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January 17, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
A 29-year-old Mission Hills man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for his role in the kidnapping and murder of members of an Anaheim Hills family in 2007. Charles Anthony Murphy Jr. was found guilty in December of two counts of murder with special circumstances, plus counts of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Two other defendants in the case -- Iftekhar Murtaza, 29, of Van Nuys, and Vitaliy Krasnoperov, 28, of Hollywood -- have also been convicted in connection with the murders.
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March 20, 2014 | By KTLA
A man was shot dead after firing on officers and shooting a police dog in the face following a probation search in Anaheim on Thursday, authorities said. The dog, named Bruno, was in surgery Thursday night. A bullet struck his face and lodged in his chest, police said. The incident began at 1:45 p.m., when two Orange County probation officers approached a home in the 1100 block of Mayfair Avenue  to do a home check. When the officers neared the residence, they saw the probationer with two unidentified men, who ran away.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1986
Substation OKd: While officials work out plans for a permanent police substation in the Anaheim Hills area, the City Council this week approved a temporary facility. A site at 1032 N. Tustin Ave. will serve as the temporary shift-change station for officers working in the Anaheim Hills/Canyon area. The council on Tuesday approved a two-year, $15,120 lease between the city and Lyle Parks Jr., owner of Gold Key Business Center, for the temporary police site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
A 29-year-old Mission Hills man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for his role in the kidnapping and murder of members of an Anaheim Hills family in 2007. Charles Anthony Murphy Jr. was found guilty in December of two counts of murder with special circumstances, plus counts of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Two other defendants in the case -- Iftekhar Murtaza, 29, of Van Nuys, and Vitaliy Krasnoperov, 28, of Hollywood -- have also been convicted in connection with the murders.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Despite the NBA player lockout, new Lakers head coach Mike Brown is busy setting up shop at the office and at home. Brown and his wife, Carolyn, closed a $3-million deal last month for a house in a gated Anaheim Hills community. That will be quite a drive to Staples Center and even a longer one to the Lakers offices and training center in El Segundo. Perhaps Kobe Bryant can swing by to pick him up on his way from Newport Coast. Although Brown declined to comment on the purchase, a Laker spokesman said the coach wanted his children to attend a high school near his new house, so he was willing to make the long commute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2009 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters nearly encircled a wildfire near Anaheim Hills on Wednesday night, but will still beef up units during the Thanksgiving weekend because of the warm weather forecast. The blaze, which broke out Tuesday night near the 241 toll road, was 90% contained Wednesday night, with full containment expected today, the Orange County Fire Authority said. The wind-whipped fire charred 80 acres on the east side of the tollway near Windy Ridge Road. The cause was under investigation.
HOME & GARDEN
December 1, 2012 | By Sy Hussaini
I married my wife after spending a total of one hour with her. The first time I kissed her was on our wedding night. Sound crazy? Here's what is crazier still. We will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary this month. After college, I had firmly established myself in a good career, but I felt something was missing. While I did date occasionally, it seemed impossible to find a woman with the same religious and cultural background, so I reached out to my parents in Pakistan. Please help find me a wife.
SPORTS
August 18, 1999
Anaheim Hills West's bid for a berth in the Little League World Series came to an end Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to Sacramento at the Western Regional in San Bernardino. Elias Garcia's three-run homer in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Sacramento took a 4-0 lead. Anaheim Hills, which plays Oregon today at 5 p.m. for third place, rallied in the bottom of the inning when John Grimm hit a two-run homer. Joe Dickerson had an RBI single in the sixth for Anaheim Hills' last run.
SPORTS
August 13, 1999
Anaheim Hills West Little League's road to Williamsport got longer Thursday night when it lost, 6-4, to Airport Little League of Sacramento in the second round of the Western Regional tournament in San Bernardino. The defeat dropped Anaheim Hills, which had a first-round bye, into the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The Southern California champions now must win six games in six days to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
SPORTS
August 19, 1999
Anaheim Hills West defeated Murrayhill of Beaverton, Ore., 6-4, Wednesday in the third-place game of the Little League Western Regional in San Bernardino. Anaheim Hills built early leads of 3-0 and 6-1 before Murrayhill rallied with three runs in the sixth inning. Anaheim Hills used four pitchers and Joe Dickerson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, recording the final out.
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December 23, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
An Anaheim man is expected to be arraigned Monday for allegedly attacking a woman on a jogging trail and attempting to sexually assault a neighbor. Mario Orlando Montano, 55, is accused of entering his neighbor's home Dec. 9 after he was let in by a child. He asked the 42-year-old woman who lived there for sex and when she declined he cornered her in a room, according to authorities. Montano kept telling her he wanted sex, tried to put his arm around her and unzipped his pants, authorities said.
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November 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man was convicted Friday of killing his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and setting fire to their Anaheim Hills mansion in what authorities described as a revenge killing. Iftekhar Murtaza lowered his head and appeared to weep as the verdict was read. Murtaza was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jaypraykash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, and attempting to kill her mother in a night of violence in 2007. The mother was found critically wounded on a neighbor's lawn and was in a coma for weeks but survived the attack.
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November 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man was convicted Friday of killing his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and setting fire to their Anaheim Hills mansion in a night of violence that authorities said was driven by revenge. Iftekhar Murtaza lowered his head several times as the verdicts were read and appeared to cry. Jurors will now decide whether he should be sentenced to death. Murtaza was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, in May 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A jilted boyfriend turned into an obsessed killer when his girlfriend told him her parents wanted them to break up because he was Muslim and they were Hindus, an Orange County prosecutor told jurors in opening statements in a notorious 2007 double homicide. "He wanted to possess this woman," Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told jurors. Iftekhar Murtaza, 29, of Van Nuys is accused of killing his former girlfriend's father and sister and burning their gasoline-doused bodies, which were found smoldering in a secluded area near UC Irvine.
OPINION
August 25, 2013 | Kathleen M. Prager
ObamaCare, ObamaCare, you really are no fun. My employer can't afford you, and my medical plan is done.   ObamaCare, ObamaCare, you surely are no joke. My working hours have been cut, my bank account is broke.   ObamaCare, ObamaCare, you'll make me pay a fee. My doctor says he's going to quit. Now, who will fix my knee ? The author is a retired elementary school teacher living in Anaheim Hills. Read more: Opinion poetry by Times readers
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
Old Hickory gets a charge of anarchistic electricity in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills. This sublimely raucous take on Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman's savage emo rock evisceration of American politics via the seventh president of the United States is an in-your-face triumph. First seen at the Kirk Douglas in 2008, revised for the Public Theater, “Jackson” resembles a mash-up of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Fall Out Boy and the cast of “Nashville” on Jell-O shots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1990
Plans for the east Anaheim Hills' largest shopping center have been approved and will include four shopping complexes, a business center and hotel. The City Council approved the project, 4 to 0, Tuesday night after a public hearing. Construction of the Anaheim Hills Festival, planned for 85 undeveloped acres at the southwest corner of Santa Ana Canyon and Roosevelt roads, will begin this summer. Developers hope to complete it by the fall of 1991.
REAL ESTATE
September 8, 1985
Gunston Hall Co. Inc. and the Anaheim Development Co. have begun construction of 83 King's meadow garden homes in Anaheim Hills.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
It's rare for small theaters in Southern California to grow into midsize theaters because of the expense and risk that come with expanding from a storefront to a house of 100 seats or more. But the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills, among the smallest at 49 seats, is contemplating a leap that would live up to the company's name. The Chance, which started in 1998 as Spare Change Productions in wry acknowledgment of its then-minuscule resources, is thinking of tripling its seating in the near future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
A sharply divided Anaheim City Council on Tuesday night voted to change the way its members are elected. Proponents say the new at-large voting proposal with residency requirements will ensure that the city's diverse population is well-represented. But many who called for reforms contend that the plan falls short of moving toward fair representation for Latinos in city government. Lack of representation was a focus of protests that rocked the city last year following the officer-involved shooting of two Latino men. PHOTOS: Anaheim police shooting protests Political representation is also the subject of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Latino residents.
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