Jose Zarate Alvarez received good news and bad news recently. How do you want it, Orange County? ... Glad you're the glass half full type. The good news is the 36-year-old had charges dismissed alleging he conspired to rip off $32,000 from a Costa Mesa convenience store. The bad news is he is f ... More >>
This post has been corrected to revise the statement that originally said Commissary Lounge is located at the LAB. It has not been for many years. OC Weekly regrets the error. The first of two hit-and-runs of motorists vs. pedestrians within less than two miles and 24 hours of one another in Cost ... More >>
Kyle Alan Veach, a frequent source of calls for Laguna Beach police officers in recent years, was sentenced this week to seven years in state prison for robbing a bank in town. This is the 25-year-old man of letters (from an alphabet soup can) who tried to make his escape in a municipal bus.
Hey, remember Kyle Alan Veach, the 25-year-old Laguna Beach bank robber who tried to make his getaway in an Orange County Transportation Authority bus? The transient pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree robbery. He's now scheduled to be sentenced on April 30.
Sounds like it's time to take away Sandra Marie Montag's car keys. She was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon--the weapon being her silver Toyota Camry--after nearly striking a man walking his dog and endangering children bound for school. Two weeks earlier, the 4 ... More >>
Flash mob meet flask mob: Four teens were arrested Tuesday afternoon after they allegedly tried to steal liquor from a Ralphs supermarket and then fought with store employees and police who tried to detain them.
The son of an 80-year-old woman who died a day after police found her lying in the fetal position in a pool of urine next to her toilet has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse causing death, according to Costa Mesa Police. Robert Dickerman can consider himself lucky in the kn ... More >>
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 about arraignment being delayed and Marilyn Kay Edge being held without bail and on suicide watch. Update No. 2 on the next page is about the two children having been due back to their father when they died. Update No. 1 is on the charges against Ms. Edge. ORIGINAL POST, ... More >>
This past Thursday, I was investigating...something...when KCAL-TV Channel 9 began broadcasting a report on the grisly murder of John Gerard Kubat, a handyman bludgeoned to death in Costa Mesa by a homeless transient. The story gave the details of the case before switching to a ghastly shot of the m ... More >>
See the update on the next page about an arrest in the murder of a handyman who was rehabbing the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 9, 1:48 P.M.: A man's body was found in front of an uninhabited Costa Mesa building this morning, and police are investigating t ... More >>
Michael Burke McHugh, who is better known in local music circles as "Mike" the recording engineer and owner of The Distillery studio in Costa Mesa, is out of jail after cutting a plea deal for brandishing a BB gun at his daughter's high school. The 45-year-old changed his plea from not guilty to gu ... 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 Update No. 3 on Page 2 with results from the first weekend of the "Avoid the 38" campaign against drunken driving through Labor Day, plus Costa Mesa's checkpoint plans. Update Nos. 1 and 2 were on past sobriety stops in Irvine and Seal Beach. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 16, 8 A.M.: There was a brief lu ... More >>
A would-be bank robber relied on probably the slowest and most easy to find getaway vehicle ever Wednesday: an Orange County Transportation Authority bus on its regular route. Kyle Alan Veach, 24, was captured within an hour of the holdup of the U.S. Bank branch at 310 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, ... More >>
An Orange County Superior Court judge denied Rachel Mae Buffett's motion to dismiss felony accessory to murder charges against her.The 25-year-old was days away from marrying Daniel Patrick Wozniak in 2010 when he allegedly murdered the couple's neighbor Samuel Herr and the slain Orange Coast Colleg ... More >>
With the violence in the world, a dry-ice bomb going off at the Happiest Place on Earth and an Infiniti splitting in two and killing all the teen occupants in Newport Beach, it's refreshing to hear there can be a happy ending to a grenade being found in a public park and near a high school.The happy ... More >>
You never know what you'll find tucked in a corner of your garage: a shattered holiday bulb, an unstrung wooden tennis racket, a rabid bat ... A 15-year-old Costa Mesa boy was recently treated for exposure to rabies after his mother learned he'd touched a bat he'd found in their garage.
They say drinking and driving don't mix, but for the late Michael Delgadillo drinking, driving and texting didn't mix either. The Newport Beach Police Department, which is investigating the Costa Mesa Police detective's fatal, single-car crash on March 5, has disclosed that besides driving with a bl ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about Kyva Roberson being found safe and healthy this morning on the campus of Costa Mesa High School.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 7, 1:42 P.M.: Irvine Police are looking for a 12-year-old boy who is believed to have run away from home after being disciplined at school M ... More >>
Costa Mesa Police Det. Michael Delgadillo, who died in a single-car collision last month, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, according to the Orange County coroner.That's nearly twice the legal limit, as any cop flunking you on the touch-the-nose test will tell you.
See the update at the end of this post identifying the burned man and giving his condition.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 25, 10:13 A.M.: There's already a fake reality show (aren't they all?) called Burning Love (hilarious!) on Yahoo and the E! channel, so a fellow who walked into a Costa Mesa nail salon Sun ... More >>
The Costa Mesa man who was arrested on suspicion of possessing bomb-making materials and illegal firearms days after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook massacre is now also accused of having had 33 photos of girls who appear scantily clad or in sexually suggestive poses and all younger than 10. Baylor Eldric Ma ... 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 >>
See the update at the end of this post with details on Rachel Mae Buffett's arraignment and the case against her.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 20, 5:06 P.M.: The former fiancee of community actor-turned-suspected double murderer Daniel Patrick Wozniak has been arrested as an accessory to the slayings of 26-ye ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the end of this post on capture of suspect, alleged accessories and the charges they face.See Update Nos. 1 and 2 with more murder details, suspect mugshots, the rented getaway car and its recovery and the victim's I.D.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 4, 9:52 A.M.: A man was fatally stabbed ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on media reports the false DUI caller is a Costa Mesa police union stooge.See Update No. 1 on a new Costa Mesa Police Department statement claiming the agency is super serious about investigating the false DUI report.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 24, 2:25 P.M.: Costa M ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with booking photos of the suspects and more details about the attack.See Update No. 1 where a man who claims to be an arrestee says police got the wrong men.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 7:10 A.M.: An 84-year-old woman didn't want to eat with Ciprian and Paul G. P ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the victim as Gary Allen Smola, 50, plus more details.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 6, 8:25 A.M.: A man who lived alone in the 1700 block of Whittier Avenue in Costa Mesa was found beaten to death Saturday afternoon.Police responding to a 4:20 p.m. call of of ... More >>
See the end of this post for an update on the arrest of the suspected driver, Vincent Leon.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 5, 2:23 P.M.: It was a wild morning at the New Harbor Inn in Costa Mesa, as a police patrol car was "violently" rammed twice by a black Nissan pickup, the officer inside responded with seve ... More >>
See Update No. 4 at the end of this post detailing the charges against Thomas Michael Wilhelm, which include the allegation he stole the murder weapon from a neighbor.See Update No. 3 identifying the victim as Christian Marie Murray and providing her business profile.See Update No 2 providing more d ... More >>
Despite it only being Monday, we're putting our faith in the notion that Moxley won't come up with a more worthy miscreant as the week marches on so it can be confidently declared that Andrea Quanita Simpson has won the Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week.The 18-year-old, who apparently has a history of ... More >>
Like cops, soldiers and morticians, journalists use gallows humor to deal with the horrific human events they cover. So, when, say, there are a rash of newsworthy deaths, an ink-stained wretch will say of the no more, "They're dying to get into the paper." Homeless sex offender Curtis Michael Reg ... More >>
Three brothers were sitting in jail Wednesday after Costa Mesa Police investigators fingered them for a string of "grab-and-run" thefts of clothing from South Coast Plaza stores.The Perez brothers are accused of multiple burglaries from the tony shopping destination since December, and police bel ... More >>
When Costa Mesa Police and Fire personnel reached a 28-year-old man who'd hung himself by a tree in the Talbert Regional Park Preserve last Saturday night, there was still a chance to save him. Though "lifeless," the unidentified homeless man was still "warm to the touch," according to police Lt. ... More >>
One good (bad) act of pervitry in a community college women's restroom apparently deserves another. We told you earlier this morning about an unknown guy shooting photos or video of a woman using the restroom at Cypress College:"Pervy Shutterbug Invades College Ladies Room" Orange Coast College i ... More >>
A fellow checking the craigslist want ads could not take his eyes off a black 21-speed Fuji Road Bike on sale for $280. That's because he was convinced it was his black 21-speed Fuji Road Bike, valued at $450 and recently stolen from the front yard of his Huntington Beach home.That set in motion ... More >>
Chad Martin Jurjaks, a Costa Mesa white dude, pleaded guilty Thursday to yelling "Fucking Mexicans" as, without provocation, he punched a 42-year-old man and his 26-year-old nephew outside a 7-Eleven in his racially charged hometown last March. The counts the 31-year-old copped to were two felony ... More >>
2011 began in Orange County with Robert Sickles, 27, of Mission Viejo, being stabbed to death outside a New Year's Eve party in a Costa Mesa hotel.2012 almost began the same way, with a different victim, of course, but in the same city, only 4 1/2 miles from the New Year's Eve 2011 attack.
Rogelio Nava-RiveraImagine pulling into your neighborhood Chevron station and seeing a guy with a machete hacking up a vehicle's hood, smashing the driver's and rear driver's side window and then turning the blade to the driver inside.This happened at my neighborhood Chevron station Wednesday eve ... More >>
A 55-year-old man died in the custody of the Orange County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, officials said.Costa Mesa Police arrested Stephen Douglas Mott Tuesday on suspicion of burglary and petty theft, according to the sheriff's department's news release about the death. Mott had severa ... More >>
Earlier this summer, we blogged about a guy in a hoodie walking near Paularino School firing a gun into a moving car and striking the security guard behind the wheel, something we referred to as the opposite of a Costa Mesa drive-by. Today, police announced the arrests of Jose Jeremias Ayala (sho ... More >>
Jeffrey Alec HendersonUPDATE, SEPT. 12, 8:39 A.M.: Costa Mesa Police investigators still are not releasing many details about a motive (or anything else) in the Aug. 30 stabbing death of 40-year-old Steven Craig DePhillips near Mesa Verde Country Club. However, it's been revealed that DePhillips ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 18, 12:44 P.M.: Costa Mesa Police have identified the victim and provided a description of his shooter.The man who was shot by a pedestrian while driving his white Ford Expedition near Paularino Elementary School around 11 p.m. Saturday is Wilfren Banejas-Rodriguez, 26, of Costa Mesa ... More >>
It's still six more days until Halloween and anything can happen, but as it stands right now the case of the mummy found in a car blocking a Costa Mesa driveway is the leading contender for the spookiest of the season. And now the main missing piece of the mystery has been solved with police reve ... More >>
Sobriety checkpoints: They aren't just for weekends anymore.That's right, rummies, Costa Mesa Police have chosen tonight to hold a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint.Find out the times and intersection to avoid after the jump . . .
Medical dispensaries are dropping like flies in Costa Mesa. The latest victim: Docs Collective at 2424 Newport Blvd. An investigation of the business led to the arrest of Rick Allen Green, 51, of Costa Mesa, on suspicion of felony possession and sales of marijuana.Docs was in violation of state l ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more boozy moms, asshole cops, fast-acting pharmacists, apartments full of thieving aliens and loads of stabbings!Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police DepartmentCraig Anthony McVay, 48, of Garden Grove, was in the midst of three years probat ... More >>
Orange County Register: The man who shot himself to death inside Crystal Cathedral two weeks ago thought he was a prophet of God and heard the voices of demons inside his head. Wait, there's more than one of us? The Reg also has video of the dude. . . . A Costa Mesa Police officer and another f ... More >>
84-year-old Marie Kolasinski could be California's angriest revolutionary
When did Barney Fife transfer to the Costa Mesa PD?