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August 31, 1990
City Accident Suicide Homicide Traffic Total Dana Point 2 8 1 2 13 El Toro 7 4 1 3 15 Laguna Beach 5 4 0 8 17 Laguna Hills 14 7 0 4 25 Laguna Niguel 1 2 0 3 6 Mission Viejo 2 3 2 3 10 Modjeska 0 0 1 0 1 Rancho Santa Margarita 0 0 0 0 0 San Clemente 2 3 0 1 6 San Juan Capistrano 2 3 1 4 10 Silverado 0 0 0 3 3 Trabuco 1 2 0 1 4 AREA TOTAL 36 36 6 32 110 Source: 1989 Annual Statistical Report, Orange County Coroner's Office
November 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
No more Shredder, no more head-first dives into first base, no more carpool buddies? Sad but true, the Dodgers on Wednesday unexpectedly lost their first free agent of the off-season when the Oakland A's announced they had signed versatile infielder Nick Punto to a one-year deal. The "Nick Punto trade," which also netted the Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, with the Red Sox in the summer of 2012 helped turn the Dodgers around. Punto proved a reliable glove at third, shortstop and second base for the Dodgers, was terrific in the clubhouse and hit .255 with 21 RBIs in 294 at-bats.
Orange County water officials reopened a water main and restored full service Monday to about 700,000 customers. Residents in south Orange County--from San Juan Capistrano to Irvine--had been observing voluntary restrictions on water use after a 69-inch water main burst beneath an Irvine strawberry field on Dec. 13, spilling 5 million gallons of water. Crews of 20 to 40 employees worked around the clock to replace the damaged parts of the line.
July 30, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Unlike trees, when a meteor falls in the wilderness, everyone can hear it. And some Orange County residents think that's exactly what they heard when a thunderous boom rattled windows, scared pets and startled homeowners from their sleep early Tuesday morning. About 12:15 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff's Department received three or four calls from residents in Lake Forest's Foothill Ranch community about a loud explosion and a flash of light. Several South Orange County residents also tweeted about the incident, asking about the source of the blast.
March 7, 1994 | Times researcher CATHERINE GOTTLIEB
As they struggle to maintain basic services, local governments throughout California are coming with innovations to enhance them as well. Five cities in south Orange County that contract with the Sheriff's Department have mobilized senior citizen volunteers to assist law enforcement in routine public safety duties. Volunteers between the ages of 50 and 80 who are in good health and have no criminal record are trained to perform a variety of nonhazardous duties.
March 4, 2000 | WILLIAM LOBDELL
Lance Hardaway couldn't sleep. At midnight his wife finally said, "Get up. The Lord is trying to speak to you." Hardaway wasn't sure about that. What kept him awake this time was a short conversation he had earlier in the day with an old friend. Charles Hutchison described to Hardaway the hassle of piling the family into the car on Sunday mornings and driving from Trabuco Canyon to Inglewood--120 miles round trip--to attend an African-American church.
They moved to the foothills of south Orange County to get away from it all, trading concerns about crime and traffic congestion for a view of the mountains, roomier homes, better schools. A proper place to raise a family. But it didn't take long for people who fled to the edge of Cleveland National Forest to feel the encroachment.
Avenida Lobeiro is a picture of suburban tranquillity, lined with well-groomed homes of the city's affluent. The vista of the Pacific is commanding here. So is the view of nearby Calafia Beach County Park, where teen-ager Steve Woods had a metal rod rammed through his head during a violent clash last weekend. From this comfortable vantage point, the neighbors have watched crime--particularly violent crime--march inexorably into their quiet coastal haven.
June 20, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Closing a deal that underscores the potential of Southern California's housing recovery, luxury builder Toll Bros. Inc. snapped up a big chunk of land in south Orange County and said it will begin work on a massive master-planned community. Toll Bros. will partner with builder Shea Homes to construct more than 2,000 homes and apartments in the Baker Ranch development in Lake Forest. Economists and analysts said the involvement of Pennsylvania-based Toll Bros., the largest builder in the luxury niche, was an encouraging sign for the market, jump-starting a long-planned development and infusing it with some high-end cachet.
November 23, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
With apologies to Texas and Florida, there's a 10-mile stretch in south Orange County that has as much if not more football talent than those two states. The competition among Santa Margarita, Tesoro and Mission Viejo high schools for landing that talent is fierce. "You could probably put a pin in the middle and probably within three or four miles of that point, you'd be able to touch each of the three schools, and it's truly amazing, the football success," Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch said.
November 21, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Forget "The Real Housewives of Orange County. " The next reality TV show should be the Real High School Football Players from South Orange County. If you think Texas is serious about its football, come to the 10-mile radius that incorporates Mission Viejo, Tesoro and Santa Margarita high schools. From coaching to booster clubs to player commitment, it's an area where no one wants to settle for being second. "It's a different world out here," Tesoro Coach Brian Barnes said.
May 26, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Dana Point turned up the heat in its battle with the state over posted hours and locked gates at public access paths through a luxury bluff-top development by suing the California Coastal Commission. The city contends the state panel has overstepped its authority by pushing the south Orange County city to open the pathways through the compound, which is perched on a promontory above a secluded stretch of coastline. The city filed suit against the commission Monday, listing Headlands Reserve LLC, the developer of the gated community of 118 multimillion-dollar bluff-top homes, as a party of interest.
November 6, 2009 | Tony Barboza
What's that smell? That's what the people of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita wondered as a rotten egg odor started wafting in thick pockets last week into their yards, garages and living rooms. Some in the south Orange County suburbs called Public Works to report a sewer backup. But that wasn't the problem. Others called the Fire Department, suspecting a gas leak. False alarm. They were baffled. What was making the evening air hang heavy with that overwhelming stench?
November 2, 2007
Re "An unsettling portrait of 'America's Sheriff,' " Oct. 31 Although I am the first to admit that all persons accused of any crime are innocent unless proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona has been a total joke and an embarrassment to the law enforcement community. He became marshal and then sheriff simply by aligning himself with wealthy and influential Orange County power brokers.
October 23, 2007 | Mike Anton, Duke Helfand, and Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writers
Stripped of air support, Orange County firefighters held their ground Monday against a suspected arson blaze that devoured brush-covered hillsides and raced toward thousands of homes in two Lake Forest communities. Forty-foot-tall flames and smoldering embers bore down on Foothill Ranch in south Orange County. Residents left their homes as firefighters waged a front-line battle to contain the 15,800-acre fire that has zig-zagged through the hillsides and canyons since Sunday.
September 8, 2007
Re "O.C. planners hope Metrolink expansion lures more riders," Sept. 1 The article fails to mention the Metrolink service on the Orange County line. Since the inauguration of weekend service, I have ridden Metrolink from San Juan Capistrano to Los Angeles or Santa Ana at least six times a year. I have used the service to visit museums, attend social events and meet friends who live in the Los Angeles area.
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