December 4, 2012
A 25-year-old woman pleaded not guilty Monday to helping her then-fiance after he allegedly killed a man from Costa Mesa and a woman from Irvine, court records show. Rachel Mae Buffett, 25, of Long Beach, faces three felony counts of accessory after the fact in connection with the 2010 murders of Samuel Herr, 26, of Costa Mesa, and Juri "Julie" Kibuishi, 23, of Irvine, according to authorities. Her former fiance, Daniel Patrick Wozniak, 28, of Costa Mesa is accused of killing Herr at a theater at the military reserve base in Los Alamitos, dismembering and beheading his remains and leaving his body parts in a Long Beach park.
July 27, 2013
LONG BEACH - It was somehow fitting that the team with the most history behind it came out on top in the inaugural final of the World Series Cup as part of the World Series of Beach Volleyball on Saturday at Marine Green Park. This was, after all, a celebration of beach volleyball's past as much as a postcard to its potential future, with the return of the refurbished Assn. of Volleyball Professionals domestic tour ready to kick off a schedule next week that includes six events in seven weeks.
June 17, 2010
It's one of the tidiest stretches of road in Newport Beach. On one end, Mercedes-Benz hoods gleam in the Fletcher Jones Motorcars lot. On the other, a gated condo development looms from behind tall palms. Jamboree Road, with its wide lanes, absence of retail development and speeding cars, is one of the last places you'd expect to see someone hanging out on the corner. Especially if that man is homeless. For the past month or so, Nate Meador, 50, has been leaning against lampposts between MacArthur Boulevard and Coast Highway.
October 18, 2012
GIRLS' GOLF Pacific Coast League finals BONSALL - Corona del Mar freshman Amy Matsuoka finished with a six-over-par 78 on Wednesday, giving her a two-day total of 154 to qualify out of the Pacific Coast League finals to the CIF Southern Section Southern Individual Regional next week. Matsuoka, the Pacific Coast League MVP, was the lone CdM golfer at San Luis Rey Downs Golf Resort and Country Club advancing to the Southern Individual Regional at Recreation Park Golf Course in Long Beach on Oct. 24. CdM's Emily Turner and Karlie Moses each missed the cut after totaling 180 and 186, respectively.
February 20, 2014
MEN'S BASKETBALL UC Irvine 60, Hawaii 56 (OT) HONOLULU — The visiting Anteaters made nine of 12 free throws in overtime after missing seven of 10 in regulation to earn the Big West Conference win Thursday night. UCI (18-9, 9-2 in conference), scored the first four points of overtime and held on to avenge a 90-86 overtime loss to the Rainbow Warriors at Bren Events Center and retain sole possession of first in the Big West. Luke Nelson had 12 points to lead the winners, for which Mamadou Ndiaye, Will Davis and Chris McNealy had 11 points apiece.
May 1, 2014
WOMEN'S WATER POLO UC Irvine 11, Cal State Northridge 4 LONG BEACH — The top-seeded Anteaters earned their fifth Big West Conference tournament title by thumping the Matadors in the final on Sunday at Long Beach State. Hannah Groghan led the winners (24-7) with four goals to capture tournament MVP honors and senior Jessy Cardey scored twice to move atop the school's all-time scoring list with 218 goals. Cardey's total is one more than Robyn Kaake, who completed her career in 2007.
August 2, 2010
Local architect and longtime Newport Beach resident Alan Smith died July 17, 2010, at home, with his family at his bedside. Al was born in Long Beach to Albert and Ruth Smith in 1931. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1949. He graduated from the School of Architecture at UC Berkeley in 1953. Following graduation Al returned to Long Beach, joining Buffum’s Department Store as an assistant to the store architect, Orson Reynaud. In 1954 Al met and married Mary Dianne Atkinson, also a Wilson graduate.
October 27, 2004
These people have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all suspects, are considered innocent until proved guilty. NEWPORT BEACH Tuesday, Oct. 19 John Donald Shimko, 42, Huntington Beach Wednesday, Oct. 20 Wendy Marie Walker, 26, Newport Beach Jana Michelle Kubicek, 29, Newport Beach Roy E. Brown, 36, Cincinnati Friday, Oct. 22 James Butler Beauchamp Jr., 25, Newport Beach Aleksander Szczesny Toporocicz, 49, Long Beach Mark Glenn Hill, 36, Huntington Beach Saturday, Oct. 23 Gina Danniele Delao, 30, Irvine Shawn Lorraine Dunn, 30, Corona Sunday, Oct. 24 Deanna Wilson Stingley, 55, Irvine COSTA MESA DUIs were unavailable.
December 31, 2012
Maridel Francis Commagère, 95, of Laguna Beach, CA, passed away suddenly in her Laguna Beach home of natural causes on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Known as "Mamie" to her family, she was a fixture of Laguna Beach for 54 years and could often be seen waving from her beachfront balcony or displaying one of her American flags. Born on February 24, 1917, in Spokane, WA, Maridel was the only child of Mary Loraine (Magee) of Daisy, WA, and Delbert Montanye Francis of Butte, MT. In 1930 Maridel moved to Long Beach, CA where she survived the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
June 27, 2013
Multiple media outlets have reported that April Ross, a Newport Harbor High product who won a silver medal in beach volleyball at the 2012 Olympics in London, will partner with three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings for most of the 2013 season. Ross has been playing with Jennifer Kessy, with whom she lost to Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, since retired, in the Olympic final. Ross and Kessy finished second in a Federation Internationale de Volleyball beach event in Rome on Sunday.