[Moxley Confidential] OC prosecutors mischaracterized Henry Cabrera's gang ties for more than a decade—and now it's coming back to bite them
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with OCDA filing charges and alleging the players in the triple shooting may have met up for a drug transaction. Update No. 2 is on the murder arrest. Update No. 1 identifies the fatal shooting victim. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 9:07 A.M.: A man in his 20s from Anaheim was ... More >>
The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday--and it's not on the First Street this time.
If you're going to fire your slingshot at someone other than Goliath, it'd be best to make sure that someone is not a cop. Or the cop's cruiser. Otherwise, you might find yourself in the predicament of Hector Luis Perez. The Santa Ana 37-year-old faces felony vandalism and assault with deadly weap ... More >>
The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in a familiar spot for these operations.
[Moxley Confidential] Law enforcement hid unholy alliance with Oscar Moriel, who wanted $50,000 to recall 'memories' against other defendants
See the update at the end of this post identifying the dead man. ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 2, 6:38 A.M.: A male was shot to death Saturday night in Santa Ana, apparently by someone who was inside a passing vehicle, according to police.
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post identifying the deceased. Update No. 1 was about an arrest in the murder case. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 28, 9:12 A.M.: The recent Orange County body count continues: A roommate found a resident of an apartment in the 1300 block of North Harbor Boulevard dead ear ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post identifying the victim and providing more details about the shooting. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 6, 10:07 A.M.: Details are sketchy, but a man was shot to death outside a Santa Ana apartment complex early this morning.
The Santa Ana Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 9 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. Where? Click on ...
A 16-year-old student at Nova Academy Charter School in Santa Ana was detained after the discovery of an email to his ex-girlfriend that included a "hit list" of people he would shoot at the campus and plans to recruit others to join him in the rampage, according to police. The "early college high ... More >>
Three women have been missing from Santa Ana since Aug. 13, and police detectives are still hopeful the public can provide clues to help find them. Two of the women, Josephine Vargas and Martha Anaya, frequented East 1st Street, between Grand Avenue and the 55 Freeway, an area known to be "a haven ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Defense attorneys claim OC prosecutors unfairly interrogate suspects
In the past two years, local cities in California have been more than happy to cooperate with the Obama Administration's war on medical marijuana. But now the feds are signaling that they will back off and allow states like Washington and Colorado which have legalized and are setting up strict state ... More >>
California families started their undocumented caravan journey on Monday urging the passage of the TRUST Act. As it makes its way from San Diego to Sacramento, one of the planned stops includes the cities of SanTana and Orange. "The TRUST act will limit collaboration between local law enforcement a ... More >>
A 29-year-old man suspected of breaking into a Santa Ana church with two others to pilfer a safe containing about $15,000 was taken into custody Friday. Daniel Cortes, who is believed to be the burglar who was wearing a White Sox cap in surveillance video from Forty Martyrs Armenian Church, was arre ... More >>
Earlier we had the Santa Ana Police Department releasing images from surveillance video of three men stealing a church safe. Someone's got the photo bug over at the PD because they have also publicized shots of a reluctant robber of a Home Depot and Radio Shack in town.
Images pulled from surveillance video of men believed to have stolen safes containing thousands of dollars from a church and four other locations were released by the Santa Ana Police Department Tuesday.
Earlier today, I posted on Frank Cabada of Santa Ana's Hector Godinez Fundamental High School being among six Latino high school seniors from around the country honored this morning by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in Beverly Hills. It's unlikely Cabada, a math and engineering whiz, would have ... More >>
The family of an 18-year-old man shot and killed by Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) officers under questionable circumstances in January 2011 has won a financial settlement claim, according to court records.Lawyers for the estate of Martin Ruiz asserted in a federal civil rights lawsuit that ... More >>
The word has been put out in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley about Alfredo Landaverde.That word? "Did this guy flash you?"Teen girls headed to school seemed to be a particularly frequent target of the 47-year-old's alleged junk show.
Three people have been arrested for the Oct. 19 murder in Santa Ana of Edgar Omar Sura, 20, of Anaheim.That's not all: Jeamy Beatriz Melendez, 23, Ricardo Alcala, 23, and Issac Angel Martinez, 25, are also accused of shooting at undercover Garden Grove police officers on Nov. 13, when no one was hit ... More >>
See the update at the end of this identifying the dead young man.ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 19, 11:20 A.M.: Calls of yelling and a man down at the Old Stonegate condominium complex in the 4800 block of Westminster Avenue in Santa Ana early today led police to the discovery of a dead man in his 20s who had ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the accused pleading not guilty, and police claiming he "sniffed" the boy. See Update No. 1 on the charges against the suspect.The question is not whether 425-pound Victor Joseph Espinoza tried to snatch a 10-year-old boy from soccer practice in Santa Ana ... More >>
As part of the investigation into last month's child rape that has rocked Santa Ana, the police department released an artist rendering of the attacker and later a generic photograph of the type of vehicle he was seen driving. Now, the Santa Ana Police Department has released an image of what detect ... More >>
There's no dispute that Joseph Anthony Galarza pissed off gang cops in the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD).During numerous vehicle stops as a passenger, Galarza--a low-level marijuana distributor--fled on foot, easily outran less fit officers and won the label "a runner"--in other words, someone ... More >>
Update at the end of this post includes a photo of the type of car the attacker drove.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 17, 8:09 A.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department has released a sketch of a man who abducted a 6-year-old girl outside an apartment complex Sunday evening, drove her to a parking lot where he sexu ... More >>
See below about the anonymous state worker troll who may just work for the Office of Traffic Safety!ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 12, 8:30 A.M.: About a dozen residents alerted drivers about the Santa Ana Police Department sobriety/license checkpoint off of Main and 17th streets on Friday night. The ... More >>
UPDATE MAY 23 4:23 P.M.: The Observatory's Jon Reiser contacted the Weekly about the incident at the venue last night and offered what he deems a less dramatic retelling of events."What actually happened is two people in front of the stage got into a fight. One of the two had 5 inch spiked / plug ty ... More >>
Why, looky here. My Pultizer-winning photo shows the back of a pamphlet picked up at the Santa Ana Police Department, advertising the Foundation For a Drug-Free World, which, lo and behold, is sponsored by the Church of Scientology.I called the number and asked where one should go to get help f ... 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 >>
You're used to reading (and we're used to writing) about crimes on the mean streets of Santa Ana. Who knew baddies prey on unsuspecting cyclists plying the Santa Ana River Trail? Cyclists know, as does the Santa Ana Police Department, which posted some good news on various bicycling forums recent ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 10, 2:10 P.M.: The Santa Ana Police Department is also holding a DUI/unlicensed driver checkpoint near the 400 block of North Fairview Street from 7:30 p.m. Saturday through 1:30 a.m. Sunday.ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 10, 7:09 A.M.: Citing research that shows sobriety checkpoints are effect ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 3, 3:09 A.M.: Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say Jason Richard Bitz was not armed when a Santa Ana police officer fired four times and killed the Long Beach 23-year-old in Lakewood Monday morning. The unidentified officer, who has been placed on administrative leave, had ... More >>
The off-duty officer from the Santa Ana Police Department has not been identified, but the circumstances that led him to shoot and kill a man in Lakewood this morning have been released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.The cop heard noises outside his Longworth Avenue home, went out ... More >>
The sheriff's department bomb squad examined two suspicious packages discovered near the Orange County Public Defender's downtown Santa Ana office this morning but nothing inside goes "Boom!"Officials did not use those exact words, of course.Inside the containers were boxes of plastic tools.
UPDATE, MAY 3, 4:35 P.M.: 46-year-old Rebeca Nivarez of Garden Grove has been sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for robbing and murdering Mario Hernandez, a 78-year-old Santa Ana jewelry salesman whose body was never found.A Santa Ana jury on Feb. 1 agreed the mother plotted the crime ... More >>
At least you can say this about Luis Epifano, this week's ugliest police mugshot "winner":He posed while wearing clothing.Unfortunately for Santa Ana police officers, that's not how they found him . . . on the roof of a preschool.
Courtesy of SAPDMaria RochaUPDATE, FEB. 23, 2:06 P.M.: The Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) today announced charges against the third defendant in the senseless slaying of Esteban Navarrete.Maria Isabel Rocha's 17-year-old brother, who is also a suspect, is also identified by the O ... More >>
CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED POST DETAILING REBECA NIVAREZ'S CONVICTION.Rebeca Nivarez, 46, of Garden Grove, is expected in a Santa Ana courtroom this morning for the start of her murder trial. She and her 25-year-old son allegedly plotted to rob and murder a Santa Ana jewelry salesman whose body was n ... More >>
Juan Humberto Avila may have thought he got away with it--if he is indeed guilty of the "it": raping a 16-year-old girl who was walking home from In-and-Out Burger in Santa Ana the afternoon of Jan. 21, 2008. A DNA match was made between evidence collected from the girl who was raped and Avila ... More >>
In case you ever wondered if it is illegal to smear shit on the outside wall of the Santa Ana Public Library and drop into the book-drop box a letter addressed to the person in charge of the letter and the Santa Ana Police Department that threatened 50 times worse vandalism if the officer in char ... More >>
The day before the Ninth Annual Grrl Fair was set to happen March 6 in Santa Ana, organizers learned their event would be shut down by code enforcement and the threat of the Santa Ana Police Department."Grrl Fair has been running since 2002 and in Santa Ana since 2004," says a Grrl Fair orga ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's office objected today to a judge striking the "strikes" for a third-striker gang member who was on parole when he and two other men assaulted a fourth man who told the trio to stop tagging a wall in Santa Ana with graffiti last summer.At least the judge was c ... More >>
TheWhiteHouse.govDr. Jill Biden is scheduled to honor the Santa Ana Police Department and 14 other employers.Santa Ana Police Department honorees will be praised in Washington, D.C., by a Biden.But it won't be Joe Biden.It'll be the vice president's wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who will do the honors, t ... More >>
The following message was left on a Weekling answering machine. But as you read this, keep in mind that a more competent and diligent and unbigoted school administrator than Frances Claire you'll never know. We just could not resist the urge to mischievously insert phrases in [BRACKETS] throughout h ... More >>
Mass slaughter reveals a litany of problems at OCs least-loved pound
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