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Vargas: On Thanksgiving Day, two people died because they made the bad decision to flee from the cops

On Thanksgiving Day, two men died because they made the very bad decision to try to outrun the police. The pursuit originated in Villa Park in response to a burglary call. Deputies pursued...

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Vargas: A look at who killed California State Correctional Officer Elizabeth Begaren in 1998

I received the late-night phone call on Saturday, January 17, 1998. A woman had been shot and killed along the 91 freeway and East St. in Anaheim. I was assigned as the Anaheim Police Department...

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Tustin PD sees closure on gang-related homicide

“You have nothing on me. I’ll do a couple years in county, it will be a hung jury, then I’ll be out.” The gang member known as Beaver was confident — cocky, even — as he predicted aloud...

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Vargas: Law enforcement prevented Trump protests in Anaheim from veering out of control

On Wednesday, I went to the Anaheim Convention Center to cover the Donald Trump rally for Behind the Badge OC --- not really the rally itself but the demonstration and police response. The night...

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Vargas: The amazing story of APD’s Bruno underscores the human side of policing

Bruno, the celebrity Anaheim Police K9 officer, passed away early Wednesday, June 18. He never fully recovered after having surgery related to complications from being shot two years ago. Bruno’s...

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Vargas: At library event, Anaheim officers compare fictional world of cops with reality

“The lieutenant was a compactly built man with a round head under short-cut grizzled hair and a square face behind a short-cut grizzled mustache. A five-dollar gold piece was pinned to his necktie...

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Vargas: Besides innocent victim, gang-related homicide lays waste to five young lives

Five young people were arrested this week on suspicion of homicide in Anaheim. In custody for the Nov. 14 shooting death of Eduardo Curiel Molina were Fernando Jesus Castillo, 19; Martin Fernando...

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Vargas: Anaheim PD taps into Facebook for traffic enforcement efforts

  I think we all have to admit that one of the least popular people in any police department is the traffic officer. There are few people who will admit they deserve a citation, and even fewer...

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Vargas: This proud mother of APD Jr. Cadet is grateful for more than her 11-year-old daughter

I recently attended the Anaheim Police Department Jr. Cadet academy graduation ceremony. As the current president of the Anaheim Cops 4 Kids board, I was lucky enough to score seating in the VIP...

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Vargas: Peaceful gathering for supporters of law enforcement scores a touchdown

On Sunday I took a break from the football playoffs to attend the Support Law Enforcement Peaceful Gathering rally at Anaheim City Hall. The rally was organized on social media with the help of Tammy...

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