Gabriel Magna Lopez Accused of Stopping at Least 2 Women as Phony Cop: Anaheim Police

Categories: Crime-iny

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Courtesy of Anaheim Police Dept.
Dr. Evil pronounces Gabriel Lopez's middle name "MAG-NA."
A 42-year-old transient who allegedly "pulled over" two women and impersonated a police officer five days before Halloween was arrested earlier this month, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Gabriel Magna Lopez was located in his suspect vehicle and arrested without incident on Dec. 4, said Lt. Bob Dunn, the Anaheim Police spokesman, who noted the transient was booked for felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor impersonating a police officer and is being held in Orange County Jail on $25,000 bail.

But additional counts may come as police seek other possible victims of the alleged phony flatfoot.

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See South Orange County's Recent UFO, UVP (Unidentified Violinist Panhandler): VIDEOS

Categories: Events, Wacky Vids

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Four different ways to view the UFO over South Orange County on Dec. 8.
A South County videographer not only captured a UFO heading toward Mission Viejo last week but what she believes "might be the very first glimpse at what the propulsion is up close of these objects."

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Anaheim's Cops Will Be the Most Active in OC Targeting DUI Motorists Starting TONIGHT

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

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Celebrity Productions
Don't Mickey Mouse behind the wheel if you've been drinking/using.
Anaheim cops flood streets known for drunken driving stops, crashes and fatalities tonight and Thursday night, and based on the announcement of anti-DUI operations throughout the county through the end of the year, that city's cops will be the most active in the county when it comes to targeting boozy or druggy motorists.

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17-Year-Old Boy Accused of Sticking Up Seal Beach Gas Station with Airsoft Pistol

Categories: Crime-iny

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Courtesy of Transportation Security Administration
You know who finds a lot of airsoft guns like this? TSA agents at the nation's airports.
A 17-year-old boy earned a trip to juvenile hall late Friday after allegedly trying to rob a Seal Beach gas station with an airsoft pistol, according to police.

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2 Die When CHP Chase Ends with Crash into Brick Column in North Tustin

Categories: Crime-iny

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Photo by flickr user Loic Severin
The chase is on.
Two people died and another person suffered critical injuries early Saturday when a CHP chase ended with a Kia slamming into a brick column in North Tustin, overturning and catching on fire.

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One Man Dead and Second Injured After Shots Ring Out on North Jackson Street in Santa Ana

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Qwik Tape
Tape like this went up on North Jackson Street in Santa Ana.
One man was shot to death and a second was wounded by gunfire Friday night in Santa Ana.

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Monday Pervy Monday: UCI and Surf City Sex Assaults; More San Clemente Massage Victims

Categories: Crime-iny

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Illustration by Jay Brockman/OC Weekly
This week's installment includes sexual assaults in Huntington Beach and at UC Irvine as well as the number of molestation victims blamed on a San Clemente massage therapy business owner rising from two to six.

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Weekender Updater: Pair Cops to Roles in Fatal Placentia Fight; SJC Robber Also Cuts Plea Deal

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The fight happened in the 400 block of South Van Buren Street in Placentia.
Just one story to update you on this weekend and it's a pretty recent one: a September fight in Placentia that resulted in a man's death and had prosecutors considering a homicide count against the accused killer.

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Show Us Your Guns, Anaheim ... and Cops Will Buy Them SATURDAY

Categories: Events

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OC Weekly archives
Creative cropping turns an Anaheim police riot photo into an Anaheim police gun buy back photo.
The Anaheim Police Department wants residents to show them their guns Saturday--so cops can buy the weapons.

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Newport Beach Con Man Turned International Fugitive Pays For No Regrets Line

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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FBI photo from 1999
James Stanley Eberhart
Earlier this week, mainstream Southern California news outlets reported that on Dec. 8 a federal judge sentenced a Newport Beach con man and international fugitive to 10 years in prison based on a 1990s telemarketing scam that targeted victim's retirement funds.

James Eberhart, 73 and a classical music lover who dropped out of the 12th grade, had sought a punishment of only three years because of his age and the possibility that he may die in prison with a longer sentence for stealing more than $12 million in an Internet programming conspiracy called YES Entertainment Network, Inc..

His defense lawyer said it wouldn't be fair for Eberhart to leave prison "in a pine box."

But the mainstream papers missed a key reason why U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney, the most unpredictable sentencing judge inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, didn't grant Eberhart's wish.

It wasn't just that while a fugitive Eberhart lived well off money stolen from 811 individuals, traveled extensively around the world and made home the Infinity, a custom-built, luxury 58-foot yacht.

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