After more than four years, the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office finally got around to clearing a SanTana cop in a May 18, 2010 shooting. The agency found no wrong doing when officer David Jensen shot 21-year-old Yoni Velasquez in the foot after a--you know it!--foot pursuit, leaving ... More >>
At the opening of Kwang Chol "K.C." Joy's murder trial Monday, the prosecution and defense agreed on one thing: the 55-year-old last year dumped the dead body of his former roommate, Iraq War veteran Maribel Manriquez Ramos.
At her August 2009 sentencing hearing, Anaheim's Heather Elizabeth Azkoul apologized for what happened after she volunteered to be the designated driver for a group of friends partying at The Block in Orange: She got drunk, drove her friends home and, with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit ... More >>
If the allegations are true, it's bad enough that a 27-year-old Anaheim man developed a sexual relationship with a girl age 13 or younger. But the man is also claimed to have told her he would only remain her "boyfriend" if she had sex with his uncle, a 61-year-old Anaheim man. To top it off, Benj ... More >>
The pedophile who kidnapped a five-year-old Orange County girl near an apartment complex on the night of Sept. 14, 2008, had been drinking beer from a red can while huddled with other men. That's the testimony of witnesses and a Tecate beer can was recovered in a flower planter near the crime scene ... More >>
People who say they knew Hans Kevin Arellano or are friends of the family of the man fatally shot by a Santa Ana police officer Tuesday afternoon have left comments (as have others) to our coverage. Now I need a favor from them: please give Arellano's family the contact info on the next page for a ... More >>
In 2011, an Orange County jury agreed with prosecutor Cameron Talley's assertion that convicted felon Cesar Gomez savagely beat, robbed and strangled to death a female prostitute inside her room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Garden.In February, Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg gav ... More >>
See Update No. 5 at the end of this post about the husband blaming a house painter for his wife's death and why police aren't buying that story.See Update Nos. 1-4 with the charge against and possible motive of the suspect, the kind of car he was driving, what authorities are calling his false murde ... More >>
Nineteen Orange County men were banned from scouting over sexual abuse allegations between 1959 and 1985, according to the so-called "Perversion Files" the Boy Scouts released Thursday under court order.Coupled with previous known cases, that makes 47 within the Orange County Council of the Boy Scou ... More >>
Their hands were fast as lightning . . .They would be the three martial artists who helped an agitated owner of a jewelry store foil an attempted armed robbery in Long Beach's Cambodia Town.Thanks to the Good Samaritaninjas, one of three baddies is in custody.
On July 9, 2011, David Rex Wilterding and his son Justin arrived in Dana Point Harbor on a 23-foot boat from Mexico and won unwanted attention by acting suspiciously.Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in the area noticed the men loitering near a boat ramp, confronted them and ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 12, 3:48 P.M.: A jury today found Jorge Alejandro Lopez guilty of beating another man him with his fists, stomping on his head and slamming a 16-pound concrete boulder on his chest before the victim died.The 35-year-old, sometimes-Santa Ana-transient was convicted of one felony cou ... More >>
Hi Mr. Glew, This past weekend, my girlfriend and I were out at the bars for a bit of fun. We wanted to keep the fun going past 2 A.M., so we decided to pick up a white energy supplement...and by white energy supplement, I mean cocaine. Shortly after leaving my "friend's" house, I was ... More >>
A jury today convicted Hong Thai Luong, the former choir teacher at St. Callistus School in Garden Grove, of molesting four girls, ages 8 through 10.Only one girl attended the Catholic school, while the other three were enrolled at the now-closed Paramount Learning Center, which was also in Gar ... More >>
In recent interviews published by AllHipHop.com and Ebony, Too $hort appears to be genuinely remorseful following the public outcry prompted by his appearance in an XXLMAG.com video blog earlier this month. In it, the rapper gave "fatherly advice" to young boys on how to "turn girls out." The vid ... More >>
Much attention has been focused on why the gunman killed eight people and wounded another in the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. Much less attention has been focused on the victims who were left behind. These are the hair stylists, other staffers and clients inside Salon Meritage in ... More >>
Our periodical Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week has featured clear winners--if by winners you mean losers--as well as clear winners and a few also-rans. We've also crowned souls who were not that physically unattractive, but their crimes put them over the top with our judges--if by judges you mean ... More >>
Deputy Kevin TaylorOn Monday, Aug. 8, opening arguments began in the long-awaited trial of five Theo Lacy Jail inmates charged with the brutal October 2006 murder of John Chamberlain, a Rancho Santa Margarita software engineer awaiting trial on child pornography charges. Along with a host of loca ... More >>
Can anyone wake up OC's judges?More than 760 days ago, a man who'd stolen the identity of Orange County's Chris Adrian Smith was arrested and convicted of driving on a suspended license. That man, Jose Guadalupe Caballero, pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a fine and accept probation for three yea ... More >>
Nguyen's acupuncture: no needles, nudity required.UPDATE, JULY 11, 8:30 A.M.: The trial for Thuan Van Nguyen begins today in Santa Ana for charges including sexual battery, after falsely posing as an acupuncture therapist. According to the charges, Nguyen convinced a women to disrobe and then he ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 25, 4:47 P.M.: Quoting an unnamed "spokesman for prosecutors," a Los Angeles-based television station reports today that more possible victims of Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard have come forward.Click here for the KABC/Channel 7 Eyewitness News report.
UPDATE, APRIL 19, 11:23 A.M.: Anaheim police have identified the man shot in the head after attending a house party Friday night as Gustavo Lugo, 20, of Anaheim.Police say about 100 people were at the party in the 9200 block of West Houston Avenue but that no description of the shooter or motivat ... More >>
Lawsuits and Medical Board documents paint a grim picture of the gynecologist's practice
If only more robberies ended like the hold-up of a Taco Bell in North Carolina.
James Scott Campbell, 68, of Santa Ana, pleaded guilty today to one felony count each of poisoning and possession of a firearm by a felon, charges that earned him a four-year prison stretch.But it is the actual nature of the crime that proved what a dick of a boss Campbell was. After making sex ... More >>
After reading that an out-of-state town passed an ordinance requiring sex offenders on Halloween night to turn off their porch lights, not answer their doors and, for God's sake, not distribute candy to children, I thought it's a good thing no such law exists in my city lest anyone assume my neig ... More >>
A Los Angeles Police Department detective who owns a Costa Mesa towing business is up on charges of workers compensation fraud, perjury, and attempted grand theft.John X. Vach, a 15-year LAPD veteran who is now on paid administrative leave, is accused of having filed a fraudulent medical claim in ... More >>
SEE UPDATED VERSION OF THIS POST. Richard Gustav Forsberg would bring his wife dinner every night, but their neighbors in Rancho Santa Margarita noticed 61-year-old Marcia Ann Forsberg was not around beginning in February. They asked the hubby, a computer manager who is also 61, what happened to ... More >>
The county coroner says a 19-year-old found dead at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana early today committed suicide.Taylor Hart, who'd been arrested Aug. 7 for allegedly robbing the Nordstrom's store in Mission Viejo, was discovered by deputies on routine rounds in ... More >>
Rachael Mullenix--Do not interfere in their relationship.After interfering in the relationship between her 17-year-old daughter and a boyfriend in September 2006, CSI actress Barbara Mullenix ended up murdered, wrapped in her own bloody bed sheets, crammed in a cardboard box and finally tossed in ... More >>
UPDATE: Why the deceased was in custody (see end of post) . . .An Orange County Jail inmate died while under a hospital's care, according to a very brief statement from the Orange County Sheriff's Department that follows after the jump. Gregorio Torres was 43.
I can understand robbing a Taco Bell for money. I can understand robbing a Taco Bell for food. I can even understand robbing a Taco Bell for its trade secrets. But for a bloody print? Nothing much happening in Ohio outside of Cleveland and the Dayton Flyers, apparently.
Headline: Spike in Gang Violence May Foreshadow a Long Hot SummerComment by STOPCRIME: Raid kills COCKROACHES...it's time to fumigate our country.
[Moxley Confidential] The convicted ex-sheriff says he should have been warned that his buddy was wearing a wire
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is your Mexican regional music on drugs
UPDATED...R. Scott Moxley, reporting from the Santa Ana courthouse during an afternoon break, says the judge and lawyers for the defense and prosecution in Mike Carona's sentencing hearing on a felony corruption count, are talking about 63 to 78 months behind bars and a $125,000 fine for the man onc ... More >>
Until we upgrade our blog, many of ustedes might not know about the many fights raging on blog posts of the past--the old posts that seem to get the most attention include those on local Armenian genocide denier Ergun Kirlikovali, Laotian Secret Army general Vang Pao, and my review of Lola Gaspar. B ... More >>
"Nobody's going to pop an assistant sheriff for a deuce. In other words, I wouldn't be arrested for drunk driving." --Don Haidl, a businessman who'd been named assistant sheriff by Mike Carona after he'd illegally funded Carona's first campaign for Orange County sheriff, testifying today about what ... More >>
I'm bad at guesstimating numbers, but considering how last-minute this anti-Prop 8 march was, I'd say around 5,000 must have turned out. The march began on the corner of Redondo and Broadway, and commenced down Broadway until it reached its final destination, Hamburger Mary's. At least three hel ... More >>
Billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III is the co-founder of Irvine computer chip powerhouse Broadcom, but judging from his indictment on drug distribution and securities fraud charges that was unsealed Thursday, he'd rather be a hard-partying rock star. According to the indictment, Nicholas was at Woods ... More >>
OC Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s reign has been equal parts tragedy and comedy. With his indictment, it enters its final act.
Joseph G. Cavallo grew up poor in tough New Jersey neighborhoods, graduated from law school, made himself nationally famous as a California criminal-defense lawyer who earned millions of dollars. He owns an Orange County mansion, a small Caribbean island and a fleet of luxury cars Mike Tyson would e ... More >>
Perhaps in an effort to decrease inmate overcrowding, a Santa Ana police cruiser accelerated in a restaurant parking lot and ran over a fleeing suspect across the street from OC Weekly's world headquarters late Tuesday night. Police officials tell reporters that they are conducting an investigation ... More >>
According to the Los Angeles Times, the delightfully named Atticus O. Firey is suing Meguiar's Inc., a car wax manufacturer in Irvine, claiming he was fired after the company's president determined Firey wasn't "on fire for Jesus" and lacked a sufficiently "Christian lifestyle". Atticus O. Firey, 34 ... More >>
If you stuffed a few bucks into Salvation Army kettles this past holiday season, there's good news-- it's very likely your dollars (or coins, if you're a cheap bastard) found their way to wherever General Booth's soldiers intended they should go. The New York Times reports: The Salvation Army is wid ... More >>
The innocent thought this morning's Haidl 3 sentencing would last maybe 20 minutes. Around 11:30 a.m., Judge Francisco Briseno decided it was time for lunch. Veteran journalists say they haven't seen such a crowd since the 1989 trial of serial killer Randy Kraft. Shouting matches broke out over sea ... More >>