July 5, 2013
Newport Beach earned recognition from the Assn. of California Cities Orange County last week for its completion of a major dredging project, its public art program and its efforts to cut back on paper printing. "I am very proud of the recognition by our peers and community leaders of the innovations underway in Newport Beach," Mayor Keith Curry said in a statement. "The recently completed bay dredging project was done at a savings of more than $10 million through our partnership with the Port of Long Beach.
October 15, 2013
Costa Mesa police have arrested a man accused of kidnapping and assaulting his estranged wife, whom he suspected was in a relationship with another man. Martin Neas, 36, allegedly stalked his wife - who had a restraining order against him - and followed her to a drug store in Santa Ana just before midnight Thursday. As the woman tried to leave in her Mini Cooper, Neas pushed her into the car's passenger seat and assaulted her, leaving her with bruises and swelling on her face and leg, police said.
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.
June 9, 2010
Police have identified the three people arrested this week in connection with a Newport Beach bank robbery as residents of Long Beach. Officers arrested Ronald Jordan, 40, Vishani Williams, 31, and Michael Monette, 38, on suspicion of being the three who robbed a Bank of America on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar Tuesday morning armed with guns. Police said Jordan and Monette entered the bank and ordered everyone to the ground while they stole cash. The men escaped in a black Dodge Charger, which police tracked to Huntington Beach, said Newport Beach Sgt. Steve Burdette.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.