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 >>
Last week it was a Santa Ana mom accused of starving one of her nine children, a 4-year-old girl who weighs 18 pounds. Now it's a Santa Ana mom who allegedly kept one of her three children chained and locked inside their apartment while she went off to work. But at least Irma Navarro apparently le ... 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 >>
Agustin Armaraz Espinoza was sentenced in Santa Ana today to 25 years to life in state prison for murdering his wife after she asked him to move out because he was unemployed, had gambled away $100,000 of his pension money and had a mistress on the side.A jury had found the 58-year-old Santa Anan gu ... 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 >>
A 34-year-old hoodlum nicknamed "Fat Ass" is admitting he is a member of the OC Mexican Mafia and conspired to thwart the Santa Ana Police Department while participating in the expected 2009 sale of more than 100 grams of heroin in Orange County.Kinney Stephen Uribe* signed a guilty plea in mid ... More >>
It turns out a Santa Ana podiatrist has been looking at more than feet, according to police.Dr. Pete Thomas was arrested Tuesday for allegedly possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography on his computer at Coastline Podiatry.
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 post about police seeking the deceased woman's ex-boyfriend as a "person of interest" in the case.ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 14, 8:35 A.M.: Santa Ana residents contacted police Tuesday evening after a woman's body was found in an alley between the 200 blocks of North Laure ... 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 >>
A recent YouTube video features Ed Dearborn, executive director of the Orange County Scientology "org", touting the merits of the organization's Narconon program. Dearborn says Scientology has been "collaborating with the Santa Ana Police Department on our anti-drug education program, which has bee ... 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.
OCDALawrence Joseph Brown's booking photoUPDATE, APRIL 11, 3:46 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office continues to work toward keeping convicted child rapist Lawrence Joseph Brown off the streets indefinitely, filing a new petition to have him committed to a mental institution as a s ... More >>
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 >>
OCDALawrence Joseph Brown's booking photoOrange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas held a press conference this afternoon to lay out what he and fellow OC authorities have planned to keep a violent rapist out of the community.The DA called out the Department of Mental Health (DMH) for faili ... More >>
SAPDFrankie GiraldoUpdate, December 9, 3:36 p.m.: A second man has been arrested in the murder of a Santa Ana man who was pouring himself a coffee in a local bakery.After Santa Ana police detectives served a search warrant of a residence in the 1500 block of South Diamond Street in Santa Ana Wed ... 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 >>
A 30-year-old Corona man was found guilty by a jury today of forcibly raping one prostitute and attempting to rape another at knife point. Gilberto Cruz Silva faces a maximum sentence of 36 years to life in state prison at his Jan. 21 sentencing in Westminster.
If you can say one thing about Tony Diep it is this: the 47-year-old transient really had a bug up his ass over the Santa Ana police officer who provided security at the city's central library downtown.On the morning of July 30, 2008, feces were found spread on the outside wall of the library on ... 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 >>
Santa Ana Police Dept.Milorad Teodor OlicMilorad Teodor Olic and his 80-year-old father were driving along Monday afternoon, looking for an apartment for the 43-year-old Santa Ana man, when an argument broke out."Son," Pops essentially said, "I'm cutting you off."Olic did not take the news well, ... 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 >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more ho' attackers, hammer heads, short robbers, skateboarding nazis, bloody bandagers, bushmen packing heat, baseball bat-wielding robbers, monkeys that are not for sale and Ryan Seacrest.Center photo by Melinda Nagy/Dreamstime.comBE ... 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 >>
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