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California city pays $500K to stroke victim arrested for DUI

Oct. 21, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city will pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman arrested for driving under the influence when she was actually having a stroke. The settlement ends a long legal battle over the arrest of Robin Winger, who was...

California maskless woman in store convicted of trespassing

Oct. 21, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California woman who refused to wear a mask or leave a grocery store last year was convicted of trespassing and obstructing a business or customers. The jury found Marianne Campbell Smith guilty on Wednesday and Orange County...

Arrest in connection with body found in trunk in California

Oct. 16, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

STANTON, Calif. (AP) — An Oklahoma City man was arrested this week in connection with the killing of a man whose body was found in the trunk of a car two years ago in Southern California, authorities said. The 27-year-old suspect was taken into custody in Oklahoma on...

Man suspected of causing DUI death hours after fentanyl OD

Oct. 14, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of causing a fatal DUI crash that occurred just hours after he left a hospital for treatment of a fentanyl overdose, authorities said Thursday. Kyu Chen died in the crash around 4 a.m. on...

California pharmacy owner gets 5 years for $13M fraud scheme

Oct. 06, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man who owned a Southern California pharmacy was sentenced to over five years in prison after he admitted submitting more than $13 million in fraudulent insurance claims for expensive medication. Thu Van Le, 42, pleaded guilty in July to one...

Ex-deputy charged with stealing dead woman's credit cards

Sep. 24, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Orange County sheriff's deputy stole credit cards from a dead woman's Southern California home and used them to make purchases from QVC and an automotive parts store, prosecutors said Friday. The charges come after ex-deputy Steve Hortz...

Train service halted as workers shore up California cliffs

Sep. 16, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Train service was halted Thursday for the next two weeks as crews shore up unstable ground along cliffside railroad tracks in coastal Southern California. The planned closure between the Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo station in southern Orange...

4 accused in theft of $2M in goods from 43 California stores

Sep. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Four people have been arrested on suspicion of stealing nearly $2 million worth of retail products from 43 different stores across California, authorities said. California Highway Patrol investigators found stolen merchandise stacked “floor...

California mother who pushed baby to death found sane

Sep. 13, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A jury on Monday found a woman was legally sane when she pushed her 7-month-old son to his death from a Southern California hospital parking structure. Sonia Hermosillo, 41, of La Habra, could now face 25 years to life in prison when she is...

2 hospitalized after plane hits fence at California airport

Aug. 30, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Two people were hospitalized after a small plane crashed into a chain-link fence while landing Monday at Southern California's Fullerton Municipal Airport, authorities said. The single-engine Piper PA-24 crashed shortly before 2 p.m. and came...