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January 10, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Berkeley man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 9-year-old girl, police said Monday. Joseph Bradley Miller, 42, was taken into custody over the weekend at an apartment complex on El Camino Real near Jamboree Road after police received a complaint. Miller was booked at Orange County Jail on suspicion of performing lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, and bail was set at $100,000. It is believed that he knows the victim, police said.
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December 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire on a Metrolink train engine compartment Friday forced the evacuation of 20 passengers. No one was injured and the cause has not been determined, officials said. The train had left Irvine for Los Angeles about 7:45 a.m. when an engineer saw smoke coming from the engine. The fire was put out within 25 minutes and the passengers were taken to a train between stops, said Denise Tyrell, a spokeswoman for Metrolink.
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December 26, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Irvine officials are debating whether it's ethical for City Council members to be employed by individuals or companies that lobby other city governments. At issue is the work of Irvine Councilwoman Christina Shea, who owns a real estate and government relations firm. It is not an uncommon arrangement elsewhere in Orange County, where several elected officials are also employed as lobbyists. Shea and others say that as part-time officials they have a right to earn a living at other jobs.
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December 16, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Like someone enamored of three beguiling suitors, the Irvine park board couldn't make up its mind Thursday when it came to picking a master designer for the Orange County Great Park. "They're all so beautiful, and we want to keep a relationship with all of them," said a frustrated Steven Choi, an Irvine councilman and board member of the Orange County Great Park Corp. But alas, he said, "we can't marry all three."
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November 5, 2005 | Susana Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
A man who police say may have burglarized 200 homes in Irvine over the last five years was arrested this week. Raymond Lopez of Downey had been under surveillance for several weeks by Irvine police because he had been seen cruising around in an area that was identified as a "hot spot" for burglaries, said Lt. Jeff Love, an Irvine police spokesman. Lopez, 47, was arrested Wednesday in Rossmoor after being connected to three burglaries in Irvine through DNA collected at the scene.
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October 24, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
There's an Irvine house of worship that changes religions at least once a week. Irvine United Congregational Church sports golden crosses for Sunday morning services. Jewish High Holidays see it transformed into a sanctuary for Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, filled with Torahs, ram's horns and yarmulkes. And Friday afternoons, worshipers carefully unroll prayer rugs onto the floor of what becomes the United Mosques of Irvine. "Our theology is inclusive," says the Rev.
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September 30, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The public corporation planning to build a 1,000-acre park in the center of the former El Toro Marine base has whittled seven possible designers down to three. The semifinalists to design the Orange County Great Park are Mirrales Tagliabue EMBT of Barcelona, Spain, whose plan features hilly terrain and a central lake; Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey of Mill Valley, Calif.
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August 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A single-car crash sparked a 7-acre brush fire Sunday that briefly threatened the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, where thousands of people were attending a car show. No evacuations were ordered, and the fire was under control in about an hour, said Capt. Steve Miller, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The blaze began about 1:30 p.m. after a distracted driver heading north on the Laguna Freeway lost control on the southbound San Diego Freeway connector, Miller said.
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August 24, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
Irvine Mayor Beth Krom drives a sedan that runs on regular unleaded, but for the next several months she will also hold a key to the possible future of automobiles. She and other Irvine officials will be taking turns at the wheel of a $1-million, hydrogen-powered fuel cell hybrid vehicle as part of a pilot program in conjunction with Toyota and the National Fuel Center Research Center at UC Irvine.
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August 18, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A 23-year-old landscaper was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter after a passenger in his car died following a crash last week, officials said Wednesday. Alberto Reyes, 22, died Sunday of head injuries sustained Friday when a car driven by Horacio Melo Vazquez crashed into a traffic signal pole on Jamboree Road near Walnut Avenue. Vazquez, of Orange, was taken to Orange County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail, police said.
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