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Boat reported stolen from Linda Isle

A boat was reportedly stolen from Linda Isle this past week according to the Newport Beach Police Department.

The grand theft took place sometime between Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, between the hours of 6 to 6 p.m.

The vessel was valued at $30,000.

“Fake” attorney arraigned for defrauding clients

James Frank Barker, 57, of Newport Beach, was arrested May 15 and arraigned May 17 for impersonating an attorney and defrauding several clients through debt consolidation and mortgage modification schemes.

Barker was charged on April 5, 2017 with the following felony counts: eight money laundering and three grand thefts. Sentencing enhancements include: aggravated white- collar crime of more than $100,000, property damage/loss of more than $65,000 and property loss of more than $200,000.

A pre-trial date is set for May 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Center Justice Center in Santa Ana. If convicted, the maximum sentence is 11 years and eight months in state prison.

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 Drugs and alcohol lead to hit-and-run with injuries

Sean Paul McDonald, 32, of Rialto, was arrested early Saturday morning for DUI alcohol and drugs leading to hit and run resulting in injury,

At approximately 12:33 a.m., Newport Beach Police received multiple calls about a hit-and-run collision involving a driver and pedestrian at Balboa Blvd. and 20th Street. At the same time an officer was flagged down by a witness identifying the suspected vehicle.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which initially fled before yielding at Newport Blvd and 29th Street. After a field sobriety exam, it was determined that the suspect (McDonald) was under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol.

When officers arrived on scene, the pedestrian was unconscious, but breathing. He was transported to a local trauma center with numerous injuries.

Bail was set for McDonald at $100,000.

Unhappy customer hits employee and chucks cash register

Sheila Dezfulian, 35, of Santa Ana, was arrested and charged early Saturday morning for vandalism of property, battery and assault.

At approximately 6:07 a.m., NBPD received a call from a food service business that a battery had just occurred. The caller reported that a suspect (Dezfulian) hit an employee and threw a cash register at another employee after a verbal argument over the charge for her food.

An officer responded and contacted Dezfulian in the area.

The first employee signed a Private Person’s arrest for the battery. The damage to the register is estimated at $1000.

Bail was set at $20,000.

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Busted…one block from police headquarters

Laro Earleen Reid, 31, a hair stylist from Los Angeles, was arrested on a variety of charges, including an outstanding warrant related to prostitution.

Reid was arrested at Santa Barbara Drive and Santa Clemente Drive at 9:22 p.m. Saturday, May 3, a block away from NBPD headquarters.

Initial charges leading to the discovery of the outstanding warrant included possession of controlled substance, unlawful paraphernalia and being a passenger in a vehicle with an open container.

Bail was set for Reid at $62,500.

Illegal flashing lights lands felon back in jail

A felon, with an outstanding warrant, apparently drew attention to himself while violating Vehicle Code 25250 in utilizing “illegal flashing lights” at 17th and Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa. The incident took place at 12:27 a.m., on Saturday, May 3.

The Newport Beach Police Department responded and arrested Efren Ernest C. Abolencia, a 30-year-old student from Mira Loma, after it was discovered he had an outstanding felony warrant for “false imprisonment.”

Bail was set at $200,500.

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Armed robbery leads to coke and other issues 

Daniel Charles Noh, 28, a server from Santa Ana, was arrested Sunday evening on a number of charges including armed robbery.

The arrest took place in the 100 block of McFadden Place at 11:50 p.m.

Other charges filed against Noh included being in possession of a controlled substance while armed, carrying a concealed weapon, exhibiting a firearm, carrying an un-registered loaded handgun, possession of cocaine base for sale, an addict in possession of a firearm and possession of ammo by a prohibited person.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Costa Mesa man charged with elder abuse

Mark Joseph Lucidi, 54, of Costa Mesa has been charged with elder/dependent adult cruelty and contempt of court.

Lucidi was arrested Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Hazel Drive.

The charges say he violated Penal Code 368(c) “Any person who, under circumstances or conditions, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult, with knowledge that he or she is an elder or a dependent adult, to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any elder or dependent adult, willfully causes or permits the person or health of the elder or dependent adult to be injured or willfully causes or permits the elder or dependent adult to be placed in a situation in which his or her person or health may be endangered,” could be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

Lucidi also was charged with contempt of court for willful disobedience of a court order.

Bail was set at $15,000.

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Newport resident arrested for intent to terrorize

Casey Waldman, 46, of Newport Beach, was arrested Wednesday, June 7, in the 5400 block of Residencia, for threatening a crime with the intent to “terrorize” and for exhibiting a “deadly weapon.”

Waldman is charged with “willfully threatening to commit a crime that will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, and is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out.”

The deadly weapon charge related to drawing or exhibiting a deadly weapon, other than a firearm, in a rude, angry, or threatening manner, or unlawfully uses a deadly weapon other than a firearm in any fight or quarrel.

Bail was set for Waldman at $50,000.

Transient arrested for appropriating stolen cabling 

A Newport Beach transient, Shane Michael Wardell, 45, was charged with appropriating lost property and receiving stolen property.

Wardell was arrested Wednesday, June 7, at 9:57 a.m., in the 1100 block of Irvine Ave. Police discovered “wire, cable, copper, lead, solder, mercury, iron, or brass” in his possession.

Additionally, Wardell had two outstanding warrants, including one for “entering and occupying real property or structures of any kind without the consent of the owner, the owner’s agent, or the person in lawful possession.”

Bail was set at $35,500.

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Realtor arrested for burglary, apparently no “open” house

Susan Carrie Lobel, 54, a realtor from San Clemente, was arrested last Friday, June 9, and charged with residential burglary with forced entry. The incident took place at 1:58 a.m. in the 400 block of Belvue Lane.

Newport Beach Police responded after neighbors reported seeing “a female breaking into a residence.” The property owner was not at home at the time of the incident. Lobel apparently knew the property’s owner, but did not have permission to be inside the residence.

Lobel was charged with disorderly conduct: alcohol; burglary with forced entry; vandalism, including graffiti/defacing property; and forcible entry causing property damage.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Roommate issue leads to assault with deadly weapon

An altercation between roommates led to Connor Thomas Mullin, 22, of Newport Beach, being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon last Friday, June 9.

Newport Beach Police officers responded to a disturbance call at 4:55 p.m. to a private residence in the 1900 block of 16th Street and learned that a crime had been committed.

Mullin was charged with assault with a deadly weapon/cutting instrument. His bail was set at $25,000. No injuries were reported.

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NBPD travels to Tustin for early morning drug bust

Newport Beach Police went to the city of Tustin early Wednesday morning, June 14, to arrest Carlos Javier Salas Castelan, 30, of Tustin.

Castelan, who lists his occupation as entrepreneur, was arrested for possession of illegal narcotics with purpose of selling them. HS 11351, the charge against Castellan, is a more serious crime than simply possessing narcotics, and can result in harsh penalties and fines. 

In addition, those charged with violating this code are automatically disqualified from taking advantage of alternative sentencing programs, specifically PC 1000 and Proposition 36.

Salas was also charged with possession of marijuana for sale.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Pizza delivery man arrested for meth…wasn’t a topping! 

Dominic Christian Harrison, 27, of Newport Beach, was charged Tuesday, June 13, with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful paraphernalia.

The most serious charge was HS 11377(A), possession of methamphetamine.

Harrison was arrested in the 20100 block of Spruce Avenue.

He lists his occupation as “pizza delivery.”

Bail was set at $10,000.

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Four arrested Monday…one has large capacity weapon magazine

Four individuals were arrested early Monday morning, June 19, for a variety of charges including the possession of a large capacity magazine that was illegally manufactured for a weapon and a variety of possession of controlled substance charges.

Ryan Barrett Conlon, 30, from Torrance, was charged with a large capacity magazine, in addition to identity theft charges. Bail was set at $20,000.

Christina Louise Gonzalez, 26, from La Habra, was also arrested. She was charged with possession of narcotics and unlawful paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $10,000.

Wesley James Davis, 32, of Arcadia, and Wilisha Janee Johnson, 22, of Bakersfield, were charged with possession of a controlled substance, unlawful paraphernalia and false identification.

Davis’ bail was set at $2,500 and Johnson’s was $500.

The group was picked up just before 3 a.m.

Be careful Newport Beach…DUI checkpoint tonight

The Newport Beach Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on tonight, Thursday, June 22, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-related impaired driving crashes. The Newport Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning about driving or operating machinery on the label, you might be impaired enough to be arrested for DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing (especially when used in combination with alcohol or other drugs) and can result in a DUI arrest.

In California, alcohol-involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, the NBPD has investigated 210 DUI collisions which have claimed three lives and resulted in 304 injuries to our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Michael Schiavi.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that, if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify impairment. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000… not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Your Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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Early morning bike ride takes a bad turn on the boardwalk

Lindsay Nicole Blaine, 33, of Yorba Linda, was arrested on Wednesday, June 21, at Bay Shore Drive and W. Coast Highway at 3:30 a.m. What started as a couple of minor bicycle violations, headlight and reflector violations and riding on the boardwalk, quickly turned into something worse.

Blaine also was charged with petty theft for the bicycle she was riding, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics and possession of brass knuckles.

Blaine listed her occupation at dancer.

Bail was set at $2,500.

Police DUI checkpoint catches violators

The Newport Beach Police Department conducted a DUI checkpoint last Thursday evening, June 22, at Santa Barbara Drive and Jamboree Road.

The checkpoint turned up several drivers with suspended or revoked licenses and unlawful possession of paraphernalia.

One driver, Christine Johanna Feher, 43, from Santa Ana, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

Bail for her was set at $10,000.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided to the police department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

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Fire Files

Fire breaks out at healthcare facility

A fire broke out yesterday morning at Flagship Healthcare Center in Newport Beach. 

Newport Beach firefighters arrived to find a basement fire had broken out. They were joined in the fight of the two-alarm fire by Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach departments.

Some patients at the facility were evacuated, but no one was hurt. Firefighters and healthcare staff attempted to keep the patients comfortable in the outside heat.

Flagship healthcare is located at 466 Flagship Road.

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Police kept busy on Fourth, check out the stats

The Newport Beach Police Department was busy on July 4th. According to NBPD press Information officer Jennifer Manzella the department confiscated over 110 pounds of fireworks, issued nine tickets and five warnings for fireworks, and made one arrest for fireworks possession.

In addition, the NBPD made five DUI arrests, 31 drunk in public arrests, several open container in public violations and minors in possession.

Finally, there were three arrests related to battery of a peace officer.

Just another day at the office for our men and women in blue.

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Alleged drunk driver kills bicyclist  

Taylor Russell Evans, 25, from Santa Ana, was arrested early Saturday morning for hit and run resulting in death, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI alcohol causing bodily injury.

Evans hit several bicyclists, killing Jose Vasquez-Perez, 41, of Costa Mesa, on Newport Boulevard and Industrial Way at around 1:19 a.m. Evans then attempted to leave the scene, only to be arrested several blocks away by the Newport Beach Police Department.

His bail was set at $100,000.

Three arrested in large grab and dash from Neiman-Marcus 

Three San Francisco residents were arrested Saturday afternoon after a burglary of thousands of dollars worth of luggage from Neiman-Marcus in Fashion Island. The trio was arrested at 2 p.m. at Bear Street and South Coast Drive, near South Coast Plaza.

Shonnece T. Laniece Rodgers, 23, Loyresha Racine Gage, 28, and Azanaye Anne Cail, 24, were all charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.

Gage and Cail had bail set at $20,000 while Rodgers had an outstanding warrant added that made her bail $50,000.

The suspects entered the store and bolted with multiple pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage and escaped in a waiting BMW.

The value of the luggage was estimated at $8,400.

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27-year-old arrested for inflicting injury to child

A 27-year-old Gilbert, AZ female was arrested and charged near the Fun Zone for Inflicting Injury Upon a Child last Sunday, July 16.

California Penal Code 273d punishes the act of physically injuring or imposing cruel physical punishment on a child...more commonly referred to as child abuse.

Kaila Lane Rosciano, 27, a secretary, was arrested at 10:16 a.m.

Her bail was set at $50,000.

Open container leads to $20,000 bail

Sometimes things just seem to go downhill. Brady Wayne Holt, 18, from Roseville, was initially encountered and charged with drinking in public, a violation in Newport Beach. 

Upon further investigation, he subsequently was charged with being a minor in possession, presenting false personation to a police officer and making a false statement to a peace officer.

Bail at the end of that initial open container violation, $20,000.

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Escrow officer charged with identity theft, forgery and more

Teresa Anne Castro, 51, from Hawthorne, was arrested and charged Wednesday afternoon with identity theft, grand theft, passing a fictitious check and forgery.

Castro, who lists escrow officer as her occupation, was arrested at 4:25 p.m. in the 800 block of Santa Barbara Drive.

The identity theft charge was an attempt to use personal identification of another person for unlawful purposes; the grand theft charge was the unlawful taking of another’s property valued over $950; and the forgery was related to signing someone else’s name with the intent to commit fraud.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Newport Beach woman arrested for warrants…four!

Brittney Amanda McArthur, 31, Newport Beach, was arrested for four outstanding warrants on Wednesday, July 19.

The four warrants were related to drug paraphernalia, dangerous drugs and two related to vandalism.

She was arrested in the 800 block of Santa Barbara Drive.

McArthur, who is unemployed, had her bail set at $40,000.

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Single-vehicle collision kills female

At 8:49 p.m. Tuesday night, the Newport Beach Police Department was notified of a single-vehicle traffic collision near the intersection of San Miguel Drive and Pacific View Drive. Officers arriving on scene found a grey Ford Fusion with a single occupant, a female driver. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that the vehicle was travelling westbound on Pacific View Drive when it left the roadway and collided with a light standard. Excessive speed appears to be a contributing factor in the collision.

Newport Beach Fire Department staff responded to the collision, but the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the driver is not available at this time, pending identification and notification of her next of kin by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

The circumstances of the collision are still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact Detective Chris Burns at 949-644-3747 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Man trying to hide from police on roof, found and arrested

Matthew Joseph Brady, 38, of Costa Mesa, was arrested Saturday morning at 5:48 a.m. for commercial burglary and other charges.

Newport Beach Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious subject on the roof of some commercial buildings in the 2700 block of Coast Highway. When they arrived on scene, officers found some property damage that had already occurred and located Brady on the roof of a building. 

Brady refused to comply with officers' orders and continued to break glass and maintain his position on the roof. After a period of time, Brady left the roof and fled on foot. Officers located him in the 2600 block of Coast Highway and arrested him without incident.

It was determined that Brady had entered at least two businesses and stolen items from at least one of them before officers arrived. It also appears that he broke at least two skylights and a number of planting pots in the area.  

Medics responded to the scene and Brady received treatment for injuries he sustained in the commission of his crimes and in descending from the roof.

Charges filed against Brady were commercial burglary with forced entry, obstruction/resisting a police officer, vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Woman charged with grand theft and embezzlement by local restaurant

Newport Beach Police arrested Elias Biyobga Titanji Monday, July 24, in the 2000 block of Bristol Street for grand theft by an employee and embezzlement.

A Newport Beach restaurant contacted NBPD to report that an employee had stolen money from the cash register and safe on two separate occasions within the past week. The total loss is estimated at approximately $2,600.

Titanji, 25, from Santa Ana, is listed as a shift leader.

Officers responded and, after reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses and Titanji, arrested Titanji for the listed charges.

Bail was set at $20,000.

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Female car crash victim identified

The woman killed in the single-car crash last Tuesday night in Corona del Mar has been identified by the Orange County Coroner’s office as Gaylene Wayne, 50, of Newport Beach.

Newport Beach Police were summoned to the scene at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday following the vehicle crashing into a light pole. Wayne was pronounced dead at the scene, but her identification was held, pending family notification, until Friday (July 29).

The accident occurred at San Miguel Drive and Pacific View Drive.


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Local man beats down another outside bar

Todor Nikodimov Dimitrov, 41, of Newport Beach, was arrested early Sunday morning in the 300 block of Bayside Drive for battery with serious bodily injury.

Officers received a call reporting a physical fight outside a bar. When they arrived on scene, police found a male lying on the ground, bleeding from injuries to his head.

Medics arrived to treat the victim and officers identified Dimitrov as the potential suspect. After a field investigation, Dimitrov was arrested for the listed charge, which was determined based on the severity of the injuries to the victim.

Bail was set at $25,000. 

Woman screams at burglary suspect, police track him down

The Newport Beach Police Department arrested a 22-year-old student on Sunday for burglary. Murray Grant Bettingen Jr. of Newport Beach, was charged with burglary and receiving stolen property.

The police initially responded to a home in the 500 block of Cancha where a resident saw a man crawling into one of her unlocked upstairs windows. She screamed, and he fled on foot. The resident later found that someone had entered the first floor of her home through another unlocked window and had taken her laptop.

Officers connected this report to another call in the area from several hours earlier, where a man matching the same description tampered with the resident’s front door and fled when the alarm went off. (The resident in this case did not want to file a police report.)

Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and identified the potential suspect as Bettingen, Jr. At 11:20 am, officers and detectives contacted Bettingen and, after an interview and additional follow-up, arrested him.

Bettingen was found to be in possession of the stolen laptop.

His bail was set at $50,000.

NB resident missing $112,000 worth of jewelry and silver

A Newport Beach resident in the 200 block of Ocean View Avenue filed a crime incident report when she found $111,985 of property missing from her home.

According to the report, jewelry and silverware were removed from the victim’s home by an unknown suspect sometime between April 25 and July 26.

The victim last remembered seeing the items on April 24, but they were no longer there when she went to retrieve them on July 26.

The crime is listed as a forced-entry residential burglary.

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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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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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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.

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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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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. 

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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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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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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.


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

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

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

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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

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

Man reportedly chokes woman in Newport, held on attempted murder

On Thursday, July 19, Newport Beach Police officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Jasmine Ave. in response to an unknown disturbance. 

When they arrived, police found Carl Alexander Waniek, 28, of Mountain View, restrained by an uninvolved party in the garage of a home. 

After a thorough investigation, it was determined that Waniek had earlier approached two people inside that garage – one being his female relative, and the other being a neighbor. Unprovoked, Waniek allegedly punched the neighbor in the face and then threw the woman down and placed his hands around her throat in an attempt to choke her. 

A passerby came to the woman’s rescue and was soon aided by another man in restraining Waniek.

Medics responded to the scene, but both injured parties declined additional medical attention. Waniek was arrested for attempted murder using hands, feet and fists, assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

Bail was set at $500,000.

Man killed running median on East Coast Highway

According to the Newport Beach Police Department, a driver was killed late Friday night after their vehicle crossed a raised median hitting another auto on East Coast Highway near Promontory Point.

The accident occurred shortly before midnight following reports to police of a possible drunk driver in the same area.

The driver of the second vehicle, who worked for Uber, and a passenger were taken to the hospital with serious but not-threatening injuries. 

The driver who was killed was not identified.

Tesla crashes into two businesses

Newport Beach Police officers responded to the 3600 block of Jamboree Road yesterday, July 23, just before 9:45 a.m. after a Tesla crashed into two businesses.

According to a NBPD spokesperson, the driver of the Tesla was parking when the car crashed into a nail salon and beauty supply store.

The driver was not injured. One bystander was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

NBPD helps lock up man for life on kidnapping, torture and mutilation charges

Kyle Shirakawa Handley, 36, Fountain Valley, was sentenced Friday, July 20, to life in state prison without the possibility of parole for kidnapping, torturing and mutilating a marijuana dispensary owner. The defendant was found guilty by a jury after less than two hours of deliberation.

Co-defendants, Hossein Nayeri, 39, Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 39, and Naomi Josette Rhodus (formerly Naomi Kevorkian), 37, face the same charges and maximum sentence as Handley. 

Nayeri is currently scheduled for jury trial on August 8, Kevorkian is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on August 24, and Rhodus is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on October 12, 2018.

At the time of the crime, the victim (John Doe) owned a lucrative marijuana dispensary business. After two expensive trips to Las Vegas with the John Doe in March and May 2012, Handley devised, and Nayeri is accused of assisting in devising, a plan to kidnap and rob John Doe.

Handley surveilled the victim’s home and parents’ home and followed him as he made frequent trips to the desert. The defendants wrongly believed the victim was driving to the desert to bury large amounts of cash.

Approximately one week prior to the kidnapping, Nayeri is accused of committing a routine traffic violation in Newport Beach, and subsequently leading Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) on a high-speed chase when they attempted a stop. He is accused of crashing his car and fleeing on foot and was able to escape. 

Inside the abandoned car, Nayeri is accused of leaving surveillance equipment and videos, which at the time had no criminal significance.

On October 2, 2012, John Doe, along with his roommate’s girlfriend (Jane Doe), were awoken in the middle of the night by masked intruders, kidnapped, zip-tied, and forced into the back of a van.

Handley drove the victims to the Mojave Desert near the area where he and his co-defendants believed John Doe was hiding money. John Doe was tortured throughout the drive with a blow torch, a Taser gun, and a whip. Once in the desert, the victim was mutilated, and bleach was poured on him in an effort to destroy any DNA evidence. John Doe and Jane Doe were dumped on the side of the road still bound, blindfolded, and duct-taped.

The kidnappers fled the scene and Jane Doe ran over a mile to a main road in the dark and flagged down a nearby police car.

NBPD began investigating this complex case and conducted a canvas of the neighborhood. A witness had been suspicious of a car parked outside John Doe’s home on October 2, 2012 and documented the license plate. Handley was the registered owner of the vehicle.

Handley was also in possession of evidence from the crime in his home. Nayeri is accused of being linked to the crime through DNA found on that evidence. One additional DNA profile was found on the evidence but was unidentified at that time.

After Nayeri was identified as a suspect, NBPD determined the link between the kidnapping and the video surveillance equipment and footage found in the defendant Nayeri’s vehicle a week before the crime.

Through extensive investigation, NBPD identified Kevorkian and Rhodus as suspects. After months of investigation, Kevorkian is accused of being linked to the unidentified DNA on the evidence in Handley’s home. Rhodus is accused of participating in the plan to kidnap and torture John Doe.

NBPD investigated this criminal case and Senior Deputy District Attorneys Matt Murphy and Heather Brown of the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) Office prosecuted this case. 

Handley’s charges are two counts of kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, torture and first-degree residential burglary and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.

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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.


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. 

Police Files

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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NBFD responds to California wildfires

NBFD responds firefighters

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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.

NBFD responds two firefighters

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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.

NBFD responds firefighters and truck

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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.


Police Files

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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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. 


Police Files

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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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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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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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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Grant William Robicheaux

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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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.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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 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

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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Police Files

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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Police Files

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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Fire Files

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. 

Police Files

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

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. 


DUI Arrests

Matthew Tyler Kozak, 27, Tustin – Monday, September 17 (with prior)

Incident Reports

Tuesday, September 18

San Miguel Drive & San Joaquin Hills Road I Paraphernalia, Narcotics, Controlled Substance and Sharps Waste

7:29 p.m. Richard Franklin Hartsook, 31, Marcus Hook, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a narcotic controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance and illegal transport of sharps waste. Bail was set at $2,500.

Fern St. I 200 Block I Vandalism

4:44 p.m. Todd Bradley Moore, 48, Newport Beach, was arrested for vandalism by destroying another’s property. Bail was set at $500.

Ridge Park Road & East Coastal Peak I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

3:30 p.m. Antonio Madero Pedroza, 39, Newport Beach, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Superior Ave. & W. Coast Highway I Controlled Substance, Narcotics and Paraphernalia

3:59 a.m. Bryan Charles Kaplan, 29, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing a narcotic controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Iris Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Narcotics, Paraphernalia, Sharps Waste, Burglary Tools, Missing Tail Lamps, Missing License Plates and Controlled Substance

3:05 a.m. Julie Olivia Robinowitz, 41, Seal Beach, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, illegal transport of sharps waste, possessing burglary tools, missing tail lamps, missing license plates and possessing a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

15th St. & Beach I Warrant

12:52 a.m. Michael Gregory Pasbjerg, 63, Santa Ana, was arrested for a warrant related to being under the influence. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monrovia Ave. & Production Place I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Narcotics

12:11 a.m. Kyle Jeffrey Sutheimer, 29, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Monday, September 17

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Trevor Own Talley, 51, Glendale

N. Pelican Hill Road I Indecent Exposure and Obstructing/Resisting 

4:27 p.m. Miguel Viramontes, 38, Weslaco, was arrested on charges on indecent exposure and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Irvine Ave. I 1000 Block I Receiving Stolen Property, Forgery, Passing a Completed Check, Commercial Burglary and Identity Theft

4:03 p.m. Kyle Vernon McCaffrey, 22, Newport Beach, was arrested for receiving stolen property valued at less than $950, forgery, attempting to pass a completed check, commercial burglary with no forced entry and identity theft. Bail was set at $20,000.

E. Coast Highway & Avocado Ave. I Under the Influence and Paraphernalia

1:46 p.m. Braden James Salat, 23, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

14th St. & W. Ocean Front I Warrant

10:43 a.m. Bijan Paul Savoji, 28, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to DUI. Bail was set at $2,124.

Civic Center Drive I 100 Block I Being Under the Influence and Parole Violation

1008 a.m. Samuel Mora, 32, Westminster, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and on a parole violation. Bail was set at $1,000.

Placentia Ave. & Superior Ave. I Controlled Substance and Warrant

2:00 a.m. Dustin James Nordvall, 39, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and on a warrant related to possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $12,500.

Sonora St. & W. Ocean Front I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Warrant

1:33 a.m. Richard Alexander Zermeno, 33, Newport Beach, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance and on a warrant related to driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $3,500.

Vista del Oro I 2400 Block I Drinking in Public and Warrant

12:00 a.m. Kai Ajani Wilson, 23, Newport Beach, was arrested for drinking in public and on a warrant from an outside agency. Bail was set $550.

Sunday, September 16

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Laura Leann Seibert, 46, Orange

19th St. & W. Bay Ave. I Warrant

10:34 p.m. Douglas John Robbio, 50, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a warrant related to trespassing. Bail was set at $10,000.

Bayview Way & Shearwater Place I Warrant

10:36 p.m. William Thomas Vertrees, 57, San Clemente, was arrested on a warrant related to battery. Bail was set at $2,500.

10:25 p.m. Vicki Denise Raborn, 61, San Clemente, was arrested on a warrant related to DUI. Bail was set at $2,500.

16th St. I 1800 Block I Warrant

7:47 p.m. Daniel Joseph Simmons, 25, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to DUI. Bail was set at $15,000.

32nd St. & Balboa Blvd. Driving while Suspended/Revoked, Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance without Prescription and Warrant

3:59 p.m. Desiree Mae Bisch, 33, Newport Beach, was arrested for driving while her license was suspended or revoked, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and a warrant related to possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $11,500.

Lido Park Drive I 600 Block I Warrant

11:11 a.m. Anthony Vincent Lorenzo, 36, Huntington Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to trespassing. Bail was set at $1,500.

19th St. & W. Bay Ave. I False Identification, Paraphernalia and Warrant

8:56 a.m. Billie Jo Foltz, 44, Whittier, was arrested for presenting false identification to a peace officer, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and a warrant related to DUI. Bail was set at $5,500.

8:35 a.m. Joel Daniel Hill, 31, Huntington Beach, was arrested for presenting false identification to a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. I 2700 Block I Sharps Waste

6:19 a.m. Kainoa Danbara, 48, Newport Beach, was arrested for illegal transport of sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.


DUI Arrests

Ronald Dale Gates Jr., 33, Newport Beach – Tuesday, May 1

Michael David Guarino, 25, Cypress – Monday, April 30

Jason Clement Rillings, 33, Costa Mesa – Monday, April 30

Jesus Ignacio Verdin Gonzalez, 30, Santa Ana – Sunday, April 29

Massyld D. Yelsi, 25, Lake Forest – Sunday, April 29 (with Prior)

William Grant Wood, 48, Newport Beach – Sunday, April 29

Cory Michael Yriarte, 29, Anaheim – Sunday, April 29

Richard Lee Talbert, 49, Costa Mesa – Saturday, April 28

Dennis Alfred Rhyne, 75, Laguna Hills – Saturday, April 28

Eleen Tran, 26, Laguna Niguel – Saturday, April 28

Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 1

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Gregory Thomas Dessau, 38, Newport Beach

Francisco Javier Lopez Jr., 31, Laguna Niguel

Richard Glenn Swinford, 50, El Paso

Allison Phaphol, 32, Fresno

Phosy Vilaysack, 33, Fayetteville

Grant Street & Seashore Drive I Warrant

6:02 p.m. Anthony John Delgado Sr., 51, Huntington Beach, was arrested for a warrant from an outside agency. No bail was set.

Newport Center Drive I Burglary, Grand Theft from Buildings, Receiving Stolen Property, Conspiracy and Burglary Tools

5:00 p.m. Jasmine Noemi Garcia, 20, Los Angeles, was arrested for grand theft from a building, conspiracy to commit a crime and commercial burglary over $950.

4:20 p.m. Francisco Javier Gastelum Lara, 30, Hesperia, was arrested for commercial burglary by shoplifting a value greater than $950, receiving stolen property greater than $950, a conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $20,000.

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Grand Theft (2 counts), Burglary and Warrant

11:44 a.m. Vincent Thanh Nguyen 29, Fountain Valley, was arrested for two counts of grand theft, commercial burglary with a forced entry and a warrant. Bail was set at $20,500.

17th Street & Orange I Costa Mesa I Controlled Substance, Narcotics, Addict Driving Vehicle and Paraphernalia

12:40 a.m. Sarah Jane Hoxie, 33, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, being an addict driving a vehicle and possession of unlawful paraphernalia.

University Drive I 2200 Block I Narcotics, Illegal Transport of Sharps Waste and Paraphernalia

12:26 a.m. Lindsay Hannah Nicely, 26, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, illegal transport of sharps waste and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

University Drive & Irvine Ave. I Taking Auto w/o Consent, Cocaine Base for Sale, Controlled Substance for Sale, Grand Theft: Auto and PRCS Revocation

12:24 a.m. Emery Leonard Scott Jr. 30, Rancho Santa Margarita, was arrested for taking an auto without owner’s consent, possession of a cocaine base for sale, grand theft: auto and PRCS Revocation. Bail was set at $30,000.

Monday, April 30

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Justin A. Burns, 47, Costa Mesa

James Joseph Higdon, 61, Anaheim

Blue Gum Lane I 1200 Block I Identity Theft, Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Narcotics

10:31 p.m. Kimberly Ann Harris, 24, Newport Beach, was arrested for identity theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000.

9:48 p.m. James Douglas Ballard, 27, Big Bear City, was arrested for identity theft, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $20,000.

16th Street I 1800 Block I Battery

5:24 p.m. Gabriel Ben Wulf Shapiro, 19, Newport Beach, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Superior Ave. & W. Coast Highway I Paraphernalia and Parole Violation

2:57 p.m. Eric Antonio Flores, 55, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

Placentia Ave. & Superior Ave. I Drink in Public

11:19 a.m. Penelope Jo Bennett, 48, Costa Mesa, was arrested for drinking in public. Bail was set at $50.

Jamboree Road I 4600 Block I Narcotics, Driving while Suspended, Controlled Substance, Narcotics, Paraphernalia and Warrant

9:55 a.m. Thomas James Bryant, 38, Fullerton, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, driving while suspended and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

9:48 a.m. Diana Rose Dick, 33, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and a warrant related to possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $20,000.

Sunday, April 29

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Patrick Beraht Schoenberg, 26, Newport Beach

Cody Jordan Harmon, 26, La Habra

MacArthur Blvd. I 4200 Block I Warrant

10:23 p.m. Rick Taloa, 55, Whittier, was arrested for a warrant related to civil contempt. Bail was set at $15,000.

Saturday, April 28

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kelie Marie Richie, 36, Scotts Valley

31st Street & Balboa Blvd. I Assault and Battery

8:19 p.m. Erik George Nelson, 25, Lake Forest, was arrested for assault and battery. Bail was set at $500.

45th Street & Balboa Blvd. I Passenger 16+ Failure to Wear Seatbelt, Narcotics, Illegal Transport of Sharps Waste and Warrant

7:31 p.m. Suzanne Marie Martinez, 34, Santa Ana, was arrested for being a passenger 16+ and failing to wear a seatbelt, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, illegal transport of sharps waste and a warrant related to a red-light violation. Bail was set at $10,500.

Industrial Way & Superior Ave. I Costa Mesa I Driving while Suspended and False ID 

1:44 p.m. Shalyk Alexander Younger, 24, Long Beach, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked and presenting false identification to a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway I 1400 Block I Paraphernalia and Illegal Transport of Sharps Waste

11:03 a.m. Joshua Lancaster West, 42, Mission Viejo, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and the illegal transport of sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. I 2300 Block I Battery

12:48 a.m. Nicholas Albert Squire, 28, Wilmington, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.


DUI Arrests

Aldo Cruz, 35, Los Angeles – Friday, September 14 

Lorissa May Henry, 51, Huntington Beach – Friday, September 14

Ralph Velsco Salinas, 45, Redlands – Wednesday, September 12

Incident Reports

Saturday, September 15

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Amanda Nicole Moore, 29, Irvine 

Nicholas Joseph Maurillo, 29, Aliso Viejo

Kevin Michael Lubinski, 25, Orange

Balboa Bay & W. Coast Highway I False ID and Warrant

11:15 p.m. Brandon Allan Griffin, 32, Newport Beach, was arrested for presenting false identification to a specific peace officer and on a warrant related to false ID. Bail was set at $3,000.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Petty Theft and Tampering with a Vehicle

8:44 p.m. Romina Muriel Frosio, 27, Newport Beach, was arrested for petty theft on a motor vehicle and tampering with a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

MacArthur Blvd. I 4400 Block I Obstructing/Resisting

8:55 p.m. Garrett Kristian Rochin, 35, Chino Hills, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

Los Trancos & Crystal Cove I Arson

6:52 p.m. Matthew Joseph Brady, 39, Costa Mesa, was arrested for arson on property. Bail was set at $20,000.

Corporate Plaza & W. Corporate Plaza I Paraphernalia, Failure to Stop at Limit Line and Riding a Bike on the Sidewalk

5:28 p.m. Jayson Lee McGee, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, failure to stop a limit line and riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Pier I 00 Block I Petty Theft, Unsafe Operation of Skateboard and Violation of Rules Governing Parks

10:20 a.m. Joshua Miller, 20, Pittsfield, was arrested for petty theft from buildings, unsafe operation of a skateboard and a violation of rules governing parks. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway I 2700 Block I Burglary Tools and 10-Day Flash Hold

8:58 a.m. Raymond Lee Wood, 37, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possessing burglary tools and a 10-day flash hold. Bail was set at $500.

Orange Ave. & Old Newport Blvd. I Grand Theft and Burglary Tools

7:04 a.m. Carlos Alberto Gonsalez, 26, Downey, was arrested for grand theft and possessing burglary tools. Bail was set at $10,000.

Newport Blvd. I 2700 Block I Under the Influence

6:18 a.m. Richard Deane Harrington Jr., 51, Garden Grove, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Morning Star Lane I 500 Block I Narcotics

3:51 a.m. Bahman Bakhtar, 54, Santa Ana, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Back Bay Drive I 1100 Block I Assault with a Deadly Weapon

2:25 a.m. Anthony Michael Burroughs, 26, Corona, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon/firearm. Bail was set at $50,000.

Newport Blvd. I 2300 Block I Battery

1:10 a.m. Titula E. Sappa, 21, Irvine, was arrested for battery. Bail was at $500.

1:07 a.m. Kartiaire Lamar Young Manning, 22, Riverside, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

Northstar Beach I Switchblade Knife, Using Beach After Closing and Misc. Fish and Game Violations

12:01 a.m. Raul Gudino Sanchez, 45, Costa Mesa, was arrested for carrying a switchblade on his person, using the beach after closing, and fish and game code violations. Bail was set at $500.

Friday, September 14

Avocado Ave. & San Miguel Dr. I Paraphernalia, Narcotics, Controlled Substance, Driving while Suspended and Warrant

10:22 p.m.  Daniel Lugo, 23, Anaheim, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

10:20 p.m. Anissa Rayleen Flores, 21, Fullerton, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. Bail was set at $27,500.

10:04 p.m. Francisco Javier Hernandez, 28, Anaheim, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and driving while suspended. Bail was set at $2,500.

Jamboree Road I 1500 Block I Sharps Waste, Paraphernalia, Under the Influence and Warrants

8:06 p.m. Justin Patrick Ensminger, 26, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance, warrants related to paraphernalia and being drunk in public. Bail was set at $4,500.

7:58 p.m. Matilyn McClaren, 22, Huntington Beach, was arrested for illegal transport of sharps waste. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. Ramp S. & W. Coast Highway I Warrant

6:16 p.m. Erik M. Zeyen, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Warrants

12:17 p.m. Paul Godwin Kirby, 22, Newport Beach, was arrested on warrants related to possession and being drunk in public. Bail was set at $9,000.

Thursday, September 13

E. Balboa Blvd. & Miramar Drive I Driving while Suspended/Revoked

11:19 p.m. Chad William McIntosh, 44, Garden Grove, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $500.

Morning Canyon Road & E. Coast Highway I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Driving w/o License, Paraphernalia, False ID and Warrant

9:54 p.m. Fernando Garcia Mesa, 34, Santa Ana, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set $2,500.

9:47 p.m. Alfredo Robledo Cruz, 33, Costa Mesa, was arrested for driving without a license, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance, false identification to a peace officer and a warrant related to DUI. Bail was set at $15,000.

W. Balboa Blvd. & 11th St. I Warrant

6:41 p.m. Darryl Chad Philbert, 28, Inglewood, was arrested on a warrant. Bail was set at $150,000.

Wednesday, September 12

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Tiffany Marie Gay, 49, Corona

University Drive I 2200 Block I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Narcotics

10:05 p.m. Chance Steven Black, 23, Chino, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and for possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Bay View Ave. & Zenith Ave. I Disorderly Conduct, Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance For Sale, Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance For Sale and Illegal Transport Sharps Waste

7:35 p.m. Daniel Chen, 43, Irvine, was arrested for disorderly conduct by being under the influence of drugs, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for sale, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and illegal transport of sharps waste. Bail was set at $20,000.

Von Karman & Michelson I Irvine I Violating Court Order & 10-Day Flash Hold

7:22 p.m. Matthew Isaiah Ramirez, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested for violating a court order to prevent domestic violence and a PRCS violation. No bail was set.

Jamboree Road I 1500 Block I Paraphernalia, Sharps Waste and Receiving Stolen Property

6:15 p.m. Braden James Salat, 23, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, illegal transport of sharps waste and receiving stolen property valued at less than $950. Bail was set at $500.

E. Coast Highway I Pedestrian Failure, Obstructing/Resisting and False ID

12:20 p.m. Simeon Janard Canty, 27, Sumter, was arrested for being a pedestrian and failing to use the left edge of the roadway, obstructing/resisting a specific peace officer and false identification to a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.

44th St. & Channel Place I Warrants

7:53 a.m. Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to rape. Bail was set at $100,000.

7:45 a.m. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, Newport Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to rape. Bail was set at $100,000.

Hillside Drive & Hilltop Drive I Driving w/o License, Conspiracy, Controlled Substance, Petty Theft and Leaded Cane

2:44 a.m. Sonny Steve Alvarez, 36, Corona, was arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime, possessing a controlled substance, petty theft from a motor vehicle and possessing a leaded cane. Bail was set at $20,000.

2:41 a.m. Ricardo Montes, 20, Corona, was arrested for driving without a license and conspiracy to commit a crime. Bail was set at $20,000.


DUI Arrests

Brittany Nicole Brickman, 34, San Francisco – Saturday, September 29

Charity Peters Couto, 41, Newport Coast  – Friday, September 28

Jenee Danielle DeAngelis, 41, Lake Forest – Friday, September 28

Jose Aaron Gamez Jr., 30, Lynwood – Thursday, September 27

Andreas E. Kelemidis, 44, New York – Thursday, September 27

Nicholas Armando Izquierdo, 29, Santa Ana – Thursday, September 27

Incident Reports

Saturday, September 29

Cornwall Lane & Buckingham Lane I Vandalism

11:45 p.m. Kevin John Dubowski, 27, Corona, was arrested for vandalism by possessing a drill with intent to deface and vandalism by graffiti. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway & Orange St. I Paraphernalia, Under the Influence, Controlled Substance and Sharps Waste

10:16 p.m. Quinn Patrick Murphy, 27, Orange, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and the illegal transporting of sharps waste. Bail was set at $10,000.

W. Coast Highway & Prospect St. I Bicycle Violation and Controlled Substance

9:42 p.m. Pedro Arnulfo Iraheta Rivera, 28, Costa Mesa, was arrested for bicycle violations with headlamp/reflectors and possessing a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

22nd St. & W. Ocean Front I Paraphernalia and Under the Influence

5:29 p.m. David Donald Rooten, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Superior Ave. I 1400 Block I Warrants

1:36 p.m. James Christian Devore, 46, Santa Ana, was arrested on warrants related to DUI, drunk in public and drinking in public. Bail was set at $31,000.

A St. & E. Ocean Front I Contempt of Court

12:54 p.m. Derek Shenton, 24, Laguna Niguel, was arrested for contempt of court for disobeying a court order. Bail was set at $15,000.

W. Ocean Front I 2200 Block I False Personation of Another and Warrant

10:14 a.m. Gigi Mitchell, 39, Surprise, was arrested for false personation of another and a warrant related to shoplifting. Bail was set at $22,500.

Highland Drive I 1900 Block I Under the Influence, Appropriating Lost Property and Drinking in Public

11:05 a.m. Bradley Scott Montgomery, 49, Newport Beach, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, appropriating lost property and drinking in public. Bail was set at $1,000.

20th St. & W. Balboa Blvd. I Warrant

12:06 a.m. Tirzah Ann Anderson, 26, Orange, was arrested on a warrant related to domestic battery. Bail was set at $15,000.

15th St. & Beach I Paraphernalia, Destroying/Concealing Evidence and Using Beach after Closing

12:03 a.m. Christopher John Verso, 44, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, destroying/concealing evidence and using the beach after closing. Bail was set at $500.

Friday, September 28 

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Michael Patrick Cowan, 46, Laguna Beach

Superior Ave. I 1400 Block I Controlled Substance and Switchblade

10:50 p.m. Dakota Whitfield Hansen, 22, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and carrying a switchblade on person. Bail was set at $2,500.

Commodore Road I Paraphernalia

10:18 p.m. Blanca Erika Quiroz, 39, Tustin, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

25th St. & Balboa Blvd. I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

6:42 p.m. Steven Sean Lane, 48, Newport Beach, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Superior Ave. I 300 Block I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

4:57 p.m. Edgar Rolando Morales, 23, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and possessing a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

22nd St. & W. Ocean Front I Controlled Substance, Leaded Cane, Paraphernalia, Narcotics and Drinking in Public

2:49 p.m. David Donald Rooten, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing a leaded cane, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a narcotic controlled substance and drinking in public. Bail was set at $2,500.

Balboa Blvd. I 3100 Block I Threatening Crime with Intent to Terrorize and Deadly Weapon

12:28 p.m. Amer F. Qoul, 47, Cypress, was arrested for threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm. Bail was set at $50,000.

Old Newport Blvd. & Hospital Road I Warrants and Driving while Suspended

8:59 a.m. David Charles Munoz, 45, Santa Ana, was arrested for driving while suspended and on warrants related to driving while suspended, possessing paraphernalia (2) and possessing dangerous drugs. Bail was set at $14,500.

Thursday, September 27 

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Erick Edmond Pina, 48, Los Angeles

Christopher Ryan Osborn, 28, Yorba Linda

Jeremy Holden Guilbert, 25, Renton

Santa Ana Ave. & Orchard Drive I Burglary Tools

1:52 a.m. Douglas Allan Nihan, 50, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing burglary tools. Bail was set at $500.

Bayview Circle I 500 Block I Trespassing, Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Switchblade

4:07 p.m. Alexander Ryan Lawrence, 20, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing for occupying property without consent, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance and possessing a switchblade in vehicle. Bail was set at $2,500.

San Joaquin Hills Road & San Miguel Drive I Tampering with Vehicle, Paraphernalia, Narcotics, Sharps Waste, Driving without a License and Warrants

3:33 a.m. Anthony Serna Carreon, 24, Buena Park, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a narcotic controlled substance, tampering with a vehicle and illegally transporting sharps waste. Bail was set at $10,000.

3:25 a.m. Robin James Petersen, 32, Buena Park, was arrested for tampering with a vehicle and warrants (2) related to possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $7,000.

3:09 a.m. Esmeralda Elizabeth Reyes, 24, Buena Park, was arrested for driving without a license. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, September 26

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Oxier, 36, Fontana

Robert Frank Pestana III, 27, Newport Beach

16th St. I 1800 Block I Violating Court Order

9:04 p.m. Daniel Joseph Simmons, 25, Newport Beach, was arrested for violating a court order. No bail set.

Willis Ave. I 89400 I Panorama City I Commercial Burglary and Receiving Stolen Property

8:35 a.m. Latia Cookie Reed, 35, Panorama City, was arrested for commercial burglary with no forced entry and receiving stolen property. Bail was set at $20,000.

Irvine Ave. I 600 Block I Contempt of Court

8:23 a.m. Efrain Aguilar, 52, Perris, was arrested for contempt of court for displaying disorderly behavior. Bail was set at $15,000.

Newport Center Drive & Anacapa Drive I Obstructing/Resisting and Paraphernalia

6:09 a.m. Adam Jason Taylor, 31, Yorba Linda, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

15th St. & Beach I Narcotics, Parole Violation, Paraphernalia, Appropriating Lost Property and Use of Beach after Dark

2:10 a.m. Brittany Ann Kirwan, 27, Dana Point, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, appropriating lost property and using the beach after hours. Bail was set at $500.

2:10 a.m. Mark Kelvin Bazali, 25, Aliso Viejo, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia, using the beach after hours and a parole violation. No bail was set.


DUI Arrests

Terry Christopher Gruber, 44, Tustin – Tuesday, September 25 (with prior)

Austyn Morgutia, 21, Huntington Park – Tuesday, September 25

Christopher Hoang Le, 33, Lake Forest – Monday, September 24

Johny Nadim Younan, 39, Santa Clarita – Monday, September 24 (with prior)

Mariah Nicole Helmer, 25, Newport Beach – Sunday, September 23 

Incident Reports

Tuesday, September 25

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Kerry Jo Nicholl, 54, Laguna Beach

Jason Taylor Welch, 30, Newport Beach

W. Ocean Front & 22nd St. I Ingesting Marijuana, Smoking within 100’ of Beach, Disorderly Conduct

10:00 p.m. Alejandro DeLeon Gonzalez, 23, Costa Mesa, was arrested for ingesting marijuana in a public place, smoking within 100’ of beach and disorderly conduct for being under the influence of drugs. Bail was set at $500.

W. Coast Highway I 700 Block I Trespassing and Parole Violation

9:07 p.m. Maxwell Carlton Post, 27, Laguna Beach, was arrested for trespassing by occupying property without consent and a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

E. Coast Highway & Dahlia Ave. I Warrant

3:39 p.m. Wilbur Leroy Cunningham Jr., 37, Pomona, was arrested on a warrant related to assault. Bail was set at $15,000.

E. Ocean Front & Washington St. I Warrant

10:30 a.m. David Charles Raver Jr., 23, Banning, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Bail was set at $1,500.

Balboa Blvd. & 41st St. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked and Open Container of Marijuana

12:44 a.m. Joaquin Abrica, 26, West Covina, was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked and possessing an open container of marijuana. Bail was set at $500.

Monday, September 24

Balboa Blvd. I 3100 Block I Warrant

7:28 p.m. Kervin Salesi Akoteu, 34, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant related to battery. Bail was set at $15,000.

Mariners Drive I 100 Block I Warrant

3:28 p.m. Damun Ameen Shoar, 31, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant related to possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Berkshire Lane I 1100 Block I Receiving Stolen Property and Burglary Tools

2:55 p.m. Jose Luis Junior Ramirez, 35, Irvine, was arrested for receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950 and possessing burglary tools. Bail was set at $20,000.

Channel Road I 2200 Block I Paraphernalia and No Registration

12:00 p.m. Rachel Eileen Laliberte, 30, Newport Beach, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and having no registration for a vehicle/trailer. Bail was set at $500.

16th St. & W. Balboa Blvd. I Paraphernalia

7:51 a.m. Christopher John Verso, 44, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Sunday, September 23

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Victor Manuel Ramirez Romero, 28, Westminster

Cameron Richard Underhill, 25, Corona

W. Coast Highway I Willful Cruelty to Child

11:20 p.m. Regina M. Lee, 53, Newport Beach, was arrested for willful cruelty to a child. Bail was set $500.

Irvine Ave. I 800 Block I Taking Auto without Owner’s Consent

4:13 p.m. Noel Elizabeth Barbera, 27, Newport Beach, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent. Bail was set at $20,000.

Devon Lane & Cambridge Lane I Missing License Plate and Controlled Substance

4:13 a.m. Jose Luis Contreras, 33, Azusa, was arrested for missing a license plate and possessing a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Ocean Blvd. I 2100 Block I Appropriating Lost Property and Sleeping in Vehicle

3:54 a.m. Scott Jason Hetland, 50, Lake Elsinore, was arrested for appropriating lost property and sleeping in a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

Sea Island Drive I 00 Block I Under the Influence and Narcotics

1:36 a.m. Cole Benjamin Partington, 22, Livermore, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.


DUI Arrests

Carolyn Read Luypen, 72, Costa Mesa – Tuesday, October 9

Maria Angelica Hernandez, 47, Costa Mesa – Tuesday, October 9

Zachary Dalton Bryant, 24, Indio – Tuesday, October 9

Zackary Steed Coast, 27, Lakewood – Sunday, October 7

Isidro Rojas Jr., 25, Santa Ana – Sunday, October 7

Sami Sherin Shafik, 30, Upland – Sunday, October 7 (with prior)

Incident Reports

Tuesday, October 9

Anacapa Drive & Newport Center Drive I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

11:02 a.m. Jayson Lee McGee, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Santiago Drive & Irvine Ave. I Escort Service Permit, Switchblade and Pandering

3:55 a.m. Jonathan Luis Palafas, 35, Highland, was arrested for possessing a switchblade in a vehicle and pandering to procure a person for prostitution. Bail was set at $35,000.

3:42 a.m. Sabrina Milagros Monge, 21, San Bernardino, was arrested for pandering to procure a person for prostitution and carrying a switchblade knife on her person. Bail was set at $35,000.

3:30 a.m. Jessica Roxanne Gonzalez, 25, Corona, was arrested for failing to have an escort service permit. Bail was set at $200.

Seashore Drive & Highland St. I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

1:25 a.m. Eduardo Quinones, 26, Westminster, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Monday, October 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Alfonzo Raymond Zepeda, 21, not available

Gisela Melania Remine, 52, Costa Mesa

Dale Ann Kerr, 63, Costa Mesa

44th St. & Balboa Blvd. I Burglary Tools

4:41 p.m. Rebecca Consuela Lopez, 43, Garden Grove, was arrested for possessing burglary tools. Bail was set at $500.

Tustin Ave. & W. Coast Highway I Warrants

1:04 a.m. Tommy Andrew Azzolina Tidwell, 27, Anaheim, was arrested on warrants related to driving while suspended and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $12,500.

Santanella Terrace & Ramona Drive I Narcotics and Driving while Suspended

7:06 .m. Jacob Steven Witt, 29, Oak Hills, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance and driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

Sunday, October 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Mary Kay Broskey, 31, Orange

Kyle Shane Campana, 30, Costa Mesa

W. Ocean Front I 2100 Block I Robbery

10:31 p.m. Derral John McGinnis, 47, Santa Ana, was arrested for strong-arm robbery. Bail was set at $20,000.

Bonita Canyon Drive & Prairie Road I Warrant

8:41 p.m. Rashon B. Tresvant, 40, Anaheim, was arrested on a warrant related to possessing dangerous drugs. Bail was set at $15,000.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Assault with a Deadly Weapon

7:31 p.m. Christopher Daniel Watts, 33, Mission Viejo, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $25,000.

Birch St. I 4300 Block I Warrants

2:53 p.m. Alfonso Jr. Medina, 26, Long Beach, was arrested on warrants related to reckless driving and an exhibition of speed. Bail was set at $45,000.

Superior Ave. I 1400 Block I Sharps Waste, Trespassing, Paraphernalia and Littering

2:24 p.m. Raven Danielle Byrd, 25, Costa Mesa, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste, trespassing for refusing to leave property, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and littering on private property. Bail was set at $500.

Superior Ave. I 1400 Block I Paraphernalia, Narcotics and Controlled Substance

11:21 a.m. Christopher Seth Houx, 31, Newport Beach, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a narcotic controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail was set at $2,500.

22nd St. & W. Ocean Front I Narcotics and Sharps Waste

5:10 a.m. Adam Donald Johnson, 28, Van Nuys, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance and illegally transporting sharps waste. Bail was set at $2,500.

Westcliff Drive & Irvine Ave. I Controlled Substance, Sharps Waste, Narcotics, False ID and Warrants

3:55 a.m. Damion Sabastian Bean, 23, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, illegally transporting of sharps waste, possessing a narcotic controlled substance, false identification to a peace officer and warrants related to metal knuckles, driving while suspended, possessing unlawful paraphernalia (two counts) and manufacturing metal knuckles. Bail was set at $112,500.

Irvine Ave. & 17th St. I Warrant, Sharps Waste and Narcotics

4:04 a.m. Garrett Daniel Mimsburris, 23, Lakewood, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste and possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

3:56 a.m. Jerrica G. Ibanez, 29, Walnut, was arrested on a warrant related to possessing a controlled substance. Bail was set at $5,000.

Westcliff Drive & Irvine Ave. I Sharps Waste and Controlled Substance

4:01 a.m. Daniel Garrett Humphreys, 31, Oceanside, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription. Bail was set at $500.


DUI Arrests

Emily Elizabeth Pemberton, 24, Irvine – Saturday, October 6

James Courtney Owens, 69, Newport Beach – Friday, October 5 

Tatum Lynn Akullian, 22, Villa Park – Friday, October 5 

David Brent Pogue, 53, Newport Beach – Thursday, October 4 (with prior)

Irene Elizabeth Wotta, 61, Newport Beach – Thursday, October 4 

Diane Eileen Patlan, 25, Riverside – Thursday, October 4

Incident Reports

Saturday, October 6

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Constance James, 48, Redondo Beach

Jackson Fredrick Harper, 23, Ladera Ranch

Jamboree Road I 1800 Block I Obstruction and Parole Violation

3:12 p.m. Shavin Michael Akin, 43, Los Angeles, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer and on a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Warrant

12:26 p.m. Joseph Thomas Schrementi, 28, Peotone, was arrested on a warrant related to a terrorist threat. Bail was set at $50,000.

Jamboree Road & Bayview Way I Sex Offender Transient Failing to Register

11:01 a.m. Shavin Michael Akin, 43, Los Angeles, was arrested for being a sex offender transient who failed to register. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. & Coast Highway Ramp South I Vandalism

10:16 a.m. Brent Aaron Morita, 40, Fountain Valley, was arrested for vandalism by damaging property. Bail was set at $500.

21st Place I W. Ocean Front I Paraphernalia, Sharps Waste and Narcotics

10:12 a.m. Mitchell Grey Wilkerson, 23, Vista, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, illegal transporting of sharps waste and possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $3,000.

Friday, October 5 

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Brian Berk Dertli, 23, Newport Beach

Jeffrey Joseph Noon, 64, Garden Grove

W. Balboa Blvd. I 3100 Block I Disposal on Public Property

12:46 p.m. Lethuy Thi Truong, 33, Santa Ana, was arrested for disposing on public property. Bail was set at $75.

Newport Center Drive I 400 Block I Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

7:35 a.m. Ashley Berlyn Calderon, 25, Irvine, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Irvine Ave. & 17th St. I Warrant

7:44 p.m. Natasha Maria Brooks, 36, Anaheim, was arrested on a warrant related to methamphetamine. Bail was set at $10,000.

Thursday, October 4 

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Gilbert Allan Penhollow, 50, Laguna Hills

Alderwood Drive I 700 Block I Narcotics, Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Parole Violation

8:23 p.m. Shaw Timothy Scovel, 40, Newport Beach, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance, possessing unlawful paraphernalia and on a parole violation. No bail set.

16 St. & W. Ocean Front I Public Nudity

5:01 p.m. Christopher John Verso, 44, Costa Mesa, was arrested for public nudity. Bail was set at $50.

San Joaquin Hills Road & MacArthur Blvd. I Driving without a License, No Registration, Leaded Cane and Warrant

4:47 p.m. Brittany Amanda McArthur, 32, Garden Grove, was arrested for driving without a license, no registration for vehicle, possessing a leaded cane and on a warrant for being an unlicensed driver. Bail was set at $20,100.

E. Coast Highway I 2800 Block I Paraphernalia

1:56 p.m. Jayson Lee McGee, 51, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Birch St. I 4800 Block I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance, Narcotics, Sleeping in Vehicle and Warrant

12:22 p.m. John Brinley McClory, 31, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and sleeping in a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

12:16 p.m. Adlfo Herrera, 35, Santa Ana, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a narcotic controlled substance, sleeping in a vehicle and a warrant from an outside agency. Bail was set at $2,500.

Wednesday, October 3

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Billy Johnathan Trott, 36, San Juan Capistrano

Pebble Drive I 2700 Block I Trespassing and Obstruction

11:25 p.m. Eric Paul Funiestas, 42, Cerritos, was arrested for trespassing by occupying property without consent and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $500.


DUI Arrests

None reported during this period

Incident Reports

Friday, May 11

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Omar Nazif, 44, Laguna Beach

32nd Street & Newport Blvd. I Vandalism

7:25 p.m. Andrew Loren Heitwit, 21, Peoria, was arrested for vandalism with possession of a drill. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Center Drive I 900 Block I Petty Theft

3:31 p.m. Victoria Uyenthi Nguyenboa, 21, Irvine, was arrested for petty theft from a building. Bail was set at $500.

3:31 p.m. Faiza Nadeem Ahmad, 21, Irvine, was arrested for petty theft from a building. Bail was set at $500.

Irvine Ave. & 15th Street I Marijuana, Controlled Substance and Vehicle with Obstructed Window 

12:38 p.m. Bryan Vu Nguyen, 36, Anaheim Hills, was arrested on for transporting marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and operating a vehicle with an obstructed window. Bail was set at $10,000.

Thursday, May 10

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Zuly M. Pineda DeLeon, 33, Mission Viejo

Michael Anthony Masters, 53, Dana Point

Gregory A. Delovey, 45, Canton

Crystal Ave. & S. Bay Front I Warrants

11:56 p.m. Lisa Marie Brown, 47, Newport Beach, was arrested on warrants related to having a stolen vehicle or trailer obtained in a manner of theft or extortion, driving while suspended and failure to appear. Bail was set at $76,747.

11:45 p.m. Daniel Edward Wilson, 49, Monrovia, was arrested for receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950. Bail was set at $20,000.

E. 19th Street & Santa Ana Drive I Costa Mesa I Marijuana

8:36 p.m. Larance Renard Hale, 24, Tatum, was arrested for possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $500.

E. Coast Highway & Begonia Ave. I Paraphernalia, Narcotics, Driving w/o a License, No Registration and Warrant

8:33 p.m. Sandra Maureen Williams, 56, Yorba Linda, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, driving without a license, no registration on a vehicle/trailer and a warrant related to a vehicle bulb violation. Bail was set at $12,500.

E. Coast Highway & Begonia Ave. I Narcotics, Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

8:38 p.m. John Christopher Winslow, 47, Laguna Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Francisco Drive & Braemar Way I Re-Encoder, Identity Theft and Warrant

7:25 p.m. Michael Joseph Fiandaca, 31, Corona, was arrested for two counts of possession of fraudulent re-encoders, two counts of identity theft with intent to use other’s IDs and a warrant related to being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $50,000.

E. Coast Highway & Avocado Ave. I Battery

1:11 p.m. Jonathan Lee Cassano, 38, Chatsworth, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

S. Clementine I 800 Block I Anaheim I Grand Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Paraphernalia

12:01 p.m. Martin Naftel, 56, Midway City, was arrested for grand theft, receiving stolen property with a value greater than $950 and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000.

W. 16th Street I 800 Block I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

9:33 a.m. Logan Craig Clark, 34, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

W. Coast Highway I 4600 Block I Paraphernalia

8:35 a.m. Christopher Scott Sharp, 27, Placentia, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

San Joaquin Hills Rd. I 1500 Block I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Trespassing and Warrant

5:42 a.m. Adam Michael Quick, 37, Colton, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of unlawful paraphernalia, trespassing by occupying a property without consent and a warrant related to grand theft. Bail was set at $2,500.

15th Street & Bolsa Ave. I Sharps Waste and Paraphernalia

4:35 a.m. Anthony Richard Paliobagis, 26, San Diego, was arrested for illegal transport of sharps waste and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

Wednesday, May 9

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Matthew Stephen Higgins, 26, Amarillo

Avocado Ave. I 1500 Block I Parole Violation

11:44 p.m. Dale Ira Haviland Jr., 52, Santa Ana, was arrested on a parole violation. No bail was set.

15th Street & Beach I Felony Vandalism

11:30 p.m. Blake Donald Bassham, 20, Huntington Beach, was arrested for felony vandalism. Bail was set at $20,000.

32nd Street & Newport Blvd. I Warrant

10:25 p.m. Tyler A. Edmisten Garcia, 29, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a warrant related to suspended driving privileges. Bail was set at $1,500.

W. First Street I 1500 Block I Santa Ana I Burglary, Grand Theft Fraud and Warrant

3:06 p.m. Daniellle Jonni Huerta, 32, Anaheim, was arrested for commercial burglary by fraud and/or forgery, two counts of grand theft for fraud and a warrant related to not having a valid driver’s license. Bail was set at $20,500.

19th Street & Beach I Narcotics and Drinking in Public

1:40 p.m. Adam Davi Herrera, 30, Tustin, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and drinking in public. Bail was set at $2,500.

Channel Road I 2200 Block I Narcotics and Drinking in Public

1:19 a.m. Maitim Thach Bui, 34, Garden Grove, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and drinking in public. Bail was set at $2,500.


DUI Arrests

Javier Junior Angel, 26, Fountain Valley – Tuesday, October 2

Mariama Cadena, 22, Anaheim – Monday, October 1

Incident Reports

Tuesday, October 2

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Keith Eric Merscheim, 62, Newport Beach

Jay Hanford Clark, 67, Watsonville

Constance James, 48, Los Angeles

19th St. & Monrovia I Controlled Substance, Controlled Substance without Prescription and Warrant

11:54 p.m. Theodore Anthony Holbrook, 33, Westminster, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and a warrant related to possessing methamphetamine. Bail was set $3,500.

Seashore Drive & Orange St. I Driving while Suspended/Revoked, Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

10:42 p.m. Paul Cardoza, 37, Mira Loma, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

10:30 p.m. Veronica Olivia Reyes, 45, Mira Loma, was arrested for driving while suspended or revoked, possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

E. Coast Highway I 2900 Block I Sharps Waste and Warrant

10:38 a.m. Christopher Ryan Stenerson, 29, Hemet, was arrested for illegally transporting sharps waste and a warrant related to a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

Monday, October 1

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

None

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Warrant

7:52 p.m. Alan Jeremy Collins, 35, Kalamazoo, was arrested on a warrant related to DUI. Bail was set at $15,000.

Sunday, September 30

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Phillip James Forrest, 30, Appleton

Kathleen G. Kuske, 26, Appleton

John Reid Ellegard, 51, Newport Beach

Shaina Nicole Lagotic, 34, Huntington Beach

W. Coast Highway I 6300 Block I Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

8:32 p.m. Erick Said Vargas, 24, Santa Ana, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia and possessing a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Avocado Ave. & San Miguel Drive I Narcotics

8:26 p.m. Richard Franklin Hartsook, 31, Marcus Hook, was arrested for possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

E. Coast Highway & Avocado Ave. I Forgery, False Personation, Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance, Transporting Controlled Substance, Narcotics for Sale, Felon in Possession of a Stun Gun, Forgery Cruelty to a Child and Warrant

8:07 p.m. Matthew Dryden Ogden, 36, Pasadena, 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 for sale narcotics, being a felon possessing a stun gun, forgery for possessing a driver’s license, cruelty to a child and an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $170,000.

Santa Barbara Drive I 800 Block I Warrant

12:00 p.m. Cory Carnelius Chaplin, 24, Long Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to drinking in public. Bail was set at $1,500.

Hoag Drive & W. Coast Highway I Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance and Narcotics

4:49 a.m. Gilbert Ornelas, 27, Santa Ana, was arrested for possessing unlawful paraphernalia, possessing a controlled substance and possessing a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Seashore Drive & Cedar St. I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia, Burglary Tools, Driving without License and Warrant

3:19 a.m. Ryan Charles Ayres, 45, Anaheim, was arrested for possessing burglary tools, driving without a license and a warrant related to failing to obey a sign. Bail was set at $1,500.

3:14 a.m. Debbie Ann Davenport, 58, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possessing a controlled substance and possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.


DUI Arrests

Alexander Sanchez, 31, Rowland Heights – Friday, April 20

Yareli Linda Sandoval, 27, San Bernardino – Thursday, April 19

Michael Gregory Pasbjerg, 62, Santa Ana – Thursday, April 19

Alexandra Kathryn Beauregard, 28, Yorba Linda – Wednesday, April 18

Incident Reports

Friday, April 20

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Jamee Erin Swain, 42, Orange

Newport Blvd. I 3100 Block I Paraphernalia, Drinking in Public and Possessing a Controlled Substance

11:05 p.m. Mario Ray Crumpacker, 57, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, drinking in public and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Bayside Drive & E. Coast Highway I Driving while License is Suspended/Revoked

2:20 p.m. Christian Enrique Chicohernadez, 21, Long Beach, was arrested for driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $2,500.

Thursday, April 19

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Noemy Esmeralda Sandoval, 28, San Bernardino

Eugene Lawrence Curcio, 61, Dana Point

Balboa Pier I 00 Block I Paraphernalia and Possessing a Controlled Substance

4:25 p.m. Nathan James Nunez, 43, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

E. Coast Highway I 3200 Block I Drinking in Public, Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer and a Warrant

4:18 p.m. Joni G. Crowe, 61, Santa Ana, was arrested for drinking in public, obstructing/resisting a peace officer and a warrant related to alcohol. Bail was set at $2,000.

Wednesday, April 18

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

John Daniel Simhachalam, 26, Costa Mesa

E. Bay Ave. & Medina Way I Possessing a Switchblade

9:55 p.m. Joshua Ismodes, 21, Anaheim, was arrested for possession of a switchblade in a vehicle. Bail was set at $500.

Baywood Drive I 300 Block I Warrant

6:44 p.m. Julia Anne Horton-Conroy, 51, Newport Beach, was arrested for a warrant related to petty theft. Bail was set at $15,000.

Bristol Street I 2100 Block I Warrants

2:10 p.m. Samantha Marie Fluor, 21, Newport Beach, was arrested for warrants, one related to possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $1,000.

Jamboree Road I 3300 Block I Taking a Vehicle w/o Consent, Burglary and Obstructing/Resisting a Peace Officer

11:14 a.m. Abdalla M. Elbeih, 32, Ladera Ranch, was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, commercial burglary with no forced entry and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Bail was set at $20,000.


DUI Arrests

Trevor Austin Robinson, 28, Orange – Monday, May 7

Eddie Jr. Hill, 42, Los Angeles – Sunday, May 6

Andreas Luis Serranosiordia, 21, Vacaville – Sunday, May 6

Gerald Corey Burton, 44, Newport Beach – Sunday, May 6

Allie Lynn Noreen, 30, Etiwanda – Saturday, May 5

Jason Scott Wilson, 24, Rancho Cucamonga – Saturday, May 5

Briana Encinas, 23, Rancho Cucamonga – Saturday, May 5

Javona Lynette Williams – Saturday, May 5

Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 8

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Cristina Clark, 52, Newport Beach

W. Ocean Front & 23rd Street I Warrants

5:40 p.m. Jaymie Amber Boggs, 40, St. Peters, was arrested for two fugitive warrants. Bail was set at $200,000.

10th Street & W. Ocean Front Alley I Narcotics

6:03 p.m. Christopher Michael Hassien, 35, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance for sale. Bail was set at $25,000.

Irvine Ave. I 1100 Block I Paraphernalia, Sharps and Warrants

9:19 a.m. Burt Jay Hanson, 25, Huntington Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, illegal transport of sharps waste and warrants related to paraphernalia (two) and dangerous drugs. Bail was set at $23,000.

Irvine Ave. I 1500 Block I Narcotics and Paraphernalia

9:23 a.m. Samantha Marie Fluor, 21, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000.

Campus & West Peltason I Irvine I Warrants

7:01 a.m. David Sergio Ortega, 26, Long Beach, was arrested for warrants related to driving while suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $80,000.

W. Ocean Front I 2100 Block I Deadly Weapon

2:32 a.m. Casey Daniel Purser, 30, Sherman Oaks, was arrested for exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm. Bail was set at $500.

W. Ocean Front I 2100 Block I Threatening Crime and Deadly Weapon

12:57 a.m. Brandon Dale Jessup, 32, Woodland Hills, was arrested for threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm. Bail was set at $50,000.

Monday, May 7

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Robert Allen Lillycrop, 59, Costa Mesa

Nathaniel Monks Hutchinson, 53, Costa Mesa

Avocado Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Under the Influence

9:36 p.m. Matthew Stephens Higgins, 26, Amarillo, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Blvd. I 2300 Block I Felony Vandalism

12:32 p.m. Bradley Jamescleeton Stone, 27, Anaheim, was arrested for felony vandalism. Bail was set at $20,000.

Estelle Lane I 1400 Block I Concealed Dirk or Dagger, Paraphernalia, Controlled Substance, Burglary Tools and Warrant

3:57 a.m. Kodie Dylan Hitchcock, 24, Buena Park, was arrested 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. Bail was set at $170,000.

16th Street I 1600 Block I Trespassing

4:24 a.m. Gilberto Jr. Lizarraga, 27, Chula Vista, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave a property. No bail was set.

Estelle Lane & Ruth Lane I Narcotics, Controlled Substance, Tear Gas and Probation Violation

4:20 a.m. Melissa Marie Goehring, 46, Garden Grove, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, a felon purchasing, possessing or using tear gas and a felony probation violation. Bail was set at $500.

San Miguel Drive & MacArthur Blvd. I Warrant

12:39 a.m. Nia Khalilah Perry, 41, Long Beach, was arrested on a warrant related to theft. Bail was set at $30,000.

Sunday, May 6

Oceancrest I 00 Block I Burglary, Receiving Stolen Property and Trespassing

7:32 p.m. Francis T. Merchantdest, 35, San Diego, was arrested for residential burglary with no forced entry, receiving stolen property and trespassing by occupying without consent. Bail was set at $50,000.

Saturday, May 5

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Michael Charles Henderson, 23, Placentia

Hugh Forsyth Seifert, 23, Irvine

Andre Garbo Swynenburg, 32, Van Nuys

Clifford Gordon Martens, 58, Huntington Beach

Cinzia Guilietta Molla, 31, Costa Mesa

Magaly A. Ruizhernandez, 30, Huntington Beach

W, Ocean Front I Battery

11:33 p.m. Eric Andrew Smith, 46, Costa Mesa, was arrested for battery. Bail was set at $500.

W. Balboa Blvd. & 15th Street I Narcotics, Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia

3:14 p.m. Mark Douglas Caffey, 45, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $2,500.

Superior Ave. & Nice Lane I Warrant

9:51 a.m. Francisco Avonce, 28, Costa Mesa, was arrested for a warrant related to being drunk in public. Bail was set at $10,000.

38th Street & Balboa Blvd. I Appropriating Lost Property, Controlled Substance and Warrant

9:26 a.m. Wayne Anthony Carey II, 26, Los Angeles, was arrested for appropriating lost property, possession of a controlled substance and a warrant related to lewd conduct. Bail was set at $3,000.


DUI Arrests

Torsten Norbert Staudinger, 32, Freiberg – Tuesday, May 15 

Anthony Jacob Naber Romero, 26, Costa Mesa – Monday, May 14

James D. Hawkins, 44, Los Angeles – Sunday, May 13

Jonathan Miao, 25, Corona – Saturday, May 12 

Incident Reports

Tuesday, May 15

Irvine Ave. & Sherington Place I Receiving Stolen Property and Parole Violation

3:25 a.m. Christopher Lloyd Brown, 28, Huntington Beach, was arrested for receiving stolen property valued at less than $950 and on a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

San Joaquin Hills Road I 2300 Block I Petty Theft

3:02 p.m. Phuong Lan Thi Bui, 57, Santa Ana, was arrested for petty theft from buildings. Bail was set at $500.

Monday, May 14

Fernleaf Ave. & E. Coast Highway I Paraphernalia, Narcotics and Controlled Substance

11:31 p.m. Michelle Leann Zander, 32, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

62nd Street & Seashore Drive I Paraphernalia, Forging/Altering Vehicle Registration, Unlawful Plates and PRCS Revocation

9:48 p.m. Michael F. Delmonico, 56, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, forging/altering vehicle registration, unlawful vehicle plates and PRCS revocation. Bail was set at $20,000.

W. Coast Highway & Old Newport Ramp N I Warrant

12:53 p.m. Michael Christopher McNeil, 59, San Francisco, was arrested on a warrant related to being under the influence. Bail was set at $10,000.

E. Coast Highway & Bayside Drive I Fugitive from Justice

11:40 a.m. Alan Fernandez Pinto, 25, San Diego, was arrested for being a fugitive from justice. Bail was set at $100,000.

30th Street & Balboa Blvd. I Taking Auto w/o Consent and Warrant

1:51 a.m. Jacob Jason Trantham, 27, Huntington Beach, was arrested for taking an auto without the owner’s consent and on a warrant from an outside agency. Bail was set at $70.000.

Sunday, May 13

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Michael Cody Gilbert, 26, Ventura

Robert William Lyons, 22, Newport Beach

W. Balboa Blvd. & W. Coast Highway I Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Narcotics

11:07 p.m. Jeremy Randall MacDonald, 40, Costa Mesa, was arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

10:50 p.m. Randall Kevin MacDonald, 66, 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.

E. Balboa Blvd. I 500 Block I Robbery, Attempting to Commit Crime and Warrant

8:02 p.m. Stephen Michael Arsenault, 20, Santa Ana, was arrested for robbery with a cutting instrument, attempting to commit a felony crime and a warrant for domestic violence. Bail was set at $35,000.

Deputy Circle I 2700 Block I Laguna Hills I Burglary and Taking Auto w/o Consent

5:19 p.m. Nathan John Turner, 37, Dana Point, was arrested for residential burglary with forced entry and taking an auto without the owner’s consent. Bail was set at $50,000.

Irvine Ave. I 1200 Block I Warrant

4:13 p.m. Cameron Malik Crudupt, 23, Upland, was arrested on an undisclosed warrant. Bail was set at $100,000.

Vista del Oro & Vista del Sol I Narcotics and Switchblade

12:06 p.m. Hanna Nicole Tucker, 21, Newport Beach, was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and possession of a switchblade in vehicle. Bail was set at $2,500.

San Miguel Drive I 1600 Block I Driving while Suspended/Revoked, Addict Driving Vehicle, Paraphernalia and Controlled Substance

11:10 a.m. Eric T. Gainers, 57, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

10:48 a.m. Gerald Martin Busane, 47, Santa Ana, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia, driving while suspended or revoked and an addict driving a vehicle. Bail was set at $2,500.

Newport Blvd. I 2300 Block I Vandalism

10:43 a.m. Nathan O’Neil Hulihan, 40, Citrus Heights, was arrested for vandalism for property damage. Bail was set at $500.

28th Street & Newport Blvd. I Warrant

9:28 a.m. Nathaniel Monks Hutchinson, 53, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a warrant related to possession of unlawful paraphernalia. Bail was set at $1,500.

22nd Street & Newport Blvd. I Controlled Substance and Warrant

8:53 a.m. Sandra Lee Bettis, 28, Phoenix, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and on a warrant related to grand theft. Bail was set at $2,500.

Saturday, May 12

Arrests for Being Drunk in Public

Ryan Christian Rosas, 21, Amity

Aaron Farris Wolfe, 26, Corona

Andrew Michael Ferguson, 22, Rancho Santa Margarita

Back Bay Drive I 1100 Block I Obstructing/Resisting and Battery 

10:30 p.m. Carrie Ann Rose, 44, Murrieta, was arrested for obstructing/resisting a peace officer and battery on peace officer or emergency personnel. Bail was set at $2,500.

Ocean Blvd. I 3300 Block I Violating Court Order

9:19 p.m. Shawn Timothy Brack, 50, Santa Ana, was arrested for violating a court order to prevent domestic violence. Bail was set at $15,000.

Channel Place I 4400 Block I False ID, Drinking in Public and Under the Influence 

8:09 p.m. Sarah Jean Paquette, 41, Orange, was arrested for false identification to a peace officer, drinking in public and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Tustin Ave. I 500 Block I Santa Ana I Warrant

7:28 p.m. Cynthia Diaz Folk, 36, Santa Ana, was arrested on a warrant related to an act of child endangerment. Bail was set at $250,000.

Dover Drive & W. Coast Highway I Warrant

5:20 p.m. Dean Frederick Lee, 56, Costa Mesa, was arrested on a warrant related to battery. Bail was set at $15,000.

E. Ocean Front I 2100 Block I Warrants

3:54 p.m. Franklin Aroldo Gonzales, 23, Santa Ana, was arrested on two warrants related to DUI and driving while suspended/revoked. Bail was set at $30,000.

MacArthur Ct. & Campus Drive I Parole Violation

3:20 p.m. Jason Ghassan Alijarrah, 30, Santa Ana, was arrested for a parole violation. No bail was set.

Constellation Drive & Santiago Drive I Paraphernalia and Warrants

2:24 p.m. Juan Aguilar Martinez, 36, Costa Mesa, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and warrants related to violating a court order. Bail was set at $18,000.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Trespassing

8:22 a.m. Dennis Quang Tran, 35, Orange, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave property. Bail was set at $500.

Lido Park Drive I 700 Block I Exhibiting Deadly Weapon

8:06 a.m. Ralph Pierpoint Morgan IV, 33, Costa Mesa, was arrested for exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm. Bail was set at $500.

Hoag Drive I 00 Block I Trespassing

2:02 a.m. Paul Alexander Gill, 24, San Juan Capistrano, was arrested for trespassing for refusing to leave property. Bail was set at $500.