September 1, 2009
Vanguard University is hosting a free screening of the documentary “Sin by Silence,” a film about battered women and their seemingly hopeless options to get out of abusive relationships. The screening is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Newport Mesa Church on the Vanguard University campus on Fair Drive next to Costa Mesa City Hall. The film was inspired by a Vanguard professor’s book on battered women who were killers. The documentary is directed by Vanguard alumna Olivia Klaus and co-produced and edited by Vanguard assistant professor Ann-Caryn Cleveland.
November 28, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- When Jessee Marshall saw another student being beat up on the school playground, he put a stop to it. "I told the bigger kid to stop beating up on him or else I'd either have to get a teacher or get him away myself," Jessee said. "The kid said thank you so much. He was so thankful because he already had a bloody nose and probably would have had a black eye." The sixth-grade student related this story to his classmates at Kaiser Elementary School on Monday morning during the first of five "Souper Safe Schools" anti-violence lessons.
December 7, 1999
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- Last month, Newport Harbor High student Kaylen Morrison announced her intention to fight back against the violence that plagues Newport-Mesa schools. Today she will meet with two San Juan Capistrano psychologists who want to help. Haig Musurlian and Valerie Want have developed a program they call the "Breakfast Club" in an attempt to diffuse some of the anger in students today. "What we do is get members of different cliques at school in a group and try to break down barriers and get them to see each other as people," Musurlian said.
January 27, 2000
-- Greg Risling An Orange County organization that lobbies for anti-gun legislation has launched an advertising campaign featuring billboards -- two of which will be placed in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. The billboards will feature a large military-style assault weapon plastered across its facade. The ads note that a majority of Orange County residents support a ban on assault weapons, but that nine out of 10 of the county's state legislators failed to support the same measure.
March 6, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- As the devastating news of another tragic school shooting washes over the nation, parents are left wondering if their children are safe at school. It can happen anywhere. And while it is becoming increasingly apparent that there are no guarantees of safety, officials in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District on Monday assured parents they are doing everything possible. For Newport-Mesa, the key is prevention, Supt.
March 14, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- Despite rumors at Corona del Mar High School that led to two suspensions last week, students at other Newport-Mesa schools say jokes about violence have quieted after last week's shooting at Santana High School. Jose Castro, a senior at Costa Mesa High School, said he loves to joke around but is extra careful these days. "It's not a game no more," he said. "What you mean as a joke can be taken pretty seriously.
July 27, 2013
At an Orange Coast College night class more than a year ago, a student walked outside during a break and said he wanted to kill the professor, according to a school official. The student then pointed his index finger, mimicking a gunshot from a pistol, said Vice President of Student Services Kristin Clark. Another student who saw the incident told the professor. Campus safety officers ended up escorting the first student off campus, Clark said. After class, officers made sure the professor safely made it to her car. "She was petrified," Clark said.
October 13, 2009
After three days of testimony, prosecutors Tuesday rested their murder case against Costa Mesa native and skinhead gang member Billy Joe Johnson. If he is convicted, attorneys would go into the trial’s penalty phase. The Orange County district attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty for Johnson, 46. Johnson is on trial for his alleged role in the March 2002 slaying of Scott Miller, a founding member of the Public Enemy Number One white supremacist gang. Other leaders in the gang “green-lighted” a hit against Miller following his participation in a 2001 TV news story about skinhead gangs in Southern California and the prison system.
October 25, 2001
Deirdre Newman COSTA MESA -- Brenda Aris' husband started abusing her before they were married. She was beaten on her wedding night and on the night before she had surgery for cervical cancer. Her jaw was broken, her ribs cracked, her eye sliced open in various incidents. Still, she stayed with her husband, mostly out of fear. It wasn't until her husband said, "I'm not going to let you live until morning," while he was beating her that something defiant awoke within her. Aris grabbed a gun from the kitchen and shot her husband dead.
June 30, 2000
Sue Doyle COSTA MESA -- Tanya Brown lived through the trauma of the murder of her sister, Nicole. But seeing the agony her parents went through is something she hopes no one experiences. "If only someone had spoken up earlier, she would still be alive," said Brown with tears in her eyes. Brown told her story to others as the guest speaker for a fund-raiser Thursday for Parent Help USA, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit agency devoted to child abuse prevention.