June 7, 2002
COSTA MESA - Police arrested a 19-year-old Huntington Beach man Wednesday evening under the suspicion of molesting two young boys in the restroom of a fast-food restaurant, officials said. David Anthony Tinoco reportedly approached two young boys, who are brothers, in the restroom of a McDonald's restaurant in South Coast Plaza in the 3300 block of Bristol Street at about 6:50 p.m., said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney. "He made physical contact with one of the boys and attempted to prevent the other from leaving the toilet area," he said.
March 29, 2003
Trial set for accused child molester A jury trial is set to begin on April 1 for Trenton Veches, a former Newport Beach recreation coordinator accused of sucking young boys' toes. Veches, 32, of Huntington Beach, who was arrested in April 2002, will face 28 felony counts of lewd contact with minors and one misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Veches quit his job after the allegations. He is being held in Orange County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail.
September 30, 2009
The Newport Beach-based nonprofit CureDuchenne will host a charity poker event at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa to raise money for medical research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. There is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a lethal genetic disease that affects roughly 1 in 3,500 young boys worldwide. Dealing for Duchenne, 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 10, will feature casino-style games, dinner, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. Admission to the gala is $150 per person.
September 2, 2009
When Bob Phillips was a young Boy Scout on a field trip to the old Costa Mesa police station on Ford Road, he had an epiphany. Officers asked for a volunteer to go into the single jail cell in the station, and Phillips raised his hand. When the door slammed shut in front of him and he peered out at his friends, he thought to himself, “I’d rather be on the other side looking in than on this side looking out,” he said. From that day on, he wanted to be a police officer.
February 25, 2009
Strength... Honor... Discipline... Young football players can come be a part of the 2008 League Champion Costa Mesa Eagles Pop Warner Football and Cheer program. Once they become a part of the Pop Warner family, they'll wonder why they didn't join it sooner. During the football season all teams and squads practice together... at the same time and day at Parson's Field (behind Jim Scott Stadium), and the snack bar is open for dinner during practice. Pop Warner has been an integral part of the youth sports community in Costa Mesa since 1963.
July 22, 2011
Re. Editorial: Newport should ban smoking in parks, July 17: Newport Beach is to be commended for finally embracing what more than 1,500 other cities nationwide have already adopted in its recently proposed ordinance for broader smoking restrictions. It is time to protect public health and environmental quality of the city's greatest asset — its coastal, park and open areas. Many of Newport's private commercial/retail and health-care establishments have already established practices for a smoke-free environment, as one can see in such high-profile locations as Newport Center and the Hoag Hospital campus.
May 15, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Veches jury may begin deliberations Jury deliberations are expected to begin today in the trial of the former Newport Beach recreation coordinator accused of sucking the toes of several young boys enrolled in the city's after-school programs. Trenton Veches, 32, was expected to testify in his defense, but he did not take the stand. Defense attorney John Dolan had said when the trial began that his client "wanted to tell his side of the story."
March 23, 2004
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Hearing begins in 1979 teen murder case A hearing started Monday in Riverside County to consider a request by the defense team of James Lee Crummel to admit evidence that could exonerate Crummel of charges that he killed a Costa Mesa teenager in 1979. The hearing will continue Thursday. Crummel was arrested in Newport Beach in 1997 on suspicion of murdering 13-year-old Jamey Wilfred Trotter. He has been in jail since, serving terms for molesting young boys.
February 1, 2013
A Costa Mesa Sunday school volunteer and pool cleaner accused of sexually abusing young boys pleaded not guilty Friday to the 16 felony counts he faces. During his arraignment at Orange County Mens Jail in Santa Ana, Christopher Bryan McKenzie denied charges that he abused four boys, including at least two he met through Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa. Newport Beach police arrested McKenzie in November on suspicion of sexually abusing two boys, one over a period from the late 1990s to 2005 and the other from 2005 to 2007.
November 29, 2011
Maria Elena Banks has come a long way from when she was a little girl growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, the descendant of a famous general and former president of Mexico. In the U.S., she's gone from working to eke out a living in real estate as a young woman raising two young boys alone — becoming the first woman Little League coach in Newport Beach and San Juan Capistrano along the way — to becoming president of a powerful Realtor group in Orange County. Banks, who likes to point out that English is her second language, which she learned to speak in Canada, was installed at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point on Friday as the 2012 president of the Orange County Assn.