See the update at the end of this post with a statement from the Scelsi family. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 21, 8:46 A.M.: Fraternal twins from Trabuco Canyon have withdrawn from the University of New Mexico after a women's soccer initiation ritual involving alcohol sent one of the freshmen to the hospital ... More >>
Sheriff's homicide investigators believe a 56-year-old Lake Forest man tried to pull off a murder-suicide with his wife as the victim Tuesday, but only managed to successfully complete the suicide portion. Timothy Charles Wilkinson was declared dead from a gunshot wound at his home in the 28000 blo ... More >>
The country star explores his motorcycle love affair in PENTON: The John Penton Story
A former Ladera Ranch Bank of America appraiser's lawsuit over overtime pay has been certified as a class-action case by U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana, according to an attorney representing the plaintiffs.
How do you use spooky lights in the sky of South County and a mysterious underwater formation discovered off Malibu the past couple weeks to promote your PG movie whose plot reads eerily similar to E.T.? Let's go to the desert with the promoters of Earth to Echo.
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.
It feels like yesterday when Cismontane Brewing opened its doors in Rancho Santa Margarita.Time flies when you're old, kiddos (also - when you've been drinking). Still, we were knocked back somewhat to hear that Evan Weinberg and Ross Stewart are marking four years of bustling beer-making success a ... More >>
Tacos and terrorists, chopped-off dicks in the desert, and drinking with Marines in Coachella cap off our year that was
Murderers, Todd Spitzer, pervy teachers, Arte Moreno and so many 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.
At the beginning of the week, there was a possibility that the Orange County Board of Supervisors would appeal Superior Court Judge Steven L. Perks surprising decision he made back in July to overturn the Saddle Crest housing development in Trabuco Canyon. The land, near Cook's Corner, would see 1 ... More >>
Hell YES! Just last Friday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven L. Perk ruled in favor of 2,000 petitioners and activists to reject the Saddle Crest housing development in Trabuco Canyon. The development would have bulldozed over 150 old oak trees and figuratively raped the beautiful and unadu ... More >>
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 >>
Under Marsy's Law, the California Victims Bill of Rights championed by county Supervisor Todd Spitzer, the Orange County Fire Authority wants $55,000 it spent rescuing teenage hikers who got lost in Trabuco Canyon Easter Sunday.A legal brief to that end the OCFA filed Wednesday contains this bombshe ... More >>
See the update on page 2 with the counts against John Edward Kudla, who is being charged as an adult in the attempted murder of Orange County Sheriff's Reserve Sgt. Jon M. Kulda, who is comatose.ORIGINAL POST, MAY 22, 4:18 P.M.: A 50-year-old Orange County reserve sheriff's sergeant was shot, possib ... More >>
Despite the urging of county Supervisor Todd Spitzer, the Board of Supervisors decided against charging teen hikers in Trabuco Canyon for $160,000 in rescue costs--although the board did agree Tuesday to seek state legislation that would allow passing future rescue costs on to reckless victims.But S ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about the Orange County Board of Supervisors deciding behind closed doors not to charge the rescued hikers for the $160,000 in various government costs.See Update No. 1 on the next page with the county considering sticking the teens with the tab if a sheriff's department i ... More >>
You asked and the County of Orange answered: this cost to search for and pluck two young adults out of rugged Trabuco Canyon terrain last month was more than $160,000."Why do I have to pay for someone's negligence?" reacted county Supervisor Todd Spitzer of the figures released Tuesday by the Orange ... More >>
Kyndall Jack and Nicholas Cendoya, the teens who went missing in Trabuco Canyon on Easter Sunday before being found in different spots in the middle of the week, will not be billed for the massive search, which utilized various nonprofit, private and governmental resources (as well as scores of volu ... More >>
The first of two rescued Trabuco Canyon hikers to be released from the hospital had something to say Sunday.So have many critics of Nicholas Cendoya; more on that later.First, Mission Viejo's Mission Hospital released a photo and statement from the 19-year-old, who later gave a press conference befo ... More >>
Kyndall Jack, who was the second hiker rescued after days in the wild following an Easter Sunday hike, is still confined to a wheelchair, but at a just-concluded press conference before heading home from UCI Medical Center in Orange, the Costa Mesa 18-year-old was smiling and upbeat as she recalled ... More >>
See Update No. 7 on page 3 about a recently concluded press conference giving a complete overview of the latest events in Trabuco Canyon.See Update Nos. 3-6 on page 2 about the man being found alive, the search resuming for the woman, Kyndall Jack being found and airlifted out and how it all happene ... More >>
As promised, a coalition of residents and environmental groups filed suit in Superior Court this week against the County of Orange and the Board of Supervisors over approval of a 65-unit housing project that is to be carved into rural canyons northwest of Cook's Corner."This is a catastrophic failur ... More >>
Every Thursday morning from 8 to 10, I greet commuters on the side of the road in my mountain man garb with a giant banner, which reads, "Welcome to Grizzly Bear National Monument." I play my fiddle or mandolin, smile, and wave to passersby near the intersection of Jamboree and Santiago Canyon Road ... More >>
Stymied in their efforts to get the Orange County Board of Supervisors to reject a 65-home project into the rural canyons just northwest of Cook's Corner, canyonites are turning to the last place they can think of to stop what they believe to be a forever quality-of-life-changing development:The cou ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with news of his body found.ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 4:25 P.M.: Adam Razani honorably served in Afghanistan from 2011 until earlier this year as a technician for the Air Force, where he enlisted in 2008 after finishing at Saddleback College. And now he's missing ... More >>
Monks and canyon dwellers go mano a mano in Silverado Canyon
[Summer Guide 2012] Gold Rush history is as close as your back yard
The ex-NFL superstar on life, death and everything in between
The week flew by, but we still learned from it.MARCH 24: Octomom Nadya Suleman earns $8,000 posing nude for a British magazine. She is not using the money to save her La Habra house, as that's listed for sale as a foreclosure, but to rent a new pad for her, her 14 kids and the gaggle of gossip re ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 28, 5:41 PM.: Missing from his Costa Mesa home since Sunday morning, 78-year-old Vo Van Nguyen was found by two mountain bikers this morning on a trail about a mile into Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Trabuco Canyon, authorities announced. "Nguyen had no shoes and was wearing only ... More >>
Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Marion, who was assigned to the Central Felony Panel, died Sunday morning at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in San Clemente. He was 58.Marion, who was educated in New England and served in the U.S Marine Corps, was an Orange County deputy district a ... More >>
UPDATED, JULY 8, 11:32 A.M.: Both teenage boys who ran away from the Joplin Youth Facility Tuesday night are now back in custody. Officials picked up the teens, who were fugitives for a little more than two days, sometime after 11 p.m. Thursday, says Robert Rangel, a spokesman for th ... More >>
MeluginUPDATE, JUNE 29, 10:58 A.M.: Sheriff's investigators have made two more arrests in what were first described as two separate "acid bomb" attacks in Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo. Deputies now claim there were six South County bombings last Thursday night, but the homemade devices relied n ... More >>
UPDATED, FEB. 28, 4:57 P.M.: Because federal law prohibits firearm possession for those convicted of domestic violence, veteran Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Christopher Unholz's law enforcement career is effectively over."We consider all the ramifications, and in this case, it is going t ... More >>
Orange County has its very own set of Barbie dolls--and for once, we're not talking about the Real Housewives. An e-mail showed up in our inbox that was too chuckle-worthy not to share. Gotta admire the attention to detail in these figurines: Anaheim/Buena Park Barbie comes complete with a meth-l ... More >>
Looking back at 2010 on our news blog, one Top 10 List at a time
Update, December 22, 10:08 p.m.: The emergency shelter at Mission Viejo High School has closed, the county announced this evening.Evacuated residents in need of shelter can still go to Laguna Beach High School and El Modena High School in Orange. (Addresses are on the next page.)The county's most ... More >>
A Securities and Exchange Commission complaint filed Wednesday alleges two Orange County men operated a boiler room that used millions raised for green-energy investments to fuel their lavish lifestyles.Larry R. Crowder, 53, of Newport Coast, and Joseph R. Porche, 51, of Aliso Viejo, ran the sc ... More >>
Coto de Caza residential weed picker Raul Salvador Marin wanted to tell the petite 20-year-old at a June 2004 Trabuco Canyon patio party that she was "a really pretty girl, white, young," but he didn't speak English and she didn't speak Spanish. The woman wasn't interested in Marin anyway. She spurn ... More >>