Friday Morning Report

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A quick look at the things that made news this week in Newport Beach:

On Monday, a man drove his car through a guardrail, down an embankment and into an apartment building. Fire and police officials responded.

For several hours after the crash, firefighters feared the threat of a gas leak as a gas main had been damaged, and so they evacuated a dozens units in the building. The problem was resolved by the Gas Company.

There were no injuries, though there was minor damage to the structure, broken gas and water mains, and a broken gas meter.

Flags were at half-mast this week at the Newport Beach Fire Department to honor the lives of four Houston firefighters who tragically died battling a fire in Southwest Houston.

Tarsadia Investments, a Newport Beach-based private equity firm, has invested $15 million in Daqri, an L.A.-based developer that aims to create representations of digital information and images in four dimensions, reported the Orange County Business Journal.

Authorities seized eighty bales of marijuana from a sailboat in Newport Beach this week, following a routine inspection. The pilot of the sailboat, when approached by a Coast Guard crew, ran the boat aground on the beach and ran away.

The Newport Beach Police Department is teaming with the Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit (OCREMU) in a cooperative effort between the OC Sheriff ’s Department and Pds in Anaheim, Buena Park, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana.

OCREMU officers can assist via deployment on horseback, enabling high visibility patrols, patrols to otherwise inaccessible areas to vehicles, and in large crowds such as the OC Marathon or the Fourth of July festivities on the peninsula.

Newport Harbor’s “Pajama Party” was recognized by way of its winning a Classical Masterpiece Award at this year’s MACY awards ceremony, held last week, reported the Daily Pilot.

Furthermore, Alexis Stary won for Outstanding Achievement and Hannah Whitfield won Highest Achievement both for their performances in “Pajama Party.”

— Compiled by Justin Swanson

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