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August 20, 2019  A look inside the farm at the Farm

The last vestiges of farm culture sporadically dot dense urban sprawl; a sharp contrast to the thousands of acres of celery farms, strawberry patches and orange groves that once made up the landscape in the county’s early years.

Little is left of the industry that laid roots for Orange County, but an unexpected bastion of rural life remains at the James A. Musick Facility.

July 31, 2019  NEWS RELEASE: Unborn child of pregnant Orange County Jail Inmate pronounced dead

Santa Ana, Ca. (July 30, 2019) – An in-custody death of an unborn child occurred at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA. On July 27, 2019, a 30-year-old inmate housed at the Orange County Jail’s Intake and Release Center was transferred to OC Global Medical Center related to her pregnancy. Later that day, she was transferred to UCI Medical Center, where it was determined her unborn child, estimated to be approximately 27 weeks, was deceased.

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News ImageJuly 25, 2019  NEWS RELEASE: Music Director at Yorba Linda Middle School Arrested for Child Molestation

SANTA ANA, Ca- (July 25, 2019) – On Thursday, July 25 at approximately 9:45 a.m., members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail arrested Daniel Methe, 44, at his home in Yorba Linda for child molestation. Methe is suspected of committing multiple lewd acts on a teenage girl when she was between the ages of 13-15 beginning in 2011. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

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July 22, 2019  Proactive efforts aimed at tackling drugs, violence in Orange County jailsThe Orange County Sheriff’s Department has deployed new proactive efforts to reverse the increase in drug trafficking that has been experienced within the four county-run jail facilities in Orange County over the last eight years. ( View PDF )

July 17, 2019  NEWS RELEASE: OCSD arrests 43-year-old man on suspicion of elder sexual abuse and rape

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 17, 2019) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims detail on Wednesday, July 17, arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of rape, elder sexual abuse, oral copulation and sexual battery. Russell Bernardino, of Mission Viejo, was arrested at approximately 8 a.m. at his residence in Mission Viejo. He is currently in custody at the Orange County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.

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July 15, 2019  In-Custody DeathSANTA ANA, Ca. (July 15, 2019) – A 44-year-old inmate was pronounced dead this morning after being transported to the hospital. Deputies were called to assist the inmate in his cell at the Theo Lacy Facility at approximately 8:20 a.m. Deputies responded and located the inmate unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma on his body. Deputies rendered medical aid and called for additional medical assistance. The inmate was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased approximately an hour later. ( View PDF )

July 11, 2019  Temporary Closure of Musick Jail to begin July 18

SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 11, 2019) – In March 2019, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes announced changes to Orange County Jail operations, including the temporary closure of the James A. Musick Facility in Irvine and ending the agreement with the Federal Government to house Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees. On July 10, 2019, the last detainees were transferred from Orange County Sheriff’s custody, and the temporary closure of Musick will begin on July 18, 2019.

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News ImageJuly 1, 2019  Fourth of July Firework SafetyIndependence Day and its festivities are right around the corner! While fireworks are a customary part of the celebration, a lack of safety when using them could lead to serious injury.
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