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Local | By Michael Alexander | July 23, 2008
The dramatic trial of Rachael Mullenix, charged with the brutal stabbing of her mother when she was 17, came to a close last week with a first-degree murder conviction. But the trial of her former boyfriend Ian Allen looms in the near future, and Mullenix’s jury didn’t find she held the murder weapon. Mullenix is headed to a sentencing hearing Sept. 5; her conviction carries a sentence of 25 years to life. Allen, who Mullenix claimed was the sole killer during her testimony, was initially scheduled for jury trial July 11, but it was pushed back because her trial wasn’t finished.
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By VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY | July 6, 2006
Luke William Gallup lived in Westminster more than a century ago. Coming here from Springville, Utah, this disillusioned ex-Mormon spent the last few years of his life farming southeast of present-day Beach Boulevard and McFadden. He died in 1891 and is buried in Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach. I (Lou) am remotely connected to Luke Gallup. A distant cousin of mine, Ron Gallup of Sacramento, is a great-great grandson of Luke Gallup by Luke's first marriage. I'm related to Ron through his mother's side of the family.
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August 4, 2005
Dave Brooks They had come to enjoy the baby blue skies, eat homemade cookies and make sense of something very terrible. Visitors laughed and smiled as they jumped on one of three bounce houses, played volleyball and occasionally rocked out to the amplified sounds of a local jam band. In between bites of pasta salad and fried chicken, the more than 1,000 people in attendance at Friday's party in Southeast Huntington Beach shared memories -- some happy, others embarrassing -- of 17-year-old William "Cody" Roy, killed in a July 16 car accident just outside of Parker, Ariz.
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November 25, 1999
Eron Ben-Yehuda Marilyn Lord remembers her neighbors Kenneth and Carolyn as a kind, hard-working couple. She had a bubbly personality. He was more reserved. "I keep expecting to see them driving up, but I know that they're not," Lord said. "It's just sad, beyond sad." Kenneth C. Stahl and Carolyn Oppy-Stahl were found shot dead Saturday night in their car parked along Ortega Highway, about nine miles east of San Juan Capistrano, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.
LOCAL
By Candice Baker | December 31, 2008
A local adult film actress and model was sentenced Monday in Oregon after pleading guilty to willfully failing to pay nearly $300,000 in federal income taxes. Janine James, 40, is best known for portraying a nurse on the famous cover of a 1999 Blink 182 album, “Enema of the State,” and appearing in music videos for songs from the album. Authorities said James spent more than $750,000 on homes, vehicles, furniture and a piano, without making any voluntary payments to the IRS. In a Monday media release, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Eugene, Ore., said James pleaded guilty in August.
NEWS
January 27, 2005
Surfer David Nuuhiwa Sr. dies David Nuuhiwa Sr., father of surfing great David Nuuhiwa and legendary spiritual leader of the surfing world, died Friday, Jan. 21, following a battle with cancer. Nuuhiwa Sr., born in 1925, had been inducted on Dec. 10 into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in front of Huntington Surf and Sport. A Hawaiian legend and martial arts teacher, he was honored for his commitment to the "spirit of surfing and its Hawaiian origins."
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By Chris Epting | July 9, 2012
"The hardest things are questions about the time - about what she endured in the last eight, 12 hours. He has admitted to nothing. And that is hard because the imagination is worse than any reality - and then there is the place where she was found. " Erin Runnion and I were having a cup of tea in Huntington Beach last week and she was describing, in part, what inspired a journey she had made several days before to an outpost along the Ortega Highway - to the spot where her daughter Samantha's body was discovered 10 years ago, brutally murdered after being abducted the day before at her home in Stanton by a man named Alejandro Avila (who is now deservedly on death row)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | August 17, 2011
Once again, we are all excited about a little neighborhood restaurant in a Huntington Beach strip mall. This time, it's Sicilian and the chef/owner Joe Maiale has realized his longtime dream of opening his own ristorante, along with his wife-to-be, Laura. (They are getting married in September.) A native Sicilian, Joe grew up in New York City and worked for many years in the pizza business. His new venture, Mazara Trattoria, has a full menu, and almost everything in the restaurant is made from scratch.
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By Mona Shadia | October 26, 2011
The battle between Huntington Beach and a mobile home park over a denied attempt to allow residents to buy the land under their coaches is playing out in court. The city attorney's office responded last month to a lawsuit filed in August by the Pacific Mobile Home Park alleging the city broke the law when it denied the park owners' request to convert the land and offer renters the chance to own the parcels under their coaches. In its response, the city told the court what it had said to park owners when it denied the application for conversion twice this year.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | August 20, 2009
Ian Gibbons’ favorite NHL team is the Anaheim Ducks, while Sasha Chmelevski prefers the Pittsburgh Penguins. But it was as Wildcats that the two Huntington Beach residents have accomplished so much. Gibbons, 11, and Chmelevski, 10, won Southern California Amateur Hockey Assn. and California Amateur Hockey Assn. titles with the Anaheim Wildcats Squirt 98 team in May. Now, they’re in St. Petersburg, Russia, taking on an opportunity that was too good to pass up. Gibbons and Chmelevski left Wednesday for a 10-day trip, playing on a Team USA Select team that also includes Ivan Lodnia of Anaheim and youth players from Michigan and Minnesota.
NEWS
March 30, 2002
Bryce Alderton They were a trio of sweet, fun-loving girls, ready for anything. Jillian Baedeker, 19, Chelsea Toma, 19, and 18-year-old Nancy Le were part of a close-knit group that went to the beach, shopped, sunbathed and went to coffee shops. It was a Starbucks Coffee shop that the three girls were driving home from at about midnight on March 20 when their lives were tragically cut short. Police say the Nissan Sentra they were in was broadsided by a 1983 yellow Ford Mustang driven by 27-year-old James Paul Bell Jr. from Rowland Heights at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue in Huntington Beach.
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July 4, 2002
Jose Paul Corona Huntington Beach resident Jay A. Buchbinder, 69, was killed early Sunday morning when a car struck the tandem bicycle he was riding with his son Gregg. Gregg D. Buchbinder, 49, of Long Beach sustained neck injuries during the accident. The men were riding east on the shoulder of Pacific Coast Highway when they were struck from behind by a 1989 blue Toyota Cressida. Police believe that Long Beach resident Chanpenbeau Sar, 43, dozed off at the wheel at 6:19 a.m. and struck the pair, said Sgt. Gary Meza.
NEWS
April 15, 2004
VIC LEIPZIG AND LOU MURRAY Something may be seriously amiss in southeast Huntington Beach. According to a recent report in the Orange County Weekly, four children from that area died between February 2000 and June 2003 of a deadly brain cancer called brainstem glioma. This is an exceedingly rare cancer. Data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States indicates that only six out of every million children younger than 15 are diagnosed each year with this invariably fatal cancer.
LOCAL
By Purnima Mudnal and Kelly Strodl | September 27, 2006
Heather Stamm's sister Kelsey was supposed to meet her at 8:30 p.m. on Main Street Monday night. When Heather didn't show, she called her sister's cellphone, but there was no answer. Kelsey called her parents to pick her up, and they did. When the Stamms turned north onto Pacific Coast Highway, they saw police lights a few blocks down. "It didn't cross our minds that it was Heather," Chris Stamm said. The Stamms pulled up to the accident scene to see if maybe Heather was there as an onlooker.
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