A woman repeatedly trying to get out of a moving vehicle in front of a Placentia police officer early Sunday led to a report of a sexual assault, a brief search and a man's eventual arrest. The starting point was where the cop first saw the vehicle just before 3 a.m.: on Placentia Avenue near Chap ... More >>
UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 15, 11:01 A.M.: Ceaser Ramirez-Rafael, 24, has been identified as the worker who was fatally stabbed at Volcano Tea House in Garden Grove Friday, according to Garden Grove Police Lt. Ben Stauffer. The department spokesman did not yet know the relationship between the deceased and ... More >>
Robert Ruben Ornelas was to have made the trip Friday from his Orange County Jail cell to Superior Court in Santa Ana, where the 63-year-old former teacher was due for a preliminary hearing over charges he sexually assaulted a female relative, starting when she was 5 years old in the 1990s. But his ... More >>
Kristen Michelle Roush, a 34-year-old eighth grade teacher at La Paz Intermediate School in Mission Viejo was arrested at her Aliso Viejo home Friday for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a male juvenile student.
A 28-year-old Fullerton man--who based on looks alone could win the title role in the Broadway musical version of Taxi Driver--was held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail for allegedly mowing down a man in a wheelchair and driving away without stopping earlier this month. Surveillance vi ... More >>
It wasn't exactly a Catfish situation for a man who went to a Garden Grove motel at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 to meet a woman he'd met online.
See the update at the end of this post on registered sex offender Imran Ali Uddin being arrested in this case. ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 8, 10:47 A.M.: My reporting there was a creepy dude in the Orange Walmart might elicit from you a response of, "So what's the news in that?" (Especially if you've seen ... More >>
The Irvine Police Department announced the arrest of two men and a warrant out for a third in the case of recent burglaries of religious institutions that has already resulted in the arrest of a fourth man previously disclosed by the Santa Ana Police Department.The suspect being sought is parolee Ja ... More >>
Here's an important tip to you taggers and graffiti artists: Take "trophy shots" of your illegal work at night. Mitchell Lee, 22, of Cypress, learned the hard way that not only is it not smart to take such a photo in broad daylight at a school he'd allegedly marked up that same morning but that he s ... More >>
It was only in December that Laguna Woods City Manager Leslie Keane was cited for allegedly driving under the influence.Now, she's been injured after being seen "wobbling" while driving.Except this time the 64-year-old was on an electric scooter.
On today's Dr. Phil show, a 25-year-old Orange County actress accused of being an accessory to a sensational 2010 double murder defends her innocence.But pre-episode publicity hints that the interview with the veteran TV therapist may not have gone too well.In promotional material, a hostile Dr. Phi ... More >>
A man visiting his girlfriend at a Little Saigon community center this morning got into an argument with her, whipped out a six-inch hunting knife and stabbed her twice in the abdomen, resulting in the 37-year-old having to undergo surgery at a local hospital that lists her in stable condition, acco ... 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 >>
Four years ago, an inmate in the Orange County Jail filed a lawsuit alleging that from 2004 to 2006 a group of deputies denied him clean clothes, clean bedding, rooftop exercise, mail, messages, toilets, water, medical attention and access to a complaint system absent retaliation.But this month a fe ... More >>
Marcus Sarinana Gurrola, the Garden Grove 42-year-old accused of firing more than 50 semiautomatic gun rounds into the sky and ground at busy Fashion Island Saturday, was "destitute" and venting his life problems," according to the Newport Beach Police Department.Videos from horrified shoppers with ... More >>
A federal grand jury in Southern California has indicted three Orange County residents for allegedly conspiring to sell large quantities of methamphetamine in Garden Grove, Cypress and Buena Park.According to the indictment, government agents arrested 43-year-old Jon Jason Mashburn, Dustin Craig Bos ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the charges and possible stiff penalty the chiropractor faces.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 5, 3:03 P.M.: An Irvine chiropractor was arrested Tuesday at his Sky Park Chiropractic office Tuesday after the 65-year-old allegedly touched a female patient in a sexual rath ... More >>
Neither Fullerton police nor any other witness saw Samuel Fausto Uribe try to sell illegal narcotics but that didn't stop government officials from charging the 28-year-old Fullerton resident with possession of methamphetamine for sale in the summer of 2011.Though Uribe had been sitting in the drive ... More >>
When Kasey Kahl posed for the booking photo at right in January, it was dubbed the "prettiest mug shot" Fresno Police officers "ever [saw] come into their station."It's doubtful sheriff's deputies working the Orange County Jail beat are saying the same thing about the mug posed for this weekend by t ... More >>
Not far from the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda in June 2010, federal agents used a confidential informant to trick an Orange County drug dealer into supplying them 111 grams of 99 percent pure methamphetamine for $4,000.This week, Robin Lynn Freiwald learned her punishment fol ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 21, 3:35 P.M.: It's been pointed out that since this blog mentioned the hospitalization of two young women in their 20s--one for "alcohol-related" complications and the other for an arm injury suffered after falling down--following Chapman University's 2012 Spring Undies Run, we should a ... More >>
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) president at Sun View Elementary School in Huntington Beach is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of embezzling more than $22,000 from school fundraisers. Gail Diane Panella-Monestere, 52, of Huntington Beach, faces one felony count of grand theft b ... More >>
The good folks at Dateline NBC have announced plans to air their "mystery" Friday night about the ex-National Football League (NFL) player convicted last year for the cold-case ambush murder of an ultra-wealthy businessman in Newport Beach.I covered the trials of Eric Naposki--the big mouth, former ... More >>
Authorities have linked a Brink's Security guard who went through the police academy and has applied to become a cop to three Orange County rapes.And authorities fear suspected serial rapist Jose Luis Capacete, 39, of Baldwin Park, may have struck others besides the women sexually assaulted befor ... More >>
YouTubeThey call him the streak.A thief was fully clothed when he stole a Hummer limo at gunpoint in Irvine Saturday night.But, as a helicopter officer informed after the man who led cops on a bi-county chase jumped out of the stretch in Whittier and started running, "He's naked!"
UPDATE, AUG. 9, 7:20 A.M.: Last year I brought you the sad story of William Robert Wedgeworth, a 43-year-old Newport Beach man who hanged himself in the city jail.My colleague Nick Schou included the incident in the greater context of OC jail suicides and strange deaths in his Jan. 20 cover story ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 27, 9:31 A.M.: Convicted sex offender Steven Neil Paff pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday to annoying a 13-year-old girl inside a Foothill Ranch supermarket July 5.But the 46-year-old transient may have more court pleadings in his future as a police agency in Los Angeles C ... More >>
UPDATED, JULY 22, 4:22 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge Debra Carrillo in Westminster agreed to continue Catherine Kieu Becker's arraignment until Sept. 23.The 48-year-old Garden Grove resident's public defender, Frank Bittar, asked Carrillo to bar the media from covering the proceedings ... More >>
Newport Beach police arrested Charlotte Engle on suspicion of a DUI-related offense July 1 and took the 54-year-old Huntington Beach resident to Orange County Jail. During booking, jail officials determined Engle suffered from high-blood pressure and took her to Western Medical Center in Santa An ... More >>
Garden Grove police today arrested a Korea Times advertising representative for allegedly having businesses write checks in his name that were deposited into his personal account--to the tune of more than $140,000 over the past two years. Bong Soo Kim, 52, was booked into Orange County Jail on su ... More >>
A former Rancho Santa Margarita accounting consultant is scheduled to be arraigned in Santa Ana today for allegedly embezzling $822,000 from a longtime friend's company, using the ill-gotten money to pay off seven credit cards that racked up charges for gasoline, bar tabs, restaurant bills, cable ... More >>
Bring your wallet, not your macheteA 19-year-old plumber with blond hair and blue eyes is sitting in Orange County Jail this morning after police say he used a 25-inch machete to attack a man Sunday night in the parking lot of Orange County's most internationally acclaimed shopping center: South ... More >>
Wagner: I'm guilty. Wait, I'm not guilty if it means prison time.Bradley Stewart Wagner--the prize embarrassment of the Anaheim Police Department for using his badge to violently sexually assault three women he believed were illegal immigrants near Disneyland--is baaaaaaack.Well, to be precise, W ... More >>
Orange County Jail cook James Arroyo was arrested for allegedly touching the breasts of a female inmate.The woman, whom 54-year-old Arroyo was supervising in the Intake/Release Center kitchen Monday, reached up for something on a top pantry shelf when the cook is said to have moved in for a feel.
Anaheim Police just announced they have made an arrest in the incidents of racially and religiously hateful graffiti that was sprayed in January in Brea, Irvine, Anaheim and Santa Ana, including on the walls of two Catholic churches and the Orange County Housing Authority.Kim Rebar Henry, 56, of ... More >>
"Hey, what's going on on this side?"According to the charges, Steven Griego, 40, of Lancaster, sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy three times during the summer in Cypress and Garden Grove.That's the summer of 2007.Now 16, the unidentified boy just told his parents about the uninvited attacks b ... More >>
UPDATE: The man who is said to have hanged himself at Orange County Jail has been identified as Stephen Clevenger.Does it seem as if there have been more in-custody deaths at Orange County Jail lately?The latest is a 29-year-old Mission Viejo man who apparently hung himself in his Santa Ana jail ... More >>
View Larger Map A group a group that included La Habra police, Placentia police, Orange County and Anaheim SWAT and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raided a La Habra warehouse Thursday and seized 60 plants from a marijuana grow room. Three were arrested.
Westminster Police DepartmentRobert Daniel Ojeda's booking photo.On Wednesday, a SWAT team surrounded a home in Westminster and then entered it. The man they had expected to find barricaded inside, though, wasn't there.Yesterday, they found him.
According to sources at the Orange County Sheriff's Department, David L. Brent--the veteran prosecutor who runs the district attorney's acclaimed homicide unit--was arrested with his wife on Christmas Day following a domestic dispute.No other information was available officially, except that Brent w ... 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 >>
What began as a routine traffic stop Wednesday ended with the arrest of a 78-year-old Garden Grove man for allegedly battering a much younger police officer--an attack the cops say included grandpa kicking the patrolman in the nuts. Twice!
View Larger MapUC Irvine graduate student Brian Hughes Benedict, 35, shot his 30-year-old ex-wife Rebecca Benedict during a custody exchange of the couple's 4-year-old son around 7 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot outside graduate student apartments at 4200 Verano Place, Irvine, police say. The woman ... More >>
Jaimee Lynn Fletcher has a fascinating piece in today's Orange County Register about a pro-white (as in Caucasian) political group forming in Garden Grove. Supporters of the Golden State Party notified the Secretary of State in May they would try to qualify as a political party for 2010, electi ... More >>
Friday: Paging Chuck Norris!It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more unappreciative homeless men, alleged Ecstasy pushers and Ninjas, Ninjas, Ninjas! MONDAY, AUG. 3Wrong-Way Minivan After clocking a green minivan at 80 mph south on Beach Boulevard near the 405 freewa ... More >>
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