You don't read a sentence like this very often: A 71-year-old woman is facing a murder rap and being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail in the fatal shooting of her 96-year-old mother. Christine Reynolds and her mother Gretchen DeStefano apparently had some kind of domestic dispu ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with Irvine Police results on Friday night's checkpoint. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 6:30 A.M.: The Irvine Police Department holds a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday. Where? Read on ...
See the update at the bottom of the next page on Santa Ana's Saturday night checkpoint--WITH the location! ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 27, 6:37 A.M.: A DUI/drivers license checkpoint is up in Dana Point from 6 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday.
This morning, someone phoned in a bomb threat to Orange County Superior Court, otherwise known as the Central Justice Center in downtown Santa Ana.
See Update No. 4 on Page 2 with deputies identifying all of the deceased and disclosing Michael Sheer, 21, is believed to have killed his father, mother and sister before turning his shotgun on himself. Update Nos. 1-3 on the next page identified the parents and confirmed no suspect was being sought ... More >>
The county coroner is turning to the public for help in identifying a woman who was killed after being struck by an auto at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Orangewood Avenue in Stanton. She was possibly of mixed race, age 19 to 30, 5-foot-3, 165 pounds with long, wavy brown/black hair and ... More >>
See Update No. 4 on Page 2 with Leonbardo "Banda" Valladares' arraignment details. Update No. 3 was on him being taken into custody after an overnight standoff. Update No. 2 has a new photo and more personal info about him. Update No. 1 identified him as the suspect. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 16, 2:36 P ... More >>
Irvine Police are conducting a sobriety checkpoint from 8 tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday at Culver Drive and Walnut Avenue, the department announced. The Orange County Sheriff's Department checkpoint in Dana Point ends at the same start but begins two hours earlier, at 6 tonight. Deputies aren't s ... More >>
A creeper who resembles the fellow in the drawing is being sought for jumping out of bushes and flashing his junk at a 12-year-old girl walking home from school.
My reaction to a news item about the Orange County Sheriff's Department considering the use of drones is pretty much the same as my reaction to the recent re-revelations about the federal government spying on U.S. citizens. I figured cops were already using drones here, just like I figured NSA spyin ... More >>
See Update No. 3 at the bottom of Page 2 on Ross Ornelas, the brother of the suspect, identifying himself as the one who turned Robert Ornelas in to authorities. Update No. 2 on page 2 has more details on the evidence and possible federal child porn charges coming. Update No. 1 on the next page deta ... More >>
See Update No. 7 on page 3 about a recently concluded press conference giving a complete overview of the latest events in Trabuco Canyon.See Update Nos. 3-6 on page 2 about the man being found alive, the search resuming for the woman, Kyndall Jack being found and airlifted out and how it all happene ... More >>
It's been one hell of a busy week for any and all things immigrant! From the Gang of 8's framework for immigration reform to the Deporter-in-Chief Barack Obama's own speech on the subject in Las Vegas, politicians have been putting their dos centavos in. After Inauguration Day banner drops along the ... 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 with the DA revealing there is a third victim and filing serious charges that could put the defendant away for life with a conviction.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 14, 3:46 P.M.: Wonder which Mexican state is dear to Jorge Serafin's heart?Also wonder how folks there woul ... More >>
If you're driving south tonight--or north from South County--you may want to program your GPS to avoid the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.That's because the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which patrols all three, is holding "saturation patrols" from 8 tonight through ... More >>
Ghosts, ghoulies and other trick-or-treaters won't be the only scary beings out tonight as the Orange County Sheriff's Department has announced it is stepping up patrols for drunken drivers."Keep the party off the road" is the message of the Orange County Avoid DUI task force.
On the morning of October 10, Niko Black was alone and ill when deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department arrived to evict her from her Garden Grove home on Shannon Avenue. "I'm in my bed and I see them storming my property," she tells the Weekly. "I crawl to my wheelchair."The 37-year-ol ... More >>
Following a day of training, SWAT team officers were cleaning their weapons at the Huntington Beach police station around 10 p.m. Wednesday when an officer's revolver fired.The round struck the floor and ricocheted, striking the leg of a colleague, according to police spokesmen. The unidentified sho ... More >>
See update at end of post about the county coroner correcting the initial description of the man found floating in the Bolsa Chica surf.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 14, 2:58 P.M.: Do you recognize the man in this drawing?If so, the Coroner's Division of the Orange County Sheriff's Department would like to he ... More >>
OWS Facebook PageIt looks like Anaheim got its very first entry on citizen vigilante website Cop Block.Not so fast though--it does not concern the Anaheim Police Department, which sees at least a half dozen people demonstrating against deadly excessive force in front of their department every S ... More >>
Presumably this is unrelated to the arrival of Japanese tsunami debris along the California coastline that we've all been hearing about. But at about noon yesterday, a boater who either really hates marijuana or really loves obeying the law, called authorities to report several large bales of weed f ... More >>
For those of you who reared or married criminals, we have good news!Thanks to an agreement between the county and Continental Prison Systems (doing business as EZ Card and Kiosk), you can more easily transfer money to your jailbird loved-ones, you know, the men and women who have nothing better to d ... More >>
During the St. Patrick's Day weekend when folks were gulping loads of green beer, Orange County thankfully endured zero related traffic fatalities and, in response, the sheriff's department is hailing the effectiveness of law enforcement sobriety checkpoints.From 6 p.m. March 16 to 6 p.m. yesterd ... More >>
UPDATE, DEC. 28, 10:27 A.M.: The cause for alarm that prompted the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad to swoop down on Faith Lutheran Church in Anaheim this morning has been revealed:A box of Christmas tinsel. Don't laugh: anyone who's picked the shiny lace out of shag carpeting knows ... More >>
OCSDA Long Beach parolee was arrested this morning in Wednesday's Rossmoor home invasion that had a 90-year-old woman held at gunpoint, tied up and robbed.The names of those involved have not yet been released, although the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) has revealed the suspect is 23, ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department holds DUI roving patrols tonight in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods.Deputies will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions, according to a department release.
UPDATE, NOV. 2, 11:40 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) this morning announced the following charges against Christopher David Schwanke: one felony count each of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, sexual penetration by foreign object of an unconscious victim, ... More >>
Moxley is doing...something...so I'll step up to the plate and use his Orange County Sheriff's Department bat to smash Sandra Hutchens' crew anew. After all, this one writes itself!On Sept. 30, sheriff's deputy Mario Manuel Castro had a few too many at a Costa Mesa bar while off-duty--like, three ... More >>
As you may have previously read, an empty bomb threat on the first day of school at San Clemente High School drew a response from the FBI, the Navy, the Marines, U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, a regional counter-terrorism team, the Capistrano Unified S ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 12, 8:55 A.M.: Because no bombs were discovered at San Clemente High School, nor has any evidence of crime turned up outside Camp Pendleton involving Navy medic Daniel Morgan, the 22-year-old corpsman will not be charged in Orange County courts.That does not mean Morgan is off the h ... More >>
An incident from Ladera Ranch last week brings to mind the young Florida mom who was busted last year for posting a photo on Facebook of her baby appearing to smoke from a bong.Only, in the latest case, the toddler actually did consume something.No, not the pot in the bowl. The bongwater.Yeccch!
This afternoon at John Wayne Airport, a man managed to come up on a uniformed sheriff's deputy from behind and remove his gun from his holster.The deputy and a second sheriff's department employee managed to recover the gun and take the man into custody without any shots being fired. The employee ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 6, 10:38 A.M.: The Avoid the 38 DUI Task Force just released the final numbers from the holiday weekend past's three sobriety checkpoints and multiple DUI saturation patrols countywide.From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Monday, officers representing 38 county law enforcement age ... More >>
Weed, guns and money were seized last week after law enforcement served search warrants at storefront medical marijuana dispensaries in Lake Forest and Long Beach and the homes of people associated with the shops.According to a notice from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, members of South ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department received a call just after 10 a.m. Sunday from a distressed individual at Crossline Church, 23331 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills.Passing by the pews was a fellow who claimed he was Jesus Christ risen from the dead, and he had a message you won't find in Sunda ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 28, 7:08 P.M.: A sex-offender parolee and John Belushi look-alike was sentenced today to five years in state prison for molesting a 14-year-old girl on an Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus in front of her friends. Get this: At the time of the offense, the genius was ... More >>
Most of the material for this column happens in tiny towns across America, so it's always a pleasure to report on bizarre Taco Bell crimes in our backyard--like the case of a guy who...well, let's let the Orange County Register take this one after the jump!
The FBI and the Orange County Sheriff's Department have issued a special bulletin and $10,000 reward for information leading to a live look at that breakin' and frontin' act taking center stage at local banks, the Pop and Lock Crew.B-boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyz!Check that: being sought for capture ... 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 RionCMNext Tuesday the Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider Sheriff Sandra Hutchen's request to approve a contract allowing bail bonds companies and criminal defense lawyers to advertise their services inside the county jail. Hutchens' biggest selling point ... More >>
Believe it or not, that is not John Belushi in the photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department in connection with a case involving a man who allegedly touched a teenage girl in a sexual manner aboard a bus in South County.We stand unconvinced. Not only would one imagine Belushi weari ... More >>
Harvey Romero Jr., a 20-year-old from Garden Grove, left a graduation and birthday party in a car with four other people inside Friday night. At about 10 p.m., the car stopped on Santa Catalina Avenue in Stanton and the people inside started looking for a friend in the area. They talked to a gro ... More >>
It's not a crime if the sheriff does itPlease, please, please don't punish me for my criminal activity!--The position ex-Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona is taking with U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Guilford, who will decide on April 27 what punishment is fitting for the former top cop's repeate ... More >>
Spirited Orange County union and Democratic Party officials gathered this morning outside the county's Hall of Administration to protest the Board of Supervisors' firing of more than 200 Social Service Agency employees as one way to address massive budget woes. With a backdrop of placard-waving seni ... More >>
Sources tell OC Weekly that the Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy found dead in a car parked in Aliso Viejo yesterday had been the subject of a sex crimes investigation in the District Attorney's office and may have opted to kill himself rather than face arrest. Susan Schroeder at the DA's ... More >>
The AP and OC Register report that Sheriff Michael Carona will announce his resignation today in order to better focus on the case against him. We were sitting here pinching ourselves when we wandered over to the OCSD blog and read this statement from Carona. Guess it ain't a dream: Over the past f ... More >>
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