California news agencies join forces to obtain previously secret records from hundreds of police agencies

One Los Angeles police officer had sex with a drug addict he met on foot patrol. A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy was linked to a Mexican drug cartel. That same deputy sold erectile dysfunction pills illegally to a colleague in a jail parking lot. A Brea police sergeant hawked official shoulder patches he took from the department for $95 apiece.

Such misconduct, once secret under four decades of police confidentiality statutes, now must disclosed under a new transparency law targeting police personnel records. Since late last year, police unions have been fighting fiercely in California’s courthouses to keep the internal misconduct files of their members under wraps, with little success.

But news organizations throughout the state are fighting back, forming an unprecedented collaboration to harvest and share records from every law enforcement agency in California. Putting aside competition, 32 online, radio and print agencies are working together to ensure the public gets all the information possible — and as fast as possible.

Under the new law, the collaboration has made 1,137 public records requests from 675 agencies employing police officers.

“We’re proud to partner with news organizations from throughout California on this very important public-service journalism project,” said Frank Pine, executive editor of the Southern California News Group and Bay Area News Group. “If democracy is to flourish, government agencies must be accountable to the people, and that can’t happen if the people are denied access to public records. This is especially important when it comes to law enforcement agencies, to which we entrust our safety and protection.

“The public has a right to review circumstances or incidents in which complaints or claims of serious misconduct by officers are substantiated or when officers shoot at, seriously injure or kill a member of the public,” Pine said.

Other collaborators are the Los Angeles Times, Southern California Public Radio and Voice of Orange County.

The new law — SB 1421 by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley — took effect Jan. 1, opening all previously hidden internal files involving shootings and the use of deadly force as well as sustained incidents of sexual misconduct and dishonesty.

Theresa Smith has been fighting for that information for nearly a decade, since her 35-year-old son, Caesar Cruz, was shot dead by five Anaheim police officers on Dec. 11, 2009. Police said they saw him reaching for his waistband, as if he were grabbing a gun. But Cruz was unarmed. Officers were operating on a tip that he was carrying a gun and selling meth.

Smith says she knows there often is more to police shootings than the official version.

“There are a lot of untruths being told. (SB) 1421 is so the public can know things,” Smith said, explaining that for the longest time, officers have been able to release the backgrounds of those arrested for crimes without having to disclose their own.

“First they kill them, and then they kill their character,” said Smith, who has become a civil rights advocate. She and her family settled their wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Anaheim for $175,000, but she still believes she hasn’t been told everything.

Perhaps the once-secret files and videos on police shootings will be more forthcoming than the public accounts that always seem to have the same ending.

“It’s the same story, the same story, ‘(officers) feared for their lives,’ ‘he reached for his waistband,’ ” Smith said. “This is the strife I have to see as a mother.”

She added, “If you don’t have anything to hide, why are you fighting so hard?”

Tom Dominguez, president of the union representing Orange County sheriff’s deputies, said the previously secret information can be misused.

“The potential for abuse under this bill will be extraordinary,” Dominguez said. “Not only would the public be given unfettered access to a peace officer’s private information, but they would also be free to provide that information to the media or disseminate it in any way they see fit.”

Many times, he said, the media or criminal defendants set out to “impugn the good character and reputation of individual peace officers.”

Dominguez added that officer-involved shootings undergo much public scrutiny from other government agencies, so no further transparency is needed. Also, there is no evidence that the previously confidential internal affairs process wasn’t working.

Efforts by Dominguez’s group, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, to block the release of Orange County Sheriff’s Department records were rejected in court.

“In spite of this legislation and public attacks on the profession,” he said, “(deputies) will continue to do their jobs to keep our residents safe.”

Smith isn’t so trusting.

“They hide everything — if they lied on reports, if they had any sexual misconduct. And that’s important to the families” of those shot or killed by law enforcement.

 

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Garden Grove police seek public’s help in identifying adult store robbery suspects

Garden Grove police investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects linked to a series of armed robberies at an adult bookstore, authorities said.

Three armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery occurred on March 20, May 16, June 1 and June 12 at the Garden of Eden adult bookstore at 12061 Garden Grove Blvd., the Garden Grove Police Department said in a news statement Tuesday.

Garden Grove police detective Jim Franks said the robberies have occurred between 3 and 5 a.m.

Police believe the robberies have involved a man entering the business and threatening a clerk with a semi-automatic handgun, Franks said. The suspect has fled after taking cash.

  • A suspect in a June 12 attempted robbery at a Garden Grove adult business. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

    A suspect in a June 12 attempted robbery at a Garden Grove adult business. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

  • A suspect in a June 12  attempted robbery at a Garden Grove adult business. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

    A suspect in a June 12 attempted robbery at a Garden Grove adult business. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

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  • Suspects in a June 1 robbery of an adult business in Garden Grove. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

    Suspects in a June 1 robbery of an adult business in Garden Grove. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

  • Suspects in a June 1 robbery of an adult business in Garden Grove. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

    Suspects in a June 1 robbery of an adult business in Garden Grove. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

  • A suspect in robberies at a Garden Grove adult business is a woman believed to be a lookout with tatoos on her legs. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

    A suspect in robberies at a Garden Grove adult business is a woman believed to be a lookout with tatoos on her legs. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

  • A suspect in a June 1 robbery of an adult business in Garden Grove. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

    A suspect in a June 1 robbery of an adult business in Garden Grove. Photo courtesy Garden Grove Police Department.

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During the June 1 robbery, surveillance video shows a man in a black beanie and black jacket loitering in front of the business and standing next to a woman who police believe may have acted as a lookout, police said. The man then went inside, threatened the clerk with the gun, took money and fled.

The attempted robbery happened June 12 when another suspect covered his face with a black hoodie and threatened the clerk with a handgun, police said. The suspect fled the store without any cash, police said.

The suspects include two Latino men who appear to be 25-to-30 years old and who have visible tattoos. The other suspect is a 25-to-30-year-old woman who served as the lookout, police said. She was wearing prescription glasses and has visible tattoos on her legs, police said.

The suspects in the video are considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call detective Jim Franks at 714-741-5836.

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Slow-speed car chase in San Fernando Valley ends in Encino

RESEDA — A man suspected of stealing a car and DUI is in custody today after allegedly leading police on a slow-speed chase through the San Fernando Valley that included at least nine PIT maneuvers and four spike strips deployed by officers, as well as attempts by the public to stop the chase.

The driver was first spotted near the intersection of Tampa Avenue and Van Owen Street around 10:15 p.m. Thursday, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eisenman with the Media Relations Section.

The suspect made his way slowly through Van Nuys, Reseda, Winnetka, Encino and Sherman Oaks, before returning to Encino where the pursuit ended about 11:45 p.m. on Ventura Boulevard near Woodley Avenue after police performed a PIT maneuver and boxed the car in.

At one point during the pursuit, officers pulled back and other drivers tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle, including one person who kicked the suspect’s car and another who got out of his car and tried to open the suspect’s car door.

Throughout the pursuit, the driver continued to stop at traffic lights and used his traffic signals, while waving his left hand out the window.

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Man behind Paris knife attack born in Chechnya, French official says

PARIS – A French judicial official says the man behind a deadly knife attack Saturday night, May 12 in central Paris was born in Chechnya in 1997, and his parents have been detained.

The official said Sunday, May 13 that the assailant had French nationality but was born in the Russian republic. The official, who wasn’t authorized to be publicly named, provided no other information on the attacker’s identity.

The French interior minister is holding a special security meeting Sunday to address the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

The assailant killed a 29-year-old man and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris’ famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police.

Counterterrorism authorities took charge of the investigation, and President Emmanuel Macron vowed that France would not bow to extremists despite being the target of multiple deadly attacks in recent years.

Paris police officers evacuated people from some buildings in the Right Bank neighborhood after the attack, which happened on rue Monsigny at about 9 p.m. (1900 GMT.) Bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise and confusion in the immediate area.

Beyond the police cordon, however, crowds still filled nearby cafes and the city’s night ife resumed its normal pace soon after the attack.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said counterterrorism authorities are leading the investigation on potential charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with terrorist motives.

“At this stage, based on the one hand on the account of witnesses who said the attacker cried ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is great in Arabic) while attacking passersby with a knife, and given the modus operandi, we have turned this over to the counterterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor’s office,” Molins told reporters from the scene.

The Islamic State group’s Aamaq news agency said in a statement early Sunday that the assailant carried out the attack in response to the group’s calls for supporters to target members of the U.S.-led military coalition squeezing the extremists out of Iraq and Syria.

The Aamaq statement did not provide evidence for its claim or details on the assailant’s identity.

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Move aside, Conor: Nurmagomedov takes 155-pound crown at UFC 223

  • Al Iaquinta, left, deflects a punch from Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov during the fifth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Al Iaquinta, left, deflects a punch from Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov during the fifth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, punches Al Iaquinta during the fourth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, punches Al Iaquinta during the fourth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, above, wraps up Al Iaquinta during the fifth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, above, wraps up Al Iaquinta during the fifth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, kicks Al Iaquinta during the fourth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, kicks Al Iaquinta during the fourth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, kicks Al Iaquinta during the fifth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, kicks Al Iaquinta during the fifth round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the bout. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, left, and Al Iaquinta, front, react after a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, left, and Al Iaquinta, front, react after a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Al Iaquinta attempts to evade Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov during the first round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Al Iaquinta attempts to evade Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov during the first round of a lightweight title bout at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrates after a lightweight title bout against Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov celebrates after a lightweight title bout against Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 early Sunday, April 8, 2018, in New York. Nurmagomedov won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted an unsanctioned brawl against Conor McGregor in a loading dock. He instead ended his long ride toward a UFC title with a championship belt to bring back to Russia.

Nurmagomedov capped one the rockiest weeks in UFC’s 25-year-history with a dominant outing over a bloodied Al Iaquinta to winn the 155-pound championship by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 223 on Saturday night.

Move aside, McGregor. Nurmagomedov is primed for main events, not just sideshows with dollies and broken glass.

“Where’s Conor? You want to fight this bus?” Nurmagomedov said.

Nurmagomedov won a belt stripped from McGregor this week because the tempestuous Irishman — who ignited a melee when he threw a hand cart and guard railing at a bus full of UFC fighters — had not fought for UFC in 17 months.

He’s now the only fighter who can stake a claim to the lightweight title.

Nurmagomedov improved to 26-0 (10-0 in UFC) in a path to the lightweight championship much more laborious than his five rounds in the ring at Barclays Center. He won 50-43 on two scorecards and 50-44 on the third.

Nurmagomedov had four fights against interim champ Tony Ferguson fall through — the latest because of a freak knee injury that led to featherweight champ Max Holloway getting the call on six days’ notice to move up in weight. Holloway was ruled medically unfit to compete on Friday, which forced UFC to bump Iaquinta from an undercard bout against Paul Felder to a title fight.

Nurmagomedov was on the bus and said he had to be restrained by security to keep from fighting McGregor in the underbelly of the arena.

Nothing stopped him against Iaquinta.

The 29-year-old Nurmagomedov once wrestled a bear as a child and he had no trouble busting open a clearly overmatched Iaquinta. He used takedowns in the first, second and fifth rounds that led to repeated blows to the back of the head that cleared the way to his first UFC title.

“I want to say thank you to Iaquinta for stepping up and fighting. He is a real Brooklyn gangster,” Nurmagomedov said.

Nurmagomedov was the clear fan favorite — fans dotted the arena wearing papakhas, a hat that that looks like a powdered wig native to his homeland in Dagestan — and chanted “Khabib! Khabib! Khabib!”

Nurmagomedov lent his papakha to Joe Rogan and called out Georges St-Pierre for a fight later this year at Madison Square Garden.

But he was ready for a fight night doubleheader against anyone.

“Give me 30 minutes rest, little drink of water,” Nurmagomedov said. “Give me 30 minutes and I can fight with anybody. Tony, Conor it doesn’t matter.”

Rose Namajunas also was a passenger on the bus attacked by McGregor and was left so shaken she flirted with the idea of dropping out of her title fight.

She stuck with it — and kept her title.

Namajunas made it 2 for 2 against Joanna Jedrzejczyk and defended her 115-pound championship with a unanimous decision victory in the co-main event.

Namajunas (9-3) defeated Jedrzejczyk in the first round of their first match in November to win the strawweight championship. The 25-year-old Namajunas had to go the full 25 minutes to win 49-46 on all three scorecards.

“I just kept saying, ‘I’m the best,’” she said.

She wasn’t sure what to think when the dolly McGregor hurled at the bus just missed her window. McGregor faces felony charges that put his fight future in doubt.

UFC President Dana White said he had talked to McGregor about fighting in September but now everything is up in the air.

“I think there’s a mutual respect between us,” White said. “I had so many things thrown at me this week. To focus on the show was insane. We’ll get back and focus on Conor McGregor.”

McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, wrote on Twitter that the former two-division champ “looks forward to getting back to fighting as soon as possible.”

Jedrzejczyk (14-2) and Namajunas appeared deadlocked through four rounds. Namajunas’ lead left leg absorbed so many punishing kicks it turned bright red, but she bloodied Jedrzejczyk with a series of stiff shots to the face. Jedrzejczyk’s right eye was about swollen shut in the fifth but she still landed some jabs that kept her hope alive of regaining her championship.

Namajunas took down Jedrzejczyk with 30 seconds left and the crowd roared in the waning moments of a sensational championship fight UFC needed following

Jedrzejczyk threw her arm around Namajunas for a hug at the end of the bout.

Nicknamed “Thug,” Namajunas was soundly booed as the challenger in the first fight at Madison Square Garden. But she left to cheers and a champion then and was clearly the people’s choice as she walked to the octagon five months later in Brooklyn. She shared a long embrace and a kiss with fiancee and training partner, Pat Barry.

UFC needed a fresh face in the women’s division with former champ and box office draw Ronda Rousey engaged in faux fighting in WWE. Rousey attended a WWE event Saturday night and was set to make pro wrestling debut in a bout Sunday at WrestleMania. She congratulated both Namajunas and Jedrzejczyk and said UFC was lucky to have them both.

White will be in New Orleans to root for Rousey at pro wrestling’s signature event.

Namajunas, who preaches the power of positivity over trash talking, proved her first win was no fluke.

“I’m just better, man,” she said.

UFC got the main events it needed after the entire card was thrown into disarray the past week.

After one of the UFC’s most chaotic weeks — with McGregor led from a police station in handcuffs to face several charges — the promotion got down Saturday night to what it does best: Put on a show.

Brooklyn was sold out with 17,026 fans at Barclays for a record gate of $3,007,108.12 for sporting events.

“Ridiculous considering the week we had,” White said.

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Seal Beach man shot and injured — suspect surrenders

A Seal Beach resident was shot several times in the leg and sent to the hospital Wednesday evening in Seal Beach, police said.

Police responded to the 300 block of 16th Street at 7:30 p.m. to find a man had been shot several times in the leg and the suspect had fled the scene, said Seal Beach Police Sgt. Michael Henderson.

The victim was transported to the UCI Medical Center; his injuries were not life-threatening, Henderson said.

The suspect, identified as Mark Sickler, 54 of Seal Beach, later drove to the Seal Beach Police Department and surrendered to police. He was being held at the station on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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Domestic violence suspect chased from Montebello through Orange County

CAMP PENDLETON >> A domestic violence suspect led authorities on a chase Thursday night from Montebello to the Camp Pendleton area where he surrendered after a PIT maneuver.

The chase began around 10:30 p.m. in Montebello but an exact location was not immediately given.

The suspect, who was traveling in a black Nissan sedan, traveled south on the 5 Freeway through Orange County and into San Diego County.

At some point during the chase in the Mission Viejo area, the suspect traveled over a spike strip, flattening one of the car’s tires. The vehicle traveled at slower speeds before the California Highway Patrol used a PIT maneuver on the car.

The car traveled off the freeway in the Camp Pendleton area just before 11:30 p.m. and the driver came out with his hands up and surrendered to authorities.

The chase caused a large backup on the southbound 5 Freeway late Thursday night.

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Garden Grove police in standoff with suspect who is inside police car and fired shot

  • Police respond to an incident in Garden Grove in which a man fired a shot at police officers from inside a police car Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Photo by Southern Counties News Service)

    Police respond to an incident in Garden Grove in which a man fired a shot at police officers from inside a police car Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Photo by Southern Counties News Service)

  • An officer secures the area in Garden Grove in which a man barricaded inside a police car fired a shot. No injuries were reported as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Photo by Southern Counties News Service)

    An officer secures the area in Garden Grove in which a man barricaded inside a police car fired a shot. No injuries were reported as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Photo by Southern Counties News Service)

  • An officer helps secure the area around 13th and Brookhurst in Garden Grove during an incident in which a man barricaded inside a police vehicle fired a shot. Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Photo by Southern Counties News Service)

    An officer helps secure the area around 13th and Brookhurst in Garden Grove during an incident in which a man barricaded inside a police vehicle fired a shot. Tuesday, Feb. 13. (Photo by Southern Counties News Service)

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GARDEN GROVE Officers late Tuesday, Feb. 13,  were in a standoff with a suspect who was barricaded inside a marked police car and fired a shot.

There was a large police presence at 13th and Brookhurst streets during the incident, according to Garden Grove police.

At around 9:15 p.m., officers were called by mental health officials to an addiction-recovery home to assist with a case of a man who was showing signs of psychosis, according to Lt. Carl Whitney, spokesman for the Garden Grove Police Department.

“We are just there to assist and protect the mental health worker,” Whitney said.

While officials waited for an ambulance to transport the man, he was put inside a patrol vehicle.

“He was able to get access from the rear passenger side to the front side …and a high-powered rifle,” Whitney said.

The suspect fired one round inside the vehicle but did not hit anyone, Whitney said, adding that it was unclear whether he fired toward an officer.

At 11:30 p.m., SWAT officials were still trying to communicate with the suspect inside of the car, which was not moving.

The keys to the police vehicle were in the ignition, Whitney said.

Officers evacuated surrounding buildings, including apartment complexes, Whitney said. “ At the moment he is armed inside (the vehicle) … We don’t want him to be mobile.”

This is a developing story.

 

 

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Police close PCH after party bus incident in Seal Beach

  • At least two display cases were knocked over at the Seal Beach CVS at 921 Pacific Coast Highway. A social media post by someone claiming to be a manager said occupants of a party bus got mad after they were denied use of the restroom. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG)

    At least two display cases were knocked over at the Seal Beach CVS at 921 Pacific Coast Highway. A social media post by someone claiming to be a manager said occupants of a party bus got mad after they were denied use of the restroom. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Police surrounded an extended party bus following an incident at a Seal Beach CVS, ordering occupants off one by one. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Police surrounded an extended party bus following an incident at a Seal Beach CVS, ordering occupants off one by one. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • At least 20 occupants of a party bus, their hands zip-tied behind their backs, sit on a curb after being detained by police in Seal Beach following an incident at a nearby CVS. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG)

    At least 20 occupants of a party bus, their hands zip-tied behind their backs, sit on a curb after being detained by police in Seal Beach following an incident at a nearby CVS. (Photo by Jeff Collins, the Orange County Register/SCNG)

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An incident at a Seal Beach CVS involving occupants of a party bus prompted a massive police response after 11 p.m. Saturday, shutting down Pacific Coast Highway near the Long Beach city limit as officers removed the bus passengers one by one and sat them on a curb, according to social media posts.

One post said police surrounded the white, unmarked bus and ordered at least 20 occupants off at gunpoint.

A video posted on Periscope showed occupants walking backwards towards officers with their hands up before their hands were zip-tied behind their backs. They then were photographed and ordered to sit on the curb.

A Facebook post republished on the Next Door app by someone claiming to be a CVS manager said party bus occupants got hostile after they were denied access to the restroom, then vandalized the store.

“It’s our policy to close the bathrooms at 10 p.m.,” the post said. “They got hostile and started yelling.”

A Register reporter photographed the front of the store showing at least two display cases knocked over.

Neighbors said they heard sirens, followed by a helicopter that circled overhead, shining a searchlight down on PCH. Some residents reported hearing gunshots, although a Long Beach officer at the scene said he hadn’t heard any such reports over the police radio.

The watch commander for Seal Beach, Cypress and Los Alamitos was unavailable late Saturday and early Sunday. The dispatcher declined to release any details of the incident.

“I’m pretty positive I heard shots,” said Tricia, a resident of Seal Beach’s Bridgeport neighborhood who declined to give her last name. “Then the sirens never stopped.”

At least 15 Seal Beach and Long Beach patrol cars blocked off the state highway near First Street.

A second party bus was stopped in Long Beach near North Studebaker Road, but it was unclear if it was connected to the incident.

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Man wounded in suspected gang-related shooting in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA — A man was critically wounded in a shooting Friday night, Jan. 12, according to police.

Around 10:20 p.m., officers responded to an alley in the 1200 block of South Pacific Avenue, where they found the victim with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, Cmdr. Michael Claborn said.

He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, Claborn said, adding the shooting appears to be gang-related.

No suspects had been identified as of late Friday night.

 

 

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