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  • Judge sentences murderer to death

    Judge sentences murderer to death
    A man who raped and murdered a pregnant woman in her Costa Mesa home 25 years ago was sentenced to death Friday. Orange County Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno handed down the sentence in the case against Jason Michael Balcom, who strangled and...
  • Judge moves mayor-union lawsuit forward

    A lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the city's police association, its former law firm and a private investigator moved forward Wednesday when a judge ruled that some of the alleged acts against the officials were not protected by the 1st...
  • Newport Beach hires Citizens United attorney

    A former U.S. solicitor general who has argued dozens of prominent cases before the Supreme Court has agreed to represent Newport Beach in its bid for judicial intervention in the city's years-long legal battle with sober-living homes. The city this...
  • Apodaca: A racist but in a continual state of recovery

    I am a racist. I don't want to be one. I try not to be. I'm not an obvious, hate-spewing bigot like Clippers owner Donald Sterling or renegade rancher Cliven Bundy. I like to think of myself as evolved and open-minded, a lover of all people no matter...
  • Commentary: City is gaining on its most serious issues

    Costa Mesa has gained a lot of momentum in recent months: •A new central library — more than triple the size of the Donald Dungan facility — is being planned for Lions Park. •Quality housing projects are rising in the revitalized...
  • Man accused of killing doctor will go to trial

    Man accused of killing doctor will go to trial
    An accused murderer told a nurse, "Call the police, I'm insane, call the police," moments after he shot a Newport Beach doctor multiple times in the chest early last year, a police detective testified Wednesday. Stanwood Elkus, 76, used a fake name to...
  • Newport gets support with group home law

    Two of Newport Beach's neighboring cities have pledged their support as it gears up to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a hearing on its group home law. Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa have promised to contribute funding toward the costs of filing amicus...
  • Ex-teacher pleads no contest to molestation

    A 58-year-old Newport Beach man pleaded no contest Thursday to charges that he molested a relative and students from a Los Angeles school where he worked. Robert Pimentel, a former teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington,...
  • Judge delays ruling on city layoffs

    An Orange County Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling Thursday but delayed finalizing the order that could bring a Costa Mesa municipal employee union's lawsuit against outsourcing closer to trial. For now, City Hall and the Costa Mesa City...
  • Political Landscape: O.C. Bar rates judicial candidates

    Though the Newport Beach-based Orange County Bar Assn. does not formally endorse judicial candidates, it does evaluate them and issue ratings voters can use as a guide in making their choices. The four ratings reflect whether the bar finds a candidate...
  • Court releases Foley from lawsuit

    An Orange County Superior Court judge this week dismissed local employment attorney Katrina Foley from a lawsuit accusing her of maliciously suing a company without proper evidence. Foley, a school board trustee who is running for City Council in...
  • Lawsuit against police union may proceed

    An Orange County Superior Court judge has cleared the way for evidence gathering in a lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the police union. That means a past president of the Costa Mesa Police Assn. and partners from its former law firm...