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By: Elia Powers | July 31, 2005
Newport Beach resident Bob Benish spent much of his career in the air, carrying cargo for businesses and passengers for pleasure. He was known in Orange County as the man behind SanTana Helicopter, a one-person company that took on specialty flying missions. "He flew every day," said Dola Miller, who was married to Benish. "It was something he loved." Benish's family moved from Iowa to Long Beach, where Benish attended high school and community college.
March 24, 2003
Paul Clinton Ceradyne Inc.'s Costa Mesa headquarters is working overtime to supply helicopter and body armor to the U.S. military, as it rolls through Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein. With the war machine in full gear, the company has been working feverishly seven days a week to crank out its ceramic armor for the H-60 Black Hawk helicopter, as well as the soldiers on the ground. "Right now, we're on top of everything," said Joel Moskowitz, the company's chairman and chief executive.
August 4, 2004
Marisa O'Neil The Cost Mesa Police Department had a busier-than-usual station Tuesday, but it wasn't because of a sudden spike in crime or in new officer recruits. They opened their station to the neighborhood, and residents came for the department's sixth annual National Night Out -- the first hosted at the station. The annual public safety event encourages people nationwide to help prevent crime by locking their doors, leaving an outside light on and getting out to meet other community members.
May 13, 2001
Jennifer Kho NEWPORT BEACH -- Police had to call in extra officers to deal with former NBA player Dennis Rodman's 40th birthday party Saturday. "At last count there were a couple hundred people there, described as flocking to the place like cockroaches to a bread crumb," Sgt. Mike McDermott said. More than a half dozen officers were called out to Rodman's home in the 4800 block of Seashore Drive at different times and McDermott said that six to eight more officers were deployed in the area just in case they were needed.
March 20, 2004
Here are some ways to trim the fat in Costa Mesa Budget time is approaching for the city of Costa Mesa, and spending seems to exceed revenue. Several letters on the Forum pages have suggested ways to address this shortfall. Here are a few more suggestions from a 20-year resident of the city. When I was the president of a 1,000-person international aerospace company, faced with an extremely large cut in defense spending, what had to be done was never a question.
May 31, 2002
Deirdre Newman Corona del Mar High School senior Brandon Lewis laid on the ground splattered with blood. The black Honda he had been riding in had just been hit by a drunk driver. When the paramedics came, they pronounced him dead on arrival, zipped him up in a body bag and drove him off in a white hearse. Although the crash was a reenactment and Lewis was just acting as a victim, the episode served as a brutal reminder of the savage effects of drunk driving.
August 7, 2002
Inasmuch as I appreciate the fine job that our Police Department does, the issue of helicopter noise is one that needs to be addressed ("Residents seek quiet on Newport front," July 30). I am awakened regularly at all hours of the night with the police helicopter buzzing our house but rarely, if ever, read about any crime in the area that would justify this type of taxpayer expense and regular sleep disruption. With the increase in noise from lawnmowers, leaf blowers, boomboxes, motorcycle mufflers and sirens (read: more people)
October 13, 2007
Costa Mesa Emergency Services workers will show their stuff for the 2007 Expo at Fire Station No. 4, next to Estancia High School, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The demonstrations allow residents to get a first-hand view of fire extinguishment, a high-rise rescue and a police dog exercise. Newport Beach police and firefighters will entertain guests at a ?Public Safety Day? from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Newport Center Fire Station and Police Headquarters. Guests are invited to take tours of the stations.
March 14, 2009
Police arrested a 19-year-old Costa Mesa man Friday for allegedly waving a laser pointer into the cockpit of a police helicopter. Adam Christopher Andrews, 19, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Rosemary Place after he shone a hand-held laser into the cockpit of a Costa Mesa police helicopter flying a routine patrol of the area, said Lt. Craig Epperson. The helicopter’s flight was not disrupted by the incident, he said. “There’s been a number of incidents where police officers and commercial aircrews have had their vision affected by lasers pointed at them,” Epperson said.
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.
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