A Garden Grove man received the death penalty as expected from an Orange County Superior Court judge today, but he also heard three unexpected words from the sister of one of two people whose heads he'd blown off: "I forgive you."
The Foothill-Eastern Toll Road, a.k.a. Route 241, is reportedly nearing the biggest default in the $3.7 trillion municipal market since Detroit's record bankruptcy. Revenues and ridership chronically fail to meet projections--most certainly the ones politicians who said Orange County should be run ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Or at least that's what it says on my car . . .
UC Irvine Police are looking for a pervert. No, that's not an insight into officers' personal lives but a warning to the campus community about a white man, age late 50s to early 60s, who has been bothering females who appear to be college students in and around UCI.
Remember that dust-up several years ago when it was discovered Caltrans was not filling potholes or performing other routine maintenance on the 91 freeway linking Orange and Riverside counties? Seems that few other than Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority knew about a non-compete ... More >>
See the update at the end of page 5 on the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department defending the use of "hot gas," which could have sparked the cabin fire, on the suspect.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 7, 9:48 A.M.: The word coming out of the Los Angeles Police Department this morning is meant to apply to t ... More >>
Moving cameras are nothing new to Orange County, where countless motion pictures have been shot, movie stars have frolicked and resided and, in more recent years, reality television stars have made our Plasticland "real."But though we're a short distance/long commute from being Hollywood adjacent, w ... More >>
The owner of a Costa Mesa dealership specializing in Audi Spyder, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, Porsche, Rolls Royce and other high-end luxury cars is accused of embezzling $3 million from those buying and selling vehicles at his business.Farhad Ebadat, the 37-year-old operator ... 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 >>
Over the past few years, car navigation systems featuring Zagat has been made available on some luxury car models like Mercedez-Benz and Lexus. Meanwhile, Toyota's new Entune system partnered up with OpenTable.com to offer restaurant ratings and reservations on the go.
We've seen restaurants in gas stations (see the previous incarnation of Peter's Gourmade Grill) and car-washes (see Kush Bowl), but here's something new: Nation's Restaurant News reports that car dealerships might be the next restaurant frontier.
UPDATE, DEC. 15, 4:45 P.M.: Santa Ana 29-year-old Oscar David Duenas pleaded guilty today to one felony count of sexual battery in the case where prosecutors accused him forcibly raping three prostitutes he'd threatened with a gun. A jury on Dec. 2 found him guilty of two counts of misdemeanor ba ... More >>
Family members told an Orange County Superior Court judge last week that their lives have not been the same since March of 2009 when Alfredo Granados Canchola coaxed a 13-year-old girl into his car and fondled her. Victim impact statements of the girl, her mother and father were read before Judge ... More >>
A Santa Ana man accused of forcibly raping three prostitutes is scheduled to go on trial this morning--with a possible life sentence handing over his head.Oscar David Duenas, 29, is charged with three felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of forcible oral copulation, and one felony ... More >>
John Andrew TorresUPDATE, NOV. 3, 11:13 A.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) has identified the men killed by Huntington Beach police gang unit officers after a traffic stop in Westminster Tuesday afternoon as John Andrew Torres, 26, of Fullerton, and Erick Catalan, 20, of Long Bea ... More >>
Cadillac Facebook pageThe Cadillac Culinary Challenge Test Drive pulls up to Irvine Spectrum this Saturday and Sunday. Why this sounds more like a hybrid between Cars and Coffee and the Top Chef Tour is a conundrum we'll never know the answer to. At least they're offering sleek cars and free eats ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 13, 9:31 A.M.: The 77-year-old man killed in a freak traffic accident in Irvine Monday morning has been identified as Sung Lee. The Irvine resident was standing on Summit Road assessing the damage from a collision caused when he drove his Lexus SUV into a parked and unoccupied garde ... More >>
A jury in Santa Ana today found a 29-year-old Artesia man guilty of kidnapping, trying to kidnap and sexually assaulting three different girls over a 5-month span.Alfredo Granados Canchola was convicted of five felony counts and a sentencing enhancement for the commission of a sexual offense ag ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 1, 1:18 P.M.: After his first sentencing hearing was postponed because Allan James Waters showed up to court drunk, the former Orange County sheriff's deputy finally learned his fate today: two years and eight months in state prison.The 37-year-old Laguna Niguel resident had bee ... More >>
[Locals Only] At Detroit Bar, Of Course
[Hey, You!] Lexus owners apparently do not own the road
A Santa Ana man was arrested Thursday on Interstate 80 in Henry County, Illinois, for possessing what state troopers believe was 16.8 pounds of brown heroin.Lucas Mendiola, 36, was the lone occupant in a SUV that was the second vehicle pulled over on that stretch of I-80 in less than a month that ... More >>
[Hey, You!] A dispatch from the Bike Patrol Regiment of the Class Warfare Brigade
We told you in March about Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Allan James Waters, who was off-duty and allegedly drugged-up when he crashed his Mercedes into a Toyota in Laguna Niguel, injuring a 78-year-old woman--just a half hour after Waters plowed into a Lexus outside Dana Point City Hall.In ann ... More >>
UPDATE: The Orange County District Attorney's Office this morning stepped up pressure on Toyota, unveiling a consumer complaint hotline, an online complaint form and access to its first civil complaint against the automaker (details after the jump) . . . Courtesy of Elizabeth JamesThis is where Eliz ... 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 >>
UPDATED WITH A CORRECTION . . . It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more girlie knife fights, un-tartared waters, pranksters with bullhorns, real-looking fake-gun scares and dogs stolen, smashed, smelling marijuana and taking bites out of crime Probably not the d ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentWe call this collage "Robberies, Solved and Unsolved." Top left: a man hands a teller a note demanding cash at Chase Bank in Orange. Top right: Booking photo of Adam J. Bennett, 20, of Santa Ana, who is suspected of robbing $ ... More >>
Like Gustavo's car, except much, much nicer...Larry Agran and his acolytes will undoubtedly crow about Irvine getting ranked for the fifth straight year as America's safest big city, and good for them! Irvine is a cool town, with lots of parks, great restaurants, and a multicultural community that s ... More >>
The on-again, off-again hearing on the 241 Foothill South toll road extension by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce is back on, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22, and in an old/new home, O'Brien Hall at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, or the same place the California Coastal Commission met, took testimony ... More >>
Review by Waleed Rashidi Circle Jerks, Hit Me Back at the Glass House, Pomona Friday, January 25, 2008 Better than: Spending all night watching VH1 Classic — though hey, that's a pretty close second right there. Download: "Deny Everything." Sometimes you just gotta wonder — where's the real ... More >>
OC'S MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR, 7:00 p.m. Bachelors gone wild for the single and ready to mingle. Newport Lexus Showroom 3901 MacArthur Blvd Newport Beach, Ca. PETER BJORN AND JOHN, 8:00 p.m. If you never have before, now's the time to hear their song "Young Folks" live. Orange County Performing Ar ... More >>
An OC jury ponders this question: Who is the right-handed man who murdered Minnie Smith?
OCMA sees a future in the past
Actors, troubadours, campfire singers, cowboy poets & purty pictures (Please don’t shoot the piano player!)
John Wayne and the Grey, er, Wild Goose: Greg Aragon reports that John Wayne's 1942 yacht, Wild Goose, remains a work horse tour boat for Hornblower Cruises & Events in the area and that the long dead actor's spiritual presence is aboard. (If dying doesn't change bad habits, I presume he's still inh ... More >>
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