Stephen Bennett set up the Feb. 5, 2006, cocaine deal and drove the vehicle from Oceanside to the heart of Irvine for his co-conspirators, who chased down their trusty drug dealer, shot him dead in view of numerous witnesses and took his narcotics. A car wash surveillance camera captured Bennett st ... More >>
A January 2010 day began well for Orange County's 21-year-old Aaron Michael Laythorpe who took his girlfriend and their baby on an enjoyable beer-drinking trip to a Fashion Island restaurant in Newport Beach.But the day ended in horrific, senseless domestic violence.Laythorpe eventually dropped Jill ... More >>
An Orange County convicted felon is arguing that mere possession of AK-47 parts he purchased on the Internet but hadn't assembled cannot be a violation of state law.But a California Court of Appeal ruled today that the man was mistaken.A detective with the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force visited ... More >>
Anaheim's Rogelio Veloz is having a difficult time wrapping his mind around this painful concept: He'd spent most of his first 21 years in freedom, has been locked up for six consecutive years now and, at the age of 27, will never again eat at a restaurant, go to a movie, play a video game, date a g ... More >>
In 2011, an Orange County jury agreed with prosecutor Cameron Talley's assertion that convicted felon Cesar Gomez savagely beat, robbed and strangled to death a female prostitute inside her room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Garden.In February, Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg gav ... More >>
During all those Southern California police car chases you constantly see broadcast live on Los Angeles TV stations, you've probably wondered how much prison time the suspect could get after his arrest.In the case of Jesus Ignacio Espinoza Sanchez the term was five years following a wild 2010 Garden ... 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 >>
Highlights from the 2007 film festival spotlight outspoken DJs, prisons, environmental damage, and . . . Pac-Man?
Marvin Chavez is free. So can he please have his pot back?
Dave Herrick's strange odyssey through the U.S. war on drugs