Good morning. Are you sure you've found the real deal when you see it? I mean the Real Deal, in caps, or in quotes, or whatever punctuation is required to separate if from the rest? Friends, home-grown So Cal short story writer Jim Gavin is the R.D., though most everybody already knew that except, i ... More >>
Dr. Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, who lived in a Mission Viejo residence but used Starbucks locations as his office, will plead guilty April 17 to charges brought by federal authorities who first accused him in October 2011 of using the coffee lounge as "a front for drug dealing."A 21-year-old patient from ... More >>
Esteban Campos pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court Wednesday to representing himself as a dentist despite having no license to practice and of stashing a large inventory of dental narcotics and other drugs.The Buena Park 47-year-old was sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years of probati ... More >>
As geopolitical gridlock stymies international aid in Syria, expatriates and Americans of Syrian descent are taking it upon themselves to travel to the region and medically assist refugees on border towns and residents inside Syria.
One of them is Omar Chamma, who resides in Fountain Valley with hi ... More >>
The husband and wife lawyers accused of planting drugs on an Irvine elementary school volunteer as revenge for their son getting disciplined have more court time coming their way.Besides the criminal case against Kent Wycliffe Easter and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, they are now subjects of a lawsuit brou ... More >>
A Buena Park man is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on charges he stashed a large inventory of dental narcotics and other drugs and falsely represented himself as a dentist despite having no valid license to practice.Esteban Campos faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of two felony ... More >>
See Update No. 3 on judge denying bail for Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, his arraignment being delayed and other details.See Update No. 2 at the end of this post on the University High School infraction that apparently led to the suicide of the UCI professor's son and the charges pending against the acad ... More >>
In some ways, OC punk/pop band Dodge Dart has been around forever. And in others, they haven't.
That's because the group has taken a few, shall we say, hiatuses, during its career. These lapses in activity aren't due to the usual inter-band fightings or the guitarist devoting himself to yoga. Nope, ... More >>
A retired Chicago-area cop admitted in court today he flashed a clipboard, holstered 9mm gun
and badge on his waistband to Lake Forest day spa workers undergoing his phony "inspection"--and then went on to strip naked, demand a massage and, when he did not get his requested happy ending, ordered $2 ... More >>
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng to stand trial for second degree murder in the deaths of three young men, one of whom was Vu Nguyen, 28, from Lake Forest. The decision came after a preliminary hearing that lasted three weeks. The osteopathic medicine doctor alle ... More >>
See end of the post for victim possibly identified in lawsuit Kent Easter filed against her and his wife Jill's legal and crime-thriller background.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 19, 2:23 P.M.: Kent and Jill Easter are accused of being very bad eggs.The husband and wife attorneys face charges today of planti ... More >>
flickr user Yosuke HasegawaAn Irvine-based doctor who allegedly did his shady business transactions at Starbucks was arrested last night after a year-long investigation.Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 43, allegedly met with more than 10 "patients" a night -- usually at a Starbucks -- and wrote them pres ... More >>
From Hatherley's Facebook page for his business...Dr. John Anthony Hatherley has anything but a clean slate.He's been on a rocky road of prescription drug addiction, diversion programs and run-ins with the California Medical Board for the past decade. The one-time emergency room doctor, who ... More >>
The longtime host of the Montel Williams Show is opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, according to various news outlets including Village Voice Media's very own Toke of the Town blog. Williams, who suffers from multiple scleroris, has been an outspoken advocate of medical cannabi ... More >>
The late Danny OatesJeffrey
Francis Woods was high on Xanax and Hydrocodone/Vicodin the summer afternoon of 2007 he plowed his speeding Ford F150 truck into Danny Oates, who was riding his bicycle in a Huntington Beach bicycle lane.
The 14-year-old, who was going to school with a friend to get ... More >>
From Hatherley's Facebook page for his business...In 2007, the Orange County Register published a bruising exposé of Dr. John Anthony Hatherley, a Huntington Beach doctor who had used his position as an emergency room doctor to feed his Vicodin addiction. Reporter Brian Joseph used him as a post ... More >>
Courtesy of SAPDMIchael Eugene UptonBack in July 2010, we told you about Michael Eugene Upton, who admitted to police that he shot his wife in the head while she slept. Looking at the guy's mugshot, he seems like the slightly unhinged type, but there does appear to be some goodwill to his story. ... More >>
Flickr user twodollaAccording to a recent study by the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, pot use is increasing among American teenagers, while drinking is on the wane. This is apparently bad news, at least according to a group calling itself the Community Anti-Drug ... More >>
UPDATE: Victim identified, DA announces sentence sought against her husband, updates throughout . . .Santa Ana Police say Michael Eugene Upton told them he and his wife lost their jobs, burned through their cash and were about to be evicted. Fearing life on the streets, he is said to have told co ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--small fry edition . . . MONDAY, JULY 20Artist's rendering of Bank of America robber. He may belong to that notorious street gang, the Lollipop Kids.Watch Those Kids at the Playground A 3-year-old boy was at the playground in Ponderosa Park ... More >>
TBN Heads Paul & Jan Crouch: More than 1 billion souls bilked!A thousand apologies to the people who showed up to my scheduled speech on religion in Orange County this Saturday before the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Orange County chapter. Just half an hour before my ... More >>
Al Gore's 24-year-old son graced our fair county with his presence earlier today - allegedly with an ounce of marijuana and other controlled substances (Vicodin, Valium, Xanax and Adderall) he didn't have a prescription for. He was stopped by the OC sheriff's department when they caught him going 10 ... More >>