September 26, 2008
When IndyMac Bank failed in July, panicked customers brought lawn chairs and umbrellas to sit outside the Costa Mesa branch for hours to get their money back as quickly as possible. The branch shut its front door and let customers in one at a time through a locked back door, while hundreds of people formed a line that snaked around the parking lot. It was a very different scene Friday afternoon at the three Costa Mesa Washington Mutual branches, following news of the largest bank failure in United States history.
August 16, 2008
Costa Mesa police cited 22 drivers and impounded 11 cars during a DUI checkpoint Friday, Sgt. Robert Sharpnack said. A total of 595 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at Wilson Street and Pomona Avenue, and 29 drivers were screened, Sharpnack said. No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but five drivers were cited for having no license and five more for driving with a suspended license, Sharpnack said. Officers plan to conduct another checkpoint Sept.
August 14, 2008
AREA 1 Charle Street: A vehicle was reported stolen in the 2000 block at 10:47 a.m. Wednesday. Pinecreek Drive: A drunk male was reported in the 2800 block at 2:35 p.m. Thursday. West 19th Street: A battery was reported in the 800 block at 6:07 p.m. Thursday. Harbor Boulevard: A grand theft was reported in the 3000 block at 7:44 p.m. Thursday. Wilson Street: A robbery was reported in the 300 block at 11:41 p.m. Thursday. AREA 2 Anton Boulevard: A commercial burglary was reported in the 500 block at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
May 11, 2008
A sobriety checkpoint in Costa Mesa on Friday yielded 13 citations and 10 impounded vehicles, Costa Mesa Police said. The checkpoint on Newport Boulevard and Flower Street saw a total of 2,050 vehicles and screened 410 drivers. Through the checkpoint and investigations by police, three drivers were cited for DUI, two were cited for having no license, three were cited for having a suspended license and one person was arrested on a warrant. Another checkpoint will be June 6 at Wilson Street and Pomona Avenue.
April 2, 2008
More than 260 Costa Mesa residents were without power until early Tuesday after a car crash the day before caused a short in some high-voltage wires, Southern California Edison officials said. Police had few details on the 5:30 p.m. Monday crash. A car somehow ended up through a chain link fence and into electrical equipment off the southbound Newport Boulevard lanes at Wilson Street, police said. The intersection was shut down for at least two hours, fire officials said. Edison officials said up to 4,100 customers were without power for about 30 seconds, but between 260 and 265 people were without power until about 4:50 a.m. Tuesday.
January 4, 2008
A Costa Mesa woman who suffered severe injuries when she was hit by a car died over the weekend, coroners said. Laura Monteleone, 34, died at 4:10 p.m. Sunday of “severe, blunt head trauma” after she was struck by a Chevy Silverado while crossing the intersection at Wilson Street and Center Way Dec. 27. According to Costa Mesa Police, motorist Sergio Rico Delgado, 34, failed to notice Monteleone as she crossed the street in front of...
December 28, 2007
A woman hit by a car Thursday morning on Wilson Street just east of Harbor Boulevard may have suffered deadly injuries, police said. Laura Monteleone, 34, of Costa Mesa, was listed in critical but stable condition, police said. She had “significant skull fractures to the base and right side of her skull, brain trauma, multiple rib fractures,” Sgt. Robert Sharpnack said. When police arrived at Center and Wilson streets at about 9 a.m. they found Monteleone lying on the road, bleeding from her ears and mouth, Sgt. Zack Hoferitza said.
December 5, 2007
Costa Mesa residents will receive myriad road improvements from their city officials this holiday season, with more than $8 million in repaving and sidewalk projects scheduled to run through October of next year. Thirteen roads are slated for rehabilitation under the project — three to four times the typical size of the city’s annual repaving initiatives. The work was made possible by a Arterial Highway Financing Program grant covering 28% to 32% of the project’s costs, Costa Mesa Transportation Manager Peter Naghavi said.