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April 14, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Authorities said they are trying to determine whether two registered sex offenders arrested in connection with the slayings of four Orange County women might be responsible for other slayings. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were arrested Friday. Police are expected to release more information about the case later Monday. Both men were ordered to register as sex offenders for life after they were convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, court records show.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Murder and rape charges were filed Monday against two registered sex offenders accused of killing four women who vanished from the streets of Orange County. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday with murder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, accusations that would make them subject to the death penalty. Both have prior convictions, and have done time in prison for sex crimes against a child under the age of 14. The two transients were arrested Friday in an industrial area of Anaheim, not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Adolfo Flores
Authorities said they are potentially looking at more victims after arresting two men in connection with the slayings of at least four women in Orange County. Police in Orange County have been reaching out to law enforcement agencies elsewhere in California looking at possible links to other killings, officials said Saturday. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, who were described as transients, were arrested on East La Palma Avenue about an hour apart Friday evening, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.  Dunn said the two men were being booked on suspicion of murder in the deaths of Kianna Jackson, 20;  Monique Vargas, 34;  Martha Anaya, 28; and Jarrae Estepp, 21. Jackson, Vargas and Anaya were last seen in Santa Ana in October and November of last year; Estepp's naked body was found at the Anaheim trash center  on March 14. Photos: California's most notorious killers Estepp's mother told The Times on Saturday night that she could finally breathe after police told her that there had been an arrest in her daughter's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
The Orange County transients arrested on suspicion of killing four women are registered sex offenders and probationers who were living in Anaheim when the slayings occurred, according to interviews and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were required to wear GPS devices and, as transients, had to check in with Anaheim police every 30 days, authorities said. Santa Ana and Anaheim police, who conducted a joint investigation, provided few details Sunday about the arrests, which left many unanswered questions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two transients arrested in Orange County on suspicion of killing four women were registered sex offenders who were required to wear electronic monitoring devices and check in with police every 30 days, according to law enforcement authorities and court records. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were arrested Friday evening in an industrial part of Anaheim, just blocks from the trash-sorting center where the body of one victim, Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found last month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Adolfo Flores
Two men have been arrested in connection with the slayings of at least four women in Orange County, including one whose body was found at an Anaheim trash center and three others who disappeared from Santa Ana .  Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, who were described as transients, were arrested on East La Palma Avenue about an hour apart Friday evening, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said.  Dunn said the two men were being booked...
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
SAN DIEGO - The U.S. women's soccer team has been ranked No. 1 in the world for seven years, hasn't lost a match at home in nearly a decade and has been beaten just twice in its last 48 matches overall. Not exactly the record of a group in turmoil. But when a team is that good, even the slightest stumble can have dramatic repercussions, as Tom Sermanni found out Sunday when he was fired as coach, after 15 months and two losses, by a national federation that thought he had the team headed in the wrong direction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
As Republicans seek to improve their standing among Latinos and women, fresh controversies in California could further damage the party with both groups. On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory rhetoric likening illegal immigration to war came to light. The previous day, a conservative website on California politics was launched, featuring a raunchy photo-shopped image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - a depiction that prompted the most powerful Republican congressman from California to remove his column from the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Capitalizing on the national focus Tuesday on the pay gap between sexes, Assembly Democrats announced the formation of a new select committee to examine challenges faced by women in the workplace. "Women's role in the workplace has grown dramatically over the last half-century," said Speaker John A. Pér ez (D- Los Angeles ). "With that increased participation has come a whole host of issues that need to be addressed. California has been a leader on women's issues.
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April 8, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
The killings of two Lincoln Heights women whose bodies were discovered near freeways have been linked through forensic evidence, prompting police on Tuesday to announce a $50,000 reward in the hopes that someone will come forward with information. The body of Michelle Lozano , 17, was found April 25, 2011, along Interstate 5 near the Cesar Chavez Avenue exit, Los Angeles Police Capt. William Hayes said at a news conference. Lozano was last seen the day before at about 4 p.m. on North Broadway near Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights, said LAPD Det. Jay King.
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