Vigil and March for Michael Brown, Ferguson Tomorrow in Downtown Santa Ana

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Portrait of Brown by local artist Valerie Lewis
A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson--surprise, surprise--for the on-duty shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson gunned down the unarmed 18-year-old African-American back in early August under bitterly disputed circumstances. The decision absolving Wilson of any wrongdoing yesterday touched off riots in the St. Louis suburb with cop cars and buildings set ablaze.

Demonstrations broke out in Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles and other cities last night. Anaheim police laughably thought riots might spark off in its streets, but nothing of the likes happened. OC is mobilizing, though, with a peaceful march in solidarity with Ferguson and the Brown family set for tomorrow evening, not in Anaheim, but downtown SanTana.

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Lawsuit: Fullerton Detective Forced Woman Into Sex Acts In Return for Favorable Court Testimony

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Stay classy, Fullerton PD

A lawsuit filed in federal court on Thursday alleges that a former Fullerton Police Department detective spoke favorably on a woman's behalf during custody hearings in return for numerous forced sexual acts. The 51-page complaint lays out an ugly path that all began with the violation of a restraining order.


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Silverado Brush Fire Up to 1500 Acres, Evac in Place But No Structural Damage Thus Far

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Cars lined the streets yesterday, as residents couldn't reach their homes

The Silverado fire has has not grown overnight after growing yesterday afternoon from 100 acres to 1500 acres. The fire, which started at about 10:30 a.m. in someone's backyard, according to the OCFA, is currently 10 percent contained.


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[UPDATE W/PHOTOS] Brush Fire Engulfs Silverado Canyon

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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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Spoiler Alert: DA Sees Nothing Irregular in OC Inmate's Cardiac Arrest Death

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The Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) yelled 'Clear!' last week in a report on an inmate's heart attack death. This week, they're back with a legal look into another gone con's behind-bars cardiac arrest. Getting to the heart of the matter, the OCDA concluded its investigation into the death of John Thomas Sawyer last summer while in the care of the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCDA).

Their results may not surprise you!

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[UPDATE: Woman in Video Arrested For DUI] VIDEO: Huntington Beach Woman Runs Over Wheelchair To Youtube Stardom

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What would you do if you lived next door to a crazy lady who is constantly screaming obscenities and getting into altercations with people?

You might try calling the police and reporting the woman for disturbing the peace. Or you could move. Then there's the viral video approach. It goes like this: wait for the lady to act really, truly, magnificently nuts and then film the ensuing action with your cell-phone camera.

That seems to be the idea behind a video titled "Neighbors from hell. Huntington Beach, CA" which was published on Sept. 7 and already has 798,640 views as of this writing.


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Orange County Leads California In Anti-Islamic Hate Crime Complaints

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has released its 2014 Civil Rights Report, and the results aren't exactly shocking: Orange County leads the state of California in the reporting of hate crime incidents during the past year.

CAIR has four offices in California: San Diego, the Greater Los Angeles Area (known as Anaheim to us locals), Santa Clara and Sacramento, and the organization cautions that increased numbers of complaints in those areas could relate to the proximity of CAIR offices.

That said, the Muslim-American civil rights organization took in 993 hate crime complaints and of those, 444, or nearly half of the total, were from Orange County.


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OC DA Says 'Clear!' in Inmate Heart Attack Death After Deputies Didn't Give Him His Heart Medication

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Another week, another inmate death in the OC Jail system cleared by the Orange County District Attorney's office. In this case, the gone con is Jeffrey Johnson, who happened to suffer a fatal heart attack last December, on the very day prison guards didn't give the 49-year-old his heart medication.

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Charles Bowden, Drug War Poet and Border Chronicler, RIP

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Charles Bowden, the prolific writer on America's border with Mexico and the drug violence that has plagued the region, died of unknown causes this past Saturday at age 69.

I got to know Bowden when he wrote the introduction to my book Kill the Messenger, about the late journalist Gary Webb, eight years ago. Back when Webb's career had just been destroyed by his controversial 1996 "Dark Alliance" expose on the CIA-crack-cocaine connection, most other journalists abandoned Webb. But not Bowden, who penned a masterful profile of Webb called "The Pariah" for Esquire magazine which documented how Webb's reputation was slandered despite the fact he was right.

About that word: journalist. Bowden hated it. As the LA Times pointed out yesterday, he once told the Arizona Republic that the word was just a euphemism for people too afraid of the truth to do their jobs. "I'm a reporter," Bowden said. "I go out and report. I don't keep a fucking journal."


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No Charges In Non-Fatal Shooting of Irvine Sexual Assault Suspect

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Ronald Williams, a 35-year-old tattoo and art instructor traded nude pictures and forced a teenage girl to give him oral sex twice on August 30, 2013. Irvine police investigated the sexual assault case by interviewing his 15-year-old victim. The girl also told detectives that Williams kept a revolver in a Hello Kitty CD case in his car.

On the morning of September 3, 2013, Irvine police scoped out Williams' apartment, hoping to arrest him for sexual assault. They also prepared themselves for a possible shoot out.

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