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News | By Brianna Bailey | February 18, 2009
The organizer of this year’s Miss Newport Beach and Miss Newport Beach Teen Pageants isn’t sure who will host the event — but she’s positive it won’t be “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gretchen Rossi. Pageant organizer Caren Lancona this week decided to drop Rossi, who was slated to emcee the April 24 event, after she was overwhelmed with negative phone calls and e-mails about the reality television celebrity. “I made a mistake, and now I’m just trying to fix it,” Lancona said.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | October 6, 2007
The son of slain Newport Beach yacht owner Tom Hawks stood at the podium in Judge Frank Fasel’s courtroom Thursday afternoon and told the family of convicted murderer Jennifer Henderson Deleon that they should give up her children for adoption. Henderson Deleon, a mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. “I wish for the defendant’s family to give her children up for adoption so they may grow up not knowing who their parents were or what they did or how they were used as decoys for financial gain,” Hawks said.
NEWS
May 13, 2003
Deepa Bharath A former Newport Beach recreation coordinator would suck boys' toes even when other "kids" or "grown-ups" were around, several children said Monday as they took the stand in the trial of the man accused of using boys for sexual gratification. Trenton Veches, dressed in a dark gray suit, seemed to listen intently to the boys' statements as each of them described how he sucked their toes or made them pose for digital pictures he allegedly took and filed away in his home computer.
NEWS
By Barry Faulkner | December 15, 2008
They were champions, All-Americans and future coaches. They were also future doctors, lawyers, company presidents, working-class heroes, fathers, mothers, and friends. Over a volleyball coaching career rooted in four decades, Charlie Brande impacted them all. Even after he packed up his office at UC Irvine — shifting to a new role as a fundraiser for his alma mater having retired as women’s coach after nine seasons in order to more closely follow his daughter’s high school experience — Brande impacts his former players still.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | October 10, 2009
In a fit of protective rage, Minola Gallardo lunged at Newport Beach millionaire William Bartholomae when she saw him standing in his bathrobe with a knife over her half-sister, who lay crumpled on the floor of the oil baron’s bayfront mansion the morning of Jan. 5, 1963. Gallardo wrested the knife from the 70-year-old millionaire’s hands and stabbed him twice in the abdomen. Bartholomae, a well-known sailing champion and oil tycoon, would die on the kitchen floor of his mansion at 2100 E. Balboa Boulevard that day because of a tragic misunderstanding.
NEWS
April 17, 2002
-- Lolita Harper Hundreds of thousands of little, globular creatures of the sea washed up on the shores Tuesday until high tide finally pulled them back home in the afternoon. Newport Beach lifeguards said the beaches were littered with relatives of the jellyfish both Monday and Tuesday morning. The circular animals are called hydroids and vary in size from 1 to 50 centimeters. The small sea creatures float on top of the water and are carried to shore by the wind, lifeguards said.
NEWS
July 20, 2001
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - Most people knew there was something special about Mark O'Meara's golf game when he played in the Will Jordan Classic in 1979 at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. O'Meara, then of Mission Viejo and now a star on the PGA Tour, won the U.S. Amateur championship a week earlier in Cleveland, Ohio, defeating John Cook in the final, 8 and 7, before arriving in Costa Mesa. The late Joe Costello, who founded the popular Will Jordan Classic -- now officially the Costa Mesa City Championship -- in 1973 when he was president of the Costa Mesa men's club, considered O'Meara's victory here in '79 as one of the championship's greatest moments.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | April 28, 2009
A Newport Beach-based real estate investment firm’s leaders have been ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars by a Seattle judge and are being investigated by federal authorities, court records and the company acknowledged Tuesday. MKA Capital Group Advisors LLC, 26 Corporate Plaza Drive, Newport Beach, had its offices searched by the FBI earlier this month, and two of its leaders were successfully sued by a lending firm in Seattle for more than $31 million. Attorneys for all parties involved declined to comment, but MKA lawyers issued a prepared statement: “MKA Capital Group Advisors LLC has recently received inquiries from the media regarding civil lawsuits by a few investors and requests for information from federal regulators and investigators, concerning the company’s financial affairs and business operations.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan | March 8, 2010
Orange County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country, has about 17,000 homeless children, according to a study unveiled Monday at UC Irvine. “There’s this feeling that because people are wearing $45,000 watches around here and because reality TV shows are based here that we don’t have a problem with the homeless,” said Paul Leon, executive director with the Irvine-based Illumination Foundation. “Well, I’m here to tell you that we do, and it’s a big one.” More than 50 students, many of them interested in social service and public health, attended the seminar, hoping to learn more about the nonprofit foundation and how they could possibly volunteer their services.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | September 2, 2009
When Bob Phillips was a young Boy Scout on a field trip to the old Costa Mesa police station on Ford Road, he had an epiphany. Officers asked for a volunteer to go into the single jail cell in the station, and Phillips raised his hand. When the door slammed shut in front of him and he peered out at his friends, he thought to himself, “I’d rather be on the other side looking in than on this side looking out,” he said. From that day on, he wanted to be a police officer.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Mike Sciacca | October 10, 2007
Costa Mesa resident Gabriella Hahn said her heart broke when she drove past the corner of Adams Avenue and Mesa Verde Drive last weekend where 21-year-old former Huntington Beach Oilers pitcher Sara Noel Harris crashed the black Audi she was driving into a traffic signal. Hahn, a 32-year-old mother of two, plans to line Adams Avenue with ribbons the morning of Harris’ funeral Saturday. She hopes a family member or friend of Harris will contact her with Sara’s favorite color, so she can use that color of ribbon.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | August 2, 2008
COSTA MESA — Marcus Sostak believes the key to success in tournament play is convincing himself he is merely playing a round of golf with good friends, with nothing more at stake than friendly bragging rights. Of course it helps support this scenario when he is, in fact, paired with familiar faces, as he was Saturday in the opening round of the Costa Mesa City Championships at the Mesa Linda course of the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. Sostak, a former Estancia High standout who has transferred from the University of Oregon to Orange Coast College, where he plans to play next spring, shot four-under-par 66 Saturday in a group that included Estancia High products Andy Rothman and Jeff Ohland.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 31, 2013
An Orange County Superior Court judge on Friday denied a request to dismiss felony charges against a former Costa Mesa resident accused of helping an accused killer after a double murder. Rachel Mae Buffett, 25, faces three felony counts of accessory to murder after the fact for allegedly helping Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 29, with whom she lived in the Camden Martinique apartments near Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Prosecutors assert that Buffett lied to police after Wozniak allegedly killed their neighbor, Samuel Herr, 26, and his tutor Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23, of Irvine.
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