It was 7:30 on a Saturday night. I was in a line of people that stretched from Sears to the Carousel Court--spanning an entire wing of South Coast Plaza. From one end to the other, it would be a two-and-a-half-hour wait. But this was only half of it. At 4:30 p.m., I was in another line to put my nam ... More >>
A 28-year-old Fullerton man--who based on looks alone could win the title role in the Broadway musical version of Taxi Driver--was held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail for allegedly mowing down a man in a wheelchair and driving away without stopping earlier this month. Surveillance vi ... More >>
The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday--and it's not on the First Street this time.
A recent report on California recently joining 10 other states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses puts a spotlight on the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana, where five-hour driver's ed classes are being offered for free to ... ick ... More >>
The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in a familiar spot for these operations.
Twice a month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau pops by Stick A Fork In It to chime in about a random OC food or drink musing of his choice. Enjoy!! It's no secret. I'm a big fan of working in food and beverage despite all its pitfalls and pratfalls. It's not an easy life but ev ... More >>
Buena Park Mayor Miller Oh faces more than six years in state prison following his conviction today of five felony counts of perjury.
[Hey, You!] And leave your loud moped at home!
See the update at the end of this post on the man's death and identification. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 26, 9 A.M.: A man who was barefoot and wearing only a T-shirt and shorts ran back and forth across the 55 freeway before he stopped breathing early Sunday, according to police. The unidentified man wa ... More >>
The Department of Motor Vehicles, which originally said the driver in the crash that killed him and four other teens in Newport Beach had no license and his application was pending, now corrects that Abdulrahman Alyahyan did have a 90-day provisional license.The thing is, adds the DMV, it expired tw ... More >>
Abdulrahman Alyahyan, the 17-year-old driver of an Infiniti sedan that split in two in a violent Memorial Day crash in Newport Beach that killed the Irvine teen and four others, apparently posted video on YouTube of his tricked-out ride revving up.The two videos are posted by "Khasona6," while the p ... More >>
Richard Gustav Forsberg got into an argument with his wife of nearly 40 years, beat her head with a small statue until she was dead, decapitated and dismembered her, stowed her remains in two freezers, trucked the freezers to a Ventura County campsite, burned the body parts and all the while lied to ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why are Mexican Indians so poor?
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 >>
Sangjin Miller Oh--the "Sangjin" is silent when referring to him as Buena Park City Councilman Miller Oh--pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of perjury aimed at maintaining his deadbeat-dad status.Oh, who is not in custody as he previously posted $25,000 bail, entered the pleas to six felony coun ... More >>
A Fullerton DMV employee was formally sentenced today to four years behind bars for taking cash to alter driver's license records and issue commercial licenses to individuals who had not passed the required written and driving tests. But Michelle Carbajal cut a different deal to ease her pain, ge ... More >>
Hey Mr. Glew: I was parked in front of a fire hydrant for a second while my buddy was using an ATM and a cop gave me a ticket. Can an officer give me a ticket while my car is running and I am in the drivers seat? Technically, the officer can cite you for what you did. However, you have a great ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 31, 1:52 P.M.: According to MillerOh.com, Buena Park City Councilman Sangjin Miller Oh has two daughters.One stood next to the 48-year-old at his swearing in at City Hall.In light of the deadbeat dad charges against him, Oh gave an interesting answer when asked what he'd like to see ha ... More >>
Hey, kids: guess what time is it? It's time to restart that Long March known as 100 Favorite Dishes (INSERT YEAR). YEAH!!!Hey, don't ding us for listicles: Weekly DataLab studies show ustedes love this gimmick, launched in honor of our coming Best Of issue. Besides, it is rather fun to do this for u ... More >>
Another day, another DMV worker in hot wa-wa.Wednesday, it was Michelle Carbajal pleading guilty to having taken cash bribes in exchange for issuing commercial driver licenses at the Fullerton DMV office to applicants who never took tests. Today, Patricia Rosario Casas was arrested for allege ... More >>
A Fullerton DMV employee who accepted cash bribes to alter driving records and issue commercial driver licenses to applicants who did not take written or behind-the-wheel tests pleaded guilty today to charges that could send the 38-year-old to prison for four years.Which begs the question: Woul ... More >>
DMVBennettUPDATE, JAN. 6, 8:47 A.M.: According to Christine Lauren Bennett's family, Alexei Ocana fatally shot his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend in an Anaheim Hills condo Dec. 30 before turning the gun on himself.The 31-year-old's motive? He was upset that Bennett was seeing someone else, according t ... More >>
DMVJohn Kristopher AltamiranoUPDATE, DEC. 7, 5:10 P.M.: When sheriff's deputies found a dead John Kristopher Altamirano in his white pickup parked in front of his Laguna Niguel residence Monday afternoon, the 34-year-old had cuts and bruises on his face as if he'd been in a fight.However, the inj ... More >>
DMVHattie StretzHarriett "Hattie" Stretz was a familiar face in the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach area before Oct. 12 thanks to her volunteerism and community involvement. Tragically, the 73-year-old became known nationally after that date as the sole survivor among people who were shot inside Salon Me ... More >>
A PETA employee called Whitney Calk moved from Virginia to Tennessee and tried registering her car in the new state with a custom tag that expressed her love of tofu, not her love to F-U. Either way, that state's DMV refused the application for a vanity plate that read ILVTOFU under the grounds o ... More >>
The search is on for John Arthur Walthall, who failed to appear at a June 27 court hearing concerning the 55-year-old La Habra resident allegedly exaggerating a medical condition to avoid trial on charges of defrauding an elderly Laguna Niguel couple out of nearly $5 million.The FBI released ... More >>
DMVAnnamaria Mango GanaUPDATE, JULY 5, 10:01 A.M.: Prosecutors filed additional charges today against Annamaria Magno Gana, the 41-year-old accused of killing her husband and trying to kill her sons on Mother's Day at their Tustin Ranch home.Besides a murder count and sentencing enhancements, Gan ... More >>
DMVVanessa MunozUPDATE, MAY 31, 12:58 P.M.: The woman who was killed in Thursday night's presumed murder-suicide in the 6100 block of Navajo Road in Westminster has been identified as Vanessa Munoz, 23.The doctor's office employ and her unemployed 34-year-old brother, Frank Munoz, had been arguin ... More >>
DMVThe deceasedUPDATE, MAY 23, 4:49 P.M.: Prosecutors today filled in the blank as to why 35-year-old Jeremy Dwayne Martin allegedly shot and killed his father, Frederick Dwayne Martin, 62, at the Huntington Beach home they shared.The younger Martin was supposedly upset that his father did not w ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 12, 1:20 P.M.: A Filipino newspaper reports Antonio Potenciano Gana, the 72-year-old Mother's Day murder victim, is the former general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, which oversees the airport in the country's capital. The Philippine Star also claims the slai ... More >>
DMVEmily FordUPDATE, MAY 5, 11:28 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) just announced that Robert Allan Lehmann will be arraigned today for the murders of his ex-wife Emily Ford and her father Russell Ford. The 36-year-old Costa Mesa resident has been charged with two felony ... More >>
DMVUPDATE, FEB. 1, 4:04 P.M.: The family of Cheryl Rose Wynn, the 48-year-old mother found in a pool of blood in a bedroom of her Orange home last year, is offering $50,000 for information leading to her killer.Orange detectives report they have no leads, suspects or evidence in the murder ... More >>
DMVUpdate, December 20, 5:40 p.m.: Retired Huntington Park Police Chief Paul Lawrence Wadley pleaded not guilty today to misdemeanor indecent exposure charges.The 56-year-old Anaheim resident had previously turned himself in to authorities after returning from an overseas trip. While Wadley ... More >>
UPDATE: Murder-suicide couple identified (updates throughout) . . . A neighbor in the quiet Robinson Ranch community in Rancho Santa Margarita called 9-1-1 after hearing gunshots Wednesday afternoon.
A 60-year-old Costa Mesa man pleaded guilty today to two felony counts of grand theft and was sentenced to 270 days in jail and three years probation in a bizarre cases involving a Ford Mustang collector's car he promised to restore for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation nonprofit for women, inclu ... More >>
UPDATED WITH SHOOTER ID . . .DMVTriggerwoman grandma: Bonnie HoultOrange County sheriff's investigators now have a working theory in the ghastly murder-suicides that took the lives of a 67-year-old woman, her 38-year-old daughter and her granddaughters, 4 and 2, inside a five-bedroom, $1.7 millio ... More >>
As previously blogged, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course counts as the riding portion of the tests required to attain a Class-M California driver's license. A trip to the DMV is still required for the written portion, however. For me, this translated into three soul-sucking hours at the Lag ... More >>
For anyone who is a newbie to motorcycle riding, take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse. It's immeasurable, how beneficial the course is to new riders. The one I took at Saddleback College is an 8 a.m.-to-5 p.m. Saturday-and-Sunday class that teaches the fundament ... More >>
Orange County Register: Danger on Mexican streets will force captains and crews in the annual Newport Beach to Ensenada yacht race to remain on their ships. But who'll get ripped off by the Hussong's mariachis? . . . I went to a Laguna Woods Village board meeting and a UFC Smackdown broke ... More >>
When Elmo Grows Up
If so, contact the Tyra show, er, Oprah, um, I mean, Weekly intern Nardine Saad, who is pulling together a story on erroneous messages DMV drones mailed out to thousands of Californians. Here's where you can vent, early and often: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just when you think the government's a complete and total failure, something happens to restore your faith. Why, just this afternoon I was perusing the Governor's website, filling out a webmail information request on Chuck DeVore's industrial hemp bill and bemoaning my lack of decent contacts up in ... More >>
Parking tickets are now handled by a mysterious OC company that makes justice and the law go . . . poof
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