From the Police Log: Vandalism, Embezzlement

posted: July 29th, 2015 03:01 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police took a report of misdemeanor vandalism on Monday in the 3200 block of Ocean Boulevard, according to a report. The incident, involving defacement of property, occurred at 1:16 p.m. Monday. No damage amount was listed on the report.

Police also arrested a 31-year-old Irvine woman at 7:22 p.m. Monday on suspicion of embezzlement in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive. Her bail was $100.


CdM Library to Host Sun & Sand Crafts Event on Thursday

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The Corona del Mar Library branch will host a kids’ Sun & Sand crafts activity from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, the library’s website states.

The event is free, and space is first-come, first-served. Children must be with an adult.

The library is located at 420 Marigold Ave.

Next week, the branch will host One World Rhythm from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday Aug. 6. The highly interactive music program gives everyone an instrument and lets kids get loud. This event also is free, first-come, first-served and requires an adult to accompany children. One World Rhythm also will perform at the Central Library from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 4.

The Friends of the Library group funded these children’s events.


Weather Update: Chance of Thunderstorms, Rip Current Warning

posted: July 29th, 2015 07:37 am | 0No Comments

There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 p.m. tonight and on Thursday, and a Beach Hazards Statement warns of elevated surf and rip currents through tonight, according to the National Weather Service website.

Today, clouds will clear, making it a mostly sunny day with a high of 79 degrees, the website states. Rain could come tonight and tomorrow, with a high Thursday of 79 degrees.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 78 degrees. Saturday and Sunday could see some patchy fog between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m., then be mostly sunny with highs in the mid to upper 70s.

The Beach Hazards Statement warns of dangerous rip currents and elevated surf through tonight.

“A long-period southwest swell will continue to create conditions favorable for large and strong rip currents and elevated surf…decreasing through Thursday,” the statement said.

Orange County beaches will see 2- to 4-foot waves with local sets to 5 feet, the statement said.

Swimming conditions will be very dangerous, the statement said, and beach visitors should swim near a lifeguard. If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the coast to escape the current before trying to swim to shore.

“Swimmers in shallow water may unexpectedly get pulled out by the rip currents or the larger breaking waves,” the statement said.

The agency issued the statement at 2:58 a.m. today.


Bella Del Mar Boutique to Open With Party, Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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A new boutique called Bella Del Mar is opening in Corona del Mar, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand-opening party is scheduled for Thursday Aug. 6.

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce will host a networking event at the boutique from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6. The event will include the ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as legislative and city proclamation presentations, according to a chamber flier.

The shop is located at 2828 East Coast Highway in a new building that replaced the Sunny’s Photos business. Sunny’s Photos had been located in a building that was at least 50 years old and began as a temporary trailer. Another business in the new building, Cottage Colour, will be located at 2836 East Coast Highway.

Bella Del Mar will feature “the most sought after new women’s apparel boutique in Corona del Mar,” an event flier said.

The event will include drinks and hors d’oeuvres and a raffle for an accessory collection worth $250. Guests at the event also will receive a 30 percent discount on purchases made during the party.

The shop will carry Joe’s Jeans, Chan Luu Jewelry, Hudson Jeans, Ella Moss, PJ Salvage and more, the flier said.


Man Arrested After Disagreement With Teen Turns Physical

posted: July 28th, 2015 07:43 am | 0No Comments

A Phoenix man has been released from jail following allegations of child abuse on Sunday in the 23000 block of Newport Coast Drive.

The man was arrested at 11:55 p.m., a report said, and his bail was listed at $50,000. County jail records online indicated he was released from jail at 3:25 p.m. Monday with no bail listed.

The arrest came after police received a report about 11 p.m. Sunday that a man was inflicting injury on a male teenager, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

“When the officer arrived at the location, others had already separated the subject from the minor,” she said.

Officers at the scene conducted interviews and learned that the man and the teenager had a disagreement earlier in the evening, Manzella said.

“The disagreement became physical, and the physical nature escalated until another member of the group called police,” she said. “The victim had observable scratches, redness, and bruising on the front of his neck. His injuries did not require medical treatment at the scene.”

Police did not identify the man’s relationship with the victim to protect the victim’s privacy.

The man, 57, was booked and later charged on suspicion of inflicting injury on a child, Manzella said. A suspected child abuse report also was filed.


National Night Out and Safety Fair Scheduled for Aug. 4

posted: July 28th, 2015 04:56 am | 1Comment

The Newport Beach Police Department will host a National Night Out and Safety Fair event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 4, according to an event flier.

“We will be providing information on crime and drug prevention, home security, child safety, the Citizens’ Police Academy, and Volunteers In Policing,” an event announcement said. “We will also have displays from CSI, SWAT, our K-9 Officers, Animal Control, Horse Mounted Unit, C.E.R.T. and more.”

The event will be held at the Bonita Canyon Sports Park, which is located east of MacArthur Boulevard between Bonita Canyon Drive and Ford Road.

The free event also will include TK Burgers, games, crafts, face painting, McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, child identification safety kits and photo opportunities.


From the Police Log: Burglaries, Arrests

posted: July 27th, 2015 03:37 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police arrested a 57-year-old Phoenix man late Sunday in the 23000 block of Newport Coast Drive on suspicion of inflicting and injury upon a child, a police report said.

The man was arrested at 11:55 p.m. His bail was $50,000.

Police also arrested a 35-year-old Huntington Beach woman at 4:39 a.m. Sunday at East Coast Highway and Poppy Avenue on suspicion of DUI; bail was $2,500. Officers arrested a man, 43, of Costa Mesa at 2:47 a.m.m Sunday at Avocado Avenue and Civic Center Drive on suspicion of disorderly conduct involving alcohol; bail was $500. Police arrested a 52-year-old Costa Mesa man at 4:23 a.m. Sunday at Avocado Avenue and San Joaquin Hills Road on a misdemeanor warrant. Bail was $10,000. Police arrested a 25-year-old Newport Beach man at 6:13 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of a battery and a warrant. His bail was $45,500, according to a report.

Police also arrested a 35-year-old New Orleans man at 10:46 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of disorderly conduct involving alcohol in the 23000 block of Newport Cost Drive; bail was $500. And police arrested a 30-year-old Santa Ana woman at 6:18 p.m. Friday in the 700 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of shoplifting less than $950 and two warrants; bail was $500.

Police took several burglary reports over the weekend as well, including a residential burglary without forced entry in the 22700 block of Pelican Hill Road South. The crime was reported Sunday and occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The loss was $4,920, a report said. A commercial burglary with no forced entry was reported in the same location on Friday. That incident, with a loss of $7,100, occurred between 9:30 p.m. June 5 and 11:30 p.m. June 9, a report said.

Police took a report of a petty theft with a $400 loss on Saturday in the 400 block of Seaward Road. The theft occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. A garage burglary without forced entry was reported Saturday on Marguerite Avenue. The burglary occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and the loss was $2,200.

A grand theft from a motor vehicle was reported Friday in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive. The theft occurred between 6:51 and 6:52 p.m. Friday, and the loss was $850. Police took a report of shoplifting less than $950 on Friday in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive. The incident occurred between 6:45 and 6:46 p.m. Police took another report of a grand theft from a motor vehicle on Friday in the 300 block of Newport Center Drive. The theft, with a loss of $957, occurred between 5:55 and 8:07 p.m. Friday.


Police Swarm CdM Flower Streets; Arrest Stolen Car Suspect

posted: July 27th, 2015 11:16 am | 1Comment

Newport Beach police arrested a 20-year-old Moreno Valley man on Sunday afternoon after a stolen car from Riverside County was spotted in Corona del Mar.

Shortly after 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Newport Beach officers identified a stolen gray Honda Civic moving westbound on East Coast Highway, said Jennifer Manzella, a department spokeswoman.

“With the support of the Huntington Beach helicopter, officers were able to stop the vehicle on Marguerite Avenue between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue,” she said.

The driver was alone in the car and arrested without incident, Manzella said. He was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, narcotics possession and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department took the original stolen car report.

Corona del Mar residents said that several blocks near the area of the arrest were blocked by police cars, and officers had weapons drawn when they approached the man.


Crews Remove Decayed Trees at Begonia Park

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IMG_3076Crews are removing six decayed trees today from Begonia Park.

The trees will be replaced with African tulip trees and gold medallion trees based on size and availability, said Dan Sereno, the Newport Beach landscape manager.

City staff consulted with the Corona del Mar Residents Association about the tree removal and replacement, he said.

Begonia Park is located near Carnation Avenue and Bayside Drive.

Photo courtesy of Corona del Mar Today reader Kenneth Jaggers.


City Council to Meet Tuesday

posted: July 27th, 2015 10:24 am | 1Comment

The City Council will meet Tuesday, when a discussion of blackball surfing regulations will be discussed at a 4 p.m. Study Session, and special events grants could be approved at the regular 7 p.m. meeting.

The blackball review will cover four recommendations that regulate blackball conditions, when lifeguards fly yellow flags with a black circle to indicate that no hardboard surfing is allowed. According to an email blast from City Manager Dave Kiff, a committee has been working on the issue for two years, and along with the Parks, Beaces & Recreation Commission, have up with the recommendations. The recommendations include clarifying that the policy applies from most of Big Corona to the start of Crystal Cove State Park, the email said, and also that Blackball between 40th and 44th streets would be up for fewer days.

The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m., when the Council will award special events grants that they didn’t have time to do at the last meeting. The Council also will consider allowing the Farmers Market at Lido Marina Village to move to the Newport Pier area.

The agenda also notes that Councilman Keith Curry’s request to bring back several items related to Councilman Scott Peotter would be delayed until the Aug. 11 meeting because Curry will be absent on Tuesday. The request included a motion to censure Peotter for an email blast that criticized the legalization of same-sex marriages that he sent with a Newport Beach City seal on top. The Council held a special meeting about the incident; read our story here.

The meetings will take place in Council Chambers of the Civic Center at 100 Civic Center Drive. The public may attend and make comments.