When a resident of the Leisure Word retirement community in Seal Beach confronted a suspected burglar Thursday night, the baddie whipped out a samurai sword and fled, according to police. Jason Chad Johnson, a 47-year-old transient, was later arrested on suspicion of felony residential burglary and ... More >>
One of the most bizarre thieves I can recall writing about pleaded guilty this week to stealing surgical equipment from Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and was immediately sentenced to two years in jail. Former doctor Roy Chi Wing Lung, 46, of Los Alamitos, wore scrubs and slept in hospitals duri ... More >>
The surviving daughter and son of the key target of an accused madman, who viciously murdered eight people at a Seal Beach salon in Oct. 2011, this week filed a wrongful death lawsuit against shooter Scott Evans Dekraai. According to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Chelsea Huff o ... More >>
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See the update on Page 2 that provides more details on Roy Chi Wing Lung's criminal past and the loss of his medical license. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 7 A.M.: A 46-year-old Los Alamitos man allegedly stole surgical equipment from Fountain Valley Regional Hospital at least three times. Roy Chi Wing L ... More >>
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Pasty Bakery in Downtown Long Beach could use a little help. A liquor license, a spruced-up exterior, a marketing campaign that actually tells people it exists--anything to ensure that the sweet Welsh man who freshly bakes pasties with his Salvadoran wife in the back corner storefront of Pine Avenue ... More >>
On today's Dr. Phil show, a 25-year-old Orange County actress accused of being an accessory to a sensational 2010 double murder defends her innocence.But pre-episode publicity hints that the interview with the veteran TV therapist may not have gone too well.In promotional material, a hostile Dr. Phi ... More >>
Every now and then, it's nice to be able to say that you can't keep a good record store down. A little over a month after shuttering their old location in Seal Beach, revered wax palace Left of the Dial has reemerged in SanTana. That's right, no more tussling with the Bermuda triangle of shittiness ... More >>
Child molesters, Shaheen Sadeghi, serial killers, Dana Rohrabacher and so many more!
At one point 10 months ago, Troy Edgar enjoyed support from a long list of Orange County Republicans in his attempts to leave the Los Alamitos city council for higher public office.But recent months haven't been kind to Edgar--especially after the Weekly revealed he'd doctored mandatory federal camp ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] A Los Alamitos mayor and state assembly candidate doesn't want you to know who's financing his campaign
Labor Day weekend has creeped up, and so has the countywide Labor Day weekend enforcement against boozing drivers on the road.Besides saturation patrols in Orange County's four corners--are there four?--Brea and San Juan Capistrano have DUI checkpoints tonight and Buena Park conducts another Saturda ... 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 >>
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 >>
LautenschleUPDATE, OCT. 29, 9:54 A.M.: Swim instructor Todd Robert Sousa, who was sentenced Friday to prison time and a sex offender tag for unlawful sex with a 15-year-old girl he taught, is the son-in-law of Laguna Hills City Councilman Joel Lautenschleger. Sousa has children with Lautenschlege ... More >>
Michelle Woo/OC WeeklyTo longtime clients, Salon Meritage was more than a place to get their hair cut and nails trimmed. "It was like a family," said Sally Brayton of Lakewood. "You would walk through the door and Randy would be right there to greet you. He knew everyone by name and just mad ... More >>
Dave LiebermanThe Ponderosa Park farmers market in Anaheim, a certified farmers marketThe number of farmers markets in the United States has gone up almost sixfold in the last fifteen years. Whether they started out as a consolidation of honor-system fruit stands or as a place for farmers to sell ... More >>
Second match in our 16-restaurant tournament to determine once and for all who sells the best pho in Orange County. Tune in tomorrow for Shuji 's showdown!In an earlier review of the place, I summarized Benley as a Vietnamese restaurant for the non-Vietnamese. I even went so far as to warn anyon ... More >>
So, the residents of Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and East Long Beach are perturbed because coyotes are apparently attacking defenseless Fidos and Garfields with ever more frequency, and the response from officialdom is to leave the American jackals be. But close readers of this space shoul ... More >>
UPDATE: Irvine PD reveals location of its checkpoint (detaIls after jump) . . .Is there a better way to celebrate your freedom than involuntarily stopping for a government enforced sobriety checkpoint?
Julie Kibuishi loved music, fashion and her family, but nothing gave the 23-year-old Orange County High School of the Arts graduate more pleasure than hanging out with friends, her parents and one brother related in a tearful and impromptu meeting with local media this morning.Indeed, Julie, who ... 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 >>
* based on state rankingsThe California Department of Education's just-released Academic Performance Index (API) rankings show 120 of 554 Orange County schools rank among the state's best. And 82 schools received the highest ranking when compared with schools with similar demographics.The Orange ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] And can he get into a runoff in the sheriff's race by being more OC than Sandra Hutchens and less right-wing than Bill Hunt?
Henry W. Head, founding father of OC, longtime Santa Ana doctor...I was speaking with a local GOP operative recently when he said something that shocked me. The topic was my recent cover story on the Candy-Ass Gang, the trio of pendejos and one pendeja who prosecutors say drove into Huntington Be ... More >>
Kevin O'Grady, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League's Orange County/Long Beach office, was kind enough to email over five hate-crime reports his office received this past June, in reverse chronological order. While that format may be helpful to give readers a sense of ... More >>
UPDATE: Moving this up as a reminder to those in the La Palma, Buena Park, and Los Alamitos area of O.C.!!! KOGI WILL BE IN LAKEWOOD, AT THE ABC DRIVING SCHOOL FROM 10 P.M-1 A.M. TONIGHT!!! That's right next door! KogiAttention all Kogi Taco Truck followers. Kogi is going to be *THIS CLOSE* to ... More >>
What is it with the recent trend of disgraced politicians insisting their 15 minutes ain't up? The national case is ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich; the local example is former Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose, the fool who forwarded along the cartoon to your left with the caption "No Easter egg h ... More >>
Orange County Register: Four earthquakes have shook North Orange County in a week. Jeez, gay people, what have you done to piss off God now? . . . OC banruptcies jumped 57 percent in January. So you've got to love Southern California Edison's timing in these fucked-up financial times: included ... More >>
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Thirty nine years ago this month, 21 young Orange County residents died in Southeast Asia. They'd answered our government's call to join the U.S. military, travel to the other side of the planet and defend South Vietnam from Communist North Vietnam. We can debate the merits of the war, but not the h ... More >>
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