May 28, 2006
Ever have neighbors who'd just drop in unannounced? Well, that somewhat annoying occurrence was taken to new heights in Newport Beach last week, when residents along 33rd Street welcomed a whole new house to the neighborhood. That's right, a house. But the Fettigs, who had the prefab home lowered onto their lot by a 240-ton crane, were lucky: Their neighbors didn't seem to mind the drop in. Some even relished the unusual sight of a home suspended above its neighbors. It probably helped that the Fettigs, including 91-year-old patriarch Ernest Schultz, have long lived on the block and simply were replacing Schultz's old cottage.
August 25, 2001
A private plane crash landed at John Wayne Airport on Friday afternoon after its landing gear failed to deploy, closing one of the airport's two runways but not causing any injuries. The single-engine plane, a Beachcraft Bonanza, skidded onto Runway 19-R about 2:30 p.m., suffering minor damage. The runway was unavailable for 37 minutes. The pilot, whose name was not available, was not injured in the crash. The runway was not damaged, according to an airport spokesman.
November 4, 2003
It's a long way from Mt. Shasta to South Coast Plaza. It's also a long way to the top of the plaza's Holiday Tree: about 90 feet. The tree, which arrived Monday morning after a trip by tractor-trailer from the Northern California mountain, was propped into place by a 200-ton crane. During the next three weeks, some 15,000 colored lights will be strung on the tree, which is next to the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel near the intersection of Bristol Street and Anton Boulevard.
February 23, 2003
It's not ever day you see a house swinging from a crane and placed like a puzzle piece on a empty lot. When I got the call to cover this, part of me thought this was just a lot of hype. I was wrong. All the worker bees ran around removing tires from the trailer like a pit crew at the Indy 500. To see guys crawling underneath the home as it sat just a couple of feet off the ground made me think how dangerous this was. I thought of the Wicked Witch squashed under Dorothy's house.
October 18, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — An unidentified driver was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana after driving over an embankment into the Upper Back Bay, according to authorities. Emergency crews responded to a 2:15 p.m. 911 call from a witness who reported that a vehicle had gone over the side of Eastbluff Drive and down a steep embankment, said Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz. It took crews about one hour to cut open the vehicle and hoist the victim up by crane, where the victim was then immediately transferred to a waiting ambulance, Schulz said.
October 15, 2003
These people have been arrested recently on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all suspects, are considered innocent until proved guilty. COSTA MESA Sunday Miriam Gonzalez, 26, Sherman Oaks Saturday Stephanie Arlene Yost, 26, Costa Mesa Douglas Jay Huffman, 28, Newport Beach Thursday Justin Charles Wilson, 31, Costa Mesa Angel Juan Estrada, 21, Santa Ana Wednesday Summer Bree Beday, 24, Costa Mesa Ozkal Mehmet Ozcelik, 46, Huntington Beach NEWPORT BEACH Sunday Richard Miller Reycraft, 54, Hollywood Justin Robert Christiansen, 21, Westminster Jamie Marie Stanfield, 22, Dana Point Jeff Arnold Crane, 43, Newport Beach Saturday Rodolfo Olaguez Jr., 25, Newport Beach James Michael McKanna, 53, Newport Beach Friday Thomas Robert Mullen, 37, Laguna Beach Scott Alan Beskid, 21, Costa Mesa Brandon Sean Wren, 22, Huntington Beach Thursday John Michael Navarrete, 44, Riverside.
May 14, 2012
Slowly and delicately, a crane lifted the M1902U.S. Armyfield gun off its grassy resting place in Costa Mesa on Monday morning. The artillery piece had been in front of the Costa Mesa Police Department substation on West 18th Street for some 40 years, but now, for the next six to eight weeks, it will be getting restored by 16-year-old Brenden Fettis, an aspiring Eagle Scout and son of a Costa Mesa police officer. Brenden chose the restoration as his Eagle Scout project and will get help from other Boy Scouts.
December 13, 2002
June Casagrande The new guy at the helm of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club isn't new at all. On the contrary, newly appointed Commodore Ray Kovacs has been a familiar face at the club for 19 years and on the water since he was just 8 years old. "It certainly is an honor to represent our very discriminating members," said Kovacs, who has served on the club's board of directors for five years. Now as commodore, Kovacs is charged with helping to steer the club into its next century of service.
January 31, 2006
Rather than build a new home from scratch, local couple has one trucked in from Arizona.COSTA MESA -- Last Thursday was a typical day on Monte Vista Avenue, as residents left for work and children headed to school. The mail truck came through and made its usual deliveries. Then, in midmorning, a construction vehicle drove in and delivered a new house. By the end of the afternoon, the vacant lot, which had been protected by a locked gate for the past year, featured a brand-new two-story home -- carried in on a crane and lowered onto the property with cables.