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By Lauren Williams | September 11, 2012
A Santa Ana man was sentenced to seven years in state prison for stabbing a woman in the temple after raping her in a Costa Mesa parking lot, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Juan Quintas, 31, pulled up to a 26-year-old woman on Harbor Boulevard approaching McFadden Avenue about 10:30 p.m. May 8, 2008, and offered her a ride, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. The victim directed Quintas to a Motel 6 on Harbor Boulevard where she had a room, but Quintas drove his red pickup truck into Costa Mesa, parking in a secluded commercial parking lot, prosecutors said.
By Mike Reicher | September 10, 2012
As county traffic planners study the proposed 19th Street Bridge, Newport Beach city officials are lobbying to win street improvements, in case the bridge idea is permanently scrapped. They recently requested that the county eliminate some roads originally envisioned for Banning Ranch, as the developer's current plan does not include them, according to a report for Tuesday's City Council meeting. Taking these streets out of the study, in addition to the bridge, would presumably increase traffic on other streets and bolster Newport's arguments.
By B.W. Cook and By B.W. Cook | September 7, 2012
It's all happening at the zoo. At least, that's what the song says. On a recent Saturday evening in Santa Ana, the Orange County philanthropic crowd dedicated to improving the lives of the animal kingdom came together for the 2012 Zoofari. Presented Aug. 25 by Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ), the party unfolded under an organization that has supported zoo projects for more than 34 years and strives to improve the animal care and conservation of the facilities at the Orange County property.
August 23, 2012
Division: National Conference: Southern Coach: Mike Taylor (14th year, 56-77) 2011 season: 4-6, 2-3 in the East Conference Returning starters: three offense, five defense Returning with honors: LB Nick Cody, PK Jackson Dionne Schedule September 1 – Moorpark, 6 p.m. 8 – at Pasadena, 6 p.m. 15 – at Long Beach City, 1 p.m. 22 – Palomar*, 1 p.m. 29 – at Grossmont*, 1 p.m. October 6 –...
By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot and By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 13, 2012
The city of Santa Ana has awarded a Newport Coast resident with a key to the city for developing a tutoring and mentoring program for underserved students. Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III, 53, received the honor July 2, along with retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jack K. Mandel, for creating the Nicholas Academic Centers, which serves Santa Ana and Valley high schools. "I was honored to get this award, but it really should be going to the students, in my view," Nicholas said Thursday.
By Steve Virgen | June 27, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - On hole No. 16 at Newport Beach Country Club, it appeared the Santa Ana Country Club quintet would need to grind for a par save on the par-four hole at the 13th annual Jones Cup. That is until Chris Veitch chipped from 18-20 feet away. Veitch, the Santa Ana senior men's champion, nailed a dynamic shot for birdie to typify Santa Ana's sizzling back nine. But it wasn't enough for Santa Ana, which left still seeking its first title. Santa Ana's back nine featured eight birdies in the two best-ball format, helping the club finish third out of the five teams at nine-under-par 133. Big Canyon won its ninth Jones Cup title after beating Mesa Verde in a one-hole playoff.
By Steve Virgen | June 26, 2012
There are at least two well-known unprecedented feats associated with the Jones Cup. No player has ever sank a hole-in-one to win a car from Fletcher Jones Motorcars. Also, Sana Ana Country Club has yet to win a Jones Cup title. The 25 golfers in the 13th annual event have two chances to win a car on the fourth and 17th holes. Santa Ana's chances to win its first title appear to have dwindled on one hand, yet improve in another view. The Jones Cup, which pits local country clubs vying for bragging rights and a trophy, has added another team, as Shady Canyon of Irvine joins Big Canyon, Mesa Verde, Sana Ana and host Newport Beach Country Club Wednesday, with first tee set for 12:30 p.m. "I think it's great to add another local club to the mix," said Geoff Cochrane, the head professional at Santa Ana and the team captain.
From the Los Angeles Times | June 12, 2012
An Irvine church has rescinded its offer to purchase the Santora building in downtown Santa Ana, an architecturally ornate structure that for years has served as the center of the city's artistic community. Tom Greer, the chief financial officer for Newsong, said that the church could not come to an agreement with seller Mike Harrah and decided to pull out of escrow. He declined to discuss specifics. Greer said if another property becomes available in Santa Ana, the church would be open to purchasing it. "Its been a very positive experience for us," he said.
By Lauren Williams | May 25, 2012
A teenage couple was arraigned in a Newport Beach court Friday on charges that they conspired to murder a friend and left threatening messages on the friend's Facebook page, authorities said. Jessica Gascon, 18, of Santa Ana pleaded not guilty to felony counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a crime and assault with a semiautomatic firearm, court documents show. Her 17-year-old boyfriend, also of Santa Ana, pleaded not guilty to felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, criminal threats and discharge of a firearm into an inhabited dwelling, according to court documents.
By Lauren Williams | May 11, 2012
A Newport Beach man's female relative accidentally stumbled upon child pornography on disks she thought were blank, court records allege. But instead of Alex Bassinne's disks being usable, she found two videos on them - one depicting a girl believed to be between 10 and 12 who was performing oral sex - according to a search warrant affidavit. Bassinne, 50, faces up to nine years and four months in state prison for the three felonies of which he stands accused, including possession of child pornography and lewd acts with a child, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
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