A San Clemente man pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to secretly owning a chain of nine medical marijuana clinics in Orange and Los Angeles counties. Because John Melvin "Pops" Walker has drug-related priors and was caught with firearms, the 56-year-old was looking at the possibility of l ... More >>
Today's arraignment of Cheyene Fuimaono for allegedly murdering his girlfriend's toddler son reminded me that I wanted to slap together a list of 10 Orange Countians who proved to be really bad boyfriends in 2012. Match.comming eHarmonizers take note of the results after the jump . . .
See Update No. 3 at the end of this post on capture of suspect, alleged accessories and the charges they face.See Update Nos. 1 and 2 with more murder details, suspect mugshots, the rented getaway car and its recovery and the victim's I.D.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 4, 9:52 A.M.: A man was fatally stabbed ... More >>
While others held protest signs outside the Fullerton Police Department last summer, Julian Porte came with a guitar, a harmonica and a song. Small crowds assembled around the Santa Fe Springs-based musician as he sang "The Ballad of Kelly Thomas," about the homeless, schizophrenic man fatally beate ... More >>
When you think of the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet--you know, right off the 5 right when the beautiful, wide roadway of Orange County gives way to the choking, backed-up awfulness of Los Angeles County--what do you think of? Tchotchkes, un-shrink-wrapped DVDs, and tribute bands, right?
Baker: Looks like John Wayne Gacy, no?Michael Stephen Baker was one of the most notorious pedophile priests in Southern California history, a monster who single-handedly showed what a lying sack-o'-shot Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony was in protecting pedo-priests from the law.Baker is now als ... More >>
R. Scott Moxley / OC WeeklyAs more information from the July beating death of Fullerton homeless man Kelly Thomas by six police officers surfaces, two new songs by local singer-songwriter Julian Porte and rapper BNF give their perspective on the subject of police brutality.Singer-songwriter Porte ... More >>
ProfessorSalt.comAlmost complete, minus paint job and a few fittingsIn the world of competition barbecue, there's a saying: "It's not the cooker, it's the cook." That means that in a blind tasting, you can't tell if the end result was cooked in a modern commercial-grade smoker, or in an ad hoc, B ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 5, 6:52 P.M.: Caretaker Norma Ruth Casini pleaded guilty to stealing more than $642,000 from multiple elderly victims,
including taking $610,000 from an 85-year-old woman to spend on
shopping, travel and a "dog whisperer." The 51-year-old Laguna
Niguel resident was sentenced to 13 ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 4, 6:01 P.M.: Are the Casinis a family of gypsies--the thieving kind Borat warned us about?Because now the daughter of alleged sticky-fingered caretaker to the elderly Norma Casini and her husband the accused fence Leno Casini is up on charges related to the caper.Anastasia Darlena ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 22, 5:33 P.M.: Prosecutors today charged Leno Casini in the caregiver theft case that has already led to charges against the 56-year-old Laguna Niguel resident's wife. The husband is now charged with two felony counts each of accessory after
the fact and receiving stolen property an ... More >>
After a five-year hiatus, the perennially goofy Orange County ska-punk band the Aquabats will be releasing a new album. Unless you've been living under a rock in the interim, you know lead singer MC Bat Commander (aka Christian Jacobs) has been busy creating, writing and directing the hugely succ ... More >>
UPDATE (5/12/09, 8:00 p.m.): Fellow Weekling Albert Chin has informed me that Kogi won't be able to make it to two of the OC stops this week (Fullerton and Anaheim). But they will make it to their good ol' Santa Fe Springs spot tonight and tomorrow (keep on their Twitter for up-to-the-minute upd ... More >>
Saturday, May 2, 2009.
This was the night. I could feel it. I was going to finally sink my teeth into something the whole of L.A. had been talking about and enjoying for months. Unless you've been holed up in the Unabomber shack or haven't been reading my entries on this blog, I'm talking, of ... More >>
This Week's highlights from Stick a Fork In It:I wrote about my near-fistfight with a fellow partygoer at the launch of the new Charlie Palmer small plates menu--it must've been the excitement of kicking off our new Twitter account that was getting to me.Talking of Twitter-induced excitement, Edwin' ... More >>
Saturday, April 25, 2009 -- A day in which I attempt to hunt down the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck. Here's how it went down:
12:12 p.m. I get an e-mail tip that Kogi's going to be in Buena Park tonight, at the same location they ended up in last Wednesday night. I am eating car ... More >>
Just got late breaking word about Kogi. Because of troubles with the Lakewood police, they are changing their location to Buena Park tonight:
9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Corner of Fresca & Valley View, one block east of Orangethorphe!!!!
Also, a reminder: be nice, people! Don't cut, don't fight, and be resp ... More >>
As a young cabrón, I loved nothing more than to gorge on AM/PM hot dogs, to unwrap each from its foil and pile on onions, relish, chili, mustard, and jalapeños. For nostalgia's sake, I bought two on the way back from Los Angeles last week, at an AM/PM-Arco hybrid off the I-5 Freeway South Carmenit ... More >>
Shea and Choi: big anti-R funders
Measure R on the Irvine ballot asks residents to approve what a great job the Irvine City Council is doing on planning the Great Park on the old El Toro Marine Corps base (or if the measure loses, one supposes, what a piss-poor job they are doing). The conflict-of- ... More >>