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By Joseph Serna | May 27, 2009
A Costa Mesa High School teacher who was on administrative leave after an arrest in April was arrested inside a Newport Beach hotel Tuesday on suspicion of drug possession, police said Wednesday. Lisa Carlson Fertig, 39, a 10th- through 12th-grade special education teacher and literature and English teacher at Costa Mesa High School, was arrested outside of the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach early Tuesday. Newport Beach police arrested her on suspicion of possessing cocaine. She was also arrested by Irvine police April 4 in an Irvine elementary school parking lot, less than half a mile away from her home.
By: Mark R. Madler | August 31, 2005
Glendale resident Scott Schaffer is in a court-ordered drug treatment facility after posting $1-million bond to be released from federal custody on charges of selling handguns to a gang member. Schaffer's family put up the money that will assure that he will continue to make his court appearances, one of his attorney's, Steven L. Szocs, said on Monday. Schaffer was released Aug. 19 after more than a month in federal custody following his arrest at his Glendale home.
By Michael Miller | April 29, 2014
While wading through his personal archive of film footage, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali came upon a snippet of the band horsing around offstage. On the soundtrack, lead singer Kevin DuBrow can be heard boasting, "This is gonna be in a Quiet Riot movie in the theaters someday. I don't know how far in the future. " That footage was shot in 1983, and the "someday" that DuBrow promised has finally arrived. "Well Now You're Here, There's No Way Back," a documentary about the heavy metal band's history, is set to have its world premiere April 29 at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 8, 2014
Costa Mesa police say they found 20 pounds of marijuana and small amounts of other drugs in a man's car after he crashed into a parked truck. According to a news release sent out Tuesday, 22-year-old Derek Felton of Chandler, Ariz., hid from police after he slammed into a silver Toyota Tacoma about 9 a.m. Friday. Officers arrived at the scene near 17th Street and Monrovia Avenue and saw the aftermath of the crash, including severe damage to the truck, but couldn't find the other car involved.
By Lauren Williams, | July 13, 2011
SANTA ANA - Wednesday's countywide gang sweep - a three-year effort dubbed Operation Black Flag - began with a lead in Costa Mesa, law enforcement officials said. Following the initial tip, the investigative trail led Santa Ana police investigators to Cesar "Roach" Munguia, 31. The high-ranking member of Forming Kaos, a Costa Mesa street gang, is accused of dealing guns, methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin, said Costa Mesa Police Capt. Les Gogerty. Costa Mesa was "basically where it started," Gogerty said.
September 29, 2008
A New Zealand man whose arrest gained international headlines when police revealed they had found a woman?s body frozen in dry ice in his hotel room in Newport Beach in March pleaded guilty to felony cocaine possession Monday. In early March, Newport Beach detectives who arrested Stephen Royds, 47, for selling cocaine out of his Fairmont Newport Beach searched his room and found the body of 33-year-old Monique Trepp, stuffed in a plastic chest filled with dry ice. Trepp had died nearly a year earlier, coroner officials said.
June 30, 2011
A Costa Mesa man was convicted Thursday of killing a 20-year-old woman while driving drunk on Valentine's Day last year, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a news release. A jury convicted Gustavo Vega, 23, of killing Cara Lee, a passenger in another car, in a collision at the intersection of Sunflower Avenue and Flower Street, after he sped through a red light in his Toyota Tundra early on the morning of Feb. 14, 2010, according to prosecutors. He was convicted of one felony count of murder, one felony count of hit-and-run resulting in death, and one felony count of possession of cocaine, the release said.
By: Mark R. Madler | September 28, 2005
The City Council on Tuesday called for a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilwoman Stacey Murphy, who faces cocaine possession and child endangerment charges. The election is scheduled to take place on Jan. 24, 2006. Candidates can pick up papers to run starting Monday at the City Clerk's office. Completed paperwork must be returned by Oct. 28. So far, three residents have said they will run in the election: Airport Commissioner and former Mayor Bill Wiggins; optometrist and former Planning Board member David Gordon; and attorney and vice chairman of the Burbank Water and Power Board Vahe Hovanessian.
By Joseph Serna | May 22, 2010
After he gets out of prison in two years, a Newport Beach man recently convicted for his part in an international drug-trafficking ring will serve five years' probation and be prohibited from getting any job with access to a wireless device, court records show. Nathaniel Garrard Lineham, 41, was convicted in February of being the electronics man who distributed encrypted cell phones for a drug ring that stretched from Canada to Southern California, Chicago and Seattle. In 2008, authorities indicted 18 people as part of "Operation Candystore," a two-year federal investigation into a trading operation that sent cocaine to Canada in exchange for methamphetamines and Ecstasy.
By Joseph Serna | October 28, 2008
It’s as if Skylar Deleon’s childhood were separated into two very different worlds. In one world, when he lived with his father, John Jacobson Sr., relatives testified Deleon was constantly beaten without provocation and was told he was worthless. Held up to an impossible standard, Deleon consistently fell short in the most trivial of ways, such as not properly tucking in his shirt, and he would pay dearly for it. In the other world, away from Jacobson, who was in prison for a few years, family testified that Deleon was loved.
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