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September 9, 2003 | David Reyes and David Haldane, Times Staff Writers
A Rancho Santa Margarita man was being held on 21 counts of child molestation Monday after authorities said they discovered a bedroom collection of more than 100 videotapes, some depicting the man engaged in sex acts with children as young as 3 -- what one deputy called a "little chest of horrors." One of the tapes also depicted scenes of sexual torture of a woman, Orange County sheriff's deputies said, although no charges had been filed in that incident.
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October 11, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A child molester suspected in the disappearance of a Rancho Santa Margarita college student was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender, as the missing woman's friends and relatives demanded his help in their search. "All our waking moments are focused only on finding our daughter and discovering what has happened to her," Reza Jou, father of 19-year-old Donna Jou, said on the steps of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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November 8, 1992 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a map, Orange County's dozen or so unincorporated communities resemble the missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle--jagged, meandering chunks of suburbia that, for reasons ranging from fierce community loyalty to a love of horses, have remained outside any city's limits. For years, many residents fought to preserve this separateness, which they believe fosters a small-town atmosphere. To them, it is also a source of pride and comfort. But times are changing.
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February 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Brother Lawrence Monroe, the Santa Margarita Catholic High School principal put on administrative leave last week for failing to inform the Diocese of Orange of unspecified allegations against a teacher, has been reinstated, according to a letter sent to parents this week. "Brother Lawrence did not follow our policies with regard to the reporting of accusations of misconduct against staff, but ...
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January 21, 1999 | Chris Ceballos, (949) 248-2155
About 200 coots scheduled for execution by the governing board of a Rancho Santa Margarita community have been spared, officials from Orange County People for Animals said Wednesday. The board had received a federal permit to eliminate the troublesome Canadian waterfowl but postponed their plans at the request of animal rights activists. Now, instead of poisoning the birds, Merit Property Management officials will look into using specially trained dogs to scare the coots away.
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February 5, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Does Shangri-La need a courthouse? Not if you ask about 2,000 Rancho Santa Margarita homeowners living near a proposed site for a new South County courthouse. Once labeled a paradise by a national TV news magazine, Rancho Santa Margarita is on the county's short list for an $82-million, 19-courtroom complex. It may not be surprising that residents living near the proposed municipal courthouse oppose the prospect of suspected criminals being bused to their bucolic, mountain-view community.
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February 17, 2000 | Sean Kirwan, (949) 574-4202
The City Council is expected to vote today on whether to join the League of California Cities and its Orange County Division as well as the Orange County Fire Authority. The city staff has recommended that the council agree to join all three organizations. If the council agrees to join, the city will have to pay dues of $8,131 this year and $8,375 in 2001 for its membership in the Orange County Division and $13,943 for its membership in the statewide league through 2001.
SPORTS
February 18, 1991 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's a look at the Tijeras Creek golf course, with a few tips on how to avoid some trouble and maybe even shave a few strokes off your round (all distances from blue tees): No. 1 (507-yard par five)--Dogleg left. A fair opening hole with a wide-open landing zone for the drive. Fairway bunker on left is about 260 yards from tee. Favor the right on drive and approach shot to green. No. 2 (346-yard par four)--Short, dogleg left. A birdie hole that can also produce double-bogeys.
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January 24, 1992 | John O'Dell, Times staff writer
Cause for Optimism: Hunt said in his speech that people in the real estate industry are optimists. Diane Gaynor, chief of media relations for Rancho Santa Margarita, is a prime example of that. Her job is to look at the bright side, and these days she's actually had something to look at. A total of 940 new homes were sold in the planned community during 1991, up 28% from 1990, according to Research Network Ltd., an Orange County real estate research firm.
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January 26, 1999 | JASON LEOPOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Let the coots live. That's what about 50 protesters were shouting Monday afternoon outside a lakeside community in Rancho Santa Margarita. About 200 of the birds are expected to be destroyed by week's end, said officials with Merit Property Management, managers of the Sam Lark Housing Development. "I think this decision to kill, kill, kill is overkill," said resident Helen Howard. "It's absurd. They can't justify it."
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April 24, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who was damaging a house early Sunday died after being taken into custody, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Shortly after 1 a.m., several callers to 911 complained of a man screaming and breaking windows on Bergenia, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Deputies found a man acting "bizarrely" who would not comply with their orders. He was arrested and then stopped breathing. Paramedics took him to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he was pronounced dead.
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December 22, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Twin 23-year-old brothers were attacked by a motorcyclist Tuesday evening on an offramp from the Foothill toll road in Rancho Santa Margarita, officials said. One brother was shot and is in critical condition, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The other brother was stabbed and is in serious condition. Both were taken to Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo. Authorities did not release the names of the two men. The motorcyclist fled.
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April 9, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A videotape that contained samples from more than 200 homemade sex movies was sent anonymously to law enforcement authorities last year, launching a child molestation investigation that led to the arrest of a Rancho Santa Margarita couple, a sheriff's investigator testified Thursday.
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September 11, 2003 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Police in Texas on Wednesday arrested a former girlfriend of the Orange County man who is suspected, along with his wife, of molesting little girls on videotape. Authorities also identified another alleged victim of David S. Hwang as a Laredo girl, heightening fears that the series of taped molestations began a decade ago when he lived in the southern Texas city.
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September 10, 2003 | Christine Hanley and Claire Luna, Times Staff Writers
Through dozens of calls from concerned parents, Orange County sheriff's detectives said Tuesday, authorities have identified at least two of the young girls -- one of them 8 months old -- allegedly molested by a Rancho Santa Margarita couple. Investigators said they fielded 30 to 40 calls after announcing that David Shouthy Hwang and his wife, Sheila Marie Sikat, had been arrested on suspicion of videotaping sex acts with young girls.
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September 9, 2003 | David Reyes and David Haldane, Times Staff Writers
A Rancho Santa Margarita man was being held on 21 counts of child molestation Monday after authorities said they discovered a bedroom collection of more than 100 videotapes, some depicting the man engaged in sex acts with children as young as 3 -- what one deputy called a "little chest of horrors." One of the tapes also depicted scenes of sexual torture of a woman, Orange County sheriff's deputies said, although no charges had been filed in that incident.
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December 29, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As many as four South County communities could become cities in 1998. Or none at all. Leisure World and Rancho Santa Margarita have turned in cityhood applications and have begun the paper chase to prove financial self-sufficiency to get on the November 1998 ballot. Aliso Viejo and Foothill Ranch began their cityhood drives this year, but neither has begun gathering signatures on an incorporation petition--a key step in applying to become a city.
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January 1, 2000 | KATE FOLMAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rancho Santa Margaritans have no catchy city motto to call their own, no colorful city seal to splash across police cars and important documents. Their City Hall is but a sparsely furnished suite in an office park. But it's a city hall. And it's theirs. It's tangible proof of Rancho Santa Margarita residents' years-long quest to become a city. Voters sanctified cityhood by a wide margin in November.
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April 1, 2001 | DENNIS ARP
Rancho Santa Margarita is home to 12 parks, including one with a 13-acre lake and swim lagoon. But the prettiest spot in town might be an open field left to its own devices. Just north of the appropriately named Avenida de las Flores, springtime splays a carpet of wildflowers that seems to stretch clear to the Santa Ana Mountains. The Trabuco Creek Regional Trail offers access just north of Trabuco Mesa Park, where Avenida de las Flores intersects Antonio Parkway.
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January 1, 2001 | Sean Kirwan, (714) 966-5642
The City Council will consider adopting an official city seal at its meeting Thursday night. The newly incorporated city held a design contest over the summer and received more than 50 entries from adults and students. The city hired a graphic artist to incorporate elements of the residents' designs into the seal, which the council will consider Thursday. The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 30211 Avenida de las Banderas, Suite 101. Information: (949) 635-7950.
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