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From the Los Angeles Times | November 19, 2012
Just over a year after a man stormed into a Seal Beach salon and began firing, killing eight people in the small coastal community's deadliest shooting, guests mingled inside a building Sunday  that looked vastly different  from the place where the tragedy unfolded. Salon Meritage has been gutted, its layout drastically altered. At its grand opening Sunday, those involved talked of renewal and of not letting the man accused of perpetrating the crime "win. " "It's a rebirth, not just for the wonderful people who work here but the community," said Fernando Dutra, the contractor on the reconstruction project.
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By John Canalis | February 12, 2014
The Huntington Beach Independent is expanding into Seal Beach. Los Angeles Times subscribers who live in Seal Beach will receive the Independent with their papers every Thursday. The Independent will also be inserted into copies of The Times sold in newspaper racks and at retail locations, such as grocery stores and cafes. Since the Independent already circulates in neighboring Sunset Beach, as well as Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, we found adding a neighboring beach town a natural fit for our newspaper group.
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January 18, 2012
SANTA ANA — The Orange County Grand Jury on Tuesday indicted Scott Evans Dekraai for allegedly murdering eight people and attempting to murder a ninth in what is now known as the county's worst mass murder. The Huntington Beach resident faces eight felony counts of special-circumstances murder and one felony count of attempted murder. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is seeking the death penalty. Dekraai, 42, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday at Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. He is accused of walking into Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Oct. 12 with body armor and three guns, allegedly to seek revenge on his ex-wife, Michelle Marie Fournier, whom he fought with over custody of their son. A grand jury indictment means there will be no preliminary hearing, which is a court process where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.
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By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times | May 2, 2014
The man accused of gunning down eight people at a Seal Beach hair salon pleaded guilty Friday, setting the stage for a legal battle over whether he should be put to death for the 2011 slayings. Scott Dekraai, who prosecutors said heavily armed himself before walking into a neighborhood beauty salon and opening fire, pleaded guilty to eight counts of special circumstances murder and one count of attempted murder, making him eligible for the death penalty. But whether the former tug boat captain winds up on death row remains an open question.
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By Jennifer Lane | February 19, 2014
When Brian Ballard's blood sugar dropped so low during a bike ride that he didn't know where or who he was, Beth Black, his girlfriend, decided it was time to stop cycling. "I am a type I diabetic," Ballard said, "and on pedal bikes my blood sugar would drop at any time. It was really scary for Beth. " For about a year, the couple didn't cycle. Then they heard about electric bikes. After test riding several, they decided on Pedego, and that led them to where they are today - operating the Pedego Electric Bikes shop in Seal Beach, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.
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By Paloma Esquivel | March 10, 2014
An Orange County prosecutor says an effort to dismiss the death penalty against alleged Seal Beach mass killer  Scott Dekraai  should be denied because the defense failed to show that prosecutors engaged in the type of egregious misconduct that could lead to dismissal. Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephan Sauer filed the reply this week to a lengthy motion made by Dekraai's attorneys in January, which accused county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an illegal jailhouse informant operation that ensnared multiple inmates, including Dekraai, the Los Angeles Times reported . On Friday, Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said he expects to start hearing testimony on the accusations on March 18. Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, who represents Dekraai, has also asked the judge to recuse the Orange County district attorney's office from prosecuting the case.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 25, 2013
An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a jailhouse informant's recordings that captured the Seal Beach salon shooting suspect talking about the October 2011 mass slaying must be turned over to the defense. Prosecutors had said that the defense was not entitled to the recordings, made shortly after Scott Dekraai, 42, of Huntington Beach, was taken into custody on suspicion of killing eight people in a mid-day 2011 shooting rampage at a hair salon. About 132 hours of secretly recorded tapes were captured between Dekraai and the informant, according to court documents.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 29, 2013
The man accused of the 2011 Seal Beach salon massacre is currently under mental evaluation in a jail medical ward after having to be subdued with pepper balls when he attempted to break the windows and furniture in a jail day room. Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County sheriff's department, said Scott Dekraai, of Huntington Beach, was alone in a jail day room used by inmates as an exercise room on Saturday about 2:30 p.m. when he began trying to break the windows, throwing objects and screaming.
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By Paloma Esquivel | March 24, 2014
The trial for the man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon will split into two separate phases, with two different sets of jurors asked to decide the ultimate fate of the accused mass murderer, a judge ruled Monday. The first phase, the actual trial, would begin in June. If convicted, Scott Dekraai faces the death penalty for allegedly walking into Salon Meritage in October 2011 and opening fire, killing his ex-wife and seven others in the county's deadliest shooting.
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By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times | April 20, 2014
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
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By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times | May 2, 2014
The man accused of gunning down eight people at a Seal Beach hair salon pleaded guilty Friday, setting the stage for a legal battle over whether he should be put to death for the 2011 slayings. Scott Dekraai, who prosecutors said heavily armed himself before walking into a neighborhood beauty salon and opening fire, pleaded guilty to eight counts of special circumstances murder and one count of attempted murder, making him eligible for the death penalty. But whether the former tug boat captain winds up on death row remains an open question.
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By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times | April 28, 2014
The man accused of gunning down eight people at a Seal Beach hair salon in 2011 will plead guilty to eight counts of special circumstances murder and one count of attempted murder, his lawyer said Monday. Scott Dekraai, who, according to prosecutors, was seeking revenge on his ex-wife when he opened fire at the Salon Meritage, has "felt for a while that he really needs to give at least the victims the sense that he's not seeking to have this go on forever," said his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders.
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By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times | April 20, 2014
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 15, 2014
A teen from Lakewood drowned Monday off Sunset Beach, authorities said. Damian Frierson Jr., 19, was pulled from the water by Huntington Beach city lifeguards and transported to Huntington Beach Hospital, where he died at around 7:21 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner. Family members told authorities that Frierson was not a swimmer and might have gotten caught in the strong rip currents, Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein said. It took about 25 lifeguards - 15 from the city and additional units from Bolsa Chica State Beach and Seal Beach - about 47 minutes to locate Frierson, who was found submerged in about 10 to 15 feet of water, Beuerlein said.
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April 9, 2014
GIVING H.B. man still giving his all Huntington Beach resident Patrick Earley recently completed his 800th platelet donation through the Red Cross. Earley, 88, has been a dedicated donor of lifesaving platelets since the early 1990s, according to a news release. Earley was honored with a surprise celebration following his 800th donation on March 28 at the American Red Cross Blood Services Fountain Valley Donor Center. He first became a blood donor during WWII when he served as an allied forces paratrooper, according to the release.
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By Paloma Esquivel | March 24, 2014
The trial for the man charged with killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon will split into two separate phases, with two different sets of jurors asked to decide the ultimate fate of the accused mass murderer, a judge ruled Monday. The first phase, the actual trial, would begin in June. If convicted, Scott Dekraai faces the death penalty for allegedly walking into Salon Meritage in October 2011 and opening fire, killing his ex-wife and seven others in the county's deadliest shooting.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | March 12, 2014
Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper and Councilman Joe Carchio recently filed their campaign paperwork with the Orange County registrar of voters to run in the June 3 primary for higher office. Harper is vying for a place in the Assembly, while Carchio wants a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Carchio hopes to succeed John Moorlach as the supervisor for District 2, which covers Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos and Stanton, and parts of Fountain Valley and Buena Park.
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By Paloma Esquivel | March 10, 2014
An Orange County prosecutor says an effort to dismiss the death penalty against alleged Seal Beach mass killer  Scott Dekraai  should be denied because the defense failed to show that prosecutors engaged in the type of egregious misconduct that could lead to dismissal. Deputy Dist. Atty. Stephan Sauer filed the reply this week to a lengthy motion made by Dekraai's attorneys in January, which accused county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies of running an illegal jailhouse informant operation that ensnared multiple inmates, including Dekraai, the Los Angeles Times reported . On Friday, Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said he expects to start hearing testimony on the accusations on March 18. Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, who represents Dekraai, has also asked the judge to recuse the Orange County district attorney's office from prosecuting the case.
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By Paloma Esquivel | February 28, 2014
An Orange County judge said Friday that he'll hear testimony on accusations that county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies ran an illegal jailhouse informant operation that ensnared multiple inmates, including the man accused of killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon in 2011. Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said the allegations made by defense attorneys for  Scott Dekraai  deserve to be fully examined, the Los Angeles Times reported . The judge indicated it may take weeks of testimony and evidence to ferret out the claims.
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By Cristina Ramos | February 26, 2014
The Seal Beach City Council voted unanimously Monday to make it harder to open a new smoke shop and also officially defined them in city codes and banned their distant relative, the smoking lounge. Councilman Gordon Shanks said before the meeting that the new ordinance would affect only new businesses that are looking to primarily sell tobacco and cigarettes. With the vote, these smoke shops will now be required to apply for a conditional use permit. A smoking lounge is defined as an establishment that allows customers to test products or smoke indoors.
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