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While there is room for debate on the wisdom of using corporal punishment as a tool in child rearing, reasonable parents can agree that when it comes to fatherhood, Briles is just a tool. On Aug. 28, the 35-year-old Irvine man was aboard The Queen in Balboa Harbor with his girlfriend and two young sons. The district attorney's office charges that he then began poking one of his sons in the chest and repeatedly slapping his face. When the lad cried and asked his allegedly intoxicated father to stop, Briles tossed the child 10 feet overboard into the drink. The ship's first mate reportedly had to stall the engines to avoid hitting the youngster treading water in front of the vessel. Briles jumped in himself—and then, the DA alleges, swam away. Mitigating Factor: He could be sentenced to walk the plank.
The Irvine resident is known across the country for his nationally syndicated talk show, one that he records here in Orange County, and for his pioneering efforts in conservative blogging. But Hewie can't even be arrested in his hometown: His show airs on KRLA-AM 870, Southern California's third-rung conservative talk-show station. It's a perfect place for his anti-gay, anti-Obama, pro-eternal war, irrelevant take on the national scene. Mitigating Factor: Despite his dumb ideology, Hewitt frequently has great authors on as guests.
Shops specializing in dresses for quinceañeras have operated on downtown Santa Ana's Fourth Street for at least 25 years; the gastropub Chapter One: the modern local, one street over, has barely been open for one. Yet that didn't stop Chapter One's co-owner from wading into the area's explosive gentrification battles during a Aug. 24 Santa Ana City Council meeting. "You can't have the same shop, the same stores, the same exact same quinceañera shop across from the exact same quinceañera shop . . . exact same thing over and over again, and expect to be successful," O'Conner remarked from the podium. "Times have changed. Fourth Street should change with those times." O'Conner's partners quickly apologized for his remarks, but he has remained quiet on the subject. Mitigating Factor: The Weekly named Chapter One the best new restaurant in OC this year.
THESE TWO LITTLE MONSTERS
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Correction 10/27/2011: The original version of this story incorrectly gave the age of accused murderer Chris McAmis as 35 years old. He is in fact 32 years old. The Weekly regrets the error.
This article appeared in print as "You're Dead to Me: OC's Scariest People 2011."