Fullerton Settles Kelly Thomas Wrongful-Death Lawsuit for $4.9 Million

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Ron Thomas' son, Kelly
The Kelly Thomas wrongful death civil trial ended this morning before it ever began with a nearly $5 million settlement reached. Ron Thomas, Kelly's father, sought legal redress from the city and its police department following his sons' death five days after being bludgeoned by Fullerton cops on July 5, 2011.

KFI AM 640 reported last Friday that an agreement had been reached but without noting any terms. Fullerton city council called an emergency closed session meeting this morning on the case at the time the trial had been slated to begin. The settlement amount was disclosed shortly thereafter in court.

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John Paul Beckmann, Third Striker Cut Loose in Orange County, Held in Oklahoma Murder

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John P. Beckmann is accused of fatally stabbing his brother-in-law.
A third-strike defendant who was released from prison in 2013 under a California voter initiative--and over the objections of Orange County prosecutors--is accused of murder in Oklahoma, officials tell the Weekly.

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"5 Documented Gang Members" Held in Slaying of Anaheim's Eduardo Curiel Molina: Update

Anaheim Police Department
UPDATE, NOV. 23, 9:42 A.M.: "Five documented gang members"--the four adults shown here and a juvenile--have been arrested in the Nov. 14 Ponderosa Park homicide, according to Anaheim Police.

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Case Dismissed Against Citizen Journalists Arrested After Kelly Thomas Verdict Protest

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Redkey and Beers

Citizen journalists AJ Redkey and PM Beers had much to celebrate at Max Bloom's Cafe Noir in Fullerton on Friday. Earlier that morning, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Knox dismissed the case against them claiming they failed to disperse from a Kelly Thomas verdict protest last year. Police called an unlawful assembly that day but the two used live-streaming technology to film skirmish lines upfront and personal. A jury deadlocked on the misdemeanor charges in March with the OCDA vowing to retry the case.

But that didn't happen, allowing for the festive mood at Max Bloom's. "We're feeling good and lovely," Redkey told the Weekly. "The ball is rolling in justice's direction."

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Thorns and Grit Combines Music, Action Sports, Humor and Art All into T-Shirts

Categories: OC News, Sports

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Rick Thorne (left) and Steven "Grit" Lombardi (with his son Rocco) are the founders of one of OC's latest buzzworthy clothing brands.

BMX legend Rick Thorne likes to stay busy.

The Kansas City transplant's had his hands in everything from TV (including a relatively famous episode of MTV Cribs) to music (his band, Good Guys in Black, opened for the Adicts in LA just a few weeks ago) to social media, Thorne is always finding new ways to keep himself entertained when he's not riding his bike or taking care of his two young kids.

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Thea Fear on Running a Private Studio and Growing Up on the Right Side of the Tracks

Josh Chesler
From Arizona to Stanton, Thea Fear is proving herself as a top-notch tattooer.

Thea Fear didn't grow up poor, didn't grow up a chola, or have any type of rough life that the popular imagination likes to associate with the tattoo life. Her dad was a police officer and her mom had a master's degree in business.

"My parents were strict, and they told me they didn't want me to do art for a living," Fear says. "I went to [Arizona State University] for journalism, but I dropped out and moved to San Francisco."

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Kelly Michele Wolfe Gets 18 Years to Life for Fourth of July Murder by DUI of Grandma

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Buh-bye, Kelly Michelle Wolfe.
A drunken, hit-and-run driver--who was convicted in September of murdering a grandmother walking with her blind grandson to a Fourth of July celebration in San Clemente--was sentenced today to 18 years to life behind bars. Kelly Michele Wolfe, 47, of Capistrano Beach, had been found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of second-degree murder, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more and causing bodily injury, one misdemeanor count of driving a motor vehicle without a valid license, and a sentencing enhancement for driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or more. Wolfe, who was convicted in 1995 of DUI in Nevada, acknowledged when she renewed her California driver's license in 2008 that she could be charged with murder if she killed a person while driving under the influence.

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Irvine, Anaheim Checkpoints, South County Patrols TONIGHT; Santa Ana Stop SATURDAY

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

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Watch for Saturday night checkpoint here.
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 20, 12:18 P.M.: Yet another DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint was announced today, but this one does not happen until Saturday night.

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Crime Survivors Treated to Food, Goodies, Arcade Games and Thanksgiving Meal Baskets

Categories: Crime-iny

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As demonstarted last year, the Thanksgiving event draws a huge crowd.
Crime Survivors Inc., which you may know from the current recall campaign against an Orange County judge, expects more than 350 child and adult victims of crime at its Thanksgiving Hopeful Healing Day at an Irvine amusement park Sunday.

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Orange County Sheriff's Department Reveals Jail Phone Fees in Wake of Lawsuit: Update

Categories: Court

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Bosses like him find jail phone charges horrible.
UPDATE, NOV. 20, 9:11 A.M.: Saying he cannot yet comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman provided the fees charged for jail phone calls.

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