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June 2, 2000 | WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police are looking for other potential victims of a man they say raped and killed one woman and attacked six others near downtown Huntington Beach. Lt. Chuck Thomas said Thursday that prosecutors will charge Victor M. Miranda-Guerrero, 21, with the murder and rape of Bridgette Elizabeth Ballas, 29, an account executive at Calvin Klein. She was attacked in the early-morning hours of Nov. 27, 1999, while returning home after a night out with friends, police said.
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July 6, 2003 | Scott Martelle, Scott Martelle is a Times staff writer based in Orange County.
The presentations are already underway by the time Mike Carona, wearing his signature green sheriff's uniform with four silver stars on each collar, strides through the restaurant and past the sign-in table. A young volunteer does a double take, then scoops a gold-ribboned name tag from the table and catches up with Carona just before he reaches the meeting room. They speak quietly and flash smiles as she presses the name tag into his hand.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1996
A 17-year-old youth was killed and another was injured early Thursday in an exchange of gunfire on the Garden Grove Freeway that might have been gang-related, police said. Vinh Thai Quoc Nguyen of Garden Grove was driving east near the Euclid Street offramp about 2:20 a.m. when he was shot in the torso, and his silver Honda went over the embankment on the south side of the freeway, Garden Grove Police Sgt. Mike Handfield said. Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
A Santa Ana man has been charged with felony child abuse in the death of his 5-year-old daughter, police said Monday. Rudolfo Avila, 31, was arrested Friday after summoning police to his home on Magnolia Avenue, authorities said. On arrival, officers found the child, Natasha Ramirez, unconscious on a bedroom floor and transported her in very critical condition to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, where doctors performed an emergency operation to relieve bleeding and pressure on the girl's brain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE
A Santa Ana man has been charged with felony child abuse in the death of his 5-year-old daughter, police said Monday. Rudolfo Avila, 31, was arrested Friday after summoning police to his home on Magnolia Avenue, authorities said. On arrival, officers found the child, Natasha Ramirez, unconscious on a bedroom floor and transported her in very critical condition to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, where doctors performed an emergency operation to relieve bleeding and pressure on the girl's brain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1990
A Huntington Beach man convicted of raping and killing a 47-year-old woman, stabbing her 120 times with manicure scissors, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Robert Allen Carter, 22, never looked up when the verdict was read by Orange County Superior Court Judge William Bedsworth. "This is the hardest thing I do," Bedsworth said. "This case, however, was a cruel and heartless act."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 33-year-old Newport Beach house painter was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison in the fatal beating of his former girlfriend's toddler. Brian Laudenback was convicted last month of second-degree murder in connection with the March, 1994, death of 22-month-old Tyler Jaeger. Jaeger suffered broken bones and internal injuries so severe that they were compared to those caused by car crashes. Orange County Superior Court Judge John J.
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October 18, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 15-year-old boy was found guilty Tuesday in the murder of a Seal Beach gas station clerk, becoming the first juvenile in Orange County convicted under a new state law that allows children as young as 14 to be punished as adults for the most serious crimes. Mario Luis Ortiz, a baby-faced member of a Long Beach gang, faces up to 38 years to life in state prison. He will be sentenced in January by Orange County Superior Court Judge Eileen C. Moore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The way detectives see it, Dr. Kenneth C. Stahl was a man who became snared in a deadly double-double cross. For months, they said, he had meticulously planned the murder of his wife. He left no detail to chance, from the romantic dinner to the impromptu ride later that night along a remote stretch of Ortega Highway, where two hired killers were supposed to meet the couple and carry out the hit. But something went wrong.
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July 6, 2003 | Scott Martelle, Scott Martelle is a Times staff writer based in Orange County.
The presentations are already underway by the time Mike Carona, wearing his signature green sheriff's uniform with four silver stars on each collar, strides through the restaurant and past the sign-in table. A young volunteer does a double take, then scoops a gold-ribboned name tag from the table and catches up with Carona just before he reaches the meeting room. They speak quietly and flash smiles as she presses the name tag into his hand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2000 | WILLOUGHBY MARIANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police are looking for other potential victims of a man they say raped and killed one woman and attacked six others near downtown Huntington Beach. Lt. Chuck Thomas said Thursday that prosecutors will charge Victor M. Miranda-Guerrero, 21, with the murder and rape of Bridgette Elizabeth Ballas, 29, an account executive at Calvin Klein. She was attacked in the early-morning hours of Nov. 27, 1999, while returning home after a night out with friends, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1996
A 17-year-old youth was killed and another was injured early Thursday in an exchange of gunfire on the Garden Grove Freeway that might have been gang-related, police said. Vinh Thai Quoc Nguyen of Garden Grove was driving east near the Euclid Street offramp about 2:20 a.m. when he was shot in the torso, and his silver Honda went over the embankment on the south side of the freeway, Garden Grove Police Sgt. Mike Handfield said. Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEWS
October 18, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 15-year-old boy was found guilty Tuesday in the murder of a Seal Beach gas station clerk, becoming the first juvenile in Orange County convicted under a new state law that allows children as young as 14 to be punished as adults for the most serious crimes. Mario Luis Ortiz, a baby-faced member of a Long Beach gang, faces up to 38 years to life in state prison. He will be sentenced in January by Orange County Superior Court Judge Eileen C. Moore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1995 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 33-year-old Newport Beach house painter was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison in the fatal beating of his former girlfriend's toddler. Brian Laudenback was convicted last month of second-degree murder in connection with the March, 1994, death of 22-month-old Tyler Jaeger. Jaeger suffered broken bones and internal injuries so severe that they were compared to those caused by car crashes. Orange County Superior Court Judge John J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1990
A Huntington Beach man convicted of raping and killing a 47-year-old woman, stabbing her 120 times with manicure scissors, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Robert Allen Carter, 22, never looked up when the verdict was read by Orange County Superior Court Judge William Bedsworth. "This is the hardest thing I do," Bedsworth said. "This case, however, was a cruel and heartless act."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2008 | H.G. Reza
A man was arrested after investigators found a bloody trail leading from his house to a nearby alley, where the battered body of a man wrapped in a blood-soaked bedsheet had been dumped. He had been beaten on the head with a blunt instrument, authorities said. Luis Rosales Rivera, 56, was booked on suspicion of murder, said Orange County Sheriff's Spokesman Jim Amormino. -- -- H.G. Reza
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1994
Sheriff's investigators were looking into the possibility that animal rights activists may have vandalized a McDonald's restaurant early Sunday. A fountain was thrown through a plate-glass window of the restaurant at 30305 Street of the Golden Lantern, and its walls were spray-painted with slogans such as "Die Center" and "Meat is Murder," Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Hector Rivera said. The damage may have been done between 1:30 and 4:30 a.m.
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