September 15, 2007
An Anaheim woman who says her Muslim beliefs require her to cover her head in public has sued the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after jail officials forced her to remove her head scarf when she was in jail for about eight hours. The ACLU attorney representing her said jail officials ordered Souhair Khatib to remove the hijab because it could be used to choke someone. Do you think jail officials should change their policy and allow for head coverings for Muslims? There is no question the Orange County Sheriff’s Department should change its policy to allow a practicing Muslim woman to maintain her religious convictions by wearing the hijab.
November 17, 2004
Marisa O'Neil An Orange County Superior Court judge on Tuesday sent Greg Haidl, the 19-year-old son of former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, to jail to await retrial in a high-profile gang-rape case. Judge Francisco Briseno revoked Greg Haidl's bail Monday after ruling that he violated two conditions of his $100,000 bail when he got into an alcohol-related traffic accident Oct. 30. Briseno considered temporarily posting two sheriff's deputies at South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach, where Greg Haidl is bring treated for depression.
February 8, 2008
Costa Mesa police arrested a man after residents complained he was breaking into homes, but investigators suspect he was a transient seeking only shelter. Preston Woods, 25, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and prowling on others’ property and is in custody in Orange County jail, police said. Police were alerted to a suspicious man who entered at least three homes starting about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Lt. Paul Dondero said. Homeowners scared him off, Dondero said. When police spotted the man in the 2500 block of Cornerstone Place, Woods said he was homeless and looking for food and a warm place, police said.
July 30, 2013
Four Orange County men were sentenced Monday for their participation in a real estate investment scam that took an estimated $130,000 from hundreds of victims, prosecutors said. Justin Dennis Koelle, 23, of Costa Mesa, was sentenced to nine months in jail and five years of formal probation, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Dominic Adam Nolan, 32, of Irvine, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of formal probation. Jacob John Cunningham, 26, and John D. Silva, 28, both of Irvine, each received sentences of eight months in jail and five years formal probation.
February 24, 2012
Despite being sentenced to 60 days in jail Thursday, former Newport-Mesa Unified Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard should be released no later than about the middle of next month, records show. Hubbard is set for release March 16, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Information Center. He was given a one-day credit from when he was initially booked. However, because of severe jail overcrowding, many nonviolent offenders are released after serving only a few days, so it is unclear whether Hubbard will be detained even until mid-March.
May 22, 2005
ROBERT GARDNER EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily Pilot has agreed to republish The Verdict, the ever-popular column written for many years by retired Corona Del Mar jurist and historian Robert Gardner, in exchange for donations to the Surfrider Foundation. This particular column was originally published March 27, 1993. It was a good thing for Hodge and Budge that a certain federal judge wasn't around when they were running the Newport Beach and Orange County jails.
October 3, 2007
The number of people at the Costa Mesa jail suspected of immigration violations dropped in September after peaking in June, immigration officials said. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent working at the city jail flagged 38 people as suspected illegal immigrants last month, officials said. A total of 463 people have been flagged for possible immigration violations since an agent was placed at the jail in December. The agent checks the immigration status of people who are booked at the jail on suspicion of other crimes.
January 14, 2012
Morningside Recovery President Raymond Jeffrey Yates pleaded guilty Friday to spousal injury, according to court records. While the exact terms of the sentencing were unavailable Saturday, Yates could face up to three years of probation, court-ordered participation in a batterers' treatment program and jail time. Yates, 44, of Newport Beach, was arrested in early December relating to a Dec. 4 dispute he had with his wife at their Dover Shores house in the 1900 block of Commodore Road, according to the Daily Pilot.
October 13, 2011
A 55-year-old Costa Mesa man died while in the sheriff's custody, authorities said Thursday. Stephen Douglas Mott was suffering from chronic medical issues when he was taken to West Anaheim Memorial Hospital. In a news statement the sheriff's department said there was no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Mott was taken to Orange County jail by Costa Mesa police Tuesday on suspicion of burglary and petty theft, according to a release from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
February 15, 2007
Numbers from city's jail are alarming The latest figures regarding the criminal activity of illegal immigrants booked into the Costa Mesa jail shows how widespread criminal activity is among illegal immigrants, ("Immigration charges up for month," Jan. 30) Multiply the 58 people who were booked in January by the thousands of communities in the United States and the number is alarming, and the cost of processing them through the justice system is staggering. I commend Mayor Allan Mansoor for his efforts to enforce the law. RICHARD STOTT Newport Beach Keep up the good work of keeping people safe I think they're doing a great job, and I hope they keep it up. I just hope they get all these criminals off the streets and also get these people that are here illegally back to their countries of origin.