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March 20, 2013
Leigh Steinberg, a Daily Pilot columnist, was profiled by the Associated Press and revealed he is working to relaunch his sports agency, based in Newport Beach, as well as other projects, "including an autobiography and his continuing crusade to raise awareness of the damaging effects of concussions. " Steinberg, who turns 64 next week, will celebrate his sober birthday Thursday, the story said, a big milestone, after battling alcoholism with vodka as his main drink. "I wanted to focus on sobriety first so I absolutely could make sure I had an intelligent plan to deal with it," Steinberg told the AP in a phone interview from his office in Newport Beach.
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February 14, 2008
Newport Beach police will set up a sobriety checkpoint Friday night near where drivers leave the peninsula, police officials said. From 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on northbound Newport Boulevard and Finley Avenue, officers will screen select drivers for sobriety and pass out brochures on the dangers of driving under the influence. Police said they chose the base of the peninsula because of its close proximity to bars and restaurants. Checkpoints tend to reduce the number of inebriated drivers on the road but do not necessarily increase arrests, officials said.
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September 5, 2008
Of 1,600 cars that passed through a Costa Mesa Police Department sobriety checkpoint this week, none were cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to Sgt. Robert Sharpnack. A total of 326 cars were stopped at 17th Street and Westminster Avenue Thursday, and although no drivers were found to be inebriated, a few were cited for other miscellaneous violations. Two drove without a license, two drove with suspended licenses and 21 had vehicle code violations, Sharpnack said.
NEWS
March 22, 2011
Costa Mesa police handed out nearly 40 tickets but made no arrests at a recent DUI checkpoint, officials said Tuesday. Police stopped 663 of 797 cars that passed through the stop at Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue, and conducted seven field sobriety tests Monday evening. Officers issued 39 tickets and impounded 16 vehicles. Funding for the checkpoint was provided by the state Office of Traffic Safety. —Joseph Serna
NEWS
June 22, 2010
Three people were arrested during a weekend DUI checkpoint in Costa Mesa, police said. During a Saturday night Harbor Boulevard at Ford Road, police stopped 647 of 1,484 vehicles that passed through the location. Of those, officers conducted a dozen field sobriety tests but did not arrest anyone for allegedly driving under the influence. Instead, three were arrested for other violations unrelated to driving drunk, police said. Police issued 24 tickets and impounded 12 vehicles.
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December 19, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Darkened headlights after 10 p.m. gave police the first clue that the Dodge Avenger's driver might not make it through the sobriety checkpoint. The driver, who tested at more than twice the legal limit for alcohol on a preliminary breath test, was one of nearly 3,000 motorists who drove through a Costa Mesa checkpoint Dec. 3 on Newport Boulevard. He was also one of 13 arrested that night on suspicion of driving under the influence.
NEWS
By: | September 2, 2005
Local police captain to lead UCI force Capt. Paul Henisey, a 29-year veteran of the Newport Beach Police Department, will retire Monday to take on a new role as chief of police at UC Irvine. "It'll be different from the standpoint that it's an academic environment," Henisey said. Henisey began testing for the job in May and was notified in early August that he had been chosen for the position. He will be sworn in at a ceremony held Tuesday at the university.
LOCAL
March 11, 2006
Officers who stopped a Newport Beach resident for a traffic violation late Thursday discovered two pounds of marijuana and a kilogram of hallucinogenic mushrooms in his pickup truck, Costa Mesa police said. t. The stop occurred at 10:15 p.m. at Newport Boulevard and Broadway. Logan Carson, 23, said he had a small amount of marijuana after the officer smelled the drug, police said. Carson was taken into custody after a field sobriety test. While searching Carson's Ford Ranger, police found the marijuana and mushrooms in a suitcase.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | September 1, 2007
Southern California native and former Los Angeles Raiders and USC quarterback Todd Marinovich said from jail Friday that his most recent drug-related incarceration is a bump in the road to sobriety. “Each time that I’ve made an effort at it, I’ve had more fun and stayed clean longer so why stop now because of this bump in the road. It’s no different than the bump five years ago,” Marinovich said. “I don’t know any other way to see it. It’s just like throwing an interception the best people are going to throw interceptions.
NEWS
November 3, 2004
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Police identify crash victim as local man Newport Beach Police on Tuesday identified a man killed in a Monday crash as 69-year-old Newport Beach resident Charles Leland Boller. Boller was driving west on Ford Road from MacArthur Boulevard at about 1 p.m. Monday when his car struck a large tree in the raised center divider, according to police. He died at the scene from blunt-force trauma, Orange County deputy coroner Rod Thomas said.
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March 20, 2013
Leigh Steinberg, a Daily Pilot columnist, was profiled by the Associated Press and revealed he is working to relaunch his sports agency, based in Newport Beach, as well as other projects, "including an autobiography and his continuing crusade to raise awareness of the damaging effects of concussions. " Steinberg, who turns 64 next week, will celebrate his sober birthday Thursday, the story said, a big milestone, after battling alcoholism with vodka as his main drink. "I wanted to focus on sobriety first so I absolutely could make sure I had an intelligent plan to deal with it," Steinberg told the AP in a phone interview from his office in Newport Beach.
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NEWS
By Lauren Williams | August 23, 2012
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer confirmed Thursday that police came to his home and asked him to take a field sobriety test. The councilman told the Daily Pilot that he was targeted Wednesday evening by political enemies who falsely reported that he was driving drunk. "Clearly it was a setup," he said. A Police Department press release, issued Thursday evening, said authorities responded to Righeimer's home about 6 p.m. The release describes the informant as a motorist who, after calling police about a possibly intoxicated driver, followed the suspected car, later identified to be Righeimer's, until it arrived home.
NEWS
March 22, 2011
Costa Mesa police handed out nearly 40 tickets but made no arrests at a recent DUI checkpoint, officials said Tuesday. Police stopped 663 of 797 cars that passed through the stop at Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue, and conducted seven field sobriety tests Monday evening. Officers issued 39 tickets and impounded 16 vehicles. Funding for the checkpoint was provided by the state Office of Traffic Safety. —Joseph Serna
NEWS
June 22, 2010
Three people were arrested during a weekend DUI checkpoint in Costa Mesa, police said. During a Saturday night Harbor Boulevard at Ford Road, police stopped 647 of 1,484 vehicles that passed through the location. Of those, officers conducted a dozen field sobriety tests but did not arrest anyone for allegedly driving under the influence. Instead, three were arrested for other violations unrelated to driving drunk, police said. Police issued 24 tickets and impounded 12 vehicles.
LOCAL
By Michael Miller | October 1, 2009
Twenty years ago, the mother-daughter team of Mary Lou Williams and Kimberly Funk launched the Latest Thing, a store for people recovering from addictions — and for the friends and family members who are rooting for them. Among the items in stock at 1575 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa are books, spiritual figurines and “recovery tokens” that mark the number of years a person has been sober. On your site, you refer to something called the Big Book. What is that?
LOCAL
September 5, 2008
Of 1,600 cars that passed through a Costa Mesa Police Department sobriety checkpoint this week, none were cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to Sgt. Robert Sharpnack. A total of 326 cars were stopped at 17th Street and Westminster Avenue Thursday, and although no drivers were found to be inebriated, a few were cited for other miscellaneous violations. Two drove without a license, two drove with suspended licenses and 21 had vehicle code violations, Sharpnack said.
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By Joseph Serna | August 20, 2008
An Orange County public defender is scheduled to be in court next month after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Newport Beach, police said. Heshmat Ali, 33, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday after Newport Beach police pulled him over for a vehicle code violation near 23rd Street and Balboa Boulevard, Sgt. Jon Lewis said. Ali, an attorney in the county’s public defender’s office, submitted to a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer test just before 3 a.m. and was then arrested, authorities said.
LOCAL
June 27, 2008
The Costa Mesa police ran a sobriety checkpoint Thursday at Santa Ana Avenue and 18th Street, citing two drivers and impounding two vehicles. One driver was cited for driving on a suspended license. The other was cited for having vehicle registration that had expired more than six months ago. During the process, 469 vehicles passed through and 410 drivers were screened. Twelve drivers were investigated for driving under the influence, but no arrests were made. The Costa Mesa Police Department will join forces with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to conduct another checkpoint Aug. 15 at Wilson Street and Pomona Avenue.
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By Joseph Serna | May 2, 2008
A sobriety checkpoint in Costa Mesa Thursday night did not produce any DUI arrests but did bring one arrest for narcotics, police said. The checkpoint was set up at Placentia Avenue and 20th Street and lasted until midnight. Nearly 1,200 cars passed through the checkpoint and more than 300 were screened by officers, Sgt. Robert Sharpnack said. Police conducted seven DUI investigations but made no arrests. One person was arrested for possessing illegal narcotics and five vehicles were towed for unlicensed drivers or drivers with suspended licenses, police said.
LOCAL
April 21, 2008
The Costa Mesa Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint this week. The checkpoint set up to stop northbound cars on Harbor Boulevard at Gisler Avenue will be from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday. The checkpoint is to educate the public about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or without a drivers license, officials said. More than 1,000 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence last year in Costa Mesa. Funding for the program is provided by California’s Office of Traffic Safety and is generally considered an awareness tool for officers, police said.
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