See the update at the end of this post on the district attorney's office charging Aleksandar Apostolovic with murder and several other serious felonies. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 4, 10:29 A.M.: A "career criminal" faces murder and assault with a deadly weapon charge after a police pursuit ended with a c ... More >>
Boss at the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) want to extend a 2010 undercover vehicle rental contract worth more than $1.1 million annually through February 2014 without additional competitive bidding.County supervisors will consider the request at their Jan. 29 public hearing in Santa Ana ... More >>
One night in August 2007, Westminster family members were minding their own business in the backyard of their residence, barbequing and drinking beer when two vehicles drove up and at least 15 hoodlums emerged screaming, "This is West Trece [criminal street gang]! This is our neighborhood!" The gang ... More >>
So a 19-year-old guy drives solo in a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban through the 5 freeway border checkpoint south of San Clemente where, according to the agents, his demeanor raised suspicions.I'd say welcome to the world of parenting 19-year-olds, but the Border Patrol pulled the Chevy over for inspectio ... More >>
When Theresa Smith lost her son, Caesar Cruz to a fatal December 11, 2009 officer-involved shooting in Anaheim, she hoped her family would be the last to have to endure the pain of such a devastating loss. "As soon as he was killed," Smith, a resident of Fullerton, says, "I wanted awareness." Her 3 ... More >>
Tapu Aniceto Sitagata and his hearty-partying family were kicked out of Newport Five Cocktail Lounge in Tustin in December for getting too rowdy. They were still in the parking lot when the bartender locked up at 2 a.m. So, the bartender offered to call the 27-year-old Santa Ana man a cab. He re ... More >>
But what's been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty
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.Tis the season to be an asshole jolly. A caveat: I love giving gifts, and love that the hol ... More >>
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The deceasedHow did you spend last Thursday? The Cruz family of Fullerton and their friends spent it in front of Anaheim police headquarters on South Harbor Boulevard, protesting the death of Caesar Cruz, who was shot by cops three months earlier in a Wal-mart parking lot.Anaheim police were tigh ... More >>
If a family that plays together stays together (or is it "prays together"? Whatever), what are we to make of a family that's caught holding 66 pounds of marijuana?That can be asked of Cynthia F. Bruckner, 62, and her son Scot A. Christensen, 42, who were arrested Wednesday near Lincoln, Nebraska, ... More >>
FACES OF TAWNY Actress, ex-Anaheim Angel wife, car hood buffer, supposedly reformed druggie and all-around hot mess Tawny Kitaen is shown on a February 2004 Weekly sex issue cover (left); in a booking photo from her April 2002 assault on then husband Chuck Finley in Newport Beach (top right); and wr ... More >>
Back the Badge, Support the Star, Empty your Wallet: Peggy Lowe at the Register watched “dozens of black-shirted deputies march through Civic Center Tuesday as the union went on a public offensive to rally support for their fight to preserve” an incredibly generous pay, perk and pension package ... More >>
Back in 2002, I wrote about Leilani Gutierrez, a four-year-old girl who was paralyzed in a Costa Mesa car accident. The Chevy Suburban van her and her mother, June, were riding in was broadsided by Michael Leinert, who had run a red light at the corner of Newport Blvd. and Wilson St.. After the init ... More >>
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