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Newport Beach Murder: Husband Says Another Man Killed Wife, Forcing Him to Bury Body

Orange County Sheriff's Department(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- A prominent California real estate investor who pleaded not guilty to killing his wife for financial gain now claims another man did the killing and forced the real estate mogul to bury the body.

Peter Chadwick, 48, told police investigators that someone else had killed Quee Chadwick, 46, behind the walls of their sprawling multi-million-dollar mansion in Newport Beach, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times, and forced Chadwick to load her body into his Lexus and dispose of it somewhere near the U.S.-Mexico border.

"It appears the relationship had been on the rocks for a period of time," Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy told ABC station KABC-TV. "It looks like there was a possible divorce. There's a lot of money involved. ..."

Neighbors grew suspicious when Quee Chadwick, known to friends as "QC," didn't pick up her children at the bus stop last Wednesday, and they contacted the Newport Beach Police Department. A neighbor had also reported hearing screams from the house earlier in the week, according to the Daily Pilot.

"So we responded to the home and discovered signs of a struggle and possible foul play," Kathy Lowe, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Police Department, told KABC-TV, although police did not recover a body at the scene.

Chadwick was arrested last Thursday, four miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, after he'd called San Diego police.

A widespread search for the mother of three has been under way.

"Mr. Chadwick was in his car for about 18 hours with the body, so it could be anywhere in Southern California right now," Murphy said.

A California highway patrol officer happened to be tailing Chadwick's car on his drive south, and said there were no other passengers in the car, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities said Chadwick's story didn't add up.

"There's a lot of forensic evidence we've recovered. There's also a series of witnesses that have been interviewed, and we're confident when the facts come out in court it's going to be very clear," Murphy said.

Chadwick's attorney, Robert Sanger, said that he would not comment on the case. His client is currently being held in the Orange County jail on $1.5 million bail.

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Couple Flies Into Wedding Ceremony on Jet Packs

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- Most brides choose to have their dad walk them down the aisle on their wedding day.

Amanda Volf chose a jet pack instead, zooming down an ocean aisle to wed her groom-to-be, Grant Engler, in what appears to be a first-of-its-kind wedding Thursday.

Instead of waiting for his bride at the end of the aisle, Engler donned one of the $90,000 contraptions himself, meaning both bride and groom flew in together to meet their shocked guests on the shores of Newport Beach, Calif.

It was there that Volf, 25, from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Engler, also 25, said, “I Do,” in what is being billed as the first jet-pack wedding in history.

Volf is a former wedding planner herself, so perhaps she thought a jet pack, connected to a boat through a hose, would be easier than planning a wedding.

Instead of a dress, she only had to pick out the pair of white board shorts and a white rash-guard shirt she wore for the short flight and ceremony, while Engler wore a wetsuit.

In a bid to wedding tradition, however, Volf donned a veil and Engler donned a white bow tie with his black wetsuit.

The couple are honeymooning in Costa Rica and could not be reached for comment.

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WATCH: Police Recruiting Video Goes Overboard

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- Do YOU have what it takes? Based on the high-energy, high-impact scenes of one city's police recruiting video, one might think that it is set in one of the most crime-riddled counties in the country.

But the video was actually made and released by the Newport Beach Police Department in Southern California, considered by many to be one of the safest, ritziest places to live in California.

The video, which shows police officers jumping over walls and loading military-grade assault rifles and sniper rifles, vicious dog take-downs and a staged SWAT raid, is now the subject of mockery because of the over-the-top, ’80s-television-show production style.

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The video has been available on YouTube for about four years, but didn’t garner much attention until it was posted on The Agitator in early July. The post shows two separate police departments taking two very different approaches to advertising themselves.

The Newport Beach Police Department’s video is shown alongside a police recruitment video released in 2009 by the Decatur Police Department in Georgia that displays a much more relaxed and friendly approach to law enforcement recruiting.

According to a 2009 survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Newport Beach’s median family income ($104,435) is about 64 percent higher than the national average ($39,138) and almost twice the amount of the rest of California ($58,931).

Newport Beach is located on the California coast within Orange County, which is one of the safest areas to live in California.

In 2010, neighboring Los Angeles County experienced 297 murders and 789 rapes. Newport Beach’s numbers didn’t even come close. In 2010, there were no murders and only four reported rapes. In fact, according to the Newport Beach Police Department’s website, the highest number of arrests was for larceny and public drunkenness incidents.

Even so, watch out, bad boys, the Newport Beach Police Department is coming for you. In the last four years since the video was released, the crime rate has decreased by 10 percent. The most dramatic change to the crime rate in Newport Beach in the last four years is a 40 percent decrease to the total number of robberies.

Calls to the Newport Beach Police Department were not returned.

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