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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Orange Policeman Cleared in Non-Fatal Shooting of Man Armed With $7.44

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Jorge Medina was parked in a Lexus on North Highland Street on the evening of June 30, 2013 when Orange police officer Fernando Maldonado drove by during a routine patrol check. Because no parking is allowed in the alley, the cop turned around to check on the vehicle. By that point, Medina had already exited the car and was walking to open a garage door.

That's when a standoff began that ultimately ended with Medina being shot twice by Maldonado.

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Costa Mesa Cop Dana Potts' Shots at Vincent Leon Deemed 'A-OK' by OC DA

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The Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office sent a letter to Costa Mesa's Police Chief last week clearing one of his cops in a shooting two summers ago. Few details are given into the July 5, 2012 incident where officer Dana Potts fired on and struck Vincent Leon. The 27-year-old, described as a "transient," currently faces multiple felonies stemming from that encounter.

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OC DA Clears Officer In Yet Another Santa Ana Police Shooting

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Just after midnight on September 10, 2012, Marcelino Almanza argued with a wheelchair-bound drug dealer in Santa Ana. An onlooker in a nearby motel called police to the 1300 block of W. Segerstrom Ave. Identified only as "John Doe," the witness pointed police to a suspicious silver jeep nearby the two men. Officer David Enriquez rolled up in his patrol car and flashed his lights on them.

"Oh shit!" Almanza allegedly yelled before running and taking cover behind the jeep's open driver's side door.

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Will NIMBYs Nix Santa Ana's Next Homeless Shelter?

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Santa Ana's Next Homeless Shelter?
Residents of neighborhoods near a proposed homeless shelter in central Santa Ana are coming together to fight the county's plan, but they face a tougher row to hoe than Fullerton residents who successfully killed a similar proposal last year.

The county's Board of Supervisors on July 15 approved a $3.6 million purchase of a warehouse at 1217 E. Normandy Place, near McFadden and Grand avenues. While the warehouse is on an industrial street, it's not far enough from schools and homes to satisfy an emerging band of opponents. Last year, Fullerton residents successfully pressured their City Council to reject a county proposal to put a homeless shelter on State College Boulevard. However, the proposed Normandy Place site doesn't need approval from Santa Ana's City Council as the area is already zoned "by right" for a 200-bed homeless shelter.

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OCDA Clears Sheriff's Deputy in Fatal Shooting of Connor Zion

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Just days after the mother of Connor Bishop Zion filed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit, the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office cleared Michael Higgins, the sheriff deputy that shot the 21-year-old dead.

On the morning of September 24, 2013, Kimberly Zion received a call from her son's roommate, concerned about the seizures Connor had suffered the past few days. She flew from her home in Washington and arrived at their Laguna Niguel condo later that evening.

According to the OCDA report, that's when trouble started...

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OC Prosecutors: Nothing Fishy in Theo Lacy Inmate Death

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In the early morning hours of September 1, 2012, Marco Ortiz noticed something wrong with his Theo Lacy cellmate Byron Ray Baker. Ortiz pressed the emergency button and told guards that Baker was having a seizure. Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Pawlikowski responded and found Baker lying unresponsive on the floor.

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FBI Informant Craig Monteilh Stars in New Al Jazeera Film

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Craig Monteilh, the iron-pumping convicted con artist who spied on Orange County Muslims for the FBI, is now a movie star. Unfortunately for him, it's not as a comic book action hero in a Hollywood blockbuster, but rather an Al Jazeera documentary that has just been released online.

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Reports On Inmate Abortion and Officer-Involved Shooting? All In a Day's Work for OCDA

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The Orange County district attorney's (OCDA) office published reports from two completed investigations last week. The first dealt with a non-fatal, officer-involved shooting in Santa Ana; the suspect had tugged at his waistband, only to get slugged by police -- all within policy. And all familiar territory.

The second is more curious, as it details an in-custody death -- not of a homeless person, or someone felled by drug overdose, but of a fetus.

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Federal Lawsuit Seeks $15 Million for OC Inmate Death

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Placentia Police arrested 31-year-old Matthew Shawn Gordon on September 8, 2013 for possession of heroin. Authorities transferred him to Orange County Central Men's Jail later that day. The very next night fellow inmates found him dead in his cell. The circumstances of the in-custody death are currently being investigated by the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office. Meanwhile, a $15 million lawsuit filed by Gordon's mother alleges that jail staff failed to address and monitor his severe heroin withdrawal symptoms.

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