The Weekly has stumbled upon Orange County's next MacArthur genius grant recipients: They are the fellows who called Huntington Beach Police for help Monday night, explaining they were being chased by the owner of a truck they had just dumped paint over while out vandalizing random vehicles.
UPDATE, NOV. 11, 7:03 A.M.: More than two weeks after a Los Angeles police officer was arrested for allegedly flashing and cranking his junk to horrified passersby on a nature trail, the Huntington Beach Police Department has released his booking photo. But authorities have an explanation for the de ... More >>
So much for Randy Orbach's redemption song (allegedly). The parolee and subject of a Weekly cover story in March has been arrested on suspicion of making illegal contact with the ex-girlfriend whose complaints of being harassed sent Orbach to prison in March 2010.
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the grandmother being charged with child stealing. Update No. 1 is on the Amber Alert for the child being deactivated. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 7:17 P.M.: An Amber Alert has been declared for a six-month-old girl who is believed to have been abducted by her ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with findings from yet another OCDA letter By Taco Tuesday, the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office already put out four investigation letters. Two of them dealt with officer-involved shootings; the others looked into the circumstances surrounding ... More >>
The Huntington Beach Police Department did nothing to prevent a 17-year-old boy from committing suicide even though officers knew where he lived and knew he'd posted on social media that he was about to kill himself, alleges a suit his parents filed against the city. Matthew Cline shot himself in t ... More >>
Update No. 4 on Page 2 has the charges and possible prison time facing (first name corrected) Matthew Andrew Linville. Update No. 3 at the bottom of the next page is on why police suspect him. Update No. 2 is on the 19-year-old's arrest. Update No. 1 is on a groper having apparently struck twice at ... More >>
Another weekend, another suspect fatally shot by an officer with an Orange County law enforcement agency. Saturday morning it was the late Eric Marquez, 26, of Orange, who was shot and killed after he and another man ran away from a vehicle stopped by Huntington Beach Police.
When Huntington Beach Police revealed Tuesday that Illario Niko Johnson had been eliminated as the vandal suspected of smashing a Main Street bike store window with a stop sign, officers added something curious: Just because the Chino 18-year-old was not the bearded man from witness cell phone video ... More >>
Has the name and address of one of the most notorious Huntington Beach riot vandals been handed to police through Facebook? And could another alleged vandal, who isn't even facing the most serious criminal charges from the incident, be looking at three years in state prison?
See Update No. 5 on Page 4 with the police chief saying more vandals have been identified and will soon be arrested as his department releases the names and charges against those already arrested. Update No. 4 at the bottom of Page 3 is on the U.S. Open of Surfing organizer being "saddened" by the r ... More >>
A Huntington Beach man is guilty of raping a 4-year-old female relative he was babysitting. Due to the felony counts Gordon Ray Bodkin was convicted of and a prior strike for residential burglary in 2009, the 47-year-old could be sentenced to 55 years to life in state prison at a scheduled Aug. 30 ... More >>
It's not a holiday weekend nor days of non-holiday celebrating like the ones for ol' St. Patrick, but cops will nonetheless be out in force with DUI checkpoints and other enforcement operations aimed at removing boozy and druggy drivers from roads.These kick off tonight with sobriety stops in Santa ... More >>
See Update No. 4 on page 2 with the deceased's rap sheet and a photo of his replica handgun.See Update Nos. 1-3 on the next page with a police statement providing more details, Register readers contrasting this shooting with the one that sparked riots in Anaheim and the name and age of the dead man. ... More >>
See the update on page 2 where a source claims to know the peeping tom (and it's not the star of Louis).ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 21, 11:42 A.M.: Louis C.K., who has experienced a career renaissance with his excellent FX comedy series, live performance DVDs and assorted online videos, really looks the p ... More >>
Which would you choose: finish eighth in a 12-candidate race for three city council seats or plead guilty to driving drunk?Huntington Beach Planning Commissioner Tim Ryan does not have to make that Sophie's choice as he's now experienced both.
See the update at the end of this post identifying the deceased as Heather K. Tuiolosega.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 29, 4:39 P.M.: Huntington Beach Police responding to a call of a possible suicide arrived at 15555 Huntington Village Lane this morning to find a woman who had been murdered, according to the ... More >>
William Scott Spalding, the 47-year-old Irvine "gemologist" and "movie producer" who conned a single Huntington Beach mom out of $280,000 in a fake gold investment scam, pleaded guilty to a laundry list of charges today and was promptly sentenced to 10 years in state prison.He was also ordered to pa ... More >>
A prevy stooge who fell for Huntington Beach Police's oft-used and -publicized sting involving a decoy who poses as a 13-year-old girl online cut a plea deal with the judge that will have him spending another three or four months behind bars to go with months he has already spent in jail. Oscar Zamo ... More >>
See update No. 3 at end of this post about the murder charge against Alexandre Louis Antal.See update No. 2 about Antal being arrested for the murder of Michael Vito Urso.See update No. 1 about the victim's name being released. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 17, 8:25 A.M.: Just after midnight, Huntington ... More >>
Onetime SpongeBob SquarePants illustrator Todd White and a former Huntington Beach gallery owner have reportedly settled the gallerist's lawsuit and the internationally renown artist's counter-suit over her accusations he sicced ninjas on her in August 2011.The art world has been closely watching th ... More >>
Lucy Dunn is a longtime punching bag around the Weekly for her presidency of the county taxpayer fund-sucking Orange County Business Council and, going way back, being the local face of home development next to the ecologically sensitive Bolsa Chica wetlands.But it was Dunn's role as a California t ... More >>
"Citizen complaints" about an increase in Surf City massage parlors led the fire, police and code enforcement departments to inspect 20 establishments and issue more than 70 violation notices that could shut down up to three suspected rub 'n' tug joints, according to the Huntington Beach Police Face ... More >>
"West Coast Detox and Treatment was created to provide a safe place in which recovery from alcohol and drug addiction could take place," reads the Huntington Beach rehab's home page.Tell that to Jason Redmer.The San Juan Capistrano 28-year-old was found dead Monday morning at the facility housed in ... More >>
After Huntington Beach police gang unit officers made a traffic stop in Westminster that resulted in John Andrew Torres, 26, of Fullerton, and Erick Catalan, 20, of Long Beach, being shot dead Nov. 1, 2011, "official" explanations for the police engagement kept changing.That's the kind of thing that ... More >>
Former Long Beach Fire Capt. John David Hines--who was looking at a suspended four-year prison sentence in exchange for paying fines and spending five years on probation and a year in a pay-to-stay jail cell for driving drunk and mowing down a cyclist--now has serve the full ride because he got m ... More >>
It was easy to lose amid all the serial killer coverage, but late last week serial rapist James Ernest Bledsoe, 30, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced to 129 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting four women in his apartment and surreptitiously videotaping the rapes without the v ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 13, 1:16 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office today announced that Oscar Zamora Pinedo faces charges that could have him spending up to six years in state prison for allegedly arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.What the Santa Ana 35-year-old did not know was t ... More >>
Having been referred to as human waste, I can sympathize with the former 44-year-old man from Artesia found in Rainbow Disposal's green waste transfer site in Huntington Beach Tuesday afternoon.How he got there--beyond, hopefully, being first placed in the proper-colored bin dedicated to organic ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 10, 9:56 A.M.: Third-strike parolee Ean Keith Brown is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana this morning for the strangulation murder of Dolores "Arias" Fagan, who was visiting relatives who live in the same Huntington Beach neighborhood as the defendant when she went missing and l ... More >>
There was a lot to hate about 2011 as a whole.And, there are still nine days left for December to make a case for changing my mind about which was the worst month in Orange County this year.But, from my perch on this ivory tower I call "couch," I'm ready to proclaim October 2011 as the nastiest m ... More >>
FacebookUPDATE, DEC. 19, 9:05 A.M.: The owner of a Huntington Beach mobile home declined to speak with the Weekly on the record as he pursues legal remedies, but a Facebook page has been set up in memory of his late 3-year-old pit bull Cupid, who was shot to death by police on Dec. 8. "This page ... More >>
On several Fridays this year, we've presented the Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week.But what about the Ugliest Police Mugshots of the Year?Glad you asked.After the jump are the 10 ugliest of the ugliest, which were mostly culled from our semi-weekly selection, although we also tossed in some oth ... More >>
Church pastor Christopher Raymond Olague pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week to molesting an 8-year-old girl who was allegedly paid $40 not to say anything about being victimized and having child pornography on his computer that included a 6-year-old female relative. At the time of O ... More >>
Huntington Beach City Council members had a couple interesting claims against the city worth discussing in closed session this week.One involves a woman who alleges a city police officer threw her to the ground while breaking up a fight. Her paperwork only indicates she is seeking more than $10,0 ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 28, 2:54 P.M.: And the answer is . . . he jumped. According to Huntington Beach Police Lt. Russ Reinhart, Surf City cops believe a 27-year-old Garden Grove resident jumped from the Huntington Beach Pier late Tuesday night and did not fall. Asked if it was a suicide attempt, Reinhart ... More >>
In some Irish (or Irish-themed) pubs, it's news when at least one patron doesn't leave with a cut-up face before closing time. That's what happened to an unidentified man of undisclosed age early Monday at Killarney's Pub on Main Street in Huntington Beach: a patron smashed a drinking glass into ... More >>
Huntington Beach Police have routinely busted men through the use of officers posing as children on the Internet. The latest is 52-year-old David Brian White, who was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography.
UPDATE: With the release of a statement on the charges and other assorted details, this case is officially weird. We're talking love triangles, the botched return of a stolen cell phone and a fold-up knife hidden in a murder suspect's vagina. Needless to say, new info throughout. Jealousy may hav ... More >>
View Larger Map Okay, so this one hasn't been deemed a murder yet, but Joel Edwardo Sanchez, 17, of Los Angeles, was pronounced dead at Beach Boulevard south of Slater Avenue in Huntington Beach sometime after 7 p.m. Friday after being pushed or punched out of a car and into the path of another movi ... More >>
Orange County Register: Yvonne Pampellonne--who it must be noted, based on her DMV mugshot, "That's a man, baby"--is wanted by Huntington Beach Police for grand theft fake boobies. Okay, technically the 30-year-old is accused in a $20,000 arrest warrant of stealing another woman's id ... More >>
This is not a look back at disgraced Sheriff Mike Carona, the Little Sheriff, the Debs, the Little Debbie Snack, the Freeway Complex Fire, Rick Warren, Wiley Drake, any lantern-jawed preacher with the last name of Schuller, pedo-priests, the 241 toll road extension, Proposition 8, fluctuating gasol ... More >>
Cops around here have developed a nasty habit: bogarting joints. That is, they illegally confiscate medical marijuana, get dragged into court for violating state law, lollygag in chambers for years, and have the local verdict kicked up to appellate court, where they ultimately lose and have to give ... More >>
When we last spoke to "Lucky" John Domingue, the subject of this week's story Tough as Nails , he was hoping his days of fearing the Huntington Beach Police were finished. Domingue, a street performer whose main trick involves pounding a nail into his nose, says the HBPD has harassed him nearly eve ... More >>
Investigation sparked by Weekly culminates with 18 counts against ex-Surf City Mayor Houchen
Register naps on Houchen story, then takes credit for her resignation
Jury verdict contradicts official version of Surf City cop shooting