UPDATE NO. 3, NOV. 18, 1:53 P.M.: Ruben Martinez, who is accused of fatally stabbing his mother's boyfriend Maximino Fuentes Clara during a street fight in unincoporated Anaheim Sunday night, has a criminal past, according to court records. The 27-year-old Anaheim resident has a 2009 conviction for ... 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.
Tamura Elementary School in Fountain Valley was evacuated this morning after a janitor found a Ziploc bag with PVC pipe inside.
See the update at the end of this post on St. Mary and All Angels School remaining closed Thursday despite the sheriff's department believing the threat from overseas is not credible. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 9, 9:59 A.M.: Students at St. Mary & All Angels elementary and middle school received a most ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with the woman believed to have been the victim of a murder-suicide carried out by her boyfriend. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 8, 9:07 A.M.: San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies serving a search warrant in an Aliso Viejo apartment Monday evening were surprised to ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department and the police forces of Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Santa Ana are among California law enforcement agencies targeting drivers who are texting or using their cell phones today. The special Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign continues ... More >>
An employee of a San Juan Capistrano 76 gas station pulled a 49-year-old Garden Grove man out of his moving truck before he could drive off with 120 gallons in stolen gasoline Tuesday morning and held the would-be thief until deputies arrived, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Za ... More >>
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with the charges and possible punishment for Gregory Thomas Salyer. Update No. 2 has the Marines identifying him as a recently discharged corporal and gunner. Update No. 1 has officials describing the allegedly stolen military artillery devices the sheriff's department say ... More >>
A Dana Point woman was shot in the head last night when a gun being cleaned by her neighbor accidentally discharged. That immediately prompted the NRA to issue a press release warning that attempting to prevent rounds from being in a chamber during cleaning violates the Second Amendment. ... Well, i ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post with the DA's office alleging Oscar Morlett used "a type of axe" to kill his step-mother, Jeanne Ellen Morlett. Update No. 1 I.D.'s the suspected killer and victim. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 9, 2:12 P.M.: Homicide detectives have been called to a residence in Lake ... More >>
The Costa Mesa Police Department is scheduled to hold a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday somewhere in the city.Santa Ana Police have one Saturday, from 7:30 p.m. through 1:30 a.m. Sunday, and we've got the location of that one.
Orange County is on "heightened alert" due to today's Boston explosions that have killed at least two and injured nearly two dozen people, according to Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. "Although the tragic incident in Boston, Massachusetts this afternoon appears to be isolated, the Orange County Sheriff's D ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the woman reportedly taking her own life.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 1, 1:49 P.M.: Have you seen Melissa Rae Sutor? The 28-year-old left her San Juan Capistrano home around 11:30 a.m. Friday, has not been seen since and is considered "endangered" by authorities.
The Costa Mesa man who was arrested on suspicion of possessing bomb-making materials and illegal firearms days after the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook massacre is now also accused of having had 33 photos of girls who appear scantily clad or in sexually suggestive poses and all younger than 10. Baylor Eldric Ma ... More >>
See the update at the end of page 2 with the date and location of Irvine's DUI checkpoint.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 15, 10:44 A.M.: Beginning tonight and continuing through early Monday, DUI checkpoints and special patrols will be scattered across Orange County due to the gallons of green beer flowing ov ... More >>
A reader wondered if an online page he found to donate to Annette Aoki, the mother of Ali Syed'd presumed first murder victim in Ladera Ranch Courtney Aoki, was legitimate, especially in light of the phony money-collecting sites that sprang up after the Sandy Hook tragedy.So the Weekly asked the Ora ... More >>
Anaheim Police have released a sketch of a man who groped a girl jogging through the city Saturday morning.The 14-year-old was jogging near the intersection of Cerritos Avenue and Gilbert Street around 9 a.m. when the stranger grabbed at her groin and butt before running away.
Verta Parker, who is disabled and uses a medical walker, usually sticks close to Pacifica Royale Assisted Living Community in Midway City, but she will go out for short strolls that last a couple hours.She left for her last one around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, but has not been seen by Pacifica Royale staf ... More >>
Boss at the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) want to extend a 2010 undercover vehicle rental contract worth more than $1.1 million annually through February 2014 without additional competitive bidding.County supervisors will consider the request at their Jan. 29 public hearing in Santa Ana ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about sheriff's department roving patrols tonight.ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 18, 9:22 A.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department holds a DUI checkpoint from 8 tonight through 8 a.m. Saturday, which I believe is the longest such operation I've ever reported here.Guess Righ ... More >>
The multi-agency "Avoid the 38" Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.Exact intersections were not revealed.
See the update at the end of this post on the defendants' guilty pleas and sentences.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 25, 8:02 A.M.: A mother and son are scheduled to be arraigned in Newport Beach this morning on charges of abusing and abandoning 30 dogs in a South County park. Rancho Santa Margarita's Flordel ... More >>
Click here for our Anaheim police shooting and subsequent desmadre archivesLike the good Boy Scouts they are, Anaheim cops were über-prepared two weeks ago when protesters, angered by the officer-involved shooting deaths of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo, announced they would demand justice on July 2 ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 8, 11:11 A.M.: In addition to the sheriff's department's DUI patrols in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Ranch Santa Margarita, city police agencies hold sobriety checkpoints tonight in Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.The Westminster and Garden Grove police departments did not ann ... More >>
While serving a search warrant at a home in the 5300 block of Bishop Street in Cypress this morning, the man of the house being cuffed for alleged narcotics sales mentioned he had three grenades on the premises. The disclosure prompted a call to the Orange County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad, ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to the public to help find a man who robbed and roughed up an 88-year-old woman who'd returned to her Tustin area home after making a bank withdrawal on Nov. 22. He is described as a clean-cut Hispanic, 5-foot-6, 150 lbs. with short black hai ... More >>
The Anaheim Police Department is holding a sobriety checkpoint tonight through early Saturday.Meanwhile, the Orange County Sheriff's Department has roving DUI patrols in some of the South County cities it patrols tonight.Check after the jump for the exact locations.
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 >>
Orange County's "Avoid the 38" anti-DUI campaign, which involves policing agencies throughout the region, released preliminary figures on arrests made during routine patrols, special patrols of roads frequented by drunken drivers and sobriety checkpoints over 18 summer days.Cautioning that figure ... More >>
If you're getting your drink on in Stanton and/or Villa Park tonight, be advised to have a designated driver along.The Orange County Sheriff's Department this morning announced roving DUI patrols in those contract cities.
Medina-PerezUPDATE, JULY 26, 7:44 A.M.: 24-year-old Westminster resident Leovardo Vera Bustos has died from the brain injuries suffered after sustaining a single punch in front of La Barca NIght Club in Stanton on July 5.Bustos fell backward, hit the ground hard, lost consciousness and never reg ... More >>
A 50-year-old Rancho Santa Margarita man attempted suicide by setting himself on fire.The Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County Fire Authority responded to a call that came in around 11:15 p.m. Friday from a neighbor who heard the man screaming on the deck of his condominium on Blu ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 12, 1:20 P.M.: A Filipino newspaper reports Antonio Potenciano Gana, the 72-year-old Mother's Day murder victim, is the former general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority, which oversees the airport in the country's capital. The Philippine Star also claims the slai ... More >>
I mean, it's not like your favorite outpost of alternative newsiness is bastardizing the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, with "Cinco de Drinko" listings. Er, check that.Anyways, in other Cinco de Drunk Tank news, the countywide "Avoid the 38 ... More >>
The Orange County Sheriff's Department is reaching out to local massage parlors.Betcha never thought you'd read that--well, not since international connoisseur of "phenomenal pussy" Mike Carona was run out of the sheriff's office.The alert to spas and massage parlors comes after the alleged illeg ... More >>
Update, December 17, 2:46 p.m.: Irvine Police announce a DUI checkpoint for Saturday night (weather permitting). Details on next page.Update, December 17, 12:11 p.m.: Two more DUI checkpoints will be held tonight, in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach.The Seal Beach operation runs from 6 tonight ... More >>
Could it have been this 45?The Register reports that the Cypress Police Department received a suspicious package Monday, which led to a call to the Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad. The dangerous package? "An old 45 single by The Carpenters, with a note asking police t ... More >>
Brooklyn Museum ArchivesDid somebody order a designated driver?If you're driving in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita today, you may notice more sheriff's patrol cars on the road than usual.And, if you've been drinking:1) What are you doing driving, butt wipe?2) The deputies in ... More >>
If you celebrate Cinco de Mayo today in Cinco de Drinko style (see the current print edition for places to get sauced--or salsaed), you may want to pretend that you are a member of the Mexican army and the police are invading French soldiers.That's because cops will be out in force today not to c ... More >>
From PeepersDennis Romero over at our big sis' paper LA Weekly has a post about a craigslist rental advertisement that sent a bunch of lookiloos to a San Clemente pad that was going to be leased out for $3,500 a month.The problem was the couple living in the 2,800-square-foot home had not yet pla ... More >>
Which way to the pot?In the 2000 Woody Allen movie Small Time Crooks, a dim, nickle-and-dime criminal hatches a plan to re-open a pizza place so he and his dimmer cronies can dig through to a bank down the street. Proving that inspiration can come from anywhere, three men allegedly tunneled thei ... More >>
CORRECTION: The victim's age was incorrect in an earlier version of this post. A female teacher at a juvenile correctional facility in Trabuco Canyon was charged today with having an unlawful relationship with a 15 16-year-old housed at the facility by kissing and fondling him after meeting in ... More >>
Anaheim is not the only Orange County town launching DUI saturation patrols tonight.
Toni Blay on flickr, Creative Commons.We already warned you about DUI checkpoints to be held in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Westminster this weekend. If you saw that post and thought "Merry me, I don't live in central county so I can go crazy with the hard cider in my hatchback tonight"... we've got ... More >>
Here's government-sponsored motivation for you to make it safely to Thanksgiving. The Orange County Sheriff's Department announced this morning that its "DUI Task Force" will conduct "roving patrols" in Stanton and Villa Park on Friday, November 20. Deputies will target areas that attract drunks ... 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 >>
FACES OF TAWNY Actress, ex-Anaheim Angel wife, car hood buffer, supposedly reformed druggie and all-around hot mess Tawny Kitaen is shown on a February 2004 Weekly sex issue cover (left); in a booking photo from her April 2002 assault on then husband Chuck Finley in Newport Beach (top right); and wr ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioIt's mighty uncrowded along the fence as folks bare their asses for passing trains Saturday.After getting the greenlight from the Laguna Niguel City Council, the Orange County Sheriff's Department beefed up its presence before Saturday's annual mooning of passing trains ... More >>
"He had no problem being corrupt. He just didn't want to be stupid about it." --Former Orange County Sheriff's Department Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl testifying this afternoon in Santa Ana about FBI indicted ex-Sheriff Mike Carona's private views on taking bribes, lying to the public and illegally ... More >>