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August 25, 2011
A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for raping three women, one of whom he attacked in a Newport Beach hotel. Jason Ara Erpinar pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of rape by intoxication and one felony count of forcible rape. In March 2008, Erpinar went on a date with a 22-year-old woman he met on MySpace. The two drank alcohol at an Orange County park, and Erpinar raped her at a hotel in Newport Beach while she was severely intoxicated.
FEATURES
By WENDY LEECE | February 28, 2006
How should parents handle Internet websites such as Myspace.com? Parents of younger kids should handle most Internet activity with the same care they would use in letting their kids play in the street. It's probably OK if a parent is closely watching; otherwise you're just asking for trouble. Parents of teens and older kids should also be vigilant and observant, but at this age the kids themselves are mostly responsible for their own actions on the web, just as they are in most of their other interactions.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | July 6, 2013
When Colbie Caillat takes the stage Friday at the OC Fair, the person who jump-started her career may be in the audience. Well, why not? Caillat has no idea who that first Myspace supporter was, but he or she could be anywhere. In 2005, the Malibu native started an account on the social-media page and, with a friend's help, posted a handful of recordings on it. Soon, the clicks began - dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then millions, then a deal with Universal Republic Records, chart success and a pair of Grammys.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | September 16, 2005
The Laguna Beach Police Department and the Laguna Beach Unified School District have issued a joint warning to parents of school-age children to protect them against websites that could foster inappropriate contact with adults. In a statement released last week, the school district named the website o7MySpace.comf7, an online social forum, as one that has caught the attention of the school district and police department. "This is the part of law enforcement [in which]
NEWS
August 22, 2011
A 22-year-old was convicted Monday of raping three women, including two he met on MySpace, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Jason Ara Erpinar of Yorba Linda met a 22-year-old woman on MySpace in 2008, took her to two Orange County parks and drank alcohol with her before taking her to a Newport Beach hotel where he raped her while she was severely intoxicated. The woman woke up with a cracked tooth and a scraped face, and reported the rape to Newport Beach police.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | January 16, 2008
Two girls from Newport Harbor High School were arrested after a video appeared on MySpace and YouTube that showed them punching and kicking a younger girl in a public park, police said. The students were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after a parent contacted the school about the video. Sgt. Evan Sailor of the Newport Beach Police Department said one of the girls had been sent to Orange County Juvenile Hall, but he did not know the status of the other girl. Earlier police reports of the fight described the younger girl as developmentally disabled, but Sailor said today the girl is a normal student at Ensign Intermediate School.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | December 10, 2009
Prosecutors are seeking possible victims of a Yorba Linda man accused of raping three women in Orange County, including one in Newport Beach. Jason Ara Erpinar, 20, is charged with two counts of rape using drugs, forcible rape, and sentencing enhancements for multiple victims. He is scheduled to appear in court today for a pre-trial hearing in Fullerton court. On March 26, 2008, Erpinar met a 22-year-old woman on the social networking site MySpace and invited her to a Newport Beach hotel room, prosecutors said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | March 30, 2007
Devotees of the musical "Rent," affectionately known as "Rentheads," are locked in competition for what would be a Renthead's dream — to share some stage time with the cast during a performance. The Orange County Performing Arts Center, which is bringing "Rent" back April 24, is inviting amateur singers to enter its "I'll Cover You" online video contest, which runs through April 10. The winner will appear with the cast at the April 25 performance, while show tickets and merchandise are among the prizes for the runners-up.
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By Michael Miller | July 6, 2013
When Colbie Caillat takes the stage Friday at the OC Fair, the person who jump-started her career may be in the audience. Well, why not? Caillat has no idea who that first Myspace supporter was, but he or she could be anywhere. In 2005, the Malibu native started an account on the social-media page and, with a friend's help, posted a handful of recordings on it. Soon, the clicks began - dozens, then hundreds, then thousands, then millions, then a deal with Universal Republic Records, chart success and a pair of Grammys.
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NEWS
August 25, 2011
A 22-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for raping three women, one of whom he attacked in a Newport Beach hotel. Jason Ara Erpinar pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of rape by intoxication and one felony count of forcible rape. In March 2008, Erpinar went on a date with a 22-year-old woman he met on MySpace. The two drank alcohol at an Orange County park, and Erpinar raped her at a hotel in Newport Beach while she was severely intoxicated.
NEWS
August 22, 2011
A 22-year-old was convicted Monday of raping three women, including two he met on MySpace, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Jason Ara Erpinar of Yorba Linda met a 22-year-old woman on MySpace in 2008, took her to two Orange County parks and drank alcohol with her before taking her to a Newport Beach hotel where he raped her while she was severely intoxicated. The woman woke up with a cracked tooth and a scraped face, and reported the rape to Newport Beach police.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | February 20, 2010
A 33-year-old man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl he met on the social networking website MySpace was arrested at a warehouse in Costa Mesa on Friday night. Police allege Matthew Martinez Casteneda, 33, of Anaheim, persuaded a Santa Ana girl to meet him at South Coast Plaza on Wednesday after talking to her online. From South Coast Plaza, the pair took a bus to Anaheim, where they visited two parks, according to police. Police claim Casteneda then took the girl to Zaby’s Motor Lodge at Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue in Anaheim, where he rented a room.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | December 14, 2009
Prosecutors are seeking possible victims of a Yorba Linda man accused of raping three women in Orange County, including one in Newport Beach. Jason Ara Erpinar, 20, is charged with two counts of rape using drugs, forcible rape, and sentencing enhancements for multiple victims. He is scheduled to appear in court today for a pre-trial hearing in Fullerton court. On March 26, 2008, Erpinar met a 22-year-old woman on the social networking site MySpace and invited her to a Newport Beach hotel room, prosecutors said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | June 25, 2009
When local musician Jeremy Ashida goes off to tour the Midwest this summer, he won’t have a tour bus — he won’t even book any hotel rooms. To find a place to rest his head each night, the 23-year-old plans to rely on the kindness of fans and new friends. If he gets stuck without a bed, he’s also bringing a tent. Making new friends comes easily to Ashida; thanks to his social networking efforts, his music page has had millions of hits on MySpace — primarily from teens, tweens and young adults — and he’s sold tens of thousands of songs on iTunes.
NEWS
By Jack Salisbury | July 7, 2008
Leopard skin rugs abound while lavish furniture and pictures of fashion idols greet visitors to the Empire Academy of Makeup in Costa Mesa. So it certainly appears to be the proper habitat for fabulousness, but the academy’s staff is gunning for something more than skin deep when they begin their Camp Beauty for teenagers Monday. The camp will run for two weeks and is open to girls between 14 and 17. Though the program centers on educating girls about make-up, fashion and skin care, it will also take a more holistic and well-rounded approach.
NEWS
January 20, 2008
PUBLIC SAFETY MySpace video showed girls? beating, police say Two Newport Harbor High School freshman were arrested after a video posted on MySpace and YouTube allegedly showed the teens punching and kicking a younger girl in a public park, authorities said. Police arrested the two girls after a parent contacted the school about the video. The footage showed a large group either observing or taking part in the attack, law enforcement officials said. Schoolmates of the victim said their friend returned to school with a black eye, bruises and patches of her hair torn out. The fight happened after the younger girl posted derogatory comments on MySpace about the other two girls, a school official said.
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