Jaquinn Ramone Bell Gets 14 Years for Slayings of Three 13-year-olds in Halloween Hit-and-Run

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Twins Lexie and Lexandra Perez Huerta and their friend Andrea Gonzalez, R.I.P.
A man with a long rap sheet and a last known address in Orange was sentenced Thursday to 14 years and change in lockup for the hit-and-run slayings of three 13-year-old girls who were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana on Halloween night.

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Chinese Birth Tourism Lawyer Loses Fight For Pre-Trial Bail After His Arrest

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Liang: Feds worry he'd flee to China if released from custody
An Irvine lawyer this afternoon lost his fight to gain pre-trial release from custody following his May 18 arrest for alleged illegal involvement in the Chinese birth tourism scandal.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney made the decision against China-native Ken Zhiyi Liang after federal prosecutor Jerry C. Yang asked him to overrule a prior magistrate judge's decision to allow the defendant's pre-trial release on $100,000 bail.

According to Yang, there's evidence Liang, 38, may have already smuggled two witnesses in the case back to China and he bragged to a government informant wearing audio and video devices that he knew how to get out of the U.S. on an airplane without possessing necessary papers.

"The defendant has an enormous incentive to flee," Yang told the judge.

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Miguel Gualfre Identified as Gang-Slaying Victim in Santa Ana Last Night: Update

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Up in Garden Grove AND Santa Ana
UPDATE NO. 2, MAY 20, 3:33 P.M.: Miguel Gualfre has been identified as the victim of what police are calling a gang-related homicide in the 3900 block of West 5th Street late Tuesday night.

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Mike Carona Still Isn't Serving as a Cautionary Tale for SoCal Law Enforcement

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Policing authority is an ego boost. Just ask Mike Carona. Around a year before the FBI arrested the Orange County sheriff for corruption in 2007, Carona showed up at a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department facility with a four- or five-SUV entourage. South Central-hardened LA deputies who observed the arrival assumed a Secret Service detail had accompanied then-Vice President Dick Cheney. But OC's top cop--a glad-handing politician and career bureaucrat who'd never made a single arrest in his life--jumped out of a government vehicle amid heavy guard, a scene that prompted laughter at the absurd grandiosity.

From pampered office-holder to convicted felon (circa 2009), Carona's fall is now the stuff of history. U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford issued a term of 66 months in prison and, in one of the most noble and necessary stern sentencing lectures in county history, slammed the disgraced cop for thinking he was above the law. Lying officers weren't tolerated in his courtroom, Guilford told a man who clearly didn't think he would serve a minute in prison. Following his conviction and on the way to the penitentiary, Carona earned a second identity: Inmate 45335-112.

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19 Dogs with Mange, Scabies, Eye Infections and Other Maladies Rescued in Santa Ana

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Sad, thinking about her homies in Santa Ana.
A complaint about ailing dogs led Santa Ana code enforcement officers to home where they rescued 19 malnourished and neglected canines of various breeds Tuesday morning, according to police.

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Fire at Closed Merryhill School in Coto de Caza was Arson: OCFA Investigators

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An April fire that caused $200,000 in damage to a vacant private elementary school in Cota de Caza was intentionally set, according to fire officials.

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Loved Ones of the Late Robert Lavender III (a.k.a. "Chance Daily") Rejoice Over Re-arrest

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Deanna Marie Soto was placed back in custody last week.
The prayers of family and friends of Robert Lavender III have finally been answered, nearly a year after the motorcyclist nicknamed "Chance Daily" was killed in a Fullerton crash police blamed on an alleged drunken driver.

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Orange County's Dirty, Philandering, Christian Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona is Home from Prison

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Mike Carona meets the press after being found guilty in 2009.
With apologies to Larry King, America's Incarcerated Sheriff has been released from federal prison. Mike Carona, the former Orange County lawman the veteran broadcaster dubbed "America's Sheriff" after appearing on King's longtime CNN show to call out a child murderer, is now back home after serving 52 months of a 66-month sentence for felony witness tampering. Carona, who served most of his sentence at a low-security prison in Littleton, Colorado, was released from a federal prison medical center in Lexington, Kentucky, he had been transferred to, according to officials.

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Prosecutors: Carlos Bustamante's Sexual Improprieties Date Back To The 90s

Bustamante: How was I to know women wouldn't find me irresistible?
In his attempt to evade convictions on multiple pervert-related criminal charges, Carlos Bustamante--the ex-Santa Ana city councilman and $179,000 a year county executive--is expected by prosecutors to employ a trial defense that could be summed up in a single word: ignorance.

In other words, Bustamante--a married father with several kids--will hope future jurors believe he did not understand there could be a problem by subjecting six female government employees to unwelcomed kissing, hugging, fondling and sex demands--or that they would be disgusted by him masturbating in their presence during work.

But the onetime Republican Party rising star and a small project real estate developer who'd dreamed of becoming a county supervisor now may face a hurdle denying criminal intent about his alleged 2009-2011 activities.

Prosecutor Aleta Bryant and her investigators have obtained evidence that Bustamante's abusive conduct with women dates back to 1998 when he worked as a California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) investigator busting businesses serving booze to teenagers.

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Joseph Jordan Taylor to be Arraigned in Murder Try That Led to Arrests of Brother and Father

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Joseph Jordan Taylor, who is scheduled to be arraigned today, has a long rap sheet.
UPDATE, MAY 14, 3:24 P.M.: Joseph Jordan Taylor, the 29-year-old son of 2011 Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame inductee (and fellow arrestee) John Taylor, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon for allegedly soliciting undercover police officers to murder a woman this past Tuesday, according to the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA).

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