April 16, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Tom and Jackie Hawks wanted their ashes scattered at sea when they died. Instead, police believe, the retired Newport Beach couple were handcuffed, weighted down and thrown over the side of their yacht while still alive. Their bodies have not been found. Five people, including a young married couple, pleaded not guilty Friday morning to charges that they killed Tom Hawks, 57, and Jackie Hawks, 47. All are charged with special circumstances that make them eligible for the death penalty.
April 9, 2005
Marisa O'Neil Detectives on Friday arrested the wife of a suspect in the murder of a Newport Beach couple police now say were likely overpowered, handcuffed and thrown overboard their yacht while still alive. Newport Beach Police Department detectives took Jennifer Henderson-DeLeon, 23, into custody Friday afternoon when she went to visit her husband, 25-year-old Skylar DeLeon, at the Orange County Jail. Skylar DeLeon and three other men are already jailed on suspicion of murdering retired couple Tom and Jackie Hawks for financial gain.
August 13, 2005
A man accused of murdering a retired Newport Beach couple approached a co-worker several times asking how to dispose of bodies at sea, a Newport Beach Police detective testified at a hearing Friday in Orange County Superior Court. The co-worker refused to help Skylar Deleon, 26, of Long Beach, Det. Sgt. David Byington testified. Byington was the only witness called on the first day of a hearing to decide whether DeLeon and four others, including DeLeon's wife, will stand trial for the alleged killing of Tom and Jackie Hawks.
October 15, 2008
A retired Newport Beach couple were cordial in November 2004 when they showed two men, now accused of killing them, pictures of their family and newborn grandchild while they showed off the 55-foot boat they were looking to sell, one of the accused killers testified Wednesday. In testimony that brought some audience members to tears and attracted several Newport Beach detectives involved in the case into the courtroom, Alonso Machain, 25, of Pico Rivera, walked jurors and Hawks relatives step-by-step through the plot and slaying of Tom and Jackie Hawks, who only wanted to sell their boat, “Well Deserved,” so they could spend time with their new grandchild in Arizona.
June 14, 2001
The Red Rage, a girls under-11 fastpitch softball team from the Pacific Coast Bobby Sox, continued its winning ways by winning the Division 11 championship Saturday. In the championship game against the Mayhem Monkeys, the Red Rage pulled out an 8-4 win. Key hits were provided by Lauren Tolfa and Brook Peterson. Throughout the playoffs, the Red Rage had important contributions from Kate Baldoni, Katy Bekken, Ali Apgar, Adele Debatz, Annabel Farber and Deanne Donato.
September 20, 2000
-- Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Costa Mesa police officers arrested two people early Tuesday on suspicion of breaking in to the Gateway Country store on the 200 block of East 17th Street and stealing computer equipment worth $4,000. Officers arrested Eric Fernandez, 29, and Yvonne Becerra, 25, both of Pico Rivera, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. John FitzPatrick. The two alleged burglars, driving a white Chevy Blazer, were stopped at 2 a.m. Tuesday when officers responding to the store's alarm saw the vehicle speeding away from the scene, FitzPatrick said.
July 23, 2005
A preliminary hearing scheduled Friday in Orange County Superior Court for five people suspected in the alleged murder of a Newport Beach couple was continued to August after several of the defense attorneys asked for more time. The five suspects appeared in court on charges of murdering Tom and Jackie Hawks, who went missing in November after selling their yacht. Long Beach resident Skylar DeLeon, 25, was arrested in December. Later arrested were Myron Gardner, 42, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 39, both of Long Beach, and 21-year-old Alonso Machain of Pico Rivera.
June 16, 2001
The Fireballs, a girls 15-and-under team from the Pacific Coast Bobby Sox overcame an early playoff loss to win the League Championship Series. After the first-round loss, the Fireballs rebounded with a 4-0 win over Pico Rivera. Julianne Bass led the offense with three hits and two RBI, while Ashley Gleason added two hits and an RBI. Gleason also pitched a complete-game, two-hitter with 14 strikeouts. The rest of the Fireballs' offense was supplied by Heather Lohrman, Hillary Ockey, Ali Harley-Gart and Nicole Navarre, who each produced key hits.
December 6, 2010
BOYS' BASKETBALL Estancia 43, Huntington Park 29 PICO RIVERA – Senior Ray Holmes hit two three-pointers and finished with 13 points in the Eagles' pool-play game at the El Rancho Blue Pride Classic on Monday. Devon Joyner had 11 points and Chad Fackler added seven points for Estancia (3-2). Sage Hill 83, Zinsmeyer Academy 18 IRVINE — Chris Zadra (15 points), Stefano Nark (13) and Creagan Lydon (10) led the Lightning (4-0) at the Tarbut V'Torah tournament Monday at TVT. Valencia 59, Newport Harbor 48 FULLERTON — Cody Caldwell had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Sailors in the pool-play opener of the Fullerton tournament Monday at Fullerton High.
April 6, 2011
A 24-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attacking and critically injuring a Marine outside a Costa Mesa nightclub, according to court records. Mark Allen Vasquez of Pico Rivera appeared in the Harbor Justice Center and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of battery with serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to court records. Vasquez also faces additional enhancements for inflicting great bodily harm and causing great bodily injury of a coma or paralysis.