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Week In Review

July 08, 2007

But with Councilwoman Linda Dixon absent, the measure failed on a 2-2 vote, with Mansoor and Councilwoman Wendy Leece in favor and Councilman Eric Bever and Councilwoman Katrina Foley opposed. Several residents said they didn't see any benefit to the change.

PUBLIC SAFETY59 are suspected of immigration violationFederal immigration officials said they flagged 59 people suspected of immigration violations in June at the Costa Mesa city jail. It was the highest monthly total since an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent began working at the jail in December.

During the length of the program in Costa Mesa, a total of 321 people have been identified who may have violated immigration laws. Suspects are checked at the jail after being arrested and booked on suspicion of some other crime under the jurisdiction of city police.

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  • Newport Beach police were looking for a man who swiped three rings worth $33,000 from Charles Barr Jewelers, 1803 Westcliff Drive, in a daring mid-day robbery.

    The robber said he wanted to look at rings for a 10th anniversary gift and after he tried them on, he stuffed them in his pocket and indicated he had a weapon as he left the store, the store's manager said. Witnesses told police the robber was a white man about 45 to 50 years old who is 5-foot-10 and has a stocky build and short black hair.

  • Police in Newport-Mesa had a relatively quiet Fourth of July with a few notable exceptions. Newport Beach police arrested 118 Wednesday night, a bit of an uptick from the 105 arrested at the same time last year. Sixty-four were cited for being drunk in public, 19 were cited for misdemeanor assaults and four got citations for fireworks violations.

    Costa Mesa police had to call in the Orange County Bomb Squad twice Wednesday to defuse explosives made with plastic bottles and gunpowder.

  • A Newport Beach motorcycle officer managed to escape serious injury after he got in an accident while responding to a domestic dispute Friday night. He was racing to the scene when a motorist braked suddenly and he rear-ended the car, police said.

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