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By Kelly Strodl and Michael Alexander | December 21, 2006
More than 300 officers from several law enforcement agencies recently assisted in a massive sweep across Orange County, which led to the arrest of 57 alleged members of a white supremacist gang with strong ties to Huntington Beach. Some of the alleged members of the Public Enemy Number 1 (PEN1) street gang arrested in the Dec. 14 sweeps appeared in court Friday and Monday to answer allegations. Charges included possession of illegal weapons and narcotics, forgery and identity theft, said Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim Police Department, the officer in charge of public information for the sweep.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
Huntington Beach Police Chief Ronald E. Lowenberg recently received an award from Gov. Gray Davis for his lifetime of training students about law enforcement. Earlier this week Lowenberg took home the 2001 Governor's Award for Excellence in Peace Officer Training in the Lifetime Achievement category from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Lowenberg was selected from a pool of 23 nominees from throughout California and was recognized for his leadership, management and mentoring of police chiefs during his 35-year law enforcement career, which began at the Cypress Police Department in 1967.
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By Britney Barnes | April 14, 2010
A former Huntington Beach police officer who in 2008 settled a harassment lawsuit filed against the city has released a book about his experiences as a gay cop. Adam Bereki, who lives in Costa Mesa, last month released “Friendly Fire: The Illusion of Justice,” which is about “what it felt like being a young gay man in a macho, homophobic profession,” he wrote in his book. “Though California is viewed by much of the country as one of the more gay-friendly states in the union, the Huntington Beach Police Department seemingly occupies an island of its own, pinned in a period of time that runs prior to enlightenment,” Bereki wrote.
NEWS
February 24, 2000
Angelique Flores FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- After 28 years of service to the Fountain Valley Police Department, Capt. Rod Gillman will be retiring in June. "I love this job, and I want to leave while I still enjoy it and have good feelings," said Gillman, whose last day with the department will be June 23. His last day is June 23. Gillman, who lives in Garden Grove with his wife and daughter, plans to relocate to northwestern Montana, where his family has vacationed for the last 15 years.
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From the Los Angeles Times | November 15, 2012
A Southern California man has been charged with molesting a young female relative of his in the Fountain Valley furniture store that he owns and operates, law enforcement officials said. Jaime Gonazlez, 75, faces a felony count of lewd acts on a child, according to a joint statement from Fountain Valley police and the Orange County district attorney's office.  Gonzalez is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Prosecutors said, if convicted, he could be sentenced to eight years in state prison and have to register as a lifetime sex offender.
NEWS
June 29, 2000
Kenneth Ma HUNTINGTON BEACH -- With almost the entire police force on duty for the Fourth of July festivities, city officials don't expect much trouble in Surf City. About 225 of the city's 230 police officers will work Tuesday to help monitor unruly behavior and head off disturbances in the city before and after the 96th annual Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade, which is expected to draw more than 300,000 people. The officers will patrol the parade route, Downtown, the beaches and the fireworks display at Huntington Beach High School.
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By Tom Harman | May 6, 2010
Since January, more than 1,500 inmates have been released from California jails — after serving only half of the time they were sentenced to and without any supervision. In recent weeks, the legislature has decided this “get-out-of-jail-free” plan might not be the stellar solution to the state’s finances they had hoped for last fall. Why? Early-release prisoners from across the state have been caught engaging in everything from identity theft to rape and murder.
FEATURES
By Claire Chang | March 25, 2010
The newest tactical simulator received by the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College may appear to be a simple virtual, life-sized video game, but the advanced technology proves to be much more. The Virtual Interactive Combat Environment (VICE) simulator is the nation’s latest law enforcement training system. “It does more than just shoot. We are talking about the importance of decision-making here,” said Ron Burgess, the simulator’s project coordinator.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | July 12, 2013
A Huntington Beach couple were charged Thursday with trying to sell the skin of an endangered tiger, according to authorities. Karim Hanna, 44, and Margarita Licomitros, 36, could face up to a year in federal prison if convicted of offering a Sumatran tiger skin for $8,000 through Craigslist, according to a Department of Justice news release. U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies working together as part of Operation Wild Web caught the pair, as well as four other people from Southern California, according to the release.
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From the Los Angeles Times | November 15, 2012
A Southern California man has been charged with molesting a young female relative of his in the Fountain Valley furniture store that he owns and operates, law enforcement officials said. Jaime Gonazlez, 75, faces a felony count of lewd acts on a child, according to a joint statement from Fountain Valley police and the Orange County district attorney's office.  Gonzalez is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Prosecutors said, if convicted, he could be sentenced to eight years in state prison and have to register as a lifetime sex offender.
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By Michael Miller | August 28, 2012
Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of a nationwide bank fraud scheme that may have deprived customers of more than $100 million, a spokesman from the Huntington Beach Police Department said. A federal task force that consisted of agents from the United States Secret Service and officers from the Huntington Beach police, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department and Irvine Police Department arrested the suspects Aug. 21, according to a release from the Huntington police.
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By Chris Epting | January 26, 2011
Last year in this column space, I wrote about a special event at SeaCliff Country Club. It was a golf outing and banquet put on by KinderVision that featured a slew of Major League Baseball legends, including Rollie Fingers and Harmon Killebrew. Developed by Doug Sebastian, with the assistance of law enforcement and other experts, KinderVision started developing free educational videos and other materials that were designed to be an ongoing resource for families, schools, law enforcement and youth-serving organizations to teach children how to be safe and avoid sexual predators.
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By Tom Harman | May 6, 2010
Since January, more than 1,500 inmates have been released from California jails — after serving only half of the time they were sentenced to and without any supervision. In recent weeks, the legislature has decided this “get-out-of-jail-free” plan might not be the stellar solution to the state’s finances they had hoped for last fall. Why? Early-release prisoners from across the state have been caught engaging in everything from identity theft to rape and murder.
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By Britney Barnes | April 14, 2010
A former Huntington Beach police officer who in 2008 settled a harassment lawsuit filed against the city has released a book about his experiences as a gay cop. Adam Bereki, who lives in Costa Mesa, last month released “Friendly Fire: The Illusion of Justice,” which is about “what it felt like being a young gay man in a macho, homophobic profession,” he wrote in his book. “Though California is viewed by much of the country as one of the more gay-friendly states in the union, the Huntington Beach Police Department seemingly occupies an island of its own, pinned in a period of time that runs prior to enlightenment,” Bereki wrote.
FEATURES
By Claire Chang | March 25, 2010
The newest tactical simulator received by the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College may appear to be a simple virtual, life-sized video game, but the advanced technology proves to be much more. The Virtual Interactive Combat Environment (VICE) simulator is the nation’s latest law enforcement training system. “It does more than just shoot. We are talking about the importance of decision-making here,” said Ron Burgess, the simulator’s project coordinator.
FEATURES
By Michael Alexander | April 24, 2008
Consensus in the City Council chambers last week was strong: The doomed skate park next to Huntington Beach High School should be replaced by a much bigger facility in the Central Park Sports Complex, funded by a big sponsor like Volcom. “I support the creation of a bigger park, seeing as it will draw more kids and give them all a place to skate,” Councilwoman Madeline McKinley said before a 7-0 vote to have city staff move forward on the issue. Haven’t heard of her before?
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