May 3, 2007
An Irvine woman died Wednesday after being struck by a passing car while walking along Pacific Coast Highway near Crystal Cove. The accident occurred at about 7:10 p.m. as Frank A. Felipponio, 37, of Irvine, was heading south along the highway in his 2007 Mustang GT-500 convertible, Newport Beach police said. Felipponio apparently was attempting to switch from second to third gear, but shifted into first gear by mistake, sending the car into a spin, Lt. Jim Kaminsky said. The convertible left the highway, skidding into Lori Rae Jamieson, 48, who was walking on the bike path parallel to the road, Kaminsky said.
September 27, 2006
A Newport Beach man driving a pickup at Pacific Coast Highway and 6th Street in Huntington Beach struck and killed a 16-year-old girl and injured her boyfriend, authorities said Tuesday. Heather Stamm, a Huntington Beach resident, was taken to Hoag Hospital, where she later died, according to the Orange County coroner's office and Huntington Beach Police Lt. Dave Bunetta. Christopher Hulett, 27, of Newport Beach, was westbound on Pacific Coast Highway at about 8:30 p.m. Monday when he struck Stamm and her friend, Nathan Koontz, as they walked across the highway at 6th Street, Bunetta said.
September 26, 2006
Eight months after receiving necessary approvals, a Newport Beach developer is ready for construction to begin on a new 56,000-square-foot, high-end shopping center on Pacific Coast Highway on Mariner's Mile. Construction on Bel Mare, which means beautiful sea in Italian, is scheduled to begin late this year and will have a Mediterranean and Italian motif. The two-story project will redevelop 17 lots at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Dover Drive, where there has traditionally been a high rate of turnover — something Doug Beiswenger, managing partner of developer Allied Retail Partners LLC, blamed on the month-to-month leases held by most of the businesses there.
September 8, 2006
A fully loaded cement truck barreled out of control down Newport Coast Drive and overturned, spilling cement and fuel across three lanes of Pacific Coast Highway during rush hour Thursday afternoon. The driver, a 39-year-old Los Angeles man, told police the truck's brakes failed near the bottom of the steep hill. This is the fourth serious accident since July 2004 involving a cement truck on Newport Coast Drive. The driver was uninjured, but a passenger who was not wearing a seat belt and was sitting on a milk crate in the truck's cab had moderate injuries and was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, officials said.
April 23, 2006
When covering breaking news, landmarks help to tell readers where the event occurred. In many cases, the environment around the police tape is hard to distinguish from any other place in a city. In photographer Kent Treptow's picture of the scene of a car chase that ended with a suicide near the foot of the Huntington Beach Pier, at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, fewer landmarks would be better known. The Ruby's restaurant at the end of the pier and the lifeguard headquarters at its foot give readers a sense of exactly where the events took place.
April 23, 2005
Pledges from an animal rights group and a local restaurant brought the reward to $10,000 for information that leads to the prosecution of someone mutilating local pelicans. An endangered brown pelican found in Huntington Beach two weeks ago is recovering from surgery to repair its pouch, said Sharon Weeks, a volunteer at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach. Its pouch was slit almost entirely away from its beak in what officials believe was a deliberate act. Another pelican with similar injuries that was found a week earlier in Newport Beach died of its ordeal.
February 5, 2005
Lauren Vane The driver of a stolen ambulance led police on a high-speed chase down Pacific Coast Highway through several beach cities on Friday, before finally ending in Dana Point when the driver crashed the ambulance into a median, police said. Huntington Beach police noticed the ambulance driving recklessly at 10:52 p.m. near Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, said Lt. Craig Juniger, of the Huntington Beach Police Department.
February 2, 2005
STEVE SMITH It's easy to hate Newport Beach. Like the newly elected politician, the hot actor or the sports champion, everyone seems to want to take a shot at No. 1, to be the one to bring down the star. Having experienced this firsthand while working for someone at the top, I can tell you that's not a pretty sight. Critics of Newport Beach and the surrounding communities of Corona del Mar and Balboa will point out that the city is one of the least ethnically diverse in the nation.
December 4, 2004
Second Back Bay dolphin found dead The last of two surviving dolphins that had spent more than three months feeding far inside the Back Bay has died. Two dolphins had stayed in the area near the Pacific Coast Highway bridge, near Pearson's Port, since late July or early August. They appeared to be an adult female and a younger dolphin, marine mammal expert Dennis Kelly said. The adult was found dead in late September but was too badly decomposed to determine a cause of death, he said.