July 19, 2013
A man accused of killing a well-known Huntington Beach resident and injuring her boyfriend while under the influence is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, according to an Orange County district attorney's office news release. Tadashi Mizutani, 69, of Huntington Beach, is charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more causing bodily injury and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury, according to the release.
March 25, 2013
Two motorcyclists died after separate crashes in Huntington Beach this weekend. About 10:37 p.m. Sunday, a 42-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle. He and a female passenger were thrown from the vehicle near Springdale Street and McFadden Avenue, according to a police statement. The man has been identified as Travis Schumacher of Westminster, according to the Orange County coroner's office. Schumacher died after he hit a tree. The 55-year-old woman landed in a parking lot on the west side of Springdale and was taken to a local hospital, authorities said.
December 20, 2012
The Huntington Beach Police Department announced it would conduct a DUI and drivers license checkpoint at 9 p.m. Saturday. An exact location was not given. Checkpoints are a proven way to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol or drug related crashes, according to a news release from the department. Crashes involving alcohol drop about 20% when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough, it added. The release states that people caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
July 1, 2004
Alabama Street and Memphis Avenue: A woman reported reckless driving by a motorcycle at excessive speeds at 6:17 p.m. Sunday. Atlanta Avenue and Magnolia Street: Reckless driving was reported at 2:15 a.m. Friday. Beach Boulevard: A woman reported $2,169 stolen from her desk at 7:59 p.m. in the 18800 block Thursday. Brookhurst Street: Vandalism to a vehicle was reported at 11:46 p.m. in the 21500 block Friday. Brookhurst Street and Hamilton Avenue: Reckless driving was reported at 12:53 a.m. Thursday.
October 5, 2000
I attended the Huntington Beach City Council meeting on Sept. 18 and was appalled by the way the council members treated our police officers. That night, the City Council honored the Little League team that nearly made it to the Little League World Series. Each council member got up out of their chairs and embraced the team and coaches with a proclamation and handshakes. Just prior to acknowledging the team, they were to honor the 15 Huntington Beach police officers, along with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and the California Office of Traffic Safety, for outstanding achievement in drunk driving enforcement on the streets of Huntington Beach.
August 15, 2005
A new Costa Mesa shop is targeting people who want to ride on a budget. Family Motor Sports opened in late July on Newport Boulevard. The store's assortment of dirt bikes and dune buggies fill space that was once home to Mainly Seconds, a pottery and plants store that closed in March. The new shop's owner, Rob Zahr, said a key part of his business plan is to keep prices down. That means that Family Motor Sports' selection is not built around high-profile motor sports brands like Yamaha or Honda.
October 25, 2007
Jon Beck took a detour on his way home from a job in South Carolina. He flew to New York, bought a motorcycle in Vermont, hugged the coast up toward Maine, then rolled down to Florida and finally cross country back to California. It was a journey that touched on two of his deepest loves — his wife and being on a bike. Beck is a photographer from Huntington Beach, a Christian who met his wife AnaLidia Beck on a mission trip to a school and home for the deaf — which raised and taught her — in Mexico.
October 10, 2002
Police seek information in hit and run Police are looking for the driver who struck 28-year-old Christopher Rowland during morning rush hour traffic on Sept. 26 on the San Diego freeway just south of Beach Boulevard. Rowland rear-ended what police believe was a white Mazda when the driver of the car, which had been stopped in traffic, crossed over two sets of double yellow lines and cut into the carpool lane, said California Highway Patrol Officer Garry Goldenberg.
January 30, 2009
A South Korean man who flew home a day after an alcohol-related crash that killed a Golden West College student in 2005 is being extradited today to face vehicular manslaughter charges. Youn Bum Lee, a Hyundai executive, was arrested on a fugitive warrant in Seoul, South Korea on Dec. 2, 2008. According to authorities, Youn Bum Lee, 42, was attending a company-sponsored dinner on Oct. 18, 2005 where he had been drinking heavily. Lee is accused of driving with his headlights off on the 55 Freeway, then crashing into the center median, according to authorities.
July 9, 2009
An Italian nationalist pleaded guilty Monday to making an unsafe left turn in Huntington Beach that killed a 59-year-old Sunset Beach motorcyclist. Marlies Mussner’s June 26 accident killed Mark Montgomery. She was convicted of one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter Monday. Mussner, 24 was sentenced to 45 days at the Torrance City Jail and assigned 250 hours of community service. Mussner was also ordered to make a $1,000 donation to the Dana Watkins Memorial Fund, which was established by the mother of a man killed in a motorcycle accident to help parents pay for their children’s memorial services.