Police: CdM Woman Arrested After Returning to Scene of Crime

posted: April 24th, 2014 01:35 pm | 0No Comments

A Corona del Mar woman is accused of stealing a wallet at the C’est Si Bon Bakery, using a credit card from the wallet at least twice before eventually returning to the cafe, where she was arrested by officers who had arrived to take a report on the original crime.

The case began April 18, when the 60-year-old woman is suspected of taking the wallet from C’est Si Bon at 149 Riverside Ave., police said. The victim accidentally left the wallet on the counter near the cashier, said Jennifer Manzella, a police department spokeswoman, and the suspect was seen picking it up, putting it in her jacket and walking out. The woman was a cafe patron, Manzella said.

“When an officer responded to the business to get further information from staff… staff advised that someone matching the suspect’s description was currently inside,” Manzella said. The arrest came five days after the original theft.

The officer contacted the suspect, then took her to her home in the 300 block of Marigold Avenue to retrieve the stolen property, Manzella said. She was arrested on Marigold Avenue at 7:44 a.m. Wednesday and booked on suspicion of burglary.

The woman is suspected of using a card from the stolen wallet to make purchases at Corona del Mar’s Crown Ace Hardware at 3107 East Coast Highway as well as at Trader Joe’s at 8086 East Coast Highway, Manzella said. No additional information was available on those cases.


Flowery Plans For CdM Intersection Called Loud, Gaudy

posted: April 24th, 2014 12:31 pm | 0No Comments

The Corona del Mar Business Improvement District will wait a few years before implementing a plan to add a mosaic daisy in the center of the intersection at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway. But some residents who attended the group’s board meeting today said the plans should be halted altogether to allow community input on the design.

“That’s just gaudy to me,” said Joy Brenner. “We don’t want another Rabbits-at-City-Hall situation. I think you need more of a committee talking about the design.”

Last summer, the B.I.D. voted to spend $3,000 for a landscape architect to develop plans that would add colorful tiles or mosaics at the intersection; read our story here. In February, Dan Herman of Rabben/Herman Design presented plans that used thermoplastic materials to create a large marguerite daisy that would be placed over the asphalt in the center of the intersection. The board also considered plans to add a colorful design to the crosswalks and smaller flowers on the sidewalks at all four corners throughout town, perhaps using images of the flowers represented by each Flower Street. (Read our story here.)

Today, Herman returned to make a new presentation, which included the addition of blue, oval-shaped street signs with small flowers, as well as pots for street corners that could be planted with flowers to coordinate with the street names. The project in all would cost about $100,000.

B.I.D. Chairman Bernie Svalstad said that the board likely would have to implement the improvements in stages, saving the big flower in the middle of the street for two to three years because of a city schedule to repave East Coast Highway through Corona del Mar.

Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce President Linda Leonhard then said that although she generally liked the plans, the colorfully paved crosswalk element seemed “a little loud.”

“A LITTLE loud?” Brenner called out. Then she criticized the tile wall at the same interactions, calling it a “graffiti wall.”

Corona del Mar artist Sarah Wilkinson said she thought the project needed more community involvement early-on.

“Do something that really creates a heart in Corona del Mar,” she said, adding that the replanting of the dolphin topiaries later this year could be a chance to re-envision the entire area. She also said she had “strong reservations about the pots” and how flowers would thrive in them.

City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner also said she’d heard concerns about the flower pots, in part from residents who said that the flowers some streets are named after cause allergic reactions, or are bare most of the year.

Svalstad and other B.I.D. members said they welcomed community involvement, and that the City Council would have to approve plans before anything moved forward, which would open the project up to even more public comment.

“Nobody’s going to like everything,” he said. “Any time you have a plan, 10 percent of the people will hate it.”

The group said it would create a subcommittee to further discuss the plans.


Orchesis Junior Dance Camp Planned For May 28, 29

posted: April 24th, 2014 05:38 am | 0No Comments

Corona del Mar High School’s Orchesis Dance Company will host a Junior Dance Camp for dancers who are in kindergarten through sixth grade on Wednesday May 28 and Thursday May 29.

The camp costs $50 if you register before May 23. For information on registration, click here.

The class will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the school’s dance room on the campus at 2101 Eastbluff Drive.

For the first time, participants will have the opportunity to participate in the Spring District Dance Festival on Thursday June 5 in the Loats Theater at Newport Harbor High School.


Woman Jailed After Shoplifting Incidents

posted: April 23rd, 2014 02:03 pm | 0No Comments

A 38-year-old Westminster woman remained in jail today after being arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Bloomingdales in Fashion Island on Tuesday.

The woman is suspected of shoplifting a wallet valued at $138 between 5:05 and 5:09 p.m. Tuesday, according to a report. She was arrested at 6:16 p.m.

The woman also is suspected of stealing a handbag worth $188 on April 16, jeans worth $180 and another handbag valued at $188 on April 17, all from Bloomingdales, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

The woman’s bail originally was $20,000, a police report said, but online jail records show that no bail has been set.


Sunny’s Photo Building Demo Underway

posted: April 23rd, 2014 01:32 pm | 2Comments

The old Sunny’s Photo building — which was probably more than 50 years old and built around an original trailer — is being demolished to make room for a new building that will hold two retail shops.

After more than 20 years in Corona del Mar, Sunny and Alice Lee closed the shop at 2828 East Coast Highway in February, relocating to 601 Dover Drive. The old building had 1,400 square feet, including several rooms built around the original trailer.

In August, the Newport Beach Planning Commission approved the new project, a 2,637 square-foot building that will have two retail shops. Sunny’s had eight parking spaces, and the new building will require 11 spaces. Construction will take at least six months, architect Scott Laidlaw said in an email.

Read our earlier stories here, here and here.


Newport Beach Film Festival Opens Thursday

posted: April 23rd, 2014 04:50 am | 0No Comments

The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off its eight-day run on Thursday, with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the film “Lovesick” followed by a gala party at Fashion Island.

“Lovesick,” according to the festival’s program, tells the story of a grade-school principal who has been unlucky in love, then dates a woman who makes him paranoid even though she seems interested in him. The movie, directed by Luke Matheny, was released this year. The Opening Night Gala will take place in the Bloomingdales courtyard and is open to anyone 21 years or older. Tickets cost $175 for the movie and party, or $125 for the gala only.

The festival will feature movies from around the world, including documentaries, shorts, youth movies and more, all screened at six venues in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana. There also will be free filmmaking seminars, including seminars on Saturday and Sunday that will discuss careers in filmmaking and editing. At 3 p.m. Sunday at the Island Cinema in Fashion Island, there will be a free Music Composing seminar that will feature panelists including Chris Beck (“Frozen”) and John Ottman (“X-Men: Days of Future Past).

To purchase tickets for all events, or to see a schedule of all films and events, click here.


From the Police Log: Man Arrested Twice in Two Days In Alcohol Cases

posted: April 22nd, 2014 12:31 pm | 0No Comments

A 56-year-old Costa Mesa man was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated — his second arrest within 48 hours for the same alleged crime.

The man was arrested at 3141 East Coast Highway at 9:43 a.m. Tuesday, records state. He also was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 11:20 a.m. Monday in the 2900 block of East Coast Highway.

After his first arrest, bail was $500, a report said. No bail amount was listed on the second report, but online jail records do not show him to be in custody.


Prescription Take-Back Day Scheduled For Saturday

posted: April 22nd, 2014 05:24 am | 1Comment

The Newport Beach Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event on Saturday at the OASIS Senior Center.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when anyone with unwanted or expired medication can dispose of them free and anonymously.

“Last October, our City was one of 5,683 sites throughout the country that participated in this event,” a city memo states. “Nationwide, the DEA and its partner agencies accepted 324 tons (647,211 pounds) of prescription drugs in October, and over 1,733 tons (over 3.4 million pounds) in all seven Drug Take-Back events to date.”

Organizers said that the medication, if not turned in, could have been abuse. Also, the memo states, disposal methods like flushing medication down toilets or throwing them in the trash could create safety and health hazards.

The OASIS Senior Center is located at Marguerite and Fifth avenues.


Cheating Case In D.A.’s Hands

posted: April 21st, 2014 03:50 pm | 0No Comments

The Orange County District Attorney’s office has received the Corona del Mar High School cheating case, officials have confirmed.

Police have not arrested the tutor, Timothy Lai, 28, of Irvine.

“The case is at the DA’s office now, waiting for their review,” said Jennifer Manzella, a police spokeswoman. “We will also submit the case to the Probation Department this week.”

D.A.’s office spokeswoman Farrah Emami confirmed that the case had been submitted. It is unclear how long a review would take before possible charges are filed. An arrest warrant could be issued if charges are filed, police have said.

The cheating scheme became public in December, when a CdMHS student told school and police officials that his private tutor taught him to install a keylogging device on teachers’ computers. Keyloggers allow users to capture passwords, and students then were able to change grades and steal tests; read our earlier story here. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board disciplined 11 students in January, but five of the students later appealed; read our stories here and here.

Newport Beach police gathered evidence after serving a search warrant, and that evidence was submitted in January to the Orange County Regional Forensics Laboratory, a regional FBI lab located in Orange. When the lab completed its analysis, police processed the findings before submitting the case to submit to the D.A.’s office.


From the Police Log: Man Arrested After Spouse Injured, Bicycles Stolen

posted: April 21st, 2014 01:39 pm | 1Comment

A 35-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested at 1:35 a.m. Sunday in the 7800 block of East Coast Highway on suspicion of inflicting injury on a spouse, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct while intoxicated, a report said. The man’s bail was $50,000. Details about the incident and arrest were not immediately available.

Police also took a report of grand theft of bicycles in the 800 block of Avocado Avenue at 10:20 a.m. Friday. No other details were available.

Police arrested a 56-year-old Costa Mesa man at 11:20 a.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of East Coast Highway on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated; bail was $500. Officers arrested a 23-year-old Colorado Springs woman in the 200 block of Poppy Avenue at 2:59 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of failure to drive on the right half of the road and resisting an officer; bail was $500. Police also arrested a 24-year-old Lake Forest man at Poppy Avenue and Ocean Boulevard at 3:22 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct and having an open container of alcohol while being a passenger in a vehicle. His bail was $500.

Police arrested a 31-year-old Newport Coast resident at 2:46 a.m. April 15 at Iris and Fourth avenues on suspicion of DUI; bail was $2,500. And officers arrested an 18-year-old Hawaiian Gardens man at 2:12 a.m. April 15 at Newport Center Drive an East Coast Highway on suspicion of possession of a switchblade in a vehicle; bail was $500.