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Disasters and Accidents

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  • Commentary: From collecting shoes to saving lives

    Three and a half years ago, disaster struck Haiti. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010. More than 200,000 lives were lost. Almost 2 million people were left homeless, countless children were orphaned, buildings crumbled and...
  • Woman crashes car into tax business

    A 74-year-old Irvine woman accidentally crashed her car into a Costa Mesa business over the weekend, authorities said. Police responded to Liberty Tax, 2200 Harbor Blvd., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that a car had been driven into the...
  • Apartment fire displaces residents

    Four Costa Mesa families were displaced Tuesday night when a fire ripped through their apartment complex in the 2000 block of Wallace Avenue, authorities said. Four firefighters and two residents were treated for minor injuries related to the three-...
  • Police Files

    Costa Mesa Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft of a bike between 5:30 and 6:20 p.m. Tuesday was reported in the 1800 block. Fair Drive: Rape was reported in the 100 block at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. Towne Street: Auto theft between 9:30 and 11 p.m. Tuesday was...
  • Newport-Mesa weathers first day of storm

    Newport-Mesa weathers first day of storm
    As a much-needed storm dumped rain over Southern California Friday, officials throughout the Newport-Mesa area said — for the most part — disaster was averted. "We're doing all our normal stuff, and so far, luckily, it's been uneventful,"...
  • 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...
  • Two families homeless after fire

    COSTA MESA — James Toporcer woke up early Thursday morning to a banging on his door and a voice yelling, "James, let's go!" "I woke up and the room was pretty warm," Toporcer said. "It was too warm to grab stuff." A fire that allegedly started...
  • Lobdell: Poor execution of an idea worth considering

    March Madness has already hit Costa Mesa. In a dizzying, four-day span beginning Feb. 25, the council placed a last-minute item on its agenda that proposed sending pink slips to nearly half of the city's employees. The only information given to the...
  • Council to study proposals for outsourcing fire services

    COSTA MESA — The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday will discuss if an Orange County Fire Authority proposal to take over firefighting in the city can really lead to millions in annual savings. OCFA showed city officials three options to cover the...
  • Plumber ignites fire in Irvine home, police say

    One person was injured and seven people displaced after a plumber ignited a fire in an Irvine home Wednesday morning, authorities said. About 9:44 a.m., firefighters were called to a blaze in the 400 block of Deerfield Avenue in Irvine where witnesses...
  • Driver to serve three years for fatal hit-and-run

    A driver whose SUV struck and killed a bicyclist from Irvine in a December 2009 hit-and-run accident in Newport Beach received a three-year state prison sentence Friday, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Patricia Ann Izquieta,...
  • In Newport, waves of concern but few local worries

     In Newport, waves of concern but few local worries
    NEWPORT BEACH — After a day of suspense and anticipation, Newport-Mesa residents were left with calm waters and heavy hearts for those in Japan hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. People flocked to bluffs and other vantage points to see the...