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.
December 24, 2013
A light fixture malfunctioned in a laundry room at the Best Western hotel on Newport Boulevard, causing an electrical fire Monday morning, authorities said. The Costa Mesa Fire Department arrived on the scene at 9:43 a.m. and had the blaze under control within 10 minutes, according to a news release. Fire personnel reported heavy smoke in the second-floor hallway of the three-story hotel, and authorities determined that the fire originated in the second-story laundry room. Forty rooms in the 98-room hotel were occupied at the time of the fire.
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.
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.
April 11, 2013
The one-time "Queen of Porn" will not face battery charges stemming from her arrest on the Balboa Peninsula, authorities said. The Orange County district attorney's office chose not to file charges against Huntington Harbour resident Jenna Jameson, whose real name is Jenna Marie Massoli, following her arrest on assault allegations over the weekend, according to D.A. spokeswoman Farrah Emami. "We have declined to file, due to insufficient evidence to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt," she said.
April 30, 2014
Firefighters were trying to control a 3-acre wind-driven brush fire Wednesday in Irvine off the southbound lanes of the 241 toll road, authorities said. The fire at the Portola Parkway exit of the toll road was reported at about 1:10 p.m., said Lynette Round, spokeswoman with the Orange County Fire Authority. About 75 firefighters responded to the fire, including two helicopters. “They're trying to control the fire,” Round said. Homes in the nearby Portola Springs neighborhood didn't appear to be threatened, authorities said.
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.