlon has been postponed, because they were unable to acquire the necessary city permit.
Organizer Jack Caress has put the word out on the event’s website, newportbeachtriathlon.com, that all activities related to the swim-cycle-run event were on hold, because Newport Beach had denied a special event permit.
Caress, founder of Pacific Sports LLC, which produces the event, hasn’t given up hope for an event this year.
“We’re doing our best to work through our appeals process,”
LAGUNA BEACH — A 30-year-old man suspected in a burglary in July at the Shops at the Cliffs was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 26, after Laguna Beach detectives found him at an Oceanside home, along with jewelry valued at $500,000.
At 7:40 p.m., Laguna Beach detectives, who had pursued the case since the July 26 early morning burglary in which two men dressed in fancy clothes were seen on surveillance video leaving the Cliff Shops, located Edward Torrison, 30, of Oceanside at his girlfriend’s home at 4 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Jim Cota.
Detectives kept surveillance on him while writing
SANTA ANA — A man wielding two knives stabbed a janitor in a Garden Grove tea house more than 20 times and then mopped up the crime scene, called 911, brushed his teeth and calmly waited for police to arrive, attorneys said.
Trial began on Tuesday, Sept. 26, for a 23-year-old Anaheim man charged with first-degree murder for the 2014 stabbing of Cesar Ramirez, 24, in a bloody incident caught on security video in the Volcano Tea House, which has since closed.
HUNTINGTON BEACH – A new video surfaced Saturday, Sept. 23, of the Huntington Beach police officer shooting and killing a suspect outside of a 7-Eleven , with this one showing the man aggressively approaching the officer.
Previous versions did not show as much of the encounter before the shooting.
This two-minute video, apparently shot from inside a vehicle parked outside of the 7-Eleven, opens with a man with long hair and wearing a dark coat advancing toward the officer, who has a weapon drawn, possibly a Tazer. The 9:30 a.m. encounter occurred across the street from Marina High
Mayor Tom Tait saw it with his own eyes.
Five or six years ago during a police ride along, he and Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada responded to a suspected drug overdose.
When they arrived at the scene, they found police officers giving CPR to a woman, who had supposedly overdosed on an opioid drug. But it wasn’t until Anaheim Fire & Rescue paramedics arrived moments later and used Naloxone – better known as Narcan – to treat her that the woman revived.
“It brought her back to life,” recalled Tait during a recent City Council meeting. “It allowed her to go to a