Over two years after getting arrested on seven felony charges of molesting his student, the trial of former JSerra High School Spanish teacher Ricardo Aldana is finally going to start today, according to lawyers for the victim. A quick refresher: Aldana was a popular volleyball coach in South Count ... More >>
Murderers, Todd Spitzer, pervy teachers, Arte Moreno and so many more!
[Hey, You!] A good samaritan shout-out
Is Gabrielle Jane Nestande, a politically connected former Newport Beach debutante, the "Great White Defendant?"That's how a conservative online magazine is characterizing the 25-year-old convicted of criminally negligent homicide and recently sentenced to six months in jail for the hit-and-run slay ... More >>
Late one December night in 2009, three individuals riding in a black 1997 BMW 528i on I-15 in San Bernardino County believed a CHP officer stopped them merely for weaving out of a lane, but in truth they'd been under surveillance for hours by a team of undercover FBI agents.Driver Lindberg Villalobo ... More >>
The mother of the woman killed criminally by Gabrielle Jane Nestande is suing the former Newport Beach debutante and the Austin, Texas, bar that served her beers, vodka and, just before her BMW plowed into the pedestrian, a shot.Court documents indicate Laurie Griffin is seeking more than $1 million ... More >>
A Tustin police officer on the scene for the arrest of a suspected drunk driver who smashed into a pole was injured while sitting in his marked patrol car, which was rammed into by a car driven by a second suspected drunk early today.The officer's agency has not yet released his name, specified his ... More >>
On what would have been the late Courtney Griffin's 32nd birthday, her father in Austin was hoping to receive this gift from someone in the Nestande family of Newport Beach.An apology.It had not arrived despite Gabrielle Jane Nestande being found guilty a week before of criminally negligent homicide ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the bottom of page 2 on the deceased woman's family reacting to no jail time being given.She Update No. 1 on the next page about Gabby being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and Update No. 2 on page 2 on the sentence including probation, a fine but no jail time..ORIG ... More >>
Updates throughout. The latest is Update No. 8 at the bottom of page 4 with conflicting reports about the female victim's employment.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 19, 8:22 A.M.: Three people were killed and two others were wounded in a 25-minute spree of shootings that began in an upscale Ladera Ranch neighbo ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans still bother with the United States?
The owner of a Costa Mesa dealership specializing in Audi Spyder, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls Royce and other high-end luxury cars is accused of embezzling $3 million from those buying and selling vehicles at his business.Farhad Ebadat, the 37-year-old operator ... More >>
We'll be honest: product placement in music videos used to not irritate us--we giggled when the Foo Fighters parodied a Mentos commercial in their "Big Me" video back in the 90s--but that was when music videos premiered on MTV--not Vevo--and artists weren't cashing in on aggressive product placement ... More >>
If the 75 or so cars that pulled into a massive Cypress parking lot Sunday seemed unusually quiet, that was by design. Electric car drivers, makers and enthusiasts gathered at the Mitsubishi Motors North America headquarters for Orange County's National Plug In Day celebration.
Bradley Birkenfeld helped the wealthy dodge taxes, went to prison and is now reportedly getting $104 million from the IRS for whistleblowing on some clients. Among them: billionaire Igor Olenicoff, who lives in Laguna Beach and oversees Olen Properties real estate in Newport Beach. Interestingly, Ol ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] It isn't just the Kelly Thomas killing in which cops believe they have the right to execute a citizen during a scuffle
[¡Ask a Mexican!!] And why are Mexicans so funny?
In announcing that the 287 Southern California bank robberies in 2011 maintained a downward trend in such crimes--there were 2,600 reported in the same region in 1992--the FBI also listed its 10 most wanted serial robbers of SoCal banks.Three of the 10 who have struck multiple times included Oran ... More >>
Michael Kamrava, the Beverly Hills fertility doctor who lost his medical license last year partly due to his controversial treatment of Octomom Nadya Suleman of La Habra, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy.TMZ cites Chapter 7 papers Kamrava filed that claim "he has only $17,628 in assets . . . a ... More >>
So the first week of January was pretty good to us, food-wise; Star Wars burgers, the best sushi in OC, and famous lesbian movie scenes as depicted by hot dogs. Read all about this amazing week on the blog!
Over the past few years, car navigation systems featuring Zagat has been made available on some luxury car models like Mercedez-Benz and Lexus. Meanwhile, Toyota's new Entune system partnered up with OpenTable.com to offer restaurant ratings and reservations on the go.
KXANAs Gabrielle Jane Nestande left her second court appearance in Texas related to charges she failed to stop and help a nanny mowed down by the 24-year-old's car, the scion of a powerful Orange County Republican was met today by family members and supporters of the deceased woman. More troublin ... More >>
Remember that New Jersey mayor Moxley wrote about a couple months ago, the one who was married, with children and a rising GOP star before a male hooker claimed the politician hired him for an illicit, $500 rendezvous inside a Newport Beach hotel? Come now, surely you recall Medford's Chris Myer ... More >>
A 2007 date-rape investigation in Huntington Beach is culminating in the trial this week of a registered sex offender who is accused of videotaping himself raping multiple women in his Surf City apartment.And 30-year-old James Ernest Bledsoe may have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for th ... More >>
Orange County has its very own set of Barbie dolls--and for once, we're not talking about the Real Housewives. An e-mail showed up in our inbox that was too chuckle-worthy not to share. Gotta admire the attention to detail in these figurines: Anaheim/Buena Park Barbie comes complete with a meth-l ... More >>
Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.A few nights ago, while enjoying the extra hour of sleep afforded to us by daylight losings time ... More >>
Kooshian on the move.Nine and a half years after the Weekly's R. Scott Moxley broke the story about well-known AIDS doctor George Steven Kooshian having injected patients with saline and vitamins instead of the expensive drugs they were billed for, the 59-year-old was sentenced Monday to 15 month ... More >>
imdb.comDaniel Sadek and Jackie Chan at the March 2007 premiere of the Sadek-produced "Redline."The last Crime Time ended with sketchy details about Monday's armed invasion of the Newport Coast home of Daniel Sadek, the Redline movie producer-writer and former sub-prime mortgage king Septemb ... More >>
California Secretary of State's OfficeHeidi De Jong BarsugliaA neighbor who lives two doors down from the Sacramento-area home owned by disgraced, now ex-Assemblyman Mike Duvall says on a local television station's website today that he saw a younger, blonde woman there at least six times and, wh ... More >>
It's our weekly Weekly roundup of Orange County police calls--with suspect mugs!TUESDAY, JULY 7Courtesy of Cypress Police DepartmentAlison Le Anne EbertAt Least She Left the TV On Officers responding to an anonymous, 4:45 a.m. report of child abuse in a home in the 8500 block of La Homa Street in Cy ... More >>
It's telling about the sad state of religion reporting in Orange County, one of the founts of American Christianity, that no one has yet to report this: a major Trinity Broadcasting Company personality has pleaded guilty to two felony DUIs that put a 70-year-old man in the hospital with serious inju ... More >>
Ginia Bellafante writes in today's New York Times that The Real Housewives of Orange County reveals much about Orange County-style parenting.Parenthood supplies a strange and fascinating dimension of The Real Housewives of Orange County, which increasingly feels like Mildred Pierce: the habit of ind ... More >>
UPDATED! Nielsen defense attacks alleged molestation victim's credibility
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Boy dreamed up three sex romps, Nielsen claims
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