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.
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.
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.
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.
December 27, 1999
Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible when walking at night. Avoid walking alone or with your hands full. Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace on the side of the street facing traffic. Criminals look for someone who appears vulnerable. Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where attackers can hide. If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street.
October 25, 1999
Amy R. Spurgeon NEWPORT-MESA -- As the school district's Red Ribbon Week begins today, one Newport Beach mother is hoping her son's story will stop other's from making the same mistakes he did. "I cope because I know he is free from this," Judy Davis said. "But I still cry every day." An honor student and award winning artist, Robert "Bobby" Davis was 21 when he was found dead, apparently of a heroin overdose, by his fiancee in the home they shared in Southern California.
September 16, 2010
A Huntington Beach woman found dead in a Corona del Mar homeowner's pool during the summer died from drowning while intoxicated, according to the county coroner's report. Rocio Godoy, 38, had a blood-alcohol level of at least .21 when she died July 6 in the 1800 block of Tahuna Terrace, the coroner's toxicology report shows. Her blood contained traces of anti-anxiety medication that, when combined with her chronic alcohol abuse, contributed to her death, according to the autopsy report reviewed Wednesday by the Daily Pilot.
December 10, 2013
Morningside Recovery's chief executive, who represented the sober-living home provider in court through years of legal battles with Newport Beach, has resigned. Mary Helen Beatificato, who served as Morningside's legal counsel for the past five years, said she stepped down Nov. 19 after disagreements with Morningside President Raymond Jeffrey Yates. She declined to give specifics. Beatificato was representing Morningside when an Aug. 19 ruling that the company was violating Newport's municipal code by operating in neighborhoods came down.
March 31, 2000
Anthony Peck / Daily Pilot We've all been there -- well, most of us, anyway. A night out. A few too many cocktails. And then the inevitable and painful morning after, accompanied by a half-hearted declaration of "I'll never drink again." Sadly, this sequence of events -- at a much more frequent and severe level of self-destruction -- is the life story of Newport Beach native Mark David Allen. Allen has the dubious distinction of holding Newport Beach's all-time record for arrests, having been jailed on more than 100 occasions for public drunkenness.