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By Joseph Serna, | July 1, 2010
Stephen David Royds, a convicted drug dealer who kept his girlfriend's body preserved on dry ice in a swank Newport Beach hotel room for a year, has returned to his native New Zealand after being released from prison, federal officials said Thursday. Royds, 49, was paroled in May after serving more than a year and a half of a four-year sentence for felony drug charges. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported him June 25, ICE officials said. Royds, who went by the nickname "Kiwi," was arrested in March 2008 by Newport Beach police officers.
By Michael Alexander | September 7, 2007
It was a crowd that laughed. More than 50 people gathered near the No. 7 lifeguard tower in Huntington Beach Thursday night. While the occasion was an unexpected death of Richard Kurtz a man who made friends in Huntington Beach and in Hollywood for almost 30 years, the mood was more about celebration than loss. And when 10-year roommate Bill Flynn joked about Kurtz’s mannerisms — the way his stories would trail off with “yadda yadda,” or the way a request for a place to stay a few weeks might stretch into years — everyone at least chuckled.
By Candice Baker | September 25, 2009
Ask many longtime area residents which civic decisions they most regret, and the demolition of the Golden Bear is likely to be high on their list. The now-legendary music venue, a former haunt of musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Buffett, stood for more than 60 years in downtown Huntington Beach. From its beginnings as a restaurant in the 1920s, it morphed into a celebrated concert hall before to its sudden closure due to building instability — and redevelopment pressures — in 1986.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 28, 2013
HUNTINGTON BEACH - The high school boys' volleyball showdown between Newport Harbor and host Huntington Beach began earlier than expected on Thursday. It finished that way, too. The match that featured undefeated Sunset League teams ended with the Oilers sweeping it 25-17, 25-23, 25-14. They can relax now and look forward to their upcoming spring break. They're 3-0, perfect in league. They're also going away to a perfect place during their break. While the Oilers travel to Honolulu for the Kamehameha Cup, a three-day tournament, the Sailors are staying home.
By Jill Cowan and Lauren Williams | August 6, 2013
Friends and family of a Huntington Beach motorcyclist killed in a Costa Mesa crash over the weekend remembered him as fun, generous and passionate about riding at a Monday evening vigil. Chad deLorm, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene following a collision at 3:43 p.m. Sunday, near the Mesa Verde Shopping Center, authorities said. He was heading east on Adams Avenue, just past Royal Palm Drive, when a woman in a 2005 Honda Civic turned left in front of him near the driveway of the Souplantation, Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott said in a news release.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 8, 2014
There was a buzz at Newport Harbor High on Tuesday. The bees swarming the visiting dugout in the top of the fifth inning didn't create all of it. All the rage was the triple play Huntington Beach turned in the bottom of the fourth, helping the Oilers dodge yet another offensive threat. In the next inning, bees forced all the Oilers to drop to the ground in the dugout, and the batter on deck and the one in the batter's box. The bees appeared to have posed more of a hindrance to the Oilers than the Sailors did. No one on the Oilers' side got stung, just the Sailors when it came to their inability to produce with runners in scoring position.
October 30, 2012
The Mater Dei High boys' frosh/soph water polo team captured the championship of the Gray Lunde Memorial Tournament in Newport Beach Saturday. The Monarchs defeated Huntington Beach in the final. Mater Dei beat Corona del Mar in a semifinal match, 4-2. Newport Harbor beat CdM, 6-3, for third place. The Mater Dei championship team includes Newport Beach residents Luke Wyatt, Ford Secrist, John Taschner, Ben Seybold, Ben Teishied, Colin Davis, Matt Brennan, Spencer Carroll and Peter Seidner.
By Steve Virgen | October 9, 2012
Chuck Finley, a former Major League star pitcher best known for his time with the Angels, says he likes to keep himself busy these days. The 49-year-old Newport Beach resident enjoys playing in charity golf events. He's all for doing autograph signing events, like the one he did Saturday at the new Dick's Sporting Goods in Huntington Beach. Finley also spends time working with young pitchers and helps them develop to hopefully pursue an opportunity on the college level. Some of the young hurlers are friends' kids, he said.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 27, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Outside of the Newport Harbor High gym, a woman gave Huntington Beach Coach Craig Pazanti two gifts. She handed him special drinks. "I don't know what it is," Pazanti said of the yellow liquid in the plastic bottles. "I don't ask either. " Pazanti likes the drink so much he could've bathed in it Friday night. It was time for him and his boys' volleyball team to celebrate. The Oilers preferred a drink made of mangoes, peaches and oranges to Gatorade after they rallied to win the outright Sunset League title.
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