A 30-year-old Santa Ana woman was sentenced today to 24 years in state prison for stabbing a
new mom in 2010 to kidnap her infant child. Gabriela Osorio
pleaded guilty to counts that, had she fought them and lost, exposed her to a possible life sentence.
A jury Wednesday found Adam Randy Baker guilty of fatally stabbing one man and trying to murder a second who tried to stop the attack outside a Costa Mesa hotel's 2011 New Year's Eve party.The Dana Point 25-year-old now faces a sentence of 23 years to life in state prison at a Feb. 8 hearing in Sant ... 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 update and correction at the end of this post.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 10, 2011, 3:52 P.M.: A homicide case may finally be closed--oh, just 26 years after the crime, but who's counting? Stafford Joel Spicer, 59, of Las Vegas was arrested Tuesday and booked on suspicion of murdering Joanne M ... More >>
Each of the South Orange County Community College District's two main campuses is dealing with the recent tragic death of a beloved student.Irvine Valley College adult learner Mikel Anthony Williams, 55, became the 10th murder victim in Anaheim on Aug. 30. Newly enrolled Saddleback College student C ... More >>
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 >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on a car wash fund-raiser for the victim's family.See Update No. 1 detailing the suspect's release from custody, angering the dead boy's family.ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 10, 9:19 A.M.: A man who had been involved in a prior dispute with teenagers in his Garden Gro ... More >>
Click this link for original homicide post and commentsAnaheim Police have identified the fatal stabbing victim found in an alley off the 800 block of North Zeyn Street early last Thursday, Aug. 30, as Mikel Anthony Williams, 55, of Irvine.No motive has been released for Anaheim's 10th homicide of t ... More >>
Orange County's Paul Gentile Smith is one sick bastard.Somehow Tina Smith, no relation, fell in love with him in 2006 and suffered the consequences.He accused her of stealing $5,000 from him, tied her up with rope, doused her with lighter fluid and tried to burn her alive. But the fireplace lig ... More >>
See update at the end of this post on the trial being delayed.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 9:47 A.M.: Trial is scheduled to begin this morning for Saul Jose Salazar, who is accused of plunging a pocket knife into the chest and arm of his mother's house guest, killing the 33-year-old family friend.Shoul ... More >>
See update No. 3 at end of this post about the murder charge against Alexandre Louis Antal.See update No. 2 about Antal being arrested for the murder of Michael Vito Urso.See update No. 1 about the victim's name being released.
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 17, 8:25 A.M.: Just after midnight, Huntington ... More >>
Despite it only being Monday, we're putting our faith in the notion that Moxley won't come up with a more worthy miscreant as the week marches on so it can be confidently declared that Andrea Quanita Simpson has won the Ugly Police Mugshot of the Week.The 18-year-old, who apparently has a history of ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 2, 9:42 A.M.: The 21-year-old man shot to death Friday afternoon in what Santa Ana Police believe was a gang shooting has been identified as Daniel Gonzalez Jr. of Santa Ana.A description of his suspected killer has not been released, but police are investigating the murder of the Santa ... More >>
An Orange County District Attorney's office statement on Wednesday's scheduled arraignment of Ahmad Siddiqi fills in some holes about the murder of Soraya Faroqi and her unborn child.Currently, the Marine who spent several months in Afghanistan before the slaying faces a minimum sentence with a c ... More >>
Despite today's blog posts from yours truly, not all stories from the long holiday layover involved homeless men being fatally stabbed, Christmastime murder-suicides or New Year's Eve party stabbings. Take the inspiring tale of U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Evans. Six years ago, the Long Beach man was jo ... More >>
The body count is piling up in Orange County this last month of 2011, with some slayings so awful they made the following compilation of the 11 most ucked fup murder scenes of the year.Please note that this will also be my last list of 2011 that includes the Salon Meritage massacre. As much as I ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 29, 1:33 P.M.: Riverside County prosecutors declined to file charges against Russell Elliott, the 28-year-old Santa Anan accused of stabbing his friend and soon-to-be groom at his bachelor party in a Palm Springs hotel room last week. The marrying man, who was not identified, suffere ... More >>
Navel Gazing began tracking every murder (we know of) in Orange County on June 2, 2009. At that time, the roundup was called "Just Another Orange County Murder," but we now assign a number to each homicide victim.Our first victim was Leon Abarca Torres, a 47-year-old who was stabbed multiple time ... More >>
Najera, Jr., the Garden Grove man we told you last month was on trial for allegedly murdering his parents in a plot to steal money they pulled out of the bank before Y2K, was convicted today.
Chief Ken SmallOC Weekly previously praised Huntington Beach Police Chief Ken Small for opting out of using cameras at
intersections to catch red light violators.He also did the right thing in firing Officer James Roberts III, who has been charged with battering, sexually assaulting and in ... More >>
Courtesy of Garden Grove Police DepartmentRichard Lam NguyenA Garden Grove man who choked his elderly mother to death because she wanted him to study medicine instead of pharmacy was convicted of manslaughter this morning.Prosecutors wanted murder.They did get it for a North Carolina man who help ... More >>