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Historic SA church is gutted by fire

THE HISTORIC former United Presbyterian Church building in Santa Ana was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. The structure, which was unoccupied, dates back to 1911 (OCFA image).

The historic former United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana was totally destroyed early Thursday morning by fire.

According to the Orange County Fire Authority, which provides fire and emergency medical services for the city, the building was assessed at a value of $2.2 million. The four-alarm blaze was fought by 25 fire units and 100 firefighters.

The building was not occupied and investigators have been working to determine the cause of the fire. The structure, located at Santa Ana Boulevard and Bush Street, dates back to 1911.

There were no injuries.

Cannabis ordinance moves forward

A resolution setting up zoning standards for commercial cannabis operations was approved by the Stanton Planning Commission when it met Wednesday night.

THE STANTON Planning Commission approving zoning rules for cannabis sales (Shutterstock).

The planners voted 4-0 (with Andrew Marques absent) in favor of regulations and

zoning standards for the commercial cultivation, production and sale of cannabis, also known as marijuana.

Under the resolution, such uses could not be located within a 600-foot radius of a school, day care center or youth center within a 400-foot radius of a property zoned residential.

The next step is for the City Council to pass an ordinance implementing the planners’ resolution at its May 26 meeting.

Cannabis businesses are not legal in Stanton at present, but the city has been considering a change that could bring in more that $1 million annually in new revenue to the city.

Public’s help sought in finding suspect

The Santa Ana Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in an incident on Monday in which a car was driven toward police officers and citizens, crashing into three police vehicles.

Sought for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer is Maxmiliano Osorio, 23. His description is given as a male Hispanic, 5-feet, 9 inches tall, of medium build, with short brown hair and brown eyes. His last known location was at 1501 Harbor Blvd. in Santa Ana.

Detectives making a stolen vehicle check in the parking lot of the Pueblo Motel, sought to stop Osorio as he allegedly drove toward them, then rammed the police units.

The car was driven onto Harbor Boulevard and was later recovered in Garden Grove along with over 100 grams of methamphetamine. Osorio is on probation for a previous assault with a deadly weapon.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call (949) 407-7878.


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