WHAT’S UP with the Blotter?
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website, there were a number of calls made to authorities from Thursday, July 18 through press time on Thursday, August 1, but details of those phone entries were not available. We expect the blotter to return in full next week. Below are the only available entries along with an update on an ongoing arson case in Dana Point.
Compiled by Victor Carno
Monday, July 29
Dana Point Harbor (4:47 p.m.) A 10-year-old boy was seen tossing his fishing line at subjects passing by on paddleboards.
Thursday, July 18
Street of the Silver Lantern, 33800 Block (1:28 a.m.) A woman called deputies after her friend’s abusive ex-boyfriend was outside knocking on the door while texting her. The woman requested that deputies meet her outside when they arrive because her children were sleeping.
Woman Enters Guilty Plea in Adult Store Fire
A woman accused of recklessly causing a fire outside a Dana Point adult store pleaded guilty to multiple counts in a superior court in Newport Beach on Monday. Additional charges of arson were dismissed.
Jennifer Renee Colwell, 42, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years probation for her guilty plea, court records show.
The charges stemmed from an incident in October 2012 in which Colwell was accused of setting a fire outside Intimate Obsessions, located at 34183 E. Pacific Coast Highway, to items purchased by a former-boyfriend at the location. An arrest warrant was issued for Colwell after she failed to appear in court for a pretrial hearing in early June.
At the time of the fire, officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department detained Colwell after she was seen pulling away from a blaze at the location. The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the scene and put out the flames. No damage to the building was reported, but nearby shrubbery was burned.
According to authorities, Colwell had set fire to a gas-soaked pillowcase filled with bedding and gifts purchased at the lingerie store. Colwell’s probationary period will last until July 30, 2018.—Andrea Papagianis