Gustavo's Latest KCRW "Orange County Line": On the Gang Injunction Battle in Santa Ana's Townsend Street!

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The summer has been especially hot in the Townsend Street neighborhood in SanTana, where the Orange County District Attorney's office is trying to fully implement a gang injunction. Nevermind that residents in the area don't want it. Nevermind that DA Tony Rackauckas usually overreaches on such efforts, leading to court decisions against him. There's cholos in dem dere apartments, so send in the cavalry!

The fight between activists and the DA/police is the subject of my KCRW-FM 89.9's "Orange County Line" this week.


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UFC Hall of Famer Suggests "Boring MMA Fights" Are a Symptom of "Tito Ortiz Virus"

Categories: Sports

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No outward signs of a virus.

An Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer says he is coming out of retirement to stop the spread "of the virus that's known as Tito Ortiz," something Stephan Bonnar claims is manifested by the Bad Boy of Huntington Beach's "boring fights for too many years."

S to the NAP, girlfriend. This is like Arnie Palmer calling out Jack Nicklaus!


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Kelly Michele Wolfe Could Get 16 Years in Prison for Drunken-Driving "Murder:" OCDA

See the update at the end of this post on the possible punishment and bail amount Kelly Wolfe faces.

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Kelly Michele Wolfe is booked.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 8:36 A.M.: A Capistrano Beach woman faces arraignment Thursday on a murder rap, other serious felonies and a misdemeanor in the Fourth of July 2013 killing of a 76-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle while walking with her grandson along a San Clemente bike trail.

Kelly Michele Wolfe fled the scene of the collision that night but was later detained outside her residence, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD).

Wolfe's blood-alcohol that night measured at 0.31 percent, claims Deputy District Attorney Stephen Cornwell, the prosecutor in the case.

However, the 46-year-old suspect was not arrested until Tuesday--as in yesterday.

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Where's the Beach? Orange County's War Over Public Sand

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Cameron K. Lewis/OC Weekly

It's 7:02 on a recent summer evening, and the main gate at Strands Beach, located next to a parking lot on Selva Road on the north side of Dana Point Harbor, slams shut. The gate, which opens to the Strand at Headlands development, locks at this time every evening from May through September; from October to April, the gate shuts promptly at 5 p.m. Factoring in seasonal changes in daylight as well as daylight saving time, this means that no matter what time of year it is, the sun is still shining when the gate closes and blocks off the beach to all but the wealthy homeowners who live there. (Though there is public access less than 200 yards north of this gate.)

According to California's state constitution, the gate shouldn't even be there: All the sand below the high-tide line is public property, and access should be guaranteed to anyone. But over the past few decades, throughout the state--especially in places such as Malibu and South Orange County--you'd be forgiven for thinking the beach is for millionaires only: Well-heeled homeowners use everything from bogus no-parking or no-trespassing signs to private security firms to keep the public away.

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Santa Ana Residents Unite Against Proposed Homeless Shelter

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Andrew Galvin

In late June, Dora Lopez received a flier in the mail from the city of Santa Ana, letting her know the county government was considering putting a homeless shelter in an industrial area less than a mile from her home.

Lopez figured officials were seeking "opinions" as "a first step" toward deciding where to place such a shelter. But at a July 2 community meeting, she learned Orange County was already in late-stage talks to buy a building near McFadden and Grand avenues.

"There was a knot in my stomach," she remembers. "I was so angry I couldn't even hold my emotions."

She was one of just a handful of neighborhood residents who attended that meeting, which drew mostly county and city staff and people from nonprofits that serve the homeless.

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OC Man's Pot Sale Conviction Overturned In Groundbreaking Court Ruling

Categories: Bong Blotter

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Jay Brockman
Better Call Glew!
The California Court of Appeal appears to have just handed a major victory to medical marijuana dispensaries that follow state law.

Until now, dispensary operators targeted by police have faced the prospect of trying to defend themselves in court without being allowed to argue a so-called affirmative defense citing protection under California's medical marijuana law.

Now, thanks an appeals court ruling that involves a Newport Beach marijuana collective operator convicted of possessing pot with the intent to sell, prosecutors might have a much harder time winning convictions in cases where collectives have followed state law.

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Jaqwun Turner Gets a Year For Lady Falling to Her Death Out of His Truck; OCDA Protests

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Jaqwun Turner said he was sorry.
Remember Martha Rodezno, the Los Angeles woman who became miffed and left a family party in Mission Viejo on foot in December, only to be found dead along a Santa Ana freeway?

A 33-year-old Hawthorne man has copped to refusing to stop after the 51-year-old hitchhiker fell out of his petroleum tanker truck that horrible night.

Specifically, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald offered a deal that allowed Jaqwun Laerin Turner to plead guilty this week to felony hit and run with permanent and serious injury in exchange for a year in jail and five years probation.

The deal didn't exactly sit well with prosecutors.

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Guy Goes to Jail to Give Money to Wife, Leaves 3 Kids in Car, Then Goes to Jail Himself: Cops

Categories: Crime-iny

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Gerardo Jose Jimenez was held on $100,000 bail.
A man with a star tattooed over his throat illegally parked his car in front of the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana Monday afternoon to put money in his wife's jail account.

That only would have earned 29-year-old Gerardo Jose Jimenez a parking ticket were it not for this: left unattended in the vehicle were his three daughters--an 8-month-old infant, a 21-month-old toddler and a 7-year-old girl, according to police.

That move sent the Garden Grove resident to jail himself for alleged child cruelty.

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Tamra Barney Judge Flambeed for Referring to Lizzie Rovsek's "Kentucky Fried Titties"

Categories: TV

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Lizzie Rovsek posted this photo from her younger days with her blog criticizing Tamra Barney.
Tamra Barney Judge, who previously caught hell for referring to former Real Housewives of Orange County cast member Alexis Bellino's "Jesus Jugs," is now being flambeed for alluding to current cast member Lizzie Rovsek's "Kentucky Fried Titties."

Which just goes to prove my theory: Tamra Barney Judge is obsessed with boobies!

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Hey Rocky, Watch Me Pull a Cell Phone Off of a Porch

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Courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department
Deputies are seeking the public's help to prevent Rocky sequels.

Since not everyone who wears a Game of Thrones tee is a poisonous royal and not everyone who wears a Scarface tee is a murderous cocaine dealer and not everyone who wears a Hello Kitty tee is a kitty, it stands to reason that it is perfectly acceptable that the ... cough-cough ... physical specimen shown here is rocking a Rocky tee.

But what he is shown doing on surveillance video being distributed by the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) is not acceptable: walking off with a Yorba Linda resident's package with a $600 cell phone inside.

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