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LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | April 21, 2008
The trial for an Irvine woman accused of killing a Newport Beach elementary school teacher in a car accident while under the influence of prescription drugs will likely start in the next couple of weeks, attorneys said Monday. Janene Johns, 53, was arrested Aug. 24, 2006, after police found her behind the wheel of the Lexus they say hit 31-year-old Costa Mesa resident and Eastbluff Elementary School teacher Candace Tift who was riding her bike. “Both sides are almost ready for trial, but we have a few more things to do,” said Gary Pohlson, Johns’ attorney.
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LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | February 4, 2010
A Costa Mesa man found floating dead in Newport Harbor in November was drunk and had multiple drugs in his system that contributed to his drowning, the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner concluded Thursday. David Matthew Szwast, 49, had a 0.14 blood-alcohol level and was under the influence of cocaine and various prescription drugs when he accidentally drowned Nov. 7 in Newport Harbor, according to the coroner’s toxicology report. According to police, two weekend kayakers found Szwast about 6:30 a.m. floating in the middle of the harbor near the Orange Coast College sailing center, 1800 W. Coast Hwy. The sheriff’s harbor patrol was first on the scene and handed him over to paramedics, who rushed him to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | February 4, 2010
A Costa Mesa man found floating dead in Newport Harbor in November was drunk and had multiple drugs in his system that contributed to his drowning, the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner concluded Thursday. David Matthew Szwast, 49, had a 0.14 blood alcohol level and was under the influence of cocaine and various prescription drugs when he accidentally drowned in Newport Harbor Nov. 7, according to the coroner’s toxicology report. According to police, Szwast was found at about 6:30 a.m. by two weekend kayakers floating in the middle of the harbor near the Orange Coast College sailing center, 1800 W. Coast Highway.
LOCAL
March 8, 2010
Newport Beach police are partnering with county health programs to raise community awareness about underage drinking and prescription drug abuse in the local community and how to reduce it. From 6 to 8 tonight, police will discuss the effects of drug and alcohol abuse by teens and the problems that come with it at Newport Harbor High School’s theater, 600 Irvine Ave. in Newport Beach. The 2008 California Healthy Kids Survey showed that more than half of Newport-Mesa 11th-graders have drunk alcohol in the last month, and so did a third of district ninth-graders.
LOCAL
By Jessie Brunner | January 26, 2007
A Costa Mesa woman was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Julie Smith, 46, was not taken into custody Thursday, but is scheduled to turn herself in to authorities on Feb. 5, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s office. On Aug. 8, Smith was returning from a friend’s home in Laguna Niguel with her 6-year-old son Trevor when she crashed her Lexus into a guardrail on the Corona del Mar Freeway.
LOCAL
By Jessie Brunner | January 27, 2007
A Costa Mesa woman was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Julie Smith, 46, was not taken into custody Thursday, but is scheduled to turn herself in to authorities on Feb. 5, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office. On Aug. 8, Smith was returning from a friend's home in Laguna Niguel with her 6-year-old son Trevor when she crashed her Lexus into a guardrail on the Corona del Mar Freeway (73)
LOCAL
February 10, 2008
The trial for an Irvine woman charged with killing an Eastbluff Elementary School teacher with her car in 2006 will likely be delayed at least another couple of weeks, Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Mestman said Friday. Janene Johns, 53, pleaded not guilty June 11 to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and driving under the influence. Her trial was set to begin Monday. Her lawyer is unavailable because he is working another case, Mestman said.
NEWS
January 23, 2001
Mathis Winkler Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach has overhauled its Web site, adding information on nearly 900 hospital physicians, health news and links to prescription drug guides and disease databases. "It makes the process of selecting a physician a much more private, convenient and welcoming encounter," said Richard Doering, chief of Hoag's medical staff. The site,o7 http://www.hoaghospital.orgf7 , originally went online in 1996 as the first Internet venture by any Orange County hospital, Hoag officials said.
LOCAL
January 11, 2010
A Newport Beach woman pleaded not guilty Monday to fatally hitting a man with her car on Newport Boulevard last month. Shana Lynn Calderon, 21, is charged with felony hit-and-run causing death, a misdemeanor DUI, driving with a blood-alcohol content above .08, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a valid license. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison. About 1:30 a.m. Dec. 12, police said Calderon was turning right onto westbound 19th Street from Newport Boulevard.
NEWS
November 10, 1999
-- Greg Risling A former Orange County deputy district attorney indicted in a federal drug smuggling case is no longer a defendant in the case. Federal authorities declined to specify the circumstances surrounding the case against 35-year-old Bryan Kazarian for the past several days. Kazarian was one of seven defendants who did not appear at a court hearing Monday. "His case has been disposed of," said Assistant U.S. Attorney James Spertus. "It means he isn't in the case anymore."
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