A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeals has ruled that five inmates convicted of second degree murder of a fellow inmate at Theo Lacy Men's Jail received a fair trial. The ruling, published yesterday, found that Judge David Stotler made a few minor errors in the trial of Miguel Angel ... More >>
The death of a transgender activist who fought against deportations that break up same-sex couples is being investigated as suspicious, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post identifying the deceased. Update No. 1 was about an arrest in the murder case. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 28, 9:12 A.M.: The recent Orange County body count continues: A roommate found a resident of an apartment in the 1300 block of North Harbor Boulevard dead ear ... More >>
Orange County prosecutors dropped their medical insurance fraud case against popular Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Jay W. Calvert. "I am satisfied that this thorough investigation into my practice has yielded a favorable, complete and just result," says Calvert, who also has an office in Beverl ... More >>
A Simi Valley birther has emailed various people with email addresses ending in "@uci.edu" with this ALL-CAPS message: "OBAMA IS FRAUD AND AN ENEMY OF AMERICA...AND YOU WANT HIM SPEAKING AT YOUR COMMENCEMENT? DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE! MAJOR PROTEST SCHEDULED AT UC IRVINE COMMENCEMENT..."
See the update on the next page about an arrest in the murder of a handyman who was rehabbing the residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 9, 1:48 P.M.: A man's body was found in front of an uninhabited Costa Mesa building this morning, and police are investigating t ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the bottom of page 2 on the charges against Gabriel Michael Castillo. Update No. 2 is about the son of a firefighter being arrested for setting the recent "East Fires" in Anaheim and Yorba Linda. Update No. 1 is about the original person of interest in the case being found, inter ... More >>
Newport Beach Police have decided against extraditing Homajean "Lee" Grisham III to Orange County to answer to felony drug sales, drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession, criminal threats, terrorist threats and false imprisonment charges here. That's because the chap at right nicknamed "Dang ... More >>
Former police officer Kevin Michael Sianez pleaded guilty Thursday to 17 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense, 11 felony counts of fraudulently using an access card, two felony counts of identity theft, four felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a 1998 convictio ... More >>
The driver of a minivan drew the attention of undercover cops in another vehicle in Garden Grove Thursday night, leading to uniformed officers being called in to question the man, the minivan charging at the approaching police and a lawman firing at and wounding the driver, authorities say. By the t ... More >>
Anaheim Police are investigating the case of a man's body found inside a burning car early this morning as a homicide.But residents of the 100 block of South Westchester Drive suspect the tragedy was an accident.Or was it a suicide?
Late one December night in 2009, three individuals riding in a black 1997 BMW 528i on I-15 in San Bernardino County believed a CHP officer stopped them merely for weaving out of a lane, but in truth they'd been under surveillance for hours by a team of undercover FBI agents.Driver Lindberg Villalobo ... More >>
A 44-year-old man charged with the 1988 rape and murder of Buena Park resident Gehimne Chandler is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at the Central Jail in Santa Ana. Daniel Edward McDermott, faces one felony count of murder with special circumstances. The 44-year-old McDermott, was ... More >>
In 2003, then-Santa Ana police officer and current Anaheim city council candidate Steve Lodge--he of the multiple police-brutality lawsuits filed against him--received a glowing profile in the Los Angeles Times by then-Orange County bureau reporter and current Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff Gottlieb. It ... More >>
A Huntington Beach company that tracks medications used by NFL players reportedly claims its been cleared in a federal investigation that followed the May 2010 arrest of former San Diego Chargers safety Kevin Ellison, who had 100 painkillers illegally in his possession when his car was stopped in R ... More >>
The FBI is searching for a Laguna Niguel woman who moved to Panama last year and has been missing for five months. Yvonne Baldelli, 42, was last seen Nov. 26 on Carenero Island in Panama's Bocas del Toro province, according to family members who set up a Facebook page to help find her. "Our family ... 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 >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 2, 11:04 A.M.: Two victims of Luis Mijangos hacking into dozens of computers to obtain personal data--and in some cases demanding sexually explicit videos from female victims in exchange for not distributing other images--spoke at the undocumented immigrant's sentencing."During to ... More >>
It's rare that a crime leads to positive reform without the victim suffering too bad, but that's what happened last week in Indianapolis, when WTHR-TV Channel 13 conducted an investigation of a tow truck company that involved them duping the bastards by leaving a news truck at Taco Bell.
Jimenez as "El Tin Larin"UPDATE, MARCH 28, 10:19 A.M.: Ten minutes before the 10 a.m. scheduled arraignment of Jose Guadalupe Jimenez, the Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) announced the filing of additional charges against the professional clown who performs as "El Tin Larin." In a ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 22, 4:46 P.M.: Santa Ana's Luis Mijangos, who had previously pleaded not guilty to 16 federal charges, pleaded guilty Monday to two federal counts related to his tricking about 230 people into downloading a virus that allowed him to hack into their computers, and then extort from th ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 15, 2:03 P.M.: 32-year-old Santos Basilio O'Dell waived extradition in Santa Ana and is expected to be transported to Arizona to face charges of raping a teenage girl there in 2004.Authorities in Chandler, Arizona, say a DNA sample taken from O'Dell in Orange County links him to the ... More >>
Stephen MooreUpdate, Jan. 13, 3:09 p.m.: Another in-law of Stephen Moore, a popular speed skater originally from Huntington Beach, has been arrested and charged with conspiring to murder, but authorities say the target was not the slain Moore, but rather an unidentified member of his family.Le ... More >>
Update, December 7, 1:41 p.m.: The arraignment of Paul Marshal Curry, a 54-year-old Kansas building inspector accused of poisoning his wife of two years in San Clemente in 1994 to collect a $400,000 insurance claim, has been delayed until Jan. 14.Meanwhile, officials in Salina, Kansas, say Curry ... More >>
Juan Humberto Avila may have thought he got away with it--if he is indeed guilty of the "it": raping a 16-year-old girl who was walking home from In-and-Out Burger in Santa Ana the afternoon of Jan. 21, 2008. A DNA match was made between evidence collected from the girl who was raped and Avila ... More >>
Update, Nov. 29, 1:04 p.m.: Long Beach 50-year-old Paul Gentile Smith, who was found guilty earlier this month of stabbing, torturing and murdering his long-time high school friend in 1988, was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.At his sentencing hea ... More >>
A Salina, Kansas, man faces an extradition hearing today as he has been arrested and charged in the cold case murder of his wife in San Clemente 16 years ago.Paul Marshal Curry, 54, is accused of poisoning his wife of two years, Linda Curry, for a $400,000 life insurance payoff. He faces life in ... More >>
UPDATE: Equality California's executive director released a statement tonight in response to Santa Ana Police "mishandling" a potential hate crime (see end of post) . . . A volunteer for a nonprofit that works for legal protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered returned to h ... More >>
Lynsie EkelundUPDATE, 8:45 P.M.: OCDA ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE ON THE CASE TODAY. SEE BOTTOM OF POST FOR DETAILS.After nine years of investigation and fears the case had been forgotten, an arrest has been made in the disappearance of Placentia resident and Fullerton College student Lynsie Ekelund. ... More >>
UPDATE: There have been two more arrests in this case (see end of post) . . . Stephen Moore dropped his daughter off at the Ocean Township, New Jersey, home of his ex-wife on Aug. 16. That was the last time anyone saw the 42-year-old Huntington Beach native alive. Moore's body was found Aug. 18 ... More >>
After a six-month FBI investigation into his alleged hacking, a 31-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested today on federal extortion charges that he hacked into dozens of computers, obtained personal data about people using the computers, and then demanded sexually explicit videos from girls and w ... More >>
Photo by Randall MarquisULG's motto: "Legal services for honest Americans."Do not give this man your money. Irvine-based loan modification firm, United Law Group, was raided this afternoon by the FBI and Irvine Police.Robert Buscho The firm describes itself on its website as one of the largest ... More >>
Buena Park Police Dept.The late Ryan JenkinsAt No. 30 on the list of "TV's 50 Biggest Bombs and Blunders" in the Jan. 29 issue of Entertainment Weekly is "Casting Ryan Jenkins on Megan Wants a Millionaire (VH1, 2009)":The hiring of the 32-year-old contestant--who hanged himself soon after police ... More >>
All the key swindlers in the homeless patient dumping scheme that sucked hundreds of thousands of dollars from Medicare and Medi-Cal programs in fradulent claims last year have been indicted -- except, that is, for the bad boys in Tustin who were also allegedly involved in the scheme. Last August a ... More >>
"He worked hard for you. He was a tireless worker. He worked all the time. He did great things. He helped at-risk kids and he did so much for the vulnerable people in our community." --Exasperated, red-faced lawyer Jeffrey Rawitz (pictured) wrapping up an eight hour closing argument today in hi ... More >>
"I'm sure it's memorable." --Sassy defense lawyer Jeffrey Rawitz on a Newport Beach cop's recollections today about Orange County Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo wearing a "Hawaiian shirt" over his uniform while trying to block a 2002 police investigation into the videotaped gang rape of an unc ... More >>
Disney plans Extreme Makeover: California Adventure sucks, so Disney will be pouring $1.1 billion into the park to make it more like Disneyland. That's more than it took to build the park six years ago. The Times couldn't find any of the Mouse's people to go on the record, but notes that Chief Execu ... More >>
Perhaps in an effort to decrease inmate overcrowding, a Santa Ana police cruiser accelerated in a restaurant parking lot and ran over a fleeing suspect across the street from OC Weekly's world headquarters late Tuesday night. Police officials tell reporters that they are conducting an investigation ... More >>
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