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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 Matthew Harper | September 10, 2013
Those who know me understand that there's a lot I like about the '80s. Like many who reside in Huntington Beach and were around at that time, I liked the music, I liked the good economic times and I liked having Ronald Reagan as president. One thing I didn't like was the ban on fireworks imposed by the City Council in 1987. For years after Huntington Beach was incorporated in 1909, it went without such restrictions, but many people became concerned about old wood-shake roofs and their flammability.
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 Michael Miller | April 25, 2012
For some, living near the beach in Orange County is a priceless luxury. But actually going to the beach — by car, anyway — is about to get a little pricier. The California Dept. of Parks and Recreation announced this month that annual vehicle passes at state parks will increase from $125 to $195. Among the locations affected are six in Orange County: Crystal Cove State Park and Bolsa Chica, Huntington, Corona del Mar, San Clemente and Doheny state beaches. The department announced April 12 that it would raise the price of several annual passes, including those for vehicle use, on May 1. The cost for single-day use and camping fees will remain the same in most areas, although some regional superintendents may adjust fees for specific parks, spokesman Roy Stearns said.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 5, 2013
What started as a board designed to teach Peter Hamborg's children how to surf on land has turned into a hefty business for the Huntington Beach man after an appearance on the TV show "Shark Tank. " The 53-year-old Orange County Fire Authority firefighter created the surfboard-shaped object more than a dozen years ago using skateboard trucks - metal axles that hold the wheels, allowing the rider to turn the board when weight is applied to one side - and eventually called it the Hamboard.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | February 22, 2012
I crashed a Jewish wedding. OK, I was invited. But as a visitor from another religion, I had the same giddy sense of discovery that I might have had if I'd slipped in undetected. The experience was new for me on two levels. I had neither been to a Jewish or Persian ceremony - two things I've always wanted to experience. Culturally, Persian and Egyptian weddings are not too different, but I've always wanted to go to one. Islam doesn't dictate how a wedding is celebrated, so it usually depends on the culture and the family.
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 Anthony Clark Carpio | April 15, 2014
A teen from Lakewood drowned Monday off Sunset Beach, authorities said. Damian Frierson Jr., 19, was pulled from the water by Huntington Beach city lifeguards and transported to Huntington Beach Hospital, where he died at around 7:21 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner. Family members told authorities that Frierson was not a swimmer and might have gotten caught in the strong rip currents, Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein said. It took about 25 lifeguards - 15 from the city and additional units from Bolsa Chica State Beach and Seal Beach - about 47 minutes to locate Frierson, who was found submerged in about 10 to 15 feet of water, Beuerlein 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]
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