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April 24, 2008
A phone call to police from a concerned local shopper gave authorities all they needed to arrest a man they had been investigating for drug activity, police said Tuesday. Damon Block, 33, of Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested on suspicion of possessing, transporting, and intent of selling narcotics Monday. Police found an ounce of cocaine on Block, a “pretty good little quantity,” Sgt. Bryan Glass said. Police received a call about drug activity in the Target parking lot at 3030 Harbor Blvd.
January 7, 2004
Deepa Bharath Righteous Brother Bobby Hatfield died from a lethal combination of cocaine use, alcohol and heart problems, an autopsy report released on Monday showed. Hatfield, a longtime Newport Beach resident who formed the Righteous Brothers with Bill Medley in 1962, was found dead on Nov. 5 in his hotel room in Kalamazoo, Mich., about half an hour before a concert. Officials initially said he died of a heart attack and passed away in his sleep, but an autopsy report complete with toxicology results released by the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner's Office revealed the cause of death as "acute cocaine toxicity."
February 19, 2011
A Canadian man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday for possessing more than 200 pounds of cocaine in a Newport Beach mobile home park in 2010. Jean Francois Gosselin, 35, pleaded guilty at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana to possession of more than 10 kilograms of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Newport Beach and Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators arrested Gosselin at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort on Jan. 20 with 92 kilos of cocaine, or just more than 200 pounds.
By Joseph Serna | June 30, 2008
A Newport Beach man will be arraigned later this month on charges that he allegedly tried to exchange $2 million worth of Ecstasy pills for a large amount of cocaine as part of an international drug trade, federal officials said. Alexandru Sabau, 37, appeared in court Monday and faces up to 20 years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance across the Canadian border after federal agents found about 100,000 Ecstasy pills in the trunk of his rental car, which he planned to exchange for 25 kilograms of cocaine, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.
By Brianna Bailey | March 18, 2009
Passersby brandished thumbs up or down, as well as a few other fingers as Brea activist Robert Lauten stood on a street corner near the OC Fair & Event center, where President Barack Obama attended a town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon. Waving a large, yellow sign promoting immigration reform, Lauten was one of hundreds who came out to cheer or jeer the president during his visit to Costa Mesa. “I don’t think Obama is any better than George Bush. I haven’t seen any difference yet,” Lauten said, as cars whizzed by and spectators anxious to catch a glimpse of the president gathered across the street at the fairgrounds.
By Joseph Serna, | July 1, 2010
Stephen David Royds, a convicted drug dealer who kept his girlfriend's body preserved on dry ice in a swank Newport Beach hotel room for a year, has returned to his native New Zealand after being released from prison, federal officials said Thursday. Royds, 49, was paroled in May after serving more than a year and a half of a four-year sentence for felony drug charges. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported him June 25, ICE officials said. Royds, who went by the nickname "Kiwi," was arrested in March 2008 by Newport Beach police officers.
By Joseph Serna | December 1, 2009
A Newport Beach drug dealer has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for trying to trade 100,000 pills of Ecstasy for cocaine, authorities said Tuesday. Alexandru Sabau, 39, will also have three years of supervised release after he gets out, said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, one of the agencies involved in Sabau’s case. Sabau was arrested June 27, 2008, after he tried to trade 100,000 Ecstasy pills, worth about $2 million, to an undercover ICE agent outside a Newport Beach coffee shop.
By Brianna Bailey | July 3, 2009
If Newport Beach resident Jim Jones can’t sell his lavish Balboa Peninsula beach house with its two stripper poles and indoor Jacuzzi, he says he’s going to have the place bulldozed. City officials have harassed him for the past five years over code violations, like the tiki bar in his backyard and a stripper pole that rises out of the floor on a hydraulic lift, he said. Jones dubbed the place the “Naked Iguana House” after a bar in Lake Havasu. “I’m tired of fighting,” Jones said.
By Joanna Clay, | August 27, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Sitting on an oversized plush chair in baseball legend Chuck Finley's Newport Beach home, actress Tawny Kitaen seems to be in a much different place than she was eight years ago. A soccer goal is visible in the backyard, and her daughter's art covers the refrigerator in the family home. Her adopted dog, Woody, nuzzles Kitaen as she talks about a new off-camera passion: helping others. A volunteer at Kathy's House, a shelter for at-risk women in San Juan Capistrano, and a member of the board of directors at Testimony Life Resources, an alternative counseling center, Kitaen appears to be a far cry from her role as the eccentric star of "The Surreal Life," or the woman battling a dependency on prescription pills on "Celebrity Rehab.
By Alan Blank | March 19, 2008
It was the mid-’90s, and Kevin DuBrow was more than a dozen years removed from the height of his success when his band Quiet Riot dueled the likes of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie for the country’s No. 1-selling album. Quiet Riot had gone through several convulsions since that breakthrough album, “Metal Health.” Endless quarrels even led to DuBrow getting fired from his own band. Still, things had calmed down, and the guys released an album in 1993.
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