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Disasters and Accidents

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  • Commentary: Let's focus on safety of Back Bay Drive, not restricting use

    Recently the Daily Pilot published a commentary regarding traffic along Back Bay Drive ("Close Back Bay Drive to vehicular traffic," April 22). Its author used a set of statistics and personal observations to conclude that Back Bay Drive should be closed...
  • Crews battling brush fire off toll road in Irvine

    Crews battling brush fire off toll road in Irvine
    Firefighters were trying to control a 3-acre wind-driven brush fire Wednesday in Irvine off the southbound lanes of the 241 toll road, authorities said. The fire at the Portola Parkway exit of the toll road was reported at about 1:10 p.m., said...
  • Back Bay fire leads to evacuations

    Back Bay fire leads to evacuations
    A vegetation fire that broke out near Newport Beach's Back Bay on Wednesday burned between 3 and 5 acres and caused a brief evacuation of a nearby apartment complex and car dealership, authorities said. Firefighters first responded to the blaze at...
  • Track: Keith climbs to the top

    Track: Keith climbs to the top
    Spencer Keith used to be a serious rock climber. With no rock climbing team at Corona del Mar High, Keith ran. Three years ago, Keith joined the boys' cross-country and track and field teams at school. During the first two seasons, he still found time...
  • Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire

    Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire
    A firefighter was injured battling an Eastside Costa Mesa house fire on Wednesday morning, officials said. About 30 Costa Mesa firefighters responded to reports of a house belching out smoke on Sherwood Street, off Santa Ana Avenue. When the first crews...
  • DUI suspect captured before 2-story drop at South Coast Plaza

    DUI suspect captured before 2-story drop at South Coast Plaza
    A DUI suspect who was running from police nearly fell two stories at South Coast Plaza before officers detained him and possibly saved his life, authorities said. Costa Mesa police said Francisco Novela, 37, of Santa Ana crashed his 1972 Ford Ranger...
  • Commentary: Close Back Bay Drive to vehicular traffic

    On Friday, the Daily Pilot reported the death of a female cyclist on Adams Avenue in Huntington Beach ("Bicyclist dies after being struck by car"). The accident occurred where Adams, a three-lane, 45-mph road, transitions from having a bike lane to no...
  • Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI hit-and-run

    Laguna Beach police arrested an Aliso Viejo woman on suspicion of felony DUI and hit-and-run after she allegedly struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk late Friday. Sherry Lynn Vitalone, 42, was taken into custody after the collision at 11:17 p.m. at Brooks...
  • Fire destroys car in Ikea parking lot

    Fire destroys car in Ikea parking lot
    Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a car fire in Ikea's busy parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials said. Around 11 a.m., one fire engine and four firefighters were dispatched to the furniture store at Harbor Boulevard and South Coast Drive. A 2001...
  • Cyclist's widower files claim against city

    The husband of a 58-year-old cyclist who was killed while biking in Newport Beach has filed a damages claim against the city. In August, Debra Deem of Laguna Beach was riding west on East Coast Highway when she and a white minivan collided just east...
  • Newport firefighters respond to gas leak at office building

    About half a dozen units from the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a gas leak that sparked an evacuation over the weekend, but the quick reaction of a landlord brought the situation under control, a fire official said. A construction crew...
  • Fight outside Goat Hill leaves 4 injured

    Police are looking for two men who started a fight outside Goat Hill Tavern that required four people to seek medical treatment, two of them for stab wounds, authorities said Monday. Costa Mesa police responded to reports of gunshots fired in the Costa...