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April 25, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Westminster police collected evidence Sunday at the home of a fortuneteller and her daughter whose stabbing deaths left neighbors shocked and afraid. The slayings were the third time the women had been targeted by criminals since 2001, police said. The victims were identified Sunday as Ha Jade Smith, 52, a longtime astrologer widely known as Miss Ha in the Vietnamese community, and her 23-year-old daughter, Anita Nhi Vo, a student at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
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March 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities Thursday identified the police officer who shot at and then killed a fleeing suspect when he struck and pinned the man beneath his patrol car. Charles Shinn, 44, a 15-year veteran of the department, has been on paid administrative leave since the Feb. 9 chase that led to the death of Hoang Tan Bui, 30, in Midway City. Bui had also been shot in the shoulder, Sgt. Bill Collins said.
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January 28, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the killing of a 55-year-old woman during an early-morning attack in her bedroom, officials said. Ariet Girgis, 55, was stabbed to death Sept. 29 after her 17-year-old son was tied up in their home on Magnolia Street. Police said there were no signs of forced entry. The funds were offered by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, which offers rewards to help solve crimes in 36 states.
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November 7, 2004
A Westminster man was killed in a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning, Westminster police said. Chanh Nguyen, 84, was pushing his wheelchair across Hazard Avenue near Magnolia Street about 5:45 a.m. when he was struck and killed by a car, police reports show. Nguyen died at the scene. The driver fled east on Hazard. Police said the vehicle's headlight area and windshield may be damaged. Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Doug Johnson, (714) 898-3315, Ext. 333.
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August 13, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A longtime community activist and leader of the annual Lunar New Year festivities in Orange County was arraigned Thursday on charges of rape and molestation. Huy Ngoc Nguyen, 34, of Midway City pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance in Westminster since his arrest Tuesday, three days after his wedding. He is being held at Orange County Jail on $1-million bail. Nguyen is accused of one felony count of forcible rape on a woman in February or March, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Beth Costello.
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June 5, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 13-year-old boy died Friday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Westminster, police said. The boy, whose name was not released, was crossing Edwards Street at the San Diego Freeway overpass about 3 p.m. when he was hit by someone who fled in a dark green 1993 Lexus, police said. Police later recovered the car and detained a possible suspect for questioning, a spokesman said. The boy suffered severe head injuries and died at UCI Medical Center in Orange.
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May 29, 2004 | Susan Anasagasti, Times Staff Writer
Staying calm in an emergency can be a challenge, especially when you're not yet 10 years old. But in a simulated rescue effort Friday, more than 550 students at Willmore Elementary School in Westminster were willing to give it a try. Undaunted by the importance that comes with saving a life, third-grader Lorena Chavarria proved she could place an emergency call to dispatchers during Friday's drill.
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May 20, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Acting with the enthusiastic support of more than 400 demonstrators chanting slogans outside City Hall, Westminster on Wednesday became the second Orange County city in eight days to declare itself opposed to official visitors from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The vote seemed almost anticlimactic, given that it came against the backdrop of angry shouts aimed at the presence of the man at the center of weeks of Little Saigon near-riots in 1999.
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May 18, 2004
Westminster police responding to a "shots fired" call Monday afternoon found a woman dead in her home, authorities said. The name of the woman, described by a police spokesman as "in her 50s," was not released. "We're trying to sort things out," said Lt. Kevin Baker of the Westminster Police Department. He said officers were summoned to a home in the 5800 block of Lancashire Avenue about 4 p.m.
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April 14, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
State officials on Tuesday weighed the legality of a move by three Westminster school trustees to satisfy both antidiscrimination law and their Christian principles, leaving school officials and parents in limbo about the fate of $8 million in annual state funding -- and the future of the district.
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