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 >>
Orange County's "Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force"--the number referring to how many law enforcement agencies are part of it--is literally pulling out all the stops this Memorial Day weekend. The anti-boozy and -druggy driving campaign kicked off with a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in Newport Beach la ... More >>
A Fullerton man who was off-duty from his job as a Los Angeles police officer was arrested earlier today on suspicion of drunken driving after his vehicle flew off an offramp and crash landed into a McDonald's restaurant drive-thru in Diamond Bar. Jonathan Chel was taken into custody at UC Irvine M ... More >>
Man, what an awful seven-day stretch for Buena Park police cars. On Saturday, Oct. 5, one of the department's units struck and killed a pedestrian. Friday, a second unit was rear ended by a car, sending its driver and the police officer to the hospital with injuries.
Casha Cheema of Irvine was in custody today in lieu of $50,000 bail for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident on the 405 freeway near Culver City, where the life of a motorcycle passenger was taken. Someone from Orange County with the same as 25-year-old Cheema may have been talking about ... More >>
A woman who was struck and killed early Saturday by a Buena Park police car was identified by the Orange County coroner's office as 33-year-old Katherine Tinnell. She died near Orangethorpe Avenue and Oregon Street, where she was struck around 1 a.m. by the unit on its way to a call, according to B ... More >>
A 45-year-old Anaheim man was killed Sunday evening when he fell backwards from a sidewalk and into the path of an Orange County Transportation Authority bus in Midway City, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident happened just after 6 p.m. at Beach Boulevard and McFadden Avenue. Th ... More >>
Ah, with anti-DUI fever hot-hot-hot with Orange County law enforcement this weekend, there even seem to be a couple checkpoints going up earlier than usual. Witness tonight's at Jamboree Road and Santa Barbara Drive in Newport Beach and an undisclosed location in Seal Beach.
See the update at the end of this post about all 91 freeway lanes being reopened. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 11:45 A.M.: Downed cable lines have closed all lanes on the 91 freeway in Anaheim this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. For reasons not yet clear, a support beam collapsed ... More >>
The Westminster Police Department is reaching out to the public in hopes of identifying a man who jumped to his death from the Magnolia Street overcrossing and onto the northbound 405 freeway last night. The suicide was reported at 7:36 p.m. Sunday, according to Westminster Police Sgt. Michael S. C ... More >>
The Anaheim Police Department is reaching out to the public for help in identifying a body found shortly after midnight Saturday on the 57 freeway between Orangewood and Katella avenues. Cops also want to know if the person jumped or was pushed out of a vehicle.
See the update on page 2 with the counts against John Edward Kudla, who is being charged as an adult in the attempted murder of Orange County Sheriff's Reserve Sgt. Jon M. Kulda, who is comatose.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 22, 4:18 P.M.: A 50-year-old Orange County reserve sheriff's sergeant was shot, possib ... More >>
The good news from the winter holiday anti-DUI enforcement period in Orange County is there were no impaired driving related fatalities during that time. The bad news is more suspected drunk or drugged drivers were arrested than the year before. Better those 971 folks (compared with 836 the year bef ... More >>
Two years after pissing off countless L.A. motorists with a publicity stunt that created a massive traffic jam on the 101 freeway, Garden Grove rap-rock band Imperial Stars pleaded no contest Monday to several charges, including conspiracy. They were each given probation sentences but no jail time. ... More >>
The night of July 2, 2011, was a wild one for Cynthia Lou Rudd and Edward John Kakos as the dating couple drove their van from Ventura County, where they stole $100 worth of gas, southbound to Orange County for the national holiday.Phoenix-native Rudd, the 53-year-old driver with a history of drunk ... More >>
Save the sexting until after you've parked your Prius. Thanks to Congress, it's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies up and down the state will be on the lookout for lawbreakers, conducting zero-tolerance enforcements.
It's my dick in a box, I mean, a look at the week past and what we learned for it.MARCH 3: Kristen Wiig and host Lindsay Lohan appear in a hilarious Saturday Night Live skit mixing two iconic local entities: The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Unreal Princesses of Disneyland. "Weekend Up ... More >>
A California Highway Patrol officer who worked out of the Westminster office is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of having blank prescription forms she used to take paid medical time off from work. Deborah Therese Sparso, 46, of Anaheim Hills, could get up to six months in jail with ... More >>
A week after the Weekly reported that local business Bob's Towing had sued the Fullerton Police department for harassment, the department fired back with a salvo of its own. Tuesday's city council meeting saw the embattled department unveiling a nearly 600 page report detailing a year-long ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 31, 8:49 A.M.: The family of the late Nicole "Nikki" Catsouras, whose disfigured body is featured in images all over the Internet thanks to the actions of California Highway Patrol employees, will receive $2.375 million as part of the court settlement announced Friday, the CHP announ ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 10, 9:56 A.M.: Third-strike parolee Ean Keith Brown is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana this morning for the strangulation murder of Dolores "Arias" Fagan, who was visiting relatives who live in the same Huntington Beach neighborhood as the defendant when she went missing and l ... More >>
Angel Herrera Leal of Los Angeles suffered two prior drunk driving convictions before one night in December 2008 when he (and a mostly consumed Tequila bottle) entered his pickup truck and drove south on Interstate 5 to Orange County.Once he got to Santa Ana, a heavily intoxicated Leal, who didn' ... More >>
A Newport Beach man who is accused of causing a fatal 2009 car crash on the Hearst Ranch airstrip in San Luis Obispo already won a mistrial earlier this month after his attorney to the stars offered a new defense theory: that the real driver switched places with passed-out defendant Kurt Duncan N ... More >>
Officers responding to a domestic violence call in Placentia Thursday morning were told a 32-year-old man struck his girlfriend and her 1-month-old baby, threatened the woman with a knife and then doused their apartment with lighter fluid before turning the gas stove on in an unsuccessful attempt ... More >>
A couple months ago, I almost blogged something that claimed regional airline pilots earn an average of $14,000 a year. Believing that to be a typo--pilots are rolling in it, right?--I moved on to something more important, like Octomom boxing an East Coast skank.However, the nonprofit investigati ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 29, 12:34 P.M.: 39-year-old Constantino Monterrosas Gamez of Santa Ana pleaded not guilty in Riverside County Superior Court Thursday to setting his girlfriend on fire as he drove his pickup down 1-15 near Carona.The California Highway Patrol had originally indicated the 23-year-old ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 1, 1:18 P.M.: After his first sentencing hearing was postponed because Allan James Waters showed up to court drunk, the former Orange County sheriff's deputy finally learned his fate today: two years and eight months in state prison.The 37-year-old Laguna Niguel resident had bee ... More >>
Remember Imperial Stars? The trio from Garden Grove who thought it would be a great idea if they blocked three lanes of the 101 to play a song called...(wait for it) "Traffic Jam 101?" And then announced to anyone who'd listen that it was to "benefit displaced children of America?" Well, the Regi ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 14, 1:18 P.M.: Former Orange County sheriff's deputy Allan James Waters will not face additional counts after authorities suspected him of being drunk at his scheduled sentencing on charges of causing an injury accident while driving under the influence of prescription drugs.Thou ... More >>
There's more bad news for Aaron Reich, the former California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatch officer who, along with another CHP employee, leaked photographs of the 2006 Halloween decapitation of an 18-year-old Orange County driver of a Porshe 911 Carerra.Judges have called the action of Reich and ... More >>
Jim RuggLittle girl, do you know why I pulled you over?This week, a California Court of Appeal rejected the claims of a convicted California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who attempted to sexually molest a 13-year-old Laguna Beach girl after learning during an online chat that the girl's moth ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 21, 11:09 A.M.: Whoever left two graffiti death threats last month against California governor Jerry Brown is at it again--and has included President Barack Obama in the vile vandalism.It's most likely the same person, since the writing and childish language is the same as in previou ... More >>
Representatives from the California Highway Patrol and Santa Ana Police Department said today there have been no new developments in the case of the death threats against Governor Jerry Brown spray-painted on two walls in Santa Ana. (Brown's office directed all inquiries to the CHP, which is head ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Are the 'Traffic Jam' band idiots or marketing geniuses? Or both?
www.imperialstars.comWhen you're an aging and desperate wannabe hip-hop star, you, too, can pull ridiculous stunts and act like you came out of Zoolander!According to their Twitter feed, yesterday's traffic blockers and self-declared hardcore hip-hoppers from Garden Grove are now out ... More >>
Happy Quinceañera to us! A look back at 15 years of telling the other side (that is, the real side) of OC's story
We told you in March about Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Allan James Waters, who was off-duty and allegedly drugged-up when he crashed his Mercedes into a Toyota in Laguna Niguel, injuring a 78-year-old woman--just a half hour after Waters plowed into a Lexus outside Dana Point City Hall.In ann ... More >>
Photo by Melanie.The CHP apparently has a problem with nine students holding a sit-in on Wilshire.An Orange Countian was among the nine Dream Act student-activists who tied up traffic for hours in Westwood Thursday--and were rewarded with arrest citations from the California Highway Patrol.
[Moxley Confidential] After trying to screw a minor, Lieutentent Stephen Deck predicted he'd walk. He was very nearly right
It's been said that skateboards should have an expiration date. (And this reporter has the scars to prove it.) But, for those of age to drive and still ride, and incident on the 405 freeway this morning shows why keeping a board in the trunk may not be a bad idea.
Toni Blay on flickr, Creative Commons.We already warned you about DUI checkpoints to be held in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Westminster this weekend. If you saw that post and thought "Merry me, I don't live in central county so I can go crazy with the hard cider in my hatchback tonight"... we've got ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly roundup of local police calls and assorted mayhem.MONDAY, NOV. 2". . . and I don't like you!" "I'm Talking Tina . . . and Things Are Going to Be Different Around Here" A woman called 9-1-1 around 3:45 in the morning to say she heard a baby toy go off downstairs in her hom ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--with an especially heavy emphasis on San Clemente and Huntington Beach. MONDAY, OCT. 5 He died for your remote. Who's the Patron Saint of Stupidity Again? A 50-inch Viso plasma TV was stolen out of the beer tent erected for the weekend F ... More >>
You might not have noticed, but just before Christmas, two Orange County cops confessed to bizarre crimes. On Dec. 16, Joshua Wendall Blackburn, a six-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), admitted that he broke into a CHP evidence locker in Santa Ana and stole 64 kilograms of cocaine ... More >>
It’s the last week of 2007 inside Orange County’s Central Justice Center, and the place is dead except at each of the three public entrances. A half-dozen young bailiffs have forgotten security fears (Al-Qaeda!) but collect pay and perks while they chat happily about the electronic toys they rec ... More >>
IT TURNS OUT THE FOLLOWING ITEM IS BASED ON A HOAX THAT BEGAN IN NEW JERSEY. SEE THIS. SO SPEED AWAY, SOUTH COUNTY DRIVERS! This just made the rounds in the OC Weekly e-mail-ery, not that all of us have lead foots here. Just most of us. Consider yourselves warned: California Highway Patrol will la ... More >>
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