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News | September 4, 2003
The class started out with 34 recruits -- upon graduation, there were only 20. "It takes a lot of effort, heart and help to complete this course," said Gary T. Knostman, graduate of Golden West College's Criminal Justice Training Center. "I couldn't have done it on my own." The 125th graduating class of Golden West College's Criminal Justice Training Center held its ceremonies in the larger and more spacious Robert B. Moore Theater at Orange Coast College on Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | February 25, 2010
Patrick Cottle does most of his work in a small shop in Norwalk, but he stays on call 24 hours a day. After all, he never knows when somebody is going to need a drum. Cottle, the owner of BoneYard Drums, has had bands call him at 10 p.m. en route to a gig, needing a small part for their drum kit. He’s had producers phone him at odd hours from the recording studio. Sometimes, drummers land at the airport and call him to provide an entire set for their upcoming show. For nearly three years, Cottle has made a living finding old and beat-up drums, outfitting them with new parts and selling them back to the music industry.
NEWS
By: Chris Yemma | July 26, 2005
His nickname could be "Aqua Lung." His slogan could be: Banker by day, world-class swimmer by night. He is Richard Saeger, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist who has recently delved, or dived, back into the pool, breaking records all over again. Saeger, 41, who regularly trains at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar High school pools, is fresh off a world-record performance in the 100-meter freestyle in the 40-44 age division at the Mission Viejo Masters Meet July 3. An Irvine resident since 1999, Saeger got back into competitive swimming in 2000 after taking a 14-year hiatus to focus on his career -- banking, basically.
NEWS
August 22, 2002
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK Cops aren't like regular people -- at least that's what most people seem to think. It seems that most people have a bad opinion of cops, or none at all. I have to admit that I haven't always had a very good opinion of them. That changed when I got into journalism. My first job at a newspaper put me in contact with police officers on a weekly basis and I learned a lot about them. They are just like everyone else. They have families, they have lives outside of the police department and the same things that bother us, bother them.
NEWS
October 31, 2002
Mike Sciacca Supernatural forces and spirits of the dead are certain to stumble around Downtown today and into the night as children and the not-so-young dress the part in celebration of Halloween. Most Halloween festivities, based on folk legend, tell of supernatural beings from the dark side: ghosts, witches, vampires and werewolves. All figure to be on the prowl tonight, some seeking candy, others simply trying to put up a fright. But every day, toward the east end of Main Street, where ghouls and goblins figure to roam sidewalks freely, a different kind of supernatural force can be found.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | December 17, 2012
Tragedies like this catch us off guard, when we are vulnerable, leaving no time to prepare or to absorb the sickening blow. Then the most brutal events imaginable begin to unfold. In the blur of modern technology and communication, shards of information cut the air and a million mistakes are made and knee-jerk debates are instantly ignited about guns and insanity and evil; but for all the theorizing, anger and outrage, the outcome is never altered. It seems there are always innocent people scythed down like wheat instantly and insanely felled.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Epting | August 6, 2012
"A cement-covered marshmallow. " That's how Katherine Coones describes her husband Rusty, a 6-foot-5 biker bear of a man who, despite what some might consider to be an intimidating presence, is disarmingly warm and engaging. On Goldenwest Street right near the 405 Freeway is Illusion Motorsports, the world this couple (along with Rusty's business partner, Rodrigo Requejo) has been building for more than a decade. They call it "the premier motorcycle customizing shop of Orange County," and after a tour, it's obvious why. Though they'll do tune-ups and other bike maintenance here, it's the design and building that they're primarily focused on. Several dozen bikes in various stages of creation and design are on display, including one $80,000 beauty that Rusty is customizing for a local businessman.
NEWS
By Chris Epting | October 22, 2012
She does not look like a sex slave. Pretty, with coffee-colored skin, looking perhaps 17 years old, she could be a cheerleader, or volleyball player, or a dancer - anything but what is seems she is. But we found her photo online, someone in our group spoke to her on the phone numerous times to try to make an appointment with her, and so here we are. She dips her feet in the hotel Jacuzzi, which is adjacent to the outdoor swimming pool. Three young kids frolic in the water just inches from her. They are on vacation.
LOCAL
May 13, 2008
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is looking into whether a Huntington Beach woman intentionally let her cocker spaniel loose on a mail carrier, authorities said. The postal worker, former Olympic swimmer Shirley Babashoff, called 911 last week saying she was hiding from the dog in her truck. Babashoff, of Fountain Valley, told a dispatcher that a resident got angry as she approached the door to have her sign a piece of registered mail, authorities said. She said the resident, Patricia Johnson, let out her black and white cocker spaniel and unleashed a verbal tirade at her, authorities said.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | August 28, 2008
Huntington Beach resident Ian Allen told friends he planned to kill his girlfriend’s mother as painfully as possible, just days before her body was found in Newport Beach shores with dozens of stab wounds, witnesses said on the first day of trial. “He wanted to make it slow and painful,” former friend Ryan Neptune said about a get-together the weekend before the killing. “He also offered myself and my friend Alex money to drive to a location in the desert, [to]
NEWS
By Chris Epting | February 12, 2010
“I hope you’ll find your own way when I’m not with you.” The lyrics jump out to the listener. The sparse, haunting, discordant ballad, consisting only of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan on piano, drums and vocal, fills the room — the same room where, last May, my teenage son and I visited with Joe and Barbara Sullivan, parents of the drummer from Avenged Sevenfold. We were there for a column I was writing about how proud the parents were of their son’s success.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | March 28, 2012
For bar or restaurant patrons who have had too much to drink, a Huntington Beach company is offering a ride home - in a very familiar car. DrunkRescue, which launched in January, provides a service in which professional drivers take intoxicated customers' keys and chauffeur them back to their residences. The owners, Davlyn Sousa De Freitas and Robert Herron, started their enterprise in response to Huntington Beach's high DUI numbers, although their service has quickly expanded to Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach and other surrounding cities.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 21, 2014
When Caterina Serato heard that children at the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim weren't being served dinner, she told her son to make them pasta. Huntington Beach resident Bruno Serato has continued to do so since the chef's concerned mother visited the club April 18, 2005. Last Friday, CNN was set to air a story on Bruno, who was awarded the CNN Hero's Award in 2011 for his work in Orange County, and his mission to feed underprivileged children around the United States. "I didn't want to stop, so I've done that every day since then," he said.
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