Kern County

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Rich Congressman, Poor Congressman: Issa and Rohrabacher at Opposite Ends of Roll Call List

    Dana Rohrabacher? More like Poorbacher, according to a new D.C. insider list of the wealth of members of Congress. But the Huntington Beach Republican is not the only Orange County congressman to get listicled. Can you guess who was named the "richest" congressman?

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Down and Out With Deportees in Tijuana

    Armando is my third interviewee of the night, the one I want to write about. Unlike some of the other deportees, he doesn't seem beaten down by his fate. He smiles a lot and exudes confidence. His black hair is pulled into a tight ponytail. He brings a lightness to our conversations that the others ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2014

    [UPDATED W/MUGSHOT] Hossein Nayeri Extradited To OC In Pot Shop Sexual Mutilation

    Hossein Nayeri, one of three suspects charged in the gruesome torture and sexual mutilation of a Newport Beach medical marijuana dispensary owner, will be arraigned today at Orange County's Superior Courthouse. The last of the defendants to be charged, Nayeri fled to his native Iran, which has no ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    Little Saigon Ecstasy Dealer Wins Punishment Reduction

    This week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, a Little Saigon ecstasy dealer saw firsthand the impact of new federal drug sentencing guidelines set to go into effect on Nov. 1. Under the current guidelines, Tu Luong Khuong--tied to the criminal street organization Asian Gang (A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    Great American SPAM Recipe Championship Now On!

    If you are a hardcore SPAM fan, or want an excuse to hit up another county fair, this might do the trick. The Great American SPAM Recipe Championship is underway in fairs across the country. There's even a kid chef category for a $2,000 cash prize, but our eyes are on the bigger reward. . . .The win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall's Arrest Extends Orange County's MMA Crime Wave

    Are octagon-shaped jail cells in Orange County's future?It's worth asking as the local crime wave tied to mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters continues with Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall's recent arrest in Irvine for outstanding warrants.

  • News

    August 16, 2012

    Prince Edward Maryland Is Sorry

    He nearly beat his wife to death, but the Ironwood State Prison resident wants you to donate to his anti-domestic-violence charity

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Manuel Hernandez Juarez Gets 50 Years to Life for Murder of Human Smuggler, Try on Second

    The elder half of a father-son duo who managed for nine years to remain free after murdering one human smuggler and leaving a second for dead has received double life prison sentences.Like a baddie undone by Shaggy and Scooby, 60-year-old Manuel Hernandez Juarez could have gotten away with it, too, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    A Tale of Two 22 lbs. Methamphetamine Busts

    Does methamphetamine now come in 22-lbs. bundles?On Wednesday, two Orange County men were among five people arrested in Kern County after authorities seized about 22 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.That's the same amount of the drug Border Patrol dogs sniffed out of a minivan at the San Clemente c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Huber Juarez Vasquez Gets 25 Years to Life in Cold Case Murder, Attempted Murder With Dad

    ​For the past couple weeks, this Navel Gazer has been "on assignment" as the fancy pantie teevee reporters like the say. As much as I tried to check in along the way, some crime-iny cases we've been following here lo these many moons had some major updates I just couldn't . . . quite . . . get . . ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2011

    What We Learned

    The Year on Navel Gazing and Beyond!

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    8 Reasons October Was 2011's Worst Month

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Allied Management Group Special Investigation Unit of Santa Ana Accused of Being Sham Health Care Fraud Finders

    ​Allied Management Group Special Investigation Unit (AMG-SIU) bills itself as "The Total Health Care Fraud, Waste and Abuse Solution." But the Santa Ana fraud finders find themselves at the center of a lawsuit that accuses AMG-SIU of being a "shell company" for corporate greed.

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    [UPDATED with I.D.:] Joseph Hyungmin Son of Austin Powers Fame Accused of Killing Cellmate

    Joseph Hyungmin Son​UPDATE, OCT. 13, 8:36 A.M.: The cellmate who rapist and torturer Joseph Hyungmin Son is accused of killing has been identified as Michael Thomas Graham, 50, of San Luis Obispo County, according to Wasco State Prison officials.Graham was beaten to death, the Kern County coroner' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    America to Sting: Cancel the Fall Tour

    ​ Earlier this week, Sting announced his Back to Bass Tour, a series of intimate performances marking the 25th anniversary of his solo career (a boxed set, Sting: 25 Years, arrives on the 27th). As long-time Sting detractors, we greeted this news with alarm - another year, another shitstorm of St ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Manuel Hernandez Juarez Faces 57 Years in Prison Because Son Admitted to Murder 9 Years Later

    Huber Juarez Vasquez​HuberJuarez Vasquez's big mouth could put him in a state prison cell for 47 years to life and his 60-year-old dad in another for 57 years to life. Those are the maximum stretches they face at their Aug. 5 sentencing in Santa Ana for the 2000 murder and attempted murder of coyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    [UPDATED with New Kern County Stink:] Courts Weigh Orange County Poop

    ​UPDATE, MAY 26, 12:42 P.M.: There's an interesting nugget about Orange County and the Carlyle Group in coverage of the ongoing court battle over human waste from Southern California spread atop farmland in Kern County.Anyone trying to put the Bush 43 years behind them may have forgotten about the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Christopher Michael Sheehan, Accused of Killing Partner in Armed Robbery, Parole Opposed by DA

    Ed Deuel​UPDATE, MAY 4, 4:21 P.M.: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations' Board of Parole Hearings today denied parole for Christopher Michael Sheehan, who has been rotting in a San Luis Obispo cell for the 1985 murder of his partner in armed robbery and attempted murder of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Food Profiling: Hopkins AG Almonds

    ​When I hear the term "nonpareil," visions of candy and Rolls-Royces normally come to mind. To Dustin Hopkins, this is a French term for unparalleled; It's also the variety of almonds his father farms in Bakersfield. What began in 2009 as an alternative means of income in a single market has bloss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Supreme Court Weighs Orange County Poop

    ​The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to let Orange County's poop go . . . to Kern County.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Citizen of the Week!

    The sadomasochistic onetime X-Files actor (1), who shoved a hot crack cocaine pipe inside a south Orange County woman's vagina because he believed she worked for the devil, recently placed an ad in LA Weekly:"Busy businessman/producer needs immediate project assistance . . . Experience not necessar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Tuesday's Headlines & Surprises: Anaheim Subsidizes Private Tennis Club

    Slow Road to China: Officials at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) are puzzled as to why a private construction company is repeatedly missing deadlines to finish the $550-million road-widening project, according to a story by Ellyn Pak at the Register. The delays aren't just costing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007
  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Special Screenings

    It's up to you to put the 'special' in Special Screenings

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    The New Crips

    An ex-drug dealer and burglar leads a wheelchair posse terrorizing Southern California businesses. Would you believe he has the law on his side?

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    Haidls Secret Weapon?

    UPDATE: Prosecutors say a sex-crimes felon is trying to silence Haidls alleged rape victimsby posing as their friend

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Haidls Secret Weapon?

    Web Exclusive: Prosecutors say a sex-crimes felon is trying to silence Haidls alleged rape victimsby posing as their friend

  • Music

    January 29, 2004

    The Heart of Rock & Roll

    GameWorks Rock N Roake will make you a star!

  • Columns

    May 10, 2001

    Dont Come Back Dead

    Local bands invade Kern County