UPDATE: The man shot by police has been identified as Steen Parker III, 43, of Lake Elsinore. Consider a 39-year-old Lake Elsinore man in custody for the armed robbery of an Anaheim Fry's Electronics store lucky. He could have been his alleged partner in crime. That man, who has not yet been iden ... More >>
A 29-year-old tennis instructor pleaded guilty Thursday to committing lewd acts on a 13-year-old male student in Irvine and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail. Jarrid Thomas Baldogo of Irvine pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child younger than 14, and ... More >>
Another month, another little girl former Disneyland machinist Bryan William Anast is accused of sexually assaulting. In May, the Corona 45-year-old was accused of sex acts with a female relative beginning when she was 11. In June came allegations about a second girl, the 7-year-old daughter of a fr ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about a now former Disneyland machinist facing allegations of sexually assaulting a third child, who was 7 when the abuse is said to have begun.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 2, 4:36 P.M.: When Disneyland machinist Bryan William Anast was arrested and arraigned last month ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with the defendant's not guilty plea and Disneyland's response to the charges.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 24, 12:51 P.M.: Authorities are reaching out to the public in case there are other victims of a Disneyland machinist accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old ... More >>
See Update Nos. 3-4 on page 2 with the charges prosecutors have filed against three men in this case.See Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page identifying the dead man and the two men arrested for his murder.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 11, 2:10 P.M.: A 19-year-old man was fatally stabbed Saturday night in an at ... More >>
See the update at the end of page 5 on the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department defending the use of "hot gas," which could have sparked the cabin fire, on the suspect.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 7, 9:48 A.M.: The word coming out of the Los Angeles Police Department this morning is meant to apply to t ... More >>
Had an interesting email exchange this morning with Rusty Kennedy, executive director of OC Human Relations. He'd shared an email about a "Listening Session" being held at an African American church in Yorba Linda Sunday in light of November's revelation about racism a black family says drove them o ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) has concluded there is to be no "criminal culpability" in the fatal officer-involved shooting of 21-year-old Martin Angel Hernandez on March 6, 2012 in Anaheim, and that "there is substantial evidence" that the officer involved "acted reasonably under the ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post where a BET commentator wonders about links between the Roosmoor incident, a black family leaving Yorba Linda and OC skinheads.ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 5, 6:06 A.M.: Are the bombs of Rossmoor pranks, racist messages or prank racist messages?Inquiring minds want to k ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do they always yell, 'Cu-le-ro' at bands they love?
Rodney Alcala, of serial killer and The Dating Game fame, is no longer Orange County's or California's problem.At least not temporarily, as U.S. Marshals today plucked him from the corner of the state's Death Row he darkens to board a plane for New York, where the now-68-year-old is to make a comman ... More >>
The California Supreme Court Wednesday denied serial killer Rodney Alcala's request to block his extradition to New York, where he is accused of murdering two young women in the 1970s.Prosecutors in New York City filed extradition papers after Alcala, who is sitting on California's death row, was co ... More >>
Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by cops. Should the Scouts share the blame?
Serial killer Rodney Alcala has been behind bars since his arrest in 1979 for the murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe of Huntington Beach. Through his original convictions, overturned convictions and re-affirmed convictions, the 68-year-old has remained incarcerated in California. Against characte ... More >>
Dammit, again, it's Ponzi not Fonzie.38-year-old Euirang "Chris" Hwang was sentenced this week in federal court to 6 1/2 years in prison for operating an Irvine investment business that was actually a front for a Ponzi scheme targeting Korean Americans.After Hwang pleaded guilty to federal wire f ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAArmando MaciasUPDATE, SEPT. 1, 1:26 P.M.: Superior Court Judge Francisco Briseno today affirmed the death sentence for gang member Armando Macias, the triggerman in a bizarre family murder plot in 2002.A jury that convicted Macias in April for his role in the slaying followed up ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 28, 2 P.M.: Sentences totaling 13 years for convictions in two cases have been given to Kenneth Joseph Lucas II, the "kingpin" of an international "phishing" operation that used spam e-mails and bogus websites to collect personal information used to defraud American banks. The 27- ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAArmando MaciasUPDATE, MAY 19, 6:08 P.M.: A jury today recommended that gang member Armando Macias, 35, of Lancaster, receive the death penalty for his role in a bizarre family murder plot in 2002.It was Macias who "executed" 44-year-old David Montemayor, who was fleeing after bri ... More >>
Courtesy of OCDAArmando MaciasUPDATE, APRIL 21, 5:56 P.M.: A jury in Santa Ana today found Armando Macias guilty of murder--a conviction that could bring the 35-year-old Lancaster gang banger the death penalty.Macias was part of the family murder plot of businessman David Montemayor, 44, of Buena ... More >>
Why is your kid still huffing lead and other nasty toxins in your low-income housing unit despite the federal government having already sent your Orange County city funds to remedy the hazard?Blame Belinda Exon. The president of Rehab Financial Services, Inc., a now-defunct Huntington Beach comp ... More >>
David MontemayorUPDATE, MARCH 28, 9:34 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) today goes for a third death penalty conviction and sixth and final conviction overall in the 2002 murder of a Buena Park man that was set in motion by his sister, who was jealous he was being handed ... More >>
BREAKING, MARCH 11, 12:41 P.M.: "Radio" Raheem Abdul Edwards, who managed to elude capture for the 2000 shooting and murder of Anaheim liquor-store owner Haeng Shin Kim by frequently moving, changing names and gnawing on his fingertips to remove his prints, was sentenced today to life in prison w ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 18, 5:15 P.M.: 31-year-old Corona resident Gilberto Cruz Silva was sentenced to 39 years to life in state prison and required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life for raping one prostitute at knifepoint and trying to rape a second in 2009.
Recognize the guy on the right? The FBI and several Southern California law-enforcement agencies would love ever so much to know who he is, as he has been linked to seven bank robberies in the region since August 2009.His last hit was the Jan. 15 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Long Beach. He's ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 10, 11:30 A.M.: It took a long time to bring "Radio" Raheem Abdul Edwards to justice for his role in the shooting-murder of liquor-store owner Haeng Shin Kim in Anaheim back in 2000.It took two days for a jury to convict the 30-year-old.
Philong Huynh will face life in prison, beginning May 23.Update, Jan. 12, 12:45 p.m.: The trial for Philong Huynh--who is accused of raping and killing Huntington Beach resident Dane Williams in January 2008--was originally scheduled to begin yesterday (Tuesday, Jan. 11), but has been pushed back ... More >>
Headline: Pedestrian Robbed at Knifepoint in Santa Ana Comment by SUPPERROOSTER: CultureComment by VASQUEZ1: What the headline should read is: Pedestrian robbed at knifepoint in Santa Ana and wasn't stabbed. Robbers failed to ask victim where he was from.News at 11!
I'm a huge fan of the Law and Order franchise--Special Victims Unit is my favorite because of hot-ass Mariska Hargitay, Criminal Intent remains a weird-ass show, the original will always live on TNT, and I even saw a couple of episodes of the UK version and liked them. The newest member of the fa ... More >>
A 30-year-old Corona man was found guilty by a jury today of forcibly raping one prostitute and attempting to rape another at knife point. Gilberto Cruz Silva faces a maximum sentence of 36 years to life in state prison at his Jan. 21 sentencing in Westminster.
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Deborah Perna, who was the office manager at her family's trucking business, was jealous that her father intended to pass control to her brother, who she was also convinced was stealing from the company. So, the 53-year-old Anaheim resident arranged to have her brother whacked. Today, a second ga ... More >>
Rob Krentz's Family Talks About the Life and Death of the Murdered Arizona Rancher
Xinming Fu, a 48-year-old Irvine physician, has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in a $15 million health care fraud scheme that plied the elderly and mentally ill with candy, doughnuts and cigarettes to get them to undergo unnecessary respiratory treatments that were b ... More >>
A Newport Beach woman from India and her daughter were in court today to face charges that they and the woman's other daughter and son-in-law conspired to commit more than $16 million in real estate fraud.Meanwhile, the Korean-American chairman of an Irvine investment firm and his South Korean gi ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's officeMax Danilo Martinez is accused of rapes nine years apart.In announcing the charges against a Corona man who is being arraigned in Santa Ana this morning for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl and 24-year-old woman, the Orange County District At ... More >>
Not the home in question but an amazing facsimile.A married couple from Fountain Valley and a Newport Coast mortgage broker are scheduled to be arraigned in a Santa Ana courthouse this morning for their alleged roles in a $3.6 million fraud scheme that involved several mortgages being taken out o ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--actually the Weekly's TWO weekly round-up as an attempt is made to make up for lost vacation time.Left courtesy of E! Entertainment, right courtesy of Orange Police DepartmentRyan Seacrest (left) gets paid another visit from his No. 1 Army spe ... More >>
Carreon, at right: Who knew such a venomous man was an beer-bellied, middle-aged pendejo?If I were a member of UC Irvine's Muslim Student Union, I'd be scared: Hector Carreon is taking up your cause! The sole writer of the notoriously gay-bashing, Jew-trashing La Voz de Aztlán--who has taken to ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more ho' attackers, hammer heads, short robbers, skateboarding nazis, bloody bandagers, bushmen packing heat, baseball bat-wielding robbers, monkeys that are not for sale and Ryan Seacrest.Center photo by Melinda Nagy/Dreamstime.comBE ... More >>
Many of you reading this were not even born yet, but way, way, back in the 1990s, the early days when this was your daddy's OC Weekly, Mike Males was moonlighting stories for us while attaining a PhD in social ecology from UC Irvine. For instance, in February of 1999, Males wrote "Here Come the New ... More >>
What you get to read this morning: SOBER-LIVING HOME DEBATE: LA Times - Balboa Peninsula's plethora of sober-living homes faces the wrath of the Newport Beach City Council as well as the Concerned Citizens of Newport Beach. One wonders whether these Citizens are related to the Cannery Village Conce ... More >>
'Theyre always little bit more rambunctious'
This morning, we noted that the man known as the "Irreconcilable Differences" bandit robbed his 16th bank out in Newport Beach. Now, CBS reports that a guy who matched his description was arrested in Glendale shortly after robbing a Wells Fargo. They got him in the parking lot of the local McDonald ... More >>