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HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Huntington Beach Police arrested a Off-duty Los Angeles police officer Ryan Eric Galliher, 33, on suspection of Lewd Conduct in the area of  Bolsa Chica Street south of Los Patos Ave. at approximately 7:33 a.m.

Detectives from the Huntington Beach Police Department were conducting surveillance in the area. The surveillance was part of an investigation involving reports of a male exposing himself in the area over the last several months. The incidents have occurred in the wetlands at the dead end of Bolsa Chica Street and involve several victims. Detectives observed the suspect, later identified as Ryan Eric Galliher, commit a lewd act along an open pathway in the area. There were no other victims in the area at the time besides the investigators. Detectives stopped and arrested Galliher for 647(a) PC – Lewd Act in Public. GALLIHER was identified as an off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer assigned to the Southwest Division and a resident of Huntington Beach.

Galliher was transported and booked at the city jail. The Los Angeles Police Department was notified and is cooperating in the investigation. This arrest information was not immediately released to give investigators time to conduct follow up investigation. They have been working since his arrest contacting previous victims and attempting to identify additional victims. They are working with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to determine if other charges will be filed. Galliher was released from custody with a pending court date and has been placed on administrative leave by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Anyone that has any information or believes they are a victim of the suspect is asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Tip Line at (714) 375-5066. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6627).


 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Mauli. Ola Foundation's Battle for the Breasts presented by Ambry Genetics, an online surf video contest held in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wrapped up this week on Surfline.com. In the final round of voting, Bethany Hamilton defeated fellow Kauai surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb with a tail-high air reverse to take the win.

Hamilton's victory was sweetened by a $50,000 donation of Ambry Genetic testing vouchers on her behalf to Cancer Research Collaboration/ Breastlink based in Orange County, CA. Weston-Webb's second place finish saw $30,000 in vouchers go to Jefferson Breast Care Center in Philadelphia, PA. The two semifinalists - Sally Fitzgibbons and Laura Enenver - earned $10,000 for University of Texas Foundation and Thompson Cancer Survival Center, respectively.

The remaining 12 surfers/clinics that participated in the Battle for the Breasts will each receive one BRCA 1 &2 testing voucher from the Mauli Ola Foundation courtesy of Ambry Genetics.

"Battle for the Breasts is a great cause and also a great way to showcase women's surfing," Bethany Hamilton said. "I was stoked to be representing BreastLink. It made me feel special because I was working hard for something beyond myself."

For Hamilton and Weston-Webb, the road to the final wasn't exactly easy. With a stacked field of the world's best female surfers filling the draw, Hamilton overcame Alana Blanchard (R1), Alessa Quizon (R2) and Sally Fitzgibbons (R3) with a collection of A-plus clips assembled while filming for her new movie in Bali. On the other side of the draw, Weston-Webb took out Tyler Wright (R1), Dimity Stoyle (R2), and Laura Enever (R3) with a series of barrel-to-carve combos, a late drop over a razor-sharp Tahitian reef as well as a massive barrel ride at Teahupoo.

"Huge congratulations to Bethany," said Hans Hagen, Executive Director of Mauli Ola Foundation. "She has been nothing short of an inspiration for everyone to fight the good fight. Her donation of the Ambry testing vouchers to the team at Cancer Research Collaboration/BreastLink will assist in their mission of saving lives through early detection, research and treatment."

Mauli Ola presented the winning check to the staff at BreastLink and CRC on Monday in an impromptu ceremony.

"We're so proud to have been paired with Bethany," said BreastLink's Dr. Lisa Curcio. "These vouchers are a great opportunity for our patients who are under insured or have no insurance and don't have access to genetic testing. They ultimately help us test them to monitor for cancer."

"We were very pleased to have the opportunity to support the healthcare community with genetic testing vouchers for breast cancer patients through Battle for the Breasts," said Ambry Genetics President James Dunlop. "The key to beating cancer is early detection and we hope that this modest contribution saves as many lives as possible. The battle has just begun."

The inaugural Battle for the Breasts featured sixteen of the world's best female surfers competing for votes in an online video contest format during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event was created to raise awareness for the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer, with the participating surfers competing for $125,000 in hereditary breast cancer testing vouchers donated on their behalf by Ambry Genetics.

Watch the Battle for the Breasts wrap up video: http://www.surfline.com/surflinetv/featured-clips/bethany-hamilton-wins -mauli-olas-battle-for-the-breasts_119744 or view the video on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XPvJxp5cQY

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Drivers on their way to work passing the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Yorktown Avenue on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 hardly knew of the accident that occurred there on Monday morning, October 27th. All they could see was just the white ash left over from burnt flares in the intersection. The only reminder that something tragic had happened.

At approximately 5:35 a.m.and dawn's early light had yet to come, a young 17-year-old Huntington Beach resident was seen crossing Beach Boulevard in an eastbound direction in the crosswalk. The girl was later identified by the coroner’s office as Monique Zarazua.

It was still night with only light from the street lamps and the lights from the Chevron station on the corner, when she was struck by a 2006 Cadillac DTS driven by a 54-year-old man from Huntington Beach. The driver of the black-colored Cadillac was heading northbound on Beach Blvd.

Huntington Beach Police were notified and responded along with Huntington Beach Fire Department paramedics to the scene to find the injured girl lying in the street. She was transported to UCI Medical Center and admitted in critical condition. The driver of the Cadillac and a witness remained at the accident scene and gave statements to the police.

The Zarazua's parents were called and arrived at the hospital. On Tuesday, October 28th at approximately 3:40 p.m. the she passed away from her injuries from the collision.

An investigation has begun to the cause of the accident by the HBPD Major Incident Reconstruction Team and are seeking anyone who may have witnessed the accident.

At the present time no arrests have been made or any citations issued.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Huntington Beach Police Accident Investigator Robert Barr at 714-536-5666 or Accident Investigator Tai Huynh at 714-536-5670. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 714-960-8825.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Two old buddies who met during their Marina High School days in the late 80's used to make home movies with their video cameras, each separately gone on to success in the movie industry, finally crossed paths again and reunited to make a high school thriller called "Ditch Party," which will come out in 2015.

Noel Guglielmi (Noel G) has had big roles in films like Fast & the Furious, Training Day, Bruce Almighty and much more has finally be reunited with his high school buddy, Rocky Costanzo, who has also been making independent films in Orange County for the last 14 years. He still lives and works in Huntington Beach out of our production office. His journey was highlighted as the cover story in the OC Weekly back in 2007. Not surprising that the two would eventually reunite as they both shared a passion for making home movies on camcorders back in the day.

The two just wrapped production on Ditch Party, with plans to showcase the film at various high schools before releasing the film in the fall of 2015. As the article below mentions, the film will probably be controversial in that it shines another spotlight on the ever-growing problem of high school shootings. However, what this film does differently than other shooter movies is that it does not glorify the shooter, as its primary focus is on the victims and how they handle the tragic event. It's more of a modern day Breakfast Club movie than a "shoot 'em up" film.

The film features recognizable actors, such as Daeg Faerch from Rob Zombie's Halloween and Hancock with Will Smith. DeeDee Rescher, a veteran actress who has been in everything from old sitcoms like Three's Company, Roseanne and The King of Queens. She has also appeared in major blockbusters like Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Huntington Beach contestant, Barbara McCormack, will be on CBS’ LET’S MAKE A DEAL on Tuesday, November 4 (check local listings)!

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Orange is the new green for your old holiday pumpkins, for they are recyclable! Take out any candles and decorations from your pumpkins and put it in your green Rainbow trash carts. They will be picked up through November and December, more ways to make Huntington Beach more sustainable.

The material from your green cart is used to create compost that is spread on local crops, gardens and lawns. To ensure the best quality compost, please do not put pet waste, plastics, lawn/leaf bags, food, clothing, garden hoses or trash in your green waste cart. If you have a lawn service, remind your gardener that the green cart is only for the trimmings from your lawn, trees, shrubs and other plants.

For more information about our green waste composting program, please call Public Works Trash and Recycling at 714-375-5010 or email trashinfo@surfcity-hb.org.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Friday, October 31, Downtown Huntington Beach will become HBoo Spookytown, welcoming people of all ages to enjoy the annual Halloweenfest on Main Street and at The Strand on 5th Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Merchants will distribute candy to little goblins and princesses, so come on down. The fun continues with pony rides, a petting zoo, games, and entertainment.

The Strand will also host a kids costume contest at 5 p.m., and Fido can get in on the fun too, by strutting his stuff at the canine costume contest at 6:30 p.m. This event has become a holiday tradition in the community, so make a visit to HBoo Spookytown part of your Halloween tradition this year!

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Don't forget to turn your clocks back by one hour on Saturday night, giving everyone an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 5:25 p.m. the Huntington Beach Police Department received a call of reckless driver southbound Gothard Street from Heil Ave. The caller reported a male driving a dark colored SUV forcing cars off the road. Officers saw the vehicle southbound Gothard Street from Ellis Ave. As officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect was involved in minor traffic collision at the corner of Ernest Drive and Stewart Street. The suspect exited the vehicle with a handgun and walked up the driveway of a residence. The officer ordered him to stop but the suspect turned and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officer. The officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect.

Officers administered first aid on the suspect until paramedics arrived. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. The officer was not injured and a handgun was located at the scene.

The driver, Daniel Walsh, 27, of Huntington Beach died at 6:25 p.m. Saturday at UCI Medical Center in Orange.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation as is the policy when a police officer is involved in a shooting. The OCSD are in charge of the investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Division at 714 647-7055.

 

 

HAMILTON, NY...Marina High School graduate Maria Vorobyeva, of Huntington Beach, is a member of the Colgate University Class of 2018.

Of the 8,715 applications to Colgate last year, just 26 percent were accepted. The average combined SAT score for students enrolled in the Class of 2018 is 1372.

Colgate continues to meet 100 percent of students' demonstrated financial need, as 43.4 percent of the Class of 2018 is receiving institutional grant funding, up from 41.6 percent in 2017.

Colgate is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 294 full-time faculty-scholars, and its commitment to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Colgate offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university's 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • Michael R. Overby, 36, Chester, IL
  • Elief A. Imece, 49, Huntington Beach
  • Lemuel N. Lirios, 56, Cypress
  • Jose A. Sotelo, 20, Huntington Beach
  • Justin C. Crosson, 23, Costa Mesa
  • Steve H. Han, 23, Bellflower
  • Lori R. Duvall, 46, Long Beach
  • Gregory S. Morales, 32, Huntington Beach
  • Matthew J. Austin, 48, Huntington Beach
  • Thomas P. Brown, 51, Huntington Beach

 

SUNSET BEACH...A Huntington Beach reporter met up with Tony Nobles, vice President of the Sunset Beach Community Association on Saturday morning to see how their Halloween community event was coming along.

"Boo!" said Golden West College student Laura Foltz as she helps build the pyramid

 

Tony Nobles with an old friend

The fright night kids Halloween carnival will feature a miniature Egyptian pyramid in the community center at 12th Street and Pacific Coast Highway next to the old fire station. The October 31st event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and offers the youngsters a chance to wander through the pyramid and who know what might happen around every corner.

At the entrance will be large statues of Anubis, the god of embalming and the dead. and the Sphinx beckoning you to come inside. Kids may even hear some high priest reading from the Scroll of Thoth or smell the aroma of tana leaves brewing. You might even see Kharis searching for his 3000-year-old girlfriend Ananka. Will they make it to the exit "alive?". Anything can happen on Halloween night.

Don't worry if none of these frightening events happen as the Sunset Beach Community Association haven't lost a youngster yet, but then we haven't checked the sarcophagus standing in one of the rooms to see if there is any missing adults inside. A live camel will also be on hand for photos with the kids.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Thursday, October 23,2014, at about 8:20 p.m., HBPD received a 911 call of a possible burglary in progress in the 6300 block of Citadel Drive. A residence in that area was tented for fumigation. A neighbor saw a man run away from that residence. The neighbor chased after the man as he jumped over a fence and into a neighboring yard. The man was bitten by a neighbor’s dog as he ran from residence to residence. A second man ran from the area also believed to be involved in the burglary. Our officers arrived and located a vehicle they believed belonged to the suspects and a large perimeter was set up to catch them. HB1 assisted with the search. A bag containing the victim’s property was located outside the residence being fumigated and officers located where safety clips had been removed from the fumigation tenting. Officers conducted a yard to yard search and located one of the suspects to the rear of Schroeder Elementary School.

The second suspect was seen jumping over fences and was able to flee to the area of Drake Lane and Bolsa Avenue. Westminster and Fountain Valley Police Departments responded to assist our officers. The second suspect was also located and taken into custody after being found in a residential backyard.

The first suspect ended up being 17 years old and on probation for possession of a firearm in Los Angeles County. Due to the nature of the crime involved in this arrest, and the juvenile justice laws, we were unable to book him into juvenile hall. He was taken to the Huntington Beach Police Department and later released to the custody of his parents.

The second suspect, a 21 year old resident of Compton, was booked in the Huntington Beach city jail for charges of residential burglary and resisting arrest. He was out of custody on bail for another recent felony arrest. His bail was increased and he was booked at the Orange County Jail.

The house had to be ventilated by the extermination company who ultimately was able to enter the residence to determine that no one else was inside. Detectives are conducting follow up investigation to determine if there are additional victims or suspects.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Local skateboarders attended a special Halloween Smash or Gap the Pumpkin hosted by Street Wise Skate Shop on Saturday afternoon, Oct.25th in the parking lot at 18358 Beach Boulevard.

Alex Gullett with his own skateboard

Alex Gullett of Street Wise this was the third annual skating event they have held since opening the business. Throughout the day many pro and not-so-pro skaters left Van's skateboard park on North Huntington Beach to show off their skill on the board.

Street Wise Skate Shop Smash or Gap the Pumpkin Contest Winner, Justin Smith gaped 14 pumpkins. Photo: Alex Gullett

 

Youngsters practice before the judging begins

 

Pro-skaters Jefferson Smith and Kyle Chavez were to be attending said Gullett. Two divisions of demonstrations were given, one for Groms ages 5 to13 and the other to those 14 and up. They were shown board moves they could try out on their own at home or at Vans. Several of the adults that brought their children declined the offer of skateboarding in front of their youngsters.

Youngsters taking turns on the rails and ramps

 

But that wasn't all to this year's Skateboarding Halloween event.

Three members of the Rat Trap Band provided part of the day's entertainment

There were three live bands that provided the entertainment throughout the afternoon; The Originalites, Rat Trap, and Imperial Patterns.

Gotta keep them boarders fed and a barbecue did that just right

Those taking part were treated to a free BBQ lunch.

A raffle was held for prizes from such named companies as Baker, Supra, Krew, Bones Wheels and Wreck Wheels.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Congratulations Debra Pinkham! October Mayor’s Award winner! Debi was hired by the Huntington Beach Police Department in 2004 as a Records Clerk, and promoted in 2007 to Records Supervisor.

In July 2010, she was transferred to the Traffic Unit where she was hired as a Parking Control Supervisor. Dealing with parking complaints is a difficult job with little positive recognition, but Debi does not let that get to her. Debi’s supervision style is compassionate, caring, considerate and enthusiastic. The Huntington Beach Police Department is a better place because of valuable employees like Debi.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH...The Huntington Harbour Philharmonic Association held a fundraising boutique Friday and Saturday inside the Huntington Harbour Mall for their annual boat parade.

The boutique featured clothing jewelry and original homemade gifts. There were chances to win prizes from a trip to the ski lodge, gasoline from Chevron, to gift baskets of all kinds.

l-r: Marie Love-Edwards and Aurea Hoad of the Admiralty Committee offers free chances to win Cruise of Lights boat parade tickets

 

Some of the prizes in this year's fundraising raffle

 

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