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Scam alert advisory to residents

Newport Beach Police were alerted earlier this week of a phone scam alert taking place in the community where callers are impersonating a police department employee.

NBPD advises the community that they will not contact residents to request money.

NMPD reminds you that scammers are good at pretending to be someone they’re not. They can be convincing: sometimes manipulating Caller ID, using information from social networking sites, or hacking into email accounts to make it seem more real. They’ll pressure you or play on your emotions to get personal information or money from you.

Keep your information safe. Never give out personal identifying information, such as your social security number, bank account, or credit card account numbers, to anyone you do not know.

Burglary occurs in Park Newport

A residential burglary occurred in the 1300 block of Park Newport Drive in the Park Newport community on Monday, Oct. 19, between 8:30-9:30 a.m.

While the victim was out, an unknown suspect entered the property by unknown means. The suspect removed items for the bedrooms, living room and hallway before fleeing the scene.

The victim reported losses of jewelry, shoes, a laptop, bottles of alcohol and decorations. There was no associated value of loss reported.

There is no suspect information available at this time.

Good time to talk with teen drivers during National Safety Week

This week, October 18-24, is National Teen Driver Safety Week, and the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) is encouraging parents to discuss the importance of safe driving habits with their teens as newly licensed drivers.

“New drivers will naturally be inexperienced,” Lieutenant Damon Psaros said. “Parents play an important role helping teens stay safe behind the wheel. It starts with practicing good habits like wearing a seat belt, staying off the phone and following the speed limit.”

The greatest risk for teen drivers is distracted driving, speeding and impairment. The NBPD offers tips to parents and caregivers on how to talk to teens about the consequences of making dangerous and illegal choices behind the wheel.

The top tips from NBPD:

–Avoid distractions: Cell phone use while driving is illegal. Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a phone or other electronic device for any reason, including hands-free.

–Understand Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws: For the first 12 months a teen has a license or until the age of 18, no passengers under 20 years old are allowed unless a licensed parent, guardian, or other adult 25 years old or older are in the car with them. Late-night driving (between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.) is also not permitted.

–Never drive under the influence: All teens are too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol. Under California’s zero tolerance law, any driver under 21 cannot drink any alcohol and drive (blood alcohol concentration of .01 percent or higher).

–Follow the speed limit: The road is not a racetrack. Speeding is a risky behavior that increases the chances of serious injury or death in a crash.

It’s important for parents to let their teen know that driving is not a right, but a privilege. It can be taken away when they don’t follow the rules.

For more safe driving tips to share with your teens, visit https://gosafelyca.org. To learn more about state laws for different traffic safety issues, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association at www.ghsa.org/state-laws/states/california.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What’s on the Docket

Sean Robert McLaughlin – Monday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. (Central Court 54)

Jury Trial

–At the time of the alleged crime, McLaughlin was employed as the security manager for a nightclub in Newport Beach.

–On September 18, 2016, the defendant is accused of holding a woman against her will inside his office at the nightclub and supplying her with ecstasy.

–Prior to November 18, 2016, the defendant is further accused of furnishing cocaine laced with fentanyl to four club patrons.

–At approximately 1:05 a.m. on November 18, 2016, the Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) and Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) responded to a call for medical aid for multiple victims at a business in the 2400 block of Newport Blvd.

–Four victims were transported to local hospitals, where one man later died.

–NBPD, who investigated this case, arrested the defendant.

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.