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NEWS
August 18, 2000
Jennifer Kho HARBOR RIDGE -- Priceless antiques were turned into piles of rubble Thursday after an early morning fire gutted a multimillion-dollar home on Ridgeline Drive. "It was a gorgeous house," said Jean Valderheide, mother of Jennifer Cocco, one of the homeowners. "She had all these beautiful antiques, paintings and handmade rugs from Belgium. Everything in there was custom made. They had everything hand painted, even small murals in the children's rooms."
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NEWS
August 3, 2000
Alex Coolman The heavy surf that hammered the coast Monday and Tuesday eased up significantly Wednesday, giving lifeguards and beachgoers a break from the treacherous conditions. Wave heights were around 5 to 7 feet on most local beaches, with a few sets up to 10 feet, said Jim Turner, lifeguard captain for the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department. Rescue activity, which was intense in the early part of the week, dropped off as well. More than 400 rescues were made Tuesday, dropping to about 150 on Wednesday, Turner said.
NEWS
July 8, 2000
Sue Doyle It'll be the kind of weekend that California is famous for: nothing but sunshine in the forecast. That is, after the morning fog lifts. And that's expected to be gone by sunrise. It is expected to be 70 degrees near the beaches and 80 degrees inland today and Sunday, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Clear nights are expected with lows near 60 degrees. And now that the population surge from the Fourth of July has diffused, locals can enjoy extra room on the beaches.
NEWS
July 5, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- Although thousands of people celebrated the Fourth of July by buzzing around town from one event to another Tuesday, overall there were fewer problems than anticipated. Officials chalked up the low incident rate to the four-day weekend, which extended the celebration instead of compressing it into a single day. Plus, the party is over for many who return to work Wednesday. Area beaches swelled with an estimated 95,000 people -- not an overwhelming number for lifeguards, who made 30 rescues.
NEWS
June 29, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- A 17-year-old bodysurfer died inexplicably Tuesday after riding waves at The Wedge, marking Newport's third beach fatality in just two months. Darren Michael Bolton, of Highland, collapsed as he was walking to shore. His friend, who saw him drop, dragged Bolton to a lifeguard tower and flagged down officials, said Capt. Jim Turner of the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department. Lifeguards performed CPR, but Bolton's pulse faded rapidly, Turner said.
NEWS
June 21, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- Whether it's a roaring fire or a small earthquake tremor, these people rush to emergency scenes on a moment's notice. No, they're not firefighters, but ordinary citizens who receive special training through a community program designed to save themselves and others during catastrophic events. The Community Emergency Response Team program, offered by the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department, begins today. People can still sign up for the nine-week course, which will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
NEWS
June 15, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- They came by the hundreds. They waited in long, hot lines. They dug their heels into the ground and didn't leave until they got what they came for. No, it wasn't for a chance to win a million dollars. Or for tickets to a Backstreet Boys concert, or the chance to see a favorite movie star. All the commotion stemmed from Junior Lifeguards, the wildly popular eight-week program that has evolved into a must-do for 9- to 15-year-olds in Newport-Mesa.
NEWS
June 8, 2000
NEWPORT BEACH -- Officials backed off a concentrated search, but continued to patrol the beach Wednesday, looking for any sign of a San Bernardino man who is presumed drowned after a rip current pulled him out to sea Sunday. Willie Earl McFarland, 38, was last seen about 100 yards offshore after three other people caught in the same rip current were rescued. He was swimming between 54th and 56th streets. Lifeguards patrolled the area by land and checked for anything unusual in the water.
NEWS
June 8, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- A Santa Ana-based fund-raising business claiming to raise money for a disabled firefighter association does not share funds with the Newport Beach Fire Department, authorities warned Wednesday. Phone solicitors from North American Charitable Services have reportedly called residents asking for donations and allegedly said the money supported local firefighters, said Lt. John Blauer of the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department.
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- Flames ravaged a two-story townhouse early Tuesday, trapping two women in an upstairs bedroom until firefighters arrived and whisked them to safety. Sarah Weeks, 20, suffered a second-degree burn on her foot and Kristine Arnold, 20, received cuts on one of her toes. Both women were treated at Hoag Hospital and then released, said Lt. John Blauer of the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, which began around 2:10 a.m. on the first floor of the home in the 2500 block of 16th Street.
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