August 8, 2000
-- Noaki Schwartz A U.S. District Court judge on Monday unsealed some minor court papers in a high-profile criminal drug case against eight people, including a former prosecutor who handled gang cases in Costa Mesa. Bryan Kazarian, a former Orange County deputy district attorney, was among the eight people who pleaded guilty to the charges in a federal drug smuggling and money laundering case. The documents unsealed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana show that the defendants changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty, said Jim Spertus, an assistant U.S. attorney.
May 21, 2008
by Joseph Serna and Daniel Tedford Janene Johns’ daughter howled in shock Wednesday after her mother was found guilty of killing Costa Mesa teacher Candace Tift in a car accident two years ago. Then Lauren Johns fell into sobs as she hugged her mother before she was led off into custody. Meanwhile, Tift’s family members applauded the verdict as it was read in the courtroom, and several cried with joy. Johns, 53, of Irvine was found guilty on all counts after hitting Tift with her Lexus Aug. 23, 2006 as Tift was riding her bike.
April 30, 2013
As part of the national prescription drug take-back day, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach police collected more than 300 pounds of unwanted drugs, officials said Monday. On Saturday, 35 people turned over 129 pounds of prescription drugs to the Costa Mesa Police Department as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's sixth national prescription drug take back day, according to a news release from the city. Newport Beach collected 225 pounds - or nine boxes - of medicine in the campaign, according to spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.
October 18, 2010
A 21-year-old Newport Beach woman who killed a pedestrian while driving drunk was sentenced Monday to a year of treatment and three years of probation. Shana Lynne Calderon struck Michael McLaughlin, 29, on Dec. 12 as she exited the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. McLaughlin, who had just been promoted at work, flew onto the windshield of Calderon's SUV and onto the pavement near Newport Boulevard and 19th Street, prosecutors said in a statement.
March 6, 2012
A man arrested on suspicion of violating a restraining order implicated his wife in a series of burglaries in Costa Mesa, leading to her arrest, police said. On Sunday residents in the 2100 block of Santa Ana Avenue spotted a woman going in and out of a home and stashing property in bushes nearby, according to police. When residents confronted the woman, she said she was a victim of domestic violence and fled, police said. Police had arrested Timothy Kosi, 45, on Saturday on suspicion of violating a restraining order issued after a domestic disturbance with his wife.
November 3, 2000
It is that time again. A few of you have asked for it. The rest of you may find it useful, or may not. Be that as it may, it is time, once again, for the Official Peter Buffa Election Handbook. Don't leave home without it. I know, I know. It's so confusing. Candidates you've never heard of, propositions you can barely understand, claims, charges and counter charges. What to do, what to do. First of all, stop whining. Second, don't stress. Carry your election handbook at all times and use it. Everything you've ever wanted to know about politics but were too disgusted to ask is right there at your fingertips.
October 16, 2002
POLICE FILES COSTA MESA Bristol Street: Petty theft was reported in the 3300 block at 3:10 p.m. Sunday. College Avenue and Village Way: Vandalism was reported at 5:43 p.m. Sunday. Hickory Place: A vehicle burglary was reported in the 2800 block at 4:24 p.m. Sunday. Pomona Avenue: Drinking in public was reported in the 1900 block at 7:05 p.m. Sunday. Scott Place: Vandalism was reported in the 700 block at 4:50 p.m. Sunday.
April 29, 2008
The trial for a woman accused of killing a Newport Beach elementary school teacher in a car accident will likely start next week, attorneys said Monday. Attorneys for both sides will appear in court Monday ready to go to trial, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Mestman. They will most likely be put on call for most of the week, waiting for a courtroom to begin their case because of the backlog of cases in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana. Prosecutors say Irvine resident Janene Johns, 53, hit and killed Eastbluff Elementary School teacher Candace Tift with her car while under the influence of prescription drugs in August 2006.
January 10, 2008
A man found inside Nicolas Cage’s home wearing nothing but one of the actor’s jackets pleaded guilty to felony stalking Thursday, authorities said. Robert Dennis Furo, 45, of San Pedro received credit for time served and will be in a 30-day lockdown at a hospital before entering into a sober-living rehabilitation home in Tustin for up to five months as part of his plea deal, according to Furo’s attorney, Jack Kayajanian. Furo will also be placed on three years’ formal probation as part of the plea.
August 27, 2006
Candace Tift will be missed. She will be missed most deeply by her family, including her husband, Wade, and her 15-month-old son, Owen. She will be missed by her friends. She will be missed by her fellow teachers at Eastbluff Elementary School and other workers at Eastbluff Elementary. And she will be missed by her students, who will be returning to a suddenly and sadly changed classroom in just more than a week. Tift was riding her bike Wednesday evening along West Coast Highway, not far from her Costa Mesa home, when she was hit by a car driven by a woman who is suspected of being under the influence of prescription drugs.