UPDATE, NOV. 21, 4:21 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department just announced that it, too, will conduct a checkpoint tonight, from 9 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of 1400 South Bristol Street.
UPDATE, NOV. 17, 4:15 P.M.: In case you missed the top story on 60 Minutes last night, click play above or follow this link to the complete segment "Depleting the Water," which prominently features UC Irvine/JPL water scientist Jay Famiglietti. READING ASSIGNMENT: An Inconvenient Thirst: Water sci ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 11, 1:39 P.M.: The checkpoint that was conducted in Lake Forest Friday night resulted in more people being cited or arrested for driving without or on a suspended/revoked license (12) than for drug- or alcohol-related offenses (3), according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. T ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 3, 1:59 P.M.: Jaquinn Ramone Bell, the 31-year-old accused of running down three 13-year-old girls trick-or-treating in Santa Ana on Halloween night, has a "lengthy criminal record" and had his drivers licenses suspended earlier in October, according to media reports. The driver who st ... More >>
UPDATE NO. 6, OCT. 20, 1:39 P.M.: Retired MMA fighter Jason Nicholas Miller pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest at his arraignment hearing this morning in Santa Ana, where he is to return Dec. 1 for a pretrial hearing. "Mayhem" separately faces faces two felony counts of corporal in ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 9, 5:21 P.M.: Randy Lee Parkerson met transgender immigrant rights activist Zoraida "Ale" Reyes, choked her to death and kept her body in the trunk of his car before dumping the corpse behind a Dairy Queen, according to prosecutors.
UPDATE: Orange County Assessor Webster J. Guillory pleaded not guilty today to three felony counts alleging he filed false nomination papers in his re-election bid in the March primary election. He's next due to appear at a preliminary hearing on Nov. 20, although before that the Newport Beach 70-ye ... More >>
UPDATE: SEPT. 18, 12:22 P.M.: Yum! Brands will be taking down all signage and branding that features a red star by the end of day, according to an e-mail sent to Thanh Cung, the president of the Vietnamese-American Community of Greater Dallas. They'll also be coming up with a new logo and are asking ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the dead man. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 10, 9:33 A.M.: A man in his 20s 30s became the latest suspected gang homicide victim in Santa Ana Tuesday night.
See the update at the end of this post on Bryan William Anast being formally sentenced to 55 years in prison and four victim impact statements being made to the court, including two from girls he molested. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 1:36 P.M.: Moments before jury selection in Westminster in the tria ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post about who the late Daniel Pohl was working for at Mission Viejo High School. Update No. 1 identified Pohl as the deceased. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 9:44 A.M.: A man in his early 20s was electrocuted and a second was badly shocked during a construction accid ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with Irvine Police results on Friday night's checkpoint. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 6:30 A.M.: The Irvine Police Department holds a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday. Where? Read on ...
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the grandmother being charged with child stealing. Update No. 1 is on the Amber Alert for the child being deactivated. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 7:17 P.M.: An Amber Alert has been declared for a six-month-old girl who is believed to have been abducted by her ... More >>
See the update at the bottom of the next page on Santa Ana's Saturday night checkpoint--WITH the location! ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 27, 6:37 A.M.: A DUI/drivers license checkpoint is up in Dana Point from 6 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday.
Mexico is having a hell of a FIFA World Cup...and of course, something comes along to fuck it up. In this case, it's Mexican soccer fans, who just love to chant "¡Puto!" ("Faggot!") during a soccer match. In this week's video version of my ¡Ask a Mexican! column, I tackle the subject as if it were ... More >>
Don't be homeless here
At the beginning of December 2013, Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner was seemingly on top of his empire-building game. Just a year and a half after acquiring Freedom Communications, the Boston businessman had completed the purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise, four months after havin ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the dead man. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 2, 6:38 A.M.: A male was shot to death Saturday night in Santa Ana, apparently by someone who was inside a passing vehicle, according to police.
See the update at the end of this post identifying the victim and providing more details about the shooting. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 6, 10:07 A.M.: Details are sketchy, but a man was shot to death outside a Santa Ana apartment complex early this morning.
Terminally Ill isn't an easy band to wrap your head around. Despite labeling themselves as "crunk rock," their beer-swilling live show and fuck-shit-up attitude is only a slice of what these rap-rock pranksters are really about. We've followed them since the "Bro Anthem" and even given them some Loc ... More >>
At Monday's arraignment hearing for Ashton Colby Sachs--the 19-year-old accused of murdering his parents and attempting to murder one of his brothers and one of his sisters in San Juan Capistrano a month earlier--the prosecutor alleged the defendant spent much time planning "a horrendous crime." Se ... More >>
See update number one with details on the felony charges at the bottom of this post. ORIGINAL POST, Jan. 8, 6:00 P.M.: Iconic punk musician and professional skateboarder Duane Peters was arrested by the Long Beach Police Department on felony charges just before midnight Friday. According to records ... More >>
He helped to create a haven for gay students such as himself. What happened next was heartbreaking
See the update at the end about how the guy responsible wasn't an intern but is now also not an employee. ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 1, 2013, 1:06 P.M.:Three hours isn't too soon to use a tragedy as a PR point, right? That's apparently the question the people behind the official Newport Beach Twitter acc ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with the charges and possible punishment Gabriel Ramirez faces. Update No. 1 I.D.'s him and his mother, the murder victim. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 28, 9:45 A.M.: A 20-year-old man allegedly called Anaheim Police Sunday evening to say he stabbed his mother. Cops ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with prosecutors describing criminal video allegedly found in Scott Ruvolo's possession and asking female victims to come forward. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 17, 4:42 P.M.: Not sure if Chuck Smith is in his grave yet but he's no doubt rolling over the news that an as ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the Orange City Council repealing the sign requirement in its Halloween ordinance. Update No. 1 was on the city attorney recommending that action. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 18, 6:10 P.M.: A federal lawsuit was filed today challenging a city of Orange ordinance ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Paul Jon Coppin being found safe. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 24, 2:38 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the public in hopes of finding Paul Jon Coppin, who has been missing from his San Clemente home since last Tuesday, Sept. 17.
See Update No. 2 on Page 2 with the charges against the hit-and-run suspect who was shot by a deputy. Update No. 1 on the next page identifies him as Bryan Song Yang. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 8:47 A.M.: A man was shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy in the parking lot of a Yorba Linda restauran ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post where the California Supreme Court denies the request for an emergency order to stop same-sex marriages although it is still entertaining a case seeking to enforce Prop 8.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 12, 12:52 P.M.: Remember how Chapman University law professor John Eas ... More >>
See Update No. 7 on Page 3 about a hearing on Meshael Alayban's GPS monitoring device and her attorney saying the truth will set her free. Update Nos. 5-6 at the bottom of Page 2 are about the Saudi Arabian princess making her $5 million bail and being freed. Update Nos. 3-4 on Page 2 are about her ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about a now former Disneyland machinist facing allegations of sexually assaulting a third child, who was 7 when the abuse is said to have begun.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 4:36 P.M.: When Disneyland machinist Bryan William Anast was arrested and arraigned last month ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post for a brief response from "the attorney from the other side" regarding an allegation made by opposing counsel. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 26, 12:51 P.M.: Up in the hills of Orange, residents were walking for exercise, others rode along horse trails, but on Orange Par ... More >>
Updated, with new info on the bottom... ORIGINAL STORY, MAY 28, 6:04 P.M.: News is coming out of Disneyland right now that there was an explosion reported in the theme park's Toontown section, specifically from a trash can. Reports off of Twitter from people on the scene say that police are evacuat ... More >>
When the offer of reporting on the Orange County Dining in the Dark event came my way, I was intrigued. But first, an introduction to those unfamiliar with the concept. "Dark dining" has been around for almost a decade. Both Time and Newsweek had stories on it when it began to take root in Europe. ... More >>
. . . and if that happened, would the righty Red County blog have to change its name? Final election results from OC: PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT Completed Precincts: 2109 of 2109 Vote Count Percentage JOHN MCCAIN / SARAH PALIN (REP) 430,360 50.8% BARACK OBAMA / JOE BIDEN (DEM) 401,605 47.4% ... More >>
Just made it under the wire for Oktoberfest. Total Wine, the alkie's Costco (well, that's not an apt methapor since Costco has booze too doesn't it?), has opened in at the Tustin Marketplace (next to Best Buy) in what used to be a furniture store. Now that last part should give you an idea of its ... More >>
Oktoberfest starts today. Yes, in the middle of September. But are you going to quibble the details when we're talking about the only time of year when public drunkenness and enjoying polka music are socially acceptable? Both can be accomplished this weekend, thanks to the Phoenix Club of Anaheim ... More >>
Tokyo Table, the first restaurant of many at the new Diamond Jamboree in Irvine, will have its grand opening tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17, at 5 P.M. The restaurant's already got two outlets in L.A. County (Beverly Hills and Arcadia). Other than the usual roster of rolls, teriyaki and tempura, ... More >>
Well, then, you should probably attend KUCI's DJ Training Class, which begins July 8 at 7 p.m. in HICF 100-P on the University of California Irvine campus (map here). You don't have to be a student at the school to participate; you just need a powerful urge to become a component of what the Weekly h ... More >>
Well, ask and you shall receive. . .looks like we're starting a Carona lyric-swap library. Yesterday, Roy Rivenburg and Lisa O'Neill Hill took on The Knack's "My Sharona." Today, our very own Jack Grimshaw shot us his lovely bastardization of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." P.S. If anyone els ... More >>
FishbowlLA is reporting that the L.A. Times, in an upcoming article, is going to try to dub Los Angeles "The Big Orange." Hello? We're the big orange, yo. That's why it's actually the name of the county. If L.A. wants to name itself after a color, I suggest "The Big Brown" (I say this not as a rac ... More >>
Debbie Carona wants out: On Halloween day, the Weekly sat in a crowded Santa Ana courtroom and watched the odd trio of sheriff, wife and mistress twitching as they sat cuffed and in uncomfortably close quarters. Debbie Carona sat a lawyer away from her hubby and did not so much as look at him the en ... More >>
Seattle's The Girls and Das Llamas hit the Avalon Bar in Costa Mesa last night, the furthest stop South on their short West Coast tour, for two high energy sets in the tiny shoe box of a bar. Set up in the back corner booth area and part of the walkway to the bathrooms, both bands performed in almos ... More >>
According to Rob Gordon, there's an art to making a good mixtape. It takes some finesse, sure, but a list and a formula? Eh. But whatever method you subscribe to, it's time to polish up your skills because tomorrow is the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art's Save the Mixtape event. The premi ... More >>
Providence's Elvis Perkins plays Club NME at Spaceland tonight, along with Pernice Brothers. Perkins' despondent (yet somehow soothing) vocals are somewhat reminiscent of crooners Jeff Buckley, Colin Meloy (eh) or Rufus Wainwright—but minus all that excessive theatricality. And recently sign ... More >>
The Beauty of Boerewors at the African Hut
So Balboa Peninsula is always dark in terms of morals and decency. But now it's just plain DARK. Yes, I stood outside Cassidy's tonight and watched the lights flicker, waver, return to strength ... then bow out completely. After a few moments, SOME streetlights came on. And some of the neon signs in ... More >>
Tea, Korea-style, at 419 Cafe Veronese
10 Mexican-bashing songs from the rock & roll canon