Category Archives: Public Safety

Looking back at the Roger Rabbit ride accident that badly hurt a 4-year old

Brandon Zucker

Brandon Zucker was 4 years old when he tumbled out of a vehicle on the Roger Rabbit ride at Disneyland in 2000. The details are gruesome; it’s enough to say that Brandon’s little body was cramped into a position that didn’t allow him to breathe for several minutes, along with other injuries. He was left severely brain-damaged, unable to speak, walk or interact in meaningful ways, according to the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading

Former Disney machinist faces an additional charge of molesting a 7-year old girl

Bryan William Anast

Orange County District Attorney, Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 13WF1859: July 2, 2013


*The OCDA is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims

WESTMINSTER– Additional charges have been filed against a man for sexually assaulting the 7-year-old daughter of a family friend. The defendant was previously charged with sexually assaulting a female child relative. Bryan William Anast, 45, Corona, was charged today for Jane Doe #2 with two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 with a sentencing enhancement for sex crimes against multiple victims. He was previously charged for Jane Doe #1 with three felony counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three felony counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14. Anast is also charged with one felony count of possession and control of child pornography. If convicted on all counts, he now faces a maximum sentence of 78 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration. The defendant is being held on $1 million bail and is expected to be arraigned on the new charges today, July 2, 2013, in Department W-1, West Justice Center, Westminster. The time is to be determined. Continue reading

Disney dry ice bomber freed by an Orange County Superior Court Judge

Christian Barnes

Superior Court Judge Nicholas S. Thompson ordered the man who set off two dry ice bombs at Disney’s Toon Town, 22-year-old Christian Barnes, released on his own recognizance today, according to CBS News.

His bail had previously been set at $1 million dollars.  No one was hurt by the dry ice bombs. Continue reading

Cast member arrested for setting off dry ice bomb at Disneyland

City of Anaheim Police Department, John Welter, Chief of Police
Released by Sgt. Bob Dunn, Contact at 714-497-6330

Subject: Suspect Arrested in Dry Ice Incident at Disneyland

Late on May 28, 2013, Anaheim Police Detectives identified and arrested a Disneyland outdoor vending cast member, Christian Barnes, 22, of Long Beach in connection with this incident. He was booked at the Anaheim Police Department on suspicion of possessing a destructive device (18740 CPC) and he is being held on one million dollars bail. Continue reading

Was the dry ice bomb at Disney’s Toon Town an act of terror?

A dry ice bomb exploded in a trash can at Disneyland’s Toon Town on Tuesday night, at about 5:30 pm.  The Anaheim Police Department sent officers to examine the debris and guests were evacuated from that part of the park.

The dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle that was left in a trash can. The explosion was confined to the can, according to the Anaheim Police Department, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading

Did Diaz have it coming? The OCDA cleared the cop who shot him

From the New Anaheim blog

The Orange County District Attorney released a letter today clearing Anaheim police officer Nick Bennallack, who shot and killed a gang member, Manuel Diaz last summer – an event that triggered riots in the shadow of Disneyland.

The finding by the DA set off a firestorm of complaints on news and social media – mainly asserting that there was no way the DA was going to find Bennallack guilty.

But let’s take a step back here for a moment.  Why would a cop go to all the trouble of becoming a cop just to blow his career by shooting some unarmed gang banger in the back?  Remember that most cops join the police force for the pay and benefits, and because they can be cops without having a college degree.  And cops get to retire young, with huge pensions. So why blow all of that over some pelon? Continue reading

Are Disneyland’s fireworks worth the noise and nuisance?

“Disneyland Park has offered a fireworks show every summer since 1956. At first, fireworks fuses were lit by hand, but by the 1960s an electronic system launched the shells, the shows carefully synchronized to music. By 2000, the fireworks had become far more elaborate, with Tinker Bell and Dumbo flying overhead. To reduce noise and pollution, Disney patented an air launch pyrotechnics system, which was put to use in 2004. Disney later opened the patent on the system so that others could enjoy the benefits of “greener” pyrotechnics,” according to Disneyland’s website.

“The loud noise torments some of the neighbors, forcing them to put thick windows to block the noise or move away from the city. After many complaints to the city of Anaheim, there seems no way out,” according to the Magical Theme Park blog. Continue reading