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Residential burglary occurs in Eight 80 community

A residential burglary was reported to Newport Beach Police that occurred between 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9 in the Eight 80 community in the 1800 block of 16th St.

While the victims were out to dinner, an unknown suspect entered the residence through the front door (it is not clear how the suspect was able to unlock the door). Inside the residence, the suspect went through various dresser drawers before fleeing the scene.

Reported losses included jewelry, jewelry boxes, a computer, suitcase, car key and paperwork.   

Police reported no information available as to the suspects.

Deceased woman found in Eastbluff Park died of natural causes

The deceased woman recently found in Eastbluff Park on October 3 has been identified as Merry Watanasrimongol, 36. She was reported to be a transient.

According to a report from the Orange County Coroner’s office, Watanasrimongol died naturally of pulmonary thromboemboli and additionally suffered from large uterine fibroids and obesity. Pulmonary thromboemboli, or embolism, occurs when a clump of material, most often a blood clot, gets wedged into an artery in your lungs.

Watanasrimongol was found around 8 a.m. by a passerby, who then reported her to the Newport Beach Police Department. 

Phone and alleged threat lead to $50,000 bail

On Monday, October 12, at approximately 7:02 p.m., Newport Beach Police were dispatched to the area of West Bay Ave. and 18th St. referencing an alleged residential burglary that had just occurred.

Upon arrival to the residence, police found that Ryan Kelly Flynn, 25, of Fountain Valley, had taken a telephone from the victim’s hand and left the site. There was a relationship between the suspect and the victim, so no further information was released.

However, Flynn was arrested for alleged strong arm robbery, threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and residential burglary with no forced entry.

His bail was set at $50,000.

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

NBPD awarded $237,000 grant from OTS

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded a $237,000 grant to the Newport Beach Police Department which will focus on the safety of everyone traveling on our roadways. The grant will assist in the Newport Beach Police Department’s continued efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on Newport Beach roads.

“These are trying times, and now more than ever, it is important that we are at the forefront of traffic safety,” Lt. Damon Psaros said. “This funding allows us to educate and enhance the safety of all residents.”

The one-year grant is for the 2021 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.

The grant will fund a variety of traffic safety programs, including:

–Patrols with emphasis on alcohol and drug-impaired driving prevention.

–Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of California’s hands-free cell phone law. 

–Patrols with emphasis on education of traffic rights for bicyclists and pedestrians.

–Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of primary causes of crashes: excess speed, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop signs/signals, improper turning/lane changes. 

–Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speed, bicycle and pedestrian safety.

–Collaborative efforts with neighboring agencies on traffic safety priorities.

–Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

“Through education and behavior changes, we hope to create an environment that is safe and equitable for all road users in our community,” Sgt. Corey Wolik said.

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

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) encourages the public to remember that everyone is a pedestrian.

“Whether in a parking lot, crosswalk, or intersection, we are all pedestrians,” Lieutenant Damon Psaros said. “Always be aware and look for pedestrians. We want those who are out walking to be safe and feel safe when traveling.”

In an effort to promote a safe walking environment in our community, the NBPD will focus on locations with a higher number of incidents of vehicle crashes involving pedestrians. Officers will monitor crosswalks for drivers and pedestrians who fail to yield the right-of-way or commit other violations that put pedestrians at risk.

The number of pedestrians killed has grown by about 50 percent over the past decade, with 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes nationwide in 2018, or one traffic-related pedestrian death every 84 minutes.

Excess speed, poor lighting, crossing outside crosswalks and impairment are the main factors that lead to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.

The Newport Beach Police Department offers the following tips for drivers and pedestrians:

For drivers: 

–Slow down on busy streets and intersections.

–Always look for pedestrians in intersections. Stop and allow pedestrians to cross. Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all marked or unmarked crosswalks.

–Stay off the phone and avoid other distracting behaviors such as eating, grooming, or using in-dash touch screens.

–Do your best to not block crosswalks making a right-hand turn.

–Keep headlights on at night and be extra careful when pedestrians are harder to see.

For pedestrians:

–Obey signs and signals. Try to cross at marked crosswalks, preferably at stop signs or signals where cars expect to see pedestrians.

–Make eye contact and nod or wave at drivers. A quick nod or wave is an easy way to let a driver know you see them, and they see you.

–Get in the habit of walking with a flashlight or wearing a reflective vest at night so it is easier for drivers to spot you.

–If you need to briefly walk into the street to maintain social distancing on sidewalks, look both ways for passing cars.

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