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  • How might John Wayne settle this dispute?

    The heirs of John Wayne and a certain North Carolina university are duking it out over their right to the word "Duke." John Wayne Enterprises, a Newport Beach-based corporation that brands products — including alcohol — with the nickname...
  • Teacher arrested in snakes case pleads guilty to misdemeanor

    Teacher arrested in snakes case pleads guilty to misdemeanor
    A Newport Beach school teacher arrested earlier this year on suspicion of hoarding and neglecting hundreds of snakes pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. In January, animal control officers found at least 400 snakes...
  • Suspect in slaying of handyman agrees to psychiatric evaluation

    After months of delays, a homeless man accused of killing a 54-year-old Costa Mesa resident has agreed to talk to court-appointed psychologists who will evaluate whether he's fit to stand trial, according to his lawyer. Christopher Leovy, 34, is accused...
  • Police suspicions lead them to burglary suspect

    Police suspicions lead them to burglary suspect
    Costa Mesa police officers hopped fences and ran through backyards last week in Mesa Verde to chase down a serial burglar, but this was no accidental nabbing of a suspect. Police arrested Marc Christopher Marchetti — who just days earlier had been...
  • Man gets 107 years for sexual assault on two women in their homes

    An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday sentenced an Irvine mechanic to 107 years in prison for breaking into the homes of two women and sexually assaulting them. Judge Sheila Hanson called Travis Dewayne Batten, 32, a dangerous man who needed to...
  • Court refuses to dismiss workers' case against city

    An Orange County Superior Court judge rejected Costa Mesa's request Monday to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the City Council's effort to outsource municipal services. The decision could move the longstanding lawsuit closer to trial. The Costa Mesa...
  • D.A. shares details of office's work at chamber event

    Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas gave members of the Newport Beach business community a crash course Tuesday morning in the work performed by his office. At the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce's monthly Wake Up! Newport breakfast event,...
  • Molestation suspect to stand trial

    A Newport Beach pool cleaner used his job and positions at two churches to gain the trust of boys he later molested and used in child pornography, according to testimony from police and an alleged victim. After more than five hours of testimony Thursday,...
  • Council to consider rules on speech

    The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled Tuesday to consider ways that public speakers may be removed from the chambers if their conduct is deemed overly disruptive. These behaviors run the gamut from swearing to being seen as simply repeating what...
  • Volunteer, injured during rescue search, suing one of the missing hikers

    Volunteer, injured during rescue search, suing one of the missing hikers
    A volunteer who suffered a severe spine injury while he helped search for a pair of missing hikers last year has sued the young woman he was trying to help find. The lawsuit filed this month on behalf of Nick Papageorge alleges Kyndall Jack put her...
  • J. Edgar Thomson "JET" Rutter March 6, 1931 - May 31, 2014

    J. Edgar Thomson "JET" Rutter <br/> March 6, 1931 - May 31, 2014
    J. Edgar Thomson “JET” Rutter II departed to see the Lord on May 31, 2014,  at age 83,  after a short bout with cancer (it seemed longer.)  J.E.T. Rutter was born in what he liked to call “The People’s Republic of Santa Monica,&...
  • Murder case may drag on for months

    A 4-year-old Costa Mesa murder case could be on hold for months longer now that the defense has lobbed allegations of misconduct including the misuse of jailhouse informants and asked for more time to make its case. Orange County Superior Court Judge...