VIDEO: Santa Ana Police Clobber Burglary Suspect With Batons and Fists

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Surveillance video still shot

On the night of June 20, Edgar Vargas Arzate reportedly ran away from SanTana police officers before giving himself up. That's where surveillance cameras perched above the front yard of a home captured a good-ol' fashioned clobbering.

The 27-year-old clearly puts his hands in the air and then lays on the ground appearing to be compliant. The first officer to approach Vargas pummels him with six straight punches. Another swings his baton at the burglary suspect's legs soon after.


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Electrical Fire in Anaheim Reveals Marijuana Growing Operation

Categories: Bong Blotter

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Kevin Warn
"I thought the smoke smelled funny..."

Photographer Kevin Warn informed the Weekly that Thursday, July 24th at approximately 8:30 p.m., Anaheim Fire Department responded to reports of an electrical fire at 1676 West Lincoln Ave. Five minutes later, according to Anaheim's online crime map, marijuana cultivation was reported at the same site.

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Kaiser Anaheim Medical Center Slapped with $50,000 State Fine over Patient's Death

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Kaiser Permanente
A patient death could cost Kaiser Anaheim Medical Center a $50,000 state fine.
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).

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Neel Kashkari Lets His Rainbow Flag Fly

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Photo by Derrick Roach
Neel Kashkari waves to the crowd at the 40th San Diego LGBT Pride Parade in Hillcrest July 19.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson and perhaps even George Deukmejian didn't really care if same-sex couples won the right to marry, not that they'd let their Republican base in on that before their first elections as California governors. So give Irvine's Neel Kashkari, the GOP nominee squaring off against Jerry Brown in November, credit for freely flying his rainbow flag.

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The Gathering of the Juggalos' Night Court Helps Wicked Clowns Bury the Hatchet (NSFW)

Categories: Bat Shit Nuts

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Nate "Igor" Smith
A young juggalo faces the punishment for his crimes.

Those in the outside world tend to view the Gathering of the Juggalos as a lawless festival of debauchery, with apparently violent clowns--"gang members," even, if you ask the U.S. government--running rampant and chaos ruling the day.

In actuality, this notion is far from the truth. Juggalos in attendance not only consistently treat one another with respect, but even have an institutionalized arbiter of disputes for when conflict does arise.

Have an issue with a fellow juggalo? Take them to Juggalo Night Court.

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Michael Theodore Mordaunt, Boeing IT Pro, Posed as Surfer Boy to Lure, Molest Girls: Cops

Categories: Crime-iny

See the update on police and prosecutors alleging Michael Mordaunt posed as a surfer boy online to lure 17 girls, some of whom he met and molested.

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Courtesy of Garden Grove Police Department
Investigators are scanning all of Michael Theodore Mordaunt's electronics devices.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 6:08 A.M.: The occupation of a Cypress man arrested for allegedly trying to contact teen-age girls via the Internet for sex and possessing child pornography has investigators worried. That's because 45-year-old Michael Theodore Mordaunt works in information technology for Boeing in Seal Beach.

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FBI Arrests Bomb-Threatening, Wild-Note Writing Santa Ana Bank Bandit

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Blazing idiot
Southern California FBI special agents say they have solved a March bank robbery in Santa Ana that, at least temporarily, netted the note-bearing bandit $21,000.

According to the FBI, Gerald Anthony Prudholme, Jr. entered Chase Bank at North Main Street and Washington Avenue, and handed a bank employee a poorly-written note containing the following message:

"This is not a joke! Do not panic or press alarm! I am sending this NIGGER in your bank who is attached to a timed bomb (look up) he also has a small camera that I can see everything. I also have a small camera in the lobby. I want $50K in 100s + 50s. NO DYE Pack or bait money or else I blow you ALL up! Of course the NIGGER too! Yay!"

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Films, Martial Arts, and More at Fiesta Latina at Bowers Museum This Sunday

Categories: Film and TV

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OC Film Fiesta
Kids take on the Buster Keaton-era of film

It's easy to forget that Bowers Museum, that not-so-tiny museum that houses rare artifacts from around the world, stays culturally relevant and fun with family events and festivals. Consider this Sunday's Fiesta Latina, a short but quirky four hours of entertainment that features various Latino-centric forms of expression, musical and otherwise. Salsa dancing lessons, a DJ set featuring tangos, rancheras, and boleros, Brazilian martial arts demonstration and a guitar performance round out the day's schedule, with a showcase of films at the center; a series of short films brought to you by the OC Film Fiesta shown at Bowers' Kershaw Auditorium.


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Garden Grove and Santa Ana Hold Checkpoints SATURDAY NIGHT!

Categories: DUI-yi-yi

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Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Sign of the times (the times being 9 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday)

The police departments of Garden Grove and Santa Ana hold separate DUI/drivers license checkpoints from 9 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

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Orange County Man Charged With Selling Fake Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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U.S. Department of Justice officials revealed this week they filed a copyright infringement case against an Orange County man for illegally reproducing and selling popular electronic games.

Paul Trinh spent at least a 180-day period in 2010 selling the fake versions of Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii for "the purposes of commercial advantage and private financial gain," according to federal officials.

The charging document claims Trinh, who was born in 1978, sold at least 10 copies of the games with a retail value of more than $2,500.

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