AWOL Army soldier Steven Matthew LeClaire was sentenced this morning to 101 years in state prison for bursting into a Cypress motel room, killing a man and injuring his father and a third man with a hail of bullets. The 26-year-old was convicted in August of second-degree murder and two counts of a ... More >>
A former Saddleback Valley Unified School District bus driver has pleaded guilty to molesting a 12-year-old girl in a deal that had charges involving a 3-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy dismissed. Shane Norman Crawford of Laguna Hills did not meet any of the children on the job.
This may go the way of Pennysaver Ad of the Week and the Orange County Interwebs Horror Show, which fell victim to image and time constraints respectively, but today we launch Weekend Updates, a roundup of the latest on stories that previously appeared on Navel Gazing.
Orange County's "Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force"--the number referring to how many law enforcement agencies are part of it--is literally pulling out all the stops this Memorial Day weekend. The anti-boozy and -druggy driving campaign kicked off with a DUI/drivers license checkpoint in Newport Beach la ... More >>
A federal judge in Orange County this month finalized a $20.4 million judgment against an x-rated website that sold 272 Japanese pornography films on the Internet without authorization, according to court records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana. The action by U.S. District ... More >>
For someone who denied, denied, denied she committed fraud and freely threw out accusations of (and an entire blog dedicated to) prosecutorial misconduct and accused yours truly of being a big, fat meanie, that Karen Hanover sure seems to be close to admitting a whole bunch of guilt. The attorney f ... More >>
Police believe they have caught the Great Tustin Groper. We told you last month about a thin white guy, believed to be age 18-20, who came up behind females six different times since June, grabbed handfuls of ass and, in some cases, pulled their pants down ... and apologized. According to Tustin p ... More >>
Fugitive Leonardo Pimentel Sanchez made his initial court appearance Thursday on charges stemming from the 1992 rape and murder of a 19-year-old aspiring model whose body was found in Irvine. We didn't make the arraignment hearing that was rescheduled to Aug. 9 for the 56-year-old, who was extradite ... More >>
Victor Joseph Espinoza, whose girth and baby-sized fat pocket in the neck area inspired our OC's Scariest People 2012 cover illustration, pleaded guilty Thursday to grabbing a 10-year-old boy walking to soccer practice and was sentenced to 32 months in jail.
A federal judge in New Jersey has ordered "an in-person settlement conference" for May 17 in the dispute between Kobe Bryant and an auction house planning to sell the Los Angeles Lakers' teenage memorabilia late next month for the superstar's mother, Pamela. If the mediation doesn't work, U.S. Dist ... More >>
The Southern California Drug Task Force assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) designated "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" has busted a large scale drug distribution ring selling the party drug Ecstasy out of a Little Saigon apartment complex.According to a federal grand jury indi ... More >>
A January 2010 day began well for Orange County's 21-year-old Aaron Michael Laythorpe who took his girlfriend and their baby on an enjoyable beer-drinking trip to a Fashion Island restaurant in Newport Beach.But the day ended in horrific, senseless domestic violence.Laythorpe eventually dropped Jill ... More >>
With the Ali Syed freeway shooting spree that ended with four dead this week and the Christopher Dorner nightmare that left five deceased (note I'm counting the gunmen in each), it's not difficult to see why Santa Ana has announced the city's first gun buyback program, which is Saturday near Santa ... More >>
See the bottom of this post for an update including sentencing info for Huntington High School student Christopher Michael Casey. ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 18, 2012 3:18 P.M.: An 18-year-old Huntington Beach high school student accused of making a bomb threat on Friday is scheduled to be arraigned this af ... More >>
An Orange County businessman whose company has supplied small electronic airplane parts for C5 cargo planes and F18 Fighter jets has been punished for repeatedly cheating on this federal income taxes.According to court records inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, 69-year-old Sha ... More >>
Did you go catch Kirby Dick and The Invisible War at UC Irvine yesterday?Yeah, I'm kicking myself for having missed it, too.And now I've been told someone who worked on the documentary about the sexual assaults of women in the military arrived on campus before Dick--years before.
A federal judge in Orange County last week approved of a consent judgment and permanent injunction against a businesswoman who violated a federal trademark belonging to S & S Hawaii BBQ.U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford declared that S & S clearly controls the rights to "Ono Hawai ... More >>
A "nearly naked female" walks into an Anaheim hotel lobby . . .That's how employees of the Clarion Hotel, 616 W. Convention Way, began their contact with a banged-up lady who'd been sexually assaulted in a room early Wednesday, chased after she broke away and injured after leaping from a second-floo ... More >>
Social workers and cops in Orange County weren't sure what to make of claims by a five-year-old girl named Diane that she and Tiffany, her two-year-old sister, were beaten by their mother with kitchen utensils.But nine years later in October 2011, there was no confusion about the trouble when t ... More >>
Frito-Lay, makers of the popular Fritos, Tostitos and Doritos chips, routinely cheated more than 2,100 sales employees out of money owed for overtime work in California, according to a class action lawsuit. Earlier this year, the Texas-based snack food company agreed to settle the case before 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 >>
As with the 2000 presidential election, a recount is in order for a certain category from OC Weekly's 2007 Best of OC.As you are well aware, the 99 Cents Only store was awarded Best Dollar Store honors that year.But now, in a shocking development, 99 Cents Only stores are being sued for really be ... More >>
We told you in March about Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Allan James Waters, who was off-duty and allegedly drugged-up when he crashed his Mercedes into a Toyota in Laguna Niguel, injuring a 78-year-old woman--just a half hour after Waters plowed into a Lexus outside Dana Point City Hall.In ann ... More >>
Do you know what the No. 1 destination is for sicko American adults who want to have sex with a child?America.
Death row bound Nelson: I'm innocent!Retiring Frank F. Fasel is the type of no-nonsense Orange County judge who appreciates people who make their points quickly. But Fasel wasn't impressed by Tanya Jaime Nelson's pithy pre-sentencing message designed to keep herself off California's notorious dea ... More >>
Casualties from a Facebook war between high school students could land a Laguna Beach 16-year-old in an adult state prison for 15 years.Michael Jason Wilson is being charged as an adult for allegedly stabbing a former classmate in the stomach and assaulting two of the victim's friends with a ca ... More >>
Fernando TorresA 19-year-old man who was shot once in the head following an argument at a house party in Santa Ana on Saturday succumbed to his injuries Wednesday, and the gang members in custody in connection with the shooting have now been charged with murder.The incident began sometime after 1 ... More >>
After a three-day trial, a jury today convicted former Orange School trustee Steve Rocco of stealing a half-empty bottle of Heinz ketchup from a Chapman University cafeteria last September. Their harsh verdict brought a momentous, if perhaps tragic or comical end to a gloriously stupid trial newswor ... More >>
La Habra Depot Theater
How's this for the granddaddy of all double-dipping: If law enforcement is right, pastor Raul Rosas Hernandez worked for both the Lord and Satan. Or, perhaps just Satan. Today, the Orange County District Attorney's office alleged that while Hernandez ministered to the faithful in telephone calls h ... More >>
Legendary outlaws and dirty jokes aren't typically mentioned in the obituaries of Superior Court judges in OC, but as the panel of judges who censured him in 1998 could have told you, James Randal Ross was not a typical judge. Ross, who served as an Orange County Superior Court judge from 1983 to 1 ... More >>
Whether you're eager to bring justice to OC, or you've just always wanted to indict a ham sandwich, there's good news: Orange County Superior Court is accepting applications for the 2007-08 grand jury. If you are 18 or older, have been a resident of the county for at least one year, posses "ordina ... More >>
The internet (or internets, if you're George Bush) has helped change the way news gets reported. Take for example, R. Scott Moxley's story on Los Angeles County Sheriff's Commander and candidate for Orange County Sheriff Ralph Martin's call for Mike Carona's immediate resignation. On Thursday at a p ... More >>
How the Brotherhood of Eternal Love Became OCs Hippie Mafia