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December 8, 2010
A San Diego County man who drowned in Newport Beach in October had no drugs or alcohol in his system when he died, an Orange County Sheriff-Coroner toxicology report showed. Soroy Ramsean, 22, of Pine Valley, died Oct. 13 in the surfline off 20th Street after disappearing under the water. Witnesses reported seeing him go underwater at 18th Street. Some tried to save him, but were unsuccessful. Lifeguards from up and down the Orange County coast, along with the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard, aided in the search.
December 23, 2011
Orange Coast College was awarded a grant to look into the drinking habits of community college students. The Orange County Health Care Agency gave $220,000 to OCC's Student Health Center to fund a campus-wide survey and teach the consequences of excessive drinking. Similar projects have been carried out at four-year universities. "No one really knows about alcohol use in community college," Sylvia Worden, the associate dean of student health services, said in a prepared statement.
By Britney Barnes | October 27, 2012
ANAHEIM - These aren't your grandmother's cupcakes. With alcohol-infused flavors like "Will you remember me tomorrow morning?" "Gonna get lucky tonight" and a business slogan of "Wanna get some?" best friends Hanayo Martin, 25, of Irvine, and Akemi Lee, 27, of Fullerton, didn't want to be the traditional pink-and-white, cutesy cupcake company. "We wanted it to be different," Lee said. "We wanted it to be modern and provocative. " "And if people are like, 'Wow,' that's what we want," added Martin.
June 11, 2008
Authorities are baffled by a deadly car crash Wednesday morning on a Costa Mesa freeway off-ramp. Daniel Pearson, 31, was exiting the 405 Freeway at Fairview Road about 12:30 a.m. when his car drifted left, crashing into a guardrail and pole, authorities said. The Mission Viejo man died on the scene. Police have not found any witnesses. Initial investigations of the damage indicate Pearson was driving 65 mph and did not brake or try to avoid the guardrail, said California Highway Patrol Officer Denise Quesada.
July 17, 2003
Deepa Bharath Twin sisters were charged with child endangerment on Wednesday after police reportedly found that one sister's child had been drinking alcohol out of a child's cup and found the other's child wandering unattended, officials said. Police got calls from passersby at about 5 p.m. Monday about a woman lying on the grass near the intersection of Fair Drive and Viola Street, Sgt. Bob Ciszek said. When officers responded, they found 37-year-old Stephanie Brown passed out and drunk on the ground with her 3-year-old son sitting in a stroller next to her, he said.
March 8, 2010
Newport Beach police are partnering with county health programs to raise community awareness about underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the local community and how to reduce it. From 6 to 8 tonight, police will discuss the effects of drug and alcohol abuse by teens and the problems that come with it at Newport Harbor High School’s theater, 600 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach. The 2008 California Healthy Kids Survey showed that more than half of Newport-Mesa 11th-graders have drunk alcohol in the last month, and so did a third of district ninth-graders.
By JAMES P. GRAY | February 28, 2009
I recently participated in a news conference in San Francisco with Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Chairwoman Betty Yee of the State Board of Equalization, and Oakland City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan to support Assembly Bill 390, which would treat marijuana like alcohol in California. San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey also supports the bill. AB 390 would allow adults older than 21 to buy, own and use marijuana sold in accordance with a specified state plan. The bill would also require the product to be subject to a tax surcharge of $50 an ounce, in addition to normal sales taxes.
By Joseph Serna | March 15, 2008
They’re young, confident and working for the police. They might seem like the awkward but charming teenagers of “Superbad” — think “McLovin” — trying to score some booze with an adult’s help, but looks can be deceiving. Standing outside of liquor stores throughout the city, Costa Mesa Police explorers are posing as minors asking adults to buy them alcohol. A sting operation Friday night involved only the decoys and three police officers seconds away listening in via microphones hooked to the kids.
By Britney Barnes | April 6, 2012
The city of Costa Mesa will study a proposal for TeWinkle Park that keeps all four fields intact, adds two bullpens and increases parking. The TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex Task Force voted 8 to 1 Thursday night to move forward with a plan that would privatize the park, bring in more sports leagues and potentially generate $300,000 in annual revenue for the city. Task force member Jeffrey Wilcox dissented. "There is an awful lot of details to be worked out, but I think we're heading in the right direction," said member Lou Desandro.
By Jill Cowan | October 16, 2012
A local mom took a beef with school officials to the Internet last week after her son was sent to the vice principal's office for having in his lunch a glass bottle of fermented Kombucha tea, which contains small amounts of alcohol. Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials said administrators followed standard protocol in a situation possibly involving banned substances after the Ensign Intermediate School seventh-grader was overheard telling other students he had alcohol. But the 11-year-old boy's mother was "irate" over the school's response.
By Jill Cowan | March 7, 2014
A recent study says many of Orange County's supermarkets and convenience stores make buying tobacco, alcohol and other unhealthy items too convenient for kids. The study is part of a statewide campaign called Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, which aims to improve Californians' health by "informing them about the impacts of unhealthy product marketing in the retail environment," according to an Orange County Health Care Agency news release. The survey - which included data from more than 7,300 businesses ranging from big-box chains to drug stores in all of California's 58 counties - found that 76.7% of tobacco retailers in Orange County sell flavored tobacco products and are near schools.
By Diane Pucin | December 2, 2013
Leigh Steinberg was once known for his boyish good looks and an elite clientele that included Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and a multitude of other famous names. Until it all fell apart. Sipping from a bottle of water, he talks about it in the third person. "Here's the thing about drunks," Steinberg says. "They're good at it. "Here's the thing about really smart drunks. "They're very good at it. " Now Steinberg is starting over. No clients yet. He has a handful of employees, though.
By Bradley Zint | November 13, 2013
Plans are brewing for craft beer in Costa Mesa. The city's Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an application for a microbrewery near The Camp in the Sobeca District. Barley Forge Brewing Co., which hopes to pour and brew within a 19,600-square-foot industrial building at 2957 Randolph Ave., would also have a tasting room. The business is still subject to receiving a state alcoholic beverage license, according to city staff. If approved, it would be Costa Mesa's first commercial microbrewery.
By Richard Winton | November 12, 2013
The Orange County Crime Lab produced inaccurate blood alcohol test results in 2,200 driving-under-the-influence cases filed by prosecutors this year - mistakes that could affect outcomes in dozens of cases. Prosecutors in recent days sent letters to people charged with driving under the influence, including 900 whose cases resulted in convictions. The letters advised them that their cases were among those with miscalculations. Crime lab officials said the "human error" occurred over nearly five months and led to mistakes in the forensic examination of blood alcohol content.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 24, 2013
From his wheelchair in the Corona del Mar High School gym, Aaron Rubin held up one finger to indicate "yes" and two fingers for "no" as he answered questions about a drug addiction that led him to a catastrophic overdose. "This is Aaron," said his mother, Sherrie Rubin. "Aaron overdosed on OxyContin and prescription meds when he was 23. He was in a coma for three and a half weeks. He had a heart attack and two strokes. " Aaron, now 31, can no longer speak, Sherrie explained, and only about one quarter of his brain was undamaged after the strokes.
By Hannah Fry | September 28, 2013
A former Killybrooke Elementary School teacher is suing the school district for alleged workplace harassment and age discrimination, court records show. Debbra DeMarco filed a lawsuit Sept. 4 in Orange County Superior Court against the Newport-Mesa School District and Killybrooke Principal Lorie Hoggard. DeMarco, who was 43 years old at the time of the alleged harassment, claims the district forced her to quit because of her advancing age and because she was more expensive to keep on staff than a younger teacher.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 13, 2013
An Estancia High School alumnus who died in June after a single-car crash had been drinking before getting behind the wheel, according to a report from the Orange County coroner's office. Luis Adrian Torres, 19, of Costa Mesa, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.05% when he was tested at a hospital following the wreck along Susan Street, near Sunflower Avenue, according to results from a toxicology examination released Friday. Alcohol and rate of speed are considered the primary factors contributing to the crash, said Darren Wood, a police traffic investigator with the Costa Mesa Police Department.
By Lauren Williams | June 27, 2013
The driver in a Memorial Day car crash in Newport Beach that claimed the lives of five Irvine teenagers did not have drugs or alcohol in his system, according to the Orange County coroner. Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, of Irvine, did not drink or use drugs in the hours before his 2008 Infiniti sedan slammed into a center divider on Jamboree Road, hit a tree and caught fire, according to the coroner's toxicology report, which the Daily Pilot reviewed Thursday. Results from the screenings were available for two of the car's four passengers as well.
By Billy Graham | January 25, 2013
Q: I think my husband may have a problem with alcohol. He'll go for weeks with just a few drinks a day, but then he'll go on a binge and be wiped out for several days. Should this concern me? — Mrs. R.S. A: Yes, it definitely should concern you — and your husband, as well. I'm not a doctor or other expert in such matters, of course, but your husband's binge drinking certainly proves that he's not in control of his drinking, but his drinking is in control of him. The Bible warns that "a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him" (2 Peter 2:19)
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