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November 28, 2000
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Newport Heights Elementary staff spent Friday evening cleaning orange slush off the cafeteria floor, pulling a stuffed animal from a microwave oven and mopping up foam from a fire extinguisher after vandals struck at the campus and stole money from a classroom, officials said. School officials said a kindergarten classroom and the cafeteria were the vandals' targets, but classes resumed as usual Monday morning with all signs of the damage gone.
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June 15, 2000
Sue Doyle NEWPORT BEACH -- Vandals hit schoolyards this weekend, setting a small fire in one classroom and creating problems on two other campuses, authorities said. There was no damage to the classroom at Newport Heights Elementary School, where police said someone stuck a lighter through a partially open window and ignited some paper art decorations between Friday evening and Monday morning. Newport Beach police Sgt. Mike McDermott said authorities have no leads on who set the fire, or any suspects in the two other vandalism incidents.
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November 14, 2000
Deepa Bharath CORONA DEL MAR -- Vandals went on a destructive spree over the weekend, smashing car windows and side-view mirrors and ultimately causing about $6,000 in damages, police said Monday. Eleven incidents were reported between Saturday night and Sunday morning in various beach neighborhoods, including Jasmine Avenue, Seaward Road, Seacrest Drive and Lilac Avenue. Most of the victims were homeowners who parked their cars on the street, police said.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
Deepa Bharath Vandals apparently embarked on a window-breaking spree over the weekend, possibly using baseball bats and BB guns to smash the glass of homes and cars, officials said Wednesday. Nine similar incidents were reported between Friday morning and Sunday night, all involving vandals either hitting a window with a baseball bat, throwing objects or probably using a pellet or BB gun, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney said. The incidents were not concentrated in one area, but reportedly occurred all over the city -- Paularino Avenue, Bristol Street, Sunflower Avenue, Maple Avenue, Rose Lane, Monte Vista Avenue, Canary Drive, Rosemary Place and Labrador Drive.
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By Mona Shadia | January 26, 2010
Costa Mesa officials say they are trying to arm themselves with a new weapon for fighting graffiti.City staff members are drafting an ordinance that, they say, would better help the city go after vandals whether they are adults or parents and guardians of individuals younger than 18. “The graffiti ordinance does a pretty good job already, but we want to enhance it, and we’ve researched, and the council had heard about some other improvements...
NEWS
December 7, 2000
COSTA MESA Bristol Street: Grand theft was reported in the 3000 block at 9:17 a.m. Tuesday. Iowa Street: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1600 block at 11:47 a.m. Tuesday. Placentia Avenue and Victoria Street: A hit-and-run misdemeanor was reported at 9:46 a.m. Tuesday. Scott Place: Vandalism was reported in the 700 block at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday. NEWPORT BEACH East Coast Highway: Vandals reportedly broke a small window pane in the 2600 block at 8:30 a.m. Monday.
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By Bradley Zint | April 23, 2014
When Costa Mesa Sanitary District employees arrived at work Wednesday morning, they found themselves witnessing the aftermath of an unusually dirty mess. Someone had thrown feces on the district's West 19th Street headquarters, contaminating the sidewalls, windows and front door. Given some past issues in the area, district officials believe a homeless person is responsible for the act, which was cleaned up by a power-washer service by around 8 a.m. - an hour after employees first saw the damage and before police arrived to make their report.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 28, 2014
An Orange County jury on Friday acquitted a former Costa Mesa city employee of vandalizing a $5 campaign sign during the contentious 2012 city election. Prosecutors were unable to convince the 12-member panel that Steven Charles White, 40, was the one shown in a grainy video of a man destroying a political sign on a night in October 2012 and tossing it into the bushes at Fair and Columbia drives During the trial, Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Mestman said White had a political motive and the opportunity to rip up the sign, which advertised a slate of candidates running for the City Council known as the 3Ms: Councilman Steve Mensinger, Councilman Gary Monahan and Planning Commissioner Colin McCarthy.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 27, 2014
Tattooed shins and a penchant for pedicures prove a Costa Mesa man charged with vandalizing a political campaign sign in 2012 is wrongfully accused, his defense argued at trial Thursday. Steven Charles White, 40, formerly a maintenance worker with the city of Costa Mesa, was charged last year with misdemeanor vandalism for allegedly ripping up a lawn sign advertising candidates in a heated City Council race. Testimony in his jury trial began and concluded Thursday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, with the prosecutor and defense focused on exactly who is shown in grainy black-and-white footage ripping up a sign for a slate of candidates.
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By Bradley Zint | March 26, 2014
For the second time this month, the Orange County Model Engineers group has reported major vandalism at its ridable train setup in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park. Six park tables at Goathill Junction, which is what the nearly 40-acre rail attraction is called, were vandalized between 4 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Tuesday, said Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott. It appears that vandals may have jumped on the tables, Scott said. Club spokesman Hank Castignetti said Wednesday that the vandals broke four wooden and two metal tables, causing as much as $3,000 in damage.
NEWS
February 25, 2014
Police are looking for vandals responsible spray-painting 31 cars and setting another on fire in Costa Mesa. Firefighters and police responded to reports of a vehicle fire at 4 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 3400 block of Venetian Drive. The car's owner was inside his house when he heard his car alarm. He looked outside and saw his car engulfed in flames, according to a Police Department news release Monday. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the car was destroyed. The vandals also wrote "ha ha" in black spray paint on the outside of the victim's garage, the release stated.
NEWS
December 28, 2013
Someone spray painted the words "boats n hoes" on a sign welcoming drivers to Newport Beach near Sage Hill School, according to police. A passerby on Newport Coast Drive reported the graffiti to the Newport Beach police shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday, Lt. Evan Sailor said. The phrase likely references a song and music video featured in the Will Ferrell comedy "Step Brothers. " Sailor said an officer responded to take a report and police are investigating the graffiti as vandalism to city property.
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September 30, 2013
An Orange County Superior Court judge agreed Monday to postpone the trial of a former Costa Mesa city employee accused of tampering with political campaign signs last year. Steven Charles White, 39, faces a misdemeanor vandalism charge for allegedly destroying a campaign sign for now-Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, Councilman Gary Monahan and council candidate Colin McCarthy, known collectively as the 3Ms, and a sign for Measure V, a proposed charter initiative. White was not present for proceedings at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.
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By Bradley Zint | September 11, 2013
A Fairview Park activist group is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identity of those responsible for laying down material that encroached upon a federally protected habitat. Friends of Fairview Nature Park is seeking the people or entities responsible for the recently un-permitted placement of decomposed granite (DG) onto two trails within the 208-acre park's southeastern edge, near Jim Scott Stadium and Parsons Field. A portion of the DG, according to a city-commissioned report, affected one of Fairview Park's vernal pools, a wetland-like habitat that contains the San Diego fairy shrimp - an endangered species - and other wildlife.
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By Bradley Zint and This post has been updated, as noted below. | August 1, 2013
The inside of the vacant Port Mesa church is in thrashed disarray. Broken-down doors, spilled roofing tar, shattered glass and trash are the evidence of vandals ravaging the former Westside Costa Mesa church and school from within. The walls where the faithful once looked up in reverence and the pews where they sat are scarred by graffiti. All 34 mahogany pews must be restored and cleaned to be used again - which is exactly what the new owners want to see happen. RSI bought the 2.1-acre property at 650 Hamilton St. in December 2012 for $3.1 million, according to public records.
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