November 10, 1999
-- Greg Risling A former Orange County deputy district attorney indicted in a federal drug smuggling case is no longer a defendant in the case. Federal authorities declined to specify the circumstances surrounding the case against 35-year-old Bryan Kazarian for the past several days. Kazarian was one of seven defendants who did not appear at a court hearing Monday. "His case has been disposed of," said Assistant U.S. Attorney James Spertus. "It means he isn't in the case anymore."
March 19, 2009
More than a dozen Newport Beach police officers were recognized for their work in 2008 on Thursday during the department’s annual Police Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Det. Bob Watts was recognized as Officer of the Year and Sgt. Tom Fischbacher was named Supervisor of the Year. Wendy Joe was named Civilian of the Year and Reserve Officer Glen Caldwell was named Reserve Officer of the Year. Paul Heller was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Earning awards for individual incidents, Sgt. John Hougan and Officers Brandon Rodriguez and Dave Syvock were recognized with awards of merit for their response to the Brea and Yorba Linda fires last year, where they performed emergency evacuations with flames dangerously close.
December 18, 2008
A single exhibit at tonight’s art show at the Hurley warehouse in Costa Mesa says it all. It’s a surfboard with a set of 4-foot-tall motorcycle handlebars attached to the top of the deck and a fin on the bottom that’s made out of a saw blade. The board is accompanied by a wetsuit with a zipper in the front and a patch on the back, made to look like a classic Hells Angels denim jacket. It pretty well sums up the mixture of surf and motorcycle culture that makes up the life of Scotty Stopnik, the show’s curator.
October 28, 2001
Deirdre Newman FAIRGROUNDS -- Motorcycle vendors who witnessed a bloody brawl between rival gangs at a swap meet on Friday night said the Orange County Sheriff's Department could have acted more quickly to quiet the melee. "A lot of people got hurt and it probably could have been stopped earlier," said Jon Ericson, one the show's vendors. The fight at the Orange County Fairgrounds broke out at about 8 p.m., three hours after the motorcycle parts show started.
March 2, 2010
Citing a mishandling of evidence by police, an Orange County Superior Court judge this week threw out all gun and drug charges against a man whose home was searched after a Newport Beach bar melee in August 2008. Brian David Heslington, 37, of Costa Mesa, was cleared Monday by Judge Richard M. King after prosecutors declined to give the defense a sealed portion of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant of Heslington’s home in August 2008. Newport Beach police searched Heslington’s home on Aug. 6, 2008, more than a week after police alleged that he and Hells Angels members brawled with members of rival biker gang the Set Free Soldiers at Blackie’s by the Sea, a bar on the Balboa Peninsula.
November 1, 2001
Deepa Bharath FAIRGROUNDS -- Public safety concerns could spur officials here to cancel future motorcycle swap meets after a bloody brawl erupted between rival motorcycle gangs Friday night. Officials have already decided to call off this year's last motorcycle swap meet, which was scheduled to take place Dec. 7. The event was canceled to give officials the time to take the required "public safety measures," said Becky Baily-Findley, the Orange County Fairgrounds general manager.
August 7, 2008
A friend sent me an e-mail the other day that further confirms what we all know — there is a giant reader shift from print journalism to online. The e-mail cited an analysis done by Nielsen Online for the Newspaper Association of America ( www.NAA.org ) claiming that newspaper websites nationwide in the second quarter of 2008 attracted some 66.4 million unique visitors, which accounted for 40.2% of all Internet users. That was a 12.2% increase over last year and evidence of a huge, growing audience hungry for cyberspace news.
December 29, 2001
JANUARY Newport Beach police were handed an unusual assignment when they were asked to get rid of a swarm of killer Africanized honeybees that probably hoped to set up shop atop a trash can on Newport Pier. The killers soon after became the victims after officers summoned exterminators. Those were hard times for Higgens, a lost, yellow Labrador who was spotted by Costa Mesa Animal Control officials roaming the streets after unknown vile hands had spray-painted his coat a bright neon pink.