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September 20, 2000
-- Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Costa Mesa police officers arrested two people early Tuesday on suspicion of breaking in to the Gateway Country store on the 200 block of East 17th Street and stealing computer equipment worth $4,000. Officers arrested Eric Fernandez, 29, and Yvonne Becerra, 25, both of Pico Rivera, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. John FitzPatrick. The two alleged burglars, driving a white Chevy Blazer, were stopped at 2 a.m. Tuesday when officers responding to the store's alarm saw the vehicle speeding away from the scene, FitzPatrick said.
NEWS
October 31, 2004
Man robs Costa Mesa gas station A man robbed a Costa Mesa gas station Friday night, threatening the clerk with what police believe was a simulated gun. The man entered the Mobil gas station at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Gisler Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. Friday, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said. He appeared to check the station for cameras, then re-entered the store with his hands in his pockets pretending he had a gun, FitzPatrick said.
NEWS
March 28, 2004
Three arrested in bust held on bail Three men suspected of running an underground firearms market are being held on bail of $500,000 each by the Superior Court of Orange County and a no-bail hold was also placed on the suspects by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. The three men -- Agustin Perez Razo, 26, of Sacramento; Roberto Rodriguez, 31, of Santa Ana; and Miguel Garay, 28, of Monrovia -- were arrested Thursday outside of Kmart in Costa Mesa on suspicion of selling more than $80,000 worth of black market firearms and illegal drugs, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said.
NEWS
December 6, 1999
A collection of the best quotes from recent news stories. "He's like the father of Corona del Mar." -- Debbie Allen, on her friend Phil Sansone, who is moving to Hawaii. "When I got the lawsuit, I took it very personally. The losses were bitter and heartbreaking." -- Wilma Staudinger, owner of Wilma's Patio, on a lawsuit filed by a disabled man against her restaurant for not having a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. "With everything, if it takes you one hour, it takes me three."
NEWS
September 28, 1999
COSTA MESA -- Police have identified a man arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted rape as the prime suspect in the Sept. 16 rape of a Costa Mesa woman who was forced into a car near Harbor Boulevard and Bay Street. Brian Daniel Laningham, 26, of Westminster was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly gave a 33-year-old Costa Mesa woman a ride and later demanded sex at knifepoint. The woman, who escaped unharmed, pointed him out to police as he drove by the bus stop where he had picked her up. Through their investigation, police now believe that he is the suspect wanted for the Sept.
NEWS
November 1, 2000
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Costa Mesa police officials on Tuesday said they were pleased with a Superior Court judge's decision to throw out a racial discrimination lawsuit filed four years ago by a former officer. Judge Robert Monarch on Friday ruled in favor of the police department, ending the legal battle between the city and former Costa Mesa Police officer Edward Gonzalez. Gonzalez sued the department in 1996, alleging that the Costa Mesa Police Department had wrongfully terminated him because of his race.
NEWS
April 25, 2004
"It's really neat because this was not my idea at all. The kids are the ones that did the cleanup and were appalled by what they found and are seeking to make a difference in their community." -- Scott Morlan, who teaches the surf class as well as geometry and a college prep program at Newport Harbor High School, on a plan by students to petition the Newport Beach City Council to ban smoking on the beach. "Sometimes you see trash and stuff around.
NEWS
April 22, 2004
Deepa Bharath Police suspect the three victims who came forward on Monday with assault allegations were attacked by the same group of men responsible for five other assaults in the Westside since December. Most of the women were walking alone and all but two of the eight reported assaults happened in broad daylight, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said. All of the women were reportedly grabbed as they were walking on Victoria Street and touched inappropriately.
NEWS
October 9, 2004
Motor officer injured in Wilson Street crash A Costa Mesa Police officer was injured when his motorcycle collided with a car on Wilson Street Friday evening. Officer Jose Torres, 39, suffered contusions to the chest in the accident and was taken to Western Medical Center, Officer John Elliott said. He was conscious and talking after the accident, Elliott said. Torres was driving west on Wilson Street, just past Fairview Road, at about 5:30 p.m. when a white Volkswagen Golf turned left in front of him, Elliott said.
NEWS
May 9, 2004
"It was a hitter's paradise today. I've seen this ballpark play like that and enough is never enough." UC Irvine Baseball Coach John Savage on the offensive showing of his team and Northridge because of the warm, windless air. "I don't know what went wrong. Every day, I look back and ask the same question: What could I have done to change this?" -- Don Haidl, Orange County assistant sheriff whose son, about his the multiple criminal charges of sexual assault that his son, Greg, faces.
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By: Dave Brooks | August 13, 2005
An animal shelter and hospital mired in controversy will soon be torn down and rebuilt. The AAA Animal Hospital and the Orange County Humane Society plan to demolish their existing space in Huntington Beach and to build a new, modern hospital to treat and care for pets. Dr. Samir Botros, who owns and operates the hospital, also plans to demolish and rebuild an animal kennel used to house stray cats and dogs. The shelter has a contract with the city of Costa Mesa to care for stray animals.
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NEWS
April 13, 2005
Marisa O'Neil and Alicia Robinson Problems including unsafe kennels, poor drainage, rodent infestation and improperly disposed-of animal carcasses have been rectified at the city's contracted animal shelter, but an oversight committee should keep tabs on the facility, City Council members heard Tuesday. The council held a study session Tuesday to examine what improvements have been made at the Orange County Humane Society in Huntington Beach since former volunteers accused shelter administrators last September of improperly caring for animals.
NEWS
October 31, 2004
Man robs Costa Mesa gas station A man robbed a Costa Mesa gas station Friday night, threatening the clerk with what police believe was a simulated gun. The man entered the Mobil gas station at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Gisler Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. Friday, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said. He appeared to check the station for cameras, then re-entered the store with his hands in his pockets pretending he had a gun, FitzPatrick said.
NEWS
October 9, 2004
Motor officer injured in Wilson Street crash A Costa Mesa Police officer was injured when his motorcycle collided with a car on Wilson Street Friday evening. Officer Jose Torres, 39, suffered contusions to the chest in the accident and was taken to Western Medical Center, Officer John Elliott said. He was conscious and talking after the accident, Elliott said. Torres was driving west on Wilson Street, just past Fairview Road, at about 5:30 p.m. when a white Volkswagen Golf turned left in front of him, Elliott said.
NEWS
July 9, 2004
Deepa Bharath Police and state drug task force members Wednesday afternoon arrested two Costa Mesa residents in their home, where officers found a lab used to manufacture a drug commonly used in date rape, officials said. The bust was initiated by two state agencies, the Orange County Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the Orange County ProActive Lab Group, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said. Costa Mesa police officers assisted with the bust, he said.
NEWS
June 9, 2004
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Defendants in rape trial could still testify Three defendants accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old girl two years ago have "reserved their right" to testify in the trial, a defense attorney said on Tuesday. Prosecutors say Greg Haidl, son of Assistant Orange County Sheriff Don Haidl, Kyle Nachreiner and Keith Spann gang-raped the girl and sexually assaulted her with various objects at the elder Haidl's Corona del Mar home.
NEWS
May 29, 2004
Deirdre Newman A 43-year-old man who allegedly terrorized his parents and had violent run-ins with the police was fatally shot Friday morning by his father, who then shot himself. Norman Hansen, 70, allegedly shot his son David Hansen to death and then turned the gun on himself in the Mesa North house all three shared. David Hansen was described as a "hellion" by neighbors. He has a lengthy police record over the past 20 years and has been arrested several times, said Lt. John FitzPatrick of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Costa Mesa Police had a reunion of sorts on Wednesday night when they arrested a man previously convicted of a series of liquor store robberies in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. He was outside a liquor store when they took him into custody Wednesday. Officers recognized Newport Beach resident Michael Wade Dunkovich, also known as the "Yellow Jacket Bandit," as he pulled into a parking lot at the corner of Adams Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.
NEWS
May 15, 2004
Deepa Bharath A 19-year-old Costa Mesa woman, who told police she was groped by a teenager while shopping at a convenience store, said she is unhappy with the police dropping charges against another teen who was arrested in connection with the incident. Costa Mesa police dropped the case against a 16-year-old boy who was one among a group of four youths involved in the alleged groping incident, which happened May 3 in a 7-Eleven near Victoria Street and Placentia Avenue and was captured in the store's surveillance camera, officials said.
NEWS
May 15, 2004
Deepa Bharath Police officers Thursday fired 13 rounds at a pit bull, which came charging at an officer who was chasing two fleeing teenagers in a residential neighborhood, officials said. Eight of those bullets hit the dog, killing it instantly, police said. The boys had been stopped by a motorcycle officer near the intersection of Princeton Drive and Fairview Road, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick. "One of them was riding a bike without wearing a helmet and the other was riding on the handlebar," he said.
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