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Dorner's Mom Sighted at a Restaurant During Stand-Off

As Dorner stand-off unfolds on a TV in a LaPalma restaurant, a woman presumed to be his mother and another woman watched it over Chardonnay. Half an hour later and alone, she enters and remains in his home.

While a stand-off unfolded live on televsion Tuesday between presumed accused murderer Christopher Dorner and deputies, a woman identified as his mother was seen at a L aPalma restaurant - watching it on TV.

Just before 4 p.m., a woman in a gray Honda pulled into the driveway of a home on Sharon Drive identified in public records as belonging to Dorner's mother. She stepped out of the car, emptied the mailbox and entered the home.

Reporters rang the doorbell, but no one answered. Neighbors later identified the woman who entered the home as 62-year-old Nancy Dorner, mother to Christopher Jordan Dorner who is accused of killing four people and wounding at least three others. Among the people he's suspected of shooting is Monica Quan, a former Walnut High School star athlete.

KCAL9 reporter Michelle Gile, who was inside the restaurant, the woman later identified by a neighbor as Nancy Dorner, was with a blonde woman in the bar area having a glass of wine and eating chips and salsa while watching live footage unfold of the Dorner manhunt and shootout in the mountains. The reporter approached the two women and asked if they knew Dorner -- both said no but appeared nervous, according to KCAL9.

About 3:30 p.m. minutes before the woman came home, someone who appeared to be wearing the same clothing and carrying the same purse -- fitting the description of Dorner's mother -- was spotted at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant, located near the La Palma home.

Surveillance footage from the Mexican restaurant shows a woman who appears to be the same woman in the Dorner driveway entering the restaurant at about 3:30 p.m. The woman who appears to be Dorner's mother is later seen on video paying for the bill. She is wearing the same sweater top and printed collar of the woman, who a short time later pulled into the Dorner's driveway and was identified by neighbors as the ex-cop's mother.

E. February 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Though I agree that an interview is warranted, this particular story was pointless and should not have been published. There is no information, no news story, this is not journalism. It is basically a play by play of this woman's day while Dorner was in that cabin. Unless I'm missing something I don't see why surveillance on her is in the news.
Walnut Watchdog February 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM
No, I am being critical of irresponsible journalism. Reporters are not above criticism. I do not know the lady, but your organization and KCAL have invaded her privacy and exposed her to potential harm from the myriad of nut cases that read and comment on these postings. You would probably lose if she took out a restraining order against you. Thanks to you, I know where she has a glass of wine, and thanks to others reporters I know where she lives, and what she does for a living. She does not have to fear the cops. She has to fear the nuts in the community who always look for a reason to make a name for themselves. If you took journalism, ask your old instructor about ethical reporting. Her having a glass of wine is not newsworthy, but exploitive and places her at possible risk. The stones have been turned, and the murderer died a completely unfortunate but totally justifiable death.
Bill Norris February 14, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Unfortunately, it was not the media putting her address out in the first place. Irvine PD put the address out when they first named him as a subject. Look for pictures from their news conference, with the Irvine PD chief talking with his mug shot, with his last known address listed as the La Palma one. And in a social media universe, keeping some of these details quiet is near impossible. A simple Internet search would get someone to the street, as well. Stalking her to a restaurant is a bit much, yes. But as far as her home, it's unfortunate, but not something that can't be found through many sources, not just the media.
Gina Tenorio February 14, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Of course, you are absolutely correct we are not above criticism. I took many journalism and mass media courses that included lectures on ethics and the press - I emphasize they addressed ethics in the press, not the media - as I believe you have. We consult more experienced journalists on stories like these ... and often take our marching orders from more experienced journalists/editors. But your suggestion that I speak to my journalism adviser, who is long retired from the business, is a fair one. I get the sense from your comment that your journalism professor frowned on this kind of story. But obviously there could be a difference of opinion.
penis February 15, 2013 at 09:43 AM
holy nerd wars..

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