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Chapman News: DUI checkpoints are designed to educate

A lawyer in Florida argues he’s found a loophole that allows motorists at DUI checkpoints to avoid rolling down their windows and answering questions from officers. Instead, as his videos on...

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New Westminster Police commander ready to lead city’s east side

Mike Chapman stood at attention as his wife carefully pinned his new badge. “Don’t stab me,” he mouthed. His wife laughed, obliged and then grabbed her husband’s face and kissed...

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‘Dynamic Duo’ detectives reunited in La Habra police investigations

Scott Irwin and Craig Hentcy are easy targets for some intraoffice ribbing. They have history. They’ve both worked for the same departments, partnered on the same assignments and even, on...

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For Anaheim Fire & Rescue firefighters, a shift can go from calm to commotion in seconds

The firefighter stirred the simmering soup on the stove in Station 11. Tonight’s “chow” is chicken and dumpling soup --- one of Firefighter Paramedic Heather Soliz’s specialties. Suddenly,...

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La Habra police program looks to give troubled teens a second chance

The 17-year-old sits straight and speaks quietly. Within minutes, the eight-person board knows he’s lying. La Habra police caught the teen tagging, leaving a signature on a block wall that...

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Getting a GRIP: Fullerton chief lauded for role in bringing gang-prevention program to city

He was 14 --- a kid seduced by the gang lifestyle who wanted to impress his “homies.” One night in 2008, Jonathan hopped into the passenger seat of a car with three gang members. The four...

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Young woman thanks dispatcher for keeping her calm during grim 911 call

She knew the look. And things looked very grim. At around 1 p.m. on Dec. 11, while sitting on a couch eating tacos, a 57-year-old man fell gravely ill. Brianda Arellano, 19, and several relatives...

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Fullerton’s new Peer Support Team: ‘We all have a story to tell,’ says cop who launched it

The veteran officer’s brown eyes widen. “We all have a story to tell,” John Ema says. Ema doesn’t want to discuss what happened to him 12 years ago that forever changed him --- a...

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Tustin Police Officer helps turn around the life of a homeless woman

Her world imploded in slow motion. It was an incremental collapse into homelessness. First, her sister died, leaving behind an infant daughter that she cared for the best she could. Beatrice...

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Dramatic case instills career lessons for Westminster commander

Cameron Knauerhaze walks in to the dispatch center to offer coffee for those who will field 911 calls over the course of his 12-hour shift. On the morning of Sept. 16, 2005, the call he hears...

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