November 15, 2007
This corrects an earlier version of the story. Newport Beach Fire Station 2 had a busy morning Wednesday, battling two structure fires within just a few hours of each other. The first call came in at 5:06 a.m. from a duplex in the 3500 block of Seashore Drive. Flames broke out on the bottom floor next to the home’s television set, where a motorized skateboard was being charged in a wall, authorities said. The fire charred the living room area around the TV, causing the ceiling to bubble and smoke to spread up to the second floor, Battalion Chief Ron Gamble said.
July 4, 2007
Construction workers found a pipe bomb in a gutter near Paularino Elementary School, but it was disabled without incident, authorities said. At 6:45 a.m. Tuesday police received a call reporting the explosive in the 3000 block of Coolidge Avenue. After speaking with crews, investigators found that about 4 p.m. Monday one of the crew found the small piece of threaded copper piping with a fuse sticking out of its side, police said. The man told police he unscrewed one of the galvanized caps, pouring a dark powder out onto the pavement, Sgt. Marty Carver said.
July 3, 2008
A man wanted by police for violating a restraining order filed by his ex-wife will be in court Monday after police tracked him to a Costa Mesa home where they found two bombs, authorities said. Ronald Turner, 44, was arrested by Huntington Beach police at a Costa Mesa home in the 200 block of Magnolia Street shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, records show. Authorities declined to comment on Huntington Beach’s involvement because the investigation is ongoing. Records show Turner once lived in Huntington Beach.
January 1, 2001
Flames reaching 20 feet high erupted at 4:05 a.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of Barranca in Corona del Mar, causing $70,000 in damages to a condo garage, authorities said. It took 21 minutes for firefighters to calm the fire, which was shooting through the detached garage doorway and almost hit the condo, authorities said. The cause of the fire has not been determined. While no one was injured, a police officer did have to help evacuate a woman and girl who were inside the home.
July 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — A man was taken into custody at John Wayne Airport on Friday afternoon after trying to take a sheriff deputy's gun, authorities said. About 2:45 p.m., an unidentified man in the departure gate area tried to remove the deputy's handgun from its holster, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. The officer "managed to take control" of the man, who was soon taken into custody. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, according to the release.
March 27, 2013
A dead man found in a gas station driveway likely died of self-inflicted stab wounds, authorities said Wednesday. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said authorities announced this information Thursday. It was Wednesday. Police first suspected Richard Swartz, 66, whose last known address was in Costa Mesa, was murdered. His body was found in an Mobil gas station driveway at Lincoln Avenue and Sunkist Street in Anaheim on March 19, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.
October 14, 2013
A barbecue that remained hot overnight caused a fire at a Newport Beach home early Saturday, fire officials said. The fire erupted on the second story patio of a home in the 200 block of East Balboa Boulevard. The Newport Beach Fire Department extinguished the fire, which caused about $30,000 in damage, in roughly 45 minutes, authorities said. No injuries were reported. —Hannah Fry @HannahFryTCN
December 18, 2012
A man accused of tossing soiled adult diapers onto the road in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach pleaded not guilty to charges Monday, court records show. Tomoo Kawai, 67, of Newport Beach, faces one misdemeanor charge of prohibited waste disposal and a possible sentence of probation or six months in jail if convicted. The one charge covers a range of incidents possibly tied to Kawai that authorities have said took place between June 27 and Sept. 24. Laguna Beach police traced a diaper to Kawai after discovering a diaper and an addressed envelope in a bag in September, authorities previously said.
January 6, 2000
-- Greg Risling A quick-moving fire that caused about $20,000 in damage to a Costa Mesa home Wednesday morning was fueled by a Christmas tree, authorities said. No one was injured. The owners of the home, which is in the 3000 block of Tyler Way, had been in the process of getting rid of the tree when the blaze occurred shortly before noon. "One of the children saw the tree on fire, and they got out of there soon after," said Costa Mesa Fire Battalion Chief Jim Ellis.
July 20, 2009
A couple of teenagers playing with matches caused a small wildfire near Newport Beach’s Back Bay over the weekend, police said Monday. Newport Beach police Lt. Craig Fox said the two 13-year-old boys were playing with matches near the Back Bay when they accidentally ignited the fire that officials said eventually burned between two and five acres. The boys tried to put it out, but couldn’t, Fox said. They fled the area on their bicycles and told one of their parents, who called authorities to report it, police said.