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May 1, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT-MESA -- Adding more wrinkles to already worried parents in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, police added another park to the growing list of places where strategically placed sharp objects have been found. Newport Beach police volunteer John Lippman found a triangular piece of sharp glass jutting from between slats of a park bench Friday afternoon, Sgt. Steve Shulman said. The discovery marks the eighth in a series of disturbing findings of sharp objects, mostly razor blades, placed on playground equipment in parks over the last month.
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By Chris Caesar | April 10, 2008
Despite the assistance of three social workers, two advocates and several other Good Samaritans throughout her years on the street, it turns out that all Mary Sullivan needed was the compassion and tenacity of a local police sergeant. While Costa Mesa Sgt. Vic Bakkila can now joke around with Mary in her new downtown apartment, her life wasn’t always so lighthearted. In fact, Bakkila first met the charming British senior last year, when his job was addressing the growing number of transients congregating in city parks.
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By Chris Caesar | April 12, 2008
Despite the assistance of three social workers, two advocates and several other Good Samaritans throughout her years on the street, it turns out that all Mary Sullivan needed was the compassion and tenacity of a local police sergeant. While Costa Mesa Sgt. Vic Bakkila can now joke around with Mary in her new downtown apartment, her life wasn’t always so lighthearted. In fact, Bakkila first met the charming British senior last year, when his job was addressing the growing number of transients congregating in city parks.
NEWS
October 14, 2013
A man fatally shot himself on a park bench in Newport Beach on Monday afternoon, officials said. Police responded to a report of a single gunshot at a park on Alta Vista Drive at 3 p.m. Officers found the man hunched over on a park bench. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Steve Rasmussen. The man's age and city of residence were not provided. Police are not releasing additional information about the incident. - Hannah Fry @HannahFryTCN
NEWS
May 2, 2000
Sue Doyle COSTA MESA -- A Santa Ana man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of using a screwdriver to stab a 38-year-old man in the ear at Canyon Park, authorities said. Gilberto Gonzalez-Soto, 52, will face charges of attempted murder. He sits behind bars at Costa Mesa jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Gonzalez-Soto followed his ex-wife, Alejanrina Soto, 32, of Santa Ana, to the park in the 900 block of Arbor Street, authorities said. The woman apparently sat on a park bench around 5:30 p.m. with the victim, Ramiro Valencia, 38, of Santa Ana, said Lt. Ron Smith of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
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By Tom Ragan | May 19, 2010
It was like a scene out of a movie. Benjamin Kraut, on the cusp of death due to a ruptured heart valve at the age of 83, rallies to life. Several months later, he proposes to Jean Marcus, 76. She accepts. They invite all their dog-loving friends, whom they’ve come to know at Harbor View Hills South in Newport Beach. They got married July 26 on John Wayne’s yacht, the Wild Goose, which they chartered. Now, there’s a park bench dedicated to them for all to see and sit on. It was installed over the weekend.
NEWS
May 27, 2001
A Newport Beach parent found a sharp piece of glass in the sand at Muir Beach Circle Park Tuesday. This marks the fourth such incident in the city's parks. Similar glass shards were found twice in Buffalo Hills Park at the corner of Port Margate Place and Port Charles Place on May 2 and at Cliff Drive Park on April 27, when a police volunteer found the glass wedged between slats of a park bench. Barbara Foster had taken her children to the park on Muir Beach Circle on Tuesday when she found the one-inch shard in the sand next to the monkey bars, according to the police report.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
The body of a man who committed suicide was found Tuesday near the waterline in Newport Beach, police said. He was the second person in the city to kill himself in public in the span of two days, according to police. Officers found the unidentified man dead near the Newport Pier at 12:50 p.m., police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Manzella said the man's death was self-inflicted and involved a firearm, but she did not elaborate on the fatal injury. Police were still investigating at the scene, Manzella said about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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By Bradley Zint | December 31, 2013
The park across from Costa Mesa City Hall and the Orange County Fairgrounds is no longer poised to be the site of a housing complex for the homeless, officials said Tuesday, apparently bowing to pressure from neighbors and facing potential deed restrictions. "We have opted not to pursue this site right now," Assistant city CEO Rick Francis said. "We are hopeful that another suitable location can be found soon. The City Council and city staff remain committed to finding solutions to address the issue of homelessness in our community, and we look forward to receiving input from our citizens.
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NEWS
October 15, 2013
The body of a man who committed suicide was found Tuesday near the waterline in Newport Beach, police said. He was the second person in the city to kill himself in public in the span of two days, according to police. Officers found the unidentified man dead near the Newport Pier at 12:50 p.m., police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Manzella said the man's death was self-inflicted and involved a firearm, but she did not elaborate on the fatal injury. Police were still investigating at the scene, Manzella said about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
October 14, 2013
A man fatally shot himself on a park bench in Newport Beach on Monday afternoon, officials said. Police responded to a report of a single gunshot at a park on Alta Vista Drive at 3 p.m. Officers found the man hunched over on a park bench. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Steve Rasmussen. The man's age and city of residence were not provided. Police are not releasing additional information about the incident. - Hannah Fry @HannahFryTCN
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By Jack Wu | June 30, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council just unanimously approved a new "fee" for donors amounting to 10% of the item's value. This means that if I donate to the city a new pretty park bench that appraises at $500, then I'll need to cut a check to the city for an additional $50 to cover the city's maintenance of that item. But more on that later. The United States of America gives financial incentives for certain behaviors, in the form of expense deductions and tax credits to everyone who files an income tax return.
FEATURES
By Tom Ragan | May 19, 2010
It was like a scene out of a movie. Benjamin Kraut, on the cusp of death due to a ruptured heart valve at the age of 83, rallies to life. Several months later, he proposes to Jean Marcus, 76. She accepts. They invite all their dog-loving friends, whom they’ve come to know at Harbor View Hills South in Newport Beach. They got married July 26 on John Wayne’s yacht, the Wild Goose, which they chartered. Now, there’s a park bench dedicated to them for all to see and sit on. It was installed over the weekend.
FEATURES
By Chris Caesar | April 12, 2008
Despite the assistance of three social workers, two advocates and several other Good Samaritans throughout her years on the street, it turns out that all Mary Sullivan needed was the compassion and tenacity of a local police sergeant. While Costa Mesa Sgt. Vic Bakkila can now joke around with Mary in her new downtown apartment, her life wasn’t always so lighthearted. In fact, Bakkila first met the charming British senior last year, when his job was addressing the growing number of transients congregating in city parks.
FEATURES
By Chris Caesar | April 10, 2008
Despite the assistance of three social workers, two advocates and several other Good Samaritans throughout her years on the street, it turns out that all Mary Sullivan needed was the compassion and tenacity of a local police sergeant. While Costa Mesa Sgt. Vic Bakkila can now joke around with Mary in her new downtown apartment, her life wasn’t always so lighthearted. In fact, Bakkila first met the charming British senior last year, when his job was addressing the growing number of transients congregating in city parks.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | October 17, 2007
COSTA MESA — Paularino Park patrons entering from the north or south end will now see signs warning them active team sports such as football or soccer are not allowed. But what’s more likely to deter people are the obstacles. City workers on Wednesday moved four large boulders into a grassy area of the park, next week two large trees will be put in on the Cheyenne Street side, and more than 30 trees will be planted all over the park next weekend. The changes came after some park neighbors in Mesa North complained that soccer games disrupt quiet park enjoyment for people with small children.
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