July 11, 2004
Deepa Bharath The death sentence ordered by a Riverside County judge for a man who kidnapped, molested and murdered a 13-year-old Costa Mesa boy and molested another in Newport Beach marks the end of years of legal ordeals and the dredging of memories that have haunted Newport-Mesa for a quarter-century. James Lee Crummel, 60, will face the death penalty for abducting and killing James "Jamey" Trotter, who disappeared on April 19, 1979 while he was on his way to Gisler Middle School.
July 13, 2004
Deepa Bharath For three months, Darleen Savoji didn't know day from night. The Newport Crest resident spearheaded a grass-roots movement in the neighborhood in 1997 to evict James Lee Crummel, a sex offender whose rap sheet would send shivers down any parent's spine. On Friday, a Riverside County judge handed Crummel, 60, a death sentence for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and murdering 13-year-old Jamey Trotter, who was last seen on April 19, 1979, walking on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa toward Gisler Middle School.
September 11, 2003
It seems in this ongoing eminent domain debate, some are either for it or, the majority, against it. Let me be the first to create a new splinter group: "The Conditionals" -- as in a conditional redevelopment. Yes, folks, it's time that common sense rear its ugly head. Here are my points: I say yes to redevelopment -- but with a caveat. Industrial use does need to go (the land here is just too valuable, and it's only going to become more so in the years ahead)
August 3, 2003
(First of two parts) I always thought, when meandering down what used to be Highway 395 on occasion and seeing little puffs of white in the sky, what a great feeling that must be as parachutists floated softly through the air on their way to the turf near Perris, in Riverside County. "Boy, would I like to do that," I'd tell anyone within earshot as we enjoyed the comfort of the highway. If I were to ever know the true thrill of an adrenaline rush, I thought, this would be it. Little did I know I would eventually get that chance.
August 30, 2010
A new civilian crime scene investigator has been hired by the Newport Beach Police Department, in addition to a pair of promotions, the department announced Monday. Daniel Martinez, who has a master's degree in forensic science from National University and previously was employed by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, has been hired as the crime scene investigator, said Newport Police Lt. Bill Hartford. Martinez worked as a forensic technician in his last job in Riverside, Hartford said.
July 30, 2012
Costa Mesa police detained a Murrieta man suspected of raping and robbing a woman in a Temecula motel, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Melbrough Williams, 44, is suspected of meeting the woman at the Quality Inn at 27338 Jefferson Ave., where he allegedly raped and robbed her at gunpoint, according to Riverside County sheriffs. Authorities in Riverside tracked Williams to Costa Mesa, where police detained him about 5 p.m. Friday, according to jail records.
September 21, 2000
The Planning Center in Costa Mesa is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. The firm specializes in governmental services, planning and urban design, environmental studies and landscape architecture. Founding partner and longtime professional planner Richard Ramella opened the Planning Center's first office in September 1975 in Newport Beach. The company has worked on projects for clients such as Newland Communities, Tejon Ranch, The Newhall Land & Farming Co., various school districts and the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Industry and Los Angeles.
May 8, 2012
The accused "Snowboarder Bandit" was charged Tuesday with 12 felonies related to a string of Orange County bank robbers, authorities said. Michael Brandon Franks, 29, of Riverside County is allegedly responsible for robbing 10 area banks, including branches in Newport Beach and Irvine, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. He has been charged with 10 felony counts of second degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery. Prosecutors said in each case Franks wore clothing similar to what a snowboarder would wear, including a beanie, and slipped the bank teller a note saying he had a gun and demanded money.
November 23, 2010
One of three men convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Orange County ex-Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl's home in Corona del Mar has been arrested on a possible parole violation, authorities said Tuesday. Kyle Nachreiner, 25, was arrested Nov. 15 by state parole board officials with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Riverside County Sheriff's Department officials declined to say how the Murrieta resident allegedly violated his parole, and state officials did not return calls for comment.
June 15, 2000
A Riverside County teenager attempted suicide Wednesday after she leaped off a fence onto the shoulder of the Costa Mesa Freeway. The 15-year-old girl injured her back and was taken to Santa Ana's Western Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition. Authorities did not release her name, but said the girl lived in a group home in Murrieta. Witnesses saw the teenager climb the chain-link fence around 11 a.m. at Newport Boulevard and 21st Street.