Kevin Reilly, Who Had Self Castrated, Should No Longer Be Labeled Child Predator: Jury

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Kevin Reilly wants out. The DA says not so fast.

UPDATE, OCT. 24, 4:17 P.M.: An Orange County jury determined today that twice-convicted child molester Kevin Reilly, who had himself castrated in a bid to win freedom, is no longer a sexually violent predator and should be released from a state mental hospital.

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Fatal Shooting of 9 Y.O. Ximena Meza in Anaheim Sparks Larger Community Concerns

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Ximena Meza holding up an excellence award from school
Residents filled Anaheim's Brookhurst Community Center last night near the site of a shooting that left 9-year-old Ximena Meza dead. "This is a sad day for the city," said Mayor Tom Tait. "I have great faith in the men and women of the Anaheim police department. I know they will find those responsible and bring them to justice."

New details into the shooting emerged but no arrests have been made despite $57,500 in total rewards offered.

Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada told the crowd that a white car drove up on the 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue around 7:15 p.m Wednesday night. A man got out and approached a group of men in the area. He opened fire, killing Meza in the process. The gunman ran back to the car speeding away from the scene.

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Maribel Ramos' Amazing Life, Heartbreaking Disappearance Are on Friday's Dateline NBC

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Maribel Ramos was last seen alive paying her May 2013 rent in Orange.

Another high profile Orange County murder case is getting the Dateline NBC treatment Friday night.

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In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom Gives Sobering Glimpse of Human Trafficking

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom
This woman told producers she was 8 when her mother sold her.

What is happening "in plain sight" on American streets? Girls and women are being snatched up and forced into prostitution, say the producers of In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom, which is being shown in Costa Mesa Friday night as part of the documentary's 14 premieres around the country.

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Is OCDA The True Public Enemy Number One?

Jason Fenstermacher: Drug addict turned Hitler-loving white supremacist turned volunteer assassin turned snitch turned free man now walking OC streets thanks to OCDA

Orange County prosecutors quietly handed white supremacist thug and pre-trial inmate Jason Fenstermacher a spectacular, sweetheart deal in August. It was an unexpected coda to a career in lowbrow crime that began around 2002, when the heroin-addled car thief and burglar needed to toughen his image as a scared, 21-year-old newbie in a California prison.

Back then, Fenstermacher burned plastic, trapped the soot, mixed in mouthwash and, using the battery-fueled motor from a dismantled tape player, converted the shaft of a pen into a sharpened tool that ejected ink for a conspicuous neck tattoo: "OCS."

Wearing the Orange County Skins tattoo was reward for Fenstermacher committing assaults and stabbings for the gang, and over the years, he inked his body with other symbols, including a pro-Adolf Hitler swastika and the words Driven by Hate, another less-than-subtle hint about his contempt for non-whites.

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Shaun Eagleson Memorial Campaign Going Strong; Bicyclist's Alleged Murderer is Charged

The Shaun Eagleson Memorial Fund
The late Shaun Eagleson with his now-grieving wife Sandra.

UPDATE, OCT. 22, 10:42 A.M.: A memorial campaign to raise money for funeral and burial expenses for slain bicyclist Shaun Eagleson raised $11,219 toward its $15,000 goal in its first 20 hours online.

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Ex-Immigration Officer Get 51 Months for Taking Bribes from Cambodian Immigrants

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Billy Louis Nelms Sr.'s Veterans Administration badge.

A former Santa Ana-based immigration officer was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for helping Cambodian immigrants legally remain in the U.S. in exchange for bribes. Billy Louis Nelms Sr., 54, of Los Angeles, had steadfastly maintained his innocence and accused the government of persecution and prejudice before his conviction this summer.

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Francisco Javier Montano Gets 2 Years for Fatal Hit and Run That Baby Miraculously Survived

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Francisco Javier Montano fled because he had no license.
A 22-year-old Irvine man was looking at up to 7 1/2 years in prison for driving off in his SUV after his girlfriend jumped out to her death last Halloween with their 13-month-old baby in their arms. (Their daughter miraculously survived with minor injuries.)

But after agreeing to a plea agreement that had him admitting his guilt to felony hit-and-run involving a death and child abuse and endangerment, Francisco Javier Montano was sentenced Monday to two years behind bars.

With time served, he could be kicked loose in a couple weeks, the prosecutor says.

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Kent and Jill Easter's School Mom Victim Kelli Peters Finally Gets to Speak Her Mind: Update

Photo courtesy of Kelli Peters
"I actually started to fear for my life and the life of my daughter," Kelli Peters said of the harassment Jill and Kent Easter put her through.

UPDATE, OCT. 20, 10 A.M.: The victim of Jill and Kent Easter finally got her chance to speak out about the nightmare the vindictive Irvine lawyer couple put the school volunteer through, something she remained silent about until both had been prosecuted.

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Sherwin Ngo Accused of Posing Online as Woman Seeking Sex to Lure Teen Boys

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Courtesy of Irvine Police Department
Sherwin Ngo's job title: recruiter
Talk about catfished: A 34-year-old Tustin man who allegedly posed as a woman to lure two teen boys via Craigslist personal ads was taken into custody at an Irvine financial institution where he works and booked into Orange County Jail on Friday.

Sherwin Ngo, who'd been arrested on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a child, later posted bond and was released from custody.

The mother of a 15-year-old boy in Irvine found explicit email's on his tablet computer, which led to the police investigation that resulted in Ngo's arrest, according to Commander Julia Engen, the Irvine Police spokeswoman.

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