Cal State Fullerton's Social Justice Summit Returns This Weekend!

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"Think global, act local"
Finally, the Social Justice Summit has come back to Cal State Fullerton! Okay, so the all-day activist event only had a one-year hiatus, but in this reactionary county of ours, that can seem like an eternity.

The summit returns for its 10th anniversary with its familiar slew of workshops, cool t-shirts, social justice swag bags and vegan luncheon sure to draw hundreds this Saturday. The lineup of keynote speakers is superb with civil rights icon Reverend James Lawson, Cal State Fullerton's own Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes and undocumented activist extraordinaire Abraham Medina all on deck.

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Anaheim Police Release Description of Possible Fifth Victim of Alleged Serial Killers

Categories: 2014 Homicides

At a press conference Monday where Orange County law enforcement officials provided some details on their case against alleged serial killers Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, who are accused of murdering four women, Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said investigators are "confident" there is at least a fifth victim.

His department released a description that person Tuesday afternoon in hopes the public can help find her.

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Jodi Pier-Estepp, Mother of Presumed Victim of Alleged Serial Killers, Blasts Authorities

Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, R.I.P.
The mother of the only victim whose body has been recovered so far as part of the quadruple murder case against two alleged serial killers lashed out at Orange County authorities outside court Tuesday.

Jodi Pier-Estepp said if registered sex offenders Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were more closely monitored, her 21-year-old daughter Jarrae Nykkole Estepp might still be alive today.

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Aliso Viejo's Courtyard Healthcare Center Sued over Alleged Physical Assault on Elderly Patient

A patient who claims to have been assaulted last month by an employee at an Aliso Viejo nursing home is suing the owner for alleged elder abuse, negligence, assault and battery, as well as negligent hiring and supervision. The Long Beach office of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby announced it filed the suit Tuesday against Covenant Care California, LLC, the manager of Courtyard Healthcare Center in Aliso Viejo, on behalf of Clara Cranford.

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Dr. Jay W. Calvert, Newport Beach-Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Cleared of Insurance Fraud

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Orange County prosecutors dropped their medical insurance fraud case against popular Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Jay W. Calvert.

"I am satisfied that this thorough investigation into my practice has yielded a favorable, complete and just result," says Calvert, who also has an office in Beverly Hills, in a statement.

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Steven Dean Gordon and Franc Cano Have Arraignment Delayed for Alleged Serial Killings

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the end of this post on the arraignment delay of two registered sex offenders accused of raping and murdering at least four women in Orange County.


ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 7:34 A.M.: The GPS devices parolees Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon wore played a role in implicating them in the murders of four women, being suspected in the slaying of a fifth and possibly more, according to authorities.

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Judge Rejects Dismissal of Murder Charges in Kim Pham Beating Death Case: Update

See the update at the end of this post on the judge rejecting the defense motion to dismiss the charges.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 7:08 A.M.: A judge today could dismiss the charges against the two Santa Ana women accused of beating Kim Pham to death outside The Crosby on Jan. 19. Or, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals could stick to the scheduled May 5 trial opening--or even delay the proceedings that have been sped up at the request of the defense attorneys for Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Tapia Zavala.

You know, the same attorneys seeking dismissals.

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Judge Blocks Trial For Fatal Police Shooting, Sticks Victim's Family With Cop's Legal Bill

Beware unarmed, Anaheim police protester: Cops will claim they mistook your Disney sign for a gun, kill you, demand immunity from public scrutiny and then win support from reality suspending, country club OC judges
Anaheim's Bernie Cervantes Villegas held the barrel end of a BB rifle when police officers approached him in January 2012, complied with commands to raise his arms and was nevertheless shot five times and killed though he never pointed the weapon at cops or grabbed for the trigger.

Officers "high-fived" each other after the shooting, according to a defense witness.

That's the version defense lawyers presented in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the trigger-happy shooter, Anaheim officer Nick Bennallack, who six months later also executed an unarmed Manuel Diaz by shooting him in the butt and back of the head.

According to court records, the cop--affectionately called "Buckshot Bennallack" by fellow officers and "Backshot Bennallack" by angry residents--demanded that a jury never see crime scene photographs of the gruesome results of his five shots because jurors might become nauseous by the overkill.

This week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney ordered Villegas' surviving family members to pay Anaheim PD's legal bills after refusing to let the lawsuit go to a future jury because, in his view, even if the plaintiff's version of events is accurate, the cop acted "reasonably" in fear for his life.

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Pennysaver Ad of the Week Does Not Need Mel Gibson in Face Paint to Proclaim "Freedom!"

Categories: OC Media

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This week's Pennysaver ad of the week will set you free ... safely and reliably.

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15-Year-Old Boy Held in Seizure of Illegal Fireworks, M80s, Quarter Sticks and Half Sticks

Categories: Crime-iny

A 15-year-old Newport Beach boy was detained after a sting operation led to the seizure of more than 51 pounds of illegal fireworks, two M-80s, four M-1000s (also known as "quarter sticks") and 20 M-5000s (also known as "half sticks").

After being processed at the Newport Beach city jail Sunday, the juvie was released to the custody of his parents.

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