Weekly reporter Charles Lam is at the Central Courthouse and just texted that Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala have been found not guilty of the second-murder of Kim Pham, who died outside a nightclub in Santa Ana earlier this year. The two defendants, however, were both found guilty of voluntary man ... More >>
Have Santa Barbara police nabbed Orange County's Heisenberg? Or would it be more accurate to allege David Vieyra is our Gus Fring?
A judge Friday sentenced a former Fletcher Jones Motorcars mechanic to 107 years to life in prison, not for forgetting to put the paper floor mats down in Her Honor's C300 sedan but for being convicted by a jury last month of raping an Irvine woman twice and also trying to rape a Newport Beach woman ... More >>
Historian, award-winning author and 2008 presidential election season talking head Kenneth W. Mack delivers the UC Irvine law school's Meyerhoff Public Interest Lecture Thursday afternoon on "The Civil Rights Movement, 50 Years On." Two days later, law school dean Erwin Chemerinsky is among the s ... More >>
Santa Ana residents are helping to wage a secret war against one of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartels—and they're winning
I know little about Stockton. I know that the University of the Pacific is there. I know that the city filed for bankruptcy. And I also know it's been a pedophile priest haven for decades with a local connection: the longtime bishop for the Diocese of Stockton, John Steinbock, got his pedo-protectin ... More >>
Before a government agency sued a Costa Mesa debt-relief company in federal court in Los Angeles this summer for allegedly conning consumers and charging them illegal fees, the company had sued the agency in Washington, D.C., claiming it is unconstitutional. The D.C. federal court has now ruled ag ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the possible prison time Serafin faces. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 16, 9 A.M.: A youth soccer referee pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting three boys, one of whom he met on Facebook. Jorge Diosdado Serafin, 31, reffed in Huntington Beach's Oakview Soccer ... More >>
A&E Television Networks and the producers of Storage Wars are appealing a judge's ruling that cast member and former Costa Mesa thrift store owner Dave Hester can pursue a wrongful termination claim. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge's Sept. 3 ruling was in response to Hester's lawsuit alleging, ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Paul Jon Coppin being found safe. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 24, 2:38 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the public in hopes of finding Paul Jon Coppin, who has been missing from his San Clemente home since last Tuesday, Sept. 17.
A creeper who resembles the fellow in the drawing is being sought for jumping out of bushes and flashing his junk at a 12-year-old girl walking home from school.
A 59-year-old man convicted in May of slaying the owner of a Santa Ana strip club and of raping the club owner's girlfriend in their Buena Park condo in January of 1987 was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Before imposing the sentence, Orange County Superio ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the bottom of page 2 on the charges against Gabriel Michael Castillo. Update No. 2 is about the son of a firefighter being arrested for setting the recent "East Fires" in Anaheim and Yorba Linda. Update No. 1 is about the original person of interest in the case being found, inter ... More >>
Fired OC deputy claims sheriff's department punished him for winning Navy Cross in Iraq War combat
Juan Humberto Avila is going to have a long time to consider his wayward ways in state prison: 363 years to life.Orange County Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes handed down that lengthy sentence for the Santa Ana 36-year-old's rape of a 16-year-old girl walking home from a fast-food restaurant f ... More >>
An Anaheim man was found guilty today of following his estranged wife as she took a lunch break from her job at an Irvine preschool and shooting her to death in a quiet residential cul de sac in the Turtle Rock community. Prosecutors had told jurors 37-year-old John Rand Agosta had fired nine times ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 31, 2011, 11:59 A.M.: Roberto Bedolla Ambriz was sentenced on Friday to 55 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting two boys, one who was mentally disabled. According to prosecutor Heather Brown, he molested the mentally disabled child at least five times. Ambriz told inv ... More >>
At least you can say this about Luis Epifano, this week's ugliest police mugshot "winner":He posed while wearing clothing.Unfortunately for Santa Ana police officers, that's not how they found him . . . on the roof of a preschool.
UPDATE, MARCH 4, 10:02 A.M.: Fifty-four-year-old James Arroyo of Fullerton could go from being an Orange County jail cook to inmate for allegedly getting touchy-feely with two women behind bars.In a statement on Arroyo's charges (after the jump), the Orange County District Attorney's office annou ... More >>
Rev. Schuller: Give me mo' money!15. "I want to tongue every inch of you because I love you."--A text message Oxford Academy high-school history teacher Christopher John Ontiveros allegedly sent to a 17-year-old female student before his arrest for sex crimes.14. "[Barney Frank] will be shot dead ... More >>
Marvin V. SmithJustice can take many twists--if it ever arrives.Take the case of Marvin Vernis Smith, the wealthy liquor store owner who viciously murdered his lovely wife Minnie with a fireplace poker and then made the bloody crime scene at the couple's Cypress residence look like a burglary gon ... More >>
Melissa Chesney, better known as the "Botox Bandit," has been sentenced to five years in state prison for 21 felonies, including burglary, fraud and identity theft. Her most famous scandal took place in March 2009 when she used a fraudulent name, ID and check to purchase more than $3,30 ... More >>
An excessive-force lawsuit against OC sheriff's deputies reveals video evidence the cops once claimed didn't exist
American Idol, E News Daily and KISS-FM host Ryan Seacrest returned to Children's Hospital of Orange County on Monday to brighten the days of young patients, broadcast his radio show live and seek $5 donations to CHOC from listeners.The teeny broadcaster, who also visited CHOC in September 2009, ... More >>
So much for Prop 8 backers not having any standing.A three-judge federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely moments ago while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.
She ruled WHAT!?!A federal judge has blocked the part of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 law that allows police to ask people if they are in the country legally.The tough new immigration law that has sparked national debate is scheduled to take effect Thursday. However, the ask/you'd-better-tell ... More >>
Jorge Alejandro LopezUPDATE: DA's statement on Jorge Alejandro Lopez's arraignment paints a much more senseless killing, reveals victim was a married father (see end of post) . . .Witnesses called Santa Ana Police around 4:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a homeless man lying on the sidewalk in the 30 ... More >>
Funeral services and memorial celebrations for a Yorba Linda skater nicknamed "Jules" have been held or planned, but a different kind of gathering of family and friends is scheduled this evening in Brea.They are meeting in front of the police station there to demand answers as to why an officer k ... More >>
"Don't play strip Twister with him alone."--In a just-concluded juvenile forcible rape case involving two 15-year-olds who'd had consensual sex on 10 prior occasions, the girl agreed to visit her ex-boyfriend who was home alone. She also agreed to play strip Twister with him.
[Moxley Confidential] Sheriff's candidate says he's the victim of a pre-election plot
From Beach Cities Collective's Facebook pageA San Clemente woman born with epilepsy, blindness and cerebral palsy has filed the first lawsuit by a medical-marijuana patient alleging Dana Point's dispensary ban unconstitutionally interferes with her fundamental rights to life and safety under the ... More >>
Trupia: How many boys in OC did he molest?First in a three-part series this week on Orange County's connections to the "current" pedophilia scandal plaguing the Vatican. Nothing too earth-shattering--just connecting some dots--because I'm saving the good stuff for the near future. I'm warning you ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] After trying to screw a minor, Lieutentent Stephen Deck predicted he'd walk. He was very nearly right
[Moxley Confidential] OCSD's omission of key facts about a stalled car crashes a burglary prosecution
Sometimes common sense gets kicked out of Orange County courtrooms. That was the case in Bradford Kuish v. William W. Smith. In December 2005, Kuish offered $14 million for Smith's Laguna Beach estate and made a substantial deposit. Smith found another buyer willing to pay $15 million for th ... More >>
A federal sentencing official has recommended that ex-Sheriff Mike Carona win an all-expenses-paid 78-month trip to the slammer for his unrepentant corruption while in control of California's second largest police agency.This should come as a surprise to Carona, his defense lawyers and other folks w ... More >>
While everyone's attention at the moment may be rightly focused on the Mike Carona verdict, it's worth noting the recent outcome in a different law-enforcer-as-potential-law-breaker case that the Weekly has followed: that of Mission Viejo Homeland Security officer Douglas Bates. Superior Court ... More >>
The Smoking Gun Web site exposed Akon earlier this year, unearthing police documents that show he's greatly exaggerated his arrest record and incarceration time. And so on his third album, Freedom, he downgrades himself from Konvicted (the title of his last CD) to "Troublemaker." Even this descripti ... More >>
"I'm the sheriff. I can do whatever I want." --Prior to his arrest on federal bribery charges, Mike Carona confided his view of the world to a law enforcement colleague concerned about the Orange County sheriff's close friendship with Ed Grech, a local businessman whom the FBI had secretly recorded ... More >>
Last week, we featured the story of Gunner Jay Lindberg's attempts to get off California's death row by arguing that his brutal, 1996 ambush murder of Thien Minh Ly, a popular Vietnamese American immigrant, was not a hate crime related to white supremacist views. (That story can be found here, for t ... More >>
I didn't think it would happen, but it finally did: the back-and-forth between Catholic sex-abuse survivor advocates and a bunch of idiots posted yesterday is now the most-commented story in Navel Gazing history, beating Scott Moxley's news of Carona's indictment. Congrats, wackies! In better news, ... More >>
"Just how many people did OC Weekly kick in the balls last year?"
An Orange County judge granted a new pretrial hearing date for ex-superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District, James Fleming and ex-assistant superintendent, Susan McGill. The pretrial hearing was scheduled for this morning, with a jury trial set to begin Oct. 29, but lawyers for both McGil ... More >>
Saddle Sores: Supervisor John Moorlach hasn't been in office long but he could be the most revolutionary county politician since . . . well . . . we haven't had any revolutionary politicians on the board of supervisors. On Friday, Moorlach announced plans to cut pension benefits retroactively for ce ... More >>
The Orange County district attorney's office reports this afternoon that former El Modena High School principal Brent Bailey has been convicted of masturbating in a Fullerton public park. Bailey, 56, must have forgotten that weenie whacking in public is considered lewd. After Bailey changed his ... More >>
The on again, off again war between the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County District Attorney's media affairs office is on again. Today, DA spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder sent an agencywide email "warning" staff about Times investigative reporter Christine Hanley. Schroeder claims that Hanley ... More >>
Sid Landau is guilty of plenty of things. But now his crime is his harmless appearance. Landau became the face of Megan's Law when he was driven from his Placentia home after police posted fliers in the neighborhood announcing his past crimes. The year was 1996; Landau had just been paroled from jai ... More >>
10 unlikely winners and losers in the Orange Diocese sodomy sweepstakes