Hello again! It’s Paula Constance, your host of the Orange County Daily. Here are all the most important things to know that are happening locally. Today’s issue includes…

  • A hazardous ammonia leak in Buena Park.
  • Irvine felon charged in “spree” of unprovoked assaults.
  • JOEY’s Newport Beach opening.
  • Places hardest hit by bomb cyclone.
  • The Orange County Power Authority is “at a crossroads.”

But first, today’s weather:

Partly sunny. High: 62 Low: 45.

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  1. Firefighters contained a hazardous ammonia leak at 3 a.m. in Buena Park on Tuesday. The chemical leak happened at a bottling plant in the 6600 block of Caballero Boulevard. The Orange County Fire Authority’s Hazardous Materials team quickly located and contained the leak, and there was “no threat to surrounding businesses,” an OCFA spokesperson said. (Orange County Patch)
  2. A convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history was charged Thursday “with a ‘spree’ of unprovoked assaults” in Orange County. Ricardo De La Riva Jr., 43, was charged “with attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon,” after police were called to the Heritage Plaza shopping center at Culver Drive and Walnut Avenue at 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, after a man was cut on his arm by an attacker, police said. (Orange County Patch)
  3. Have you heard the buzz about JOEY opening in Newport Beach? The chain’s first Orange County location will open on Newport Beach at Fashion Island on Thursday, Jan. 19! (Flipboard)
  4. True to its ominous name, the “bomb cyclone” brought a burst of heavy rain and flooding to Orange County Thursday. “Caltrans officials issued a notice Thursday morning that the Pacific Coast Highway was closed between Warner Avenue and Seapoint Street in Orange County due to flooding.” Cars were also diverted from “the Huntington Beach area of the highway” due to flooding. See which areas were impacted most by the winter storm here: (KTLA Los Angeles)
  5. Irvine “came close” to leaving the embattled Orange County Power Authority agency that it helped create in a recent vote. The OCPA is “at a crossroads” as member cities decide how to move forward. Irvine “fronted a loan of about $7 million to get OCPA off the ground at the end of 2020.” The OCPA currently includes Huntington Beach, Irvine, Buena Park and Fullerton as member cities. (Los Angeles Times)

Today in Orange County:

  • Super Smash Gaming Tournament at Canyon Hills Branch (2:00 PM)
  • Pageant of the Masters Open Casting Call of Volunteers (7:00 PM)
  • Broadway Rave – Santa Ana (7:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • People “flocking to see” owl may endanger it: “Wildlife officials say the bird is eating and looks good, but stress people flocking to see it need to keep their distance to keep the bird healthy.” (Orange County Register via Facebook)
  • Training exercise with shooting: “Santa Ana – Firefighters from the OCFA and outside agencies participated in a training exercise with the Santa Ana Police Department and the Santa Ana School Police that involved a shooting incident with multiple victims this morning.” (Orange County Fire Authority via Facebook)
  • Trail assault: “The assault was reported Monday on Peters Canyon Trail near Irvine Boulevard and the 261 Toll Road.” (Orange County Register via Facebook)

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Paula Constance

About me: Paula is a contributing writer, author, and producer. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking or watching fireflies in the sultry moments before sunset. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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