[UPDATED W/MUGSHOT] Hossein Nayeri Extradited To OC In Pot Shop Sexual Mutilation

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A blow torch and bleach were used in the alleged torture.

Hossein Nayeri, one of three suspects charged in the gruesome torture and sexual mutilation of a Newport Beach medical marijuana dispensary owner, will be arraigned today at Orange County's Superior Courthouse. The last of the defendants to be charged, Nayeri fled to his native Iran, which has no extradition treaty with the United States, but authorities were able to lure him to the Czech Republic, where they arrested him.

He arrived in Orange County on Sept. 15 and faces charges of aggravated mayhem, torture and residential burglary. As the Weekly first reported last year, two other suspects have already been arrested in what sounds like a scene ripped straight out of Scarface or an episode of Breaking Bad.

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Forde's Theatre: Overpriced PR Consultant Confesses Great Park Plan Was A Dream

Irvine political boss Larry Agran is publishing a fake newspaper (above) to dupe voters
Having collected $7.23 million to do public relations for a government park that may never be fully built because of wasted spending, Newport Beach consultant Arnold Forde made clear at the outset of an Aug. 5 deposition that he is contemptuous of questions about his windfall.

The recipient of no-bid contracts for a decade because of his personal ties to Irvine political boss Larry Agran, Forde advised Anthony R. Taylor, the city council-hired attorney investigating corruption at the Orange County Great Park project, that he's the target of "a witch hunt."

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SanTana City Council Backpedals on Pot

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A typical pot shop display case

Once more, SanTana's City Council brought up the recent whirlwind of medical marijuana clinics at the September 16th city council meeting. For the first time since the July 15th meeting, they even decided to have a discussion about it. Prior attempts to do so have been delayed due to absent council members.

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Peter Elijah Azevedo Could Face Homicide Count in Fight Death of Ramon Castaneda

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The fight happened Sept. 5 in the 400 block of South Van Buren Street, Placentia.

A 28-year-old Placentia man pleaded not guilty Sept. 9 to assault and related charges that arose from a fight that injured a man four days before. But Peter Elijah Azevedo, who was due in court for another hearing today, may soon be fending off a homicide count as the 40-year-old victim died from his injuries Friday, according to prosecutors.

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Report Raises Suspicions About Grand Jury Target-Tied Contribution To District Attorney

Potential police lineup: What is Mayor Miguel Pulido in the middle of now?
Embattled in a scandalous civil dispute in 2008, wealthy, Republican, socialite Dick Marconi wanted Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, a fellow Republican, to enter the battle on his side by converting the matter into a criminal case against his opposition.

Marconi and his wife Priscilla contributed $3,200, then-the maximum campaign contribution, to Rackauckas on June 4, 2008, and seven days later government agents swung into action in the year-old dispute that had previously involved negotiating lawyers.

Working behind the scenes with Rackauckas' staff, Newport Beach police detectives arrested Irvine-based civil attorney Jim Toledano, former chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, and his client, then-fitness trainer Michael Roberts, on extortion charges.

The move effectively gave the GOP power couple a victory in the dispute and left a shocked Toledano and Roberts facing felony counts--charges so weak and suspicious prosecutors have worked to delay a trial even to this day, more than four years later.

At the heart of the DA's case is the laughably absurd assertion made by prosecutor Rebecca Olivieri to fooled grand jurors: civil lawyers never seek to resolve disputes by requesting monetary damages for their clients prior to the filing of lawsuits.

Now comes Adam Elmahrek's Sept. 16 Voice of OC article revealing that one of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido's closest pals sent money to the DA this year while prosecutors ponder indicting Pulido on corruption charges.

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OC Film Fiesta Soars High with Opening Night Film Flying Low

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OC Film Fiesta
#TBT 1980s, and their awful hairdos

Campy, heartwarming, and not without its comedic charms, Beto Gomez's latest film Flying Low sustains the director's on-point sense of parody in using for fodder a send-up of '80s and '90s Mexican music and cinema. That humor is at play throughout most of the film, yet it doesn't take away from any moments of warmth.

Flying Low tells the story of childhood BFFs Chuyin Venegas (Gerardo Taracena) and Cornelio Barraza (Rodrigo Oviedo) who grow up to be Mexico's greatest musical duo Los Jilgueros de Rosarito, a Lennon and McCartney of their times who write soft rock love ballads in the vein of '80s Mexi acts like Los Angeles Negros, Los Yonics or even the mega iconic Los Bukis. Fame and overexposure ultimately eat away at the duo's bond, and they go their separate ways--until Cornelio's untimely death sends Chuyin reeling away from his hectic rock star life. With a news reporter in tow, he travels from his immaculate Paris mansion back to his native small town Cantamar to recover forgotten lyrics the two friends composed years back, and to confront his past.

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Dozens of Electric Cars You Can Drive Zap Into Surf City for Saturday's EV Fest

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This Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE is lonely no more as many more electric car models come to Surf City.

I suddenly find myself in the market for a car again, which means I will again want an electric car to offset the large carbon footprint I created by driving a Caddy Eldo convertible for years. My quest takes me Saturday morning to Huntington Beach, a one-stop shopping destination for different models of electric vehicles (or EVs, as the cool kids call them).

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El Centro Cultural de Mexico Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

Categories: Politics

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La Familia Valera Miranda from Cuba getting the party started at el Centro!
El Centro Cultural de México, the great downtown SanTana-based non-profit, is ready to mark a milestone. The longtime hub of activism and arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday at the UFCW Hall in Buena Park with a fundraising fiesta! Named 'Best Community Space' in the Weekly's 'Best Of' issue last year, El Centro started out in 1994 with a group of SanTana mothers wanting to pass down Mexican cultural traditions to their children only to be frustrated in the lack of accepting locations. "Sometimes to do a posada or something related to our culture became, in a certain way, a political act," says Socorro Sarmiento, a Centro volunteer and founding mother. "Certain people felt uncomfortable about us organizing around our traditions."

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Sandra Elizabeth Rojas, Marie Alejandra Rojas Allegedly Posed as Maids to Burglarize Homes

Categories: Crime-iny

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"Hey, Mr. B, got any opals for me to polish?"

Two Riverside women posed as housekeepers to steal cash and jewelry from multiple South Orange County residences, according to the sheriff's department.

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The Dream is Now, Immigration Reform Film, Screens Locally with Panel Discussions

Davis Guggenheim's The Dream is Now launched a movement, a hashtag and a dot-org.

A documentary short calling for the repair of "America's broken immigration system" begins the first of two Sunday screenings during September in Orange County this weekend.

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