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April 11, 2004
A 29-year-old Stanton man was killed Saturday in an apparent gang-related shooting involving at least one gunman armed with an assault rifle, sheriff's officials said. Mario Pena was found about 3:30 a.m. by sheriff's deputies responding to reports of a possible drive-by shooting in the 7900 block of Monroe Avenue, said Sheriff's Lt. Hans Strand. Deputies also found several bullet casings from an AK-47 assault rifle. Pena had been shot several times, Strand said.
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March 5, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A Stanton bar had its liquor license revoked Thursday for allowing waitresses to solicit customers for beers at inflated prices and for permitting the sale of cocaine on the premises. "Our mission is to make communities stronger, and this obviously wasn't a business that was adding value to the community," Mark DeSio, a spokesman for the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said of the Extasis Caliente Nightclub in the 11000 block of Beach Boulevard.
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February 12, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A newborn boy found dead at a Stanton recycling center apparently was alive when he was dumped in the trash, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday. The baby, who died of asphyxiation and not strangulation as was widely reported, "was alive when it was dumped," said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "It could have been a pile of debris on top of the baby that caused its death. Any number of things could have happened."
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February 11, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A newborn boy was found dead Tuesday by workers at a Stanton recycling plant, authorities said. "It appears as though the newborn was abandoned in the trash dump," said Lt. Hayward Miller of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. The discovery was made about 6 p.m. at the CR Transfer and Stanton Materials Recovery facility in the 11000 block of Knott Avenue, Miller said. The infant was found in a pile of debris being sorted on a conveyor belt.
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July 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunfire left one person dead and another wounded early Saturday during a possible gang-related clash at a birthday party, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the 10800 block of Oak Street, said Orange County Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Fuzzard. The man and a teenage boy were taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange. The man, a Stanton resident, was pronounced dead at 3 a.m., police said. The teenager was being treated for a leg wound.
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June 29, 2003 | From Times staff reports
A 14-year-old Stanton boy is being sought in the stabbing of a Garden Grove man, police said. John Benoit, 20, suffered minor wounds early Saturday at an Amy Avenue party, police said.
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April 3, 2003 | Errin Haines, Times Staff Writer
The mother of Samantha Runnion -- the 5-year-old Stanton girl whose abduction and slaying 10 days before her birthday captured national attention last summer -- is working on behalf of other child victims now. Erin Runnion on Wednesday helped kick off the 2003 Blue Ribbon Campaign, an annual event to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. The event was sponsored by the Raise Foundation, formerly known as Prevent Child Abuse-Orange County.
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July 18, 2002 | CHRISTINE HANLEY and GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The killer of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion posed her nude body in a mountainous ravine as a "calling card," according to investigators who described the assailant Wednesday as a sexual predator who could strike again soon. "We feel he was challenging us," said Richard T. Garcia, head of the FBI's criminal division in Los Angeles, confirming that a child's body found late Tuesday in plain view near Lake Elsinore was Samantha's.
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May 19, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Three people suffered minor injuries Saturday in a chain-reaction accident involving three cars and an Orange County Transportation Authority minibus, police said. The four vehicles were lined up on Beach Boulevard at Katella Avenue at 4:15 p.m. As the light turned green, a car driven by Julia Gomez de Ramos, 39, accelerated, but a car in front of her either slowed or hit the brakes and she was forced to stop, police said. De Ramos' car was rear-ended by a car driven by Buu Nguyen, 50.
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November 2, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Stanton City Council implemented a utility tax in 1993, the move was controversial enough that it nearly cost two city councilmen their elected jobs. The 5% tax on gas and electric service in Stanton lingered as an issue in the small, north-central Orange County city for several years. It triggered a recall attempt on the council members who supported the tax, and it emerged as a theme--right along with prostitution and gang violence--in the city's 1994 elections.
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