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NEWS
October 11, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- A pair of arsons that scorched two businesses in August have come to different resolutions, with an arrest made in one case and little progress so far in the other. Police arrested 32-year-old Anaheim resident Andrea Rae Yarbrough on Sept. 11 in connection with the Aug. 28 arson of the Eastlake Graphics company on Westerly Place near John Wayne Airport, a fire that caused about $500,000 in damages. Yarbrough was employed by Eastlake as a bookkeeper, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Mike McDermott.
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NEWS
November 7, 2012
A man found engulfed in flames in a Costa Mesa parking lot has been identified by the Orange County coroner as Randy Hansen, 49. Hansen died at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana on Monday morning. Witnesses in the 2200 block of Newport Boulevard spotted him on fire near his white truck about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to Costa Mesa police. Those at the scene tried putting out the flames using their shirts before someone arrived with a fire extinguisher and doused the fire, police said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 31, 2012
A UC Irvine professor whose son committed suicide faces arson charges for allegedly trying to set a series of fires at a high school, park and home, prosecutors said Tuesday. Rainer Reinscheid, 48, of Irvine allegedly used newspapers, fireplace logs and brush to set fires at University High School, where his late son was a student. He also allegedly set fires at a school administrator's home and at William R. Mason Regional Park, where his son committed suicide earlier this year, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
NEWS
July 21, 2002
COPS & COURTS Arson suspected in fire A fire at Talbert Regional Park on the border of Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach on Tuesday ravaged about 25 acres of dense brush, but did not damage any of the homes on the nearby bluff. Fire officials suspect arson and are still searching for suspects. The three suspects accused of allegedly gang-raping a 16-year old girl in a Corona del Mar home plead not guilty during their arraignment Wednesday. Gregory Haidl -- whose father is an assistant county sheriff -- Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann will be back in court in August for a pre-trial hearing.
NEWS
June 29, 2009
Costa Mesa arson investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that raged through a single-family home Saturday. The firefighters arrived at the home on Colgate Street about 6:40 p.m. Intense smoke and heat, and the detonation of small rounds of ammunition in the garage frustrated their efforts. Firefighters extinguished the blaze when they cut into the roof to ventilate the house. Twenty-one firefighters put down the blaze in about 15 minutes. Authorities from the Costa Mesa Fire Department say the severity of the fire damage in the garage has impeded the pace of the investigation.
NEWS
October 12, 2001
-- Deepa Bharath Newport Beach police have arrested three men in connection with a Sept. 24 arson and commercial burglary incident that caused about $500,000 in damage to property and more than $300,000 in damage to the four-story office building in the 3700 block of Birch Street, officials said. Police arrested Jeffrey Alan Platt, 41, of Long Beach on suspicion of arson and Tracey Linn Townsend, 37, and Michael Steven LaBounty, 34, both of Garden Grove on suspicion of commercial burglary.
NEWS
By: | September 16, 2005
Man suspected of arson at mall restaurant An employee at a now-closed restaurant in South Coast Plaza was arrested on suspicion of arson, after he allegedly set a fire in the restaurant's dining room Sept. 5, police said. Costa Mesa Police arrested Duy Quoc Nguyen, 20, at his Santa Ana home Wednesday. Nguyen worked as a busboy at Yujean Kang's restaurant in the 3300 block of Bristol Street. Nguyen was described as a disgruntled employee, said Sgt. Bob Ciszek.
NEWS
September 24, 2004
Marisa O'Neil A campus shuttle bus caught fire and was gutted Thursday morning, the day before fall classes would start. UCI Police received calls at about 5 a.m. Thursday of a bus fully engulfed in flames in a campus parking lot on Campus Drive near California Avenue, Assistant Chief Jeff Hutchison said. State fire officials are investigating the cause, he said. "They're telling us at this point it's not looking like arson," Hutchison said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | October 21, 2008
A wildfire that damaged two homes and forced hundreds of Newport Beach residents to evacuate their homes last week was most likely deliberately set, fire officials said Tuesday. “We’re pretty certain it was set. Fire investigators are working with the police department,” Newport Beach Fire Marshal Steve Bunting said. “The area [where the fire started] was gated off and closed to the public.” About 3:20 p.m. Oct. 13, a fire started in Bonita Canyon’s brush and quickly spread, thanks to gusty Santa Ana winds kicking up that day. Winds have contributed to many fires starting in California over the years, including when power lines were blown down in Los Angeles earlier this year.
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