A 59-year-old man convicted in May of slaying the owner of a Santa Ana strip club and of raping the club owner's girlfriend in their Buena Park condo in January of 1987 was sentenced today to life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Before imposing the sentence, Orange County Superio ... More >>
The Weekly now has an eighth example of Orange County strip club-related mayhem.But it happened way back in 1987.The addition to our "From the Vaults" list comes courtesy of a 59-year-old man being convicted Tuesday of slaying the owner of the Mustang Topless Theater and raping his girlfriend in the ... More >>
UPDATED, FEB. 22, 12:15 P.M.: 33-year-old Michael David Balderas of Cypress was sentenced this morning to 25 years to life in state prison for his role in the death of his 2-and-a-half-year-old niece Baby Jo Jade in October 2005.Balderas, who took custody of the girl when his sister was sent to p ... More >>
As his sister trotted off to a federal-prison stretch in Texas, Michael David Balderas took over the care of his niece Baby Jo Jade in October 2005.The 2-and-a-half-year-old may have been better off alone. She's dead now.
We've blogged previously (including here and here) about the "AIG effect"--the booking-erasing phenomenon hotels and resorts suffered after 100 top American International Group salespeople were wined and dined for a week in September 2008 at the swanky St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach--just da ... More >>
UPDATE: Victim identified, DA announces sentence sought against her husband, updates throughout . . .Santa Ana Police say Michael Eugene Upton told them he and his wife lost their jobs, burned through their cash and were about to be evicted. Fearing life on the streets, he is said to have told co ... More >>
An OC jury ponders this question: Who is the right-handed man who murdered Minnie Smith?