Category Archives: Orange County

Man who molested girls at Disneyland and Knott’s to be re-committed as an SVP


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Orange County District Attorney Press Release

For Immediate Release, Case # M-12143: August 21, 2013

CHILD MOLESTER WHO MOLESTED TWO GIRLS TO BE RE-COMMITTED AS SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR

SANTA ANA – A child molester will be re-committed to a state mental hospital as a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) after a unanimous jury found today that the offender is a continued threat to children and the community. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) filed a petition to have Carlos Dominguez, 65, committed as an SVP based on his prior convictions of sexual assaults against a 10-year-old female family relative and a 10-year-old daughter of a family friend. Continue reading

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Man gets 8 years in prison for selling fake Disney pins from China


Picture of bogus pins courtesy of the OC Weekly

Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 11NF1191: March 6, 2013
Contacts: Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff, Office: 714-347-8408, Cell: 714-292-2718; Farrah Emami, Spokesperson, Office: 714-347-8405, Cell: 714-323-4486

MAN CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY IMPORTING COUNTERFEIT DISNEY PINS FROM CHINA TO SELL OVER THE INTERNET

*Co-defendant was sentenced to one year in jail and three years formal probation

SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today for illegally importing counterfeit collectible Disney pins from China and selling them over the Internet. Larry James Allred, 58, Walnut, pleaded guilty to a court offer to one felony count of trademark infringement with sentencing enhancements for property loss over $200,000 and admitted a 1975 prior strike conviction for rape and a 1978 prior strike conviction for kidnapping and rape. He is expected to be sentenced to eight years in state prison and ordered to pay $201,000 restitution at his sentencing July 15, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-49, Central Justice Center. Continue reading

Disney caught trying to spend $319 of taxpayer money on a 3 mile streetcar


MIckey Mouse Streetcar

“During questioning by Orange County Transportation Authority directors Thursday morning, Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray acknowledged what insiders have been saying for months about the city’s planned streetcar project: A major reason for the transit line is to allow expansion of the Disneyland Resort,” according to the Voice of OC.

West Katella Avenue and West Ball Road Ball, which border the park, are “beyond capacity,” Murray said. “If we’re ever going to see a third gate at Disneyland,” she said, “we need to get cars off the road.” Continue reading

Why did an Anaheim undercover cop run over a Disneyland cast member?


Cop runs over Disneyland Cast Member

Disney cast member run over by undercover cop

“A Disney cast member is in the hospital after being struck by the vehicle of an undercover cop as she was leaving the park,” according to KTLA.

The accident happened at around 10 pm, on Monday night.  A cast member witnessed the accident and reported in a comment on the KTLA article that “This was not a u turn. This is NOT the victims fault. The driver was turning left from magic way onto Disneyland drive and hit her while she was in the crosswalk. I am the witness and I was feet from her in the crosswalk myself. Please report the news correctly. The officer is at fault!” Continue reading

A look at Knott’s Berry Farm’s restaurants’ food safety record


Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant's Facebook Page

Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant’s Facebook Page

A few weeks ago we took a look at the health inspection record of Disney’s top restaurants – and it was somewhat shocking.  Even the new hard to get into Carthay Circle restaurant, at California Adventures, had two major food safety violations when it was inspected on Nov. 29, 2012.

Now it’s time to have a look at the food safety record of the restaurants and eateries at Knott’s Berry Farm.  Let’s see if they’re any better…and keep in mind the fact that Orange County’s Supervisors chose a few years ago not to use letter-grade health ratings at our restaurants, which is why you will never know how bad a restaurant really is unless you click here and look up their food safety inspection records.

And what better place to start our food safety review of Knott’s than their famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant! They were inspected by the Orange County Health Care Agency on August 22, 2012, and here is what those intrepid inspectors found: Continue reading

Could Knott’s Berry Farm have prevented their stagecoach accident?


Knott's Stagecoach Accident

“Three Knott’s Berry Farm visitors sustained minor injuries on Sunday, Dec. 30, when a stagecoach they were riding in tipped over after one of its wheels detached,” according to ABC News.

Knott’s issued a press statement about the incident, where they disclosed that: “At approximately 1:25 pm on December 30 the left rear wheel detached from one of Knott’s Berry Farm’s stagecoaches with 14 passengers on board, causing the coach to tip to its side. Three guests were transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. The ride will be closed until further notice. Guest safety is Knott’s number one priority.” Continue reading

Things you can still do during the holiday passport blackout at Disneyland


Jacob Pedroza at Downtown Disney

Disneyland’s annual passports are a great deal but if you own the Select Passport you are now blacked out for the holiday at Disneyland and California Adventures from Dec. 21, 2012 to January 6, 2013.  Even the regular passports are blacked out through January 5, 2013.  Ouch!

Don’t dismay however.  You can still have fun at the Disneyland resort even during the holiday blackout!  Here are the top ten ways to have fun at the Disneyland Resort while we wait for the holiday blackout to end: Continue reading