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March 28, 2014
Police are looking for witnesses to a group attack in the 1000 block of Mission Drive in Costa Mesa this week. Several unidentified people hit a 20-year-old Costa Mesa man with a weapon around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department. The assailants then fled and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital with a head injury, police said. He was later released. No description of the suspects or the weapon used was available. Police are asking that anyone who saw the attack call Det. Rob Hanson at (714)
NEWS
January 18, 2013
A San Bernardino man pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to charges that he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, covered her mouth, grabbed her by the leg and dragged her until bystanders intervened, officials said. Derek Rawlins, 34, was arrested just after 9 a.m. Wednesday and booked on charges of kidnapping, assault and battery, according to police and the Orange County Superior Court website. Rawlins allegedly approached a woman sitting in a car in the 3500 block of Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa on Wednesday morning, then pounded on the window.
NEWS
November 26, 2012
Two Costa Mesa men stabbed over the weekend may be victims of a gang-motivated attack, police said Monday. The incident happened about 11:40 p.m. Sunday near Pomona Avenue and Park Drive, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. The assailants, described as two Latino men in their 20s, confronted the brothers, ages 18 and 24, and asked them where they were from - a common gang challenge - before stabbing them with a machete or large knife, according to police. Police said neither victim belongs to a gang.
NEWS
February 17, 2012
A Costa Mesa man who shouted racial epithets in a hate-crime attack was sentenced Friday to two years and eight months in prison, according to court records. Chad Martin Jurjaks, 31, who is white, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of hate crime battery causing injury relating to his attack on two Latinos entering a 7-Eleven in Costa Mesa in March 2010. The men, ages 42 and 26 at the time, were with family members when Jurjaks, whom police reports say was intoxicated at the time, shouted "F------ Mexicans!"
NEWS
March 23, 2012
A Laguna Niguel man died Thursday after the vehicle he was driving struck a pole in a parking lot in Costa Mesa, authorities said. Steven Takei, 56, appeared to have a heart attack while behind the wheel in the 24 Hour Fitness parking lot in the 500 block of Anton Boulevard, according to Costa Mesa police Lt. Rob Sharpnack. Takei was found unresponsive in his vehicle, and witnesses reported seeing the vehicle slowly crash into the pole, according to the county coroner's office.
NEWS
September 27, 2012
Two brothers who allegedly attacked an 83-year-old woman as she waited at a Costa Mesa bus stop are scheduled to appear in court Friday, prosecutors said. Paul Grigore Patrulescu, 30, and Ciprian Patrulescu, 31, face a felony count each of inflicting injury on an elderly adult for an Aug. 18 attack on a woman at a Harbor Boulevard bus bench, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The men first offered to buy the woman dinner, but after she refused and began screaming for help, the two punched her in the face twice and fled the scene on foot, prosecutors said.
NEWS
By James P. Gray | March 9, 2013
The soul of the United States of America is our freedoms and liberties, and our soul is now under attack by our own government. I understand that the pressure on any president to keep us safe during his watch must be crushing. So for that reason, I don't get upset with a president who attempts to increase his power to keep us secure, frequently at the cost of our precious civil liberties and freedoms. Instead I get upset with Congress and the courts for allowing this to happen. One of the examples of this attack on our freedoms is the increasing use by our government of drones or unmanned airplanes in the skies over our country to surveil our people.
NEWS
January 30, 2005
PETER BUFFA Sorry, the new pic's not quite ready. Deliberations are ongoing. Maybe next week. We've narrowed it down to one where I look like I'm being electrocuted, and one where I look like an Italian Marty Feldman. Anyway, you've probably heard about them by now. They're big and squishy and pink and red, with big black eyes and really long tentacles. No, not telemarketers. Giant squid. The first of them turned up about 10 days ago on the beach at Crystal Cove -- some three dozen giant squid, about two feet long and between 10 and 20 pounds.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | February 22, 2007
A 27-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault after he allegedly attacked a woman in front of her Costa Mesa home. Around 1:30 a.m., a woman drove to her home on Princess Court and was attacked by a man as she got out of her car, Lt. Clay Epperson said. The assailant dragged the woman to the ground and put her in a chokehold before forcing his hands under her clothing. Neighbors responded to the woman's screams and the sounds of the attack, and the attacker fled.
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- A 13-year-old Corona del Mar Middle School student was taken into custody by Newport Beach Police on Tuesday for allegedly choking a classmate in an attempt to steal a homework pass. The boy he attacked spent two days in the intensive care unit at Hoag Hospital following the May 23 altercation. The boys' names were not released because they are minors. Principal Don Martin said students in a morning gym class had just returned to the school's tennis courts after running a lap when one student grabbed another by the throat, demanding he turn over a homework pass.
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NEWS
March 28, 2014
Police are looking for witnesses to a group attack in the 1000 block of Mission Drive in Costa Mesa this week. Several unidentified people hit a 20-year-old Costa Mesa man with a weapon around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department. The assailants then fled and the victim was taken to a nearby hospital with a head injury, police said. He was later released. No description of the suspects or the weapon used was available. Police are asking that anyone who saw the attack call Det. Rob Hanson at (714)
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 21, 2014
Opening statements began in Orange County Superior Court this week in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting two women in Newport Beach and Irvine. Charges against Travis Dewayne Batten, 31, include two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, forced sodomy, forced sexual penetration with a foreign object, kidnapping and residential burglary, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Batten, an auto mechanic who lived in Irvine and worked in Newport, also faces sentencing enhancements for allegations of committing sexual offenses during the commission of a burglary and tying up or binding a victim.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 6, 2014
Two years after a jury convicted him of shooting a 15-year-old girl in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun, a Costa Mesa gang member has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, authorities said. Salvador Burciaga, 24, was the fourth defendant to be sentenced in connection with the shooting. He was convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and enhancements for gun use, being an active participant in a street gang and committing a felony for the benefit of a gang, according to a news release.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | March 4, 2014
The so-called quality start has become downright quantifiable this season for the UC Irvine baseball team, which rode a completely serviceable pitching performance and some opportunistic hitting to its seventh straight victory Tuesday. The 6-4 win over visiting USC (8-3), which has suddenly lost three of its last four, was the 12th time in as many games this season that UCI (9-3) has allowed three or fewer earned runs in the first six innings (the statistical definition of an individual quality start)
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 21, 2014
A transient allegedly attacked two Costa Mesa police officers and two hospital employees Wednesday night after he refused to cooperate with law enforcement. Police responded to a call around 10 p.m. about a man yelling and cursing in the 200 block of Cabrillo Avenue in Costa Mesa. When officers arrived they found the man, who said he'd been "sparring" with a transient woman, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Brent McKinley said. Officers said they sat the man down on the curb, but he stood up and lunged at one of them.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
Costa Mesa police have arrested a man who they say threw a knife at a passerby on a city street. Jesus Garcilazo, 23, of Costa Mesa was standing in the middle of Placentia Avenue, waving an open folding knife, yelling and threatening people near 19th Street about 2 a.m. Monday, Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott said. An officer responding to a call about a knife-wielding man found Garcilazo in the 1900 block of Placentia, where he reportedly threw the knife at a pedestrian, Scott said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 12, 2014
Police took time this week to publicly refute online rumors that a female martial arts expert fought off an attacker who was trying to abduct her in a Costa Mesa parking lot and then sell her into slavery in Mexico. The Costa Mesa Police Department received a few concerned calls after the apparently fake story spread through a website called Nextdoor, which creates private social networks for neighborhoods nationwide. In a Monday post on the Dover Shores Nextdoor, a resident of the Newport Beach neighborhood described a friend of a friend being attacked near Harbor Boulevard and Victoria Street in Costa Mesa.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | February 8, 2014
IRVINE - Every tournament, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo sophomore goalie Heidi Ritner seems to get better and better. There are some other, more well-publicized goalies out there in CIF this year, including two across the Back Bay. But that's fine with CdM Coach Ross Sinclair. "She's right in the mix with them," Sinclair said. "We're happy to have her. " The girls across the bay aren't going to argue that point, either. "I think it's kind of a bummer that she's almost flying under the radar," Newport Harbor senior Christina O'Beck said.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014
Water polo standout Jon Walters, of Newport Beach, died of a heart attack Wednesday, the Orange County Register reported. Walters, who played at Newport Harbor High as a freshman and transferred to Mater Dei, was 19. Walters, who played for USC, had been in the hospital since he fell into a coma Jan. 1, his father, Bill said, according to the Register. USC head water polo coach Jovan Vavic said on the school's website: "Jon was a great Trojan, and an outstanding young man from a wonderful family.
NEWS
January 2, 2014
A Costa Mesa man was attacked with a metal baseball bat just after midnight Sunday on the porch of his apartment on Harbor Boulevard, authorities said Wednesday. An unknown male suspect approached the 30-year-old resident of Harbor Villas and began hitting him in the back of the head and neck with the metal bat, said Lt. Greg Scott, spokesman for the Costa Mesa Police Department. The victim alleges he did not know the suspect, who police describe as a male in his 20s wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and ski mask.
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