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  • Judge lets Costa Mesa enforce motel ordinance despite lawsuit

    Judge lets Costa Mesa enforce motel ordinance despite lawsuit
    Costa Mesa can, for now, keep enforcing an ordinance restricting long-term stays at local motels, despite a legal challenge alleging that the regulations unfairly target low-income residents. On Tuesday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory...
  • Jail inmate sues Costa Mesa police

    An Orange County Jail inmate has filed a civil-rights complaint in federal court alleging that Costa Mesa police officers beat him during an arrest and then left his unlocked truck on the side of the road, where it was later stolen. Joseph Barrack, 40,...
  • Co-owner of Irvine real estate investment firm pleads guilty to fraud

    One owner of an Irvine-based real estate investment company pleaded guilty Thursday to allegations that his firm essentially turned into a Ponzi scheme after the housing market crashed, according to authorities. John Packard, 64, of Long Beach was...
  • Tutor in Corona del Mar hacking scandal pleads not guilty

    A private tutor accused of hacking into Corona del Mar High School computers to change students' grades pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five felonies. Timothy Lance Lai could face up to five years and eight months in jail if he's convicted on one count of...
  • Supreme Court refuses to hear group-home case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Newport Beach's request for a hearing on its group-home law, a move that will effectively force the city back into trial court to defend its ordinance. Newport Beach submitted a petition to the Supreme Court in...
  • Personal trainer pleads guilty to extorting ex-employer for $350,000

    A personal trainer from Corona del Mar pleaded guilty Monday to his part in an extortion plot that threatened to smear a former employer if she and her husband didn't turn over hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2008, Michael Earl Roberts, 49,...
  • Reel Critics: The verdict? 'The Judge' is worth seeing

    "The Judge" is a classic character study of two complex men forced to return to their family roots. Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. create a memorable look at a father-and-son crisis situation. Duvall plays a small-town Indiana judge known to...
  • Balboa Bay Club asks judge to dismiss lawsuit that alleges bias, public sex

    Balboa Bay Club asks judge to dismiss lawsuit that alleges bias, public sex
    Lawyers for the Balboa Bay Club have asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit that alleges it ignored rampant debauchery from some members but unfairly kicked out one man after he mixed painkillers and alcohol. Newport Beach businessman Steve George sued...
  • Irvine lawyer gets jail sentence in drug-planting scheme against PTA volunteer

    Irvine lawyer gets jail sentence in drug-planting scheme against PTA volunteer
    An Irvine lawyer was sentenced to six months in jail Friday for his part in a revenge scheme that involved planting drugs in a school volunteer's car. An Orange County Superior Court judge also ordered Kent Easter, 40, to serve three years of informal...
  • 'Spoiled' or abused? Trial starts for man accused of murdering father

    The trial of a former Corona del Mar High School student charged with murdering his father started Tuesday with lawyers painting dueling pictures of the defendant as a selfish killer intent on visiting his Internet girlfriend and as an abused son trying...
  • Driver gets probation in wrong-way crash death

    A Costa Mesa man was sentenced Friday to five years' probation for killing another motorist in a wrong-way crash. Orange County Superior Court Judge Daniel McNerney also revoked 22-year-old Tyler Bevington Sullivan's license for five years and ordered...
  • Newport scam artist gets 1 year in prison

    A federal judge sentenced a Newport Beach man Monday to one year and one day in prison for an online scam that cheated small-business owners out of almost $120,000. Daniel Brucato will also have to pay that amount in restitution to his victims and...