Man, what an awful seven-day stretch for Buena Park police cars. On Saturday, Oct. 5, one of the department's units struck and killed a pedestrian. Friday, a second unit was rear ended by a car, sending its driver and the police officer to the hospital with injuries.
Part of the Orange County Register's much-ballyhooed campaign to save journalism is a "trainee" program--instead of hiring a kid out of college full-time and throwing them into city council meetings, they're now paying them $10 an hour without benefits (until six months) and stacking them four to a ... More >>
State agriculture officials today declared a fruit quarantine for a 130-square-mile zone that includes parts of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress and Stanton due to detection of oriental fruit flies. The quarantine zone, which also includes the Artesia/Cerritos area of Los Angeles County, stretches south ... More >>
Ugly mugged sex offender Charles Patrick Drew has been indicted for the special circumstances murder of a 29-year-old woman in the course of raping her in a Stanton motel room in June of last year. Drew, 63, who has two prior strike convictions from 1995 for forcible rape and assault with a deadly w ... More >>
Daniel Weintraub, editor of the California Health Report, compared the census zip codes 92707 (Santa Ana) and 92657 (Newport Beach) on the online state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment tool and found stark contrasts. Despite those places being relatively close to each other, one is a ... More >>
Former police officer Kevin Michael Sianez pleaded guilty Thursday to 17 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense, 11 felony counts of fraudulently using an access card, two felony counts of identity theft, four felony counts of possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from a 1998 convictio ... More >>
OK, in the interest of full disclosure, I did look over Moxley's shoulder and noticed that he has a police mugshot in his dish--yes, we use dishes here to store police mugshots; don't judge--of someone uglier than Leticia Carrasco.But until he cracks that fellow out, I'm going to go ahead and name t ... More >>
Main Street Santa Ana LLC has offices in that California city as well as nearby Cypress and Midland, Texas, according to a quick search of listings on the Interwebs.Consider that a friendly tip to all of Ocotillo Apartments' tenants who may want to send letters of displeasure over being served evict ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This North County chain is ready to go countywide
An Orange County sheriff's deputy on routine patrol rolled up just before noon Wednesday on a car parked near Beach Boulevard and Starr Street in Stanton, where a couple inside were passionately making out. But an initial assessment of young lovers doing what young lovers do was challenged when the ... More >>
Jaime Arturo Garcia pleaded guilty today to setting fires inside his Stanton home and killing his dog Dexter by poisoning him and slitting his throat. The Stanton 31-year-old could get four years and eight months in state prison at his May 7 sentencing after copping to felony arson of an inhabited ... More >>
It's one thing to be a cholo, but quite another to be a Cholo--someone whose surname is the word denoted to mean a gang member in Southern California, and a mixed-race mongrel virtually everywhere else in Latin America. And that's the apellido that Orange County resident Ana Beatriz Cholo grew up ... More >>
A Garden Grove man was convicted today of threatening two women with a weapon to receive oral and of assaulting a third woman. Rulin Hernandez Loaeza could get 15-to-life at his May 4 sentencing in Santa Ana. That's courtesy of the jury finding the 24-year-old guilty of two felony counts each o ... More >>
Dave LiebermanStanton: once a stretch of cheap motels catering to theme park tourists before the advent of the 5 freeway, then an industrial-looking, dingy gangland with no "there" there, and now increasingly a city on the vanguard of Orange County's gastronomic revolution. Hyperbole? Perhaps... ... More >>
How's this for a rare dilemma: A Mexico City native facing charges she murdered her infant baby in 2009 and tossed the girl's body in a Stanton trash can was told she could testify in her own defense today only if she spoke in Spanish and used an interpreter.Speaking softly in elementary English ... More >>
When a man died weeks after Oscar Raul Medina-Perez dropped him with a single punch outside La Barca Night Club in Stanton last year, it was not outside the realm of possibility that the hitter would be looking at a murder count. After pleading guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter, Huntingt ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The Mexico City-style mini-chain serves the rare fermented-pineapple drink—yum!
Metta World Peace, the rapper, quick-exiting Dancing With the Stars contestant and World Champion Los Angeles Laker formerly known as Ron "Ron-Ron" Artest, is being honored in Newport Beach this evening by the foundation formed in the memory of Samantha Runnion.The Joyful Child Foundation, which ... More >>
In exchange for a two-year prison sentence, a Stanton man pleaded guilty today to climbing through the bedroom window of a former neighbor and into the bed of a 10-year-old girl. Cesar Sotelo, 22, was looking at up to six years in the big house without the plea deal.
Photo by Meranda CarterPart Two of On the Line focuses some more on Kevin Nagano. Possessing firsthand experience of running a dining room provides an invaluable perspective of the customer service necessary to run Sage Cafe. Learn how this shapes his point-of-view, as well as who the person is i ... More >>
Summer here is bliss, better than anyplace else in the States
I remember El Pollo Loco when it existed only in Mexican neighborhoods, decades before it became the conglomerate-owned chain it is. And its quality, surprisingly, hasn't gone down much over the years: you can still order the same basic, charbroiled chicken drenched in lime juice, skin blackened ... More >>
www.imperialstars.comWhen you're an aging and desperate wannabe hip-hop star, you, too, can pull ridiculous stunts and act like you came out of Zoolander!According to their Twitter feed, yesterday's traffic blockers and self-declared hardcore hip-hoppers from Garden Grove are now out ... More >>
It must be disconcerting to roll through a shopping mall parking structure, notice something screwy going on in a parked truck, knock on the window and discover a 54-year-old man with his pants around his ankles and a 14-year-old boy he met on Craigslist inside. That happened to a Huntington Beac ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Documents reveal she found a deputy Taser incident to be absolutely shocking
Choo chooOrange County residents who love public transit--yes, some of these people do exist--talk fondly of Southern California's train-taking heritage. There was a time when the Pacific Electric "Red Car" rail system connected OC to LA to the Inland Empire and beyond; getting around without a h ... More >>
Harvey Romero Jr., a 20-year-old from Garden Grove, left a graduation and birthday party in a car with four other people inside Friday night. At about 10 p.m., the car stopped on Santa Catalina Avenue in Stanton and the people inside started looking for a friend in the area. They talked to a gro ... More >>
Jons MarketplaceWe don't normally cover grocery store openings, but Jons is not your typical grocery store. An LA chain of "normal" supermarkets with an Armenian, Russian and Middle Eastern bent, Jons Marketplace has only had one outpost in OC, on Golden West in Westminster.
Flickr user Forty Photographs / Creative CommonsBelts: unfortunately, not just for pants.Cuong Viet Nguyen, 29 and formerly of Garden Grove, was sentenced to life in prison today after spending some time on the run from the law.In 2005, he shot a man in Stanton after whipping him with his belt. And ... More >>
When Thai Nakorn burned down in January 2007, lovers of Thai food the county over were cast adrift. The family opened a branch in Stanton to feed the demand for their amazing food, and finally, after months of delays and haggling with the city, Thai Nakorn returned to Garden Grove this August. If ... More >>
Various Orange County communities are going to be crawling with extra cops this weekend as pre-Thanksgiving pushes are made to get drunks, druggies, the unlicensed and unsafe motorcyclists off the road and to ensure everyone is buckling up.R. Scott Moxley blogged earlier today about the Orange Co ... More >>
About 300 officers from 20 law enforcement agencies made sweeps through various Orange County communities last night and early today and swooped up 67 kids in violation of city curfew laws, the District Attorney's office announced. Curfews begin at 10 or 11 p.m., depending o ... More >>
O.C.'s Thai food-enthusiasts know the story already: Thai Nakorn was originally in Buena Park, blocks away from Knott's when it got kicked out by its landlords to make way for condos. But they moved to Garden Grove soon after, and all was well. That's when the fire happened.When things looked bl ... More >>
Is your activist streak feeling unloved after watching footage of yesterday's protests in LA against the passage of Proposition 8? Well, here's your chance to vent (peacefully, people, peacefully...). Tonight (Friday), the Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Center is organizing a protest march down Broadway, ... More >>
How's this for the granddaddy of all double-dipping: If law enforcement is right, pastor Raul Rosas Hernandez worked for both the Lord and Satan. Or, perhaps just Satan. Today, the Orange County District Attorney's office alleged that while Hernandez ministered to the faithful in telephone calls h ... More >>
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