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  1. Driver accused of killing bicyclist while DUI pleads not guiltyRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Nov 14 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A self-described drug counselor accused of killing a bicyclist while driving under the influence in Newport Beach pleaded not guilty to murder Friday. Police said Neil Storm Stephany, 23, of Huntington Beach kept driving after slamming his truck into Shaun Eagleson, a 30-year-old Fountain Valley resident who was riding along East Coast Highway on Oct. 19. Prosecutors could charge Stephany with murder because he had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge in 2011.

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  2. Huntington Beach High stepping up fundraising game for athletic hall of fameRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Nov 12 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Huntington Beach High School is the alma mater of scores of notable athletes. Former Angels catcher Hank Conger, famed NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez and several pro surfers have walked the halls as Oilers.

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  3. Hoag to donate $3.77 million for new Huntington senior centerRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Nov 10 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Hoag Hospital had a pleasant surprise for Huntington Beach on Monday: The Newport Beach-based facility will make a $3.775 million donation toward the city's long-awaited new senior center. About $2 million will go toward the cost of building the roughly $21.5 million project, while the rest will fund programs and services over five years, officials said during an announcement at the current Rodgers Seniors' Center.

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  4. Harper leading in 74th Assembly raceRead the original story

    Tuesday Nov 4 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper had the lead Tuesday over Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry in the race for the 74th Assembly District seat. The 74th District includes all or parts of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods.

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  5. Cyclist's widow: Newport crash 'took everything from me'Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 22, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Shaun Eagleson didn't need to go gluten-free, but he decided to do so to eliminate the slim chance that he could cross-contaminate his wife's food and trigger her illness. Shaun Eagleson, a Fountain Valley resident, was 30 when he died Sunday night after being hit by a pickup while bicycling along East Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

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  6. Driver charged with murder, hit-and-run in cyclist's deathRead the original story

    Oct 21, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Authorities charged a self-described drug counselor with murder Tuesday for allegedly killing a cyclist while driving drunk in Newport Beach. Neil Storm Stephany, 23, of Huntington Beach did not stop after slamming into Shaun Eagleson, a 30-year-old Fountain Valley resident, with his truck, police said.

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  7. Driver suspected of DUI in crash that killed bicyclistRead the original story

    Oct 20, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    A Fountain Valley man was hit and killed by a motorist suspected of driving under the influence on Sunday in Newport Beach, police said. Authorities said Neil Storm Stephany, 23, of Huntington Beach was traveling west on East Coast Highway in a Toyota Tacoma just before 5 p.m. when the vehicle hit 30-year-old Shaun Eagleson, who was riding a bicycle.

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  8. H.B. girls' golf team clinches tie for league crownRead the original story

    Oct 15, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    The Huntington Beach High girls' golf team clinched a share of the 2014 Sunset League championship Oct. 9 by defeating visiting Newport Harbor, 223-232, at SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach. The win put the Oilers at 7-1 in league and 12-1 overall heading into the current week.

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  9. Retail Therapy: Join the Block party at BreaRead the original story

    Oct 15, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    New kid on the block: Brea Mall will host a collaborative Shopping Block party with Refinery29 from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the mall's lower level. Cult favorite shopping website Refinery29 will bring its style into the physical world for a curated fashion experience at the free event, where shoppers can enter to win prizes, enjoy mini makeovers and create custom tote bags.

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  10. Council candidate Peterson rocks a financial perspectiveRead the original story

    Oct 1, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Huntington Beach City Council candidate Erik Peterson, a punk rocker back in his teenage days, still enjoys a TSOL concert every now and then. But Peterson, now 46, says he has a plan to improve the city while not sticking it to the man.

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  11. Motorcyclist, 23, dies after crash with U-Haul van in HuntingtonRead the original story

    Sep 29, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    The crash occurred about 8:40 p.m. Sunday near Pacific Coast Highway and Eighth Street. Officers found a heavily damaged white 2012 Yamaha motorcycle at the scene and found Santiago partially underneath a 2008 GMC U-Haul van, according to Huntington Beach police.

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  12. Local students in line for National Merit ScholarshipsRead the original story

    Sep 10, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Out of 16,000 semifinalists, 143 students from Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Laguna Beach high schools made the list, which was released Wednesday. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program.

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  13. O.C. assessor charged with filing false nomination papersRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory, seen here in 1998, has been charged with filing false nomination papers in a reelection bid. Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory was charged Tuesday with filing false nomination papers in his reelection bid in the March 2014 primary.

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  14. A duel over dual political endorsementsRead the original story

    Sep 9, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Another turn in the increasingly testy race to represent the state's 74th Assembly District is forcing local politicians to grapple with a bigger question: What makes an endorsement? As Orange County Republicans find themselves squaring off against their GOP compatriots more frequently, thanks to the state's "top-two" open primary system, which allows same-party candidates to square off in November, experts say that what was once a relatively uncomplicated show of support has become a fuzzier concept. "The distinction between support and endorsement now actually matters," said Dora Kingsley Vertenten, a professor at USC's Price School of Public Policy.

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  15. Huntington surfer dies after hitting headRead the original story

    Sep 8, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    He had been found floating face down in the water, Marine Safety Lt. Michael Beuerlein said.

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  16. College district sees budget increase for second yearRead the original story

    Sep 4, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    The Coast Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $243 million budget - about $5 million higher than last year's spending plan. The 2014-15 budget, which Vice Chancellor Andy Dunn presented to the board Tuesday night, marks the second consecutive year since 2007 that trustees have not been forced to trim expenses, according to fiscal documents.

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  17. Retail Therapy: Grand opening takes the cakeRead the original story

    Sep 3, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Sweet stuff: SusieCakes is having a grand opening celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at SOCO, 3321 Hyland Ave., Suite J, Costa Mesa.

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  18. Concealed-weapons permit holders concentrated in Huntington and Newport, records showRead the original story

    Sep 2, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    In the six months since Orange County began issuing concealed-weapons permits under a relaxed standard, the number of people licensed to carry guns is close to doubling, and thousands more are awaiting approval.

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  19. Ocean still a potential danger for swimmersRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 28, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Stronger-than-normal rip currents caused by storm conditions will likely be present at local beaches for the next two weeks, said Newport Beach lifeguard Battalion Chief Jim Turner.

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  20. Virgen: This one is for Augie NietoRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2014 | Huntington Beach Independent

    Throughout my career as a journalist I have been fortunate to meet some great people, famous athletes even my childhood idols.

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