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By Brianna Bailey | June 27, 2009
A Fountain Valley man is asking Newport Beach for $100,000 for psychological trauma he claims he suffered after a Newport Beach police officer allegedly caused him to urinate on himself. Police arrested Davin Palitz at the Villa Nova Restaurant, 3131 W. Coast Hwy., on suspicion of driving under the influence Jan. 3, records show. In a claim filed against Newport Beach earlier this month, Palitz alleges a Newport Beach police officer caused him to urinate on himself when he would not let him use the bathroom during his arrest.
By Joseph Serna | March 5, 2009
A $1-million warrant has been issued for a Tustin man who punched a Costa Mesa police officer in 2006 and tricked authorities earlier this week to escape during his trial. Police are looking for Mark Thomas Georgantas, 46, who is proving to be a slippery one for Orange County Sheriff’s deputies. Georgantas was on trial at Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center Wednesday for credit card fraud and grand theft when he told the court he had to use the restroom. He was free on $50,000 bail, court records show.
February 12, 2009
A Moreno Valley man wanted in Costa Mesa and Riverside County was arrested Wednesday afternoon after Newport police said he spent the night hiding in a restroom. Police said Christopher Williams, 46, was found by an employee of Henry’s Groceries, 2112 Oceanfront West, inside the market’s bathroom in a detached storage area about 10 a.m. Wednesday. The employee called police who later found Williams in the area, scratched and bruised, wearing his jacket inside out as a disguise, Sgt. Evan Sailor said.
December 17, 2008
An unattended candle in a “four-plex” on Hilaria Way killed two dogs and caused $15,000 in damage before Newport Beach firefighters managed to extinguish it, authorities said. At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 21 Newport Beach firefighters rushed to the scene, after reports of smoke and high heat coming from the area. A candle left burning in the bathroom sparked the blaze, according to authorities. “We were alerted because of the smoke,” said fire department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz.
By Alan Blank | October 22, 2008
Freedom Homes, a large Westside neighborhood, is one of the oldest in the city. Many of the small, aging houses share a common floor plan with three bedrooms, one bathroom and a one-car garage or carport, which families often find inadequate, according to neighborhood resident and real estate broker Mary Fewel, who is trying to change that. To push community members to add extra space to their houses, Fewel and Mayor Eric Bever brought the city a proposal to hire an architect to compile a book of ideas designed to fit the particular style and layout of the homes in the 830-house tract in hopes that it would encourage people to build additions.
By Michael Miller | November 7, 2007
Three restaurants and two hotels from Newport Beach made the Automobile Club of Southern California’s list of winners of the 2008 Four Diamond Award, which honors the most luxurious venues in the region. The list, released Monday, catalogs hotels and restaurants that rank in the top 4% in terms of high-end accommodations. The Automobile Club plans to issue the names of the Five Diamond Award winners, which are the region’s highest-ranking properties, on Friday.
By Tom Johnson | September 7, 2007
We’ve all watched “This Old House” or similar shows on television where they go in and redo a house. It looks so easy. So when the wife and I discussed remodeling one of our bathrooms several months ago, we decided to take on the project ourselves. How hard could it be? A little tiling, putting in a new bathtub, toilet and sink, and a little paint. I remember a friend of mine telling me at the time “that’s what professionals are for.” Well, here’s the good news: My wife and I are not divorced, yet. Actually, our attempt at what we thought was going to be a fun project we would do and enjoy together has become a comedy of errors.
By: | September 10, 2005
A Newport Beach restaurateur was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing a revolver over beachgoers' heads in front of his Balboa Peninsula home late Thursday, police said. Edward Joseph O'Neill, 45, owner of the Ho Sum Bistro restaurant on Newport Boulevard, allegedly fired one shot toward the water around 8:30 p.m. because he thought a group of people on the beach were being disruptive, Sgt. Bill Hartford said.
September 9, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Staff and students at Paularino Elementary school switched places Monday, if only for a few minutes. As part of their Positive Behavior Support program, some staff members -- including new Principal John Sanders -- played the role of students in a series of skits demonstrating good and bad behavior. It was the job of the students to tell the teachers what they were doing wrong. "No," 4-year-old Cristian Frausto exclaimed when Sanders -- "Johnny" in the skit -- ran into the bathroom with a red playground ball.
May 15, 2003
Members of three real-life generations of the Douglas acting clan play three fictional generations of the Gromberg attorney clan in this modest effort on family values. Kirk and Michael Douglas translate some of the dynamics that might be in their personal relationship to this on-screen portrayal of liberal New York lawyers coming to terms with the family's dysfunctional side. Reflecting reality, Kirk Douglas is courageous and feisty as the Gromberg patriarch overcoming the effects of a recent stroke and the death of his wife.
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