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May 22, 1997 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for four gang members accused in the 1995 shooting death of toddler Stephanie Kuhen insisted Wednesday that their clients were on trial based on weak evidence and the tainted testimony of a witness who may have been the killer. Wrapping up final arguments in the case, the defendants' attorneys also urged jurors to temper their compassion for the dead girl's family with a clear-eyed search for the truth.
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October 20, 2006
A woman accused of pilfering thousands of dollars from a Cypress High School athletic booster fund during her time as the club's treasurer is to be arraigned today, authorities said. Peggy Lou Shaw, 45, faces a grand theft by embezzlement charge for allegedly writing 15 checks to herself or to "cash" totaling $11,700 and depositing them in her personal account over the course of several months. She faces up to three years in prison if convicted, authorities said.
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December 12, 1997 | JULIO V. CANO
The owners of La Terraza Restaurant will have to buy a decibel meter to comply with the new conditions of their live entertainment permit. The City Council voted this week to renew the permit with the condition the restaurant use a decibel meter to measure sound levels from guest bands. The music cannot exceed 55 decibels.
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June 22, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheri Loewenstein, one of five top administrators who have fled the beleaguered Westminster School District over the last year, was named superintendent of the Cypress School District. Loewenstein, who will begin July 1, resigned from the Westminster district in November after 16 years, including 16 months as superintendent.
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August 23, 1990 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The slate-gray skies hung over Howard J. Lamade Stadium like a damp mop Wednesday afternoon, making the second day of the Little League World Series a soggy experience. But Kerry Cordero didn't mind. As a 12-year-old in the midst of youth baseball nirvana, Cordero was too busy beaming to notice anything dreary. Despite the rain delay and eventual postponement of Wednesday's quarterfinal game between Shippensburg, Pa., and Mobile, Ala.
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June 3, 2002 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rhonda Morford emerged from an hour of energized prayer and song in the crowded auditorium of Cottonwood Christian Center on Sunday with a clear vision about the controversy surrounding her church. "This is good versus evil," she said. "It is black and white. There is no gray here.... Satan is trying to stop our new church from being built."
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August 19, 1999 | Jin Whang, (714) 966-7440
Plans for a $1.7-million landscaping project on Ball Road from Bloomfield Street to Valley View Street are in the works. The City Council gave the go-ahead for city engineers to start designing a complete rehabilitation plan for Ball Road. The suggested plan includes construction of center median islands, irrigation, and pavement resurfacing and repairs. Plans for landscape improvements along the parkway have been delayed.
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June 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
In a legal move that surprised city officials, the Cottonwood Christian Center on Monday sought a federal court injunction to block the city from taking 18 acres of church property on which to build a Costco. A church spokeswoman said the 102-page motion would prevent the city from taking "immediate possession" of Cottonwood's property near the Los Alamitos Race Course, an act allowed under eminent domain proceedings. City Atty.
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April 25, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO
Hoping to teach residents how to prepare for disasters, the City Council next week is expected to approve a $4,000 program to begin a community emergency response program. Officials said the program aims to prepare residents on how to protect themselves, their families and neighbors before and during emergencies such as earthquakes or floods. The six-week program also includes information about hazardous materials and care for the injured. The council will vote on the issue Monday at 7 p.m.
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April 19, 2006 | Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writer
A Cypress man accused of beating his 2-year-old niece to death was in critical condition after he was found hanging in his jail cell, authorities said Tuesday. Michael Balderas, 29, who was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, tried to hang himself early Sunday by tying a bedsheet to a light fixture in his cell at Orange County Jail, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Balderas appeared to be fine when a deputy checked on him during the 4:40 a.m. wake-up call, Amormino said.
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April 1, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Cypress man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of beating his 2-year-old niece to death, police said. Michael Balderas, 28, had legal guardianship of Jo-Jade, whose parents are incarcerated in Texas, according to authorities. The child's last name was not released. An autopsy showed that the girl was severely beaten below the waist, police said. Police were called to the 5400 block of Twin Lakes Drive about 4:20 p.m.
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May 27, 2005 | Natasha Lee, Times Staff Writer
A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday and later charged after DNA evidence linked him to the 1994 slaying of an 18-year-old man, the Cypress Police Department said Thursday. Brian Zumbado, a 26-year-old construction worker, is suspected of fatally stabbing Eddie Alexander Young of Anaheim during a fight in a Cypress parking lot. Law enforcement officials say DNA samples taken from Zumbado after a 2004 conviction for spousal battery link him to the stabbing.
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February 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Cypress man who worked as a substitute teacher at Corvallis Middle School in Norwalk has been charged with sexually molesting a 13-year-old student. Ricardo Arvizu, 32, faces three counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under 14, authorities said Thursday. Arvizu was arrested Tuesday after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies found the girl, who had been reported missing by her parents, at his home.
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February 16, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A substitute teacher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he was found harboring a 13-year-old girl overnight at his Cypress home, police said. Ricardo Arvizu, 32, who was booked at the Norwalk sheriff's station, was scheduled to appear today in a Cerritos courtroom, where more charges could be added, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Connolly.
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January 28, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Cypress police have asked the public's help to determine whether a child abuse suspect might have victimized other children. Patrick David Guevara, 29, of Cypress was arrested Jan. 10 on suspicion of sexually abusing two girls. Guevara faces nine felonies, including committing a lewd act on a child under 14, and continuous sexual abuse and sodomy, said Mark Macaulay, an Orange County district attorney's spokesman. Guevara has been booked at Orange County Jail.
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September 19, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Members of Cottonwood Christian Center broke ground Saturday for their new church in Cypress, ending a five-year saga that made national headlines and made the church a symbol of religious rights. "We are ecstatic that we are able to move forward and put our efforts into actually building our new home and not having to fight any more," said the Rev. Mike Wilson, a Cottonwood pastor.
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June 16, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
After months of negotiations culminating in what appeared to be a workable compromise, Cypress announced Tuesday that it had reached an impasse with neighboring Los Alamitos on an agreement to move a church and build its first superstore. Cypress' news release blames the stall on Los Alamitos' "refusal" to allow balance on traffic issues. At stake is the proposed construction of a Costco store at -- and relocation of the Cottonwood Christian Center to -- sites off Katella Avenue in Cypress.
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