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Police searching for missing Laguna Woods couple — A couple from Laguna Woods has been reported missing, authorities said. Carl Tarantino, 83, and his wife, Theresa, were last known to be at their residence in Laguna Woods on Friday morning, according to a statement issued by Orange County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jeff Hallock.

Man dies in single-vehicle crash in Garden Grove — A man died Saturday after a car he was riding in lost control and crashed into an electrical pole in Garden Grove, authorities said. The female driver of the car survived and was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Ben Stauffer.

Two men arrested after Santa Ana armed robbery — Two men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing three people at gunpoint in a Santa Ana garage, authorities said. Alfonso Cisneros, 35, was found in Santa Ana later in the day and taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. Javier Cabezas, 46, was taken into custody after a vehicle stop.

FBI releases hate-crime stats for Orange County: 27 crimes in 2013 — Police agencies across Orange County reported 27 hate crimes in 2013, according to figures released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Of the Orange County cities reporting incidents, Garden Grove and Westminster had the most hate crimes, with four and five incidents, respectively.

Police: Man arrested after bank robbery, then carjacking taxi for high-speed chase — A man suspected of robbing a bank in Westminster was arrested Friday after carjacking a taxi and leading officers on a chase, police said. The man, described as a white male in his 20s, walked into a Union Bank branch in the 15500 block of Brookhurst Street around 3:11 p.m.

Anaheim officers justified in killing man who shot police dog Bruno, D.A. says — Three Anaheim police officers justifiably shot and killed a suspected Anaheim gang member who fired at them and a police dog in March, Orange County District Attorney's Office prosecutors said. Robert Andrew Moreno, 21, was hiding in a trash can in an Anaheim neighborhood shortly before he fired on the K-9 and officers, prosecutors said in a report issued late last month.

Police release sketch of man suspected of conning Westminster man out of $30,000 — Westminster police have released a sketch of a man suspected of scamming a resident out of $30,000. Mario Seda, 80, said he was approached outside his home in September by a heavy-set man appearing to be in his 40s, who claimed he needed help distributing more $9 million to local charities, as ordered in a will from a dead relative.

After 'smooth-talking' pitch, investor lost $50,000 — Daniel Ramsey walked into the marbled lobby of the InterContinental hotel near Beverly Hills one day in 2006, lured with promises of big money. He was there to meet Joseph Bartholomew, an insurance agent with an offer that seemed too good to pass up: A $50,000 one-time investment that offered 29 percent in annual returns.

'Bernie Madoff of Orange County' charged in $11 million Ponzi scheme — A man authorities described as the "Bernie Madoff of Orange County" has been accused of operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked more than two dozen victims out of $11 million. Joseph Francis Bartholomew, 75, of Lake Forest and his co-defendent Wendy King-Jackson, 54, Laguna Niguel, have been charged with more than 30 felonies.

'Tis the season to be swindled — Mario Seda is an affable man with an easy smile and a big heart. And like most people, he's not averse to making some easy money, as long as it's legal money and as long as making that money helps others too. Seda is also a perfect target.
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Dec 20, 2014

Man dies in single-vehicle crash in #gardengrove, female driver arrested on suspicion of DUI…

Dec 20, 2014

@KConnolly89 Santana Moss still being in the NFL, for sure.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @aaronlmorrison: How gangster would it be if the president hosted a screening of #TheInterview with @Sethrogen and @JamesFrancoTV this weekend?

Dec 19, 2014

RT @SalHernandez: It's official - FBI confirms North Korea part of Sony computer breach

Dec 19, 2014

.@LarryAltman is at court hearing this morning of woman suspected of killing 4 people after driving through crosswalk in #RedondoBeach

Dec 18, 2014

.@AlmaFausto1 reports: San Clemente girl, 13, fighting for her life after skateboarding 'freak accident'…

Dec 18, 2014

Exclamation points should be banned from all press releases, and all tweets.

Dec 18, 2014

@TheSmarmyBum Forget the shoes, it's that notebook that's really stylish

Dec 17, 2014

RT @AP: BREAKING: US official says federal investigators connect Sony hacking to North Korea

Dec 17, 2014

"A foreign power engaging in a cyber-attack against a private order to squelch freedom of expression"…

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