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May 28, 2009
Police have arrested a Costa Mesa couple in connection with the strong-arm robbery of a 70-year-old woman at the Bella Terra shopping mall the morning of May 22. The victim went to the vacant Mervyn?s store at Bella Terra on Edinger Avenue because she was unaware that the chain had gone out of business, authorities said. A suspect approached her at 11:31 a.m. and assaulted her, striking her in the left shoulder, before ripping her purse from her arm and fleeing on foot, authorities said.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | September 28, 2005
Police on Tuesday announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of two men suspected in 41 hotel robberies, including two in Costa Mesa, over a span of seven months. The reward was offered by a donor who wants to remain anonymous, police said. The serial robbers have hit mid-size hotels in an area from San Diego to Bakersfield. Police have connected the robberies through surveillance tapes and a pattern in how the thieves operate, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Jim Amormino.
LOCAL
October 15, 2009
Dennis James Ward, 45, of Costa Mesa, was found guilty Sept. 10 of nine felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child, according to a release from the Orange County district attorney?s office. Ward received the maximum sentence Oct. 2. This is his third time in prison for assaulting or molesting boys in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Ward is not eligible for California?s three-strike law because the original 1985 offense predates the law?
LOCAL
July 30, 2009
A Fountain Valley dry cleaning business manager accused of raping and imprisoning a 17-year-old female employee did not enter into a plea bargain in court July 23, said a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office. First Class Cleaners manager Jamie Zamora Ramirez, 40, is charged with one felony count of forcible rape and one felony count of false imprisonment by violence and deceit, according to a release from the district attorney. The charges hold a maximum sentence of eight years and eight months in state prison.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | September 22, 2005
An employee at the Orange County Performing Arts Center appeared in court Wednesday on charges that she stole more than $1 million from the arts center, said Deputy District Atty. Susan Schroeder. Ana Limbaring, 53, was arrested by Costa Mesa Police on Monday, following an investigation by the arts center, said Todd Bentjen, the center's vice president of marketing and communications. Limbaring was a "long-term employee" who worked in the center's accounts receivable department, Bentjen said.
NEWS
October 6, 2001
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Police say they have received several anonymous leads but have still not been able to arrest a teenager suspected of bludgeoning a 16-year-old Costa Mesa girl who was found dead in Fairview Park on Sept. 21. Victor Garcia, 17, of Costa Mesa has eluded police for more than a week. Ceceline Godsoe was found lying fully clothed on a brush-covered trail in the early hours of Sept. 21. Police say she died of blunt force trauma and that she had met Garcia the evening of Sept.
NEWS
By: | September 27, 2005
Fire victim dies of smoke inhalation A 90-year-old woman injured in a house fire in Corona del Mar early Thursday has died. Muriel Englund died early Sunday of smoke inhalation, said Supervising Deputy Coroner Leslie Meader. Englund's son, Gary Englund, said Thursday that his mother had a 50% chance of survival. Fire investigators believe a space heater too close to a bed caused the two-alarm fire that also left another woman with first- and second-degree burns.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 16, 2009
A Costa Mesa man was found guilty Sept. 10 of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy — his third time being found guilty of sexually assaulting or molesting boys in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Dennis James Ward, 45, was found guilty of nine felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child according to a release from the Orange County district attorney. Ward is facing a maximum sentence of 29 years in state prison.
NEWS
By: Alicia Robinson | August 18, 2005
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program will go by the wayside in Costa Mesa, and two police officers will be back on the streets. The Costa Mesa City Council decided Tuesday to cancel funding for the program, known as DARE, because the school district already has drug education in its curriculum and studies have questioned the effectiveness of the program. The city has offered the program to all fifth graders since 1989. The city spends $257,729 a year on salaries for two officers, vehicles and supplies.
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LOCAL
October 15, 2009
Dennis James Ward, 45, of Costa Mesa, was found guilty Sept. 10 of nine felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child, according to a release from the Orange County district attorney?s office. Ward received the maximum sentence Oct. 2. This is his third time in prison for assaulting or molesting boys in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Ward is not eligible for California?s three-strike law because the original 1985 offense predates the law?
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NEWS
By Britney Barnes | September 16, 2009
A Costa Mesa man was found guilty Sept. 10 of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy — his third time being found guilty of sexually assaulting or molesting boys in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. Dennis James Ward, 45, was found guilty of nine felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct with a child according to a release from the Orange County district attorney. Ward is facing a maximum sentence of 29 years in state prison.
LOCAL
July 30, 2009
A Fountain Valley dry cleaning business manager accused of raping and imprisoning a 17-year-old female employee did not enter into a plea bargain in court July 23, said a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office. First Class Cleaners manager Jamie Zamora Ramirez, 40, is charged with one felony count of forcible rape and one felony count of false imprisonment by violence and deceit, according to a release from the district attorney. The charges hold a maximum sentence of eight years and eight months in state prison.
LOCAL
May 28, 2009
Police have arrested a Costa Mesa couple in connection with the strong-arm robbery of a 70-year-old woman at the Bella Terra shopping mall the morning of May 22. The victim went to the vacant Mervyn?s store at Bella Terra on Edinger Avenue because she was unaware that the chain had gone out of business, authorities said. A suspect approached her at 11:31 a.m. and assaulted her, striking her in the left shoulder, before ripping her purse from her arm and fleeing on foot, authorities said.
LOCAL
By Alan Blank Independent | February 11, 2009
A 14-year-old cold case surrounding the execution-style murder of alleged gang associate Viet Nguyen in Costa Mesa has finally been solved, authorities said Thursday. Three of four members of a Vietnamese criminal street gang will be arraigned in Santa Ana today for allegedly killing Nguyen after he abandoned them while committing a robbery in Huntington Beach, according to Orange County prosecutors. A fourth man accused is in a Minnesota prison, awaiting extradition. A grand jury indicted all four Jan. 15. The case remained unsolved for more than a decade, until the Costa Mesa Police Department and prosecutors received some new information, police said.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | September 28, 2005
Police on Tuesday announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of two men suspected in 41 hotel robberies, including two in Costa Mesa, over a span of seven months. The reward was offered by a donor who wants to remain anonymous, police said. The serial robbers have hit mid-size hotels in an area from San Diego to Bakersfield. Police have connected the robberies through surveillance tapes and a pattern in how the thieves operate, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman, Jim Amormino.
NEWS
By: | September 27, 2005
Fire victim dies of smoke inhalation A 90-year-old woman injured in a house fire in Corona del Mar early Thursday has died. Muriel Englund died early Sunday of smoke inhalation, said Supervising Deputy Coroner Leslie Meader. Englund's son, Gary Englund, said Thursday that his mother had a 50% chance of survival. Fire investigators believe a space heater too close to a bed caused the two-alarm fire that also left another woman with first- and second-degree burns.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | September 22, 2005
An employee at the Orange County Performing Arts Center appeared in court Wednesday on charges that she stole more than $1 million from the arts center, said Deputy District Atty. Susan Schroeder. Ana Limbaring, 53, was arrested by Costa Mesa Police on Monday, following an investigation by the arts center, said Todd Bentjen, the center's vice president of marketing and communications. Limbaring was a "long-term employee" who worked in the center's accounts receivable department, Bentjen said.
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