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September 22, 1994 | FRANK MESSINA
The management of a Del Taco franchise told the Planning Commission this week that it would install video cameras and help hire security to ease vandalism and trash problems caused by teens loitering in a shopping plaza. Merchants in the Mission Viejo Village Shopping Center had complained about trash, graffiti and other vandalism, and particularly about teens who etched designs into shop windows with razor blades.
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October 29, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Racist and anti-woman graffiti was spray-painted on two Costa Mesa homes for women with substance abuse problems this weekend, authorities said. One of the homes was previously used as a crack house by a white supremacist group, police and an administrator of the home said. Yellowstone West on Boston Way had a racist slur sprayed on the door, as well as a swastika and two lightning bolts symbolic of the Nazis, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Tom Curtis. The damage was done sometime between 10:30 p.m.
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June 11, 1995 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 16-year-old tagger had destroyed five copies of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with bold scribblings of his nickname, Sink, and his tag crew name, OWS--"Only the Wicked Survive." In past years, the Valley High School junior might have been let off easy for defacing school textbooks. But for the past nine months, the Santa Ana Unified School District has teamed up with Santa Ana police to crack down on taggers and other vandals.
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October 22, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU
Vandals slashed nearly 100 tires on cars parked up and down a cluster of residential streets in Huntington Beach, leaving the area awash with tow trucks and roadside service vehicles Saturday morning. The tires on 26 vehicles parked in a one-mile stretch along Farnsworth Lane, Kingfisher Drive and Catamaran Lane were slashed or punctured, said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Tony Sollecito.
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November 1, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
After investigating an incident in which political signs for next week's recall election were pulled, police have decided that no charges will be filed, a spokesman said Tuesday. Lt. John Schaefer said officers on Monday morning investigated complaints that recall signs were being taken down in the Moody Street area.
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April 22, 1999 | Jenifer Ragland, (949) 574-4207
Two 15-year-old boys were arrested Tuesday in connection with vandalism at the city's public library. The boys, whose names were not released because of their age, were released to their parents after confessing to a total of nine acts of vandalism over the last few months, said Sheriff's Lt. Kim Markuson. The arrests came after a vandalism incident at Fred Newhart Middle School on Monday. Markuson said deputies responding to complaints about skateboarding stopped three teenagers about 7:30 p.m.
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August 19, 1999 | DANIEL YI
Police have a suspect in the case of an African American woman whose La Habra home was spray-painted with a swastika last month, authorities said Wednesday. Christopher William Smith, 21, of La Habra was already in custody on unrelated charges, police said. He is accused of painting the swastika on the front window of Stella Rodgers' home July 21. "It was pretty stressful," Rodgers, 56, said of the ordeal. But "I had lots of support."
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April 6, 1999 | City News Service
A Tustin High School senior pleaded not guilty Monday to 95 vandalism counts stemming from a spree that began as a prank and ended with a damage tab in the thousands of dollars. Victor Sarvis, 18, and three other Tustin High School students, all minors whose names have been withheld because of their ages and who face charges in Juvenile Court, are charged with one count each of felony conspiracy to commit vandalism and felony vandalism and 93 misdemeanor vandalism counts.
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January 29, 1999 | Debra Cano, (714) 564-1036
A $1,000 reward is being offered by Orange Unified School District in an effort to catch the culprit who dumped used motor oil in the pool at Villa Park High School last week. The vandalism caused $5,000 to $7,500 in damage and has interrupted the school's water-sports programs. At a special meeting Thursday night, trustees unanimously approved putting up the reward. The Orange County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, district officials said.
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March 1, 1996 | THAO HUA
Police are searching for one or more vandals in connection to a string of incidents in which tires of vehicles parked along several neighborhood streets were punctured. From Feb. 17 to Thursday, investigators had logged more than 30 cases within a square mile bounded by Lincoln Avenue, Ball Road, Valley View and Moody streets, Police Lt. John Schaefer said. The culprits punctured the tires with a sharp object from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., investigators said. Most of the vandalism occurred on Feb.
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June 25, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Vandals caused several thousand dollars worth of water damage to a Huntington Beach church when they pried open a window and inserted a hose that soaked the sanctuary and damaged the pews, police said Saturday. Because of the vandalism, the Church of Christ on Huntington Street won't hold services today, and probably will be closed for the week, officials said. "This flood has put us out of business for a while," said Pastor Frank Macy.
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December 20, 1999 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON and MEGAN GARVEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The vandals struck the quiet Westminster neighborhood in the dark early Saturday morning, coating dozens of houses, garages, even cars with hate. On David Antine's garage door were scrawled a swastika and the words "White Power." Joyce Zumbo found obscenities painted across her garage when she went out to get the newspaper.
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August 19, 1999 | DANIEL YI
Police have a suspect in the case of an African American woman whose La Habra home was spray-painted with a swastika last month, authorities said Wednesday. Christopher William Smith, 21, of La Habra was already in custody on unrelated charges, police said. He is accused of painting the swastika on the front window of Stella Rodgers' home July 21. "It was pretty stressful," Rodgers, 56, said of the ordeal. But "I had lots of support."
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July 31, 1999 | JAMES MEIER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Three preteens--including an 8-year-old--face felony charges of vandalism for causing more than $7,000 in damage to cars parked in an Anaheim lot, police said Friday. County authorities say that the trio--ages 8, 10 and 12--confessed to using a metal bar, a key and broken sparkplug fragments to scrape and scratch more than a dozen vehicles parked in the 2400 block of West Lincoln Avenue last week. Like many in the Police Department, Sgt. Jamie Wilkes was taken aback by the situation.
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June 12, 1999 | KAREN ALEXANDER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three classmates at Tustin High School have been sentenced to a year in a juvenile detention facility after pleading guilty to felony charges stemming from a five-week vandalism rampage that caused as much as $100,000 worth of damage to cars, homes and mailboxes, officials said Friday. A 17-year-old who pleaded guilty Friday and two others, 16 and 17 years old, who entered guilty pleas Wednesday have also been ordered to pay full restitution, prosecutor Kevin Smith said.
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May 4, 1999 | Jenifer Ragland, (949) 574-4207
Two boys who police say have admitted causing $30,000 worth of damage at the public library were each charged Monday with one felony count of vandalism and now face additional misdemeanor counts relating to other incidents. One of the boys, a 15-year-old, also was charged with two counts of felony car burglary, possession of stolen property and petty theft, said Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Joe D'Agostino. The other, a 16-year-old, was also charged four misdemeanor counts, he said.
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January 4, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles man was booked into the Orange County Jail on Wednesday on suspicion of vandalism and attempted murder of a police officer after he tried to run over an off-duty Compton officer, officials said. The 1:47 a.m. incident began when the officer heard sounds outside his home in an unincorporated area near Santa Ana and saw 64-year-old Isaac Wilmer Campbell spray-painting a car, Sheriff's Lt. Ron Wilkerson said. "He ran outside and identified himself as a police officer," Wilkerson said.
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October 21, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A peaceful stand of sycamore trees at Irvine Regional Park was scarred with graffiti recently in an act of vandalism that dismayed park rangers and visitors alike. "It really hurts when you see it," said Tim Miller, manager of county park operations, whose office is not far from the marred trees. "The trees are what makes the park. This kind of graffiti takes away from the natural beauty and atmosphere," Miller said. "It's the sort of thing you expect to see on a freeway sign, not in a park."
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