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Volume 5, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Police Files

Former PIMCO exec sentenced to nine months in college admissions scandal

A former top executive for PIMCO has been sentenced to nine months beyond bars after being charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering in the college admissions scandal.

Doug Hodge, formerly the chief executive of PIMCO, was sentenced to nine months in prison for paying $850,000 in order to get his four children into Georgetown University and USC as fake athletic recruits.

Hodge is 62 and resides in Laguna Beach. He is the latest person to be sentenced in the William “Rick” Singer college admissions fraud scandal. Singer, of Newport Beach, worked as a college admissions consultant.

Hodge will also have to pay a fine of $750,000, serve 500 hours of community service and remain on supervised release for two years.

PIMCO is Newport Beach-based investment company headquartered in the Newport Center area.

Suspicious vehicle leads to heroin arrest and then meth found later in jail

On Monday, February 3, around 1 a.m., Newport Beach Police received a call concerning a suspicious vehicle in the area of Irvine Avenue and Holly Lane.

The suspect was contacted by officers. Police found Marianna Lorena McGeisey, 43, of Riverside, sitting in her vehicle and upon further discovery found her to be in possession of heroin.

McGeisey was placed under arrest. Upon entering the NBPD a short time later, McGeisey was also found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.

She was booked on possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in prison.

Her bail was set at $25,000.

Early morning arrest finds guns, large capacity magazines and drugs

While on patrol in the early morning hours of Tuesday, February 4, Newport Beach Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with a code violation at E. Coast Highway and Morning Canyon Road.

Upon questioning, police found that the driver, Jesse Albert Gomez, 32, of Corona, was on parole. Gomez and a fellow passenger, Stephanie Rose Hernandez, 36, of Corona, were asked to exit the vehicle for further investigation.

Police found Gomez in possession of unlawful paraphernalia, a controlled substance and found him to be in possession of a firearm.

Hernandez was also carrying a loaded firearm on her person that was not registered, a large capacity magazine, and unlawful paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

The pair was arrested on a variety of charges, including parole violations and possessing a firearm while armed.

Hernandez was arrested and held on $20,000 bail, while Gomez was held on $2,500 bail.

Police arrest suspect for starting a fire while attempting to cook up a meal

A brush fire broke out in an area 300 feet east of the curb of Reef Point Drive and 45 feet north of the north curb of PCH around 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, February 2. The Newport Beach Fire Department in addition to the Newport Beach Police Department were called for service.

Once the fire was extinguished, police found that Shane Michael Sutton, 41, of Laguna Beach, had intentionally started the fire with the purpose of preparing some food.

Sutton, who had two warrants, one for unlawfully causing a fire and another for entering closed lands, was additionally charged with recklessly causing a fire that also involved a structure.

He was arrested and held on $60,000 bail.

Routine traffic stop finds wanted fugitive from justice

On Sunday, February 2, around 4:30 p.m., Newport Beach Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with a code violation.

Upon further investigation and questioning, police found that the driver, Niqueau Dvaughn Johnson, 29, of North Las Vegas, was a fugitive from justice with an arrest warrant related to a bond violation out of Colorado.

Police arrested Johnson and he was being held on $100,000 bail.

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.

Lifeguards: On the Waterfront

Cool air brings nice waves, but quiet times to the beach

Last week Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguards watched over an estimated 40,000 people. Cooler temperatures brought fewer people to the beaches. Lifeguards remained busy preparing for the upcoming Lifeguard Tryouts held February 9.

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For the last week, lifeguards made one ocean rescue, 27 preventative actions, 189 public contacts, 14 medical aids, 2 boat warnings, 40 animal warnings and three code enforcements.

Lifeguards Weekly Statistics are from Monday, February 2 through Sunday, February 9, 2020.

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