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 >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the burned man and giving his condition.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 25, 10:13 A.M.: There's already a fake reality show (aren't they all?) called Burning Love (hilarious!) on Yahoo and the E! channel, so a fellow who walked into a Costa Mesa nail salon Sun ... More >>
The Costa Mesa Police Department says its running a sobriety checkpoint but--surprise, surprise--as is norm for that particular cop shop, they aren't saying where it will be.So maybe drive around until you find it?They are saying when it will be . . .
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 11:58 A.M.: If you believe sobriety checkpoints cost cities too much for the inconvenience and scant arrests they generate, the Costa Mesa Police Department counters with this: you're wrong.Funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway ... More >>
Ronald Lee BrockwayA 51-year-old Seal Beach bail bondsman tied to ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona's corrupt inner circle was convicted and sentenced to jail time Thursday for his role in an illegal bail-bond-referral scheme that handed Orange County Jail inmates business cards that read, "Ge ... More >>
media pool photographStill can't accept that no means noThis afternoon justices at the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana denied a formal request to second guess their recent decision to uphold the convictions of three men found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious minor in Cor ... More >>
Sheriff's Lawyer Pal Going to the Slammer: Somehow defense attorney Joe Cavallo—indicted Sheriff Michael S. Carona’s longtime drinking buddy—was able to operate a bail bonds scheme inside Carona’s jail. Hmmm. Wonder how that happened. Any ideas Mikey? Anyhow, yesterday Cavallo (pictured) be ... More >>
Moxley called it: Last night, the Los Angeles Times reported that OC Sheriff Mike Carona had been indicted on federal corruption charges. If you haven't already, read R.Scott Moxley's post on the subject, with links to his ballsy coverage of the official over the years. Note: The indictment is unde ... More >>
Last year, an Orange County jury convicted three young men for the 2002 videotaped rape and molestation of an unconscious 16-year-old girl on a pool table in a Newport Beach garage. The case made national headlines not just because the drunk men laughed as they repeatedly shoved a Snapple bottle, ap ... More >>
Joseph G. Cavallo grew up poor in tough New Jersey neighborhoods, graduated from law school, made himself nationally famous as a California criminal-defense lawyer who earned millions of dollars. He owns an Orange County mansion, a small Caribbean island and a fleet of luxury cars Mike Tyson would e ... More >>
Matt Coker, our beloved ex-colleague who is now editor at the Sacramento News & Review, couldn't hide his contempt for MTV's world-(in)famous Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. I'd swear his right eye would uncontrollably twitch at the mention of it.
The last season of MTV's Laguna Beach: The Re ... More >>