Gonzalo Parra Jr., Paroled Drug Offender, Allegedly Holed Up at Preschool with a Knife

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Courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department
Gonzalo Parra Jr. is being held on various charges.

How'd you like to see the guy above you toting a 12-inch kitchen knife at your preschool? Folks at Garden Grove First Preschool were treated to such a sight this morning, according to police.

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Brian Hughes Benedict, Former UCI Doctoral Student, Gets Life Sans Parole for Slaying Wife

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Courtesy of the Orange County District Attorney's office
Brian Hughes Benedict was convicted last month of murdering 30-year-old Rebecca Benedict.

Today, one day shy of five years since former UC Irvine doctoral student Brian Hughes Benedict gunned down his estranged wife near his campus apartment during a child custody exchange, the 40-year-old was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

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[UPDATE W/PHOTOS] Brush Fire Engulfs Silverado Canyon

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Dustin Ames
Scroll down to the end of the story for a brief update and some photos. A brush fire broke out in Silverado Canyon late this morning. State and county firefighters are working to contain the flames with the assistance of the U.S. Forest Service, which has jurisdiction over the Cleveland National Forest.

According to CBS, the fire was reported around 10:50 a.m. in the 30000 block of Silverado Canyon Road. According to officials, Santiago Canyon Road has been closed and the 241/261 highway interchange, has been closed in the Cleveland National Forest.


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Sex Offender Sues Westminster For Enacting "Unconstitutional" City Park Ban

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Lindsay: He feels violated
An activist working to reform municipal and county sex-offender restriction laws in California is now targeting the City of Westminster, according to a federal lawsuit.

Frank Lindsay, convicted of a sex-related offense in 1979, is using Santa Maria attorney Janice M. Bellucci to challenge a Westminster ordinance that imposes life-long bans on registered sex offenders whose crime involved a child from entering any area of the city "where children regularly gather" without written government permission.

The first violation of the ordinance risks criminal charges and up to six months in jail; a second violation requires a minimum 10-day jail trip; and a third violation brings a mandatory, minimum 90-day county jail lockup.

Lindsay and Bellucci, who filed their lawsuit inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, say Westminster's rules violate both U.S. and California constitutions by improperly restraining civil liberties at locations including "parks, schools, beaches, harbors, zoos and other recreational facilities."

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Orange County Man Seeks $2 Million For False Arrest; Federal Judge Says Not So Fast

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Okay, okay. Say it, don't spray it
Santa Ana's Jose Manuel Lopez is angry about what he sees as his 2012 false arrest resulting in 67 days of wrongful confinement, but he chose to serve as his own lawyer while suing law enforcement officials and the move wasn't wise.

A self-described astonished, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ralph Zarefsky this week ruled that Lopez's rambling, 55-page complaint wasn't just "overlong, speechifying and confusing," but also failed to clearly state a "short and plain" entitlement for legal relief.

The lawsuit filed inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse is "wasting paper, ink and time," though it alleges "a conspiracy of government agents" that Lopez claims landed him "in a Dickensian jail," Zarefsky stated.

To proceed, the 38-year-old Lopez "must eliminate from his pleading all preambles, introductions, argument, speeches, explanations, stories, griping, vouching, evidence, attempts to negate possible defenses, summaries and the like," the judge announced.

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Why Does Saddleback College Have an MRAP Armored Vehicle?

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Parking enforcement?

The debate over military equipment hand-me-downs to local police departments went before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing on Tuesday, weeks after clashes in Ferguson between protesters and cops seemingly ready to take on Terminators brought the issue to the forefront. Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann testified at the hearing that it gives law enforcement armored vehicles needed to protect police and civilian lives.

Maybe such an excuse is valid with an urban police force (maybe not), what about Saddleback College's campus police? With just nine full-time officers, the department somehow managed to get an army mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle for...what exactly? Scaring kids who don't put up their parking permit?


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Checkpoint Sprouts in Garden Grove Saturday; Hungover Hack Finally Posts Labor Day Stats

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Bob Aul
Too many Moscow Mules, I take it?

Garden Grove police hold a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

Where exactly?

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Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar Tickets Go on Sale at Noon and Leave Uncle Scott Coker Alone!

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Tito Ortiz (left) and Stephan Bonnar get to spill one another's bad blood soon.

Well, that didn't take long. Tickets go on sale at high noon today for the Nov. 15 Bellator mixed martial arts grudge match between "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz and "The American Psycho" Stephan Bonnar, Bellator announced Thursday.

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American Apparel: We Did Nothing Wrong But We're Paying $1 mil to End Worker Death Case

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Voit Commercial Brokerage
This complex includes the newest of two plants in Garden Grove where American Apparel has made clothing.

"American Apparel has been and continues to be absolutely committed to providing its employees with a safe work place and fair wages in a sweat-shop free environment."
-Los Angeles-based lawyer Peter A. Schey, on behalf of American Apparel, which agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a civil suit brought against the company by the Orange County District Attorney's office due to a worker in Garden Grove being mangled and killed by an industrial knitting machine.


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Ex-NFL Linebacker Convicted In California Millionaire's Murder Loses Appeal

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Naposki: NFL player turned Newport Beach bar doorman turned convicted murderer
A California Court of Appeal this week rejected a four-prong effort by Eric Naposki, a former NFL linebacker with the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, to overturn his July 2011 conviction for the 1994, ambush murder of an ultra-wealthy Newport Beach businessman in a financial gain plot.

An appellate lawyer working for Naposki told a three-justice appellate panel based in Santa Ana that there were four errors in the trial, including the government's 15-year delay in filing charges, faulty jury instructions, biased jury and improperly excluded evidence.

But Justice WIlliam Rylaarsdam's 18-page opinion backed by colleagues Raymond Ikola and David Thompson analyzed and then rejected each point, saying they found "no prejudicial error."

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