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Westminster officer loses handcuffs, unbelievably gets them back

While Star Wars figurines, Atari Pong and Evil Knievel toys were the top Christmas list picks for many 14-year-old boys in the 1970s, Westminster Cmdr. Al Panella was hoping for something less...

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Fullerton Police send two homeless people back to their families

It was a busy week for the Fullerton PD’s Homeless Liaison Unit, with Officer Cary Tong securing airplane and bus fare for two adults to reunite with their families --- one on the other side of the...

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Huntington Beach Police educates public on use of force dynamics

Law enforcement officers often handle life-threatening situations with split-second decisions. In a quarter of a second, a suspect can pull and fire a gun. In 18 one-hundredths of a second, a...

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From caymans and snapping turtles to kittens, retiring La Habra Senior Animal Control Officer saw it all

On a recent afternoon, longtime Senior Animal Control Officer Rick Van Vleet searched for a stray dog. “He was chasing a mail carrier,” he said. The call was a relatively routine one for...

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Cypress grants Christmas wish for victims of money scam

When Stephanie Lozano realized she was the victim of a scam, it was just seconds too late. Two weeks ago, a man called and told Lozano she needed to pay her bills, plus penalties, or face jail...

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Vargas: On this day, all Anaheim PD officers were Santa Claus

On Monday I participated with Anaheim Cops 4 Kids in delivering gifts for needy families in the Anaheim area. The program is in its seventh year and only seems to get better each holiday...

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Anaheim Fire & Rescue helps break record at Stuff-A-Bus toy drive

Anaheim Fire & Rescue helped make the 22nd Spark of Love Toy Drive a huge success, filling the equivalent of 27 buses with toys Friday at the annual Stuff-A-Bus event held outside the Honda...

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Kids see officers as caring adults during Fullerton PD’s Shop with a Cop

The 10-year-old scrunched up her face in the boys clothes section of Target. “Do you see anything you like?” Fullerton PD Corporal Gaby Soto asked her. Alisha Zazueta wanted to get shirts for...

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Fullerton officers adopt 19 families for Christmas

The 9-year-old girl carefully applied glitter glue to the white Christmas stocking --- the one she was decorating for her 10-year-old brother. “I like video games,” Israel Vazquez said when...

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Burn survivors enjoy some holiday cheer with assist from Anaheim Fire & Rescue

Victor Joe, MD, walked into the Christmas party feeling a little self-conscious. The director of the UC Irvine Health Regional Burn Center was sporting a white bandage on his right earlobe following...

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