Gotcha Mr. Gotcha!Michael Elliot Tomson, the 58-year-old co-founder of the Gotcha surfwear brand, has been charged with felony DUI and possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor being under the influence of drugs following a traffic accident Monday in Laguna Beach.
See Update No. 2 at the bottom of page 2 on Jason Hallstrom's death. See Update No. 1 on page 2 with Travis Mock's not guilty plea.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 18, 8 A.M.: It's pretty amazing to get shot by police in Orange County once and survive.Travis Stuart Mock is now recovering from his second shootin ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on police now saying construction worker Jeremy Lewis' death was random. See Update No. 1 on investigators exploring whether Ali Syed lured Lewis to the place where he was shot to death.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 1, 12:16 P.M.: Ali Syed, the 20-year-old accuse ... More >>
In July of 2010, then-37-year-old Richard Ernest Caselli of Ladera Ranch was sentenced to four years in state prison after having pleaded guilty two months earlier to having been high on cocaine when he plowed his 2001 Volvo S-60 sedan into a 2004 Nissan Murano on the 73 toll road north of Laguna Ca ... More >>
See the update at the bottom of page 2 on the belief that a single gunshot killed the suspect, the San Bernardino County sheriff defending his deputies and the latest on the reward.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 14, 10:56 A.M.: Had Christopher Jordan Dorner lived and been taken into custody, the Orange County ... More >>
Adios, mofos! Or, more appropriately, aloha, as I'm blowing this Orange County taco stand for Hawaii. That's because my 85-year-old father called a tip into the LAPD's million-dollar, find-Chris-Dorner hotline Sunday that he's sure is going to pay off and win him the loot so he can relocate from Smo ... More >>
Days after Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker died in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach, the band have launched a memorial fund to provide assistance to the family of the late singer. All proceeds donated to the official Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund will go towards the education of Lucker's fi ... More >>
OC's hip-hop elite join forces to bring some shine to their scene at a new quarterly event
See the end of this post for an update on the arrest of the suspected driver, Vincent Leon.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 5, 2:23 P.M.: It was a wild morning at the New Harbor Inn in Costa Mesa, as a police patrol car was "violently" rammed twice by a black Nissan pickup, the officer inside responded with seve ... More >>
Oh, how many times have I slammed on the gas in the desperate search for a restroom because I've had too much water to drink. That said, I make sure to stay on the good side of the law--and, once I pull into a parking lot, I make sure that I park nicely and such.Someone should pass along that advice ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 8, 4:10 P.M.: A statement on the continued arraignment of Orange 31-year-old Shazer Fernando Limas, who could get the death penalty for allegedly killing his girlfriend and their two young boys, gives new ages for the children.Said originally by Orange Police to have been 2 and 4 years o ... More >>
You know, sometimes I feel sorry for Taco Bell. They can't choose their customer base (actually, they can if they ever decide to create better product--but that's another story), so they inevitably receive the country's lowlifes, the kind of folks who drive drunk to the Bell late at night to eat, ... More >>
CORRECTION, DEC. 12, 9:50 A.M.: No, it was not a bank of dead batteries that prevented filmmaker Chris Paine and his new documentary Revenge of the Electric Car from showing up as advertised (by . . . gulp . . . me) at the Art Theatre in Long Beach Sunday. As it turns out, that event was Dec. 4. ... More >>
Andrew YoussefKROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night TwoDecember 11, 2011Gibson AmphitheaterSee also: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One After barely surviving Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, my endurance was tested with another stellar line-up for Night Two. The Gibson ... More >>
You know this food truck fad isn't quite done yet when one of the big automakers actually targets food vendors as a growth opportunity. At the LA Auto Show, which is happening as we speak, Nissan partnered with the Grilled Cheese Truck and the Coolhaus truck to show off the company's new NV comm ... More >>
Amid high unemployment, low opportunity and a heaping helping of frustration, Jason Sadler has come up with a way for jobless Californians to demonstrate their way into an income. And you don't have to occupy anything other than a t-shirt.Through his Illinois-based IWearYourShirt.com, Sadler says ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 29, 4:56 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) today released an 11-page letter based on its investigation of last year's police shooting of the late Julian "Jules" Collender, but it is the final two paragraphs that say it all: "Based on all the evidence presented ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 28, 5:25 P.M.: Long Beach police officer Eddie Sanchez has been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and weaving in and out of traffic lanes the afternoon of May 24, 2010, in Garden Grove.The 30-year-old, who was off-duty at the time of the boozy driving, pleaded gui ... More >>
When a 25-year-old man identified only as Armando E. by prosecutors was serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, he was used to the sound of bullets whizzing by his ears and the feeling of being shot. At home in Garden Grove, not so much. But while he was playing in the front yard with his 10-y ... More >>
You know what's embarrassing? Being so drunk that, after weaving in and out of traffic lanes, you stop at a green light and after honking vehicles stacking up behind you can't get you to budge, a driver gets out of his car, walks over to your car and shuts off your engine.You know what's really e ... More >>
The Pop the Lock Crew has struck again!The three masked men tied to recent bank heists in Dana Point, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch are believed to be behind Tuesday's 5:40 p.m. robbery of the Wells Fargo at 28211 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel.
As with past OC Auto Shows, the 2010 version allows visitors to check out the newest GMCs, Fords, Buicks, Chevys and Toyotas without being hassled by pushy salesmen.Those who enter the Anaheim Convention Center Thursday through Sunday can also be among the first people in the nation to drive the ... More >>
The Cypress Police Department is conducting a DUI and driver's license checkpoint from 8 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. However, cops are letting you guess where that checkpoint will be.Wherever it is, hopefully the next Richard Caselli will be stopped.
The county's GOP central committee is in hot water with the tea party movement
An electrifying rideElectric-car advocate/Toyota Prius critic Doug Korthof of Seal Beach is bullish on the hybrid Nissan LEAF.
Spencer Kornhaber / OC WeeklyA Wheel of Fortune joke? Really?That sign seems mean, right? Well, some people at today's tea party at the Irvine Auto Center agreed. They knew that scummy media types (ahem) would take pictures of it. So they made it go away.
The Taco Bell crime of the week that's getting the most attention is Miami Dolphis star linebacker Joey Porter getting arrested outside a location for DUI; the crime that's probably the most hilarious happened in Charlotte and involved masked men robbing a spot for food (what methed mind thought ... More >>
Is it news that the Orange County Sheriff's Department will be looking extra hard for drunks behind the wheel tonight, or would it be news if they were not?Either way, the force announced "saturation patrols" will be out there as part of the "Avoid the 38" DUI Task Force, which is funded by the C ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentWe call this collage "Robberies, Solved and Unsolved." Top left: a man hands a teller a note demanding cash at Chase Bank in Orange. Top right: Booking photo of Adam J. Bennett, 20, of Santa Ana, who is suspected of robbing $ ... 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 >>
madaise / Flickr / Creative CommonsThe Capistrano Insider caught a story in Automotive News about Newport Beach's Mike Kahn, who, until recently, ran one of the fastest-growing car dealership chains in America. Or at least, that's how Automotive News ranked his company in 2007. Come 2009, though,&nb ... More >>
Cal State Fullerton communications student Elizabeth Heath contacted the Weekly about a contest her Brand Campaigns class has entered to come up with the best advertising campaign for the Nissan cube.The cube is a car. It looks like a boxier Toyota Scion. Like the Scion, it is meant to appeal to you ... More >>
You’re a man who discovers your wife is having sex behind your back with another man. Would you kidnap him and have sex with him in public? This isn’t a hypothetical for 22-year-old Orange County resident Santiago Rivas Huerta. But I’ve jumped ahead of myself. In early 2004, Maria Jose Cruz ... More >>
OC Gym Crook Arrested in LA: Police arrested Ronald James Navarrette Jr. of Mission Viejo Friday in El Segundo for breaking into men's lockers at the Spectrum Athletic Club not far from LAX. Gym employees had been on the lookout for the 45-year-old crook they knew from surveillance video taken at o ... More >>
Indie 103.1’s Surf Junkie Jeff keeps an eye on the waves—and tries to get Jonesy out on the water
Did a young Vietnamese professional terrorize OC prostitutes?
Fullerton actor hopes underground horror sensation is his grisly meal ticket
A sample of recent crime reports in Orange County
According to the for-profit Orange County Automobile Dealers Association, the top new retail car and truck registrations this year through May: Toyota: 29.3% GM: 12% Honda: 11.5% Ford: 9.7% DaimlerChrysler: 6.3% Nissan: 5.6% According to the nonprofit Environmental Defense, the percentage of ... More >>
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