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Body Found in Water Still Unidentified

A body was found in the water near 32nd Street and W. Oceanfront over the weekend, according to authorities.

The young male is still unidentified.

The deceased appears to be in his late teens or early 20s, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department coroner’s office.

The victim most likely entered the water at unknown location on Oct. 10 or early Oct. 11, the OCSD coroner reported.

No signs of foul play have been indicated, said Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella in an email.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the Coroner Division at (714) 647-7400.


NB Investor Arrested for Assault, Elder Abuse

An investor from Newport Beach was arrested over the weekend on multiple charges, including assault and elder abuse, according to police.

Gary Edward Grant, 48, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, according to Newport Beach Police Department records.

Authorities received a 911 call around 6:44 p.m. Sunday about a domestic disturbance in the 1600 block of Westcliff Dr., NB Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella explained in an email.

“Officers responded and were able to determine that Grant had engaged in a physical altercation with a male relative,” she noted.

Fire Department medics also responded and recommended that the victim be transported to a local hospital for further medical evaluation, but he refused, Manzella added. The exact extent of the victim’s injuries are therefore unknown, she wrote.

Grant also caused an estimated $1000 worth of damage to the residence, according to police.

He was arrested for 243(D) battery causing serious bodily injury, 148(A)(1) obstruction/resist/etc. of a public/peace officer, 245(A)(1) assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, 594(B)(1) felony vandalism, and 368(B)(1) willfully causing or permitting bodily harm/death to an elder/dependent adult.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Grant is still in custody and is scheduled to appear in court at the Harbor Justice Center on Thursday, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department records.


Australian Resident Suggests Town Change Name to Newport Beach

An Australian real estate agent has suggested changing the name of his hometown to Newport Beach, according to an article from Fraser Coast Chronicle.

Former mayoral candidate Chris Couper of Hervey Bay wants to rename the town Newport Beach, reported Chronicle writer Hayden Johnson.

Couper apparently recommended naming the bay after the “posh American city” to help boost it’s profile, remove the unemployment stigma, increase property values, and encourage tourists and development, Johnson wrote.

A name change could help the city, located in Queensland, Australia, move forward, Couper told the newspaper.

In a poll conducted by the Fraser Coast Chronicle, 85 percent of readers did not agree.

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