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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 20, 2011
COSTA MESA — Los Angeles-based musician Ernie Halter has his fans but he just found out that one of the biggest pop icons in the world knows his name: Justin Bieber. Bieber showed up Thursday night during a performance by Halter at La Cave in Costa Mesa to surprise the singer-songwriter. Bieber had covered Halter's song "Come Home to Me" at a Hong Kong performance during his recent world tour. Halter, 36, had no idea that Bieber, 17, knew he existed until he saw a video of the performance online.
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NEWS
January 29, 2011
Two teenage boys were hospitalized late Friday, one with bleeding in his brain, after being hit by a minivan as they crossed 19 t h Street in Costa Mesa, police said Saturday. At about 9:30 p.m. two 15-year-old boys "hurriedly" walked across 19 t h Street in the 700 block and were hit by the eastbound van, police said. The teenagers suffered concussions, cuts and bruises and one of them had bleeding in his brain and is listed in stable condition, officials said.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | October 23, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — At 17, Michael Fleming has written the musical score for the upcoming "Our Town" production, which will open Friday night at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. A junior at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, Fleming put together the music in less than a month after reading Thornton Wilder's three-act play of the same name, finding inspiration in the plot. "Our Town" is about a small community in New Hampshire called Grover's Corners; and although, in general, it's about the townspeople of that era, the story focuses on one woman, Emily Webb.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | October 1, 2010
COSTA MESA — A group of Costa Mesa teenagers are due back in court for a pretrial hearing next week on charges they were part of a gang that attacked and robbed a pedestrian in a Westside neighborhood. Juan Gonzalez, 18, Ricardo Perez, 19, Jesse Sanabria, 19, and Irvin Perez, 18, are among 10 men accused of attacking a man Sept. 4 in the 600 block of Plumer Street, kicking and punching him and then stealing his wallet. The four are charged with assault with a deadly weapon and enhancements for allegedly being part of a local street gang.
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Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 25, 2010
A Costa Mesa transient was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for threatening a group of teenagers with a knife in December while hurling racial epithets at them outside a pharmacy. Ronald Allen Bramlett, 65, pleaded guilty to felony counts of aggravated assault and criminal threats enhanced with a hate crime and deadly weapons accusations. He took a court-offered plea agreement to eight years in prison. Bramlett could have been sentenced to more than 18 years with convictions for a bank robbery in Oregon and a local petty theft from 2001 on his record.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | February 8, 2010
A teenage Iraqi king made a pit stop in Newport Beach where he dined at the Balboa Bay Club and swam in Newport Harbor, during a whirlwind American tour in 1952. King Faisal II Al Hashimi of Iraq was only 17 when he embarked on a cross-country tour of the United States, arriving in New York aboard the Queen Mary in August 1952, according to historical news accounts. On his cross-country trip, the young king would meet President Harry Truman, baseball great Jackie Robinson and several Hollywood stars.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | January 29, 2010
A Costa Mesa gang member was sentenced to 16 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing a teenager in 2008. Scott Santana, 25, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal. He had time tacked on for enhancements of being a gang member and using a knife during the crime. Santana fatally stabbed 17-year-old Javier Paz Jan. 26, 2008, outside the El Metate Market, 817 W. 19th St. Police said the two were involved in a fight outside the market when Santana stabbed the teenager.
LOCAL
December 31, 2009
A Costa Mesa transient has been charged with a hate crime and is being held on $1-million bail after allegedly calling a black teenager racial slurs outside a local CVS Pharmacy and threatening him with a knife. Ronald Allen Bramlett, 65, a white transient who lists his address as Share Our Selves in Costa Mesa, was charged with felony aggravated assault, criminal threats and an enhancement of an alleged hate crime for a confrontation police said he had with teenagers Tuesday. According to prosecutors, Bramlett told teenagers hanging out outside the pharmacy that he was part of a well-known white supremacist gang.
FEATURES
By Mona Shadia | December 23, 2009
Rachel Pupiromrat is 17. Before coming across Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California, she had moved 20 times and attended a dozen schools. The teen had struggled at school. But the Costa Mesa- based non- profit has transformed her life. Now, she’s been accepted to De Paul University, in Chicago. “I’ve lived here all of my life, and I want something different and a fresh start,” Rachel said. “I want to meet new people, who haven’t grown up where I have grown up.” Boys Hope Girls Hope of Southern California is a place where children can get an education and a chance at hope for better possibilities in life.
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