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April 29, 2011
Five cars were damaged in a fire on Thursday afternoon as a single-car fire quickly spread to nearby cars in Costa Mesa, acting Battalion Chief Chris Coates said Friday. Dispatchers received a phone call at 5:56 p.m. about a fire at 1955 Pomona Ave. and were on the scene within three minutes because the fire station is two blocks away, Coates said. There were 23 firefighters on scene, and no injuries were reported. Damages were estimated at $100,000, and an investigation into the cause of the fire continues.
NEWS
October 23, 2010
A 16-year-old Costa Mesa boy was shot in the leg just before midnight Friday after he started vandalizing a number of cars in the 500 block of Victoria Street. Police said the boy had gotten into an altercation with someone in a carport there. The argument appeared to have ended when the boy left, police said, but he returned with a bat or pipe. When he came back, there was no one there to fight so he started smashing cars instead, authorities said. In the middle of his smashing, someone shot at him twice, hitting him once in the right shin, police said.
NEWS
June 10, 2010
A Newport Beach man accused of hitting a pedestrian while drunk with his car in Huntington Beach over the weekend hit two more cars as he fled, including one while being stopped by police, authorities said Wednesday. Richard Elwood Swanson, 59, seriously injured a 21-year-old at Coast Highway and Magnolia Street on Sunday evening when he ran a red light and hit the man who was crossing the street, Huntington Beach police said. The victim was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. Swanson was southbound on Coast Highway and continued on toward his home in Newport Beach, where he hit two cars, Lt. Russell Reinhart said.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
About 100 Marines will wash cars at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina on July 27 to raise money for the Newport Beach 1st Battalion 1st Marines Foundation, according to a news release from the foundation. The foundation supports the 1st Battalion 1st Marines, which the city of Newport Beach decided to adopt in 2003. The money collected will be donated to 1st Battalion 1st Marines returning from Afghanistan. Some of the Marines working the car wash have just returned home or were injured in the line of duty, according to the foundation.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
Firefighters responded to the Costa Mesa Motor Inn early Tuesday after a driver struck the building and fled the scene, authorities said. About 1:37 a.m., the Costa Mesa Fire Department received a call that a vehicle drove into an unoccupied room of the motel at 2277 Harbor Blvd., according to the Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at the motel in five minutes, and they determined that the damage to the structure was significant enough that the urban search and rescue team needed to shore it up, officials said.
NEWS
By Alexandra Baird, dailypilot@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT — The Duesenberg was the first American super-car, a luxury available only to royalty and stars like Greta Garbo and Clark Gable. With their sleek design, side-mounted spare tires and impeccably restored chrome and paint, 10 Duesenbergs — a car produced from 1913 to 1937 — will be on display at the Lyon Air Museum from July 9 to July 24. The cars belong to Gen. William Lyon of Coto de Caza, the home-building magnate and retired Air Force commander who founded the museum at John Wayne Airport.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | September 3, 2007
Jerry Palanjian strayed far from his roots when he opened an automobile shop in Costa Mesa. The Lebanon native, who grew up in Beirut and emigrated to America at 19, specializes in providing wheels and tires to some of the highest-end cars on the market: Maseratis, Porsches, Ferraris and the like. For the first two decades of his life, however, the only wheels Palanjian knew sported spokes. “I was not connected with automobiles, period,” said Palanjian, who runs Grand Prix Performance on Newport Boulevard with his children and nephew.
NEWS
April 21, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Rising gas prices, which reached another record high Wednesday, may have an unexpected side effect -- more stolen cars. The city saw 31% more cars stolen last month compared to the same time period last year. And while the method of operation for car thieves varies from joy riding to fraud, the high price of gas seems to be contributing to the increase, police said. Sometimes, thieves are stealing cars just to get from point A to point B, Costa Mesa Det. Mitch Phillips said.
BUSINESS
By By Dave Brooks | February 6, 2006
Experts predict that thousands of hurricane-stricken cars are expected to be sold in the area.Thousands of Hurricane Katrina-damaged cars are expected to appear locally and automotive experts are warning people throughout Southern California to look both ways before buying. As many as 600,000 vehicles were hit during the massive August hurricane that wreaked havoc throughout the Gulf Coast and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Officials with the state Insurance Commission said Southern California was a natural destination for many of these vehicles.
NEWS
October 28, 2002
The best place to buy a mint-condition used car is Newport Wholesale. I've bought four cars here, and every one was as good as new. Owner Carl Mazzie hand picks cars, then has them completely certified and reconditioned, including new brakes, tires and oil changes. Mechanical problems are fixed. There are always 35 to 40 cars to choose from, mostly luxury German and Japanese, as well as all types of sport utility vehicles. What is not on the lot, Mazzie can track down.
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NEWS
March 4, 2014
Two cars collided at a busy Costa Mesa intersection near the 405 Freeway on Tuesday afternoon. Police Lt. Greg Scott said a 29-year-old woman from Big Bear ran a red light around 2:15 p.m. while going south on Harbor Boulevard near Gisler Avenue. The woman, driving a 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, then broadsided a 2006 BMV driven by a 43-year-old Costa Mesa resident, Scott said. The Mirage rolled over before landing upright in the intersection, according to Scott. No injuries were reported.
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NEWS
March 3, 2014
Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a car fire in Ikea's busy parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials said. Around 11 a.m., one fire engine and four firefighters were dispatched to the furniture store at Harbor Boulevard and South Coast Drive. A 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was engulfed in flames, and it took firefighters about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, said Battalion Chief Tim Vasin. Six nearby cars were affected, mostly sustaining cosmetic damage. The fire is considered accidental, Vasin said, adding no foul play is suspected and no injuries were reported.
NEWS
By Ron-Gong Lin II | March 1, 2014
A car plowed into an Irvine lake Friday night after the vehicle missed a turn, police said, but the driver and passenger suffered no major injuries. The vehicle was headed south on Yale Avenue, which terminates at a "T-intersection" with Yale Loop Road, said Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen. About 9 p.m., the car failed to make a turn and headed into the shallow lake. Both occupants of the car, in their early 20s, got out of the vehicle themselves. One fled but was later detained by the authorities.  The Irvine residents were taken to a hospital for observation after suffering  abrasions.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
A 74-year-old Irvine woman accidentally crashed her car into a Costa Mesa business over the weekend, authorities said. Police responded to Liberty Tax, 2200 Harbor Blvd., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that a car had been driven into the building, according to a news release. The woman drove her black, BMW 535i station wagon over a curb and through the glass storefront, narrowly missing a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy seated on the couch in the store. The girl was treated at Hoag Hospital for lacerations to her left leg. The boy was also treated at the hospital for lacerations to his abdomen from flying debris.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
Police are looking for vandals responsible spray-painting 31 cars and setting another on fire in Costa Mesa. Firefighters and police responded to reports of a vehicle fire at 4 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 3400 block of Venetian Drive. The car's owner was inside his house when he heard his car alarm. He looked outside and saw his car engulfed in flames, according to a Police Department news release Monday. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the car was destroyed. The vandals also wrote "ha ha" in black spray paint on the outside of the victim's garage, the release stated.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
A car chase that began in Newport Beach Thursday afternoon ended in the Festival of the Arts parking lot in Laguna Beach after 35 minutes, authorities said. Newport Beach police arrested the female passenger for public intoxication. The male driver refused to cooperate with police when they asked him to exit the vehicle. He has not yet been arrested but was transported to Hoag Hospital with minor injuries, said Jennifer Manzella, spokeswoman for the department. It is unclear what type of injuries the driver is being treated for and how he sustained them, but alcohol was a factor in the chase, she said.
NEWS
By Jason Wells and Jeremiah Dobruck | January 29, 2014
A family of four in Costa Mesa awoke to a dramatic scene shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when a car slammed into a bedroom, causing minor injuries to the mother. Police said an intoxicated man already on probation for driving under the influence crashed a Volkswagen GTI through the front wall of the family's home at Jacaranda Avenue and Myrtlewood Street. “The only thing I remember was this loud noise and waking up. There was debris everywhere,” resident Don Vander Wal told KTLA.
NEWS
January 25, 2014
An early morning crash ended with an upturned car on the front lawn of a Newport Beach home Saturday. The driver of a black Hyundai Tucson lost control on Dover Drive near Harrow Place around 6:45 a.m., Newport Beach police said. After crashing into a light pole, the car hit a tree on a home's front lawn and ended up on its left side, resting against a retaining wall, according to a news release. The Newport Beach Fire Department responded and found the semi-conscious driver trapped in the car. First-responders pulled the driver out from the passenger-side door and took him to the hospital with some signs of trauma but in stable condition.
NEWS
January 15, 2014
A shotgun found under the passenger seat of a car pulled over by police led to three arrests in connection with a string of burglaries, the Newport Beach Police Department said Wednesday. Christian Whitaker, 21, of Lake Elsinore, Brittany Whitaker, 19, of Murrieta, and Kelsea Blackburn, 20 of Oceanside were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. They were taken into custody less than a day after a Jan. 9 burglary spree in Newport Beach. Officers pulled the three over for a traffic stop at Dover Drive and Norfolk Lane on Friday afternoon and noticed the firearm, police said in a news release.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Newport Beach police have taken into custody a man who fled from officers when they tried to pull him over early Tuesday near Mar Vista and Vista del Oro. When the driver refused to stop, the officer ran the vehicle's license plate and determined that the car had been stolen, said Jennifer Manzella, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department. The driver pulled over after a short pursuit and took off on foot down a greenbelt. Corona del Mar High and Eastbluff Elementary schools immediately went on lockdown while police searched for the suspect.
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