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March 14, 2014 | By Anh Do
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County. Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery. Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
March 11, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America has leased 167,778 square feet of industrial space in Huntington Beach for its regional headquarters. The deal will allow Mitsubishi to consolidate three existing Southern California facilities under one roof at 5800 Skylab Road, real state brokerage JLL said. Terms of the 10-year deal with landlord Morgan Stanley were not disclosed, but real estate experts calculating Orange County industrial rents valued the transaction at close to $1 million a year, or $10 million total.
March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes and Emily Alpert Reyes
Apartments and houses in Los Angeles and Orange counties are home to some of the most crowded living conditions in the country, according to federal statistics. The Times analyzed the data to rank every ZIP code and census tract nationwide. Using this  interactive graphic, you can enter your address and see whether you live one of the most crowded sections of the country.   The Times found: -- In Los Angeles and Orange counties, about one in every 10 homes is crowded, compared with only 3% of homes nationwide.
March 11, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Money was not a motive in the slaying of a wealthy San Juan Capistrano couple who were shot, allegedly by their 19-year-old son, Orange County prosecutors said. Ashton Sachs is accused of killing his parents as they were sleeping and then shooting his 8-year-old brother, who survived but was left paralyzed in the Feb. 9 incident. Sachs appeared in court briefly Monday, and told the judge he could not afford to hire an attorney. A public defender was appointed and his arraignment was postponed to April 4. Sachs was arrested late last week while staying with friends in San Diego.
March 9, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Almost as soon as Matthew Hoff turned 18 and aged out of the mental health programs he'd been enrolled in since childhood, he was out on the streets and in and out of jail. His parents tried to get him back into treatment for bipolar and other brain disorders he suffers, but the young man wasn't cooperative and he wasn't considered dangerous or gravely disabled. So they stood by helplessly as their son faded from their reach. Less than a year later, Hoff walked into a Buena Park bank with a robbery note and left with a handful of cash.
March 7, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Ryan Menezes
Sixteen-year-old Monica buried her face in a pillow, trying to rest for school the next day, as the clock ticked past 11 p.m. Sleep was a battle in the tiny apartment. Hunched at the other end of the family's only mattress, two of her brothers played a video game while a third lounged next to her, watching virtual soccer players skitter on screen. Her 2-year-old niece toddled barefoot near the door, toying with a pile of pennies. In all, seven people live in this wedge of space in Historic South-Central, including Monica's mother and the mother of the little girl - the longtime girlfriend of one of her brothers.
March 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Marmonte League co-champions Calabasas and Westlake will be playing in back-to-back games at the Honda Center on Saturday taking on Orange County teams. Westlake has the opening game in Division 2AA against Anaheim Canyon at 10 a.m., followed by Calabasas-Sonora 2A final at noon. The two Marmonte schools are facing big challenges. Canyon has superb shooters, led by point guard Anthony Ballestero. Sonora has two outstanding juniors with long-range shooting touches in Ben Rico (19 points a game)
March 4, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County supervisors cleared the way Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to speed up the processing of more than 1,000 concealed weapon applications that have poured in since a federal appellate court ruling relaxed gun restrictions. Orange County has received so many applications since the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that sheriff's officials said it would take a full year to process all the paperwork unless additional employees were brought in. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told supervisors Tuesday that she believed the hundreds of applications for carrying a concealed weapon were just an “initial rush” and predicted the trend would taper off. Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who has pushed to expedite the processing of the applications, said he was pleased that Hutchens was bringing aboard temporary help to clear out the paper.
February 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The family of an Orange County teen missing since last summer will hold vigils in three locations Friday to mark the 6-month anniversary of his disappearance. Bryce Laspisa, 19, from Laguna Niguel, went missing in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 30 on an isolated road next to Castaic Lake when his car rolled down an embankment. Laspisa was gone, but all of his possessions, including his phone, wallet and laptop, were left behind. Family, friends and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies searched for weeks but never found any sign of Laspisa.
February 27, 2014 | By KTLA
A 39-year-old woman is "very lucky to be alive" after her car plunged 400 feet over an Orange County freeway and into a canyon Wednesday, authorities said. The woman, who was not immediately identified, went off the 241 Toll Road in the Santiago Canyon area at about 6:45 a.m., Orange County Fire spokesman Steve Concialdi told KTLA-TV . About 20 firefighters responded, freeing the woman from the vehicle just after 8 a.m.,  Concialdi said on Twitter . “She's very lucky to be alive.
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