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Security breach at juvenile hall, teens found having sex

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Security questions have been raised and two investigations have been launched after a girl and boy, both 17-years-old, both charged with violent crimes, were found having sex in a co-ed unit at Orange County Juvenile Hall on Feb. 12.

OC Sheriff's Department officials are investigating if the sex was consensual, and an internal investigation by the Probation Department is looking into the safety at the institution. It is unknown how the boy gained access to the girl's room where the two were found.

According to court records, both teenagers have been charged as adults in what are believed to be gang-related violent crimes, the OC Register reports.

The girl has been charged with attempted murder, second-degree robbery, attempting to dissuade a witness, firing a weapon into a home and other charges. She was taken into custody in January.


Shhh! OC is one of the quietest counties in the U.S.

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When you can't hear the train, that's when the train is coming. And that's exactly how Orange County wants it.

On Jan. 18, the Orange County Transportation Authority will be celebrating its victory over railroad noise pollution with the establishment of "quiet zones" throughout the county. In your face, horns!

Additionally, OCTA has just completed a comprehensive rail safety program with $85 million of enhanced safety measures implemented at more than 50 crossings. The upgrades allowed OC cities to apply for "quiet zone" status, said the Orange County Transportation Authority in a statement.

Currently, more than 72 commuter and freight trains travel through the OC every day. By 2030 that number is expected to grow to 108. Multiply that by the law requiring engineers to sound the horn up to four times per crossing, and the answer is: loud.