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By Barry Faulkner | June 12, 2013
Ben Orloff, the most decorated player in UC Irvine baseball history, retired as a professional player on Friday, in the middle of his fifth minor-league season with the Houston Astros organization. Orloff, who won the Brooks Wallace Award that goes to the nation's top shortstop, was Big West Conference Player of the Year, won Rawlings and American Baseball Coaches' Assn. Gold Glove awards and was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2009, went four for five in his final game on June 4. In 41 games and 131 at-bats this season for the Corpus Christ Hooks of the Double-A Texas League, Orloff hit .298 with 11 runs batted in, 20 runs and five stolen bases.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
COSTA MESA — A man was arrested on suspicion of selling Ecstasy to minors at the Shark Club, police said Tuesday. Israel Soriano, 26, of Santa Ana, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale and child endangerment after his arrest Friday night, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Bryan Glass. The Shark Club, 841 Baker St., was hosting an event for teenagers ages 14 to 18 that evening, a local parent said. Glass confirmed that the event was for minors. Police believe that the substance was Ecstasy, but a lab will be needed to confirm their suspicion.
LOCAL
March 24, 2010
Over the last two months Costa Mesa police have arrested 20 people through seven undercover alcohol law enforcement stings. Thanks to a grant from California Alcoholic Beverage Control, police have conducted several types of stings throughout the city since the beginning of the year. Officers have targeted both on-sale and off-sale locations, meaning businesses that sell alcohol to drink on the premises like a restaurant, or to take elsewhere like a liquor store. Police have ticketed five people for violations including selling alcohol to a minor.
LOCAL
December 15, 2009
Three restaurants and a bar in Costa Mesa were cited last week for serving alcohol to a person younger than 21, police said Tuesday. As part of a state Alcohol Beverage Control grant, Costa Mesa police during the next seven months will be doing various checks on alcohol establishments for signage or cleanliness violations, and conducting undercover stings to see if they sell to minors. The enforcement is meant to reduce alcohol sales to minors, obviously intoxicated patrons, or minors getting adults to buy them liquor and beer, among other reasons.
NEWS
June 14, 2012
With the school year ending, Newport Beach police this summer will again step up enforcement of the city's curfew for minors. Curfew for children younger than 18 is enforced from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Increased enforcement is set to begin Friday, according to a statement from the Newport Beach Police Department. After-hours crimes committed by juveniles are up slightly, which has necessitated the need to increase curfew patrols, police said Thursday. In addition, police said, they want to protect minors from becoming crime victims.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Newport Beach police plan to concentrate on curfew violations in May. The effort is aimed at educating parents and minors about the dangers of being out late and preventing kids from becoming crime victims, police said in a press release. A city ordinance prohibits minors from being unaccompanied by adults in public places between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. —Lauren Williams Twitter: @lawilliams30
NEWS
June 14, 2011
Newport Beach police on Friday will ramp up enforcement of the city's 10 p.m. juvenile curfew. Officers are responding to an increase in thefts committed by minors, the Police Department said in a Tuesday press release. Plus, with school letting out for summer soon, more children are expected to be out and about. Police often see an uptick in thefts committed by minors during school breaks, including those in spring and summer, said Sgt. Steve Burdette. Curfew is 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
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By Lauren Williams | May 10, 2013
About 11 p.m. Thursday, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Pat Wessel and Officer Jason Chamness eyed two teens skateboarding down the alley that borders the Placentia Avenue fire station on the Westside. As the officers pulled up, the smell of pot emanated from the area, indicating the teens may have been getting into trouble. Police found a blue, prescription-style bottle containing marijuana in one of the youth's backpacks. They also learned one of the skaters was 17 and out past curfew. Officer David Sevilla phoned the boy's mom, notifying her of the location where she could pick up her son, before taking him to a drop-off point in Orange.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
Corona del Mar High School students and parents were warned over the weekend about the punishment for distributing and possessing "compromising photos of a minor. " School Resource Officer Vlad Anderson, in an email sent out Saturday, told parents that students who share inappropriate photos of other minors could be committing felonies. Newport Beach police and district officials declined to provide specifics about the incident that prompted the email. However, officials followed up the initial message with another one Monday that explained the situation as "an unfortunate event between students in our school community.
NEWS
August 16, 2011
My neighbors and I are outraged by the actions of the Orange County Employees Assn. The straw has broken the camel's back. Enough is enough. We read that the city's employee union hired a private detective to interrogate minors without their parents present or presumably without the parents' consent. If this practice is not illegal, it is certainly morally and ethically objectionable. The OCEA seems to be completely bankrupt of any ethical standards and will stop at nothing, including intimidating minors, to impose its will on the citizens, residents and property owners of Costa Mesa.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 28, 2014
The threats came quickly. Alix Lambert had only just released a trailer about "Mentor" when she began getting unwanted attention by way of tweets, emails and YouTube messages. The director, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the HBO series "Deadwood," was attempting to raise money to finish producing her latest documentary, but residents of Mentor, Ohio saw things differently. Local students and community members criticized Lambert and insinuated illegal bodily harm, claiming that she was dredging up the past.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 6, 2014
A self-described Costa Mesa gang member pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to the sale of marijuana to minors after two Newport Harbor High School students allegedly bought pot brownies and Pop-Tarts from a man named "Clever," police said. Isaac Adam Greer, 33, appeared in Orange County Superior Court on two felony counts of selling marijuana to a minor and a third felony count of possessing marijuana for sale, court records show. Costa Mesa police arrested him Tuesday.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 16, 2013
A group of teenagers fought with a Costa Mesa police officer Tuesday afternoon, and one 16-year-old tried to grab the gun from his holster, officials said. The officer was pulled into a scuffle when he responded to a call at a Ralphs grocery store at 380 17th St. at about 2:30 p.m. Police did not identify the officer but said he was the first on the scene when several "uncooperative, hostile" minors were shoplifting, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
Corona del Mar High School students and parents were warned over the weekend about the punishment for distributing and possessing "compromising photos of a minor. " School Resource Officer Vlad Anderson, in an email sent out Saturday, told parents that students who share inappropriate photos of other minors could be committing felonies. Newport Beach police and district officials declined to provide specifics about the incident that prompted the email. However, officials followed up the initial message with another one Monday that explained the situation as "an unfortunate event between students in our school community.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | June 12, 2013
Ben Orloff, the most decorated player in UC Irvine baseball history, retired as a professional player on Friday, in the middle of his fifth minor-league season with the Houston Astros organization. Orloff, who won the Brooks Wallace Award that goes to the nation's top shortstop, was Big West Conference Player of the Year, won Rawlings and American Baseball Coaches' Assn. Gold Glove awards and was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2009, went four for five in his final game on June 4. In 41 games and 131 at-bats this season for the Corpus Christ Hooks of the Double-A Texas League, Orloff hit .298 with 11 runs batted in, 20 runs and five stolen bases.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | May 10, 2013
About 11 p.m. Thursday, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Pat Wessel and Officer Jason Chamness eyed two teens skateboarding down the alley that borders the Placentia Avenue fire station on the Westside. As the officers pulled up, the smell of pot emanated from the area, indicating the teens may have been getting into trouble. Police found a blue, prescription-style bottle containing marijuana in one of the youth's backpacks. They also learned one of the skaters was 17 and out past curfew. Officer David Sevilla phoned the boy's mom, notifying her of the location where she could pick up her son, before taking him to a drop-off point in Orange.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Newport Beach police plan to concentrate on curfew violations in May. The effort is aimed at educating parents and minors about the dangers of being out late and preventing kids from becoming crime victims, police said in a press release. A city ordinance prohibits minors from being unaccompanied by adults in public places between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. —Lauren Williams Twitter: @lawilliams30
SPORTS
February 19, 2013
Former UC Irvine baseball standout Christian Bergman received the Chuck Stevens Award as the Southern California resident who had the most outstanding minor league season in 2012. Bergman, who pitched for the Anteaters from 2007 to 2010, received the award at the 88th annual Assn. of Professional Ballplayers of America's dinner earlier this month. Bergman posted a 16-5 record and a 3.65 earned-run average with the Modesto Nuts, a Single-A California League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 3, 2012
A Costa Mesa pool cleaner accused by Newport Beach police of molesting two boys allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a third victim and distributed pornography through a fourth, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. One victim may have been abused as recently as January. Newport Beach police announced Saturday that Christopher Bryan McKenzie, 48, of Costa Mesa had been arrested on suspicion of having years-long sexual relationships with two boys starting at ages 8 and 16. It was unknown as of 4:30 p.m. Monday if any of the victims attended Costa Mesa's popular Rock Harbor Church, where McKenzie was a volunteer Sunday school teacher.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 9, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council on Thursday approved several last-minute edits to its description of a proposed charter scheduled to go on the general election ballot. Special Counsel to the City Kimberly Hall Barlow said the changes were minor in nature and more accurately reflect the final version of the proposed city constitution that residents will vote on in November. "I apologize that we even have to have this meeting," she said. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier headline on this story incorrectly said that changes were made to the charter.
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