Navel Gazing's Project Un-uncensored

Looking back at 2012 news that was fit to blog but not to print . . . until now

Who knew the vaunted M-16 assault rifle had ties to the land of citrus? As we shared in March, Eugene Stoner, the weapon's designer, had homes in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. ArmaLite, which manufactured the M-16's predecessor, the AR-15, also operated a factory locally. After Colt bought the rights to produce the weapon and made a fortune off military contracts, ArmaLite attempted to design a new rifle that could compete with the M-16. According to an auto-body-shop employee in Costa Mesa, once home to the ArmaLite factory, gun enthusiasts occasionally telephone, curious about an underground testing range; to date, nothing has been found. (Brandon Ferguson)

We love mystery. And this one was a doozie. If you've ever visited Anaheim Cemetery, which is managed by the county, you've seen the final resting places of the area's pioneers. But tucked away in the southern corner is an area where early Chinese settlers were (or still are) buried. Their final wish was to be interred until the money could be raised to ship their remains back to China. If any bodies were disinterred, no records remain. As we discovered in March, only one marker rises from the grass, bearing the name of Mr. Lin'an Huang. It's unclear if he's still there, in spirit or otherwise. (BF)

There's nothing more entertaining than being called a bunch of "socialist hacks" by devotees of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand after you've penned a post calling her writings "deranged scribblings." And so the Weekly would like to thank Chapman University for exhibiting said drivel at its library in April and giving us the opportunity to experience just that. Specifically, we blasted the hypocrite who preached self-reliance while gladly living off the government's free health care for seniors as a "phony intellectual" whose bogus philosophy was synonymous with "piggishness" and "psychopathy." (NS)

Alberto Flores Ramirez met a 33-year-old woman online, learned she needed help in bringing her children to California from Mexico, and arranged an April 3 meeting at a Santa Ana McDonald's, according to authorities. What she really needed, the San Clemente 36-year-old informed her, was a "spiritual cleansing" to remove "negative vibes." He allegedly drove her to a Santa Ana motel, had her strip down to her bra and panties and recline on the bed while he rubbed raw eggs over her—before going on to finger her, choke her, force her to engage in oral sex and rape her. He later drove away. She called police, and a second meeting was arranged; Ramirez drove to a Santa Ana parking lot to find not the woman he was there to rub the wrong way, but rather cops who were there to arrest him. The district attorney later filed charges that could send Ramirez to state prison for 12 years with a conviction and months of rubbed huevos to come. (MC)

The family of the late Manuel Levi "Manny" Loggins Jr. indicated in May it was filing a federal lawsuit against the County of Orange, the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Deputy Darren Sandberg, who shot the Camp Pendleton Marine on Feb. 7 at San Clemente High School. Loggins and two of his daughters had gone to the school track for a regular, early-morning, family-prayer walk, but the sheriff's department and later the district attorney's office concluded the Marine crashed the family SUV through a school gate, acted strangely and ultimately endangered the girls so much he had to be taken out. DA Rackauckas later told the press the statements of the daughters helped to clear Sandberg, but they are among the Loggins family members suing the deputy, his department, and the county that controls the sheriff's and DA's purse strings. (MC)

Bootlegger's Brewery, looking to expand, applied to the city of Fullerton for a conditional-use permit for a new tasting room located just outside downtown. Its current landlord, good-government activist and free-enterprise acolyte Tony Bushala, bought the only house near the proposed location, and then filed a noise concern to stop the permit. More than 100 craft-beer-lovers showed up at the City Council meeting in May—the very same night three council members were recalled for their failure to react to the Kelly Thomas murder—to show their support for Bootlegger's owners Aaron and Patricia Barkenhagen. The show worked: The City Council voted 5-0 to allow the Barkenhagens to proceed, and the tasting room is due to open soon (DL)

Husband-and-wife attorneys Kent and Jill Easter were charged June 19 with planting a bag containing Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana and a used pot pipe in the vehicle of a volunteer at their kid's Irvine elementary school. Why? To allegedly get the parent arrested to teach her a lesson about not properly supervising their boy. But their plan unraveled when the volunteer, a school mom, let police search her home and determine the Easters were previous tormenters. The father, who worked at Yocca Carlson & Rauth Attorneys of Newport Beach, and mother, who let her State Bar of California license expire, previously sued the school volunteer in civil court, where the judge tossed the complaint as frivolous. The cellphone call placed to cops about drugs in a school volunteer's car was quickly traced to Kent, and the Orange County grand jury indicted the two later in the year on charges that could have them parenting from prison for three years. (MC)

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