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By Brianna Bailey | May 13, 2010
Local mom Mindy Cameron, whose 8-year-old son Christopher has a lethal genetic disease, attempted to climb Mt. Rainier in Washington last summer to raise money for medical research, but made it only about halfway to the top of the difficult slope. This year she’s hoping to make it to the top of Mt. Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains and raise $10,000 for medical research. And, this time, she’s got the help of 18 local moms who will make the climb with her. “I already had a built-in team, so I thought, why not?
November 6, 2002
Red-light runner causes three-vehicle accident A motorcyclist suffered major head injuries Tuesday afternoon after he ran a red light and hit a vehicle, Costa Mesa Police said. Richard Rolsheim was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. Police said Rolsheim, traveling southbound on Bear Street at about 3:05 p.m., did not stop at a red light on Paularino Avenue. He hit a driver who was turning left from Bear onto Yukon Avenue. That driver was struck by another car, officials said.
September 27, 2002
-- Deepa Bharath BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Hearing held for former youth worker Newport Beach Police investigators testified at a Thursday preliminary hearing at the Harbor Justice Center for a former city recreation coordinator accused of inappropriately touching several young boys. Trenton Michael Veches was arrested in April on suspicion of behaving inappropriately with several boys, 10 years of age or younger. He faces felony charges for allegedly sucking the boys' toes.
October 28, 1999
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- Each Wednesday just after noon, a group of second-grade students at Kaiser Primary Center can be seen trouping out of the cafeteria with the lunch du jour and cartons of chocolate milk. Where are they going? Back to class to meet with their teachers and many parents -- also on lunch breaks -- for a book club. The club is optional and takes place during recess once a week. Yet the carpet surrounding second-grade teachers Julie Garmon and Caryn Broesamle was packed with 22 readers.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | 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.
By Brianna Bailey | March 18, 2010
Some of the country’s top medical researchers arrived in Newport Beach on Thursday to help find a cure for a fatal genetic disease that strikes young boys. The Newport Beach-based nonprofit CureDuchenne is hosting its first Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Summit at the Newport Beach Marriott this week to discuss the latest developments in medical research on the disease. “I’m very humbled, first of all, to have this level of top researchers in the world giving up their weekend to come out here,” said mom and CureDuchenne co-founder Debra Miller.
By Mona Shahcitizen correspondent | April 3, 2009
Newport Beach-based Daddy Cakes served pancakes to more than 340 students, parents and faculty at Panorama Elementary School’s inaugural Pancake Breakfast. Organizers hope to make it an annual event. Panorama Elementary School raised $1,100 for its upper-grade activities for fourth- and fifth-graders in only one hour. Daddy Cakes, which produces a line of nine flavors of pancake mixes, has grown exponentially over the past year, recently expanding its distribution in Orange County to Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Farmers Markets.
By Joseph Serna | September 10, 2009
An Orange County jury on Thursday gave a Costa Mesa man his fourth felony conviction for molesting young boys. This time, it was a young relative he had abused. Dennis James Ward, 45, was convicted of nine felony counts of molesting a boy between 1990 and 1992, when the child was between 4 and 6 years old. It was not the most recent molestation Ward had been guilty of. Fourteen years ago, he was convicted of molesting two Huntington Beach children who had slept over at his house between 1992 and 1993.
September 7, 2004
Coach should get trophy, not a ticket for 'illegally' practicing I have worked in the mental health and youth-development field for 28 years. All the research I've read on developing healthy, well-balanced adolescents cites the need for caring adults in their lives -- adults who model compassion, fair play and altruism (doing something for others with no gain for self). Along comes Rick Campo -- a caring father, a dedicated coach, a family man with many friends -- who wants to help his neighborhood kids realize their dreams of going to Cooperstown to play baseball.
October 9, 2002
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Arraignment delayed in Veches case Arraignment for Trenton Veches, a former Newport Beach recreation coordinator accused of sucking young boys' toes, was continued from Tuesday to Nov. 5. Veches, 31, pleaded not guilty April 19 to seven counts of lewd conduct with children. He also faces a special one-strike enhancement on each of those charges, which, if proved, can send him to prison for life without eligibility for parole for at least 25 years.
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