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  • Ex-Costa Mesa church volunteer convicted of sexually abusing boys

    Ex-Costa Mesa church volunteer convicted of sexually abusing boys
    A former Costa Mesa Sunday school volunteer was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting five boys and trying to abuse a sixth. Christopher McKenzie, 51, didn't react, looking on steadily as a jury's guilty verdicts on 20 felony counts were read in...
  • Man arrested in fatal stabbing in Costa Mesa neighborhood

    Man arrested in fatal stabbing in Costa Mesa neighborhood
    A known gang member with a lengthy criminal history was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing a man to death in a Costa Mesa neighborhood, police said. John Raymond Breceda, 37, of Santa Ana already was in Orange County Jail on an unrelated charge...
  • Sex-abuse prosecutor: Church volunteer 'handpicked these boys.' Defense: 'There's reasonable doubt'

    Sex-abuse prosecutor: Church volunteer 'handpicked these boys.' Defense: 'There's reasonable doubt'
    Attorneys concluded their arguments Tuesday in the case of a Costa Mesa Sunday school volunteer accused of sexually abusing a half-dozen boys and trying to lure another. Jurors will decide whether they believe testimony from witnesses who over the...
  • Costa Mesa man pleads not guilty to shooting out car windows, driving drunk

    Costa Mesa man pleads not guilty to shooting out car windows, driving drunk
    A Costa Mesa man pleaded not guilty Friday to allegations of shooting out car windows with a BB gun while driving drunk through a neighborhood. According to court documents, Nicholas French, 21, had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal...
  • Ex-dentist sentenced to 5 years for 'rolled-sleeves bandit' bank robberies

    Ex-dentist sentenced to 5 years for 'rolled-sleeves bandit' bank robberies
    A former Newport Beach dentist was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for stealing more than $21,000 during a string of bank robberies along the Southern California coast, according to a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The...
  • Woman arrested in mysterious Costa Mesa neighborhood stabbing

    Woman arrested in mysterious Costa Mesa neighborhood stabbing
    A woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stabbing death last month in Costa Mesa, according to police, who released few other details. Investigators arrested Maricela Raye Gomez-Lee, 50, of Santa Ana at a Lake Elsinore home. She is being held...
  • Trial in killings of two OCC students tentatively set for October

    Five years after the killings of two Orange Coast College students, attorneys said Friday that they're on the verge of beginning the trial for the Costa Mesa man accused in the case and set a tentative October start date. But it remains to be seen if...
  • Costa Mesa parolee suspected of shooting out car windows with BB gun

    Costa Mesa parolee suspected of shooting out car windows with BB gun
    Police arrested a 21-year-old man who they believe shot out more than a dozen car windows with a BB gun while driving intoxicated around a Costa Mesa neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. Around 5 p.m., police responded to an area near Mission and El Camino...
  • Man accused in 2 Irvine crash deaths told officers he'd 'only get 5 years,' police say

    Man accused in 2 Irvine crash deaths told officers he'd 'only get 5 years,' police say
    The Costa Mesa man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl and her grandmother in a hit-and-run crash this month in Irvine told officers who arrested him that he would "only get five years" for the crime, according to a written statement from a police...
  • Charges upped to murder in hit-and-run crash that killed grandmother, 2-year-old

    Charges upped to murder in hit-and-run crash that killed grandmother, 2-year-old
    Orange County prosecutors Tuesday increased manslaughter charges to murder against a Costa Mesa man accused in a hit-and-run crash in Irvine that killed a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter. Alec Scott Abraham, 20, now faces two counts of murder...
  • Tutor charged in Corona del Mar High hacking scandal waives hearing

    Tutor charged in Corona del Mar High hacking scandal waives hearing
    An Irvine tutor accused of orchestrating a hacking campaign to change Corona del Mar High School students' grades waived his right to a preliminary hearing, effectively speeding the case toward trial, according to court records. Timothy Lance Lai, 29,...
  • Police were justified in shooting Newport man, D.A.'s office finds

    Two Newport Beach police officers were justified when they shot and wounded a man who opened fire on them at a beachside condo last year, the Orange County district attorney's office concluded. A letter from investigators released Friday outlines what...