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April 9, 2009 | Christopher Goffard
Police are searching for two men who may have been involved in a fight in the right-field bleachers at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on opening day that led to the death of a Buena Park man. About 8:45 p.m. Monday, as crowds were leaving the stadium after the Angels' opening-day game against the Oakland Athletics, witnesses saw 27-year-old Brian Powers fighting with another man near a stairwell in the right-field pavilion, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
March 15, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A woman found dead on a conveyor belt at an Anaheim trash collection center has been identified by authorities as a 21-year-old whose last known addresses were in Modesto and Oklahoma. The body of Jarrae Nikole Estepp, 21, was found mixed with garbage at the Republic Services recycling plant on North Blue Gum Street about 10:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said. Police are treating Estepp's death as a homicide, but they declined to say why. The facility where the body was found collects trash from communities in north Orange County and parts of Los Angeles.
July 29, 2012 | By Matt Stevens and Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The hundreds of protesters who gathered Sunday outside Anaheim police headquarters remained angry with law enforcement after recent fatal officer-involved shootings sparked unrest in Orange County's largest city, although the tension did not escalate as it had last week. The demonstration stretched long into the afternoon, with more than 200 protesters initially chanting in front of police headquarters and taking over a parking lot where they drew chalk outlines of bodies and wrote messages condemning the police.
August 17, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Police arrested three more people this week suspected of participating in the July 28 disturbance that broke out in downtown Huntington Beach after a surfing tournament, police announced Saturday. One of the men, Luis Enrique Rodriguez, 18, of Anaheim, who is believed to have written expletives on the sides of police cars, indirectly helped authorities track him down, police said. "Mr. Rodriguez, apparently proud of his actions, 'liked' the Huntington Beach Police Department's picture #15 and shared it with his friends, which was noticed by numerous fans of our Facebook page and a series of tips leading to his identification," police said in a statement posted on the department's Facebook page.
April 1, 1997
A jury's decision to accept the word of a former Anaheim policeman rather than to believe police brass should prompt the department to review its practices and relationship with city residents. The Police Department argued strenuously that Steve Nolan had been fired from the force for insubordination and other disciplinary reasons. But a Superior Court jury last week sided with Nolan, who contended he was fired in 1993 in retaliation for breaking an unwritten "code of silence" among officers.
October 31, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
More than a dozen Anaheim police officers and detectives spent most of Monday combing the area around the 900 block of Roberts Street for a missing 10-year-old girl. Erica Hernandez was reported missing by her foster parents about 9:15 a.m., just 30 minutes after taking the trash out and failing to return, police said. "Any time somebody is that age or younger, we do tend to exert a lot of energy in locating them," said Sgt. Rick Martinez, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department.
Two police officers shot an armed man during a confrontation in the courtyard of an apartment building a block from the Disneyland Hotel early Sunday, but the man, who was hit in the abdomen, side and back, was expected to survive, police and hospital officials said. The man was the 27th person to be shot or killed by Orange County police this year, and the sixth to be struck by Anaheim police bullets. Lt.
May 2, 1985
A 58-year-old man was arrested for firing at least eight shots into the laundry room of the apartment building where he lives, Anaheim police said Wednesday. Ned Perry surrendered without incident shortly before midnight Tuesday after officers evacuated 20 surrounding apartments in the building at 200 Wilshire Ave. No one was injured. Perry was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
September 20, 1985 | Ray Perez \f7
Anaheim police detectives and the mother of a woman found stabbed to death almost four months ago are asking for information to help them with the unsolved murder. Brigette LaMon, 19, disappeared from her home at 1909 Harriet Lane late Saturday night, May 25. Her body, which had several stab wounds, was found the next morning at a commercial park at 5409 E. La Palma Ave. Police have not found any suspects in the case.
October 26, 2001 | From Associated Press
Four Anaheim police officers on a training exercise were injured Thursday when their motorcycles veered off a windy road in San Bernardino County, authorities said. None was seriously injured. The four were among 11 Anaheim officers traveling on California 138 just east of the Cajon Pass when the accident occurred shortly before noon, said Officer Kevin Haney of the California Highway Patrol.
August 3, 2013 | By Anh Do
A man was fatally shot in Anaheim early Saturday in what police said was a gang-related shooting. Officers found the man in the courtyard of an apartment complex in the 800 block of North Loara Street about 2:30 a.m. after getting a report of shots being fired, said Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim police. The unidentified victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Witnesses told investigators the suspects may have yelled out the name of a local gang during the shooting.
June 13, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Orange County authorities are seeking any additional alleged victims of a longtime baseball coach accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to two teenage boys. The district attorney's office said Edwin Alan Wikstrom, 53, of Anaheim was to be arraigned Thursday on two felony counts of distributing pornography to a minor. He was being held in Orange County Central Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Wikstrom has been a baseball coach in Anaheim and Lakewood for more than 30 years, authorities said.
May 14, 2013 | By Anh Do
Two suspects riding in a car that had been reported stolen were seriously wounded Tuesday in an officer-involved shooting in Santa Ana. The injured - a man struck in the upper torso and a woman with a cut underneath her chin - were hospitalized while officials investigate the case. The incident began earlier in the day with the report of a robbery just across the border in Anaheim, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Officers were called to the Akua Motel on East Orangethorpe Avenue after one of the motel guests reported that a woman with a handgun had forced her to hand over her car keys, said Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim police.
May 13, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Anaheim police did not use excessive force  during a struggle in which a man suspecting of possessing drugs was shot in the head, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday. A panel of the U.S. 9 th Circuit Court ruled 2-1 to uphold the dismissal of a civil-rights lawsuit by the family of Adolf Anthony Sanchez Gonzalez, who was killed by an Anaheim police officer in 2009. Two Anaheim police officers said they had a near-collision with Gonzalez at 2 a.m. while on another call.  The officers ran Gonzalez's license plate number, learned his van had been involved in a previous narcotics stop and decided to follow him “to see if any law enforcement action was necessary,” the court said.
April 5, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A body was discovered inside a burning car early Friday morning in Anaheim, and authorities are investigating the case as a homicide, police said. Shortly after 3 a.m., Anaheim police started receiving phone calls reporting a series of explosions in the 100 block of South Westchester Drive, Anaheim police Sgt. Bob Dunn said. Callers also reported that a car was on fire. Dunn said the first police officer on the scene witnessed one of the explosions and saw glass from the white compact vehicle shatter across the roadway.
April 1, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
The police chief of Orange County's largest city has announced that he will retire in May, ending a 42-year career in law enforcement. John Welter, 64, began his career at the San Diego Police Department. He was the second in command there before he joined the Anaheim force, according to a city statement.  The department has been widely criticized in the last year over several fatal police shootings , including two that involved Latino men in the city's poorest neighborhoods.
May 10, 1995
Anaheim police arrested 71 people in a two-day sting on Beach Boulevard aimed at prostitutes and their customers, authorities said Tuesday. Fourteen women were arrested for soliciting undercover vice officers for sex, and 55 men were arrested as part of a two-day "John Program" after they solicited undercover female officers, police said. Officers also arrested two men during the weekend sting, one for driving under the influence of alcohol and one for lewd conduct.
October 24, 1989
A man shot by two Anaheim police officers Sunday was identified Monday as Jose Arroyo Rodriguez, 24, who is believed to live in Anaheim, police said. A police spokesman said Rodriguez's identification had been delayed because he had been uncooperative in giving information about himself. Officers learned his name by checking fingerprints.
March 20, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
After a months-long investigation, Orange County prosecutors said Wednesday that they have cleared the Anaheim police officer who shot and killed a young man last summer - one in a string of officer-involved shootings that prompted a torrent of unrest in the county's largest city. At a news conference Wednesday, prosecutors said Anaheim police Officer Nicholas Bennallack had reason to believe his life was in danger after cornering Manuel Diaz in an apartment complex courtyard on that July afternoon in an area known as a hotbed of gang activity.
The protests that roiled Anaheim this summer had no regular home base, no Zuccotti Park or Tahrir Square. Instead, demonstrators angry over a series of shootings by Anaheim police marched on several days along Harbor Boulevard and a handful of other streets. Yet there were moments when the rallies slowed -- or were forced to pause -- just long enough to resemble a traditional, stationary demonstration. One came on the afternoon of July 29, a Sunday, as 200 protesters walked south on Harbor from the Anaheim police headquarters toward Disneyland.
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