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Short move, long journey marks detective's historic new assignment at Fullerton PD

Seven desks over. That’s how far Veronica Gardea moved to start her new assignment at the Fullerton Police Department --- about 100 feet down the same row of cubicles in the Investigations...

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Homegrown Westminster commander makes policing personal

Three miles to work, three miles home. Westminster Commander Al Panella has the same routine almost every day. He laces up his Asics and often jogs from his Westminster home to the police...

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La Habra police look for new leads in cold-case murder

He wasn’t involved in any illegal activity, had no known enemies and spent most weekends with his family at home in La Puente. So when, 16 years ago, La Habra Police discovered the body of...

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Officer forms brotherly bond with young man who lost older sibling in motorcycle crash

Motorcycle down. As a Garden Grove cop with 10 years of experience as a motor officer and traffic accident investigator, Jason Perkins knew those words from the dispatcher almost never turned out...

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Anaheim Fire & Rescue rolls out new engines that raise the bar in safety, functionality

They couldn’t take their eyes off of her. Or is it a he? Doesn’t matter. Anaheim Fire & Rescue has two brand-new engines, and boy (girl?), are they beauties. During a public unveiling...

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HBPD pilots illuminate dangers of green lasers

About a dozen times a year, the pilots of Huntington Beach PD’s aero unit get hit. The cockpit lights up green, the pilots are temporarily blinded and whatever police work they were trying to...

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Here’s looking at you, kid: Cisko retires from Anaheim PD K-9 team

In the photo, he’s relaxing. On a backyard love seat. You would, too, if in nearly seven years on the job you had located the following amount of narcotics and drug-related money: 170 grams of...

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Homeless victim of domestic abuse thanks Fullerton officer for turning her life around

She was living near railroad tracks and hadn’t eaten in a few days --- a victim of domestic violence praying for a miracle. Marsha Velasquez, 40, was at a homeless feed at First Christian Church...

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Where there’s smoke: Anaheim firefighters adopt new approach to fighting home fires

The monster in the shipping container roars. Standing outside the corrugated-steel container nicknamed “The Can,” used by Anaheim Fire & Rescue and other agencies for live-fire training,...

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From refugee to officer: Westminster police officer's tale of survival, success

This is the first of two stories to introduce Westminster Police Department's newest public information officers, who have been tapped to serve the Vietnamese community of Little Saigon. First, we...

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