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
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.
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,”
PLACENTIA Police are looking for help with identifying a suspect in a shooting late Saturday. Aug. 5 that left a 20-year-old man wounded.
The incident was reported in the 100 block of S. Murrey Street at 11:18 p.m.
When officers from the Placentia Police Department arrived they found the man lying in the front yard of a residence, according to a police statement.
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“The victim sustained several gunshot wounds to his lower body. He was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported by ambulance to a local hospital,” Sgt. Adam Gloe said.
No description of a
SAN BERNARDINO >> A Seal Beach woman and San Bernardino man are fighting for their lives after they were each shot in a car-to-car shooting early Friday morning, San Bernardino police said.
“Right now, we’re still investigating the shooting, and it’s not clear if this was gang-related or possibly something else,” said Lt. Mike Madden, spokesman for the department.
The shooting was reported just before 2 a.m. near Sixth and G streets.
“It appears as if both vehicles were on Fifth (Street) going west and then both turned onto G Street,” explained Madden.
The vehicles paralleled each other when the driver of one
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asked for global acceptance on Sunday as he cast an unusual pre-dawn vote for an all-powerful constitutional assembly that his opponents fear he’ll use to replace his country’s democracy with a single-party authoritarian system.
Accompanied by close advisers and state media, Maduro voted at 6:05 a.m. local time, far earlier and less publicly than in previous elections. The run-up to the vote has been marked by months of clashes between protesters and the government, including the fatal shooting of a 61-year-old nurse by men accused of being pro-government
A 43-year-old man was killed and his 9-year-old daughter was critically injured in Santa Ana when their car crashed into a utility pole during a police pursuit Sunday, July 23. Police found $13,000 in cash, half a pound of drugs and a gun in the vehicle.
The chase began when officers got a call of a man pointing a gun at a security guard during a fight at Hector’s Mariscos on McFadden and Standard avenues, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. The caller gave police a description of the suspect’s vehicle as he fled the scene
COSTA MESA — Two police officers used a portable defibrillator and chest compressions to resuscitate a 54-year-old man who had stopped breathing while in a store at South Coast Plaza on Wednesday, July 12, authorities said.
The officers were assigned to the high-end retail district when they overheard the dispatched medical aid broadcast about 4:25 p.m., Costa Mesa Police Department Lt. Greg Scott said.
Within three minutes, the officers located the man at the ECCO shoe store lying on his back, purple, unresponsive and with only a faint pulse, Scott said.
The officers immediately offered aid until paramedics arrived and took over patient