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May 17, 2011
Peter Adderton has been identified as the local businessman who may try to buy three helicopters and equipment from the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach police departments, the head of Costa Mesa's Airborne Law Enforcement confirmed Tuesday. The Newport Beach resident and former chief executive of the Boost and Amp'd Mobile company is considering buying the aircraft and equipment and leasing flight time back to them, said Sgt. Tim Starn. "We're looking at every option right now," Starn said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 8, 2011
COSTA MESA — Costa Mesa residents will still have a police helicopter overhead after July 1, thanks to a deal with neighboring Huntington Beach. The City Council voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to contract with the Huntington Beach Police Department so that Surf City's helicopter can respond to Costa Mesa calls for $700 an hour through Dec. 31. Council members Wendy Leece and Steve Mensinger dissented. Since the council voted in February to dissolve AirBorne Law Enforcement (ABLE), which it shares with Newport Beach, the program's commanders had searched for a way to keep police aerial coverage aloft.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | December 6, 2010
It is well known that Santa Claus uses a sled, but in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, the jolly old elf got used to traveling by helicopter. Except this holiday season. Santa, like nearly everyone else, is facing budget cuts. For years, the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Police departments took on the cost of the annual arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, said Tim Starn, commander of the AirBorne Law Enforcement Services (ABLE), which serves Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, among other Orange County cities.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
COSTA MESA — The head of Costa Mesa's police helicopter program will continue receiving extra pay to oversee the program's dismantling, city officials said Thursday. AirBorne Law Enforcement commander Sgt. Tim Starn's pay this year is budgeted at $150,116, thanks to specialty pay for being the ABLE commander, a helicopter sergeant and having certification by the state's Police Officer Standards and Training, or POST, commission. He earns about $12,510 a month, or about $1,900 more than a top-tier sergeant in the normal department organization who also has a POST certificate.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 16, 2011
Editor's note: This changes the "or" to "and in the first sentence of the second paragraph. COSTA MESA – In an effort to save police helicopter services, a businessman is considering buying three helicopters and equipment jointly owned by the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments and selling flight time back to the cities, Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer said. By not having to pay for the helicopter and sharing flight time with other Orange County cities, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach would be able to continue the Airborne Law Enforcement Services, or ABLE, that patrol areas that are normally difficult for officers in patrol cars to reach, such as beach communities and wooded areas, and respond quickly to crime scenes.
LOCAL
June 16, 2008
Newport Beach and Costa Mesa safety responders rescued a woman Saturday in Crystal Cove State Park after she fell off her mountain bike and injured her head and facial areas, police said. At about 10:35 a.m., the Newport Beach Police Department received a cellphone call stating that Karen Joyce, 39, had fallen off her bike in a remote wilderness area. Two Costa Mesa officers in a helicopter located Joyce, and Officer Rob Dimel rendered first aid to her, Newport Beach Sgt. Evan Sailor said in a release.
NEWS
April 13, 2009
A Riverside man is free on bail and awaiting possible felony charges after Newport Beach police arrested him, claiming he shined a green laser into a police helicopter cockpit. Bryce Auten, 22, was arrested Friday just before 11 p.m. near Francisco Drive and Tustin Avenue in Newport Beach after a police officer in the department’s Eagle helicopter reported being blinded and disoriented by a light from below, Lt. Craig Fox said. Authorities said the pilot immediately flashed Auten and his friends with their spotlight, sending them on their way. They reported the incident to ground units who found Auten with the laser nearby, Fox said.
LOCAL
April 26, 2008
Costa Mesa police called in a helicopter and extra squad cars to catch a driver who fled the police early Friday, police said. Carlos Ampuero, 26, of Lake Forest, failed to stop when an officer tried to pull him over for driving erratically and having an expired registration, police said. Ampuero side-swiped a parked car and drove for more than a mile, losing the officer who initially attempted to pull him over, police said. A helicopter was called and they got back on the trail, police said.
NEWS
August 8, 2002
I recently graduated from the Newport Beach Police Academy and, as a former hippy, incredibly liberal, flag-waving ranter from the '60s, now as a senior citizen, I have never been more impressed with our police in my life. I have been involved with many. The professionalism, the quality, the caring, the learning edict, the absolute dedication of our police officers in Newport Beach is outstanding, each and every one is a gem. And we absolutely, definitely need the helicopter ("Residents seek quiet on Newport front," July 30)
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 18, 2014
Costa Mesa didn't envision a helicopter guzzling more than 8,000 gallons of water from the carefully engineered lakes it christened last year as part of 37 arces of man-made wetlands in Fairview Park, Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz said. But on Thursday, an Orange County Fire Authority helicopter did just that, swooping down to refill its tank almost two dozen times to help douse a three-acre brush fire in nearby Talbert Regional Park. "It was definitely a convenient thing to have a bunch of lakes," Munoz said.
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NEWS
By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall | November 6, 2013
The Orange County coroner has identified the man who jumped 500 feet to his death from a helicopter as it flew over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday afternoon. Gregory McFadden, 61, of West Covina, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after opening the helicopter door and leaping out, falling about 500 feet to the ocean. Newport Beach police are investigating McFadden's death as a possible suicide. The Orange County coroner's office reported that McFadden “jumped from a helicopter in-flight” and the  Federal Aviation Administration  is reviewing the incident.  McFadden had apparently booked a 30-minute coastal tour for two people but showed up alone, said Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot whose son was flying the chopper.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan and By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan | November 6, 2013
A family member on Wednesday described the man who authorities said jumped from a helicopter mid-flight as a smart and very private person who suffered from health problems near the end of his life. Officials have said they are treating the Tuesday death of Gregory McFadden, 61, as a suicide. McFadden suffered for many years from a medical problem that made it hard for him to sleep well or eat properly, said one of McFadden's three brothers, Bradley, a West Covina lawyer and the city's former mayor with whom he lived for five years.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 12, 2013
A 16-year law enforcement partnership that provided police helicopter patrols to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach touched down for the last time Thursday morning. Representatives from both cities voted to dissolve their agreement to provide police helicopter patrols during the final meeting of the Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE) board at Newport Beach police headquarters. "I think it's important to recognize that [length of service] and thank the great work the men and women in ABLE have done," said Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | April 3, 2013
The search for two Costa Mesa teens who went missing while hiking in Trabuco Canyon stretched into a third day Wednesday, as dozens of civilian volunteers continued to scour the area — a pair of whom got lost themselves. Two searchers out looking for Kyndall Jack, 18, and Nicholas Cendoya, 19, were airlifted out of the canyon, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jason Park. The pair called 911 sometime between 3 and 4 p.m., he said, and dispatchers were able to pass on their coordinates to a helicopter.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 19, 2013
A black helicopter circled closer and closer to the schoolyard at St. Joachim Catholic School in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, prepping to unload its cargo of 2,305 golf balls. Minutes earlier, a group of students had cheered as Elizabeth McNulty showed them a photo of the coastline, proving the aircraft was on its way. "Over Laguna," she said, reading a text from her phone. And then the chopper was there, circling in slowly to hover about 75 feet from the ground. Kids cheered again as a passenger waved and began dumping out three orange tubs full of numbered golf balls.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | November 16, 2012
The weather forecast was cloudy, with a chance of golf balls - and it didn't disappoint. About 2,000 golf balls rained down on Mariners Christian School's athletic field just after noon Friday. "I thought it was pretty awesome and really cool," said third-grader Gabriella Creamer, 9. The Costa Mesa private school hosted its inaugural Helicopter Golf Ball Drop to raise money for student scholarships. Students sold more 2,000 balls at $10 each to raise about $20,000 for Mariners families in need of support, said Carolyn Johnson, advancement specialist.
NEWS
April 28, 2012
For about 30 minutes Wednesday morning, many Corona del Mar residents were focused on Upper Buck Gully, watching as a helicopter picked up and moved into place four metal bridges that are part of a new trail project's final components. The bridges were fabricated offsite and delivered Monday to a lookout parking lot of Canyon Watch Park on San Joaquin Hills Road. About 9 a.m., the helicopter flew in to begin the installation process. In Harbor View Hills South, Spyglass and other neighborhoods, residents stood in their backyards, watching the helicopter fly back and forth to set the bridges on waiting footings that were built late last year.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 23, 2012
The Airborne Law Enforcement agency has tapped two private brokers to sell off what remains of the former police helicopter program. Jack Schafer Aircraft Sales will likely be the first to get a crack at selling ABLE's three police choppers, which were grounded in July after the Costa Mesa City Council voted to stop funding its half of the agency that it shared with Newport Beach. Newport quickly followed suit, and ever since the program, which had a run of 30-plus years, has been slowly shutting down.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — A local developer's proposal to add a helipad on top of an office building next to John Wayne Airport should be scrapped because it would open the door for other businesses to do the same, the Planning Commission recommended this week. In denying Kevin Coleman's request Monday to build a 6-foot helipad on top of an office building at 3132 Airway Ave., commissioners said they are avoiding setting a precedent and expanding the airport's perceived "footprint" on Newport-Mesa.
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