The Santa Ana Police Department holds a sobriety checkpoint tonight, while their counterparts in Irvine have one set Saturday night. Also tonight, special patrols of Orange County sheriff's deputies are scheduled to flood streets of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.
A soccer coach for several South County girls club teams was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of lewd acts on a minor, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Because Ronnie Gamez, 27, of Laguna Niguel, had access to other minors as a soccer coach for U11, U13 and U17 teams, the sheriff ... More >>
The county coroner is reaching out to the public to help find family members of Tuan Lac Phan. The 49-year-old transient died at Garden Grove Hospital on Sept. 24.
A photo of an Orange County Sheriff's Department cruiser parked in a spot for handicapped motorists in front of a medical facility is raising eyebrows online.
See Update No. 2 on Page 2 with the charges against the hit-and-run suspect who was shot by a deputy. Update No. 1 on the next page identifies him as Bryan Song Yang. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 11, 8:47 A.M.: A man was shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy in the parking lot of a Yorba Linda restauran ... More >>
Up in the hills of Orange, residents were walking for exercise, others rode along horse trails, but on Orange Park Boulevard, one family was left locked out of their home. The Koshaks received a morning visit from the Orange County Sheriff Department (OCSD) whose deputies arrived on scene yesterday ... More >>
With the violence in the world, a dry-ice bomb going off at the Happiest Place on Earth and an Infiniti splitting in two and killing all the teen occupants in Newport Beach, it's refreshing to hear there can be a happy ending to a grenade being found in a public park and near a high school.The happy ... More >>
The conduct behind bars of the suspected worst mass killer in Orange County history may play a role in his death penalty trial, according to a prosecutor.Assistant District Attorney Dan Wagner will file paperwork in court detailing a January incident where Scott Evans Dekraai became so disruptive in ... More >>
Former police officer Kevin Michael Sianez pleaded guilty Thursday to 17 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense, 11 felony counts of fraudulently using an access card, two felony counts of identity theft, four felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a 1998 convictio ... More >>
A Santa Ana jury Monday found a former couple guilty of stealing $330,000 from the husband's then-89-year-old mother. Peter Garcia, 70, and Virginia Kay Furr-Garcia, 50, both of San Clemente, each now face up to six years in prison at their March 22 sentencing.
Seal Beach mass murder suspect Scott Evans Dekraai is accused of going a little decray-cray at Theo Lacy Facility and having to be pepper-sprayed and restrained, according to jailers.The drama is said to have begun when the Huntington Beach 44-year-old, upset that he was segregated from the general ... More >>
In July 2008, a disheveled, shirtless Peter Corlette Keesal** partied by himself in bushes near Aliso Viejo Town Center until an Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy found him. Keesal, then 43 years old and unemployed, had $24.25 in a sock, (incredibly) $12,315 stuffed in one pants pocket ... More >>
Laguna Woods City Manager Leslie Keane knows very well that the countywide, wintertime, Orange County Sheriff's Department-led enforcement against drunken drivers is working.That's because the 64-year-old was popped by sheriff's deputies late Friday for suspected DUI in Laguna Hills.
See the update at the end of this post with the charges and possible sentence facing the suspect.ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 18, 5:21 P.M.: A 66-year-old man who was apparently living in a commercial business park in Costa Mesa was arrested Monday for possessing gun powder, fuse material and other materials ... 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 >>
See the update at the end of this post on an arrest in this case.ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 6, 8:03 A.M.: You may know actor Loren Dean from such movies as Mumford, Space Cowboys or Enemy of the State, or from his regular role on TV's Bones, or all the way back to one of his first big screen turns, as the ... More >>
Todd Hansen moved to Orange from the San Diego area about a year ago, grew a goatee since the picture at right was taken and called his work on Halloween to say he wasn't feeling well and would be going to a local emergency room for treatment.He and his white vintage 1961 Jeep "Willys" pickup truck ... More >>
As longtime Navel Gazers know, this blog routinely devotes a Friday post to the Ugliest Police Mugshot of the Week. Well, today, we bring you instead the Saddest Puppy Dog Eyes Police Mugshot of the Week.The "honor" goes to 18-year-old James Rivas, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder T ... More >>
Three men are in custody for definitely one, probably two and possibly three smash-and-grab burglaries of Orange County LensCrafter stores poached of expensive sunglasses early today.But I wonder if the same notion about the eyeglass stores hit anyone else who caught this morning's coverage on the t ... More >>
The headline pretty much says it all. According to a two-paragraph press release issued Sept. 2 by the Orange County Sheriff's Dept., Bryan Scott, a 49-year-old man, perished while being treated for an undisclosed condition inside the jail ward of the UCI Medical Center. The press release states tha ... More >>
Welcome relief from this hot weather comes when the humidity causes the storm clouds to form and a light mist or rain falls.That may be what folks thought was falling while passing under the balconies of residences in the 2600 block of El Camino Real in San Clemente early Monday.Perhaps the faint o ... More >>
A 24-year-old Garden Grove man won a 32 years to life in prison term today following his March convictions for forcing women to orally copulate him on two dates in November 2009 and for attempting evil deeds on a third ambushed woman two years earlier.One of Rulin Hernandez Loaeza's victims said in ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 25, 3:11 P.M.: At right is the booking "money shot" Jenna Jameson took after being hauled in for allegedly being drunk when she plowed her Range Rover into a Westminster pole early today. All things considered, the ex-porn star out of Huntington Beach looks so good we should consider run ... More >>
To herald the arrival of Stinko de Drinko weekend, the CHP, Garden Grove Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Department are deploying saturation patrols tonight.Saturation in this case does not define the human pickling that will take place in bars, pubs and house parties across Orange Cou ... More >>
In honor of the upcoming National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the Orange County District Attorney's office and other area law enforcement agencies will host the region's 4th Annual Victims' Rights March & Rally on April 27.The Santa Ana event will begin at a 9:30 a.m. reception with District Att ... More >>
Anyone who regularly motors through a retirement community like Laguna Woods knows to take a defensive-driving posture. Signal-free lane changes, inconsistent relationships with gas and brake pedals, and overall blind-as-a-fruit-bat driving are common the closer you get to old-age homes.Tonight, ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 3, 4:27 P.M.: According to a release this afternoon from the Anaheim Police Department, that agency and 13 others are taking part in the previously announced countywide law enforcement patrols targeting drunken drivers on Super Bowl Sunday. That now makes it an "Avoid the 26" operati ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 17, 3:32 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad gave the all-clear this morning after examining the suspicious package with "bomb" written across it outside the Social Security Administration office in Anaheim.Reassuring: Anaheim Police say the package contained no b ... More >>
Garden Grove Police Department's DUI Enforcement Team is deploying officers for special saturation patrols tonight and Saturday night to crack down on drunken drivers. The Orange County Sheriff's Department is also holding the patrols tonight in Stanton and Villa Park.With saturation patrols, pol ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 16, 5:11 P.M.: Orange County Sheriff's Department jail cook James Arroyo was convicted today of sexually assaulting two female inmates under the 54-year-old Fullerton resident's supervision.Arroyo pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of sexual battery on one woman and two misdem ... 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 >>
A 20-year-old woman who sparked alarm throughout South County of a predator on the loose after she reported being sexually assaulted in the same area as another recent attack, has been charged with misdemeanor counts of filing a false police report and resisting arrest.Danielle Rene Deichman of L ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 9, 8:50 A.M.: Creeper Herath Permarathne entered a guilty plea yesterday to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while both were on a bus. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years probation and mandatory sex-offender registration.But the Orange County district attorney's ... More >>
BabkaBeau Babka, the Utah lawman who applied to become Orange County's sheriff in the wake of Mike Carona's resignation to (unsuccessfully) fight corruption charges in 2008, is under investigation for committing fraud.According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, Babka--a Cottonwood Heights cop who ha ... More >>
UPDATE: Two more teenagers have come forward to allege the suspect toughed them inappropriately on a bus (see end of post) . . . Surveillance video shows Herath Premaratnea getting on and off Orange County Transit Authority buses for four hours on Monday, mostly along routes 55 and 47.
UPDATE: We missed probably the biggest collection point of all (updates throughout) . . . Local police want what's in your medicine cabinet today.No, government budget cuts have not been so deep that the forced confiscation of citizen medications has replaced cops' prescription drug plans. This i ... More >>
UPDATES THROUGHOUT . . . Richard and Marcia Forsberg were said by friends to be the perfect couple. They met in a Ventura College journalism class and were looking forward to their 40th wedding anniversary at the end of this month.The pair of 61-year-olds, who had no children, were often seen ho ... More >>
SEE UPDATED VERSION OF THIS POST. Richard Gustav Forsberg would bring his wife dinner every night, but their neighbors in Rancho Santa Margarita noticed 61-year-old Marcia Ann Forsberg was not around beginning in February. They asked the hubby, a computer manager who is also 61, what happened to ... More >>
UPDATE: Why the deceased was in custody (see end of post) . . .An Orange County Jail inmate died while under a hospital's care, according to a very brief statement from the Orange County Sheriff's Department that follows after the jump. Gregorio Torres was 43.
The son of one of the original housewives from Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County is back behind bars--and this time he is being held there without bail.Josh Waring, the son of Laura Waring, got picked up Friday night on a warrant for a probation violation.
It's the Weekly's weekly crime round-up--now with more blatant Arrested Development imagery.Could Tobias Fünke be the "Blue Note Bandit" (Wednesday) or the man making "blown" offers (Thursday)?TUESDAY, DEC. 1Nice Racks! After pulling over a silver 2004 Acura TL four-door at Newport Boulevard and ... More >>
Remember that melon with wires protruding out of it that brought the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad to an Irvine business park the afternoon of Nov. 13? The incident that ended with an arrest and the discovery that, despite bomb threats having been called in, it was not a bomb but, ... More >>
Above is the logo on boxes like those stolen this past Thanksgiving weekend from the United Labor Agency of Orange County in Garden Grove, where 20,000 pounds of food, more than $25,000 worth of donated toys and other items for the benefit of underprivileged families were taken. Total estimated l ... More >>
Various Orange County communities are going to be crawling with extra cops this weekend as pre-Thanksgiving pushes are made to get drunks, druggies, the unlicensed and unsafe motorcyclists off the road and to ensure everyone is buckling up.R. Scott Moxley blogged earlier today about the Orange Co ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentR.I.P., Margot WaltersThe Orange County Register reports the body of a woman found Wednesday night in Woodfield Park has been identified by the coroner as Margot Walters, who went missing in Aliso Viejo July 17. The 76-year-old, who'd exchanged words ... More >>
"I, uh, also want you to know that not only isn't he getting his sheriff's badge, there won't be a mother fucker from the Orange County Sheriff's Department that'll be there. So I called all of the command staff together and I said, 'Well, you know, I can't tell people what to do on their own time, ... More >>
Fishnets fine, but no hijabs: Souhair Khatib, a Muslim lady who was jailed for a probation violation last November, is suing the Orange County Sheriff's Department for allegedly violating her religious rights by forcing her to remove her head scarf. Jail officials say they had her hijab removed bec ... More >>
Catch a crooked cop: Nope. Sorry. Not here in the USA. No way. But in Mexico, authorities want a no corruption zone for the the five-mile road from the Tijuana border south to the beach. Officials are “installing cameras to catch extortion attempts, publicizing that people can pay tickets with cr ... More >>
Record of the year?
Inmates allege the Orange County Mens Jail is still a haven for brutal deputies