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  • 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...
  • Mailbag: Thanks to all our safety officers

    Re: "Police officer revives 4-year-old swimmer," (May 1): "He who saves a life is as if he has saved the entire world." All of us can be grateful to all the safety personnel who participated in reviving little Nina following a near-drowning. We owe equal...
  • Westside crash knocks out power

    Power went for hours Thursday at some business near 19th Street and Meyers Place in Costa Mesa after a bizarre hit-and-run crash that involved a student driver who plowed into a high-voltage electrical box, police said. That evening, student drivers in...
  • Three-car collision leaves a driver trapped in Costa Mesa

    Firefighters pulled a trapped driver from an SUV after a crash Saturday in Costa Mesa. The SUV ended up on its side after a three-car collision about 3 p.m. at Placentia and Adams avenues, according to police. The driver, who was the only one in the...
  • Car crashes into Albertsons on Harbor Boulevard

    A Costa Mesa man fell asleep while driving and crashed into the front wall of an Albertsons supermarket over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Costa Mesa police Lt. Greg Scott said Alan Edward Roberts, 48, was asleep when he rammed his car into the...
  • Mailbag: Wreck should not have snarled traffic

    With all due respect to the person who lost his life at Promontory Point Drive and East Coast Highway ("Driver dies in East Coast Highway crash," Nov. 13), I take issue with having to shut down the highway for four hours when in fact no intersection was...
  • 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...
  • 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...