Three juveniles accused of allegedly gang raping a 16-year-old girl at
a Corona del Mar home will be tried as adults. Gregory Scott Haidl, Kyle
Joseph Nachreiner and Keith James Spann, all 17, will be arraigned
Wednesday on felony counts including rape, oral copulation, and multiple
counts of rape with a foreign object. Haidl is the son of Orange County
Assistant Sheriff Donald Haidl.
The suspects allegedly drugged the victim's drink on July 5 and then
raped her while a video camera was running. All three suspects and the
victim live in San Bernadino County.
Newport Beach police arrested a Costa Mesa man who allegedly stole
construction equipment and sold it at local pawnshops. Andrew Mackie, 34,
was arrested after police were tipped off in mid-June while reviewing
pawn transaction slips.
In court news, Costa Mesa attorney Gay Sandoval has won her public
crusade to see her name on the November ballot for a judge seat. On
Wednesday, Superior Court Judge John Wooley ordered Orange County
Registrar Rosalyn Lever to place Sandoval's name on the ballot for the
seat now held by Judge Ronald Kline, who is facing charges criminal
charges of child molestation and child pornography. -- Daily Pilot
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Trying for a third term
Operators of the troubled Triangle Square think they have finally
found a recipe for success: restaurants. Building on the success of the
Yard House restaurant, the shopping center will likely soon undergo major
renovations to bring in destination restaurants.
The Concerned Costa Mesa Citizens Web site has come under scrutiny in
the weeks after a Human Relations Commission meeting highlighted
allegations of inappropriate use of the site. Residents and observers are
now focused on how to stay true to the site's goal of promoting
discussion and debate among Costa Mesa residents.
City Councilman Gary Monahan will seek a third term, contrary to
previous pledges that he would not run again. The 42-year-old is a
staunch believer in smaller government and protecting property rights.
In a far-reaching plan to boost its entertainment offerings, Orange
County Fair officials increased their talent budget by 16% this year,
bringing it to just over $1 million. The result: big-name acts like Lynrd
Skynrd, Huey Lewis and the News, Heart, and Styx.
-- Lolita Harper covers Costa Mesa. She may be reached at (949)
574-4275 or by e-mail at o7 firstname.lastname@example.org .
One more cinches it
Another domino fell this week on the board of the Orange County
Sanitation District. A 12th member of the 25-member board, Supervisor Jim
Silva, has voiced his opposition to the agency's controversial federal
The agency is set to vote on whether to pursue a renewal of the waiver
Silva said he now supports requiring the district to step up treatment
of its sewage; the agency is set to pick a treatment method on Wednesday.
The district releases 243 million gallons of partially treated waste
water in the sea each day via an outfall pipe on the ocean floor.
Silva joined nine cities and two local water or sewage agencies who
have opposed the waiver, which is granted by the Environmental Protection
Board representatives with both Newport Beach and the Costa Mesa
Sanitary District have said they are against the waiver.
If the agency votes to let the waiver expire without renewing it, they
would need to step up to full treatment of the waste water.
-- Paul Clinton covers the environment and politics. He may be reached
at (949) 764-4330 or by e-mail ato7 email@example.com .
Fighting for ficus
Residents who want to save 25 ficus trees on the peninsula's Main
Street said they will take legal action to reverse a council decision to
remove the trees. The City Council voted last month that the trees'
damage to sewer lines and sidewalks outweighed their benefits and beauty.
The Airport Working Group and the Citizens for Jobs and the Economy
will be asked to provide a line-item accounting of how they spent a $3.67
million grant the city issued last year. City staff will then hire an
auditor to double-check the records and ensure that the money was handled
The Cannery Lofts development won Coastal Commission approval last
week and will likely break ground before mid-September. The 22
artist-inspired units will combine downstairs commercial space with
residential upstairs lofts.
City Councilman Steve Bromberg said that he will do everything he can
to make sure residents get to see a good fireworks show next year. A void
was created this year when the Dunes announced it would not hold its
annual show due to increased legal claims.
-- June Casagrande covers Newport Beach and John Wayne Airport. She
may be reached at (949) 574-4232 or by e-mail at o7
UCI Hormone Study halted
A UC Irvine study was halted this week due to an increased risk of
cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. It is part of a nationwide,
government-funded study, that began in 1995, that tracks the effect of
hormone replacement therapy on a variety of cardiovascular diseases and
bone fractures. It was curtailed when the Data and Safety Monitoring
Board, an independent group, determined that the risk of the combination
outweighed the benefits.
It was an emotional homecoming for the families and crew of Orange
Coast College's Alaskan Eagle that returned from a lengthy voyage. The
65-foot sailing vessel returned to Newport Beach, completing the last leg
of a 13-month 25,000-mile journey that traveled to Antarctica and back.
The excursion began on July 27, 2001 and took the crew to Hawaii, Tahiti,
South Africa and Antarctica.
-- Deirdre Newman covers education. She may be reached at (949)
574-4221 or by e-mail at o7 firstname.lastname@example.org .