A woman who began doing volunteer work for the Church of Scientology in Orange County when she was age 6 or 7 got a judge removed Wednesday in her lawsuit against the institution that she alleges coerced her into having an abortion when she was 17. The lawsuit first filed by Laura Ann DeCrescenzo i ... More >>
See the update on Page 2 with Joe Cavallo and the German national pleading not guilty at arraignment and what the OC lawyer's lawyer John Barnett said outside court. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 15, 6:07 A.M.: The first time I read about lawyer Joe Cavallo was years ago, during my colleague R. Scott Moxle ... More >>
The Happiest Place on Earth was the Sappiest Place on Earth--as in sapping a Disneyland cast member of wages, vacation and other compensation, according to the ex-employee's complaint.
Here are some news nuggets to get you caught up as the Newport Beach Film Festival heads for the home stretch. (Orange County's premiere cultural event ends Thursday night once the last cocktail glass at the Closing Night Party has been drained.)
Remember when the Orange County Register wondered if a stoned seaman caused the August 2012 wreck of the Aegean, a Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race entrant that crashed off the Coronado Islands, killing four men? Well, family members of the skipper, who was not on the pot, are suing the ... More >>
Here's a twist: our departed Michelle Woo reported last year on lawsuit where a worker at a 1-800-GET-THIN clinic alleged her employers covered up details of a surgical procedure that ended with the death of Ladera Ranch's Paula Rojeski. Now, the West Hills clinic where the procedure was performed ... More >>
A&E Television Networks and the producers of Storage Wars are appealing a judge's ruling that cast member and former Costa Mesa thrift store owner Dave Hester can pursue a wrongful termination claim. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge's Sept. 3 ruling was in response to Hester's lawsuit alleging, ... More >>
It's one of those Catholic pope shitting in the woods as a tree falls down questions: If the Lipstick Bounty Hunters jumped bail, could they haul themselves in? Actually, the bounty hunters whose pink vehicles with large lips graphics you see all over north Long Beach are not dealing with a crimina ... More >>
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled this morning that lawyers for a camp ranger carjacked in Big Bear by rogue ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner must shore up his claims against the cities of Irvine and Riverside in his bid for $1 million in reward money. Richard Heltebrake maintains he deserves ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about Lindsay Lohan apparently spending three minutes in the Newport Beach rehab before resurfacing at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage late Thursday.Lindsay Lohan is Newport Beach's now, bitches!No, she's not here for the next 90 days to show off bikinis ... More >>
The A&E network and the Storage Wars production company are reportedly winning the early rounds in the lawsuit brought against them by former cast member and Costa Mesa thrift store king Dave Hester.The ballcap-wearing hoarder known for his "YUUUP!" calls at storage locker auctions claims he was ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the former Pacifica Pharmacy owner withdrawing his appeal of his pharmacy license revocation.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 25, 7:30 A.M.: As you've probably seen or read, former Rowland Heights physician Lisa Tseng has pleaded not guilty to three counts of second- ... More >>
As we pointed out a month and a half ago, former Costa Mesa thrift store king and early Storage Wars cast member Dave "YUUUP!" Hester is suing the A&E cable network and the reality show's production company for $750,000, alleging he was fired after complaining the reality show is fake. A&E h ... 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 >>
What Glendale police describe as a big-time Santa Ana drug dealer pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday to felony counts of possessing methamphetamine and cocaine for sale, transporting the drugs, possessing the drugs and an AK-47 at the same time and possessing the AK, two other a ... More >>
*See end of post for information about the next hearing in this case as well as the Long Beach City Attorney's response, denying that the city's pot ban has been invalidated.ORIGINAL POST, Sept. 8, 5:23 p.m.: A Los Angeles Superior Court ruling may have far reaching consequences for Long Beach's ban ... More >>
The last time we wrote about Michael Stephen Baker, the pedophile priest was arrested in November of last year for violating his probation for kiddie-fiddling. Turns out he violated his probation again, this time on August 17, when probation officers found him next to a swimming pool where kids were ... More >>
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng to stand trial for second degree murder in the deaths of three young men, one of whom was Vu Nguyen, 28, from Lake Forest. The decision came after a preliminary hearing that lasted three weeks. The osteopathic medicine doctor alle ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 27, 1:58 P.M.: After serving four days of his 60-day sentence, former Newport-Mesa Unified School District superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard was reportedly released from jail early this morning. The judge had previously indicated Hubbard would be freed by mid-March due to overcrowding. ... More >>
A week after the Weekly reported that local business Bob's Towing had sued the Fullerton Police department for harassment, the department fired back with a salvo of its own. Tuesday's city council meeting saw the embattled department unveiling a nearly 600 page report detailing a year-long ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 24, 5:26 P.M.: The support Newport-Mesa Unified School District Superintendent Jeffrey Hubbard enjoyed from his Board of Education disappeared into the paneling separating trustees from the public barred from a secret meeting this afternoon.In other words, the board voted unanimously ... More >>
Baker: Looks like John Wayne Gacy, no?Michael Stephen Baker was one of the most notorious pedophile priests in Southern California history, a monster who single-handedly showed what a lying sack-o'-shot Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony was in protecting pedo-priests from the law.Baker is now als ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 7, 12 P.M.: Long Beach city officials are scratching their heads about how to respond to an appeal court decision that appears to overturn the city's medical marijuana ordinance. According to an article by Greggory Moore posted yesterday evening on Long Beach Post, the city attorney ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Also, Poreotics and the trans-Pacific dance heist.
Yesterday, Ron Artest's attorney filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking to change the Los Angeles Lakers forward's name to Metta World Peace. Born Ronald William Artest Jr., the 31-year-old cited personal reasons for wanting to make the change. This is not the first time a sports ... More >>
Remember Imperial Stars? The trio from Garden Grove who thought it would be a great idea if they blocked three lanes of the 101 to play a song called...(wait for it) "Traffic Jam 101?" And then announced to anyone who'd listen that it was to "benefit displaced children of America?" Well, the Regi ... More >>
A judge has ordered a July hearing on a lawsuit brought by two women, including a 56-year-old Irvine resident, who claim they were traumatized by the surprise appearance of a naked man during the taping of the Dr. Phil show.Shirley Rae Dieu, the Irvine woman, and Crystal Matchett, 26, of Michig ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 22, 12:44 P.M.: Today, after months of delays, 32-year-old Christopher McAmis entered a plea of not guilty to allegedly murdering and attempting to rape Placentia woman Lynsie Ekelund a decade ago. This was McAmis' fourth appearance at the Superior Court in uptown Whittier since his ... More >>
Hours after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled there is enough evidence for Jeffrey Hubbard to face trial for allegedly misappropriating public funds, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees voted to suspend their superintendent of schools.Trustees meeting behind closed d ... More >>
Accused murderer Chris McAmis requested a new arraignment date today via his public defender, Leslie Gordon, at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Whittier. Commissioner Armando Moreno granted the request and set a new date for March 22, though he warned there would be no further continuances.
Despite the sexy-time chatter--pet names, love pledges and oral-sex references--e-mailed between Newport-Mesa Unified School District's superintendent and a subordinate from his days leading the school system in Beverly Hills, Jeffrey Hubbard maintains he did not have a relationship outside work ... More >>
Update, November 26, 3:51 p.m.: A cameraman has dropped his lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen over an alleged assault at a Prop 8 rally in West Hollywood.Mike Skiff, who is openly gay, cited his own "emotional well being" as being the reason for ending the legal claim filed last month in Los Ange ... More >>
A judge tossed out a lawsuit brought by Chase Johnson, a former Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County cast member who claimed he should not have to pay the $43,000 bar tab he racked up at a Hollywood nightclub because the establishment knew he was only 20 at the time.The club, My House, last mont ... More >>
This time "Bruno" went too far, claims a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego and his crew assaulted a man at a Prop 8 rally, alleges the suit that seeks $25,000 in punitive damages and reimbursement for medical expenses and general damages.
Courtesy of the Bernal familiaThe pioneering Bernals of FullertonIt was a pleasure earlier this summer to report on the story of Alex Bernal, the longtime Fullerton resident who successfully fought off a lawsuit filed by racist white neighbors in 1943 that wanted him out of their neighborhood sol ... More >>
Fees charged to public school students in Tustin and Long Beach are part of the evidence the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is citing in a class action lawsuit filed today against the state of California and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The suit contends the state is violating the Californ ... More >>
Only known photo to exist anywhere and everywhere of Steve Bren, not counting those other ones.A former Grand Prix racing champion and son of billionaire Irvine Co. chairman Donald Bren occupies the No. 18 spot on the most recently updated list of California's most delinquent tax delinquents.Ste ... More >>
If you want to fight for the side of truth and justice, join members of SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) this Sunday around 8:30 in the morn as they distribute fliers outside Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Huntington Beach. They'll alert parishioners about what Diocese of ... More >>
LifeNews.com reports the owner of a chain of women's health clinics that caters primarily to Latinas - which until recently included Clinica Medica Para La Mujer at 120 W 5th St., Santa Ana, the site of an alleged assault by a physician on a pro-life photographer we blogged about in August - is like ... More >>
A lawsuit against Marilyn Manson was filed earlier this afternoon in Los Angeles Superior Court. Keyboardist Stephan Bier (a.k.a. “Madonna Wayne Gacy”) claims Manson filched millions of dollars from the band's earnings, squandering the money on his lavish lifestyle. According to the New York P ... More >>
'Member that op-ed piece I hacked out for the Los Angeles Times a couple of months back? No, not the MEChA-loving piece or my amnesty-loving piece, but the one where I deemed our fair county the Mexican-bashing capitol of America? Turns out that the Los Angeles Superior Court judge who told an illeg ... More >>
KNBC/Channel 4 reports that 28-year-old Dave Dave--who when he was age 6 and known as David Rothenberg had 90 percent of his body burned after his father Charles Rothenberg doused him with kerosene in a Buena Park motel--is suing for fraud a man he met at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. In his la ... More >>
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