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6 arrested after 4 injured in Huntington street fight

orange county bail bondsHUNTINGTON BEACH – Four people were injured after a fight on a Huntington Beach street early Sunday morning, authorities said.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Gary Faust said officers responded to a large fight in the 200 block of Main Street about 1:45 a.m. Sunday and found two men stabbed in the face and head. One woman had been kicked in the head during the fight, Faust said.

Faust said a tip alerted police to a fourth victim later Sunday morning, and a man was found with stab wounds on his arms. It wasn’t clear if he had been taken to the hospital.

Four men and two women were arrested shortly after the fight and are believed to be responsible for the injuries, Faust said.

All the victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Faust said.

While the cause of the fight is under investigation, Faust said police do not believe it was gang-related.

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By CHRISTOPHER EARLEY   / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Man wounded by police dog during pursuit

HUNTINGTON BEACH – A man is under arrest on suspicion of assault and in the hospital after being bitten by a police dog during a pursuit in Huntington Beach Sunday morning, authorities said.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Gary Faust said officers responded to reports of shots being fired in the 7800 block of Barton Drive about 1:15 a.m. Several minutes after arriving in the area, officers reportedly spotted a speeding car on Warner Avenue and attempted to pull it over. Instead of yielding, the male driver sped off.

After running a red light on Beach Boulevard, the driver lost control of his car and rolled it on the freeway onramp just east of Warner Avenue and Magnolia Street, Faust said.

Faust said officers chased the man on foot before releasing a dog, which assisted in taking the man into custody about 2 a.m.

Officers also found a gun at the scene of the crash, but Faust could not confirm what type it was.

The man is currently in custody at a local hospital, where he is being treated for dog bites to his lower body.

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By CHRISTOPHER EARLEY   / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Driver arrested after boy is struck, critically injured in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA – Police arrested a woman on suspicion of driving under the influence after a 10-year-old boy was hit in a crosswalk, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

Suray Leon, 33, was driving west on East 17th Street near Cabrillo Park Drive about 6:45 p.m. Sunday when she ran a red light, said Sgt. Mel Sarabia of the Santa Ana Police Department.

Her 2008 Ford F-150 pickup struck the boy, who was walking in a crosswalk with his adult brother, Sarabia said.

The impact threw the boy into westbound traffic lanes. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Sarabia said.

Leon remained at the scene and was booked into Santa Ana Jail on suspicion of felony DUI.

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By CLAUDIA KOERNER   / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Ex-O.C. youth pastor accused of molestation commits suicide

orange county bail bondsA former Dana Point youth pastor who was charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy in Colorado committed suicide Monday, officials said.

Nicholas Henshaw, 35, who was a junior-high pastor at Capo Beach Church in the early 2000s, was investigated on similar allegations when he was in Orange County, but wasn’t charged, officials said.

Henshaw was found dead in a hotel room in Loveland, Colo., said Stephen Hanks, a deputy investigator with the Larimer County Coroner’s Office. Death was caused by suffocation by asphyxiation with helium and has been ruled a suicide, Hanks said.

Henshaw was arrested Feb. 24 in the Colorado case and charged with sexual assault of a child by one in a position of trust, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. He was free on bail and was expected to return to court for his next hearing April 4.

In Colorado, sexual-assault cases involving minors can carry a sentence of up to life in prison, said Linda Jensen, spokeswoman for the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office.

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By LINDSEY RUTA  / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Former Costa Mesa man gets prison sentence for tax fraud

SANTA ANA – A former Costa Mesa resident was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Monday for filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of clients seeking large refunds from the government.

Ronald Vernon Strawn, 69, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Strawn was ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution to the IRS and spend a year on supervised release following his prison term.

In July 2013, Strawn pleaded guilty to three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns, according to IRS officials.

Strawn filed federal income tax returns in 2005 and 2006 on behalf of clients which listed false business losses, reducing taxable income by as much as $201,500 per return.

Strawn has remained in federal custody since his arrest in Arizona in April of 2012.

 

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By SCOTT SCHWEBKE  / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Feds launch cyber-safety campaign for children

MISSION VIEJO – Do you know what your children are doing online?

The father of an Orange County teenage girl thought he did. He said he was shocked when he discovered last year that his “sweet little girl” was exchanging sexually explicit videos, photos and text messages with strange men on Facebook and apps like Snapchat.

The Register is not naming the father to avoid identifying his then 16-year-old daughter, the victim of a sexual predator. When he and the girl’s stepmother discovered the images on her smart phone, they immediately called authorities — and a 27-year-old man was arrested.

To help curb the escalating number of children falling prey to sexual predators online, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division launched a first-of-its-kind national cyber safety campaign Tuesday in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The campaign was announced during a news conference at Newhart Middle School in Mission Viejo.

Every week, the National Center receives 1,500 reports of dissemination of child pornography or other forms of online sexual exploitation of children, said Michelle Collins, the center’s vice president.

“Every year we receive more and more reports,” Collins said, adding that last year they received more than 500,000 reports.

The safety campaign is called Project iGuardian. Its goal is to teach young Internet users to “think before you click” and to raise awareness about the risks that lurk in cyberspace. The campaign will target grade-school students and teenagers nationwide.

“The online sexual exploitation of children has reached epidemic proportions,” said ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale said Tuesday at Newhart Middle School. “Increasingly, these incidents involve young people who are self-producing explicit images and sending them over the Internet.”

Last year alone, agents with Homeland Security Investigations logged nearly a million hours working child sexual exploitation cases, according to officials. They opened more than 4,000 investigations, including a probe announced last week targeting a child exploitation scheme operating on the Darknet’s Onion Router that identified more than 250 minors in the U.S. and around the globe who had been sexually exploited.

Five of the victims were teenage boys from Orange County who were contacted in online chat rooms, authorities said. Four of the victims were friends from Anaheim, and the fifth lived in San Clemente.

“(Sexual predators) are using trickery and deceit to get children to create sexually explicit images and provide them with stills or video on the Internet,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE.

The teenage boys thought they were sending explicit videos to an attractive 18-year-old woman, when in fact they were sending them to a sexual predator, he said.

“The purpose of the iGuardian program is to educate children and their parents to the relative ease with which these predators can come through the Internet, right into their house, right into their children’s bedroom, and victimize their children,” Arnold said. “We want to educate people before they become victims.”

The Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force receives 10 to 20 tips every week from citizens, Internet service providers and social media outlets, which are assigned to investigators, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said. The Internet, she said, has become the preferred playground for child sex predators.

“The Internet has enabled predators to exponentially capitalize on what they’ve been doing for years,” Hutchens said.

Students at Newhart Middle School watched a Project iGuardian presentation, which uses superhero-style characters and trading cards to give tips to both kids and parents on how to avoid falling prey to sexual predators online. Don’t share personal information. Know who you’re chatting with. Report suspected abuse.

“It was a good lesson for everyone to know that everything on the Internet is public and no matter how hard you try to keep it private, it’s always going to get out somehow,” said 7th grade student Katelyn Severance. “You can’t protect everything on the Internet because once it’s out there; it’s out there for good.”

The Project iGuardian presentation will be held upon request at schools and community organizations.

Hutchens said she hopes the presentations will lead parents to have a conversation with their children about the people who are using the Internet and might be trying to exploit them through social media.

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By DENISSE SALAZAR  / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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Dad accused of killing daughter, 5, remains hospitalized

orange county bail bondsA San Juan Capistrano man is accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter and injuring his three other children in a car crash Saturday that authorities believe was caused by drunken driving and high speeds.

Antolin Brito, 30, smashed his SUV into the parking lot of the Silverado Memory Care Center after driving across Camino Capistrano while westbound on Junipero Serra about 6:54 p.m., according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The SUV went over an embankment and crashed head first into a ravine, said Capt. Steve Concialdi, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman.

Silverado administrator Carole Shaw said the center’s 90 residents didn’t notice the crash because it occurred away from the living area, but staff noticed and rushed to the scene to help the family.

“It’s just very sad,” Shaw said.

Nurses were performing CPR on 5-year-old Yuliana Brito when firefighters arrived, Concialdi said. She was pronounced dead at Mission Hospital.

A 2-year-old girl was transported to Mission Hospital with lacerations and a possible fractured leg. An 11-year-old girl injured her ribs and also suffered lacerations while an 8-year-old suffered a possible fractured leg and lacerations. Brito suffered lacerations and a possible broken leg.

“Everybody was pretty banged up,” Concialdi said.

The older children were transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana because Mission Hospital didn’t have room for so many trauma patients, Concialdi said.

Grief counselors visited the scene and the hospitals to try to comfort family members, Concialdi said.

Brito remained at Mission Hospital Monday, though he was formally arrested Sunday on charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving. He’s likely to face additional charges related to his other children’s injuries.

Law enforcement officials sometimes wait until after a suspect is released from a hospital to arrest him or her to avoid saddling taxpayers with medical bills, but Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said investigators believe Brito might leave the hospital to avoid arrest.

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By MEGHANN M. CUNIFF / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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