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– A 51-year-old man was in critical condition after a taxi cab struck him while he was walking in Corona del Mar on Monday.

The man was walking in the transition lane toward the sidewalk at E. Coast Highway and MacArthur Boulevard when he was hit.

Officers and paramedics arrived at the scene just after 7 p.m.

The taxi driver, 54, was not injured. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been a factor, according to police.

The pedestrian was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.

 

– Mahmoud Karkehabadi, 55, of Newport Beach, was convicted of 51 felony counts involving mostly fraud and grand theft. Karkehabadi orchestrated a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme that stemmed from the production of five independent movies featuring Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Flavor Flav, Patch.com reported.

While prosecutors claimed the fraudulent scheme cost a loss of $9 million, jurors found the loss between $500,000 and $3 million for 21 investors.

Karkehabadi is scheduled to be sentenced March 15. If convicted, he could receive 30 years in prison.

 

– Bill and Sue Gross donated $2 million to fund research by breast cancer expert, Dr. Melvin Silverstein, at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, the hospital announced Monday.

The donation by the Laguna Beach philanthropists establishes the Gross Family Foundation endowed chair in oncoplastic breast surgery.

Silverstein will now be able to train other specialists, who will, in turn, take their skills to patients “throughout the world.”

 

– A man noticed smoke and flames coming from under the hood of his Mercedes-Benz while driving on Park Avenue around noon on Tuesday, Patch.com reported.

He pulled over and made sure no one went near the flaming car.

Firefighters responded to the scene within minutes and extinguished the fire.

The car’s engine compartment was damaged, while the interior remained unscathed.

The man escaped uninjured.

 

– Misty May-Treanor, a three-time gold medal Olympian, visited Ensign Intermediate School last week, reported the Daily Pilot. May-Treanor attended Ensign when she was middle school-aged.

She took time to talk to students about sports and life, and how one influenced the other when she first moved to Orange County.

 

— Compiled by Justin Swanson

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