Category Archives: Local News

PHOTOS: Knott’s Berry Farm Premiers Voyage to the Iron Reef Ride


Riders on Knott’s Berry Farms’ new Voyage to the Iron Reef ride use their freezer blasters to destroy a villain on Wednesday in Buena Park.

Voyage to the Iron Reef is a 4-D ride where 4-person cars travel from screen to screen shooting villains.

PHOTOS: Fire Guts Cypress Apartment

Firefighters battle a fire at the Cypress Garden Apartments on Graham Street in Cypress on Tuesday. The fire started in a carport below apartments. Eight cars and four apartments were damaged.

PHOTO: CSUF Grads

Cal State Fullerton graduates Karla Lopez, left, Christian Bana, center, and Angelica Ruiz on campus on Monday. Karla Lopez is a 26-year-old biology undergraduate student who is on her way to becoming a health specialist. She hopes to be a physician's assistant in the future. Christian Bana is a music student. When filling out his CSUF application, he accidentally checked the "music" box instead of the "kinesiology" box. He decided to stick with music and will be teaching next year. Angelica Ruiz is an undergraduate health science and women and gender studies graduate who conducted a research project on the affordability, access and the quality of fruit and vegetables in the Santa Ana community.

Cal State Fullerton graduates Karla Lopez, left, Christian Bana, center, and Angelica Ruiz on campus on Monday. Karla Lopez is a 26-year-old biology undergraduate student who is on her way to becoming a health specialist. She hopes to be a physician’s assistant in the future. Christian Bana is a music student. When filling out his CSUF application, he accidentally checked the “music” box instead of the “kinesiology” box. He decided to stick with music and will be teaching next year. Angelica Ruiz is an undergraduate health science and women and gender studies graduate who conducted a research project on the affordability, access and the quality of fruit and vegetables in the Santa Ana community.

PHOTO: Walking in Circles

Visitors to Cal State Fullerton walk down the circular steps of a parking garage on Monday. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Slug: scan.xxxx, Day: Monday, May 4, 2015 (5/4/15), Time: 1:01:46 PM, Location: Fullerton, California - Scan Photo - JEFF GRITCHEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Visitors to Cal State Fullerton walk down the circular steps of a parking garage on Monday. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Slug: scan.xxxx, Day: Monday, May 4, 2015 (5/4/15), Time: 1:01:46 PM, Location: Fullerton, California – Scan Photo – JEFF GRITCHEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

PHOTOS: New Water Consumers in a Drought

New homes in Rancho Mission Viejo back up against dry hillsides in unincorporated south Orange County. The neighborhood sits near the corner of Antonio Parkway and Ortega Highway in south of Ladera Ranch. With more than 40,000 new homes now in the pipeline — and a projected 150,000 new homes expected to be built by 2040 — many Orange County residents are asking where the water will come from for a projected growth spurt bigger than the population of Anaheim. Some residents are calling for a moratorium on homebuilding — in Orange County and elsewhere in California.

PHOTOS: Scenes from a Vietnamese Market

PHOTOS: The Gentleman’s Truck

Jim Ellis with his 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier pickup through his Aliso Viejo Neighborhood.

Ellis’ said his 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier was sold as, “The gentleman’s truck” and conceived as a stylish vehicle that combined passenger car design with truck practicality

“I think the biggest thing that attracted me to it was not only is it a gorgeous vehicle, but also its rarity,” Ellis says of the truck he purchased 2 1/2 years ago after seeing it for sale at the Cruisin’ for a Cure car show at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

PHOTOS: City’s Deal with the Drought

Cities in south Orange County are dealing with California’s drought in different ways. Some are replacing public green areas with drought-tolerant plants, some are repiping areas with recycled water and some are banning car washing, except at professional car wash businesses.

PHOTO: Fun Lunch at GRIPS

Davis Elementary school kids, Belinda Morales, left, Eva Hernandez, Mariela Morales and Melanie Palacios, right, share a laugh over In-N-Out during during a two-day Gang Prevention and Intervention Partnership (GRIP) camp at Centennial Regional Park on Monday. The camp is for at-risk kids who police and the district attorney are trying to keep out of the gang life. The GRIP camps are part of the larger anti-gang efforts, which authorities say go beyond enforcement tactics such as the much-debated gang injunctions.

Davis Elementary school kids, Belinda Morales, left, Eva Hernandez, Mariela Morales and Melanie Palacios, right, share a laugh over In-N-Out during during a two-day Gang Prevention and Intervention Partnership (GRIP) camp at Centennial Regional Park on Monday. The camp is for at-risk kids who police and the district attorney are trying to keep out of the gang life. The GRIP camps are part of the larger anti-gang efforts, which authorities say go beyond enforcement tactics such as the much-debated gang injunctions.

PHOTOS: CSUF’s Puppy Therapy

Cal State Fullerton students greet Fabian, left, Patsy and Peggy Sue, 14 month-old German Shepherd mixes on Tuesday.

The Pre-Veterinary Club set up a K-9 Puppy Therapy booth on campus to help elevate student stress. The dogs were provided by German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

The four puppies, all from the same litter, were turned in by their because they were sick. They are healthy now and ready to be adopted in a few weeks.

PHOTOS: Chef Bruno’s 1,000,000th Meal

White House Restaurant owner and chef Bruno Serato served his one-millionth meal to needy children on Tuesday afternoon. Serato fed about 350 kids a meal of pasta, steak and veggies.

PHOTOS: Sophisticated Marijuana Growing Operation in Santa Ana

A marijuana grow room with grow lights and an intricate irrigation system was discovered in the 1100 block of 17th Street in Santa Ana on Friday.

Police seized 1636 marijuana plants worth approximately $2.3 million after Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to a fire alarm around 7 a.m.

Authorities uncovered what they called a sophisticated growing operation inside a Santa Ana warehouse.