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By Joseph Serna | December 8, 2011
SANTA ANA — An allegedly intoxicated driver who hit and seriously injured a Newport Harbor High School student was charged Thursday with felony driving under the influence with an enhancement for causing brain injury and paralysis. Marnie J. Lippincott, 38, of Costa Mesa was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license. Her arraignment in Orange County Superior Court was delayed Thursday until later this month. Prosecutors said Lippincott was under the influence of drugs and alcohol Tuesday afternoon when her black Chevy Tahoe hit Crystal Morales, 17, as she crossed Margaret Drive in a crosswalk near of the school, which had just let out for the day. Morales suffered serious internal and head injuries.
By Joseph Serna | December 1, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - A Newport Beach woman will stand trial on charges that she was driving drunk and texting when she hit and killed a bicyclist in Newport Coast, Orange County Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson ruled Thursday. Danae Miller, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The felony charge stems from a Feb. 21 accident on San Joaquin Hills Road that killed Amine Britel, a Moroccan athlete who had moved to the United States and ran a successful local business.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 14, 2012
For first-time novelist A.G.S. Johnson, inspiration struck like lightning and immediately slowed to a crawl. "I was awakened one night, maybe 15 years ago, by this cocky female voice that was so intriguing to me that I jumped out of bed, literally, and I wrote as fast as I could," Johnson said, talking about the would-be foundation for her debut novel. "It was a couple of paragraphs of what this voice was saying … So I carried this stupid piece of writing around for probably a few years.
By Brianna Bailey | October 6, 2007
The son of slain Newport Beach yacht owner Tom Hawks stood at the podium in Judge Frank Fasel’s courtroom Thursday afternoon and told the family of convicted murderer Jennifer Henderson Deleon that they should give up her children for adoption. Henderson Deleon, a mother of two, was sentenced Thursday to two consecutive terms of life without parole for the murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. “I wish for the defendant’s family to give her children up for adoption so they may grow up not knowing who their parents were or what they did or how they were used as decoys for financial gain,” Hawks said.
February 25, 2005
Marisa O'Neil One juror appeared to cringe, some took notes and others stared blankly as they watched a videotape in court Thursday that prosecutors say shows three teenage boys gang-raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl. The tape, a key piece of evidence in the retrial of now 19-year-old Greg Haidl and Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann, both 20, was shown Thursday on four small, flat-screen monitors and one large one in Judge Francisco Briseno's courtroom.
By Lauren Williams | May 18, 2012
SANTA ANA — A woman who plotted with a former NFL linebacker to kill her Newport Beach boyfriend received a life sentence without the possibility of parole on Friday. Nanette Packard, 46, sat stone faced in Orange County Superior Court as the verdict was read. Dressed in a pink cardigan, a black shirt and skirt, with a faded blond streak in her curly brown hair, Packard did not speak or apologize to the 40 or so people gathered in the courtroom, some of them family and friends of the victim.
By Bradley Zint and This post has been clarified, as noted below. | January 28, 2014
An Orange County Superior Court judge heard oral arguments this week on motions that could potentially strike a lawsuit filed against Costa Mesa's police union, its former law firm and a private investigator. On Monday, in their respective anti- SLAPP motions - Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation - attorneys for the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn., Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir and private investigator Chris Lanzillo contended that the lawsuit, which alleges harassment and intimidation, stifles the defendants' First Amendment rights.
By Lauren Williams, | June 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES — Newport-Mesa Unified School District Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard was ordered Wednesday to stand trial in mid-August on criminal charges stemming from his former job as Beverly Hills schools chief. At a pre-trial hearing, L.A. Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus tentatively set Hubbard's trial date for Aug. 15. But the trial of the superintendent charged with two felony counts of misappropriating public funds could be changed to another date or moved to another courtroom, the judge said.
By Lauren Williams | March 7, 2013
A woman whose body was found face down in the sand in Newport Beach faced prostitution charges in three states and gave birth shortly before a stint in jail, according to public records and interviews. Tina Hoang, 20, was arrested on suspicion of prostitution-related crimes in California, Nevada and Florida, court papers show. The Bellflower resident, who died under circumstances that Newport Beach police termed "suspicious," was arrested as recently as December on suspicion of prostitution and had at least a dozen open cases against her in Orange and Los Angeles counties, her attorney said.
March 17, 2001
Deepa Bharath SANTA ANA -- Seconds after Eric Bechler told a packed courtroom that he loved his wife and did not kill her, a Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Judge Frank F. Fasel said he agreed with a 12-member jury, which on Feb. 1 found the 33-year-old man from Newport Heights guilty of first-degree murder for bludgeoning his 38-year-old wife, Pegye Bechler, on a boat and then dumping her body in the ocean in trash bags filled with weights.
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