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Homeless man arrested in Costa Mesa gas station robbery

COSTA MESA — A man who is believed to have robbed a gas station Monday night was quickly arrested after fleeing the scene, police said.

A man approached the attendant working at the Arco gas station at 2490 Fairview Road at about 5 p.m. Monday, June 19, and simulated having a weapon, Costa Mesa Police Department Sgt. David Casarez said.

He demanded money from the cash register and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was found a few minutes later at Civic Center Park and arrested without incident, Casarez said. Richard L. Pemplin, 67, a transient of Costa

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/19/homeless-man-arrested-in-costa-mesa-gas-station-robbery/
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Bomb squad detonates explosive device found on Costa Mesa lawn

COSTA MESA  An explosive device was detonated by the Orange County Sheriff Department’s bomb squad Sunday, June 18, after it was found on the front lawn of a Costa Mesa home, police said.

Costa Mesa police officers were called to the 900 block of Darrell Street at around 6 p.m. after the homeowner discovered what appeared to be a firework-looking device wrapped in plastic with an exposed fuse, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Matt Selinske.

The bomb squad arrived and blew the device up inside a bomb-proof container, Selinske said.

The incident and the device remain under investigation by the bomb squad

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/18/bomb-squad-detonates-explosive-device-found-on-costa-mesa-lawn/
Date: 1497862145

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Deputies searched Rancho Santa Margarita for man who discarded gun during foot chase

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA — Deputies searched a gated community and nearby greenbelt for more than four hours Saturday for a man who discarded a handgun after a traffic stop, authorities said.

The incident began about 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Dove Canyon Drive and  Plano Trabuco Road, when deputies pulled over a 1995 Mercedes for a vehicle code violation, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Dan Dwyer.

A man, who was passenger in the car, fled and while being pursued by a deputy, discarded a semi-automatic handgun, he said.

An unidentified 54-year-old man who was driving the car remained inside his vehicle. The driver was giving the

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/03/deputies-searched-rancho-santa-margarita-for-man-who-discarded-gun-during-foot-chase/
Date: 1496556935

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Driver hits roadside freeway light pole in Seal Beach, walks away with minor injuries

A driver escaped major injury after his Mercedes hit a roadside light pole, severing it at the base and causing it to fall onto the roadside of the northbound 405 freeway near the 22 freeway in Seal Beach on Friday night, June 2, authorities said.

The 36-year-old man only suffered minor injuries and refused transport to a local hospital, Orange County Fire Authority Cpt. Larry Kurtz said.

The incident happened about 8 p.m., causing a 90-minute SIG alert and temporarily closing the Seal Beach Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound 405.

Caltrans was on scene to fix the light pole. It is unknown what caused the

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/02/driver-hits-roadside-freeway-light-pole-in-seal-beach-walks-away-with-minor-injuries/
Date: 1496469879

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Two men arrested after 3 guns found in car in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA Police arrested two men after they refused to pull their car over Monday afternoon and three guns were found inside.

At about 4:30 p.m., patrol officers spotted a silver Nissan Sentra that matched the description of a vehicle taken in a carjacking last week, said Cmdr. Matt Sorenson of the Santa Ana Police Department. As the patrol car neared the Sentra to try to stop it in the 600 block of North Lacy Street, the driver, changed directions and drove off, Sorenson said.

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/29/two-men-arrested-after-3-guns-found-in-car-in-santa-ana/
Date: 1496121742

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Fire crews extinguish blaze in abandoned Anaheim home

ANAHEIM – A fire that engulfed a vacant single-family home forced authorities to  temporarily close traffic on Orangewood Avenue Sunday, May 28.

Crews responding to reports of a blaze in the 100 block of West Orangewood Avenue shortly after 7:30 p.m. arrived to find a fully involved fire and a partially collapsed roof, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt, an Anaheim public safety spokesman.

Knowing the house was abandoned, the firefighters focused on keeping the flames from spreading to other homes in the neighborhood, Wyatt said.

Crews from Anaheim, Garden Grove and the city of Orange brought the blaze under control within about 20 minutes.

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Date: 1496034738

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Three from O.C. indicted in international sex trafficking ring targeting Thai women

MINNEAPOLIS — Hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to the U.S. and forced to be “modern day sex slaves,” according to an indictment unsealed Thursday that charges high-level members of what authorities called a sophisticated sex-trafficking ring that concealed millions of dollars in earnings.

The indictment brings the total number of people charged to 38, making it one of the largest sex-trafficking prosecutions in the U.S., said Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker. Authorities say the operation lured Thai women to the U.S. with promises of a better life, then forced them to work as prostitutes until they could pay

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Date: 1495860736

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Getting the freeway clear is top priority, unless a major investigation breaks out

Q. Hi Honk. What are the benefits of long investigations (many times hours!) of accidents on freeways? It would seem that the only ones to profit from this information are insurance companies. The best result for traffic flow would be to clear the scene as soon as possible and let those involved settle the battle by themselves. If the intent is to determine who might get a citation, the resulting fines or legal results would be minor compared to the cost of impacting traffic for hours.

Frank Doting, Orange

A. The California Highway Patrol encourages those in fender-benders where no one is hurt to

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/18/getting-the-freeway-clear-is-top-priority-unless-a-major-investigation-breaks-out/
Date: 1495164742

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Santa Ana Police ask for help identifying 2 robbery suspects at 2 businesses

SANTA ANA — The Santa Ana Police Department is asking for help identifying two men who robbed two businesses within five minutes of each other on Wednesday, May 17, authorities said.

The two suspects first entered a Motel 6 at 1623 E. 1st St. at about 7:15 p.m. They enter the main lobby, jumped the lobby desk, and brandished a knife, demanding that the clerk give them the money in the cash register, according to a report.

The suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and headed south to a 76 Gas Station at 1502 E. Edinger Ave.

The Santa Ana Police Department is asking the public for help in finding two men that robbed two different commercial businesses on Wednesday, May 17. (Photo courtesy of Santa Ana Police Department)

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/18/santa-police-ask-for-help-identifying-2-robbery-suspects-at-2-businesses/
Date: 1495164733

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Man killed in shooting outside Orange restaurant was activist in Philadelphia after his son died in fire

ORANGE — A 34-year-old man killed last week outside a Chili’s restaurant in Orange was a Philadelphia native turned activist who’d lost his son in 2014 after a fire destroyed nine homes and killed three other children as well.

Police arrested 29-year-old Trevor Lee Brockington Saturday, May 13, one day after he is suspected of shooting Patrick Sanyeah to death in a parking lot.

Orange police were still trying to determine the relationship between the two men and the motive for the shooting, Sgt. Phil McMullin said. It was the city’s first reported homicide this year.

Orange police investigators were still trying

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/05/16/man-killed-in-orange-shooting-outside-of-restaurant-was-activist-in-philadelphia-after-his-son-died-in-fire/
Date: 1494990754

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