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Man dies after losing control, crashing with big rig on 5 Freeway in Orange

A man died after losing control of his vehicle and colliding with a big rig on the northbound 5 Freeway in Orange on Friday night, Oct. 12, authorities said.

About 11:55 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer heard a collision on the northbound side of the freeway near Chapman Avenue, the CHP reported. The officer located the collision, which involved a black BMW sedan and a big rig, just south of Chapman Avenue.

Officers found that the driver of the BMW had lost control of his vehicle in heavy rain and spun clockwise across all lanes into the path of the big rig, which then struck the vehicle, the CHP reported.

  • The accident occurred on the northbound side of the freeway, just south of Chapman Avenue, the CHP said. The crash involved a black BMW sedan and a big rig. (Southern Counties News Service)

  • The accident occurred on the northbound side of the freeway, just south of Chapman Avenue, the CHP said. The crash involved a black BMW sedan and a big rig. (Southern Counties News Service)

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  • The accident occurred on the northbound side of the freeway, just south of Chapman Avenue, the CHP said. The crash involved a black BMW sedan and a big rig. (Southern Counties News Service)

  • The accident occurred on the northbound side of the freeway, just south of Chapman Avenue, the CHP said. The crash involved a black BMW sedan and a big rig. (Southern Counties News Service)

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The BMW’s rate of speed was unknown. The big rig was traveling between 55 and 60 mph, according to the CHP.

The driver of the BMW, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at the scene by Orange County Fire Authority personnel. It wasn’t immediately known if the driver of the big rig suffered injuries as a result of the crash.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/13/man-dies-after-losing-control-crashing-with-big-rig-on-freeway-in-orange/

Costa Mesa police arrest man suspected of lewd conduct

An 18-year-old Costa Mesa man has been charged with exposing himself to two people, authorities said.

Brandon Alexis Mumtaz, 18, of Costa Mesa was arrested Thursday, Oct. 11, after police received a tip from the community, police said in a release.

Mumtaz was charged with two counts of indecent exposure and one count of child annoyance, because one of the victims was a minor, according to Costa Mesa police. He is scheduled to enter a plea on the charges Nov. 8 at the West Justice Center in Westminster.

Police received a call from a female victim, Oct. 1, who said the suspect exposed himself to her in an Orange Coast College parking lot just past 4 p.m..

On Oct. 3, another female victim was walking home from school in the 900 block of Presidio Drive when the suspect pulled up next to her in his vehicle, called out to her and exposed himself, police said.

The victim ran to get help while the suspect fled the scene, police said.

Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect vehicle, Oct. 9, and asked the public for help in identifying the suspect. Mumtaz was arrested two days later.

Anyone with additional information, or who may have been a victim, is asked to contact Costa Mesa police detectives at 714-754-5051.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/13/costa-mesa-police-arrest-man-suspected-of-lewd-conduct/

After-school instructor at Santa Ana elementary school arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

A 23-year-old Santa Ana elementary school after-school instructor was arrested by Santa Ana police detectives on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child, authorities said.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Eddy Bustamante Infante was arrested at his home Friday, Oct. 5, and booked into Orange County Jail on multiple child abuse charges. His bail was set to $1 million.

Infante has worked at Greenville Elementary School, 3600 S. Raitt Street, in Santa Ana since 2015, police said. A 12-year-old girl reported that Infante sexually assaulted her during an after school program when she was 10-years old, but did not immediately report the incident.

Detectives investigated the incident and found two more girls who reported Infante sexually assaulted them, police said.

Santa Ana police detectives asked anyone with information, or other potential victims, to contact Detective J. Guidry at 714-245-8530 or jguidry@santa-ana.org. Anonymous tips can be called in to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/06/after-school-teacher-at-santa-ana-elementary-school-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sexual-assault/

High surf threatens homes in Orange, L.A., Ventura counties

  • City employees and heavy equipment could be heard working through the night, nearby residents said, in an effort to protect homes from expected high surf in Long Beach on Saturday, October. 6, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Residents gather on the sand to look at the progress city employees made overnight to protect their homes from expected high surf in Long Beach on Saturday, October. 6, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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  • City employees and heavy equipment could be heard working through the night, nearby residents said, in an effort to protect homes from expected high surf in Long Beach on Saturday, Oct.6, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Barbara Williams looks out over the berm in Long Beach on Saturday, October. 6, 2018. City employees worked overnight and into Saturday morning to protect the shoreline homes from expected high surf. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

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City employees using heavy equipment worked throughout the night in Long Beach to protect homes along the coastline, as high surf was expected in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura county this weekend.

The National Weather Service put out a high surf advisory, which remains in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday, Meteorologist David Sweet said.

Surf is expected to reach four to seven feet over the weekend, with local sets reaching as high as nine feet. The high surf will mainly affect exposed south-facing beaches with a peak Saturday morning, Sweet said.

In Orange County Newport Beach and Huntington Beach would be most affected, forecasters said.

“The effects we’re expecting include minor coastal flooding and beach erosion near times of high tide,” Sweet said adding the high tide of concern was about 8 p.m. Saturday evening, Oct. 6 when surf could reach six feet.

A high risk of rip currents was also present and experts recommended swimmers stay close to a lifeguard station.

“If (swimmers) are caught, we would recommend they swim parallel to the shore until they get out of the rip current and then swim toward shore,” Sweet said.

Swimmers should also face the shore and notify a lifeguard by waving or shouting, Sweet said.

Though the high surf advisory ends 5 p.m., Sunday, experts warned more high surf could show up late next week on Friday and Saturday.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/10/06/high-surf-threatens-homes/

Long Beach police investigating two early morning shootings

Long Beach police are investigating a pair of shootings that occurred 15 minutes apart early Friday morning, but authorities said they do not appear to be related.

About 1:45 a.m., Long Beach officers were dispatched to a hospital on a report of a boy with a gunshot wound, Officer Benjamin Hearst said.

When they arrived, they found the juvenile had been shot in the upper torso, but his injuries were non-life threatening. Officers discovered the boy was shot in the 600 block of W. 7th Street, Hearst said. The crime scene is near Edison Elementary School.

Gang Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

About 2 a.m., officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1900 block of W. Willow Street and found a man who had been shot in the lower torso, Hearst said.

Long Beach paramedics transported the man to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police did not have suspect information for either incident and the investigations are ongoing.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/21/long-beach-police-investigating-two-early-morning-shootings/

Culver City man leads CHP officers on motorcycle chase that ends at LAX, authorities say

A 26-year-old Culver City man was in custody after allegedly leading California Highway Patrol officers on a 45-minute motorcycle pursuit that reached speeds of upward of 100 mph on the I-405 Freeway in West Los Angeles before he was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport early Thursday, Sept. 20, authorities said.

With the help of Los Angeles Airport Police and a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter, Angel Banuelos was ultimately arrested in the Terminal 4 parking structure at LAX, said Vance Perreira, an officer and spokesman for the CHP.

It all began at about 1:45 a.m., Perreira said, when CHP officers attempted to pull over a speeding motorcyclist who took off and went through Santa Monica on surface streets and onto a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway before the suspect jumped back onto the I-405, Perreira said.

LAPD’s helicopter kept sight of the suspect during the pursuit, allowing CHP officers to monitor, rather than stay close, Perreira said. After exiting at Century Boulevard, police said, Banuelos entered the central terminal area at LAX. Airport police officers were aware of the ongoing pursuit and set up a perimeter, said Officer Rob Pedregon of that agency.

Banuelos then drove into the Terminal 4 parking structure and dismounted the motorcycle.

“He was running out of gas is what he told our guys,” Perreira said.

CHP officers noticed Banuelos on foot and gave chase.

The suspect ran up to the second floor of the parking structure and jumped into the bed of an unoccupied, parked pickup truck, Pedregon said, with officers spotting him and taking Banuelos into custody at gunpoint.

Banuelos may have been unlicensed and was arrested on suspicion of evading officers, Perreira said. He was booked into jail on $75,000 bail, according to jail records.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/20/culver-city-man-leads-chp-officers-on-motorcycle-chase-that-ends-at-lax-authorities-say/

Man arrested on suspicion of murder for 2017 crash that killed Mission Viejo woman

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies this week arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of murder in connection with a March 2017 crash in Mission Viejo that killed a 33-year-old woman, sheriff’s officials announced.

Afiff Kevin Doaifi was arrested Sept. 13 and was being held at the Orange County Jail on $1 million bail, officials said.

About noon March 25, 2017, Doaifi was driving a Chevrolet Camaro eastbound on Alicia Parkway when he struck a 2005 Hyundai Elantra making a left turn to travel southbound on Althea Avenue, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.

The intersection does not have street lights.

The Elantra driver, Judith Noval of Mission Viejo, was unconscious at the scene and was taken to a local hospital. Noval never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead a month later, April 25, 2017.

The Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Division investigated the case and found the Doaifi was traveling at an excessive rate of speed, which caused the collision, authorities said.

In December 2014, Doaifi had been convicted of speeding greater than 100 miles per hour and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, court records show.

“(A) deputy went to court and obtained audio recordings from the courtroom where the suspect … admitted he knew the dangers of his actions and driving at excessive speed,” said Carrie Braun, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department.

Court records show five other driving-related infractions against Doaifi since April 2013, including unsafe speed and exceeding a 65 mile-per-hour speed limit. He completed traffic school twice and paid a pair of fines, according to records. One of the cases was dismissed.

Doaifi is scheduled to appear in court in connection with the Mission Viejo crash on Monday, Sept. 17, officials said.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/15/man-arrested-on-suspicion-of-murder-for-2017-crash-that-killed-mission-viejo-woman/

Former Tijeras Creek Little League treasurer charged with embezzling $87,000

A Trabuco Canyon man was charged with 18 counts of embezzlement for allegedly embezzling more than $87,000 from a Rancho Santa Margarita youth sports league, authorities said Friday, Sept. 14.

Joshua Paul Nowack, 42, was the treasurer of the Tijeras Creek Little League organization in Rancho Santa Margarita when the offenses took place, prosecutors said.

From January 2014 to September 2017, Nowack is accused of embezzling $87,500 from the organization by transferring funds from the league to personal bank accounts.

The activity was reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in October 2017 when Nowack’s successor reviewed financial records for the league and noticed suspicious withdrawals and deposits, prosecutors said.

Following an investigation, Nowack was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Thursday, Sept. 13.

Nowack is scheduled to appear in Central Jail Court Oct. 5, according to court records.

The charges include a sentencing enhancement for property damage over $65,000. Details about the damage were not immediately available.

Nowack could face more than 15 years in Orange County jail if convicted on all counts.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/15/former-tijeras-creek-little-league-treasurer-charged-with-embezzling-87000/

Man dies after car hits light pole in Costa Mesa

  • Costa Mesa Police Department Major Accident investigation Team on scene to investigate fatal vehicle accident on Victoria Street and Valley Road in Costa Mesa early Saturday morning, September 15, 2018. One person died. (Photo by RICHARD KOEHLER, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER)

  • Residents look at scene of fatal vehicle accident on Victoria Street and Valley Road in Costa Mesa early Saturday morning, September 15, 2018. (Photo by RICHARD KOEHLER, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER)

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  • The Costa Mesa Police Department Major Accident investigation Team on scene to investigate fatal vehicle accident on Victoria Street and Valley Road in Costa Mesa early Saturday morning, September 15, 2018. One person died. (Photo by RICHARD KOEHLER, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER)

  • Costa Mesa Police Department Major Accident investigation Team on scene to investigate fatal vehicle accident on Victoria Street and Valley Road in Costa Mesa early Saturday morning, September 15, 2018. One person died. (Photo by RICHARD KOEHLER, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER)

  • Costa Mesa Police Department Major Accident investigation Team on scene to investigate fatal vehicle accident on Victoria Street and Valley Road in Costa Mesa early Saturday morning, September 15, 2018. One person died. (Photo by RICHARD KOEHLER, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER)

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A man was killed early Saturday morning, Sept. 15 when his car struck a light pole in Costa Mesa, authorities said.

Just past midnight, Costa Mesa police were sent to the area of Victoria Street and Pacific Avenue, where the single-vehicle crash occurred, Sgt. Doug Johnson said.

Officers found a Honda Accord had struck a light pole. The man was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, Johnson said.

His identity has not been released, and additional details were not immediately available.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/15/man-dies-after-car-hits-light-pole-in-costa-mesa/

Vince Vaughn doesn’t enter plea stemming from DUI arrest in Manhattan Beach

An attorney representing Vince Vaughn did not enter a plea on his behalf in court Monday, Sept. 10, and his arraignment was continued to October, officials said.

Vaughn is facing three misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher and resisting a peace officer, stemming from a June 10 incident where he was stopped at a checkpoint in Manhattan Beach and refused to get out of his car.

Because Vaughn is facing misdemeanor charges, he does not have to be present in court and an attorney can enter the plea on his behalf, according to Paul Eakins, spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. The next hearing is Oct. 19.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/10/no-plea-entered-for-vince-vaughn-in-dui-charges/

Actor Vince Vaughn faces misdemeanor charges for drunk-driving arrest in Manhattan Beach

Nearly three months after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and resisting arrest, actor Vince Vaughn now faces three misdemeanor charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday, Sept. 7.

The 48-year-old actor was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with a .08 or higher blood-alcohol content, and refusing to comply with a peace officer or to submit to an inspection, officials said.

Vaughn, known for his roles in films such as “Swingers” and “Wedding Crashers,” is scheduled to make his first court appearance at Torrance Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 10.

Alan Nierob, a spokesman for Vaughn, said there is no further statement relating to the matter.

The actor was stopped just past 12:30 a.m. at a sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach, June 10 and allegedly refused to get out of his vehicle after officers asked him repeatedly to do so, officials said.

He was arrested and posted bail, getting released later that morning.

A passenger in Vaughn’s vehicle was also arrested for public intoxication and resisting, delaying or obstructing police, officials said.

If convicted on all counts, Vaughn faces nearly one year in county jail.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/07/misdemeanor-charges-filed-against-actor-vince-vaughn-for-drunk-driving-incident-in-manhattan-beach/

2 years after losing son to drunk-driving crash in Hawthorne, retired MMA fighter and wife campaign for tougher law

  • Former MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his wife, Mishel Eder, talk about their late son, Liam, at their gym in Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. In 2016, a drunk driver killed 15-month-old Liam as he was being pushed in a stroller by his aunt. Kowal and Eder are on a crusade to lower the legal B.A.C. (blood alcohol content) while driving from .08 to .05 in California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Former MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his wife, Mishel Eder, talk about their late son, Liam, at their gym in Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. In 2016, a drunk driver killed 15-month-old Liam as he was being pushed in a stroller by his aunt. Kowal and Eder are on a crusade to lower the legal B.A.C. (blood alcohol content) while driving from .08 to .05 in California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

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  • Former MMA fighter Marcus Kowal gives his year-old son, Nico, a kiss as he and his wife, Mishel Eder ,talk about their late son, Liam, at their gym in Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. In 2016, a drunk driver killed 15-month-old Liam as he was being pushed in a stroller by his aunt. Kowal and Eder are on a crusade to lower the legal B.A.C. (blood alcohol content) while driving from .08 to .05 in California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Former MMA fighter Marcus Kowal talks about his his late son, Liam, at his gym in Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. In 2016, a drunk driver killed 15-month-old Liam as he was being pushed in a stroller by his aunt. Kowal is on a crusade to lower the legal B.A.C. (blood alcohol content) while driving from .08 to .05 in California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Former MMA fighter Marcus Kowal talks about their late son, Liam, as his wife, Mishel Eder, holds their year-old son, Nico, at their gym in Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. In 2016, a drunk driver killed 15-month-old Liam as he was being pushed in a stroller by his aunt. Kowal and Eder are on a crusade to lower the legal B.A.C. (blood alcohol content) while driving from .08 to .05 in California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • Former MMA fighter Marcus Kowal shows his tattoo in honor of his late son, Liam, at his gym in Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. In 2016, a drunk driver killed 15-month-old Liam as he was being pushed in a stroller by his aunt. Kowal is on a crusade to lower the legal B.A.C. (blood alcohol content) while driving from .08 to .05 in California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

  • A banner honoring Liam Kowal’s life hangs in former MMA fighter Marcus Kowal’s gym in Hawthorne on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. In 2016, a drunk driver killed 15-month-old Liam as he was being pushed in a stroller by his aunt. Kowal and his wife, Mishel Eder, on a crusade to lower the legal B.A.C. (blood alcohol content) while driving from .08 to .05 in California. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)

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Walking into Systems Training Center in Hawthorne, guests immediately see six championship belts and multiple trophies. A trophy in the center of that display was earned for Fight of the Night at a Sin City Fight Night in 2012.

But for gym owners Marcus Kowal, a former professional mixed martial arts fighter, and Mishel Eder, a banner is a reminder they are in the midst of a more significant fight. Two years ago Monday, Sept. 3, the couple’s first son, Liam, and Eder’s sister, Allison Bell, were hit by a drunk driver while crossing Hawthorne Boulevard at 133rd Street. Bell had been pushing her 15-month-old nephew along in a stroller.

“It changed our lives in a second,” Eder said. “One moment, I was studying and the next I saw my baby’s stroller in two pieces on the (street).” The next day, they took Liam off life support after they were told he was brain dead. Bell, 15, was injured but survived.

The driver of the vehicle, Donna Marie Higgins, 72 attempted to drive away but was stopped by witnesses. She ultimately accepted a plea deal to plead guilty to a vehicular manslaughter charge in August 2017. She was sentenced to six years in prison.

At the sentencing hearing, Kowal told reporters that Higgins’ blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent with a breath test, and later 0.09 percent with a blood test.

Fueled by the pain of losing their son, Kowal and Eder have advocated for change to California’s regulations on drunk driving for nearly two years. They want to change what they call the casual culture of drinking and driving in order to prevent another family from experiencing the same tragedy.

For Kowal and Eder, that starts with lowering the legal limit of .08 percent blood-alcohol concentration to .05.

“We know we’re facing an uphill battle, but we’re not going to stop,” said Kowal, a Cal State Long Beach graduate. “It’s not a question of if we’ll win, it’s when.”

That decision to seek change came within days of Liam’s death.

The couple created a nonprofit, the Liam’s Life Foundation (liamslife.org), to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and to lobby for policy change.

The couple released a book, “Life is a Moment,” earlier this year, stemming from a collection of 90,000 words Kowal wrote over three months to deal with his emotions. Twenty percent of proceeds from book sales go to the foundation, Kowal said.

A documentary, “Letters to Liam,” based on those writings and letters both parents have written to their son, will be released later this year, the couple said. Crews filmed the couple for more than a year, including scenes surrounding the birth of their second son, Nico, two weeks before Higgins’ sentencing.

There were plenty of moments when the couple wanted the cameras off, but in order for people to understand the aftermath of drunk driving, they had to be OK with the filming of those times, Kowal said.

“There’s a stigma of being macho and being a fighter and being tough,” Kowal said. “This is a very honest book. … Grief is something that every human will go through at some point in their life.”

After Liam was born in May 2015, Kowal figured he could be whatever he wanted to be when he grew up so long as he made the world a better place. His parents remember him as a happy baby who loved to eat. He would share his favorite toys and fruit, even with strangers.

For his giving nature, his parents knew that donating his organs was the right decision.

“This was not at all the plan we had for him, but he’s already given more than a lot of people in this world,” Kowal said.

Along the campaign, they’ve spoken to more than 5,000 high school students on the dangers of drunk driving. They’ve collaborated with the California Highway Patrol. They were involved in a Super Bowl commercial on the effects of drunk driving that aired in Missouri, they said.

In Kowal’s home country of Sweden, the legal limit for drinking and driving is .02 with, he said, getting behind the wheel after drinking frowned upon more severely than in the United States.

Lowering the legal limit in California could improve the mindset here, he said. It could also lead people to think about Uber or Lyft instead of driving home.

But while calls to politicians are answered, those politicians have not followed up. Lobbyists and organizations such as the American Beverage Institute have opposed lowering the legal limit, saying the move would be an attack on the restaurant and hospitality industries and criminalizes social drinking.

“Our fight isn’t with the alcohol companies,” Kowal said. “Our fight is just don’t get behind the wheel when you’ve been drinking.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016, which accounted for 28 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Of those who died in alcohol-related crashes, 214 were children under age 15.

“Once you’re faced with the statistics and effects of drunk driving, how are you going to go against it?” Kowal said. “It’s something that could very easily be changed.”

Despite little political traction, Kowal and Eder, who also own gyms in Inglewood, Encino and Westwood, say they won’t stop fighting.

Kowal may have hung the gloves up months ago, finishing his mixed martial arts career in Sweden, but he and his wife have not stopped fighting.

“This is a fight we’re going to win, we’re not going to stop and we know we’re fighting for the right thing,” he said. “When someone fights for profit and I fight for my son’s life – and I’ve been fighting my whole life – there’s no way I’m not going to win this fight.”

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/02/2-years-after-losing-son-to-drunk-driving-crash-in-hawthorne-retired-mma-fighter-and-wife-campaign-for-tougher-law/

11-year-old killed and mother injured in Garden Grove, with stepfather in custody

  • Police investigate after a child was killed and her mother injured in the 9800 block of Blossom Ave. in Garden Grove on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. (OnScene.TV)

  • Police investigate after a child was killed and her mother injured in the 9800 block of Blossom Ave. in Garden Grove on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. (OnScene.TV)

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  • Police investigate after a child was killed and her mother injured in the 9800 block of Blossom Ave. in Garden Grove on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. (OnScene.TV)

  • Police investigate after a child was killed and her mother injured in the 9800 block of Blossom Ave. in Garden Grove on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. (OnScene.TV)

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GARDEN GROVE – An 11-year-old girl is dead, her 36-year-old mother injured from being shot and stabbed, and her step-father in custody with self-inflicted stab wounds, police said.

The incident took place at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, in the 8900 block of Blossom Avenue.

The 36-year-old mother was in stable condition, authorities said. Two boys, ages 6 and 2, were unharmed in the attack.

Further details about the stepfather were not immediately available.

A video posted by the department shows Orange County Crime Lab personnel on scene, checking in a rife and another weapon with a long stock. The video focuses in on some trash on the lawn and street out front of the single-story home, along with a pair of scissors. Five cars are in the home’s driveway, which is lined with police tape.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/08/29/11-year-old-killed-and-mother-injured-father-in-custody-in-garden-grove/

Parents arrested after their small children were found unattended in Cerritos mall parking lot

The parents of two children were arrested by deputies after they were found unattended sleeping in a stroller outside a parked vehicle in a Cerritos mall parking lot Friday, Aug. 24, authorities said.

About 8:15 p.m., deputies with the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station were patrolling the parking lot of the Los Cerritos Center when they were alerted by a concerned citizen who found the two children unattended, officials said.

The children, ages 2 and 3, were found outside at the rear of a parked vehicle. Their parents had been shopping inside the mall and were located about 9:35 p.m.

Saud Audousari and Muneirah Almowanas were arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment. Their ages and city of residence were not immediately disclosed by officials.

The children were taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital as a precaution. They were later released from the hospital and placed under the care of the Department of Children and Family Services, officials said.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/08/25/parents-arrested-after-their-small-children-were-found-unattended-in-cerritos-mall-parking-lot/

Ex-Laker Nick Young arrested for allegedly failing to comply with officers during Hollywood traffic stop

Former Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young was arrested Friday by Los Angeles police on suspicion of obstruction during a routine traffic stop in Hollywood, authorities said.

About 11:45 p.m., Young was pulled over in the area of Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards for a routine traffic violation, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Young did not obey the officers commands and was eventually arrested, Lopez said. He did not say what specific reason prompted officers to pull Young over.

He was booked into jail and released on $10,000 bail, Lopez said.

It was unknown if Young was the only person in the vehicle at the time police pulled him over.

Young, nicknamed Swaggy P, played for the Lakers from 2013 to 2017. He won an NBA Championship with the Warriors in the 2017-18 season.

The LA-born Young is a 2004 graduate of Reseda’s Cleveland High School. He played for USC from 2004-07. Before he played for the Lakers, Young had stints with the Washington Wizards, LA Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Young, who is currently a free agent, was once engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea. They announced their engagement in June 2015, and Azalea broke it off about a year later.

Young told ESPN.com that his nickname is a pseudo-biblical reference to “the Prophet of Swag”

Permanent link to this article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/08/25/ex-laker-nick-young-arrested-for-allegedly-failing-to-comply-with-officers-during-hollywood-traffic-stop/

Teenager arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing incident in Costa Mesa

A 19-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the stabbing of a man who was out for a walk near Fairview Park, authorities said Saturday.

Gavin Christopherflo Delgardo Jr. was arrested just past 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 and was being held on $500,000 bail, Roxi Fyad of the Costa Mesa Police Department said. He is scheduled to be transferred to the Orange County Jail.

The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, Fyad said. Costa Mesa police officers responded to the intersection of Placentia Avenue and Fairview Park regarding a man lying in the roadway of southbound Placentia Avenue.

The man, a 41-year old Costa Mesa resident, was bleeding profusely from multiple stab and slash wounds to his torso, Fyad said. Investigators learned he had been out for a walk and was assaulted.

The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He is recovering from his wounds, Fyad said.

During the investigation, detectives learned the stabbing occurred near Goat Hill Junction in Fairview Park, just east of the location, Fyad said.

Further investigation led to the identification of Delgardo Jr. as the suspect, she said. It wasn’t immediately clear why detectives believe he’s connected to the crime.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Costa Mesa Police Department detectives at 714-754-5051.

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1 person dead, 1 injured in single-vehicle freeway crash in Irvine

A single-vehicle crash on a freeway transition road in Irvine left one person dead and another in critical condition early Saturday morning, Aug. 18, authorities said.

Just after 12:45 a.m., firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority were called to assist the California Highway Patrol with the crash, which occurred on a transition road connecting the northbound I-5 Freeway to the northbound I-405 Freeway, Capt. Carlos Huerta said.

Two victims were located by firefighters on scene. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to a local hospital as a critical trauma patient, Huerta said.

The CHP reported the passenger, identified as a 30-year-old Anaheim man, died at the scene. The driver, 29-year-old Adrian Marquez of Rancho Santa Margarita, suffered major injuries.

Marquez was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac truck at a high rate of speed when it ran off the road and crashed into a large metal sign pole, the CHP reported in a release.

The passenger was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Marquez was transported to Mission Hospital, the CHP reported.

It was determined that Marquez was driving under the influence of alcohol and he was subsequently placed under arrest, the CHP reported.

The two right lanes on the transition road were shut down for about two hours during an investigation, according to a CHP incident log.

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Social media threat, rumors cause panic at football game at Diamond Bar High School

DIAMOND BAR – A social media threat of a shooter at a high school football game on Friday night caused panic as players, school officials and crowds rushed for safety, but authorities confirmed the threat was not credible.

Sheriff’s deputies with the Walnut/Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to Diamond Bar High School about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 after receiving a call about the threat on social media, Sgt. Tim Jimenez said. Deputies arrived and found no evidence of a credible threat at the game between Walnut High School and Diamond Bar.

Brandon Dade, Walnut High School principal, posted on social media that a rumor circulated in the crowd through social media and caused the panic. A video taken at the game showed football players sprinting off the field and panicked crowd members rushing for the exit.

Teams from other Sheriff’s stations were put on standby, but ultimately were not needed, Jimenez said.

He said he did not know which social media platform the threat appeared on, or what it said. Nor did he know if the person who made the threat attended or worked at the school.

Instagram Photo

The panic that swept through the stadium was captured on a video. The commotion doesn’t begin until about a minute into the video, below.

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Some coastal areas in Orange County may experience minor flooding during high tide

Low-lying roads or parking lots near the ocean in Southern California may see some minor flooding during high tide cycles Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

In a beach hazards statement, high tide warnings were put in place for Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Balboa in Orange County. The tide was expected to reach nearly 7 feet in Newport Beach just before 10 p.m., officials said.

The warnings included San Diego County spots Oceanside Beach and Imperial Beach.

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“Strong rip and longshore currents will create dangerous swimming conditions and enhance flooding effects of the high tides … Saturday,” the warning said.

A separate statement was issued for the Ventura and Los Angeles county coasts, where a high tide of 7 feet was anticipated between 7 and 9 p.m.

Beach hazard statements are issued when strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches, officials said.

High tides earlier this summer caused some beach erosion and other problems.

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Elderly woman who went missing in Newport Beach has been found

An 84-year-old woman who briefly was reported missing in Newport Beach was found Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, authorities said.

Just before 5:30 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department announced that the woman had been located and reunited with family.

Police thanked the community for placing calls with information, but did not release details as to where she was located.

Police earlier announced the woman was missing about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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