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  • From luxury to lockup

    From luxury to lockup
    In Santa Ana last April, a team led by Newport Beach vice detectives staked out two luxury high-rise buildings towering above MacArthur Boulevard near John Wayne Airport. One detective, according to court transcripts, announced that the team's target...
  • Man gets 60 months in prison in pot case

    A 32-year-old man who fled from authorities in Newport Beach aboard a sailboat stuffed with marijuana was sentenced to 60 months in prison last week. Nickolas Leivas had 90 bales of pot almost filling the cabin of a 30-foot boat when the Coast Guard...
  • 250 marijuana plants found in Costa Mesa building

    250 marijuana plants found in Costa Mesa building
    Police said they found hundreds of marijuana plants Tuesday afternoon when a fire led them to an illegal indoor pot farm across from Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Around 4:40 p.m., firefighters arrived at a complex of commercial buildings at...
  • Commentary: Crime-suppression team is having an effect

    Over the last two budget cycles, the City Council has helped us re-create a dedicated Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) to work on specific crimes in Newport Beach. As I often tell our residents and business owners that Newport Beach is a very safe city, one...
  • Canines to be called in for added safety measure at local schools

    Dogs able to sniff out drugs, alcohol and gunpowder will pay surprise visits to Newport-Mesa Unified schools beginning in October. The goal is to deter students from bringing dangerous items on campus. School board trustees unanimously approved the...
  • Man held in number of local robberies

    Man held in number of local robberies
    Police have arrested a Santa Ana man suspected of robbing two Costa Mesa stores at gunpoint. Authorities believe Dennis Adamson, 24, may have also robbed an Independence Bank in Fountain Valley in August and a Subway sandwich shop and Mobil gas...
  • Police to collect unused prescription drugs

    Residents can turn in expired or unwanted prescription drugs to Newport Beach and Irvine police Saturday. The two departments announced that they are participating in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back...
  • Costa Mesa DUI checkpoint yields arrests

    Costa Mesa police arrested six people Friday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., officers ran a checkpoint at Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue. They conducted 37 field sobriety tests from the...
  • District lets the dogs in

    While contraband sniffing dogs found one Newport-Mesa Unified School District student in possession of marijuana in October, a district report shows that most students are probably not bringing drugs and alcohol to school. However, students still...
  • Commentary: U.S. must reduce human trafficking

    Human trafficking in America has dramatically increased over the past decades. More American girls and young women are being trafficked within the U.S. now than ever. The U.S. State Department has indicated that up to 17,000 people annually are...
  • Man duped by wife in fake drug bust, attorney says

    Man duped by wife in fake drug bust, attorney says
    An attorney for the Irvine father who is accused of helping his wife set up a PTA volunteer in a fake drug bust said Monday that the man was used like a puppet by his wife and had no idea he was helping frame someone. Kent Easter, 40, is accused of...
  • Mistrial declared in trial of man in planted drugs case

    Mistrial declared in trial of man in planted drugs case
    A mistrial has been declared in the trial of an Irvine attorney accused of helping his wife set up a drug bust in a scheme to seek revenge against a PTA volunteer. Orange County Superior Court Judge Carla M. Singer declared a mistrial Thursday, the...