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June 8, 2012
A Santa Ana man who authorities said tried to meet a 12-year-old girl at South Coast Plaza was one of nearly 200 people arrested in a federal sting operation, authorities said Friday. Theodore Perez, 29, is charged with meeting a minor with the intention of committing a lewd act, distributing lewd material to a minor, and luring of a child with intent to commit a specific crime. Perez was one of 190 people arrested in the operation, dubbed Operation Orion, by Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
It's a lineup Robert Della Grotta never would've wanted to face as a pitcher. On the Newport Beach Bat Rays under-12 club baseball team Della Grotta manages, there is no lock of explosiveness. The Bat Rays sting the ball. Period. Especially for a team of 12-year-olds. "My starting lineup for Cooperstown that I'm going to bring out, one through 10 can all hit the ball over the fence," Della Grotta said. "That's a good option to have as a coach, that every guy in your lineup can hit the ball 250 feet-plus.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | July 26, 2005
Swarms of jellyfish that have been appearing at Orange County beaches since last week continue to sting beachgoers as lifeguards all along Newport's beaches report seeing "hundreds of thousands" of the creatures floating near shore. The threat of being stung was enough to keep some people out of the water Monday afternoon. Instead of the throngs of people usually seen swimming in the water on a hot day, the sandy shore was crowded with cautious onlookers, searching the surf for jellyfish.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 15, 2008
They’re young, confident and working for the police. They might seem like the awkward but charming teenagers of “Superbad” — think “McLovin” — trying to score some booze with an adult’s help, but looks can be deceiving. Standing outside of liquor stores throughout the city, Costa Mesa Police explorers are posing as minors asking adults to buy them alcohol. A sting operation Friday night involved only the decoys and three police officers seconds away listening in via microphones hooked to the kids.
NEWS
December 23, 2008
Newport Beach alcohol establishments scored 10 out of 10 Monday night. In their fourth decoy sting operation this year, Newport Beach police visited 10 on-sale alcohol establishments on the east side of the city Monday night to see whether they would sell alcohol to minors. All 10 refused to serve drinks to the minors, who were decoys. The sting, in which an 18-year-old police cadet and 16-year-old police explorer went into restaurants and bars in Corona del Mar and the business district near John Wayne Airport, is part of a larger operation ran by a Newport Beach detective assigned to enforce and train businesses on local and state laws related to serving alcohol.
NEWS
March 29, 2001
Young Chang NEWPORT BEACH -- Despite the rush and glitz of putting together the second annual Newport Beach Film Festival, organizers haven't lost sight of what the upcoming week is really all about. The art of filmmaking. Seven consecutive days of screenings and galas beginning today celebrates, ultimately, that craft, said Todd Quartararo, director of marketing for the festival. The guest list includes Hollywood stars, visiting politicians and non-industry folks from Newport Beach and beyond.
NEWS
March 30, 2001
YOUNG CHANG NEWPORT BEACH -- Actors Sally Kirkland and James Sloyan say they haven't seen each other in "forever." It's been awhile, not quite as long as the 28 years since they made "The Sting," but time enough that Kirkland needs Sloyan's new phone number. Actor Harold Gould, actress Dimitra Arliss and Oscar-winning screenwriter David S. Ward -- all members of the once-tight movie ensemble -- eventually trickled into the mix Thursday to celebrate old friendships and, most of all, pay tribute to the 1973, seven-time Academy Award-winning film, "The Sting," at the Newport Beach Film Festival's opening night.
SPORTS
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | July 26, 2007
COSTA MESA — After years of never-ending back pain, Ellie Edles can bear the short sting of a tennis loss. Edles, who will be a junior at Estancia High this year, lost a quarterfinal match of the Costa Mesa Summer Junior Classic, 6-0, 6-3, to Sabastiani Leon of San Diego Wednesday afternoon. But in doing so, she accomplished something else: Edles, who has a pars defect — a vertebrae fracture that can cause back pain — played her first tournament in almost two years without a back brace.
LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | May 11, 2006
Think you can stop traffic? Two Costa Mesa police employees took their chances Wednesday at a crosswalk at 17th Street and Westminster Avenue as part of an undercover sting to spread awareness about the need for motorists to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. People said the crosswalk at the busy intersection is a problem, and police have received numerous complaints that it's too dangerous for pedestrians to cross there. "I'm an old lady, and I want to know why nobody stops," said Newport Beach resident Marilyn Paulsen, 77, who walks often in the area.
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NEWS
March 25, 2014
Three people with suspended licenses tried to drive away from a Newport Beach courthouse immediately after a judge told them not to get behind the wheel Monday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Deputies arrested the drivers as part of a sting operation that targeted alleged offenders in driving-under-the-influence and unlicensed-driving cases at the Orange County Superior Court's Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. Undercover deputies staked out courtrooms where suspects with revoked or suspended licenses were scheduled for hearings, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
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SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | February 8, 2014
Before Sage Hill School slapped hands with Crean Lutheran at the end of the match, players asked about where the girls' soccer team stood in the Academy League. "We're still in first place," Coach Mike Hammond said to his Sage Hill team after it tied Crean Lutheran, 1-1, in overtime on Saturday. Then the cold truth set in on a cold evening at Sage Hill. Hammond, after talking with his team, found out Sage Hill is in second place, behind Crean Lutheran, which wrapped up league play.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
A Santa Ana man who authorities said tried to meet a 12-year-old girl at South Coast Plaza was one of nearly 200 people arrested in a federal sting operation, authorities said Friday. Theodore Perez, 29, is charged with meeting a minor with the intention of committing a lewd act, distributing lewd material to a minor, and luring of a child with intent to commit a specific crime. Perez was one of 190 people arrested in the operation, dubbed Operation Orion, by Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
It's a lineup Robert Della Grotta never would've wanted to face as a pitcher. On the Newport Beach Bat Rays under-12 club baseball team Della Grotta manages, there is no lock of explosiveness. The Bat Rays sting the ball. Period. Especially for a team of 12-year-olds. "My starting lineup for Cooperstown that I'm going to bring out, one through 10 can all hit the ball over the fence," Della Grotta said. "That's a good option to have as a coach, that every guy in your lineup can hit the ball 250 feet-plus.
LOCAL
February 9, 2010
Police on Monday impounded three vehicles and ticketed four people outside the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach to enforce court orders on people convicted of a DUI. Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Costa Mesa police stationed themselves at different areas in the courthouse parking lot and nearby businesses. Other officers followed offenders outside the courthouse. In all, officers followed 16 DUI offenders out of the courthouse to see how they left the area. Most found alternate means of transportation, but police said four got behind the wheel.
FEATURES
By Steve Virgen | September 11, 2009
COSTA MESA — There were no small victories here. There couldn’t be, not with a sting of a loss hurting so much. A shutout and a garbage-time touchdown via a pass can leave a bad taste in the mouth. But maybe that’s it. Maybe that’s where the Costa Mesa High football team can find growth, from losing, 35-0, to Beckman Friday night at Estancia High. The Mustangs fell to 0-2. Last year they started out 0-5 before reeling off five straight wins and capturing the Orange Coast League title.
NEWS
December 23, 2008
Newport Beach alcohol establishments scored 10 out of 10 Monday night. In their fourth decoy sting operation this year, Newport Beach police visited 10 on-sale alcohol establishments on the east side of the city Monday night to see whether they would sell alcohol to minors. All 10 refused to serve drinks to the minors, who were decoys. The sting, in which an 18-year-old police cadet and 16-year-old police explorer went into restaurants and bars in Corona del Mar and the business district near John Wayne Airport, is part of a larger operation ran by a Newport Beach detective assigned to enforce and train businesses on local and state laws related to serving alcohol.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | November 25, 2008
As part of a continued effort to crack down on illegal escort services, Newport Beach recently conducted a sting at a Newport Beach hotel to try to catch people offering sex for money and ended up arresting five, including one 60-year-old woman, police said. On Thursday, Newport Beach detectives set up a prostitution sting operation inside The Island Hotel Newport Beach at Fashion Island where they posed as customers for women who advertised as escorts out of Newport Beach, said Sgt. Evan Sailor.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | October 28, 2008
Jon Beccarelli, 32, felt embarrassed when he walked into Share our Selves’ medical clinic in Costa Mesa on Friday. Beccarelli, who has a serious, long-standing thyroid condition, has relied on company health insurance to pay for his treatment for years; but he recently lost his sales job when his employer, Wickes Furniture, went out of business. To get his prescription medication, Beccarelli sought a doctor at Share our Selves, a local nonprofit whose volunteers offer free social, medical and dental services.
LOCAL
By Barry Faulkner | October 4, 2008
COSTA MESA — Though the community college football alliances were altered slightly this past off-season, the American Division of the Southern Conference, within the Southern California Football Assn., is still a bit like the old divisions in the now-defunct Mission Conference. Just as it was last year in the Mission Conference, two into one in this division still creates a series of violent collusions. Orange Coast College lost the majority of those Saturday night, which led to a 34-27 setback to Fullerton in the Southern Conference American Division opener for both teams at OCC. The Pirates’ perfect record wasn’t the only thing bruised by the Hornets (4-1)
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