A jury today found a 55-year-old Orange man guilty of murdering his roommate--a U.S. Army veteran who was poised to graduate from Cal State Fullerton--dumping her body in Modjeska Canyon and then acting as if he was surprised as anyone she was missing.
Army deserter Steven Matthew LeClaire Jr. was so peeved his father gave booze to his teenage sister and that one of dad's pals hit on the 14-year-old that he shot the senior LeClaire and two others in a Cypress motel room, killing one, a prosecutor told jurors during the opening of Wednesday's murde ... More >>
At the opening of Kwang Chol "K.C." Joy's murder trial Monday, the prosecution and defense agreed on one thing: the 55-year-old last year dumped the dead body of his former roommate, Iraq War veteran Maribel Manriquez Ramos.
On average, 22 vets kill themselves every day in the U.S. On Jan. 18, one of them was my friend Chris
A remote Arizona church, whose founder communed with LSD guru Timothy Leary, offers followers peyote-induced psychedelic trips
A federal judge in Orange County this week punished a Vietnam War refugee--who eventually became an accomplished U.S. Secret Service (USSS) special agent assigned to protect former First Lady Nancy Reagan--for operating a bank-fraud scheme. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter sentenced Richa ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the bottom of page 2 on the recovered body being identified as Maribel Ramos' and her roommate being arrested for her murder. Update No. 1 on page 2 was about a woman's body being found Thursday in Modjeska Canyon, and police and Ramos' family fearing it was the missing Cal State ... More >>
During a stellar, 25-year career in the U.S. Army, Jorge Albert Swank of Aliso Viejo served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Just Cause. Swank--a graduate of Trinity University and a onetime congressional liaison for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration S ... More >>
Every second and fourth Wednesday night of the month, legendary bartender/chef/restaurant insider Dave Mau hosts Dinner with Dave at Memphis at the Santora, where he treats drinkers to a free meal and live music as the evening progresses. To remind ustedes of this great night, Dave treats us ev ... More >>
A peek inside Orange County's most exclusive medical-marijuana club, one no one wants to join
For reasons not entirely clear, Orange County isn't out loud and proud when it comes to its connection to one of the most famous battle implements of all time. In my efforts to discover the one-time Costa Mesa location of ArmaLite, developer of the M16, I was met with blank stares and should ... More >>
George Okamoto was getting a newspaper in Santa Ana on Dec. 7, 1941, when "I ran into a couple of people who said 'Get the hell out of here, you Jap.' My parents told us after that we have to be very careful." If Okamoto was picking up a Santa Ana Register, he would have had his hands on one of t ... More >>
Last week, when the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was officially repealed, UC Irvine's inaugural class of ROTC cadets began participating in the campus' new program.That wasn't just a coincidence.Campus officials first talked to the U.S. Army about establishing an ROTC program d ... More >>
J.J. Abrams deploys humor and destruction in his super-fun, super-loud catastrophe flick
Junger doesn't dress like this for speaking engagements.Sebastian Junger, the good looking guy with the manly-man jaw and intense gaze, spent five months in the crossfire in Afghanistan, but he never shot a gun. He did shoot tons of footage for his documentary and took plenty of notes for hi ... More >>
A 25-year-old law has presented a snag in getting a statue of Ronald Reagan erected in a Newport Beach park. But who needs a statue when you can have an entire park named in your honor? And not just any park, but the Orange County Great Park, which has been billed as the first great municipal par ... More >>
Courtesy of Newport Beach Police DepartmentDanae Marie Miller is accused of killing bicyclist.It's our weekly look at things said about or from Orange County on the Interwebs:Pedal Power Outage in Newport Beach An urban bicycling enthusiast sees a disconnect between Newport Beach shutting down th ... More >>
So, after having her latest appeal rejected this morning by the U.S. Supreme Court, where is Laguna Niguel birther/dentist/lawyer Orly Taitz to turn next? The Hague? Judge Judy? The Trill Symbiosis Commission?The Supremes did not utter a peep while tossing the appeal contesting a $20,000 fine lev ... More >>
The whitest man in Orange County is scooping up an award this evening from the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce.Tom Tait, the former Anaheim City Council member who is running in November to re-join the panel, will receive the Michael R. Jones Business Impact Award, which recognizes in ... More >>
ACLUHalime SatA woman who was barred from flying out of the Long Beach Airport is among 10 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the American Civil Liberties Union is representing in its constitutional challenge of the government's "no-fly list."Halime Sat joins a disabled veteran of the U ... More >>
John Gilhooley / OC WeeklyChuck DeVore: Fill in the blank.Perhaps inspired by the New York Times' recent detrailment of a Connecticut senatorial candidate's campaign by pointing out that he had repeatedly "misspoken" about fighting in the Vietnam War, a Los Angeles Times article today takes a clo ... More >>
Welcome to Tweets From the Park, our weekly roundup of some of the best--and the worst--tweets from the park that's only sometimes the happiest place on earth. Follow us on Twitter @OCWeekly!Flickr user idogcowtacce: me: it's okay dad, at disneyland they want our fat people money too. dad: DSA ... More >>
UPDATE: Orange County District Attorney levels charges; suspect's telling MySpace page . . . MySpace.comPasqual Loera's user photo.The Orange County District Attorney today charged the man arrested in Las Vegas in the shooting and killing Sunday of a Westminster woman and critical injuring of her ... More >>
Unless you're the type who attends candlelight vigils at Graceland, this is all the Elvis you'll ever need: Good Rockin' Tonight, four CDs, 100 songs that range from his first self-financed demo "My Happiness" from 1953 to Presley's final live and home recordings shortly before his death on a toi ... More >>
Wes BannisterWes Bannister, who'd been a Huntington Beach city councilman and mayor and ran unsuccessfully three times for state Insurance Commissioner, died last night after a lengthy illness. He was 73.Clockwork recalls Bannister as one of those Republicans not generally found in Orange County. ... More >>
Welcome to Wiley World.Lilly Fowler of Salon.com recently parachuted into "Wiley World."That would be the nickame for the domain of pastor Wiley Drake of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park. As Clockwork and other Weeklings have blogged since President Barack Obama's election, Drake h ... More >>
England wants freedom but hasn't admitted his sick sex crimesA convicted California serial pedophile who despises Jews, cops and African Americans and who forced a kindergarten-age girl he purchased in Vietnam to become a sex slave to not only himself but also his German shepherd and basset hound ... More >>
BoykinHonors for hosting the most controversial book signing of the week go to Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, which Friday night hosts retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who famously said George W. Bush was not elected by a majority of Americans but "appointed by God," and that America is hated ar ... More >>
The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia, reports today that Orly Taitz, the Orange County attorney who reigns as queen bee to the Obama "birther" movement, is representing a "conscientious objector" who refuses to deploy to Iraq*, not because he's a pacifist or because George Bush authorized the in ... More >>
An already-bad PR week for Sheriff Sandra Hutchens got worse this morning when Superior Court Judge Richard King unsealed a grand-jury indictment against a veteran Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy who is accused of using excessive force on a handcuffed suspect. Deputy Christopher Hibbs ( ... More >>
This toll road debate is starting to feel like Clue—who's going to kill the project? Was it Colonel Magness, in the media, with cold, hard facts? Col. Thomas Magness wrote a little letter the Transportation Corridor Agencies didn't like. The letter disclosed that the TCA's preferred, certified a ... More >>
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Blues legend Bobby Bland brings you down just to lift you up
Alleged coup-plotter Vang Paos shady past eludes mainstream media
Movie of the Week: The Execution of Private Slovik
At his press conference this morning, President Bush promised yet again that when it comes to Iraq, we'll continue to push on even though we're waist deep in the Big Muddy. Elsewhere in this morning's news we find some milestones of the course on which we are staying. From the Washington Post: A te ... More >>
Freedom Costs a Buck-O-Five: Ladies and gentlemen, your Labor Day weekend!
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Why the Kalifornia Anarchists had their butts handed to them on May Day
Little Saigons beginnings
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Dornan, from coward to 'military expert'