Missing Since Mother's Day, Cecil Knutson Found Dead, Wife Dianna Bedwell Dehydrated

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Cecil Knutson (R.I.P.) and Dianna Bedwell
Perhaps you heard about the elderly Fullerton couple who had been missing since failing to show up at their son's Mother Day gathering. Cecil "Paul" Knutson, 79, and his 68-year-old wife Dianna Bedwell have now been found--under tragic circumstances.

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Whistleblowing OC Doctor Wins Appeal In Lawsuit Against Hospital Chain

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A panel of judges in California's Fourth Appellate District has upheld a $5.7 million award to a doctor who sued his employer--a major hospital company in Orange County--for retaliating against him after he raised questions about the company's commitment to patient care.

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Laurel House Shelter for At-Risk Teen Girls Reopens TODAY

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Inside the renovated Laurel House in Tustin
Laurel House, which was a transitional housing facility for at-risk teens in Orange County for more than 29 years before closing last August, reopens today.

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Online Memorial Fund Set Up for Erica Alonso

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Erica Melissa Alonso, RIP.
UPDATE NO. 4, APRIL 30, 11:26 A.M.: "As the family mourns Erica Alonso, a memorial fund has been set up on GiveForward," says Jay Foot, the online company's director of communications. Visit https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/3st7.

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Adam Gadahn, American Voice Of Al Qaeda, Killed In CIA Drone Attack

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According to statements by White House officials, Adam Gadahn, the American face of Al Qaeda, and the first U.S. citizen to be charged with treason since World War 2, was killed during a January 2015 CIA drone strike in Pakistan. Officials claim that Gadahn, who had a million-dollar price tag on his head, was not the target of the attack, but rather that he happened to be at a compound in Pakistan's tribal region known to be used by members of Al Qaeda.

Gadahn, who grew up on a Riverside goat farm but whose grandfather was a prominent Jewish doctor in Santa Ana, apparently joined Al Qaeda after moving to Pakistan before the 9/11 attacks. He first appeared as "Azzam the American" in the terrorist group's propaganda videos three years later, covering his face with a scarf and warning Americans that their "streets will run red with blood."


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OC DA Clears Sheriff's Department in After-Jail Overdose Death of Jeremy Lavia

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While the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office is mired in prosecutorial controversies, its jail death report machine keep a-churnin'. Luckily for them, nothing seems too fishy in the latest investigative letter published this week.

The agency cleared the OC Sheriff's Department (OCSD) of any wrongdoing in last year's death of 35-year-old Jeremy Jason Lavia.

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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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