Category: Lake Forest

Lake Forest Flag Day Celebration Held at Veterans Park

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—The city held a celebration for Flag Day on Tuesday, June 14 at Veterans Park beginning with a brief flag-raising at the newly installed flagpole. Lake Forest Mayor Robert Pequeño introduced the ceremony saying the flagpole’s installation officially finishes the park. “As a retired U.S. Marine, the American flag is very important to…


Saddleback Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren to Retire, Announces Successor

Pastor Rick Warren announced on June 2 that Pastor Andy Wood will take over leadership of Saddleback Church, a Lake Forest, California, congregation with more than 30,000 weekly attendees. Warren, 68, who founded the evangelical Baptist church with his wife Kay in 1980, announced plans to retire and search for a successor last year. Wood,…


Southern Californians Return From Serving War Victims in Poland

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Just two weeks ago, Tali Miles was walking amongst thousands of Ukrainian refugees sheltering within a crowded expo center in the city of Warsaw, Poland. “Your initial feeling is just pain because war is so evil,” Miles told The Epoch Times while fighting back tears. “And you see who is suffering and who…


Deputies on Leave After Killing Armed Man During 3-Hour Standoff

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Multiple Orange County Sheriff Deputies are on mandatory leave Feb. 11, after shooting and killing a man Feb. 10 after he, officials say, charged at them with a knife, after a three-hour standoff in a residential neighborhood. “[We] really worked very, very hard to bring yesterday’s incident to a peaceful resolve,” Sheriff spokesperson…


California City Cracking Down on Catalytic Converter Thefts

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—As catalytic converter theft rises across the nation, the city of Lake Forest unanimously passed a new ordinance on Feb. 1 prohibiting the unlawful possession of the exhaust emission control device. Under the new order, the possession of a converter without proof of ownership will be a misdemeanor and result in a $1,000…


Deputy-Involved Shooting Breaks out at Orange County Walmart

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—A deputy involved in a shooting inside a Walmart on Jan. 19 left a male suspect armed with a handgun and a knife wounded, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “This is an anomaly for Lake Forest,” Carrie Braun, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department, told The Epoch Times. Employees of the…


Man Charged With Smuggling, Assault in Fatal Christmas Day Crash

SAN DIEGO—A man who allegedly crashed a car while fleeing from Border Patrol agents on Christmas Day, killing one of his passengers, was charged by federal authorities Dec. 27 with human smuggling and assaulting a federal officer. Kevin Antonio Quevedo-Moncada, 22, of Lake Forest, allegedly crashed into a tree after speeding away from Border Patrol…


Second World War Veteran Turning 101 Seeks Birthday Cheer

A World War Two veteran who turns 101 on Flag Day is asking fellow Lake Forest, Calif. residents to help celebrate by sending him 101 birthday cards. Frank Wendzel, an Army Air Force Captain during the Second World War, was born June 14, 1920. After joining the Air Force in 1941, Wendzel served at various locations throughout the United States and…


Orange County DA Clears Police in Three Officer-Involved Shootings

The Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office has concluded its investigations of three police-involved shootings, and says none of the officers involved were at fault. On March 17, it released its report into the Dec. 12, 2019 fatal shooting of Taveonte Art Emmanuel, who was killed by police following a struggle over an officer’s gun….


Lake Forest Looks into Providing Its Own Utility Services

The City of Lake Forest is considering developing its own utilities program after bowing out of Orange County Joint Power Authority’s (OCPA) contentious community choice energy plan. Lake Forest city council during its March 2 meeting voted 4-1 to withdraw from the public utility agreement spearheaded by Irvine, and look into options to start its own…