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Alberto Flores Ramirez. Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Bella April 23, 2014 at 10:37 am
I can't believe that people are that STUPID!
Bella April 23, 2014 at 10:37 am
That's right up there with psychics.
Robert Curtis April 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Regardless of the years we MUST pay for his room and board the guy has a life sentence on the sexRead More offender registry and that's no picnic.
Patch file photo.
Marilyn Halpin April 21, 2014 at 08:00 am
Here's a post we did on setting up Find My iPhone. I recommend having this turned on even if youRead More don't take your iPad outside the house. You can also use it to find your iPad in the house if you are absent minded like me ;-) http://mac-fusion.com/setting-up-and-finding-your-mac-or-ios-device-with-find-my-iphone/
M April 21, 2014 at 04:33 pm
@mailyn, thanks! I appreciate the info. What do you know of or think about yahoo messengerRead More app....pretty safe to use??
Marilyn Halpin April 23, 2014 at 10:35 am
Hey M, sorry for the late response. Since Apple's iPad is a closed system and you can only load appsRead More from their store, pretty much all of them have been vetted to be not harmful. The biggest issue we see on the iPads are people forgetting to restart them every once in awhile :-) We have free group classes at mac-fusion if you ever wanted to learn more about your iPad! http://mac-fusion.com/classes
Photo courtesy of Daniel Orozco.
GreenInOC April 20, 2014 at 06:28 pm
@Eric Bergstrom, yes 8 miles is sooooo far - what a travesty that it was posted to show up in theRead More SJC feed. Make sure to post your disappointment that this story, which had no impact on your life, was even reported by ABC as well: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/orange_county&id=9509700
Tennickly April 21, 2014 at 08:20 am
Riveting video.
Douglas Martin April 22, 2014 at 09:46 am
I am subscribed to the San Clemente Patch (but not for long...), not the MV Patch. Why am iRead More receiving a story about MV?
Mark Sariana Gurrola was sentenced to 12 years for the November 2011 Fashion Island shooting. Photo courtesy of Newport Beach Police Department.
Amused April 20, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Angie....you cannot legislate "good behavior".
Amused April 20, 2014 at 02:53 pm
Angie, Newport IS my back yard and after seeing 6 or 7 cyclist killed by drivers IN Newport I tendRead More to agree with Oldtimer. And he is correct - the average sentance for KILLING someone with a car who is on a bike is 3 years. I never advocated he not be punished but, leave your misplaced anger at the OC District Attys office - not me. Let's face it - once he has been released he will either be on his best behavior or back between bars.
Amused April 20, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Girl up Angie - you said "put him in your backyard" and that was a shot at me. You shouldRead More be shouting with me, not at me since we obviously feel the same way about the Judge and attys. Let's face it, money that would be well spent to prevent these tragedies never becomes available. Then look at you and your friends behavior about driving and drinking, texting, talking on the phone, eating, doing makeup, shaving, yelling at the kids and dogs and whatever else is DISTRACTING you at the time of the "accident".
Alberto Flores Ramirez of San Clemente. Photo courtesy of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Robert Curtis April 16, 2014 at 07:00 pm
This will be a slam-dunk for the DA's office (IMO). Why? I was told by an attorney that these kindRead More of cases due to their nature puts the burden of proof (not by law but by application) on the defense not the prosecution. In these type of cases you are guilty until proving yourself innocent. Ever try to prove a negative? Can't be done. Whether the guy is innocent or not he will be found guilty. That's not how it's suppose to work, but with anything sex relayed all normal standards go flying out the window (IMO). In this case it was argued that there is no evidence. In most other type cases the DA's office would not take the case because of the burden of proof issue, but because it's sexual in nature they're pretty sure of a win (IMO). If the guy did it he should be slammed, but no one knows the real truth because there is no evidence. It truly is a he said she said thing! The reasonable doubt should go to the defendant, but it won't. TRUTH
Wilson Boozer April 16, 2014 at 09:02 pm
Where on earth does one find these people? California has been known since the 'sixties as the landRead More of fruits and nuts, but for a woman to go to a motel room with a strange man, take her clothes off and allow herself to be anointed with ammonia and eggs makes one wonder how anyone who has been alive for the past forty years can possibly be ignorant of the cult-like practices of California's spiritual "healers."
andy fischer April 17, 2014 at 06:58 am
From the OCWeekly: "Ramirez, 39, of San Clemente, met a 33-year-old married woman through theRead More Badoo social networking website". This woman is going to have some credibility problems. Besides, what else is she going to tell her hubby-poo?
Six bundles of cocaine were found in a gas tank of a SUV trying to get through the San Clemente checkpoint Wednesday. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Rocky Neidhardt April 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm
You guys are so blind to the reality.. This checkpoint actually let's tons of drugs through onRead More purpose daily.. The cartels and the BP are working together. These "Big busts" are purely symbolic. They help keep the funding coming.. It is all a big lie.
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 01:23 pm
Legalize it all.
Steve Deck April 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm
On 2 different occasions I've been at Crystal Cove with an empty illegal alien boat on shore beingRead More attended by boarder patrol agents. There were no illegals in custody, probably in Santa Ana. There is definitely room for improvement as far as boarder security is concerned.
Alberto Flores Ramirez. Patch file photo.
Shripathi Kamath April 16, 2014 at 07:09 pm
Well, there is this dude (among many others): http://bit.ly/1j3Gb14 Or if you prefer YouTube:Read More http://youtu.be/VuY85oTRyy0
Robert Curtis April 16, 2014 at 09:57 pm
...an alibi? How many people have been convicted after giving an alibi without anyone available toRead More witness or support their alibi? To many! As I get older I have come to realize rarely are things the way they are fed to us or as they appear on the surface. The other sad thing is the media will quickly ruin a guy's life but never after being found innocent go back and recant or disclose the facts for what they really are. Why is that? Because it sells more news to tear down than to report truth on a follow up.
jeff s April 17, 2014 at 08:23 am
Ha! Look at his booking shirt. Black and white stripes. He's already wearing his future uniform forRead More the rest of his life, how wonderful. In fact the only time that he will probably be taking it off, is when he's being raped by large prison inmates who will share him like a bar of soap, again, how wonderful
Franc Cano booking photo. Courtesy of Anaheim Police Department.
Ron Lane April 15, 2014 at 10:34 am
Hey Douglas you may want to consider reading the article over.
Disgusted in SJC April 16, 2014 at 02:12 pm
our legal system SUCKS for lack of a better word.... Our problem starts in the juvenile system.Read More Slaps on the hand for serious multiple felonies. It should be mandatory for the scum ball criminals to face their accusers instead of cowering to a plea that is now where near as serious as the offenses that did in fact take place. *** Please note I am bitter and scorned as I have recently had to view the juvenile system up close and personal , my children were innocent victims of a 14 year old monster. 30 some felony charges led to a 2 yr sentence. Is it any wonder we have so many messed up people committing crimes.
monkey lewis April 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm
They were probably horny,they are sex offenders after all
Photo courtesy the Orange County Fire Authority.
andy fischer April 14, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Makes you wonder what would have happened if there had been a half dozen people strapped inRead More wheelchairs in the bus. It's not a trivial task to release all those straps.
GreenInOC April 15, 2014 at 09:23 am
Wow, what incredibly lucky timing and so glad the driver noticed the smoke and was able to escape.Read More What kind of mechanical failure causes a vehicle to burst into flames?
Twitter photo.
SPH April 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm
BG777; Your "truth", my "truth"; it's all in the mind of the beholder, bud. IRead More trust you're not driving while talking to God on your cell phone(?).
BLUESGUITAR777 April 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm
@SPH - LOL... so by that notion if I believe the sky is really green with yellow polka-dots thenRead More that's the truth/my truth? No 'bud', there is only one Truth and all else is a lie. I will not continue to argue on this thread however, out of respect for the victims, so we're done here.
SPH April 16, 2014 at 03:31 pm
You mean you're done. Speak for yourself, son. See, that's the problem with evangelicals. They don'tRead More like it when someone wont partake of their Kool-Aid. (c;
Twitter photo of what the bus looked like as it was towed away.
Danny Jones April 20, 2014 at 09:45 am
Jaques,( jock ) trucks have been clean for some time now. My 1996 does not smoke, maybe a puff aRead More start up- and it has a million miles on the original engine. My problem with the damn CARB NAZIS is that they reneged on the agreement they had with the EPA and now say "well, so sorry Danny. Yeah, umm, we did say your truck was clean enough back in 1996, but now because we have enough whack-job treehuggers backing us, we can do whatever the hell we want". FINE but Commufornia, get ready to pay A LOT MORE for EVERYTHING you buy. I'm already enjoying the higher rates I can charge to brings cars into this backwards state. I continue to run my old truck and Laugh my way to the bank HAHAHAHA!!!!
Jock April 20, 2014 at 10:01 am
Danny. I'm sure Your truck runs clean. Tell me you haven't seen rigs that look like an 1870Read More locomotive running down the road. Don't get all literal, you know what I mean. If you grew up sucking the smog of the 50's here you would have a different opinion perhaps. By the way, they still haven't announced what caused this crash. Believe it, they will sue the $$$$$$ out of those who are causing fires, the trucking industry must go on efficiently and safely it is in every ones interest.
Kim Neal April 23, 2014 at 11:06 am
Fair Enough Curious ! At the end of the day, the editor is supposed to edit that which needsRead More editing...no? Now I'm curious.. And of course, being the mother of two collegiates myself..the heart is broken for all families..friends..and communities that lost what is desperately needed...the young ..intelligent...caring who would have overseen our futures ..
The metal door in which nearly $1.4 million worth of drugs was found Thursday at the San Clemente checkpoint. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol.
CHK April 12, 2014 at 05:24 pm
Good job! A pat on the back and a thank you to the Border Patrol!!
Maura Mikulec April 13, 2014 at 08:05 am
Was it a drug-sniffing dog?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 13, 2014 at 08:45 am
A dog that sniffs for drugs.
CBS Sacramento screenshot of the bus accident in Orland, which took the lives of 10 people, including five students from Southern California.
Donna Fleming April 12, 2014 at 09:48 am
This is a horrific story. A moment in time and lives are changed forever. My prayers go out for theRead More lost lives, the parents of lost children, and those who lost their lives. This is a reminder to live each day well.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 12, 2014 at 09:58 am
I agree, Donna. And covering such a large geographic territory as I do, there are just tiesRead More everywhere, from Orange County to Arcate (city of Humboldt State University, where my son attends). I'm just heartbroken for all the families. Such tragedy.
andy fischer April 8, 2014 at 06:54 am
How much tax did that temple (or church) pay to fund the emergency crews?
Eric Bergstrom April 8, 2014 at 07:38 am
Geez, patch. Riveting video. We realize it was sent to you by the Orange County fire Authority, butRead More still you don't have to post that. A Scan of empty seats and firemen doing basic cleanup...really
Amanda LaRosa April 8, 2014 at 11:58 am
More than the cost of the seats in public schools these children don't occupy (and that theirRead More parents' taxes continue to support).
Patch file graphic.
Joker Joe April 10, 2014 at 10:30 am
And there was kick the can. Stick ball and hide and seek. I payed 5 cents for a fire cracker and IRead More was in Hog heaven. 5 cents was a lot for me at the time. N.Y. had the fireworks vendors selling them out of their cars. Also miss those days.
bbq April 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm
OldTimer said: "I've always had a soft spot for the side that got trounced." I know,Read More those poor Nazi's got "trounced." Had they not, they would now rule the world and those still allowed to "live" would be marching the German goose step. _______________________________________________ As far as kids not playing in neighborhoods nowadays, you can (partially) thank the good old homeowners associations for that!
OldTimer April 10, 2014 at 01:38 pm
Hi bbq. I figured that somebody would pounce on that. I was speaking from a philosophical senseRead More rather than a political sense. But I didn't expect everybody to catch on. So now instead of the germans ruling the world, we do. We have our foot in practically every nation on earth. I bet that suits you much better and makes you happy. Because, of course, we are the good guys and have earned the right to tell everybody else how to live. And that's fine. I like it when people are happy. Oh, and I won't blame the homeowners associations. I blame general alienation which is a normal progressive consequence that generally goes hand in hand with prosperity. Oh, and the reason I don't see any kids cutting grass anymore for spending money is because the illegals have captured that market and taken it away from the youngsters in southern California.
A woman places flowers at the site where LuZanna Malec was fatally struck by a car July 4, 2013 in Laguna Niguel. Patch photo credit: Barton Mac Leod.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 10, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Are you reading on your phone? The photo is there! Don't know what else to tell ya.
GreenInOC April 10, 2014 at 06:52 pm
@Penny Arévalo, I'm on my laptop. I've checked on Safari, Chrome and Firefox and there isn'tRead More anything other than the 2 photos I described above.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 10, 2014 at 06:57 pm
Again, sorry. It's there. I can see it. I've uploaded it. Other people have commented on it (seeRead More Tanya's comments above). I'm sure we'll be using it again as this case moves forward.
Chris Norby's Twitter photo.
OldTimer April 8, 2014 at 09:46 am
Very strange. I've heard of common Joes being charged for same or even less. The DA said that theRead More case could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Perhaps the evidence was politically insufficient. Oh, well. I wish the best for all parties involved and I hope all get the help that they need to make it through this difficult time.
Nom de Plume April 8, 2014 at 10:37 am
Donna Fleming, how in heaven's name do you know about this case? Have you met and interviewed allRead More the concerned parties? Under oath? You seem ready to lynch this guy - who may not(or may) be such a criminal. Your assertions are merely allegations founded on what you have read and enhanced by your prejudices. I expect that the truth will eventually come out - but you have no idea what it is!
Pam Ragland April 9, 2014 at 08:57 am
From the statements they really should charge him. Then they can see where the evidence takes them.Read More Otherwise they won't look at the evidence or take it seriously. If abuse happens more than once there is a pattern. Have we not learned from OJ Simpson?
Gelee, photographed by O.C. Animal Care while she was impounded, attacked a neighbor and her dog last month in San Juan Capistrano.
Dave Solt April 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm
2013 statistics 32 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2013. Despite being regulated inRead More over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 78% (25) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the total U.S. dog population. Source is Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada September 1982 to December 31, 2013, by Merritt Clifton, editor Animal People, December 31, 2013
Matt Gaffney April 7, 2014 at 01:00 pm
Owners of Pit Bulls have a hard time getting Homeowners Insurance. The liability risk is just tooRead More great.
CHK April 12, 2014 at 05:27 pm
why was this dog allowed to be returned to our community?
YouTube screenshot of the Mission Viejo burglary suspect.
andy fischer April 2, 2014 at 10:36 am
It looks like Pastor Jim.
OC4LIFE April 3, 2014 at 11:25 am
why is the camera moving?? doesn't look like auto tracking camera. too shaky.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 3, 2014 at 11:27 am
I think it's a video of a video. So a video is recording a computer and whoever's holding that videoRead More is shaking (and talking, I doubt the surveillance camera had audio).
KTLA Screenshot
OldTimer April 3, 2014 at 12:05 am
There might be some TinselTown director out there watching this story unfold who might beRead More interested in turning it into a TV drama. He could call it "Lion Terror in the OC". Had I been the one to scare that mean cat away I'd probably dress up in a ninja outfit or something for the press photo. A Tarzan loincloth with a Fred Flintstone wooden club would probably be a little melodramatic and counterproductive, turning off most viewers with normal eyesight. In a lifetime most of us only get maybe 10 to 15 minutes of fame (at most). So my philosophy has always been to make hay while the sun shines. As a kid I was selected from the audience at an NBA game to carry an advertising placard on the BB court at halftime with a bunch of other kids. It was on the regional TV network. That was the beginning and end of my screen career. Thinking back maybe I should have done my Groucho Marx imitation routine. It might have opened a door and I could have been a somebody. Oh well. If wishes were horses beggars would ride.
Michelle B April 3, 2014 at 07:44 am
Too funny, OldTimer...
Rocky Neidhardt April 3, 2014 at 09:47 am
R I P to the Mountain Lion.. Wish this Idiot woman would have read the signs.. take your kidRead More somewhere safer! So stupid it hurts..
Four days this month, the Orange County Sheriff's Department will send out extra deputies to patrol for people texting and driving. Patch file photo.
Rocky Neidhardt April 2, 2014 at 12:03 am
Bring back SCPD ! :)
OldTimer April 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Matt, thank you for clarifying your earlier comment. Now I understand your viewpoint much better. IRead More think there are alot of people who think like you do. In fact, I know there are since entire states have banned DUI checkpoints on constitutional grounds. Many people who understand history and the way powerful governments evolve are leary of the 'slippery slope' syndrome - by which onerous and consuming laws tend to build upon one another. How many new ones are enacted each year in California alone? 1000? Your comments on the SCOTUS are very observant. Look at their ruling on the ObamaCare mandate....that the Commerce Clause did not apply. This, of course, leaves the door open for government to mandate a tax on any behavior that it wishes to promote - and you must pay it (like it or not) or deal with the government enforcement arm. Unfortunately the SCOTUS has become highly politicized as of late and I find that to be quite precarious relative to the state of our nation. Per the problems we've witnessed with NSA and Mr. Snowden's revelations it seems that privacy in America is becoming an endangered species. And many of our highest leaders (like Diane Feinstein) are perfectly satisfied with domestic NSA spying but when she found out that the CIA was said to have spied on her Ms. Feinstein became enraged. The shoe hurt when it was on the other foot. I agree with your outlook on these matters in general, Matt. And I thank you for the update, sir.
Homer April 2, 2014 at 08:01 pm
A "Texting Checkpoint" is really entrapment. After all, if I see one ahead then I amRead More obligated to tweet the location to all my followers. ;*))