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By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 31, 2013
A Newport Beach teenager died over the weekend, hours after being injured in an off-roading motorcycle crash in Riverside County. Alex Chisholm, 17, was riding alone about 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area near Borrego Springs when he lost control, according to a California State Parks spokeswoman. Chisholm was going about 25 miles an hour when he hit an obstacle similar to a sand dune, spokeswoman Vicky Waters said. The crash ejected Chisholm, and the bike's handlebars hit him in the abdomen as he flew off, according to Waters.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams and Joseph Serna | August 27, 2012
The private investigator who followed Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer home from a sports bar and called 911 to report him for drunk driving is a Marine veteran, a divorced father and a former police officer who spearheaded a program aimed at helping underage prostitutes, according to public records. Chris Lanzillo, 42, could not be reached for comment Monday, but aspects of his life can be drawn from court and newspaper accounts from the Inland Empire, where he is believed to reside, as well from military records and on Facebook.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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