It didn't take long for convicted bank robber Arthur Taylor to go back to his old ways. After finishing a 20-year sentence for the crime, he enjoyed all but 8 days in freedom a before walking into a Bank of the West branch in Anaheim on January 10 with a special note for the teller: "ROBBERY GIVE MO ... More >>
Homicide detectives are turning to the public for help in finding the shooter of 15-year-old Edgar Jovany Campos, who was shot Nov. 7 in the 400 block of North Laurel in Santa Ana and died early Thursday at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.
Authorities have identified a 43-year-old man who allegedly wormed his way into a Garden Grove home and threatened to kill a female resident with a knife before he was shot dead by police Saturday morning. He was John Brantley, Jr., who pleaded guilty July 24 to misdemeanor grand theft auto and was ... More >>
It was a very bloody Halloween night in Orange County, where six people died in three incidents Friday night: a hit-and-run of three trick-or-treaters in Santa Ana, a motor accident involving a dad walking his trick-or-treating son in Irvine and a murder-suicide in front of the deceased's children i ... More >>
On Friday, UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange was among five University of California hospitals identified by the state Department of Public Health as a priority hospital for the treatment of any Ebola cases that arise in the state. Tonight, the UCI campus in Irvine brings together experts to discu ... More >>
Conspiring with his sister who worked as a nurse, an Irvine businessman got rich selling stolen and mis-branded hospital supplies and drugs--including the horse tranquilizer and party drug Ketamine. Bahram Khandan, owner of United Capital Group Inc., profited more than $1.88 million during a two-ye ... More >>
The Kaiser Anaheim Medical Center reached a milestone last week, although it's unlikely to be announced on the Lakeview Avenue facility's home page: It received its first administrative penalty from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
A schizophrenic patient went from an assisted-living home to a hospital to jail after an altercation Tuesday night escalated into assaults on two police officers in Garden Grove, according to authorities.
Garden Grove Police are investigating a home invasion robbery/attempted murder that had arriving officers greeted by the sight of a mother who'd been shot in the neck still holding her 15-month-old twin girls and two other adults with their hands zip-tied behind their backs.
A 22-year-old man who was walking through a Santa Ana neighborhood early Saturday was shot to death by someone riding in a passing SUV, according to police. Leoncio Banuelos, a Santa Ana resident, was the victim of the shooting around 2:35 a.m. in the 200 block of South Newhope Street, said Santa A ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post on the district attorney's office charging Aleksandar Apostolovic with murder and several other serious felonies. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 4, 10:29 A.M.: A "career criminal" faces murder and assault with a deadly weapon charge after a police pursuit ended with a c ... More >>
Man, what an awful seven-day stretch for Buena Park police cars. On Saturday, Oct. 5, one of the department's units struck and killed a pedestrian. Friday, a second unit was rear ended by a car, sending its driver and the police officer to the hospital with injuries.
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about employee absenteeism being up significantly but surgeries only being slightly down, with UCI Medical Center officials vowing, "We're taking care of the patients we need to take care of." Update No. 1 on the next page has UC official claiming the two-day strike of pat ... More >>
So I know all of you go to Anepalco's off Main Street in Orange, the first branch of Danny Godinez's coming empire of alta cocina Mexican food. But not enough of you have yet made the trek to the second Anepalco's, the one off Chapman Avenue kitty-korner from UCI Medical Center. That one gets a good ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post about the wife suffering "a break from reality," according to her attorney.See Update No. 1 on the next page about the prosecutor claiming in his opening that the wife yelled "You deserve it!" before slicing off her husband's penis with a 10-inch kitchen knif ... More >>
Thirteen thousand patient care technical workers from the University of California's $6.9 billion medical system, which includes UC Irvine and UCI Medical Center in Orange, will start taking strike votes April 30.After 10 months of negotiations and more than three months of post-impasse proceedings, ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about the arrest of a third person in the police officer shooting.See Update No. 1 on the next page about the charges against and recent attempted-murder acquittal of the suspected gunman.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 18, 9 A.M.: A seven-year Fullerton Police Department veteran sho ... More >>
A Santa Ana man with a history of crime and a restraining taken out by his mother for the violence directed at her received the maximum sentence today for the second degree murder of her house guest, who was stabbed in the chest with a pocket knife.Saul Jose Salazar, 29, was sentenced to 16 years t ... More >>
Mitch Lucker, the lead singer of Suicide Silence, died on Thursday morning after succumbing to injuries from a motorcycle crash on Wednesday in Huntington Beach. He was 28 years-old. According to the Press Enterprise, the Orange County Coroner's office said Lucker was hospitalized after th ... More >>
Daniel Vidal Santana pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping, assault producing great bodily injury, two counts of sexual assault and auto theft for an early morning crime wave that included beating up a stripper he met at an Anaheim Club. As the Stanton resident awaits an Oct. 26 Superior Court senten ... More >>
See also:*Poop Drummer Steven Pratt Died in Bloody Altercation, Second Man in the Hospital With Serious InjuriesAn arrest was made following the murder of drummer Steven Pratt of Fullerton band Poop, who was beaten to death on Tuesday during an altercation at a Fullerton rehearsal studio. Poop's Bas ... More >>
See also:*Punk Legends the Adolescents Set to Headline Kelly Thomas Memorial Concert We're sad to say that the local punk scene just suffered a major loss just a couple days ago. Police are investigating the death of Steven Pratt, drummer of OC punk band Poop, who may have suffered from blunt force ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 21, 3:35 P.M.: It's been pointed out that since this blog mentioned the hospitalization of two young women in their 20s--one for "alcohol-related" complications and the other for an arm injury suffered after falling down--following Chapman University's 2012 Spring Undies Run, we should a ... More >>
After several starts and stops, Catherine Kieu Becker finally entered another not guilty plea today to slicing off his estranged husband's penis as he was waking up, throwing the member into the garbage disposal and turning it on. That means she still could have done it, as she supposedly admitte ... More >>
When a man died weeks after Oscar Raul Medina-Perez dropped him with a single punch outside La Barca Night Club in Stanton last year, it was not outside the realm of possibility that the hitter would be looking at a murder count. After pleading guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter, Huntingt ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 10, 12:21 P.M.: Methinks an OC Weekling is moonlighting at TalkRadio 790 KABC, based on this headline on the AM station's website about the continued arraignment of Catherine Kieu Becker, who is accused of slicing off her husband's schlong:"Husband's Penis Makes Court Appearance."One ... More >>
Mario Marin, who was arrested Dec. 28 after fighting with churchgoers at City Lights Dream Center in Santa Ana, died while undergoing a mental health evaluation, authorities divulged a week after the 53-year-old homeless man's death. When Santa Ana Police officers arrived that day, Marin was alr ... More >>
This sounds like the opening to a Six Feet Under episode: Jose Velazquez Castillo was mowing the back lawn of his Anaheim home Saturday afternoon when he fell backward into his swimming pool and apparently drowned.The 41-year-old resident of the home in the 800 block of South Stone Circle could ... More >>
Medina-PerezUPDATE, AUG. 5, 10:19 A.M.: As expected, amended charges have been filed against 24-year-old Oscar Raul Medina-Perez in the death of Leovardo Vera Bustos, who died from brain injuries two weeks after taking a single punch in front of La Barca Night Club in Stanton on July 5.However, ... More >>
UPDATED, JULY 22, 4:22 P.M.: Orange County Superior Court Judge Debra Carrillo in Westminster agreed to continue Catherine Kieu Becker's arraignment until Sept. 23.The 48-year-old Garden Grove resident's public defender, Frank Bittar, asked Carrillo to bar the media from covering the proceedings ... More >>
Nothing was going to stop Helen Oh from getting married this past Saturday, not even the fact that her hubby-to-be, Samuel Kim, had come down with a lung infection that landed him in the isolation ward of the UCI Medical Center in Orange. Family and friends from Korea and New York had flown in fo ... More >>
Steven Matthew LeClaire, Jr.UPDATE, FEB. 28, 5:19 P.M.: U.S. Army Specialist Steven Matthew LeClaire, Jr. was AWOL when he opened fire without provocation on three men Thursday night, according to prosecutors.After allegedly killing his friend Marques Murray, 24, and wounding his father, Steven F ... More >>
Remember that cover story that ran in the Weekly a few weeks back about suicides and strange deaths inside Orange County Jails? The one that mentioned how the Sheriff's Dept. is filling up empty bunks with hundreds of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees? Well, now we can add an IC ... More >>
An older model Honda sedan crashed into the "Welcome to Buena Park" sign at the Beach Boulevard exit of the 91 freeway Saturday evening.Cops did not describe the damage to the illuminated sign hanging from two large pillars as a result of the 6 p.m. mishap.That, of course, means we are free to sp ... More >>
A new study out of two Boston hospitals shows those ages 12 to 19 are suffering hearing loss, and a UC Irvine expert who has conducted his own research believes he knows why: the use of MP3 players like iPods.That is, Dr. Hamid Djalilian, director of Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCI Medi ... More >>
A house party was raging in the 300 block of West Bush Street in Anaheim just after midnight Sunday when things turned ugly.A fight broke out. Knives were whipped out. Much mayhem ensued.Two young men bolted out of the home and collapsed in a nearby alley. Both were 18. Both had been stabbed.
A riot broke out at Orange County's Juvenile Hall in Orange Saturday night, with 27 boys fighting one another and a guard getting hit in the head with a flying chair.Deputy juvenile correctional officer Stacy Androus reports she was briefly knocked out by the chair and can't recall the entire f ... More >>
flickr user crystl Alejandro H. Garcia was on a bicycle in an alley in the 400 block of north Bush Street, Anaheim, Monday night.Wrong place, wrong time.He was approached by three other guys on bikes. Someone asked Garcia which gang he belongs to. Don't belong to any, he replied.Wrong answer.The ... 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 round-up of local crimes and police calls--now with more . . . um . . . you'll see. (Not that you'll want to.) TUESDAY, NOV. 10 Nothing to See Here Folks. . . . Seriously, You Don't Want to Look This call came in around 1:10 p.m. concerning activ ... More >>
Courtesy of Westminster Police DepartmentThuy Le's booking photo.This photo was taken today of Thuy Le, 38, of Garden Grove, after she was booked for allegedly trying to stab to death her 3- and 5-year-old daughters before turning the knife on herself in Westminster Wednesday morning.
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--now with more stabbings and [alleged] drunken-driving politicians . . . Courtesy Orange County Sheriff's DepartmentKnew those Trader Joe's bags were good for something . . .MONDAY, JULY 27Cash and Carry A man walked up with a Trader Joe's b ... More >>
Hey, juvies, it's our weekly Weekly round-up of Orange County police calls . . .MONDAY, JUNE 29 The pre-vandalized Scott BorasAnyone Fitting the Description of a Major League Baseball Team Owner Spotted Outside Before the Crime? The windows of super-agent Scott Boras' Land Rover were vandalized whil ... More >>
Very early Tuesday in Tustin. Not the real crime but an amazing facsimile. Once again, it's the Weekly's weekly round-up of Orange County police calls...MONDAY, JUNE 22Breaking Up the Boredom of a Bank Line: Shortly after noon, a man clutching a backpack threatened to blow up the Bank of America bra ... More >>
*Moved up by Gustavo, because dumb-ass trolls have hijacked a tragedy to go on and rail about Mexicans. Give 'em hell, gentle readers...Nick Adenhart, the Angels starter who pitched six scoreless innings in last night's 6-4 loss to the A's, was one of three people killed in a collision involvin ... More >>
There were two HUUUUGE mistakes in the virtual droolings below. First, in KEN CALVERT'S MOD SQUAD, we reported that OC Blog has always been behind state Senator John Campbell (R-Richy Richland) from the beginning of his quest for the 48th Congressional District seat. A close follower of Clockwork an ... More >>
Nobody paid much attention to the terrifying voices Joe Parker heard until he slashed his way through an Irvine supermarket.