July 28, 2004
Deepa Bharath A Superior Court judge today is expected to decide the fate of a 33-year-old Mission Viejo man, who is accused of hitting and injuring a Costa Mesa police officer while driving his motorcycle drunk, officials said. Prosecutors said Javier Gasga was driving his motorcycle at more than 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway the night of May 31 when he hit Costa Mesa Police Officer Dennis Dickens, who was riding his motorcycle back to the Police Department after completing his shift.
June 20, 2004
Deepa Bharath A local car dealership will present a special award to a Costa Mesa police officer at Monday's City Council meeting for saving the life of a fellow officer and another man during a Memorial Day high-speed crash on the freeway. Officer Tony Yannizzi and his partner, Officer David Dickens, were riding south on the San Diego Freeway. They were north of Harbor Boulevard in the carpool lane after completing their shift at about 10 p.m. when an allegedly speeding third motorcycle came from behind and hit Dickens' motorcycle.
June 6, 2004
PUBLIC SAFETY Garage fire costs Mesa Verde residents $350,000 in damages A Tuesday morning house fire gutted a garage and threatened another home in a Mesa Verde neighborhood. The fire started in the garage at about 8:45 a.m. and caused an estimated $350,000 damage. Two residents were home at the time of the fire, but no one was injured. Family members of a 24-year-old man critically injured in a hit-and-run accident Monday night asked for the public's help in finding the driver who reportedly fled the scene.
November 19, 2003
Police officer injured in traffic accident A Costa Mesa police motor officer was injured in a traffic accident Tuesday afternoon after his motorcycle slipped on a patch of oil on the Corona del Mar Freeway's Bear Street offramp, said Lt. Dale Birney. Officer Bryan Wadkins, however, escaped without major injuries, he said. Wadkins hurt his ankle and hand and was taken to Hoag Hospital Presbyterian, Birney said. He was treated and released. Wadkins was attempting to make a turn off the offramp when his tires must have hit the oil on the roadway, causing him to lose control of his motorcycle, Birney said.
August 16, 2003
Lolita Harper One. Four. Three. John Rothfuss shared the secret code with the hundreds of sympathizers who attended his wife's funeral Friday afternoon at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary. It was how Jessica Rothfuss would tell her husband, "I love you," without any words. One letter in "I," four in "love" and three in "you." The signal would flash from the sidelines of the baseball diamond, the back of their motorcycle or in a dark movie theater, he said.
August 14, 2003
Costa Mesa is diverse. It has a wide variety of people, stores, arts venues and events. The city became more diverse last year when it welcomed the first Orange County Dyke March. The Dyke March will make its second appearance on Saturday, but it didn't happen easily. And that's a major problem. There were a few glitches last year at the Dyke March. In particular, a participant on a motorcycle performed a stunt that a Costa Mesa Police officer specifically asked her not to do. That disregard led the city to compile a list of conditions for marchers this year that included requiring motorcycle riders to submit copies of their driver's licenses.
May 7, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS 2 sea lions in serious condition Two sea lions that swam ashore near 51st Street Tuesday morning are in serious condition, said a veterinarian at the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. The sea lions are victims of a toxic algae bloom containing harmful, often lethal, biotoxins that attack the creatures' central nervous system, said Richard Evans, the center's medical director. The center was deluged with dolphins and sea lions affected by the same problem the same time last year, he said.
February 9, 2003
Covering breaking news is routine. It's the nature of the business. Being a witness to many awful incidents, you try not to get involved. It's pretty much one sided. You respond, you shoot and you leave. With this tactic you try and forget the events you witness. It keeps you sane. A few weeks ago I was assigned to photograph Leslie Rolsheim who lost her son in a motorcycle accident and was on a mission to educate people about the difference between safe helmets and ones that don't meet safety standards.
June 30, 2002
Friend. It's a word that gets bandied about a lot. You're friends with the neighbor who says, "Hi," every morning as he jogs by, with the co-worker you see on your coffee break, with the person you sat next to in second grade. But once in a while there comes an example of what friendship can mean at its deepest levels. Take the tale of Richard Kanzler, a Newport Beach dad who became paralyzed last September after a motorcycle accident. Kanzler's struggle to get back to the routines of daily life has been helped by his circle of friends.
October 28, 2001
Deirdre Newman FAIRGROUNDS -- Motorcycle vendors who witnessed a bloody brawl between rival gangs at a swap meet on Friday night said the Orange County Sheriff's Department could have acted more quickly to quiet the melee. "A lot of people got hurt and it probably could have been stopped earlier," said Jon Ericson, one the show's vendors. The fight at the Orange County Fairgrounds broke out at about 8 p.m., three hours after the motorcycle parts show started.