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City, Police Transform Neighborhood Formerly Known as Jeffrey-Lynne

It was once Anaheim’s most blighted, crime-ridden neighborhood.

But today, the rebranded Hermosa Village is “way better than before. It doesn’t look so ugly,” Loara High School student Ariana Gutierrez told the Orange County Register.

Register reporter Andrew Galvin profiled the evolution of the neighborhood formerly known as Jeffrey-Lynne. He reported from Saturday’s community celebration of a recent court injunction against the gang from there.

Violent crime in the neighborhood is down 33 percent since the injunction was served, the Register reported.

To read the entire story and see more photos, click here.

Anaheim PD Asks Public to Continue to Help Find Kidnapped Boys

Abraham Fernandez - if you know his whereabouts, please call 911 immediately

Anaheim police continue their search today for four-year-old Jacob and two-year-old Justin Quinones, who were abducted from their Anaheim home on Thursday night. Their Texas-resident father and grandfather are accused of coming to California to kidnap them. An Amber Alert remains in effect as law enforcement officers throughout the nation continue to search for all four people.

On Friday, Anaheim Police publicly warned their family, friends and associates against harboring or assisting them in any manner. Since the incident occurred on Thursday night, Anaheim Police investigators have been working around-the-clock to gather leads, locate the individuals and try to bring resolution to this case. Police say that both men may have altered their appearance in an effort to elude capture.

Louis Fernadez

Detectives believe that after abducting the children, Abraham and Louis Fernandez remained in Southern California, hiding from authorities. Early Sunday morning, Investigators arrested DAVID NICHOLAS at his Monrovia home for his role in aiding the suspects. The 26 year-old NICHOLAS was booked at the Anaheim Detention Facility for conspiracy in the kidnapping case. His bail has been set at one million dollars. (At this stage of the investigation, police say they will not be releasing any additional information about Mr. Nicholas’ role in this case).

Anaheim Police urge Abraham and Louis to safely turn the boys over to law enforcement officers, and to contact Anaheim Detectives to bring this case to resolution.

Jacob and Justin Quinones were kidnapped on Thursday, police say.

OVERVIEW OF CASE: On October 7, 2010 at approximately 7:50 PM, Jacob & Justin Quinones were in the driveway of their apartment complex as their mother walked to a trash bin nearby to throw away trash. A grey van drove up to the residence in the 3300 block of west Orange Avenue in Anaheim. Two men got out of the car, grabbed the boys and drove away. Originally believed the abductors to be strangers, detectives later discovered that the men in the van were the father and grandfather of the boys. An Amber Alert was activated seeking to locate the boys, suspects and vehicle. On 10-8-10, the van was located at a car rental company when the vehicle was returned. The suspects and boys remain outstanding.

Anybody who sees the suspects is urged to call 911 immediately. Anybody with other information about the case can contact Det. Daron Wyatt at (714) 765-1900.

Lt. Miller Entertains During Read for the Record Event

The children paid close attention as Lt. Miller read to them

Lt. Tim Miller joined Congressman John Campbell and former professional baseball player Jay Johnstone today at “Read for the Record” at the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.

They took part in a nationwide event that encourages reading.

Detonating a ‘prank’ bomb carries stiff criminal penalties, police say

The Anaheim Police Department issued a general warning to teen “pranksters” who detonate chemical reaction bombs: Do so at your own peril.

It’s a felony to explode the do-it-yourself bombs, which are commonly known as MacGyver bombs, Acid bombs, Drano bombs or Works bombs. 

Police say they’ve noticed a spike in the number of teens toying with the explosives, which are created by mixing volatile household chemicals inside a closed plastic water or soda bottle.

But the the bombs are no joking matter.

“People have suffered serious injuries, ranging from severe chemical burns to eye injuries,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “If anybody sees anything that resembles one of these chemical reaction bombs, move away from the bottle and call police immediately.”

The penalty for detonating one: up to six years in prison. The penalty is even greater if somebody is injured. For example, if the explosive causes “great bodily injury,” such as taking an eye out, a suspect could face life in prison.

In Anaheim, two such bombs exploded in August. 

Although nobody was injured in either incident, investigators are actively working the cases.

In April, five teens were arrested in Lake Forest on suspicion of making the bombs, and in March two south Orange County schools were placed on lockdown after bombs were detonated.

Top Volunteer Donates Nearly 5,000 Hours

By Cristian Soler

Since June of 1997, Loretta Ogden, 75, has been a prominent member of the Anaheim Police Department, giving close to 5,000 hours of her own time to help keep the city safe.  

Odgen has given APD nearly 5,000 hours

Every Friday, Ogden hops into a volunteer patrol vehicle with another senior and patrols the streets of Anaheim.  

“Graffiti is very big,” Ogden explains about her patrol experiences.  

She is one of about 100 senior volunteers who help the department cut costs – and keep the city safe. She was among the volunteers honored a few months ago for their service.

During a recent patrol shift, Ogden calls in a graffiti sighting so the city can come paint over it.  Along with illegal spray painting of public property, Ogden is certified to write tickets for vehicles illegally parked in handicap spaces.  

The main goal of each patrol is to be seen by the public as much as possible, explains Ogden.  

“We want to make sure people see us,” she says.  

During one of her patrols, Ogden made a house call to a resident on vacation. She found the house had been burglarized.  Immediately she got police involved, residents notified, and prevented the house from being trespassed for a second time.  

Ogden refers to her work with the department as her way to “be active,” and “keep out of the refrigerator.” 

Before working with APD, Ogden spent 15 years as an Inventory Analysis for Censor Medics.  

Ogden enjoys spending time with her three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grand child.  Until last year, Ogden enjoyed scuba diving and skiing as a leisure activity.  Now most of her adventures include seeing places across the globe.  She has been to China, Netherlands, and experienced and Alaskan Cruise.  

Police Chief’s Harley Entrance Delights 4,000 Third-Graders

OC Register photo

Police Chief John Welter roared into the Anaheim Convention Center Tuesday on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, then joined community leaders in sharing the importance of studying  history.

His entrance was among the highlights of “The Gift of History” and drew wild applause from the 4,000 third-graders in attendance. Welter joined Mayor Curt Pringle, Angel announcer Jose Mota and other community leaders at the event.

To view more photos or to read Orange County Register coverage, click here.

Lt. Miller Joins National Effort to Break A World Reading Record

Lt. Tim Miller will join other community leaders Thursday at the Westfield MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana as part of a national effort to encourage reading.

“Each year, ‘Read for the Record’ has successfully set out to break the world record as adults read the same book on the same day to more than one million children across the country,” said Michael Ruane, Executive Director of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. “Read for the Record is an important campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of reading with young children.”

Miller is scheduled to read at 10:30 a.m. He will join retired professional baseball player Jay Johnstone, Congressman John Campbell and other community leaders in reading from the book The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats. The event runs from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

“Reading is fun and important,” Miller said. “I’m happy to play a role in encouraging children to make reading a lifelong hobby.”

For more information, contact Kelly Pijl at (714) 834-5186.