Author Archives: Jeff Gritchen

PHOTOS: Robber on the Run with Legless Girl’s Wheelchair

PHOTO: The Chinese Move In

Works grad land south of Glenn Ranch Road near Saddleback Ranch Road in Trabuco Canyon as seen from the Foothill Transportation Corridor (SR-241) on Wednesday. Lands Holdings Corporation recently purchased Portola Center South, a 569-home housing development in Portola Hills. The company is the newest homebuilding firm to locate into Orange County, moving its headquarters to Irvine last January. Landsea is a wholly owned subsidiary of a top 100 homebuilding firm in China, which is diversifying its holdings by expanding into the U.S. market.

Works grad land south of Glenn Ranch Road near Saddleback Ranch Road in Trabuco Canyon as seen from the Foothill Transportation Corridor (SR-241) on Wednesday. Lands Holdings Corporation recently purchased Portola Center South, a 569-home housing development in Portola Hills. The company is the newest homebuilding firm to locate into Orange County, moving its headquarters to Irvine last January. Landsea is a wholly owned subsidiary of a top 100 homebuilding firm in China, which is diversifying its holdings by expanding into the U.S. market.

PHOTO: Croquet on Turkey Day

Susan Sutter swings the mallet at Brookhurst Community Park on Monday in Anaheim. About 20 years ago, Sutter started the family tradition of playing croquet after Thanksgiving dinner. They ate at her Anaheim home then played down at Brookhurst Community Park. Her family has grown and gone different ways. This year she's eating with friends putting on dinner for those without relatives. Sutter is hoping to convince them all to play after dinner.

Susan Sutter swings the mallet at Brookhurst Community Park on Monday in Anaheim. About 20 years ago, Sutter started the family tradition of playing croquet after Thanksgiving dinner. They ate at her Anaheim home then played down at Brookhurst Community Park. Her family has grown and gone different ways. This year she’s eating with friends putting on dinner for those without relatives. Sutter is hoping to convince them all to play after dinner.

PHOTO: Kelly Thomas Case Settled

Ron Thomas closes his eyes during a press conference in Los Angeles while his attorney, Garo Mardirossian, left,  describes the beating his son took from Fullerton police officers The attorneys discussed Thomas’ settlement in the wrongful death case against the City of Fullerton, the Fullerton Police Department, and the Fullerton Police officers involved in the July 5, 2011 incident.

Ron Thomas closes his eyes during a press conference in Los Angeles while his attorney, Garo Mardirossian, left, describes the beating his son took from Fullerton police officers
The attorneys discussed Thomas’ settlement in the wrongful death case against the City of Fullerton, the Fullerton Police Department, and the Fullerton Police officers involved in the July 5, 2011 incident.

PHOTO: Getting Fired for Memorial Day

Dennis Bronson, right, joins other members of the Huntington Beach American Legion Post 133 Honor Guard as they practice their firing squad routine on Friday. The men are getting ready to perform at the city's Memorial Day ceremony at the Pier on Monday. The group fires a 21-gun salute and plays Taps.

Dennis Bronson, right, joins other members of the Huntington Beach American Legion Post 133 Honor Guard as they practice their firing squad routine on Friday. The men are getting ready to perform at the city’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Pier on Monday. The group fires a 21-gun salute and plays Taps.

PHOTOS: Disney Fans Wait in Line to Spend 24 hours in Disneyland

PHOTOS: Disney Premiers new Fireworks Show ‘Disneyland Forever’ to Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Disneyland showed off it’s new fireworks show to celebrate the theme park’s 60th anniversary. The show includes projections on Main Street and Sleeping Beauty Castle.

PHOTOS: Disney’s Premiers new World of Color Show at California Adventure

In celebration of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, the “World of Color” water show at Disney California Adventure got a reboot – including a new story about the history of Walt Disney and his first theme park.

PHOTOS: Knott’s Berry Farm Premiers Voyage to the Iron Reef Ride


Riders on Knott’s Berry Farms’ new Voyage to the Iron Reef ride use their freezer blasters to destroy a villain on Wednesday in Buena Park.

Voyage to the Iron Reef is a 4-D ride where 4-person cars travel from screen to screen shooting villains.

PHOTOS: Softball Friends

Mission Viejo softball players Taylor McQuillin, left, and Alyssa Palomino on the softball field at Mission Viejo High School on Friday.

The two seniors have been friends since they were little and compliment each other – McQuillin is a pitcher and Palomino is a hitter. They are both going to end their high school careers holding several O.C. and CIF-SS records. They will begin playing together next year at the University of Arizona.

PHOTOS: Fire Guts Cypress Apartment

Firefighters battle a fire at the Cypress Garden Apartments on Graham Street in Cypress on Tuesday. The fire started in a carport below apartments. Eight cars and four apartments were damaged.