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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
COSTA MESA — South Coast Plaza security gave an elderly woman a "citation" Wednesday after she protested outside Abercrombie & Fitch for reportedly selling push-up bikini tops to young girls, Costa Mesa police said. Ethel Bolton, 75, sat quietly defiant in her wheelchair by the store's entrance inside the shopping center and held a sign that read "Abercrombie: Pedophiles sexualizing little girls thru clothing. " According to nationwide media reports, many parents are upset by the store's retailing of a padded bikini top for girls as young as 8. Originally marketed as a "push-up triangle" bikini, the name has been changed to "striped triangle," according to reports.
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By Alisha Gomez, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 11, 2012
The woman behind a line of girls' tween clothing and accessories with a message of empowerment has opened her first boutique for the brand in Costa Mesa. Cheryl Beck, founder of Bold Girlz, opened the Bold Girlz and Party Place boutique two months ago at Westport Plaza, 369 E. 17th St., as a way to build up brand recognition. "It's not a brand that fits in a women's boutique or a kiddie boutique," said Beck, who originally started the label as an online business, http://www.boldgirlz.com , in New York in 2010.
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By CMHS CHEERLEADERS | August 15, 2008
This week the CMHS cheerleaders held a youth clinic for girls ages 4-13. The girls learned basic cheers, a dance and tumbling, jumping and stunting skills. The four-day clinic was held at the high school and the girls were entertained and taught by the award-winning squad. The young girls looked up to these role models and were very impressed with their skills. The clinic attendees received cheer shirts, ribbons, pictures and a certificate of participation as well as performed for their parents on the last day.  They also will have the opportunity to perform at the Halecrest Chili cook off on Aug. 23 and will perform at a home CMHS football game at the new Scott Stadium.
NEWS
March 22, 2003
Deirdre Newman There are few things more soothing in life than the soft warmth of a fleece blanket on a chilly night. Brownies and Girl Scouts from the Newport Harbor area worked diligently Wednesday to make fleece blankets to help less fortunate children and teenagers stay warm and cozy. More than 190 young girls and troop leaders converged on the auditorium of Eastbluff Elementary School, huddling in groups to make a variety of colorful blankets.
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March 12, 2013
A Costa Mesa was convicted and sentenced Monday to a year in jail for exposing himself to young girls near two high schools, prosecutors said. On four instances, between Oct. 3 and Dec. 6, Alfredo Landaverde, 48, exposed himself near Valley High School and Godinez Fundamental High School, both in Santa Ana, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Landaverde would approach a group of girls ages 14 to 17 while still in his minivan and expose his penis, according to prosecutors.
NEWS
October 8, 2011
Irvine police are looking for a man his mid-20s who groped two young girls on their way home from a bus stop Monday. The 12-year-old victims described the man as African American, 6-feet tall, muscular and having curly hair tied back into a short pony tail, according to a Police Department news release. The girls were walking in the Quail Hill community at 3:30 p.m. when they were approached by the man, who appeared to be jogging. He touched the girls over their clothing, then fled on foot.
NEWS
July 29, 2001
Costa Mesa and Tustin police are still looking for a man who comes up to young girls in public places and exposes or attempts to expose himself. The departments are jointly investigating four separate incidents -- three in Costa Mesa and one in Tustin -- of indecent exposure and child annoying that they believe were committed by the same man, officials said. On April 25, Costa Mesa police received reports of a man approaching young girls between ages 7 and 10 at three locations -- Mesa Verde Library, Mesa Ballet Studio and a Barnes & Noble store -- and exposing himself to them.
FEATURES
By Lauren Vane | September 2, 2006
A Costa Mesa man deserves to die in prison for the sexual crimes he committed against children, a judge told a convicted child molester at a sentencing hearing Friday in Orange County Superior Court. George England, 61, was sentenced Friday to 28 years in prison for molesting three young girls in his Costa Mesa motor home in 1977. England was convicted nearly 30 years ago, but fled California before his sentencing hearing and had been living under an alias since. "It is the court's expectation that the defendant will die in prison," Judge Robert Fitzgerald said.
NEWS
October 4, 2003
Couple in sex case pleads not guilty A couple who worked at Newport Beach-based Pacific Care insurance company pleaded not guilty on Friday to molesting several young girls and videotaping them engaged in sexual acts. Orange County Sheriff's deputies raided the Rancho Santa Margarita home of 32-year-old David Shouthy Hwang and his new wife, Sheila Marie Sikat, 24, last month and found more than 100 homemade videotapes of Hwang molesting the girls, officials said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 13, 2014
The first time Linda Lawler spoke to Jacky she expected their conversation to be somber - sad, even. Instead, she was taken by the joy and hope beaming from the young woman, whose real name and age are not being used to protect her privacy. Laughter came easily to Jacky, a survivor of sexual violence who lives in My Refuge House in Cebu, Philippines, Lawler noted after they Skyped earlier this year. "She actually enjoys studying and wants to be a teacher and help poor children and her family," the Newport Beach resident said.
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By Lauren Williams | March 19, 2013
A Costa Mesa man has pleaded not guilty to possession of child pornography and explosives, court records show. Baylor Maggenti, 66, entered his plea March 14 in Orange County Superior Court. While investigating a report that he had multiple firearms in his home workshop, Costa Mesa police discovered Maggenti allegedly had 33 photos of girls who looked to be younger than 10 dressed scantily and posed in a sexually suggestive manner, court records show. The additional felony charge for possession of child pornography was added March 14, said Orange County district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.
NEWS
March 12, 2013
A Costa Mesa was convicted and sentenced Monday to a year in jail for exposing himself to young girls near two high schools, prosecutors said. On four instances, between Oct. 3 and Dec. 6, Alfredo Landaverde, 48, exposed himself near Valley High School and Godinez Fundamental High School, both in Santa Ana, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Landaverde would approach a group of girls ages 14 to 17 while still in his minivan and expose his penis, according to prosecutors.
NEWS
By Alisha Gomez, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 11, 2012
The woman behind a line of girls' tween clothing and accessories with a message of empowerment has opened her first boutique for the brand in Costa Mesa. Cheryl Beck, founder of Bold Girlz, opened the Bold Girlz and Party Place boutique two months ago at Westport Plaza, 369 E. 17th St., as a way to build up brand recognition. "It's not a brand that fits in a women's boutique or a kiddie boutique," said Beck, who originally started the label as an online business, http://www.boldgirlz.com , in New York in 2010.
NEWS
October 8, 2011
Irvine police are looking for a man his mid-20s who groped two young girls on their way home from a bus stop Monday. The 12-year-old victims described the man as African American, 6-feet tall, muscular and having curly hair tied back into a short pony tail, according to a Police Department news release. The girls were walking in the Quail Hill community at 3:30 p.m. when they were approached by the man, who appeared to be jogging. He touched the girls over their clothing, then fled on foot.
SPORTS
By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 23, 2011
Greg Sasaki likes to say his 8-and-under Silver All-Stars in the Irvine Girls' Softball Assn. (IGSA) were a "perfect" 0-18. That's 0 wins and 18 losses. But the team he started coaching three years ago that included his daughter, Hannah, has improved, big time. Sasaki's team is now the 10U Gold All-Stars of the IGSA, and it will play in the Western National Championships in Clovis from Aug. 1-7, having qualified two weekends ago when it placed third in the California state tournament in Lancaster.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | July 16, 2011
On Sunday, the Maddie James Foundation will celebrate the naming of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at Dana Point's Ocean Institute. The event will be catered by Newport Coast's Zov's Bistro. Maddie James, 5, died in March after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor only a couple months prior. A camper at the Ocean Institute, her parents, Kajsa James and Collie James, made it their mission to raise $1 million to name the new addition to the institute after their daughter, it being one of her favorite places . In less than three months, they raised the ambitious amount.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 30, 2011
COSTA MESA — South Coast Plaza security gave an elderly woman a "citation" Wednesday after she protested outside Abercrombie & Fitch for reportedly selling push-up bikini tops to young girls, Costa Mesa police said. Ethel Bolton, 75, sat quietly defiant in her wheelchair by the store's entrance inside the shopping center and held a sign that read "Abercrombie: Pedophiles sexualizing little girls thru clothing. " According to nationwide media reports, many parents are upset by the store's retailing of a padded bikini top for girls as young as 8. Originally marketed as a "push-up triangle" bikini, the name has been changed to "striped triangle," according to reports.
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By Alexandra Baird, abaird.dailypilot@gmail.com | March 25, 2011
A former Costa Mesa resident who repeatedly raped a young girl he bought in Vietnam will serve what could be the rest of his life behind bars. A federal court in Florida on Friday sentenced George Joseph England, 66, to 30 years in prison. England was convicted in January of transporting a minor for sexual purposes from Asia to California in 1974, and from California to Florida in 1977. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, England bought the girl — who was 3 or 4 years old at the time — from her mother in Vietnam, and brought her back with him to the United States.
NEWS
By KTLA-5 News | October 28, 2010
COSTA MESA — Police on Thursday arrested a man accused of groping two girls on an Orange County Transit Authority bus. Herath Premaratnea, 55, of Los Angeles was taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. Police say surveillance video shown on a local news station helped lead them to the suspect. Apparently, after the story aired, someone called police to report they recognized the man as Premaratnea and knew where he was. Premaratnea is suspected of being involved in at least two incidents that happened about 5:40 p.m. Monday aboard the OCTA bus traveling near Placentia Avenue and 18th Street in Costa Mesa.
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