A Rancho Santa Margarita attorney who has been published about liberties denied due to closed deportation hearings is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of killing a bicyclist with her car while buzzing on prescription drugs. Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti, 39, is charged with a felony count of v ... More >>
The second outlet of the Mission Viejo donut shop that sells bacon maple bars, Froot Loops-covered doughnuts, red velvet doughnuts, even those ever-fashionable blueberry doughnuts that all shops such as this must offer, has opened in Irvine near Koko's Cafe and Clay Oven.
A 35-year-old Mission Viejo man has been convicted of stealing a woman's SUV from her garage with her 2 1/2-year-old son and dog in the backseat and running over the frantic and pregnant mom's foot as he drove off. Jurors, who deliberated for about 2 1/2 days, split 6-6 on a child stealing charge, b ... More >>
Even though most donuts shops in this county are independently-owned, mom-and-pop shops, there's a bland sameness to most of them. Most of them except for Devilicious Donuts, which opened in 2012 down the hill from Saddleback College. Inspired by the wacky treats made by Voodoo Donuts in Portlandia ... More >>
The Orange County Fire Authority is investigating whether a 21-year-old student who died from burns in an arson fire at Saddleback College Monday morning actually set the blaze. The unidentified man, who suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of his body, was first taken to Mission Hospi ... More >>
You wanna find out the issues that are on kid's minds these days, look for a local benefit concert. A decade ago, the hot causes might've involved organizations like Plea for Peace or Fuck Cancer. Today, straight-laced, pop punk-loving tweens are standing together against a new cause: Texting while ... More >>
To give herself unearned resources to buy a stash of methamphetamine, Anaheim's Kimberly Dawn Keister stole mail earlier this year from at least 24 residences or businesses in places like Lake Forest and Mission Viejo.In January, police stopped Keister's vehicle in Costa Mesa and found drugs as well ... More >>
South County parents are opting out of the CDC schedule altogether
20 years ago today, the Orange County Sheriff's Department arrested over 150 striking drywallers at a construction site in Mission Viejo, in a case that drew national attention. The incident was the largest OC mass arrest since the legendary, forgotten 1936 Citrus War involving the county's orange p ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 8, 11:11 A.M.: In addition to the sheriff's department's DUI patrols in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Ranch Santa Margarita, city police agencies hold sobriety checkpoints tonight in Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.The Westminster and Garden Grove police departments did not ann ... More >>
Now here's something nice: for Military Appreciation Month, Farrell's is treating all servicemen and women past and present to an ice cream sundae from now to the end of May at all its Southern California locations, including Mission Viejo and Brea. The Red White and Blue Thank You Sundae is ... More >>
Photo by Meranda CarterThis week's On The Line singles out Chef Lindsay of Nirvana Grill for guidance on running your own business. Her kitchen experience with Pascal Ohlats and zpizza help build the foundation for her inevitable culinary venture. She also discusses how Oprah inspires her. Want m ... More >>
A pet store chain with two Orange County shops sold puppies supplied by a puppy mill, alleges a class-action lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles law firm.The complaint alleges puppy breeds prone to illness and other health woes are being sold by Barkworks, which has stores in Brea and Mission Viejo.
Even Flat Stanley has to eat...While there ain't no cure for the summertime blues, the roller-skaters over at Orange County's newest Sonic may beg to differ. Through the end of June, the crew is offering a FREE cherry limeade with ANY purchase (hello, dollar menu!). Made with real cherries and cr ... More >>
Nothing Bundt Cake has one of those clever monikers that wraps a pun inside a title that's slightly more creative than Absolutely Phobolous and What the Pho. The franchise comes out of Sin City. The first of three Orange County branches opens today in Costa Mesa at 270 E. 17th Street, #4.
[Hey, You!] Saving Christmas, one lost wallet at a time.
A former Mission Viejo Animal Services Center volunteer dropped a bombshell this week."We are instructed to lie . . .," Dianne Doyle wrote in letters to the media and the city councils of Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo, which contract the center for shelter services.After three year ... More >>
If you happened to be at the Irvine Spectrum Monday night, you might have heard some loud pops.No, this was not misdirected Dolby blasts from the shopping and entertainment center's cine-megalopolis.Just ask the two Mission Viejo teens arrested for making the racket.
Brooklyn Museum ArchivesDid somebody order a designated driver?If you're driving in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita today, you may notice more sheriff's patrol cars on the road than usual.And, if you've been drinking:1) What are you doing driving, butt wipe?2) The deputies in ... More >>
At the most recent meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens got the five supes to approve $77 million in annual police service contracts with 11 cities throughout the county.That amount represents a slight increase (primarily due to deputy benefits) over the last ... More >>
Flickr user janelleSadly, I don't have any rabbits to cook, so you get a stock photo. I have made this dish many, many times.It's wabbit season in Mission Viejo, where the City Council last week allowed the hunting of rabbits with air-powered pellet guns. Should you hear the pop-pop-pop of a gun, ... More >>
flickr user nmhschoolPreyA dance instructor is on trial for illegal sex acts with a 16-year-old girl and secretly videotaping 12- to 14-year-old girls changing out of wet bathing suits in the 31-year-old married man's Mission Viejo home.
Ed Piskor / OC WeeklyVoters today are heading to the polls in Mission Viejo to decide whether or not to recall Mayor Lance MacLean.You'd know that fact already, many time over, if you'd been at last night's Mission Viejo city council meeting.For years, the council's public comments portion of the ... More >>
The news story in the latest dead-tree version of the Weekly is about the attempted recall of Mission Viejo mayor Lance MacLean. MacLean seems to think he's got a chance of surviving the recall because of a few well-publicized setbacks for his political foes.That doesn't mean the campaign's over by ... More >>
Vladae the Russian Dog Trainer's volunteer services on behalf of a pit bull who was stabbed in Mission Viejo earlier this year has been recognized by Best Friends Animal Society.
The St. Regis adopts policy banning bailed-out banker parties: Are you ready for this South County disaster?Do your best to imagine the following:The year is 2010. I Love Bagels has run out of shmear. Golden Spoon only offers gummy bears as topping. Lauren Conrad L.A. Candy has fallen off of the ... More >>
Watch out, sinning citizens of OC's sinningest towns. The OC Sheriff's Department will be on the streets tonight looking for drunk drivers as part of a federal anti-DUI program that targets "areas that have a high incidence of DUI related arrests and collisions."So, naturally, they're headed for ... More >>
Following a period in which the number of closures was down, they've now increased again. September saw five OC places shut up shop for good. They were:Wienerschnitzel, Mission ViejoJaponaise Bakery, Tustin (for Edwin's full report, CLICK HERE)Contodo Mexican Grill, OrangeVessia Ristorante, Irvin ... More >>
The "Clean-Cut Bandit": Coming to a bank near you?MONDAY, JUNE 1Shroomin' in Lagoonan: Laguna Beach Police arrested three people at a La Mirada Street property for alleged possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, heroin, Xanax, Levitra, Alprazolam and "numerous other unknown pills." Steven Christophe ... More >>
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You--not you, sir--can help fight breast cancer while receiving a complimentary bra fitting at various local locations over the next few weeks.For every woman who tries on a Wacoal or b.tempt'd bra with a fit specialist and signs up to receive monthly reminders to do self-breast exams, Wacoal will d ... More >>
Ed Piskor / OC WeeklyMore than a month after Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem was presented a letter stating the intention of 51 citizens to have him recalled from office, MacLean's opponents have gotten the go-ahead to begin gathering signatures from the general populace to get the recall on the ballot. ... More >>
When you think of soldiers and especially those killed in action, you generally conclude most came from the poorer parts of town. But with five young servicemen cut down in their primes, Irvine is the Orange County hometown with the most war dead from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's also ... More >>
Cooking Class: Exceptional Pizza, 6 p.m. Why not cook your own pizza for once? You lazy little... Blackmarket Bakery 17941 Sky Park Circle, Suite E Irvine, CA 92614 949-852-4689 Mic Check Tuesday, 9 p.m. One. Two. The Blue Café 210 N. Promenade Long Beach, CA 90802 562-983-7111 Orange County's ... More >>
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