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By Michael Alexander | August 17, 2007
The body of a 36-year-old Costa Mesa man was found in Huntington Beach early Thursday, apparently after a leap from a two-story building, police said. The family of Mark Tylee Ryan reported him missing to Costa Mesa police on Wednesday, fearing he was suicidal, said Huntington Beach police Lt. Craig Bryant. The body was found by his brother’s girlfriend about 4 a.m., next to the medical building where Ryan worked, at Beach Boulevard south of Talbert Avenue. An autopsy found he died about 1 a.m. Thursday because of injuries he suffered in the fall, according to the Orange County Coroner.
By: Elia Powers | September 24, 2005
Fifty years ago, a group of Costa Mesa churchgoers met at a resident's home and decided to form a new congregation. They had no building at first, so members held services at Vanguard University and then at the Orange County Fairgrounds. "It was a close-knit group that started out here," said Gordon Sutterfield, whose eldest brother was a founding member. "They were like a family." Many of the 84 charter members of Harbor Trinity Church aren't alive to tell stories of the early days of the Costa Mesa congregation.
By Michael Alexander and Alicia Robinson | September 5, 2007
Hollywood graphic designer and Huntington Beach resident Richard Donald Kurtz died Tuesday at Hoag Hospital, where he was taken after Costa Mesa police arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving. Kurtz, 45, was arrested at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Pitcairn Drive after reportedly driving erratically and failing a sobriety test, according to police. Shortly after he got to the city jail, he became unresponsive and medical help was called, Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Bryan Glass said.
By Joseph Serna Independent | November 13, 2008
Costa Mesa police and medical personnel are responsible for the death of a Huntington Beach man who died days after collapsing while in custody last year, according to a lawsuit to be served to city officials in the coming days, the lawyer representing the man’s mother said Tuesday. At about 3:20 p.m., Sept. 1, 2007, Costa Mesa police pulled over 45-year-old Donald Kurtz because he was driving erratically and failed a field sobriety test, authorities said days after the arrest.
By Alan Blank | December 3, 2008
Pat Tenore founded RVCA, a clothing design company associated with surf and skateboard culture, in his Costa Mesa garage eight years ago. Now, RVCA is a household name in the surf industry and despite the ailing economy the company has seen double-digit revenue growth each of the last two years, and its work force has ballooned from 40 employees to 60 employees. At the end of this month, Tenore is moving his company across town to a bigger building, the third up-sizing in less than a decade.
By Matt Szabo | October 8, 2009
For more than two games, the offense had failed to get going. That all changed Friday night for the Ocean View High football team, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Seahawks. Ocean View (2-2) outscored visiting Costa Mesa, 27-0, in the second half of a 27-3 nonleague victory on homecoming night at Ocean View High. The Seahawks had scored just one offensive touchdown in their first three games. But, against Costa Mesa, they began running behind the combined 575 pounds of senior linemen Kody Afusia and Charlie Webb.
By Saneyee Purandare | February 11, 2009
Growing up, Michael Jennings loved music, but never imagined he’d be singing in front of a crowd unabashedly. “My mom and sister used to sing and dance in front of me, and I used to be so embarrassed! Now I sing in front of everyone; I guess I always had it in my blood,” he said. Jennings, who performs at birthdays, weddings and charity events, climbed up the karaoke stage at the Pelican Isle recently to a mellow crowd of 15 or so regulars. The audience cheered and tapped their feet to Jennings’ rendition of “What Do You Think About That,” by Montgomery Gentry.
By Joseph Serna | July 3, 2008
The Orange County Sheriff’s bomb squad was sent to a Costa Mesa house Wednesday night, after sheriffs and Huntington Beach police looking for a man there found explosives inside the home, police said. Orange County sheriffs and Huntington Beach police arrested 44-year-old Ronald Turner at a home in the 200 block of Magnolia Street at about 6:45 p.m., according to the sheriff’s department. He was wanted for disobeying a 2007 court order regarding domestic issues, records show.
By Kelly Strodl and Ana Facio Contreras | August 9, 2006
Family and friends continued to grieve this week for Israel Maciel, an employee of Jack's Surfboards who was killed Aug. 2 in a drive-by shooting in Costa Mesa. Maciel's co-workers at Jack's corporate offices in Huntington Beach carried on as usual in the days following the shooting, but their sorrow could be seen on every face. "It's hit us all pretty hard," office manager Susie Asadourian said. "We all loved him." A 23-year-old Lakers fan who loved cars, Maciel died in an alley behind his apartment complex in the 1300 block of West Baker Street where he and four others were shot.
By Steve Virgen | June 3, 2010
Los Angeles Times Community News (TCN) is planning an open house at the Orange County plant in Costa Mesa. The staffs of the Huntington Beach Independent, Daily Pilot and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot are inviting readers, advertisers and community members to visit their respective operations from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 10. Readers will have the chance to preview the new Los Angeles Times Community News websites for the Orange County newspapers and...
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