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Fairhaven Memorial Park’s Movies in the Park featuring “Stand By Me” set for 8/16

August 8, 2014
8:15 pmto10:00 pm

Join Fairhaven Memorial Park for a special screening of the classic 80s film “Stand By Me” on Saturday, August 16. This event is part of Fairhaven’s free annual summer entertainment series which features two special screenings of classic, family-friendly films and a concert in the park. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and their favorite movie snacks to enjoy classic movies under the stars. The event area opens at 7:30 p.m.; movie begins at 8:15.

Date and Time: Saturday, August 16 at 8:15 p.m.

Location: Fairhaven Memorial Park at 1702 E Fairhaven Ave, in Santa Ana

Cost: Free

Event Contact: Cynthia Adair, 714.532.8921 ext. 289, cadair@fairhavenmemorial.com

Website: http://www.fairhavenmemorial.com/community/events.htm

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Three convicted of human trafficking, kidnapping and torture


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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2014

Case # 14WF2844

THREE DEFENDANTS SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING, KIDNAPPING, AND TORTURING WOMAN

SANTA ANA – Three defendants are scheduled to be arraigned today for human trafficking, kidnapping, and torturing a woman. Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis, 26, Costa Mesa, is charged with two felony counts each of torture, kidnapping, mayhem, and one felony count each of human trafficking, aggravated assault, pimping, and pandering, with sentencing enhancement and allegations for personal infliction of great bodily injury and great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 56 years to life in state prison.

Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas, 33, Costa Mesa, and Cierra Rose Thompson, 27, Silverton, OR, are both charged with two felony counts of kidnapping, one felony count each of torture, human trafficking, mayhem, aggravated assault, pimping, and pandering, with sentencing enhancement and allegations for personal infliction of great bodily injury and great bodily injury. If convicted, Gonzalez-Salinas and Thompson each face a maximum sentence of 39 years to life in state prison. The People will be requesting the three defendants be held on $1 million bail at their arraignment this afternoon in Department CJ-1, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.

Circumstances of the Case

Flores-Davis is accused of being a human trafficker/pimp who exploits women and/or children for financial gain. The victims are required to turn over all payment they receive for sex acts from sex purchasers to their pimp. Failure to follow these rules can result in deprivation of food and/or physical and/or emotional abuse.

In May 2014, Flores-Davis is accused of recruiting 25-year-old Jane Doe to perform commercial sex services for his benefit. He is accused of living in the same motel with the victim and transporting Jane Doe throughout Orange County to perform commercial sex acts.

On July 22, 2014, Flores-Davis is accused of becoming upset with the victim and burning her with a heated glass pipe that is used to ingest methamphetamine while they were staying at a motel in Westminster. He is then accused of using zipties to tie the victim to a chair, duct taping her mouth, and blindfolding her. Later in the evening, Flores-Davis and Thompson are accused of duct taping Jane Doe’s mouth and using zipties to tie the victim to the bathroom sink where she slept.

Flores-Davis is accused of forcing the victim to remain under the supervision of Gonzalez-Salinas and Thompson.
On July 27, 2014, Flores-Davis and Gonzalez-Salinas are accused of torturing Jane Doe by physically beating her, burning her multiple times with a hot electric clothing iron by placing it on her back, and tying the victim to a chair and tipping it back. They’re also accused of pouring water down the victim’s mouth and nose. Thompson is accused of aiding and abetting in the torture.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 28, 2014, the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) responded to the motel room where Flores-Davis, Thompson, and the victim were staying in after a receiving a tip through Facebook. CMPD arrested the two defendants and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital. Later that evening, CMPD located Gonzalez-Salinas in a different nearby motel and arrested him.

Members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) and the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office work proactively to protect women and minors from falling victim to commercial sexual exploitation. This case was investigated by OCHTTF, a partnership between the Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Huntington Beach Police Department, OCDA, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and community and non-profit partners. The investigation by the Westminster Police Department and CMPD with assistance from OCHTTF is ongoing.

Deputy District Attorney Brad Schoenleben of the HEAT Unit is prosecuting this case.

Proposition 35 and HEAT

In November 2012, California’s anti-human trafficking Proposition 35 (Prop 35) was enacted in California with 81 percent of the vote, and over 82 percent of the vote in Orange County, to increase the penalty for human trafficking, particularly in cases involving the trafficking of a minor by force.

A component of the OCHTTF is the OCDA’s Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, which targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers. The HEAT Unit uses a tactical plan called PERP: Prosecution, to bring justice for victims of human trafficking and hold perpetrators responsible using Prop 35; Education, to provide law enforcement training to properly handle human trafficking and pandering cases; Resources from public-private partnerships to raise public awareness about human trafficking and provide assistance to the victims; and Publicity, to inform the public and send a message to human traffickers that this crime cannot be perpetrated without suffering severe consequences.

Under the law, human trafficking is described as depriving or violating the personal liberty of another person with the intent to effect a violation of pimping or pandering. Pimping is described as knowingly deriving financial support in whole or in part from the proceeds of prostitution. Pandering is the act of persuading or procuring an individual to become a prostitute, or procuring and/or arranging for a person work in a house of prostitution.

Penal Code Section 236.1 defines:

(1) “Coercion” includes any scheme, plan, or pattern intended to cause a person to believe that failure to perform an act would result in serious harm to or physical restraint against any person; the abuse or threatened abuse of the legal process; debt bondage; or providing and facilitating the possession of any controlled substance to a person with the intent to impair the person’s judgment.

(2) “Commercial sex act” means sexual conduct on account of which anything of value is given or received by any person.

(3) “Deprivation or violation of the personal liberty of another” includes substantial and sustained restriction of another’s liberty accomplished through force, fear, fraud, deceit, coercion, violence, duress, menace, or threat of unlawful injury to the victim or to another person, under circumstances where the person receiving or apprehending the threat reasonably believes that it is likely that the person making the threat would carry it out.

(4) “Duress” includes a direct or implied threat of force, violence, danger, hardship, or retribution sufficient to cause a reasonable person to acquiesce in or perform an act which he or she would otherwise not have submitted to or performed; a direct or implied threat to destroy, conceal, remove, confiscate, or possess any actual or purported passport or immigration document of the victim; or knowingly destroying, concealing, removing, confiscating, or possessing any actual or purported passport or immigration document of the victim.

(5) “Forced labor or services” means labor or services that are performed or provided by a person and are obtained or maintained through force, fraud, duress, or coercion, or equivalent conduct that would reasonably overbear the will of the person.

(6) “Great bodily injury” means a significant or substantial physical injury.

(7) “Minor” means a person less than 18 years of age.

(8) “Serious harm” includes any harm, whether physical or nonphysical, including psychological, financial, or reputational harm, that is sufficiently serious, under all the surrounding circumstances, to compel a reasonable person of the same background and in the same circumstances to perform or to continue performing labor, services, or commercial sexual acts in order to avoid incurring that harm.

(i) The total circumstances, including the age of the victim, the relationship between the victim and the trafficker or agents of the trafficker, and any handicap or disability of the victim, shall be factors to consider in determining the presence of “deprivation or violation of the personal liberty of another,” “duress,” and “coercion” as described in this section.

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Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Contacts:

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

    

 

SAPD DUI checkpoint set for August 1 at 500 W. First St.


SAPD DUI Checkpoint

Santa Ana Police Department

Advisory: Police Department conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Friday, August 1st, 2014, 9:00PM – 3:00AM, 500 W. First Street

The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, August 1st, 2014. It will begin at 9:00PM and is scheduled to conclude at 3:00AM. It will be conducted in the area of 500 W. First Street, Santa Ana, CA.

The primary purpose of a DUI Checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, not to increase arrests. All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. The DMV reports that unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to cause a fatal crash than a licensed driver.

The checkpoint will be staffed by officers trained in the detection of alcohol and drug impairment to provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of alcohol or drug impairment. All checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for DUI checkpoint operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll v. Palmer.

All vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    

 


Man convicted of killing CSUF student Maribel Ramos who was from Santa Ana


Kwang Chol Joy and Maribel Ramos

 

Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2014

Case # 13CF1632

MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING ARMY VETERAN ROOMMATE AND DISPOSING HER BODY IN CANYON

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of murdering his roommate and disposing of her body in a canyon. Kwang Chol Joy, 55, Orange, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of second degree murder. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison at his sentencing Sept. 12, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-40, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

At the time of the crime, Joy lived at a home in Orange with 36-year-old roommate Maribel Ramos. The victim was an Army veteran who had served two combat tours in Iraq and was also a student at California State University, Fullerton.

On May 2, 2013, the defendant got into an argument with Ramos after she told him to move out of the home because he was not paying his rent. That night, Ramos was seen on video surveillance dropping off a rent check at the property manager’s office. It was the last time she was seen alive.

Sometime between May 2, 2013, and May 3, 2013, Joy murdered Ramos and disposed of her body in Santiago Canyon.

On the night of May 3, 2013, the victim’s friends reported her missing after becoming concerned when she did not show up for scheduled events. The Orange Police Department (OPD) began investigating this case.

On May 16, 2013, Joy went to the Orange Public Library & History Center and logged on to a computer to use the Internet. He conducted web searches about the human body decay process, logged on to Facebook where he saw a post about an awareness walk for Ramos, and used a satellite map website to zoom in on a location near Santiago Canyon Road and Jackson Ranch Road.

Later that day, OPD searched the area of Santiago Canyon that the defendant had researched and found the victim’s body within 45 minutes in a shallow grave. The cause of death was never determined because of the state of decomposition.

On May 17, 2013, Joy was arrested by OPD at the police station.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Simmons of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

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Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Contacts:

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

    

Santa Ana real estate seminar set for this Thursday, July 31

July 31, 2014
9:45 amto11:30 am

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The next “Partners for Santa Ana Live Event is set for this Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9:45 am – 11:30 am at the Orange County Register, located at 625 N Grand Ave., in Santa Ana.

This event is hosted by Charles’ Armijo and Sean Mill.  The event will feature speakers Robert Gragoso of Anchor Loans and Ruben Mata, a Mindset Coach.

The event is free for realtors. There is a small fee for others who may want to attend.  The proceeds will be donated to the Santa Ana Boys and Girls Club.  

Presentation Topics include:

  • How to prosper in any market
  • Smart ways to increase your volume
  • How to get started flipping properties
  • Go from selling ten properties a year to more than forty

For more info and seating, which is limited, call 714-865-0003 or 714-858-1145.

    


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