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February 23, 2004
Re "False Witnesses Have Found a Believing Audience Once Again," Feb. 17: Patt Morrison should be commended for her courageous column correctly condemning the Garden Grove police for gross negligence in procedure and lack of any historical insight resulting in an innocent man being jailed for eight months. Apparently the police and the criminal justice system are unaware of, or don't have the mentality to learn anything from, similar cases like the McMartin trial debacle. Douglas Croixford Costa Mesa
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June 3, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
An Orange County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for beating his boyfriend to death with a decorative rock in a plot to steal his car, money and electronics, prosecutors said. Jose Fuentes, 26, was found guilty by a jury in March of one felony count of murder, with sentencing enhancements for lying in wait and committing a robbery and burglary, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Fuentes, who was sentenced Friday, was also found guilty of robbery and burglary.
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September 20, 1991
The Police Department will conduct sobriety checks at an undisclosed location in the city this weekend. Officers will be randomly checking drivers for sobriety from 9 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. Jack Ray said. Checkpoints have been conducted by Garden Grove police frequently this year, with the aim of reducing the number of injuries and deaths caused by drivers who have been drinking. For information, call (714) 741-5898.
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April 23, 2009 | Tony Barboza
He spent more than 40 years in public service, becoming a police chief in Orange County and then serving as mayor of two cities. But late in life, former Garden Grove Police Chief Frank Kessler's fortunes changed in Canyon Lake, a small town near Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, where the 76-year-old was finishing up what would have been his last term as a city councilman.
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December 27, 1991
Garden Grove police officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday. The checkpoint is intended to keep drunk drivers off the road. Police Sgt. Jack Ray said that with holiday parties this time of the year, people must be especially careful about drinking and driving. He and other officials suggest using a designated-driver system.
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May 2, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police on Sunday identified the two men involved in an apparent murder-suicide outside the Korea Times newspaper over the weekend in Garden Grove but said they knew of no motive. Suk Joo Choe, 54, and Donald Do Yoon Seol, 64, contract employees of the paper, were in a car parked in the office lot in the 9800 block of Garden Grove Boulevard, when witnesses reported hearing three gunshots about 3 a.m. Saturday, Garden Grove police said.
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January 28, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A Garden Grove police officer shot and killed a man who lunged at officers with a sledgehammer after leading them on a chase through a residential neighborhood Saturday, authorities said. Police were called to Twin Lakes Park near Lampson Avenue and Haster Street about 12:46 p.m. after a caller reported a man "acting strangely," said Lt. David Kivler. When an officer approached the man, whose name and age were not released, he thrust his hands into his waistband and started yelling, Kivler said.
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May 6, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ
Filled with grief and pride, Mary Dallies wept as she watched a ceremony Thursday in honor of her late husband and four other Garden Grove police officers killed in line of duty. "There's a lot of pain involved because it's still an open wound and it still hurts," said the 29-year-old widow of Officer Howard E. Dallies Jr., who was slain March 9, 1993. "But I'm very proud and it feels good that people honor him, remember him, and miss him as much as we do."
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May 31, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Mayor Harry Dotson said he will meet with officials this week from Garden Grove to discuss a proposal that Stanton contract with its neighbor city for law enforcement services. Dotson said Garden Grove has expressed interest in taking over that territory when Stanton's contract with the county Sheriff's Department expires in a few years. "We have agreed to meet with them, and we will listen," Dotson said last week following a City Council meeting.
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September 1, 1986 | Kristina Lindgren
An Anaheim man was arrested early Sunday for allegedly assaulting two Garden Grove police officers who tried to take him into custody on suspicion of burglarizing a church, authorities said. Fidel Carlos Del Reao, 25, was booked on suspicion of felony assault against a police officer, burglary and violation of parole, Garden Grove Police Lt. Chuck Gibbs said. Del Reao was being held without bail at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.
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December 23, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
A woman died in custody at the Garden Grove police station Friday, hours after she was declared healthy enough to leave a hospital. Police say Renee M. Fonte, who had been arrested for an alleged parole violation, had a heart attack. Earlier that day, police had been called to the 9900 block of Swallow Avenue to check on Fonte, 47, who had been found sleeping in a home being fumigated, according to Lt. Dave Kivler, a Garden Grove police spokesman. When police arrived, they learned that paramedics also called to the scene had taken Fonte to Western Medical Center Anaheim, Kivler said.
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September 5, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A man who police said was mentally disturbed died after he was shot with a Taser during a scuffle with officers, a Garden Grove police spokesman said Thursday. Andy Tran, 32, was unresponsive when paramedics arrived at a home in the 13000 block of Barnett Way, said Police Lt. Dennis Ellsworth. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death had not been determined, Ellsworth said. The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after Tran's relatives called police because he was acting erratically, Ellsworth said.
OPINION
December 4, 2007
There's no denying that it sounds wacky: The California Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision ordering the police to give back the marijuana seized from a driver during a routine traffic stop. This is likely to generate a wave of "Only in California" jokes, but just because it's wacky doesn't mean it's wrong. In 2005, Garden Grove police officers stopped Felix Kha for failing to yield at a red light.
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June 2, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer who raised suspicions by the way he photographed children at an Orange County festival is being investigated by his employer and Garden Grove police, authorities said Friday. Ralph C. Lakin, who works at Los Angeles Police Department's Parker Center administrative headquarters, was tackled last weekend by a 5-yearold girl's father, who held him until Garden Grove police arrived.
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January 28, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A Garden Grove police officer shot and killed a man who lunged at officers with a sledgehammer after leading them on a chase through a residential neighborhood Saturday, authorities said. Police were called to Twin Lakes Park near Lampson Avenue and Haster Street about 12:46 p.m. after a caller reported a man "acting strangely," said Lt. David Kivler. When an officer approached the man, whose name and age were not released, he thrust his hands into his waistband and started yelling, Kivler said.
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December 9, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Five alleged gang members were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old student near a Garden Grove high school, officials said. Jesus Antonio Guererro, a laborer from Santa Ana, and Armando Dejesus Solano, a painter from Garden Grove, both 20, were being held at Orange County Jail in lieu of $1-million bail each. Three boys -- 17, 16 and 14, unnamed because of their ages -- are being held at Orange County Juvenile Hall.
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December 7, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 16-year-old boy died Tuesday in what Garden Grove police say may have been a gang-related shooting. Police identified the youth as Abraham Ortega of Santa Ana. Though scant details were available late Tuesday, police said the shooting occurred about 3 p.m. in the 13800 block of Harper Street during a fight involving 10 to 15 teenage boys within walking distance of Santiago High School. By the time police arrived, said Lt.
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