Friday Morning Report

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

– At a meeting on Tuesday the Federal Aviation Administration voted unanimously to send a letter of proposal to change the fl ight procedure for planes leaving John Wayne Airport in an effort to reduce noise.

The plan calls for planes to zigzag over Newport Bay as they make their way out.

As the procedure would be new and unique within the continental U.S., it would require more work of the FAA.

The plan was helped devised by an aviation consulting firm Naverus for $75,000.

– Two young adults, Michal Polasek of Newport Beach and Joshua Taylor Faber of Costa Mesa, both 18, were both arrested under suspicion of stealing a purse from an elderly woman near Irvine Avenue and Westcliff Drive on Monday. Both men were booked for conspiracy to commit petty theft.

They are suspected of committing similar crimes the last two previous Sundays.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes should contact detective Tracy McKenzie at (949) 644-3761.

– The Newport-Mesa Unified School District approved a $12,000 study to consider potential upgrades to the baseball field at Newport Harbor High, reported the Daily Pilot.

A private and anonymous donor is funding the study.

– The family of Dr. Ronald Gilbert, the doctor who was shot by a patient at Hoag Hospital in January, is now filing two lawsuits against the Stanwood Elkus, the man suspected of killing Gilbert, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The two suits are for wrongful death and an allegation of fraud. The fraud suit claims that, just before the shooting, Elkus divested himself of real estate to shield it from legal damages. Reportedly, an Orange County judge ordered to stop those transactions that gave the real estate to a Los Angeles couple.

– A letter was drafted by the Recreational Boaters of California urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to speed the nationwide adoption of a formula that would establish acceptable levels for dissolved metals in salt water, The Log reported. The Total Maximum Daily Load regulation imposed to reduce copper may be avoidable if it’s approved.

— Compiled by Justin Swanson

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