A 48-year-old Huntington Beach man who has contributed thousands of dollars over the years to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) pleaded guilty to failing to report to the IRS millions his company made serving the U.S. military at Baghdad International Airport. Nadim "Nick" Saifan Jr. used h ... More >>
Chances are you know Mike Catherwood (a.k.a. Psycho Mike) best from "The Kevin & Bean show" on KROQ. Or you know him from "Loveline," "Dancing With the Stars," or maybe even from when he filled in on "Live With Regis and Kelly." All over Southern California, we all know and love Psycho Mike from som ... 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 >>
The owner of a Costa Mesa dealership specializing in Audi Spyder, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls Royce and other high-end luxury cars is accused of embezzling $3 million from those buying and selling vehicles at his business.Farhad Ebadat, the 37-year-old operator ... More >>
Don't know if you saw this last month, but it mentions how a Ferrari and Maserati dealership moved out in my 'hood (to across the street from OC Weekly World HQ) and was promptly replaced by a Lamborghini dealer.Jenna Jameson Drives Stolen Maserati: SuitThough most cars on the lot at 1425 W. Baker S ... More >>
The state appellate court has upheld the conviction of Jeffrey David Kirby, the Costa Mesa drunken driver who plowed his Porsche into a Ferrari driven by Charles "Mask" Lewis Jr. in Newport Beach in 2009, killing the Huntington Beach co-founder of the Tapout MMA clothing brand.Kirby argued in his ap ... More >>
One good federal prosecution of an Irvine swindler . . .Richard H. Nickles Gets 12 Years in Federal Pokey for Brazen Ponzi Scam That Took Seniors. . . deserves another: United States District Judge Andrew J. Guilford in Santa Ana has sentenced Jeanne Rowzee, 53, of Irvine, to 87 months in federal p ... More >>
Anja Van Herle's show at JoAnne Artman Gallery makes us want to rock
UPDATE, MARCH 12, 3:21 P.M.: As promised, the trailer for the upcoming documentary on Charles "Mask" Lewis, the late Huntington Beach co-founder of the TapouT MMA clothing brand, was released Sunday.Check after the jump to get a peek.
Score one for the men! Simon Barney, hubby No. 2 for Real Housewife Tamra Barney, won't have to pay spousal or child support, according to their divorce settlement.They've also been ordered to be nice to each other.
Michael AlexanderNewport Beach investor Mike Alexander was portrayed as hero a few years back for acquiring and planning to rehabilitate hundreds of foreclosed residences in Detroit. Now that many similar deals have turned to merde in Cleveland, he is being portrayed as a scam artist who once wen ... More >>
[Checking In On . . .] . . . The country-tinged indie-pop group from Huntington Beach
Photo by John GilhooleyYou just recovered the mittens you stored away last season from the deepest part of your coat closet. Last night, you wore socks to bed because you didn't want your toes to lose feeling again. The heater's being used for the first time this year, and it still hasn't cooked ... More >>
Stealing from the rich to . . . oh, whatever. Funny is the message in this Ben Stiller flick
Travels with OC potrepreneur B. Lucky to California's marijuana breadbasket
First, the criminal courts dealt with the taken life of TapouT co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis Jr. Then, the civil courts dealt with the multi-millionaire MMA clothier's taken estate. Now, a court in San Bernardino is dealing with the Huntington Beach man's taken ashes.Will this dude ever get to ... More >>
Nicole Schneit expands her band's horizons while staying true to her indie-pop aesthetic
Jeffrey KirbyUPDATE, FEB. 4, 1:09 P.M.: Second-time drunken driver Jeffrey David Kirby, 53, of Costa Mesa, was sentenced today to nine years in state prison for causing the crash that killed Charles "Mask" David Lewis, Jr., the co-founder of the Huntington Beach-based mixed-martial arts clothin ... More >>
From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to 'Somewhere'
Celebrity living has its downside in 'Somewhere'
Jeffrey KirbyUpdate, December 10, 1:39 p.m.: Earlier this week, second-time drunken driver Jeffrey David Kirby, 53, of Costa Mesa was convicted of killing Charles "Mask" David Lewis, Jr., the co-founder of the Huntington Beach-based mixed-martial arts clothing company TapouT. You've read that Le ... More >>
The trial for the man accused of killing Charles Lewis Jr., the 45-year-old Huntington Beach resident better known as mixed-martial arts clothing company TapouT's co-founder "Mask," is scheduled to begin Monday morning in Santa Ana, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced.Jeffrey ... More >>
Jury selection is scheduled to begin this morning in Judge Richard F. Toohey's Santa Ana courtroom in the vehicular manslaughter case against the driver of a 1977 Porsche that crashed with a red Ferrari shortly before 1 a.m. on March 11, 2009, on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach.The high-performan ... More >>
Edwin GoeiWe continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy! #33. Sweet Corn Soup at Raya at The Ritz Carlton In a recent review of Raya at the Ritz I said that the sweet corn sou ... More >>
Raya chef Richard Sandoval dares to go there
James Halstead, off to do a dime.Sure, James Halstead was sentenced last night to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a Ponzi scheme that took in more than $61 million before it crashed and caused around 140 investors to suffer more than $20 million in losses.But, a ... More >>
"Futuristic concept cars, eye-popping exotics, pre-production models, interactive ride and drives and the latest alternative fuel options" are promised at the OC Auto Show, which opens for a four-day run at Anaheim Convention Center this afternoon. Swell. When will our flying Jetsons cars roll ... More >>
Motorcycle insurance is a strange and fickle beast.The range of rates between Company A and Company B is absurd. One friend who rides says that it seems as if providers take your information, scientifically calculate all your potential risk factors, add in the amount of coverage you want--a ... More >>
Orange County Register: It's all cars, all the time! The driver killed in the early morning Newport Beach crash that severed and mangled a $140,000 '04 Ferrari is identified as "Mask," Huntington Beach's 45-year-old mixed-martial arts promoter and TapouT clothing company founder Cha ... More >>
Orange County Register: Former Rams kicker Tony Zendejas was found not guilty of raping and sodomizing a woman in a hotel room after allegedly drugging her at his San Dimas restaurant. . . . OC Watchdog has the scoop on Orange County's 14 lawmakers in the State Legislature receiving nearly ... More >>
Fast cars, naked women: Ed Dellis loves his work
A U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has refused Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s demand to dismiss a First Amendment complaint filed by former Carona challenger, ex-sheriff’s Lt. William Hunt, according to a press release issued this morning by Silver, Hadden, Silver, Wexler & Levine. Hunt attorne ... More >>
Orange County falls deeper into the infamous Malibu Ferrari crash
Menage a trois con game earns criminal sex kitten and her frisky boyfriend stiff prison terms
VA Tech murders give OC Sheriff pal excuse
At the insistence of John Barnett, OC 's legendary defense lawyer, a San Bernardino County judge refused to allow opening statements Monday in the jury trial of Raymond K. Yi, a former OC reserve deputy who faces six felony charges for a 2005 gun-related temper tantrum on a golf course. Barnett, fa ... More >>
Movies! Rides! Movies! Rides!
Night of the Ladyboys: How the A-list have fallen
Irvines Saleen store makes its qualifying run
April 26 - May 2
Like the rest of Southern California, the western hemisphere and the Free World, this Imitation NASCAR Sportswatch has been fascinated by the case of the rare Ferrari Enzo that crashed in Malibu a couple months back. Suspected driver Bo Stefan M. Eriksson hasn't even gone to court yet, and this thin ... More >>
Mercedes wins one
John Machado, Orange County Drum & Percussion
Christopher Nolans Batman begins with flesh and bone
Josh Slocums by any other name . . .