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NEWS
August 15, 2003
Realism sets 'S.W.A.T.' apart at times Clark Johnson has directed several episodes of TV's best crime dramas, including "Law and Order," "NYPD Blue," "Homicide" and "The Wire." Clark brings the same gritty realism found in these shows to his big screen effort in "S.W.A.T.," which sets it apart from the mind numbing demolition derby at the center of most blockbuster police thrillers. The cops seem to be real people, not cartoon superheroes. We see a thoughtful presentation of the actual training that S.W.A.
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NEWS
August 3, 2003
Today is a historical one for the Daily Pilot. Two of our staffers, police and courts reporter Deepa Bharath and chief photographer Don Leach, fly out of town today on a 10-day trip to the Amazon jungles of Ecuador. The Daily Pilot going international? Sure, we've been out of the country a few times. Mostly trips to Mexico to visit orphanages or as part of the Newport to Ensenada yacht race. We've had world travelers e-mail us their communiques from across the globe.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | 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.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | December 14, 2007
The officer “leaped into action stopping the errant driver, and quickly deduced he was very inebriated. The man is resting in the hoosegow after his ordeal.” That’s how Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Mike Ginther recently put it in a report recapping the night’s events for the officers who would relieve him. It was that quirkiness, among other things, that his fellow officers remembered as they gave the 26-year veteran a send-off into retirement from the force Thursday.
LOCAL
By Daniel Tedford | January 3, 2008
Sgt. Jerry Hildeman has three children — two girls and a boy — a wife of nine years, Alyssa, and a 4-year-old dog, Robbie. It may seem weird to list Robbie, a police dog for Costa Mesa, as part of the family, but not if you talk to Hildeman. “I spend more time with him than I do with my wife and kids,” Hildeman said. “I can tell you what he is going to do just by looking at him.” Robbie, a Groenendael or Belgian Shepherd, was retired by the Costa Mesa Police Department at the City Council meeting Wednesday after four years of service.
NEWS
September 1, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT-MESA -- Come Tuesday, it won't be just students going back to school. It's time for the police officers to get off the streets and head back to campuses as well. This week, the Costa Mesa Police Department will dive into the school year by sending out two officers with the sole duty of covering local schools. While one of these school resource officers will cover Costa Mesa High School, the other will take over TeWinkle Middle School and Estancia High School, said Mike Fine, assistant superintendent of business services.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | March 17, 2009
Newport Beach police Chief John Klein’s appointment to the position in 2007 could be invalidated pending an investigation by the Civil Service Board, officials familiar with city code suggested. City Ordinance No. 866 requires the chief to be selected from a list of candidates. That list is compiled through an “open” recruitment, meaning a recruitment “not restricted to city employees,” according to the ordinance. In the March 2 Civil Service Board staff report, and confirmed by a city official, Newport Beach City Manager Homer Bludau recruited Klein from a closed recruitment, meaning it was limited to city employees.
NEWS
March 16, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Officer Joseph Wingert looked over to the table where his family was seated. His wife, Janet, was in tears and his sons, Christopher, 14, and Joey, 11, smiled at their father as he was named the Newport Beach Police Department's Officer of the Year early Thursday at a special awards ceremony. "Wanting to win this award is always at the back of your mind," said Wingert, who joined the Newport Beach police in 1980.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 15, 2008
They’re young, confident and working for the police. They might seem like the awkward but charming teenagers of “Superbad” — think “McLovin” — trying to score some booze with an adult’s help, but looks can be deceiving. Standing outside of liquor stores throughout the city, Costa Mesa Police explorers are posing as minors asking adults to buy them alcohol. A sting operation Friday night involved only the decoys and three police officers seconds away listening in via microphones hooked to the kids.
NEWS
September 28, 1999
Jessica Garrison NEWPORT-MESA -- The School Board will vote tonight on whether to spend approximately $70,000 a year to station police officers at Newport Beach secondary schools. "I think the kids will benefit," Board Member James Ferryman said. The proposal, which the City Council approved Monday, calls for one full-time officer at Newport Harbor High School and one officer who would split time between Ensign Intermediate School and Corona del Mar High School.
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