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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 15, 2013
Newport Beach Police Chief Jay R. Johnson told a crowd of about 40 people Wednesday night that they have the ability to reduce crime in the city by 80%. Johnson spoke at Newport Beach's City Hall at the request of the community group Speak Up Newport. He gave the audience an update on city crime statistics and answered questions, but mostly, the chief emphasized the community's role in keeping its neighborhoods crime free. "If you lock your car, you lock your house and you don't leave your valuables in plain sight, 80% of our crimes go away," he said.
By Samantha Schaefer and By Samantha Schaefer | October 30, 2013
An Irvine mother accused of planting drugs in the car of a  PTA  volunteer at her son's school pleaded guilty Wednesday to a false imprisonment charge, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Jill Bjorkholm Easter, 40, will serve one year in county jail and three years of formal probation, the office said. Easter and her husband, Kent Wycliff Easter, 40,  allegedly plotted against  school volunteer Kelli Peters in retaliation for what they said was her poor treatment of their young son at the school.  Kent Easter faces felony charges of conspiracy to falsely charge a crime, false imprisonment by violence or deceit, and conspiracy to commit a crime, which could bring three years in state prison if he is convicted.
October 29, 2013
An argument at a Costa Mesa gas station Monday night culminated in a would-be gas thief hitting an attendant with his car, police said. A man attempted to steal gas from an Arco station in the 2600 block of Newport Boulevard about 8:20 p.m. when an employee confronted him, Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott said. As the employee tried to take down the car's license plate number, the man backed up, hitting the employee with his car, Scott said. The employee was unhurt, but police are treating the incident as an assault with a deadly weapon.
October 18, 2013
A 79-year-old Irvine woman was struck by a car and killed in the University Town Center in Irvine on Friday, police said. Hedy S. Chou was walking on a private road in the area at about 10:30 a.m. when she was struck by a Toyota Highlander driven by a 44-year-old Irvine woman, according to a news release from the Irvine Police Department. Officials transported Chou to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead, police said. Police are investigating the crash, and asked anyone with information to call Det. Jonathan Cherney at (949)
October 16, 2013
Police have arrested a Costa Mesa woman who allegedly drove through her neighbors' lawns and recklessly down the street, disregarding the safety of pedestrians including children headed to school. Tuesday was the second time in a week that she had been arrested for using her car as a weapon, police said. About 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sandra Montag, 48, drove her silver Toyota Camry in circles near her home in the 1600 block of Labrador Drive in Costa Mesa, almost hitting a man walking his dog, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
October 15, 2013
Almost $4,000 worth of property was stolen from a vehicle in Newport Beach on Sunday morning, according to police. Someone smashed the back window of a car parked in the 100 block of Drakes Bay Drive just after 7 a.m. and stole golf clubs, other golf gear and cash, Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. The damage to the car was estimated at $300, Manzella added. No suspect description was available from police. - Jeremiah Dobruck Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck
October 3, 2013
When Scott Ehlers moved with his family to Newport Beach, he hoped to find the best home possible to suit their needs. They chose a house on Aralia Street. Ehlers now finds himself among the residents frustrated with parking on the street. One block behind Eastbluff Drive, which borders Corona del Mar High School, Aralia is occupied during the school day by the cars of students, residents say. It's a problem that parents add to when they pick their children up from school. On a typical afternoon about 3:15 p.m., parents wait in their parked cars on Aralia in an attempt to avoid the parking lot traffic.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 18, 2013
Newport Beach police detained six local teenagers over the weekend for allegedly stealing items from cars parked near Westcliff Plaza. The group, ages 13 to 15, told police they were "car mobbing," or looking for unlocked vehicles and taking whatever they could find inside, Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. The suspects were not identified because they are juveniles. Five of the teens are from Costa Mesa, and the sixth is from Newport. Early Sunday morning, a resident saw the youths loitering near the 1200 block of Rutland Road and later watched them as they appeared to rifle through the contents of a vehicle, Manzella said.
By June Casagrande | September 16, 2013
One of the most common questions I get is: Which is correct: X or Y? The X and Y don't matter much. They change from email to email. Sometimes they're accompanied by a Z or even an A, B and C. But the heart of the question — and the assumption it contains — remains the same: In language, the questions suggest, only one form must be correct. All others must be wrong. Sometimes that's true. For example, if you want to compare one person's musical abilities to another person's, you wouldn't say, "Joe is musicaler than Jane.
By Bradley Zint | September 6, 2013
Old-school style on four wheels - and two - is heading to the seashore Sunday. The 10th annual Coastline Car Classic at Corona del Mar State Beach is expected to attract hundreds if not a couple thousand people, who will be able to gaze at more than 130 classic cars and motorcycles. The event, which benefits the Irvine-based Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, is hosted by the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate.
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