Suspected car thief barricaded himself in a home near Madison Park for six hours and more...


Suspected car thief barricaded himself in a home near Madison Park for six hours


Santa Ana Crime Scene

The SAPD SWAT team took action when a suspected car thief locked himself up in a home near the 1800 block of South Cedar Street, in Santa Ana, today at noon, according to the O.C. Register.

The suspect stayed in the home, which is located just south of Madison Park, until 6 pm when a K-9 police dog was sent into the home.  The suspect was then arrested.

Madison Park

The SAPD is still trying to figure out of the man was in his own home.  The home may belong to one of his relatives.

The police think the suspect stole a car a few days ago.

The SAPD did not release any names.

The incident happened a few blocks west of Century High School, in Santa Ana’s Ward 1, which is represented by Mayor Pro Tem Vince Sarmiento.

    

 


Orange County Marathon road closures coming on May 3


OC Marathon and Half Marathon

Costa Mesa Police Department

Advisory: Orange County Marathon Road Closures in Costa Mesa

This Sunday, May 3, 2015, is the Orange County Marathon. This year’s race will end at the Orange County Fair and Event Center. There will be several road closures in effect on Sunday throughout Costa Mesa.

Some of the major street closures include:

  • Newport Blvd. – northbound from Fair Dr. to Mesa Dr.
  • Newport Blvd. – southbound left turn only at Mesa Dr.
  • Santa Ana Ave. – southbound from Bristol St. to Mesa Dr.
  • Red Hill Ave. – southbound from Main St. to Baker St.
  • Bear St. – northbound from South Coast Dr. to Sunflower Ave.
  • Adams Ave. – eastbound from Placentia Ave. to Mesa Verde Dr. East
  • Placentia Ave. – northbound from Estancia High School to Oriole Dr.
  • Fairview Rd. – northbound from Fair Dr. to Merrimac Way.

OC Marathon Course Map

These are only a few of the closures in effect for the race. For a complete list of closures, please visit the Orange County Marathon website at www.ocmarathon.com.

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Three businessmen charged with ripping off their workers on public works projects


OCDA Seal

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 15CF0737

Date: April 27, 2015

THREE BUSINESSMEN CHARGED FOR TAKING WORKERS’ WAGES ON PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT

SANTA ANA – Three businessmen have been charged for defrauding employees by taking their wages on a public works project. Saeed Kenari, 54, Tujunga, is charged with four felony counts of conspiring to take a portion of workers’ wages on a public works project, 34 felony counts of taking workers’ wages on a public works project, 20 felony counts of failure to pay taxes, four felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, and 10 felony counts of conspiring to file a false or forged document with a sentencing enhancement allegation for property loss over $200,000. If convicted, Kenari faces a maximum sentence of 56 years and three months in state prison. Kenari is being held on $340,000 bail and was arraigned today. He is scheduled for pre-trial on May 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

Co-defendant Rina Arakelian, 62, Glendale, is charged with four felony counts of conspiring to take a portion of workers’ wages on a public works project, 34 felony counts of taking workers’ wages on a public works project, four felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, and 10 felony counts of conspiring to file a false or forged document with a sentencing enhancement allegation for property loss over $200,000. If convicted, Arakelian faces a maximum sentence of 27 years in state prison. Arakelian is being held on $340,000 bail and is scheduled for continued arraignment on May 15, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center.

Co-defendant Shahan Haider Zaidi, 44, Long Beach, is charged with four felony counts of conspiracy to commit fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years and six months in state prison. Zaidi remains a fugitive.

Between October 2006 and December 2012, Kenari is accused of operating Sunland Fire Protection (SFP) in Glendale. Kenari is accused of conspiring to take a portion of his workers’ wages on SFP’s public works projects from newly immigrated workers who were not familiar with the law. Kenari is accused of hiring Arakelian as a bookkeeper and Zaidi as an office worker and an estimator with SFP. Kenari is accused of accepting public works projects for SFP in both Los Angeles and Orange County.

Kenari, Arakelian, and Zaidi are each accused of falsifying SFP payroll records in order to conceal the hours worked by workers who were not paid their full wage. Kenari is accused of failing to report over $1 million in payroll to the Employment Development Department resulting in a loss of over $100,000.

This case was referred to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) after investigating the wage theft and issuing a Civil Wage and Penalty.

“These types of crimes have an incredibly negative impact on both workers and on our state economy,” said Christine Baker, director of DIR. “We will continue to hold employers like these accountable for failing to follow laws that protect workers as well as businesses that play by the rules.” The Labor Commissioner’s Office is a division of the DIR.

“Our office is committed to seeking the harshest penalties for contractors who intentionally steal wages from their workers and cheat their competitors by gaining public works projects unlawfully,” stated Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “I also want to commend the criminal enforcement at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office,” said Su.

Deputy District Attorney Donde McCament of the Workman’s Compensation Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.

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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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

    

 


Free SAUSD student art exhibit at the Bowers Museum on April 30

April 30, 2015
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

Artspiration

News Release

Celebrating the Art of Students in Santa Ana

April 27, 2015 – The Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation (SAPSF) in partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District is celebrating the success and creativity of the arts during the 3rd Annual Artspiration, an event benefiting the Santa Ana Unified School District Arts and Music Programs, to be held Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the beautiful Bowers Museum, located at 2002 N. Main Street, in Santa Ana.

“Artspiration offers an opportunity to showcase our great student artists and their art. Student art on display at the Bowers Museum allows our students, parents and teachers to celebrate the arts,” said Rob Richardson, President of SAPSF. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase exceptional prints of the award winning artwork by Santa Ana Unified School District’s budding, talented student artists. Guests will be entertained with musical selections by student groups and have an opportunity to meet some of the artists. There will be a limited number of autographed prints from the Best in Show Winner Adrian Romero.

“I am very proud to be part of an organization supporting arts in education,” said Kristen Crellin, SAPSF Board Member. All proceeds raised from this event will support arts education in the Santa Ana Unified School District and provide college scholarships to a group of well-deserving seniors who have already made plans to continue their educational journey at Santa Ana College in the fall. “Congratulations to the winners! There is no better way to express one’s feeling than through art,” said Bruce Hamlin, Owner of Guaranty Chevrolet and SAPSF Board Member.

Admission and parking is free. If you are interested in covering this event, please contact Deidra Powell, Chief Communications Officer of the Santa Ana Unified School District, at (714) 673-4995 or deidra.powell@sausd.us.

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Another bloody Sunday in Santa Ana as a man is found slain by El Salvador Park


Santa Ana Crime Scene

It was another bloody Sunday in Santa Ana today as SAPD officers found a dead middle-aged man, who is thought to have been murdered, just before 2 p.m. in a home in Santa Ana, at the 600 block of North Daisy Avenue, according to the O.C. Register.

The incident happened just south of El Salvador Park, in the Artesia-Pilar Neighborhood Association, in Santa Ana’s Ward 5, which is represented on the City Council by Councilman Roman Reyna.  The SAPD headquarters is less than a mile away from where the dead man was found.

The police were summoned to the residence in question when someone heard screams coming from that house.  The officers found the body when they arrived.

Authorities later said that a 19-year-old returned to the scene of a Santa Ana homicide and turned himself in as the suspect, according to CBS News.

The SAPD did not reveal the names of any of those involved in this incident nor did they disclose the nature of the relationship, if any, between the 19-year-old and the deceased.

    

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