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Suspect in deadly stabbing spree facing 51 charges, including murder

The suspect in the deadly Southern California stabbing and robbery spree was charged on Friday with 51 criminal counts, including four felony counts of murder. Zachary Castaneda, 33, is also facing one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon to cause great bodily injury, one felony count of aggravated mayhem, […]

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Suspect in custody after 4 killed, 2 injured in series of stabbings, robberies across Orange County

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) — Four people are dead, two are injured, and a suspect is in custody after a series of stabbings and robberies in Orange County Wednesday afternoon, police say. The Garden Grove Police Department said it started when the suspect, a 33-year-old Garden Grove resident, attempted to rob a bakery on Chapman […]

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Ex-Santa Ana Police Officer Indicted for Alleged Excessive Force Beating, False Reports

A federal grand jury indicted a retired Santa Ana Police Department officer Wednesday on three felony charges for using “unreasonable force” during a 2014 arrest, then filing a false report about the beating and arrest, prosecutors said. Brian Patric Booker, 50, of Chino Hills faces one count of deprivation of rights under color of authority […]

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Conviction Overturned in Plot to Kill Santa Ana Judge Using Wood Chipper

A federal appeals court overturned the conviction of a Southern California man accused of soliciting the murders and assaults of a federal judge, two prosecutors and two FBI agents. The Orange County Register reported Saturday that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found last week that John Walthall was improperly denied the right to represent himself at […]

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Santa Ana street breakfast returns Sunday

The Santa Ana Breakfast Club at the intersection of Main and Fifth streets in 1933. In the forefront, some people are dressed in Spanish costumes and others in Western costumes. (Courtesy of the Santa Ana History Room) The iconic black and white image of a closed-off street in downtown Santa Ana shows a large crowd […]

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Online video of apparent sex act in Santa Ana patrol car spurs investigation

Santa Ana police launched an internal investigation after a video of what appears to be a sex act being performed inside a patrol car surfaced online, the department said Friday. The video, which was published online Thursday, was shot April 10 along train tracks near a recycling facility in Santa Ana, according to OC Weekly. […]

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Trial begins in OC case alleging defendant severed man’s penis as part of torture plot

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — A defendant accused of severing a man’s penis as one of several people involved in a horrific kidnapping and torture plot is going to trial this week. Prosecutors say defendant Hossein Nayeri believed his alleged victim, who operated a marijuana dispensary, had $1 million cash buried in the desert and […]

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Santa Ana homebuying drops 4% as Orange County sales hit five-year low

Homebuying in Santa Ana fell 4% as Orange County sales stalled to the slowest pace since 2014. CoreLogic homebuying stats show May was the 10th consecutive month Orange County home sales failed to beat the pace of the year-ago period. Plus, this was the slowest-selling May countywide in five years as sales ran 13% below […]

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Man Arrested in Connection With Armed Santa Ana Robberies; 1 Remains at Large

A man who was already in custody for an unrelated crime was arrested in connection with two armed robberies that occurred on July 4, while another man remains at large, officials announced Tuesday. Brian Ho is shown in a photo released by Santa Ana Police Department on July 16, 2019. Although police gave the man’s […]

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OC jail inmate found unresponsive in cell, pronounced dead at hospital

SANTA ANA — A 44-year-old inmate found unresponsive Monday in his cell at the Theo Lacy jail in Orange was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour after arrival, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were called to assist the inmate, who had “no obvious signs of trauma on his body,” […]