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Thieves are getting stung left and right, but not by bees

You leave your bicycle locked in a rack only to return and find the lock has been cut and the bicycle stolen. Or, more likely, you’ve been waiting for that special package ordered online to be...

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Vargas: What would you do if suddenly attacked

The woman was working alone at the Mon Beau Bebe store in Irvine Saturday evening when a man entered the store. When the woman looked away, the man grabbed her by the hair and attempted to drag...

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It's been a violent couple of weeks, and it's not even summer yet

Did anyone else notice what a violent couple of weeks we’ve had? On June 5, in Orange County, Fla., a disgruntled employee entered a factory and proceeded to shoot and kill four of his former...

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Officer who weathered abusive rant by Philadelphia woman showed great restraint

In the past few days, a video has gone viral showing Colleen Campbell unleashing an expletive-filled tirade at a Philadelphia police officer and employees of the Helium comedy club. According to...

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Roman: 'When I grow up, I want to be just like you'

A few weeks ago, I was typing reports in Starbucks when a woman and two children walked in. I looked up and glanced over as they went up to the counter. The mother ordered and sat down on the other...

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'It only takes a moment' --- car thieves taking vehicles with children inside is not that rare

On Thursday, May 25, at 10:46 in the morning, a car was stolen from a residential neighborhood with a young child inside. Mom was getting ready to leave home when she ran back inside to retrieve...

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Thanks to the police, one especially spiteful bully will have his day in court

Most people hate bullies, but there are some who are especially spiteful. On May 10, 2017, a 22-year-old man with cerebral palsy pulled into the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in West Chester,...

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A child drowning call I will never forget

I must have responded to more than a dozen child drowning calls over the course of my career. In some cases, the children were rescued, revived and no worse for wear. Others suffered lifelong...

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You just never know who you're going to encounter on a car stop

On May 18, Douglas County (CO) Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Proulx was checking on a disabled vehicle parked at the side of the highway. He quickly learned how things are not often as they...

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Police pursuit, PIT maneuver then a foot pursuit all in a day's work for this officer

It seems almost daily there is a police pursuit somewhere in Southern California being broadcast live for public entertainment purposes. I’ve commented before about whether this need for...

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