Remember Rebecca Lee McLaughlin, who tried to run over a sheriff's special officer on bike patrol in the John Wayne Airport parking garage last year? The 49-year-old Newport Beach resident, who was originally charged with attempted murder and a sentencing enhancement for attempted premeditated murde ... More >>
A young woman who got lost Easter Sunday 2013 while hiking in Trabuco Canyon with a friend who later admitted to drug possession is being sued by a volunteer who fell and suffered spinal injuries, but the lawsuit does not name the young man with the drugs as a co-defendant.
A Garden Grove man received the death penalty as expected from an Orange County Superior Court judge today, but he also heard three unexpected words from the sister of one of two people whose heads he'd blown off: "I forgive you."
Four people have been charged with swindling investors in Orange and San Diego counties--many of them senior citizens--out of more than $3 million. And none of the four have the last name "Harkey." (Sorry ... couldn't resist.)
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And did Mexicans face legal segregation like African-Americans?
As if the Kelly Thomas trial needed any more drama, Judge William Froeberg interrupted Wednesday's closing arguments by defense attorneys to lash out at the audience over photos of jurors posted on Twitter. "If I find out who took this picture, you're going to jail," Froeberg said as he help up a p ... More >>
Because Santa Ana Police fucked up the raid of a house that had drawn neighborhood complaints about filth, stench and a 117 mangy cats, animal cruelty and child abuse charges were dismissed against five adults living there, an Orange County Superior Court judge has essentially ruled. As another jud ... More >>
A Costa Mesa man is suing the city of Newport Beach and its police department over being mauled by a police dog he claims was released near a garage where he was sleeping. Usyel Ocampo Roman, 34, wants his medical bills and other expenses covered and an undetermined amount of damages in the complai ... More >>
The surviving daughter and son of the key target of an accused madman, who viciously murdered eight people at a Seal Beach salon in Oct. 2011, this week filed a wrongful death lawsuit against shooter Scott Evans Dekraai. According to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Chelsea Huff o ... More >>
A Costa Mesa mom who embezzled more than $50,000 from a high school ban booster club pleaded guilty to the charges against her, was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation and ordered to pay nearly $52,000 in restitution. Jennifer Borders-Piatti, 51, pleaded guilty to felony grand the ... More >>
The county Board of Supervisors today gave the initial nod Tuesday to essentially creating a Megan's Law-type list for vicious dogs. Megan's Law provided the online database for registered sex offenders. So just think of the new proposed site like that. Only with dangerous pooches.
A judge this morning rejected the Orange County Fire Authority's plea for $55,000 in restitution from a rescued hiker facing charges of having had methamphetamine in his car while he and a friend were being sought in Trabuco Canyon. Orange County Superior Court Judge Gerald Johnston says there is n ... More >>
Lingerie is supposed to create sparks in the bedroom, but Jennifer Renee Colwell allegedly went straight to the source.A judge issued an arrest warrant for the 42-year-old woman who failed to show up in Orange County Superior Court Tuesday on arson charges tied to her allegedly putting an ex-boyfrie ... More >>
A Brinks Armored Car company guard spent Christmas Eve 2011 threatening a Harbor Boulevard prostitute in Santa Ana with a Taser, tying her up, raping her and later telling a detective, "I did tie her up. I want to man up. I've been carrying this around with me."That was revealed in Orange County Sup ... More >>
After two years of winding its way through San Bernardino Superior Court, a settlement has been reached between the sister of TapouT co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis and MMA Holdings, LLC, the corporate name for TapouT, involving the desecration of Mask's ashes. As Coker wrote back in 2011, Carla "K ... More >>
Next Tuesday, after much speculation, the divisive $158 million GardenWalk hotel subsidy will return before the Anaheim city council for a vote. The agenda for the meeting spells it all out as there will be "discussion and action" on a resolution for the economic assistance agreements (aka developer ... More >>
See Update Nos. 1 and 2 at the end of this post on the jury finding the wife guilty.A verdict has been reached in the trial of Catherine Kieu Becker, the Garden Grove wife accused of dosing her husband's tofu dinner, tying his arms and legs to bed posts, slicing off his penis, throwing the member in ... More >>
Igal Jonathan Feibush says he's an advocate of "tough love"--rehabilitation of troubled people with strict rules, but the Southern California businessman is getting a taste of his own medicine.Feibush--who boldly sued Drew Barrymore, VH1 and MTV for allegedly stealing what he claimed was his registe ... More >>
Richard Gustavo Forsberg, the Rancho Santa Margarita man whose ever-changing stories about the whereabouts of his wife of nearly 40 years led to a homicide investigation, was convicted this morning in Orange County Superior Court. The jury found the 63-year-old guilty of second-degree murder in the ... More >>
In response to a lawsuit filed against the city of Anaheim and hoteliers, Judge Steven Perk voided an ultra-controversial $158 million GardenWalk hotel subsidization project in Orange County Superior Court today citing a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act. The tax giveaway earlier this year enraged ... More >>
We first reported in July that Southern California porn star Lupe "Little Lupe" Fuentes had filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against the Texas manufacturer of Fleshlight, a flesh-like masturbatory sleeve that claims to perform the role of "artificial vagina" with the "most realistic s ... More >>
A former official with an Ohio high school's music booster club pleaded not guilty in Orange County Superior Court this week to possessing child pornography.William F. Blackhall , 50, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested in Newport Beach in July when a colleague on a business trip alerted authorities the ... More >>
Boxing, singing, stripping, junk selling, bar maiding, pillow fighting and (oxymoron alert) porn and horror acting Nadya Suleman is once again looking beyond the standard route to income--a steady job--to return to a familiar strategy for raising income.That would be crying poor and asking strangers ... More >>
Sangjin Miller Oh--the "Sangjin" is silent when referring to him as Buena Park City Councilman Miller Oh--pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of perjury aimed at maintaining his deadbeat-dad status.Oh, who is not in custody as he previously posted $25,000 bail, entered the pleas to six felony coun ... More >>
Surfrider Foundation is suing a Florida party promoter for stiffing the nationally prominent, San Clemente-based environmental group out of at least $30,000.According to a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Scott H. Mitchell--the managing partner of Five Flags Tourism Group--hosted an Oc ... More >>
Orange County's Elizabeth and John Young bought one of the premier Palm Springs nudist resorts in 2008 and, given obviously valid worries about pedophiles, thought they were doing the right thing three years later when they instituted a "no kids" policy. But last month a lawyer sent the Youn ... More >>
As true today as in the 1920sYou'll remember in Marisa's story last month about the many sins of the Fullerton Police Department both before and after their killing of Kelly Thomas how she talked to an older woman who was subjected to a home invasion without warrant by the city's bullies in blue. ... More >>
Kevin LiuBefore Occupiers from Santa Ana were getting arrested in Los Angeles, they were getting arrested...in Santa Ana. Yesterday, the Orange County Register reported that four defendants--Timothy Craven, Anthony Velloza, Shay Palmer and Sam Aresheh, all arrested on Oct. 22--went before Or ... More >>
FlemingNearly a year after a state appeals court dropped charges against him, James Fleming is suing Capistrano Unified School District for in attorney fees and lost wages--which one of Fleming's attorneys once estimated at more than $1.6 million.The former superintendent filed a complaint in Ora ... More >>
UPDATE, AUG. 15, 2:33 P.M.: The "Irvine 11" trial (now with one fewer defendant) was scheduled to begin today in Santa Ana.That didn't happen.Trial has been rescheduled to Aug. 29, which is when jury selection is scheduled to begin.
Dave Smith was a popular talk show host on AM 830 KLAA, the radio broadcast station of the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim. His voice mysteriously went off the air in 2009, leaving some listeners questioning his whereabouts. Two years later, his name resurfaces, this time in cour ... More >>
Last Wednesday's edition of The Orange County Interwebs Horror Show included an item on an online plea to find the driver of a car that hit a motorcyclist in Huntington Beach, and then fled the scene.On Monday, an arrest in the case was announced on the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook ... More >>
In 2009, a former student at Sst. Simon and Jude in Huntington Beach filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court alleging he suffered molestations at the grubby hands of priests Gus Krumm (at right) and Alexander Manville. Krumm, of course, is a confirmed pedo-priest whom the Diocese of Orang ... More >>
We told you here about alleged puppy pimper Kevin Michael Sianez, the former Santa Ana and Stanton police officer slapped with a 63-count criminal complaint claiming he defrauded clients as an unlicensed private investigator and intimidated his detractors.Oh yeah, and then there's the misdemean ... More >>
To the right is Denis Lyons, a pedo-priest that has cost the Diocese of Orange quite a few bucks in cash and who keeps inspiring lawsuits against him because of his grubby hands way back when. Lyons was in Orange County Superior Court today, as he's awaiting arraignment on a criminal case involvi ... More >>
Nice bikes!Look at the photo above--it's some of SanTana's finest on Santa Ana Boulevard, ready to cross Flower Street to break up a protest involving at least 60 people angry that Orange County is trying to reclaim the anti-Mexican crown from Arizona.
Medical dispensaries are dropping like flies in Costa Mesa. The latest victim: Docs Collective at 2424 Newport Blvd. An investigation of the business led to the arrest of Rick Allen Green, 51, of Costa Mesa, on suspicion of felony possession and sales of marijuana.Docs was in violation of state l ... More >>
Too close to call: either a steaming pile of manure or Orange City Hall.Quan and Angelina Ha are good eggs, they understand Southern California is in the clutches of a nasty drought and they want to leave the planet a better place for their newborn.But the couple is going to Orange County S ... More >>
Greg Haidl"Sit down and shut up."--Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno five years ago this week to Joseph Cavallo, the Irvine-based criminal defense lawyer who represented Gregory Haidl in the sensational videotaped gang rape case involving an unconscious 16-year-old girl. Cav ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County District AttorneyDeleica Holt's booking photo.Delecia Holt, the 48-year-old Aliso Viejo Republican who ran three times for Congress in Orange and San Diego counties, was released from the jail she's been sitting in since her Oct. 7, 2008, arrest for defrauding Orange Cou ... More >>
Courtesy of Orange County District AttorneyTracy Lynn Salcido, before the tears.Tracy Lynn Salcido, the former Orangewood Children's Foundation chief financial officer convicted of having stolen more than $780,000 in donations from the nonprofit, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison and orde ... More >>
In the sensational homosexual rumor/promotion discrimination case, lawyers for both the Newport Beach Police Department and Sgt. Neil Harvey told an Orange County Superior Court judge this afternoon that they have no more witnesses.Jurors, who today looked anxious to get the case for deliberations, ... More >>
About an hour ago, I was leaving the Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana when a Sheriff's deputy blocked me from passing through the building's east entrance. Although the crowd of officers that seemed to appear all of the sudden were mum about what was going on, a bystander said that a man had ju ... More >>
When is a prosecutor not a prosecutor? The answer spared a Santa Ana activist/punk rocker from criminal charges
The conviction of Sarah Bench-Salorio raises questions wed rather not think about. And so we havent. Not much, anyhow. Maybe just a little
Dr. K quietly settles suits involving faked AIDS drugs
El Toro Airport Watch No. 101
What's behind those yellow flags in Little Saigon?