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October 27, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Caught in a tug of war over who should maintain Serrano Community Park, neighborhood residents are growing angry as untended trash cans overflow onto the once-scenic park. With both the city and county arguing over responsibility for the park, mounds of trash spill over their containers and are being scattered across the park. Long-abandoned beer bottles, dirty disposable diapers and other rubbish can be found in the leaves between fragrant eucalyptus trees.
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October 24, 1995 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents who live near rustic Serrano Creek Community Park were reeling Monday from news that a 9-year-old had been raped there over the weekend and that her attacker was still at large. The Orange County Sheriff's Department offered no new information about a suspect, but nearby residents reacted apprehensively, saying they could no longer view the park as the bucolic neighborhood sanctuary that many believed it was. "It's horrible.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1995 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Parents who live near rustic Serrano Creek Community Park were reeling Monday from news that a 9-year-old had been raped there over the weekend and that her attacker was still at large. The Orange County Sheriff's Department offered no new information about a suspect, but nearby residents reacted apprehensively, saying they could no longer view the park as the bucolic neighborhood sanctuary that many believed it was. "It's horrible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Caught in a tug of war over who should maintain Serrano Community Park, neighborhood residents are growing angry as untended trash cans overflow onto the once-scenic park. With both the city and county arguing over responsibility for the park, mounds of trash spill over their containers and are being scattered across the park. Long-abandoned beer bottles, dirty disposable diapers and other rubbish can be found in the leaves between fragrant eucalyptus trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1996 | FRANK MESSINA
The first portion of a $2.1-million plan to install security lights in city parks was approved by the City Council this week. The council agreed Tuesday without comment to hire a construction firm to install lighting in Mountain View Park as a model to gauge how well the proposed improvements work. The program would upgrade security lighting in all city parks within approximately seven years. The price tag for lighting Mountain View Park, a 5.
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November 18, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
In the wake of a recent attack on a youngster in a city park, officials decided this week to make public safety their top spending priority. At a joint meeting, the City Council, planning and parks commissions asked city staff to upgrade lighting and weed abatement, particularly at Serrano Creek Community Park where the attack occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1995
Police were looking Sunday for a man who pulled a 9-year-old Lake Forest girl into the bushes of Serrano Creek Community Park on Saturday and raped her. The girl was walking home alone on a sidewalk bordering the park about 7 p.m. Saturday when the rapist grabbed her, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Rich Paddock said. Immediately after the sexual assault, the rapist released the girl, who ran home to report the incident to her parents. She lives near the park, Paddock said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1995
Investigators released a composite sketch Tuesday of a man who raped a 9-year-old girl last weekend near Serrano Creek Community Park. The owner of a nearby print shop was assisting the Orange County Sheriff's Department by printing thousands of flyers with the sketch. "We'll print as many as necessary," said Patrick Carrigan-Smith, the owner of Mister Printer in Lake Forest. "We will continue printing until the person's been apprehended."
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August 18, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 41-year-old woman fought off the fourth sexual assault in the past three months on women walking or jogging in the area, police said Monday. Authorities said the latest attack, near Serrano Creek Community Park on Sunday, apparently is not related to the three others, all of which occurred near Wilderness Glen Park in Mission Viejo.
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October 18, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS
A year ago Monday, a 9-year-old girl was raped at Serrano Creek Community Park. To mark the anniversary of that tragedy, two anti-crime activists will entrust to the victim the money they collected to post a reward to help find the attacker. Resident Michele Jones and businessman Patrick Carrigan-Smith said the $4,400 they raised will go into a fund to be available to the girl when she turns 18. A lawyer is handling the trust, they said.
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November 7, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
In the wake of the rape of a young girl in Serrano Creek Community Park, the City Council tonight will consider calling a public meeting to discuss ways to improve safety in the heavily wooded recreation area. Some Lake Forest residents have called for more lighting and for the city to thin out trees and bushes growing thickly in the 4.4-acre park, which is laced with riding and hiking trails.
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November 10, 1993 | FRANK MESSINA
Badly needed landscaping projects costing $94,000 will be undertaken by the city. Public works employees will concentrate on at least 10 areas in Lake Forest, replacing faulty irrigation systems, pruning at least 2,500 trees and planting new vegetation. The City Council approved the landscape program last week after the city staff reported that trees were not pruned regularly and some irrigation systems had fallen into disrepair, causing trees, shrubs and other ground cover to die.
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