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Kitchen fire on Catalina Ave “damages entire house” 

On Friday, Jan 25, at 3:40 p.m., LBFD and LBPD personnel were dispatched to a report of smoke coming from a residence in the 31500 block of Catalina Avenue.

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “LBFD extinguished the fire in the kitchen. The kitchen sustained minor fire damage, but the entire house was damaged by the smoke. The homeowners were not on scene initially but arrived soon after being called by neighbors. No injuries were reported.”

Man attempts to bring ecstasy pills into jail, reports LBPD

On Sunday, Jan 26, at 2:37 a.m., LBPD officers conducted an occupied vehicle check in the 200 block of Crescent Bay Drive. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Costa Mesa resident Michael Romero, 35, was placed in custody for false impersonation after providing a false ID belonging to his brother in attempt to avoid being arrested for an outstanding warrant.”

 Sgt Cota said, “During the booking process, Romero attempted to hide an unknown item inside of his mouth. The item was located and determined to be a plastic package containing several ecstasy pills. The charges of possession of a controlled substance and bringing contraband inside a jail facility were added to his charges.”

Bail was set at $20,000.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

  -By Suzie Harrison