A couple years ago, UC Irvine and the entire University of California system were dealing with "unwanted touching" allegations against UCI student Jesse Cheng, who eventually resigned as the UC student representative on the UC Board of Regents over the controversy. Those seem like the good ol' days ... More >>
See the update and the end of this post on Ramon Heredia's not guilty plea and upcoming court dates. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 8, 6 A.M.: Wonder what hurt Orange County's Ramon Heredia more: watching the San Diego Chargers lose Sunday night to the Oakland Raiders or being arraigned the next morning for a ... 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 >>
Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson escaped murder counts when the 30-year-old Lake Forest resident was convicted in May of voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbings of a Santa Margarita Catholic High School hockey coach and his friend in 2011. But the sentence Tombleson received today was still stiff ... More >>
Trial is scheduled to begin right now in federal court in Santa Ana for a Tustin criminal defense attorney accused of conspiring with a Rialto police officer to fix a misdemeanor assault and battery case at John Wayne Airport. Lawrence Witsoe is charged with conspiracy to solicit and receive a bribe ... More >>
If the case against a veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy proves anything, it's that those who wear badges have no problem getting trim. Mark Eric Hibner, a 22-year LASO veteran, was scheduled to be arraigned in Fullerton today on charges he repeatedly assaulted a woman he had a relationship ... More >>
Cal State Fullerton student Amaryah Tarkington headed home on an earlier December evening to finish up her part of a group project. The finals week task, due the very next day, was one she never got the chance to complete. The 29-year-old took an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus fro ... More >>
Santa Ana Police arrested a 21-year-old at his girlfriend's Huntington Beach residence this morning for allegedly beating another young man into a coma and permanent brain damage during a "streetwear" clothing company party late the night of Sept. 30.Alfonso Calderon was being held in lieu of $25,00 ... More >>
See update at the end of this post on the arrest of Joseph Robert Suess.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 30, 9:10 A.M.: Anaheim Police received an anonymous call shortly after midnight today about a possible burglary in progress in the 800 block of North Zeyn Street near Anaheim Boulevard.Officers arrived short ... More >>
Are octagon-shaped jail cells in Orange County's future?It's worth asking as the local crime wave tied to mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters continues with Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall's recent arrest in Irvine for outstanding warrants.
Taco Bell customers aren't the only fast-food restaurant patrons that get on the news for behaving badly. The Smoking Gun obtained a police report that a 26-year-old man in Massachusetts has been arrested for "assault and battery with a dangerous weapon." The weapon? McDonald's fries.After going thr ... More >>
See update No. 3 at the end of post about Cypress Police reportedly confirming Brinda McCoy tried to take her own life.See update No. 2 at the end of post about McCoy hospitalized after being found bleeding in her Cypress home.See update No. 1 at the end of post about the maximum sentence McCoy face ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's office today filed additional charges against Charles Patrick Drew, the 62-year-old transient, two-striker and registered sex offender accused of committing OC's eighth murder of the year. Joining the previously filed felony count of special circumstances murder ... More >>
Don't make Minh Tam Thi Phan raise her shoe.Or knock your brains out with a rock.The San Diego County 50-year-old is scheduled to be arraigned in Westminster today on charges she tried to murder a woman she owed $100,000 by violently beating her with a rock and shoe.
After spending three hours inside a Santa Ana strip club with his friends on an October 2006 afternoon, Carlos Rosario Gonzales couldn't bring himself to obey the club's rule: Don't fondle the strippers.Worse, Gonzales couldn't appreciate that the club's security wanted to eject him when he becam ... More >>
An Irvine man accused of unprovoked Iranian-American-on-Latinos hate crimes reportedly pleaded guilty to charges that will have him spending 120 days in detention and three years on probation.Sure beats seven years in state prison, which is what 33-year-old Arash Riazati was possibly looking at h ... More >>
Courtesy of Palm Springs Police DepartmentVirginia ValdezLorena Bobbitt famously sliced off the pecker of then-husband John Wayne Bobbitt while he slept in 1993.The case got fresh, uh, legs when Catherine Kieu Becker was accused last year of slicing off the pecker of her husband as he was waking ... More >>
International serial rapist Ali Achekzai, who was convicted of six felony counts last month after Orange County authorities had the 34-year-old extradited from Austria, was sentenced today to 61 years to life in state prison. Before the former Ladera Ranch resident learned his fate, one of three ... More >>
Matthew Bransetter & Nolan Wickham's Booking PhotosCourtesy Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentTwo Rancho Santa Margarita men were sentenced to three years in state prison Dec. 2 for an assault earlier this in a Coto de Caza park. On the evening of April 6, 2011, Matthew Gregory Bransetter, 19 ... More >>
Huskey's Sin City booking photoWith a name like Huskey, he has to have spent time in Alaska.And with a name like Kenneth Anthony Huskey, he has to be a dick.He was convicted in 2003 of sexually abusing a minor in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. That led to sex offender registration in Alaska a ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 25, 8:26 A.M: Sitting on top of his ex-girlfriend so she could not escape and holding his hand over her mouth so she could not scream, Sean Paul Delacerda put the barrel of a gun he'd just placed a bullet in into his mouth and pulled the trigger.Click.The gun did not fire, but th ... More >>
Authorities are seeking possible victims of a masseur who worked throughout Orange County and is facing charges of sexually assaulting three women while working at Massage Envy in Seal Beach. Jason Michael Elliott, 28, of Seal Beach, could get eight years and eight months in state prison if conv ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 14, 5:01 P.M.: Besides the 26 Mexican Mafia members the District Attorney's office is prosecuting as a result of the Orange County Jail crimes uncovered through "Operation Black Flag," 17 Costa Mesa gang members were swept up by federal indictments related to the investigation.The in ... More >>
It is officially knife day here at Navel Gazing HQ.Earlier we brought you the wifey-pooh who allegedly sliced off her estranged husband's dick with a knife before tossing it into the garbage disposal and flipping the on switch.Now comes word from the DA's office of a Laguna Beach teen's convictio ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 29, 1:33 P.M.: Riverside County prosecutors declined to file charges against Russell Elliott, the 28-year-old Santa Anan accused of stabbing his friend and soon-to-be groom at his bachelor party in a Palm Springs hotel room last week. The marrying man, who was not identified, suffere ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 15, 2010, 10:43 A.M: 27-year-old Sean Paul Delacerda has been convicted of assaulting an ex-girlfriend with a firearm after accusing her of cheating and violently holding her against her will at gunpoint in her apartment.But the Fullerton resident, who is looking at up to 18 yea ... More >>
Murdoch: Aliens are living inside me.The proof that the witnesses against him were not human was obvious to Michael Craig Murdoch during his 2010 trial in Orange County Superior Court for felony assault with a deadly weapon (a beer bottle) and battery causing serious bodily injury.In court, Murdo ... More >>
Bring your wallet, not your macheteA 19-year-old plumber with blond hair and blue eyes is sitting in Orange County Jail this morning after police say he used a 25-inch machete to attack a man Sunday night in the parking lot of Orange County's most internationally acclaimed shopping center: South ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 25, 3:15 P.M.: The maximum penalty Gaylord Tootsie Daney faced for a misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana was a $100 fine.No jail time is given for the pot rap, but the 46-year-old Santa Ana man is being sent to state prison for two years.That's what happens whe ... More >>
Talk about smoke monsters!A woman who became increasingly agitated while failing to obtain marijuana from several dispensaries in Lake Forest Tuesday evening was confronted by a security guard--who she promptly punched in the face, according to sheriff's deputies.And, after deputies responded to ... More >>
Daniel Chomina had our ugly police mug judges with his smirk.However, what he did to warrant the booking photo--and ultimate conviction--was also ugly.After bringing his 3-year-old daughter to his ex-girlfriend's for a custody exchange in July 2009, the 29-year-old Garden Grove man became enra ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 31, 4:47 P.M.: Don't know how we missed this one last week, but 47-year-old Brinda Sue McCoy pleaded not guilty in a Santa Ana courtroom Wednesday to firing one of her husband's guns at police officers who were trying to talk her out of suicide during a three-hour standoff in the cou ... More >>
Have you seen the Internet dating site commercial where a love-struck woman and hunky man bonk heads, slip onto furniture and further batter one another accidentally when they try to get frisky with one another?That was a cakewalk compared to what happened to a Canadian woman, allegedly at the ha ... More >>
A female Orange County Sheriff's deputy spotted a man in bushes near a Laguna Niguel garden center Wednesday with his hands in his pockets and his pant undone. So, she confronted him. A foot chase followed and, when she caught up with him, he allegedly tried to take her firearm and physically str ... More >>
Notorious Anaheim cop Scott McManus resurfaces in yet another civil-rights lawsuit
As if Hispanics don't feel ganged up on already (see Arizona, every "Racist OC Register Fustercluck of the Day," every other Navel Gazing comment), now they apparently have to worry about Iranian-Americans.Or, at least the one from Irvine charged with a hate crime.
Chief Ken SmallOC Weekly previously praised Huntington Beach Police Chief Ken Small for opting out of using cameras at intersections to catch red light violators.He also did the right thing in firing Officer James Roberts III, who has been charged with battering, sexually assaulting and in ... More >>
Otis, the town drunk from The Andy Griffith Show, famously used to lock himself into a jail cell when he got too tipsy. Perhaps that's what 25-year-old dancer and former jailee Matthew Van McDaniel was trying to do just after 2 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the James A. Musick Correctional Facility ... More >>
Weston Scott KrugerThe man who had to have his print porn is going to prison. Can a guy trade cigarettes for pornography?
Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's OfficeSean Paul DelacerdaA Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was charged by the Orange County District Attorney's Office this week with assaulting his ex-girlfriend by pointing a gun at her--right after having put a bullet in the weapon, sticking th ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's OfficeThe charges pile up on Gaylord Tootsie Daney. Gaylord Tootsie Daney--yes, Tootsie--is alleged to have broken two bedrock rules of polite society. That's not a reference to the marijuana possession and, now, felony assault charges against the 45- ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's office objected today to a judge striking the "strikes" for a third-striker gang member who was on parole when he and two other men assaulted a fourth man who told the trio to stop tagging a wall in Santa Ana with graffiti last summer.At least the judge was c ... More >>
Remember that "78-Year-Old Man Arrested for Kicking Cop in the Nuts (Twice)" in October?Two things: 1) He's 79. b. He claims to be the victim of "horrible injustice," that he "was treated like an animal" and that he will file seek "justice" via a federal civil rights complaint.
It's the Weekly's weekly police blotter--now with more alleged rummy mommies, ex-cop robbers, sticky fingers, douches on bikes and really bad karaoke singers.MONDAY, NOV. 23 Insert car here.That Walled-In Feeling A man crashing his black Toyota Corolla into a wall at the Shell gas station at Lake ... More >>
Judges misconduct could set OC man free from six-year prison sentence
Gangster beats girl over sexual equipment quip
Getting calls from my various Chicano yaktivist pals, and they're saying the kids are marching out of Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anacrime. Reports of police beating up kids on Bristol and Warner in SanTana, although the kids supposedly through rocks. Pendejos. Off to take pictures. . .
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