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By Daniel Tedford | December 21, 2007
A Huntington Beach man fell from a Costa Mesa parking structure to his death in the early morning and police have initially ruled the death a suicide, authorities said. The body of James Wellenstein, 35, was found at 1:35 a.m. outside the parking structure at 1901 Newport Blvd., adjacent a nightclub. Evidence suggests Wellenstein had been smoking for considerable amount of time on top the structure, and hand and foot prints show he crawled to the ledge before falling, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Zack Hoferitza.
By Brittany Woolsey, Special to the Independent | June 20, 2012
Christian Hosoi had it all. Long before he was legally old enough to drink, the skateboarder nicknamed "Christ" was a stud on the pro circuit who was touted as an emerging rival to the legendary Tony Hawk. Hosoi's fame brought him a lot of money, parties and girls, but he also rode his board into a downward spiral of substance abuse that eventually landed him in prison. The skateboarder known for his "Christ Air" move has since reformed himself as a Huntington Beach resident and pastor at The Sanctuary church in Westminster.
By Dave Brooks | February 27, 2006
With Mardi Gras celebrations just a day away, many Newport-Mesa restaurateurs are finding themselves in a sensitive predicament celebrating the raucous Fat Tuesday just months after Hurricane Katrina. Is it appropriate to honor excess and sin after a natural disaster destroyed most of the celebration's birthplace? Many restaurants have decided to skip Mardi Gras events this year, but a few eateries are pushing forward with celebrations and shifting the focus from debauchery to charity.
By Lauren Williams, | May 4, 2011
A former Ladera Ranch man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he raped two women and sexually assaulted a third. Ali Achekzai, 33, who was on Orange County's 10 Most Wanted List until his extradition to the United States from Austria last summer, was arraigned at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig E. Robison set Achekzai's pre-trial for July 1 and his jury trial for Oct. 10. Achekzai is...
By Brianna Bailey | March 5, 2008
Newport Beach city officials will decide today whether to revoke the use permit for a popular sushi restaurant after undercover police officers reportedly observed patrons drinking and possibly using drugs in the parking lot of the restaurant. Fury Rok & Rol Sushi Lounge, 4221 Dolphin Striker Way, is licensed as a restaurant, but a Newport Beach police investigation found evidence the establishment has been promoting itself as a night club, according to Newport Beach Planning Commission documents.
August 23, 2004
ON THE AGENDA Here are some of the issues the council will consider Tuesday. NIGHTCLUB APPEAL The council will consider an appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of a request to operate a nightclub with live entertainment and dancing between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. at Josh Slocum's Dinner and Supper Club at 2601 W. Coast Highway. This issue first came before the council on June 22. A decision was postponed until July 13, but the appellant, Random Interactive, Inc., asked for more time to explore options in addressing traffic and parking-related concerns and to review a list of calls for service compiled by the Police Department.
February 12, 2003
Paul Clinton Baby-back ribs and Guinness beer will be added to the menu if a group of San Bernardino restaurateurs successfully open a Tony Roma's and Irish-themed Bennigan's in place of the failed Aysia 101. The Primrose Group of Companies has applied to Newport's planning department to operate the two eateries. Both expect to open in June, about 18 months after the former nightclub shuttered its harbor-side doors. "It's a nice addition to the restaurant mix we enjoy here," said Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President Richard Luehrs.
By Joseph Serna | December 11, 2009
With so many friends and family members attending his memorial Friday, countless stories could have been told about Clinton “C.J.” Joseph Hubbard being there for those he loved. But on a gray, drizzly afternoon at San Francisco Solano Catholic Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, Hubbard’s friends and family had to be there for each other. More than 500 in all, they laughingly and tearfully remembered the 27-year-old Corona del Mar resident. He died Nov. 27, a day after a blood vessel inside his brain burst after he was allegedly punched in the head outside a Newport Beach nightclub early Thanksgiving morning.
By Emily Foxhall | October 8, 2013
The right to party doesn't necessarily come easily in Newport Beach. City Council members on Tuesday took a step toward denying Woody's Wharf its request to expand hours of operation and have dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. On a 4-1 vote - with councilman Ed Selich dissenting, Mayor Pro Tem Rush Hill recusing himself and council member Leslie Daigle absent - the council asked city staff to return with a resolution that would allow the restaurant to open earlier, build a patio cover and operate under less strict valet parking requirements, but not to stay open on the outdoor patio until 2 a.m. or allow dancing indoors on the weekends.
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