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From the Los Angeles Times | October 11, 2012
An Orange County financial consultant has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the 2008 slaying of a Santa Monica artist. Daniel Edward Becerril II of Huntington Beach was arrested last March on suspicion of murder, grand theft, forgery and money laundering in connection with the slaying of  Alexander Merman . His wife, Sandra Becerril, was charged with forgery and grand theft. Merman, a 35-year-old artist and Russian immigrant, was found stabbed to death in his Montana Avenue apartment.
NEWS
February 25, 2004
Patrick Laverty The collective sigh of relief from the Corona del Mar High sideline as the final whistle blew Tuesday was as strong as any Santa Ana wind. After Santa Monica simply peppered the Sea Kings' goal in the final minutes in an attempt to tie the score, the Sea Kings escaped with a 1-0 victory, knocking off the No. 4 seed in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs on their way to the quarterfinals. The Sea Kings (14-3-6), who notched their first postseason victory in 11 years in the first round, will face St. Francis (24-5-1)
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January 17, 2000
SANTA MONICA - Corona del Mar High's girls water polo team, ranked No. 6 in CIF Southern Section Division IV, walloped host Santa Monica, ranked No. 4 in Division IV, 14-4, Saturday. After a slow start, where the Vikings (13-3) led 2-1 after the first quarter, the Sea Kings (10-7) exploded for 10 goals in the second and third to pull away. Melinda Tucker, with five goals, led CdM's offensive assault. Danielle Carlson and Christina Hewko scored three each, and Hayley Hapeman and Lauren Guthrie each got two goals.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | September 8, 2007
This time, it counts. Unlike previous meetings between the two schools, all preseason scrimmages, today’s 5 p.m. nonconference football game between Orange Coast College and visiting Santa Monica, will count on each team’s record. OCC is attempting to bounce back from a mistake-filled season-opening loss. The Pirates (0-1) lost three fumbles and threw two interceptions in their 27-10 setback at Citrus last week. Santa Monica opened its season with a 48-27 loss to San Diego Mesa.
NEWS
February 17, 2002
SANTA MONICA - Top-seeded Corona del Mar made short work of host Santa Monica High Saturday morning in CIF Division IV girls water polo, shelling the Vikings, 16-6, to advance to Wednesday's semifinal. Christina Hewko and Brittney Bowlus each scored four goals and Daniella Giacomo and Danielle Carlson each scored twice as CdM (23-6) dominated. Jessica Harkins and Jessica Fries added single tallies and goalie Jessica Wlls had five saves and a steal.
NEWS
November 18, 2002
South Coast Plaza welcomes new toy store A new toy store came to South Coast Plaza this week, replacing one that went out of business. Puzzle Zoo, an eclectic retailer based in Santa Monica, opened up on Monday. The store, near the shopping center's carousel, is the fourth of its kind in Southern California. Billing itself as a specialty shop that carries high-end chess sets, hard-to-find novelties such as the Rubik's Cube and an array of dolls, Puzzle Zoo also carries more familiar merchandise such as Barbie dolls and puzzles.
FEATURES
February 20, 2009
TORRANCE — Junior Reed Williams had two assists and a goal to lead the Corona del Mar High boys’ soccer team past host Bishop Montgomery, 3-0, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs Friday. Sophomore Brian Ford scored on an assist from Williams in the 24th minute. Then Williams scored in the 34th minute after Miles Kellerman’s assist. Paul Zubatov closed out the scoring in the 58th minute, making good on Williams’ goal. CdM (7-7-4)
NEWS
February 25, 2003
TODAY Baseball College -- UC Irvine at USC, 6 p.m.; Cal Baptist at Vanguard, 2 p.m. Basketball College men -- Vanguard at Christian Heritage, 7:30 p.m. College women -- Vanguard at Christian Heritage, 5:30 p.m. Soccer High school girls -- Canyon at Corona del Mar, 3 p.m.; Costa Mesa at Santa Monica, at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, 3 p.m. Softball College -- Vanguard at...
LOCAL
November 16, 2007
Some crooks might be turning to eBay and Craigslist as a high-tech fence, police say. At least that’s what Nathan Tyrone Mitchell, 25, of Santa Monica is accused of doing, according to Newport Beach police who arrested him for allegedly auctioning stolen solar panels. One panel picture online revealed its serial number, police said. Detectives arrested Mitchell on Tuesday in Santa Monica while picking up a panel they won in an auction for $100, Sgt. Mike McDermott said.
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By BY BARRY FAULKNER | August 31, 2009
With six straight losses to end the campaign, some might suggest the 2008 season was one to forget for the Orange Coast College football team. So, perhaps, it is a positive that those who compiled the overwhelming majority of the statistical evidence last fall are no longer on the roster. “Obviously, we were a very sophomore-oriented team last year,” Coach Mike Taylor said of his 4-6 unit that, outside of a 41-14 drubbing at Palomar, suffered five setbacks by an average of just six points.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 23, 2014
ORANGE - Upsets had been trending at the California Community College Athletic Assn. men's volleyball state championship, but heavily favored Orange Coast College upset that run by sweeping Irvine Valley in the semifinals at Santiago Canyon Community College. "Thank God it wasn't a trend," OCC Coach Travis Turner said after his squad (19-1) dispatched IVC, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20, for the third sweep of the Lasers (13-8) this season. Santa Monica (14-6), the third-place team from the Western State Conference, posted a 25-19, 25-19, 25-19 semifinal upset of WSC champion El Camino (15-5)
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NEWS
November 6, 2012
GREG, LEE Greg Lee, 57, of Corona Del Mar, passed away on September 11, 2012. He was born in Santa Monica, CA on December 18, 1954, to Audrey Churchill and Donald Lee.  Greg grew up in Corona Del Mar, attended Corona Del Mar High School, lived in Irvine and then returned to CDM where he became one of the premier custom homebuilders in the area. He started his building career as an apprentice and built his way to owning his own company, Greg Lee Builders, Inc.  Greg was a successful motocross rider in his youth, earning many wins and accolades.
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From the Los Angeles Times | October 11, 2012
An Orange County financial consultant has been ordered to stand trial in connection with the 2008 slaying of a Santa Monica artist. Daniel Edward Becerril II of Huntington Beach was arrested last March on suspicion of murder, grand theft, forgery and money laundering in connection with the slaying of  Alexander Merman . His wife, Sandra Becerril, was charged with forgery and grand theft. Merman, a 35-year-old artist and Russian immigrant, was found stabbed to death in his Montana Avenue apartment.
NEWS
August 3, 2011
Shirley Ann Beck Born April 13, 1930 in Santa Monica, CA, Shirley passed away on July 20, 2011 in Orange County. She spent her childhood in Oregon but moved back to California in the early 50's. She is survived by 5 children, 5 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. She lived in Costa Mesa, CA for over 50 years. Memorial Services are pending. Her ashes will be scattered at sea with her beloved son, former husband, and friends.
SPORTS
By Charlie Brande | July 7, 2010
The Volleyball Festival held at the Phoenix Convention Center hosted over 525 teams from Brazil to Canada with many teams from Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Opening Ceremonies was held at Chase Field which is the indoor baseball stadium for the Diamondbacks baseball team. Complete with fireworks and a march-in of all the teams, it was very exciting for the Orange County Volleyball Club girls. The five-day tournament was an outstanding experience for the girls. The OCVBC 17 Blue team won the 17s championship, which was played at the US Airways Arena on the same court that the Phoenix Suns play (we were looking for Steve Nash to appear)
LOCAL
April 27, 2010
BASEBALL Orange Coast 9, Fullerton 6 COSTA MESA — The Pirates were led by Scott Stidham who had four runs batted in and three runs on three-of-four hitting with a home run in the Orange Empire Conference game Tuesday. Shortstop Jordan Beck had a home run and hit three for four with two RBIs and a run for OCC (18-15,10-9 in conference). Danny Lapchack went two for four with two runs, while Sam Micheals also went two for four with an RBI. Josh Lee got the win allowing seven hits and two earned runs on two walks and two strikeouts.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 20, 2010
COSTA MESA — The plan was to flip the lineup, not the script. But visiting Santa Monica College was clearly not willing to play the feeble victim against Orange Coast College in the quarterfinals of the California Community College Athletic Assn. men’s volleyball state championship Tuesday night. The Corsairs, who were swept by the Pirates on Feb. 24 at OCC, required much more convincing this time, though the Pirates advanced with a 32-30, 30-27, 30-20 triumph. OCC (17-2)
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By Barry Faulkner | September 5, 2009
SANTA MONICA — Orange Coast College football coach Mike Taylor got what anyone in his position would want from a season-opening game Saturday night. The Pirates’ 44-28 triumph over host Santa Monica first and foremost gave Taylor a winning smile. Other positives abounded, led by sophomore tailback Ray Holley’s 215 yards and three touchdowns on 29 rushing attempts. No serious injuries were apparent for OCC, which snapped a six-game losing streak that carried over from last season.
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By BY BARRY FAULKNER | August 31, 2009
With six straight losses to end the campaign, some might suggest the 2008 season was one to forget for the Orange Coast College football team. So, perhaps, it is a positive that those who compiled the overwhelming majority of the statistical evidence last fall are no longer on the roster. “Obviously, we were a very sophomore-oriented team last year,” Coach Mike Taylor said of his 4-6 unit that, outside of a 41-14 drubbing at Palomar, suffered five setbacks by an average of just six points.
NEWS
June 1, 2009
Marjorie Ann, beloved “Maggie,” Stamper, a 46-year resident of Newport Beach, died on May 28 of natural causes. Originally from Houston, Texas, Maggie majored in art history at the University of Houston and married James Clinton Stamper in Santa Monica in 1954. Maggie was a painter and mixed media artist and continued to study art in San Diego. As a resident of Newport Beach, California, Maggie was a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, an Orangewood Children’s Home volunteer and member of the Volunteer Clowns of Orange County and the Bloomer Brigade.
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