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By Joseph Serna | May 31, 2012
Decades of alcohol abuse and living on the streets took a severe toll on the body of a Newport Beach homeless man found dead earlier this year, an Orange County Sheriff-Coroner report shows. Mark David Allen, 50, had an enlarged heart, liver disease and showed signs from past medical issues when he died in the early hours of Feb. 1 at 43rd Street and Seashore Drive in Newport Beach. His cause of death was listed as heart disease. "He died kind of like a 70- or 80-year-old man in his sleep, but he did it 20 or 30 years earlier because of what alcohol did to his system," said David Sperling, a custody officer with Newport Beach police who documented Allen's years of arrests and alcohol abuse.
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November 18, 1999
If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street. If you are in danger, scream and run, or yell "fire." Run toward lights or people. Always lock car doors after entering or leaving your car. Don't leave valuables in plain view. Have your car keys in your hand and check the back seat area before entering your car. If you think you are being followed, drive to a public place or to a police or sheriff's station.
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By Chris Mears | December 22, 2009
The holidays are a chance for loved ones and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Alcohol can be a part of many of these gatherings. All too often, there is someone in the crowd who has a problem with alcohol abuse or addiction. Alcohol abuse is a devastating killer that claimed more than 22,000 American lives in 2008. However, these parties and gatherings can be a point of hope and clarity for loved ones caught in the grip of addiction if we know how to look for the signs and symptoms.
NEWS
September 24, 2001
CONVERSION OF APARTMENTS INTO COMMERCIAL USE On behalf of South Coast R.E. Investments, the applicant, The Regents Group, wants to convert an apartment building at 248 Victoria St. into a commercial building. The property has been zoned commercial since the building was built in 1956, but residential uses were allowed at the site. Later, the city outlawed the apartments, which have been vacant since 1996. What to expect: City staff has recommended 16 parking spots, reduced from 24, with the addition of three compact parking spots.
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By Joseph Serna | March 11, 2010
On top of the traditional concerns among parents that their children might abuse alcohol or illegal drugs, police and county health officials are saying prescription drugs are becoming a third avenue of abuse for kids. In a seminar for community parents Tuesday night in Newport Beach, child experts, doctors and police profiled issues facing today’s kids and how parents can protect them. “They need to make sure they keep an eye on their social activities. Know who their friends and parents are,” said Irene Umipig, a health educator with Orange County’s Community Services Program Project PATH.
NEWS
July 14, 2005
Always lock car doors after entering or leaving your car. Don't leave valuables in plain view. Have your car keys in your hand and check the back seat area before entering your car. If you think you are being followed, drive to a public place or to a police or sheriff's station. Hang up on obscene, threatening or nuisance calls. Make a police report if they continue. Do not have your phone number printed on your personal checks. Try to provide only a business number.
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By Joseph Serna | May 31, 2012
Decades of alcohol abuse and living on the streets took a severe toll on the body of a Newport Beach homeless man found dead earlier this year, an Orange County Sheriff-Coroner report shows. Mark David Allen, 50, had an enlarged heart, liver disease and showed signs from past medical issues when he died in the early hours of Feb. 1 at 43rd Street and Seashore Drive in Newport Beach. His cause of death was listed as heart disease. "He died kind of like a 70- or 80-year-old man in his sleep, but he did it 20 or 30 years earlier because of what alcohol did to his system," said David Sperling, a custody officer with Newport Beach police who documented Allen's years of arrests and alcohol abuse.
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By Joseph Serna | March 11, 2010
On top of the traditional concerns among parents that their children might abuse alcohol or illegal drugs, police and county health officials are saying prescription drugs are becoming a third avenue of abuse for kids. In a seminar for community parents Tuesday night in Newport Beach, child experts, doctors and police profiled issues facing today’s kids and how parents can protect them. “They need to make sure they keep an eye on their social activities. Know who their friends and parents are,” said Irene Umipig, a health educator with Orange County’s Community Services Program Project PATH.
NEWS
By Chris Mears | December 24, 2009
The holidays are a chance for loved ones and friends to gather and enjoy each other’s company. Alcohol can be a part of many of these gatherings. All too often, there is someone in the crowd who has a problem with alcohol abuse or addiction. Alcohol abuse is a devastating killer that claimed more than 22,000 American lives in 2008. However, these parties and gatherings can be a point of hope and clarity for loved ones caught in the grip of addiction if we know how to look for the signs and symptoms.
NEWS
October 14, 2007
PUBLIC SAFETY Costa Mesa investigators were looking into the possibility that alcohol and racing may have played a part in the Oct. 7 crash that killed a Huntington Beach woman. Traffic investigators are waiting for blood tests from the Orange County coroner to determine if Sara Noel Harris, 21, had been drinking before the crash. Her boyfriend allegedly told police the two had been drinking that morning at Billy’s at the Beach in Newport Beach. Afterward, the two were driving up Adams Avenue in Costa Mesa, and the boyfriend allegedly told police they were engaged in “horse-play” with the cars before the accident, Traffic Investigator Jeff Horn said.
NEWS
July 14, 2005
Always lock car doors after entering or leaving your car. Don't leave valuables in plain view. Have your car keys in your hand and check the back seat area before entering your car. If you think you are being followed, drive to a public place or to a police or sheriff's station. Hang up on obscene, threatening or nuisance calls. Make a police report if they continue. Do not have your phone number printed on your personal checks. Try to provide only a business number.
NEWS
June 3, 2005
A double hooray for Steve Smith and his courageous article ("Marijuana is not a hard pill to swallow," Wednesday) on the hypocrisy of the cigarette-smoking, alcohol-swigging, prescription-pill-popping, uninformed majority who continue to deny the legitimate use of a proven method of alleviating the suffering of untold thousands in need of a legal method of helping with their pain. For those who claim that marijuana smoking is just as harmful as cigarettes, consider that with today's hybrid plants, a few puffs is all that is usually needed.
NEWS
October 28, 2003
Sue Clark "Painkillers are fine if used properly. The problem is, we addicts take four every one hour, rather than one every four hours!" This is Dave Riggle's take on Rush Limbaugh's pill problem. Riggle, 56, a man of inner peace and earthy humor, considers himself a "student of the disease of addiction," which can be anything from drugs to sex to booze. A former addict and general bad boy, Dave's been in recovery 23 years and runs a quiet sober living house in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
May 6, 2003
Christine Carrillo With prom and graduation -- and their requisite parties -- approaching, members of the Harbor Council Parent Teacher Assn. are working diligently to arm parents with ammunition to fight drug and alcohol use and abuse by their children. During a town hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, the council will provide parents with tips on how to deal with teens facing drug and alcohol issues.
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