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May 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A man was shot to death early Thursday while sitting in his car at a 24-hour carwash and four suspects were arrested, authorities said. Miguel Davila, 26, was at the carwash in the 4400 block of West 17th Street when four suspected gang members tried to rob him, police said. A Garden Grove police officer in the area heard shots and saw the four suspects run to their vehicle, said Sgt. Lorenzo Carillo, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department.
September 17, 2005 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana police officers responding to an anonymous report of "two suspicious subjects" shot and killed a Riverside man and arrested another man, authorities said Friday. Israel Martinez died about 10 p.m. Thursday in a carport in the 600 block of East Walnut Street, authorities said. Juan Antonio Garcia, 21, of Santa Ana surrendered after the shooting and was booked on suspicion of carrying a firearm and being a gang member in possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
December 15, 2004 | David Haldane and Mai Tran, Times Staff Writers
Police on Tuesday arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of shooting his sister-in-law and her 15-year-old daughter to death in the Santa Ana home they all shared. The names of the victims were withheld pending further investigation and notification of relatives, said Sgt. Carlos Rojas, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. The suspect, Peter Hong Le, was booked into city jail on suspicion of murder.
December 3, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Tucked deep inside the Santa Ana Police Department, rows of M-16s, fully automatic rifles and sawed-off shotguns -- neatly tagged and hung on pegboards -- fill a windowless library of sorts. This is where Rocky Edwards, the department's firearms examiner, can be found, linking guns to crimes and suspects. This year, he has worked on nearly 700 cases, for which he has matched guns to 170 crimes. He often testifies for the prosecution.
June 9, 2004 | Jean O. Pasco and Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writers
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Tuesday tried to fire the Sheriff's Department and hire the Santa Ana Police Department instead to provide security for his headquarters. Sheriff Michael S. Carona, whose office has guarded the district attorney's building for decades, protested the change, and county supervisors agreed to postpone a decision while a settlement of the dispute is sought.
July 31, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Ana man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder in connection with a street race in May that caused a head-on collision that killed a 74-year-old grandmother, authorities said. Rodrigo Oregel Gomez, 22, is being held at the Santa Ana City Jail on $1-million bail. He was arrested about 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Ana Police Department after questioning. He is also being held on suspicion of felony manslaughter and speeding.
March 11, 2003 | Zeke Minaya, Times Staff Writer
Devil's Double is on his third career. In his younger days, the 21-year-old thoroughbred raced in Pennsylvania but then hit hard times as a pay-to-ride pony for an abusive owner. "He was skin and bones," Santa Ana Police Sgt. Steve Alegre said. "You could see his ribs." Alegre's cousin realized the haggard horse had fine bloodlines and about four years ago bought him as a gift for the officer.
February 23, 2003
The recall election spoke volumes about the good people of Santa Ana. The overwhelming majority of voters that removed Nativo Lopez from the school board must have been far more impressed with the integrity and leadership of Supt. Al Mijares than they were with the self-serving and divisive performance of Lopez. While Mijares was willing to put his job on the line to reveal the shady and questionable ethical dealings of Lopez and fellow school board member John Palacio, Lopez was claiming endorsements he never received, such as Sheriff Michael S. Carona's, and crying the same race-baiting messages he always hides behind.
January 24, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Ana Police Department will become the first law enforcement agency on the West Coast to use a new, nonlethal technology to capture suspects, officials said Thursday. The FN 303 Launcher replaces the use of beanbags by Santa Ana patrol officers. Beanbags, which are fired from shotguns using gunpowder, will remain an option for the SWAT team. The launcher, which weighs 5 pounds and is 29 inches long, uses compressed air and can be used only with specific projectiles.
The Santa Ana Police Department has scrapped the results of an exam taken by 107 officers seeking to become corporals after officials learned that some got an early look at the questions. The city attorney's office is investigating because the test was administered by Santa Ana's personnel department. Officials said they are not sure how the questions leaked or who was responsible.
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