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By Kelly Strodl | January 25, 2007
A Superior Court judge has sentenced a white supremacist gang member from Huntington Beach to state prison for attacking and spitting on a black man in a wheelchair six months ago in Costa Mesa. Ronald Lee Bray, 25, pleaded guilty Monday to felonies of committing a hate crime and making a criminal threat with a hate crime enhancement. He was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. On July 7, Bray spat on the wheelchair-bound man and pushed him into a street light pole outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store at East Mesa Verde Drive and Harbor Boulevard.
NEWS
June 2, 2005
Dave Brooks While Huntington Beach is moving forward in its efforts to promote racial diversity, the city needs to continue to pursue policies to deal with hate crime incidents and educate the public, a panel compiled by the city's Human Relations Task Force reported last week. Police Chief Ken Small, the first speaker on the five-person panel, pointed out there has been a dramatic drop in crimes directed at others because of one's nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion.
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By Lauren Vane and Amanda Pennington | July 13, 2006
A Huntington Beach man pleaded not guilty Monday in an alleged hate crime committed in Costa Mesa on Friday, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. Ronald Bray, 25, faces felony charges of making racially spurred criminal threats and of threatening to commit a violent crime. He also is charged with battery, a misdemeanor. . Bray allegedly punched a man in the face and spat on him in what police called a hate crime outside a Costa Mesa 7-Eleven convenience store early Friday.
NEWS
September 18, 2003
Diane Lenning During the City Council election process last fall, we heard over and over from one candidate about the high costs of the new police helicopter. Conceptually, it was a "no-brainer" for me. Having previously worked in the California Youth Authority, I knew statistics and the necessity to fight crime with an effective plan. Daily observations, as a teacher for the group, of unchecked inappropriate behavior against others is motivational to solve problems, as well as enact strategies and methods of reducing harm to others.
NEWS
July 3, 2003
Surf City lost the distinction of being one of the 10 safest cites in the nation this year when the 2002 uniform crime statistics were released by the FBI last week. Police tell us this means very little. The FBI urges people to ignore "meaningless" rankings and look at the numbers. But for most people, it sounds significant. Some residents are likely saying, "I knew it," while other profess disbelief. But overall it makes most people curious and a bit nervous.
NEWS
February 19, 2004
These people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proved guilty. Han K. Cho, 33, Los Angeles Matthew M. Kanoudi, 23, Huntington Beach Matthew T. Hayes, 24, Huntington Beach Limber Ricardez, 29, Huntington Beach Carlos S. Rosas, 24, Huntington Beach David D. Williams, 23, Huntington Beach Larry L. Levinson, 54, Huntington Beach Sean P. Whelan, 23, Huntington Beach Paolo L. Ruesta, Long Beach Thomas E. Oakley, 37, Huntington Beach David W. Woodall, 44, Huntington Beach Gregory Garton, 55, Newport Beach Jennifer B. Tims, 23, Huntington Beach
NEWS
January 31, 2002
o7 The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proved guilty. f7 Roberto Garcia, 32, Huntington Beach Steven W. Hyjek, 34, Huntington Beach Shawn E. Ochoa, 33, Huntington Beach Kevin A. Robinson, 21, Huntington Beach Dan W. Smith, 33, Huntington Beach Zackary D. Smith, 19, Huntington Beach Melanie D. Stewart, 28, Costa Mesa Samuel M. Webb, 29, Menlo Park Linda D. Weed, 53, Long Beach Joel W. Wooldridge, 41, Huntington Beach Gregory B. Yocum, 31, Huntington Beach
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | October 14, 2013
Huntington Beach city officials and residents have repeatedly said that the downtown suffers from an alcohol-use problem. At Thursday's Downtown Task Force meeting, Police Chief Ken Small backed up the contention with statistics. A total of 1,915 incidents were reported in the area from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, according to Small. Of those reports, police arrested 550 people for alcohol-related violations such as public drunkenness, driving under the influence and having an open container.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | August 21, 2013
The Wintersburg site's six historic buildings have been spared from demolition - at least for now. A divided Huntington Beach Planning Commission on Tuesday turned down a request by Rainbow Environmental Services to clear the 4.4-acre property, which it owns, referring the issue to the City Council for a final decision. Wintersberg was once the site of a Japanese American Presbyterian Church founded in the 1880s and related settlements. The property is perhaps best known for the "Jesus Saves" mural facing Warner Avenue, and preservationists are fighting save it. Though the property doesn't have formal state or federal historic status, the city's general plan recommends preservation of historic-era structures.
NEWS
April 10, 2013
The Huntington Beach Police Department has been unable to update its online crime mapping for the past two weeks and is trying to get the site working again, officials said. The department uses the website CrimeReports.com to post incidents that occur around the city, including petty thefts, robberies and assaults. Denise Robsel, with the police records bureau, said that for some reason the site stopped updating March 29. Officials at the records bureau said they are looking into the problem but aren't sure when it will be resolved.
NEWS
March 7, 2013
Three firearm-related crimes were reported in Huntington Beach last weekend, with one resident suffering injuries, according to a Huntington Beach Police Department. In an incident Sunday, a shotgun was fired into an apartment window in the 2200 block of Hess Circle after an ongoing dispute between two neighbors, according to a police report. The report said the weapon was actually a BB gun. No one was injured inside the apartment, and the suspect was arrested. Earlier Sunday, police responded to a call at Seasprite Circle after a suspect struck their neighbor with a handgun during an argument, according to an incident report.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 8, 2013
A slew of "hot prowl" burglaries have occurred over the last three weeks in Huntington Beach neighborhoods, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department. "Hot prowl" refers to crimes committed while a resident is home. There have been more than 20 reported cases of residences and vehicles being broken into in the areas of Indianapolis Avenue and Bushard Street and Indianapolis Avenue and Newland Street. The most recent burglaries happened Feb. 1 and 2 near the Bushard Street intersection.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | February 6, 2013
Huntington Beach will look into the possibility of placing video surveillance cameras downtown. Council members voted Monday night to ask police and Information Services Departments to look into the possibility of using cameras in an effort to reduce crime in the area. The item, submitted by Councilmen Joe Carchio and Joe Shaw, passed in a 6-1 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Matt Harper dissenting. Harper said video cameras are appropriate for privately owned properties, like Bella Terra or shopping malls, but doesn't approved of adding them to a public area like downtown, he said.
NEWS
January 25, 2013
A Garden Grove man is scheduled to be arraigned Friday for allegedly arranging to meet an underage girl for sex through Craigslist. The meeting was intercepted by an undercover Huntington Beach police officer. Carlton Earl Griner, 55, has been charged with one felony count each of contacting a child with intent to commit a lewd act, meeting a minor with intent to engage in lewd conduct and attempted lewd act upon a child younger than 14. If convicted, Griner will face a maximum sentence of five years in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 21, 2013
Violent crimes decreased in Huntington Beach in 2012, but property and overall offenses have increased, according to statistics provided by Huntington Beach Police and the FBI. The number of property crimes - burglaries, larceny, vehicle thefts and arson - rose from 4,610 in 2011 to 6,153. This increase of offenses can be traced to the police department's shrinking staff, according to Capt. Dave Bunetta. "During the past five years, the police department's staffing levels have steadily declined due in part to budgeting constraints," he said in an email.
NEWS
By Andrew Shortall | December 26, 2012
St. Bonaventure Catholic Parish officials were greeted by an unpleasant display when they arrived for mass Sunday morning to find the church's nativity scene vandalized. St. Bonaventure Business Manager Nancy Cesar said the damages, which were discovered at approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, included drawings of 666, a swastika, phallic symbols, writings of "Hail Hitler" and curse words on the nativity figures in Sharpie marker. A recent Los Angeles Times article reported another nativity display at a Huntington Beach home was also defaced.
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By Mona Shadia | December 21, 2011
A white homeless Huntington Beach man was convicted Thursday of committing a hate crime against a Hispanic woman and sentenced to three years of formal probation and 180 days in county jail, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Jonathan Michael Schmidt, 31, was riding his bicycle around 1:40 p.m. Oct. 4 when he approached a Hispanic woman from her driver's window at a stop sign near Main Street, and, unprovoked, began yelling racial slurs and profanities at her. He then spat in her face, prosecutors said.
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