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Alcohol recovery clinic owner accused of domestic violence

December 14, 2011 |  6:47 am

The president of Morningside Recovery in Orange County is scheduled to be arraigned in court Friday on charges that he battered his wife in their home.

Raymond Jeffrey Yates, 44, of Newport Beach was arrested and charged last week with felony domestic battery related to a Dec. 4 dispute he allegedly had with his wife in the middle of the night.

At their Dover Shores house on Commodore Road, police said the couple's verbal altercation turned physical. Yates was arrested about 1 a.m.

Authorities said alcohol was involved, but would not say who had been drinking.

Yates owns Morningside Recovery, a Newport Beach-based addiction recovery organization with facilities also in Costa Mesa. Yates is in a legal battle with Newport Beach, which is trying to force Morningside out of the city after its facilities repeatedly violated city zoning codes related to noise and operating hours, according to the Daily Pilot.

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-- Joseph Serna, Times Community News

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