Lan Huu Pham Charged with Murder of Theo Lacy Cellmate Thiep Truong Nguyen: Update

Categories: Crime-iny

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UPDATE NO. 2, DEC. 19, 5:32 P.M.: Lan Huu Pham, 39, was charged today with murdering his 49-year-old Theo Lacy Facility cellmate Thiep Truong
Nguyen, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Nguyen, a Westminster salesman who was being held on warrants and an assault with a deadly weapon charges, was found unconscious inside the cell Tuesday night and died
from his injuries at a hospital on Wednesday. Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock had previously said Nguyen had been in a physical altercation with his cellmate.

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Magical Realism, Comics and Friend-Love: The Artwork of Yumi Sakugawa

Categories: Art Review

Yumi Sakugawa
Nobody here but us weirdos...
While OC's arts scene has always shown promise, few have ever reached the widespread attention and buzz that Yumi Sakugawa has achieved. Sakugawa is an indie comic artist and illustrator who was born in Orange, grew up in Anaheim Hills and was naturally drawn to the arts (and encouraged by her parents) since an early age, leading up to her enrollment at UCLA.

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Spurgeon Intermediate School Students Unveil Anti-Gentrification "En Defensa de Santa Ana" Mural

Categories: School Daze

Courtesy of Mr. Vasquez
Students, teachers and parents filed into "The C Quad" at Spurgeon Intermediate School in SanTana that played host for their "Noche de Justicia" (Justice Night). The program, organized by Spurgeon Social Justice Club celebrated the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case. Presentations, a video on Mendez, et al v Westminster and a holiday choir performance rounded out the evening.

But the big moment for the club, comprised of 7th, 8th and 9th graders, was the cloth draped over a mural titled En Defensa de Santa Ana (In Defense of Santa Ana), their contribution to their home city's gentrification battles.

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Bad Walking, Bicycling and Motorcycling Gets Police Attention in Corona del Mar SATURDAY

Photo by flickr user Adam Baker
Nothing to see here, officer.
Special patrols aimed at impaired drivers are common in Orange County (especially this weekend), but operations that target pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists? That is who the Newport Beach Police Department is concentrating on Saturday, at least along East Coast Highway east of Macarthur Boulevard in Corona del Mar.

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Junior Rigoberto Lopez Charged in Hit-and-Run That Killed Anaheim Bicyclist Daniela Palacios

Courtesy of Anaheim Police Department
Anaheim cops released this photo of the suspect vehicle in the Nov. 1 fatal hit-and-run.
You know how some crime posts end with pleas seeking tips from people about an incident, even if they are left anonymously? Such a clue left with Orange County Crime Stoppers led to a Buena Park man being arrested and charged Thursday in last month's hit-and-run that killed a 44-year-old mother of eight, police said.

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Buckle Up (and Sober Up) as There are DUI Checkpoints All Over Orange County TONIGHT

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

Photo by flickr user Duncan C.
Someone get his car keys.
It might be easier to list the Orange County cities where there is NOT a DUI checkpoint tonight as operations are scheduled in Irvine, Orange, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, La Habra and Mission 
Viejo. Extra patrols aimed at impaired drivers run tonight in Anaheim and Costa Mesa. And what about Saturday, you ask?

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Dateline's Keith Morrison Promises New Twists in Tonight's Robert Fischer Murder Case Report

Categories: Film and TV

Keith Morrison returns to the Robert Fischer murder case well tonight on Dateline Friday.
It could be that NBC's Dateline Friday is repackaging its January report on a case that was either a murder, suicide or accidental fatal shooting involving a San Clemente divorce lawyer because there is a tie-in with the holidays. Or, as correspondent Keith Morrison promises in his video teaser after the jump, there may be "new developments" in his "In the Dead of Night" report airing tonight at 8 9*.

* NBC announced a time change this morning.

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Julius L. Pinson Had Texas and New Mexico Arrest Warrants Before Cop Shot Him Dead

Categories: Breaking News

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This is near the shooting scene based on the address given by the county coroner Wednesday.
UPDATE NO. 4, DEC. 18, 12:51 P.M.: The 48-year-old man fatally shot by a Costa Mesa police officer Tuesday night has been identified as Julius L. Pinson of Costa Mesa, according to a statement that indicates the deceased had felony arrest warrants out of Texas and New Mexico.

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Irvine Animal Care Center Changes Already Under Way After Volunteers' Complaints

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Obviously overjoyed by the changes.
An independent evaluation of Irvine Animal Care Center has only just begun, but city officials have already made some changes in the wake of allegations by shelter volunteers of inhumane treatment of pets and euthanasia of treatable animals.

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Immigration Agent Myles Kui Zhang Busted for $13,000 in Alleged Phony Overtime Claims

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Myles Kui Zhang worked at the Ziggurat (Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel).
A federal immigration agent who worked in the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel has been charged with grand theft for allegedly making more than $13,000 worth of phony overtime claims over a nine-month period, authorities said.

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