From the Police Log: $40,000 in Jewelry Taken from Larkspur Home

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Newport Beach police took a report of a grand theft in the 700 block of Larkspur Avenue on Thursday with a loss of $40,000, a report said.

“It appears that the victim discovered jewelry missing after having workers unsupervised in her residence,” said Andi Querry, a police spokeswoman.

The theft occurred between 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 8 a.m. Thursday, the report said.

Officers also took a report of a burglary at 4:41 am.. today in the 2300 block of East Coast Highway, online logs state. Additional information about the burglary was not immediately available.

CdM This Weekend: Five Great Things For Your To-Do List

posted: December 19th, 2014 01:15 pm | 0No Comments

1. The Central Library will host “The Nutcracker” for Kids from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Friends Room. The performance will be an abridged, narrated version aimed at introducing children to the Nutcracker story and ballet, and will be presented by the Festival Ballet Theatre. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue.

2. Crystal Cove State Park will host a Beachside Ranger Chat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Education Commons in the Historic District. There also will be a Winter Solstice hike at 5:30 p.m. Saturday that meets in the Berns Amphitheater, which is inland at the School-State Park entrance. From 3 p.m. to sunset on Sunday, there will be a photography walk that meets in the Los Trancos lot. The events are free, but there is a $15 day-use fee to park in the state lots.

3. The 106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will run through Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending about 9 p.m. nightly, launching and ending from a spot near Bay Island. On Sunday, there also will be a fireworks show about 9 p.m. near the Balboa Pier. For more information including a complete parade route, click here.

4. A Family Science Winter Solstice event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Muth Interpretive Center at 2301 University Drive in Newport Beach. OC Parks is hosting the free event, which features self-guided activities and crafts. There also will be story times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event is aimed at children between 3 and 12 years old.

5. It’s not too late to get your picture taken with Santa. You can head to Fashion Island, or to Roger’s Gardens at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.

Crash Closes Coast Highway Lanes Near Poppy

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For the second time in two days, a morning commute hour crash occurred on East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar.

Today’s crash involved two cars and occurred around 7:30 a.m. Ambulances, police cars and fire trucks were on the scene, and a white sedan with damage was stopped near the median by the Crown Cove senior facility, with police talking to a man standing by that car. Near Five Crowns Restaurant, debris was scattered across all lanes of southbound East Coast Highway as well as the left turn lane in the other direction, and a damaged silver car was stopped in the middle of the street.

“One male patient was transported to Hoag Hospital via NBFD Paramedics with minor injuries,” Newport Beach Fire Department Captain Michael Liberto said.

The crash backed up traffic through Corona del Mar.

On Thursday, a bus and truck collided about two blocks away at Morning Canyon Road. There were no injuries, but traffic was clogged for more than an hour; read our story here.

Solo Crash Damages CdM Bus Stop

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A Corona del Mar bus top was damaged earlier this week after a single-car crash on East Coast Highway near Marguerite Avenue, police said.

The crash occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a man driving a black BMW sedan westbound on East Coast Highway left the roadway, hit a palm tree, a sign, a trash can and the bus bench, said Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman.

There were no significant injuries, and the man was not arrested, she said.

Damage estimates are not complete, she said, and likely won’t be available until investigators conclude their report.

“At this point, I believe that we have determined that the trash can and the bench are City property (or City-managed) and that the sign belongs to OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority),” she said.

The bus benches has been cordoned off with yellow caution tape.

From the Police Log: Battery Reported Near CdMHS, Garage Burglary

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Newport Beach police took a report of a battery in the 2100 block of Eastbluff Drive on Wednesday, logs state.

The incident occurred at 11:25 a.m. and involved two juveniles, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. Because of the ages of the juveniles, she declined to discuss other information, including whether the incident occurred on the campus of Corona del Mar High School, located at 2101 Eastbluff Drive. A school administrator did not immediately respond to an email seeking information about the incident.

Officers also took a report of a garage burglary with attempted forced entry on Wednesday in the 2200 block of Pacific Drive, reports state. The incident occurred between noon and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and no loss was listed. Police also took a report of misdemeanor vandalism with property damage in the 600 block of Newport Center Drive on Wednesday. The incident occurred between 9:30 and 9:35 a.m.

Police also arrested a 42-year-old man two times in two days — and the third time this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday, reports state. The man was arrested at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of San Miguel Drive and at 8:57 p.m. Tuesday at Larkspur Avenue and East Coast Highway, both times on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated. Bail each time was $500.

The man was arrested Monday on the same charge, as well as three times in three days on alcohol-related charges earlier this month. The man had been stating he was from Westerville, but the latest reports indicate he is from Corona del Mar.

Officers also arrested a 20-year-old Huntington Beach man at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday at Zahma and Kewamee drives on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics; bail was $500.

Bus, Truck Collision Clogs CdM Traffic

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A crash between a bus and a truck this morning filled a lane of East Coast Highway at Morning Canyon Road with scaffolding-type material and clogged Laguna-bound traffic for more than an hour.

A passerby reported the collision to Newport Beach police at 7:16 a.m., said Jennifer Manzella, a department spokeswoman.

“The truck appears to have been transporting scaffolding material, or something similar,” she said in an email. “There are no reported injuries at this time.” The material spilled into the roadway. Firetrucks blocked part of the intersection, and the Morning Canyon entrance to the Shore Cliffs neighborhood was blocked.

Police issued a Nixle warning just before 8 a.m., urging motors to use alternate routes until about 9:30 a.m. because of traffic congestion.

The crash appeared to involve an Orange County Transportation Authority bus, which was pulled to the side of East Coast Highway at Morning Canyon Road. Traffic lights at the intersection were blinking red with officers directing traffic.

NB Will Selected As 2015 Special Olympics Host Town

posted: December 18th, 2014 05:27 am | 0No Comments

The City of Newport Beach has been chosen as a Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games that will take place next summer.

“The city joins a list of communities from throughout Southern California that have agreed to host athletes from around the globe just prior to the start of the Games,” according to the city’s website.

The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will be take place in Los Angeles from July 25 -to Aug. 2, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, according to a news release. About 500,000 spectators and 30,000 volunteers are expected, making the event the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world next year and the largest event held in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, the release said.

“Newport Beach is honored to serve as a host town and looks forward to warmly welcoming the athletes, coaches, support staff and families to our community and providing them a home away from home during the 2015 Special Olympics World Games,” Mayor Ed Selich said in a statement. “Through the good work of our local host committee and generous community support, we will offer practice facilities, housing, social and cultural activities, and more to make their stay memorable.”

The City, along with several other Southern California cities, will host athletes, their families and coaches, the release said. Newport Beach will host about 100 participants.

A news conference was held Tuesday, where Selich presented a key to the city to Special Olympics representatives.

Photo courtesy of the Special Olympics.

Crystal Cove Trails Closed; Slight Chance of Rain in Forecast

posted: December 17th, 2014 01:29 pm | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service forecast is for a slight chance of showers this afternoon and tonight, as well as a 20 percent chance of showers Friday night and Saturday. But most days should be sunny with temperatures in the mid to high 60s, the service’s website states.

Rain earlier in the week has closed all trails in Crystal Cove State Park because of hazardous conditions, the park’s website states.

Orange County’s Ocean Water Protection Program also has issued a rain advisory, the agency’s website states.

“The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms,” the website states. “The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.”

Reader Photo By Ron Yeo: CdM Morning, 12/17/2014

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