A 45-year-old paroled registered sex offender who got his jollies patting his belly and exposing his junk to lady shoppers has pleaded guilty to being the Orange County mall flasher, immediately earning a 10 year state prison sentence.
Paul Caouette, whose father was the last victim in the worst mass slayings in Orange County history, has involved himself in the campaign to build a memorial to the eight who lost their lives in Seal Beach that fateful October 2011 day. But when it comes to being the driving force behind raising fun ... More >>
"Santa Ana's children and their families deserve the freedom to enjoy our parks, recreation centers and libraries without the risk and fear of sex offenders preying on them," then-Mayor pro tem Claudia Alvarez said when the city adopted its pervs-in-parks ban on May 21, 2012. But now preying on the ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Patrick Dodenhoff's not guilty plea and confirmation he's believed the be the recent flasher at Orange County shopping malls. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 18, 7:33 A.M.: A 45-year-old paroled sex offender who allegedly exposed himself to eight different women this ... More >>
Two idiot, gun-toting Anaheim hoodlums with the Jeffrey Street criminal street gang carjacked a poor, working class family in February 2009 and then kidnapped them back to their home where they stole laundry quarters, computers, jewelry and $100 in cash from a wallet.Proving his brilliance, Humberto ... More >>
Wow, we haven't checked in on Dana Point-area Assemblywoman Diane Harkey in a couple of years--really, ever since former Weekling (and current Atlantic guy) Spencer Kornhaber took her down a couple of notches some years back. But when you're a self-professed small-government zealot who rails against ... More >>
In some ways, OC punk/pop band Dodge Dart has been around forever. And in others, they haven't. That's because the group has taken a few, shall we say, hiatuses, during its career. These lapses in activity aren't due to the usual inter-band fightings or the guitarist devoting himself to yoga. Nope, ... More >>
See update at the end of this post.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 1, 6:34 A.M.: Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card unveiled last week showed 94 percent of Orange County beaches received A and B grades for water quality during dry weather last summer, while a still-respectable 87 percent got A's and B's in the ... More >>
Since Barack Obama will inevitably be venturing back into Southern California to revisit the Hollywood ATM machine during his presidential reelection bid, the military should just keep F-16 fighter jets in the air over Orange County full-time.For a second straight visit by The Chosen One, a small pl ... More >>
[Locals Only] Long Beach singer/songwriter will tour the West Coast . . . on a bicycle
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 >>
Note to marijuana smugglers: If you're going to haul 40 pounds of weed into Southern California in your private airplane, you might want to do that on the 364 other days of the year when President Barack Obama isn't using the same airspace. Apparently the San Luis Obispo man who went un ... More >>
A look back at the last week and the snark that came from it all.FEB. 11: Whitney Houston dies in Beverly Hills, and a shrine goes up in . . . Laguna Hills? It's at the home of Mike and Mahi Pasha now, but in 2006 the legendary singer rented the place to be closer to her drug counselor. What We L ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 29, 5:50 P.M.: The Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation meeting at California State Prison in Corcoran denied parole today for Luis Carlos Escobar, 51, who murdered a motorist in a crash while fleeing from agents busting him in an underc ... More >>
A Newport Beach man who is accused of causing a fatal 2009 car crash on the Hearst Ranch airstrip in San Luis Obispo already won a mistrial earlier this month after his attorney to the stars offered a new defense theory: that the real driver switched places with passed-out defendant Kurt Duncan N ... More >>
A Fontana Unified School District trustee is embroiled in controversy over failing to disclose to voters, parents and school officials her secret marriage to a former Los Angeles gang member who was convicted of murdering two 21-year-old men in Santa Ana in 1984. Leticia Garcia said she decided i ... More >>
UPDATE, SEPT. 19, 11:50 A.M.: After an lengthy session that extended well past the end of the union's declared cutoff time, negotiators have announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the grocery stores; it looks like the strike is off for now, pending a vote by the union members. ... More >>
Meet the ragtag band of craftsmen, entrepreneurs and weirdos at the heart of OC's surf industry
Before James "Whitey" Bulger was captured in Santa Monica Wednesday night, the 81-year-old South Boston mobster may have spent some of his 16 years on the run in Orange County.Before last night, the only FBI-acknowledged, California sightings of Bulger and his companion Catherine Greig, 60, were ... More >>
The folks who run the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS)--and by "folks" I mean "Southern California Edison," or simply "SCE"--can't be happy with what's happening at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant up the coast near San Luis Obispo. Both plants were built in active earthquake zo ... More >>
The show's poppin'-and'-lockin' 'Other Asian' steps out of the shadows
French Quarter, The Teeets, Hollow Sunshine & Kevin GreensponMay 23, 2011Cross Cultural Center, U.C. Irvine Fresh out of recording his latest record, French Quarter frontman Stephen Steinbrink returned to Irvine with a backing band and new set of songs, shifting gears from previous sol ... More >>
Stephen Steinbrink and his band French Quarter are frequent guests of Irvine's Acrobatics Everyday, and that's usually where they feel within their element. The singer-songwriter hails from South Phoenix, Arizona, where he eschews traditional venues in favor of basements, warehouses and living rooms ... More >>
Today, the district attorney offices of Orange and Riverside counties tag-teamed to help stop a 54-year-old man from being paroled for the rapes and murders of his stepmother and a friend's mother when he was 17. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's Board of Parole Hearings ... More >>
Ed DeuelUPDATE, MAY 4, 4:21 P.M.: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations' Board of Parole Hearings today denied parole for Christopher Michael Sheehan, who has been rotting in a San Luis Obispo cell for the 1985 murder of his partner in armed robbery and attempted murder of ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 10:08 A.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines began drinking April Fools Day morning at Schooner or Later bar in Long Beach, became heavily intoxicated and early that afternoon climbed behind the wheel of his Chevy pick-up, swerved into a bicyclist who was thrown 70 fe ... More >>
One of the terrible ironies of the unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan is that two of the reactors that are overheating weren't even turned on when the earthquake and tsunami occurred. What sparked their meltdowns weren't the reactors, which were cool, but rather the toxic waste being stored next t ... More >>
A lot of bad crimes happened this week at Taco Bells: robberies, extortion, etc. Wish that I had more info than the following...
Drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, DEVO, A Perfect Circle, the Vandals, etc.) made headlines last year with his ingenious marketing scheme promoting his solo record Since 1972. And now he's back for more: His next solo project, titled My New Friends, is set for an April 1 release date. Memora ... More >>
An election monitor has been appointed for the People's Republic of Orange County. No, Jimmy Carter isn't coming Tuesday. Assistant United States Attorney Dennis Mitchell, as he has done before, will serve as the District Election Officer for the Central District of California, which includ ... More >>
We previously reported Nadya Suleman hauled in $2,600 at her Saturday garage sale in La Habra.The same day, local law enforcement agencies collected prescription drugs voluntarily given up residents. If cops got a dollar for each pound of medicine they took in, they would have beat Octomom.
The press release called the event an "all-out bash of the ska punk titans," and we'd have to agree. In a previous interview with OC Weekly, Reel Big Fish front man Aaron Barrett said they'd performed in Brazil with Goldfinger earlier this year; it was so much fun they decided to set out and do ... More >>
Don't be surprised if Isaac Robert Longo becomes a poster child for the evils of driving while high by forces girding to defeat marijuana legalization in California this November.After all, the 33-year-old Placentia man smoked pot before causing a five-car pileup on the 55 freeway in November 200 ... More >>
Crime sceneFour of the six most crime-infested state parks are in Orange County, and each is a state beach. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area near Pismo Beach logged by far the highest number of crime calls in 2009 with nearly 6,000. Lake Perris State Recreation Area near Riverside ha ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship
The Dirty Heads announced their summer tour dates with Sublime with Rome, but because of logical deduction, we already knew that. What we didn't know is that they now (officially) have a No. 1 hit.
Top left: FBI; bottom left: LABankRobbers.org"Red Sharpie Bandit" (above) and "Blue Note Bandit" terrorize local banks.It's a good thing the FBI believes it has captured the so-called "Red Sharpie Bandit."Who knows what kind of evil would have been wrought had he joined forces with a fellow bank ... More >>
Started earlier this year by San Luis Obispo resident Tim Blair, the monthly "Twitter For Food" appeal is gaining momentum, thanks to the mega social networking site.Blair's request is simple: That we each skip a meal on the first of each month, and donate the cash we save to a worthy food-relate ... More >>
San Diego has no business in San Diego County. At least, that's what their City Council seems to think. In our Best "Best of OC" Issue yet, Dave Wielenga eloquently described one of the major problems with the Save Trestles campaign: apathy. Surfers and the surf industry pay lip service to their be ... More >>
Some people visit California's old Spanish missions for spiritual reasons. Some visit just because the old places are beautiful. And then there's Alfred Thomas Steven of Huntington Beach. KSBY, the NBC affiliate in for Santa Barbara [added: and San Luis Obispo], reports: Santa Barbara County sher ... More >>
Guitar string pioneer Ernie Ball, RIP
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If San Onofre is so safe, why are federal officials pushing anti-radiation pills on its neighbors?