The Weekly has stumbled upon Orange County's next MacArthur genius grant recipients: They are the fellows who called Huntington Beach Police for help Monday night, explaining they were being chased by the owner of a truck they had just dumped paint over while out vandalizing random vehicles.
The second anniversaries of the killings of Manuel Angel Diaz and Joel Acevedo by Anaheim police is next week. The deaths, of course, led to riots that captured international media attention. Families of Acevedo, Diaz, and others killed by Anaheim PD will hold a rally and protest this Saturday to re ... More >>
The memorial marking the site where 25-year-old Manuel Diaz was shot and killed by Anaheim police on July 21, 2012 was trashed over the weekend. Gang members from a rival neighborhood vandalized a large banner marking his dates of birth and death. Spray paint covered pictures of Diaz and even framed ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] Tustin police fail to kill federal lawsuit over alleged lies, brutality
It's not the spray-painted words "Happy Endings" that have police investigating vandalism at a Seal Beach Massange Envy store as a possible hate crime but a swastika and the words "White PPiDS." Seal Beach Police are reaching out to the public in case anyone saw something screwy in that area after ... More >>
Methinks a genius grant is not in Luis Enrique Rodriguez's future. The Anaheim 18-year-old liked a photo of himself on the Huntington Beach Police Department's Facebook page of suspected vandals sought in the July 28 riots. Then he shared the image with friends. Then people left comments on the poli ... More >>
*See end of post for Taco Asylum's official response to the Animal Liberation Front. Original Post: Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.: The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a radical animal rights group, has taken credit for an act of vandalism against Costa Mesa's Taco Asylum restaurant. The vandalism allegedly took ... More >>
The Huntington Beach Police Department has announced the arrest of a 17-year-old in connection with the July 28 riots downtown and has posted through its greatest tool in apprehending suspects these days--social media--photos of more vandals they would like to pop. The latest is a 17-year-old Hunti ... More >>
Has the name and address of one of the most notorious Huntington Beach riot vandals been handed to police through Facebook? And could another alleged vandal, who isn't even facing the most serious criminal charges from the incident, be looking at three years in state prison?
See Update No. 5 on Page 4 with the police chief saying more vandals have been identified and will soon be arrested as his department releases the names and charges against those already arrested. Update No. 4 at the bottom of Page 3 is on the U.S. Open of Surfing organizer being "saddened" by the r ... More >>
Here's an important tip to you taggers and graffiti artists: Take "trophy shots" of your illegal work at night. Mitchell Lee, 22, of Cypress, learned the hard way that not only is it not smart to take such a photo in broad daylight at a school he'd allegedly marked up that same morning but that he s ... More >>
Oh, Huntington Beach: your neo-Nazi ways never cease to amaze and disgust the rest of Orange County. Whether it was the white-power music scene of the 1980s and 1990s, the apartment complexes taken over by PEN1 hanger-oners, the hate crimes or the random swastikas placed near the beach, you put the ... More >>
I don't really care for McDonald's, but I do care for murals. I remember seeing a McDonald's-themed mural in Huntington Beach off Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street years ago but never really gave it any thought, figuring it was a bunch of corporate spinning. Of course, the truth was more fascinating ... More >>
See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on photos Laguna Hills council candidate Bill Hunt provided of his knocked-down campaign signs. See Update No. 1 on Hunt saying his signs have also been vandalized, that Bill Kogerman is trying to implicate his campaign in the destruction of other ... More >>
Kevin Lara/OC WeeklyHours before a scheduled nationwide, same sex "kiss in" to protest the owner of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance, police are investigating vandalism committed at a Torrance franchise of the fast food restaurant.Overnight someone committed a misdemeanor crime by spray p ... More >>
The Huntington Beach Independent is reporting that police there are investigating an act of vandalism that allegedly occured at a Surf City Chase bank on Tuesday. Though police have declined to say whether the suspects are members of the Occupy Orange County movement, which is protesting in ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 9, 11:17 A.M.: Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry, who first proposed the Ronald Reagan statue that was unveiled at Bonita Canyon Sports Park last month, threw out to his council colleagues Tuesday night the idea of offering a $5,000 reward for whoever tried to take the life-s ... More >>
UPDATE, MARCH 28, 1:39 P.M.: The same day the third and final defendant was sentenced in the 2008 shooting death of a 22-year-old Lake Forest father, the shooter in that case lost an appeal over his confession.The California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, disagreed with the contentions of Edg ... More >>
The late Luis Alejandro Rivera, with his son Isik.Update, December 16, 3:35 p.m.: 24-year-old Alfredo "Freddy" Cruz was convicted today of murdering Luis Rivera outside the young father's Lake Forest home. Cruz could get up to 15 years to life in state prison at the Lake Forest resident's sentenc ... More >>
CORRECTION: The Orange County District Attorney's Office just sent this over: "The Safety Zone is primarily located north of Katella Avenue, east of Nutwood Street, south of Ball Road, and west of Disneyland Drive." Ah, summer: the season of flip-flops, sundresses . . . gang injunctions.The Orang ... More >>
In case you ever wondered if it is illegal to smear shit on the outside wall of the Santa Ana Public Library and drop into the book-drop box a letter addressed to the person in charge of the letter and the Santa Ana Police Department that threatened 50 times worse vandalism if the officer in char ... More >>
It's not particularly unusual to find stories in the Orange County Register that look remarkably similar to press releases issued by the DA's office, Sheriff's Department, or your local police department or mayor's office. But usually, the name of the writer on the byline would be a bonafide Regi ... More >>
Bayron Reyes Lopez probably isn't laughing now.When sheriff's deputies arrived the morning of Dec. 30 at the Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club in San Clemente where Bayron Reyes Lopez worked as a maintenance man, they found him nude and lying on his stomach in a pool of hot coffee.On the left is ho ... More >>
UPDATED WITH STILL ANOTHER ARREST . . . Suspect photos courtesy of Tustin Police DepartmentArrested in the murder of 16-year-old Juan Carlos Rodriguez, who was gunned down around 2 a.m. Jan. 10 in Tustin and is shown at bottom right, are (clockwise from top left): John Saway; David Escobar; Pablo ... More >>
Yesterday, you were told that the city of Garden Grove would explain how a new tool for fighting graffiti--fining taggers $1,000 each--would work.So here's how it works:Get caught with the tools of tagging (let's see, there's spray paint and . . . uh . . . what else?), and you're subject to a $1, ... More >>
kellelly/Flickr.comMake the homies say ho!City and police officials this morning unveil a new strategy to erase Garden Grove.Let's just say taggers will be a lot lighter in the wallets if they get caught.
CAIR-LAAnti-Muslim vandalization, Mission Viejo-styleUPDATE: See bottom for details of town hall tonight addressing hate crimes directed at local Muslims.This is no way to start the new year fresh: local Muslims are dealing with two incidents of anti-Islam hate targeting their community.
The trial begins in a Santa Ana courtroom this morning for a 21-year-old Santa Ana man who allegedly murdered a Lake Forest man over a dispute involving a friend's girlfriend. Luis Rivera, 22, had told people in his Lake Forest neighborhood that Edgar Calvillo, Santos Escamilla, 21, of Santa Ana, ... More >>
He's in Surf City and he's okay.Best known for its surfers, skinheads and ultimate fighters, Huntington Beach has been overrun with a new breed of hepcat lately.Radical air huggers.
An outlaw animal-rights group targets a local bank branch in its war on animal testing
Woman imprisoned for terrorizing ex-lovers and threatening their girlfriends is now free
Surprised that GOP candidate was behind fake letter? Not me
All the world loves a Kerry-lover
The travails of Hummercide suspect Josh Connole
Alleged anti-Christian hate crime may have Norwegian roots