What did the OC billionaire do when the wife was away? Computer-chip magnate Henry T. Nicholas III won big in a 1998 public stock offering for his Broadcom Corp., and to celebrate, he built an extravagant $30 million underground “personal brothel” at his Laguna Hills estate. That's according to the latest allegations discovered by E. Scott Reckard and Kim Christensen, two Los Angeles Times reporters who dug up court documents containing the dirt. Last week, newspapers disclosed FBI interest in Nicholas, who insists he's being smeared by malcontent former servants. Court documents allege that Nicholas took his wife, Stacey — who has since filed for divorce — to Hawaii in August 2000 while construction crews completed plans for a "secret and convenient lair" with hidden entries for Nicholas to indulge his "manic obsession with prostitutes" and "addiction to cocaine and Ecstasy.”
Can it get any better? Yep. Here's more from the story based on a draft complaint: “Nicholas had his private jet pick up prostitutes in New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles" to bring "them back to the Pond for his rock-star friends. He provided his guests with transportation and cocaine, Ecstasy, methamphetamines, marijuana, mushrooms and nitrous oxide [laughing gas]' — and even arranged for his private helicopter to land at a nearby hospital helipad.” The Pond is the name Nicholas allegedly gave to his underground palace.
Hollywood, are you listening? I'm thinking Billy Bob Thornton plays Nicholas. No, better yet: Nick Nolte.
Granny rapist sentenced: When he was 21 years old, a horny Patrick Daniel Piceno didn't have money to buy a Harbor Boulevard hooker. Instead, he stalked, raped and brutally beat a tiny 73-year-old Vietnamese American grandmother in a Garden Grove parking lot. His defense? Yes, I beat her. Yes, I wanted to rape her, but I didn't. I couldn't “get it up.” Odd, then, how his sperm was found deep in the woman's vagina.
Piceno repeatedly slugged the victim so severely that she could have died, an emergency-room doctor testified. Yesterday, Orange County Superior Court Judge David Hoffer sentenced Piceno to a prison term of 23 years to life. He'll be in his 40s when a parole board first considers his release back into society.
- A coward at OC Blog: An anonymous writer in the OC Blog bullpen of Republicans wrote last night about an interesting Little Saigon debate. Right-wing elements there are accusing Viet Weekly of being pro-Communist and are planning a demonstration. Among the outrageous crimes, it published a pro and con debate about the impact of Ho Chi Minh. Fair enough, but then the OC Blog chickenshit wrote this: “For those who are not familar with this weekly magazine, it's the Vietnamese version of OC Weekly. Its content contains nothing but tasteless articles that attack other people and semi-naked pictures of women. It was the only news organization that supported and defended Tan Nguyen in the previous General Election.” Thanks for the plug! Good luck growing a pair of balls.
- The Tale of Naked Man: Officials in Huntington Beach say the single biggest reason for the new anti-public-nudity ban is 5-foot-9, 165-pound Miguel Angelo Ferreira, a.k.a. “Naked Man.” Reporter Ashley Powers learned that Ferreira, who lives near the ocean and a tourist area, loves to walk around nude — a sight strangers have found alarming. A columnist in the city tells Powers that the city ordinance is a sign “that the carefree, wild days are gone" in Huntington Beach. Beginning in September, Nazis can still roam the streets, but nudity visible from a public perch will be banned. Details remain fuzzy. At Monday's town meeting, Powers recorded this wonderful exchange between Mayor Gil Coerper and Mayor Pro Tem Debbie Cook. Cook: "You can't see someone changing under a towel. They're not publicly nude." Coerper: "They're nude under the towel." Cook: "Under our clothes, we're all nude." Excellent!
- Brown nosing again in Santa Ana: Doug Irving over at the Buzz reports that Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido has endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The six-term mayor will join Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D-Hooters) as a member of Clinton's advisory council of mayors. The former First Lady called Pulido's endorsement part of her “grassroots support in California.” Pulido is grassroots? Ha. In a written statement, the mayor explained that he shares Clinton's stances on the environment and the economy. Baloney, Miguel. We all know you're networking for yourself again. Or should we say, Ambassador Pulido?
- Snoop Dogg to sing the blues in OC: Snoop Dogg is scheduled to appear in an Orange County courtroom tomorrow for allegedly carrying an illegal weapon at John Wayne Airport in 2006. Sheriff's deputies arrested the 35-year-old, internationally famous rapper for carrying a 20-inch baton in a bag. Dogg, who pissed off cops with his 187 rap a number of years back, claimed the baton was a prop for an upcoming video shoot. Selective enforcement? Perhaps, but one thing is certain: It was sheriff's deputies who leaked the incident to the media.
Register silent on Sheriff Carona's latest scandal: Yesterday, Christine Hanley at the Los Angeles Times revealed that Orange County's self-styled Christian conservative Republican sheriff has been banned from accessing a highly acclaimed police Mafia database because of his associations with criminals, including a Las Vegas titty-bar owner who employs underworld figures. It's the latest in a long string of embarrassing, unnecessary ethical messes Michael S. Carona has created for himself.
But not a single word on this news in the Register.
Carona (R-Indenialville) and his henchmen/women are spinning that they don't care about the snub. I'll tell you from years of personal experience that you can't find a better bitter, scream-to-the-touch group of assisant sheriffs in your life. They might look hardened. But look up "group think" on Wikipedia.com and you'll have the OCSD management crew's daily MO. Simplified: it's a shoot first, ask questions later mentality. Question their bureaucratic assertions and, like Supervisor John Moorlach, you'll see school-yard retaliation games. (Much more on this later.)
So despite their lies, Carona's minions lobbied hard behind-the-scenes to avoid the embarrassment of losing access to the criminal database. Am I comfortable saying this? Yep.
Hi, Assistant Sheriff Jack Anderson! Been busy lately trying to cover for your boss?
Want a chance to learn about Gordon Dillow? The Orange County Mutual UFO Network meets tonight at 7:30 to hear featured speaker Jim Sparks, author of The Keepers. The book explains how aliens have repeatedly abducted Sparks during an 18-year period. As a result, Sparks is now self-loathing and a sycophant for men in uniform. Oh, sorry. Me bad. That's Dillow.
The event will be held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center at 1845 Park Ave. For more information, call (714) 520-4UFO, or check out www.mufonoc.org. Admission is just $5 for first-time visitors, but you must be willing to accept body-cavity probing by cold, long, green fingers.
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