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May 9, 1998 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An identical twin whose plot to kill her sister made headlines around the world sobbed uncontrollably Friday as a judge sentenced her to 26 years to life in prison. Despite her emotional, last-minute protest of innocence, Jeen "Gina" Han, 24, dubbed "the evil twin," received the maximum sentence. "It is obvious Miss Han is a danger to society, particularly her own family," said Orange County Superior Court Judge Eileen C. Moore. "All of her family have been victims of her crimes."
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December 28, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 17-year-old girl recounted Thursday how she pretended to flirt with a UC Irvine student, chatting with him on the Internet about punk rock and agreeing to meet at a shopping mall, where police arrested him on suspicion of raping her friend. Elizabeth, a high school senior from Huntington Beach, said she contacted the suspect online Sunday, three days after the man allegedly enticed her 15-year-old friend via the Internet into a date that authorities say ended in a brutal attack.
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June 21, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three gunmen held a household of five adults and 11 children hostage for hours in an apparent home invasion robbery that went awry late Wednesday, authorities said Thursday. A police SWAT team arrested Alfredo Venegas Ramos Jr., 22, of South Gate; Christian Raymond Arguello, 22, of Huntington Beach, and Sergio Meza, 22, of Maywood, at about 11 p.m. They were being held on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping, kidnapping for robbery, and residential burglary, said Lt. Robert Gonzales.
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December 7, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appeals court Thursday overturned the assault convictions of two members of south Orange County's "Slick 50s" gang, saying a judge deprived them of a fair trial by repeatedly criticizing the defense in front of the jury. The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana voids prison sentences handed to Jesse Grist and Joshua Carlsen for a beating and stabbing at a 1998 party in Aliso Viejo.
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May 13, 1998 | H.G. REZA and GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Jeen "Gina" Han, sentenced last week to 26 years to life in prison for conspiring with two teenagers to kill her identical twin sister, was at an Anaheim hospital Tuesday, recovering from what sources said was a suicide attempt after she took an overdose of sleeping pills. A spokeswoman for Western Medical Center-Anaheim confirmed that Han was a patient but said hospital officials could not release any information about her condition, including why and when she was admitted.
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March 12, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One twin appeared in court Tuesday wearing shackles and a blue jail jumpsuit, appearing downcast and avoiding eye contact. Then the other twin arrived, clad in a fashionable dress suit and accompanied by her "media spokeswoman" as cameras flashed and television news crews jockeyed for position. Police have labeled the 22-year-old sisters "the evil twin and the good twin" in a bizarre case in which Jeen Han of El Cajon is accused of hiring two teenagers to kill her sibling, Sunny Han.
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March 20, 1988 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
David Rothenberg is bound for the Pipeline, an acre of concrete craters in Upland where hordes of teen-age boys flock every day to ride, "tube" and "shred" the walls on skateboards. The most famous burn victim in America and his driver are temporarily lost on a freeway cutting through the Inland Empire. "Uh, I think we passed it," David mutters in that aren't-adults-dumb-sometimes tone that 11-year-olds have.
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July 22, 2001 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1875, a beekeeper named Frank Carpenter built an adobe hut in a leafy glade tucked into a canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains. The canyon was called Black Star for the deep vein of lustrous coal discovered there. Today, a solitary beekeeper still carefully places white wooden hives along Black Star Canyon's twisting ravines and jagged crests.
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February 7, 1996 | DEXTER FILKINS and THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On Main Street, everyone has a story about the skinheads. Shawna Sakal, whose family owns a surf shop, remembers the black store clerk harassed by young toughs. Curtis Maddox recalls the four meaty arms jerking out of a passing car in Hitler-style salutes. Lance Lee, a sales clerk at Beachcomber's Surf Shop, tells of the man who came in the other day looking to sell his surfboard. "It had swastikas all over it," Lee said. "We bought it, but we had to paint them over."
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July 18, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Citing the horrifying nature of the crime, Orange County prosecutors on Tuesday charged three Anaheim boys who allegedly took part in a July 3 attack at Black Star Canyon with more than 50 felony counts and announced they would try the defendants as adults. The teenagers are accused of repeatedly raping two girls--ages 13 and 15--and beating their boyfriends ages 16 and 17--with a metal rod and a rock, fracturing one boy's skull.
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September 11, 2001
Two men stole jewelry and a small amount of cash after entering a Stanton home Monday and tying up three residents at gunpoint, Orange County sheriff's authorities said. The robbers, who wore black stockings over their faces, entered the home in the 8100 block of Laguna Court through a back door at about 10 a.m., took the items and fled in a red Honda Prelude, sheriff's spokesman John Fleischman said. One of the men carried a handgun, he said.
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September 2, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They are the types of violent break-ins that often leave police confounded and victims with lasting scars. Home-invasion robbers strike fast, preying on both rich and poor, during daylight as well as after dark. Victims often refuse to report the crimes for fear of reprisals or mistrust of police. Now Orange County is launching a first-of-its-kind study that seeks to enter the minds of bandits who specialize in the violent raids.
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August 29, 2001 | From Associated Press
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has gotten on the bad side of Newport Beach police again, this time for allegedly spraying a restaurant full of people with a fire extinguisher. "It appeared that someone had said something that he didn't like," police Lt. Doug Fletcher said of Sunday's incident at a Hooters restaurant. Rodman entered the restaurant about 5:45 p.m. carrying a fire extinguisher, witnesses told police. He did not appear to be intoxicated, Fletcher said.
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August 15, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police say an arrest is imminent in the Friday night stabbing of a man at the Block of Orange during what has become a monthly informal gathering for deaf people from throughout Southern California. The victim and suspect, both of whom are deaf, had been attending the gathering that draws crowds of as many as 600 deaf people to the mall. The victim, whose arm required five stitches, and the 19-year-old suspect were gang members who knew each other from jail, Orange police said.
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July 22, 2001 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in 1875, a beekeeper named Frank Carpenter built an adobe hut in a leafy glade tucked into a canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains. The canyon was called Black Star for the deep vein of lustrous coal discovered there. Today, a solitary beekeeper still carefully places white wooden hives along Black Star Canyon's twisting ravines and jagged crests.
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July 18, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Citing the horrifying nature of the crime, Orange County prosecutors on Tuesday charged three Anaheim boys who allegedly took part in a July 3 attack at Black Star Canyon with more than 50 felony counts and announced they would try the defendants as adults. The teenagers are accused of repeatedly raping two girls--ages 13 and 15--and beating their boyfriends ages 16 and 17--with a metal rod and a rock, fracturing one boy's skull.
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June 17, 1990 | DANA PARSONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a former gang member, Ralph Rodriguez knew all about the code of silence. He understood the pay-back. He knew what could happen to rats who cooperate with police. He knew that when it comes to wars of the barrio, pity the fool who treads where he doesn't belong. Burdened with all that knowledge, Rodriguez had some serious thinking to do the night of Sept. 16 as he paced the corridors at AMI Medical Center of Garden Grove. Two hours earlier, around 7:40 p.m.
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June 25, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange man was held Friday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 23-year-old woman who was found lying on a street in Stanton, the Sheriff's Department said. Robert William Fordham, 28, was arrested in Garden Grove late Thursday night, shortly after the victim, Kimberly Michele Mims, was discovered. She had been stabbed at least twice in the upper torso, said Lt. Dan Martini.
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July 17, 2001 | MAI TRAN and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two suspects arrested in the brutal attack on two teenage girls and their boyfriends in a remote Orange County canyon said in jailhouse interviews Monday that the incident was unplanned and followed an evening of drinking, drugs and vandalism. Erick Oswaldo Dominguez and Cuahutemoc Torres, both 19, said through sobs that they regret the rapes of the girls and the beatings of their boyfriends in rugged Black Star Canyon.
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July 17, 2001 | MAI TRAN and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two suspects arrested in the brutal attack on two teenage girls and their boyfriends in a remote Orange County canyon said in jailhouse interviews Monday that the July 3 crime was unplanned and followed an evening of drinking, drugs and vandalism. Erick Oswaldo Dominguez of Anaheim and Cuahutemoc Torres of Orange, both 19, said they regret the rapes of the two girls and the beatings of their boyfriends in rugged Black Star Canyon.
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