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March 27, 2010 | By Mike Anton
The death of Rick Centanni of Yorba Linda was announced Friday over the intercom at Esperanza High School in Anaheim. Class of 2008. Member of the football team. Marine lance corporal killed earlier this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Just 19. A secretary put Centanni's yearbook, the one in which his photo shows off his broad shoulders and wide smile, out at the front desk. Students, she knew, were sure to ask to see it. This isn't the first time this has happened at Esperanza.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
She could have quit the business 20 years ago when her husband passed away, closed down the storefront when her children offered to care for her. Or Esperanza Serrano could have quietly slipped into retirement when she turned 62. But at 66 years old, she loved running her check-cashing business. From behind her glass window along the 3000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Lynwood, she greeted a loyal clientele that she built over three decades. Buenos dias, Doña Esperanza!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2009 | David Kelly
Riverside County prosecutors have filed jury tampering charges against the brother-in-law of Raymond Lee Oyler, who was convicted and sentenced to death this summer for setting the 2006 Esperanza fire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters. Christopher Vaughn Hillman, 46, is charged with seven counts of jury tampering and remains at large, investigators said Wednesday. A warrant has been issued and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2009 | David Kelly
Raymond Lee Oyler, the Beaumont mechanic convicted of setting the 2006 Esperanza fire that killed five firefighters, was sentenced to death Friday by a judge who said the serial arsonist had set out to "create havoc." "He became more and more proficient," said Riverside County Superior Court Judge W. Charles Morgan. "He knew young men and women would put their lives on the line to protect people and property, yet he continued anyway."
SPORTS
May 13, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
GAME OF THE DAY Anaheim Esperanza 3, Huntington Beach Marina 2 (8 innings) Top contributors: Gary Apelian of Esperanza gave up two unearned runs in seven innings. Justin Viele of Esperanza had two hits. Chad Lewis of Marina had two hits. The scoop: Clay Shepard hit a one-out home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Esperanza the surprising victory in a Sunset League game.
SPORTS
May 12, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
No. 4 Huntington Beach Marina (20-4, 10-3) at Anaheim Esperanza (12-11-1, 7-6) Today at 3 p.m. Why it matters: Marina is tied for first place in the Sunset League with Huntington Beach Edison going into the final week of the regular season. Ryan Parmenter, who's 6-0, will get the start on the mound for Marina, which has lost three of its four games by one run.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2009 | David Kelly
After barely a day of deliberation, a Riverside County jury on Wednesday returned a verdict of death for Raymond Lee Oyler for starting the 2006 Esperanza fire in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains that killed five firefighters, destroyed 34 homes and charred more than 41,000 acres. Firefighters and the families of the victims hailed the decision and said it offered a measure of justice for a crime they said had torn a hole in the fabric of their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2009 | David Kelly
A Riverside County jury convicted Raymond Lee Oyler on Friday on five counts of first-degree murder for setting the 2006 Esperanza fire, which killed five firefighters and was one of the deadliest wildfires in recent California history. The jury deliberated for six days before finding the 38-year-old Beaumont mechanic guilty on 42 of 45 counts against him, including 20 counts of arson and 17 counts of possession of incendiary devices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2009 | David Kelly
After more than a month of testimony, the trial of Raymond Lee Oyler ended Thursday with the prosecution describing the Beaumont mechanic as a murderer who set a killer wildfire for his own amusement and to satisfy a lust for power. The defense conceded that Oyler set 11 fires, just not the 2006 Esperanza fire that killed five firefighters. "Those five men were killed by a man who taught himself to use fire as a weapon," said Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Hestrin.
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January 24, 2009 | David Kelly
The defense in the trial of Raymond Lee Oyler, charged with setting a wildfire that killed five firefighters, suffered a setback Friday when a judge rejected its plan to introduce a different suspect in the blaze. If convicted, Oyler, a 38-year-old Beaumont auto mechanic, would face the death penalty. Defense attorneys hoped to raise doubt about his guilt in the Esperanza fire by pointing to Michael McNeil, a former U.S.
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