Mark Basseley Nakoula, the Cerritos conman who lived in Orange County and has gone by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, Sam Bacile and several other aliases, was sentenced to a year in prison today for violating his probation.What's the big whoop? Well, he should be punished for crimes against humanit for m ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on the arrest of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. See Update No. 1 on a Santa Ana nonprofit fearing the film is backfiring on Christians in Egypt and Libya and more OC ties for the film's consultant.
ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 13, 7 A.M.: The mystery of how Sam Bacile came to be attached to Ora ... More >>
After all that has been said and done, I gotta say that the jury is still out on whether Arte Moreno is the best owner your Anaheim Angels could have. Yes, he's spent hundreds of millions of dollars on marquee free agents...yet the Halos haven't been to the World Series since he bought the team back ... More >>
We here in one of the least-respected professions in America talk often
about the "news hook" when kicking around story ideas. It's a term
pregnant with high-minded concern for the readers and why a story matters. Or, it's a way to justify writing about crap we personally find interesting.
But th ... More >>
Has your grandmother ever gotten annoying telephone calls that mention R & B hits-stealing, Christian Right-lovin' Pat Boone and the wonders of a bathtub specifically designed for the elderly? Informercials for the Safe Step Tub feature the aging spokesman who is heard benevolently asking " ... More >>
As the Church of Scientology was stalling the opening of their new Ideal Org in downtown Santa Ana, they told me the media would be alerted about the big debut. I never got the memo.But if I did, it likely would've said, "You're not welcomed."That was the message I got Saturday when I walked three f ... More >>
She received a cease and desist order. Laguna Beach resident Susan Elliott said she's among those whose efforts to combat alleged abuses in the Church of Scientology have been met with spy tactics and harassment at her doorstep.
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 >>
Why is your kid still huffing lead and other nasty toxins in your low-income housing unit despite the federal government having already sent your Orange County city funds to remedy the hazard?Blame Belinda Exon. The president of Rehab
Financial Services, Inc., a now-defunct Huntington Beach comp ... More >>
There's no Orange County angle here, but this story is simply too 909, er funny, not to pass along. On Monday, a Riverside County drug task force raided a suspected pot farm in Hemet. No, the fact they actually have time to do go after marijuana cases with all the meth labs out there isn't the we ... More >>
Recognize the guy on the right? The FBI and several Southern California law-enforcement agencies would love ever so much to know who he is, as he has been linked to seven bank
robberies in the region since August 2009.His last hit was the Jan. 15 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Long Beach. He's ... More >>
Boilerplate quake graph.Originally posted July 7 at 5:09 p.m. Updated at 5:34 with damage survey, see bottom of postNo, that wasn't you having a meth flashback. Yes, the ground was shaking. The US Geological Survey says that a 5.4 quake centered near Borrego Springs--inland from Orange County--ha ... More >>
Jaelyne Jacsen was known publicly as a single mother with two kids, working to earn a degree from Cal State Fullerton and speaking out against domestic violence. So, it was shocking in November when the 49-year-old was arrested outside her Victorville home for allegedly stealing $6,500 in
public ... More >>
Facebook.com/Make-city-of-Santa-Ana-a-sanctuary-cityPretty soon, you may be able to stand on the Santa Ana-Costa Mesa border and place one foot in a so-called "sanctuary city" and the other in a so-called "rule of law city."A new Facebook group has formed in support of making Santa Ana a sanctuar ... More >>
A government corruption and money laundering case that includes among more than a dozen defendants a former vice president of operations with three of Orange County's biggest development companies--the Mission Viejo Co., the Irvine Co. and Arnel Development--is growing like the waist ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--actually the Weekly's TWO weekly round-up as an attempt is made to make up for lost vacation time.Left courtesy of E! Entertainment, right courtesy of Orange Police DepartmentRyan Seacrest (left) gets paid another visit from his No. 1 Army spe ... More >>
The 241 toll road is a real lady-killer.
On May 16, the 241 killed 65-year-old Nancy Donahue-Reddish, a grandmother two weeks into her retirement. She was on her way to Hemet to care for her ailing father when Javier Nelso lost control of his car, drove across the median and deprived six kids of Gr ... More >>