February 4, 2013
Police detectives said robbery does not appear to be a motive in the slaying of a young Irvine couple who were found shot to death late Sunday in a parked car at the upscale condominium complex where they lived. “They could tell by physical evidence,” Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. “The car wasn't rummaged through.” Engen said there is no clear motive in the deaths of Monica Quan, 28, and her boyfriend, Keith Lawrence, 27. The two were engaged to be married, according to reports.
January 29, 2013
Police are warning residents after a female victim reported a violent robbery in Newport Beach near UC Irvine. The victim reported being struck in the face as she exited her vehicle about 10:19 p.m. Monday, according to Newport Beach police. She had just parked inside a parking garage in the 7100 block of Residencia when the attack happened, according to police. She described someone grabbing her and pulling her toward the open driver's side door, police said. At that point, police said, she was struck in the face with an unknown object, possibly her assailant's fist.
December 6, 2012
A man robbed a Bank of America at 3300 E. Coast Hwy. in Corona del Mar on Thursday morning, Newport Beach police said. The call came about 9:30 a.m., NBPD spokeswoman Kathy Lowe said. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after he allegedly passed a teller a note demanding that the teller empty the money drawer, according to police. No weapons were used during the robbery, Lowe said. Police said the suspect, described as a 25- to 30-year-old, 6-foot tall white man wearing a gray "DC" sweatshirt, dark pants and dark sunglasses, left through the back door.
June 23, 2012
Orange County taxpayers are about to be conned out of about $1.3 billion. The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has devised an audacious scheme that would use Measure M2 tax dollars to construct toll lanes on the San Diego (405) Freeway between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa. These lanes will do little to improve congestion, and will primarily benefit only those who are willing and able to pay tolls on top of their share of $600 million in Measure M2 taxes allocated to 405 Freeway improvements.
June 18, 2012
This post has been updated with surveillance images of two of the suspects. Costa Mesa police continued to search for suspects believed to have injured a jewelry store owner during a robbery Monday. About four men fled in a red Jeep after robbing a jewelry store in the 1800 block of Newport Boulevard about 9:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Phil Myers. The suspects restrained the owner and his son with zip ties after distracting another employee by requesting to have a ring cleaned, he said.
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.
April 27, 2012
Costa Mesa spent nearly $700,000 in legal fees through the end of January to defend itself from a lawsuit filed by its employees, invoices show. Total fees have reached $692,379, according to invoices obtained this week by a Daily Pilot public records request. That figure is $186,000 higher than the $505,399 reported on the city's website earlier this week. Such a disparity online was a mistake, however, as the total did not account for the months of July, August or January, according to city Assistant Finance Director Colleen O'Donoghue.
March 28, 2012
Robbery Suspect: The March 28 article “Police looking for machete-wielding robbery suspect” mistakenly reported that one of the robberies occurred Monday. They occurred Tuesday morning.