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July 23, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
This orchard used to be the stuff Orange County was made of. Back in the heyday of the region's citrus production, this five-acre parcel of orange trees in Santa Ana was no aberration. Indeed, at one point, the county boasted more than 67,000 acres of orange groves. Pushed by urban development over the years, the county's groves have been whittled down to scant plots of land, with perhaps fewer than 80 acres left. The Sexlinger Orchard, which borders a park and sits across Santa Clara Avenue from a cemetery, has managed to remain untouched.
April 6, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Christopher Megerian, Los Angeles Times
Orange County officials illegally diverted $73.5 million from local schools and colleges and used the money to balance their budget and cover day-to-day expenses, state officials alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, contends that it was unconstitutional for the county to grab the funds, which should be spent on cash-strapped local schools and state community colleges. The money fight erupted last year, when Orange County lost $48 million in vehicle license fees and redirected tax funds to the county that were supposed to go to schools.
February 22, 2008 | Christine Hanley
DNA technology has helped link a Washington state man to the slaying of his estranged wife 25 years ago in Orange County, prosecutors said Thursday. William Gregory Mordick, 62, of Spokane is scheduled to be arraigned today on a count of murder with the special circumstance of murder for financial gain. If convicted, he faces life without the possibility of parole. Mordick is accused of driving to the Anaheim Hills home of his estranged wife, Katherine, on Jan. 22, 1983, and slashing her throat.
September 6, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
A former Bay Area politician and the estranged wife of the state treasurer - who has struggled publicly with substance-abuse problems that led her to resign earlier this year - faces criminal charges in Orange County after being arrested on drug charges. Nadia Lockyer, an Alameda County supervisor until April, was arrested by police in Orange on Aug. 28, after law enforcement received a tip that she was in possession of drugs, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.
April 7, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
When Reed Royalty endorsed Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen's reelection campaign last month, he praised her for seeking to reduce pension benefits for sheriff's deputies "that may be unconstitutional." It was a logical comment for Royalty, an advocate of low taxes and limited government who is president of the Orange County Taxpayers Assn.
December 1, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A panel of Superior Court judges has challenged a controversial 2011 Orange County law that bans sex offenders from parks, beaches and even some roadways and asked the state Court of Appeal to review the measure. On Friday, the district attorney's office, which has pushed cities across the county to join in adopting a version of the sex offender ban, vowed to continue enforcing it. "I believe that protecting children from sex offenders is one of the highest priorities in law enforcement," Dist.
March 27, 2008 | David Pierson
A magnitude 3.1 earthquake was recorded near Newport Beach on Thursday evening. The temblor struck at 9:28 p.m. at an underground depth of 4.7 miles. The earthquake's force was recorded as far away as the Los Angeles Civic Center, 36 miles away. -- -- David Pierson
December 23, 2010 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
After two hours of wrenching, tear-filled pleas for both maximum justice and mercy, the man convicted of murder in the drunk-driving crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends was sentenced Wednesday to 51 years to life in prison. Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, will be eligible for parole after serving 49 years. "You're right ? I am a horrible person," Gallo told Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Toohey before sentencing. "They had big, bright futures ahead of them.
April 19, 1987 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Orange County will soon join Dallas in the limelight of a television series. The success of the new series, however, will not be measured in Nielsen ratings but in the yen it can attract; the show is targeted for Japanese businessmen. The three-hour, three-part series portraying Orange County's business and investment potential is scheduled to air early this summer in Los Angeles on Channel 18's Japan News Magazine and later on two major networks in Japan.
October 11, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
Rachael Mullenix, the Huntington Beach teenager who conspired with her love-struck boyfriend to murder her mother and dump the slashed body into Newport Harbor, expressed only grudging and limited remorse Friday as a judge sentenced her to 25 years to life in prison. "I don't care what the jury thought. I did not do that to my mother," Mullenix, 19, told Orange County Superior Court Judge David Thompson. "I can't even believe this is happening to me."
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