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    A man barricaded himself in his house Friday evening after his wife left the residence and called police from the Shops at Mission Viejo, according to a Sheriff’s spokesperson.  The wife reported her husband had been drinking, and assaulted and threatened to kill her.

    About 25 officers responded, including a SWAT team. The 47-year-old man remained in the home until 10:30 pm when he peacefully surrended.   He was being held at the Theo Lacy Jail pending bail of $20,000.

    The incident occurred in the 25600 block of Pacific Crest Drive, northeast of the Oso/Marguerite intersection.

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    Police found Mission Viejo resident John Torres lying in a Santa Ana driveway last night after officers responded to reports of a gunshot.  Torres, a self-admitted gang member according to Police, was wounded in the lower abdomen.

    Torres told police he shot himself, although no weapon was found at the scene.  Santa Ana Police spokeman Reuban Ibarra informed the Dispatch the 23-year-old man refused to cooperate or provide additional information.

    The injury was not serious and Torres was later released by the hospital.

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Iowa Harvell    Former  MV  resident  Adam  Harvell,  36, was shot dead Tuesday by police in West Des Moines, Iowa. Harvell lived in MV as late as 2008, according to the Des Moines Register.

     Harvell was a suspect in a series of residential invasions and sexual assaults. Police said he had previously spent 10 months in prison. His previous violations included weapons charges and bad check charges in St. Louis.  

    Court records showed his address as Mission Viejo in May 2008. He and his girlfriend moved to St. Louis from MV so she could attend law school at Drake University.  The  girlfriend apparently called the tip to Police.

    Officers reported Harvell approached them with a gun when they arrived at a West Des Moines townhouse with a search warrant. They encountered Harvell after entering an unlocked door after no one answered.  DNA will be used to confirm whether Harvell was associated with the alleged crimes.

    Harvell also used the name Adam Sims.

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Following is the latest OC Health Agency report of confirmed cases as of 3pm today (5/12).  Eight additional confirmed cases were added since yesterday afternoon. There are an additional 8 “probable” cases, including one in Lake Forest.

Swine Flu 5-12 2

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    The District Attorney has announced the arrest of Mission Viejo resident Guillermo Cabrera after an undercover operation targeting insurance overbilling schemes.

    A ‘walk-in’ investigation was conducted where agents posed as patients claiming soft tissue damage from car accidents. Cabrera, a chiropractor, was one of seven named as defendants in three cases.

    Cabrera’s C&N Chiropractic Clinic is located in Santa Ana. He was charged with felonies for two counts of insurance fraud, one count of grand theft, and two counts of unlawful receipt of consideration by claims handler for referral. Those charges pose a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison. Bail was set at $50,000.

The DA describes the Cabrera case as follows:

In July 2006, an OCDA undercover investigator, Investigator #1, went to Cabrera’s chiropractic office posing as an office manager for an attorney. Cabrera is accused of agreeing to a 30 percent kickback scheme in exchange for patient referrals from Investigator #1.

In August 2006, Investigator #2, who was posing as an injured driver from a car accident, went to Cabrera’s office with Investigator #1. Cabrera is accused of “treating” Investigator #2 nine times. He is accused of overbilling the insurance company $470 for additional services not rendered during the nine “treatments.” After receiving $1,420 from the insurance company, Cabrera is accused of illegally kicking back $473 to Investigator #1 as his 30 percent referral fee.

In September 2007, two OCDA undercover investigators called the Law Offices of Rose Tsai and spoke with Real. Real is accused of practicing law without a license and signing up Investigator #3 and Investigator #4 as clients. Real is accused of referring the undercover investigators to Cabrera for “treatments.”

Investigator #3 did not visit Cabrera at Real’s referral and instead brought in a fake “bill” from another “chiropractor” for treatment of his “injuries.” Cabrera is accused of “treating” Investigator #4 nine times and overbilling the insurance company $590 for services not rendered during the “treatments.”

Charges were also brought against Tsai and his law office administrator.

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    The closest Swine Flu victims to MV have been in Irvine, but it took the OC Health Care Agency three days to confirm those two cases after they were announced as “probable” last Thursday.  Victims may recover before their illness is confirmed as H1N1.

    The two Irvine cases, an 18-year-old male student at University High in Irvine and another 26-year-old male were confirmed Sunday.  The student had already recovered before the weekend, and no other resulting cases were discovered, so the High School was not closed.

    The Health Care Agency identified the following 9 probable H1N1 Flu cases:

Age – Gender – Place of Residence

  • 8              F              Placentia
  • 5              F              Santa Ana
  • 20           M            Anaheim
  • 20           F             Santa Ana
  • 22           F             Anaheim
  • 17           M            Anaheim
  • 62           F             Huntington Beach
  • 11           M            Westminster
  • 19           F             Anaheim

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    The County Health Agency conducted a teleconference this morning (Thurs) with the City regarding the Swine Flu.  The agency reported two “probable” cases of Swine Flu in Orange County, which could be confirmed sometime today.  Lab results generally require 6-12 hours to yield conclusive results.

    The County may declare a local state of emergency today, so it can plan and prepare at a heightened level.  A supply of  270,000 treatments of anti-viral medicines, Tamiflu and Relenza, have been  stored locally.  The treatments came from the national strategic stockpile, and will be distributed when existing local supplies are depleted.

    The City was informed it is likely school closures will be ordered where students are diagnosed with the Swine Flu.  The County Agency is planning protocols for possible mask use by the public.

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