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Volume 5, Issue 25  |  March 27, 2020


Police Files

NBPD releases video of vehicle involved in pedestrian hit-and-run injury accident, seeks community’s help

On Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at about 7:57 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision at the intersection of Superior Avenue and Hospital Road. 

The investigation has revealed the involved vehicle was traveling northbound on Superior Avenue and struck a pedestrian who was walking eastbound across the intersection in the north crosswalk of Hospital Road. The victim sustained major injuries as a result of the collision and is in stable condition. After the collision, the involved vehicle fled the scene.

Police Files 1.24.20

Courtesy of NBPD

Based on a screen shot of the video obtained from the NBPD, the vehicle appears to be a small SUV, red or maroon in color. It can be seen in the photo just to the left of the silver vehicle waiting at the stoplight.

The vehicle sustained damage to the right side. A possible make/model of the vehicle is an early 2000 Land Rover Freelander.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Detective Troy Zeeman at 949.644.3747 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Newport Beach resident pleads guilty to hiring a stand-in to take son’s college online courses at Georgetown University

Newport Beach resident Karen Littfair, 57, pleaded guilty earlier this week in Boston for hiring a stand-in to take online classes for her son at Georgetown University. Littlefair pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

That charge carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison. However, prosecutors are working on a plea deal where they’d recommend a four-month sentence and a $9,500 fine.

Littlefair’s son was attending Georgetown University and needed to pass those courses in order to graduate. She agreed to hire an employee of Newport Beach businessman William “Rick” Singer $9,000 to stand-in and take the courses.

That employee completed four courses for Littlefair’s son who then graduated in 2018.

Littlefair was one of 50+ defendants nationwide to participate in a bribery scandal in which parents hired Singer for thousands of dollars to assist their children primarily with college entrance assistance.

Sentencing for Littlefair is scheduled for May 13.

Police spot stolen vehicle and arrest occupant

On Sunday, January 19, around 11:20 a.m., Newport Beach Police officers observed a stolen vehicle in the area of 16th St. and Irvine Ave. and effected a traffic stop. After questioning, police arrested Kana Miyamoto, 34, of Costa Mesa, who was in possession of the auto.

The vehicle, a 2019 Audi Q6, had been reported stolen earlier from the 3000 block of W. Coast Highway from an acquaintance of Miyamoto’s.

Further investigation found that Miyamoto was also in felony violation of her probation.

She was charged with taking an auto without the owner’s consent and held on $20,000 bail.

No suspects in forced-entry commercial burglary

On Monday, January 20, Newport Beach Police were called for service in reference to a forced-entry commercial burglary in the 1100 block of Irvine Ave. 

The victim reported that an unknown suspect or suspects made entry into the business sometime between 8:25 p.m. on Sunday, January 19 and 6:25 a.m. Monday, January 20. Taken were money, a safe and various electronic equipment.

The missing property was estimated at $11,500.

There are no leads at this time.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

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