The Orange County Sheriff's Department gets a jump on St. Patrick's Day tonight with its DUI Task Force holding a DUI/driver's license checkpoint from 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday somewhere in the city of Mission Viejo. Meanwhile, on the coast, Laguna Beach Police conduct "saturation patrols," wh ... More >>
Faithful readers of this column may remember the sad case of the Mexican immigrant who was pulled over for drunk driving in Ohio, failed his sobriety test, was ridiculed by the state troopers who dropped him off, was dropped off at a Taco Bell then was run over and killed by another driver. It just ... More >>
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 about the charges against Sarwat Syed being dismissed. Update No. 2 has prosecutors saying she only thought of herself and the defense countering "she's absolutely innocent." Update No. 1 on the next page is about the trial beginning. ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 16, 8 A.M.: Tria ... More >>
Two coaches are sharing remembrances today of Nicholas Pasquale, a UCLA football player who was struck and killed by a car in his hometown of San Clemente early Sunday. The 20-year-old formerly starred at San Clemente High School and was a redshirt freshman wide receiver with the Bruins this season ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on Victor Manuel Sanchez being arraigned today on charges of murder and other counts.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 3, 10:11 A.M.: The man killed in a crosswalk during a Santa Ana police chase last week has been described as a "genius" computer-gaming engineer. Some bysta ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Watch out for the late-model Beamer with passenger-side damage
The multi-agency "Avoid the 38" Anti-DUI Task Force has released its winter schedule, which includes DUI checkpoints from 7 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday in Seal Beach, Laguna Hills and Los Alamitos.Exact intersections were not revealed.
With the filing of a murder count today against the accused drunken driver blamed for the hit-and-run death of Osmara Meza, the Santa Ana 5-year-old becomes Orange County's fifth homicide victim of 2012.The girl was holding hands with her 6-year-old sister Gresia Meza and their mother Eloisa Madrig ... More >>
Lucy Dunn is a longtime punching bag around the Weekly for her presidency of the county taxpayer fund-sucking Orange County Business Council and, going way back, being the local face of home development next to the ecologically sensitive Bolsa Chica wetlands.But it was Dunn's role as a California t ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 8, 11:11 A.M.: In addition to the sheriff's department's DUI patrols in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Ranch Santa Margarita, city police agencies hold sobriety checkpoints tonight in Westminster, Santa Ana and Garden Grove.The Westminster and Garden Grove police departments did not ann ... More >>
Angel Herrera Leal of Los Angeles suffered two prior drunk driving convictions before one night in December 2008 when he (and a mostly consumed Tequila bottle) entered his pickup truck and drove south on Interstate 5 to Orange County.Once he got to Santa Ana, a heavily intoxicated Leal, who didn' ... More >>
Remember that Rand Corporation study from earlier this year that claimed crime actually increased in L.A. neighborhoods where cops closed medical marijuana dispensaries? The one that forgot to include crime statistics compiled by the Los Angeles Police Department?? The one that Rand had to retrac ... More >>
Gabrielle Jane Nestande--the 24-year-old daughter of former Orange County Supervisor and state Assemblyman Bruce Nestande, half sister of Riverside Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande and former campaign worker for Texas Gov. Rick Perry--has been indicted by the Travis County grand jury on a si ... More >>
If you're getting your drink on in Stanton and/or Villa Park tonight, be advised to have a designated driver along.The Orange County Sheriff's Department this morning announced roving DUI patrols in those contract cities.
FacebookDerek VerdugoPomona police were called Monday night to an area near the town's cemetery where a Nissan Sentra had hit a tree and rolled.It was discovered at the scene that Derek Verdugo, 25, of La Habra, had been ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.But police say Ver ... More >>
Take a cab, plan an alternate route, or get your drink on somewhere else: roving sobriety patrols will be out tonight in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita."These multi-city DUI teams will target areas that have a high incidence of DUI-related arrests and collisions," reads an ... More >>
The trial for the man accused of killing Charles Lewis Jr., the 45-year-old Huntington Beach resident better known as mixed-martial arts clothing company TapouT's co-founder "Mask," is scheduled to begin Monday morning in Santa Ana, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced.Jeffrey ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Many thanks to the guy in the red Magnum
Anaheim police officer Kevin Noel Schlueter was charged today with driving under the influence of drugs after crashing into four parked cars. It's the 37-year-old Costa Mesa resident's third DUI, and not to be confused with the DUI charge brought against Orange County sheriff's deputy Mark Wayn ... More >>
Anaheim is not the only Orange County town launching DUI saturation patrols tonight.
The chain's biggest crime? Firing Dan...A reader once asked me why I pick on Taco Bell so much by highlighting the crimes that take place at the various outposts of the Irvine-based megachain. I was polite and explained that the Bell is perhaps the most widely-distributed culinary export we have, an ... More >>
If we must tee off on the Huntington Beach Police Department and its brass for running one of the most oppressive law enforcement agencies in the county--and you know we must; it's in our contracts--then it is only fair that we single out the same coppers for praise when they do something truly amaz ... More >>
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