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By Chris Caesar | November 17, 2007
Costa Mesa officials plan to appeal a recent verdict that awarded $8.7 million to a Costa Mesa man who was paralyzed in a car crash at the Adams Avenue overpass. The city’s share of the judgment for former OCC tennis coach Glenn Morton is about $5.7 million. The jury also ordered Prashanti Patel, a driver who was involved in the 2005 collision, to pay $3.04 million. The April 25 crash left Morton, 51, permanently brain damaged. Morton was driving his Volkswagen bus across the bridge over the Santa Ana River when a car sideswiped by Patel — who had lost control of her vehicle — was pushed into an opposing lane of traffic, hitting Morton head-on, according to Warren Dean Jr., Morton’s attorney.
NEWS
April 13, 2009
The two southbound lanes of Placentia Avenue from Adams Avenue to the stoplight at Estancia High School will be closed from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday for the Costa Mesa Community Run. The event includes both 5K and 2K races as well as a pancake breakfast. Given the closures, the city is advising participants to take the following detour: From Adams Avenue drive south on Harbor Boulevard, make a right on Wilson Street and another right on Placentia Avenue. Park in the Estancia High School lot. For more information, call (714)
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | October 8, 2007
Authorities on Monday identified the woman killed in a weekend car crash on Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa. Sara Noel Harris, 21, of Huntington Beach was driving a late-model black Audi east on Adams Sunday afternoon when she lost control and smashed into a light pole where Adams intersects with Mesa Verde Drive, authorities said. Just after 2:30 p.m. rescue crews arrived at the intersection finding a mangled black Audi, the bumper flung several yards farther down the street, and other bits of the wreckage spread around the car that was wrapped around one of the stoplights.
NEWS
February 22, 2002
Deepa Bharath A 77-year-old Costa Mesa man apparently died Wednesday night after suffering a heart attack while driving, police officials said. George Wendell Boose was traveling eastbound on Adams Avenue toward Fairview Road about 6 p.m. when he lost control of his pickup truck, which jumped the center median and landed on the other side of the street, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney. "He crossed the westbound lanes, collided with a car traveling westbound on Adams and then hit a car that was parked to the curb of the street," he said.
NEWS
November 9, 2004
Man arrested after short police pursuit Costa Mesa Police arrested a Santa Ana man on suspicion of drunken driving Monday afternoon after a hit-and-run accident. Joel Granados Blas, 33, was arrested at 12:45 p.m. Monday after a short pursuit, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney said. He is being held on $100,000 bail on felony DUI and hit-and-run charges, Birney said. Blas' Toyota, which he was driving south on Mesa Verde Drive West, ran a red light at 12:12 p.m. and broadsided a van driving west on Adams Avenue, Birney said.
NEWS
February 17, 2014
Costa Mesa Pacific Avenue: A car theft occurred in the 2200 block between midnight Friday and 1:52 p.m. Sunday. Pinecreek Drive: A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2800 block between 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Pinecreek Drive and Adams Avenue: Vandalism occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Monday. Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft occurred in the 2400 block between midnight Saturday and 4:05 p.m. Sunday. 23rd Street: A petty theft was reported in the 100 block at 1 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
September 11, 2008
Costa Mesa Mayor Eric Bever has chosen Ray Garcia for the Mayor’s Award for his work in helping the city increase traffic safety. Garcia will be honored at Tuesday’s City Council meeting at City Hall. “He was instrumental in getting the speed limit on Adams Avenue reduced to 45 miles per hour,” Bever said. Garcia also helped get extra signage and an electronic speed warning radar put in on the major street. Last year the speed limit on the street was 50 mph. Every month the mayor chooses someone from the city he believes performed an outstanding service to the community and embodies leadership qualities.
LOCAL
December 31, 2005
A bank inside a Costa Mesa supermarket was robbed at about 6 p.m. Friday, police said. A man robbed the Bank of America branch inside a Vons supermarket near the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Adams Avenue, Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Gary McErlain said. No one was hurt during the robbery, and the thief stole an unknown amount of cash. The robber is described as an man in his 40s wearing a tan jacket and a navy blue baseball hat, McErlain said. He said the robber weighed about 170 pounds and was about 5-foot-5.
NEWS
June 25, 2012
A weekend fire at a Costa Mesa apartment complex injured a bystander and displaced two residents, authorities said Monday. The fire was reported in the 1300 block of Adams Avenue about 2 p.m. Saturday. When city firefighters arrived, they spotted smoke billowing from a second-story window. Firefighters ventilated the room, which restricted the fire from spreading to other parts of the unit, officials said. A man burned his feet while trying to extinguish the fire; paramedics treated him at the scene and transported him to a local hospital.
NEWS
December 21, 2011
An 18-year-old man was arrested in Costa Mesa after mistaking an off-duty Huntington Beach police officer for a friend he didn't like, following him home and pelting him with eggs, police said Tuesday. The Santa Barbara resident was arrested about 2:36 a.m. Monday near Shantar Drive and Adams Avenue after he and at least one friend followed the officer home, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Jerry Hildeman. When the officer stepped out of his car, the teens pelted him with eggs.
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February 18, 2014
Authorities started a street-widening project by closing part of Harbor Boulevard on Monday, according to a news release. The outermost lane of northbound Harbor from south of Adams Avenue to north of Ponderosa Street will be closed for two weeks, the release said. During the closure, the city will add a third eastbound left-turn lane, a second southbound right-turn lane and longer northbound left-turn lanes, said Raja Sethuraman, the city's transportation services manager. The project is expected to cost $2.8 million and will be covered by Measure M transportation funds, Sethuraman said.
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NEWS
February 17, 2014
Costa Mesa Pacific Avenue: A car theft occurred in the 2200 block between midnight Friday and 1:52 p.m. Sunday. Pinecreek Drive: A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2800 block between 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Pinecreek Drive and Adams Avenue: Vandalism occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Monday. Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft occurred in the 2400 block between midnight Saturday and 4:05 p.m. Sunday. 23rd Street: A petty theft was reported in the 100 block at 1 p.m. Saturday.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 13, 2014
Police found a stash of counterfeit $100 bills in a Costa Mesa hotel room last month after a couple tried to pass fake currency at a Huntington Beach store, according to a federal indictment. Marcus Redick and Lashana Gorrell allegedly bought hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise with fake bills, but cashiers noticed something strange about the $100 notes used to make the purchases, according to an affidavit filed by a U.S. Secret Service agent on Jan. 9. On Jan. 7, Redick and Gorrell spent more than $1,000 in two separate transactions at a Target store on Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach, according to the document.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 27, 2012
Starting at 7 a.m. Nov. 6, Allyson Jones Wong strapped herself into a safety harness and climbed atop a boomlift. Working nonstop until the light ebbed at 5 p.m. almost every day, she overlooked exhaustion and illness. Her sole focus: to paint. "I was so excited to wake up each day and pick up my paintbrushes," Wong said. "It got to the point where I was getting sick but didn't even realize it. Everything in my life gravitates around my work. When I'm working, I'm happy - it's like I get high off of it. " Now, the rear facade of a former Edwards Theater on Adams Avenue has been given a facelift.
NEWS
June 25, 2012
A weekend fire at a Costa Mesa apartment complex injured a bystander and displaced two residents, authorities said Monday. The fire was reported in the 1300 block of Adams Avenue about 2 p.m. Saturday. When city firefighters arrived, they spotted smoke billowing from a second-story window. Firefighters ventilated the room, which restricted the fire from spreading to other parts of the unit, officials said. A man burned his feet while trying to extinguish the fire; paramedics treated him at the scene and transported him to a local hospital.
NEWS
December 21, 2011
An 18-year-old man was arrested in Costa Mesa after mistaking an off-duty Huntington Beach police officer for a friend he didn't like, following him home and pelting him with eggs, police said Tuesday. The Santa Barbara resident was arrested about 2:36 a.m. Monday near Shantar Drive and Adams Avenue after he and at least one friend followed the officer home, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Jerry Hildeman. When the officer stepped out of his car, the teens pelted him with eggs.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | October 27, 2010
COSTA MESA — A 43-year-old woman is in critical condition after police said she was hit by an Orange Coast College student's truck in front of the OCC parking lot exit at Adams Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The driver, a 20-year-old Tustin resident, was leaving OCC in his Ford F-150 when he approached the Adams and Pinecreek Drive intersection. He intended to turn right onto Adams, and after letting a student cross the marked crosswalk before the turn, he rolled forward to check oncoming traffic, police said.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | August 19, 2009
The Coast Community College District took an important step in solidifying its agreement to buy a 3.4-acre piece of land in Newport Beach to use for a new school campus, despite protests from a competing property owner who says the district is wasting millions of dollars of taxpayer money by not buying his land. The district plans to relocate Coastline Community College’s Costa Mesa campus, at the intersection of Mesa Verde Drive and Baker Street, to a site that it agreed to purchase on 15th Street and Monrovia Avenue for $12.8 million.
NEWS
May 20, 2009
Payzant Barry Kenneth 6/27/1957 - 5/17/09 Barry Kenneth Payzant passed away Sunday, May 17, 2009 at the age of 51. He was born on June 27, 1957 in Long Beach, and had been a long time resident of Costa Mesa. He graduated from La Quinta High School in Westminster. Barry is survived by his loving wife, Zina, daughter and son, Alex and Jared, and his parents Kenneth and Joan. Barry treasured his family and friends. He enjoyed watching his kids play sports, his softball team “The Brewskies,” Sunday morning basketball and restoring his 1937 Ford Coupe.
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