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    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A heartbroken Southern California family is preparing to bury a little boy who died after police say he was found with signs of abuse. The child was living with his father after his mother was arrested for abusing his siblings.Julio and Marie Osuna spoke to ABC7 at John Wayne Airport where the body of their 9-year-old nephew, Emrik Osuna arrived from Idaho for burial next week."I love you so much Emrik. I wish I would have been able to do more. But your voice will not go unheard. I will make sure it's heard from end to end," said Julio Osuna, the boy's uncle."I honestly just feel sick to my stomach. It's just not something...
    ABC7 brings you coverage of live events from public officials updating residents on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.Watch the live events above, and click here to watch Eyewitness News during regularly scheduled programming, listed below.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here.THURSDAY'S LIVE SCHEDULE4 a.m.-7 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News9 a.m.: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Civilian Oversight Commission meeting11 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News1 p.m.: Q&A with Dr. Nicholas Testa2 p.m.: Coronavirus briefing by Orange County health and elected officials3 p.m.: L.A. County sheriff provides update on fatal shooting of Dijon Kizzee3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News7 p.m.: Eyewitness News on KDOC - CLICK HERE TO WATCH11 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness NewsRELATED STORIES What SoCal...
    There has been a minor uptick in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Orange County as three municipalities now have had more than 1,000 cases since the pandemic began. The New York Department of Health is reporting that there have been 35 new COVID-19 cases in Orange County, bringing the total to 11,711 positive results out of 145,498 tests that have been administered. There are currently eight COVID-19 patients hospitalized with the virus, with an additional 16 in Orange County hospitals and being investigated for possible COVID-19 cases. Since March, 497 in Orange County have died from COVID-19. A breakdown of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Orange County: City of Newburgh: 1,645; City of Middletown: 1,221; Wallkill: 1,000; New...
    GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA) — Orange County public health officials say an elderly man from Garden Grove has died from West Nile virus, the first such death in the county this year. The man, who was not identified, is the county’s first human death associated with West Nile virus. The county has had five symptomatic infections of West Nile virus this year – two of whom had West Nile neuroinvasive disease and three who had fever. Four of these patients were hospitalized, county officials said. However, the majority of cases of West Nile fever do not seek medical care and are not tested, so the reported case counts “greatly underestimate the number of infected people in Orange County,” according to OC...
    Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on Tuesday, and Google is fittingly celebrating with a new Google Doodle -- of civil rights pioneer and business owner Felicitas Mendez.Mendez, born in 1916 in Puerto Rico, is most known for her role in suing the school district in the town of Westminster, California, after her children were refused enrollment at a local public school because of their skin color.Mendez married a Mexican immigrant. She and other parents came together demanding the school district allow their Mexican-American children entry into an all-White school.A federal district court in 1946 ruled that school districts were violating Mexican American citizens' rights, and ruled in favor of Mendez and the other parents.RELATED | Daughter of Felicitas Mendez, Sylvia...
    An area man with multiple DWI arrests was busted over the weekend once again for alleged impaired driving, police said. Orange County resident Michael Burgher, of Washingtonville, 54, was stopped late on Saturday, Sept. 12 in Orange County when he committed a traffic violation in New Windsor, Police Chief Robert Doss announced. During the subsequent traffic stop, it was determined that Burgher was under the influence, and he was taken into custody.  Further investigation found that Burgher has four prior felony DWI convictions and two misdemeanor convictions for DWI. Burgher was arraigned over the weekend following his arrest and remanded to the Orange County Jail without bail due to his multiple felony convictions. Since Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7), there...
    A 62-year-old Harley rider is in critical condition after he was struck by an SUV on I-84.  Orange County resident David A. Snell of Warwick, was entering I-84 eastbound in the town of Wawayanda on his 1990 Harley Davidson when he was struck by a 2018 Ford Explorer at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 12, according to State Police. He is currently being treated for his injuries at Garnet Medical Center in Orange County. State Police in Middletown are asking members of the public who may have witnessed the crash to call 845-344-5300 and reference case number SJS 9816756.
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (CNS) -- Orange County officials on Sunday reported 170 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths, bringing the county's totals to 50,930 cases with 1,093 fatalities.Hospitalizations in the county continued to drop, falling from 215 Saturday to 196, while the number of intensive care unit patients dropped from 65 to 58, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.The county's daily case count per 100,000 people stands at 5.2, and the seven-day rate of residents testing positive for the coronavirus is 4.2%The OCHCA reported that 737,558 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, including 5,136 reported Sunday. There have been 45,197 documented recoveries.The numbers came as people were returning to movie theaters across the county this weekend. Regal Cinemas...
    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a home after the resident died. The Orange County Sheriff's Department said late Thursday that Deputy Steve Hortz had responded to a July 20 call at the Yorba Linda home when a man in his 70s died of natural causes. On Wednesday, an attorney representing the family estate reported items were missing from the home and provided surveillance video showing Hortz entering the home at least three times and leaving with stolen property, the department said in a statement. Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the department, returned to the home in uniform July 27 and broke in through the rear. He returned twice...
    MEBANE, N.C. (AP) — A 50-year-old truck driver was fatally struck by another tractor-trailer as it backed into a loading dock at a South Carolina equipment manufacturing facility. Eugene Early McDowell IV, of Eden, died Tuesday afternoon at the scene of the accident at ABB Inc. in Mebane, Orange County officials said in a statement obtained by news outlets. A witness told investigators that McDowell had backed his truck into the loading dock and gotten out, just as another truck backed in beside him and struck him. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Mebane Fire Department and Orange County EMS responded and attempted life-saving measures, but McDowell's injuries were too severe. Authorities were continuing to investigate and no charges were filed...
    SANTA ANA (KABC) -- A small team of volunteers is stepping up to find a solution to help the homeless in Santa Ana.Every week, this group suits up with PPE, and load their wagons with care packages, food and drinks, and medical supplies. And while those supplies are always welcome, it is the wound care that is offered that brings the unsheltered out of hiding along the Santiago Creek River Bed.Michael Sean Wright, who founded this program three years ago, calls it the "wound walk.""It started very slowly, with a simple first aid kit and a baby bottle to wash the wounds," said Wright.These days he has more help... but not much."I really didn't know what I was getting myself...
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — School lunch will no longer look like crowded, noisy cafeterias full of students eating meals and trading items from plastic trays. Because of the pandemic, one Orange County company says it will look like entrees and sides picked by parents via app, all neatly packed together by kitchen workers in individual bags. (credit: CBS) ChoiceLunch’s kitchens in Anaheim were busy Tuesday with many of their contracted private schools in Orange and San Diego County reopening for in-person classes. Before the pandemic, students would typically line up at a lunch counter and pick what they wanted to accompany their entrees, which would be pre-selected by their parents. Now parents have an app to pick out every component of...
    Advocates for the homeless are concerned about an increase in deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Orange County. According to data from the coroner’s office, 146 homeless people died between April and August. During the same period last year, there were 82 deaths among the homeless. Although the coroner does not list a cause of death if it’s from natural causes, more than 90 of the causes for the homeless were left blank in reports. The Rev. Dennis Kriz, an advocate, believes the rising deaths may be linked to the pandemic in an indirect way, including lack of outreach efforts. Kriz has been documenting the deaths of the homeless monthly for the Voice of OC. “I think that...
    She hears the voice. It pierces the silence inside her head. She cannot make it stop. “You are ugly,” the voice rasps. “You are worthless. You will never be loved. You are nothing …” The voice is vile, scary. Imagine a monster in your ear, she said. She is now 46 years old and she still hears it almost every day. Sometimes the voice is loud, sometimes a whisper. She no longer has the ability to hear other sounds, the regular sounds in her world, the popular music on the radio she loved so much, her children’s laughter, the breeze slipping through the trees or the witnesses she questions as a homicide prosecutor. Janine Madera is deaf, due, in part,...
    Orange County, California, is offering voters the option to submit a drive-thru ballot this November election season to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The county will use the Honda Center in Anaheim as a staging location, allowing voters to cast their ballots from their cars or in person inside the arena, the Daily Pilot reported. The location will be open from October 30 through Election Day on November 3. “We’re going to have a very large setup inside of the Honda Center,” Neal Kelley, Orange County’s registrar of voters, said, “as well as drive-through lanes in the parking lot.” The Honda Center becomes the third major sports venue in Southern California to announce it will be a polling place....
    A 59-year-old man was charged with attempted rape in the Hudson Valley after he allegedly chased a woman around Walmart and attempted to forcibly remove her pants. It happened in Orange County shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. A police officer responded to the Walmart on Route 211 where there was a report of an assault. According to Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman, the investigation determined that a 34-year-old woman was chased through the store by Middletown resident John Pascucci, who allegedly attempted to forcibly remove her pants in an attempt to sexually assault her. Pascucci was arrested without further incident at the scene and charged with attempted rape and forcible touching, Wallkill Police said.  He was arraigned and...
    ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County is on the right track. That was the message coming out of Thursday's COVID-19 briefing."Orange County is currently in a blended purple-red tier, and with our numbers trending in the right direction. It is on track to transition to the red tier on September 8th, 2020. Counties must remain at each tier for a minimum of 21 days," said Dr. Margaret Bredehoft with Orange County Health Care AgencyFor schools, this could mean permission to re-open in-person teaching by Sept. 22. That's if the county's positive cases per 100,000 and testing positivity percent remain within the threshold of the red tier for 14 consecutive days.But not all school districts have testing rates as low as...
    A 36-year-old Garden Grove man’s body was found on Monday, Aug. 31, in Huntington Beach’s tide – the fourth body found in Orange County waters in a little over a week. Kevin Bechtold died in the water just before 5 a.m., according to Orange County coroner officials. He was found at about 5:30 a.m., near Tower 14, said Kevin Pearsall, superintendent of State Parks Orange Coast. Huntington Beach police did not respond to requests seeking details about how the man could have ended up in the water, or who found him. On Saturday, Aug. 29, a body was recovered in the ocean off of Laguna Beach after a swimmer went missing a day earlier. The body was that of Jeffrey...
    A man found dead Monday in the Huntington Beach surf was the fourth person to die off Orange County beaches in a little more than a week. The body of Kevin Bechtold, 36, of Garden Grove, was found around 5:30 a.m. near Lifeguard Tower 14,  about a half-mile north of the Huntington Beach pier, said Kevin Pearsall, superintendent of State Parks Orange Coast. Coroner’s officials say he died in the water around 5 a.m. The three previous deaths: • Saturday, Aug. 29: Jeffrey Tregaskes, 46, of Dana Point, was found dead off Table Rock Beach, in south Laguna Beach. He had been reported missing when he failed to return from a swim the previous afternoon. Coroner’s officials say he died...
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District officials have found the first sample of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Costa Mesa. The sample of mosquitoes was collected Aug. 27 from Fairview Park in Costa Mesa and the batch tested positive for the virus on Friday, said Heather Hyland of the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District. Two Orange County residents, including a child, have been infected with the virus so far this season, Hyland said. The infections were in Anaheim and Huntington Beach. As of Tuesday, 33 samples testing positive for West Nile Virus were found in Anaheim. Samples were also found in other Orange County cities including: Four in Buena Park Five...
    Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the risk level for COVID-19 has dropped from red (the highest) to orange for the first time since May. From the level that indicated: ” stay home, stay safe ”, now I move to a lower level: ” extreme precautions ”. He said that in the celebrations of July 4, the people in Dallas County did very well, and that is why he urged that social distancing be maintained again and use masks during this Labor Day holiday weekend. The raids were carried out across the country, but the majority of arrests took place in California, Texas and Arizona. To see more from Telemundo, visit now.telemundo.com ...
    MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A police officer was hospitalized after being shot in Orange County on Saturday night. Middletown police said the uniformed officer was on a routine patrol when he stopped to assist a woman who asked for help with a potential domestic violence incident. A man allegedly emerged from a home and shot the officer in the arm. The officer said he returned fire and hit the suspect, who was also taken to the hospital. The incident remains under investigation. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    TUSTIN (CBSLA) — A car parade in Tustin honored breast cancer survivors and kicked off the upcoming Susan G. Komen Virtual “More Than Pink” Walk. The decorated cars were driven by breast cancer survivors, thrivers and their families on Saturday. They were celebrating each other and honoring the five women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Orange County. Megan Klink, the CEO of Komen Orange County, said, “This car parade as a first time ever was really a way for us to be together in a safe way to celebrate each other and to remember that we are in it together.” The “More than Pink” Walk OC is scheduled for Sept. 26. Participants can earn a virtual...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The National Weather Service confirmed to Eyewitness News that a tornado touched down in Orange County during heavy storms Thursday.Stephen DiRienzo, from the Albany office of the NWS deployed to Montgomery to survey the area, said that based on the cross cut damage to trees and a wind gust of 82 mph recorded at the Orange County Airport, it's been determined a tornado did touch down.They still need to look at other locations to map out the exact path and assign a category, though it is expected it will be on the low end of the scale. NOW:National Weather Service team confirms tornado touched down in Montgomery. Exact path and strength to be determined by this...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Inspectors from the National Weather Service will survey damage in Orange County, New York and Woodbury, Connecticut to determine whether tornadoes touched down in either area Thursday.Officials in Montgomery, Orange County, say the town was devastated after strong winds took down trees and wires.Much of Montgomery was left without power. The village's mayor declared a state of emergency, ordering all residents to shelter in place until 6 a.m. Friday.EMBED More News Videos Governor Ned Lamont was set to meet with local officials in North Haven and Branford to view the damage. In Connecticut, the storm left thousands of customers in the dark.Governor Ned Lamont was set to meet with local officials in North Haven and Branford...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 29 additional coronavirus-related deaths and 369 new cases on Thursday. The new numbers bring the county’s totals to 947 fatalities and 47,459 cases since the pandemic began. Of the deaths reported Thursday, 11 were skilled nursing facility residents. Of the total death toll, 362 were skilled nursing facility residents and 59 lived in assisted living facilities. Since Sunday, the county has reported 52 COVID-19 fatalities. Last week, 87 deaths were recorded, and the week prior saw 89 fatalities reported. On Sunday, Orange County was removed from the state’s watch list. The state mandates that a county stay off the list for 15 days before schools can reopen. However, supervisor Lisa Bartlett...
    ABC7 brings you coverage of live events from public officials updating residents on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.Watch the live events above, and click here to watch Eyewitness News during regularly scheduled programming, listed below.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here.WEDNESDAY'S LIVE SCHEDULE4 a.m.-7 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News11 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News2 p.m.: Orange County health and elected officials hold briefing on coronavirus pandemic3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News7 p.m.: Eyewitness News on KDOC - CLICK HERE TO WATCH11 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness NewsRELATED STORIES What SoCal tenants need to know about rent payments amid COVID-19 outbreak EMBED More News VideosCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Friday banning the eviction...
    VACAVILLE, Calif (KGO) -- The LNU Lightning Complex Fire burned thousands of acres in parts of Solano and Sonoma counties and left much destruction in its path.Heard & Flock Animal Sanctuary suffered major damage however, many of the animals were saved by the heroic efforts and huge hearts of people who rushed to move the animals to safety.Michele Earl Waldman, a mom and therapist from Mill Valley, was one of the countless volunteers that filled her car with goats and herded cows to move them to a safe location.RELATED: Bay Area fires: Latest on LNU, CZU and SCU Lightning complex fire evacuations, road closuresCharlie's Acres welcomed the animals and are going to house them until Heard & Flock can rebuild...
    The California Supreme Court has taken the rare step of quickly taking up two lawsuits – one of them filed on behalf of the Orange County Board of Education – to reopen schools for in-class learning. The state’s highest court has asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to respond by this Friday to petitions filed directly with the court. Four Orange County Board of Education trustees, who sued the governor last week, gathered for a press conference Wednesday to hail the court’s move as a victory for the children of California. “We’re fighting because of you,” Trustee Mari Barke told a cheering crowd gathered outside the Orange County Department of Education building in Costa Mesa Wednesday. She was joined by Board President...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — An accidentally discharged bullet by an Orange County sheriff’s sergeant injured a John Wayne Airport employee on Wednesday morning, officials said. An employee in her 50s was shot after the round “penetrated a wall” before striking a woman in her arm around 7 a.m. The victim was treated for a non-life-threatening injury. The incidet happened in the Terminal Administrative Office of the airport, which is not regularly accessed by the ublic. Airport operations were not impacted and no delays have been reported. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is investigating  the unintentional discharge, and the sheriff’s department will also conduct an internal administrative investigation. No further details about the sergeant involved or what led to the...
    FULLERTON (CBSLA) — A 225% increase in rescue calls has prompted Orange County’s fire authority and sheriff’s department to issue a joint, public plea – please be more prepared when going out hiking. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said that with gyms closed and options for exercise limited, more people are on hiking trails. With the combination of excessive heat and more people in Orange County’s popular hiking trails, both agencies have seen a record number of search and rescue calls. Since May, helicopter rescue crews from both agencies have responded to an average of 225% more remote rescue calls in the same period the last two years. Some of the calls are far from emergencies, Orange County Fire Authority...
    By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's most populous county joined two others in being in danger of having public school athletics and extracurricular activities called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kanawha County was listed Wednesday in orange on a color-coded map used as thresholds for in-person attendance and extracurricular activities at schools, which open statewide Sept. 8. Most of the state’s 55 counties are among the lowest rates of community-spread virus cases depicted in green. The other categories are yellow, orange and red. Colors for counties with populations of under 16,000 are based on the number of new daily cases per 100,000 residents on a 14-day rolling average. Those with higher populations use a...
    Some Orange County schools opened their doors Wednesday for the first time in months, with even more students possibly returning to classrooms following the county's removal from California's COVID-19 watch list.O.C. was removed from the list Sunday. The state mandates a county must be off the list for 15 days before all schools can reopen.Fairmont Schools and San Juan Capistrano schools were among dozens given permission to reopen Wednesday.RELATED: First Inland Empire elementary school granted waiver to reopen next weekEMBED More News Videos Lucerne Valley Elementary School is offering a hybrid model and limiting class size when it welcomes back students next week. "We have given the option to our families, to either be in-class, in-person or keep their children...
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s son faces nearly 10 years in prison after allegedly stabbing his neighbor during an argument back in June. Adam Abdul-Jabbar, 28, has been charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one felony count of carrying a dirk or dagger, among other counts, over his alleged attack, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced Tuesday. If convicted he faces up to nine years and eight months behind bars. Abdul-Jabbar is accused of stabbing his neighbor, Ray Winsor, on June 9, outside of their San Clemente, California, homes. The basketball legend’s son was allegedly set off when Winsor confronted him about not taking in the trashcans for Abdul-Jabbar’s elderly roommate, according to Spitzer’s office....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — House Democrats grilled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Monday at a hearing over recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service, including Orange County Rep. Katie Porter — who has garnered a reputation for asking pointed questions. Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., (R) questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Service on Aug. 24. (Photo by Tom Williams/AFP-Getty) Porter started her line of questioning by asking DeJoy about the prices of certain USPS products, including the cost of a first class postage stamp — which he knew — the cost of mailing a postcard and the price for a square envelope — neither of which he could answer....
    Beginning Monday, Riverside County elementary schools can apply for waivers to reopen campuses.Waivers are required because the county is still on the state's COVID-19 watch list.Waivers can only be granted if the county's coronavirus numbers remain below 200 cases for every 100,000 residents.Riverside County is reporting 170 cases per 100,000, according to a news release."The waiver process won't be a rubber stamp, and elementary schools will be required to publicly demonstrate they have the pieces in place to operate safely or they won't be approved. We want exposures to be rare and, should an exposure occur, for the school to show they can handle it without putting others at risk," the news release states.Meanwhile, several Orange County schools that want...
    A day after Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was remembered on what would have been his 42nd birthday, the city of Los Angeles and Orange County honor his legacy with a day in his honor on Monday — 8/24, which appropriately are the two jersey numbers he wore during a 20-year NBA career. Bryant was remembered Sunday in a variety of ways — by his wife, Vanessa, in an Instragram post; Lakers stars past and present in exclusive interviews; the Dodgers in a video tribute and by wearing his jerseys before their game; and by Candace Parker and the Sparks, the WNBA team he supported. The city of Los Angeles declared 8/24 Kobe Bryant Day in 2016, shortly after his final...
    LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County was removed from the state's coronavirus watch list Sunday morning.The removal comes as hospitalizations and other key metrics in the county are have been moving in the right direction, with the rate of county residents testing positive for COVID-19 at 5.4%, which falls below the state's desired threshold of 8%.The county could be placed back on the list should it be flagged for exceeding any one of six different metrics for three consecutive days. Those metrics are the case rate, the percentage of positive tests, the average number of tests a county is able to perform daily, changes in the number of hospitalized patients and the percentage of ventilators and intensive care beds...
    Detectives captured an accused gunman after arresting two brothers from East Orange in connection with a shooting in Paterson earlier this month. Christian Patterson was arrested early Thursday, two days after detectives nabbed brothers Delshawn and Keyshawn Wright. Authorities charged all three with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. Patterson, 29, and Delshawn Wright, 22, also were charged with being convicted felons in possession of firearms. Patterson shot the 22-year-old victim three times at the corner of East 23rd Street and Park Avenue on Aug. 9 while Keyshawn Wright, 20, and his brother "acted as accomplices," Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora said in a joint announcement. The victim was treated at St....
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Authorities say there’s been an increase in thefts from distracted shoppers throughout Orange County. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, investigators have seen an uptick in wallets and other personal items being taken from purses while people are shopping. In most of the cases, the victim was followed through the store until the thief sees an opportunity to dip into the shopper’s purse. Sheriff’s officials say such thefts tend to happen most often at grocery stores, home improvement stores, drug stores and membership warehouses. Authorities urged people to keep an eye on their personal bags while shopping and consider zipping their purses closed or use the strap or a clip to secure it to the...
    A couple checked into an area hotel had a rude awakening after they were roused from their sleep by sharp blows.  State troopers determined, after responding in Orange County to Garnet Health Medical Center at 11:05 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, to interview the victims, that one of the four assailants was the man's ex-girlfriend.  After beating the pair, police said, the perpetrators stole the man's car and $1,500.  The man was left with contusions on his face after the attack; the woman had both contusions and lacerations to her head.  The hotel where the incident took place was not disclosed by authorities.  Troopers arrested Zhane Murray of Bronx, 25; Alexus Lorouge of Wawayanda, 25; Daquan Gil of Brooklyn, 27;...
    House Democrats’ campaign arm is reserving television advertising time in Los Angeles targeting Vietnamese American voters as the party works to bolster its standing in the surrounding suburbs that hold several competitive House seats. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Independent Expenditure announced Wednesday that it is making a reservation set to start in early September on VietFace TV, a Vietnamese-language outlet in the Los Angeles media market.  The ad is set to target the approximately 780,000 Vietnamese Americans living in California, specifically the over 200,000 living in Orange County, a historical GOP stronghold where Democrats made substantial gains in 2018.  “When we said we were going to earn every vote, we meant it, and we are proud the DCCC...
    Hundreds of jobs are coming to the Hudson Valley as Amazon prepares for its latest venture in New York. This week, Amazon announced that it plans to launch a state-of-the-art operations facility in Orange County in Montgomery in time for the 2021 holiday season, generating more than 800 full-time jobs. The fulfillment center, which will span more than 1,000,000-square-feet near the intersection of Route 17K and Route 747 has been in the works for more than a year. The $75.2 million project had to be approved by the Town Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, the town’s Industrial Development Agency. Final approvals came earlier this year. “Amazon is a well-respected employer that will bring good-paying jobs to...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 216 additional COVID-19 cases Monday bringing the total caseload to 43,925 as the number of hospitalizations dropped. No new fatalities were reported, leaving the death toll at 810. The zero fatalities were welcome news following a week in which 89 deaths were reported between Aug. 9 and Saturday. Of those deaths, 13 occurred during that time period. On Sunday, one fatality was reported, a sharp drop from the previous two days, which each saw 20 deaths confirmed. Currently, 414 confirmed coronavirus patients in Orange County are hospitalized, down from the 422 hospitalizations reported Sunday. Of those hospitalized patients, 132 are in the intensive care unit, according to the latest numbers. The...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Interim Orange County Health Officer and Director of the O.C. Health Care Agency made an emotional plea to county residents Friday, as he prepared to review waiver applications for in-person teaching.Dr. Clayton Chau's message: wear your masks."We as the adults and even for people who fight wearing masks and do not want to wear masks, this is not about you. This is about our children. This is about our next generation ... I can appeal to them that you need to do this. You need to do this little sacrifice because we have to ensure that our environment is safe for our children to grow," Chau said.That environment in Orange County is not equal...
    ORANGE (CBSLA) — A 21-year-old man was charged on Friday with groping four women in Orange area as they walked on a trial after pleading not guilty to the accusations. Saul Montiel-Tejada faces the felonies of one count of kidnapping to commit a sex offense, two counts of assault with the intent to commit a sex assault and two counts of sexual battery by restraint, along with two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. Montiel-Tejada is accused of grabbing a woman’s buttocks while she was walking in the 4700 block of East Walnut Avenue about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. The woman called police and Montiel-Tejada was arrested nearby, according to prosecutors. In separate instances, the...
    ABC7 brings you coverage of live events from public officials updating residents on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.Watch the live events above, and click here to watch Eyewitness News during regularly scheduled programming, listed below.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here.THURSDAY LIVE SCHEDULE4 a.m.-7 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News11 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News12 p.m.: Public health experts brief Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on COVID pandemic3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News7 p.m.: Eyewitness News on KDOC - CLICK HERE TO WATCH7 p.m.: Rose Bowl Institute dialogue on race and sports11 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness NewsRELATED STORIES What SoCal tenants need to know about rent payments amid COVID-19 outbreak EMBED More News VideosCalifornia Gov. Gavin...
    The Los Angeles Lakers legend will forever be remembered in Orange County. On Jan. 26, sports fans were shocked to hear that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. Nearly seven months following the tragedy that took one of the NBA’s most influential players in history, the area he called home for over 20 years is honoring him in a grand way. On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors declared that Aug. 24 will forever be known as “Kobe Bryant Day,” in honor of his No. 8 and 24 uniform numbers. The board listed how the day should be celebrated in the following...
    ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- There may be signs of a possible decrease in the rate of COVID-19 infection in pediatric cases in Orange County.Dr. Kate Williamson, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics of Orange County and Children's Hospital of Orange County pediatrician, said there's still an increase in the number of cases, but the rate at which they're going up may be slowing down.Nationwide, numbers released by the AAP show a staggering 90% increase in cases from July 9, through Aug. 6, bringing the case total to 380,174."About half of that number that we're seeing has only been in a four-week period which is in the last month, so it's nearly doubled just recently so that shows the rapid...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) — If the numbers go the right way, about 7,500 Orange County students could be back in the classroom when school starts on Sept. 9. Schools in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City are gearing up to welcome their students back for in-person instruction by making sure classrooms meet specific safety guidelines, including plastic partitions between students and socially distanced desks. Schools in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City are gearing up to welcome their students back for in-person instruction by making sure classrooms meet specific safety guidelines, including plastic partitions between students and socially distanced desks. “Our expert maintenance staff cleans the classrooms on a daily basis,” said Ocean View School Board...
    NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to officially declare Aug. 24 as Kobe Bryant Day. Bryant’s birthday is Aug. 23, and he wore the number 24, Orange County Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel, explaining why the supervisors settled on Aug. 24 as the date to honor the former Lakers legend. Bryant died on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Steel said Bryant, who lived in Newport Beach, was a “treasured member of our community” who “inspired so many men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up.” Supervisor Don Wagner acknowledged that the former NBA star had ups and downs in his lifetime, seemingly referencing Bryant’s...
    BUENA PARK (KABC) -- A big distribution event took place in Orange County to make sure parents and students are prepared to start the school year with distance learning. It's the first day of school for the Buena Park school district and the staff wants to make sure kids are prepared. There was excitement in the air outside Corey Elementary School as teachers and administrators welcomed families with a drive-thru supply event.The school is providing an IPad and other supplies needed for home learning. And with all the stress, anxiety and uncertainty from the pandemic, the staff did everything they could to give families the confidence they need for a new school year.The school's principal, Laronda Ortega, says the main...
    An Orange County child has tested positive for West Nile virus, becoming the county’s first confirmed human infection of the year, health officials said this week. The child — whose name, age and city of residence were not disclosed — was hospitalized but is recovering, the Orange County Health Care Agency said Monday. Officials said the child was diagnosed last week, but didn’t say how or when the youngster was believed to have been infected with the mosquito-borne disease. “West Nile virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring every year during the summer months and continuing into the fall,” Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Health Care Agency and acting county health officer, said in a statement....
    Hundreds in Rockland and Orange County remain without power nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias wreaked havoc on the East Coast. As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, crews from Rockland & Orange Utilities was still responding to 417 reported outages, which were impacting 1,345 of their New York customers. In Orange County, 705 of the company’s 104,130 customers were still reporting outages, while 628 of their 117,244 Rockland County residents were still in the dark. During the storm, more than 200,000 Rockland & Orange customers lost power due to the high wind gusts and rain that the storm brought. In Orange County, multiple outages were still reported in: Blooming Grove; Chester; Crawford; Deerpark; Goshen; Highland...
    There are still thousands who remain without power in Rockland and Orange counties five days after Tropical Storm Isaias barreled through the region. Orange & Rockland Utilities is reporting 5,876 of its 302,789 customers are still experiencing outages on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:15 a.m.  In Orange County, 1,957 of 104,130 customers (1.9 percent) are in the dark. In Rockland County, 1,593 of 117,244 customers (1.36 percent) are without power. The estimated time of restoration in both counties is 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. In Orange County, six Central Hudson customers are also reporting outages.
    By Gregory Lemos | CNN Attorney Ben Crump has filed a civil lawsuit against several entities including, The Walt Disney Co. and the Orange County Sheriff, on behalf of Hester Burkhalter, a 69-year-old White woman from Hickory, North Carolina, and her family. Crump said she “was wrongfully arrested and taken into custody at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for possessing federally legal CBD oil” in 2019. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory derived from the cannabis plant. According to Crump and a July 29 complaint, a lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County against The Walt Disney Company and a number of its executives as well as the Orange County Sheriff...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – A grandmother who was arrested for having CBD oil in her purse has filed a civil lawsuit against several entities including, The Walt Disney Co. and the Orange County Sheriff. Attorney Ben Crump said Hester Burkhalter, a 69-year-old woman, “was wrongfully arrested and taken into custody at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for possessing federally legal CBD oil” in 2019. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory derived from the cannabis plant. According to Crump and a July 29 complaint, a lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orange County against The Walt Disney Company and a number of its executives as well as the Orange County Sheriff and a number...
    A North Carolina great-grandmother is suing Disney World after she was arrested for having CBD oil in her bag at the park in a $18million lawsuit. Hester Burkhalter, 69, was arrested on April 15, 2019 when Disney security found a vial of cannabinoid oil, or CBD oil, in her purse when she handed it to be searched at Magic Kingdom, where she was visiting with her two adopted children. The new lawsuit was announced Wednesday by prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who also represents the cases of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, against Disney, the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Department. They allege Burkhalter was wrongfully arrested and detained for the oil, which was for medicinal purposes...
    As Poseidon Water pursues the final government approvals needed to build one of the country’s biggest seawater desalination plants, the company still cannot definitively say who will buy the 50 million gallons a day of drinking water it wants to produce on the Orange County coast. That’s one of several questions that continue to dog the $1-billion Huntington Beach project as Poseidon tries to seal an iron-clad deal more than two decades after it first proposed the ocean desalter. During two long days of online hearings last week, members of a regional board that is about to vote on a key Poseidon permit challenged proponents on a number of fronts. They wondered whether Orange County needs the costly supply....
    Tens of thousands in the Hudson Valley remain without power a day after Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through the region, toppling trees and power lines. Crews worked through the night, but thousands of Orange and Rockland County residents were still in the dark as of 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Nearly half of Orange & Rockland’s customers remain without power, as the utility company responds to 2,807 outages that were impacting 122,121 of its 301,917 customers. Orange & Rockland Utilities had 49,838 customers without power in Rockland, while an additional 25,669 were still in the dark in Orange County. In Orange County, 31,494 Central Hudson, and 329 NYSEG customers were also still without power. According to Central...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — For many renters, it is welcome news that rent prices are starting to get lower and lower in Los Angeles and Orange County after nearly 10 years of rent hikes. The reason for the drop in costs is the pandemic, but some experts say the effects could be here to stay. A trend Brian Griffin, a realtor with Compass Real Estate, identified during this pandemic is that people are opting to leave L.A. for more affordable cities and to be closer to family, or to purchase property instead. “We’re actually seeing people moving out of the apartments and condos and they are purchasing something, which is actually driving the strong housing market here in L.A. and...
    Coronavirus hospitalizations in Los Angeles and Orange counties have dropped over the past week, which may be evidence that actions taken to limit the virus’ spread are working, public health officials said Sunday. There were 1,784 confirmed coronavirus patients in L.A. County hospitals Saturday compared with 2,017 last Saturday, a drop of nearly 12%, according to the Los Angeles Times’ coronavirus tracker. Orange County reported 19% fewer coronavirus patients in its hospitals — 554 Saturday versus 687 a week before. “We are hopeful that collective actions taken over the past couple of weeks have allowed us to get back to the work of slowing the spread,” Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, said in a statement. “It is...
    Authorities have identified the bicyclist struck and killed by multiple vehicles in East Orange last week. Steven B. Allen, Jr., 26, of Orange, was riding on Freeway Drive and Evergreen Place when he was hit by several cars around 2 p.m., last Wednesday, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and East Orange Police Director Dominick Saldida said. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation remains active and ongoing and no charges were been filed against the drivers. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.
    Southern California counties continue to report high death tolls from the coronavirus. Orange County reported 31 new deaths Saturday. Los Angeles County tallied 50, which officials contrasted with last week, when an average of 38 people were dying each day. “The number of deaths we are seeing is a sad reminder of the devastation COVID-19 causes,” Barbara Ferrer, the L.A. County health director, said in a statement. Statewide, at least 214 coronavirus-related fatalities were reported Friday, according to a Los Angeles Times tally, the fifth time in July California has broken a single-day record in reported cases, and the third time this week. The record was last broken on Wednesday, when 176 deaths were recorded. The average number of daily...
    Recognize him? An alert has been issued by New York State Police investigators in Orange County who are attempting to track down a man who was busted with drugs during a traffic stop on I-87 in Harriman. Police said that Pusey was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance when he was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped on the interstate. He allegedly was in possession of 93 grams of crack cocaine. Following his arrest, Pusey was released, and he later failed to return to court and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest in Orange County.According to police, Pusey has ties to the Bronx, and Jamaica. He has also been known to go by the...
    The day was fading fast in Laguna Beach, where people often gather at the water’s edge to celebrate gauzy, pink-toned sunsets. At Heisler Park, my wife and I found a nice perch to take it all in, and watched as a nearby gathering of people grew in numbers, with lawn chairs neatly arranged and a food buffet table set up. “This is my sister,” one man said, introducing a late arrival to the others in the group. There were elbow bumps and cordial greetings, and the sister took a seat inches from another person. Soon, about 10 or 12 people had gathered. It was a lovely scene, friends and family enjoying each other’s company on a pleasant eve to take...
    Health officials in Orange County say while it may look like the spread of coronavirus is slowing, that likely isn't the case.According to the O.C. Register, a backlog of tests and a lag in data is making it appear as though new cases are slowing down.Officials say the drop from around 221 cases last week to 150 this week is a result of slow reporting from labs.RELATED: Death toll rises past 600, hospitalization numbers declineHealth officials believe the actual case rate is higher, but it's unclear how much higher.O.C. health officials on Thursday reported another 17 COVID-19 fatalities, raising the death toll over 600, along with 506 more coronavirus diagnoses to bring the cumulative case total to 35,778, but hospitalization...
    Some parts of the Hudson Valley are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases. Though the state continues to contain the virus, there was an uptick in the number of cases in Ulster and Orange counties reported this week. In Ulster County, there were 37 new cases reported on Thursday, July 30 out of 967 people tested, bringing the infection rate up to 3.8 percent. In Orange County, 2,123 people were tested, with 38 (1.8 percent) testing positive. No other county in the mid-Hudson Valley region had an infection rate above 1.2 percent. The infection rate for the entire region has stayed relatively steady in recent days. In Ulster County, there have been 2,037 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and 91 virus-related fatalities....
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A longtime newspaper editor was killed after his pickup truck was hit by a driver who was street racing with another vehicle in Santa Ana Thursday morning, police said.The crash claimed the life of Eugene Harbrecht, 67. He worked at the Orange County Register for 35 years.Santa Ana police said a BMW and an Infiniti were street racing in the area of Bristol Street and Santa Clara Avenue at about 11:45 a.m. when the BMW slammed into Harbrecht's truck.The truck then crashed into an electrical box and fence before catching on fire.RELATED: Wild video shows drivers illegally take over intersection in TustinEMBED More News Videos People in Tustin defied stay-at-home orders and many appeared to...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A longtime newspaper editor was killed after his pickup truck was hit by a driver who was street racing with another vehicle in Santa Ana Thursday morning, police said.The crash claimed the life of Eugene Harbrecht, 67. He worked at the Orange County Register for 35 years.Santa Ana police said a BMW and an Infiniti were street racing in the area of Bristol Street and Santa Clara Avenue at about 11:45 a.m. when the BMW slammed into Harbrecht's truck.The truck then crashed into an electrical box and fence before catching on fire.A good Samaritan smashed the window and pulled Harbrecht out of the vehicle, but he later died at an area hospital.The driver of the...
    A longtime editor for the Orange County Register was killed Thursday in what authorities believe was a street racing crash, according to the Register and Santa Ana police. Police responded to the crash at about 11:45 a.m. at Bristol Street and Santa Clara Avenue, where a BMW slammed into Eugene Harbrecht’s Ford pickup as he was making a left turn. The driver of the BMW and another vehicle were allegedly street racing on Bristol Street, police said. Witnesses said the pickup burst into flames and they tried helping Harbrecht, who was unconscious, out of the car. “We knew it was intense after the first bang,” witness Guillermo Velazquez told KTLA News. “That’s when we were able to...
    Irvine, Calif. (KABC) -- Healthcare workers everywhere are dealing with elevated levels of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So a mother and daughter team is doing their part to help relieve some of this stress by making and donating scented candles to doctors and nurses in Orange County, California."Anytime I watch the news and see these healthcare workers and the patients, it makes me very emotional," said Rammy Streit, co-founder of Calm Me Candles. "Our candles, the whole purpose of them is to bring positivity, calmness and happiness to others,""I work in surgical ICU where we are taking care of the COVID positive patients," said Vickie Nimmo, an RN at UC Irvine Medical Center. "It's a very stressful time,...
    PLACENTIA (KABC) -- As the pandemic stretches on one thing remains constant: the need for masks. A group of volunteers in Orange County have dedicated themselves to meeting that need.The North OC Masks for Outreach is a group of volunteers dedicated to making high quality face masks during the Covid-19 pandemic."I was laid off from work on March 13 and I spent an entire week sitting on the couch crying watching the news, all the nurses and doctors begging for facemasks and PPE, all the horror stories they were going through at that time," said Becky Kirchner.She started a Facebook group, and saw the number of volunteers go from 16 to 1700 in just weeks. And thanks to their hard...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Convicted sex offender Cary Jay Smith, who at one point had not been required to register, has now been added to the state's official Megan's Law database.Smith, 59, has generated controversy since he was released from a mental hospital earlier this month after 20 years of confinement. At one point he had been on the state's sex offender list but was removed in 2005. That concerned local officials who described him as a danger to the community.After efforts by local and state officials, he was once again required to register.As of Tuesday, his name, photograph and description are now listed in the Megan's Law database.Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer says the state Attorney General's...
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA) — A small plane landed safely on the side of the 5 Freeway between San Clemente and San Onofre Monday afternoon. The plane landed on the southbound 5 Freeway, south of Basilone just before 1 p.m. because it was experiencing mechanical failure. I-5 SB south of Basilone. Use caution in the area and expect delays. Airplane landed on the freeway due to mechanical failure. No injuries, no vehicles hit. Plane is fully on right shoulder. Unknown duration for removal. Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/3Gb5YTu20M — CHP OCEANSIDE AREA (@CHP_Oceanside) July 27, 2020 No injuries were reported and no vehicles were hit. Oceanside-area CHP officers say it’s not known when the plane will be removed.
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A Georgia mother is in trouble with the law for trying to bring two guns and marijuana into Epcot at Walt Disney World and the illegal contraband was hidden in her child’s diaper bag, according to court documents. Yunique Smith, 27, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was arrested July 18 on misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Smith was going through the Epcot security line with an adult man, their 7-month-old daughter and her 7-year-old son when the guard spotted a 9mm handgun and a plastic bag containing marijuana, an arrest report said. Orange County deputies responded. A search of the diaper bag revealed a second gun, a .45 caliber...
    The positive testing rate for COVID-19 in the Hudson Valley has remained steady, according to three-day data released Thursday, July 23. Of the 69,698 tests conducted on Wednesday, July 22 in New York State, 811, or 1.16 percent, were positive. In the Hudson Valley, the positive percentages in the last three days are as follows: Monday, July 20: 1.1 percent Tuesday, July 21: 0.9 percent Wednesday, July 22: 0.9 percent Here's a rundown of the number of new cases per Hudson Valley county: Westchester, 31 Dutchess, 13 Orange, 8 Rockland, 8 Ulster, 2 Putnam, 3 Sullivan, 2 Here is overall state data for Wednesday: Patient Hospitalization - 706 (-8) Patients Newly Admitted - 71 (-10) Number...
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (KABC) -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who attacked and attempted to sexually assault a 48-year-old woman in San Juan Capistrano.According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the assault happened at a parking lot of a business Sunday at about 10:45 p.m. in the 27000 block of Calle Arroyo.The woman was dragged near a dumpster, where authorities say the suspect attempted to sexually assault her. She fought back and was able to escape. #OCSDPIO Investigators are looking to identify a man suspected of assaulting and attempting to sexually assault a 48-year-old female victim in the city of San Juan Capistrano. pic.twitter.com/jDw1xlRSAc— OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) July 22, 2020A composite sketch...
    IRVINE, Calif. -- As Orange County deals with a surge in coronavirus cases that has given it the second-highest total among California's counties, experts are looking at where the caseloads are highest - and why.Experts say COVID-19 first came to Orange County through the wealthier coastal communities, like Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar.But now cases are highly concentrated in low-income Latino communities in cities like Santa Ana and Anaheim.RELATED: California sees record-breaking number of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Newsom announcesDr. Daniel Parker, an epidemiologist at the University of California Irvine specializes in mapping out infectious diseases."This started in affluent communities on the coastal area," Parker said. "These are people who may have had stronger ties to places...
    Her throat was slit. She wore a flower print blouse and purple pants. Her body was found in a bean field in Huntington Beach. Her shoes, size 7, offered a clue – they were made in upstate New York. Teams of cops and young cadets walked side-by-side through the muddy field near the corner of Newland Street and Yorktown Avenue. They found tire tracks and a cigarette butt. But there was nothing to identify her. She has been known as “Jane Doe” or by the coroner’s code “68-00745-C.” She was raped, killed and dumped out the passenger’s side of a car. And now, after 52 years, thanks to some slick genealogical work, both the victim and the alleged killer have...
    ORANGE (CBSLA) — The principal of St. John’s Lutheran School of Orange is hoping that children will fill the school’s empty desks when classes begin in less than a month. Principal Jake Hollatz has submitted a waiver to the ban on in-person instruction, which if approved could mean on-campus learning. “So our families really want face-to-face,” Hollatz said. “We polled our families last week before the governor’s orders, and about 73% of them said that they wanted face-to-face instruction and that really bolstered us to submit this waiver.” The paperwork has already been submitted to the Orange County Health Care Agency which can grant the waiver that applies to K through eigth-grade schools. However, it’s not yet clear what conditions...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- In a grim milestone amid the coronavirus pandemic, Orange County has reported the second-highest number of cases among all counties in California, with 30,976.Only Los Angeles County has more cases -- 161,673.Orange County health officials on Tuesday reported 20 more COVID-19 fatalities to push the death toll to 513, along with 990 additional coronavirus diagnoses and a sharp increase in the number of hospitalized patients: 666 on Monday to 700.The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Orange County hospitals increased from 666 on Monday to 700 Tuesday, and the number of patients in intensive care units rose from 214 to 234.The newest cases raise the cumulative total to 30,976 since the pandemic began,...
    Orange County now has the second-most coronavirus infections in California, as the region and state continue to grapple with sharp spikes in the number of confirmed cases. The cumulative COVID-19 case count in Orange County was 29,986 Tuesday, just ahead of Riverside County’s 29,983. Only Los Angeles County is higher, with nearly 160,000 cases. Over the last 14 days, Orange County has reported 12,104 additional COVID-19 cases, a figure that trails only that of Los Angeles, according to The Times’ coronavirus tracker. During that same time, Riverside County has confirmed 9,428; San Bernardino County, 8,754; and San Diego County, 7,135. When accounting for population, however, Orange County has reported fewer overall cases per 100,000 residents than Los...
    Confirmed cases of the coronavirus are rising steadily in Orange County, as it overtook Riverside County to be the county with the second-largest number of cases in California, according to local health department updates. Orange County now has had 29,986 cases reported since testing began locally, according to the latest data released Monday, July 20, by the Orange County Health Care Agency. Riverside County has 29,983 cases as of Monday, according to the Riverside University Health System. Los Angeles County has the highest number of cases in California at nearly 160,000. The county is also by far the biggest in the state population-wise at more than 10 million residents. RELATED: Orange County reports nearly 30,000 positive tests for the coronavirus...
    The Orange County district attorney’s office said two of its former veteran prosecutors committed malpractice by willfully ignoring the use of a veteran government informant to obtain a confession from mass killer Scott Dekraai, according to an internal review of the so-called Orange County “snitch scandal” that was made public Monday. The 57-page report concludes that the two men tasked with prosecuting Dekraai — the admitted gunman who claimed eight lives in the 2011 Seal Beach salon massacre — made a “deliberate choice not to find out the criminal and informant history” of Fernando Perez, who was housed next to Dekraai when he confessed to the shootings days after his arrest. Dekraai’s trial was key to revealing that the Orange...
    After generations of benefiting from a conservative trope that painted Asian Americans as shining examples of how to assimilate and overcome racism, Tammy Kim said a wave of discrimination tied to the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped reality for many Asian Americans in Orange County. “We went from ‘model minority’ status to suddenly, at the drop of a hat, being ‘foreigners’ who are told to go back where we came from,” said Kim, managing director of the Korean American Center in Irvine. Now, say Kim and others, there’s a sense that acceptance of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is as fragile as it is for Latinx, Black and other minority communities. That realization, they say, is fueling a surge of political activism....
    Orange County reported 25 more deaths connected to the novel coronavirus on Saturday, the third-highest day on record as the number of confirmed cases continues to surge. Health officials said that 109 deaths have been reported in the last two weeks, and 494 since the pandemic began. The deaths reported Saturday included seven people who lived in institutional settings such as nursing homes. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases countywide climbed to 29,011, with 702 new cases reported Saturday. The number of infections in Orange County has grown dramatically over the last month, and is now second only to Los Angeles County. Across California, transmission rates for coronavirus continued to rise. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases topped...
    In the first months of the pandemic, Orange County leaders looked at the frightening coronavirus outbreaks and rising death toll to the north in Los Angeles County and felt their communities were doing pretty well in comparison. “Orange County has the lowest rate of confirmed cases in comparison to our neighboring counties,” Michelle Steel, chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, said on May 21, just two days before the county was cleared by the state to reopen restaurants for indoor dining. “Orange County is in good condition.” But less than two months later, the conditions have changed dramatically. Over the last week, Orange County as well as two other suburban counties to the east of L.A. —...
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    A Florida sheriff who took the knee with Black Lives Matter protests last months has had his re-election endorsement by a Florida police union rescinded.  Members of the The Fraternal Order of Police who voted unanimously to rescind the endorsement of Orange County Sheriff John Mina in his re-election bid on Tuesday. A survey of members found that a majority of respondents complained about low morale, with many saying they believed that Mina would not back them up if they were involved in a use-of-force case that became public, according to Fox 35. A number of Sheriff Mina's deputies were disappointing when he took a knee - a sign of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating against police brutality and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rite Aid is expanding its COVID-19 testing capacity with more than 100 new drive-thru testing sites opening Thursday across Southern California — including more than two dozen locations in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. No cost testing will be available by appointment for people 18 years of age or older, regardless of whether the person is experiencing symptoms, according to the pharmacy’s website. People who get tested can expect results in three to five days. Los Angeles County locations providing testing starting Thursday are: 1208 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena; 107 S. Long Beach Blvd., Compton; 2059 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; 9333 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera; 8447 Alondra Blvd., Paramount; 1356 West Avenue J,...
    The Orange County Board of Education, a five-member body with little power, on Monday voted 4-1 to issue a document saying students should return to traditional classrooms, without masks, when local schools resume next month. A day later, that symbolic vote – which urges a plan that, if implemented, could run counter to federal and state health guidelines – drew national media attention and a letter of rebuke from the county’s congressional delegation. “We are deeply concerned by the Board’s decision to not address the health threats that COVID-19 poses to our community with its recommendations to reopen schools without the use of face masks, social distancing or reduced class sizes,” wrote House members Linda T. Sanchez, Harley Rouda, Katie...
    Recommendations approved by the Orange County Board of Education to welcome students back to campuses without increased social distancing in classrooms or the mandatory use of masks were met with a fierce backlash from educators and parents Tuesday, highlighting the larger divide in the county over the use of face coverings and other coronavirus protections. How to reopen schools has become a major political battle, with President Trump pushing educators to get kids back into the classroom despite a surge of new COVID-19 cases and concerns that in-person instruction is simply not safe. Los Angeles, San Diego and a growing number of other communities in California are putting off reopening plans, citing the coronavirus spike and a lack of testing...
    Officials in Orange County, Calif., are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to intervene in the case of a “dangerous” sex offender who was released from a state mental hospital after more than 20 years when the hospital allowed his hold expire on Saturday, reports said. Cary Jay Smith, 59, of Costa Mesa, Calif. has been living in state hospitals since 1999 when his then-wife gave authorities a note he wrote about sexual acts he wanted to commit against a 7-year-old boy living in his neighborhood, the Orange County District Attorney’s office wrote in a press release. After initially being kept on a 72-hour psychiatric hold and a series of civil trials it was decided he “demonstrated danger of inflicting substantial physical...