On the surface, Fullerton seems like a slice of suburban utopia, with its nice schools, a quaint-by-day, lively-by-night downtown and sublime nature trails. But as those who live in the city and nearby know, problems are a'plenty in the town. The issue of homelessness in Fullerton became national n ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with police identifying the dead man as Simon Buckles, 27, of Anaheim, and details culled from social media and the fellow's brother.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 13, 11:49 A.M.: A man who assaulted his boss at a Fullerton clothing manufacturer and later returned with a ... More >>
A homeless man was sentenced today to 26 years to life in state prison for the beating murder of another transient with a piece of wood.A jury on Feb. 13 convicted Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 38, of murdering Andrew Petrusiak and found true a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weap ... More >>
You seen Change.org mentioned on this site for various petition drives, from those calling for the firing or reprimanding of all six Fullerton Police officers involved in the Kelly Thomas murder to a Seal Beach massacre victim's husband seeking tighter gun control law--to even a plea for gender-neut ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about the arrest of a third person in the police officer shooting.See Update No. 1 on the next page about the charges against and recent attempted-murder acquittal of the suspected gunman.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 18, 9 A.M.: A seven-year Fullerton Police Department veteran sho ... More >>
There are few solid metal venues in OC where you can rely on brake-neck riffs and top notch brutality, on a weekly basis. And even though we knew it wouldn't last forever, it saddened us yesterday to get confirmation that Slidebar is ending its weekly Metal Mondays showcases following another brawl ... More >>
Trial is scheduled to begin today for a homeless man accused of murdering another homeless man by conking him on the head with a piece of wood.Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 39, is charged with felony murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon that could fetch him up to ... More >>
The multi-agency "Avoid the 38" Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.Exact intersections were not revealed.
A caregiver is accused of stealing from eight elderly people--ages 75 to 92--credit cards, financial information and jewelry that included a 1958 Milwaukee Braves National League championship ring and matching brooch given to wives of ballplayers.As we try to figure out which former major leag ... More >>
Fullerton Police officer Ben Lear appeared on KFI this afternoon and accused Acting Chief Dan Hughes of a cover up in the immediate aftermath of the Kelly Thomas killing. Lear, a 17-year veteran of the city's embattled force, has been on paid leave since circulating an email critical of Ca ... More >>
I'd heard that a photographer had been arrested for sending sexy texts to two teen girls he'd met on the street and asked to model for him, but I resisted writing about it.Then I saw his smirky police mugshot at right, and I resisted writing about it.But, goddamn, when I learned his name is Coopy Bo ... More >>
Child molesters, Shaheen Sadeghi, serial killers, Dana Rohrabacher and so many more!
Send in the clown . . . so he may be sent to prison for 10 years for admitting to raping a 12-year-old girl.That's the sentence an Orange County Superior Court judge ordered Wednesday for Jose Guadalupe Jimenez right after the professional clown known as "El Tin Marin" pleaded guilty to, in full clo ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on ex-Officer Joe Wolfe being arraigned today on manslaughter and excessive-force charges.See Update No. 1 on a media report that the Grand Jury will convene to decide whether or not to indict a third officer involved in the Kelly Thomas beating.We don't know ... More >>
Dan Hughes, Fullerton's acting chief of police, delivered a statement last night to the city council, effectively clearing mentally ill homeless Kelly Thomas of wrongdoing before cops beat him to death on July 5, 2011. "There is no evidence, of which the Fullerton Police Department is now ... More >>
Anaheim 23-year-old Raul Barrientos was convicted Monday of raping and sexually assaulting a woman with severe mental and physical disabilities in a Fullerton College men's restroom.After pleading guilty to two felony counts of forcible digital penetration and one felony count each of forcible rap ... More >>
While friends and family of Kelly Thomas mourned the one-year anniversary of his brutal beating death at the hands of Fullerton Police at the bus depot on Thursday night, the Slidebar Cafe hid behind a mysterious black curtain.Perhaps they wanted to shield themselves from the sorrowful sobs and crie ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post identifying murder victim Daniel Rowlett, 67, and disclosing suspect Felipe Jesus Delgado is also wanted for murder in Santa Cruz County.See Update No. 1 on next page about the murder arrest of Anaheim 21-year-old Delgado, who police initially identified by h ... More >>
See also:*Poop Drummer Steven Pratt Died in Bloody Altercation, Second Man in the Hospital With Serious InjuriesAn arrest was made following the murder of drummer Steven Pratt of Fullerton band Poop, who was beaten to death on Tuesday during an altercation at a Fullerton rehearsal studio. Poop's Bas ... More >>
After months of denials and ridiculing the OC Weekly and others, Slidebar owner Jeremy Popoff finally admitted on KFI's John and Ken Show that one of his employees did, in fact, call police the night Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten by six Fullerton Police officers to death.Good job, Jeremy!
UPDATE, MAY 16, 1:28 P.M.: The Fullerton Police Department's booking photo for Diego Alejandro Figueroa has been released. The 22-year-old was one of two suspected gang members in a stolen pickup that led police on a high-speed chase and crashed before Figueroa's partner, according to cops, opened f ... More >>
And the bad news just keeps rolling in for the Fullerton Police Department. Today the Orange County District Attorney's Office charged 41-year-old former FPD officer Thomas Mater with one misdemeanor count of destroying evidence relevant to the in-custody death of Dean Gochenour. On April 1 ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 24, 9:21 A.M.: A memorial for Sgt. Manuel "Manny" Levi Loggins Jr., the Marine shot to death by a sheriff's deputy, is scheduled this afternoon at Camp Pendleton.However, the public and media are not invited to the service in the camp's chapel, at the request of the Loggins family, t ... More >>
A week after the Weekly reported that local business Bob's Towing had sued the Fullerton Police department for harassment, the department fired back with a salvo of its own. Tuesday's city council meeting saw the embattled department unveiling a nearly 600 page report detailing a year-long ... More >>
[Mental Notes] What does this have to do with the Kelly Thomas case?
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The body count is piling up in Orange County this last month of 2011, with some slayings so awful they made the following compilation of the 11 most ucked fup murder scenes of the year.Please note that this will also be my last list of 2011 that includes the Salon Meritage massacre. As much as I ... More >>
For most drunks, there's nothing remarkable about getting banned from a downtown Fullerton bar. Shit, stroll along Harbor on Friday between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m., and you'll see sidewalks teeming with wayward boozers, some spilling urine and other bodily fluids along the planters. But ... More >>
Mary may be the mother of God, but the Fullerton Police don't care. That's according to a local resident who said an annual neighborhood event to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mary's mestizo manifestation was rudely crashed by beat cops just after midnight on Monday morning.Carmen Medellin ... More >>
You can imagine Raul Barrientos telling a lady, "Look into my bedroom eyes, liebchen, and I will take you places you've never been before." But the Anaheim 22-year-old has a pre-trial hearing scheduled this morning tied to something more disgusting than that line: raping a young woman with sever ... More >>
A 4-year-old boy took his mother's car on a wild ride through nearly a mile of Fullerton Thursday afternoon, sideswiping another vehicle, crossing into oncoming traffic and rolling the car before slamming into trees.The unidentified child suffered minor to moderate injuries after the crash aro ... More >>
At a council meeting in Fullerton last week, a man said he thought the "flood gates" of complaints against the police department had only just started. Well, it looks like he might be right.A 23-year-old Fullerton College student was allegedly arrested on false charges of public drunkenness ... More >>
Per the request of his doctor, the city has again extended Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers' medical leave. Sellers first went on leave in August, in the wake of sharp criticism for how he handled the department after the July 5 beating of Kelly Thomas. In September, Sellers' doctor as ... More >>
After next week, the two Fullerton officers charged in the Kelly Thomas beating death won't be getting paid. Kevin Hamilton, Fullerton's acting police chief, announced today his intention to put Cpl. Jay Cicinelli and Officer Manuel Ramos on unpaid administrative leave on Oct. 8.In a written ... More >>
A 21-year-old Fullerton woman has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in a deal with prosecutors that removes a murder count for drowning her newborn boy in a toilet and hiding his body in a bedroom trash can.Yanira Bernice Valderrama also admitted to a sentencing enhancement of inflicting gre ... More >>
In the wake of Tony Rackauckas' decision to charge two on-duty policemen in the beating death of Kelly Thomas last week, families of two unarmed men who were fatally shot by Long Beach police officers within the past year are asking Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley to follow suit.Long B ... More >>
Ed CarrascoFullerton Acting Police Chief Kevin HamiltonIn response to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' announcement of a second-degree murder charge against Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos and an involuntary manslaughter charge against Corporal Jay Cicinelli in the death of ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 10, 6:27 P.M.: Fullerton police officers have had little to no presence at the Kelly Thomas protests outside their building for the past several weeks. Today, however, they stepped up enforcement and issued citations to three motorists who honked as they drove past the protest. ... More >>
Ed CarrascoA protester goes right up to the door of the Fullerton Police Department.UPDATE, AUGUST 8, 1:07 P.M.: After most of the crowd had left for the day, the remaining 100 or so protesters congregated directly outside the Fullerton Police Department and the tone of the protest intens ... More >>
VillagaraUPDATE, AUG. 5, 4:26 P.M.: Update written by Marisa Gerber.Hector Villagara is no stranger to Orange County. Before he took on his current role as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California, he worked in the ACLU's Orange County office.It was h ... More >>
Courtesy of FPDSergio Camacho GonzalezUPDATE, MARCH 25, 10:20 A.M.: The Fullerton Police Department (FPD) announced an arrest has been made in the September 2010 murder of Andrew Petrusiak, who was also known as Andrew Pieatrucat.Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 36, is accused of beating 56-year-old Petr ... More >>
UPDATE: Three more girls have come forward to allege the suspect exposed himself to them (see end of post) . . . A 21-year-old Anaheim man has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself to at least nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 over the last two months.
UPDATE: The victim is identified (see end of post) . . . Fullerton Police were called the morning of Sept. 27 about the body of a man found in the alley of an industrial area, in the 1800 block of West Commonwealth Avenue between Brookhurst Road and Gilbert Street.
We told you last month that the attorney for Andrew Thomas Gallo, the 23-year-old San Gabriel resident facing murder charges in the crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others last year, filed a motion to move the trial out of Orange County."I'm confident a fair jury can be se ... More >>
UPDATE: See video at end of post . . .Fullerton Police have released a photo captured on surveillance video from a CVS Pharmacy of a young man who went on to thrust his pelvis into the buttocks of a female shopper.From the photo, he appears to be 18 to 21, while police say the victim ... More >>
Faces of Andrew Thomas GalloThe attorney for Andrew Thomas Gallo, the 23-year-old San Gabriel resident facing second-degree murder and other charges in the crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others, has filed a motion to move the trial out of Orange County.
UPDATE: Orange County District Attorney lays out the charges against young mother on eve of her arraignment (details at end of post) . . . Wikipedia CommonsA young mother who told her parents she was not feeling well was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined she had just given birth ... More >>
There has been much recent media coverage about a recent attack by Fullerton's longstanding Tokers Town gang against the Rev. Willie Holmes and his storefront Majesty Christian Fellowship church in their hood. Marches, arrests, and much other hullaballoo. Having a much different perspective on the a ... More >>
Horny males across Orange County are weeping with news that a man made off with a vibrating plastic replica of porn star Jenna Jameson's vagina (retail price: $250) from Fullerton's Erogenous Zone on April 15. Respectable news organizations only opaquely refer to what exactly did the booty bandit ... More >>