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DUI Arrests

Julie Allen Ruff, 57, Irvine – Tuesday, May 14

Cesar Roque Marquez, 75, Bloomington – Tuesday, May 14

Ramsha Khan, 21, Irvine – Monday, May 13

Tamera Sue Woodward, 51, n/a – Sunday, May 12

Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 14

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Joshua E. Lopez, 26, Fresno

Industrial Way & Old Newport Blvd. I Costa Mesa I Appropriating Lost Property, Petty Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Paraphernalia

7:46 p.m. Coby Bell Parsons, 31, Yucaipa, was arrested for appropriating lost property, petty theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property with a value less than $950 and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Placentia Ave. & W. 15th St. I Drinking in Public and Urinating/Defecating in Public

6:45 p.m. Shana Sky O’Connor, 42, Newport Beach, was arrested for drinking in public and urinating or defecating in public. Bail was set at $50.

Birch St. I 4800 Block I Controlled Substance for Sale, Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Narcotics

5:03 p.m. Tyler Renee Carroll, 42, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail was set at $25,000.

4:57 p.m. Jonathan Brian Weber, 41, Winchester, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Newport Center Drive I 400 Block I Shoplifting and Conspiracy

3:20 p.m. Anthony James Dembrowski, 39, Huntington Beach, was arrested for shoplifting for an amount less than $950 and conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail was set at $20,000.

Pelican Hill Road S. I Trespassing and False ID

1:41 p.m. Matthew Edward Der, 23, San Gabriel, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave property and presenting false identification to a specific peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Campus Drive I 4600 Block I Parole Violation

9:43 a.m. Brian James Mooney, 61, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a parole violation. No bail was set.

San Miguel Drive I 300 Block I Trespassing

4:01 a.m. Larry Scott Burnett, 60, Long Beach, was arrested for trespassing for occupying property without consent. Bail was set at $500.

53rd St. & River Ave. I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

3:26 a.m. Dylan Scott Mallow, 26, Perris, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monday, May 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

Avocado Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Driving without a License and Warrant

10:37 p.m. Jacob Christopher Moritz, 24, Santa Ana, was arrested for driving without a license and for an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,000.

Superior Ave. & W. 15th St. I Controlled Substance, Sharps Waste, Narcotics and Warrant

10:36 p.m. Darin Charles Caster, 46, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant for battery. Bail was set at $10,000.

10:12 p.m. David Donald Rooten, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, illegal transporting of sharps waste and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Jamboree Road I 1500 Block I Paraphernalia, Destroying/Concealing Evidence, Driving without a License and Drinking in Public

4:12 p.m. Jacob Emmanuel Cuadras, 38, Lemon Grove, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, destroying or concealing evidence, driving without a license and drinking in public. Bail was set at $500.

Irvine Ave. I 800 Block I Paraphernalia, Trespassing and Entering a Non-Commercial Dwelling

11:32 a.m. Natasha Maria Brooks, 37, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, trespassing for refusing to leave property and entering a non-commercial dwelling. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway & Balboa Blvd. I Taking an Auto without Owner’s Consent and Parole Violation

7:57 a.m. David Brian Brown, 48, Buena Park, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent and for a parole violation. Bail was set at $20,000.

Hospital Road & Superior Ave. I Taking an Auto without Consent and Warrants

2:22 a.m. Melissa Lobato, 25, Anaheim, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent and warrants for horse theft, petty theft and possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $60,500.

2:16 a.m. Bryan Antonio Escobar, 26, n/a, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent. Bail was set at $20,000.

Promontory West I 700 Block I Battery

1:47 a.m. Michael Toler Willis, 52, Newport Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

10th St. & W. Balboa Blvd. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Warrant

1:27 a.m. Marco Louis Hernandez, 21, Corona, was arrested on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $2,500.

1:26 a.m. Samantha Leann Martinez, 19, Corona, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, May 12

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Reese Rasool Thomas-McDade, 21, Las Vegas     

Balboa Pier & Main St. I Warrant

11:43 p.m. Victor Emmanuel Hernandez, 31, Loma Linda, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $55,000.

Bristol St. I 1400 Block I Costa Mesa I Destroying/Concealing Evidence, Narcotics, Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Probation Violation

10:07 p.m. Dakota Ren Sharber, 28, Fountain Valley, was arrested for destroying/concealing evidence, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $10,000.

10:01 p.m. Michael David Lamb, 26, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Santa Ana Ave. & Mesa Drive I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Probation Violation

9:42 p.m. Jacquelyn Marie Blankfield, 29, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $2,500.

Park Newport Drive I 1200 Block I Paraphernalia

5:55 p.m. Marlene Damaris Roman, 23, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

22nd St. & Newport Blvd. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Drinking in Public

4:48 p.m. Daniel Enright, 24, Corona, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $500.

4:45 p.m. Dillon Peter Enright, 24, Corona, was arrested for drinking in public/open container. Bail was set at $50.

19th St. & Whittier Ave. I Costa Mesa I Warrant

4:21 p.m. Christina Marie Fouts, 28, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Avocado Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Marijuana, Driving while Suspended/Revoked, Driver allowing Open Container, Open Container, Controlled Substance, Allowing Unlicensed Driver to Drive Vehicle and Narcotics

4:20 p.m. Anthony Morgan Sarmie, 31, Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of an open container of marijuana, driving while suspended or revoked and being a driver allowing passenger to possess an open container. Bail was set at $500.

4:16 p.m. Cynthia Galindo, 25, Bell Gardens, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, being a passenger with an open container, being a vehicle owner allowing an unlicensed driver to drive and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

28th St. & Beach I Drinking in Public

2:35 p.m. John Paul Dymora, 57, Chico, was arrested for drinking in public. Bail was set at $50.

Dover Drive I 900 Block I Warrant

12:30 p.m. Viet Quoc Nguyen, 32, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant for unauthorized use of ID. No bail was set.

Balboa Pier I Warrant

10:19 a.m. Ronald Lynn Hicks, 55, Norwalk, was arrested on a warrant for vehicular trespassing. Bail was set at $500.

Balboa Blvd. & 44th St. I Burglary Tools and Riding Bike on Sidewalk

8:46 a.m. Carlos Alberto Gonsalez, 27, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of burglary tools and riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. Bail was set at $500.

Irvine Ave. & University Drive I Warrant

12:24 a.m. Gerardo Cardoso, 26, n/a, was arrested on a warrant for DUI. Bail was set at $15,000.


Police Files

Local who allegedly took lemur from Santa Ana Zoo could be responsible for a number of NB burglaries

Last summer someone stole a 32-year-old lemur from the Santa Ana Zoo. The suspect has now been identified as Quinn Kasbar, 19, of Newport Beach.

Authorities say Kasbar stole the primate and then the next day dropped it off at the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview hotel in a box with a note saying that it belonged to the Santa Ana Zoo and to call police.

A video from the hotel showed a suspect leaving the scene in a hoodie sweatshirt.

Recently, Kasbar was allegedly “bragging” about the incident. In a follow-up investigation, police found that he’s allegedly also tied to a number of burglaries on Balboa Island, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

He will appear in court next month. However, he remains free on bail.

Loaner car reported missing from Fletcher Jones Motorcars

Newport Beach Police took a report on Wednesday, May 8, from Fletcher Jones Motorcars for a vehicle that was previously taken without their consent. 

The incident originally took place on December 7, 2018, when the vehicle was issued as a loaner car, to be returned two days later on December 9, 2018. The vehicle, a white Mercedes c300, was never returned.

Police are investigating.

Parole violator arrested for commercial burglary

Last Thursday, May 9, Newport Beach Police arrested Gabriel Michael Lopano, 25, from Costa Mesa, at 10 a.m. for commercial burglary with no forced entry.

The incident took place in the 2200 block of Bristol Street where a citizen had previously reported a burglary on the prior Saturday, May 4. Police were investigating the report on Monday, May 7 and found Lopano testing door handles to the building, where he gained access through multiple doors, according to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel.

He was subsequently arrested and additionally charged with a parole violation.

His bail was set at $20,000.

NBPD to open their doors this Sunday to the public

The Newport Beach Police Department will have an open house this Sunday, May 19, from noon until 4 p.m.

Enjoy free food, station tours, live demonstrations, police horses, K9s and activities for kids.

The police station is located at 870 Santa Barbara Dr. The community is asked to park in the parking structure at 888 1/2 San Clemente Dr.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report


Police Files

Woman charged with NHHS Nazi-related crimes

A woman was charged yesterday with one count of misdemeanor vandalism and two counts of misdemeanor graffiti for allegedly posting Nazi propaganda at Newport Harbor High School and Fullerton College.

Grace Elisabeth Ziesmer, 22, Fullerton, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of vandalism under $400 and two misdemeanor counts of graffiti. If convicted of all charges, Ziesmer faces a maximum sentence of one year and six months in Orange County Jail.

Ziesmer is scheduled to appear at the Harbor Justice Center at 8:30 a.m. on June 6.

On March 4, the defendant is accused of posting Nazi propaganda posters on city light poles near Fullerton College. Ziesmer is also accused of posting Nazi propaganda posters on Newport Harbor High School’s property on March 11.

The posting of Nazi propaganda, which included swastikas, SS mottos and other neo-Nazi statements, is a hate incident.

“Hate does not belong here. It does not belong anywhere,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting hate crimes and hate incidents to the fullest extent of the law. I am not going to tolerate hate in Orange County.”

Ziesmer was not charged with a hate crime enhancement due to a lack of sufficient evidence that her conduct was directed at a particular victim for being Jewish. It could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant’s conduct was directed at the schools because of their connection with the Jewish people or the Jewish religion, based on the evidence and interviews conducted in the case.

Deputy District Attorney Jake Jondle of the Special Prosecutions unit is prosecuting this case.

Fire Files

Flight en route to Orange County makes emergency landing

Flight 1154, an Alaska Airlines Airbus A320, flying from Portland to Orange County, was diverted to LAX Friday evening, May 10, because of a “strong chemical smell” onboard, according to an airline spokesperson.

The flight had 146 passengers and five crew members on board.

Fire Files Alaskan AIrlines jet

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Courtesy of ocair.com 

The smell emanated from the back galley area of the airplane.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and examined two passengers who had complained of medical issues. Both were examined and released at the scene.

According to Alaska Airlines, the plane was removed from service and maintenance technicians were inspecting the aircraft.

All passengers were successfully rerouted to Orange County.


DUI Arrests

Mazen Aoun, 33, Newport Beach – Friday, May 10

Kenneth Larry Ford, 64, Santa Ana – Friday, May 10

William H. Tettehmartey, 52, Newport Beach – Friday, May 10

James Dustin Walseth, 33, Newport Beach – Thursday, May 9

Zaibu Nissa Tufail, 36, Tustin – Wednesday, May 8

Incident Reports

Saturday, May 11

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Bruce Michael Navarro, 29, Anaheim

Prospect St. & W. Coast Highway I Controlled Substance and Driving while Suspended/Revoked

11:25 p.m. Robert Dara Heng, 51, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sea Gull Lane & Sherington Place I Narcotics and Paraphernalia

10:30 p.m. Mike Jon Schuler, 49, Irvine, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

10:24 p.m. Shannon Michelle Kelly, 32, Woodstock, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Ocean Blvd. & Channel Road I Warrant

8:44 p.m. Omar Alexander Contreras Ruiz, 19, Anaheim, was arrested on a warrant for running a red light. Bail was set at $7,500.

W. Balboa Blvd. I 1600 Block I Assault, Cruelty to Child and Battery

6:35 p.m. Bruce Michael Navarro, 29, Anaheim, was arrested for assault with deadly force using hands/fists, cruelty to a child with possible injury/death and battery on a peace officer. Bail was set at $100,000.

Summit St. & Seashore Drive I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

6:39 p.m. Edward Kenneth Slank III, 53, Fountain Valley, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Park Newport Drive I 1200 Block I Battery

6:03 p.m. Amisadai Naari Roman, 26, Newport Beach, was arrested on battery. Bail was set at $500.

E. Coast Highway & Fernleaf Ave. I Warrant

3:54 p.m. Felix Mendoza Mentadomendo, 35, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant for violation of taillamps. Bail was set at $2,500.

19th St. I 900 Block I Costa Mesa I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

3:59 p.m. Irma Patricia Vargas, 44, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

15th St. & W. Balboa Blvd. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Open Container while Driving

3:35 p.m. Roberto German Gonzalez, 30, Long Beach, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked and possession of an open container while driving. Bail was set at $2,500.

Brighton Road I 4600 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Under the Influence

3:29 p.m. Nathan Saenz, 30, San Bernardino, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Irvine Ave. & Monte Vista Ave. I Narcotics and Driving without a License

3:03 p.m. Gerardo Palomino, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and driving without a license. Bail was set at $2,500.

Old Newport Blvd. I 400 Block I Drinking in Public and Warrant

10:31 a.m. Mykal David Roybal, 25, Costa Mesa, was arrested for drinking in public and on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $1,550.

SR-1 & Brookhurst St. I Huntington Beach I Narcotics, Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Driving while Suspended/Revoked

8:45 a.m. Roger Lee Holmes, 57, Orange, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

8:45 a.m. Jimmy Richard Pitts, 44, San Bernardino, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, May 10

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Starli Raelene Atencio, 21, Norwalk

Javier Antonio Baires Bautista, 24, Costa Mesa

Christine Joy Kelly, 31, Los Angeles

Kevin Andrade, 23, Montclair

Superior Ave. & Placentia Ave. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Driving while Suspended/Revoked, Unlawful Registration and Unlawful Display of Registration

4:18 p.m. Brian Pham, 32, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, driving while suspended or revoked, unlawful registration/ID/plates and unlawful display of registration in windshield. Bail was set at $2,500.

W. Ocean Front I 2200 Block I Driving while License is Suspended/Revoked and Unlawful Registration

12:39 p.m. Christian Maada Sam, 26, Corona, was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked and for unlawful registration/ID/plates. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Pier I Nudity, Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct and Warrant

8:12 a.m. Michael Richard Dahn Jr., 31, Laguna Woods, was arrested for public nudity, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct for being under the influence of drugs and on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $30,500.

Superior Ave. & W. Coast Highway I Parole Violation and Under the Influence

7:26 a.m. Brian Russel Hemenway, 44, Orange, was arrested for a parole violation and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Lugonia St. I 200 Block I Warrants

12:09 a.m. Joshua Bryant Jones, 37, Banning, was arrested on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine and for three other undisclosed warrants. Bail was set at $72,500.

Thursday, May 9

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

Bayside Drive I 100 Block I Petty Theft

6:25 p.m. Robert Oxier, 36, Laguna Beach, was arrested for petty theft of bicycles. Bail was set at $500.

Avocado Ave. I 1000 Block I Warrant

3:51 p.m. Overton Thomas May, 69, Ontario, was arrested on a warrant for trespassing. Bail was set at $2,500.

Bristol St. I 2200 Block I Burglary and Parole Violation

10:00 a.m. Gabriel Michael Lopano, 25, Costa Mesa, was arrested for commercial burglary with no forced entry and for a parole violation. Bail was set at $20,000.

Jamboree Road I 4600 Block I Driving while Suspended/Revoked

7:49 a.m. Cesar Rodriguez, 19, Los Angeles, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $500.

Irvine Ave. & 17th St. I Paraphernalia

3:16 a.m. Joshua Caleb Hart, 26, Orting, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

3:04 a.m. Austin Milesetchgoyen Turner, 27, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, May 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

William Dwight Olinger Jr., 51, Newport Beach

Terry Dwayne Sanders, 41, Laguna Beach

Darin Richard Bond, 51, Newport Beach

San Miguel Drive I 2600 Block I Paraphernalia, False ID, Shoplifting and Controlled Substance

8:38 p.m. Marquedas Markietha Greene, 31, San Diego, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, presenting false identification to a specific peace officer, shoplifting an amount less that $950 and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Park Newport Drive I 3200 Block I Warrant

3:32 p.m. Bryce Christopher Wetton, 33, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $15,000.

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Warrant

12:37 p.m. Kenyatto Montez Jones, 44, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant for making a false statement. Bail was set at $465,000.

Irvine Ave. & Baycrest Road I Appropriating Lost Property, Riding Bike on the Sidewalk, Unlawful Disabled Placard and Narcotics

12:00 p.m. Jesus Alfonso Bernal, 35, Costa Mesa, was arrested for appropriating lost property, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, possession of an unlawful disabled placard and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

W. 16th St. I 800 Block I Narcotics and Parole Violation

8:24 a.m. Manuel Figueroa Garcia, 42, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and on a parole violation. No bail was set.

E. Coast Highway & Jamboree Road I Controlled Substance

2:26 a.m. Richard Dean Mann, 61, Fullerton, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.


DUI Arrests

Andrea Rose Dapper, 33, Huntington Beach – Monday, May 6 (with prior)

Darbi Loy Schennue, 58, Irvine – Sunday, May 5

Gino Antonio Cordova, 23, Riverside – Sunday, May 5

Shawn Michael Dolmage, 42, San Clemente – Sunday, May 5

Matthew John Langevin, 37, Long Beach – Sunday, May 5

Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Cecillia Aguilar, 39, Santa Ana

Serrano Ave. I 2100 Block I Driving without a License and Warrant

6:03 p.m. Karen Sue Springer, 49, Riverside, was arrested for driving without a license and on a warrant for driving while suspended/revoked. Bail was set at $1,500.

15th St. & Old Newport Blvd. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Driving while Suspended/Revoked

1:03 p.m. Dylan Michel Cowden, 26, Concord, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and driving while suspended/revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

W. Coast Highway I 6000 Block I Violating a Court Order and Warrant

7:51 a.m. Taylor Craig Hollinghurst, 29, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for violating a court order to prevent domestic violence and on a warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $25,000.

Monday, May 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jacquelyn Suzanne Nunez, 34, Huntington Beach

Neil Anjan Choudhuri, 33, Costa Mesa

Fernleaf Ave. & Ocean Blvd. I Operating a Vehicle with Obstructed Windows and Driving without a License

7:54 p.m. Anthony Castillero Rodriguez, 22, Fountain Valley, was arrested for operating a vehicle with windows obstructed and driving without a license. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Center Drive & Santa Rosa Drive I Narcotics and Driving while Suspended/Revoked

5:21 p.m. Ericca Simonne Murillo, 30, Whittier, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and driving while a license is suspended/revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

Newport Center Drive I 500 Block I Embezzlement

2:12 p.m. Frank Omar Alcala, 28, Costa Mesa, was arrested for embezzlement. Bail was set at $20,000.

MacArthur Blvd. & Bonita Canyon Drive I Driving while Suspended/Revoked

11:57 a.m. Kevin Morales, 31, Anaheim, was arrested for driving while a license is suspended/revoked. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway I 4600 Block I Appropriating Lost Property and Parole Violation

11:00 a.m. Mark Anthony Ornelas, 51, Irvine, was arrested for appropriating lost property and on a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

W. Ocean Front I 2100 Block I Battery

8:43 a.m. Jessica Zepeda, 36, Santa Ana, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Orange St. & W. Coast Highway I Defrauding an Innkeeper

2:54 a.m. Jacob Isaac Benveniste, 28, Redlands, was arrested for defrauding an innkeeper of $950 or less. Bail was set at $500.

Sherington Place & Sea Gull Lane I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Drinking in Public

2:20 a.m. Julio Cesar Santos, 28, Santa Ana, was arrested for driving while a license is suspended/revoked and drinking in public. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, May 5

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Gregg Newkirk Pierce, 60, Costa Mesa

Cagney Lane I 900 Block I Assault

8:13 p.m. Rae Ann Costa, 34, Fountain Valley, was arrested for assault with deadly force using hands/fists. Bail was set at $25,000.

Skypark Circle I 18000 Block I Irvine I Parole Violation

5:33 p.m. Dale Ira Haviland Jr., 53, Irvine, was arrested for a parole violation. No bail was set.

Marguerite Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Drinking in Public

4:05 p.m. Terry Dwayne Sanders, 41, Laguna Beach, was arrested for drinking in public. Bail was set at $50.

18th St. & Pomona I Costa Mesa I Paraphernalia and Narcotics

3:30 p.m. Michael Jr. Daovieng, 28, Cypress, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

3:26 p.m. George Christopher Sadeh, 26, Buena Park, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Orange Ave. I 1600 Block I Costa Mesa I Obstructing/Resisting and Failure to use Left Edge of Road

12:03 p.m. Frank Joseph Grieco, 29, Santa Ana, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer and being a pedestrian failing to use the left edge of the road. Bail was set at $500.

W. Ocean Front & 24th St. I Removal of Garbage/Recyclables and False ID

3:16 a.m. Tania Marlene Lopez, 37, Santa Ana, was arrested for removing garbage and/or recyclables and for presenting false identification to a specific peace officer. Bail was set at $500.


Police Files

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman may be in trouble again with possible yoga studio theft

A Newport Beach police investigation is underway concerning the alleged theft of some $1,000 worth of clothing from Vibes Hot Yoga in Newport Beach earlier this week. A store video shows a woman on Tuesday, May 7 stuffing clothes into her purse, while her friends allegedly attempt to distract store employees.

One of those friends appears to be former NBA star Dennis Rodman, although Newport Beach Police have yet to positively confirm his identity.

According to reports, the group of people also allegedly attempted to remove a crystal art piece from the front desk of the business, but ended up dropping and shattering it. The piece was valued at $2,500.

They eventually left the yoga studio, even taking the shattered crystal with them.

The owner of the studio claimed that the group reeked of alcohol.

A note the next day was found taped to the front door of the studio that read, “We stopped by at 4:26. Thank you for letting us be ourselves! Looking forward to seeing you soon!” It was apparently signed by Rodman himself.

No one has as of yet been arrested and the investigation continues.

Rodman is presently on probation following a DUI conviction.

Now ex-employee suspected of taking $32,000 from local business

A business in the 2100 block of Westcliff Drive filed a crime report with Newport Beach Police saying that a now ex-employee took some $32,000 from a safe, without permission. 

The incident occurred sometime between 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18.

The complaint was filed on Tuesday, May 9.

Fire Files

NB Fire knocks down Eastbluff home fire

On Tuesday, May 7, the Newport Beach Fire Department made an aggressive attack on a one-story Eastbluff home fire. First in units reported a working garage fire.

Police Files House Fire

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Courtesy of NBFD

Firefighters were able to keep the fire from extending into the house itself and to any adjacent structures.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Police Files

Video surveillance leads to arrest of nearby arson suspect 

On Saturday morning, May 4, a Newport Beach Police Officer responded to a call to the 4000 block of MacArthur Blvd. concerning a potential arson case. The owner of the business located there relayed to the officer that around 2 a.m. earlier that day, the Newport Beach Fire Department had been on site extinguishing a fire.

After reviewing surveillance footage, police were able to identify a potential suspect. The officer located Lewis Patrick Hathorne, 53, of Costa Mesa, some 400 feet away, matching the suspect in the video.

Upon questioning, Hathorne admitted starting the fire and was arrested for arson on a structure and held on $50,000 bail.

The next day, following his release on bail, Hathorne was again arrested by NBPD on trespassing charges for refusing to leave property.

He was charged and had another $500 bail set.

Big piece of equipment disappears from construction site

Newport Beach Police were sent to the 3300 block of Via Lido for a citizen requesting to report an incident of grand theft.

The superintendent of a construction site located there reported to police that sometime between 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 and 7 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, an excavator was stolen.

The value of the excavator was estimated to be $60,000.

Police are investigating.

Police make arrest in two-month old stolen bike case

Reed Alan Palmer, 21, of Newport Beach, was arrested for commercial burglary on Wednesday, May 1, at 11:46 a.m. while in possession of a stolen bicycle.

A bicycle missing report was filed by a victim on March 3 following its disappearance from a chain link fence at Newport Harbor High School. The victim had locked the bicycle at 8 a.m. that day and when he returned at 3 p.m., the bicycle was missing.

In addition to commercial burglary charges against Palmer, NBPD also found him in possession of a narcotic controlled substance and unlawful paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $22,500.

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DUI Arrests

Dustin Levi Blough, 23, Huntington Beach – Saturday, May 4

Aaron Patrick Clancy, 38, Toronto – Saturday, May 4

Denise Joann Hill, 72, Newport Beach – Saturday, May 4

Loryn Michael Hubbard, 27, Irvine – Friday, May 3

Emily Rose Petrosino, 21, Huntington Beach – Friday, May 3

Frank Tomas Grijalva, 23, Montebello – Thursday, May 2

Incident Reports

Saturday, May 4

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Dylan Christian Salvary, 27, Anaheim

Anthony Osmar Aguilar, 21, West Covina

Eric Anthony Nolasco, 23, Santa Ana

17th St. & Monrovia I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Destroying/Concealing Evidence

11:05 p.m. Kristin Catherine Bennett, 42, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and destroying/concealing evidence. Bail is set at $10,000.

Balboa Bay & W. Coast Highway I Windows Obstructed, Reckless Driving, Unsafe Speed, Unsafe Lane Change, Excessive Speed and Missing License Plate

11:03 p.m. David Le, 21, Westminster, was arrested for operating a vehicle with windows obstructed, reckless driving on a highway, unsafe speed for prevailing conditions, unsafe lane change, excessive speed and missing one of two required license plates. Bail was set at $500.

W. Ocean Front I 2300 Block I Battery

7:41 p.m. Kimberly Sophia Studdard, 44, Huntington Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway I 700 Block I Scanning Device and Paraphernalia

5:48 p.m. Sarah Louis Determan, 36, Orange, was arrested for fraudulent possession and use of a scanning device and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

5:45 p.m. Ray Gerald Yamashita, 43, Garden Grove, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Lido Park Drive I 600 Block I Burglary and Warrant

5:36 p.m. Scott Christopher Sinnig, 52, Newport Beach, was arrested for commercial burglary with forced entry and on a warrant for fraudulent impersonation. Bail was set at $30,000.

45th St. & Seashore Drive I Sharps Waste, Paraphernalia, Probation Violation, False ID and Under the Influence

12:49 p.m. Zachary Arthur Thomas, 24, Huntington Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

12:45 p.m. Jerad Richard Menezes, 33, Fresno, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, illegal transporting of sharps waste, for a probation violation and for presenting false identification to a specific peace officer. No bail was set.

12:21 p.m. Kana Miyamoto, 33, Newport Beach, was arrested for illegal transporting of sharps waster. Bail was set at $500.

MacArthur Blvd. I 4000 Block I Arson

11:58 a.m. Lewis Patrick Hathorne, 53, Costa Mesa, was arrested for arson on a structure. Bail was set at $50,000.

Old Newport Blvd. & Industrial Way I Costa Mesa I Paraphernalia and Parole Violation

2:44 a.m. Eric Antonio Flores, 56, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

Friday, May 3

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

16th St. & Aliso Ave. I Narcotics and Warrant

10:47 p.m. Evan Arthur Spengler, 28, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and on a warrant for knowingly bringing a forbidden substance into prison. Bail was set at $10,000.

W. Coast Highway I 4500 Block I Trespassing

7:15 p.m. Lewis Patrick Hathorne, 53, Costa Mesa, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave property. Bail was set at $500.

Vilaggio & MacArthur Blvd. I Hit and Run and Driving without a License

5:25 p.m. Erick Guillen Hernandez, 25, La Habra, was arrested for hit and run with property damage and driving without a license. Bail was set at $500.

Superior Ave. I Narcotics

2:11 p.m. Charles David Totten Jr., 51, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Thursday, May 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Juli Arlene Avemaria, 53, Placentia

San Joaquin Hills Road & Newport Ridge Drive East I Driving without a License, Marijuana, Missing License Plate, Deceptive Government ID and Allowing Unlicensed Driver to Operate Vehicle

5:50 p.m. Charles Grayson Hansen, 19, Los Angeles, was arrested for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate his vehicle, missing one of two required license plates and possession of deceptive government identification. Bail was set at $500.

5:10 p.m. Shemmoy Rochane Gidden, 24, West Hollywood, was arrested for driving without a license and possession of an open container of marijuana. Bail was set at $500.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Obstructing/Resisting

5:32 p.m. Carlos S. Cruz, 38, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $10,000.

El Modena Ave. I 400 Block I Obstructing/Resisting and Reckless Driving

4:08 p.m. Joseph David Masarik, 19, Newport Beach, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer and reckless driving on a highway. Bail was set at $500.

Old Newport Blvd. & Orange Ave. I Burglary Tools, Appropriating Lost Property, Paraphernalia and Warrant

9:13 a.m. Damian John Warren, 37, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of burglary tools, appropriating lost property, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and on a warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,500.

Wednesday, May 1

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

E. Coast Highway I 300 Block I Receiving Stolen Property

11:03 p.m. Dominic Paul Singleton, 45, Santa Monica, was arrested for receiving stolen property with a value less than $950. Bail was set at $500.

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Burglary, Narcotics and Paraphernalia

11:46 p.m. Reed Alan Palmer, 21, Newport Beach, was arrested for commercial burglary with no forced entry, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $22,500.

E. Coast Highway I 300 Block I Shopping Cart

10:03 p.m. Jharrett Allen Adamski, 24, Shelborn, was arrested for possession of a shopping cart. Bail was set at $500.

Old Newport Blvd. & 15th St. I Warrant

2:15 p.m. Roderick Delton Edison, 28, Hacienda Heights, was arrested on a warrant for a vehicle registration violation. Bail was set at $1,500.

Ocean Blvd. I 1500 Block I Driving without Valid Insurance, Driving without a Valid License and No Registration

11:49 a.m. Damoon A. Arman, 32, Yorba Linda, was arrested for driving without a valid license, driving without valid insurance coverage and for not having vehicle registration. Bail was set at $50.

Del Cerro Place I 300 Block I Fullerton I Warrant

7:37 a.m. Dennis Sam Medici, 57, Fullerton, was arrested on a warrant for possessing a forged item. Bail was set at $305,000.

W. Ocean Front I 2300 Block I Warrant and Drinking in Public

12:59 a.m. Jessie Lonza Nathaniel Burns, 30, Oakland, was arrested for drinking in public. Bail was set at $50.

12:58 a.m. Jessica Tiffany Brown, 25, Sacramento, was arrested on a warrant for loitering with the intent to commit prostitution. Bail was set at $500.

12:51 a.m. Monday Genique Lewis, 24, Fresno, was arrested on a warrant for loitering with the intent to commit prostitution. Bail was set at $500.

Hoag Drive & W. Coast Highway I Riding Bike on the Sidewalk, Obstructing/Resisting, Headlight/Reflectors Violation and Pedestrian against a Red Light

12:19 a.m. Magali Herrera Tellez, 21, Anaheim, was arrested for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, having a bicycle headlight/reflector violation and being a pedestrian moving against a red light. Bail was set at $500.


DUI Arrests

Damien McCabe, 48, Old Castle – Tuesday, April 30

Thomas Lloyd Blair, 65, Newport Beach – Sunday, April 28

Incident Reports

Tuesday, April 30

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

Irvine Ave. & E. 20th St. I Paraphernalia and Shopping Cart

7:53 p.m. Bradley Scott Montgomery, 50, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a shopping cart. Bail was set at $500.

28th St. & Newport Blvd. I Controlled Substance, Driving without a License and Paraphernalia

4:53 p.m. Raul Martinez Lucio, 37, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, driving without a license and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Newport Blvd. & Finley St. I Obstructing/Resisting

9:01 a.m. Wil Francis Whisman, 52, Arleta, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Birch St. & MacArthur Blvd. I Under the Influence

8:28 a.m. Jesse Colin Ferguson, 28, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Birch St. I 20200 Block I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Narcotics

2:14 a.m. Leah Natalie Zarian, 28, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Aliso Ave. & 16th St. I Costa Mesa I Driving without a License and Failure to Stop

12:05 a.m. Raul Gudino-Sanchez, 40, Costa Mesa, was arrested for driving without a license and failing to stop at a stop sign. Bail was set at $500.

W. Balboa Blvd. I 1200 Block I Probation Violation

12:02 a.m. Bijan Paul Savoji, 29, Newport Beach, was arrested on a felony probation violation. No bail was set.

Monday, April 29

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

Bristol St. & Santa Ana Ave. I Costa Mesa I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Narcotics

9:46 p.m. Ramsey Adam Bilbeisi, 38, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

San Joaquin Hills Road & Beaulieu I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

3:25 p.m. Shaolei Han, 37, Redlands, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Blvd. I 3700 Block I Drinking in Public and Warrants

2:36 p.m. Jose Alfredo Resendiz, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for drinking in public and for warrants for driving while suspended/revoked and for DUI. Bail was set at $1,050.

Wallace Ave. I 1900 Block I Costa Mesa I Identity Theft

1:08 pm. Tina Nicole Sherman, 32, Costa Mesa, was arrested for identity theft by using another’s identification with the intent to obtain money. Bail was set at $20,000.

Westcliff Drive & Highland Drive I Under the Influence

12:21 p.m. Jolin Widi, 38, Lake Forest, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sherington Place I 1900 Block I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Garbage

12:02 p.m. Ryan Scott Mascitelli, 36, Costa Mesa, was arrested for collecting garbage and recyclables. Bail was set at $100.

11:57 a.m. James Vance Hoover, 49, Riverside, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for collecting garbage and recyclables. Bail was set at $10,000.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Trespassing

3:12 a.m. John Andrew Stanewich, 23, Oak View, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave property. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, April 28

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jason Mark Olson, 49, Costa Mesa

Newport Blvd. & 17th St. I Costa Mesa I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Obstructing/Resisting

10:38 p.m. Ronald Arlen Stephen, 52, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $10,000.

Bristol St. I 1400 Block I Costa Mesa I Burglary Tools

10:06 p.m. Alec Jordan Quinteros, 27, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $500.

43rd St. & Balboa Blvd. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Under the Influence and Warrant

9:53 p.m. Francisco Jesus Guillen, 35, Texarkana Miller, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and on a warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,500.

Irvine Ave. & 16th St. I Narcotics

6:44 p.m. Ian Kyle Murphy, 27, Alta Loma, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Newport Pier I Drinking in Public and Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor

3:26 p.m. Buddy Robles, 34, Las Vegas, was arrested for drinking in public and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bail was set at $500.

Old Newport Blvd. I 400 Block I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

3:43 p.m. Mykal David Roybal, 24, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Campus Drive & Dove St. I Narcotics, Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

1:05 p.m. Jeremy Joseph Cap, 30, Midway City, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Campus Drive & Dove St. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Warrant

1:00 p.m. Amanda Lynn Parr, 27, Lake Arrowhead, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and on a warrant for petty theft. Bail was set at $3,000.

Orange St. & W. Coast Highway I Under the Influence and Controlled Substance

7:58 a.m. Joseph Edward Flamm, 51, Newport Beach, was arrested for being under the influence and for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.


Police Files

Car chase ends in Newport Beach following standoff

A vehicle pursuit began Wednesday, May 1, in Laguna Beach shortly after 3 p.m. and ended several hours later with the suspect’s capture in Newport Beach near Fashion Island.

It all began at 3:08 p.m. when the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center received information that a vehicle pursuit had begun in Laguna Beach and was proceeding through Orange County. The vehicle was a silver Mercedes and the suspect was identified as Richard Bloustine. He was wanted for a felony no bail warrant, suspected of fraudulent activity and was reported to be armed with a gun.

At 4:01 p.m., NBPD entered into the pursuit at the request of the pursuing units as the suspect entered into city limits. The suspect continued to evade pursuing police cars, while at the time on the phone with NBPD Dispatch.

Finally, the suspect brought his vehicle to a stop in the 1441 Avocado Dr. parking lot. Although initially not compliant with officers’ orders to exit the vehicle, the suspect continued to speak with NBPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team by phone, while surrounded by armed police officers in fire-ready positions. Through telephonic communication, the Crisis Negotiation Team was able to get the suspect to exit his vehicle and surrender.

Police Files Richard Scott Bloustine

Photo from LBPD

Richard Scott Bloustine

The Laguna Beach Police Department then took custody of Richard Scott Bloustine, a 53-year-old Newport Beach resident. After being booked in Laguna Beach, he was then transferred to the Orange County Jail.

No weapon was found in his possession at the time of his arrest.

In February of 2016, Bloustine was sentenced to seven years in prison after writing more than $200,000 in bad checks. His sentence included an order by the Orange County District Attorney to pay restitution to victims and attached a fine of $444,000.

His bounced checks included one for $15,000 to a Laguna Beach car dealer, a $32,000 check for the lease on a house, $13,000 to furnish that residence and $80,000 for dental work that he received in Newport Beach.

According to the District Attorney, Bloustine has more than a dozen fraud-related misdemeanor and felony convictions in Orange County.

His record also includes previous arrests and convictions in Arizona, Santa Barbara County and Hawaii for fraud related incidents.

Vandalism hits local business

Newport Beach Police responded to the 700 block of Alderwood Drive for a citizen’s complaint regarding vandalism. According to the victim, someone had driven a wood board through a forklift’s windows sometime between 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 and 10:41 a.m. on Monday, April 30, shattering the windows.

It was additionally reported that paint had been splattered on the company’s storage container, retaining wall and the ground.

No one was arrested and police continue to investigate.

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DUI Arrests

Paul Owen Dunn, 70, Newport Beach – Thursday, April 25

Joseph Edward Rosena, 27, Irvine – Wednesday, April 24

Incident Reports

Saturday, April 27

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Treboly Pacheco Hochwald, 26, Newport Beach

Graham Douglas Rickenbaker, 34, Piedmont

Deborah Ann Diaz, 41, Huntington Beach

Newport Center Drive & Anacapa Drive I Paraphernalia, False ID and Warrant

8:32 p.m. Adrian Perez Contreras, 28, Moreno Valley, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, presenting false identification to a specific peace officer and for a warrant for owning a firearm while prohibited. Bail was set at $15,000.

28th St. & Lafayette Ave. I Under the Influence

3:04 p.m. Mitchell Anthony Santos, 28, Mission Viejo, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Newport Center Drive & San Miguel Drive I Fugitive from Justice

2:40 p.m. Cameron Thomas Armijo, 34, Fall City, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice with a warrant arrest. Bail was set at $100,000.

17th St. & Newport Blvd. I Costa Mesa I Appropriating Lost Property and Narcotics

2:15 p.m. Michael Alan Schulz, 52, Los Alamitos, was arrested for appropriating lost property and for possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

45th St. & Balboa Blvd. I Marijuana and Obstructing/Resisting

11:35 a.m. Karla Elaine Stafford, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested for smoking/ingesting marijuana in public and for obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

University Drive I 2300 Block I Taking an Auto without Owner’s Consent, Burglary Tools and Warrant

1:43 a.m. Tayrik Nathahl Jones, 20, Winchester, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent and possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $20,000.

1:41 a.m. Mark Joel Adams, 26, Costa Mesa, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent and for a warrant for a DUI. Bail was set at $30,000.

Superior Ave. & Nice Lane I Fugitive from Justice

1:11 a.m. Roylee Jr. Palmer, 39, Newport Beach, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice with an arrest warrant. Bail was set at $50,000.

Friday, April 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Miguel Angel Baraja Rosales, 22, Long Beach

Samantha Laracortes, 22, Garden Grove

Superior Ave. & W. 16th St. I Paraphernalia and Warrants

11:37 p.m. Louis Anthony Montalvo III, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for warrants for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $20,500.

Marguerite Ave. I 300 Block I Warrant

10:02 p.m. Keith Michael Sizemore, 30, West Hollywood, was arrested for an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

Vilaggio & MacArthur Blvd. I Warrant

8:28 p.m. Dao Cong Dang, 24, Costa Mesa, was arrested for a warrant for hit and run. Bail was set at $10,000.

38th St. I 400 Block I Tampering with Vehicle

5:24 p.m. Aris Hyung Yoon, 36, Bayside, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

E. Coast Highway I 2200 Block I Under the Influence and Probation Violation

4:32 p.m. Felicia Marie Moberly, 31, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $2,500.

MacArthur Blvd. & Vilaggio I Operating Vehicle with Window Obscured, Failure to Maintain Lighting Equipment, Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Missing License Plate

1:41 p.m. Erik Salomon, 28, Santa Ana, was arrested for operating a vehicle with the windows obscured, failure to maintain vehicle lighting equipment, driving while suspended/revoked and for missing one of two required license plates on a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

41st St. & Balboa Blvd. I Driving without License and Warrant

12:05 p.m. Orlando Torres, 39, Garden Grove, was arrested for driving without a license and for a warrant for civil contempt. Bail was set at $25,500.

Marguerite Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Warrants

11:50 a.m. Austin Wilder Taylor, 31, Hemet, was arrested on warrants for a supervision violation and for an undisclosed warrant. No bail set.

54th St. & Seashore Drive I Taking Auto without Owner’s Consent and PRCS Revocation

11:23 a.m. Sean Alan Keith, 39, Huntington Beach, was arrested for taking an auto without owner’s consent and for a PRCS revocation. Bail was set at $20,000.

11:10 a.m. Michelle Leann Zander, 33, Newport Beach, was arrested for taking an auto without owner’s consent. Bail was set at $20,000.

Bayadere Terrace I 1700 Block I Contempt of Court and Probation Violation

9:03 a.m. Robert Carl Munson II, 52, Newport Beach, was arrested for contempt of court for disobeying a court order and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $15.000.

N. Bristol St. & Spruce St. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked

8:04 a.m. Ami Allison Joyce, 45, Newport Beach, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $500.

W. Balboa Blvd. & 21st St. I Driving without License, Controlled Substance and Warrant

1:57 a.m. William Jerome Burks, 55, Laguna Hills, was arrested on a warrant for driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $1,500.

1:49 a.m. Jacklyn Leigh Smoot, 31, Irvine, was arrested for driving without a license and for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Thursday, April 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jose Manuel Guerra, 40, n/a

W. Coast Highway & Orange Way I Paraphernalia, Sharps Waste and Controlled Substance

11:18 p.m. Keli Leanora Carpenter, 50, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, illegal transporting of sharps waste and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Eastbluff Drive I 2500 Block I Trespassing

7:59 p.m. Diemha Nguyen Bach, 45, Sierra Vista, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave a property. Bail was set at $500.

73 Freeway & Birch I Warrant

5:59 p.m. Katilyn Mary Clayton, 30, Pomona, was arrested on a warrant for DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

Cliff Drive & Santa Ana Ave. I Paraphernalia

5:57 p.m. Christopher John Robinson, 39, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Superior Ave. & Placentia Ave. I Riding Bicycle on Sidewalk, Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

1:31 p.m. Michael Joseph Woodward, 44, Costa Mesa, was arrested for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Bristol St. I 2100 Block I Deceptive Government ID

11:50 a.m. Jorge Ortiz Calderon, 26, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of deceptive government identification. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, April 24

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

Westcliff Drive I 2000 Block I Paraphernalia

9:36 p.m. Scott Cameron Deflox, 29, Royal Palm Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

9:25 p.m. Jethro Clay Bullock, 41, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

9:25 p.m. Dennis Kent Moore, 56, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

MacArthur Blvd. & Corinthian Way I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Receiving Stolen Property and Unlawful Registration/Plates

7:18 p.m. Daisuke Mark Watanabe, 42, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, receiving stolen property and unlawful registration and plates. Bail was set at $2,500.

E. Coast Highway I 200 Block I Controlled Substance and Driving without a License

1:12 p.m. Alfredo Molina, 48, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and driving without a license. Bail was set at $2,500.

Newport Blvd. & Industrial Way I Costa Mesa I Driving while License Suspended

1:57 a.m. Lyle Aaron Gonzales, 36, Long Beach, was arrested for driving while license is suspended. Bail was set at $500.


Police Files

Interesting details emerge in double homicide suspect’s possible motives

Media reports are saying that double-murder suspect Jamon Buggs “was possibly after men he believed had a romantic history with a woman from his past,” according to detectives.

Those reports came following Buggs’ attempted burglaries in Irvine where he allegedly went “looking for a Caucasian man by the name of Jared.” Instead, Buggs came across a residence with a man by that same name, but of Asian descent. 

Meanwhile, according to Eyewitness News, suspicious surveillance footage has surfaced which includes a man “resembling Buggs.” A resident of Corona del Mar told the television station that his vehicle was broken into a week ago Friday. “Three days earlier, the same suspect (Buggs) was seen in his neighbor’s backyard in Corona del Mar.”

The CdM resident added that his former neighbor was Darren Partch, one of the victims in the double homicide.

Still, however, police officials are saying that there is no evidence that Wendi Miller, the other victim, had any prior interaction with Buggs.

Police Files Jamon Rayon BuggsCourtesy of Irvine Police Department

Jamon Rayon Buggs

Yesterday, Buggs was in the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach for his scheduled arraignment, however, it was postponed until May 17. He is currently being held without bail.

His charges include the two counts of murder, attempted burglary of an inhabited dwelling, discharging a gun at an inhabited dwelling and being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Buggs faces a minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole and a maximum sentence of the death penalty. 

Buggs had a prior conviction for an assault on a police officer in San Diego County in 1995.

Buggs is accused of murdering Darren Donald Partch, 38, of Newport Beach, and Wendi Sue Miller, 48 of Costa Mesa. The two were found deceased inside a residence in the 2100 block of East 15th Street in Newport Beach on the evening of April 21.

Partch and Miller were last seen at the Loft and Sandpiper in Laguna Beach early Saturday morning, April 20, at approximately 1:45 a.m.

Miller was the CEO for the nonprofit organization Wings for Justice, an advocacy group for children in the family court system. Partch was a former minor league hockey player and most recently worked for Atrinsic, an Irvine-based financial services company, as an account executive.

Funeral arrangements for both have been planned. For Miller, a service is scheduled for this Friday, May 3 at 2 p.m., at Mariners Church in Irvine in the Community Center. For Partch, there is a Celebration of Life planned for Saturday, May 4 at the Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary in Costa Mesa at 5:30 p.m.

Police arrest two driving out-of-town stolen vehicle

On Saturday, April 27, just before 2 a.m., a Newport Beach Police Officer was on a patrol check in the area of the 2300 block of University Drive and observed a suspicious vehicle occupied by two males. Upon further investigation, the police officer discovered that the vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler, was stolen out of Imperial County.

The officer stopped the occupants and they denied that the vehicle was stolen.

However, both were arrested. Tayrik Nathahl Jones, 20, from Winchester, was taken into custody and charged with taking an auto without the owner’s consent and possession of burglary tools that were also found in the vehicle. He was booked and held on $20,000 bail.

Mark Joel Adams, 26, of Costa Mesa, was also arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and for an outstanding DUI warrant. He was held on $30,000 bail.

A night out leads to $175,000 missing diamond ring

On Thursday, April 18, sometime between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m., someone reportedly entered a building in the 2100 block of E. Ocean Front and stole a diamond ring that the victim left on the bathroom counter.

Upon the victim’s return later that evening, and noticing the ring was missing, she notified the Newport Beach Police Department and filed a report.

The ring was valued at $175,655.

No arrests have been made and police are continuing to investigate.

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Police Files

Newport Beach murder suspect of two in custody

Yesterday, April 25, the Newport Beach Police Department arrested Jamon Rayon Buggs, a 44-year-old resident of Huntington Beach, for the murders of Darren Donald Partch, 38, of Newport Beach, and Wendi Sue Miller, 48, of Costa Mesa. 

The victims were found deceased inside a residence in the 2100 block of East 15th St. in Newport Beach last Sunday evening. Partch’s roommate, who had spent the weekend in the desert, returned home to find the murder scene and notified police.

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Jamon Rayon Buggs

At the time of his arrest, Buggs was already in custody at the Orange County Jail in connection with unrelated charges stemming from an arrest by the Irvine Police Department. He had been taken into custody Monday following a short pursuit and after barricading himself in an unoccupied home. His charges included attempted burglary, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, possession of a firearm by a felon, hit and run and evading police.

He also has a previous criminal record that includes guilty pleas of vandalism, possession of a firearm, taking property and brandishing a weapon.

Buggs is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bail pending double murder charges.

According to the Newport Beach Police, this is an open and ongoing investigation and no additional details are available at this time. Anyone with information regarding the case or with information on the recent activities and whereabouts of Jamon Rayon Buggs prior to his arrest should contact Detective Rick Henry at 949.644.3797.

The Newport Beach Police Department worked with law enforcement partners including the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Orange County Crime Lab, Irvine Police Department, Laguna Beach Police Department, Costa Mesa Police Department, Santa Ana Police Department and Anaheim Police Department on the investigation.

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Darren Partch and Wendi Miller were murdered in Newport Beach

Partch was a former minor league hockey player and most recently worked in Irvine with Advanced Financial Services.

Miller was CEO of the nonprofit Wings for Justice, an advocacy group working to protect children in the family court system. 

It was thought that after an evening in Laguna Beach, Miller had offered a ride home to Partch. 

Police have not identified any connection between Buggs and the victims at this time. It was reported, however, that there was no forced entry to Partch’s residence prior to the murder.

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DUI Arrests

Alexander Lopez, 22, Los Angeles – Tuesday, April 23

Christian Scott Casey, 39, Beverly Hills – Monday, April 22

Bradley Steven Fry, 32, Long Beach – Sunday, April 21 (with prior)

Alejandro Martinez, 34, Santa Ana – Sunday, April 21 (with prior)

Kaiiwa Siddartha Beaudoux, 49, Costa Mesa – Sunday, April 21

Incident Reports

Tuesday, April 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Christopher Manuel Rodriquez, 27, Ontario

Newport Coast Drive I 23000 Block I Burglary and Identity Theft

4:20 p.m. Brandon Felix Ruiz, 45, Costa Mesa, was arrested for commercial burglary through fraud/forgery and identity theft by personating another to get money. Bail was set at $20,000.

3:55 p.m. Noushig Lesa Charshafijan, 42, Costa Mesa, was arrested for commercial burglary through fraud/forgery, possession of a controlled substance and identity theft by personating another to get money. Bail was set at $20,000.

Bristol St. & Santa Ana Ave. I Costa Mesa I Paraphernalia, Narcotics, Controlled Substance, Sharps Waste and Warrant

11:57 a.m. Cheyenne Elizabeth Stambaugh, 26, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, illegal transporting of sharps waste and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

11:51 a.m. Corey James Dolim, 32, Westminster, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, illegal transporting of sharps waste and an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $11,500.

W. Coast Highway & Highland St. I Warrant

12:52 a.m. Kelly Jean Romero, 50, Anaheim, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $50,000.

 Jamboree Road & Eastbluff Drive I Burglary Tools, Tear Gas, Paraphernalia and Ammo

12:27 a.m. Anastasia Grace Phillips, 26, Chatsworth, was arrested for possession of burglary tools, being a felon in possession of tear gas, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of ammo by a prohibited person. Bail was set at $20,000.

Monday, April 22

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Omar Nazif, 45, Newport Beach

David Michael Wolfe, 48, Costa Mesa

Fullerton & 17th St. I Costa Mesa I Controlled Substance

10:57 p.m. Nickole Antonice Francin Crusoe, 45, Rancho Dominguez, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

San Miguel Drive I 1600 Block I Paraphernalia, Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Warrant

11:35 a.m. Eduardo Flores, 24, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, driving while suspended/revoked and for a warrant for DUI. Bail was set at $10,500.

McFadden Place I 100 Block I Under the Influence

3:23 a.m. Kim Khoi Thai Tran, 46, Garden Grove, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Ocean Blvd. & Channel Road I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

2:32 a.m. Jacqueline Joyce James, 26, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Fifth Ave. & Fernleaf Ave. I Under the Influence, Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

2:29 a.m. Janeen Costello Leon, 54, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Via Lido I 3300 Block I Sharps Waste

1:24 a.m. Kevin James Nodolf, 28, Bakersfield, was arrested for illegal transporting of sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.

26th St. & Newport Blvd. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Warrant

4:09 p.m. Willits Howard Haines, 57, Tustin, was arrested for driving while suspended/revoked and for a warrant for driving while suspended/revoked. Bail was set at $5,000.

Villa Point Drive I 00 Block I Obstructing/Resisting, Trespassing and Nudity

2:24 p.m. Kim Khoi Thai Tran, 46, Garden Grove, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer, trespassing for refusing to leave property, obstructing/resisting an executive officer and public nudity. Bail was set at $20,000.

Sunday, April 21

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Samuel Irving Younes, 22, Newport Beach

Jessica Soto, 27, Garden Grove

Joseph Richard Mannion, 19, Newport Beach

Marguerite Ave. I 1600 Block I Warrant

3:36 a.m. Ryan Newmen York, 33, Mira Loma, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $2,500.

River Ave. & Lido Sands Drive I Appropriating Lost Property and Using a Park after Hours

12:43 a.m. Xavier Chavira, 34, Long Beach, was arrested for appropriating lost property and using a park after hours. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Blvd. I 3300 Block I Contempt of Court, Controlled Substance and Warrant

7:36 p.m. Shawn Timothy Brack, 51, Santa Ana, was arrested for contempt of court for disobeying a court order, possession of a controlled substance and on a warrant for violating a court order. Bail was set at $30,000


Police Files

Double homicide in Newport Beach

A man and woman were found dead Sunday night, April 21, at the Villa Siena condominium complex across the street from Newport Harbor High School at 15th Street and Irvine Avenue, which Newport Beach Police are calling a double homicide.

A roommate of the male victim was returning home around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday from a weekend in the desert and discovered the bodies. At the time, he did not recognize the identity of the female.

The Orange County Coroner’s office has identified the deceased as Darren Partch, 38, of Newport Beach, and Wendi Miller, 48, a Costa Mesa resident and CEO of Wings for Justice, who had been reported missing.

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Darren Partch and Wendi Miller were murdered in Newport Beach

Newport Beach Police have yet to release any further details, other than to say they are reporting that there didn’t appear to be any signs of a forced entry.

A family member reported on Wendi’s death saying, “She had been shot and (we were) told that she did not suffer.”

Police are investigating and have “no information on a suspect at this time.”

Miller was last seen, according to friends, at the Loft and Sandpiper in Laguna Beach early Saturday morning, and she hadn’t been seen or heard from since. She was driving a white convertible Lexus.

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Newport Beach Police cordoned off the area in front of the Villa Siena condominium complex at 2101 E. 15th St., Newport Beach

A neighbor in Villa Siena told Stu News that two vehicles were impounded from the scene earlier yesterday.

Partch was a retired hockey player from the San Diego Gulls organization where he last played in 2005-06. He also played for the Long Beach Ice Dogs back in 2003-04. 

He was originally from Agoura Hills.

Laguna Beach detectives are assisting Newport Beach detectives in the investigation and will be involved in the overall investigation.

Police chase leads to violent crash and arrest of two

A police chase in Newport Beach ended in a violent crash early Friday morning, April 19, near Sherington Place and Seagull Lane. According to reports, the suspect’s vehicle rammed into three parked cars and then he attempted to flee on foot.

Police arrested Carl Richard Johnson Jr., 38, of Costa Mesa, at 3:28 a.m. Police had engaged Johnson in the pursuit after he reportedly hit a planter box and then sped off.

Three people were injured in the collision.

Johnson was arrested on charges of evading police officers with wanton disregard, driving without a license, obstructing and resisting police officers and hit and run with property damage. Johnson also had an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

Julie Ann Shapero, 39, of Fullerton, a passenger in Johnson’s vehicle, was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Johnson was held on $20,000 bail, while Shapero faced a $2,500 bail.

Previously suspected Newport Beach bank robber dead following another heist

A standoff between a man suspected of being the Leatherface Bandit and Sheriff’s deputies ended in the suspect’s death last Friday, April 19. The suspect had been attempting to elude deputies during a car chase that ended in a crash with another vehicle in Rancho Santa Margarita.

The suspect had just robbed Pacific Western Bank in Dana Point around 3:40 p.m., according to the FBI, and, following a standoff where he refused to exit his vehicle, was found dead. Investigators determined that he may have taken his own life.

The same man is suspected of robbing banks previously in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, including OneWest Bank in Corona del Mar on March 8.

He earned the Leatherface nickname from a mask he wore in the robberies.

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DUI Arrests

Craig Daniel Medici, 49, Newport Beach – Saturday, April 20

Joshua Arturo Franco, 22, Downey – Saturday, April 20 (with prior)

Christopher Charles Haynes, 31, Costa Mesa – Wednesday, April 17

Incident Reports

Saturday, April 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Oxier, 36, Laguna Beach

17th St. & Tustin I Costa Mesa I Sharps Waste, Under the Influence and Paraphernalia

9:39 p.m. Christopher John Robinson, 39, Costa Mesa, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1,000.

Vista del Oro & Perla I Warrant and Drinking in Public

7:00 p.m. Michael Ray Dwyer, 46, Tustin, was arrested for drinking in public and for an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

W. 15th St. & Placentia Ave. I PRCS Violation and Drinking in Public

4:16 p.m. Ronald Christopher Fry, 44, Santa Ana, was arrested for a PRCS violation/10-day flash hold and drinking in public. Bail was set at $50.

Santiago Drive & Irvine Ave. I Petty Theft, Narcotics, Conspiracy, Controlled Substance, Missing License Plates, Marijuana, Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Receiving Stolen Property

2:11 p.m. Pedro Marcos Perea, 39, Moreno Valley, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a crime, missing license plates of which two are required on a vehicle, possession of 1 oz. or less of marijuana while driving, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, driving while suspended or revoked and receiving stolen property with a value less than $950. Bail was set at $20,000.

2:04 p.m. Karla Karina Mora-Cervantes, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested for petty theft of mail packages, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail was set at $20,000.

W. Coast Highway & Balboa Blvd. I Paraphernalia and Drinking in Public

8:19 a.m. Samantha Kay Summers, 40, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and drinking in public. Bail was set at $500.

26th St. & Newport Blvd. I Obstructing/Resisting and False ID

7:59 a.m. Sebastian Matisse Deloye, 32, Costa Mesa, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer and for presenting false identification to a specific peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. & 30th St. I Driving the Wrong Way and Controlled Substance

3:52 a.m. Ali Khurdum Neshaily, 29, Irvine, was arrested for driving the wrong way on a divided highway and for possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Friday, April 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

E. Coast Highway I 400 Block I Sharps Waste

3:16 p.m. Jason Stuart Moore, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.

Jamboree Road I 4100 Block I Trespassing, Obstructing/Resisting and Battery

10:18 a.m. Crisdun B. Meadows, 38, Newport Beach, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave a property, obstructing/resisting an executive officer and battery on a peace officer. Bail was set at $20,000.

E. Coast Highway & Tustin I Warrant

11:33 a.m. Jacquelyn Danielle Newell, 29, Irvine, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

Sherington Place & Sea Gull Lane I Paraphernalia and Appropriating Lost Property

5:30 a.m. Sabrina Marie Gomez, 22, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and appropriating lost property. Bail was set at $500.

Sherington Place & Sea Gull Lane I Evading a Peace Officer, Driving without a License, Obstructing/Resisting, Hit and Run and Warrant

3:28 a.m. Carl Richard Johnson Jr., 38, Costa Mesa, was arrested for evading a peace officer, driving without a license, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, hit and run with property damage and for a warrant for a parole violation. Bail was set at $20,000.

2:59 a.m. Julie Ann Shapero, 39, Fullerton, was arrested on a warrant possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Irvine Ave. & Linda Lane I Sharps Waste, Narcotics, False ID and Warrants

1:24 a.m. Jesse Maxwell Dawson, 28, Mission Viejo, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, presenting false identification to a peace officer and warrants to terminate for post release community supervision and an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.

Thursday, April 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

37th St. & Lake Ave. I Marijuana for Sale

7:29 p.m. Kourtney A. Jayo, 36, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale. Bail was set at $500.

W. 15th St. I 800 Block I Parole Violation and Under the Influence

3:20 p.m. Garrett Kyle Martin, 23, Costa Mesa, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for a parole violation. Bail was set at $1,000.

Newport Blvd. & 31st St. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Failure to Provide Financial Responsibility

12:53 p.m. Dillon Matthew Sala, 23, Cedar Glen, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked and for failure to provide proof of insurance coverage. Bail was set at $500.

Laurel Place & Irvine Ave. I Paraphernalia and Warrant

2:04 a.m. Ryan Laurence Minkoff, 29, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a warrant for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $3,000.

Wednesday, April 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Micah Ralph Gadberry, 60, Costa Mesa

Shane Allen Eppler, 38, Irvine

Birch St. I 4800 Block I Narcotics, Forge Access Card, Paraphernalia, Forgery and Probation Violation

10:45 p.m. Ryan Joseph Swanson, 30, Dana Point, was arrested for forging an access card to defraud, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $500.

9:33 p.m. Jamie Nicole Pett, 28, Dana Point, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, forging an access card to defraud, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, forgery by possessing a fake driver’s license and for a warrant for possession of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $22,500.

Newport Center Drive I 700 Block I Petty Theft and Probation Violation

4:57 p.m. Jeffrey Steven Townsend, 42, Martinez, was arrested for petty theft and for a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $500.

19th St. & Balboa Blvd. I Warrant

4:43 p.m. Ronald Keith Hernandez, 57, Costa Mesa, was arrested for a warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $5,000.

MacArthur Blvd. & San Joaquin Hills Road I Warrant

4:07 p.m. Andrea Helena Herrera-Williams, 39, La Habra, was arrested for a warrant for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail was set at $15,000.

San Joaquin Hills Road I 1000 Block I Tampering with a Vehicle and Petty Theft

1:49 a.m. Rogelio Navarro, 30, Anaheim, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle and petty theft from a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

16th St. & Irvine Ave. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Warrant

1:35 a.m. Zachary Adam Lange, 36, Torrance, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for a warrant to revoke, modify, or terminate post release community supervision. Bail was set at $10,000.


Police Files

Police find vandalized auto, two returning subjects, burglary tools and drugs

Newport Beach Police found a suspicious vehicle parked in an empty parking lot near a gated community in the 1400 block of Bayswater on Sunday morning, April 14, around 5:30 a.m. The vehicle had a broken window, displaying broken glass and paper plates covering the license plates. 

Two subjects, Jenna Raynoelle Setzerhillert, 25, from Mission Viejo, and Charles Daniel Williams, 34, from Fullerton, returned to the vehicle and were engaged by the police. Upon further investigation, police realized the parties were returning from the gated community where they were attempting to commit theft from vehicles.

Both were questioned further.

Setzerhillert, at first, attempted to utilize the name of another person to conceal her identification. Eventually, she was arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary from a motor vehicle and false personation of another. She was also found to have four outstanding warrants.

Williams, the cohort, was found to be in possession of .9 grams of methamphetamine, .7 grams of heroin, syringes, a glass breaking tool, another metal glass breaking tool, black gloves, a black mask and bolt cutters. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and additional charges of possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property with a value less than $950, conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary from a motor vehicle and appropriating lost property.

Both subjects were held on $20,000 bail.

No license plates, no license, no freedom

Newport Beach Police stopped a vehicle shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15, in the 4200 block of MacArthur Blvd. for driving with no front or rear license plates. After initiating the stop, NBPD questioned and identified the occupants of the vehicle.

The driver was Gabriel John Paola, 46, of Cedar Glen. In addition to no plates, he also did not have a driver’s license. After being uncooperative, he was arrested on charges of obstructing/resisting a peace officer, driving without a license and seven other charges.

The passenger was Tracie Anne McKray, 40, of San Juan Capistrano. Upon further investigation of McKray, police discovered her to be in possession of methamphetamine and a methamphetamine pipe. 

She was arrested and held on $25,000 bail.

Paola was arrested and held on $500 bail. 

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Fire Files

NBFD called for mercury spill at Sage Hill School

Yesterday, April 15, at 9:40 a.m., firefighters from the Newport Beach Fire Department, with assistance from the Orange County Fire Authority, Huntington Beach Fire Department and Orange County Health Hazardous Materials, responded to a hazardous materials spill at Sage Hill School. Upon arrival, firefighters were notified of a mercury spill inside the science area of the school. First in crews isolated the incident and denied entry. The hazardous materials team mitigated the spill by removing the hazard.

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No injuries were reported as a result of the hazardous materials spill. Students and school staff were evacuated for their safety. The Newport Beach Fire Department would like to remind everyone to review Material Safety Data Sheets prior to operating in or near areas with hazardous materials.

Police Files

Suspected DUI driver arrested for hit and run causing property damage, evading police

Police apprehended Larry Marcus Parker, 26, of Garden Grove, on Friday, April 12 at 1:45 a.m. at Tustin Ave. and Riviera Drive in Costa Mesa following a pursuit. Parker initially took an auto without the owner’s consent. During his attempt to evade, he allegedly hit another vehicle causing property damage.

When he was finally arrested, he failed a sobriety check.

He was taken into custody on charges of DUI drugs, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, hit and run causing property damage, evading police with a wanton disregard and for taking a vehicle without consent.

He was held on $50,000 bail.

Driving on a suspended license leads to $55,500 bail for suspect

Driving on a suspended license is never a good idea. Take Andrew Chase Fluor, 35, of Newport Beach, for example. Fluor was arrested on Saturday, April 13, shortly before 6 p.m. at Zenith Ave. and Spruce Ave. He was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked. He was additionally charged with obstructing and resisting by the arresting officer. 

Upon further investigation, Newport Beach Police found him to be in possession of unlawful paraphernalia. He also had outstanding warrants. Those included charges of threatening of a serious crime that could cause death, petty theft, false impersonation of another, possession of a controlled substance and another charge related to paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody and held on $55,500 bail.

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Police Files

Newport Beach man arrested on serious sexual assault charges

Steven James Caswell, 27, of Newport Beach, was arrested on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:23 a.m. in the 1400 block of San Miguel, on serious sexual assault charges. His charges included sexual penetration with force and sexual battery.

Newport Beach Police chose not to release additional comments on the case.

However, records show that upon further investigation, NBPD discovered Caswell in possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Following his arrest, he was charged additionally with attempting to bring a controlled substance into prison.

His bail was set at $100,000.

Suspected drunk driver caught with plenty of drugs to boot

On Monday, April 8, Newport Beach Police received a citizen’s report of an apparent drunk driver. The citizen was driving from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach and noticed the suspect driving erratically. 

NBPD located the vehicle and observed the driver commit multiple driving violations and stopped the suspect at 51st St. and Neptune Ave.

The driver, Joshua Michael Mikulay, 35, of Norwalk, failed a field sobriety test. Upon further investigation, police also found a cache of drugs, including 28.4 grams of heroin, five grams of methamphetamine and 1.9 grams of fentanyl.

Mikulay was arrested and charged with possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a leaded cane and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. He was also charged with DUI.

His bail was set at $25,000.

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Police Files

Ongoing investigation turns up suspect, held on $1,000,000 bail

An ongoing investigation dating back to November 2018 by Newport Beach Police Detectives has led to the arrest of Jonathon Thomas Campos, 35, of Anaheim. 

Campos was arrested near La Palma Ave. and N. West St. in Anaheim at 11:09 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3. His charges include residential burglary with forced entry, robbery with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammo by a prohibited person, receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950, possession of burglary tools and possession of a controlled substance.

Campos is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

Missing license plate leads to sizable heroin stash

Rory Allen Hutchinson, 30, of Lake Stevens, was sitting in his vehicle shortly after midnight on Saturday, April 6, in the area of 61st St. and W. Coast Highway. A Newport Beach Police Officer passing by on patrol noticed one of the license plates missing from his car.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, upon questioning, it was discovered that Hutchinson was under the influence of a controlled substance. Further investigation turned up 58.3 grams of heroin and tin foil with some burn marks. According to sources online, the street value of this amount of heroin is over $10,000.

Hutchinson was arrested and charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of narcotics for sale and transporting narcotics for sale.

His bail was set at $25,000.

Citizen complaint leads to arrest of suspected chronic drunk driver

Newport Beach Police were sent to the 100 block of 26th St. for a citizen’s complaint of a drunken driver. However, when police arrived, the subject had not entered his vehicle or attempted to leave the area.

As police investigated, they identified the man as Charles Chester Towle, 59, of Anaheim. Lo and behold, Towle had in his possession an open container. However, records showed that he additionally had two outstanding warrants for DUI.

He was charged for the warrants and for drinking in public.

His bail was set at $50,100.

Vehicle burglaries on the upswing, keep your vehicles locked

In the last couple of months, Newport Beach Police have seen the number of burglaries from vehicles increase across the city. In the majority of these crimes, cars are left unlocked, but they report also seeing forced entries when valuables are left out in plain sight. 

Remember, it just takes a matter of seconds for a thief to shatter a window, grab your property and disappear.

NBPD reminds you to take a minute to remove your valuables, roll up your windows & lock your doors – every time you park. 

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Police Files

Find my iPhone app leads police to stolen vehicle

On Saturday afternoon, March 30, a Newport Beach Police Officer was sent to the 3000 block of Via Lido following a citizen’s report of a stolen vehicle. The victim had reportedly parked her vehicle at 12 noon and left. When she returned 10 minutes later, the vehicle was gone.

Fortunately, the victim had left her cell phone in the vehicle and enabled the Find my iPhone app which provided the vehicle’s location.

Officers were then able to locate the vehicle and took the sole occupant, Marian Demus, 34, of Sherman Oaks, into custody.

Demus had apparently been testing car door handles when she located the victim’s 2013 Infinity G37 unlocked. She is then allegedly proceeded to take the vehicle without permission.

Demus was arrested and charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and grand theft auto.

Her bail was set at $20,000.

Gas guzzler arrested for burglary from vehicle

In the early morning hours of Sunday, March 31, a Newport Beach Police Officer was sent to the 1400 block of Superior Ave. in response to a citizen complaint of a male breaking into vehicles.

Upon arrival, the officer observed a suspect, later identified as Gregory Scott Whitaker Jr., 28, of Victorville, wearing all black, black gloves and siphoning gas from a vehicle. Further investigation, according to NPBD PIO Heather Rangel, revealed that Whitaker was trying to open vehicles with his car key, breaking gas caps and siphoning gas from other vehicles.

He was arrested on charges of burglary from a motor vehicle, possession of burglary tools and for a parole violation.

His bail was set at $20,000.

NBPD says put the cell phone away or get ticketed

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Newport Beach Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies statewide by having additional officers on patrol looking specifically for drivers who violate California’s hands-free cell phone law.

Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves a cell phone. According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 66 people were killed and more than 6,500 injured in 2017 from distracted driving-related crashes.

“Cell phones remain one of the top distractions for drivers,” said Newport Beach Police Department Lieutenant Cartwright. “Like any bad habit, it can be hard to break, but this habit can have life-altering consequences.”

In a 2018 observational survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), driver cell phone use found about 4.5 percent of drivers are still using their cell phone illegally, a nearly 27 percent increase from 2016.

“That text or phone call will never be worth losing a life over,” said Lieutenant Cartwright. “That is why curbing distracted driving is high on our priority list.”

Under the most recent cell phone law that went into effect in 2017, drivers are prohibited from having a phone in their hand for any reason and can only use their phone in a hands-free manner. The phones must be mounted on the dashboard, windshield or center console, and can only be touched once with the swipe or tap of a finger to activate or deactivate a function. First-time offenders face a $162 fine.

If you need to make a call or text someone, pull over and park at a safe location. Struggling to stay off the phone while driving? Put your phone in a place you can’t reach, like the backseat or trunk.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Police Files

Commercial burglary in progress reported, suspects arrested

On Wednesday, March 27, at 1:40 a.m., Newport Beach Police Officers were sent to the 100 block of W. Coast Highway for a citizen’s report of a burglary in progress. The victim reported that she saw unknown males enter her business on surveillance footage.

Upon arrival, officers found Brian Edward Riley, 51, of Newport Beach, in the business without permission and in possession of multiple stolen magazines. The store owner responded to the location and requested a private person’s arrest for trespassing.

NBPD officers arrested Riley for commercial burglary with no forced entry. Upon further investigation, police found drug paraphernalia that included burnt foil and syringes, according to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel. Riley was additionally charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and illegally transporting sharps waste.

Byron Sherwood Graves, 35, of Placentia, was with Riley and was arrested for disorderly conduct for loitering in a private business.

Riley was arrested and held on $20,000 bail, while Graves’ bail was set at $500.

Vehicle burglary reports nearly $14,000 in stolen property

On Saturday, March 30, a victim reported to Newport Beach Police that his parked vehicle, a 2018 Mercedes c300, had been burglarized sometime between 11 p.m. on March 12 and 7 a.m. on March 13. The victim had returned to their car, in the 2900 block of Irvine Avenue, planning to head for work and observed the trunk open and the contents in the vehicle missing.

The vehicle was reportedly left locked by the victim. The stolen property was valued at $13,950.

The police have no leads at this time.

Smash and grab vehicle burglary reported

On Thursday, March 28, a victim of a vehicle burglary went into the Newport Beach Police Department and requested a police officer for a report. The victim stated that he had parked his vehicle, a 2009 white Ford Edge, on March 28, at 8:30 a.m. in the 6800 block of Seashore Drive and when he returned at 9:30 a.m., he found that his rear passenger window had been smashed and multiple items were missing.

The value placed on the stolen items was $3,580.

The police have no leads at this time.

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Fire Files

Apartment catches fire, woman rescued four stories up

On Tuesday, March 26, at 11:23 p.m., the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Park Newport Apartments. First in units noted smoke emitting from a fourth story apartment, with a female victim calling for help from the balcony. 

The Newport Beach Fire Battalion Chief immediately upgraded the fire to a second alarm due to the potential life threat to the building occupants. 

Newport Beach Truck 63 utilized their 100-foot aerial ladder to quickly rescue the female victim and she was treated and transported to a local burn center by Newport Beach Paramedics. No additional injuries were reported.

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A cat was also rescued from the apartment and turned over to the Newport Beach Police Department’s animal control.    

First in units went into an offensive attack with progressive hose lays and were able to contain the fire to the involved apartment. In total, 40 firefighters from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County Fire Authority assisted.

Newport Beach Police Department Officers assisted with evacuating the surrounding units.

 Newport Beach Fire Investigators are currently investigating the cause of the fire. There was approximately $100,000 in building and content damage. 

Police Files

Alleged thief works parking garage in early morning

Julian Charles White, 37, of Coto de Caza, was arrested by Newport Beach Police on Monday, March 25, in the early morning hours, for residential burglary with no forced entry.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, White, in the 100 block of San Joaquin Drive, had entered an underground parking garage around 5:30 a.m. and began pulling on car door handles. A private security department notified police who located and confirmed White as the suspect through surveillance footage.

In White’s possession were female watches, cash, a wallet and sunglasses that were allegedly all taken from vehicles.

White was arrested on burglary charges and bail was set at $50,000.

Suspected drunk driver found with assault weapon

On Saturday, March 23, a Newport Beach Police Officer was sent to the area of the 2600 block of San Miguel Drive at 7:47 p.m. for a citizen complaint of a suspected drunk driver. The witness had observed Richard Sebby Warner, 72, Newport Beach, driving erratically and advised the police officer of the suspected drunk driver’s location. 

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, upon arrival and further investigation, Warner was located and found to be under the influence of alcohol and in possession of a handgun, ammunition and an assault rifle.

NBPD arrested Warner for DUI, carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle and for possession of an assault rifle. 

He was held on $20,000 bail.

Intercepted email worth $105,000

A victim from the 2500 block of W. Coast Highway came into the Newport Beach Police Department to report a loss of $105,000 that occurred through an email transaction sometime between February 28 and March 21. 

Investigation showed that an unknown suspect had intercepted email interactions and requested that the bank wire monies to a fraudulent location.

The crime of obtaining money through false pretenses is being investigated.

Fraud leads to airline miles theft

A victim filed a fraud report with the Newport Beach Police Department after receiving an email from American Airlines stating that $57,304 worth of miles had been fraudulently used from the account.

The value of the fraud was estimated at $57,304. The incident occurred between October 18, 2018 and March 19, 2019.

The crime of grand theft by fraud continues to be investigated.

The crime of obtaining money through false pretenses is being investigated.

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Police Files

Big name Newport Beach attorney faces “stormy” future with Nike extortion charges 

Newport Beach attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested yesterday on charges of attempting to extort some $20+ million from Nike, the athletic apparel company. 

Avenatti, 48, of Century City, the former attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, was arrested in New York for wire fraud and bank fraud according to U.S. Attorney Nicola Hanna.

Avenatti had announced a news conference for today on Twitter just prior to his arrest, saying that he had discovered a college basketball scandal “perpetuated by Nike.”

Federal prosecutors also announced unrelated wire and back fraud charges against him for allegedly embezzling from a client to pay off his own debts. 

If convicted, Avenatti could face up to 50 years in federal prison.

Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos was named as a co-conspirator with Avenatti in the alleged extortion attempt of Nike.

Transient arrested, then found with controlled substance in jail

Adrian Perez Contreras, 28, a transient with no listed hometown, was stopped by Newport Beach Police in the 3200 block of E. Coast Highway and initially charged with possession of unlawful paraphernalia and for presenting false identification to the officers.

Additional checking on Contreras turned up a warrant for violating a previous court order.

Once arrested, police found a controlled substance in Contreras’ possession in jail.

He was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance in prison.

His bail was set at $35,000.

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Man force enters boat on Lido Isle to consume alcohol, says NBPD

Tuesday, March 19, at 10:17 p.m., Newport Beach Police responded to a call on Lido Isle concerning a male suspect trespassing on a private boat. Upon arrival, officers met with the reporting party who expressed a desire to prosecute and signed a private persons arrest for trespassing.

Further investigation revealed that the subject, Jerret Mlagenovich, 34, of Santa Ana, had forced entry onto a secure boat in order to steal and consume alcoholic beverages, according to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel.

Mlagenovich was arrested for trespassing, burglary and a felony probation violation. His bail was set at $20,000.

Someone takes $44,000 necklace…no leads

Newport Beach Police received a report that sometime between March 2 and March 16, someone entered an apartment in the 22700 block of Pelican Hill Road S and stole a necklace valued at $44,366.

The victim stated that multiple people had access to the property during the two-week period. They filed a citizen’s complaint of grand theft.

There were no eyewitnesses and no apparent leads.

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Police Files

Burglar gets away with $103,000 in jewelry

A forced entry residential burglary on Bridgeport Road last Thursday, March 14, was very costly to residents. Sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 8:22 p.m., a burglar took jewelry and other unknown items at an estimated value of some $103,000.

The suspect entered through the yard from a dirt trail that backs up to the property, crossing a glass fence where fingerprints were left. He or she then used a barbeque to gain access to the second floor where a sliding glass door was shattered.

There was no surveillance camera or eyewitnesses.

The Newport Beach Police Department continues to investigate.

Late night meth arrest leads to big-time bail

If you want to talk about a bad day, go no further than Christine Marie Wells, 30, of Wilmington. Wells was a passenger in a vehicle that the Newport Beach Police pulled over on Friday, March 15, at Via Lido and Newport Blvd. at 2:23 a.m.

Upon further investigation, police found that Wells had not only a felony warrant in her name, but also 2.9 grams of methamphetamine and a meth pipe in her possession.

She was arrested for the warrant and possession of a controlled substance.

Her bail amount, $752,500.

Ride a bike on the sidewalk and this time go to jail

A no-no in Newport Beach is riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. So, when the Newport Beach Police Department noticed Nathan Ooten Seigel, 34, of Felicity, doing exactly that, they stopped him.

That, of course, as it does many times, led to other problems for the suspect. 

When they tried to run him, they found that Seigel was using a false name and date of birth. Upon further investigation they searched his backpack and found a set of metal knuckles, bolt cutters and black gloves.

He also had outstanding warrants, one related to possession of narcotics for sale.

Police arrested Seigel for possession of metal knuckles and possession of burglary tools, false ID to a specific peach officer and two warrants, one related to possession of narcotics for sale.

He was booked on $20,000 bail.

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Police Files

Locals top the names of college admission scandal

Newport Beach has been at the top of the news for the $25 million college admission scandal that erupted this week.

First and foremost is Newport Beach resident William “Rick” Singer, 58, who has been accused of assisting wealthy parents in getting their children admitted to prestigious colleges across the country in exchange for bribes.

It is being called the biggest college admission scandal on record.

Singer has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges in federal court earlier this week in Boston. His companies include Edge College & Career Network and the Key Worldwide Foundation.

TV stars including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the clients Singer allegedly assisted.

As a result of the scandal, a number of college administrators and coaches have been suspended or fired.

Locally, two school board trustee members from Sage Hill School, Doug Hodge, 61, of Laguna Beach and Michelle Merage-Janavs, 48, of Newport Coast, are accused of being involved and have been indicted.

Hodge supposedly spent some $450,000 to facilitate the cheating and false athletic resumes of two of his children. Hodge is the former CEO of PIMCO.

Janavs is accused of making two payments totaling $75,000 to have her daughter admitted to USC.

I-Hin “Joey” Chen, 64, of Newport Beach, a warehouse provider for the shipping industry, allegedly paid $75,000 to get assistance with his son’s ACT test results.

Neal back in OC to stand trial for O’Keefe’s murder

James Alan Neal, 72, of Monument, Colo., has been extradited back to Orange County from Colorado to stand trial for the cold case murder of 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe. Neal is accused of killing O’Keefe in 1973.

He was arraigned on Wednesday, March 13. Prosecutors have also announced additional charges against Neal for two sexual assaults that supposedly took place sometime between 1995 and 2004 in Riverside County.

O’Keefe was walking home from summer school in Corona del Mar when she disappeared. Her body was found the next morning in the Back Bay area.

New DNA technology led to the arrest and “good old-fashioned police work” led to Neal’s arrest.

He is charged with murder with special circumstances for kidnapping and lewd acts on a child.

District Attorney Todd Spitzer said, “The significant arrest for the brutal sexual assault and murder of Linda O’Keefe is an affirmation to never give up on solving cold cases. The community resolve for justice, cooperation of local law enforcement, and the strategic use of investigative tools like DNA are what helped find answers for this family and community. Our office will work tirelessly to ensure justice is served in a court of law.”

Newport Beach Police Chief Jon Lewis said, “For 45 years, the Newport Beach Police Department continued to search for Linda’s killer. Generations of investigators worked on her case. We never gave up.”

Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy will prosecute the case.

A continued arraignment is scheduled for Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.

Woman accused of taking $14,000 bracelet at charity event

Betty Diane Kerr, 59, of Yucca Valley, was arrested for allegedly taking a $14,000 bracelet from a charity event table in the 1200 block of W. Coast Highway. The incident took place shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, Kerr was seen on a surveillance camera taking the jewelry box containing the bracelet and hiding it in her dress.

The private security company notified the Newport Beach Police Department and Kerr was taken into custody for grand theft.

Her bail was set at $20,000.

Woman busted walking from store with stolen merchandise

Danielle N. Rudd, 38, of Newport Coast, was arrested in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive on Saturday afternoon, March 9. Rudd was observed on a surveillance camera by a loss prevention officer removing clothing items from hangers and putting them into her own canvas bag.

Rudd then exited the store. The surveillance officer approached her when she was 50 feet outside of the building and still in possession of the unpaid items.

The officer notified the Newport Beach Police Department and she was taken into custody for commercial burglary. The value of the stolen merchandise was established at $1,913.

Rudd was booked and held on $20,000 bail.

Paper plates apparently lead to serial criminals

Lovan Dshone Sudds Jr., 36, of Anaheim, and Tina Tuong Duong, 27, of Santa Ana, were observed by Newport Police driving in a vehicle with no front license plate and a paper rear plate that was not compliant to California code. Police stopped the vehicle.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, further investigation produced 1.2 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe with residue, burglary tools including bolt cutters and two sets of gloves. Police also found the vehicle license plates in the trunk issued one year ago. Duong also had a forged driver’s license in her possession that belonged to Sudds.

According to Rangel, the relationship between the two is unknown, but they are accused of committing multiple crimes in other cities together and have multiple court cases pending.

Sudds was arrested for possession of marijuana, driving without a license, possession of burglary tools, being a felon in possession of tear gas, forgery by signing another’s name, forgery by using an official seal and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Duong was charged with missing license plates, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.

The arrest took place around 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

Both were held on $20,000 bail.

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Swastika fliers found posted on NHHS campus

Fliers depicting Nazi symbols were found posted around campus at Newport Harbor High School over the weekend, according to reports.

The Newport Beach Police Department received a call Sunday morning, March 10, notifying them that nearly a dozen 8-by-11 fliers were posted around campus bearing swastikas.

The fliers are the second incident involving NHHS in the last week. An off-campus party the prior weekend depicted students playing the drinking game beer pong around a swastika comprised of red plastic cups. The students could be seen in the background posing with the Nazi salute.

The incident made national news and led to two community meetings, plus a conversation between Anne Frank’s stepsister, Eva Schloss, and a group of NHHS students who attended the beer pong party.

There are presently no leads on who’s responsible for the fliers.

NBPD to step it up for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by millions across the country, often culminating in parties where drinking is involved. Sadly, this leads to tragedies on our roadways because of drivers who choose to leave parties impaired.

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 16 and 17), the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) will have additional officers on patrol in an effort to stop drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Due to St. Patrick’s Day becoming a dangerous holiday on our roads, NBPD encourages everyone to plan ahead and use a designated sober driver, ride-share or public transportation. Even one drink can be one too many.

“Don’t even put yourself in a position where you need to ask whether you are okay to drive,” Newport Beach Police Department Lieutenant Cartwright said. “If you feel the slightest hint of a buzz, you should not be driving.”

NBPD also wants to remind everyone that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

“We all know the dangers about driving impaired,” NBPD Lieutenant Cartwright said. “Let’s all be responsible adults and help each other get where we need to go safely.”

Funding for St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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NBPD seeks public assistance in identifying bank robbery suspect

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a bank robbery investigation. The crime occurred on Thursday, March 7, at 3:48 p.m. at OneWest Bank (3700 East Coast Highway). The suspect entered the bank and brandished a black semi-automatic handgun as he demanded money from the teller. There were no customers in the bank at the time and no report of any injuries. The bank reported a loss of $8,000.

The suspect is being identified as a white male, 5’6 - 5’9 and 175 - 190 lbs.

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OneWest Bank security cameras captured the photos above at the time of the robbery. The suspect may have stuffed a pillow inside his shirt to display a different body characteristic. After committing the robbery, the suspect fled from the location on a black electric bicycle. The suspect is armed and dangerous; do not approach him if located. 

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect in the photos is encouraged to contact Detective Mike Fletcher at 949.644.3779.

Transient appearing drunk found to have 10 outstanding warrants

On Sunday, March 3, at 8:31 a.m., Newport Beach police encountered Matthew Mark Hoscoe, a 57-year-old transient from Huntington Beach, who was found lying down on the sidewalk at Superior Avenue and W. Coast Highway. According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, pedestrians were being forced to walk around him.

Police suspected that Hoscoe was under the effects of intoxication.

Upon further checking, police also realized that Hoscoe had an extensive rap sheet including 10 outstanding warrants.

The warrants ranged from two for drinking in public, one for DUI, six for being drunk in public and one for noise.

He was taken into custody and held on $49,000 bail.

Bartender arrested for alleged arson of local oceanfront home

Lisa Michelle Pickard, a 49-year-old Newport Beach resident, was arrested Sunday, March 3, at 9:16 p.m. in the 1800 block of W. Ocean Front, on the charge of arson of an inhabited structure.

According to NBPD, Pickard allegedly set fire to a house/duplex of residents she knew.

“This isn’t an instance of serial arson or an unknown arsonist. All of the parties are known to each other, and there is no threat to public safety at this time,” NBPD Watch Commander Lt. Rachel Johnson said.

Though she was unable to confirm the number of people inside the home at the time of the fire, Lt. Johnson did say that she did not believe anyone was injured, in a phone interview yesterday.

Pickard, who listed her occupation as “bartender” in the arrest logs, was being held on $250,000 bail.

The odds and ends of local crimes range from pick pocket to stolen vehicles

Crimes were plenty around town in the last several days. 

A bicycle was stolen in the matter of one minute from the 2100 block of W. Balboa Blvd. on Sunday, March 3, at 9:35 p.m. The loss was estimated to be $600.

No suspect was found.

Then, a pick pocket incident took place in a retail store in the 8000 block of E. Coast Highway on Sunday, March 3, shortly after noon.

The victim was “shopping and looking at an item when she felt a nudge” as a person passed her by. 

Shortly afterwards, she realized her wallet was missing. The loss was estimated at $1,700. No arrest was made.

And, residents living in the 200 block of Pearl Ave. reported jewelry missing from their home sometime between 3 p.m. on February 17 and 8 p.m. on February 18. According to the victims, their delay in reporting was to make certain that the jewelry wasn’t located at another location.

The residents believe someone entered in the middle of the night through an unlocked door while they were sleeping. 

Two rings and a watch were reportedly taken with a value of $42,500.

Finally, a gray Volkswagen Jetta was stolen overnight on Saturday, March 2, after the resident “had locked and secured” it in the 1800 block of Park Newport Drive.

No arrests were made. The loss was estimated at $25,125.

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Police Files

Two locals arraigned for insurance fraud scheme

Four defendants were arraigned for insurance fraud of over $100,000 in February for their involvement in a scheme that allegedly unlawfully obtained patients for a medical center by paying “cappers” and failing to disclose this to insurers. 

As a result, they are accused of attempting to defraud multiple insurers of over $2.9 million. Jeffrey Scott Catanzarite, 59, Irvine, Max Humberto Matos, 78, Long Beach, Ronald Lee Martin, 68, Corona del Mar, and his wife Veronica Martin, 63, Corona del Mar, are each charged with 34 felony counts of insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, as well as additional counts for the unlawful referral of patients for compensation. 

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 43 years and eight months in state prison. The defendants appeared in court on February 19 for continued arraignment and were released on bail. The defendants are scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on May 21, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-55, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

The OCDA Bureau of Investigation investigated this case. Deputy District Attorney Steven Schriver of the Insurance Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.

Newport Beach man accused of stealing car, again

Thursday evening, Feb. 28, Matthew David Patterson, 45, of Newport Beach, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent. It apparently wasn’t his first time. 

Patterson was arrested in the 4300 block of MacArthur Boulevard, this time for allegedly taking a 2000 BMW 528i, according to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel.

Police also found unlawful paraphernalia, a meth pipe.

In addition, Patterson had warrants for vehicle theft, identity theft, possession of a controlled substance, counterfeiting and false personation.

His bail was set at $27,500.

Forgery, fraud, grand theft and more

Newport Beach police went to the 20900 block of Brookhurst St. in Huntington Beach to arrest 26-year-old Yecenia Garciavidal, of Long Beach. Garciavidal was suspected in a commercial burglary using forgery and fraud.

Additional charges included grand theft from buildings, identity theft in order to get credit and other’s ID, possession of bad checks and receiving stolen property.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, the alleged crimes occurred at a rehabilitation home.

Garciavidal’s bail was set at $20,000.

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Pliers, wrenches and meth lead to burglary arrest

In the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 25, NPBD received a radio call for a suspicious male and female hiding behind a car wearing dark clothing in the 200 block of Nice Lane.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, the male suspect was seen trying to cut bike locks in the parking structure, and was found to be in possession of bolt cutters, flashlights, wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers and a drill bit, along with methamphetamine and a drug pipe.

Scott Michael Pearson, 48, of Lake Forest, and Brittany Lane Hahn, 26, Costa Mesa, were arrested on a number of charges, including burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Pearson was additionally charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and identity theft. According to Rangel, Pearson had a credit card in the name of someone else on his person.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Hahn was also charged with possession of paraphernalia and a warrant for the same.

She was held on $30,000 bail.

One arrested for shoplifting, friend goes along for the ride

Two Midway City men were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 26, one on an earlier shoplifting incident.

Bret Damon McCarthy, 49, was arrested for shoplifting, and additionally charged with illegally transporting sharps waste, possession of a controlled substance, appropriating lost property and on warrants related to narcotics and two for driving under the influence.

He was held on $25,000 bail.

Jesse Luke Smalley, also 49, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste and on a petty theft warrant.

He was held on $3,000 bail.

The arrest took place at Bonita Canyon Drive and MacArthur Boulevard just before 3 p.m.

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OCSD Coroner reports 2018 homeless deaths, six in Newport Beach

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division publicly released two reports yesterday concerning reported deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness in Orange County in 2018.

The OCSD Coroner Division is responsible for investigating deaths that occur within the county of Orange. This includes unnatural deaths such as homicides, suicides, accidents and/or suspicious or unexplained deaths. 

In Orange County in 2018, there were 5,858 deaths reported to the Coroner Division. Of those, 210 decedents were considered homeless as they had “no fixed abode” at the time of death. This number is up from 196 in 2017, 202 in 2016, 187 in 2015, and 126 in 2014.

Six of the deaths in 2018 occurred in Newport Beach, according to information released by Carrie Braun, Public Information Officer, OCSD. 42 deaths occurred in Santa Ana, 35 in Orange, 30 in Anaheim, 16 in Huntington Beach, 13 in Garden Grove, 9 in Fullerton and Costa Mesa, 8 in Westminster, and 7 in Mission Viejo.

The first report, titled “Coroner Division Homeless Mortality Report,” provides data categorized by the cause of death and the geographic location of where the death occurred. The information is provided for each calendar year from 2014 to present, in addition to statistical graphs by mode of death. The Coroner Division has been working to compile this data since January 2019 to study these cases and identify changing patterns important to public health and safety.

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Statistics for 2018 thus far – 32 of the 210 homeless deceased are still in a pending status awaiting toxicology reports

While deaths from natural causes and suicides went down in 2018 compared to 2017, homicides and accidental deaths went up.

The second report was prepared pursuant to a request from the Honorable David O Carter, Judge in the US District Court to provide the causes of death of homeless individuals who passed away in 2018 and 2019. The report lists the 210 decedents from 2018, and 25 reported deaths from January 1 to February 19, 2019.

2018 data shows that of the 210 homeless decedents, 75 individuals died of natural causes, with overdose as the second highest cause of death claiming the lives of 44. 32 are still pending an official cause of death awaiting toxicology results.

“Examining this data allows us to observe causal factors that might assist in preventing the deaths of individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Don Barnes. “As a member of the Commission to End Homelessness, I will be presenting this data to the commission for further discussion and action aimed at reducing the number of deaths of homeless individuals.”

Three taken into custody for commercial burglary

Two San Diego men and one woman were arrested Wednesday afternoon, February 20, in the 3700 block of Campus Drive, on a variety of charges, including commercial burglary.

William Basneer Aluqdah, 46, Danny Lee Washington Jr., 27, and Jamillah A. Prince, 47, were taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m.

Aluqdah was charged with commercial burglary with no forced entry, receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950, possession of burglary tools, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, conspiracy to commit a crime, false personation of another and multiple warrants.

He was held on $280,000 bail.

Washington and Prince were also charged with commercial burglary with no forced entry, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950.

Washington was additionally charged with appropriating lost property and driving without a license.

Both were held on $20,000 bail.

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Suspect in custody for triple murder, victims were his parents and family housekeeper

Richard Nicholson, 64, and Kim Nicholson, 61, both of Newport Beach, and Maria Morse, 57, of Anaheim, have been identified as the homicide victims in the shooting last week, allegedly killed by Camden Burton Nicholson, 27, of Costa Mesa.

Richard and Kim were parents of Nicholson’s and Morse was the family’s housekeeper.

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Camden Burton Nicholson

Nicholson has been booked on three counts of murder. He is expected to enter a plea on March 8 and is being held without bail.

Newport Beach police were alerted by Irvine police requesting a welfare check on the Nicholsons’ home after Camden appeared in the emergency room of an Irvine medical facility. NBPD found the three bodies.

Camden attended Corona del Mar High School and the University of Utah.

No plates lead to drug arrest of rapper

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, shortly after midnight, Newport Beach Police pulled over a vehicle with no license plates and discovered the occupant did not have a driver’s license on his possession. Upon further check, police discovered that Terrell Rashad Wilson, 32, Buena Park, who listed his occupation as a rapper, was driving on a suspended license for a DUI.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, police searched Wilson and found Alprazolam and Adderall on his person and later discovered Oxycodone in his sock when he was being booked into jail.

He was arrested for possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, possessing a controlled substance, no vehicle registration and possessing a controlled substance in prison.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Machinery stolen in commercial burglary, no suspects

Newport Beach Police were alerted to a commercial burglary that took place sometime between Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 11, at 4:45 a.m.

According to NBPD reports, a commercial area under construction at Old Newport Boulevard and Santa Ana Avenue had its lock cut and was burglarized. Missing was a generator and the trailer that held it. The machine was valued at $53,000.

Video footage did not have night vision and there are no known suspects.

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Three murdered in Newport Beach, son arrested

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) arrested Camden Burton Nicholson, a 27-year-old resident of Newport Beach, for the murder of three people at 36 Palazzo.

Nicholson had been previously held for investigation earlier at the Irvine Medical Center Wednesday while the Irvine Police Department requested a welfare check at the Palazzo address. 

Upon arrival, NBPD officers found three deceased people in the residence, two adult females and one adult male. The Orange County Coroner’s Office is identifying the victims and notifying the next of kin before they release their identities.

Speculation is that the three deceased include the suspect’s parents and a maid.

Nicholson was subsequently booked directly at the Orange County Jail on the charge of 187(A) PC Homicide. 

NBPD detectives and Crime Scene Investigation personnel are conducting an active homicide investigation. 

Anyone with information or a witness to the crime is asked to contact Detective Prince at 949.644.3762.

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Police looking for suspect in Citibank robbery

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a bank robbery investigation. The crime occurred on Friday, Feb. 8, at 10:15 a.m. at Citibank, 1100 Newport Center Dr. 

The suspect entered the bank carrying a red Target reusable bag, handed the bank teller a note that stated he had a “bomb,” and verbally demanded cash. The loss is unknown at this time. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

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According to the Newport Beach Police Department, the same suspect may be linked to bank robberies in Oceanside and Newport Beach as well as an attempted robbery in Escondido.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect in the photo is encouraged to contact Detective Jason Prince at 949.644.3762.

NBPD to hold public showing of recovered stolen property

As part of an ongoing criminal investigation of Aquinas Kasbar, the Newport Beach Police Department Detectives have recovered additional property that is believed to be stolen from the Newport Beach area within the last year. The newly recovered property includes watches and miscellaneous jewelry.

There will be a public showing of the newly recovered property at the Newport Beach Police Department on Friday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. If you believe that your property may have been recovered, please bring a copy of your crime report, case number, valid identification and any other information that may help detectives positively identify your property.

If you have any additional questions, contact Sergeant Comte at 949.644.3765.

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Man allegedly bites arresting officer in strong armed robbery attempt

On Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12:50 p.m., Blake Michael Wilkins, 25, from Fayetteville, was arrested for strong armed robbery.

Wilkins is accused of entering a Fashion Island store and attempting to take two jackets without paying. According to reports, he attempted to exit the store, wearing both jackets and was told to return by the store’s loss prevention officer. At this point. circumstances led to Wilkins biting the officer.

He subsequently was arrested on strong armed robbery charges and was held on $20,000 bail.

Sex offender found on Newport Harbor High campus

Jeremy Ryan Spandorf, 35, of Newport Beach, a registered sex offender, illegally entered the Newport Harbor High School campus without proper authorization on Monday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m., according to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel. The incident was a violation of his sex offender requirements.

Newport Beach Police were called and arrested Spandorf. He additionally was charged with failure to provide proof of residency.

He was held on $20,000 bail.

$20,000 taken from unlocked vehicle in beach parking lot

A 60 year-old Newport Beach male filed a report with Newport Beach Police claiming that $20,000 in cash, a debit card, his driver’s license and a bag were stolen out of his black Mercedes SUV.

The victim claimed the incident took place in a Corona del Mar beach parking lot from his unlocked vehicle.

Police weren’t provided with any suspect descriptions and have no further leads.

Man allegedly enters Newport residence illegally to use restroom

On Monday, Feb. 4, Tyler Michael Peterson, 34, of Phoenix, allegedly entered an unlocked, but occupied, residence at E. Edgewater Ave. and Fernando St. with the intent of using the restroom. The homeowner made an arrest on Peterson for trespassing.

Newport Beach Police arrested Peterson and he was being held on $20,000 bail. During that stay, he was additionally charged with damaging/destroying jail property. Details of the specific incident were not available at press time.

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Trio arrested in alleged ID theft ring bust

Newport Beach Police arrested three out-of-town people at various locations to break up an alleged identity theft ring.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, a radio call came in for a complaint of subjects sitting in a vehicle using narcotics. Upon arrival, officers conducted an investigation that led to the finding of drug paraphernalia. The suspects, Robert Carrasquillo and Kayla Hurst, reportedly ran from the car and were later located and arrested.

Located in the suspects’ vehicle were checks in the names of other people, a glass pipe with burnt meth and multiple pipes, according to Rangel.

The first arrest was at 1:31 p.m. of Kayla Renee Hurst, 20, of Los Angeles, in the 1700 block of W. Balboa Boulevard. Hurst was charged with identity theft for possessing 10 or more different identities, obstructing/resisting police, possession of burglary tools and for an outside agency warrant.

At 2:08 p.m., police took Robert Cameron Carrasquillo, 31, of Lynwood, into custody in the 100 block of McFadden Place. Carrasquillo was charged with possession of 10 or more identities, unlawful paraphernalia, residential burglary with no forced entry, receiving stolen property, obstructing/resisting, fraudulent possession of a scanning device, fraudulent possession of a re-encoder, being a felon in possession of tear gas and on a warrant for possession of narcotics.

Next came the arrest of Lucas Andrew Reid, 26, of Calabasas, at 17th Street and W. Ocean Front at 2:31 p.m. Reid’s charges included possession of 10 or more identities and unlawful paraphernalia.

Carrasquillo was held on $110,000 bail, while Hurst and Reid had bail set at $20,000 each.

Fire Files

Sub-floor fire hits Bayside home

On Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12:38 p.m., firefighters from the Newport Beach Fire Department, with assistance from the Costa Mesa Fire Department, responded to a working structure fire on the 1600 block of Bayside Drive. 

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Upon arrival, firefighters found a two-story house with a sub-floor that had a working fire in the kitchen. First in units went into an offensive attack to extinguish the fire, conduct a search for victims and prevent fire extension to the remainder of the house.

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No injuries were reported as a result of this fire loss. Newport Beach Fire Investigators are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The Newport Beach Fire Department would like to remind everyone to plan two ways out of every structure because every second counts.


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Suspects fail in residential burglary, but not because of a lack of effort

An attempted residential burglary of an unoccupied Newport Beach home was unsuccessful. Sometime between 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, suspects attempted to pry open a lock on a residence in the 1900 block of Glenwood Lane.

The suspect or suspects attempted to gain entry by removing door pins and prying the lock to the garage pedestrian access door. The suspects also cut, removed and damaged screens on multiple windows around the home. All attempts failed.

Nothing was taken and no one reported seeing or hearing anything.

Local transient arrested for intent to terrorize

Brandon Paul Gay, 23, Newport Beach, a local transient according to police logs, was arrested Monday, Jan. 28, in the 2000 block of W. Balboa Blvd., for threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize. 

The incident took place at 11:32 a.m. near the Newport Pier.

Gay was arrested and held on $50,000 bail.

Stolen car turns up near Newport Pier, two arrested

Arnold Saaverde Colores, 54, Buena Park, and Fermin Gary Medina Jr., 27, Santa Ana, were arrested Monday, Jan. 28, for taking an automobile without the owner’s consent. The arrest took place at Court Avenue and McFadden Place, near the Newport Pier.

Both were charged with auto theft. Colores was additionally charged with being a felon in possession of tear gas and on a warrant for failure to comply with automobile registration requirements.

Colores was held on bail of $22,500, while Medina was held on $20,000 bail.

Emergency call centers to accept text messages

The Newport Beach Police Department will join all Orange County first responder dispatch centers and begin accepting texts to 9-1-1 on February 6. 

Text-to-911 enables text messages to reach 9-1-1 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. This service is aimed to assist people who are hearing impaired, or speech disabled, or someone who is in an emergency situation where calling 9-1-1 is not possible. Always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call, if you can.

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Four arrested for drugs, identity theft and stun gun

Emery Leonard Scott Jr., 31, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested by Newport Beach Police on Monday, Jan. 21, at 12:09 a.m., for possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance for sale and being a felon in possession of a stun gun.

Scott, unemployed according to NBPD, was found with 19.3 grams of cocaine. A further search of his vehicle yielded a stun gun.

The arrest took place in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 800 block of Irvine Avenue.

Three other males were also arrested with Scott, including Steven Bohna, 25, Newport Beach; Timothy Kuster, 29, Newport Beach; and Jonathan Tonkinson, 30, Costa Mesa.

Bohna was charged with possession of a narcotic controlled substance and unlawful paraphernalia; Kuster, identity theft and a warrant for possession of a controlled substance; and Tonkinson, possession of a controlled substance and a warrant for entering a commercial establishment with the intent to commit larceny.

Scott was held on $25,000 bail; Bohna, $2,500; Kuster, $10,500; and Tonkinson, $5,000.

Man arrested for grand theft…second charge in a week

Omar Gonzalezsoto, 40, Costa Mesa, and Maria Isabel Urquiza, 42, Santa Ana, were arrested by Newport Beach Police on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10:39 p.m. at Via Lido and Newport Boulevard, on charges of grand theft.

Although the formal police report is still incomplete, police found the pair with stolen bicycles and burglary tools. They were additionally charged with conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail was set for both at $20,000.

NBPD PIO Heather Rangel confirmed that this is the same Gonzalezsoto who was arrested a week prior for burglary from a boat, burglary from a commercial location and identity theft.

Oceanfront home vandalized

Jose Luis Garcia Macias, 24, Huntington Beach, was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 9:43 p.m. in the 1800 block of W. Ocean Front, on charges of felony vandalism.

Police say Macias vandalized a residence, removing wooden shingles from an exterior wall of a house. A window on the home’s side was also shattered.

The resident estimated the damage to be $3,000 - $4,000.

Fire Files

Fire damages Lido Isle home

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 4:45 p.m., firefighters from the Newport Beach Fire Department, with assistance from the Orange County Fire Authority and Huntington Beach Fire Department, responded to a working garage fire on Via Koron in Lido Isle. Upon arrival, firefighters found a two-story house with heavy smoke and fire coming from the garage. First in units went into an offensive attack to extinguish the fire, conduct a search for victims and prevent fire extension to the surrounding homes.

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No injuries were reported as a result of this fire loss. Newport Beach Fire Investigators are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The Newport Beach Fire Department would like to remind everyone to install smoke detectors in your home. Smoke detectors have been proven to notify people of a fire and save lives.


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Dance instructor suspected of lewd acts against teen

Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested a man suspected of committing multiple lewd acts on a 13-year-old boy beginning in 2011. Brandon Jacob Nease, 25, of Orange, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony child molestation. 

For the past one and a half years, Nease has been a drama teacher at Costa Mesa High School. From 2012 to 2015, Nease was a dance specialist at Camp James in Newport Beach. He previously taught dance at the Boys and Girls Club in Tustin and Fountain Valley, was the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Musical Theatre West in Long Beach and was the Choreographer/Director for the Musical Theater Village in Irvine. Nease worked closely with children in each of his roles as a dance instructor.

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Camp James is a popular summer camp located at the Newport Dunes & Waterfront Resort in Newport Beach.

Due to Nease having continued access and contact with children over the past seven years, investigators believe there may be additional victims.

Nease posted $100,000 bond this morning and has been released from custody.

Please contact the Special Victims Detail at 714.647.7419 if you have any information. Anonymous information may be provided through Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1.855.TIP.OCCS.

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Fugitive and sex offender are among those arrested

It’s all in a day’s work for the Newport Beach Police Department. On Saturday, Jan. 19, James Rashad Moss, 37, of Modesto, is arrested on a warrant citing him as a fugitive from justice. He was held on $100,000 bail. 

Just 20 minutes earlier, William Harry Thorpe, 65, of Norwalk, was arrested for being a sex offender transient. Thorpe didn’t do what’s required, registering when you arrive in a new town. His bail is only $500.

Add to that a case involving battery, two drivers behind the wheel on suspended licenses, one with an open container and one with burglary tools.

Welcome to Saturday in Newport Beach.

Earlier in the week, it’s mostly narcotics and controlled substances. Drop in a set of metal knuckles, five DUIs and a few drunk in publics.

Who said Newport Beach is a sleepy town?

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NBPD helps eradicate black market marijuana farm discovered in Wilderness Park

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Orange County Parks just completed a massive cleanup of a black market marijuana grow discovered late last year at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, according to a release issued by CDFW.

The black market marijuana grow was discovered on September 27, 2018 by CDFW during routine flights over Orange County with the National Guard’s Counter Drug Unit. Following the discovery, Newport Beach Police Department conducted an eradication mission at the site. Attempts to apprehend the suspects were unsuccessful.

According to CDFW, officers eradicated 500 plants and confiscated 75 pounds of processed marijuana. The grow, when in full production, contained almost 1,500 plants. During the eradication, CDFW documented numerous environmental violations including streambed alterations, haphazard pesticides left on the property, trash within 150 feet of a waterway, and a poached deer.

 According to Laguna Canyon Foundation Executive Director Hallie Jones, the grow area was well-hidden in a remote part of the 7,000 acre park, and caused significant habitat damage to our endangered coastal sage scrub habitat. The growers came in by foot.

“Growers remove native plants and cause additional damage by creating trails and using chemicals on the marijuana plants. This grow site will require extensive repair and mitigation to restore the destroyed habitat,” said Jones in a statement to Stu News on Thursday.

Passive restoration, in which we remove the problem and let the plants re-establish themselves, will take years. The rains this winter will help, and within a few years we should be hard-pressed to identify exact sites,” Jones continued.

The team cleanup effort was conducted in two phases, in December and January, and included the removal of approximately 3,120 pounds of trash, 1,500 feet of plastic irrigation piping, 24 ounces of pesticides as well as other forms of garbage that can be detrimental to the environment.

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CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and OC Parks worked together to clean up Laguna Coast Wilderness Park after an illegal marijuana grow was discovered

For the cleanup, OC Parks worked with a specialized hazmat contractor, Clean Harbors, to ensure the pesticide was removed and disposed of correctly. Through testing, the pesticide was confirmed to be carbofuran, a highly toxic and banned substance. To understand the toxicity, just a teaspoon can kill a 300-pound black bear.

“Protecting California’s natural resources takes commitment from federal, state, county and city entities. I commend all those that were involved in this effort to identify the black market grow, eradicate it and clean it up,” said David Bess, Deputy Director and Chief of the CDFW Law Enforcement Division. “Working together, we can protect the environment and help the permitted cannabis market thrive.”

Between 2013 and 2018, CDFW has removed more than 2.4 million feet of irrigation pipe, 50 tons of fertilizer and 65 gallons of chemicals, many illegal in the U.S., on black market grows. CDFW has also removed 709 dams and water diversions resulting in restoration of 800 million gallons of water back into local watersheds.

CDFW would like to remind the public to report environmental crimes such as water pollution, water diversions and poaching to the CalTIP hotline by calling (888) 334-2258 or by texting “CALTIP” followed by a space and whatever the desired message, to 847411 (tip411).

3 men busted for a slew of crimes in Newport Beach 

On Monday, January 14, at 3:16 a.m., at Tustin Avenue and 19th Street in Costa Mesa, three men are arrested on several charges for crimes that occurred in Newport Beach at San Joaquin Hills Road and Jamboree Road.

“A security guard witnessed a truck leave the complex with multiple bikes in the truck bed. Additional officers were able to locate the vehicle driving on Tustin Avenue as the truck described by security as well as in violation of darkly tinted front windows,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. 

Rangel continued, “One of the subjects admitted to stealing the bikes during questioning during the vehicle stop. During a search in the vehicle for valid registration and valid insurance, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, bolt cutters, a cut bike lock and gloves were located along with drugs and drug paraphilia.”

Multiple stolen bikes were recovered. NBPD also found a slew of drugs, including marijuana, meth, heroin, and suboxone.

The three suspects, Steven Nicholas Petka, 38, Huntington Beach, Edward Gregory Barseghian, 31, Costa Mesa, and Ronald Stephen Loomis, 26, Newport Beach, were arrested for committing burglary of a garage – no forced entry, possession of burglary tools, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. 

Bail was set at $50,000 for each.

Canoga Park telemarketer makes the wrong call, arrested for paraphernalia

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 12:24 p.m., at 22nd Street and Ocean Front W. Drive, NBPD arrested a Canoga Park man while tracking the black 2016 Ford Mustang he was driving around town, which had been reported stolen in the Los Angeles area earlier in the day.

“The mustang was reported stolen earlier that day to LAPD – Topanga Division. The victim did not wish to press charges on the suspect,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. “The suspect had a syringe known to administer meth and heroin.”

Jason Frank Hackett, 24, Canoga Park, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia with an unknown bail.

Rangel added, “The victim gave multiple ID names and numbers that did not return with any information. He was verbally advised over the phone that his vehicle had been located.”

According to police reports, the victim’s story kept changing about the location of the theft and whether or not he wanted to press charges.

Hackett listed his occupation telemarketer.

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Postal worker allegedly goes postal threatening Newport Beach receptionist

On Friday, Jan. 11, at 2:30 p.m., at 2300 block of Fairview Road in Costa Mesa, a suspect was arrested on charges of threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize.

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, “The suspect walked into the [Newport Beach] business and handed the receptionist a note while verbally threatening her life.”

The receptionist is described as a white female in her 20s. The suspect allegedly both verbally threatened her and also threatened her via a written letter. 

While the victim might not have been familiar with the suspect, the business was.

“The business of occurrence has had problems with the suspect on prior occasions. The victim knew who [Larry] Chapekis was but does not know him on a personal level,” Rangel said. 

“The follow up investigation led to the suspect’s home,” Rangel added.

Larry A. Chapekis, 70, Costa Mesa, was arrested for threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize. 

Chapekis listed his occupation as “postal worker.” 

Bail was set at $50,000. 

Rampant crimes in the area are a cause for caution

On Friday, Jan. 11, at 11:03 a.m., at the 300 block of Victoria in Costa Mesa, Joseph Gregory Sidler, 28, Newport Beach, was arrested on charges of threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize and assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument. Sidler listed his occupation as “none.” Bail was set at $50,000. 

On Thursday, Jan. 10, at 1:15 p.m., Garren Richard Weedenhawkin, 38, San Jose, was arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property valued at $950 or more, trespassing without owner consent, on a warrant related to possession of methamphetamine, commercial burglary without forced entry and illegal transport of sharps waste. Weedenhawkin listed his occupation as “stocking.” Bail was set at $22,500. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 2:07 p.m., Heather Michelle Hopkins, 26, Mission Viejo, was arrested on charges of shoplifting items valued at $950 or more, identity theft, false impersonation of another and receiving stolen property valued at $950 or more. Hopkins listed her occupation as “loan company.”

Bail was set at $20,000.

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NBPD seeks public’s help identifying residential burglary suspect

NBPD is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in a residential burglary investigation. The crime occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 2, between 6:30 p.m. and 7:50 p.m., in the area of Malabar Drive. The suspect made entry into the home by breaking a rear glass window and fled the area before NBPD officers arrived. After reviewing the surveillance video, it appears that one of the suspects rings the doorbell to ensure no one is home. Then, moments later, the suspects are seen entering the backyard and breaking the rear window. 

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Suspect captured by the homeowner’s Ring Doorbell at the time of the crime 

still at large, NBPD seeks the public’s help

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect in the photo is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant D. Joe at (949) 644-3763 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

NBPD nabs undergrad on meth and burglary charges at Hoag

On Sunday, Jan. 6 at 10:05 p.m., at the 00 block of Hoag Drive, NBPD responded to the report of a burglary crime.

“The suspect entered a vehicle by entering through the rear window and taking multiple items. The victim returned to his locked/secured vehicle and found the suspect going through his car. The suspect tried to leave the area with the victim’s credit cards, pocket knife and charger,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. “The rear window was covered by a plastic bag that was taped to the car. The victim was a victim of a vehicle burglary weeks prior.”

According to police records, the suspect was under the influence of meth and a meth pipe was found on his person.

Joshua John Oliver Bramon 22, Anaheim, was arrested for burglary from a motor vehicle, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and on a warrant related to trespassing.

Bramon listed his occupation as “undergrad.”

Bail was set at $80,000. 

Commercial burglary strikes Newport Beach

On Sunday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m., NBPD received a report of a commercial burglary at the 7900 block of E. Coast Hwy. The reported stolen property value was $9,600.

NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said, “Clothing items and jewelry were taken. No specific details were given on the items. The company has surveillance video. While taking morning inventory they noticed that items were missing which led them to check their surveillance footage for suspects.” 

Three female suspects were involved.

“Suspect #1 was described as a female, possibly from India, approximately 5 feet 4 inches in height and weighing 160 pounds. She had brown hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a white sweater with a long black skirt/dress. Suspect #2 was described as a female, possibly from India, approximately 5 feet 3 inches in height and weighing 115 pounds. She had brown hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a black sweater with a red dress. And Suspect #3 was described as a female, possibly from India, approximately 5 feet 4 inches in height and weighing 140 pounds. She had brown hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a long gray sweater with blue stripes and blue jeans,” Rangel said.

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House cleaner arrested for allegedly mopping up over $150K from local homeowner’s safe

On Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2:59 p.m., at the 00 block of Clear Water, a house cleaner is accused of literally cleaning house, taking her clients to the cleaners by cleaning out their safe.

Lideli Mojica, 39, Tustin, was arrested for residential burglary, no forced entry

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, “Mojica was the victim’s house cleaner. Over $150,000 in cash was taken. The money was taken from the homeowner’s safe. The suspect was not caught in the act of taking the money.”

Mojica listed her occupation as housekeeper.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Medical facility is thrashed, cords and cameras broken and smashed

On Wednesday, Jan. 2, NBPD received a commercial vandalism report for an incident that occurred between Friday, Dec. 28 and Jan. 2.

Over that time period, NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said, “Multiple cords and cameras were broken at a closed medical facility by an unknown suspect. Over $50,000 in cameras and cords were damaged.”

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Man arrested for cell phone robbery on NYE

On Monday, Dec. 31, at 6:18 p.m., NBPD responded to a robbery call at Back Bay Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road. The victim, described as a 59-year-old white male, was approached by a man while he was riding his bicycle. The suspect demanded that he stop and would not let the bicyclist leave the area, according to NBPD. 

“He then demanded the victim’s cell phone. Once the suspect had the cell phone, he immediately handed it back to the victim and walked away,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. “Though he gave the cell phone back, due to the totality of the circumstances, Arthur was arrested for strong-arm robbery.”

Garrick Leslie Arthur, 39, Costa Mesa, was arrested for strong-arm robbery. Bail was set at $50,000.

Skateboarder smashes car with board after driver beeps at him, suspect at large

On Sunday, Jan. 30, at the at 3000 block of Newport Boulevard, NBPD received a report of vandalism committed on a personal car.

“The suspect was standing with his skateboard in a lane of traffic when the victim approached the area of the road he was standing in, and she honked for him to move,” LBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. “At that time, the suspect became angry and hit the car with his skateboard.”

The damage included scratches to a front passenger window and door from the suspect hitting the car with his skateboard. The suspect has not been located. He is described as a white male with blond hair in his 20s and approximately 6’ to 6’ 3” tall.

The incident was not caught on video. If anyone witnessed the incident, please call NBPD at (949) 644-3681.

Babysitter and barber arrested on fraud, burglary, theft and drug charges

On Friday, Dec. 28, at 4:08 p.m. at SNA Auto Rentals, at the 3000 block of Campus Drive, NPBD received a report of fraud.

“The suspects entered SNA Auto Rentals with a female and tried to rent a vehicle with fraudulent credit cards,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. “The employee noticed that the credit cards were fraudulent and called NBPD for assistance.”

Hessam Saeed Kamkar, 25, Lake Forest, was arrested for commercial burglary – no forced entry and theft by false pretenses or fraudulent representation. Bail was set at $20,000.

Claire Marie Fondarella, 24, Stamarg, was arrested for commercial burglary – no forced entry, forgery of credit card to defraud, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail was set at $20,000.

“Fonderella was in possession of xanax, suboxone and heroin,” Rangel said.

Fonderalla listed her occupation as babysitter.

Kamkar listed his occupation as barber.

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NBPD invites locals to attend Citizens’ Academy 

Newport Beach Police Department is proud to offer a Citizens’ Police Academy to the Newport Beach community. This engaging and informative program is designed to increase understanding of the Police Department’s operations and to allow community members the opportunity to interact with their outstanding personnel. Topics covered include SWAT, the K9 Program, CSI, Dispatch, narcotics, traffic laws, firearms, detective investigations and much more. 

Students will participate in informative classroom-style presentations as well as pratical demonstrations with a variety of Police Department personnel. Activities include a police facility tour, a jail tour, a simulated car stop exercise, firearms instruction in the shooting range, fingerprinting and crime scene investigation, and a community-oriented policing challenge. Each student will also be given the opportunity to go on one four-hour ride-along with a Police Officer during the course of the Academy. 

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NBPD looks forward to hosting its Citizens’ Academy for locals starting March 6

Instructors are drawn from all areas in the Department. Students meet the Chief of Police, managers, supervisors, patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers and other department employees. NBPD encourages students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to increase understanding between citizens and the Police Department, and to enhance the strong relationships NBPD has with the community.

According to the Newport Beach Police Department website, “While the Academy will give students a better understanding of how the Police Department is organized, the services we provide, and how we serve the community, it is not based on a traditional police academy. The program is not designed to prepare students to be police officers or provide training in the field of law enforcement. A typical Citizens’ Academy class is made up of 24 students of all age groups, and instructors will accommodate any physical limitations. 

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NBPD’s Citizens’ Academy is an exciting 12-week program that starts in March

Successful graduation of the Citizens’ Police Academy is a prerequisite for the Department’s Volunteers in Policing Program.

The Academy is 12 weeks long, with one three-hour class each Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Academy culminates in a graduation ceremony in Week 12, which friends and family are welcome to attend. Classes will be held on March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15 and 22 at NBPD at 870 Santa Barbara Dr., Newport Beach.

For more information and to sign up, go to http://nbpd.org/programs/citizens/default.asp.


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Costa Mesa man goes rogue, arrested for stealing 70-foot yacht…NBPD boards vessel and takes control 

On Sunday, Dec. 23, at approximately 3:46 p.m., NBPD Officers boarded an OCSD patrol vessel taking them to investigate a boat theft in the area of Fernando Street and East Edgewater Avenue.  

“While traveling to the victim’s boat, OCSD received an emergency call of a boat traveling erratically in the Newport Bay near the 2300 block of Newport Blvd,” NBPD Sgt. Peter Carpentieri, Professional Standards Unit, said. “NBPD Officers and OCSD Deputies responded to that call and located an approximate 70-foot yacht in the bay near 19th Street. The yacht had collided with some other boats docked in the area.”  

The yacht’s owner responded to the scene and advised the officers his boat had been stolen. 

“The suspect and sole occupant of the yacht, later identified as [Theodore] Wilson, was unresponsive to commands and attempted to accelerate and steer the boat away,” Sgt. Carpentieri said. 

It was apparent that until control was regained of the boat, it represented a significant safety hazard to the civilian traffic in the bay including other boats, paddle boarders, etc., in addition to the law enforcement first responders. 

“Ultimately, some NBPD officers and an OCSD deputy boarded the still-moving boat – at great risk to their own safety – and detained Wilson, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” Sgt. Peter Carpentieri said. “Fortunately, this incident was resolved without any injuries due to the collaborative and decisive actions of the involved officers and deputies.”

At 19th Street and W. Bay Avenue, Theodore Liko Wilson, 24, Costa Mesa, was arrested for DUI, alcohol and drugs, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, committing grand theft of a boat/vessel, vandalism and taking a boat without owner consent. 

Bail was set at $20,000.

Three men busted on X-mas Day on burglary charges

On Tuesday, Dec. 25, at approximately 8:39 p.m., officers responded to a report of a burglary at an unlocked commercial garage structure in the 100 block of Main Street.  

“Witnesses observed the involved suspects flee in a vehicle,” Sgt. Carpentieri said. “NBPD’s contracted helicopter, ‘HB1’, responded to conduct an area search and assisted officers with locating the suspect vehicle.”  

Officers ultimately detained the three occupants, Daniel Jimenez-Tapia, Humberto Rojas Perez and Daniel Alcantar, and after further investigation, they were booked at Newport Blvd. & Via Lido.

At 9:53 p.m., Alcantar, 31, Santa Ana, was arrested for burglary of a garage, no forced entry. 

At 10:08 p.m., Perez, 32, Santa Ana, was arrested for burglary of a garage, no forced entry. 

At 10:14 p.m., Jiminez-Tapia, 31, Huntington Beach, was arrested for burglary of a garage, no forced entry and on a warrant related to felony second-degree burglary. 

Bail was set at $50,000 for Alcantar and Perez and $70,000 for Jiminez-Tapia.

Newport Beach woman arrested for a slew of crimes 

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, NBPD received a report of a residential burglary in the 500 block of El Modena Avenue. 

“The suspect had entered the victim’s open garage door and stole his wallet, credit cards and cash from his unlocked vehicle. The incident was captured on video surveillance,” Sgt. Carpentieri said. “NBPD detectives conducted follow-up investigation and identified Sager as the suspect in the burglary.”  

Shirley Ann Sager, 44, Newport Beach, was arrested on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 12:50 p.m., at the 00 block of Fairview Drive, for forgery, committing residential burglary, no forced entry, theft by false impersonation of another person’s credit cards, using false identification of another person with intent to commit a crime, committing grand theft fraud and violation of parole. 

No bail was set. 

Man arrested for vandalizing cars in parking lot

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, at approximately 7:54 p.m., NBPD officers responded to a report of vandalism in a parking lot in the 3000 block of Newport Blvd. 

“Officers discovered two damaged vehicles, one with a broken window and the other with a broken taillight, Sgt. Carpentieri said. “The suspect, [Joseph] Basile, was captured on video surveillance and officers were able to locate him nearby.”

Joseph Christopher Basile, 37, Orlando, was arrested for vandalism and possession of an open alcohol container, at 37th St. and Balboa Ave.

Bail was set at $20,000.

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Police Files

‘Tis the season to commit crimes?

Newport Beach legal secretary arrested on six counts including burglary, theft and fraud

Over the busy holidays criminals are getting busy. Fighting a spate of Grinch-like crimes in Newport Beach, NBPD officers have apprehended myriad suspects over the last few days. By indications, it appears the holiday spirit is in shortage for some whose preference is shorting others. 

Case in point, on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 12:50 p.m., legal secretary Shirley Ann Sager, 44, Newport Beach, was arrested at the 00 block of Fair Drive in Costa Mesa for allegedly not being so fair. 

NBPD charged Sager on six counts. She was arrested for forgery, committing residential burglary, no forced entry, theft by false impersonation of another person’s credit cards, using false identification of another person with intent to commit a crime, committing grand theft fraud and parole violation.

By violating parole, Sager did not get bail.

Diamond Bar woman faces time behind bars if found guilty

Facing similar charges, NBPD officers arrested suspect Tianyi Zou, 24, Diamond Bar, at 9:10 p.m., at the 600 block of Newport Center Drive, for committing commercial burglary, no forced entry, theft by false impersonation of another person, providing false identification to a specific peace officer and giving false information. 

Zou did not list her occupation. Bail was set at $20,000.

Employee seemingly takes own holiday bonus, allegedly steals $13,683 

Also on “theft Thursday”, Dec. 20, at the 00 block of Corporate Plaza, an employee reportedly committed a corporate crime. NBPD received a report of alleged theft by an employee, which allegedly occurred over a seven-week span from midnight, Thursday, Nov. 1, to midnight, Dec. 13. Stolen property is valued at $13,683.

Two OC men go on alleged bike stealing spree, stealing shiny bikes perhaps meant for under the tree?

Thieving Thursday continued to thrive with alleged thievery on December 20 when two OC men where caught red-handed with stolen bicycles in their possession. At the 400 block of E. 16th Street, at 6:21 p.m., Jay Patrick Gerondale, 61, Costa Mesa, and three minutes later, at 6:24 p.m., Rafael Moreno, 30, Garden Grove, were both arrested by NBPD officers on charges of committing grand theft of bicycles and conspiracy to commit a crime.

Moreno, who listed his occupation as landscaping, also faced additional charges. He was arrested on a warrant for possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $20,000 for Gerondale and $22,500 for Moreno.

Stayed tuned…Stu New Newport will be following up with NBPD for more details to run in Friday’s edition on these incidents. 

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Fire Files

Lido Isle home burns during Boat Parade

On Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6:57 p.m., firefighters from the Newport Beach Fire Department, with assistance from Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach Fire Departments, responded to a two-alarm structure fire on Lido Isle.

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An aerial view of the two-alarm structure fire

Upon arrival, firefighters reported a two-story house with a working fire on the second floor. First in units immediately went into an offensive attack to conduct a search for victims, extinguish the fire, and prevent fire extension to neighboring homes. 

The fire was limited to the involved structure. No injuries were reported. 

The cause of this fire is under investigation by Newport Beach Fire Department Investigators.

Police Files

LA man arrested for a host of crimes in Newport

On Sunday, Dec. 16, at approximately 4:46 p.m., NBPD officers responded to a call for service involving a subject trespassing in a parking structure located in the 3500 block of Jamboree Road. 

“Hugo Perez, who was inside a vehicle at the time, fled from the officers when they attempted contact and a vehicle pursuit ensued,” NBPD Sgt. Peter Carpentieri said. “Perez’s vehicle was eventually disabled but he physically resisted arrest before being taken into custody.”

Hugo Perez, 40, Los Angeles, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer, battery on a peace officer with wanton disregard and with a weapon. Bail was set at $50,000.

NBPD arrests a man caught on video surveillance stealing multiple bikes

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 1:31 a.m., NBPD received a report of a burglary in the 2600 block of Mesa Drive. The victim reported the suspect had entered her garage via an unlocked door and stolen two bicycles. 

“The suspect was captured on video surveillance. The same victim had reported a theft on Sunday, Dec. 9, in which various property, including cash, clothing and miscellaneous items was stolen from three unlocked vehicles,” NBPD Sgt Carpentieri said.

Later the same day on December 12 around 9:49 a.m., the victim observed the suspect in the area of University Drive and Irvine Avenue. 

“The suspect was in possession of her stolen bicycles among other property from the prior theft. The victim contacted NBPD and officers responded to take the subject, Codey Franks, into custody,” Sgt. Carpentieri said.

Codey Edgar Franks, 25, Costa Mesa, was arrested for receiving stolen property valued greater than $950, possession of a controlled substance in prison, committing burglary with no forced entry and on a warrant related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia. 

“At the NBPD Jail, officers discovered a small amount of heroin concealed in his clothing,” Sgt. Carpentieri said.

Bail was set at $26,500. 

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Laguna man arrested for threatening crime with intent to terrorize and parole violation

On Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11:45 a.m., NBPD officers assisted Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Laguna Beach Police Department at the 500 block of Emerald Bay, amidst reports of a possible stolen limousine the previous evening.

According to NBPD records, Maxwell Carlton Post, 27, Laguna Beach, was arrested for threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and violating parole. Bail was set at $50,000.

Ring of alleged crimes brought to screeching halt by NBPD 

On Friday, Dec. 14 at 1:31 a.m., at Santa Ana and Cecil in Costa Mesa, NBPD arrested Louis Marcos Mercado, Jr., 26, Pomona, for driving a vehicle without owner consent, appropriation of lost property and on an undisclosed felony warrant. Bail was set at $80,000. 

Also on Friday, Dec. 14 at 1:09 a.m., at the 200 block of 22nd St., NBPD arrested Armando Alex Amaxa, Jr., 22, Pomona, for driving a vehicle without owner consent, trespassing without consent, appropriation of lost property and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $20,000. 

On Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 1:12 a.m., at 29th St. and Newport Blvd., Jose Ganno Mernoabarca, 26, Long Beach, was arrested by NBPD for driving a vehicle without owner consent, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property valued at $950 or more, providing false identification to a specific peace officer and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000.

Carson man nailed and jailed for felony possession of tear gas and burglary tools

On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11:09 a.m., at Coast Highway and Balboa Blvd., Michael Edward Simmons, 57, Carson, was arrested for felony possession of tear gas, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property valued greater than $950. Bail was set at $20,000. 

Simmons listed his occupation as pile driver.

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Police Files

Sous chef, cook and server get cooked in separate arrests

On Monday, Dec 10, at 11:53 a.m., an NBPD officer observed a suspect inside a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of 21st Street and West Oceanfront. 

“After an investigation, it was determined the vehicle, a 2009 Subaru Impreza, was reported stolen out of Arizona,” said NBPD Sgt. Peter Carpentieri. “The suspect was also in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia.” 

Eric James Huss, 21, Denton, Texas, was arrested for illegal transport of sharps waste, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property valued at $950 or greater and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Bail was set at $20,000. 

Huss listed his occupation as sous chef.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 1:41 p.m., an NBPD officer conducted a bicycle stop on a suspect in the area of West 15th Street and Monrovia Avenue. 

“After an investigation, it was determined the suspect was in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia,” Sgt. Carpentieri said. 

Eric Antonio Flores, 55, Costa Mesa, was arrested for parole violation, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful paraphernalia, having an open container and riding a bike on the sidewalk. Bail was set at $10,000.

Flores listed his occupation as chef.

Later on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9:25 p.m., NBPD officers responded to a call for service involving a suspicious male subject inside a residence on the 1700 block of East Balboa Boulevard. 

“The officers contacted the subject at the scene and determined he was in possession of cash he had stolen from inside the residence,” Sgt. Carpentieri said. 

Chiefwind Great Daniels, 21, San Pedro, was arrested for residential burglary, no forced entry. Bail was set at $50,000.

Daniels listed his occupation as server.

Heavy rescue traffic crash could have been worse

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 8:43 a.m., the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a heavy rescue traffic collision at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and West Coast Highway. 

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Thankfully, no one in the crash needed medical treatment

“Upon arrival, firefighters found one car on top of another with possible trapped patients,” said Kevin Tiscareno, NBFD Training Captain/Fire Investigator. “Firefighters were effective in stabilizing the vehicles creating a safety zone for everyone on scene. All of the patients refused transportation to the hospital.” 

The traffic collision created heavy traffic for commuters on Coast Highway. “NBFD would like to remind commuters to use situational awareness at all times,” Capt. Tiscareno added.

NBPD conducted a traffic collision investigation related to this incident but the completed report was not available at time of publication. However, NBPD confirmed that no arrests were made during the investigation. 

NBPD community recovered property showing today

Today, at the Newport Beach Police Department, detectives will be showing property from a recent burglary arrest. 

“If you believe your property has been recovered, please come to the NBPD front desk on Friday, Dec. 14, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.,” NBPD Detective Sgt. Josh Comte said. “You will need to have your photo ID and crime report or case number. Please bring any photos of the missing property so that detectives can attempt to identify it.”

The only property currently remaining is miscellaneous jewelry and watches. Property will not be shown unless detectives are able to positively match what is listed in the person’s crime report with the remaining property.

Any questions can be directed to Sgt. Comte at 949.644.3765.

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Police Files

“Real estate” suspect arrested for false imprisonment

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9:25 a.m., at the 00 block of Shoreridge, Sunny H. Dharod, 27, of Newport Beach, who listed his occupation as “real estate” in the arrest logs, was arrested for false imprisonment, vandalism and possession of an assault weapon. No bail was set.

Newport Beach woman arrested for assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument 

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8:07 a.m., Avery Lynn Tamblyn, 26, Newport Beach, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument at 16th Street and Sea Gull Lane. Bail was set at $50,000.

Pair busted for controlled substances, fake checks

On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11:25 a.m., at the 100 block of Scholz Plaza, Gary Nicholas Seeds, 33, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance, unlawful paraphernalia, appropriating lost property, passing fictitious checks and a warrant related to battery of a cohabitant. Bail was set at $25,000.

Also on Thursday at the same location, 16 minutes earlier, Katherine Carlisle Taylor, 31, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a controlled narcotic substance, unlawful paraphernalia and a warrant related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $22,500.

String of thefts and burglaries hit home,

USPS has tips for avoiding holiday package theft

Two days in a row, two Newport Beach residents reported being victims of burglaries. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the 00 block of Waterford Way, a forced entry residential burglary was reported to NBPD. The value of the stolen property was $9,200. 

The next day, on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m., at the 1600 block of San Miguel Drive, a grand theft was reported. The value of the stolen property was $2,900. 

Two days later, on Saturday, Dec. 8, between 6:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., a grand theft was reported at 44th Street and Beach. The value of the stolen property was valued at $1,415.

Also on Saturday, at the 2200 block of Alta Vista Drive, a Newport Beach resident reported catching footage on their home security camera of their delivered parcels being stolen between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. The victim reported grand theft of mail/packages with a value of $1,800 to NBPD.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, Americans are expected to send more than 15 billion mail items over the holidays. In 2017, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested nearly 2,500 people for mail theft and convicted about 2,200. 

The USPS has 10 tips on avoiding holiday mail and package theft: 

–Avoid sending cash

–Don’t leave delivered letters and packages unattended

–Consider an alternative shipping address

–Customize the delivery

–Plan ahead. Ship using, “Hold for pickup.”

–Going out of Town? Hold mail at the local Post Office.

–Secure the shipment using USPS Signature Services

–Chose the most secure area for delivery

–Use a PO Box

–Change the package address while it’s in transit by using USPS Package Intercept

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Police Files

Serial residential burglary suspect arrested at age 18

On Saturday, Dec. 1, at 9:43 p.m., Aquinas Arrigo Kasbar, 18, of Newport Beach, was taken into custody by the Newport Beach Police Department Detective Division on multiple charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, identity theft and resisting arrest. 

“Kasbar was identified by the NBPD Property Crimes Section as a possible suspect in a months-long series of Newport Beach Residential Burglaries where unoccupied homes were targeted,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said.

Rangel continued, “In connection with the arrest, NBPD Detectives served search warrants at various locations within the city, including a storage unit, which yielded a large amount of suspected stolen property valued in the several hundred thousands of dollars. Much of the recovered stolen property is believed to be related to this recent series of Newport Beach residential burglaries.”

NBPD Detectives will be contacting the victims of these Newport Beach residential burglaries in an effort to return the stolen property. Victim inquiries about the recovery of this stolen property should be directed to NBPD Property Crimes Detective Sergeant Comte, (949) 644-3765. 

Victims who reported a loss to NBPD will be contacted by the detective unit to advise that on Friday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. they will be able to come into the department and collect their stolen property,” Rangel said. “They will have to bring a driver’s license and have information specifically showing that the property is theirs.”

No property has been returned yet and the investigation remains open.

“It is unknown at this time if Kasbar was under 18 of age during any burglaries,” Rangel said. “Many burglaries may not have been reported yet.”

“NBPD would like to thank our law enforcement partners at the Huntington Beach Police Department Aviation Unit, ‘HB-1’ and the Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Department for assisting in the capture of Kasbar,” Rangel said.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Buena park woman busted at Bloomingdales

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 8:13 p.m., at the 700 block of Newport Center Drive, an officer working patrol at Fashion Island was sent to Bloomingdales to assist a loss prevention officer with a reported theft that had just occurred. 

“A female, Jacqueline Hurtado, had entered Bloomindales with an empty shopping bag, no money on her person, and had intent to steal clothing,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. “The loss prevention officer witnessed Hurtado enter multiple fitting rooms with clothes and exit with shopping bags fuller than before. The loss prevention officer also checked the fitting rooms after Hurtado exited, only to find that no clothes were left and security tags were removed and left on the floor.”

Upon further investigation, the NBPD officer discovered that Hurtado had given the stolen items to the loss prevention officer and left the area. The NBPD officer was able to find Hurtado and arrested her for stealing $1,158 worth of clothing, including multiple shirts and a sweatshirt.

Jacqueline Hurtado, 48, of Buena Park, was arrested for grand theft.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Rain causes headaches and havoc in Newport Beach, flooding, collisions, and closures plague the area 

Yesterday, at 11:15 a.m., NBPD sent out a Nixle advisory alert to avoid northbound Jamboree Road at San Joaquin Hills Road due to lanes number 2 and 3 being closed for approximately 1.5 hours because of a collision and flooding.

“There was a major delay due to flooding only. The drains were blocked by sandbags. City crew arrived and removed the bags,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said.

The rain hit areas of Newport Beach hard, totaling almost two inches. Some Balboa Island residents reported flooding with streams of water rushing through streets and into homes.

Four schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District closed early Thursday due to the dangerous flooding conditions, including Newport Harbor High, Corona del Mar High and Middle and Back Bay High schools.

To help mitigate flooding, the City of Newport Beach is offering residents up to 10 unfilled sand bags. The bags are available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the city corporation yard located at 592 Superior Ave.

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Police Files

Rare dolphin stranded multiple times first helped by Newport Coastal Adventure passengers

On Saturday, Dec 1, at 11:45 a.m., Pacific Marine Mammal Center received a call about a rare dolphin that had stranded itself multiple times at Emerald Bay.

PMMC Events and Public Relations Coordinator Krysta Higuchi lauded Newport Coastal Adventure and wildlife photographer Mark Girardeau, who looked out for the well-being of the dolphin.

“Thank you to Newport Coastal Adventure and the public beach goers for reporting the animal so quickly,” Higuchi said. “Though it was a sad outcome, the animal was clearly suffering and the quick and respectful direction and action from everyone at the beach created what would be best for that animal.” 

Girardeau, a wildlife photographer aboard a Newport Coastal Adventure boat, captured the attempted rescues via a live video on social media that showed the young dolphin as it tried to get back to shore.

“PMMC sent a rescue team and decided to bring the dolphin back as the animal was clearly in distress,” Higuchi said. “Upon further examination, humane euthanasia was determined as the best course of action. The dolphin was seizing, had severe raking, a severe jaw injury and was in respiratory distress.” 

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A rare dolphin strands itself multiple times at Emerald Bay, sadly needs to be euthanized

According to Higuchi, a necropsy was performed Sunday and it was determined that the animal was a striped dolphin, rare for coastal California waters, normally found in tropical waters.

“The dolphin was found to have serious jaw injuries directly causing other life threatening complications,” Higuchi said. “Injuries were determined to not be human caused but possibly from fights with other dolphins or species over food sources or aggressive mating behaviors.” 

The dolphin was determined to be a juvenile female. Two have been reported injured both within the last 30 days in Northern California.

“PMMC is hoping this isn’t a sign that warmer waters are again hitting our coastline; changes in ocean patterns like these can adversely affect marine life and our coastal ecosystems,” Higuchi said.

Newport Coastal Adventure is located at 309 Palm St. For more information, call (949) 922-8784 or visit www.newportcoastaladventure.com.

Alleged burglars nabbed by NBPD in recent crimes

On Saturday, Dec 1, at 11:41 p.m., at the 100 block of E. Coast Hwy., NBPD responded to reports of crimes including burglary and identity theft.

NBPD arrested Aquinas Arrigo Kasbar, 18, of Newport Beach, for forced entry residential burglary, commercial fraud/forgery, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property valued at $950 or greater, identity theft to personate to get money and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $50,000. 

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, Nov 28, at 8:33 p.m., at the 700 block of Newport Center Drive, Jacqueline Hurtado, 48, of Buena Park, was arrested for committing grand theft against businesses. Bail was set at $20,000. 

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Police Files

NBPD seeks public’s assistance identifying suspects involved in Louis Vuitton theft

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking two additional suspects for the theft of multiple Louis Vuitton bags. On Tuesday, November 26, at approximately 4:20 p.m., four suspects entered Neiman Marcus at 601 Newport Center Drive and stole multiple bags valued at approximately $20,000. A fifth suspect waited in a vehicle nearby. At 5:58 p.m., three of the five suspects were taken into custody at a pawnshop in Los Angeles and arrested by the Newport Beach Police Department. All of the stolen bags were recovered.

The three suspects were Gregory Anthony Walker, 18, of Los Angeles, Samuel Morgan IV, 19, of Inglewood and Ryan Kyle David, 19, of Gardena. The trio was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property greater than $950 in value, Commercial Burglary – No Forced Entry, Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, Conspiracy/False Indictment of Another and a Warrant.

Bail was set at $95,000 for Walker, $20,000 for Morgan IV and $20,000 for David.

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NBPD is seeking two additional suspects in the theft of multiple Louis Vuitton bags on Tuesday

The outstanding suspects are described as black, male, approximately 18-20 years old, with black hair. At the time of the incident, one suspect was wearing a black hoodie, black pants with a white stripe and white shoes. The other suspect was wearing a black hoodie with white writing, black pants with a red stripe and white shoes.

Anyone who can identify these suspects or has additional information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Detective Division at 949.644.3790. Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1.800.550.NBPD. 

Using fraudulent reward points is a serious crime

On Tuesday, November 27, at 12:45 p.m., an NBPD officer was sent to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa at 900 Newport Center Drive to assist the Chief Loss Prevention Officer. The loss prevention officer explained that two rooms were being rented with fraudulent Marriott Rewards numbers. 

“Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Luis Guillen had been renting rooms at different hotels for the past two months using fraudulent cards. He did not give details on the hotels,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said. 

 During his arrest, it was discovered that he had drugs and drug paraphernalia in his pockets and a warrant out for his arrest.

“The paraphernalia and drugs were found in his pockets during a consensual search. The officer asked if he could search him and he said yes,” Rangel said. “He claimed that the drugs were his, but the pipe was not.”

Luis Alfonso Guillen, 28, of Hawthorne, was arrested for commercial burglary, for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession a controlled substance, false personation of another and a warrant due to assault with a firearm. 

Bail was set at $270,000.

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Police Files

“Food fight” and alleged gun threat at Whole Foods

On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7:35 p.m., NBPD responded to a call at Whole Foods Market, at the 400 block of Newport Center Drive, to assist a manager with a customer. 

“Upon arrival, the manager explained that Antonio Nelton was throwing food and hitting other customers with a store-motorized wheelchair,” NBPD PIO Heather Rangel said.

According to Rangel, the manger asked Nelton to leave and he refused. 

“During the officer’s interaction with Nelton, he expressed that he had a handgun in his car and he was going to go get it,” Rangel said. “Upon further investigation, the officer found that Nelton did not have a handgun; however, he was in violation of his parole.”

The parole officer requested Nelton be placed on a parole hold and Nelton was arrested.

Antonio Maitreya Nelton, 45, of Long Beach, was arrested for parole violation and for threatening to commit a crime with intent to terrorize. Bail was set at $50,000. 

Get the message, texting while driving is a serious, often deadly crime that is 100% preventable

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 5:05 p.m., at E. Coast Highway and Corporate Way, James Edward Spurgin, 60, of Laguna Beach, was pulled over and cited for using text-based communication while driving. During the traffic stop, Spurgin was arrested for outstanding warrants for possession of a narcotic substance and driving with a suspended license, as well as for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at a whopping $100,500. 

According to a Newport Beach Police Department press release sent out in April 2018 to promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month, texting while driving is a serious problem that remains a big roadblock on the roads. During the holiday season, distractions seem to multiply on the road with emotions running high, heavier traffic and problems with parking.

Traffic officers throughout the state have issued hundreds of thousands of citations over the past three years to drivers who were texting or making calls on a hand-held cell phone. Recent legislation made it illegal to use any smartphone apps while driving, further limiting drivers’ cell phone activity. Still, we all continue to see people driving dangerously while distracted by their phones.

Since 2011, OTS has conducted an annual observational study of hand-held cell phone use. “This year’s study on the use of handheld cell phones and texting shows a decrease over past years; however, more work needs to be done to target those who were observed to still be breaking the law,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft.  “The best way to put an end to distracted driving is to educate all Californians about the danger it poses. We will do this through enforcement and education efforts like our new advertising campaign ‘Just Drive’, reminding drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road.”

“California’s distracted driving laws have been saving lives for a decade now,” said former State Senator Joe Simitian, who authored the state’s hands-free and no-texting laws. “Every day, somewhere in California, someone is sitting down to dinner with their family who wouldn’t have made it through the day without these laws on the books. That’s tremendously gratifying.”

In 2007, the last full year before the hands-free law went into effect, more than 33,000 drivers in California were involved in distracted driving collisions. Preliminary 2017 data shows that that number decreased to fewer than 22,000 collisions last year. 

“These numbers show a heartening and significant improvement,” said NBPD Chief Jon Lewis, “but there’s still work to be done. Smartphones are a part of our lives now; texting, phone calls, social media posts…the cell phone activity is constant, but doing these things behind the wheel can have deadly consequences. Changing these dangerous habits will help make our roadways safer for everyone.”

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Police Files

Slew of crimes on Sunday include strong arm robbery, battery and drug charges

On Sunday, Nov 18, there were a slew of crimes related to robbery and drugs, according to NBPD police files. At 12:02 a.m., at the 1000 block of McFadden Place, Trevor Allen Jensen, 27, of Lake Forest, was arrested for strong arm robbery and battery. Bail was set at $50,000. Later that morning two suspects were arrested for a litany of crimes including burglary tools, receiving stolen property and possessing a controlled substance.

At W. Coast Hwy. & Balboa Bay, at 2:50 a.m., Kira Lyn Peralta, 30, of Buena Park, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, possessing a controlled substance for sale, and receiving stolen property. Bail was set at $25,000.

Also at the same location at 2:55 a.m., Daniel James Aaron Fowles, 26, of Westminster, was arrested on a warrant for violating parole, possessing a controlled substance for sale, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, and possessing unlawful paraphernalia, as well as possessing burglary tools. Bail was set at $25,000. 

Preventing crime while shopping – key safety tips

The holiday season is upon us, and the busiest shopping days of the year are approaching. While you are out and about hunting for gifts for loved ones or even doing your shopping from your computer, remember to keep safety top of mind.

Here are some tips for preventing crime while you knock out that shopping list, provided by NBPD along with the National Crime Prevention Council:

Shopping in stores:

–Never leave your valuables unattended – phone, purse, wallet, etc.

–Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook.  An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.

–Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.  The same applies if you are using mass transit.

–Deter pickpockets by carrying your purse close to your body and keeping it closed.

–Men keep your wallet in an inner coat pocket or front pants pocket.

–Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.

–Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.

–Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

–Shopping with small children: make a plan in case you are separated from each other and select a central meeting place; teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help; and keep a current photo of your child in your phone.

–Shopping online: Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed. Visit www.bytecrime.org for free software downloads.

–Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.

–Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

–Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.

–Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

–Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.

–Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as one-time or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction site.

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Police Files

Attempted robbery at Bank of America at Eastbluff, NBPD seeks help identifying suspect

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking a suspect and any possible witnesses for an attempted bank robbery investigation. The crime occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at approximately 1:35 p.m. at the Bank of America in Eastbluff Village Center, at 2501 Eastbluff Drive. 

According to statements received by the NBPD, one male entered the bank with a grey Bank of America money bag. The suspect then approached a bank teller and presented what appeared to be a business check. 

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NBPD is looking for this bank robbery suspect, please call with any information

The check had a handwritten note on the back stating, “This is a robbery, I have a gun.” The teller had difficulty opening the money drawer, at which point the suspect stated, “Hurry up, you have 10 seconds.” 

The suspect then raised his voice and once again told the teller to hurry up, which caught the attention of the bank manager who then walked towards the suspect. The suspect then walked out of the bank without any money, and appeared to get into a white truck being driven by an additional unknown suspect.

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The getaway vehicle from an attempted bank robbery on Nov. 14 at the Eastbluff Bank of America

The suspect is described as a white male, 30 - 40 years old, with dark hair, a brownish grey beard, about 5’6 - 5’8 tall, and weighing around 160 - 180 pounds. He was described as wearing a white and blue flannel, dark hat, sunglasses, tennis shoes, and had tattoos on his right forearm.

NBPD Detectives are asking this person, or anyone who can help identify him, to come forward to assist in the investigation. Anyone who can offer assistance is encouraged to contact Detective Division at 949.644.3790. Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1.800.550.NBPD. 

33-year-old Newport Beach man sentenced to 35 years in state prison for $13.5 million Ponzi scheme

On Friday, Nov 15, Brandon Walton Stewart, 33, of Newport Beach, was sentenced to 35 years in state prison for defrauding more than $10.5 million from victims and nearly $3 million from banks through a Ponzi scheme according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Stewart pleaded guilty to 125 counts of money laundering, 38 counts of writing non-sufficient funds, 22 counts of using untrue statements in purchase or sale of a security, four counts of failing to file a California state tax return, two counts of financial elder abuse, and one count of residential burglary, all felonies.

He also received sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime in excess of $500,000, property damage over $3.2 million, and money laundering in excess of $2.5 million for a Ponzi scheme he operated from April 7, 2009, to January 22, 2013.

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Police Files

Man arrested 19 times in 18 months by NBPD

On Monday, Nov 12, at 8:14 p.m., at 15th Street and W. Ocean Front, Nathaniel Monks Hutchinson, 53, of Costa Mesa, was arrested for receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, and warrants related to being drunk in public and having an open container in public.

According to Stu News Newport records, Hutchinson has been arrested 19 times in the last 18 months by NBPD for being drunk in public, drinking in public and related warrants.

Hutchinson often lists his occupation as “drinker” with police. 

Bail was set at $46,000.

Two 20-somethings nabbed for major crimes

On Sunday, Nov 11, at 3:49 a.m., a duo was arrested at Santa Ana Avenue and 17th Street for a litany of major crimes.

Christopher Edward Mar, 24, no city of residency, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, appropriating lost property, possessing a controlled substance, commercial burglary with no forced entry, conspiracy to commit a crime, identity theft and grand theft from buildings. 

Alyssa Marie Teruel, 20, Indio, was arrested for shoplifting with value less than $950, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance, commercial burglary with no forced entry, conspiracy to commit a crime and grand theft. 

Bail was set at $20,000 for both Mar and Teruel.

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Fire Files

NBFD answers the call to help combat wildfires

With the raging wildfires affecting areas of Ventura and Los Angeles County in Southern California the last several days, the Newport Beach Fire Department answered the call to provide mutual aid to these ravaged areas with fire protection. 

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Woolsey fire

“Newport Beach Firefighters have been actively engaged in protecting homes in the Thousand Oaks area,” said Newport Beach Fire Assistant Chief Jeff Boyles. “We currently have two fire engines with eight personnel, along with multiple Orange County fire agencies assisting in the firefight. Locally, we are up-staffing with financial assistance from the state in preparation for any wind events that may threaten us here in Orange County.” 

NB Fire Asst. Chief Boyles will be presenting an informational wildland fire workshop tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will take place in the Central Library’s Friends Room located at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. This is a great opportunity for all members of the community to learn about the ongoing threat of wildland fires to the State of California, how the Newport Beach Fire Department is deployed to these incidents, and recent deployment experiences.

Red Flag Warning in effect in Newport through Wednesday

Here at home, a Red Flag Warning has been issued through Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. for the Orange County Coastal Zone including Newport Beach, according to the National Weather Service. Sustained winds of 25 - 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible along with low humidity levels. Residents living near urban interface areas are encouraged to have an emergency plan in the event of a brush fire near their home.

Now is the time for Newport Beach residents to evaluate their preparedness levels. If you haven’t already done so, please register for AlertOC, which is the city’s mass notification system, by going to www.alertoc.com. Make sure you include your cell phone number, text number, and email addresses so you can be informed of emergencies and certain community events no matter where you are.


Fire Files

17 respond to electric boat fire on waterfront

At approximately 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a fully involved electric boat fire located in a slip at 312 Buena Vista Boulevard. 

Upon arrival, firefighters successfully extinguished the fire and prevented the fire from spreading to other boats. Newport Beach Lifeguards and an Orange County Sheriff Fire Boat assisted with the extinguishment/overhaul process. 

In total, 15 firefighters and two lifeguards responded to the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

The Newport Beach Fire Department would like to remind all Orange County residents to be fire safe during the holiday season by keeping combustibles away from ignition sources. 

Police Files

Grant awarded to NBPD to fund year-long program

The Newport Beach Police Department has been awarded a $225,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. The Newport Beach Police Department will use the funding as part of the City’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 

“By partnering with OTS, our Department is committed to making the streets of Newport Beach as safe as possible by focusing our efforts on such things as bicycle and pedestrian safety, distracted driving, motorcycle safety, DUI prevention and public education. The grant funds awarded to us by OTS are an effective force multiplier, thereby allowing us to concentrate on preventing tragedies while making a positive impact for those who live, work and play in the City of Newport Beach,” said Lieutenant Joe Cartwright, the Traffic Services Commander for the Newport Beach Police Department. 

In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a seven percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian deaths, with 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. 

“Almost all crashes are preventable,” OTS director Rhonda Craft said. “Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes.” 

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Police Files

Man arrested after allegedly making false bomb claim

Hugo Moreno Perez, 40, Pomona, was arrested on charges of possessing stolen property after allegedly going through multiple open vehicles. The arrest took place in the 500 block of Bayview Circle, at 7:55 a.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

During the arrest, Perez also falsely stated he had a bomb. Additionally, police found methamphetamine on his property.

Perez was arrested for receiving stolen property, possessing a controlled substance and a false bomb report.

Bail was set at $2,500.

Man busted for allegedly attempting to steal a bicycle

Jose Hermino Ventura, 40, Santa Ana, was arrested Friday, Nov. 2 at Back Bay Drive and Jamboree Road, on grand theft of a bicycle.

Newport Beach Police discovered that Ventura had cut a bicycle from a pole using bolt cutters. Upon further investigation, police found a meth pipe and bolt cutters in the subject’s vehicle.

Ventura was arrested for possessing burglary tools, grand theft of a bicycle. and possessing unlawful paraphernalia.

His bail was set at $20,000.

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Two car crash closes Newport Blvd. for several hours

Newport Beach Police reported a two-car collision Tuesday evening, Oct. 30, at 5:42 p.m., closing southbound lanes at Newport Blvd. and Hospital Road. A police Nixle report went out asking drivers to avoid the area.

No deaths resulted in the accident, although one driver was transported to Hoag Hospital and released. 

The lanes reopened several hours later at 7:57 p.m.

Man arrested for early morning residential and commercial burglary

Newport Beach Police arrested Marco Antonio Banderas Jr., 27, of Anaheim, on a variety of charges Tuesday, Oct. 30, including commercial and residential burglary with no forced entry, grand theft from buildings and receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950.

Banderas was arrested in the 800 block of Santa Barbara Drive at 6:49 a.m.

His bail was set at $50,000.

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San Diego man arrested twice in 25 hours

Friday afternoon, October 26 at 12:23 p.m., Newport Beach Police stopped Oreste Digiacomosoto, 27, from San Diego, for questioning in the 200 block of Orchard Drive. Digiacomosoto was arrested for presenting false identification to a peace officer. 

His bail was $500.

But, his weekend didn’t end there. On Saturday, October 27 at 1:38 p.m., roughly 25 hours after his first encounter, Digiacomosoto was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent and arrested at Reef Point Drive & E. Coast Highway.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Woman attempts to evade police, arrested for DUI

Orsolya Mester, 37, of Los Angeles, was arrested Saturday, October 27, in the 100 block of W. Promontory Drive, for suspected DUI. However, not before attempting to evade police, hit and run causing property damage, obstructing an executive officer and driving without a license.

The failed attempt left Mester with bail set at $20,000.

The incident ended at 6:19 p.m.

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Welfare check leads to apparent murder-suicide discovery

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Tuesday morning, October 23, at 7:53 a.m., Newport Beach Police received a request for a welfare check of a residence in the 700 block of Malabar Drive in Irvine Terrace. Officers responded to the home and found a male and female deceased at the residence.

Police are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide. The death of Joan Beverly Frederick, 73, of Corona del Mar, is being investigated as a murder, while the death of Dolliver Henry Frederick, 74, of Corona del Mar, is being investigated as a suicide.

No further updates have been released by the NBPD.

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Suicide is cause of death at 15th St. lifeguard tower incident

Last Tuesday morning, October 16, a man was found unresponsive at the 15th St. lifeguard tower by Newport Beach Police officers. 

A 22-year-old male from Riverside died of a self-inflicted gun shot.

No other details were released. 

Police responded to the call at 7:55 a.m.


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Five women come forward with new sex charges against Newport Beach doctor; three additional for his girlfriend

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed additional charges against a Newport Beach surgeon, Grant William Robicheaux, 38, for allegedly sexually assaulting five additional women, for a total of seven alleged victims. 

The surgeon’s girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, Newport Beach, is charged in three additional alleged assaults and both defendants face additional charges of kidnapping to commit rape. 

The defendants were initially charged on September 11, 2018, with sexually assaulting two women by use of drugs. Their pre-trial hearing date is scheduled for January 18, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-7, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Charges against Robicheaux include three counts of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense; four counts of rape by use of drugs; two counts of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense; forcible rape; oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance; four counts for possession of a controlled substance for sale; and two counts of possession of an assault rifle.

Riley was charged with three counts of kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense; three counts of rape by use of drugs; two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual offense; oral copulation by anesthesia or controlled substance; and four counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Robicheaux faces a maximum sentence of 82 years and four months to life in state prison, while Riley faces a maximum of 63 years to life. Bail has been set at $1 million.

“We believe if the defendants met the victims in a public place, drugged them while in that public place, and relocated them back to their home after their victims were rendered incapable of consent, with the intent to sexually assault their prey – that’s kidnapping,” stated District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “If you feel you have been victimized by these defendants, we want to hear from you. Even if you willfully became intoxicated, or took drugs, no one gets a pass to sexually assault you once you are past the point of consent.”

In September 2009, Jane Doe 1, who was in her mid-20s, allegedly met Robicheaux at a bar in Newport Beach and proceeded to go on a few dates. On September 7, 2009, Robicheaux is accused of forcibly raping the victim at his residence after she told him she did not want to have sex. 

Jane Doe 1 reported the assault to OCDA after OCDA announced law enforcement was seeking potential additional victims.

On March 14, 2015, Robicheaux and Riley are accused of raping Jane Doe 2, who was in her mid-20s, while she was prevented from resisting due to intoxicating and controlled substances.

Jane Doe 2 also reported the assault to OCDA after OCDA announced law enforcement was seeking potential additional victims.

In April 2016, Robicheaux and Riley are accused of meeting Jane Doe 3 who was in her early 30s, at a restaurant in Newport Beach. On April 10, 2016, Robicheaux and Riley are accused of inviting the victim to a party in Newport Beach and supplying multiple drugs to the victim until she was highly intoxicated.

The defendants are accused of then kidnapping Jane Doe 3 with intent to commit rape by bringing her to their home and carrying her upstairs to commit the sex acts.

Robicheaux and Riley are further accused of raping and orally copulating the victim while she was prevented from resisting due to intoxication and controlled substances and they should have reasonably known of her condition.

Jane Doe 3 contacted the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) the next day and underwent a forensic exam, which tested positive for multiple controlled substances.

On October 2, 2016, Robicheaux and Riley are accused of drinking alcohol with Jane Doe 4, who was in her mid-20s, at a bar in Newport Beach until the victim was highly intoxicated. 

The defendants are accused of kidnapping the victim with intent to commit a sexual offense by taking Jane Doe 4 to their home. Jane Doe 4 woke to Robicheaux allegedly attempting to sexually assault her with intent to commit rape and screamed for help until a neighbor called NBPD, who responded to the scene and investigated this case.

On October 29, 2016, Jane Doe 5, who was in her mid-30s, allegedly met Robicheaux and Riley at a Halloween party in Newport Beach through a mutual acquaintance and they are accused of placing GHB in the victim’s drink while she was at the defendants’ residence.

The defendants are further accused of sexually assaulting and raping the victim in their bedroom while she was prevented from resisting due to intoxicating and controlled substances. Jane Doe 5 awoke during the alleged assault.

Jane Doe 5 reported the alleged assault to OCDA after OCDA announced law enforcement was seeking potential additional victims.

On April 16, 2017, Jane Doe 6, who was in her early 20s, allegedly met Robicheaux on a popular dating app and went on a date at a restaurant in Newport Beach. Riley is accused of showing up during the date and pretending to be Robicheaux’s friend, not a romantic interest.

Jane Doe 6 and the defendants went to another bar where the defendants are accused of supplying intoxicating substances to the victim until she was highly intoxicated.

Robicheaux and Riley are then accused of kidnapping Jane Doe 6 with intent to commit rape by bringing the victim to their home in this condition without her consent. The victim awoke in the defendants’ home where Riley and Robicheaux are accused of sexually assaulting her on the bed.

Jane Doe 6 was eventually able to run to the bathroom where she locked herself for the night until she was able to leave the next morning.

Jane Doe 6 reported the alleged assault to OCDA after OCDA announced law enforcement was seeking potential additional victims.

Jane Doe 7, who was in her early 20s, met Robicheaux and Riley at a Fourth of July party in 2017 while the alleged victim was out with a friend. 

On July 8, 2017, she went with the defendants to a party on a boat in Newport Beach and consumed multiple alcoholic beverages.

The defendants are accused of inviting Jane Doe 7 to Robicheaux’s residence. When the intoxicated victim laid down to sleep, Robicheaux is accused of raping her while reasonably knowing of the victim’s inability to resist.

Jane Doe 7 reported the assault to OCDA after OCDA announced law enforcement was seeking potential additional victims.

The investigation is ongoing. Law enforcement investigating this case believe there may be additional victims. If you believe you have been a victim, or have information related to the crime and about the defendants, please call OCDA Supervising Investigator Eric Wiseman at 714.347.8794.

Spitzer accused of illegally disseminating sealed document

After a court hearing in the People v. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley case, Orange County Supervisor and Orange County District Attorney candidate Todd Spitzer, also an attorney, and his Chief of Staff Melanie Eustice, are accused of knowingly disseminating a sealed search warrant at a press conference. 

The search warrant contained extremely sensitive information about the rape victims and the defendants. Spitzer reportedly talked about knowing the search warrant was sealed and knowingly distributed it to members of the media. 

Both the defense and the People went back to Department H-7 at Harbor Justice Center to address the alleged violation with the Court. 

Spitzer was asked by Judge Gregory W. Jones to come back to court to discuss the matter. The court ordered members of the media who were present not to further disseminate the prohibited item and to relay that information to their organizations. They were all ordered to return the sealed item to Court. 

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office requests all members of the media comply with the judge’s order and not distribute the sealed materials to protect the rape victims, defendants’ constitutional rights, and the integrity of the case. 

Spitzer is running against District Attorney Tony Rackauckas in November.

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Police Files

Potentially dangerous prostitution group arrested early Tuesday

Three suspects were arrested shortly before 4:00 a.m. in the early morning hours Tuesday, October 9, at Santiago Drive and Irvine Avenue, for prostitution related activities.

21-year-old Sabrina Milagros Monge, from San Bernardino, and Jonathan Luis Palafcy, 35, Highland, were each arrested for pandering by procuring a person for prostitution and possessing a switchblade knife.

Additionally, Jessica Roxanne Gonzalez, 25, of Corona, was arrested for failing to possess a required escort service permit.

Monge and Palafcy had their scheduled bail set at $35,000, while Gonzalez’s bail was $200.

Local CFO sentenced for embezzling more than $3.2 million

Former Chief Financial Officer Timothy Michael Huth, 48, from Rancho Santa Margarita, was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 9, to seven years in state prison for embezzling more than $3.2 million dollars for personal use.

At the time of the crimes, Huth was the Chief Financial Officer of Meadows Asset Management, a Newport Beach business located at 100 Newport Center Drive. Between 2008 and 2014, the defendant embezzled large sums of money from the company, falsified checks, and altered company records to hide his embezzlement. He also engaged in numerous acts of money laundering.

In January 2015, the embezzlement was discovered by Meadows Asset Management when several suspicious bank account transactions involving the defendant were uncovered.

Newport Beach Police Department investigated this case.

Huth pleaded guilty to grand theft, 16 counts of money laundering, 16 counts of forgery and making false entries in records or returns in June.

Coyotes are here to stay and NBPD advises caution

The Newport Beach Police Department’s Animal Control Unit is alerting the community to recent coyote activity in the City. In order to advise and educate members of the Newport Beach community, the Newport Beach Police Department has compiled the following information on coyote activity.

Coyotes are found in all areas of Orange County. They are a native animal and a critical component of the ecosystem. Contrary to popular belief, these animals do not require open space or wild areas to survive. In fact, most of the coyotes found in urban environments are descended from generations of coyotes who have lived and flourished in the urbanized areas of Orange County.

Though they are far from domesticated, coyotes are very comfortable living alongside human beings. If a coyote begins frequenting your neighborhood, let them know that they are not welcome. Make loud noises, show an aggressive posture, or spray them with a garden hose to deter them from approaching your property. For everyone’s safety, it is essential that coyotes preserve their natural wariness of humans.

While they are not normally a danger to humans, coyotes will display defensive behaviors if threatened or cornered. Therefore, if you encounter a coyote, it is important to leave a comfortable distance between yourself and the animal. Coyotes defend their territory and family in a similar manner to domesticated dogs. If a coyote behaves aggressively, you have probably gotten too close to its prey or its family; increase your distance until the coyote acts less threatening. For their own safety, children should be taught to avoid strange animals, whether domesticated or not, and not to feed wild animals.

Unfortunately, some Newport Beach residents have lost pets to coyote attacks. Though coyotes generally hunt between sunset and sunrise, they are active at all hours of the day or night. Small pets in particular can easily become prey for these skilled predators. In a matter of minutes, a coyote can attack and remove a pet from a backyard that is enclosed by a six-foot fence or wall.

Here are some steps that you can take to protect your pets, and to make your property less attractive to nuisance animals such as coyotes:

–Fence off animal enclosures (fully enclosed, if possible).

–Cats, small dogs and other small animals should not be allowed outside alone, even in a fenced area. It is highly recommended that small pets are always accompanied by their owner when outside the home, and that pets are not left in yards overnight.

–Keep dogs on a leash (at a maximum length of six feet) at all times. Extendable leashes do not meet the requirements of the Newport Beach Municipal Code, and will not adequately prevent your dog from becoming the victim of a coyote attack.

–Feed your pets indoors.

–Eliminate potential food and water sources, such as fallen fruit and standing water.

–Store trash in heavy-duty containers.

–Keep yards free of potential shelter materials, such as thick brush or weeds.

–Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks.

NBPD welcome members of the community to contact them with any questions or concerns at 949.644.3717.

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Police Files

Olympic swimmer Lochte reportedly kicks in door at local hotel and then seeks help

The Newport Beach Police Department is not confirming the identity of the subject they assisted Thursday morning, Oct. 4, in the 3 a.m. vicinity at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Reports have Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte damaging his hotel room door after trying to kick it in.

Sources say Lochte was drunk at the time and that he will seek professional assistance to battle his alcohol addiction by immediately entering a program.

No arrests were made, and no report was taken.

Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist and ranks only behind Michael Phelps as the 2nd most decorated swimmer in Olympic history.

Lochte caused controversy at the 2016 Brazilian Olympics by claiming he and several other swimming teammates were robbed at gunpoint by subjects showing police badges.

That event, too, was blamed on a night of drinking. 

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Police find out what’s behind the tinted windows…it’s not good

On Sunday, Sept. 30, at approximately 6:45 p.m., a Newport Beach Police Officer on patrol saw a car driving on East Coast Highway at Avocado Avenue with dark tinted front windows in violation of the California Vehicle Code. 

The officer stopped the car that had one adult and three children under the age of 13. The driver, Matthew Ogden, 36, from Pasadena, gave a California driver’s license to the officer that was not his. Ogden was arrested for falsely impersonating another person. 

Further investigation produced the discovery of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and other items, leading to a number of other charges. 

Ogden was arrested for forgery by altering a driver’s license, false personation of another, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance, possessing narcotics for sale, being a felon in possession of a stun gun, cruelty to a child and a warrant from a Van Nuys court.

His bail was set at $170,000.

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Police arrest Newport Coast woman following violent crash, DUI suspected

Around 5:45 p.m. Friday evening, September 28, eyewitnesses said a vehicle “careened over the corner patch of the grass connected to the parking lot of the Newport Coast Community Center and subsequently crash[ed] violently into a curb.” Upon impact with the curb, witnesses said a tire then dislodged from the Tesla and was catapulted high into the air.

Witnesses called 911 and the Newport Beach Police Department responded finding a woman and three small children in the vehicle. The woman was apparently impaired.

Charity Peters Couto, 41, of Newport Coast, was arrested for DUI alcohol, cruelty to child that could’ve potentially led to injury or death and exceeding the limit of 0.08 percent.

She was arrested at 6:32 p.m. and held on $100,000 bail.

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Sex trafficker sentenced for multitude of charges including burglary, kidnapping and assault with a firearm

Grant Champion Ewing, 23, Riverside, was sentenced to 21 years in state prison yesterday for burglary, robbery, kidnapping of sex purchaser, assault with a firearm, and trafficking a 17-year-old girl.

On Feb. 22, 2018, Ewing drove 17-year-old Jane Doe to meet with 59-year-old sex purchaser, John Doe in Newport Beach, after corresponding via a website known for prostitution. Ewing drove Jane Doe to John Doe’s home where the victims planned to engage in commercial sex.

Ewing came back to the residence to rob John Doe and began banging on the front door. John Doe opened the door to find Ewing with a gun pointed at his face. The defendant forced his way into the residence and hit John Doe in the face several times. The defendant then demanded gold from John Doe and forced the victim into his bedroom.

After going through John Doe’s belongings, Ewing hit John Doe in the head with the gun and discharged the firearm, while continuing to demand valuables. John Doe revealed to Ewing that there was some cash in the hallway closet. The defendant took the cash, locked John Doe in the bedroom closet, threatened to kill him if he called the police, and proceeded to steal the victim’s cell phone and computer.

After the defendant and Jane Doe left the residence, John Doe called Newport Beach Police Department. 

NBPD investigated this case and arrested Ewing later that night.

Ewing was sentenced on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, kidnapping, false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud or deceit, criminal threats, dissuading a witness by force, trafficking a victim under 18 years of age, pimping a minor over 16 years of age, pandering a minor over 16 years of age and resisting and obstructing a peace officer.

Promotions highlight changes at NBPD

The Newport Police Department announced several changes, first with the promotion of Press Information Officer Jennifer Manzella to a new position as assistant to the Chief of Police.

Manzella has served as PIO for the last 5+ years. She has been instrumental in raising the level of interaction with the NBPD and the community through creative videos. She’s also capably held several recent news conferences that have gained national attention.

Replacing Manzella as the new PIO will be Heather Rangel. Rangel has been a civilian employee with the Department for more than nine years and she brings a wealth of departmental knowledge with her into the position.  

“I am confident that our media relations will be in good hands,” Manzella said.

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Police get their man, er, woman in check cashing scheme

On May 31, 2018, a victim of suspected forged checks came to the Newport Beach Police Department’s front desk to file a report. 

The victim received a notice from his bank on May 24 that there was a hold placed on his account due to suspicious activity. On May 28, the victim reviewed his account and determined that 11 checks had been forged. 

After an investigation, NBPD Detectives arrested Taylor Bette Wright, 23, from Corona on Thursday, Sept. 20 for fraud charges. According to arrest records, Wright is an unemployed resident of Corona. At the time of the arrest, drug paraphernalia was found in the possession of Wright. 

She was charged with passing fictitious checks, identity theft, grand theft fraud and possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Missing license plates leads to drugs and identity theft duo

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, a Newport Beach Police Officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving with a missing front license plate, in violation of the California Vehicle Code. The officer initiated a traffic stop. 

After a field investigation, the officer found that both Evelyn Grace Lopez and Faith Marie Encinas were in possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.

Lopez, a resident of Pico Rivera, and Encinas, a resident of Whittier, were arrested for possession of narcotics, possessing a controlled substance, acquiring access card account information and identity theft.

Bail was set at $10,000 each.

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More women coming forward as potential victims of Newport Beach doctor and girlfriend; update from D.A. this morning

Newport Beach Police made national news twice in one week.

First, was the arrest of Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, both of Newport Beach, on charges of rape of multiple victims by use of drugs. It was an investigation several years in the making.

Robicheaux, a local orthopedic surgeon and celebrity reality TV bachelor, and his girlfriend Riley, are accused of drugging women and sexually assaulting them without consent.

Since Tuesday’s (Sept. 18) press conference by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announcing the arrests, more women have come forward as potential victims. 

The D.A. provided no case update yesterday and is expected to release new information on the case today.

Next scheduled D.A. update: Today, Friday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. in the first floor law library, OCDA’s Office, 401 Civic Center Drive W., Santa Ana.

NBPD revives hunt for murderer from six years ago

Second, was the announcement at a Wednesday press conference of a series of podcasts to be sequentially released by NBPD called Countdown to Capture. It’s a clever attempt to recreate the story of a local murder that took place in Newport Beach some six years ago and has gone unsolved.

Police Files Countdown to Capture

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According to NBPD, “Peter Chadwick is wanted for murdering his wife, Q.C. Chadwick, on October 10, 2012, and for fleeing from prosecution. He has been a fugitive since January 2015. The NBPD and the U.S. Marshals Service remain committed to finding Chadwick and bringing him to justice.”

The goal of the NBPD is to have the podcasts gain traction reaching viewers potentially across the globe in an attempt to ID him. There is also a $100,000 reward being offered for information directly leading to his arrest.

The first three of six podcasts have already been released. The remaining three will be released over the next week. 

You can find the podcasts and more information at www.nbpd.org.

Chadwick has been added to the U. S. Marshals Service list of America’s Most Wanted Fugitives.

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DA news conference seeks additional potential victims of Newport Beach doctor

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has called a news conference for this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. in the first-floor law library, at OCDA’s Office, 1401 Civic Center Drive W, Santa Ana.

The news conference will seek potential additional victims of a Newport Beach surgeon and his female codefendant accused of rape of multiple victims by use of drugs.

According to the Newport Beach Police Department Arrest Logs, Grant William Robicheaux, 38, Newport Beach, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, Newport Beach, were arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 12 on Newport Beach felony warrants for rape.

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According to a website, Robicheaux is an “upper extremity surgeon” in the Newport Beach area.

Robicheaux and Riley were arrested at 7:45 a.m. at Channel Place and 44th Street.

Both were held on a bail of $100,000.

Costa Mesa man arrested for attempting to start Crystal Cove area fire

On Saturday, Sept. 15, shortly before 7 p.m., several people called the Newport Beach Police to report that a man was attempting to set fires in the area of Los Trancos and E. Coast Highway in the Crystal Cove area.

Officers responded and located the suspect, Matthew Joseph Brady, 39, of Costa Mesa.

Members of the Newport Beach Fire Department also responded and extinguished a small, approximately 3’ x 3’, brush fire in the area. 

After a thorough field investigation, Brady was arrested for arson and held on $20,000 bail.

Intoxicated woman attempts to take police officer’s gun

On Saturday, Sept. 15, at 3:42 p.m., officers responded to the 2300 block of W. Oceanfront in response to a call that a battery had just occurred. 

The victim stated that the suspect, Amanda Nicole Moore, 29, Irvine, had slapped her across the face after a brief verbal altercation. 

Moore was located nearby but was visibly intoxicated and uncooperative with the investigation. After several repeated attempts to walk away from one officer, Moore reportedly lashed out, physically striking the officer and attempting to take control of his firearm. 

She was subsequently taken into custody for obstructing/resisting a peace officer, battery, disorderly conduct related to alcohol, for an attempt to remove a peace officer’s firearm and battery on a peace officer.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Verbal altercation leads to pointed firearm

Newport Beach Police received a report of a verbal altercation in the 1100 block of Back Bay Drive on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2:25 a.m. Reports say the suspect, Anthony Michael Burroughs, 26, of Corona, became angry with the victim, and pointed a firearm at her. 

The victim was able to remove herself from the situation and report the incident. The suspect had fled the area, but with the assistance of the Corona Police Department, he was taken into custody when he returned to his residence in that city.

Burroughs was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and held on bail of $50,000.


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Woman returns to apartment where she had been an evening guest prior in alleged robbery and assault with a deadly weapon

On Monday, Sept. 10 at 1:16 a.m., Newport Beach Police officers responded to the 2100 block of Sherrington Place in response to several calls reporting a woman screaming. 

Upon arrival, officers found Margaret Ellen Lehmann, 22, of Buena Park, and a male, who had been involved in a physical altercation. 

After a thorough field investigation, officers determined that Lehmann had been a guest in the apartment earlier in the evening. After leaving, she allegedly re-entered the apartment through the back patio and attempted to take valuables from the apartment. 

When the man confronted her, Lehmann allegedly threatened him with a screwdriver, demanded cash, and then attacked him when he did not comply. 

The victim was allegedly stabbed and cut by the screwdriver and scratched by Lehmann’s hands, and sustained several lacerations and abrasions as a result. 

Lehmann was arrested without incident on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and residential burglary with no forced entry. 

Lehmann’s bail was set at $50,000.

Editor apparently doesn’t like what she sees, damages property

On Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9:39 p.m., Newport Beach Police officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 1300 block of Balboa Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found Melissa Ann Kunze, 34, of Danville, on the premises, and determined that she had broken a number of items inside and outside of the residence and had thrown a number of items into the street.

Kunze, who lists her occupation as editor, had previously been a tenant at the residence, but she was unable to provide a reason for her activity. 

The property owner responded to assess the damage, which he placed in excess of $5,000, and made a request of a private person’s arrest. 

Kunze was arrested without incident and held on felony vandalism charges with $20,000 bail.

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Young woman in her 20s dies, reportedly at local ranch

On Friday, Sept. 7, a young woman in her 20s was reported deceased in the 20100 Block of SW Cypress St. in Newport Beach, reportedly at the Aloha Ranch.

According to Jennifer Manzella, press information officer with NBPD, a death investigation was conducted, and it doesn’t appear that anything was suspicious or criminal in the case. At the present time, her name is being withheld.

Fool me once, betcha can’t fool me twice

On Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m., an NBPD officer saw one David Ryan Daley, 28, of Cypress, at the Transportation Center on Avocado and recognized him from a contact earlier in the day.  

Daley had been acting suspiciously at a nearby shopping center and had provided a false name to the officer when he was contacted about his behavior. 

During this second contact, Daley provided another false name to the officer. After a thorough field investigation, the officer determined Daley’s true identity, and discovered that he was in possession of numerous credit cards and checks in other people’s names. He was also found to be in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.  

Daley was arrested without incident for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, identity theft, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950 and two counts of forgery.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Woman obtains fraudulent credit card, spends $4K…busted

Newport Beach Police were contacted by the loss prevention staff of a department store in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. 

Officials reported that Melinda Sue Hawkins, 32, of Pomona, had opened a store credit card without permission under another person’s name and immediately purchased more than $4,000 of merchandise.

Loss prevention confronted Hawkins after noting that she was acting suspiciously.  

After officers verified the information with store staff, Hawkins was arrested without incident for identity theft, commercial burglary by fraud or forgery and grand theft fraud. 

Bail was set at $20,000.

Shoplifting bust totals $9,000 worth of merchandise

 The staff at a clothing store in the 2900 block of E. Coast Highway contacted the Newport Beach Police Department on Saturday, Sept. 8 to report suspicions that a customer was shoplifting.  

Officers responded at 1:44 p.m. and confronted the suspect, Lisa Ann Pfalzgraf, 53, Palm Desert, outside the store. Officers found her to be in possession of more than $9,000 worth of merchandise that she had not paid for, in addition to a device that removes security tags.  

Pfalzgraf was arrested without incident on charges of commercial burglary by shoplifting more than $950 in merchandise, grand theft from buildings and possession of burglary tools. 

Bail was set at $20,000.

It doesn’t get better than this: hypodermic needle falls out of suspect’s pocket while talking to police

At 12:37 a.m., early Saturday morning, an NBPD officer observed a blue Kia Optima driving recklessly in the area of Newport Boulevard and W. Coast Highway.  

The officer stopped the Kia, which contained two occupants: the male driver and a passenger.

While the officer began addressing the passenger, Max James Sweeney, 31, of Costa Mesa, about apparent violations, he noticed that the suspect had two prescriptions which appeared to be falsified and, then, watched as a hypodermic syringe fell out of Sweeney’s pocket.  

A further search showed that Sweeney had two more hypodermic syringes and several additional fraudulent prescriptions.

It was determined additionally that the driver, Robert John Blessing, 55, of Santa Ana, was charged with driving without a license.

After a thorough field investigation, the officer also determined that the prescriptions in Sweeney’s possession were authentic but had been falsified or amended.  

Sweeney was arrested on charges of forging prescriptions, possession of unauthorized prescriptions and illegal transport of sharps waste. 

Bail was set at $20,000.

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Cashier allegedly steals wallet from Newport restaurant patron, goes on joy ride

On Saturday, September 2, at 2:42 pm, NBPD officers responded to a call about a reported robbery that had allegedly occurred at a food service establishment in the 1200 block of Bison Avenue.

“The suspect [allegedly] picked up the victim’s wallet, which was sitting on a table. When he attempted to flee on a bicycle, the victim stopped him by grabbing the bike, and they struggled,” NBPD Spokesperson PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella said. “Eventually, the wallet fell from the man’s grasp, but he picked it up, abandoned the bicycle, and fled on foot. He then used one of the stolen credit cards to make a purchase at another food service establishment.”

Responding officers located the suspect across the street in the same area. After a thorough field investigation, the suspect was identified as Crispin Nash Henny, 21, of Huntington Beach, and was arrested for robbery, credit card fraud, and commercial burglary.

Ironically, Henny listed his occupation as cashier.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Woman allegedly attacks bar employee with her high-heeled shoe after altercation with her boyfriend

On Saturday, September 2, NBPD officers responded to a call of an alleged battery in the 2400 block of Newport Boulevard just before 9 p.m. 

“After her boyfriend got into a physical altercation with a bar employee, the suspect [allegedly] used a chair and her high-heeled shoe to vandalize the employee’s vehicle,” NBPD’s Jennifer Manzella said. “There was extensive damage to the hood, roof, and trunk, with additional damage cracking the windshield.”

Manzaella said that the suspect also attacked the bar employee with her fists and her shoe, causing several injuries, mostly superficial. The victim declined medical attention.

After a thorough field investigation, Rayna Charmaine Foxx, 28, of Long Beach, was identified and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct, alcohol, vandalism, and providing false identification.

“She [also] provided false identifying information to the officers at the scene,” Manzella said.

Foxx listed her occupation as customer care.

Bail was set at $25,000.

Arraignment scheduled for Sam Woodward in Bernstein murder

Samuel Lincoln Woodward, a 21-year-old Newport Beach man, was ordered to stand trial on a murder stemming from the January killing of Blaze Bernstein, a former high school classmate. His arraignment will be held on Friday, Sept. 15.

Bernstein’s body was found in a shallow grave in Borrego Park in Lake Forest. He was a University of Pennsylvania pre-med student. Prosecutors have deemed the brutal slaying of Bernstein a hate crime because he was gay.

Woodward and Bernstein attended high school at the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana and reconnected over social media.

Bike burglars busted, three men arrested for a series of high-end bicycle thefts

Three men tied to a series of burglaries where high-end bicycles were stolen were arrested after an investigation by NBPD Detectives. 

“The primary incident that led to the arrest was a theft of two bicycles from a home in the first block of Pelican Court. The theft, which occurred on Saturday, Aug. 18, was from a courtyard and had an estimated loss of $10,000,” said NBPD’s Jennifer Manzella. “Our investigation indicates that the men worked together to steal high-end bicycles and then sell them for cash.”

The three men were arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the 2900 Block of S Bristol Street in Santa Ana. At 2:13 p.m., Brendon Matthew Channey, 24, of Garden Grove, was arrested for receiving stolen property in excess of $950 and forced entry burglary. At 3:36 p.m., Mario Armondo Cortes, 31, of Anaheim, was arrested for receiving stolen property in excess of $950. At 3:56 p.m., Keegan Daniel Lyons, 24, of Garden Grove, was arrested for the same charges as Channey, receiving stolen property in excess of $950 and forced entry burglary.

Channey listed his occupation as electrician, Lyons listed his as retail, and Cortes’ was not listed.

Bail was set at $50,000 for both Lyons and Channey. Bail was set at $20,000 for Cortes.

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Three burglaries strike the area in two days, hitting residential and commercial properties

On Thursday, Aug. 30, at 2:15 p.m., NBPD responded to a residential burglary at the 100 block of Via Ithaca on Lido Isle. According to police reports, there was no forced entry. Stolen property is valued at $35,000. 

On Friday, Aug. 31, at 4:03 a.m., at the 3300 block of W. Coast Hwy., NBPD responded to a commercial burglary. According to police reports, there was no forced entry. Stolen property is valued at $10,550. 

Also on Friday, Aug. 31, at 12:32 a.m., at the 1600 block of Mesa Drive, NBPD responded to a residential burglary, arresting Juan Manuel Machaincortes, 37, for attempting to commit a felony crime, burglary – attempted forced entry, and disorderly conduct – peeking into an inhabited building. 

Machaincortes, who is from Santa Ana, listed his occupation as “sewer.”

Bail was set at $50,000.

Pay attention to bus laws to keep kids safe going back to school

Local police, fire, and safety want to make sure your kids are safe going back to school, knowing and obeying traffic rules is critical. 

If the school bus has its red stop sign out and the overhead lights are flashing red, drivers need to stop in both directions. If the overhead lights are yellow, drivers need to prepare to stop. If the hazard lights in the rear of the bus are flashing, drivers may proceed with extreme caution.

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Watch out for children and pay attention to bus safety rules

As summer draws to a close and children start heading back to school, family life can get pretty hectic. It’s important to remember – and share with your children – some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year. 

The National Safety Council advises:

“School days bring congestion: School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It’s never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.”

For more back to school safety tips from National Safety Council, visit www.nsc.org/home-safety/seasonal-safety/back-to-school.


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San Clemente man holed up in gas station bathroom for 40 minutes is arrested for drugs and vandalism

On Sunday, Aug. 26, at 11:28 a.m., NBPD responded to a request for assistance at a gas station located at the 2100 block of Bristol Street. A man later identified as the suspect had been in the gas station restroom for approximately 40 minutes and was making loud noises inside.

“He refused to leave the restroom when management requested that he do so,” NBPD Spokesperson PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella said.

After multiple officer requests, Chad Mitchell opened the door to the restroom. 

Chad William Mitchell, 40, San Clemente, was arrested for felony vandalism, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and illegal transport of sharps waste.

“Mitchell defaced the bathroom with green spray paint. The felony is based on the dollar value assigned to the damage, which is, in this case, in excess of $500,” Manzella said.

As for the drug charges, Mitchell had, “A small amount of heroin and nine Xanax pills” in his possession. Sharps waste refers to needles or syringes.

Mitchell’s occupation is listed as a car washer.

Bail was set at $20,000.

On the wrong side of the road, man gets arrested when NBPD sees a syringe with heroin sticking out of his pocket

On Monday, Aug. 27, at 5:52 p.m., at the 700 block of Newport Center Drive, a NBPD officer was driving on Avocado near San Miguel, when he saw a man, later identified as the suspect, in the center median of the road. 

“When he drove by again several minutes later, the officer noted that the man was still there, despite the fact that the light had cycled multiple times, which would have allowed him to safely proceed through the rest of the intersection,” said NBPD’s Jennifer Manzella.

“When the officer contacted Richard Hartsook, he had a syringe with heroin reside in plain view, sticking out of his pocket,” Manzella continued. “The officer also found Hartsook to be in possession of a meth pipe, a number of other syringes, and some heroin.”

Richard Franklin Harstook, 31, of Marcus Hook, was arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, possession of a controlled narcotic substance, pedestrian fail to use the left edge, and an outstanding warrant for domestic battery.

Bail was set at $22,500.

Parolee drives off in woman’s car after she reportedly leaves it running and unlocked

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 11:31 p.m., NBPD responded to a request for assistance at a construction site after a woman found her car missing.

“The victim went inside a business in the 2400 block of Coast Highway to monitor some construction work, leaving her car running and unlocked,” NBPD’s Jennifer Manzella said. “A short time later, estimated as less than a minute by the victim, she saw her call pull out of the parking lot.”

The victim and another witness followed the suspect in the woman’s car, a 2016 Mazda 3 sedan, and contacted NBPD.

“Officers responded and contacted the suspect, who was stopped near 62nd Street and Seashore Drive,” Manzella said. “The vehicle was returned to the victim, who noted that there was no damage to the vehicle and nothing missing from the interior.”

Adam Christopher Marconi, 39, of Anaheim, was arrested for taking a vehicle without an owner’s consent and a parole hold warrant.

Bail was set at $20,000.

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Fire Files

Mountain bike trail rider injured in early morning accident

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At approximately 7:26 a.m. yesterday, August 27, the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a reported remote rescue call in Newport Coast. Upon arrival, fire personnel located a mountain bicyclist that had sustained traumatic injuries in a remote area of Newport Coast known as Buck Gully. 

Newport Beach Fire personnel collaboratively rescued the patient with the assistance of an Orange County Fire Authority Helicopter. The patient was hoisted by the helicopter and airlifted to the closest trauma center. 

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In total, 14 fire personnel from Newport Beach Fire and Orange County Fire Authority responded to the incident. 

The Newport Beach Fire Department would like to remind all Orange County residents to safely share the trails, and to always have a partner when enjoying Orange County wilderness areas. 


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Group of men create chaos at Apple Store and steal 38 iPhones

Tuesday night, Aug. 21, at 8:30 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a burglary at the Apple Store on Newport Center Drive.

Approximately eight men entered the store, creating “chaos” according to one eyewitness, and took an estimated 38 iPhones, valued at $32,000. The men, in hoodies, then fled in two vehicles: a gray Dodge Challenger and a black Mercedes sedan.  

Officers were able to locate the Dodge as the suspects attempted to flee. With support from the CHP and Westminster Police, and air support from the Huntington Beach Police Department, the Dodge was stopped in the City of Westminster near the intersection of Willow Lane and Westminster Boulevard.

Five suspects in the Dodge were arrested and 22 of the 38 stolen iPhones were recovered.

Those arrested were Deavon Justice Guillory, 20, of Long Beach; Kenyae Emil Buyar, 18, of Compton; Dejon Amere Sanders, 20, of Los Angeles; Kovey Le James, 18, of Los Angeles; and Hysanii Kiesean Rice, 18, of Los Angeles.

All were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and burglary. Guillory received an additional charge of driving without a license.

Bail ranged from $100,000 to $250,000. 

The black Mercedes, along with other suspects, is still outstanding. All suspects are described as African-American men ages 18 - 25.

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NBFD Mutual Aid response to California wildfires

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Metro Cities Strike Team 1422 A that included Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Fullerton and Orange County Fire Departments

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, all Newport Beach Fire personnel and apparatus that responded to the worst wildland fire in the history of the state of California came home. Their response was coordinated through the California Mutual Aid system to assist with multiple Incident Command Positions and tasks.

A total of 21 Newport Beach firefighters were cycled up north over 14 day deployments, in coordination with other Orange County fire agencies.

Throughout the course of the month-long deployment, Newport Beach fire personnel conducted structure protection, established/maintained control lines, provided media relations, and assisted local citizens with the recovery process.

The Newport Beach Fire Department is proud of the commitment, hard work, and dedication of the more than 14,000 firefighters that are responding to these incidents statewide. 


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Another attempted bike theft, another arrest

Roy Franklin Dean, 34, from Acton, TX, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 15 in the 200 block of 29th St.

A Newport Beach Police officer was dispatched to the area of 28th Street and Balboa Boulevard for a report of a possibly stolen bicycle. There, they contacted Dean, who was in possession of a bicycle and who had a cut bike lock in the pocket of his backpack. After a thorough filed investigation, officers arrested Dean for stealing the bicycle. They also found him to be in possession of wire cutting tools, methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia.

He was arrested for possessing burglary tools, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, grand theft/bicycles and possessing a controlled substance. His bail was set at $20,000.

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Newport Beach woman reportedly batters family member, then confronts police

Newport Beach Police officers responded to a home in the 2400 block of Cliff Drive on Saturday evening, Aug. 11, in response to an alleged battery that had just occurred. Upon arrival, witnesses reported that Suzanne Elizabeth Ziesche, 44, Newport Beach, had struck a male family member in the head with a closed fist, causing injury.

According to officers, Ziesche appeared “agitated and unstable”, and became increasingly so during the investigation. When she became confrontational with another person on the scene, officers attempted to intervene and Ziesche was then physically combative with the officers, eventually resisting arrest. 

She was arrested for battery, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, obstructing/resisting an executive officer, battery on a peace officer and refusing to provide blood or saliva and transported to the NBPD Jail.

Her bail was set at $20,000.

Good police work leads to bicycle theft recovery

Newport Beach Police patrolling the Peninsula area early Saturday morning, Aug. 11 contacted Douglas Allan Nihan, 50, Costa Mesa, who was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk near Newport Boulevard and Via Lido. 

The Newport Beach Municipal Code prohibits riding bicycles on sidewalks almost everywhere in the city. 

Officers determined that the bicycle that Nihan was riding did not belong to him. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that Nihan rode his own bicycle to the beach earlier, and then used a hacksaw, which was found in his backpack, to cut the cable lock on a more expensive bike. 

He then secured his own bike and attempted to flee on the stolen bicycle before being contacted by the officers.

Nihan was arrested for grand theft and for possessing burglary tools. His bail was set at $20,000.

Laguna man charged with threatening to terrorize

At 2:35 a.m., on Saturday, Aug. 11, Newport Beach Police officers and the Newport Beach Fire Department staff responded to the 600 block of Newport Center Drive in response to a request for medical aid. 

Witnesses reported that the subject, later identified as Michael Neal Cantrell, 32, of Laguna Beach, had ingested an unknown narcotic and then began acting erratically. Officers contacted Cantrell and noted his erratic behavior as well as signs that he was still under the influence of narcotics. 

Upon further investigation, it was determined that he had allegedly threatened one of the witnesses verbally, and with physical intimidation, before officers arrived. 

Cantrell was arrested for threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. According to NBPD, he was medically cleared at the hospital before being taking to jail. His bail was set at $50,000.

You’ve been warned…DUI checkpoint tonight!

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint tonight, Friday, Aug. 17, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

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Man reports crime that didn’t happen, arrested and held on $70,000 bail

The Newport Beach Police Department received a call at 11:46 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, from a man alleging that a female friend of his was being held at gunpoint against her will in a hotel room in Newport Beach. 

Officers responded to a hotel in the 4500 block of MacArthur Blvd. and detained the alleged suspect for the reported hostage situation. It was determined that the allegations against him were false, and that the alleged criminal activity had been reported against him in retaliation for a prior argument with the reporting party. 

After a thorough field investigation, officers responded to the 6400 block of Orangethorpe Ave. in Buena Park and contacted the caller, who was identified as Robert Herbert Rayas, 37, Buena Park.

Rayas admitted to reporting a false emergency to the police and was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was charged with false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled substance and a false report of an emergency. Bail was set at $70,000.

Trip wrong way down one-way street leads to multitude of charges

A Newport Beach Police officer pulled over a vehicle for driving the wrong way on Summit Street, which is a one-way street. The vehicle occupant, Matthew Daniel Snyder, 45, San Leandro, was unable to provide a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, or vehicle registration. 

It was determined that Snyder also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest related to possession of a controlled substance.

When asked to exit the car, officers realized that Snyder had a syringe in his pants pocket, in addition to heroin and pepper spray.

Snyder was charged with being a felon in possession of tear gas, failure to provide financial responsibility for a vehicle, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, driving against traffic on a one-way street, failure to provide vehicle registration, illegal transport of sharps waste, driving while restricted for a DUI and a warrant related to possession of a controlled substance.

His bail was set at $50,500.

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NBFD responds to California wildfires

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In response to one of the worst wildland fire threats in state history with more than 17 large fires currently active throughout the state, the Newport Beach Fire Department along with fire agencies from across the state, country and internationally have responded through the California Mutual Aid System.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is the largest in state history with more than 280,000 acres burned with more than 13,000 firefighters responding, including several from the Newport Beach Fire Department.

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On Wednesday, July 25, two Newport Beach Battalion Chiefs along with two Engine companies (NE 62 Lido and NE 63 Fashion Island, a total of 10 fire personnel) were deployed to assist with firefighting efforts on the Cranston fire in Idyllwild (Riverside County). On Friday, July 27 a Newport Beach Paramedic was deployed to the Carr fire in Redding (Shasta County) as a single resource Public Information Officer.

After four days at the Cranston Fire, on July 28 all three units were released and immediately deployed to the Mendocino Complex Fire. The two Battalion Chiefs serving as Strike Team Leaders and the two engine companies serving on the Orange County Strike Team have been working at the Mendocino Complex fire for the past 14 days and were released on August 8.

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For the past two days, Orange County Fire Departments, led by Orange County Fire Authority sent two busloads of fire personnel to relieve the crews that have been battling these fires. Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Boyles along with several other Newport Beach Fire personnel left on these buses over the past two days and are working the largest fire in state history. In total, the Newport Beach Fire Department has 11 personnel working throughout California with an additional 10 that are now on their way home after battling these devastating wildfires for more than two weeks.

The Newport Beach Fire Department encourages all Orange County and Newport Beach residents to enroll in Alert OC (www.alertoc.com) to receive emergency notifications via phone, email and text.


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Newport Beach woman arrested for alleged attack on elderly victim

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 1:12 p.m., Newport Beach Police officers responded to the 2400 block of Colony Plaza in response to a report of a possible battery. 

The suspect, identified as Jennifer Sue Camazine, 46, Newport Beach, was alleged to have battered an elderly female victim in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack. The victim and the suspect are family members, but their exact relationship is being withheld to protect the victim’s identity. 

The victim received treatment from Newport Beach Fire Department staff at the scene and was transported to a local hospital for additional medical attention. She reported injuries to her face, head and legs. 

Camazine was arrested for elder/dependent adult care causing harm and battery. Bail was set at $50,000.

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Fire Files

Early morning fire burns residential complex

At 1:52 a.m., on Tuesday, July 31, the Newport Beach Fire Department deployed three engines, one truck, one medic unit, and one Battalion Chief to a confirmed residential structure fire with multiple vehicles involved. 

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Upon arrival, the first engine reported multiple vehicles on fire with residential units above on Buckingham Lane in the Westcliff area.

Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the five vehicles and were able to rescue the two families above the fire prior to smoke/fire extension. 

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The Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced families. The cause of the fire is being investigated by Newport Beach Fire Investigators. Anybody with information on the cause of the fire can contact 949.644.3113. 

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Sentencing enhancements filed against Woodward in Bernstein murder

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed an amended complaint yesterday, August 2, with a hate crime sentencing enhancement against Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 21, Newport Beach, in the murdering of 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein due to the victim’s sexual orientation.

Woodward was initially charged with one felony count of murder.

At approximately 11 p.m. on January 2, 2018, Woodward is accused of picking up the victim, University of Pennsylvania student Bernstein, from his residence in Lake Forest. The victim and the defendant knew each other from attending Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana.

The defendant, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and 185 pounds, is accused of murdering Bernstein, who was 5 feet 8 inches tall and 135 pounds, by stabbing the victim multiple times because of the victim’s sexual orientation. Woodward is accused of burying the victim’s body in the dirt perimeter of Borrego Park.

“A hate crime enhancement based on sexual orientation is appropriate due to the evidence developed by looking at Woodward’s cell phone, laptop and social media. All of this revealed the dark side of Woodward’s thoughts and intentions,” stated Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Woodward faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He has a preliminary hearing August 22 at 8:30 a.m. in Harbor Justice Center.

Sliding glass door smashed in late night Port Street burglary attempt

 On Wednesday, Aug. 1, around 11:20 p.m., two unknown suspects approached the front door of a residence in the 1800 Block of Port Taggart Place, looked into the mailbox, then entered the backyard through an unlocked side gate. They attempted to enter the house by smashing the rear sliding glass door.

Two residents were upstairs at the time, with one coming downstairs after hearing a loud sound. He saw two suspects outside the smashed rear door, wearing dark clothing with their faces obscured. The victim yelled at the suspects, and they ran from the scene.

There was no loss.  

Restraining order violation leads to arrest of NB man

Newport Beach Police officers responded to a home in the 1100 block of Cambridge Lane at 6:48 a.m. on Sunday, July 29, in response to a restraining order violation.  

Police found Reed Mitchell Morrison, 34, Newport Beach, who is not allowed to be within 100 yards of the residence, in the yard. When police confronted him, he picked up his bike and threw it at the officers before running into the backyard and closing the gate behind him.  

From there, he threatened officers verbally, and then physically pushed them when they approached him. Eventually, officers were able to subdue and arrest Morrison.

The parties protected by the restraining order were evacuated from the home during the altercation.

Morrison was charged with obstructing/resisting an executive officer, obstructing/resisting a peace officer, battery on a peace officer, exhibiting a firearm to resist arrest and contempt of court for disobeying a court order.

His bail was set at $20,000.

Cocaine is a no-no in Newport Beach jail

A caller reported to the Newport Beach Police that a traffic collision at 6:45 a.m., Monday, July 30, occurred in the 700 block of W. Balboa Blvd. The caller stated that a blue compact car with two occupants had collided with a parked SUV.  

The first officer to arrive on scene found the suspect vehicle sitting on the center median curb. The driver, Javier Ramirez, 20, from Costa Mesa, was visibly impaired and unable to successfully complete the standardized field sobriety exams.  

Additionally, his passenger suffered several injuries as a result of the collision.  

After Ramirez was booked into the NBPD Jail, where he was found to be in possession of a baggie of cocaine.

 He was charged with DUI, alcohol and drugs causing bodily injury, and possessing a controlled substance in prison.

His bail was set at $100,000.

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Police Files

Alleged purse thief who attacked mom and her family brought down near Bayside Drive

On Saturday, July 28, at 10:05 p.m., a male, later identified as 25-year-old James Michael Kelley, from San Bernardino, was walking southbound on Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. 

According to reports, as Kelley approached a family that was walking northbound on Coast Highway, he knocked the mother to the ground and took her purse. 

“The woman’s teenage son grabbed Kelley’s legs in an attempt to trip him. As the suspect lost his balance, he turned and struck the teenager with a black metal flashlight,” said Laguna Beach Police Department PIO Sgt Jim Cota.

“The woman’s husband chased after Kelley who had fled southbound on the sidewalk. When he caught up and confronted him, Kelley struck the husband in the head with the flashlight, causing a large cut,” Sgt Cota continued.

“Kelley then entered a white vehicle parked nearby and accelerated in reverse toward the husband and a nearby witness, before pulling the vehicle out onto South Coast Highway and fleeing northbound,” Sgt Cota said.

Shortly thereafter, a Laguna Beach Police officer located Kelley’s vehicle in north Laguna Beach. The vehicle initially yielded for the officer. However, when the officer attempted to hold the suspect at gunpoint, Kelley again fled. 

A pursuit was initiated and continued into Newport Beach. The Newport Beach Police Department assisted and placed spike strips on Coast Highway near Bayside Drive, deflating all four tires. 

Kelley was taken into custody without incident. The weapon was located and one of the victim’s credit cards was also found in the vehicle. Kelley was booked for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and reckless evading of a police officer.

Bail was set at $100,000.

NBPD part of multi-agency investigation that leads to the seizure of $1.6 million worth of illegal narcotics

An investigation by a multi-agency operation to intercept narcotics and hold drug traffickers accountable has resulted in the arrest of three men and the confiscation of 184 pounds of illegal narcotics and five guns.

The investigation, which initiated in Orange County, resulted in the seizure of 68 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of fentanyl, 88 pounds of heroin and about 2 pounds of cocaine from multiple locations in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. 

Investigators uncovered the estimated $1.6 million worth of illegal drugs in various vehicles and residences, along with a total of five handguns and rifles. While investigators believe most of the narcotics were slated for distribution among the three counties, 18 pounds of methamphetamine was seized while in transit to northern California.

Several enforcement actions led to the narcotics seizures and the identification of multiple subjects, including a New Jersey resident and a Mexican National from Sinaloa, Mexico.

The agencies involved in this operation are: the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Orange Police Department, Buena Park Police Department, Tustin Police Department, Newport Beach Police Department, Fullerton Police Department, Huntington Beach Police Department, Santa Ana Police Department, and California State University Fullerton Police Department.

“While the amount of drugs we see on the street every day varies from small amounts to seizures of this magnitude and larger, the impact of drugs on our society continually increases,” said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “It’s important that our Orange County community knows of the daily battles waged against drugs, while fighting a war on major, transnational drug-trafficking cartels. We will continue to hold criminals accountable and remove drugs from our community in spite of the rapid decriminalization of drug crimes.”

At this time, no additional information will be provided regarding the individuals arrested or the narcotics seizures as this incident is part of a larger, active, and ongoing investigation. More information will be shared at the culmination of the full investigation.

Fire Files

NBFD deployed to fight statewide fires

Obviously, with fires raging throughout California, 20+ at last count, everyone is doing their fair share from throughout the United States to assist in the fight. Newport Beach is a part of all of that, too.

 So where are Newport Beach Fire Department personnel deployed in all of this? 10 are at the Mendocino Complex fire in Northern California. They were initially fighting fires in southern California, but were redeployed up north on Sunday, July 29. 

NBFD also has one firefighter up north at the Carr Fire (Redding) in an “overhead position.” 

According to NBFD Training Captain/Fire Investigator Kevin Tiscareno, “There are a total of 11 firefighters out. It’s over 10 percent of our workforce. The current assignments they have been given are structure protection, establishing and improving control lines around the fire.


Police Files

Newport Beach doctor jailed in $22 million sober living urine fraud scheme

A Newport Beach medical doctor was convicted and sentenced to one year in jail yesterday, July 26, for prescribing unnecessary prescriptions in a $22 million urine test billing scheme at sober living homes. 

Four family members and one additional doctor are charged in connection to the urine test billing scheme, which operated through sober living homes the family owned and managed in Southern California.

Carlos X. Montano, M.D., 61, Newport Beach, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of insurance fraud. In addition to his jail time, Montano will face five years of formal probation or be ordered to pay $57,500 in restitution.

Additional defendants in the case include Suzie Schuder, M.D., 70, Corona del Mar; Pamela Mae Ganong, 61, La Jolla; Philip William Ganong, 63, Bakersfield; and Susan Lee Stinson, 64, Carlsbad.

Between January 2008 and December 2016, defendants Pamela and Philip Ganong owned sober living homes in Orange County, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and San Diego, through their business William Mae Company, which operated as Compass Rose Recovery.

In December 2011, the Ganongs are accused of forming a medical testing lab called Ghostline Labs (Ghostline). 

The Ganongs are accused of committing insurance fraud by submitting claims for urine drug testing done by Ghostline for sober living residents and employees of the Ganongs for either services not covered, not rendered, or not medically necessary.

To further the scheme, the Ganongs are accused of hiring two medical doctors, defendants Montano and Schuder. Montano wrote unnecessary urine drug prescriptions starting at three times per week and increasing to seven times per week for most of the Ganongs’ employees. Shuder is also accused of writing unnecessary urine prescriptions as part of the scheme.

Montano wrote unnecessary urine test orders in exchange for 20 percent of the net insurance proceeds from urine drug testing billing and a per-patient fee of $200, in violation of law. Montano knew that Ghostline was owned by the Ganongs, who were not medical providers.

Woman allegedly enters Bayside home, steals purse

A call came into the Newport Beach Police Department shortly after 6 p.m. on Monday, July 23, reporting that a woman had entered a home in the 1900 block of Bayside and taken a purse.  

Officers responded and found that the suspect, Diane Dowd, 65, of San Diego, had already been detained outside the home by the OCSD Harbor Patrol and that the resident had recovered her purse.

The victim signed a private person’s arrest, and Dowd was arrested for trespassing and burglary with no forced entry. Her bail was set at $50,000.

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Police Files

Impaired driver found sleeping in car, with engine running, on the sidewalk, blocking traffic

Newport Beach Police officers responded to the area of Balboa Boulevard and M Street on Saturday, July 14 in response to a report of a possible drunk driver. Police found a black Dodge Journey with paper license plates and the engine running, parked partially on the sidewalk, obstructing oncoming traffic. Both the driver, Gerardo Martin Nunez, 25, Hacienda Heights, and the passenger, Karen Cecilia Ramos, 25, Los Angeles, were asleep inside the vehicle.

Nunez, who was showing visible signs of impairment, provided officers with a false name and date of birth. When they discovered his true name, officers found that he was unlicensed. Nunez also admitted to taking methamphetamine earlier in the day and failed to successfully complete a field sobriety exam.  

When the officers attempted to handcuff him, Nunez became combative and resisted arrest. He was eventually taken into custody and found to be in possession of a baggie of methamphetamine. In his vehicle, officers located burglary tools, empty syringes (not inside a sharps container), and a syringe of heroin. Nunez also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Ramos was found to be in possession of stolen mail, methamphetamine, and an open container of alcohol. Inside her purse, officers located multiple syringes (not in a sharps container) including some with heroin, and ID and credit cards for another person.  

Officers were able to contact the owner of the ID and credit cards, who confirmed that they were stolen. Ramos also had an outstanding warrant, which was added to her arrest charges.

Bail was set at $32,500 for Nunez and $40,500 for Ramos. 

Cracked windshield and expired tags lead to meth and identity theft bust

At approximately 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, a Newport Beach Police officer stopped a brown Nissan Pathfinder in the 4500 block of Coast Highway, east of Superior Avenue, for expired registration and a cracked windshield. The driver, Michael Navarro, 26, of Bell Gardens, was found to be driving on a suspended license and on parole.

After a thorough field investigation, four of the six occupants in the Pathfinder were arrested.

Pennea Roseann Mills, 31, Huntington Park, was in possession of two narcotics pipes, methamphetamine, and a window punch.

Mills, Navarro, and Michael Andrew Cline Jr., 26, West Covina, also possessed numerous items related to identity theft, including a magnetic strip encoder, magnetic strip reader, blank magnetic strip cards, and two folders full of list of personal information – credit card numbers, expiration dates, and driver license information.

In addition to the identity theft charges and driving on a suspended license, Navarro’s parole officer also placed a parole hold on him.

Michael Anthony Garrett, 30, of Las Vegas, provided another person’s name and date of birth when identifying himself to officers. Once police discovered his real identity, Garrett was arrested for an outstanding felony no-bail warrant and for falsely impersonating another person. He also was in possession of a narcotics pipe.

The other two occupants of the Pathfinder were not found to be violating any laws and were released at the scene.

Tip-A-Cop fundraiser this Monday at Javier’s

This Monday, July 23 from 5 - 9 p.m., Newport Beach Police Department officers will serve as celebrity hosts and servers at Javier’s Restaurant in their annual Tip-A-Cop Event on behalf of Special Olympics Southern California. All monies raised at the event will go to support Special Olympics activities in Orange County.

Special Olympics athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities who love to train and compete in sports. The Special Olympics provide the athletes with the chance to develop physical fitness, sports, social skills and self-esteem.

In past Tip-A-Cop events, NBPD has raised $10,000 each year. Plan now to support.

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Police Files

Newport man sentenced for killing roommate’s dog

Justin James Pope, 27, of Newport Beach, was convicted and sentenced to nine months in jail Thursday, July 12, for animal cruelty and petty theft after killing his roommate’s dog and removing the evidence from the scene.

Pope pled guilty to felony charges of animal cruelty and petty theft, and to misdemeanor charges of destroying or concealing evidence and making a false report to a police officer.

At the time of the crime, Pope had been roommates with Jane Doe for approximately one month. On August 30, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Pope killed Jane Doe’s dog in their home.

Jane Doe received a call from Pope informing her of the death of her dog and contacted the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD).

NBPD officers responded to the residence. Blood, urine, and feces were observed in suspicious locations, but no property was missing from the home at the time.

After officers left, Pope staged a burglary, removed evidence, and disposed of Jane Doe’s television in a nearby apartment complex.

At approximately 10:22 p.m., Jane Doe called NBPD to report a residential burglary had occurred at the residence. Jane Doe’s television, Pope’s television and Xbox, and evidence previously in the home during the earlier investigation were missing.

NBPD located the missing television and Xbox in the trunk of Pope’s vehicle and arrested Pope at the scene.

Newport Beach Police Department Animal Control Unit investigated this case.

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Police Files

Court says no to Newport Beach “church” operating as marijuana dispensary

The City of Newport Beach has received a court-ordered injunction against marijuana dispensary Church of the Holy Grail, which has been operating illegally within city limits, from an Orange County Superior Court.

The City alleged in a lawsuit that Holy Grail, located at 2072 S.E. Bristol St., was operating a business without a license or approval. The Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis and Safety Act requires these types of businesses to follow all local laws.

Also cited was that Holy Grail was operating to “unlawfully sell, serve, store, keep or give marijuana in violation of federal, state and local law.”

The Holy Grail’s defense is based on their belief that “the use of marijuana is a lawful exercise of religion.”

Other Church of the Holy Grail sites are listed in Costa Mesa and Fullerton.

Here’s a tip…tip well!

On Monday, July 23 from 5 - 9 p.m., Newport Beach Police Department officers will serve as celebrity hosts and servers at Javier’s Restaurant in their annual Tip-A-Cop Event on behalf of Special Olympics Southern California. All monies raised at the event will go to support Special Olympics activities in Orange County.

Special Olympics athletes are children and adults with intellectual disabilities who love to train and compete in sports. The Special Olympics provide the athletes with the chance to develop physical fitness, sports, social skills and self-esteem.

In past Tip-A-Cop events, NBPD has raised $10,000 each year. Plan now to support.

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Police Files

Two men arrested, third on the loose, following Newport Coast commercial burglary

A Newport Beach Police officer responded to the 21200 block of Newport Coast Drive to a call about suspicious subjects in the area. A subsequent caller reported that two men were seen cutting a lock off a container inside a construction site in the same area. 

The officer found Ryan James Flowers, 37, from Anaheim, Frank Garrett Harmeier, 28, from Huntington Beach, and a third man nearby. The three men all fled on foot upon seeing the officer approaching them. With the assistance of additional officers, Flowers and Harmeier were located and taken into custody. 

The subsequent investigation indicated that the men had broken into the construction site and stolen approximately $4,000 in equipment. Harmeier was also found to be in possession of heroin and heroin paraphernalia.

Flowers was arrested for commercial burglary with a forced entry. His bail was set at $250,000. Harmeier was arrested for commercial burglary with a forced entry, possession of narcotics and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. His bail, too, was set at $250,000.

Additional charges for conspiracy, possession of burglary tools, and obstructing a police officer will be requested for both arrestees.

Investigators are in the process of locating the third man who was with them. 

Man allegedly spits on female bus passenger, pulls knife on police and gets tasered

A Newport Beach Police officer responded to the area of San Miguel and San Nicolas amidst reports than a man had spit on a female passenger on an OCTA bus. The man, later identified as Richard Anthony Duarte III, was found in the 500 block of San Nicolas Drive. 

According to reports, Duarte immediately became agitated and combative with the officer, and other officers responded to assist. He produced a large knife and allegedly used it to threaten the officers, accompanied by repeated verbal threats to harm them. After Duarte repeatedly failed to comply with officer orders to disarm himself, Taser deployment was used to take Duarte into custody. 

The woman from the bus desired prosecution for the battery, and Duarte was subsequently arrested for threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm, obstructing an executive officer and obstructing a peace officer. Bail was set at $50,000.

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Police Files

Coke and mushrooms: Newport Police make drug sales arrest

On Wednesday, June 27, shortly after 8 p.m., Newport Beach Police officers located a white Kia Soul on Coast Highway that had been reported as an embezzled vehicle to Inglewood PD. Officers stopped the car on Coast Highway near the intersection with Clubhouse Drive, and found that there were two occupants, Joselito Alfredo Guevara, 32, Los Angeles, and Ashley Melissa Diaz, 29, Los Angeles. 

A search of the vehicle yielded cocaine, mushrooms (psilocybin), a number of empty baggies and a digital scale. The volume of the narcotics, coupled with the presence of materials required for repackaging those substances, indicated that the narcotics were being transported for sales. 

Guevara was arrested for transporting narcotics for sale, driving without a license and possession of narcotics for sale. His bail was set at $25,000.

Diaz were arrested for embezzling a leased/rented vehicle, possession of narcotics for sale and transporting narcotics for sale.

Her bail was set at $30,000.

Local woman accused of stealing from Newport restaurant she worked at

On Friday, June 15, Newport Beach Police officers responded to a theft call from a restaurant in the 3100 block of Newport Blvd. Employees at the business reported that approximately $1,650 had been taken over the course of a few days. 

Another employee, later identified as Renita Aurora Towery, 48, from Costa Mesa, was believed to be the culprit. 

After a follow-up investigation by police, detectives located Towery near her home in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, June 27 at 10:44 a.m., and arrested her.

She was charged with grand theft from buildings and burglary of a commercial building with no forced entry. Bail was set at $20,000.

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Police Files

Repeat offenders jam the system

Sometimes you have to pity the Newport Beach Police Department with having to deal with the same people over and over. Case in point, this week only:

Nathaniel Monks Hutchinson, 53, of Costa Mesa, was picked up on disorderly conduct charges related to alcohol, again. That makes four times in the last week. 

As you can see, it’s a regular occurrence. He lists his occupation as drinker.

Or there’s Cristina Clark, 52, of Newport Beach, who has also been arrested for disorderly conduct alcohol twice in recent weeks.

The latest one also occurred last Saturday, June 23.

Finally, there’s Michael Lane Gilreath, 59, Wildomar, who was arrested twice this last week alone. First off, at 12:22 a.m. Saturday, he’s arrested for making loud noises at the Newport Pier and cited for $500.

A couple of days later, it’s Tuesday morning, June 26, 7:11 a.m., the same Gilreath is arrested for fighting/challenging to fight also in the Newport Pier area.

Bail set at $500.

What’s a city to do?

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Police Files

Personal trainer knocks out homeless man, unprovoked, then gets a taste of his own medicine

A witness called the Newport Beach Police Department last Wednesday, June 20, shortly after 1 p.m., to report that a man, later identified as Warren Richard Geis, 31, of Irvine, was involved in two separate verbal and physical altercations.  

In one, Geis, who lists his occupation as personal trainer, reportedly punched a homeless man, unprovoked, who then lost consciousness. In the second incident, Geis is alleged to have repeatedly provoked the other party, following him and resuming the argument after the other party walked away. When the fight escalated, the other party punched Geis, who then reportedly lost consciousness himself.

Responding officers found that Geis was heavily intoxicated and uncooperative. The man who had punched him had left the area, but a number of witnesses assisted officers with the investigation.   

Both the homeless man and Geis were taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

Geis was arrested for battery with serious bodily injury and disorderly conduct related to alcohol. Bail was set at $25,000.

Man arrested for harassing patrons at local liquor store

On Wednesday evening, June 20, a Newport Beach Police officer responded to a report in the 4500 block of Coast Highway that a man, later identified as Justin Lynn Haggard, 41, Santa Barbara, was harassing patrons of a liquor store, and becoming increasingly belligerent with passersby. Haggard was also smoking in a smoking-prohibited area.  

When asked to leave by security, Haggard reportedly refused, and began threatening the security guard with bodily harm.

When the NBPD officer attempted to contact him, Haggard reportedly walked away and refused to comply with the officer’s instructions. He eventually walked across Coast Highway, through traffic, endangering the safety of himself and others on the road and eventually stopped in the middle of a lane of traffic. 

Another officer joined in the attempt to safely get Haggard out of the roadway and into custody. Haggard fled on foot but was ultimately detained and arrested. According to NBPD, he continued to threaten officers with bodily harm.  

He was charged with threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, failure to provide a pedestrian yield, obstructing a peace officer, trespassing for refusing to leave a property and jaywalking.

Haggard also had four outstanding warrants and his bail was set at $20,500.

Fire Files

NBFD sends condolences to fallen Long Beach Fire Captain’s family

David Rosa

Courtesy of NBFD

Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa

With great sadness, the Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) is sending condolences to their Long Beach Firefighter family for their loss of Fire Captain David Rosa. He succumbed to his injuries sustained from a gunshot wound during an emergency incident on the morning of June 25. He is a 17-year veteran and assigned to Fire Station 10.


Police Files

Kaiser doctor accused of inappropriate contact with local high school cheerleaders…are there more?

Orange County law enforcement, including the Newport Beach Police Department, are seeking potential additional victims of a doctor, David Lee Haller, 51, of Newport Beach, who has been charged with sending sexually motivated messages to local high school cheerleaders.

Haller has been a medical doctor and a volunteer with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Spirit Squad cheerleading team. The defendant also volunteered as a doctor at several athletic events at Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) from October to December 2017.

On August 30, 2017, Haller is accused of messaging a NHHS cheerleader, Jane Doe 1, on Instagram showing Jane Doe 1 in a sexually motivated and inappropriate manner.

On October 27, 2017, the defendant is accused of contacting another NHHS cheerleader, Jane Doe 2, on Snapchat in a similar sexually motivated and inappropriate manner.

The victims contacted the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD), who investigated this case and identified Haller with assistance from the UCI Police Department.

Anyone with additional information or who believe they are a victim is asked to contact Orange County District Attorney’s Office Supervising Investigator Paul Carvo at 714.834.5025.

Haller was charged Monday, June 18 with two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance. He will be arraigned this Tuesday, June 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

His maximum sentence would be two years in county jail.

Newport man reportedly punches victim, then throws large rock

On Sunday, June 17 at 2:25 a.m., Newport Beach Police officers responded to the 2600 block of Newport Blvd in response to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival, they found that several witnesses were detaining a suspect, later identified as Todd Bradley Moore, 48, from Newport Beach, across the street from where the altercation had occurred. 

Moore was uncooperative and showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol.

The victim and his friend were also located in the area. They also appeared to be intoxicated and were not fully cooperative with the investigation. 

From witnesses and evidence, officers were able to determine that Moore approached the victim and punched him, and then picked up a large rock and threw it at the victim. The victim appeared to have injuries to his face, but refused medical attention at the scene.

Moore, who lists his occupation as “real estate,” was arrested for battery with serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $25,000.

Neighbor notices suspicious activities, calls police, potentially thwarts crime

Newport Beach Police officers responded to the 1700 block of Kings Road Saturday afternoon, June 16, for a report of suspicious activity. A caller reported that an unfamiliar man, later identified as Fabricio Enrique Galvez-Ceja, 25, from Pico Rivera, was parked in front of a neighbor’s open garage.

When officers contacted Galvez-Ceja, he was reportedly extremely nervous and emotional. Through the subsequent investigation it was revealed that he had a loaded shotgun in the back seat of his Jeep, along with some additional shotgun shells, a canister of pepper spray in a bag in the front seat, and a methamphetamine pipe near the driver’s seat. 

Officers found that Galvez-Ceja was on probation, and that his probation terms prohibited him from possessing weapons, including pepper spray and firearms or ammunition. He also had two outstanding warrants.

Galvez-Ceja was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm on his person or in a vehicle, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, being a convicted person in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of tear gas, possession of ammo by a prohibited person and warrants related to being under the influence of a controlled substance and for possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $25,000.

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Police Files

“Finance man” suspected in knife assault on woman and child

On Saturday, June 16 at 2:26 p.m., NBPD responded to the 1900 block of Port Provence Place for a report of a domestic battery in progress. Witness statements indicated that the suspect, described as a 6’ male with brown eyes and black hair, weighing approximately 160 pounds, left the scene before officers arrived.

“The suspect’s car was located nearby and officers attempted to stop him. Instead, he failed to yield and returned to the scene of the incident before surrendering to officers,” said NBPD PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella. “A knife was involved in this incident. A child was one of the victims and the charges stem from the suspect’s actions toward the child.”

The suspect reportedly vandalized personal possessions of the victims with his hands and with the knife, Manzella said.

NBPD charged Christopher Chungyi Hsu, 37, of Upland, with assault with a deadly weapon for the knife, vandalism: graffiti defacing property, cruelty to a child: possible injury or death, and grand theft: motor vehicle parts.

“He was arrested without further incident for the listed charges,” Manzella said.

Hsu, who listed his occupation as “finance”, was booked on $100,000 bail.

Orange man arrested on residential burglary and stalking charges; alleged victim is a Newport Beach woman

On Friday, June 15 at 3:27 p.m. in the 700 block of East Taft in Orange, NBPD arrested Samuel Eugene Irving, 31, of Orange, for residential burglary, forced entry, stalking and criminal threats.

“A suspect attempted to enter a residence in the 300 block of Bay Front shortly before 3 a.m. [that morning]. The suspect found that the door to the residence was locked. He broke a window, but fled before officers arrived,” said NBPD PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella. “The stalking and annoying/threatening charges come from allegations and evidence that the suspect had been harassing the resident prior to the incident. He was served with a temporary restraining order.”

After identifying the suspect, described as a 6’ 3” male weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes, investigators responded to an address in Orange where they contacted him and took him into custody without incident. The alleged victim is a Newport Beach woman

“Approximately 12.5 hours transpired between the initial call and Irving being taken into custody,” Manzella said. 

Irving’s bail was set at $50,000.

Tire thrown from overpass nails suspect for meth and jails her for a felony probation violation

On Friday, June 15 at 7:57 p.m. at the University Off Ramp and 73 S Freeway, NBPD received a call reporting that a tire was dropped from the overpass that almost hit their vehicle.

The suspect, described as a 5’, 130-pound female with brown hair and brown eyes, was found with meth and a glass pipe, according to NBPD Spokesperson PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella.

NBPD arrested Ana Victoria Portilla, 33, of Corona, for possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, throwing a substance at a vehicle, and felony probation violation. She list her occupation as a recycler.

Bail was set at $2,500.

Throwing a golf ball at a car leads to a trajectory to jail

On Friday, June 15 at 2:58 p.m. at MacArthur Boulevard and San Joaquin Road, NBPD received a report about a suspect throwing something at their Ford Ranger, which turned out to be a golf ball.

NBPD arrested Norman Charles McIntosh, 59, of Garden Grove, for throwing a substance at a vehicle and vandalism/damaging property.

The suspect was described as a 5’10” 160-pound male with brown hair and brown eyes. 

Bail was set at $500.

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Police Files

Shots fired at 21st Street, two arrested…one leads to $2 million bail

On Saturday, June 9, shortly before 9:30 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of 21st Street in response to a report that a man had fired a shotgun in the area. When police arrived, they found the suspect, Miguel Angel Sandoval, 41, Lake Forest, on 21st Street, unarmed. He was taken into custody without incident.

The subsequent investigation at the scene revealed damage to a building and a nearby vehicle, and the weapon, a shotgun, was located nearby. 

A victim, who had been in the damaged vehicle at the time of the incident and suffered minor wounds, was also located on the next block. He was transported to a medical facility for treatment.  

Investigators determined that Sandoval had fired two rounds from the shotgun, one at the victim in the truck and the other at the building (which was occupied at the time). Sandoval was found to be a convicted felon and was placed under arrest for the following charges: attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, willful discharge of a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Sandoval was then transported to the Newport Beach Police Department Jail Facility. There, he was found to be in possession of a meth pipe and methamphetamine, adding the charges of possession of narcotics paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Sandoval later damaged jail property by breaking a table and damaging the insulating material off the walls of an interview room. He also made several threats of violence against officers. Charges for obstructing/resisting an officer and destruction of jail property were added to his booking.

His bail was set at $2,000,000.

During the Sandoval investigation, officers learned that the shotgun involved belonged to Clyde A. Kent, 69, of Newport Beach. The shotgun was found to be illegally modified, with the barrel being several inches shorter than allowed by law. 

A subsequent search of Kent’s office revealed methamphetamine, a methamphetamine pipe, and what appeared to be a homemade explosive device. OC Bomb Squad staff responded to the scene and determined that the device was not harmful in its current state, but that Kent had sufficient materials for creating an explosive device. Bomb Squad personnel also located an automatic Word War II

submachine gun during their investigation.  

Kent was arrested without incident for the listed charges. His bail was set at $150,000.

Man allegedly threatens roommate with firearm

Newport Beach Police officers responded to the 200 block of La Jolla in response to a victim reporting that her roommate had threatened her with a firearm. She was able to flee to safety outside.  

When officers arrived, they contacted a third occupant of the residence, who was still inside, telephonically, and he was able to safely exit the home.  

The suspect, later identified as David Benjamin Grondona, 42, of Newport Beach, subsequently exited the building and complied with officer commands. He was taken into custody without incident.  

The firearm was found to be a rifle that did not comply with California laws, and Grondona was found to have a prior felony conviction. After a thorough investigation, Grondona was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, threatening a crime with intent to terrorize and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bail was set at $50,000.

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Police Files

Human smuggling suspected in Crystal Cove panga boat recovery

Newport Beach Police assisted other agencies, including Laguna Beach Police and California State Parks, following a panga boat landing on the beach in the Reef Point area of Crystal Cove yesterday morning, Monday, June 11, in what is believed to be a “human smuggling event.”

According to reports, authorities detected a craft in the ocean via infrared images showing what was believed to be a dozen or so passengers, until it was lost in the marine layer. 

All occupants were believed to have departed the area immediately upon reaching shore and have not been located since.

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According to authorities, a “human smuggling event” occurred in Crystal Cove on Monday when this panga boat washed ashore

“We found the boat around 6:30 this [Monday] morning,” said Jorge Moreno, Information Officer, OC Parks Dept.

He could not comment any further regarding the event and said that all other questions need to be directed to the CA Border Patrol. 

Shortly after 7 a.m., Laguna Beach Police deployed drones as part of the search effort.

By 7:35 a.m., LBPD reported that the suspects were outstanding and believed to have left the area.

“There were no people. It was already abandoned. There were just remnants in the boat,” said LBPD PIO Sgt Cota.

The panga boat was removed from the beach as the investigation continued.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact CA Border Patrol at (619) 216-4000.


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Drunk man arrested in Newport Beach residential community with a gun and knife

A man, later identified as Jose Enrique Paiz, 29, of Adelanto, was contacted by a security guard outside of a Newport Beach residential community shortly after midnight early Sunday morning, June 3. 

Paiz then appeared to get confrontational by reportedly removing a handgun from his waistband and holding it in plain view but pointing it at the ground. He then apparently spoke threateningly to the security guard.

The security guard contacted his coworker who called the Newport Beach Police Department for assistance.

When officers arrived, they located Paiz near the intersection of Rhine Place and Shipyard Way. Paiz followed officer instructions and was taken into custody without incident. 

NBPD removed a handgun and a large spring-loaded folding knife that Paiz had been carrying. Paiz was additionally found to be intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

His charges include exhibiting a firearm, threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize, disorderly conduct related to alcohol and carrying a switchblade knife on his person.

His bail was set at $50,000.

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Identity thieves taken off the streets in Newport Beach

Jason Lee Arszmann, 36, Fontana, and Heather Corienne Smith, 30, also of  Fontana, both of whom list their occupation as “unemployed,” were arrested early Friday morning, June 1. 

The arrests, which took place around 2 a.m. at Newport Boulevard and 31st Street, primarily centered on identity theft and petty theft of mail and/or packages. Each faces charges of possessing in excess of 10 or more different individuals’ identities.

Arszmann’s charges, in addition to identity theft and petty theft, also include possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools.

Smith was additionally charged with driving without a license.

Both had their bail scheduled at $20,000.

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NBPD conducts prostitution sting, eight arrested

The Newport Beach Police Department conducted what appears to be a successful prostitution sting on Tuesday, May 29, in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive, that led to the arrest of eight people.

In the first incident at 3:32 p.m., police arrested Elizabeth Marquez, 24, of La Habra, for disorderly conduct: prostitution, and Gregory Arnaz Holloway Jr., 24, Fullerton, whose charges included pandering to procure a person for prostitution, possession of metal knuckles, possession of tear gas and pimping.

A short while later, just before 5 p.m., police arrested David Winslow Knaak, 51, from Irvine, for supervising prostitution activities, and Monica Eleanor Barnes, 32, for disorderly conduct: prostitution. 

At 5:51 p.m., Candice Rose Hewitt, 40, San Jose, was arrested for disorderly conduct: prostitution; some 30 minutes later, police arrested William Maurice Dillion, 37, also of San Jose, for supervising prostitution activities.

The operation concluded with the arrests of two individuals, Danielle Tiarz Larsen, 24, from Honolulu, and Shana Denise Meyer, 44, from Bakersfield, each for disorderly conduct: prostitution.

Newport Beach drug deal goes wrong, man sentenced to 11 years for kidnapping

A man was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in state prison Wednesday, May 30, for kidnapping his associate during a drug deal in Newport Beach. Nicholas Andres Hernandez, 30, Murrieta, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, with sentencing enhancements that included a firearm and a prior felony conviction for burglary.

On February 8, 2017, Thomas Prince met Hernandez, Steele Malone Burnside, 29, Anaheim, and John Doe in a parking lot in Newport Coast to purchase large quantities of marijuana worth more than $100,000. Prince drove Hernandez and John Doe to a nearby resort to conduct the illegal exchange inside a private hotel villa.

Once inside the room, Prince robbed Hernandez and John Doe at gunpoint and stole 60 pounds of marijuana, as well as their personal belongings. Burnside and Hernandez kidnapped their associate John Doe following the robbery and drove the victim to an apartment in Anaheim. The defendants held the victim hostage in exchange for the estimated value of the marijuana lost as a result of the robbery.

The Newport Beach Police Department investigated this case after robbery victim John Doe’s family member reported him missing on February 18, 2017. They were arrested by NBPD on February 20, 2017.

NBPD identified Prince as the robbery suspect following the kidnapping investigation and arrested the defendant on March 29, 2017.

Burnside also pleaded guilty earlier in May to kidnapping and was sentenced to five years in state prison.

NBPD continues to seek witness and suspect in stabbing investigation

On Sunday, May 13, a man was stabbed in the area of Newport Blvd. and 28th Street. The Newport Beach Police Department continues to seek the identity of the witness and suspect in this surveillance footage of the incident. 

Please see the video here for more information: https://youtu.be/NbAErFxaGwM

If you can assist in identifying either of these two men, please contact Detective Rick Henry at 949.644.3797. 

Mom arrested for driving her family to hospital while intoxicated…faces big bail 

On Monday, May 28, at approximately 9:44 a.m., a Newport Beach Police officer responded to Hoag Hospital in response to a request for a welfare check. An injured man had come to the facility to seek treatment, accompanied by his wife and children. 

Both parents appeared to be intoxicated. The wife, identified as Tania Leah Holman, 32, of Garden Grove, admitted to driving the family to the location. After a field sobriety exam, officers determined that Holman’s level of intoxication behind the wheel had endangered the safety of her children.  

She was arrested without incident for cruelty to children. Her bail was set at $100,000.

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Irvine man arrested for robbing Newport Beach bank

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Suspected robber handing note to bank clerk

On Thursday, May 24 at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Newport Beach Police Department received a call that a bank robbery occurred at the Bank of America located at 21171 Newport Coast Drive. 

The suspect, described as a male white, 5’-9” to 6’, weighing 190 to 200 lbs., with a short gray goatee, wearing a dark baseball cap, sunglasses, long sleeved jacket, latex gloves, and carrying a black bag, used a note during the robbery that stated he possessed a gun and was robbing the bank. After obtaining a large sum of cash from the teller, the suspect fled the scene on foot into the parking lot area. NBPD officers arrived and secured the scene but were unable to locate the suspect in the area. 

NBPD detectives were called to the scene and began their investigation. The FBI arrived to assist as well. NBPD detectives were able to retrieve still shot photos of the suspect from the surveillance cameras at the bank while on scene. The photos were disseminated to local law enforcement agencies and leads were collected. The follow up investigation into those leads revealed that Barry Buydens, a 55-year-old resident of Irvine, was the bank robbery suspect. NBPD detectives executed a search warrant of Buydens’ residence, vehicle and person later that evening. 

During the search, the stolen cash as well as numerous items used in the robbery were recovered. Buydens was arrested without incident and a bail enhancement was authorized due to his dual citizenship with Canada and the United States. 

This investigation is ongoing, and the Orange County District Attorney is reviewing the case. If you have any information regarding this bank robbery or Defendant Barry Buydens, contact NBPD Detective Jason Prince at 949.644.3762. Messages may also be left anonymously on the police department’s recorded hotline at 1.800.550.NBPD. 

Fire Files

Residential fire knocked down fairly quickly

The Newport Beach Fire Department knocked down a residential fire in the 100 block of E. Balboa Blvd. on Sunday, May 27, shortly after noon.

According to the NBFD, seven engines and three trucks were sent to the two-alarm fire, which took some 30 minutes to extinguish.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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Victim stabbed on Newport Peninsula; NBPD seeking public’s help with IDs of suspect and witness

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NBPD is looking for this witness

The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and a witness for an assault with a deadly weapon investigation.

The alleged crime occurred on Sunday, May 13, at approximately 1 a.m. in the area of Newport Blvd. and 28th St. in Newport Beach. 

According to statements received by NBPD, the victim was stabbed by an unknown object during an assault. The victim sustained several stab wounds and is in stable condition. 

A witness (pictured above) is described as a white male, in his mid-20s, with brown hair, and green or blue eyes. He is approximately 6’ tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing white shorts and a burgundy and white shirt with flip flop style sandals. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his mid-20s, with “scraggly” hair. He is approximately 5’8” to 5’9” tall. At the time of the incident, he was wearing dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt. 

NBPD Detectives are asking this witness and suspect, or anyone who can help identify them, to come forward to assist in the investigation. They are also seeking any additional witnesses who were in the area at the time of the assault. Anyone who can offer assistance is encouraged to contact Detective Rick Henry at 949.644.3797.

Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1.800.550.NBPD.

Teen steals Duffy, ends up in China Cove…busted!

On Wednesday evening, May 16 at about 6 p.m., NBPD Dispatch began to receive calls from residents in the China Cove area reporting intoxicated people on the beach related to a Duffy boat that had been beached. When officers arrived to investigate, three people ran away. All were all detained by officers a short time later.

It turns out the Duffy boat was taken without the owner’s consent (or stolen) from the 400 block of Edgewater Place on Newport Peninsula. It appears the Duffy became inoperable and drifted ashore in China Cove.  

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Department was able to return the Duffy boat to the owner.

Joseph Allen Upton, 18, from Long Beach, was arrested for grand theft of a boat/vessel, disorderly conduct/alcohol and resist/obstructing a police officer.

The other two people, a female adult and female juvenile, were detained but not arrested.

Motorcycle safety enforcement next two weeks

As part of their grant-funded Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention (STEP) activities, the Newport Beach Police Department is conducting specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations today, May 18, and Saturday, May 26. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas that are frequented by motorcyclists and where recent traffic collisions have occurred, in an effort to reduce injuries.  

Education and enforcement will be targeted at drivers and motorcycle riders alike. The officers will be focused on specific offenses including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, driving on a suspended or revoked license, violations of motorcycle license endorsement, and any other dangerous activities.

Motorcycle fatalities have risen dramatically in California, showing a 28 percent increase over the decade low of 352 in 2010. In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, marking the highest number of deaths in the previous five years. California collision data shows that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved collisions include speeding, unsafe turning, and driver/rider impairment due to drugs or alcohol.

During the past five years in the City of Newport Beach, 149 persons were injured in traffic collisions involving motorcycles and, tragically, two people lost their lives. 

The Police Department remains dedicated to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries. They encourage everyone on the road to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when turning or changing lanes. Whether you are on two wheels, or on four, it’s your responsibility to share the road safely.

Motorcycle riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.californiamotorcyclist.com or by calling 1.877.RIDE411 (1.877.743.3411).

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

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NBPD takes potential burglar off streets in early morning arrest

Newport Beach Police were busy early Monday morning in the upper Dover Shores area arresting two different subjects.

Kodie Dylan Hitchcock, 24, an iron worker from Buena Park, was arrested at 3:57 a.m. in the 1400 block of Estelle Lane for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and a warrant for first degree burglary.

Hitchcock’s bail was set at $170,000.

Shortly thereafter, Melissa Marie Goehring, 46, Garden Grove, was arrested just a block away at Estelle Lane and Ruth Lane.

Goehring was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of tear gas and a felony probation violation.

Her bail was set at $500.

“Porn star” arrested for deadly weapon…go figure

These nice couple of guys were arrested shortly after midnight Tuesday morning, May 8. 

Brandon Dale Jessup, 32, from Woodland Hills, who lists his occupation as “porn star,” was arrested in the 2100 block of W. Ocean Front at 12:57 a.m. His charges were threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

He was arrested and held on $50,000 bail.

Also arrested was Casey Daniel Purser, 30, from Sherman Oaks, who was charged with exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

Purser’s bail was $500.

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Detectives arrest local with assault weapon following search warrant

Newport Beach detectives arrested Jeffrey Roger Webb, 52, of Newport Beach last Thursday, May 3, shortly after 1 p.m. 

Detectives found Webb in possession of an assault weapon while serving a search warrant. According to a witness that notified Stu News, SWAT was standing by to support the detectives, but they weren’t required to intervene.

The incident took place in the 2200 block of Santiago Drive.

Webb, who lists his occupation as investor, had his bail set at $100,000.

Good Samaritan notifies police and identity theft suspect taken off the streets…and it was big

On Friday, May 4 at 1:36 p.m., Newport Beach police officers responded to N. Pelican Hill Road and Via Burrone in Newport Coast on a report of suspicious circumstances. A witness had reported that she believed a man, later identified as Jason Christopher Norbeck, 46, Costa Mesa, was involved in fraudulent activity. 

The suspect left the area in a black Infinity SUV but was stopped nearby for an equipment violation for having covered up his license plates with paper plates. 

During the stop, Norbeck reportedly supplied officers with the name and date of birth of another person, as well as a copy of that person’s out-of-state driver’s license.

According to NBPD Spokersperson Jennifer Manzella, after a thorough field investigation, Norbeck was found to be in possession of stolen mail, fictitious credit cards, fictitious checks, supplies for printing fake IDs, a large collection of ID cards, both genuine and fictitious, and a syringe loaded with heroin.

Norbeck was arrested and identified through the fingerprinting process, according to NBPD. It was determined that he also had a number of outstanding warrants for his arrest.

He was charged with his license plate not being clearly visible, possession of a controlled substance, identity thefts with possession of 10 or more IDs and warrants related to identity theft from Rancho Cucamonga, North San Diego County, Torrance and Long Beach.

His bail was set at $230,000.

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Parked stolen car leads to meth and heroin bust

A Newport Beach Police officer located a stolen vehicle in a parking lot Tuesday night in the 2200 block of University Drive. It was occupied by two individuals, later identified as Lindsay Hannah Nicely, 26, Costa Mesa, and Emery Leonard Scott Jr., 30 Rancho Santa Margarita.  

The car, a Nissan Sentra, was reported stolen to the Buena Park Police Department on Sunday, April 22.  

With back-up and air support from HB-1, the suspects were taken into custody without incident.  

After a thorough field investigation, officers found large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine, which it appears that Scott possessed for the purpose of sales. Nicely was also found to be in possession of heroin, syringes and a device for smoking heroin. A meth pipe was also found inside the vehicle. 

Scott was arrested on charges of grand theft auto, taking an auto without the owner’s consent, cocaine base for sale, controlled substance for sale and PRCS revocation. Bail was set at $30,000.

Nicely had charges of possession of a narcotic controlled substance, illegal transport of sharps waste and illegal paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $2,500.

The old pass the stolen wallet on the way out doesn’t work 

On Tuesday, May 1 at 5 p.m., Newport Beach Police officers responded to a department store in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive in response to a report of a petty theft that had just occurred.

The incident involved a female and a male suspect, later identified as Jasmine Noemi Garcia, 20, of Los Angeles, and Francisco Javier Gastelumlara, 30, of Hesperia.  

The woman reportedly picked up and concealed a wallet from inside the store, and then left without paying for it. According to reports, she then passed the wallet to the man.  

Loss Prevention intervened, and was able to detain Garcia, but Gastelumlara fled on foot. He was detained shortly thereafter by an NBPD officer.  

The wallet, valued at $1,650, was recovered at the scene. Gastelumlara was additionally found to have wire cutters in his pocket. After a thorough field investigation, Gastelumlara was arrested for commercial burglary, receiving stolen property, burglary tools and conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail was set at $20,000.

Garcia had charges of grand theft from a building, conspiracy to commit a crime and burglary. Her bail was set at $20,000.

Fire Files

NBFD knocks down Eastbluff vegetation fire

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Yesterday, May 3 at 1:44 p.m., the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a vegetation fire in the Back Bay near the Eastbluff community.

Upon arrival, first in units aggressively attacked the fire using multiple progressive hose lays and contained the vegetation fire to an approximately one-acre area. As a result of their actions, all of the homes along Vista Grande in the Eastbluff community were protected. There was no reported structure damage to any homes near the vegetation fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by Newport Beach Fire Department Investigators. 

The Newport Beach Fire Department was assisted on the call by Costa Mesa Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority, with approximately 40 firefighters responding to the incident. The Newport Beach Police Department also responded, and assisted with traffic and crowd control. 


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NBPD seeking “gay bashing” battery suspect in restaurant beating

Battery suspectThe Newport Beach Police Department is seeking a suspect and any possible witnesses as part of a battery investigation. The alleged crime occurred on Friday, April 13, at approximately 8 p.m. at the Siena Restaurant at Balboa Inn, 105 Main Street. According to statements received by the NBPD, three men were battered inside and in front of the establishment, after being victims of a “gay slur.” They filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court this week, alleging assault, “gay bashing,” civil rights violations and emotional distress. They are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

According to NBPD, the assault suspect (pictured) is described as a white male, approximately 40 - 55 years old, with grey hair. He is approximately 6’ tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing shorts and a white t-shirt.

NBPD detectives are asking this person, or anyone who can help identify him, to come forward to assist in the investigation. They are also seeking any additional witnesses who were in the area or at the establishment during the time of the battery. Anyone who can offer assistance is encouraged to contact Detective Rick Henry at 949.644.3790. Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1.800.550.NBPD.



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Local boater missing as his Whaler washes ashore

Newport Beach resident, Nicholas Busick, 47, left the harbor in his 17-foot Boston Whaler around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, April 22, for a short cruise, but never returned. His boat later washed ashore just before 6 p.m. at 48th Street without any signs of Busick.

Newport Beach lifeguards immediately notified the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Coast Guard immediately began an extensive search, but so far to no avail.

Carrie Braun, the O.C. Sheriff’s spokesperson, said, “We don’t believe there’s anything suspicious, but homicide is investigating as is the case with all missing persons.”

Busick is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

“Heavily intoxicated” women arrested for a variety of charges, including child endangerment

Just before 4 p.m., Thursday, April 19, Newport Beach Police officers responded to a parking lot in the 700 block of W. Coast Highway. Employees of a nearby restaurant reported that two women appeared to be heavily intoxicated, and that they had small children in their care.  

When the first officers arrived on scene, they found Yareli Linda Sandoval, 27, of San Bernardino, in the driver’s seat of a white Chevrolet sedan, with four young children in the back seat, and found that she was exhibiting signs of intoxication.  

After a field sobriety exam, officers determined that she was driving under the influence. It was further determined that only one of the children was properly secured in a car seat.

Noemy Esmeralda Sandoval, 28, also of San Bernardino, was inside the restaurant. She was also heavily intoxicated. According to NBPD, Noemy was verbally combative with employees and was disheveled and only partially clothed. She was repeatedly asked to leave the location but failed to do so. When told that she would be arrested for trespassing if she did not leave, Noemy resumed her verbal altercation with restaurant staff, and then became physically combative with the police officer. 

After a thorough field investigation, each woman was arrested. Yareli Sandoval was arrested for DUI, with a prior, cruelty to children and driving while suspended or revoked. Her bail was set at $100,000.

Noemy Sandoval was arrested for battery on a peace officer, trespassing for refusing to leave property, disorderly conduct related to alcohol and cruelty to children. Her bail was also set at $100,000.

All four children were later released to the care of other family members.

Women run over by City vehicle while enjoying a day at the beach

At 1:12 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, the Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a traffic collision on the beach near 20th Street, just east of Lifeguard Tower 20. The collision involved one vehicle (a city-owned white GMC Canyon pickup truck, which was being driven by an on-duty city employee) and a pedestrian (a woman who was lying on the sand). Preliminary investigation indicates that the truck was travelling towards the waterline at a low speed when the collision occurred. 

The woman reported pain in her chest and pelvis. Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene and transported her to a local trauma center for medical evaluation. It appears that she suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.

The investigation is currently open and ongoing. Anyone with additional information that can help in the investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Hanson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 949.644.3746.

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NBFD extricate four after early morning collision

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On Monday, April 16 at 6:39 a.m., the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a multi-casualty traffic collision on University Drive near MacArthur Boulevard. 

Upon arrival, first in units found a single car accident with four patients. Three of the patients were quickly extricated while the fourth patient was trapped requiring extrication tools. 

Costa Mesa Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority assisted Newport Beach Fire Department at the incident. In total, approximately 20 firefighters from all three departments responded to the call. 

All four patients were transported to local area trauma centers. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Newport Beach Police Department. 

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After three trials, man finally sentenced to life in prison for 1981 Newport Beach murder

James Andrew Melton, 65, Los Angeles, was sentenced Thursday, April 12 to life in state prison without the possibility of parole after his third trial for the 1981 murder of a 77-year-old victim he met through a magazine ad.

Melton formulated a plan to meet and rob older, wealthy men interested in romantic encounters. In October 1981, the defendant met the victim, 77-year-old widow Anthony Desousa, through a male companionship advertisement placed in The Advocate.

On October 12, 1981, the victim agreed to pick up Melton at the Disneyland Hotel and bring him back to his residence in Newport Beach. Once inside Desousa’s home, Melton bound the victim and then beat and strangled him to death. The defendant robbed the victim and burglarized his home, taking jewelry and several personal belongings before fleeing the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

On or about October 13, 1981, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) received a request for a welfare check at the victim’s residence and discovered the victim’s body.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) located the defendant with the victim’s vehicle and arrested Melton on October 6, 1981.

Melton was originally tried in November of 1982 and the jury convicted the defendant of burglary, robbery and first-degree murder, and found to be true the special circumstances of murder in the commission of a burglary and murder in the commission of a robbery on December 1, 1982.

On March 18, 1983, the defendant was sentenced to death. The California Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the conviction on March 3, 1988.

On January 19, 2007, United States District Judge Robert M. Takasugi granted a petition for writ of habeas corpus on the grounds that Melton was mentally incompetent at the time of his trial.

The court found that the defendant was improperly medicated with excessive doses of psychotropic drugs and as a result caused the defendant to lack a rational understanding of the proceedings against him and therefore deprived him of the ability to participate in his defense in a rational manner at trial.

On May 18, 2012, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas informed the court that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office would not be seeking death in the retrial.

On August 30, 2012, the Honorable Judge William Froeberg denied the defendant’s request to dismiss the case based upon his denial of a speedy trial.

In May of 2014, the case went to trial and resulted in a mistrial.

The case was re-assigned to the Honorable Greg L. Prickett and the defendant’s third trial began on May 14, 2017.

Thursday, Melton was found guilty of first degree murder, burglary and robbery, plus special circumstances including murder during the commission of a burglary and murder during the commission of a robbery.

His sentence is life in state prison without the possibility of parole.

Community prescription drug take-back day planned

On Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at two locations: OASIS Senior Center at 801 Narcissus Ave. (Main Entrance) and Hoag Hospital, Sunset View Parking Lot (lower campus, first left when entering from PCH), 1 Hoag Road.

This event gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by removing potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes. Anyone with medications to dispose of can bring them to either of the designated locations for quick and easy drop-off. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

Medicines that are languishing in your cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. The traditional methods of disposing of unused medicines – like flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash –pose potential safety and health hazards, but National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a safe and straightforward solution.

For additional information on this event, visit the DEA’s website at www.dea.gov.


Fire Files

Pine Knot Motel burns in early morning fire

The Newport Beach Fire Department was called to a fire at the Pine Knot Motel, 6302 W. Coast Highway, around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10. According to Matt Brisbois, Newport Beach Fire Life Safety Specialist, five of the motel’s 12 rooms suffered heavy fire damage with the remaining rooms suffering heavy smoke damage. Firefighters assisted one occupant with evacuation and rescued three dogs.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Departments from Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa and the Orange County Fire Authority assisted in the fight.

The motel was evacuated, and no one was injured.

Police Files

NBPD busts group on forgery, burglary and plenty more

Judging by the numbers of warrants and the variety of charges, this wasn’t their first time. 

Arrested by the Newport Beach Police Department in Newport Center on Friday, April 6 shortly after 8 p.m., were: Be Hai Pham, 39, Westminster; Jayden Pham, 25, Garden Grove; Anh Hoang Le Jr., 35, Garden Grove; and Duynam MinhHoang Dao, 26, Westminster. The group was arrested on charges ranging from forgery to burglary to conspiracy to commit a crime and false personation of another.

Also included in the charges were a number of warrants ranging from burglary, unauthorized use of an ID and fraudulently acquiring information from others.

The group allegedly entered businesses with an attempt to steal through forgery, fraud and false identifications.

Be Hai Pham, who lists her occupation as a manicurist, was arrested for burglary and forgery, plus four warrants, and held on $65,000 bail.

Jayden Pham, 25, Garden Grove, was arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime and forgery by signing another’s name. Bail was set at $20,000.

Le Jr. was arrested for forgery and conspiracy and bail was set at $20,000.

Finally, Dao, who sadly listed her occupation as “mom,” was arrested for false personation of another, conspiracy and three warrants. Her bail was set at $20,000.

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Newport Beach Fire, with a little help from friends, knocks down residence fire

Yesterday, April 9 at 3:22 p.m., firefighters from the Newport Beach Fire Department, with assistance from Costa Mesa Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority, responded to a two-alarm structure fire in the 2600 block of Alta Vista in Newport Beach.

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Upon arrival, firefighters found a two-story, single-family residence with heavy smoke and fire coming from the second story. The residence was occupied, and all occupants were able to safely evacuate. First units on scene immediately went to an interior attack on the second story and the roof. Due to their efforts, the fire was limited to the involved structure. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 


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Early morning fight sends one to the hospital, three arrested

Early Saturday morning, a number of Newport Beach Police officers responded to the 100 block of McFadden Place in response to several reports of a fight in the area. Two officers arriving on scene detained three men who matched the suspects’ descriptions walking northbound on McFadden Place. 

Another pair of officers located the victim (an adult male) who was still at the location. The victim had sustained visible injuries to his face, mouth and knee, and reported that he had been attacked, had lost and regained consciousness, and was in need of medical attention. 

Newport Beach Fire Department staff responded and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. 

After interviews were conducted of the suspects, witnesses and the victim, officers determined that the three suspects had attempted to initiate a verbal altercation with the victim (who was unknown to them prior to the incident). The victim did not engage but was then attacked physically by two of the suspects before being joined by the third. No weapons were involved. 

The three arrested were Brett Steven Giannos, 25, of La Verne; Andrew Michael Giannos, 25, of Irvine; and Christopher Justin Reyes, 24, of Pomona. Each suspect was charged with assault with deadly force: hands/fist. 

Bail was set at $25,000 each.

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Shots fired in CdM residence draws SWAT team, one arrested

On Wednesday, March 28 at 8:01 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a report of shots fired inside a residence in the 700 block of Marigold Avenue. Officers responded to the residence and the Crisis Response Unit (which includes the SWAT Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team) was activated to address the suspect.

Officers determined that the suspect had discharged a firearm inside an inhabited dwelling, but that there were no associated injuries. All subjects other than the suspect eventually left the residence.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., Chase Duncan Philip Rosten, 21, Newport Beach, exited the home and surrendered to officers. He was taken into custody without incident and arrested for willful discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner.

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Car equipment violations lead to big-time charges for fugitives with drugs on Bayside Drive

Shortly before 1 a.m., on Thursday, March 22, a Newport Beach Police Officer stopped a car near Bayside Drive and Coast Highway for several equipment violations. 

The driver, Courtney Alexandra Carrillo, 31, of Denver, was found to be in possession of heroin and numerous syringes with narcotics residue. The passenger, Jason Lee Gurule, 44, of Lakewood, was in possession of methamphetamine and a collapsible baton. Both parties also had an extraditable warrant out of Colorado, which was added to their other booking charges. They were taken into custody without incident.

Carrillo was booked on being a fugitive from justice, possession of narcotics and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $102,500.

Gurule, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a leaded cane and being a fugitive from justice. His bail was set at $120,000.

Newport resident defrauded of $222,000 from SEP-IRA account

A victim came to the Newport Beach Police Department to file an identity theft report on Thursday morning, March 22. On the previous day (Wednesday), the victim received a call from his investment management company stating that his SEP-IRA account had a withdrawal of approximately $222,000.  

The victim stated that an unauthorized person had used his personal information and an email address (which was not his) to initiate the fraudulent transaction.

Police are investigating.

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Little problems lead to bigger issues

Luis Felipe Chavez, 22, Santa Ana, had a bad visit to Newport Beach last Sunday morning. Shortly after midnight, Chavez was pulled over by Newport Beach Police following two noticeable violations that included an illegal U-turn in a residence district with a vehicle approaching and an illegal license plate covering.

Not so bad?

Upon further checking, Chavez was found to be driving under the influence and without a license.

It wasn’t over, Chavez was found to have two outstanding Vehicle Code warrants.

All told, bail was set at $8,000.

Ridesharing might have been cheaper

Jennifer Christine Lavallee, 38, from Simi Valley, was charged Monday, Aug. 7, for driving under the influence, possession of an open container while driving and hit-and-run with property damage.

The incident took place at Park Avenue & Diamond Avenue on Balboa Island shortly after 3 p.m.

It was discovered Lavallee also had a prior DUI.

Bail was set at $10,000.

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Late night strong-armed robbery on Peninsula

Esteban Daniel Andres, 18, of Santa Ana, was arrested early Wednesday morning in the 3300 block of W. Coast Highway following a strong-armed robbery on the Peninsula.

Andres confronted an individual around 1 a.m. robbing him of personal possessions.

Responding officers captured Andres, several blocks away. 

All possessions were recovered.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Newport Beach woman arrested on long-list of charges

A Newport Beach cashier, Kelly Kristy Holt, 27, was arrested Thursday afternoon, August 3, on a number of charges including residential burglary with forced entry.

The incident took place in the 600 block of Clubhouse Avenue near the entrance to the Peninsula.

Holt was also found in possession of burglary tools, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and narcotics. She additionally got confrontational and was charged with threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and later with obstructing/resisting a peace officer.

Bail was set at $50,000.

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