Orange County Rescue Mission Sees Alarming Rise in Homeless Children and Families

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This could be where an Orange County kid sleeps tonight.
Orange County Rescue Mission is currently housing the highest population of children and their families in the organization's history at its Village of Hope transitional living facility in Tustin, according to the nonprofit's president.

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Adam Dandach, OC's First Alleged ISIS Recruit, Charged With Supporting Terrorism

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An Orange County man who was caught attempting to fly to Syria last summer--the Weekly first reported about his arrest last July--has become the county's first resident to be charged with supporting the terrorist group ISIS.

Adam Dandach, 21, an El Modena High School graduate, was originally arrested on July 3, 2014, at John Wayne Airport, attempting to fly to Istanbul, Turkey, a popular destination for would-be jihadis looking to hop the border and join ISIS, which is short for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and also known simply as the Islamic State, or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. Officials charged Dandach with lying on his passport application by claiming he'd accidentally thrown away his old passport, when in fact, his mother had confiscated it to prevent him from flying to the Middle East.

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Anaheim Opens New Dog Park After Clearing Out Homeless People

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A homeless person naps outside the fenced off dog park before its big day

Anaheim's brand-new La Palma Dog Park is all set to open this Saturday with a buncha festivities because dogs! A dedication ceremony starts at 10 a.m. and Frisbee demonstrations will entertain the four-footed and two-footed alike all day. After the celebratory events wrap up, dogs, both big and small, are free to roam the grassy areas without a leash. Inside the six-foot high gates are newly furnished benches and watering stations for the hounds.

While the city and others will celebrate the occasion, others remember what the city did to make it happen.

"I wish they would tear it down," says Bill Johnston, a homeless man pushing a shopping cart near the park. "Homeless people used to sleep there, minding their own business."


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Sheriff Releases Sketch in Hopes of I.D.'ing Man Whose Body was Dumped Off Newport in 2013

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This sketch resembles a man whose body was found off the Newport Beach coast in December 2013.
Sheriff's Investigators recently compiled the sketch above of a man whose body was found floating off the Newport Beach coastline on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013--anchored in place with a weight and the fellow having apparently suffered a blow to the head.

It's as if Elmore Leonard's pen put the fellow there.

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Brian Talbert and Mike Hammer on Clothing Brand Violent Gentlemen's Rise to Success

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Mike Hammer (left) and Brian Talbert (right) of Violent Gentlemen celebrating with the Stanley Cup.

When Violent Gentlemen first made it on to national television, the company consisted of three people. It so happens that one of those three guys who founded Costa Mesa's hockey-based apparel company was a fan-favorite in the NHL--former Anaheim Duck right wing George Parros (better known to non-hockey fans for his magnificent mustache).

The other two founders, Brian Talbert and Mike Hammer, were just hockey fans who happened to have the skills to create one of OC's fastest-growing clothing brands. Talbert covered the design, while Hammer handled the logistics. Throw in Parros' instant credibility with the hockey crowd and a couple of locker room shirts for the Ducks' playoff run, and Violent Gentlemen took off almost instantly.

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OC DA Deems Deputy-Involved Shooting in Ladera Ranch (Yes, Ladera Ranch) Justified

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Deputy shooting in suburbia
Police bullets don't just fly in north and central OC. Amazingly, this phenomenon also occurs in master-planned communities like Ladera Ranch.

The nine "village" community of 23,000 officially joined OC's officer-involved-shooting club on the night of June 29, 2014. Shaun Paquette, his wife and their two children started off chill enough when they headed out to a friend's party. But then Paquette started drinking a bit too much. He belligerently accused a fellow reveler of stealing $11 from him.

The argument prompted a designated driver to send the Paquette family packing back home. That's where things got uglier.

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Neal Monier of American Vintage Tattoos on Keeping 'em Simple and Owning a Shop

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Neal Monier (black shirt) with his staff at American Vintage Tattoo in Orange.

Editor's note: Welcome to Under Their Skin, our new tattoo column! Every week, Josh Chesler sits down with a different artist to talk shop, crazy questions, and all that good stuff. Got a place Josh should hit up? Tweet at him below--enjoy!

While some tattoo artists know from a very young age that they want to ink people for a living, others get into the industry by chance. For Orange's American Vintage Tattoo owner Neal Monier, his introduction to tattooing came in 1995 when his friend began an apprenticeship.

"My friend was apprenticing at a shop, and he and I were really competitive," Monier says. "I knew I could draw better than him, so I thought I could tattoo better than him. I just hung out at the shop a lot, and eventually they offered me an apprenticeship."

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Cop Supporters Hold #PoliceLivesMatter Rally in Anaheim

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About 50 pro-police supporters turned out for an afternoon rally yesterday in front of Anaheim City Hall, many wearing blue shirts and holding signs that read "Police Lives Matter," "Thank You" and "Enough is Enough!" Anaheim Hills resident Tammy Santangelo organized the event as a followup to a similar one held on December 28 in support of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), where she worked until 2013.

"We're here basically to show our support for law enforcement, not only here but throughout the nation," Santangelo told the Weekly. "It's nothing political--just a simple 'Thank you' saying we back the badge."

Because a statement like that ain't political at all.


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OC DA Clears Tustin Police in Officer-Involved Shooting That Wasn't

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Justifications that-a-way!

Earlier this week, the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office released the full "Who Shot Ya?" report on Nicolas Vizcarra. As readers recall, the Tustin man suffered a bullet wound to his leg on March 2, 2014. Though police fired on him that day, they believed it was self-inflicted.

So was Vizcarra struck during an officer-involved shooting or not?


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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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