| Mar 16, 2015
| 4:09 PM
The brother of a slain Costa Mesa man said Monday that he's frustrated with the suspected killer repeatedly delaying any possibility of a trial by refusing to speak with two court-appointed psychologists trying to determine if the accused murderer is...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 2:16 PM
A former Newport Beach dentist admitted in court Monday that he robbed seven banks along the Southern California coast, according to federal prosecutors.
As part of an agreement with the U.S. attorney's office, Damian Newhart, 41, pleaded guilty to three...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 4:46 PM
A Van Nuys man was sentenced to death Tuesday for murdering the father and sister of his ex-girlfriend and leaving their charred bodies in an Irvine park, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Iftekhar Murtaza, 30, also left his ex-...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 3:42 PM
An Orange County judge Wednesday expanded the number of people exempt from a Costa Mesa law that bans most long-term stays in local motels.
Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell granted a preliminary injunction that will allow anyone living at a motel in...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 6:15 PM
A Costa Mesa double-murder case is headed out of Orange County, at least temporarily, after a county judge said Friday that he would not remove himself from the trial of Daniel Patrick Wozniak, who is accused of killing two Orange Coast College students...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 8:19 PM
Calling for greater transparency, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's recently fired personnel director on Tuesday asked the school board to investigate the complaints he lodged against the superintendent.
"You heard only one side of the story,"...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 5:38 PM
Two private investigators accused of conducting illegal surveillance on a pair of Costa Mesa city councilmen during the 2012 election season pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges of conspiracy and false imprisonment.
The defendants, Christopher...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 2:35 PM
Less than two weeks after one Orange County judge removed himself from the double murder trial for Daniel Wozniak, defense attorneys are trying to disqualify another judge from hearing the case.
Wozniak is a community theater actor accused of killing...
| Feb 5, 2015
Newport-Mesa Unified School District's recently fired personnel director sent an email to his former colleagues Tuesday describing how to make a public records request similar to the one he filed before his termination.
The school board fired John...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:51 PM
Eight months after an Orange County Superior Court judge upheld a City Council ban on dancing at Woody's Wharf, patrons of the popular Newport Beach restaurant will again be allowed to bust a move.
On Thursday, a three-judge panel of California's 4th...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 3:08 PM
An Orange County judge recused himself from a Costa Mesa murder trial Tuesday, citing doubts he could remain impartial in the case against Daniel Wozniak, a 30-year-old community theater actor accused of brutally killing two Orange Coast College...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 5:16 PM
A husband and wife who sued Newport Beach and its police department for alleged retaliation and wrongful termination settled their lawsuits Monday for $500,000, according city officials.
The payout will come from the city's insurance carriers, which...