See the update on page 2 with details on a memorial fund and services for Ben Carlson as well as more about the fallen lifeguard. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 7, 8:26 A.M.: A 15-year veteran of the Newport Beach Lifeguards last evening became the first city lifeguard to die in the line of duty.
The Newport Beach Police Department announced this morning that a man was shot to death by at least one of its officers inside a 7-Eleven Thursday night.
Just to make it clear from the outset, the Roberto Duran who along with six others was indicted in what Orange County prosecutors call the biggest loan modification scam in the country IS NOT Roberto Duran, the "no mas" boxer. According to the Newport Beach Police Department and Orange County Distri ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post with details on Anaheim's Saturday night checkpoint. ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 18, 6:09 A.M.: The Newport Beach Police Department holds a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday. The location of the operation has not been disclosed.
In the view of Newport Beach Police Department officials, Paul Keesling is a prolific burglar who specializes in targeting mansions in ultra-wealthy neighborhoods and won the nickname "Dinnertime Bandit" because he liked to strike when families dined out. An Orange County prosecutor won a convictio ... More >>
The Newport Beach Police Department has issued a "Scam Alert" about a recent rash of phone calls residents are getting from someone claiming to have a bench warrant out for the arrest of the person who picked up the phone. Saying he is a Newport Beach police employee, the caller warns a fee must be ... More >>
Orange County billionaire Don Bren's Island Hotel gave multiple command staff officers at the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) free suites, massages, spa services, booze and food, and agreed to erase hotel surveillance footage when the cops didn't want any record of who they were partying with ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post about the Newport-Mesa Unified School District confirming Ron Martin is on paid leave because of a report of battery involving a student.ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 11, 1:10 P.M.: A Corona del Mar High School drama teacher has been on paid leave since Wednesday because ... More >>
In February 2008, Newport Beach Police Department Sgt. John Hougan acted honorably by testifying truthfully in a civil lawsuit about how his bosses had discriminated against a fellow officer they erroneously assumed was gay and the abused officer, whose promotions had been sabotaged, won the $1.7 m ... More >>
See the update on page 2 with stats from Costa Mesa's DUI checkpoint.ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 26, 2:29 P.M.: While they may not pack as extreme a nightmare as, say, playing an Angel game at the Big A at the same time Rihanna is singing in the Honda Center and the last remnants of the evening rush hour a ... More >>
More accusations of a dismally corrupt Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) were made today by a retired high ranking officer who has filed a lawsuit seeking damages for blocking his advancement through a rigged promotion process.In the 27-page lawsuit filed today at Orange County Superior Court, ... More >>
The Newport Beach Police Department is holding a sobriety checkpoint tonight and--praise be--the cops are disclosing the location.It's at Newport Boulevard and Finley Avenue from 8:30 p.m. through 3 a.m. Saturday.That would put it near City Hall, councilman!
See Update No. 2 on page 2 about donations being sought for the family of the detective, who leaves behind four children. See Update No. 1 on the next page identifying the deceased officer and more career details.ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 6, 9:37 A.M.: Flags are flying at half-staff in front of the Costa ... More >>
See the Update No. 3 at the end of page 2 with a friend and lawyer of the victim reportedly saying she had a baby in January and was trying to leave prostitution behind. See Update No. 2 on page 2 with the victim's multiple prostitution arrests and Update No. 1 on the next page with the victim's I.D ... More >>
Tourists take over beach towns on weekends, so locals know the best time to go out is Thursday night.Guess the cops have figured that out, too.The Newport Beach Police Department is conducting a sobriety checkpoint starting at 8 tonight at . . .
Newport Beach retiree Robert Pimentel, who is fighting charges he touched at least 12 little girls sexually during his Los Angeles Unified School District teaching career, committed lewd acts on one of the victims in Orange County, according to authorities. Already facing criminal counts tied to tha ... More >>
See Update Nos. 2-3 on page 2 with the DA's murder charges, more on the suspect's health, the doctor's treatment of him and the defendant's postponed arraignment this afternoon.See Update No. 1 after the jump with the suspect's mugshot, health woes and more on the physician. ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 29, ... More >>
The Ninth Circuit federal appellate court today handed a legal victory of sorts to the lone woman involved in the gruesome 2004 murder at sea of Thomas and Jackie Hawks in hopes of stealing the couple's 55-foot, Newport Beach-based yacht.The panel ruled that U.S. District Court Judge Phili ... More >>
The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) just announced that 42-year-old Marcos Sarinana Gurrola of Garden Grove faces 66 felony counts and, if convicted, up to 115 years in state prison for allegedly firing multiple rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in the busy Fashion Island parking ... More >>
Marcus Sarinana Gurrola, the Garden Grove 42-year-old accused of firing more than 50 semiautomatic gun rounds into the sky and ground at busy Fashion Island Saturday, was "destitute" and venting his life problems," according to the Newport Beach Police Department.Videos from horrified shoppers with ... More >>
See the update on the next page identifying the suspect and providing more incident details.ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 15, 5:28 P.M.: Authorities have announced that there was a shooting late this afternoon at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, in the parking structure near Macy's. Macy's is currently was on ... More >>
A California chiropractor caught in a Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) sting operation involving illegal sales of the popular party drug GHB must be relieved today that a federal judge in Orange County gave him a huge break.Dr. Ronald French of Ventura County could have been sent to priso ... More >>
See Update No. 5 at the end of this post about the husband blaming a house painter for his wife's death and why police aren't buying that story.See Update Nos. 1-4 with the charge against and possible motive of the suspect, the kind of car he was driving, what authorities are calling his false murde ... More >>
When we Gazed our Navel on MySpace rapist Jason Ara Erpinar and his unicorn-follicle horn being tried the first time in August 2011, we received comments from his pals claiming there is no way the Yorba Linda 23-year-old sexually assaulted three woman, that we were out to get him and that his victim ... More >>
You can't find a more ideal example of a great police officer in California than John Hougan was at the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD).It is not just that Hougan was excellent at crime solving.Unlike some other Orange County cops--including several warped officers inside the NBPD, the 22-yea ... More >>
A human resources department would normally rejoice if one of its recruitment videos went viral.But in the case of the latest online tool from the Newport Beach Police Department, "rejoice" isn't quite the right word.Recruitment videos for Navy SEALs are less, as one horrified clip viewer put it, "f ... More >>
Watch out 99%, a notorious 1 percenter is coming into town...again. Mitt Romney is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach on Friday night, less than three months since his last Orange County fundraiser. According to the Daily Pilot, the Republic ... More >>
The Newport Beach Police Department conducts a sobriety checkpoint tonight at North Newport Boulevard near Finley Avenue.The operation runs from 8 tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday.Police say the enforcement area was chosen because it is near bars and previous DUI-related incidents.
The jobless couple who brazenly took over an empty multimillion-dollar, oceanview Newport Coast home, pretended it was theirs and mocked the Newport Beach Police Department have acknowledged criminal conduct in exchange for a sweetheart deal from Orange County's most notorious judge: Robert R. Fi ... More >>
The Newport Beach Police Department conducts a sobriety checkpoint from 4 to 11 p.m. today at Dover Drive and 18th Street.Cops will be hunting for motorists who have no drivers license or have had too much to drink or drug.
UPDATE, NOV. 9, 11:17 A.M.: Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry, who first proposed the Ronald Reagan statue that was unveiled at Bonita Canyon Sports Park last month, threw out to his council colleagues Tuesday night the idea of offering a $5,000 reward for whoever tried to take the life-s ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 31, 2:40 P.M.: San Diego attorney Michael T. Pines, who advised a 72-year-old client to break into a Newport Coast home he had been foreclosed out of--and invited the media and the bank trustee to watch the spectacle-- faces charges that could have him spending a year behind bars.The ... More >>
A Vermont parolee faces arraignment in Santa Ana Thursday morning for allegedly stealing more than $280,000 from a deaf, blind and demented 98-year-old widow and using the money to buy such expensive items as two pre-owned cars, a Tiffany & Co. engagement ring for his girlfriend, a classic r ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 11, 8:39 A.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department has released the results of its DUI checkpoint at Newport Boulevard and 17th Street Saturday night:2,127 vehicles through the checkpoint; 611 vehicles screened; 9 drivers given field sobriety tests; 6 DUI suspects arrested; 12 driv ... More >>
MySpaceEdgar UriaUPDATE, MARCH 31, 12:59 P.M.: The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is backing off claims that the owner of a cigar lounge was involved in the beating of a Muslim cab driver in Newport Beach.On CAIR-LA's Facebook page, the Anaheim office of the Muslim American rights o ... More >>
Courtesy of Newport Beach Police DepartmentDanae Marie Miller is accused of killing bicyclist.It's our weekly look at things said about or from Orange County on the Interwebs:Pedal Power Outage in Newport Beach An urban bicycling enthusiast sees a disconnect between Newport Beach shutting down th ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 15, 2:03 P.M.: 32-year-old Santos Basilio O'Dell waived extradition in Santa Ana and is expected to be transported to Arizona to face charges of raping a teenage girl there in 2004.Authorities in Chandler, Arizona, say a DNA sample taken from O'Dell in Orange County links him to the ... More >>
It has become a holiday tradition: each December a police helicopter circles Harbor View Elementary School in Corona Del Mar, lands on the school grounds and out pops Santa and Mrs. Claus to the hoots, hollers and cheers of excited boys and girls ready to be given candy canes a ... More >>
I'd nearly forgotten having blogged on the July 2009 arrest of Phong Huu Nguyen, who was charged with making criminal threats after a Newport Beach apartment he was evicted from was discovered to have threatening messages painted on the walls and powder-filled jars left behind labeled "anthrax."T ... More >>
Not Fonzie, Ponzi!Just found this in my spam filter folder: A hard money lender got 18 years in state prison this week for stealing $2.6 million from investors in a Ponzi and real estate fraud scheme. Joseph Anthony Veltre, 68, of Orange, also must pay $2.6 million (that he hopefully wasn't pla ... More >>
It's the Weekly's weekly round-up of local police calls--small fry edition . . . MONDAY, JULY 20Artist's rendering of Bank of America robber. He may belong to that notorious street gang, the Lollipop Kids.Watch Those Kids at the Playground A 3-year-old boy was at the playground in Ponderosa Park ... More >>
During closing arguments today, the lawyer for a Newport Beach Police Department sergeant who claims he was denied a promotion to lieutenant because of rumors that he's a homosexual described the department's managers as "a bunch of gossipy men" willing to lie under oath about their anti-gay sentime ... More >>
In the sensational homosexual rumor/promotion discrimination case, lawyers for both the Newport Beach Police Department and Sgt. Neil Harvey told an Orange County Superior Court judge this afternoon that they have no more witnesses.Jurors, who today looked anxious to get the case for deliberations, ... More >>
Despite a judges ruling that he defrauded investors of millions, Eddie Allen still runs free
Angry hippies haunt our past
Encounter with Longtime Foe Leads to Battery Complaint Against Dornan