October 22, 2002
Deepa Bharath Jury deliberations began Monday in a criminal trial for eight persons facing several charges stemming from a March 24, 2001, Costa Mesa restaurant brawl that they say police officers sparked by using excessive force. The jury heard closing arguments Friday and Monday morning. The trial has been going on for more than two weeks. The prosecution maintains Costa Mesa police officers only tried to get control of a situation that had gotten out of hand toward the end of a birthday party at the El Torito Grill on Anton Boulevard on March 24, 2001.
October 1, 2002
Deepa Bharath A jury trial began Monday for eight people facing several charges stemming from a Costa Mesa restaurant brawl that they say police officers sparked through excessive force more than a year ago. Deputy Dist. Atty. Nico Dourbetas maintained that Costa Mesa police officers were merely trying to quell the midnight melee that broke out toward the end of a birthday party on March 24, 2001, at the El Torito Grill at South Coast Plaza. Defense Attorney Anthony Sessa argued that his clients -- facing several charges ranging from resisting arrest to obstruction of justice -- were responding to "excessive and unreasonable" force used by the officers.
October 13, 2001
Mephisto of Newport Beach is having its first sample sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. If you happen to wear a sample size -- men's size 8 and 8 1/2 and women's size 7 and 7 1/2 -- you'll find bargains at the event. Mephisto specializes in handmade walking shoes. Michael La Moria at Mephisto Newport Beach says Mephisto is one of 5% of shoe companies that still manufacturer shoes by hand. "This feature allows the shoes to be torn apart and entirely recrafted at a facility in the U.S. that takes the shoe down to the leather uppers," La Moria said.
July 29, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- It was the first time Judy Wheeler had ever entered a contest, so capturing first place with a chance to go on to the state fair finals and win $1,000 was the thrill of a lifetime. While cooking has always been a love of hers, the 42-year-old Costa Mesa resident, in her fourth semester of culinary school at Orange Coast College, has recently decided to go pro. "I've always enjoyed cooking," she said. "My mother wasn't the most imaginative cook, so I had to be."