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February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two people found inside a San Juan Capistrano home early Sunday, authorities said. The unidentified man and woman were found inside the home in the 32000 block of Peppertree Bend after deputies responded to a 911 call just before 2 a.m., said Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.  An injured juvenile at the scene was transported to a hospital, he said. No additional information about the victims was available and the homicide investigation is ongoing.
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April 5, 2014
For local trips, try Metrolink, which offers a $10 weekend day pass [Saturday or Sunday]. Angelenos might enjoy the antiques stores in Orange and the pier in San Clemente. There is more to see in San Juan Capistrano than the mission. In Riverside, the Mission Inn is definitely worth seeing. Metrolink, http://www.metrolinktrains.com . Susan Ostrowsky Corona del Mar
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December 22, 2010 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
About 400 residents and 20 businesses in San Juan Capistrano have been evacuated after a wall of the swollen Trabuco Creek collapsed Wednesday morning. Emergency crews have been called in with heavy equipment in an effort to stabilize the creek bed with rock, officials said. Dan Dwyer, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department, said authorities were notified of the breach at about 8:15 a.m. and began evacuating homes and businesses on both sides of the creek. The heavy flow of water in the creek reportedly caused the concrete panels on its western side to collapse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2014 | By Anh Do
A 5-year-old girl was killed and three other youths injured when the speeding vehicle they were riding in struck a curb and plunged down an embankment in San Juan Capistrano, authorities said Sunday. Driver Antolin Brito, 30, was speeding in a Ford Explorer shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday when he raced through an intersection in the 30300 block of Camino Capistrano and hit the curb, said Lt. Jerry Carlson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle hurtled down an embankment, coming to a stop at some railroad tracks.
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September 18, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
File this under “Things that make you go 'Huh?,' California section”: The city of San Juan Capistrano has banned flip-flops at two city parks. And better yet: City officials apparently didn't know they'd done it. And even better yet: It's a rule, but no one is enforcing it. OK, insert your “crazy Californians” joke here. But really, what's next: banning bikinis at the beach, or Ray Bans, or fire pits ? (Oh, wait, scratch that last one.) Now, to most of the country, San Juan Capistrano is the place the swallows return to. To generations of Southern California schoolchildren, it's where you go to see a Spanish mission; and then you coerce mom or dad into making a model of it for you for your school mission project, part of a time-honored tradition.
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March 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion was charged with their deaths Friday, as well as the attempted murder of a sister and younger brother. Orange County authorities allege that Ashton Sachs, who was living in Seattle prior to the killings, entered his family's home and shot his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, as they slept. Sachs is also accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting him, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
HOME & GARDEN
April 14, 2012 | Chris Erskine
I'm on my way down to lower Orange County in our old minivan, the Honey Fitz. It's bleeding power steering fluid, but other than that the Honey Fitz is charging out of the barn, three of the four cylinders firing in sequence, the other a virtual wooden leg. I'd planned to bring my wife, Posh, but when I left the house, she was all tied up with some project. Actually, she was lying on the bedroom floor, ensnared in the strings of a Pinocchio toy she was trying to put away a little too quickly.
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May 13, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
A bird's call rings endlessly inside the adobe walls at Mission San Juan Capistrano as tourists wander through the courtyard - ablaze with flowers in full bloom - and a handful of fourth-graders snap pictures and take notes for class projects. Hardly the sweet song of the nightingale, the sound is more like the croak of a distressed frog - or, by an expert's own description, a "rusty, squeaky door. " It's a last-ditch effort to lure back the cliff swallow, which put San Juan Capistrano on the map but has snubbed the mission in recent years.
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September 17, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
City officials in San Juan Capistrano are trying to figure out exactly how flip-flops became banned at two city parks. The flip-flop ban is in place at Los Rios Park in the city's historic district and at a recently opened dog park, said city spokeswoman Cathy Salcedo. The ban was first reported by the Orange County Register. The rule had gone largely unnoticed at Los Rios. But when the dog park opened in August and the rules were posted, several commissioners with the city's Parks, Recreation and Senior Services were befuddled.
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September 18, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Flip-flops are banned at two city parks in San Juan Capistrano, and now city officials are scratching their heads, trying to figure out how and why the rule came to be. The flip-flop ban affects Los Rios Park in the city's historic district and a recently opened dog park, said city spokeswoman Cathy Salcedo. The rule had gone largely unnoticed at Los Rios. But when the dog park opened in August and the rules were posted, several commissioners with the city's Parks, Recreation and Senior Services were befuddled.
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March 16, 2014 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Sheriff's deputies in Orange County are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman whose body was found in Caspers Wilderness Park earlier this year. Authorities said tests have revealed that the woman was petite, approximately 30 years old and had shoulder-length wavy dark brown hair. The body, which was discovered Jan. 6, had been exposed to the elements for at least six months, detectives said. The wilderness park is located off Ortega Highway outside San Juan Capistrano.
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March 10, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 19-year-old charged with fatally shooting his parents and critically injuring his 8-year-old brother while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano home had long planned to “kill the people that loved him the most,” an Orange County prosecutor said Monday. Dressed in a jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Ashton 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 is accused of entering his family home on Feb. 9 and shooting his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, and then shooting his 8-year-old brother, who survived but is now paralyzed.
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March 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion has been arrested in connection with the slayings, authorities said Friday. The shooting in early February also left an 8-year-old boy seriously wounded. Orange County sheriff's officials are set to release details on the case and the arrest of Ashton Sachs at a news conference Thursday afternoon. Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and his former wife, Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found shot to death Feb. 9 in their San Juan Capistrano home, located in an upscale neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion was charged with their deaths Friday, as well as with the attempted murder of a sister and younger brother. Orange County authorities allege that Ashton Sachs, who was living in Seattle before the killings, entered his family's home and shot his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, as they slept. The bodies were found by authorities early on Feb. 8. Sachs is also accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting him, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion was charged with their deaths Friday, as well as the attempted murder of a sister and younger brother. Orange County authorities allege that Ashton Sachs, who was living in Seattle prior to the killings, entered his family's home and shot his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, as they slept. Sachs is also accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting him, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
San Juan Hills in San Juan Capistrano is hosting an eight-team summer football passing tournament on June 14. There's an opening for three more teams. Confirmed are the host school, Santa Ana Mater Dei, Oaks Christian, Westlake and Anaheim Canyon.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2000 | Rebecca Harris, (949) 248-2154
Bird expert Sylvia Gallagher addressed the South Coast Audubon Society at its general meeting Thursday at San Juan Capistrano Women's Club.
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February 11, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Investigators in Orange County are looking into the business dealings of a man and woman who were shot to death inside their multimillion-dollar home in San Juan Capistrano over the weekend. The killings have shocked this normally quiet mission town, where violent crime is rare and homicides even rarer. Bradford and Andra Sachs were found dead at home early Saturday. An 8-year-old boy believed to be their son was also found shot and remains hospitalized. Two teenage girls, believed to be their daughters, were in the house at the time but were not hurt.
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February 10, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
The man and woman who were killed in an upscale San Juan Capistrano home were identified as a divorced couple who continued to live together while they raised five children. Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found dead inside the home at 32271 Peppertree Bend a little before 2 a.m. Saturday. An 8-year-old boy who was also at the home was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. Investigators now are looking at the case as a homicide and are “exploring all possibilities,” but no suspects have yet been identified, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jeff Hallock said.
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