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NEWS
December 16, 2010
Over prosecutors' objections, a Orange County Superior Court judge Thursday gave a Newport Beach man probation for swinging his 8-pound puppy through the air by a leash on its neck. Verne Joseph Strong, 57, was given credit for 317 days served in jail and sentenced to three years informal probation for misdemeanor animal abuse by a caretaker. Prosecutors were seeking a felony conviction for Strong, a convicted burglar, for violating his parole. On July 11, Strong and his girlfriend, Angel Marie Holmes, 37, also from Newport Beach, were arrested at the Walmart parking lot in Westminster.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013
The Orange Coast College athletic department announced on its website Friday that all sports have been placed on probation by the California Community College Athletic Assn. for rules violations relating to out-of-season practices by seven fall sports teams. The announcement did not detail all the terms of the probation. OCC Athletic Director Dr. Michael Sutliff did not immediately return phone calls made to his office Friday. As part of the probation the men's and women's water polo teams, men's and women's cross country teams, men's and women's soccer teams and the women's volleyball team have been required to cancel one nonconference contest in addition to the probation.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | September 11, 2013
Orange Coast College Athletic Director Michael Sutliff said Wednesday that the sanctions against seven fall sports programs ordered when the California Community College Athletic Assn. placed all OCC athletic programs on probation for the 2013-14 school year, will be carried out, regardless of whether the school's appeal is upheld as soon as late September. After the CCCAA ruled that OCC had violated restrictions regarding practice dates, seven Pirates fall teams involved in those disputed practices were ordered to cancel one contest this season.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Irvine police arrested a registered sex offender last week who had gone to Citrus Glen Park to play tennis, officers said. Jean Pierre Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove was arrested for violating a July 2011 Irvine law that prohibits certain sex offenders from visiting city parks or recreational facilities, according to the Irvine Police Department. Nguyen was on probation after a conviction earlier this year for indecent exposure in Garden Grove, police said. The Orange County Probation Department contacted Irvine police believing Nguyen was at the park on Thursday.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
A couple accused of "fairly sophisticated squatting" at an ocean-view mansion in Newport Coast was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday in Santa Ana. Chris Wayne Duncan, 43, and Robin Ann Duncan, 37, both of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit trespass and one misdemeanor count of trespass, the Orange County district attorney's office said. "This crime is an example of people taking advantage of the current real estate environment," said Pete Pierce, the prosecutor who originally asked for the Duncans to be charged with a felony.
OCNOW
September 11, 2012
A priest convicted of abusing two boys he met in the 1980s remains in Orange County jail after he was arrested for violating his probation at the Resort at Pelican Hill, according to OC Weekly and jail records. In 2007, Michael Stephen Baker, 64, pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 in a Los Angeles Superior Court, OC Weekly reports. The magazine reported Baker arrested at the pool of Newport Beach's Pelican Hill resort Aug. 17. --Lauren Williams
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | January 8, 2010
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight title holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was sentenced to three years’ informal probation Friday for hitting three vehicles with his truck in 2008 and fleeing police. The sentence dismissed his felony evading police charge and upheld his conviction for misdemeanor reckless driving because he completed 200 hours of community service, submitted to random drug testing and underwent psychological counseling. Jackson, 31, was suffering from delirium from a lack of food and sleep July 15, 2008, when he sped his lifted truck with his likeness painted on the side up the 55 Freeway onto Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 22, 2009
Stephen Leece, son of Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece, is on three years informal probation and must participate in a domestic violence program after being convicted of violence against his girlfriend. Leece, 28, pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor corporal injury to his girlfriend following his arrest June 3 on suspicion he had beat her and her 9-year-old son during an argument at the girlfriend’s home. Prosecutors dropped child abuse and vandalism charges against Leece “in the interest of justice,” said Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
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NEWS
February 12, 2014
A former professional surfer from Newport Beach pleaded guilty Friday to three felony drug charges in Orange County Superior Court. Christopher Polovina, 35, admitted he was in possession of heroin, methamphetamine and an anti-anxiety drug, alprazolam, when Newport Beach police arrested him Jan. 5. He also pleaded guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance. A misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest was dropped, according to court records. Polovina was sentenced to three years' probation and 270 days in jail.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 19, 2013
Costa Mesa police arrested nine people Tuesday during a seven-hour probation sweep through the city. Five arrests were made at the same motel, according to a Police Department news release. Police said they picked up three people on probation and two other individuals on drug violations at the Vagabond Inn on Harbor Boulevard just south of the 405 Freeway. Officers contacted six more probationers and arrested one on drug charges at another motel on Harbor, the Costa Mesa Motor Inn, according to police.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 19, 2013
Band members and boosters from Costa Mesa High School lined up in court Thursday to scold a volunteer for the "utter monstrosity" of her crime: stealing tens of thousands of dollars from their booster club's coffers. Jennifer Borders-Piatti, the former band booster club president, pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $50,000 from the group during 2011 and 2012. She faced a maximum of three years in prison for a felony charge of grand theft, but as part of a plea agreement, an Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced her to a year in jail and three years of probation and ordered her to pay restitution - $51,974.32, what she stole plus interest.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | September 11, 2013
Orange Coast College Athletic Director Michael Sutliff said Wednesday that the sanctions against seven fall sports programs ordered when the California Community College Athletic Assn. placed all OCC athletic programs on probation for the 2013-14 school year, will be carried out, regardless of whether the school's appeal is upheld as soon as late September. After the CCCAA ruled that OCC had violated restrictions regarding practice dates, seven Pirates fall teams involved in those disputed practices were ordered to cancel one contest this season.
SPORTS
September 6, 2013
The Orange Coast College athletic department announced on its website Friday that all sports have been placed on probation by the California Community College Athletic Assn. for rules violations relating to out-of-season practices by seven fall sports teams. The announcement did not detail all the terms of the probation. OCC Athletic Director Dr. Michael Sutliff did not immediately return phone calls made to his office Friday. As part of the probation the men's and women's water polo teams, men's and women's cross country teams, men's and women's soccer teams and the women's volleyball team have been required to cancel one nonconference contest in addition to the probation.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | July 30, 2013
Four Orange County men were sentenced Monday for their participation in a real estate investment scam that took an estimated $130,000 from hundreds of victims, prosecutors said. Justin Dennis Koelle, 23, of Costa Mesa, was sentenced to nine months in jail and five years of formal probation, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Dominic Adam Nolan, 32, of Irvine, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of formal probation. Jacob John Cunningham, 26, and John D. Silva, 28, both of Irvine, each received sentences of eight months in jail and five years formal probation.
OCNOW
September 11, 2012
A priest convicted of abusing two boys he met in the 1980s remains in Orange County jail after he was arrested for violating his probation at the Resort at Pelican Hill, according to OC Weekly and jail records. In 2007, Michael Stephen Baker, 64, pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 in a Los Angeles Superior Court, OC Weekly reports. The magazine reported Baker arrested at the pool of Newport Beach's Pelican Hill resort Aug. 17. --Lauren Williams
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Irvine police arrested a registered sex offender last week who had gone to Citrus Glen Park to play tennis, officers said. Jean Pierre Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove was arrested for violating a July 2011 Irvine law that prohibits certain sex offenders from visiting city parks or recreational facilities, according to the Irvine Police Department. Nguyen was on probation after a conviction earlier this year for indecent exposure in Garden Grove, police said. The Orange County Probation Department contacted Irvine police believing Nguyen was at the park on Thursday.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 16, 2012
Red was not Juan Becerra's favorite color during his first season as coach of the Costa Mesa High boys' soccer team. At the start of his debut, the color turned up in the form of red cards. In one tournament, Becerra said the Mustangs received four red cards. Becerra said the fourth put Costa Mesa on probation because it violated a CIF Southern Section rule. Bylaw No. 2413.5 in the section's Blue Book states that any program receiving a fourth red card (excluding soft reds)
NEWS
February 1, 2012
A couple accused of "fairly sophisticated squatting" at an ocean-view mansion in Newport Coast was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday in Santa Ana. Chris Wayne Duncan, 43, and Robin Ann Duncan, 37, both of Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit trespass and one misdemeanor count of trespass, the Orange County district attorney's office said. "This crime is an example of people taking advantage of the current real estate environment," said Pete Pierce, the prosecutor who originally asked for the Duncans to be charged with a felony.
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