OC DA Clears Newport Beach Cops in Deadly 7-Eleven Shooting

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The shooting happened at a 7-Eleven like this one
When Gerrit Vos visited a friend in Newport Beach on May 27 this year, nothing out of the ordinary happened. But when the 22-year-old returned to his pal's apartment two days later at night, he started acting strange. Vos, a schizophrenic who battled drug addiction for years, screamed "Come and get me!" to no one in particular. His friend lent him a skateboard to ride off on and clear his mind.

Vos coasted on the borrowed board to a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store. A half-hour later, two Newport Beach policemen shot Vos dead with AR-15 semi-assault rifles.

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The Mighty Quinn: Checking In With Sons Of Anarchy's Biggest Badass, Rusty Coones

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Hellraiser

You might know Rusty Coones as the one-time Nomad turned Redwood Original badass Rane Quinn on the FX show Sons of Anarchy, whose series finale airs Dec. 9. In real life, he's the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Attika 7 and the owner of Illusion Motorsports, a custom bike shop located in Westminster. He's also a longtime member of the Hells Angels, although you won't get him to talk about that, since club rules prohibit it.

We first profiled Coones for a 2011 cover story that revealed a colorful life that we couldn't help but imagine might have inspired some of SAMCRO's fictional exploits. At the time, Coones had already built a bike for SOA creator Kurt Sutter, and his band had been tapped to perform a few songs for the show. We recently stopped by his shop to see how life has changed since he's become a TV star.

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Anaheim's "Really, Really Free Market" Gives Away Goods For Free (No, Really!)

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Todo gratis!
A banner tied between two pine trees announced the "Really, Really Free Market" yesterday to drivers passing by Anaheim's Boysen Park. On the other side reads "todo gratis" in Spanish or "everything free." Goods were laid out on blankets. Punks, rockeros, raza and homeless folks rummaged through stalls of clothes, artwork, shoes and even election pan holders from Jose Solorio's recent failed bid for State Senate.

In a city that likes to think itself as "freedom friendly" while cracking down on yard sales and generously subsidizing rich developers, the pop-up giveaway marketplace is not only subversive, it's a giant middle finger to the Man, man!

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Santa Ana NIMBYs Win Again--Now What?

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Andrew Galvin
Feeding the homeless at Santa Ana's Civic Center
Looking back at the demise of Orange County's plan to put a homeless shelter on Santa Ana's Normandy Place, it's easy to see it as another example of spineless politicians wilting before an angry onslaught of residents who, like not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) protesters everywhere, agree on the need for a shelter but say it doesn't belong in their neighborhood.

But interviews with some of the principal players in the months-long battle yield another analysis, one that questions the wisdom of trying to tip-toe around NIMBYs, as the county, still smarting from last year's NIMBY revolt in Fullerton, arguably did. The tip-toeing inflamed Santa Ana residents, who saw it as an attempt to cut them out of the process. Later, when elected officials at both the county and city declined to utilize an anti-NIMBY provision in state law, the strategy -- if it can be called that -- failed.

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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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Dustin Ames
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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