OC Deputies Union and Fallen Cops Foundation Defend Raffling Off Semiautomatics: Update

See the update at the end of this post where fallen cop foundation and Orange County deputy union officials agree raffling off semiautomatic weapons is no big whoop.

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AR-15s like this once fell under the federal assault weapons ban.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 21, 6:39 A.M.: Cop killers can be people or they can be fictional characters in songs or they can be an AR-15 rifle and Beretta 92FS pistol, which is weird because Orange County sheriff's deputies have been helping raffle those off as prizes (not the people or song characters but the semiautomatic rifle and handgun; please keep up!)

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Danielle and Devin Scelsi Leave University of New Mexico After Hazing Hospitalizes Latter

University of New Mexico (left); SoCal Developmental Soccer League
Danielle and Devin Scelsi played at Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo.
Fraternal twins from Trabuco Canyon have withdrawn from the University of New Mexico after a women's soccer initiation ritual involving alcohol sent one of the freshmen to the hospital. Campus police were sent to a dormitory Sunday night after Danielle Scelsi reported her 18-year-old sister Devin was having trouble breathing and appeared to be vomiting.

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Peter Capaldi's Debut in BBC America's Doctor Who on Big and Small Screens Throughout OC

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See Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who this weekend on cable TV or in a movie theater.

I never got into Doctor Who, but I respect its devoted following, which treats every changing of the guard (and by "guard" I mean "doctor") as a grand media event. Indeed, BBC America is pulling out all the stops for Saturday night's debut of Peter Capaldi in the title role--on both small and big screens in Orange County.

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No Charges In Non-Fatal Shooting of Irvine Sexual Assault Suspect

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Ronald Williams, a 35-year-old tattoo and art instructor traded nude pictures and forced a teenage girl to give him oral sex twice on August 30, 2013. Irvine police investigated the sexual assault case by interviewing his 15-year-old victim. The girl also told detectives that Williams kept a revolver in a Hello Kitty CD case in his car.

On the morning of September 3, 2013, Irvine police scoped out Williams' apartment, hoping to arrest him for sexual assault. They also prepared themselves for a possible shoot out.

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8 Arrests in Sweep of Orange County Neighborhoods for "High Risk DUI Offenders"

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See Update No. 3 at the end of this post with results from a DUI task force sweep. Update No. 2 has weekend DUI arrest totals. Update No. 1 was on Saturday night's Huntington Beach checkpoint.

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Deputies warn you'll be seeing this sign a lot in Orange County through summer's end.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 15: Summer ending anti-DUI enforcement kicks off tonight with three--count 'em--three DUI checkpoints, in the cities of Irvine, Tustin and Garden Grove.

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PR Firm's Secrecy Demand For Orange County Great Park Spending Will Go To Court

Beth Krom: Government park spending should be secret because we diverted $7.23 million to our political operatives and my council majority would have continued to waste that money if voters hadn't put local Republicans in power in 2012.
Orange County Great Park contractors who suspiciously received more than $7.23 million in taxpayer funds to perform public relations for a non-existent city park and are arguing their records should be shielded from inspection by residents, learned bad news this afternoon.

The Irvine City Council voted to use the legal system to compel Forde & Mollrich--a well-connected, Newport Beach-based PR firm--to comply with terms of their government contract that requires cooperation with audits.

A prior city council majority--Democrats Larry Agran, Beth Krom and Sukhee Kang--outrageously handed Forde & Mollrich a no-bid, no benchmark PR contract that put more than $100,000 a month into the bank account of political operatives Arnold Forde and Stu Mollrich while claiming the city had no money to build the park.

Forde & Mollrich officials insist that records of whatever they did or didn't do on the controversial government project--at one point California largest public works project--should be private.

Proving again that some folks with higher education degrees are morons, Harvey H. Liss--a Ph.D and an Agran city appointee, claimed at the meeting that taxpayers should feel lucky they only paid Forde & Mollrich $100,000 a month.

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Orange Policeman Cleared in Non-Fatal Shooting of Man Armed With $7.44

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Jorge Medina was parked in a Lexus on North Highland Street on the evening of June 30, 2013 when Orange police officer Fernando Maldonado drove by during a routine patrol check. Because no parking is allowed in the alley, the cop turned around to check on the vehicle. By that point, Medina had already exited the car and was walking to open a garage door.

That's when a standoff began that ultimately ended with Medina being shot twice by Maldonado.

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Federal Judge Slaps Gun Dealer For Illegal Weapon Sales

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

I reckon Judge Staton just slapped you...
An Orange County federal judge showed no patience with a dope-loving, convicted felon who sold three firearms to undercover government agents in 2012 and handed him a high-end punishment based on sentencing guidelines.

Brandon Fitzpatrick entered U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton's courtroom on Aug. 15 with three prior felony convictions and watched federal prosecutor's recommendation of a 33-month sentence turn into a 41-month prison punishment.

In addition to Fitzpatrick's substance abuse--daily marijuana, methamphetamine and alcohol intake, the defendant has a history of violence against his mother, according to federal law enforcement records.

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Cerritos College Police Chief Richard "Buk'' Bukowiecki Takes Own Life in Local Motel

Categories: School Daze

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Honoring Cerritos College Police Chief Richard "Buk" Bukowiecki in 2012 are (from left) Lucinda Aborn, Marilyn Brock and Rachel Mason.
The three women shown from left above--Cerritos College's dean of Disabled Student Programs & Services, interim vice president of Academic Affairs (now at Long Beach City College) and instructional dean, Business Education respectively--helped bestow the Outstanding Classified Manager of 2012 award to campus Police Chief Richard "Buk" Bukowiecki.

Early Monday, the Huntington Beach resident was found dead from a gunshot wound in a Westminster motel room in what the county coroner has deemed a suicide.

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Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano Screening and Discussion This Thursday at Bowers

Categories: Film and TV

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The Original Chicano
Dan Guerrero wanted to tell the story of his father, legendary Chicano singer-songwriter Lalo Guerrero, for years before eventually taking the initiative to tell it himself. A television producer for musical specials, the younger Guerrero had footage of his father on camera telling his story, shot over a decade ago in anticipation for when some sort of definitive project would take off.

Thus the documentary Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano. An informative, tell-all television film, it tells the story of the singer's life in vivid detail from his early upbringing in Tucson to his musical career that spanned over six decades. "My father's story was in my head, but everything I needed in terms of clippings, photos, etc. were in my closet," Guerrero told the Weekly. "Whereas, someone from the outside doing it would've had to do a tremendous amount of research, find out things. I already knew it."

It wasn't until Nancy De Los Santos, Guerrero's co-producer and co-writer, stressed making the film themselves, did Guerrero push to make it happen. The doc made its debut on PBS and was screened at various Latino film festivals in the US and Mexico and won acclaim from the Imagen, Alma, and the Cine Golden Eagle Awards, to name a few. This Thursday, Bowers Museum and OC Film Fiesta will host a special screening of the film as part of OC Film Fiesta's teaser screenings series leading up to the film festival's opening in September.

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