Four high school cheerleaders injured in an Oct. 16 crash are already suing drunken driving suspect/former Murrieta Mayor/since reelected City Councilman/Anaheim Fire Department Battalion Chief Alan Long for alleged negligence.
By Gustavo Arellano, Matt Coker, LP Hastings, Charles Lam, R. Scott Moxley, Gabriel San Román and Nick Schou Ever heard of the children's books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Neither had we, but the tales so spooked Weekly art director Dustin Ames as a kid that he asked if we could illustrate ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And should everyone hate Murrieta?
As if on cue, a panga presumed to have carried undocumented immigrants (but no drugs this time) was found abandoned at Crystal Cove State Beach Thursday morning--providing yet more fodder for folks holding what they call "another planned National Anti-Immigration Protest" in Irvine Saturday afternoo ... More >>
An interview with Racky, the Weekly news rack destroyed in the H.B. riot of 2013
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And would open borders solve all of our immigration problems?
I recently spent a week in Oaxaca with Cecilia Ríos Murrieta, the owner of La Niña del Mezcal, and a bunch of awesome bartenders and cocktail aficionados from Los Angeles. I estimate that during the trip, our intake of mezcal was a pint per person per day, and yet there were no hangovers. Unfortu ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Costa Mesa shop makes great Japanese noodles—and quesadillas?
One of the cardinal rules of Drinks of the Week is that they have to be available here in Orange County. There's no point in writing about something our readers can't get, right? But this week we're going to make a rare exception. Why? Well, first, because it's damn good mezcal. DAMN good mezcal. I ... More >>
A tattoo artist who was previously deported after serving time for child annoyance in Murrieta in 2004 was arrested Tuesday at Dana Point Harbor, where he thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl he'd allegedly lured to his Mission Viejo home with promises of drugs, alcohol and free ink.Waiting ins ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about county supervisors remembering Smith before adjourning today's Board meeting in his honor.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 1, 2:18 P.M.: Charles V. "Chuck" Smith, who as an Orange County supervisor during the Weekly's toddler years became our face for good (advocating ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 18, 9:06 A.M.: Phoenix New Times, the big sistah paper of OC Weekly, includes coverage today of the Maricopa County case against San Clemente's Robert Douglas Fischer, who is accused of second-degree murder for allegedly staging what he called in as the "suicide" of Norman "Lee" Radder.V ... More >>
Hey, remember that Lake Forest cocaine safe house from Tuesday? Julio Cesar Perez-Arellano and Tomas Agustin Della Rocca Held in $4 Million Cocaine Bust Perhaps some recent U.S. Border Patrol busts produced some of the coke originally headed there.
UPDATE, FEB. 20, 2:30 P.M.: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Ezequiel Garcia was asking for a transfer to be closer to his Murrieta home before Thursday evening's shootings that left Garcia dead and his supervisor Kevin Kozak wounded, the deceased's widow tells KCAL/Channel 9 News. ... More >>
An Orange County Superior Court jury today found the first of six defendants in the slaying of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez, who was shot in the back at a Tustin house party, guilty of first-degree murder. Sarith Yin, 24, of Santa Ana, was also convicted of active participation in a crimina ... 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 >>
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 >>
Dick's most-recent booking photo from Temecula.UPDATE, MAY 16, 8:57 A.M.: More details have been released about the April 29 incident that resulted in the Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) considering taking legal action against troubled comic actor Andy Dick.The piss-destroy-chew episode (see o ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 10, 1:35 P.M.: As the details of the Slush Fund controversy continue to develop, with a second report due out from PBS SoCal, the Weekly decided to follow up with the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD_, which had stressed the fact it had been investigating this issue for some time ... More >>
Parole was denied for Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten for the 19th time.Van Houten, who is behind bars at the California Institution for Women at Frontera, was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the August 1969 slayings of wealthy grocers Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.A model prisone ... More >>
UPDATED WITH STILL ANOTHER ARREST . . . Suspect photos courtesy of Tustin Police DepartmentArrested in the murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez, who was gunned down around 2 a.m. Jan. 10 in Tustin and is shown at bottom right, are (clockwise from top left): John Saway; David Escobar; Pablo ... More >>
James CorbettThe Register's Scott Martindale reports that the lovably liberal UCI Law dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, will help represent James Corbett in his appeal of the ruling earlier this year that he violated the Constitution by criticizing Creationism in a Capistrano Valley High School classroom. ... More >>
A Los Angeles to San Diego high-speed train proposal that's picking up steam (sorry) would bypass the traditional Amtrak Surfliner route down the coast through Orange County and instead head eastward from LA through the Inland Empire.The state plans new tracks for 220 mile-per-hour trains from Lo ... More >>
Orange County Register: Local law-enforcement officials, business leaders, lawmakers and educators meet at Chapman University Tuesday to wipe out a scourge on polite Orange County society: "sexting." . . . The first pitch of the Angels' season is thrown tonight, and Jeff Miller columnizes ... More >>
You might not have noticed, but just before Christmas, two Orange County cops confessed to bizarre crimes. On Dec. 16, Joshua Wendall Blackburn, a six-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), admitted that he broke into a CHP evidence locker in Santa Ana and stole 64 kilograms of cocaine ... More >>
After this weekend, Irvine’s Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson just might make mixed martial arts everyone’s favorite spectator sport
What else is this battered old Spiro Agnew watch to conclude after the news that Murrieta Valley Unified School District is poised to open California's very first Ronald Reagan High School in 2009. Well, "poised to open" is actually conflating things a bit (just like a certain deceased president's ... More >>
County tells man to leave his wifeor lose his kids
By Steve Lowery
FBI sting pops Santa Ana City Councilman Ted Moreno