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By Bradley Zint | February 6, 2014
It's quaint and colorful, with rows of tiles above the front door that might have been all the rage in the 19th century. And for $875,000, it can be yours. The Station Master's House - believed to be the oldest home in Costa Mesa, save for the Diego Sepulveda Adobe from the 1820s - is up for sale. Though records are inconclusive, local historians say the little abode may have been built as early as 1880. The house itself, made from redwood, is in a "style no longer seen in California," according to its listing with Costa Mesa-based Torelli Realty.
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NEWS
By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives and By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives | January 30, 2014
A Newport Beach grade school teacher who bred snakes as a hobby was arrested Wednesday on animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered more than 400 ball pythons - some alive, many dead - scattered throughout his cluttered home. Animal control officers said it took much of the day to search the five-bedroom home in a Santa Ana neighborhood where residents for months had complained about a foul smell drifting from the home. Investigators said they discovered 404 non-venomous snakes - 180 alive, 224 dead - inside rows of clear plastic containers with labels reading "pastel reaper," "cinny ghost" and "orange belly.
NEWS
By Ruben Vives and Adolfo Flores | January 29, 2014
A Santa Ana house where authorities Wednesday discovered as many as 400 snakes is so littered with cages and rats and snakes - some alive, many dead - that animal control officers said they are still making their way through the cluttered house and haven't thoroughly searched all the rooms. A teacher from Mariners Elementary School in Newport Beach who lived in the house was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of animal cruelty, and authorities obtained a search warrant to scour the home.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | January 28, 2014
Even if the result wasn't that big of a surprise, the cushion by which host Vanguard University defeated Golden State Athletic Conference men's basketball powerhouse Concordia was enough to leave the Lions and their fans giddy. Vanguard, which defeated the Eagles last season at home for the first time in five seasons, dropped a 94-79 thumping on the program that had won six of the last eight GSAC regular-season titles. The Eagles (16-5, 3-2 in conference) also came in ranked No. 8 in the NAIA, four spots ahead of the Lions.
NEWS
January 27, 2014
Sunlight reflecting off a concave makeup mirror caused a couch to catch fire inside a Newport Beach home Monday, according to a news release. The rays streamed through the second-floor window of a residence in the 600 block of Poinsettia and bounced off the mirror, which rested on a fabric loveseat, said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. No one at the Corona del Mar home, but the smoke alarm went off, prompting a neighbor to call the authorities. Seven Newport Beach Fire Department units responded at 10:13 a.m. The couch was the only thing damaged.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 22, 2014
Save for breaking in, how can someone gain entry into a family's home and hear about the experiences that form the tapestry of their lives? By cooking for them - or so Bay Ewald and Nick Nigro, founders of comewecreate, have found. The Costa Mesa couple, self-proclaimed foodies, launched the in-house catering service last summer after picking cooking as their creative outlet of choice. Since word got out, they've served at birthdays, business events and Christmas parties, provided romantic meals for two and even fed people with special dietary needs.
NEWS
January 20, 2014
A vehicle fire in a driveway spread to a home in Costa Mesa early Monday morning, authorities said. Fire crews responded to reports of a vehicle fire at 2203 Wallace Ave. at 3:11 a.m. The fire, which was extinguished in 18 minutes, was limited to a small portion of the garage area of the home, according to a news release. Firefighters believe the blaze began in the engine compartment of the vehicle. There were no injuries reported. Preliminary damage to the vehicle and property is $20,000.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | January 17, 2014
Even in its championship years, including NCAA titles the last two seasons and four of the last seven, the UC Irvine men's volleyball coaching staff has learned that the best-laid plans sometimes need major tweaking. So after his team dropped a pulsating five-set match to defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season champion BYU, 19-25, 34-32, 21-25, 25-19, 15-12, on Wednesday at the Bren Events Center, second-year UCI head man David Kniffin stood calmly and asserted that his quest for the proper plan for this year's success remains, well, just as planned.
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