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May 16, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 150 disciples of the Set Free Christian Fellowship have been asked to move from a cluster of city-owned homes, slated for demolition to make way for new downtown residential development. The notice, which gives church members until May 31 to vacate 17 homes, effectively ends part of an eight-year agreement between the unconventional ministry led by its biker pastor and the city, which has allowed the church to occupy the homes for nominal rents.
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August 12, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
New charges were filed Monday against Hells Angels members in connection with a double stabbing during a bar fight with a Christian motorcycle gang late last month, Newport Beach police said. Scott Guinn, 23, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Brian Heslington, 35, was charged with possession of cocaine and a loaded firearm, and Rodrigo Requejo, 34, was charged with assault and battery.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Housed in a warehouse blocks from City Hall, Set Free Christian Fellowship in Anaheim has been hailed over the years as an unconventional church that works miracles. According to many--among them drug addicts, ex-convicts, the homeless and others down on their luck who have found refuge from the streets here--they have found a new faith in Jesus Christ that has helped change their lives for the better.
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May 5, 1996 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By way of introduction, Pastor Robert E. Nixon nods to a ponytailed man in black jeans and a biker's vest with a big tattooed cross on his right forearm. "That's Die Hard," said Nixon, 48, a ponytailed biker himself, his voice rising over the thundering electric guitars downstairs. "He's our chaplain." And here, at fast-growing New Wine Church, there is also C-leggs and Cat and Scooter, volunteers with street-hip names and sensibilities.
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February 24, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a larger contingent waiting outside, 200 members of the Set Free Christian Fellowship crowded into the City Council chambers Tuesday night to demand that the council drop the eviction of their group from a city-owned building. The Rev.
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February 23, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 500 members of a controversial church protested peacefully on the steps of City Hall Monday, saying they will fight attempts to evict them from the city-owned building where the church holds children's services and community outreach programs.
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August 29, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The biker image of the sprawling Set Free Christian Fellowship ministry is marring the city's redevelopment efforts, Councilman Irv Pickler said Friday, and he urged that the ministry move out of its downtown locations. The comments come as Set Free benefactor and businessman William Taormina has been meeting with city officials concerned about the church's rapid growth.
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February 4, 1992 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of an 18-year-old man filed suit against the Anaheim-based Set Free Christian Fellowship Church on Monday, alleging that a Set Free official made their son perform sex acts in exchange for crack cocaine while undergoing drug rehabilitation at the church's Texas ranch. The civil suit, filed in Tarrant County Municipal Court in Coleyville, Tex.
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April 12, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Evicted from their church by city officials, more than 4,000 members of the controversial Set Free Christian Fellowship said an emotional goodby to their place of worship Sunday with a raucous, rock 'n' roll Easter celebration. "This is our last service," Pastor Phil Aguilar, 45, said as he surveyed the packed bleachers at the city's Glover Stadium, about a mile from the city-owned site that the church is vacating. "There will be a lot of sad farewells for a lot of people here."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
New charges were filed Monday against Hells Angels members in connection with a double stabbing during a bar fight with a Christian motorcycle gang late last month, Newport Beach police said. Scott Guinn, 23, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Brian Heslington, 35, was charged with possession of cocaine and a loaded firearm, and Rodrigo Requejo, 34, was charged with assault and battery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Evicted from their church by city officials, more than 4,000 members of the controversial Set Free Christian Fellowship said an emotional goodby to their place of worship Sunday with a raucous, rock 'n' roll Easter celebration. "This is our last service," Pastor Phil Aguilar, 45, said as he surveyed the packed bleachers at the city's Glover Stadium, about a mile from the city-owned site that the church is vacating. "There will be a lot of sad farewells for a lot of people here."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a larger contingent waiting outside, 200 members of the Set Free Christian Fellowship crowded into the City Council chambers Tuesday night to demand that the council drop the eviction of their group from a city-owned building. The Rev.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 500 members of a controversial church protested peacefully on the steps of City Hall Monday, saying they will fight attempts to evict them from the city-owned building where the church holds children's services and community outreach programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1992 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here are a few of the ingredients fueling a neighborhood dispute in a secluded part of Lomita--bikers, hippies, New Age mysticism, the Rolling Stones, a Baptist minister, and the mysterious sneakers in Mrs. Laconfora's bushes. At issue are the goings-on at the First Baptist Church on Hillcrest Avenue. The church is used by the Set Free Christian Fellowship--a controversial Anaheim-based "biker church" that employs prayers sung to the music of the Rolling Stones and rap music to minister to drug addicts, drifters and others who say conventional churches have turned them away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The biker image of the sprawling Set Free Christian Fellowship ministry is marring the city's redevelopment efforts, Councilman Irv Pickler said Friday, and he urged that the ministry move out of its downtown locations. The comments come as Set Free benefactor and businessman William Taormina has been meeting with city officials concerned about the church's rapid growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 150 disciples of the Set Free Christian Fellowship have been asked to move from a cluster of city-owned homes, slated for demolition to make way for new downtown residential development. The notice, which gives church members until May 31 to vacate 17 homes, effectively ends part of an eight-year agreement between the unconventional ministry led by its biker pastor and the city, which has allowed the church to occupy the homes for nominal rents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only blocks from some of the city's worst gang-infested neighborhoods, youths have been finding their way to a dank gymnasium set in a converted church kitchen. Inside, the air smells of stale sweat, and time is kept by the rhythm of jabs on a heavy bag. For 12-year-old identical twins Carlos and Angel Rodarte, the Anaheim Boxing Club is where they dream of future glory of the sort now enjoyed by their ring hero, Julio Cesar Chavez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1991
It seems as if the information you collected on Set Free Christian Fellowship wasn't quite fair. Why was there no response from Pastor Phil to the accusations about his not allowing the ex-members to see their families? Was he asked? Perhaps there is a good reason why he asks some of the people who live in Set Free houses not to see their families. Perhaps, at the time, it wasn't healthy for them. I would have been interested in reading his rebuttal to those accusations. I happen to know Pastor Phil and know that he loves the Lord with all his heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only blocks from some of the city's worst gang-infested neighborhoods, youths have been finding their way to a dank gymnasium set in a converted church kitchen. Inside, the air smells of stale sweat, and time is kept by the rhythm of jabs on a heavy bag. For 12-year-old identical twins Carlos and Angel Rodarte, the Anaheim Boxing Club is where they dream of future glory of the sort now enjoyed by their ring hero, Julio Cesar Chavez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1992 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parents of an 18-year-old man filed suit against the Anaheim-based Set Free Christian Fellowship Church on Monday, alleging that a Set Free official made their son perform sex acts in exchange for crack cocaine while undergoing drug rehabilitation at the church's Texas ranch. The civil suit, filed in Tarrant County Municipal Court in Coleyville, Tex.
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