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.
Hours after a General Motors-hired arbitrator announced in Washington, D.C., there will be no limit on payouts to victims of accidents caused by flawed switches on GM vehicles, the Orange County District Attorney's office revealed it has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the company in Sup ... More >>
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.
A look back at the making of the OC band's accidentally influential record, 20 years later
See the update at the end of this post identifying the two men in the pick-up truck after a police chase that started in Santa Ana and ended with an officer-involved shooting in Garden Grove. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 13, 12:33 P.M.: The Garden Grove Police Department asked the local media this afternoo ... More >>
A Santa Ana man who beat his much older gay lover to death with a rock in June 2010 was sentenced to life in state prison without the possibility of parole. Jose Fuentes, 26, had been found guilty by a jury on March 20 of one felony count of murder with special circumstance sentencing enhancements f ... More >>
A driver found guilty in February of murder, DUI and forging prescriptions was sentenced today to 17 years to life in state prison.Asked in January if a murder count for the DUI-related slaying of a pedestrian was proper, Weekly readers engaged in a lively debate in our comments section.
A 23-year-old Santa Ana man was convicted today of murdering a male lover who was more than twice his age by beating him with a ceramic rock.Jose Fuentes now faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without parole at a scheduled Friday hearing.
When Kia and Hyundai were forced to recalculate their gas-mileage claims after a government audit, the top two South Korean automakers may have believed regulatory fines and a consumer compensation plan would have ended the financial bleeding.Think again, unless Kia and Hyundai can fight court chall ... More >>
How a small village outside Houston influences the Asian restaurants of Little Saigon, Long Beach and beyond
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 >>
Take all the lovers you've been with your whole life. Now put them in a top ten list from worst to best just like John Cusack did on High Fidelity. Now, how you rate them is solely up to you. Be it from a performance standpoint, to impact, importance, length of time spent together, whatever it may b ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 8, 2:12 P.M.: The Orange County Jail's Adult Correctional Health Services put another medical hold on Ruben Gurrola, so the Orange County District Attorney's office now estimates the 23-year-old will be arraigned Thursday at 10 a.m.UPDATE, FEB. 6, 4:41 P.M.: It's difficult to fathom ... More >>
It's the week that wuz and what we learned from it all . . .JAN. 28: Under a bright blue sky and appreciating warm temperatures despite occasional gusty winds, more than 1,000 line Bolsa Avenue in Little Saigon for the Tet Parade celebrating the Lunar New Year. Based on the number of South Vietna ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Acknowledging a kind, drive-thru act
Over the past few years, car navigation systems featuring Zagat has been made available on some luxury car models like Mercedez-Benz and Lexus. Meanwhile, Toyota's new Entune system partnered up with OpenTable.com to offer restaurant ratings and reservations on the go.
You know this food truck fad isn't quite done yet when one of the big automakers actually targets food vendors as a growth opportunity. At the LA Auto Show, which is happening as we speak, Nissan partnered with the Grilled Cheese Truck and the Coolhaus truck to show off the company's new NV comm ... More >>
Scott Evans Dekraai, the 41-year-old Huntington Beach man held without bail for last week's mass killing spree in a Seal Beach salon, is a teabagger. This license-plate frame at right was on Dekraai's Toyota SUV, proving that he was a proud member of the gun-lovin', tax-hatin', gubment-despisin' ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 14, 1:18 P.M.: Former Orange County sheriff's deputy Allan James Waters will not face additional counts after authorities suspected him of being drunk at his scheduled sentencing on charges of causing an injury accident while driving under the influence of prescription drugs.Thou ... More >>
Hot on the tire tracks of announcements that Volvo is road testing its V60 Plug-in Hybrid, Volkswagen will soon have plug-in Golf and Jetta hybrids and Toyota will offer plug-in options for all Priuses by 2014 comes an all-day symposium in Irvine today dedicated to the hottest automobile market.C ... More >>
Was a custom helmet necessary for Ortiz's giant dome?Tito Ortiz can't do much right, these days. In the Octagon, he's a shadow of the championship-caliber fighter he once was. He can't keep the problems of his marriage to adult entertainment legend Jenna Jameson out of the public eye (the pair ha ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 10, 1:59 P.M.: A resident in the 1900 block of Monrovia Avenue, which is behind Continental Avenue in Costa Mesa, heard the commotion and saw the lights from a police helicopter shining the scene of today's bloody family dispute."I walked my dog early this morning and talked to one ... More >>
Additional charges have been filed against an Orange County sheriff's deputy who was off-duty and allegedly drugged-up when he crashed his Mercedes into a Toyota in Laguna Niguel, injuring a 78-year-old woman--just a half hour after he plowed into a Lexus outside Dana Point City Hall.Allan Jam ... More >>
An electrifying rideElectric-car advocate/Toyota Prius critic Doug Korthof of Seal Beach is bullish on the hybrid Nissan LEAF.
Willy BlackmoreStephanie Anglim at Anglim Winery White wine is certainly worth drinking year round, but with the heat making its way back to Orange County, a cold, crisp bottle has become evermore tempting in the past weeks. We've tasted some wines from nearby Temecula in previous editions of Due ... More >>
I do believe this is the first time this column has addressed a crime in la naranja...from the Register! Police have arrested a Yorba Linda parolee in connection with a knifepoint mugging in a Taco Bell parking lot. Police found Corey Andrew Schoenkopf, 21, at 12:30 a.m. Thursday sleeping in his ... More >>
View Larger MapThe vehicular collision that claimed the life of Cara Lee is first mentioned here, but with the Orange County District Attorney confirming this morning that murder charges will be brought against the driver of the pickup that hit the sedan the 20-year-old Santa Ana woman was riding in ... More >>
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 >>
Courtesy of Garden Grove Police DepartmentMurder suspect Khanh Van LeA social gathering at Saigon Towing, 13921 West St., Garden Grove, turned ugly around 8 p.m. Sunday, when an agitated man who'd twice been asked to leave stabbed another man to death, according to the Garden Grove Police Departm ... More >>
Friday: Paging Chuck Norris!It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more unappreciative homeless men, alleged Ecstasy pushers and Ninjas, Ninjas, Ninjas! MONDAY, AUG. 3Wrong-Way Minivan After clocking a green minivan at 80 mph south on Beach Boulevard near the 405 freewa ... More >>
Photos by Professional Services Responder George Ridley Olszynski, Lewellyn, Palmer and Hutchens play hardball.This week's Weekly round-up of local police calls is illustrated with a photo of Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Anaheim Police Sgt. Greg Palmer, who is president of the Anaheim Pol ... More >>
What Made Milwaukee Famous, Ra Ra Riot, The Little Ones @ The Glass House on 5/16 Usually, walking into a venue to find it almost empty is a bit of a downer. I guess most people train themselves to believe that a concert is not worth going to unless it’s in a room full of people sweating all over ... More >>
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