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October 19, 2011
Wednesday of last week was such a strange day. The mercury pushed up near 100 degrees throughout the region, the sort of strange, unseasonably arid kind of day that will prompt at least a few to start wondering about "earthquake weather. " It was a summer day that didn't happen all summer, and the odd, almost-eerie stillness that comes with such an afternoon was obliterated about 1:30 when a gunman in Seal Beach opened fire, killing eight innocent people (and injuring a ninth).
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.
By Mona Shadia | October 13, 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.
By Mona Shadia, | July 20, 2011
The Orange County district attorney's office is looking for additional potential victims of a Sunset Beach masseur accused of sexually assaulting three women while working at Massage Envy in Seal Beach. Jason Michael Elliott, 28, is charged with three felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a sexual offense. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years and eight months in state prison. Elliott, whose pre-trial hearing was scheduled Friday, is out on $100,000 bail, according to the district attorney's office.
May 4, 2011
A Long Beach fire captain and Huntington Beach resident charged with injuring a cyclist while driving drunk pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Orange County Superior Court, according to a district attorney spokeswoman. John David Hines, 38, turned himself in Tuesday morning, according to prosecutors. An arrest warrant worth $250,000 had been issued for him. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 17 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. Hines allegedly became intoxicated on the morning of April 1, then drove erratically on Westminster Avenue in Seal Beach in his Chevrolet pickup truck with an alcohol level of .24, three times the legal limit.
By Michael Miller, | April 27, 2011
The Orange County district attorney has issued an arrest warrant for a Long Beach Fire Department captain and Huntington Beach resident who has been charged with injuring a bicyclist in a hit-and-run while under the influence. John David Hines, 38, is charged with one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more causing injury and hit-and-run with injury, according to a release from the district attorney.
By Michael Miller, | July 28, 2010
Shawn Kelly was born to be Robert Plant. As far as his tribute band goes, anyway. The Seal Beach resident still works during the week as a bar manager, and he hasn't toured the world or trashed an expensive hotel room. But Kelly bears a striking physical and vocal resemblance to the Led Zeppelin frontman, to the point where he doesn't need to wear a wig or alter his voice for effect. "I've been doing session work in the past where they've asked, 'Can you sing that a little differently?
July 15, 2010
A former Huntington Beach-based business owner pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling almost $4 million meant to bring low-income housing up to code, according to news reports. Belinda Exon, 55, of Phoenix, Ariz., pleaded guilty to embezzling $3.9 million from September 2002 to October 2008 to U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II in Los Angeles, according to KPCC. The charge holds a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. While living in Fontana, Exon started the now defunct Rehab Financial in Huntington Beach in the 1990s, KPCC reported.
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