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

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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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Robert Gabriel Rodgers Could Get Death for Fatal Stabbing at Volcano Tea House: Update

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Robert Gabriel Rodgers could face the ultimate punishment.
UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 18, 2:11 P.M.: Robert Gabriel Rodgers could receive the death penalty in the fatal stabbing of Ceaser Ramirez-Rafael at Volcano Tea House in Garden Grove on Friday, based on the charges filed against the accused.

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New, Refreshing Day In Garden Grove: Bao Nguyen Captures Mayor's Office

Nguyen: Honest concern for residents outranked opponent's "communist" name game
A refreshing, new era in Garden Grove unofficially began tonight when the Orange County Registrar of Voters ended its Nov. 2014 vote counting and left young, upstart Bao Nguyen the victor over crusty, entrenched politician Bruce Broadwater in the race for mayor.

The result should mean Garden Grove--a city festering too often in grotesque backdoor dealings, questionable policy making, anti-immigrant sentiment and blatant nepotism thanks to Broadwater--is poised to enter an uplifting phase where residents don't take a back seat to national corporate interests luxuriously feeding financially off of nearby Disneyland.

While Broadwater seemingly couldn't resist any lunch or dinner with a wealthy developer or political hack, the Buddhist Nguyen--a UC Irvine graduate and son of parents who fled communist Vietnam and landed in Orange County's Little Saigon--has been known for years in Southern California's progressive communities for his mellow personality that defies an absolutely stern commitment to minorities, workers and everyday residents.

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California State Bar Fires Back At Joe Dunn's Version Of His Sensational Termination

The California State Bar issued a statement this afternoon defending its Nov. 7 firing of former Orange County state Senator Joe Dunn as executive director and claiming Dunn's lawsuit response depicting himself as an abused whistleblower is "bewildering."

According to the announcement, Dunn was under investigation based on several complaints and the bar board carefully considered the situation before terminating his employment.

"On July 31, 2014, the board received a complaint from a high-level employee raising serious, wide-ranging allegations about Executive Director Joe Dunn and certain state bar employees," the statement declares. "Another complaint followed in mid-August from another high-level employee."

Following the investigation by an independent law firm, the board voted on Nov. 7 to fire Dunn.

The state bar has not yet disclosed specific accusations.

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Sonia Gutierrez is Distraught, Possibly Suicidal and Missing: Have You Seen Her?

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Sonia Gutierrez has not been seen since driving off in her Toyota Yaris Monday afternoon.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department sought the public's help this morning in finding a missing 26-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman who reportedly told a friend she was unhappy over a breakup with her boyfriend and wanted to overdose on drugs.

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[UPDATED:] CHP Arrests Little Saigon Councilman Andy Quach On Suspicion of DUI

Dzo! Councilman Quach during 2009 DUI arrest
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) today arrested Westminster City Councilman Andy Tuan Quach on suspicion of drunk driving charges and he remains locked inside jail tonight, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) records.

The 42-year-old Quach, who has served multiple terms on the council and is a Vietnamese immigrant who fled his communist homeland by boat with his family in 1980, will appear in open court in Westminster on Nov. 13 to provide his plea to the charges.

The U.S. Navy veteran, who unsuccessfully attempted to become a SEAL, is being held in custody until he pays $10,000 bail.

Trouble with the law isn't new for the Chapman University graduate. In 2009, he pleaded guilty in a DUI case after clipping another vehicle, crashing his Mercedes into a wall and destroying electrical poles on McFadden Avenue in the wee hours of one morning. The incident, where his blood-alcohol content was triple the legal limit, resulted in more than 300 homes in Little Saigon, the location of people he has supposedly represented, losing power for half a day. As punishment, he received probation.

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More Evidence Of State Cheating Must Block Death Penalty In Seal Beach Salon Case: Lawyer

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Judge Goethals gets another stack of fascinating, true-crime reading
Claiming there's ample new evidence that Orange County's law-enforcement community can't be trusted to behave honestly, a defense lawyer for the killer in the 2011 Seal Beach salon massacre is urging a judge to reconsider an August ruling that conceded government cheating, but still left prosecutors' death-penalty demand an option.

Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders told Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals in a Nov. 7 motion that he has uncovered additional efforts by the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) and sheriff's deputies to sabotage the defense of Scott Dekraai by hiding evidence and offering dishonest testimony.

Prosecutors insist errors were innocent mistakes and promise retraining, but Sanders says there has been "a systematic and ongoing process of concealing evidence favorable to the defense," practices that have caused him to divert focus on the "litigation at hand" to chase seemingly endless examples of unethical law-enforcement conduct tied to the case.

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Jaquinn Ramone Bell Had Long Rap Sheet Before Halloween's Triple Fatal Hit-and-Run

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Jaquinn Ramone Bell drove the vehicle that killed the girls, according to police.
UPDATE, NOV. 3, 1:59 P.M.: Jaquinn Ramone Bell, the 31-year-old accused of running down three 13-year-old girls trick-or-treating in Santa Ana on Halloween night, has a "lengthy criminal record" and had his drivers licenses suspended earlier in October, according to media reports.

The driver who struck the girls "probably knew they hit something," judging from the damage to the vehicle, according to Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas, who also explained it was difficult to track down Bell as he had many past addresses, his last known one being in Orange.

Among the two adults with Bell when he was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Motel 6, 7450 Katella Ave., Stanton, was his mother, Rojas noted. She, another adult and two children were later released.

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Uh-oh, Remember That Silverado Canyon Fire? Red Cross Opens Flood Evacuation Center

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Smoke rises from the Silverado Canyon fire on Sept. 12.

UPDATE, OCT. 31, 6:257 P.M.: The American Red Cross announced it will open an evacuation center for Silverado Canyon residents at 7 tonight at Santiago Community College, 8045 E. Chapman Ave., Orange.

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Mortgage Scam Suspect Arrested Boarding LAX Flight To Afghanistan

Knowing federal officials in Santa Ana were contemplating criminal charges against her for posing as an attorney and operating a mortgage scam, 30-year-old Najia Jalan decided this month to buy a one-way ticket from LAX through Dubai to Afghanistan on Emirates Airline.

But as the backpack-toting Jalan boarded the Oct. 18 flight, two special agents with the U.S. Department of Treasury's Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) arrested her on mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges.

Less than 48 hours earlier, Jalan--who has used the names Poh Yee Neo, Sarah Adams and Korina Taylor--met with Assistant United States Attorney Ivy A. Wang and federal agents inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse and learned the government contemplated her arrest, according to court records.

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