"Mr. C" Tom Bosley was Unwittingly Tied to $13 Million Scam Led by Fugitive-Turned-Convictee

Paramount Home Entertainment
Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley) and The Fonz (Henry Winkler) wind up battling in court in the Happy Days episode "Two Angry Men."

The hammer finally came down this week on a scamster who fled the country 15 years ago when the FBI started investigating his Newport Beach company, which used telemarketers to reach investors into a supposed family-oriented entertainment website whose spokesman was "Mr. C.," the late actor Tom Bosley.

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Anaheim Police Arrest Activist Weeks After Cops Crashed Her Birthday Bash

Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly
Yesenia Rojas at Anaheim city council chambers

Yesenia Rojas gave Anaheim Deputy Police Chief Julian Harvey what she thought was a courtesy call yesterday morning. She's a noted community activist in the city's Anna Drive neighborhood, which gained international attention two years ago for a police killing there that led to days of riots in Anaheim.

"I called...to invite him to events we are going to have in our community," Rojas says. He was busy but returned her call later with some urgent news. "That's when I found out I had an arrest warrant for me."

Rojas walked into the Anaheim Police Department headquarters that afternoon to turn herself in at Harvey's suggestion. After meeting with him, she was booked and held on $10,000 bail for charges of interfering with police before being released late into the night.

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Director Alex Rivera Reflects on the "Twisted Existential Shit" at the Core of Sleep Dealer

Maya Entertainment
He's coming for you, illegal drinkers of corporate water!

A prescient, five-year-old, science-fiction thriller that is steeped in love, death, border crossing, maquiladoras, social justice and global connectivity, corporatization and water issues? Hell to the yes you need to see Sleep Dealer, and all the better if that seeing is on a big Frida Cinema screen in Santa Ana Saturday afternoon. That's because you'll be able to applaud/bow before/ask WTF? of director Alex Rivera afterward.

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Kobe Bryant's Wife Vanessa Eyed for The Real Housewives of Orange County?

Categories: Sports, TV

The again happy couple
Producers of The Real Housewives of Orange County are checking out Vanessa Bryant, Kobe's off-and-on-again wife, as a new cast member, an "insider" apparently claims.

"There will be a new girl and a new friend," an unnamed Mr. RHOC told RumorFix. "They are looking at athletes' wives. There is one who plays professional baseball. There have also been talks of Kobe Bryant's wife being scoped out."

Keep in mind that unnamed insiders have a validity rate that ranks down there with Mark Madsen's career 3-point field goal percentage.

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Orange County Brother-Sister Duo Operated Hospital Drug Scam

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Conspiring with his sister who worked as a nurse, an Irvine businessman got rich selling stolen and mis-branded hospital supplies and drugs--including the horse tranquilizer and party drug Ketamine.

Bahram Khandan, owner of United Capital Group Inc., profited more than $1.88 million during a two-year period by using the Internet to sell property that belonged to UCI Medical Center in Irvine, Kaiser Hospital in Riverside and Arrowhead Hospital in Colton, according to Assistant United States Attorney Jeannie M. Joseph.

Joseph argued that Khandan--who was nabbed by undercover officers--deserved a 31-month prison sentence, but the defendant hoped for a punishment of home confinement because with five minor children he is "truly Mr. Mom."

This week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna decided the appropriate term is 15 months in prison followed by nine months of home detention.

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Still Even More Layoffs at OC Register: UPDATE

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Updated throughout the day at the end of the post...

ORIGINAL POST, Sept. 24, 11:01 A.M.: You know how they say that death comes in threes? There was the passing of comedy legends Joan Rivers, Robin Williams, and Eric the Actor this summer, and now comes the Orange County Register. On Friday, news broke that the Reg sold its building; late last night, owner Aaron Kushner announced to staff that the Los Angeles Register was shutting down.

And now comes news--no, seriously, like right NOW; emails are flooding my inbox from sources--of layoffs at the mothership and beyond. How many? No word yet, but a trusted source says to expect "tons."

See also: LA Register Shuts Down 'Cause it Couldn't Pay Bills to LA Times: Sources

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Steen Parker III Identified as Man Shot Dead by Police After Anaheim Armed Robbery: Update

Categories: Crime-iny

UPDATE: The man shot by police has been identified as Steen Parker III, 43, of Lake Elsinore.

Courtesy of Anaheim Police Dept.
Paul Brian Marval III, still alive
Consider a 39-year-old Lake Elsinore man in custody for the armed robbery of an Anaheim Fry's Electronics store lucky.

He could have been his alleged partner in crime.

That man, who has not yet been identified, died in a shootout with cops, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The drama began just after 1:50 p.m. Friday, when officers were called to the Fry's at 3370 E. La Palma Ave. about an armed robbery, according to Anaheim Police Lt. Bob Dunn.

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FDA Offering Two-Day Workshop on E-Cigs--Um, What?

Categories: E-Fer Madness

LP Hastings
Tell us your secrets, mysterious wizard pen!

The Food and Drug Administration closed public comment on e-cigs in general more than a month and a half ago, but their conclusions are still far off from being revealed to the public. No one expected a quick decision; the arguments for all sides are so extreme and starkly contrasted that it's almost laughable. One minute your RSS feed tells you that "E-cigarettes are 'not helping cancer patients to quit smoking'" and the next minute "E-cigarettes are not a 'gateway,' they help smokers quit."

The media at large has been little help to consumers; pair that with parents going after e-cigs with a Mothers Against Drunk Driving vengeance and the fact that big tobacco is now lobbying against any models that they don't manufacture, and it's just one big fucking mess.

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[VIDEO] Ultimate Armwrestling in OC

Categories: Sports

Over The Top aint got nothing on these guys.

In 2006, Robert Drenk and Bill Collins, (an arm wrestler and arm wrestling referee, respectively) started the Ultimate Armwrestling League to allow arm wrestlers to compete on a more professional level. What they began would eventually evolve into a world-renowned arm wrestling competition that draws hundreds of arm wrestlers of all ages (and sizes) to compete for a grand prize of $100,000.

The latest UAL competition took place at Ten Nightclub in Newport Beach, and we sent our Junior Asian Correspondent Charles Lam to investigate. We came across avid and dedicated arm wrestlers from around the world and asked them about their interests in competing, and even had Charles put his own arm muscles to the test.

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Buena Park is Ranked 11th Fastest Growing U.S. City in One Survey and 286th in Another, WTF?

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City of Buena Park
Things are looking up (or not), Buena Park.
Great news! Buena Park's corrupt politicians have not stopped it from becoming the 11th fastest growing city in the United States--that's fastest in population and economic growth, according to financial site NerdWallet.com.

Er ... uh ... or perhaps not. Because a competing site, WalletHub.com, claims to have used pretty much the same methodology for its survey, which concludes Buena Park is the 286th fastest growing city in the land.

NerdWallet says its "America's Fastest Growing Cities" list is based on census, job and income data from more than 500 of the nation's largest cities between 2009 and '13. WalletHub makes the same claim but from 2008-'13.

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