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 >>
Has the name and address of one of the most notorious Huntington Beach riot vandals been handed to police through Facebook? And could another alleged vandal, who isn't even facing the most serious criminal charges from the incident, be looking at three years in state prison?
The question before jurors in Santa Ana--well, some jurors in Santa Ana--comes down to this: Did Max Danilo Martinez scope out females in need of rides, make nice with them to coax them inside his ride and then drive them off somewhere to sexually assault them? Or are five different women and a 14- ... More >>
Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton just prayed away rights to the slogan "Play Hard, Pray Harder." That is, the author of Beyond Belief, his autobiography that details trading drugs and alcohol for Jesus, has settled a lawsuit brought by a Dallas-based entity over trademark rights to the slogan the ... More >>
It's not exactly the American Bar Association, but the nation's other major group representing lawyers has just issued a report calling for an end to the U.S. war on weed. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has been around since 1937 and has taken on a host of causes over the years. Its new report on ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 on teen driver Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan not having a valid California's driver license and having been cited previously for violating the terms of his provisional license. Plus, more details. Update No. 1 on the next page has ID's of all five Irvine teens.ORIGINAL POST, MAY ... More >>
An internationally renowned computer engineer has reportedly been criminally charged for conflicts of interest involving secret payments from a major Japanese telecommunications firm funding his UC Irvine research. Tatsuya Suda, a 59-year-old native of Japan who was a UCI faculty member for more tha ... More >>
Another non-April Fool's announcement that begged a rubbing of the eyes: Anaheim Police Chief John Welter announced his retirement today. His 42-year career in law enforcement will come to an end effective May 16, 2013. Before taking over for Chief Roger Baker in Anaheim nine years ago, Welter spent ... More >>
Orange County can be a pretty hostile place if you are a sex offender, witness the bans on pervs in parks the district attorney's office has pushed for and the personal information about parolees made public thanks to the likes of county Supervisor Todd Spitzer.So, perhaps it is with some added gust ... More >>
Though 32 years old, Vince Gabriel Gaborno has compiled a 17-year criminal rap sheet that includes robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted burglary, repeated illegal gun and knife possessions, multiple parole and probation violations, drug dealing and membership in a Mexican Mafia tied stre ... More >>
The embers of Anaheim's unrest glowed bright-red long before last year's simmering summer boiled over. On March 6, 2012, the alley near the intersection of Wakefield and Haster became a turning point in the city's history as 21-year old Martin Angel Hernandez was shot and killed by Anaheim police of ... More >>
A Santa Ana jury today recommended the death penalty today for a man who'd been serving a 30- to 50-year sentence for rape in Michigan when he was linked to the 1988 assault and murder of a pregnant, 22-year-old newlywed in Costa Mesa.Jason Balcom, 42, is now set to be formally sentenced by Judge Fr ... More >>
The fellow blowing smoke rings in his Facebook profile photo at right is Miles Worthy Temby. The Irvine 20-year-old does, according to police, know something about blowing. Questioned about suspected boozing and oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at an elementary school, he reportedly replied he thoug ... More >>
Former presidential candidate Fred Karger wants the former Chapman University law professor to reveal who's donating money to his fight against gay marriage
One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you incredibly horny. But if jail time is in the cards for suspects Cody Horn, 29, of Yorba Linda and Troy Olson, 44, of Norco, it's the former pill they'll want to keister. Both men face multiple charges related to a drug transaction involvin ... More >>
Brinda Sue McCoy, the wife of Oceanside's police chief, was sentenced today to 15 years in state prison for shooting at responding police officers after calling 9-1-1 and initiating an armed stand-off.The 49-year-old had been found guilty by a jury on June 18 of five counts of assaulting a police o ... More >>
Click this link for original homicide post and commentsAnaheim Police have identified the fatal stabbing victim found in an alley off the 800 block of North Zeyn Street early last Thursday, Aug. 30, as Mikel Anthony Williams, 55, of Irvine.No motive has been released for Anaheim's 10th homicide of t ... More >>
Orange County's Paul Gentile Smith is one sick bastard.Somehow Tina Smith, no relation, fell in love with him in 2006 and suffered the consequences.He accused her of stealing $5,000 from him, tied her up with rope, doused her with lighter fluid and tried to burn her alive. But the fireplace lig ... More >>
Orange County's Billy Jhonathan Ruiz was certain that his girlfriend Misty and his step-father Raul were having sex in November 2009.So Ruiz enticed them to join him in the same vehicle for an ambush confrontation.Intoxicated and armed with a handgun, Ruiz voiced his fears and from the back seat exp ... More >>
Click here for our Anaheim police shooting archivesOn July 24, Joshua Rich was the first demonstrator arrested outside of Anaheim City Hall during a protest against the police shootings of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo. The 37-year-old Anaheim resident was the demonstrator rumored to h ... More >>
All things considered, Patricia Rosario Casas made a good call pleading guilty to stealing money from DMV customers at her counter in Westminster. Looking at 11 years in state prison with a conviction without a guilty plea, the Anaheim 44-year-old copped to four felony counts of computer access and ... More >>
The state budget got a boost--a drop-in-the-bucket boost--when the lifetime incarceration of James Lee Crummel was cut short Sunday.The murderer of a 13-year-old Costa Mesa boy hung himself in his San Quentin prison cell, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations announced yesterd ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 22, 3:40 P.M.: It's safe to say Timothy D. Naegele has juice. He was chief of staff to former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass.) and counsel to the United States Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. His Timothy D. Naegele & Associates firm, which specia ... More >>
I don't know for certain because I can't find him to ask, but I'm guessing that Michael Jump regrets that he ever began dating and then sharing an apartment with Gemma Jayde Ramirez of Costa Mesa.Jump and Ramirez had been dating for about six months in 2008 when she got him arrested and hauled off t ... 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
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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 >>