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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.
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.
April 14, 2011
Should Newport Beach have a sound bite image slogan? Many other nearby cities along the coast with surroundings far less glamorous than Newport Beach have adopted them, yet we have none. In speaking to our former public information officer some time ago, I learned that when she was first hired she inquired as to whether Newport Beach had a motto. She was told, "Our city is so special and so diverse, that no slogan could possibly capture its image; therefore, we don't need one. " With our brand new Civic Center due to open at the end of 2012, quite a bit has changed since then.
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 | January 17, 2012
COSTA MESA — The city has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a man who claimed a police officer arrested him after planting fraudulent evidence. The multimillion dollar lawsuit was settled for $150,000. The settlement protects the city from further litigation related to the case and does not admit any wrongdoing on the part of the city. Timothy Slappy filed the complaint against Costa Mesa asserting that his civil rights were violated in March 2009 when a Costa Mesa police Officer Robert Harris questioned him and then allegedly planted a powdery white substance next to him. Harris, according to the lawsuit, said the substance was crack cocaine.
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.
January 14, 2004
Denial of deceased singer's drug habit is wrong In rehab jargon, an enabler is anyone in the life of an addict who says or does anything that makes it less likely the user will not have to experience the natural consequences of their behavior. The spouse of the man who spends the weekend on an alcohol and drug binge, who then calls his work on Monday morning to make an excuse for him, is the typical example. "My husband can't come to work today cause he has the flu," she'll say. Singer Bobby Hatfield has already experienced the ultimate consequence from his usage of cocaine -- death.
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