A settlement on an ACLU lawsuit alleging Anaheim's at-large system violates the California Voting Rights Act was announced during this week's city council meeting, ensuring that single-member districts will be on the ballot this November. Celebrants took to the steps of city hall yesterday for a pre ... More >>
A woman who had a restraining order out against her husband was kidnapped by him at a Santa Ana Rite Aid Oct. 10 before he drove her to the Costa Mesa residence of the man the ex- believed to be her lover. The saga ended with Martin Bishop Ness, 36, held without bail on suspected kidnapping, felony ... More >>
Long Beach police detectives are investigating a "horrific" murder pinned to a homeless man who allegedly burned a 63-year-old man to death inside his SUV parked in a convenience store lot along Pacific Coast Highway. Cops, hoping witnesses will come forward, have released surveillance footage from ... 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 >>
The story of Long Beach's most successful band rarely emphasizes its multicultural roots, its ability to seamlessly blend disparate genres or its importance in creating a globally appealing pop sound out of a mass of local musical influences. Instead, most considerations of ska-punk outfit Sublime f ... More >>
2012 was a busy year for marijuana. It began with what looked like the beginning of the end of the medical marijuana industry in California and ended with the legalization of recreational weed in both Colorado and Washington State. Looking back through the posts in Navel Gazing's Cannabis Chron ... More >>
*See bottom of this post for a statement by Kathy Windom, mother of victim Stephen Brown, which she read during Walker's sentencing hearing.ORIGINAL POST, Sept. 18, 2:22 p.m.: Sixteen months after he allegedly murdered 32-year-old Long Beach resident Steven Brown, Emmanuel Walker was sentenced ... More >>
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.
At least this can be said of the pending charges against two Roman Catholic priests from Southern California parishes--including St. Athanasus Church of Long Beach: only one of the four accusers is a child and all are female. The latest case involves Father Rafael Venegas, who is accused of sexual b ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 18, 3:38 P.M.: Accused mass killer Scott Evans Dekraai pleaded not guilty to eight murder counts at today's arraignment hearing in Santa Ana. If a feeling of deja vu just washed over you, fret not; Dekraai also pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing last year. Today's arraignme ... More >>
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Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by cops. Should the Scouts share the blame?
UPDATE, NOV. 29, 12:30 P.M.: During today's arraignment hearing, where Scott Evans Dekraai pleaded not guilty to murdering eight people and critically injuring a ninth, Deputy Public Defender Scott Sanders objected to press photographers being in the courtroom, saying this kind of media coverage ... More >>
ACLU/SCGreggory Moore shares with the media his brushes with sheriff's deputies.UPDATE, OCT. 28, 9:54 P.M.: The Long Beach Post's Greggory Moore has graciously agreed to share with Weekly readers his real-time coverage of moves officers from two separate police agencies made against him and colle ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 24, 3:05 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge Erick L. Larsh this afternoon assigned the defense of Scott Evans Dekraai to the Orange County Public Defender's office. The lead attorney (at taxpayers' dime) will now be senior Deputy Public Defender Scott Sanders. Dekraai's origin ... More >>
In the wake of Tony Rackauckas' decision to charge two on-duty policemen in the beating death of Kelly Thomas last week, families of two unarmed men who were fatally shot by Long Beach police officers within the past year are asking Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley to follow suit.Long B ... More >>
McDonnellJim McDonnell may not know art, but he knows what he doesn't like.Long Beach's police chief apparently does not like photographs taken recently of a North Long Beach refinery--or, at least McDonnell has no problem detaining a photographer for a local online news site snapping shots "with ... More >>
From the "Long Beach Condemns Recent Hate Crimes" Facebook page...After a recent spree of attacks on gay men in Long Beach, people are taking action. The Long Beach Police Department amped security in the city's Broadway Corridor -- the section of downtown known for its thriving gay communit ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 4, 3:24 P.M.: U.S. Customs & Border Protection officer Miguel Lerma Jr. has been charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation for allegedly attacking a woman in Garden Grove, plus one felony count of rape by use of drugs f ... More >>
Long Beach Police DepartmentThe garden hose nozzle that police thought was a gun. Last December, 35-year-old LBC resident Douglas Zerby was shot and killed by police while holding a "weapon" that turned out to be a garden-hose nozzle.Because there's been so much interest in the case, with rall ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 31, 4:47 P.M.: Don't know how we missed this one last week, but 47-year-old Brinda Sue McCoy pleaded not guilty in a Santa Ana courtroom Wednesday to firing one of her husband's guns at police officers who were trying to talk her out of suicide during a three-hour standoff in the cou ... More >>
Bikes are sooooo hot!In Long Beach, they are hot in the stolen property sense. More on that in a bit. First, we turn more positively to Orange County's LB.
UPDATE: They have found Sammy Herr's head (details after the jump) . . . Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police DepartmentDaniel Patrick Wozniak has been arrested for Juri Julie Kibuishi and Samuel Herr's murders.Samuel Eliezer Herr's father went to his 26-year-old son's apartment in Costa Mesa Saturday ... More >>
Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police DepartmentSammy Herr went from murder suspect to murder victim.Originally believing Samuel Eliezer Herr to be the prime suspect in the murder of 23-year-old Irvine resident Juri Julie Kibuishi in his own apartment (see OC Homicide No. 19), Costa Mesa police detective ... More >>
After Oscar Gallegos shot two Long Beach cops, he swore hed never be takenalive. His run for the border ended with a trip to a Santa Ana strip mall.
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