Attempted kidnapping charges have been dropped against a Santa Ana man who was accused of trying to snatch a then-15-year-old girl walking to school in 2013, and his attorney is now seeking a finding of factual innocence to clear the man's name and record.
See the update at the end of this post identifying the murder suspect. ORIGINAL POST, MAY 5, 11:43 A.M.: Orange County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the apparent murder of a man in his Mission Viejo apartment over the weekend.
See the update at the end of this post on details of funeral services for former Westminster police chief James Mitchell "Mitch" Waller.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 1, 11:07 A.M.: James Mitchell "Mitch" Waller was only promoted to police chief in Westminster in December of 2009, but he since has not only ret ... More >>
Santa Ana Police have a 28-year-old man in custody for allegedly being the creeper who was wearing gloves and carrying a rag as he ran at an desperately tried to grab a 15-year-old girl walking to Santa Ana Valley High School Wednesday morning.But as Moises Rendon sits in the city jail thanks to his ... 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 >>
If FBI agents are right, Fernando Vera Santamaria didn't know that a Bank of America teller gave him a tracking device as well as $2,369 after he handed her a demand note and then fled on July 24, 2012.Santa Ana Police Department officers quickly tracked Santamaria to a white Toyota Corolla driving ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 25, 10:58 A.M.: Before the arrest of Itzcoatl Ocampo, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of a serial killer preying on homeless men. Union president Tom Dominguez is scheduled to hand Donny ... More >>
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Gustavo Adrian Vega, a 23-year-old Costa Mesa resident and two-time drunken driving convict found guilty by a jury in June of murder, hit-and-run resulting in death and possession of cocaine for the Valentine's Day 2010 crash that killed 20-year-old aspiring model Cara Alexandra Lee, was sentenc ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 30, 4:58 P.M.: A jury today found second-time drunken driver Gustavo Adrian Vega guilty of murder, hit-and-run resulting in death and possession of cocaine for the Valentine's Day 2010 crash in Costa Mesa that killed 20-year-old aspiring model Cara Alexandra Lee.Vega, 23, of Costa M ... More >>
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Costa Mesa police detectives are learning more about the 59-year-old woman found in a mummified state in the front seat of a car blocking a driveway 10 days ago.Signe Margit possessed two master's degrees and had worked with special education students in Los Angeles County. She later filed for ba ... More >>
We told you last week about Angel Herrera Leal facing a murder charge in Fullerton's North Justice Center a December 2008 crash on the 5 freeway near Disney Way in Anaheim that occurred after the Los Angeles 30-year-old drove several miles the wrong way. Leal was found guilty by a jury today of ... More >>
Andrew Thomas GalloSeparate murder trials for two alleged drunken drivers begin this morning in Orange County.One you've heard a lot about, the other not so much.Guess that's to be expected when a rookie phenom Angels pitcher is a murder victim in the more talked-about case.
UPDATED: The 63-year-old victim has been identified (details below) . . . View Larger MapUPDATES THROUGHOUT:A female friend went to visit 63-year-old Donald Keith Taylor, who lived in the 1000 block of Grand Canyon Road in Brea on Friday. She found him dead. He'd been shot multiple times.
As previously blogged, Anaheim Police conducted a DUI checkpoint and saturation patrols Friday evening through the wee hours Saturday, while the Orange County Sheriff's Department also stepped up patrols aimed at getting drunk drivers off the streets of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills an ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly crime round-up--now with more blatant Arrested Development imagery.Could Tobias Fünke be the "Blue Note Bandit" (Wednesday) or the man making "blown" offers (Thursday)?TUESDAY, DEC. 1Nice Racks! After pulling over a silver 2004 Acura TL four-door at Newport Boulevard and ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly police blotter--now with more alleged rummy mommies, ex-cop robbers, sticky fingers, douches on bikes and really bad karaoke singers.MONDAY, NOV. 23 Insert car here.That Walled-In Feeling A man crashing his black Toyota Corolla into a wall at the Shell gas station at Lake ... More >>
Feast your eyes on the hottest car in California, Speed Racer: the 1991 Honda Accord. Forget your Ferrarris, Lamborghinis, heck, even your grandparents' Buicks. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) Hot Wheels 2009 report, which crunched data reported to the National Crime Infor ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--small fry edition . . . MONDAY, JULY 20Artist's rendering of Bank of America robber. He may belong to that notorious street gang, the Lollipop Kids.Watch Those Kids at the Playground A 3-year-old boy was at the playground in Ponderosa Park ... More >>
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