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Arrest after body found inside van at California gas station

Aug. 07, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after a dead body was found last week inside a van parked at a Southern California gas station, authorities said. Donald Ratzlaff, 41, of Huntington Beach, was found shot to death inside a white...

Police officer acquitted of false report on traffic stop

Aug. 04, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California police officer has been acquitted of filing a false report about a traffic stop that said a driver had consented to a vehicle search that allegedly turned up drugs. A jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Dillon...

California detective allegedly sent graphic photos to decoy

Aug. 02, 2022 20:36 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California police detective allegedly sent graphic messages to a decoy pretending to be a 14-year-old girl and some of the communications occurred while he was on duty, prosecutors said Tuesday. The civilian decoy contacted Orange County Crime...

Pipeline company to pay nearly $1M over California oil spill

Jul. 27, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an underwater oil pipeline that spilled some 25,000 gallons of crude into the ocean off Southern California last year will pay nearly $1 million in cleanup costs. The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to accept a...

LA man to be charged with murder for 'most inhumane crimes'

Jul. 18, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors plan to charge a Los Angeles man in connection with three murders across Southern California as part of a deadly string of robberies last week at a half-dozen 7-Elevens and a doughnut shop. Investigators have linked Malik Patt, 20, to the fatal...

2 suspects in deadly California 7-Eleven robberies in jail

Jul. 16, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two men arrested Friday in connection with a series of deadly robberies at Southern California 7-Eleven stores are now in jail, authorities said Saturday. The Santa Ana Police Department released the booking photos of Malik Patt and Jason Payne, both of Los...

2 suspects arrested in probe of deadly 7-Eleven shootings

Jul. 15, 2022 22:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men were arrested Friday in connection with a series of robberies at Southern California 7-Eleven stores that left two people dead and three wounded. Police said the men are suspected in another killing and other crimes in the region. A half-dozen 7-Elevens...

District attorney’s office: Suspect arrested in deadly California 7-Eleven robberies

Jul. 15, 2022 17:14 PM EDT
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — District attorney’s office: Suspect arrested in deadly California 7-Eleven robberies.

7-Eleven shooter ended a life that had just turned around

Jul. 13, 2022 01:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After years of addiction, Matthew Hirsch was sober. He landed a stable job working overnight shifts at a 7-Eleven in Southern California, lived with his girlfriend in a nearby apartment and spoke to his father every day. Around 4:15 a.m. Monday, a masked shooter...

7-Eleven shooter ended a life that had just turned around

Jul. 12, 2022 21:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After years of addiction, Matthew Hirsch was sober. He landed a stable job working overnight shifts at a 7-Eleven in Southern California, lived with his girlfriend in a nearby apartment and spoke to his father every day. Around 4:15 a.m. Monday, a masked shooter...