Little Saigon Loan Sharking Case Tied To Police Ends With Settlement

A Little Saigon bikini bar owner victimized by an loan shark ring FBI agents say used at least one Westminster Police Department (WPD) officer as an enforcer has settled her civil lawsuit out of court.

Following the August 2013 arrests of Fountain Valley businessman Kevin Khanh Tuan Do and WPD officer Anthony Duong Donner, businesswoman Hanh Le filed her lawsuit claiming she had been harassed and threatened to make illegal 60 percent annual interest payments on a $170,000 loan from Do.

Terms of the settlement were not made public in papers filed this month inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

Hanh reported that when she was late on payments on-duty police officers tied to Do repeatedly "carried out drive-bys" at her residence, entered her business and home without permission, directed high-intensity spotlights from their patrol vehicles into her shop, harassed her patrons under false pretenses, sent threatening messages and conducted bogus traffic stops on both her and her customers.

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Ringling Bros. Gives Elephants That Perform in Anaheim Every Year Their Walking Papers

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Soon to be jobless.
The Feld family, which owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, announced today that it has accomplished something animal-rights activists have not: End the use of elephants in the Greatest Show on Earth.

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Mission Viejo Apartments Were Also Searched as Part of Government's "Birth Tourism" Probe
The Carlyle at Colton Plaza is at 18880 Douglas, Irvine, was among the 20 ICE raid sites.
UPDATE NO. 2, MARCH 4, 9:59 A.M.: Apartments in Mission Viejo were also searched as part of the government's investigation into "birth tourism," where pregnant Chinese women with fraudulent visas come to the U.S. to deliver babies so they will be born U.S. citizens, according to the federal affidavit.

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Larry Agran Gives Middle Finger To Deposition Subpoena On Great Park Shenanigans

Agran: It's not illegal when, uhhh, a defeated councilman does it
It's not surprising that Larry Agran would want to avoid answering questions under oath about how his Democrat council majority in Irvine spent more than $200 million without building a single, major feature at the proposed Orange County Great Park.

But it is fascinating that Agran, who has a California law license and was a 1992 presidential candidate, thinks he can ignore a lawfully issued subpoena that compelled his presence Wednesday for a deposition in the city's ongoing investigation into Great Park shenanigans.

The man who voters booted out of office in November failed to show up at the offices of Anthony R. Taylor, the Aleshire & Wynder attorney who is conducting the probe.

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Robbery Suspect Dead in Officer-Involved Shooting Involving Two Santa Ana Cops: Update

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The 1000 block of West 3rd Street, Santa Ana
UPDATE, FEB. 27, 12:14 P.M.: According to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, the Santa Ana Police spokesman, two officers were looking for a robbery suspect when they spotted him in his white Dodge Charger around 11 a.m. in the 1000 block of West Third Street and tried to make contact. Bertagna says it's not yet known what touched off the officer-involved shooting that led to the man being pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified yet.

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Erica Melissa Alonso Was Target of Restraining Order in the Weeks Before She Went Missing

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A fund has been started to publicize Erica Alonso's disappearance.
UPDATE NO. 3, FEB. 26, 5:30 A.M.: Erica Melissa Alonso was the subject of a restraining order to stay away from her ex-boyfriend, an order that was only lifted about a week before he became the last known person to see the missing 27-year-old woman, according to authorities.

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Henry T. Segerstrom, Co-Founder of South Coast Plaza and Performing Arts Center, Dies

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Henry T. Segerstrom, the managing partner of South Coast Plaza and founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center that has since been renamed Segerstrom Center for the Arts, died a little more than an hour ago. He was 91.

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SoCal FBI: Cocaine Dealers Used Private Jets To Funnel Cash-Loaded Bags From New York

The FBI has arrested an alleged, major cocaine trafficker tied to an underworld operation that hired privately chartered jets to fly Duffel bags stuffed with cash from New York to Southern California.

Based on surveillance and the results of search warrants, agents took Canoga Park-resident Atta Arab, 50, into custody late last month and charged him with conspiracy to possess and distribute massive quantities of the drug in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, Assistant United States Attorney Joseph T. McNally said Arab is a flight risk and will remain locked up until his case is resolved.

Though the conspirators took counter-surveillance measures and telephonic security steps to evade detection, a 2011 tip to the FBI about the flights launched a federally-funded, joint task force probe that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, Orange County Sheriff's Department and Santa Ana Police Department.

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KKK Party Bags Left on 40 Santa Ana Driveways

Which way to Santa Ana?
A Santa Ana resident found a zip-lock baggy on his driveway this morning that contained a rock, candy, a flier with Ku Klux Klan propaganda and a KKK business card, according to police, who report about 40 similar bags were found in a four-block radius--just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Police Find No Bomb So Long Beach City College Classes Resume: Update
Long Beach City College dealt with a bomb scare this morning.
UPDATE, JAN. 15, 12:44 P.M.: No bomb was found at Long Beach City College so classes will resume at 2 p.m., the police department announced.

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