Here's a twist: our departed Michelle Woo reported last year on lawsuit where a worker at a 1-800-GET-THIN clinic alleged her employers covered up details of a surgical procedure that ended with the death of Ladera Ranch's Paula Rojeski. Now, the West Hills clinic where the procedure was performed ... More >>
Lawanda Sockey had been clean for years. She did a dangerous dance with crack cocaine in the 1990s, running afoul of the law on a few possession charges. But by the end of the millennium she was clean, with a steady job and a place of her own. For a decade things were good. Lawanda helped raise her ... More >>
Now that Kevin E. Harris has been exposed as a bomb maker who seems to have tried to lure Costa Mesa police officers and paramedics to his Mesa Verde home, where the 52-year-old later blew himself up, Sean Lear has a question for local law enforcement:How come you laughed me off a few years ago when ... More >>
Not quite to the scale of the Boston Marathon explosions, a blast at the Costa Mesa home of a 52-year-old man police and paramedics had come to aid two hours earlier Sunday killed the resident, who it turned out had other bombs on the premises.Not quite to the scale of Christopher Dorner's online ma ... More >>
There was a freaky incident in Garden Grove this past weekend when two sisters, ages 15 and 23, were electrocuted in a backyard swimming pool for reasons so far unknown.After being pulled out of the pool in the 11400 block of Rainer Court, the unresponsive teen underwent life-saving efforts from her ... More >>
[Hey, You!] An angry tirade at a driver for whom stop signs mean nothing
During the first hour of today's preliminary hearing for two Fullerton Police Department officers accused of criminally killing a homeless man last July, the biggest news came from a paramedic who first treated exceptionally minor scratches and bruises on cops than rush to the brutalized, dying vict ... More >>
When Costa Mesa Police and Fire personnel reached a 28-year-old man who'd hung himself by a tree in the Talbert Regional Park Preserve last Saturday night, there was still a chance to save him. Though "lifeless," the unidentified homeless man was still "warm to the touch," according to police Lt. ... More >>
Dr. CheungA California Court of Appeal has upheld a jury decision against a Newport Beach doctor whose botched interpretation of a computerized tomography (CT) scan led to the unnecessary death of an 85-year-old woman at Hoag Hospital in 2009.The 16-page ruling decision announced Jan. 4, the thre ... More >>
The coast has been under a high surf advisory since 7 a.m. today, but a rip current already claimed the life of a man in Huntington Beach.William Griffith, 26, was swept out to sea late Monday afternoon when he tried to save a friend fighting the rip currents. Griffith's body was recovered by res ... 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 >>
An incident from Ladera Ranch last week brings to mind the young Florida mom who was busted last year for posting a photo on Facebook of her baby appearing to smoke from a bong.Only, in the latest case, the toddler actually did consume something.No, not the pot in the bowl. The bongwater.Yeccch!
The Medical Board of California publicly reprimanded a local emergency room doctor last week for negligent acts committed several years ago. In 2006, Dr. Thomas Elgin was the attending emergency room doctor at Orange Coast Memorial Hospital when a 48-year-old man was admitted with chest pai ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Rescued from a train-track surprise attack.
Trees are good for the environment, but bad in other ways.Update, December 30, 7:00 a.m.: Details are starting to come forward about the young Fullerton male who died from a snowboarding accident. Authorities are saying that when the 24-year-old collided with trees, he was not wearing a helmet.  ... More >>
Unauthorized immigrants make up just more than 3 percent of the U.S. population. But they're accused of sucking up public benefits and dodging taxes
Christopher Victorio/SF Weekly UPDATE (Oct. 5, 2:04 p.m.):We just got word from Hoag Hospital Irvine that the man did survive and is now OK.UPDATE (Oct. 5, 1:20 p.m.): Here's a statement from Matt Curto, the general manager of Verizon Wireless Amphitheater:"The on site medical team was dispatche ... More >>
Seal Beach Police Dept.Linda WilbornAnyone been following the case of the goofy-ass couple living on the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station?Make that alleged goofy-ass couple: the police report suggests Derrick and Linda Wilborn allegedly held conversations with God and neglected their four, starv ... More >>
House of Blues
What began as a routine traffic stop Wednesday ended with the arrest of a 78-year-old Garden Grove man for allegedly battering a much younger police officer--an attack the cops say included grandpa kicking the patrolman in the nuts. Twice!
Courtesy of Garden Grove Police DepartmentLae ThongphunA Long Beach man has been arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse following Friday's death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in Garden Grove.Lae Thongphun, 27, was detained after Garden Grove police officers and paramedics had arrived sh ... More >>
First of all, I love Hamamori. I love it for all its exorbitant, creative, luxurious food. But as I walked past it today (on my way to Macy's Home at South Coast's Crystal Court), three uniformed paramedics** came out of the restaurant, carrying their equipment. "Someone must have just&n ... More >>
This is something interesting I just learned from the Orange County Health Care Agency web site: "(1)The California Healthcare for Indigents Program (CHIP) is funded through surtax on cigarettes and tobacco products. CHIP provides funding to hospitals, physicians, and community clinics based on unc ... More >>
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5/22/07: A tsunami of illegal aliens is sweeping into our country, crowding our classrooms, closing our hospital emergency rooms, unleashing violent crime, and driving down wages. This is not theory. It is a harsh, threateni ... More >>
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I didn't get what I wanted for Christmas, and now you're gonna pay!
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