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Investigators trying to identify mysterious Asian woman found in Mission Viejo


Unidentified female Asian in Mission Viejo

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

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Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org/Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY

DESCRIPTION: Female, Asian, 45-55 years old, 5’3”, 140, brown hair, brown eyes

On September 16, 2014, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the pictured female was located at the Citi Bank in Mission Viejo acting confused and disoriented. The female was transported to Mission Hospital and admitted for dehydration under the name Jane Doe. The female had no identification and either would not or could not give any information about herself. A finger print check was done with negative results.

The only item the female had in her possession was a one day OCTA bus pass dated 9-15-14 from the city of Pomona. Pomona Police were contacted and had no missing person reports matching the female. Read more…

 
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City program to offer emergency response training for parents of school-age kids

Published on September 17, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

CERT Training Flier

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month?

We didn’t either. But now’s certainly a good time for families, schools and businesses to revisit their emergency plans and stock up on supplies if necessary.

Speaking of which, the City of Irvine’s Community Emergency Response Team — or CERT — is offering an upcoming 11-session training program for moms and dads of school-age children. The hands-on course, focusing on such topics as personal and family preparedness, fire suppression, first aid and light search and rescue, will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Oct. 7 and concluding Nov. 11.

The idea behind CERT is to prepare citizens to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a major catastrophic event. To receive certification in the course, participants must attend all 11 sessions, which will be staged at the Irvine Police Department headquarters, Orange County Fire Authority Station No. 6 and Irvine City Hall.

You can find more information by clicking on the flier to the right, and you can request an application by visiting the City of Irvine’s CERT webpage or by calling 949-724-7164. Space is limited, so don’t wait too long if you’re …read more

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Video Derides Findings of Great Park Audit

Published on September 17, 2014 by in News

By By ADAM ELMAHREK A video produced by Gafcon, the San Diego-based firm targeted by forensic auditors examining the finances of Irvine’s Great Park, claims the auditors’ findings are false and/or misleading. …read more

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IUSD produces 110 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program

Published on September 16, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

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The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has released its annual list of semifinalists in the running for National Merit awards, and 110 of them are from right here in IUSD.

These Irvine seniors are in select company. About 16,000 students have earned the prestigious distinction nationwide, representing less than 1 percent of all high school seniors. The press release is here.

So what does it take to become a National Merit semifinalist? Well, for starters, you have to do really, really well on the Preliminary SAT.

About 1.4 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools took the PSAT during the last school year, and those that aced the exam earned an opportunity to pursue roughly 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth some $33 million. The scholarships include corporate-sponsored awards, college-sponsored awards and “National Merit $2500 Scholarships,” of which 2,500 are presented.

To make it to the next round, our local semifinalists must submit detailed applications and fulfill a number of additional requirements, including earning outstanding marks throughout high school, securing the recommendation of a school official and producing a high score on the SAT.

We’re told about 90 percent of all semifinalists will become finalists, and more than half of the latter group will …read more

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Suspects posing as housekeepers arrested for residential burglary

OC Sheriff's Department

NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org/Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org

Suspects Posing as Housekeepers Arrested for Residential Burglary

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – (September 16, 2014) – On Monday, September 15, 2014, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Sandra Elizabeth Rojas, 36, Riverside and Marie Alejandra Rojas, 38, Riverside, in connection with several residential burglaries in the south Orange County area. The suspects are related by marriage.

Over the last year, Sheriff’s investigators have been investigating several cases that include thefts of cash and jewelry from residences. As information and evidence was obtained, investigators determined the suspects were posing as housekeepers as a means of committing the burglaries without forcing entry into the residences. In the event the suspects were contacted by homeowners, they would pose as a legitimate cleaning crew. Read more…

 
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Library Research Workshops

Published on September 16, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach If you need assistance with your research, attend a Library Research Workshop. Workshops are all held in Library 101, and are open to all students. Reserve your spot online at ivc.libcal.com/workshops or check to see if space is available in your desired workshop.

Finding Articles: Fundamentals… (More) …read more

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Uni teacher takes STEM education to new heights with satellite data collection

Published on September 16, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

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Tinh Tran was looking to integrate more hands-on science, math and technology activities into his classroom lessons, with the ultimate goal of sparking an interest in STEM career paths.

So when the University High science teacher heard about an ambitious program that would enable high schoolers to conduct space experiments, using data from real satellites, he was interested to say the least.

“Mind-blowing” is how Tran describes the technology offered by an education company called Ardusat, which has launched softball-sized satellites called CubeSats into low orbit. (One is pictured to the right.) Each is equipped with sensors that will allow Earthbound students to track temperatures, magnetic fields, UV levels and luminosity using classroom kits with microcontrollers.

Thanks to grant funding secured through the Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s Innovative Teaching Awards Program, the ninth-graders enrolled in Tran’s Earth science systems course will be among the first to pilot the new Ardusat system. And that’s drawn interest from the U.S. News & World Report, which recently interviewed the Uni educator for this story about CubeSats and the future of STEM instruction.

It’s an interesting read even without the IUSD connection. Meanwhile, Tran told us that the mini-satellites will have broad applications at …read more

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IVC Honors Program Presents: Columbia University Recruitment Event

Published on September 16, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach Matthew Rostein, representative from Columbia University’s School of General Studies in New York City, will be on campus from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, September 18, in B106. Columbia University’s School of General Studies is a unique college within the larger university that is designed to accommodate aca… (More) …read more

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Career Center Workshops

Published on September 16, 2014 by in News

By Nathan Quach The Career Center is hosting a representative from financial investment firm Edward Jones at 10 a.m. Monday, September 22, in SSC 260F. The hour-long workshop will focus on “Building Credit in College.” On Thursday, September 25, an Edward Jones representative will be discussing differen… (More) …read more

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Alderwood teacher relies on a longtime friend and a little ingenuity for ice bucket challenge

Published on September 14, 2014 by in News

By Ian Hanigan

Over the summer, we saw a number of ALS ice bucket challenges featuring celebrities, politicians and regular folks. But we hadn’t seen one quite like this.

Dan Grubb, a sixth-grade teacher at IUSD’s Alderwood Elementary School, recently took part in the viral fundraiser, employing the help of longtime friend Edward J. McNeill, as well as a little ingenuity.

McNeill is a 35-year survivor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS. He’s also the author of several novels.

“Edward is so inspiring,” says Grubb. “When I think things in my life are tough, it helps to change my perspective to all that Edward has overcome. This man has written three novels using one finger on a keyboard. Edward feels that it is his drive to write that keeps him going year after year.”

Even though McNeill’s physical limitations prevent him from hoisting a bucket of ice water, Grubb wanted him to do the honors. So the Alderwood teacher constructed a classic Rube Goldberg machine using household items, including parts from his garage door opener.

In the video, Grubb takes a seat under a bucket. Nearby, McNeill nudges a tennis ball down a slope and into a …read more

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