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    An unidentified woman is taken into custody after witnesses said she drove her car into a crowd of protesters in Yorba Linda, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP) Loading the player... YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were struck by a car and injured Saturday during a Southern California demonstration involving members of Black Lives Matter and counter-protesters. The incident occurred in the city of Yorba Linda, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The injured people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the car was detained, said Carrie Braun, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. An unidentified woman is taken into custody after...
    Nearly two weeks after the Labor Day holiday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said it has not seen a surge in coronavirus cases associated with the end of summer weekend. In a statement released Saturday, the agency reported an average of 1,074 new daily cases for the week ending Sept. 25, compared with 1,176 for the week ending Sept. 5. Health officials cautioned that it could still see an increase in cases associated with barbecues and other weekend gatherings that have been known to facilitate the spread of the virus. However, they also said it is unlikely that the county will experience the same spike that occurred after Memorial Day and July Fourth. In other...
    As the coronavirus swept through Orange County this summer, Huntington Beach became a national flashpoint because many residents and visitors refused to wear masks, and its streets saw several big protests opposing California’s stay-at-home order. But data shows COVID-19 has delivered its most brutal blow not along Orange County’s upscale coast, but in the densely populated, heavily Latino communities. Santa Ana and Anaheim — the two largest cities in the county — have had coronavirus positive test rates more than double that of the overall rate in Orange County. While Orange County recently reported a seven-day coronavirus positive test rate of 3.1%, the rate in Santa Ana was more than double, at 8.5%. Anaheim had a positive test...
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KABC) -- The shooting death of a homeless man by a sheriff's deputy outside a San Clemente hotel has raised questions about how law enforcement interacts with the homeless.Both the Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes and local advocates for the homeless community are calling for a new approach.Video taken by a hotel surveillance camera captured the incident Wednesday afternoon. Two homeless outreach deputies had attempted to stop 42-year-old Kurt Andras Reinhold in the street. The encounter ended in a struggle in which Reinhold is accused of grabbing one deputy's gun, prompting the other deputy to fire.WATCH: Video shows struggle between homeless man, OC deputies before fatal shooting in San ClementeEMBED More News Videos Surveillance and cellphone video...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported another 22 coronavirus-related fatalities on Friday, bumping the death toll up to 1,204. An additional 282 cases were also reported, totaling 52,904 positive cases since the pandemic began. Since Sunday, the county has reported 77 virus-related deaths, which have actually been spread out over the past few weeks according to the O.C. Health Care Agency. The agency said a delay in reporting is common since the data comes from multiple sources. Last week, the OCHCA reported a total of 34 fatalities, which was down from 42 the week prior. Hospitalizations dipped from 168 to 157 on Friday, but ICU patients jumped from 42 to 50. Officials were hoping that trends would improve enough...
    Orange County officials and hospital leaders are seeking to distance themselves from Dr. Jeff Barke, a Newport Beach family medicine physician, The Lost Angeles Times reported on Friday. Barke, known for his opposition to face coverings meant to protect against the novel coronavirus, generated controversy during a live interview earlier this month when he waved a gun. Now, local institutions and officials are distancing themselves from the controversial physician. Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, who appointed Barke to serve on the Emergency Medical Care Committee, said that the Barke “exercised poor judgment in showing a weapon.” “I don’t agree with Dr. Barke’s comments about wearing masks — this board doesn’t agree with those comments,” she said. Hoag...
    Orange County has seen a spike in new COVID-19 cases as the infection rate continues to climb. There were 65 new COVID-19 cases reported in Orange County, bringing the total to 11,955 positives tests since the pandemic began. There have been no new virus-related deaths since Thursday, Sept. 17, as the total sits at 498. There are 18 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Orange County, with 16 under investigation with possible cases of COVID-19. Of the 156,113 COVID-19 tests administered in Orange County, 7.7 percent of them have come back positive, though the daily infection rate has been on the rise. The infection rate among those tested in Orange County over the past five days is as follows: Sunday, Sept....
    (CNN)Protests broke out in San Clemente, California, on Thursday, a day after a homeless Black man was fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy after the man grabbed a deputy's gun during a struggle, authorities said.Kurt Reinhold, 42, died Wednesday after two deputies from the sheriff department's Homeless Outreach Team encountered him about 1:12 p.m. near the Hotel Miramar, Sheriff Don Barnes said in a news conference. A physical altercation ensued, Barnes said, and Reinhold "grabbed one of the deputies' weapons and appears to have tried to bring it out of the holster." It's unclear if Reinhold completely unholstered the weapon."It was a significant struggle with Mr. Reinhold that went on for some time, and the deputy did state...
    A 24-year-old man has been sentenced after admitting to attempted murder and possessing an illegal pistol during an incident last year in the area. Orange County resident Ryan Discua, also known as “Soda Pop,” of New Windsor, was sentenced on Friday, Sept. 25 to 18 years in prison following his guilty plea to second-degree attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in December last year. In addition to his prison term, Discua was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision for the weapon charge. On Oct. 9 last year, Discua attempted to kill Romeo Herring at approximately 10:50 p.m. when he shot him with a semiautomatic pistol near William Street in the City of Newburgh, leaving his...
    Florida authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the death of the 3-year-old boy who was shot in a drive-by attack earlier this week. Daquane James Felix Jr. was struck and killed by gunfire Tuesday while inside his Pine Hills home, near Orlando, in what investigators believe was an act of gang retaliation. The child died at the scene, just three days after celebrating his third birthday, according to police. FLORIDA BOY, 3, KILLED IN GANG-RELATED DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: POLICE Now police are asking for the public's help in taking his killer "off the streets." "Please help us find the killer or killers of 3-year-old Daquane Felix Jr.," the Orange County Sheriff's...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County officials reported six more COVID-19 fatalities and 84 new cases Thursday. The new numbers bring the county’s totals to 1,182 deaths and 52,622 cumulative cases since the pandemic began. Two of the deaths reported Thursday were skilled nursing facility residents and two lived in assisted living facilities. Since Sunday, the county reported 55 coronavirus fatalities. According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the deaths were spread out over the past few weeks due to a lag in reporting because data come from multiple sources, officials say. Since the pandemic began, 433 of the fatalities were skilled nursing facility residents and 83 lived in assisted living facilities. “Even though the disease transmission is much...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Nine schools in Los Angeles County and five in Orange County were named National Blue Ribbon Schools Thursday. The honor is awarded to campuses based on their overall academic achievement or success in closing achievement gaps among groups of students. Out of nearly 370 schools that earned recognition nationally, 36 were located in California. The honor “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” according to the U.S. Department of Education, which presents the honors. There is typically a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. to honor the school chosen, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the event will be held virtually Nov....
    A controversial California physician displayed a 9mm pistol during an anti-mask video in which he claimed a firearm offered more protection against COVID-19 than face masks.  The comments made by Dr. Jeff Barke on camera last Thursday have shocked the Orange County community.   And Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, where Barke has businesses affiliations, said officials were 'deeply disturbed' by his 'radical' views on the COVID-19 pandemic. But Barke, of PersonalCare Physicians, has continued to rail against 'tyrannical'  CDC public health recommendations and mask mandates.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Crowds boo Donald and Melania Trump as the first couple pay their respects to... Woman is tased and arrested for not wearing a face mask at a middle school... ...
    Private schools will be able to reopen sooner than public schools in West Virginia after Gov. Jim Justice struck a deal with private schools, the governor announced Wednesday. School reopenings and other restrictions are determined by the number of COVID-19 cases per capita and the percent positivity rate in the school’s county. Each county is ranked on a color-coded scale in which restrictions progressively get stricter when cases rise. Public schools in orange and red must halt all in-person classes. As of Wednesday, however, Justice said private schools in the orange will be allowed to reopen for in-person classes if the school tests every student and staff member. Private schools in the red will not be allowed to...
    On Thursday morning, months of finely-curated planning will be turned into action at five Orange County school districts serving about 76,000 students as schoolyard gates open for in-person classes for the first time in six months, marking a widely watched return to school amid California’s coronavirus crisis. The Tustin, Irvine and Los Alamitos unified districts and Fountain Valley and Cypress Schools are among the first cluster of school systems in the 29-district county to begin opening this week — with hybrid schedules that allow a portion of students back at one time while others learn online to keep classes small to maintain social distancing. Next week, five more will open: Capistrano, Saddleback, Orange and Newport Mesa unified and Ocean...
    For the past few months, Newport Beach physician Jeff Barke – whose Orange County ties stretch from school boards to the Board of Supervisors – has captured the spotlight with his outspoken views on coronavirus precautions. Sporting a white lab coat or blue scrubs, the Rossmoor resident has led calls to reopen businesses and schools at rallies, on Twitter and in YouTube videos. He describes face mask mandates and stay-at-home recommendations with such terms as “tyrannical.” His medically unorthodox opinions have become familiar among the voices claiming that the coronavirus has been politicized in an effort to damage President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Even despite Barke’s proactive omnipresence on social media, a video he posted Sept. 17 managed to create...
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KABC) -- A person was shot and killed by Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies in San Clemente on Wednesday afternoon, the agency said on Twitter.According to the tweet, published shortly after 2:30 p.m., the shooting occurred in the area of El Camino Real between Avenida Cornelio and Avenida Ramona.The sheriff's department said the described the fatally shot person as a "suspect," but did not immediately indicate what the unidentified individual may have been suspected of.OC sheriff's deputy arrested for burglaries caught on videoEMBED More News Videos An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been arrested on allegations he burglarized the home of a man who had recently died. The person was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.DEVELOPING:...
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — A man was shot and killed Wednesday during a struggle with Orange County sheriff's deputies outside of a San Clemente hotel, authorities said. The shooting took place shortly after 1 p.m. when two deputies with the city's homeless outreach team tried to contact the man near the Hotel Miramar, sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Breckner said. Breckner said that's when a struggle began that was caught on video. “You can see his arms around the deputy’s waist. It appears he was reaching for a deputy’s weapon," Breckner said. Two shots were fired and the man died at the scene. His name wasn't immediately released. Chloe Miller, 23, saw the man being tackled by deputies and heard what...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported 156 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 52,538. The county also reported 26 additional coronavirus-related fatalities, increasing the death toll to 1,176. The 49 deaths reported since Sunday were spread out over the past few weeks, according to the O.C. Health Care Agency. The lag in reported is common since data comes from several sources, officials said. The last double-digit day of reported deaths was Aug. 27, when 12 people died. Last week, the county reported 34 fatalities, down from 42 the week prior. Hospitalizations in the county increased from 170 on Tuesday to 175 on Wednesday, with the number of patients in ICU decreasing from 55 to 51....
    Police have arrested a suspect after a shooting that left two 16-year-olds with gunshot wounds to the arm and lower back respectively in the area. When police in Orange County responded on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at approximately 8:45 p.m. to a report of shots fired at the intersection of Barcelow Street and Seward Avenue in Port Jervis and happened upon the two wounded teens, there was no suspect to be found.  One of the pair is still hospitalized, but in stable condition, while the other was discharged after the wound to his arm was treated. The next day, after an investigation into the incident was conducted with the help of the New York State Police, the Town of Deerpark Police, the Orange...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported 22 additional coronavirus deaths and 181 new cases Tuesday as county officials anticipated an upgrade to the less restrictive orange tier of the state’s monitoring system. The new numbers bring the county’s totals to 52,382 cases and 1,150 fatalities since the pandemic began. According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the new deaths were spread out over the past few weeks. Officials said the lag in reporting is common since the data come from multiple sources. Of the deaths reported, two were skilled nursing facility residents and two were assisted living facility residents. Since the pandemic began, 425 skilled-nursing facility residents and 79 assisted-living facility residents in Orange County have succumbed to...
    With coronavirus numbers continuing to improve, Orange County officials said this week that a wider reopening of businesses could be around the corner. The county is in Tier 2 — the second-strictest in California’s four-tier system that assesses COVID-19 transmission. However, officials said this week they think Orange County could soon enter the less-restrictive Tier 3, based on how numbers are trending. “There has been a steady but consistent decline in testing positivity rate,” County Executive Officer Frank Kim said Monday. “Things are looking good.” Tracking coronavirus in Orange County Tracking coronavirus in Orange County The latest maps and charts on the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County, including cases, deaths, closures and restrictions....
    ORANGE (CBSLA) — The firefighter who died in the El Dorado Fire was escorted Tuesday to a mortuary in Orange by an honor guard from the U.S. Forest Service and members of the California Highway Patrol. Charles Edward Morton, 39, was a squad boss with the Big Bear Interagency Hotshots, a team of elite specialists that works in the toughest, most remote areas of wildfires. Morton died Thursday, according to San Bernardino National Forest officials. Morton’s cause of death was not released. (credit: CBS) The 14-year Forest Service firefighter was taken from San Bernardino County Coroner’s Division to Ferrara & Lee Colonial Mortuary in Orange. Local firefighters lined the route, with many standing at attention and saluting to honor Morton....
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBSLA) — A horse was rescued Monday after falling down a ravine in Caspers Park in the Rancho Mission Viejo area. (Source: Orange County Fire Authority PIO/Twitter) The 8-year-old horse named Lola fell approximately 60 feet, Orange County Fire Authority officials said. A helicopter was able to safely bring her out of the ravine and she was reunited with her owner shortly after.
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- As some schools in Orange County reopened for in-person instruction Tuesday, COVID-19 numbers are improving enough to move the county up to the orange tier on the state's tracking system within a week.The overall positivity rate is expected to go from 3.9% to 3.1% and the daily case count per 100,000 people is expected to drop from 4.7% to 3.6%, Kim said. The percentages could be up or down, but in that neighborhood, he added."There has been a steady but consistent decline in testing positivity rate," Kim said. "Things are looking good."Moving up to the orange tier means that more businesses would be allowed to further reopen. Retail businesses and malls could operate at full...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Some schools in Orange County reopened for in-person instruction Tuesday as the region continues to see downward trending COVID-19 numbers.Though the county's schools are now eligible to reopen, not all of them will do so right away.It is up to individual school districts to decide and many are offering "hybrid models" of some in-person instruction and some online-only instruction, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said Monday.Some school districts will allow parents to continue with distance learning only.At Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, students will be back 25% of the time - or half of the day, twice a week.The Diocese of Orange County has been keeping a close eye on opportunities to reopen...
    Teachers in two Orange County school districts have banded together with bold public protests and petitions, saying they are unwilling to go back to campus in the days and weeks ahead and signaling an undercurrent of broad concern among educators over the safety of returning to in-person instruction. In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District — scheduled to open for students in second grade and younger next week— 75% of teachers said in a recent survey they were not satisfied with their district’s safety plan and felt the district was rushing its reopening. They showed their discontent during a noisy caravan protest and rally. Teachers at Irvine Unified are circulating a petition that has gained more than 2,000 signatures from...
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBSLA) — A horse was rescued on Monday after falling down a ravine in Caspers Park in the Rancho Mission Viejo area. (Source: Orange County Fire Authority PIO/Twitter) The 8-year-old horse named Lola fell approximately 60 feet, Orange County Fire Authority officials said. A helicopter was able to safely bring her out of the ravine and she was reunited with her owner shortly after.
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California man who put his semen in a co-worker's water bottle and on her computer was convicted Monday of assault and battery for sexual purposes. Stevens Millancastro, 30, of Palmdale was convicted of misdemeanors by an Orange County judge and must register as a sex offender, the Orange County Register reported. Millancastro was obsessed with his co-worker and stared at her incessently after she turned him down for a date, prosecutors said. After she filed a formal human resources complaint, Millancastro placed semen several times in her half-full water bottle — which she noticed as a cloudy substance — in a jar of honey she used for tea and on her computer keyboard, prosecutors...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported an additional 138 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 52,201. The county reported no new deaths. The death toll currently remains at 1,128. Hospitalizations dropped from 194 Sunday to 178 on Monday. The number of patients in ICU also dropped from 65 to 64, the O.C. Health Care Agency reported. Since the pandemic began, 798,188 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, including 4,485 on Monday. There have been 46,948 documented recoveries. The county has 65% of its ventilators available and 35% of its ICU beds. The daily case count per 100,000 people remains at 4.7 and the seven-day rate of residents testing positive sits at 3.9%. To move...
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — Schools in Orange County have the green light to reopen as soon as Tuesday, but some parents and teachers want to pump the brakes. A protest at Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s headquarters in Costa Mesa called for the school officials to delay reopening until the necessary safety precautions are put into place. Orange County was the first in Southern California to move from the state’s most-severe purple tier to the red tier of coronavirus infections and deaths, allowing them to begin making plans to reopen schools for in-person learning and expand the reopening of indoor businesses and restaurants. Schools across the state were closed to students in March as COVID-19 began spread across the country, and...
    For one week, it seemed like the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was aflame in bad news. Four different revelations about larcenous or fraudulent misconduct by sheriff’s personnel erupted the week of Sept. 7. Deputies and civilian jailers allegedly falsified their reserve military orders to get paid for more time than they actually served. A deputy also was arrested that week on suspicion of repeatedly burglarizing a Yorba Linda home where he had been sent earlier on a death call. A female deputy was charged with taking a suspect’s debit card and giving it to her son, who used it. And yet another deputy was indicted by the grand jury for falsifying a police report to make it appear he had...
    “The Real Murders of Orange County,” a new true-crime show on Oxygen, will debut Nov. 8, the network announced on Saturday. The series will present two episodes every Sunday night that will examine “the most horrific, sinful and salacious cases that rocked Southern California’s wealthy coastal community,” according an Oxygen press release. The premiere on Sunday, Nov. 8 includes two stories that made headlines at the time of the crimes. One focuses on the murder of Jane Carver, a Fountain Valley flight attendant, who was shot and killed — apparently by mistake in a murder-for-hire gone wrong — in 1995. The second focuses on the murders of Bradford and Andra Sachs, and the wounding of their youngest son, in San...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported 190 new cases of coronavirus and one additional death on Sunday, bringing the countywide total to 52,063 cases and 1,128 fatalities. Hospitalizations in O.C. are also down and is currently at 194 patients. Of those, 65 of them are in the intensive care unit. The county is currently in the red tier, the second-most restrictive tier in the state’s four-tier coronavirus monitoring system. It upgraded last week from purple, the most-restrictive tier, to red. To move up again, Orange County has to have a daily new case rate per 100,000 of 1 to 3.9 and a positivity rate of 2 to 4.9%. Currently, O.C. has a daily case count of 4.7 per 100,000...
    Two Sullivan County men were arrested on drug charges after police allegedly found 20.4 grams of heroin in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop on I-87 near Newburgh. Terrence Hulse, 37, and Chanel S. Watkins, 29, both of Monticello, were taken into custody after state troopers searched their vehicle at approximately 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15.  They were charged with the felonies of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.  The pair was released to reappear in the Town of Newburgh Court in November.
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported an additional 227 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 51,873. Four more coronavirus-related deaths were also reported, bringing the death toll to 1,127. One more person has been hospitalized since Friday, increasing the hospitalization count to 202. The number of ICU patients also rose from 64 to 65. So far, 786,298 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, including 8,844 on Saturday, according to the O.C. Health Care Agency. There have been 46,598 documented recoveries. The county’s daily case count sits at 4.7 per 100,000 people, and the seven-day rate of residents testing positive is at 3.9%. To move up from the second-most restrictive red tier to the orange...
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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...
    The volunteer program with Orange County Fire Watch has gone virtual - allowing them to help keep an eye on fire dangers from home."While we still have some volunteers that deploy out in the field, this allows for our volunteers that need to stay behind a device or need to stay in a location or out of smoke on a day like today, they can monitor these cameras," said Tony Pointer, the fire watch manager who can deploy about 350 volunteers on red flag warning days."By keeping an eye out, they're early reporters as well as visual deterrents for some of the accidental and purposeful activities," he said.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported an additional eight coronavirus-related fatalities on Friday, bringing the death toll to 1,123. Another 247 cases were also reported. So far, there have been 51,646 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. Virus-related deaths have been on a downward trend over the past few weeks. Since Sunday, 30 deaths have been reported. Last week, the O.C. Health Care Agency reported 42 fatalities. The week before, 76 deaths were reported. Hospitalizations increased from 198 on Thursday to 201 on Friday. The number of ICU patients remains at 64. This week’s daily case count is 4.7 per 100,000 people. The seven-day rate of residents testing positive is at 3.9%. As the county eyes the orange tier...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported another four coronavirus-related fatalities on Thursday, raising the death toll to 1,115. An additional 140 cases were reported, bringing the total number of positive cases to 51,399. Of the fatalities reported on Thursday, three were skilled nursing facility residents and one lived in an assisted living facility. Hospitalizations decreased from 202 on Wednesday to 198 on Thursday. ICU patients also dropped from 67 to 64. The county’s daily case count per 100,00 people has also fallen from 5.2 last week to 4.7. The seven-day rate of residents testing positive is down to 3.9%. Orange County is aiming to enter the orange tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system, which requires a consistent daily...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- With the general election less than two months away, Wild Wing welcomed Orange County voters to his house to cast their ballots as part of a demonstration Wednesday, showcasing the latest use for the Honda Center during the COVID-19 pandemic -- a "Super Vote Center Site."Honda Center and OC Vibe CEO Tim Ryan said he was grateful the Honda Center has been used to help county residents through food banks, blood drives, marriage licenses and now voting during the pandemic.California propositions: A voter's guide to the 2020 ballot measures"I normally am standing here introducing a boxing match or a major rock n' roll star or something related to the Anaheim Ducks," Ryan said.Starting October 30, through...
    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...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Three Orange County mayors are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue guidelines to safely reopen theme parks in the region.The mayors of Anaheim, Buena Park and Garden Grove held a news conference Wednesday to invite the governor to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm to judge for himself if the theme parks are ready to open.Anaheim has been struggling with a historic 15% unemployment rate -- higher than the 12% unemployment rate the city saw during the Great Recession -- since Disneyland Resort closed six months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.RELATED: Ongoing closure of Disney theme parks taking toll on Anaheim economyEMBED More News Videos Six months after closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there's...
    Six months after theme parks closed across California because of the pandemic, Orange County politicians, trade-worker union leaders and tourism promoters expressed frustration that the state has yet to give Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm a path to reopen. “It’s a disaster right here,” Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu said at a Wednesday news conference, joining the mayors of Buena Park and Garden Grove on a hotel rooftop overlooking Disneyland. “How long are you going to keep us closed?” Their ire was directed at Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said Wednesday that state officials were working on health protocols for reopening theme parks and that there would be “announcements soon” but did not specify when. The demand for protocols came the...
    ORANGE COUNTY (KABC) -- Harald Herrmann heads up one of the largest food banks in Southern California, and now he's stepping up even more to help in this time of extreme need.Herrmann, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, is auctioning off his personal collection of Pablo Picasso prints to help feed the hungry.Herrmann has gone public with his very own private collection of Picasso prints in hopes of shining light on hunger in Orange County and across the nation - specifically with the lead piece, "The Frugal Meal.""That piece basically came to life during Picasso's blue period, the beginning of his blue period. We're kind of in a blue period now," he said.Herrmann built the rare collection over time, targeting...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Construction was halted Wednesday when contractors uncovered human bones six feet underground while digging a trench at the future site of a streetcar maintenance yard in Southern California, officials said. Police were notified after crews discovered the bones while working on the light-rail project in Santa Ana, the Orange County Register reported. What appeared to be a rib cage as well as arm and leg bones had been partially unearthed as of 4 p.m., the newspaper said. Other bones may still be buried. An archaeologist and coroner’s officials later confirmed that the remains belonged to a human, said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna The remains appeared to have been underground for quite some time,...
    In the midst the COVID-19 pandemic and with the flu season around the corner, Orange County Health Care Agency officials Wednesday announced the county’s first fatality from the West Nile virus this year. That virus is the main cause of mosquito-related disease in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is usually spread by the “bite of an infected mosquito.” Orange County officials did not release the name or age of the individual who died. What is known is that the deceased was an older man from Garden Grove who died from complications due to an infection. His case is one of five known symptomatic infections this year, according to county health officials. There...
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County is reporting its first death of the year from West Nile virus.County health officials say an elderly man from Garden Grove died of complications from a West Nile infection.The county has reported five confirmed symptomatic West Nile infections in humans this year - and four of them were hospitalized. A sixth case that was asymptomatic has also been reported.The county notes that the majority of people who are infected with West Nile do not develop symptoms and are not tested, so the number of people actually infected with the virus is likely much higher.Orange County historical data shows the region typically experiences several deaths from West Nile every year, with a total of...
    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...
    ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- Public health officials on Tuesday announced that all schools in Orange county will be allowed resume in-person instruction starting Sept. 22.But don't expect a mass return to campus.According to the Orange County Register, most districts are planning a phased return with a hybrid online and in-person format to allow for physical distancing.A dozen more people in Orange County have succumbed to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 1,105,The county Health Care Agency on Tuesday reported 12 new COVID-19-related deaths and 150 new diagnoses, raising the total number of cases to 51,124.The 12 new deaths followed two consecutive days in which the agency reported no fatalities.The county's daily case count per 100,000 people fell from 5.2 last...
    ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- Doctors at Children's Hospital of Orange County say 14-year-old Agustina Rojas was the sickest COVID-19 patient they've had so far. But like a champ, the Placentia teen beat the virus and she's finally at home after spending 57 days in the ICU."When I came home, I just hugged my whole family cause I missed them so much," she said.The last time she saw them was back when her dad rushed her to the hospital.COVID survivor discharged from Pomona hospital after 80 daysEMBED More News Videos After an 80-day hospitalization for COVID-19, Beatrice Marquez was able to walk out of Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona unassisted. "I didn't feel well. I couldn't breathe and like my head...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — All Orange County schools will be allowed to reopen for in-class instruction next Tuesday, Orange County health chief Director Dr. Clayton Chau told the county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. So far, the county has approved 140 elementary schools to reopen through the state’s waiver process, Chau said. Orange County reported 12 more coronavirus-related fatalities on Tuesday, after having no new deaths for two consecutive days. The death toll is now at 1,105, according to the O.C. Health Care Agency. The county also reported another 150 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 51,124. The county moved from the state’s purple tier to the red tier last week, which allowed for churches, theaters, and...
    West Virginia may be changing its color-coded system for reopening schools again so every county in the orange will not have to switch to remote learning, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday. West Virginia is using a color-coded system based on new coronavirus cases per capita to determine which restrictions each county will have on schools. Green is the least restrictive and restrictions increase progressively when a county enters yellow, orange and red. At the beginning of the school year, counties in the orange, which was classified as any county that had between 10 and 24 cases per day, could not begin the school year until they reached yellow (fewer than 10 cases per day). If they began the...
    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...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Officials in Orange County are calling on Sacramento for guidance on preparing to reopen Disneyland and other theme parks as the number of coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline. Anaheim officials and the Sacramento-based California Attractions and Parks Association appealed publicly to the state for guidance on the reopening of Disneyland so they can better prepare. The state’s March 14 shutdown order also affected the Anaheim Convention Center, the Honda Center and Angel Stadium. “What we need is guidance and an economic recovery roadmap so we know we won’t go from coronavirus to a second Great Recession,” city spokesman Mike Lyster said. Orange County Monday reported 44 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and...
    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...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda is continuing his run for a second Congressional term as Republican Michelle Steel, who is the Orange County Supervisor, challenges him for the seat in the state’s 48th district. The district covers coastal Orange County from Seal Beach to Aliso Viejo, and the outcome will affect partisan control of the U.S. House of Representatives. As the gap closes between Rouda and Steel, voters are gearing up for what is already be a close race. “I really have to work hard,” Steel said about the election. “We know this is one of the harder races in the country but we prevailed in 2018,” Rouda said about his chances of taking the seat again....
    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.
    About a week before the scheduled reopening of classes, a district in the Hudson Valley reported a large gathering of students on school property as well as a staffer testing positive for COVID-19. The group of about 75 who gathered on Tuesday, Sept. 8 "did not wear masks or remain socially distanced," said Elsie Rodriguez, Superintendent of the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, located in Orange County, in Central Valley. As a result of the gathering, speculation has swirled the district may postpone its plan to welcome students back to buildings beginning Tuesday, Sept. 22. "Based on guidance from Dr. Irina Gelman, Commissioner of the Orange County Department of Health, the school district will not delay the reopening of school buildings," Rodriguez said.  Additionally,...
    Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A worker doing an inspection on a popular central Florida thrill ride was killed Monday after falling more than 50 feet (15.2 meters). Orange County Fire Rescue tweeted that firefighters responded to the Orlando StarFlyer ride early Monday after receiving a report that the 21-year-old man had fallen. The unidentified worker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The ride wasn't moving at the time. At 450 feet (137 meters), the Orlando StarFlyer is billed as the world's tallest swing ride. Visitors in swings rotate around a pole reaching speeds up to 45 mph (72.4 kph). The ride is located on International Drive, the busy tourist corridor in Orlando. The death...
    The Capistrano Unified School District is ready to go, preparing to start welcoming students back to class on Sept. 28, soon after Orange County is expected to meet the state’s COVID-19 requirements for reopening schools. But 25 miles northwest, Santa Ana Unified School District officials have laid out a more sobering timetable. Elementary schoolchildren probably won’t be back to class until at least November. High school students? Possibly not until early 2021. “We have some of the highest COVID rates in all of Orange County,” said Santa Ana district spokesman Fermin Leal. “We’re not going to reopen just because the state tells us it’s OK, or the county gives us the go-ahead.” The recent decline of new coronavirus cases in...
    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...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Several Orange County sheriff’s deputies, who are also military reservists, were accused of submitting doctored military orders to get time off from work. One of the deputies who was on probation has since been let go and six others were placed on administrative leave while the criminal and internal investigation continues. The military orders in question allowed the deputies to be on paid time off while they were expected to be doing military reservist work, which they are accused of not participating in, said O.C. Sheriff Don Barnes. The announcement of the investigations was made on Friday, September 11, leading to a somber statement from the department about the deputies’ allegations. “Especially today, as we commemorate...
    (CNN)The lawyers for YouTube celebrities the Stokes Twins say their clients, charged with false imprisonment and swatting in Orange County, California, are innocent.Alan and Alex Stokes were charged in August in connection with two fake bank robberies that resulted in their Uber driver, who was not involved in the prank, being held at gunpoint by police. "We have reviewed all of the discovery provided to our offices in this case. We can say without hesitation that our clients are in fact not guilty of any crimes," said Alex's attorneys Matthew Wallin and Paul Wallin and Alan's attorney Mark A. Gallagher in a joint news release obtained by CNN on Thursday. "The District Attorney's office will have to explain why they...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the economy across the Southland. In Orange County, the unemployment rate is a little more than 12%. And in Anaheim the number is even higher: 15%."The theme parks, the hotels, and then you throw in our convention center, is really the major driver of our economy," said Mike Lyster, Chief Communications Officer of AnaheimThe city of Anaheim sees an average of 25 million visitors a year. That number in 2020 has been cut by at least half.While Downtown Disney has been able to reopen, with precautions in place, Anaheim and the Disneyland resort are still waiting on guidance from the state on reopening theme parks. Our parent...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — In an effort to promote the wearing of face coverings, the Orange County Health Care Agency has recruited YouTubers Chad Kroeger and JT Parr of the Chad Goes Deep channel to spread the word — and hand out free masks. Hey, #OC! Looking for a @MelissaMurals-designed #positivevibes mask like the ones Chad & JT from #ChadGoesDeep gave out in @CityofHBPIO (#ICYMI: https://t.co/hrfMAplx7a)? Visit @WahoosFishTaco in #HB & #LB or contact your #OCBoardofSupervisors: https://t.co/1BfN7nIm5q pic.twitter.com/KxuIxbd4lo — OC Health Care Agency (@ochealth) September 11, 2020 The “Spread Positive Vibes” masks were designed by Huntington Beach muralist Melissa Murphy to create face coverings that offered a more OC vibe. Back in July, Kroeger and Parr went to Huntington...
    (CNN)A sheriff's deputy in California was arrested after he allegedly stole items from a home where he had previously responded to a death, authorities said.Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the department, responded to a call on July 20 at a home in Yorba Linda after a man in his 70s died there, the department said in a news release.Then on September 9, an attorney for the family estate contacted the sheriff's department, according to the news release. The attorney said some items were missing from the home, and that surveillance video showed a man who appeared to be the deputy entering and leaving the home on at least three separate occasions.The first recorded instance happened...
    A California sheriff’s deputy is accused of repeatedly breaking into a dead’s man home and stealing items, including weapon safes and ceiling fans, authorities said. Steve Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of burglary and was placed on administrative leave, Sheriff Don Barnes said. Security video from the Yorba Linda residence where Hortz responded on July 20 for a man in his 70s who died from natural causes shows him returning to the home a week later while in uniform, Barnes said. Hortz broke into the unoccupied home through a rear door and left a short time later, although it’s unclear if a theft occurred during that visit, Barnes said. The...
    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...
    YORBA LINDA (CBSLA) — Friday is the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but most public memorials have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in coordinated attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Every year on this date, Southern Californians typically come together for somber remembrances or to spend the day performing acts of service, but with COVID-19 still a danger, large gatherings are a violation of public health guidelines and most events have been canceled. One memorial that will move forward will take place at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy...
    A Southern California sheriff has arrested a veteran deputy he says investigated an elderly man’s death and then was caught on video burglarizing the man’s unoccupied home three separate times. Steven Hortz was booked into the Orange County jail on a burglary charge, authorities said Thursday. He has served with Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years. “The suspected criminal actions of this deputy are a violation of public trust, are inexcusable and intolerable,” said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes. Hortz responded to a Yorba Linda residence in July regarding a man in his 70s who died from apparent natural causes, Barnes' spokeswoman Carrie Braun said. VIDEO EMERGES OF DEADLY CALIFORNIA BIG-RIG CRASH On September 9, the Department was contacted by...
    YORBA LINDA, Calif. (KABC) -- An Orange County sheriff's deputy has been arrested on allegations he burglarized the home of a man who had recently died.Deputy Steve Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, was arrested Thursday morning and booked at the Santa Ana jail for burglary.The department says Hortz was the backup deputy on July 20 for a call to the Yorba Linda home of a man in his 70s who died of natural causes.A week later Hortz allegedly returned to the home in uniform. Home surveillance video shows him entering the back yard and breaking into the unoccupied residence.He then allegedly returned in the early morning hours on Aug. 10 and Aug. 16 in civilian...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — The Orange County Health Care Agency Thursday reported 281 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and four more deaths, bringing countywide totals to 50,471 cases and 1,069 deaths. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized increased slightly on Thursday to 239, and the number of people being treated in intensive care units increased to 64. The county’s 7-day average positivity rate was 4.2%, within the parameters for the orange tier, though the daily case count per 100,000 remained above the threshold at 5.2. At the county’s weekly coronavirus update Thursday, Dr. Clayton Chau, the county’s chief health officer and director of the OCHCA, and Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel emphasized the importance of...
    Orange County on Thursday reported four more deaths from COVID-19 and 281 new cases.The county's overall coronavirus totals are 50,471 cases and 1,069 fatalities, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.Hospitalizations in the county ticked up from 234 Wednesday to 239 Thursday, while the number of intensive care unit patients inched up from 62 to 64. The rate of county residents testing positive for COVID-19 was at 4.2% on a 7-day average. To get to the orange tier the county must be between 2% and 4.9%.The daily case count per 100,000 people stands at 5.2. To get to the next level, the county must be at 2% to 4.9%.The OCHCA reported that 716,612 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, including...
    The Orange County Sheriff’s Department plans to roll out a body-worn camera program over the next 18 months. The Orange County Board of Supervisors signaled in a nonbinding straw vote Sept. 1 that it would allocate $679,000 in funding for the program’s implementation. Formal approval is expected Tuesday when county supervisors take a final budget vote. The development was first reported by the Orange County Register. The Sheriff’s Department had initially asked to add 13 positions and receive $1.9 million in funding for the program’s implementation, but the county chief executive officer recommended that the department instead add 12 positions and receive $679,000 in funding. That sum will cover the cost of the program’s implementation only. The total cost of...
    Some of Orange County's best and brightest students were among those chosen as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, which celebrates the academic achievements of high schoolers. This week, 16,000 high school seniors were chosen from around the country as semifinalists, who are vying for 7,600 scholarships totaling more than $30 million that will be announced in the spring. To become a finalist, semifinalists and an official from their high school must submit a detailed scholarship application that provides information about the students’ academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment, awards and honors received. Semifinalists will also have to write an essay and receive an endorsement from a high school official. According to National Merit...
    The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to overturn Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directives limiting in-classroom instruction to slow the spread of COVID-19. During a private conference, the state’s highest court rejected without comment lawsuits brought by the Orange County Board of Education and others to reopen schools statewide. Robert Tyler, one of the lawyers who brought the cases, said the legal fight was not over. “It simply means that we will have to start the litigation by filing our claims in the Superior Courts because the court is not willing to permit this case to skip the lower courts,” Tyler said. “Once we proceed through the normal process, we believe we will still be victorious in the end.” The high...
    About 20,000 people were under evacuation orders Wednesday night as the Bear Fire charged toward Oroville. The fire is part of the North Complex, which started on Aug. 17. After three weeks burning, it had been at 40,000 acres on Monday with about 50% containment. Then, amid dry, windy weather, it grew to 150,000 acres Tuesday and 252,163 acres on Wednesday. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, thousands more are threatened, and three people have died. Containment was at 24% Wednesday evening. Evacuations were ordered in Butte, Yuba and Plumas counties. The mandatory zones as of Wednesday night are shown in orange on the map above.  The red area is the latest released perimeter map, and the white line...
    A female Orange County sheriff’s deputy is accused of taking a debit card from a theft suspect and giving it to her son, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Seven-year veteran Angelina Cortez, 41, has been charged with filing a false police report and faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted. “The public has an absolute expectation that their law enforcement officers will carry out their duties lawfully,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, in a prepared statement. “When laws are broken by the very people who are sworn to uphold them, the public trust is eroded and society as a whole suffers. The entire criminal justice system relies on the trust that those sworn to uphold the...
    WILDFIRES ravaging the West Coast have now killed seven people including a baby. Some 200 fires are now burning in California, Oregon and Washington fanned by 50mph winds, leaving an apocalyptic red have over cities. 4The Bay Bridge in San Francisco is partly hidden by the red haze Credit: AFP or licensors 4The sun sets behind a hill shrouded in smoke in Washington Credit: Getty Images - Getty 4The Bear Lakes Estates neighborhood has been left devastated in Phoenix, OregonCredit: Reuters In north-east Washington, a one-year-old boy died after his family was overrun by flames while trying to flee a wildfire, said Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley. The child’s injured parents have been transported to a Seattle hospital with third-degree...
    ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- A day after Orange County restaurants got the green light to resume indoor dining, several of them opened their doors for guests.That was made possible after the county moved up from the purple to the red tier of the state's coronavirus tracking system on Tuesday. Under that tier, the county can reopen movie theaters and restaurants for indoor dining at 25% capacity. Churches may also resume indoor worshipping services at 25% capacity.EMBED More News Videos Orange County moved up from the purple to the red tier of the state's coronavirus tracking system on Tuesday after the county reported 113 new cases and no additional deaths the day before. Watson's Soda Fountain & Cafe in Old Towne...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is facing a felony charge for allegedly failing to book evidence collected at the scene of a crime, prosecutors said Wednesday. According to prosecutors, 41-year-old Angelina Cortez and a training officer responded Nov. 19, 2018 to a report of a woman stealing wine and batteries from a 7-Eleven store in San Clemente. Cortez then allegedly took the woman’s debit card and gave it to her son, who then used it. Cortez, who is on administrative leave, has been charged with one felony count of filing a false police report in the incident for allegedly failing to include the debit card with the report she filed about the incident....
    An Orange County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with filing a false police report after prosecutors said she took a credit card from a suspect and gave it to her son, who then used the card to make purchases. Angelina Cortez, 41, faces the felony charge in connection with a Nov. 19, 2018, incident in which she and her training officer responded to a 911 call about a man stealing wine and batteries from a San Clemente 7-Eleven store. Cortez is accused of taking the suspected thief’s credit card, putting it in her uniform shirt pocket and later giving it to her son, who then used it. The card was never booked into evidence, prosecutors allege. “The public has an...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 194 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and nine additional deaths Wednesday, bringing countywide totals to 50,190 cases and 1,065 deaths. Of the newly reported deaths, five were residents of skilled nursing facilities. In total, 399 skilled nursing residents and 74 assisted living residents have died after contracting COVID-19. Hospitalizations in the county dropped from 242 on Tuesday to 234, while the number of intensive care unit patients decreased from 70 to 62. The county’s 7-day average positivity rate was 4.2% — within the bounds needed to move down to the orange tier — though the daily case count per 100,000 people was 5.2 — outside of the range allowed for...
    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, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County moved up from the purple to the red tier of the state's coronavirus tracking system on Tuesday after the county reported 113 new cases and no additional deaths the day before.The upgrade to the red tier will allow many businesses to reopen and indoor religious services to resume with some restrictions, said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett."This significant move to the red tier for Orange County indicates that we are hopefully getting the upper hand on COVID-19,'' Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said last week. "I look forward to cautiously opening up our local economy so we experience some level of normalcy once again in our day-to-day lives."Under the red tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom's...
    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...
    Orange County received some much-anticipated and welcome news in its battle against the coronavirus on Tuesday as it officially moved into the second stage of California’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening system. The reclassification allows for more businesses — including movie theaters, restaurants and places of worship — to ease restrictions and open in limited capacity. Four other counties also moved from Tier 1 (purple) to Tier 2 (red) on Tuesday: Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Amador and Placer. Orange County joins San Diego as the only counties in Southern California not classified as having “widespread risk” under the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system. Seven other counties are being monitored for potential tier changes, but Gov. Gavin Newsom cautioned against complacency as...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County Tuesday moved from the state’s purple to red tier, allowing many businesses and churches to reopen at a reduced capacity. Dr. Clayton Chau, the county’s chief health officer and director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, is expected to issue a new health order later in the day that spells out the details of how businesses can reopen, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said. “We knew we had already met those metrics,” Bartlett said. The supervisor added that she spent time over the holiday weekend helping businesses prepare for reopening. “I contacted a lot of businesses over Labor Day weekend to get them prepared to rehire staff and getting tables sanitized and (personal...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County moved up from the purple to the red tier of the state's coronavirus tracking system on Tuesday after the county reported 113 new cases and no additional deaths the day before.The upgrade to the red tier will allow many businesses to reopen and indoor religious services to resume with some restrictions, said Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett."This significant move to the red tier for Orange County indicates that we are hopefully getting the upper hand on COVID-19,'' Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said last week. "I look forward to cautiously opening up our local economy so we experience some level of normalcy once again in our day-to-day lives."Under the red tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom's...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County could potentially move up from the purple to the red tier of the state's coronavirus tracking system by Tuesday after the county reported 113 new cases and no additional deaths the day before.Case numbers are typically lower over the weekend due to reporting lags, but Monday's relatively low numbers are another encouraging sign. The county has met the state's metrics for at least two weeks.The county's new case rate per 100,000 residents over seven days is 5.6. To move to the next tier, the county has to be between 4 and 7.EMBED More News Videos Gov. Newsom laid out a new 4-tier color-coded system for tracking COVID-19 trends in various counties. Hospitalizations in...