Daniel Chae of DMTN, a six-person boy band from South Korea formerly known as Dalmatian, has been indicted for marijuana possession and distribution.
The singer’s arrest follows the March 13 arrest of Korean American minor television starlet, Bianca Mobley. Initial reports suggest that Chae provided Mobley and two others with marijuana, according to allkpop. Mobley was previously a recognizable regular on the popular program, “Global Talk Show.”
Chae allegedly received marijuana from an English teacher, referred to by authorities as “D,” as many as 15 times. He would then distribute the drugs to Mobley and two other friends, including professional gamer Cha No-ah, the son of actor and model Cha Seung-won, and a celebrity makeup artist. Cha No-ah has been arrested and charged, Kotaku reports. Continue Reading »
A number of Korean American parents in Southern California have been duped recently by fake talent scouts who promise to turn their kids into stars, according to the Korea Daily Los Angeles.
The newspaper told the story of a Mrs. Han, a 40-something Korean woman, who was at a well-known shopping center in Los Angeles with her elementary school-aged daughter when she was approached by a non-Korean man who claimed to be a scout for a modeling agency.
“Your daughter is so beautiful,” the man said in English. “Has she ever considered modeling?”
Mrs. Han was very excited about the compliments and later contacted the man. After giving him $3,000 to take pictures to allegedly build up her daughter’s portfolio, the trickster suddenly disappeared. It turns out that his company didn’t exist at all.
Another Korean woman was with her two children at a large shopping mall near Koreatown when she was approached by a non-Korean man who claimed to work for a famous TV network. Continue Reading »
Authorities trying to get rid of illegal taxis in Los Angeles are being fought tooth-and-nail by those trying to stay in business.
To avoid recent crackdowns by the Los Angeles Police Department, some taxi services are only providing service to known customers, according to the Korea Daily Los Angeles. In addition, they are creating databases of customers’ phone numbers and checking customers’ home and work addresses, previous pickup spots, and so on.
Police are also switching up their tactics in order to outsmart the illegal cab drivers. Authorities wouldn’t divulge exactly what their tactics are but many stories of the various ways to catch illegal taxis have circulated in the Korean American community. Continue Reading »
Buses photographed in Kolkata in 2009. Photo via AFP.
A South Korean college student studying in India told police she was molested on a public bus in Kolkata, AFP reports.
The 20-year-old computer science student says that three men attempted to grab her and pull her off a bus as she was boarding. After she was able to break free, the men proceeded to follow her onto the bus. While on the bus, the men “grabbed her buttocks and breasts.”
The woman got off the bus — the three men in tow — and found an officer who arrested one of the assailants. The woman filed a complaint with police.
The molestation case is the most recent in a series of sexual harassment cases and violence directed towards women in India. In March alone, there have been two other cases of violence directed towards female foreigners: a British tourist had to leap from a building to escape a sexually aggressive situation, and another South Korean woman has alleged she was drugged and raped at a hotel. Continue Reading »
A father-daughter team have been charged with multiple counts of auto theft and an attempted theft of a home through fraud and forgery.
Steve Cho, a resident of Federal Way, Wash., an area just outside of Seattle, and his 16-year-old daughter wrote several fake checks to purchase big ticket items, KIRO TV reports.
Cho wrote a check for over $80,000 at a car dealership for a new Mercedes, and even attempted to put down $8,000 for the deed of a home. Cho’s fraud was caught when he attempted to move into the home while the actual owners were away. Continue Reading »