Do I Sound Gay? Kicks Off CinemaCO4 Monthly LGBT Film Series at Frida Cinema TONIGHT

Categories: Film and TV

Oh my! It's George Takei, taking about his unique voice in Do I Sound Gay?
The Frida Cinema and its upstairs LGBT neighbor the Center OC's Center on 4th are not only the most delicious pancake being served on Fourth Street in Santa Ana. They are also co-producers! Both kick off their new "CinemaCO4" monthly series of LGBT-themed films tonight with the documentary Do I Sound Gay?, which is booked for a one-week engagement.

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Jailhouse Snitch Hoped For Punishment Break But Lands Huge Prison Sentence

A Mexican Mafia gangster who worked as a government informant inside the Orange County Jail during a massive investigation into the underworld's Southern California activities probably hoped for a significant punishment reduction.

But Brian Todd Ruorock (a.k.a. "Sporty") learned this month that his enthusiastic snitch services during a period around 2010-2011 didn't save him from a hefty prison punishment of 88 months for dealing methamphetamine.

When the gangster emerges from custody he must undergo supervised probation for a decade, according to a July 17 sentencing order by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford.

The judge banned the Huntington Beach man, who attended Edison High School, from any future association with East Side Longos gangsters, unless they are relatives.

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U.S. Seeks Funds from Sale of Disneyland-Area Motel by Philippine Disaster Relief Scammer

Philippines Police
Would you buy a used Disneyland area motel from this lady?
The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly trying to recover about $12.5 million in assets that include proceeds from the sales of Irvine property and a Disneyland-area motel by a Philippine businesswoman who allegedly stole millions of dollars in funds entrusted to her for development assistance and disaster relief for her people.

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Junior Rigoberto Lopez Gets Three Years for Hit-and-Run Slaying of Mother of Seven

Anaheim Police Department
Junior Rigoberto Lopez's white truck fled the scene of the fatal hit and run.
A 31-year-old pickup driver--who fled the scene in Anaheim after mowing down a mother of seven riding a bicycle to go feed the homeless--was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.

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OC's Freemasons Are Staging a Comeback, Thanks to Millennials

Categories: Cover Story

Danny Liao/OC Weekly
"That's where we sacrifice the goats," deadpans a man who looks to be in his late 20s as he points to an altar in the middle of the Orange Grove Masonic Lodge No. 293's main room. A large, multicolored star adorns the two-story-high ceiling. The impressive hall used to be the Campbell Opera House: A few rows of theater-style seats line the rectangular space, with a stage in one end zone and a throne-like chair in the center of the other.

A handful of guys laugh. "It's mostly just used to hold a big book or two," another young Master Mason chimes in, referring to his group's tradition of having a holy text on the altar during their functions. And that's about the most exciting thing that happens here. In a few hours, the same room will fill with men, women and children of all ages for the lodge's monthly general meeting. Worshipful Master Dennis Rootes, the group's leader, will lead the proceedings, with a mural of the orange groves that used to surround the area painted on the wall behind him. The Master Masons (members who have completed at least three degrees) will wear small embroidered white aprons that signify purity, truth, sincerity, honesty and a whole bunch of other moralistic do-goodery.

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Three Years After the Anaheim Riots, Nothing Really Has Changed

John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
Donna Acevedo
They came to Pearson Park in Anaheim from Bakersfield, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Oxnard and beyond to mark the third anniversary of the killings of Manuel Angel Diaz and Joel Acevedo. Their deaths at the hands of police sparked riots and gained worldwide notice, along with promises of more funding and attention by politicians and activists alike for the city's working-class youth.

The crowd Saturday afternoon was good enough, with about 150 people spread over dozens of picnic tables and booths--far smaller than the first memorial or even last year's gathering. A taquero warmed tortillas and grilled chicken, al pastor and carne asada. Anarchists laid out clothes and other items for the Really, Really Free Market, a yard sale/gift exchange at which everything comes without a price. On the grass was a poster board depicting Mickey Mouse with devil horns and a hatchet dripping with blood. Anti-police brutality rap blared from speakers while people talked.

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Erica Melissa Alonso Died of Overdose, But How Did Her Body Wind Up Off Ortega Highway?

Categories: Breaking News
Erica Melissa Alonso, R.I.P.
All indications are Erica Melissa Alonso, whose body was found off Ortega Highway two months after she was last seen in Irvine following a night of Valentine's Day partying, died of an overdose and not homicide, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

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Updated with Capture: FBI Seeks Public Help Finding Serial Orange County Bank Robber

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Bank surveillance image
The wanted "Snowbird Bandit"
UPDATED at conclusion: The suspect is a retired cop!:] The FBI is seeking public assistance to find a serial bank robber who has struck five times in Orange County since March 20.

Agents are calling the suspect "The Snowbird Bandit" due to his hair color, gray or white; age range, 55-60; and stature, 5-foot-9 to six-feet and 180 to 200 pounds.

The robber is certainly bold. On July 21, he returned to his May 22 victim: a First Citizens Bank in Rancho Santa Margarita.

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Hieu Minh Ngo Gets 13 Years for I.D. Theft Service That Used Experian Subsidiary's Data

Socialist Republic of Vietnam
A real I.D. of Hieu Minh Ngo
A Vietnamese man was recently sentenced to 13 years in U.S. federal prison for running an identity theft service that was aided by the database from a subsidiary of Experian, the major credit bureau with operational headquarters in Costa Mesa.

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XR Brands' Fetish Company of the Year Award Extends XR LLC's Extreme Winning Streak

Photo by John Gilhooley/OC Weekly
Ari Suss wins again!
The Weekly included Ari Suss in our People Issue 2015 in part because the CEO of Huntington Beach's XR LLC had just been inducted into the Pleasure Products Branch of the Adult Video News (AVN) Hall of Fame. Now one of his companies, XR Brands, just received the Fetish Company of the Year award at the Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo (ANME) Founders Show.

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