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February 8, 2012
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) has endorsed Huntington Beach Councilman Matthew Harper for the new 72nd Assembly District. Rohrabacher's endorsement was announced in a release issued Saturday by Harper's campaign. In the release, Rohrabacher describes Harper as a fighter who will defend America's freedom, restore economic sanity and push for tougher laws against illegal immigration. The newly redrawn district was created by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission late last year.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | December 14, 2011
The new line at Affliction Clothing in Seal Beach features the most hopeful of designs for the most devastating of causes. Inside the front entrance of the store at 1799 Apollo Court are mannequins sporting men's and women's versions of a blue T-shirt that features a white heart and the words "Seal Beach - Support In Love. " Affliction has sold about 1,200 of the shirts since they went on sale in late October. But none of the proceeds go to the store. Affliction designed the $20 shirts along with the Seal Beach Police Department, and all money raised goes to the single survivor and the family members of the Oct. 12 Salon Meritage shooting.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | November 30, 2011
SANTA ANA — The Huntington Beach man accused of walking into a Seal Beach salon and killing eight people pleaded not guilty Tuesday in front of a courtroom packed with emotional family members and friends of the victims. A preliminary hearing was set for Scott Dekraai, 42, on April 24, but his public defender, Scott Sanders, said it's unlikely he will be prepared in time. Dekraai of Huntington Beach is accused of walking into Salon Meritage on Oct. 12, where prosecutors say he shot at anyone inside, eventually killing eight and injuring a ninth.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mona Shadia | October 26, 2011
SANTA ANA — The man accused in Orange County's deadliest shooting rampage will be represented by a public defender. Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, told Judge Erick L. Larsh in a brief court appearance Monday that he could not afford his own legal counsel. He had been represented in an Oct. 14 court appearance by a family lawyer. Public defender Scott Sanders has taken over for his Dekraai's defense. Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons, the co-prosecutor, said the change of attorneys will not delay the proceedings.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | October 19, 2011
As a reporter in Connecticut, I once covered the first homicide in years in the small town of Old Saybrook. A convenience store clerk had been shot in an armed robbery, and residents expressed disbelief that it could have happened in that sleepy enclave at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Weren't crimes like this supposed to happen in Hartford or New Haven or New York City — in short, anywhere but here? After hearing that sentiment more than once, I mentioned it to the first selectman, who had spent part of his youth in much-rougher New Haven, and he replied that wishful thinking wasn't just native to small towns.
NEWS
By Benjamin J. Hubbard | October 19, 2011
How can one contemplate the slaying of eight people at a hair salon in Seal Beach and draw any meaning from such evil? I certainly cannot. As a professor of comparative religion, I can only offer a modest reflection on an act of violence that snuffed out lives without reason and sent piercing pain through a close-knit community. But the proclivity of human beings to kill members of their own species is as old as mankind. In the Bible, the act of homicide made an early appearance when Cain killed Abel.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | October 19, 2011
Residents along the quiet Huntington Beach street where the suspected shooter in the Seal Beach rampage lived were in disbelief that their friendly and caring neighbor allegedly killed eight people. Scott Evans Dekraai allegedly walked into Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Wednesday and opened fire. It was the deadliest mass killing in Orange County history. "I thought I knew him well," said Stephanie Malchow, who lives next door to Dekraai. "He always seemed happy. " Malchow said she went to Dekraai's home about two and a half years ago for his wedding to Mindy, his new wife.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | October 19, 2011
SANTA ANA - The Huntington Beach man accused in the worst shooting rampage in Orange County appeared in court Friday, where he faced eight counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and the pained remarks of the victims' grieving family members. The charges in Orange County Superior Court include special circumstances that could result in the death penalty, which Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is seeking. The arraignment for Scott Evans Dekraai, who turned 42 Monday, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana was postponed to Nov. 29. His defense attorney requested more time to prepare for the case and assemble a team.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | October 19, 2011
At least two employees recognized the sullen customer when he came into Skill Craft Body Shop in Huntington Beach. A porter remembered seeing him driving around town, his face partly obscured by a beard, baseball cap and sunglasses. A bookkeeper had spotted him at summer concerts in the park. When the customer brought his wife's car in for service Sept. 29, he seemed in a particularly grim mood. The white Toyota Prius with an Angels' fan license plate, World Wildlife Federation stickers and a window sticker showing a happy family of three had a dent.
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