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Rape retrial begins dramatically...

PUBLIC SAFETY

February 13, 2005

PUBLIC SAFETY

Rape retrial begins dramatically

The retrial of a high-profile gang-rape case started this week

with a juror excusing himself, a defense lawyer getting cut off and

chastised by the judge during his opening statements, and tearful

testimony by the alleged victim.

Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, both 20, and Greg Haidl, the

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19-year-old son of former county assistant sheriff Don Haidl, are

accused of gang-raping an allegedly unconscious 16-year-old girl at

the elder Haidl's Corona del Mar home and sexually assaulting her

with various objects. The first trial ended with a deadlocked jury.

Cross-examination by defense attorneys of the now 19-year-old Jane Doe, who they say was a promiscuous, wild teen and a willing

participant, is scheduled to resume Feb. 22.

* Newport Beach police are seeking other children who may have

been victims of a private music teacher accused of molesting a local

girl.

Police arrested Aaron William Hallas, 54, of Garden Grove last

week on suspicion that he committed lewd acts on a girl under the age

of 8, Sgt. Steve Shulman said. Police in another, unnamed city also

investigated Hallas but did not press charges, Shulman said.

* A 167-foot dredge boat shoved off back to sea Tuesday morning

after running aground on a West Newport beach days earlier.

The Eland, which is taking part in a dredging project in the

waters off West Newport, ran aground Feb. 6, landing on the beach

near 68th Street. It took the highest tide of the month and the help

of two tugboats, but the ship made it back to the ocean and didn't

spill any fuel, a California Department of Fish and Game spokesman

said.

COSTA MESA

New appointments made to city commissions

The City Council on Monday selected a slate of five commissioners

each for the Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission.

The council voted in December to pick commissioners by a vote of the

full council rather than direct appointment by council members, and

they received 31 applications from current and prospective commission

members.

The new Planning Commission includes Bruce Garlich, Bill Perkins,

Eleanor Egan, James Fisler and Donn Hall. On the new Parks and

Recreation Commission roster are Byron de Arakal, Mark Harris, Wendy

Leece, Robert Graham and David Stiller.

NEWPORT BEACH

The bigger, the better in Corona del Mar

A new home will with cantilevered decks will rise from the bluffs

along Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar, jutting farther out than the

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