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By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives and By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives | January 30, 2014
A Newport Beach grade school teacher who bred snakes as a hobby was arrested Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered more than 400 ball pythons - some alive, many dead - scattered throughout his cluttered home. Animal control officers said it took much of the day to search the five-bedroom home in a Santa Ana neighborhood where residents for months had complained about a foul smell drifting from the home. Investigators said they discovered 404 non-venomous snakes - 180 alive, 224 dead - inside rows of clear plastic containers with labels reading "pastel reaper," "cinny ghost" and "orange belly.
LOCAL
April 8, 2010
Prosecutors have yet to charge a Newport Beach man who was arrested on suspicion of shooting a bird with a high-powered pellet gun at a local park last week. Jennings Reveley, 75, was arrested just after noon April 2 on Balboa Boulevard when officers found the barrel of a pellet rifle sticking out from underneath a towel on the rear seat of his truck, police said. A witness had called police shortly before saying they saw Reveley take aim and fire at a crow at the 38th Street Park.
NEWS
October 13, 1999
-- Greg Risling Costa Mesa police on Tuesday submitted an animal cruelty case to the Orange County District Attorney's office for review. The case is that of a Costa Mesa woman who killed and cooked her cat last week. Tori Richards, a spokeswoman for the county prosecutor's office, said a final decision has yet to be made, pending further investigation. "We have the case, but it will take more time before we come to a decision," she said. The case alleges that 40-year-old Debra Kincaid of Costa Mesa killed her 1 1/2-year-old cat named Beauty and then cooked it in her oven.
NEWS
March 25, 2000
Greg Risling A Costa Mesa woman who pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty was sentenced Friday to two months in county jail. Debra Kincaid, 40, also was placed on probation for three years and is not allowed to have any pets. She admitted killing three of her cats, including one that was cooked in her oven in October. Police arrested Kincaid after neighbors noticed smoke coming from her apartment. The charred remains of an 18-month-old cat named Beauty were found in the oven.
NEWS
December 13, 2010
Editor's note: This corrects the location of the Vandalism on Placentia Avenue, the suspcious persons on Santa Barbara Drive, MacArthur Boulevard and Coast Highway, and the animal cruelty on Newport Center Drive. AREA 1 Bay Street: A DUI was reported in the 400 block at 12:05 a.m. Sunday. Village Way and Pinecreek Drive: Vandalism was reported at 1:14 a.m. Sunday. Placentia Avenue: Vandalism was reported in the 1800 block at 12:57 p.m. Sunday.
NEWS
March 10, 2000
Greg Risling COSTA MESA -- A 40-year-old women suspected of skinning and cooking her cat in October evaded authorities on Thursday when police attempted to arrest her, but couldn't find her. Debra Kincaid was supposed to appear in court to face an animal cruelty charge, but when she didn't show up, her arraignment was pushed back another day. An arrest warrant was issued while authorities continued their search....
NEWS
January 22, 2003
Lolita Harper Two South County men face local, state and federal criminal charges of animal cruelty and discharging a firearm after allegedly shooting sea lions off the coast Tuesday morning, county sheriff's officials said. Timothy Heightkemper, 56, of San Clemente, and Hal Williams, 67, of Dana Point, were detained on suspicion of luring sea lions with bait and then shooting them with pellet guns near the Newport Pier, said Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol Sgt. John Whitman.
NEWS
August 24, 1999
Elise Gee EAST SIDE -- The way Robert Gelinas sees it, there's nothing cruel about shooting a pit bull in the face with a pellet gun. Not if it's after your 5-year-old son. The way the district attorney's office sees it, when you then chase the dog down and beat it to death with a shovel, it makes a strong case for animal cruelty. Maybe Gelinas was only protecting his home and child, maybe he went too far. A judge will decide Sept. 17 whether to hold Gelinas responsible for the misdemeanor charge, which is punishable by any combination of community service, up to one year in jail, and as much as $20,000 in fines.
NEWS
July 8, 2004
Deepa Bharath Life for Max was all about frolicking in the water and waddling along the green grass -- until a month ago. The swan, with a jet black body and bright red beak, was a resident at the Mesa Verde Country Club lake. But on June 10, Max's life changed. A longtime patron of the golf club spotted the swan limping along on the grass. It didn't take Maxine Grefe long to realize the bird was hurt. She called Animal Control officers right away and had them take the swan to All Creatures Care Cottage in Costa Mesa.
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By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives and By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives | January 30, 2014
A Newport Beach grade school teacher who bred snakes as a hobby was arrested Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered more than 400 ball pythons - some alive, many dead - scattered throughout his cluttered home. Animal control officers said it took much of the day to search the five-bedroom home in a Santa Ana neighborhood where residents for months had complained about a foul smell drifting from the home. Investigators said they discovered 404 non-venomous snakes - 180 alive, 224 dead - inside rows of clear plastic containers with labels reading "pastel reaper," "cinny ghost" and "orange belly.
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By Steve Dale | July 13, 2011
Question: Please warn your readers about leaving dogs alone in hot cars. In our town, a terrible tragedy occurred when two dogs were locked inside a car for two hours. When the owner returned from her shopping, both dogs were dead. I'm glad she was charged with animal cruelty. I say, if you see pets locked in a hot car, break the windows! — S.J., Joliet, Ill. Answer: On July 4, Maya Webb, of Bettendorf, Iowa , went shopping at a furniture store in Joliet, Ill., leaving her two pit bulls in the car. By the time she returned, the dogs had died of heat stroke.
NEWS
December 13, 2010
Editor's note: This corrects the location of the Vandalism on Placentia Avenue, the suspcious persons on Santa Barbara Drive, MacArthur Boulevard and Coast Highway, and the animal cruelty on Newport Center Drive. AREA 1 Bay Street: A DUI was reported in the 400 block at 12:05 a.m. Sunday. Village Way and Pinecreek Drive: Vandalism was reported at 1:14 a.m. Sunday. Placentia Avenue: Vandalism was reported in the 1800 block at 12:57 p.m. Sunday.
LOCAL
April 8, 2010
Prosecutors have yet to charge a Newport Beach man who was arrested on suspicion of shooting a bird with a high-powered pellet gun at a local park last week. Jennings Reveley, 75, was arrested just after noon April 2 on Balboa Boulevard when officers found the barrel of a pellet rifle sticking out from underneath a towel on the rear seat of his truck, police said. A witness had called police shortly before saying they saw Reveley take aim and fire at a crow at the 38th Street Park.
NEWS
By Kelly Broelow Dunagan | April 9, 2009
I am writing in response to your article pertaining to the discovery of dismembered animal parts on the beaches and in residential neighborhoods of Newport Beach (“Beheaded animals found,” April 8). Lt. Craig Fox’s statement that the matter was “not of great concern to [Newport Beach Police Department] from a law enforcement standpoint” evinces a lack of knowledge about the very law he is charged by the state to uphold and enforce. Apparently Fox is unfamiliar with Penal Code section 597(a)
NEWS
July 8, 2004
Deepa Bharath Life for Max was all about frolicking in the water and waddling along the green grass -- until a month ago. The swan, with a jet black body and bright red beak, was a resident at the Mesa Verde Country Club lake. But on June 10, Max's life changed. A longtime patron of the golf club spotted the swan limping along on the grass. It didn't take Maxine Grefe long to realize the bird was hurt. She called Animal Control officers right away and had them take the swan to All Creatures Care Cottage in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
January 22, 2003
Lolita Harper Two South County men face local, state and federal criminal charges of animal cruelty and discharging a firearm after allegedly shooting sea lions off the coast Tuesday morning, county sheriff's officials said. Timothy Heightkemper, 56, of San Clemente, and Hal Williams, 67, of Dana Point, were detained on suspicion of luring sea lions with bait and then shooting them with pellet guns near the Newport Pier, said Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol Sgt. John Whitman.
NEWS
July 31, 2000
Andrew Glazer The calloused leather saddles, dust-dyed cowboy hats and teeth-gnashing, barrel-backed bucking broncos of the annual rodeo are relics of the disappearing Wild West. Sprawling cattle ranches, wide-open fields of golden grass and vast blue sky in Orange County have been covered by tangles of asphalt freeways, pea soup smog and tracts of terra-cotta roofed homes. Broncos no longer buck; they cruise on four-wheel drive. But steely-eyed Cotton Rosser, 72, set back the clocks 60 years when he and his Flying U Rodeo Co. rollicked the Orange County arena.
NEWS
March 25, 2000
Greg Risling A Costa Mesa woman who pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty was sentenced Friday to two months in county jail. Debra Kincaid, 40, also was placed on probation for three years and is not allowed to have any pets. She admitted killing three of her cats, including one that was cooked in her oven in October. Police arrested Kincaid after neighbors noticed smoke coming from her apartment. The charred remains of an 18-month-old cat named Beauty were found in the oven.
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