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July 29, 2000
Alex Coolman BALBOA ISLAND -- Sitting on the sand in front of South Bayfront, the unadorned hull of a laser sailboat looks almost comically simple. About 12 feet long, just a few feet wide and done up in cheerful red plastic, it looks more like a toy than a serious nautical machine. But Robbie Rader, an instructor for Balboa Island Yacht Club, said the looks of a laser are a little deceptive. Although it's a good boat for young sailors and beginners, its efficient simplicity also makes it a speed demon when the conditions are right, he said.
LOCAL
April 23, 2009
A 37-year-old man from Orange has been convicted of shining a laser at two jet planes approaching John Wayne Airport last year. He’s the first in the nation to be convicted in a jury trial, according to federal prosecutors. Dana Christian Welch was convicted Wednesday of two felonies. He faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each count. Welch intentionally aimed the hand-held laser at two Boeing 7-series jets May 21, according to prosecutors. The United Airlines jet had more than 180 passengers and crew members on it and the Alaska Airlines plane had more than 80 aboard.
NEWS
March 14, 2009
Police arrested a 19-year-old Costa Mesa man Friday for allegedly waving a laser pointer into the cockpit of a police helicopter. Adam Christopher Andrews, 19, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Rosemary Place after he shone a hand-held laser into the cockpit of a Costa Mesa police helicopter flying a routine patrol of the area, said Lt. Craig Epperson. The helicopter’s flight was not disrupted by the incident, he said. “There’s been a number of incidents where police officers and commercial aircrews have had their vision affected by lasers pointed at them,” Epperson said.
LOCAL
May 23, 2008
A Costa Mesa police helicopter was called to find a person commercial airline pilots had complained was flashing a laser into their cockpit during landing, police said Thursday. At about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday the Costa Mesa police helicopter crew spotted where the laser was coming from in the city of Orange, Sgt. Bryan Glass said. Officers relayed the information to Orange police, but they were unable to locate anyone that night. Thursday morning Orange police searched parolee Dana Welch’s home in the area that Costa Mesa police identified and found two laser devices, Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams said.
LOCAL
December 28, 2007
When police are searching for someone pointing a laser at airplanes, it might not be the best decision to point the laser at the helicopter searching for the culprit. But that?s what authorities said a teenager in Newport Beach did. Newport Beach Police arrested a 15-year-old Las Vegas resident on Christmas after the boy had been out using his new present, police said. He pointed it at a SkyWest plane, and the pilot notified John Wayne Airport traffic controllers, police said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 26, 2009
A Newport Beach man was sentenced to two years in prison Friday and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands in restitution to a local apartment complex association that he had been stealing from when he was its leader. Peter Kontos, 36, pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to grand theft, 39 counts of forgery and 64 counts of money laundering. In 2003, Kontos was the president of the Villa Point Condominium Assn. in Newport Beach. While president, Kontos forged the treasurer’s signature on 39 checks that he gave to various contractors, who would then cash them and kick back to him most of the money.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 18, 2008
In an alleged bizarre back-room deal between a customer and a Costa Mesa nail salon employee, prosecutors are charging the employee with practicing medicine without a license for allegedly using a laser to try to flatten her customer’s plastic surgery scar and then sprinkling antibiotics on it after it became infected. Tuyet Luong, 36, of Anaheim, faces up to six years in prison if convicted of practicing medicine without a license and causing great bodily injury after she used a laser on one of her clients.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | July 30, 2007
A warm calm wind pushed a school of 57 little sailboats through Newport Harbor and into the annals of Newport's sailing history books. The competitors in the 72nd Annual Flight of the Lasers race will have the honor of being listed among the many sailors, past and present, who have participated in the yearly race since it's inception in the 1930s. The wind was calm — never going above 10 m.p.h. — but it was plenty of power to keep the small 12-foot Laser sailboats scooting along.
NEWS
April 13, 2009
A Riverside man is free on bail and awaiting possible felony charges after Newport Beach police arrested him, claiming he shined a green laser into a police helicopter cockpit. Bryce Auten, 22, was arrested Friday just before 11 p.m. near Francisco Drive and Tustin Avenue in Newport Beach after a police officer in the department’s Eagle helicopter reported being blinded and disoriented by a light from below, Lt. Craig Fox said. Authorities said the pilot immediately flashed Auten and his friends with their spotlight, sending them on their way. They reported the incident to ground units who found Auten with the laser nearby, Fox said.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 23, 2014
ORANGE - Upsets had been trending at the California Community College Athletic Assn. men's volleyball state championship, but heavily favored Orange Coast College upset that run by sweeping Irvine Valley in the semifinals at Santiago Canyon Community College. "Thank God it wasn't a trend," OCC Coach Travis Turner said after his squad (19-1) dispatched IVC, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20, for the third sweep of the Lasers (13-8) this season. Santa Monica (14-6), the third-place team from the Western State Conference, posted a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 semifinal upset of WSC champion El Camino (15-5)
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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 12, 2013
Andy Roddick might have thought that it would be the end of grueling travel schedules when he retired from professional tennis last September. That hasn't entirely been true for Roddick, the former world No. 1 and 2003 U.S. Open champion. This week has been jam-packed for him as he plays Mylan World Team Tennis, with six matches in six nights. The last match on Roddick's schedule is Saturday night at 7, when he and the Springfield Lasers visit the Orange County Breakers at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson | October 20, 2012
Tom Pestolesi is no newbie. He coached volleyball for 15 years in high school before starting the volleyball program at Irvine Valley College in 1991. But with more than 30 years of coaching experience, Pestolesi is the first to admit he is still learning. Pestolesi's women's volleyball team started out 6-0 this season before stumbling a bit early in Orange Empire Conference play. The Lasers, ranked No. 5 in the state earlier this season, went 3-3 in their first six conference matchups, and their state ranking fell to No. 14. Pestolesi, himself an All-American volleyball player at the University of Hawaii 40 years ago, blames himself for the team's recent struggles.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | July 25, 2012
UC Irvine will open its first clinical building since 1988 with the completion of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. The institute aims to provide educational programs, technologies and patient health solutions to aide visual wellness and performance. With the foundation of the building nearly done, supporters and employees celebrated Tuesday with a "topping-off" ceremony. The clinic itself will open next summer. The ceremony, led by James Mazzo, president of Abbott Medical Optics Inc., honored Gavin Herbert, Roger's Gardens owner, for his contributions, and informed attendees on what to expect from the new institute.
SPORTS
July 16, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The Orange County Breakers' fell Monday to host Springfield, 20-17, in overtime. The Breakers (2-3) fell behind 10-2 after mixed doubles and women's singles but won the next three sets. John-Patrick Smith defeated Amir Weintraub, 5-4, in men's singles, and Lindsay Davenport and Anna-Lena Groenefeld topped Timia Babos and Maria Sanchez, 5-2, in women's doubles. Smith and Travis Parrott beat Devin Britton and Weintraub, 5-3, in men's doubles to send the match to OT, but Britton and Weintraub won the first overtime game to end it. Springfield is 1-6. Orange County visits the Boston Lobsters on Tuesday.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | April 24, 2012
IRVINE - At 30-4-1, the Orange Coast College baseball team surely knows how to win. When it comes to celebrating, however, the No. 1 team in the state showed its inexperience on Tuesday after clinching the program's first outright Orange Empire Conference title since 1987. Following the last out of OCC's 7-2 road triumph over Irvine Valley, there was a brief hesitation before the players in the dugout jogged onto the field and helped form a crowd around relief pitcher Bijan Rademacher in front of the mound.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | January 7, 2012
SANTA ANA - The Irvine Valley College men's basketball team opened up Orange Empire Conference play Friday night against Santa Ana College, and it was a good thing the game wasn't scored on style points. Santa Ana likes to drag its opponents into the dirt and make it a scrap, and Friday's matchup certainly was grimy. Irvine Valley (14-3, 1-0 in conference) made just 16 of 56 field goal attempts (28.6%) including a dismal one for 20 from beyond the three-point line, but still managed to emerge on top with a 46-40 victory.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | October 15, 2011
Breaking up was hard to do for Annie Kim, but getting back together has been that much sweeter. Kim and volleyball are together again, a harmonious reunion that is commencing at Irvine Valley College, where the Lasers are ranked No. 18 in the state and Kim is a big part of it. Her play in IVC's victory over No. 7-ranked Fullerton earlier in the week was pivotal at a pivotal point in the season. A 5-foot-8 outside hitter, Kim had 15 kills, three blocks and two aces while hitting .320 in the match.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 4, 2011
COSTA MESA - The referee turned to the Orange Coast College sideline to say something to Coach Kevin Smith, who sat on the bench with his men's soccer team down one goal late. "A minimum of three," the ref said. "Three what?" someone asked on the bench. The three was for the minutes left in the match on Tuesday. In a matter of seconds, the three turned out to be the third goal Irvine Valley College put away to rally and beat the host Pirates, 3-1. The Lasers scored at the start of stoppage time of the Orange Empire Conference match, which got away from OCC in the final 22 minutes.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | September 10, 2011
"It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game" is an old sports adage, maybe outdated in today's "win-at-all-costs" era. But at Irvine Valley College, women's soccer Coach Simon Davies is old school. He has to be. The Lasers play in the extremely tough Orange Empire Conference in the competitive Southern California area. So after a year in which his team went 5-16, including 3-13 in the conference, Davies keeps it all in perspective. Ask Davies how he will turn around the fortunes of his club and he jokes: "Pray harder to the soccer gods.
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