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November 15, 2011
A 20-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested on suspicion of displaying a gun and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend as she ate lunch in her car in Costa Mesa, police said Tuesday. Francisco Javier Chavez was arrested at his home after he approached his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend, who was with a 21-year-old male friend, in the 3000 block of Bristol Street, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Phil Myers. Chavez was arrested Saturday, but no gun was ever recovered. — Lauren Williams Twitter: @lawilliams30
January 30, 2012
A Costa Mesa man was arrested after allegedly pointing a handgun at a woman driving past him, police said. Michael Peck, 24, had the emergency lights on in a gray Nissan Ultima in a parking lot in the 2800 block of Bristol Street about 3:07 p.m. Saturday when a woman waved at him asking whether he was going to move his car, Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Phil Myers said Monday. Peck pulled over to the side, and as the 43-year-old Corona del Mar woman began to pass, Peck allegedly pointed a black handgun at her, police said.
By Chuck Cassity | January 17, 2013
Had the Daily Pilot chosen to print my Jan. 9 essay, " Commentary: It's time to arm school personnel," on "gun-free zones" in its entirety, as I had requested of them, instead of leaving more than two-thirds of it on the editing room floor, our community would have had a chance to fully consider a common-sense proposal being embraced by tens of thousands of others to end school shootings once and for all. I proposed that teachers and administrators who...
July 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — A man was taken into custody at John Wayne Airport on Friday afternoon after trying to take a sheriff deputy's gun, authorities said. About 2:45 p.m., an unidentified man in the departure gate area tried to remove the deputy's handgun from its holster, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. The officer "managed to take control" of the man, who was soon taken into custody. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, according to the release.
By Lauren Williams | July 11, 2012
As children rode their bikes to the sound of leaf blowers on Wednesday, Redwood Avenue in Costa Mesa showed few signs that a neighbor had been killed there three days earlier. A child's smiley-faced basketball sat in the front yard, while a skull-and-crossbones doormat rested at the front door of the small house where police say Thomas Michael Wilhelm, 48, shot his former girlfriend and business partner, Christian Marie Murray, 45. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of the headline to this story should have attributed the accusation that Wilhelm stole the gun to his neighbor John Michael.
July 25, 2012
A man arrested by Newport Beach police on suspicion of carrying a loaded, unregistered gun and making threats is expected to be in court Friday for a pretrial hearing, records show. Henry Saxon Learmont, 36, of Castaic is accused of threatening a business associate while at Islands restaurant about 9:30 p.m. July 17, according to Sgt. Joe Cartwright. Upon arriving to the eatery at 1380 Bison St., police found Learmont in the parking lot in possession of a loaded gun and arrested him, Cartwright said.
From the Los Angeles Times | August 1, 2012
A UC Irvine professor accused in a series of arson fires following his son's suicide wrote in emails that he was thinking about getting a dozen machine guns and shooting at least 200 students at his son's high school before killing himself. Upset over his son's suicide, Rainer Reinscheid, 48, in April sent two emails to his wife and another to himself threatening to kill the assistant principal of University High School, shoot hundreds of students and burn the school to the ground in a “firestorm that destroys every single building.” The emails, which were filed in court late Tuesday by Orange County prosecutors, show Reinscheid wrote that he wanted to kill school administrators, sexually assault two female staff members and kill himself in the same spot his 14-year-old son, Claas Stubbe, committed suicide in March.
By Daniel Tedford | April 30, 2008
A Santa Ana teacher and Costa Mesa resident accused of keeping a gun and bullets in her third-grade classroom was charged Tuesday and will be arraigned today, prosecutors stated. Jayne Suzanne DeArmond, 51, had the gun mixed among school supplies in a plastic drawer at Diamond Elementary School, prosecutors stated. Her students found the gun while looking for a staple remover, and the principal was told later, prosecutors said. DeArmond is scheduled to be arraigned 9 a.m. at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. She is charged with one felony count of possession of a firearm on school grounds and one felony count of child endangerment by a caretaker, officials said.
April 24, 2002
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- A state Supreme Court ruling Monday that California's counties and cities may prohibit gun shows at fairgrounds and other public properties, despite laws allowing such events, may not apply to the Orange County Fairgrounds, officials said. The site has featured five gun shows a year over the last 16 years, said Becky Bailey-Findley, general manager and chief executive of the Orange County Fairgrounds. "The attendance for these shows has grown tremendously for these shows over the years," she said.
By Mona Shadia, | September 13, 2010
COSTA MESA — A man shot and killed himself in the parking lot of a local gun shop on Newport Boulevard on Sunday, Costa Mesa police confirmed Monday. Ezra Fee, 34, who had a history of run-ins with the law, shot himself in his truck that was parked at the Grant Boys, 1750 Newport Blvd., said Lt. Rob Sharpnack. A police officer patrolling the area about 4:30 p.m. heard a gunshot and screams coming from the Grant Boys' parking lot. After calling for backup, the officer then approached the Dodge truck and found Fee with a gunshot wound to the chest, Sharpnack said.
March 14, 2014
Re. "Editorial: 'Good cause' needed to carry gun," March 9: The Daily Pilot says that it just doesn't trust "ordinary folks" to carry weapons in public without "good reason. " And the Pilot does not consider a desire to be armed for self-defense — in the absence of a heightened risk — to be a sufficiently good reason. As an expression of a policy preference, that is perfectly understandable. Many sensible people (and a majority of legislators in Sacramento) agree with the Pilot's stance that society as a whole would be safer if ordinary folks were not permitted to carry guns in public except in exceptional circumstances.
March 7, 2014
As you've likely read, the Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to process an increase in applications for concealed-weapons permits. They did this in response to a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that will allow more people to carry guns under their clothing without strong justification. Now, it could be argued, quite accurately, that the board and the sheriff are merely following the law by trying to speed up the processing of some 1,000 pending concealed weapons applications.
By Charlie Brande | March 1, 2014
The Coastal Athletic League of Orange County held its Girls' Volleyball Championships last week at Harbor Day School's Blass Gymnasium. The league is comprised of the local Newport Beach and Huntington Beach schools with a seventh-grade division and an eighth-grade division. There is a weekly league schedule, which starts in December, and the final tournament that is seeded based on the standings of the league. Mike Coleman, Harbor Day School's athletic director, has created an outstanding organized and professional tournament that these young players (and their parents)
By Jill Cowan | February 25, 2014
The Orange County Sheriff's Department may hire temporary staff to help process a flood of concealed-weapons permit applications in the wake of a loosening of the county's gun restrictions . Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced the policy change last week in response to a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate a specific, individualized need...
January 15, 2014
A shotgun found under the passenger seat of a car pulled over by police led to three arrests in connection with a string of burglaries, the Newport Beach Police Department said Wednesday. Christian Whitaker, 21, of Lake Elsinore, Brittany Whitaker, 19, of Murrieta, and Kelsea Blackburn, 20 of Oceanside were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary. They were taken into custody less than a day after a Jan. 9 burglary spree in Newport Beach. Officers pulled the three over for a traffic stop at Dover Drive and Norfolk Lane on Friday afternoon and noticed the firearm, police said in a news release.
By Bradley Zint | December 26, 2013
About a year and a half and some 510 man hours later, there's a cannon again on West 18th Street. Well, it's not technically a cannon, but folks in Costa Mesa have been known to call it that. It's actually a M1902 U.S. Army field gun, built in 1911. Now disarmed, at one time it could fire 3-inch shells. In May 2012, Brenden Fettis of Boy Scout Troop 615 took it upon himself to begin restoring the old weapon for his Eagle Scout project. He got the idea from his dad, Larry Fettis, a recently retired Costa Mesa police officer.
December 24, 2013
A UC Irvine student was sentenced to 40 days in jail and three years' probation after pleading guilty to carrying a loaded gun on campus last month, the Orange County district attorney's office said Tuesday. Manas Moole Reddy, 28, of Irvine was charged with one felony count each of possession of a loaded firearm on a college campus, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, according to the Orange County Superior Court website. Reddy was arrested Nov. 18 at UCI after a female student saw him clutching a handgun.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 20, 2013
A UC Irvine student brought a loaded gun onto campus Monday and was clutching it close to his chest when another student spotted the weapon, a campus representative said. Within 12 minutes of the reported sighting, police had taken Manas Moole Reddy of Irvine into custody not far from the Ayala Science Library, according to UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon. On Wednesday, the Orange County district attorney charged Reddy, 28, with one felony count each of possession of a loaded firearm on a college campus, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 16, 2013
A group of teenagers fought with a Costa Mesa police officer Tuesday afternoon, and one 16-year-old tried to grab the gun from his holster, officials said. The officer was pulled into a scuffle when he responded to a call at a Ralphs grocery store at 380 17th St. at about 2:30 p.m. Police did not identify the officer but said he was the first on the scene when several "uncooperative, hostile" minors were shoplifting, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
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