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By Jennifer Bauman | April 20, 2010
A variety of companies, two universities and a hospital received recognition as Orange County’s 10 most trusted brands at the first Trust Summit, sponsored by a Newport Beach-based business magazine and an advertising firm. Honorees received etched plastic cubes designed to symbolize the transparency required to earn customer loyalty. Orange County’s most trustworthy brands include Disneyland, Mother’s Market, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and In-N-Out Burger.
By Joseph Serna | March 10, 2010
A Newport Beach police officer was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend in Los Angeles County, according to arrest records provided Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol. Monica Aguilar was arrested Friday night on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Crenshaw Boulevard in Arlington Heights, a Los Angeles neighborhood. Aguilar was pulled over about 9:25 p.m. for driving with tinted windows, according to the CHP. While talking to her, the officer reported noticing signs that Aguilar was intoxicated and gave her a field sobriety exam, said CHP Officer John Harris.
By Britney Barnes | March 2, 2010
More than 40 years after the incident, the 8-year-old girl with pigtails is now a woman. On Tuesday, she sat across from her attacker in a Santa Ana courtroom, testified against him and then listened as he apologized for his actions. Newport Beach resident Tali Shapiro, who willingly identified herself and discussed the case with the media after providing her testimony, was lured into Rodney James Alcala’s car and sexually assaulted by him in 1968. Alcala, 66, was found guilty Thursday of the murder and kidnapping of a 12-year-old Huntington Beach girl in 1979 and four Los Angeles women in the 1970s.
By Joseph Serna | February 18, 2010
John Canalis, most recently with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, will begin Monday as the new editor for the Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, Times Community News executives announced. Canalis, 38, will oversee the production of the three papers in print and online. He’ll also oversee the youth sports website GameON OC, the staff blog OC Now, and lead Times Community News in its partnership with the Orange County Local News Network.
By Joseph Serna | January 8, 2010
A Costa Mesa man and his co-defendant are scheduled to go on trial Jan. 19 for allegedly shooting and kidnapping a man and holding him for a $1-million ransom in Los Angeles County, prosecutors said Friday. Vagan Adzhemyan, of Costa Mesa, and Galvin Shaun Gibson, of Mira Loma, face life in prison if convicted of federal kidnapping charges, among others, for the July kidnapping of a Russian man. A third man, Suren Garibyan of North Hollywood, pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to his role in the plot and faces 17 years and six months in prison as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
By Brianna Bailey | January 4, 2010
David H. “Debonair Dave” Clark was tired of his friend’s wife nagging him to find a job, so he shot her in the back yard of the couple’s Costa Mesa home on Nov. 11, 1953, while his friend slept. An unemployed, former Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, Clark had been sleeping on George and Rose Blair’s couch at their home in the 200 block of Palmer Street for six months at the time of the shooting, according to historical news accounts. Clark had been acquitted of two other murders, and had gone through two divorces, a string of jobs, and a whole lot of liquor since he left the district attorney’s office in 1931 for an unsuccessful run for municipal judge.
By James P. Gray | January 2, 2010
While contemplating the gathering of information to prepare for my 2009 income tax returns, I started thinking about all of the different and creative ways governments come up with to impose taxes on all of us. Worse yet, most of the time we are not really even aware of the extent of that taxation. Have you thought about all of the occasions in our daily lives that the governments reach their hands into our wallets? Obviously there are income taxes, where some people think the process of withholding money from our paychecks has made this tax less painful, and others feel the lost interest increases the pain.
November 19, 2009
A teenager suspected by Newport Beach police of being the lone gunman that got away during a search last month near Fashion Island was killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, authorities confirmed. Dalton Rahman, 18, was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriffs SWAT team members when he wrested a gun away from one of them as they tried to arrest him, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s department Nov. 6. Newport Beach police said Rahman was the man who eluded capture in early October, when officers went to a parking lot near Fashion Island where three men were reported acting suspiciously.
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