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 >>
An Anaheim Hills-based doctor who practices out of a medical marijuana clinic and goes by "Dr. J" (get it?) has been court-ordered to stop practicing medicine while he is out on bail for the allegedly sexual assault of a female patient. But here's the deal with Dr. Sri Jayantha Wijegunaratne: He's a ... More >>
How do you use spooky lights in the sky of South County and a mysterious underwater formation discovered off Malibu the past couple weeks to promote your PG movie whose plot reads eerily similar to E.T.? Let's go to the desert with the promoters of Earth to Echo.
The mother of the only victim whose body has been recovered so far as part of the quadruple murder case against two alleged serial killers lashed out at Orange County authorities outside court Tuesday. Jodi Pier-Estepp said if registered sex offenders Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were more clo ... More >>
Hozair Syed, a doctor who lives in Anaheim, won't be able to practice medicine for the next month. Once he's done with his suspension, he'll be put on seven years probation, during which he'll be unable to practice on his own, treat female patients, supervise assistants, and a whole mess of other re ... More >>
Santa Ana residents are helping to wage a secret war against one of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartels—and they're winning
David Perdue, the LAX baggage handler whose pickup truck was riddled with bullets fired by Torrance Police officers on the lookout for now-dead rogue LAPD cop Christopher Jordan Dorner, has been paid $20,000 for his ride. But in announcing that payment from the city of Torrance, Perdue's attorney a ... More >>
Read our interview with Alissa Grenis and Chris Rubinstein of Bite Me Foods, Part One. And now, on to Part Two. . . Where's the strangest place you've ever parked? Grenis:I don't know if we have ever parked anywhere that strange, but until recently, she has never been scratched. I'm driving the t ... More >>
A federal judge in Orange County this week punished a Vietnam War refugee--who eventually became an accomplished U.S. Secret Service (USSS) special agent assigned to protect former First Lady Nancy Reagan--for operating a bank-fraud scheme. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter sentenced Richa ... More >>
The Santa Ana sucker won in federal court in--where else?--Santa Ana, sucker!Technically, it was the Obama administration's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that Judge James V. Selna ruled for, rejecting the challenge inland water agencies mounted over expansion of the natural habitat for the endanger ... More >>
A 28-year-old Fullerton man who dragged a Garden Grove motorcycle officer for several feet with his car to avoid a November traffic stop pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting the cop.Marcos Gonzalez, who was originally arrested for attempted murder, was sentenced to six years in state prison for th ... More >>
In Sept. 2009, Gilberto Cruz Silva couldn't convince any women to freely give him sex and so he drove in the middle of the night from his Corona home to find prostitutes on Santa Ana's notorious Harbor Boulevard.Silva enticed a prostitute into his van, drove to a nearby mobile home park and put a 12 ... More >>
Attention Webster's Dictionary, there's a new, more accurate definition of "creep": John David Carlin.In 2009, the Southern California man was on a date in Orange County with the mother of a 10-year-old girl. The three of them sat in a Jacuzzi at a condo complex until the woman left to go to classes ... More >>
Inland bicyclists passing me on my sometimes Saturday rides to the beach on the Santa Ana River Trail will from now on have covered a National Recreation Trial before reaching me.At a Thursday ceremony at Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim, Orange County Parks unveiled a National Recreation Trail sign t ... More >>
Remember the case of Alexa Antonella Polar and Robin Johzen Pabello, the Garden Grove genius roommates who decided to forge checks so they and their friends could take a $285,000 trip to New York City that included private jet travel, multiple hotel rooms and a luxury shopping spree? Back home, wit ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 30, 9:31 A.M.: Camp Pendleton Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore says the murder of his estranged wife Brittany Dawn Killgore left him "devastated," that the 22-year-old does not deserve the "salacious gossip and rumor" surrounding her death and that he is going to seek justice for those who too ... More >>
The ugliest police mugshot of the week comes not from a cop shop or district attorney's office but the California Department of Corrections, which is charged with continuing the incarcerate Ivan Von Staich with the governor's reversal of the Lake Elsinore 56-year-old's parole.For reasons known on ... More >>
Marwan Abdellatif, a former Douglas Nissan desk manager accused of stealing the identities of unsuspecting customers and defrauding banks in the sale of used cars, remains a fugitive from justice. But his whereabouts being unknown did not stop the Orange dealership's part owner and two other de ... More >>
The wife of a Moreno Valley school board member is currently in lockup in Santa Ana. But Dora Landaverde-Torres is not sitting on a cold bunk due to a DUI crash, a shoplifting charge or swinging her purse at a Santa Ana cop. She's not even in the city jail. The wife of Mike Rios, who wants to run ... More >>
Inland water agencies may say they want to work with government regulators on a Santa Ana River habitat for a tiny fish known as the Santa Ana Sucker, but as long as the H2O providers press their lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, four conservation groups will press back. The Si ... More >>
According to Rolling Stone, Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst is developing an autobiographical sitcom called "Douchebag," news that prompted dozens of showbiz bloggers to declare it the most accurate sitcom title ever.
Sucker punchedA dozen water agencies serving nearly 3 million Southern California residents have formally warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that it the federal agency does not want to be sued, it must rescind the recent expansion of critical habitat areas for the Santa Ana Sucker, ... More >>
Alex Kirst, former member of seminal LA glam rockers The Nymphs and, later, longtime drummer for Iggy Pop's band, died tragically Jan. 13. According to The Desert Sun, Kirst was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Cathedral City, Riverside County. The Nymphs had their heyday in the late '80s and ... More >>
Carole MossNile Moss, who died in 2006 from a hospital-acquired infectionIn 2006, 15-year-old Nile Moss went in for an annual series of tests at the Children's Hospital of Orange County. A few days later, he complained of a headache and fever, and his condition quickly worsened. His parents ... More >>
The last time we heard from Adam Yahihe Gadahn, the American voice of Al Qaeda, was four months ago, when he was reported to have been arrested in Karachi, Pakistan. Within a day, those reports had been retracted in keeping with previously discredited reports that Gadahn, better known in the Nave ... More >>
Photo by Christopher VictorioMeg Whitman presses the flesh in Buena Park earlier this month.California governor wannabe Meg Whitman won Monday's GOP debate in Costa Mesa, according to dean of Capitol muckrakers Dan Walters ("an indirect win"), conservative blogger Eric Hogue ("a win by split deci ... More >>
Photo by Jim FraserBruce Newell (left) and Bob Scheibel (right) on duty as reserve firefighters at OCFA station 16 in Modjeska.Structural engineer Bob Scheibel is no stranger to disaster. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was flown to Ground Zero on the only flight across U.S. skies that night, to help stabi ... More >>
Dave LiebermanA great fish taco is a thing of beauty: fried fish (yes, it must be fried!) topped with raw, shredded cabbage, crema (thin Mexican sour cream), chunky salsa and a squeeze of lime on corn tortillas. The first time I had them ("Fish tacos? Seriously?") was when I was working in the Sa ... More >>
UPDATED WITH PHOTOS FROM THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING . . . Photo by Keith MayCounty Supervisor Bill Campbell, whose district includes the Irvine Co. land in question, is amused by a speaker at Tuesday's board meeting in Santa Ana.He's got a gift. Donald Bren, the secretive, aging multi-billi ... More >>
In April, the Weekly published this story about Craig Monteilh, a self-described FBI mole who spied on Orange County mosques and claimed that he foiled unspecified terrorist plots. No evidence has ever surfaced to bolster Monteilh's claims, and in that story, I noted that only two OC residents have ... More >>
"I sat down with a killer the other day," begins Tina Dirmann's feature in the March issue of Orange Coast. "Funny, I thought, how, up close the face of evil often doesn't look so very evil at all."Dirmann's subject is Skylar Deleon, the former Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers actor turned con man, dru ... More >>
NB_C News is reporting that Goat Boy, Orange County's favorite terrorist nutball, seems to have disappeared. Goat Boy would bed Adam Yahiye Gadahn, the former death-metal fan turned Muslim convert who grew up on a goat farm in Riverside County be fore moving to Garden Grove, where he became a radic ... More >>
Orange County’s freshest farmers, farmers markets, food purveyors—and the chefs who love them
Having recently considered some of OC's dirtiest coastal waters, let's turn our attention to freshwater– specifically the Santa Ana River, where even the good news is sometimes bad news. Take this nugget of good-ish sounding news about how things have changed since the '80's found in this mor ... More >>
Theyve faced the decline of hair metal, the rise of rap, the transformation of the record industry, even death. Meet this summers real superheroes, Fullertons own Lit!
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