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By Joseph Serna | March 9, 2010
A Newport Beach woman and her adult daughter are due in court today on charges of committing more than $16 million in real estate fraud by securing property loans for “straw buyers” who wouldn’t control the properties. Sushama Devi Lohia, 71, is scheduled to be arraigned in Orange County Superior Court’s Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. Her daughter Suniti Shah, 48, also of Newport Beach, will be there for a pretrial hearing on dozens of felony counts of conspiracy, forgery, forging documents and grand theft related to their alleged three-year scheme to receive millions in property loans under others’ names.
NEWS
April 9, 2003
Lolita Harper NEWPORT BEACH -- She stares at you from the page. Her eyes are nearly as wide as her smile and wisps of hair fall into them from her ponytail. "I apply glass cleaner to my rashes and minor burns," says a caption near the bikini-clad woman's picture. No, it is not a personal ad, it is an announcement for the Newport Beach Film Festival found on the inside pages of area newspapers. Under her picture lies the question: "What will you take away?"
NEWS
July 31, 2003
Early-morning rain delayed the Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic Wednesday, but when things finally did get underway, it was the title hopes of many Newport-Mesa players that were washed out. With two days remaining in the tournament at Costa Mesa Tennis Center, just nine players from the Newport-Mesa area are still in contention for a singles title. Nine others were eliminated Wednesday. Among those remaining, there are a few familiar faces for those that follow junior tennis.
NEWS
September 3, 2002
Barry Faulkner With five new members of the seven-man coaching staff and 37 of the 55-player roster either having come up from the freshman team, transferred in, returned to the program after at least a year off, or come out for the first time, the new faces more than double the old for the Estancia High football team this year. But, after a painful 0-9 campaign, in which the Eagles were outscored by more than three touchdowns per game, a makeover is, perhaps, just the thing to restore optimism entering the Sept.
NEWS
By: Mike Sciacca | September 2, 2005
As first games go, the Laguna Beach High football team couldn't face a tougher task. Rolling into town for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Guyer Field is Centennial of Compton, a team new to Laguna's schedule. What the Apaches bring is talented athletes, plenty of speed, good size and a potent rushing attack. "This team will be an extremely difficult test for us," Laguna coach Jimmy Nolan said. "They're a tough team." The past two years, Laguna opened the season against Palos Verdes.
LOCAL
October 15, 2009
Prosecutors have upped the charges — from attempted murder to murder — against a Costa Mesa man, Kenneth Leake, 75, who allegedly shot his wife in the head. Doris Leake, 72, his wife of 50 years, died Oct. 8 from swelling in the brain related to the gunshots, the Orange County district attorney’s office said in a news release issued late Thursday. She was shot four times in the head Sept. 21. Kenneth Leake will be arraigned Friday. He faces up to 50 years to life in prison, if convicted.
NEWS
June 10, 2009
A Newport Beach man faces additional time in federal prison for his persistence in tricking people into believing he’s a lawyer, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Harold Goldstein, 64, was released from federal prison May 1 after serving a portion of his seven-year sentence and put on supervised probation. Goldstein had been convicted of mail fraud and making false declarations under oath that he was a lawyer, at one point stealing the identity of a Northern California attorney.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | April 24, 2008
A man police arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing millions through his self-run insurance company faces more than 150 felony counts, according to prosecutors. Anthony David Medina, 36, was arrested in Oxnard on suspicion of defrauding 18 business owners of more than $2.5 million they had paid him to take out insurance policies for their businesses, prosecutors said. Medina is accused of operating Prompt Insurance Agency out of Newport Beach from 2003 to 2006 and taking companies?
LOCAL
March 19, 2009
A 67-year-old Costa Mesa woman faces 49 felonies along with her alleged 45-year-old accomplice on charges that the two capitalized on the ailing economy to con people out of their money. Marianne Curtis was charged with 24 counts of grand theft and 25 counts of violations to California’s foreclosure consultant statutes after prosecutors said she and Mary Alice Yraceburu of Riverdale operated a sham company called Foreclosure Freedom. Authorities said the two sent hundreds of fliers to Californians, promising to help stop home foreclosures.
NEWS
February 18, 2005
A Newport Beach man who owned a mortgage business was arrested Thursday morning on charges he defrauded more than $9 million out of lenders and laundered funds through offshore accounts. Kenneth Christopher Ketner, 57, appeared in Santa Ana Federal Court Tuesday on a 14-count indictment, said Thom Mrozek, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles. Ketner was expected to make the $150,000 bond and be released Thursday night, Mrozek said.
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By Rabbi Marc Gellman | May 2, 2014
Q: Recently, an acquaintance of mine died of cancer. He was a member of a social club to which I belong. I attended the wake in the afternoon, then went home and did nothing rather than attending a meeting at the social club. I'd known a week prior that this man was very ill and felt sad for him and sad about death in general. I'm in my 50s. I have five grandchildren and another son who's not yet married, so I expect I'll want to be here for his children. I look forward to spending time with all the grandkids as they grow and I'm young enough that we can do enjoyable things together.
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NEWS
By Thomas Eastmond | April 18, 2014
When my older son — a kind and gentle soul — started out in sports, he had less than a killer instinct on the field. We worked on playing more aggressively. Finally, one game, I saw him execute the most beautiful open-field block ever. He absolutely leveled his man. Unfortunately, it was a soccer game, not football. For some inexplicable reason (temporary blindness? disbelief that the kind and gentle soul really did just launch another kid into low-Earth orbit?) the referee didn't call foul.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | April 5, 2014
Frances Saldaña is a petite woman with a soft smile and big, kind eyes. But behind her gentle demeanor lies a will of iron that has proved essential to enduring a life of unimaginable tragedy. Saldaña generously shares her story with anyone willing to listen, an act of courage in itself. Yet her decision to speak out, while for the most part an attempt to marshal action against the scourge that has decimated her family, can also be seen as an act of self-preservation. It is perhaps the only truly effective means to keep grief from consuming her. The demon against which Saldaña fights is Huntington's disease, a devastating degenerative brain disorder that robs the ability to walk, talk and reason.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 29, 2014
A proposed ordinance that would ease building requirements for small developments faces its second reading Tuesday before the Costa Mesa City Council. The Small-Lot Subdivision Ordinance would be applied to projects containing up to 15 units in areas already zoned for multi-family housing. City staff contends that the law would "promote affordable ownership housing by providing more flexible development standards" and other maintenance issues for underutilized, multifamily residential lots.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 14, 2014
Seventh-grader Jonathan Barton steadied himself and stared down his target. With a sly smile, the 12-year-old pulled his arm back with the intensity of a Major League Baseball pitcher and launched the aluminum pie tin full of whipped cream through the air and right into his science teacher's face. The entire lunch area erupted in cheers. What would typically be treated as a punishable offense was welcomed at Costa Mesa High School on Friday - also known as Pi Day. "I picked Ms. [Verenice]
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | February 22, 2014
The Newport Beach harbor has long attracted residents and visitors alike. Beyond the allure of the water itself, ample opportunity for entertainment can be found along its shores. There is the Balboa Fun Zone with its iconic Ferris wheel, and a number of restaurants with fresh seafood dishes. Commercial businesses thrive, yacht clubs keep busy and bars fill with patrons. What could be missing? The city needs water taxis to connect the dots, maybe even electric ones, at least according to Mayor Rush Hill, who hopes soon to bring the idea to fruition.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 21, 2014
Prosecutors on Friday added a child pornography charge against a Newport Beach pool maintenance man already accused of sexually abusing seven boys over more than a decade. Christopher Bryan McKenzie, 50, has been behind bars since December 2012, when Newport Beach police arrested him on suspicion of molesting two children. Since then, the Orange County district attorney's office has added accusations from other victims, including boys McKenzie allegedly met while he was a child care volunteer at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 18, 2014
The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night agreed to repeal an ordinance that banned registered sex offenders from city parks without law enforcement permission. The council's unanimous vote comes after state appellate court rulings against similar ordinances adopted by the Irvine City Council and Orange County Board of Supervisors . Costa Mesa is facing its own lawsuit, John Doe vs. City of Costa Mesa, filed in 2012. The Orange County district attorney's office has supported a ban and may be appealing the court decisions to the state Supreme Court, according to city staff.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
A former professional surfer from Newport Beach is facing three felony drug charges filed this month by the Orange County district attorney's office. Christopher Polovina, 35, was in possession of heroin, methamphetamine and Alprazolam - an anti-anxiety drug - when Newport Beach police arrested him Jan. 5, according to a criminal complaint. The former pro is also charged with a misdemeanor count each of being under the influence of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
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By Hannah Fry | January 25, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified District trustees Tuesday night could decide the fate of the Corona del Mar High students accused of participating in a cheating scheme that dates back to April 2013. With the help of a private tutor, Timothy Lance Lai, of Irvine, the students allegedly hacked into the high school's computers to access tests and change grades. Eleven student discipline cases appear on the agenda during the board's closed session, which begins at 4:30 p.m. The district previously would not release a specific number of students involved, only saying it was roughly a dozen.
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