January 1, 2013
A car accident Tuesday afternoon in Costa Mesa led to seven reported injuries, police said. The incident at Fairview Road and Baker Street happened at 4:04 p.m., said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Jerry Hildeman. As of 4:45, the driver was being evaluated for DUI, he said. No further information was available as of press time. — Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
March 25, 2013
A Mission Viejo woman died after a solo-car crash on the 55 Freeway Saturday morning, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Rachel Branson, 22, was driving alone when she crashed on the 55 just south of Baker Street in Costa Mesa, according to coroner's records. She was pronounced dead at the scene 10:32 a.m. - Jeremiah Dobruck Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck
January 24, 2013
Costa Mesa Mesa Verde Drive: Commercial burglary was reported in the 2700 block at 10:02 a.m. Wednesday. Bay Street: Vandalism was reported in the 300 block at 10:11 a.m. Wednesday. Adams Avenue: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1900 block at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday. Orange Avenue: Auto theft was reported in the 2000 block at 10:48 a.m. Wednesday. Anaheim Avenue: A person drunk in public was reported in the 1800 block at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Golf Course Drive: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1700 block at 1:46 p.m. Wednesday.
December 18, 1999
For 10 hours a day, Hildegard Provence could be found at Mutter's, a Costa Mesa cafe that dished up plates of bratwurst, fried potatoes, stuffed cabbage, and other hearty delights. The German proprietor subscribed to the belief that her customers "had to be well-fed and they have to be happy." Provence ran the Baker Street cafe for 20 years before plans to create a condominium project forced her to close her doors in 1979. The yellow Formica counters and German travel posters that decorated the cafe were torn up, but Provence took the stove of the restaurant with her. "My stove is coming with me," she said.
January 20, 2014
Authorities have identified the 19-year-old who died Thursday after jumping at least 20 feet from a bridge into a flood control channel as Jonathan Benjamin Ludlow of Costa Mesa. He jumped into the channel from Baker Street, east of Bristol Street, around 7:30 a.m., officials said. Paramedics took Ludlow to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was initially listed in stable condition but died later that day, Lt. Bryan Glass said. Police don't know if Ludlow was trying to commit suicide, Glass said, but he plunged from the railing of his own accord.
April 2, 2013
Robert Edward Beardsley Robert Edward “Bob” Beardsley passed away on March 16, 2013. A memorial service will be held at Harbor Trinity Church, 1230 Baker Street, Costa Mesa on April 13, 2013 at 2pm to celebrate Robert's life. He taught piano for many years and people still remember him as a wonderful friend. He was married to Doris for 52 years, their love for music and the Savior had brought them together. Doris preceded him in death by 2 years. If you wish, please send a donation to Harbor Trinity or a ministry of your choice.
November 1, 2011
COSTA MESA — Police continued the search Tuesday for a bank robber. A man walked into a Chase bank in the 1400 block of Baker Street about 1:15 p.m. Monday and slipped a teller a note demanding cash and threatening to brandish a gun, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Phil Myers. The man took off with $700 without revealing his gun. No one was injured in the incident, Myers said. Police described the man as white, with a bandage over his nose, 160 pounds, between 26 and 27 years old, and 5 feet 10 inches tall.
June 23, 2002
Young Chang A reported robbery at a frozen yogurt shop on 17th Street in Costa Mesa unfolded into a short chase that ended in the 100 block of Baker Street on Saturday morning. Joseph Michael Fanelli, 39, was arrested on charges of robbery when Costa Mesa police caught him a few minutes after he allegedly fled the store. Officials said the Aliso Viejo resident asked for change at the yogurt venue, grabbed the cashier's arm and took money from the open register.