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.
November 30, 2012
A Costa Mesa man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and business partner pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Friday morning in Orange County Superior Court, according to the court's website. On July 8, Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 48, drank cherry vodka, took prescription pills and loudly sang a Guns N Roses song before shooting and killing 45-year-old Christine Murray, court documents allege. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect age for Christine Murray.
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.
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.