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May 11, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE
Orange County firefighters and animal control officers spent much of Monday trying to free an animal trapped in an underground drainage pipe in Newport Coast. Judging from the sounds made by the animal, authorities said it could have been a dog, coyote or bobcat. "We haven't actually seen him," said Lt. Kevin Whelan of Orange County Animal Control. After being alerted to the animal's cries about 11 a.m.
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May 2, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The discovery of drugs inside the car of a pair of hikers rescued in a multiday search has prompted Orange County officials to consider charging them for the $160,000 operation and fanned a debate on when people should pay for their misadventures. One of the hikers, Nicolas Cendoya, was charged Tuesday with a felony count of methamphetamine possession after authorities said they found a small amount of the drug in the car the pair parked before setting off on an Easter Sunday hike.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Huntington Beach High School students were praised Thursday after they helped rescue a 50-year-old surfer who collapsed on the beach in the grip of cardiac arrest. The students, Jenny Moeller and Keith Black, both 15, spotted the man face down in the surf and pulled him to safety before flagging down a lifeguard on patrol, according to Battalion Chief Chuck Reynolds of the Huntington Beach Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Rick Rojas and Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times
In the search for a college student lost while hiking in Orange County's backcountry, things were beginning to look grim. It had been four days since she went missing. Steep ravines with 10-foot-high brush hindered rescue efforts and thwarted helicopters with infrared cameras. When searchers found her companion dehydrated and exhausted, he said they'd become separated and he hadn't seen her recently. But on Thursday, Kyndall Jack's voice secured her rescue. The 18-year-old's screams from a cliff in the Trabuco Canyon area caught the attention of a search team and led to a protracted and dramatic rescue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1996
Lifeguards rescued three anglers who were trapped by high tide as they fished off a jetty Monday night. A Santa Ana man, his 15-year-old daughter and an Anaheim man were stranded at the tip of Ladder Rock, just off Camero Shores, when the early evening tide brought a pounding surf that made walking back toward shore treacherous, according to Sgt. Karl von Voigt of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol. The trio was "cold and shaken," but uninjured, when they were rescued shortly before 9 p.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1994
Orange County firefighters dropped from a helicopter and scaled a hillside to rescue two Tustin hikers who strayed from the trail Saturday and ended up clinging to the steep, slippery shale shouting for help. "They were stuck there on the side of the hill," said Danielle Parker, 23, who spotted the couple around 2:30 p.m. while walking through the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary with her fiance, his two boys and her son. "The man had taken off his shirt and was waving it," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1996 | RUSS LOAR and FRANK MESSINA
A local hero and the senior citizen he rescued will be honored at a benefit dinner Feb. 1. Last October, Bernice Colopy suffered a heart attack while driving on Interstate 5 in Lake Forest. She managed to stop her car before slumping unconscious over the steering wheel. Dan Sforza discovered the woman inside her locked vehicle. He smashed a window, pulled Colopy out of the car and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1996
A Laguna Niguel man allegedly under the influence of alcohol was rescued and then arrested Monday morning after becoming stuck on the steep cliff above Dana Strand Beach, authorities said. Codey James, 29, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and trespassing after firefighters walked him up the 250-foot cliff along the northwest portion of the Dana Point Headlands, said Lt. Ron Wilkerson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1995 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surfer who was clinging to the city's pier after losing his surfboard in eight- to 10-foot storm surf had to be rescued Wednesday night, authorities said. Lee Henry of Huntington Beach was surfing with another surfer about 7:40 p.m., using the pier's lighting for illumination, when a large wave ripped off the leash tethered to his surfboard, he said. Henry began yelling for help to people on the pier.
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December 29, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four homeless people who sought shelter from the rain under a Santa Ana River overpass were rescued from the rushing waters Saturday morning after the river swelled around them and trapped them on the concrete platform. The castaways sought refuge Friday night but had to wait until daybreak Saturday for their screams to attract a passerby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE
Orange County firefighters and animal control officers spent much of Monday trying to free an animal trapped in an underground drainage pipe in Newport Coast. Judging from the sounds made by the animal, authorities said it could have been a dog, coyote or bobcat. "We haven't actually seen him," said Lt. Kevin Whelan of Orange County Animal Control. After being alerted to the animal's cries about 11 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Huntington Beach High School students were praised Thursday after they helped rescue a 50-year-old surfer who collapsed on the beach in the grip of cardiac arrest. The students, Jenny Moeller and Keith Black, both 15, spotted the man face down in the surf and pulled him to safety before flagging down a lifeguard on patrol, according to Battalion Chief Chuck Reynolds of the Huntington Beach Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1996
Lifeguards rescued three anglers who were trapped by high tide as they fished off a jetty Monday night. A Santa Ana man, his 15-year-old daughter and an Anaheim man were stranded at the tip of Ladder Rock, just off Camero Shores, when the early evening tide brought a pounding surf that made walking back toward shore treacherous, according to Sgt. Karl von Voigt of the Orange County Sheriff's Harbor Patrol. The trio was "cold and shaken," but uninjured, when they were rescued shortly before 9 p.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1996
A Laguna Niguel man allegedly under the influence of alcohol was rescued and then arrested Monday morning after becoming stuck on the steep cliff above Dana Strand Beach, authorities said. Codey James, 29, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and trespassing after firefighters walked him up the 250-foot cliff along the northwest portion of the Dana Point Headlands, said Lt. Ron Wilkerson of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1996 | RUSS LOAR and FRANK MESSINA
A local hero and the senior citizen he rescued will be honored at a benefit dinner Feb. 1. Last October, Bernice Colopy suffered a heart attack while driving on Interstate 5 in Lake Forest. She managed to stop her car before slumping unconscious over the steering wheel. Dan Sforza discovered the woman inside her locked vehicle. He smashed a window, pulled Colopy out of the car and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived.
NEWS
March 15, 1995 | DEBORA VRANA and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County's creditors unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to establish a countywide borrowing authority that would use future growth in property taxes to pay off a proposed $1.5 billion in new county debt. The plan also includes a quarter-cent sales tax hike whose proceeds would go to county schools. The proposal, by the official committee of creditors in the county's bankruptcy proceedings, is scheduled to be presented today to William J. Popejoy, the county's chief executive officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1991 | BOB ELSTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only hours after an anonymous caller told him, "You are going to fry," a 60-year-old Fountain Valley paraplegic awoke early Wednesday with his house ablaze in what authorities say they are investigating as a possible murder attempt. George Smyrniotis was rescued from his bed by four firefighters and had to be dragged down the stairs of his two-story home to safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two day laborers up to their necks in heavy, wet soil were rescued by firefighters Friday morning after a 12-foot trench that was not reinforced caved in on them at a gated Anaheim Hills home. "They are lucky to be alive," said Rudy Weyland, a spokesman for the Anaheim Fire Department. "You couldn't pay me a million dollars to go down where those two men were working."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two day laborers up to their necks in heavy, wet soil were rescued by firefighters Friday morning after a 12-foot trench that was not reinforced caved in on them at a gated Anaheim Hills home. "They are lucky to be alive," said Rudy Weyland, a spokesman for the Anaheim Fire Department. "You couldn't pay me a million dollars to go down where those two men were working."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1995 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surfer who was clinging to the city's pier after losing his surfboard in eight- to 10-foot storm surf had to be rescued Wednesday night, authorities said. Lee Henry of Huntington Beach was surfing with another surfer about 7:40 p.m., using the pier's lighting for illumination, when a large wave ripped off the leash tethered to his surfboard, he said. Henry began yelling for help to people on the pier.
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