From the Police Log: Burglaries, Car Tampering, Alcohol Arrests, Vandalism

posted: May 26th, 2015 11:38 am | 0No Comments

UPDATED with police details on some of the cases.

Newport Beach police took a report of a burglary from a motor vehicle on Monday in the 1300 block of Keel Drive, according to report. The burglary, with a $40 loss, occurred between 9 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officers also took a report of misdemeanor vandalism, defacing of property, on Monday in the 4600 block of Dorchester Road. The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Monday, the report said.

Officers took two reports of tampering with a vehicle in the Harbor View Hills South neighborhood on Monday. One case occurred between midnight Sunday and midnight Monday in the 3600 block of Catamaran Drive, and the other occurred between 3:50 a.m. Sunday and 3:50 a.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Sandcastle Drive. No loss was listed in either case.

In both cases, the victim called police to report tampering of vehicles that occurred overnight, said Jennifer Manzella, a department spokeswoman.

One victim said she noticed the tampering at 8:30 a.m. when the doors of her vehicle were open and contents displaced, although there were no signs of forced entry, no sounds of car alarms and no items taken, Manzella said.

Another victim said two vehicle tampering incidents occurred in vehicles that were not secured overnight, she said.

“In the morning, the victim found a door open on each vehicle,” Manzella said. “It appeared that both vehicles had been rummaged through. No items were taken.”

A burglary from a boat occurred between noon March 10 and 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 1300 block of Bayside Drive, a report said. The loss was $3,500.

“This case involves two losses: wooden sliding doors were stolen from the interior compartment of the boat approximately six weeks ago (but not reported at the time); and the boat’s cover was found missing on (Monday),” Manzella said.

The cover, last seen May 9, cost about $2,500, and the doors cost about $1,000.

Officers also took a report of a grand theft from a building in the 3800 block of East Coast Highway on Sunday. The theft, with a loss of $850, occurred between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police took a report of a grand theft from a vehicle, with a loss of $5,070, in the 400 block of Dahlia on Sunday. The theft occurred between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a report. Officers took a report of someone taking an auto without the owner’s consent on Saturday in the 400 block of Jasmine Avenue. The incident, with no reported loss, occurred between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Police took a report of a petty theft from a motor vehicle in the 700 block of Malabar Drive on Saturday. The incident, with no loss listed on the report, occurred between 5:21 and 5:22 a.m. Wednesday. Police took a report of a petty theft of packages in the 200 block of Morning Canyon Road on Saturday. The theft occurred between 3:27 and 5 p.m. May 15, and the loss was $756. Another theft of packages occurred between 2:33 and 3:20 p.m. May 15 in the 500 block of Acacia Avenue. That case, with no loss listed, was reported Saturday. Police also took a report of a grand theft from a motor vehicle in the 22700 block of Pelican Hill Road South on Saturday. The theft, with a loss of $2,425, occurred between 1:20 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officers arrested a 19-year-old Fullerton man on suspicion of carrying a switchblade at 2:02 a.m. Friday at Bayside Drive and Heliotrope Avenue; his bail was $500. They also took a report of a minor in possession of alcohol at 10:42 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Boulevard and Orchid Avenue, a report said. A different report listed the arrest of a Garden Grove man, 18, on suspicion of passion of alcohol as a minor and drinking in public, and bail was $35. A 30-year-old Garden Grove man was arrested at 11:18 p.m. Friday at the same location on suspicion of drinking in public, and his bail also was $35.

Police arrested a 36-year-old Visalia woman on an outside misdemeanor warrant at 7 p.m. Monday at Pelican Point Drive and East Coast Highway; no bail amount was listed on a report. Officers arrested a 24-year-old Del Mar man at 9:33 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Newport Center Drive on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated; bail was $500. Officers arrested another man, 36, of Beaverton, on suspicion of disorderly conduct while intoxicated at 11:10 p.m. Monday in the 22700 block of Pelican Hill Road South.

Police arrested a 30-year-old Aliso Viejo man at 4:41 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of DUI with a prior at Fifth and Marguerite avenues. His bail was $10,000. They arrested a 20-year-old Fullerton man in the 3800 block of East Coast Highway at 5:11 p.m. Saturday on a warrant; bail was $1,500.


Francis-Orr to Close After 25 Years in CdM

posted: May 26th, 2015 04:38 am | 0No Comments

The Francis-Orr stationery shop at 2823 East Coast Highway will close this summer, owner Harriet Malmon said.

“This is bittersweet,” she said. “I am happy to be retiring — something I’ve been considering for a couple of years. But of course, closing the store is sad. I’ve loved every minute, but there are a few things I still want to do.”

Malmon bought the shop in 2000, but Francis-Orr has been in business since 1965. The shop specializes in stationery and gifts, including pens, desk sets, leather journals and wrapping paper. The shop also is known for Malmon’s two dogs, Dolly and Ruby, who are at the store every day — one in the front, and one in the office space in the back.

Signs in the shop’s front windows announce a retirement sale that will begin today, and Malmon said she thinks the shop will be open through the end of June.

“It’s a special place, and the reaction has been touching,” she said.


NBPD Issue Alert After Mail Thief Hits CdM, Other Newport Neighborhoods

posted: May 25th, 2015 03:02 pm | 0No Comments

Newport Beach police today issued an alert, warning that there has been a recent increase of mail thefts, including thieves removing unattended packages from porches, including at least two incidents in Corona del Mar.

Packages were stolen on Saturday from a patio in the 200 block of Morning Canyon Road, the alert said, and packages also were taken Friday from a porch in the 500 block of Acacia Avenue. Mail also was stolen on Friday on Sea Gull Lane and Port Carlisle Place, and on Wednesday on Morro Bay Drive. On May 16, mail was stolen on Balboa Boulevard, and on May 12, mail was stolen on Port Carlisle Place. All mail in these cases was taken from mailboxes, the alert said.

Earlier in May, there also was a package theft reported from a porch in the 2000 block of Yacht Defender.

The alert suggests that residents track package deliveries so they know when they should arrive, and that someone should be home to receive packages, or a trusted neighbor should receive the item on their behalf. Packages should not be left unattended on a front porch, the alert said.

The alert also offered the following tips:

• Always use a US Postal collection box or deposit your mail inside your local post office.
• Whether you have a home mailbox or use a post office box, you should always collect your mail on the day it is delivered.
• Never leave it in your mailbox overnight.
• Mail thieves look for bank statements and credit card bills, which can be used to create counterfeit checks or fake identifications.
• Thieves also look for personal checks enclosed in utility bills or other payments. Thieves take these stolen checks, remove the ink, and then fill out the blank check with their name and desired amount.
• Never send cash or coins through the mail.
• When reordering checks have them sent to your bank.
• When you travel, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
• If you don’t receive a check, bill, or other mail you are expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.


Old School Park Flag is Missing

posted: May 25th, 2015 12:53 pm | 0No Comments

Corona del Mar is bursting with American flags today in honor of Memorial Day — except at Old School Park, where a flag pole has been empty for weeks.

A resident said the flagpole had been painted recently, and the flag was removed at that time. But it’s been gone for a couple weeks, the resident said.

City spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said that staff was trying to track down the flag.


Happy Memorial Day, CdM

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CdM Councilman Thinks Library/Fire Station Project Should Be Delayed

posted: May 25th, 2015 09:10 am | 1Comment

City Councilman Scott Peotter may ask that the Corona del Mar library and fire station project be delayed a year, he told members of the Corona del Mar Residents Association board and confirmed in an email.

“I am thinking of asking that the lIbrary/fire station be delayed 12 months,” he said. “I’m planning on proposing that delay.”

In March, the Newport Beach City Council approved a contract with an architect to design combined library and fire station for Corona del Mar. The project would demolish the existing buildings, which are next to each other on Marigold Avenue, then rebuild them as one building with shared common spaces. Preliminary plan called for a one-story library with 2,500 feet, compared to its current 3,750, and a two-story fire station with living quarters on the top floor.

Some residents formed a group called Friends of the CdM Library, and they met and discussed the need for a bigger library space, perhaps with a second-story community room. At the May meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, the trustees agreed that the second floor should be considered; read our earlier stories here and here.

The project has already been budgeted for $6 million, but adding features to the library portion would require more money, including as much as $150,000 for an elevator.

City Manager Dave Kiff told the CdMRA board last Thursday that he was “not inclined” to increase the project’s budget, but that the community still has time to weigh in on options.

“You do still have time to have the conversation,” he said.

Mayor Ed Selich also told board members, “There’s nothing to keep us from doing a budget amendment” later in order to add to the project’s budget.

Peotter has suggested that the community could raise private funds to augment the library project’s budget, and that a year’s delay could allow for that fundraising as well as more time to study the plans and conduct outreach.

“I think there is a higher priority for the money to repair the Balboa Island sea walls, delaying would help all around,” he said in an email. “The only dissatisfied group would probably be the Fire Department.”

According to a page recently added to the city’s website, construction would begin in Spring 2016 with a grand re-opening set for a year later in 2017. During construction, customers could order materials online and pickup holds at the OASIS Senior Center, and children’s story time events will be held at the Central Library an at the Community Youth Center at Grant Howald Park.

The webpage also has links to the project’s current plans; click here to see more.


CdM Today Poll of the Week

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Weather Service Warns of Riptides Through Monday

posted: May 24th, 2015 08:51 am | 0No Comments

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Hazard message this morning, warning of strengthening rip and longshore currents today and Monday.

“South swells of 3 feet and periods of 16 to 18 seconds will arrive at the beaches of Southern California today and continue through Monday,” the message said. “Strong and dangerous rip and longshore currents are expected through the period.”

Conditions will improve Tuesday and Wednesday, the message states. The surf will increase today and peak Monday morning, then subside Monday evening.

The message warns of dangerous swimming conditions and states that people in the surf zone could be swept off their feet and injured or pulled out to sea. Swimmers should obey posted warning signs and flags and talk to a lifeguard before swimming, the alert said.


Grant Howald Landscaping Will Use Less Water

posted: May 24th, 2015 05:21 am | 2Comments

An area near the Grant Howald Park tennis courts was re-landscaped this spring with new, drought-friendly plants and equipment, according to a city memo.

“Earlier this month, Park Maintenance crewmembers re-landscaped an area near Grant Howald tennis courts due to turf failure,” the memo said. “Drought-tolerant Agaves and Aloes were installed. The irrigation system was also updated to use less water and fit the watering needs of the new plantings.”

The City Council recently declared a Level Three Water Shortage, which means residents will have to reduce water usage and will be face restrictions on outdoor watering and filling pools and fountains; read our story here.

City contractors also have worked on the Jamboree Road median south of Fairchild Road to update plants with drought-tolerant and low-growing varieties, the memo said.


CdM Today’s Top Stories This Week

posted: May 23rd, 2015 12:12 pm | 0No Comments

1. A coyote that’s been frequenting Grant Howald Park has attacked two pets and caused Animal Control officers to monitor the area and issue a warning to residents; read our story here.

2. So few residents recycle, and do it correctly, that some CR&R trash collectors have been mixing recycling with trash, a city official told the Corona del Mar Residents Association group this week; read our story here.

3. Members of the Newport Beach Board of Library Trustees agreed with residents this week that the rebuilt Corona del Mar library branch should have a second story; read our story here.

4. One of Corona del Mar’s oldest residents, Eva Parsons, died earlier this month; read our story here.

5. Corona del Mar High School’s school resource officer, Vladimir Anderson, will move to Newport Harbor High School at the end of this school year; read our story here.