Public Safety

Police Files for Dec. 19

Costa Mesa: Wilson Street: Vandalism was reported in the 500 block at 12:22 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for Dec. 16

Costa Mesa: Princeton Drive: Residential burglary was reported in the 200 block at 1:35 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Dec. 18

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Petty theft was reported in the 1900 block at 9:04 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Dec. 12

Costa Mesa: Bristol Street: Theft was...

Police Files for Dec. 17

Costa Mesa: Victoria Street: Garage burglary was reported in the 200 block at 8:12 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Dec. 10

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft was reported in the 3300 block at 7:16 a.m. Tuesday.

Man hurt by fallen boat mast in Newport Harbor

Man hurt by fallen boat mast in Newport Harbor

A man was injured when a mast fell on him while crews were trying to install it on a new trimaran in Newport Harbor on Thursday afternoon,...

Package thief hits Newport home; be wary, police urge

Package thief hits Newport home; be wary, police urge

Newport Beach police are searching for a man they say stole a package off the porch of a home on Snug Harbor Road.

Woman who rammed sheriff's officer released after serving half of jail sentence

An Irvine woman who rammed her car into a sheriff's officer last year at John Wayne Airport was sentenced Thursday to 364 days in jail and...

Mom with child in car robbed at drive-up ATM

A gunman robbed a young mother who was with her child outside a Costa Mesa bank Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Man killed in gunfire with Costa Mesa police was wanted in 2 states

A man killed in an exchange of gunfire with Costa Mesa police this week was wanted in two states on allegations including child sexual abuse...

Defendants tried to sneak guns, ammo across border, court document says

Defendants tried to sneak guns, ammo across border, court document says

A man and a woman driving through Newport Beach last month with seven AK-47 rifles in the car were transporting the guns for a Mexican...

Three arrested after Costa Mesa stabbing

Police said they arrested two possible gang members in Costa Mesa on Tuesday and a third man who tried to intimidate a stabbing victim while...

Police: Man killed in gunfire with Costa Mesa officers

Costa Mesa police shot and killed a man in an exchange of gunfire while officers were trying to arrest him Tuesday night, according to...

Judge denies request to delay trial in OCC students' killings

Judge denies request to delay trial in OCC students' killings

The gruesome case of the slayings of two Orange Coast College students may be headed to trial nearly five years after their deaths.

Affidavit: Police union asked for dirt on Costa Mesa councilmen

Affidavit: Police union asked for dirt on Costa Mesa councilmen

Costa Mesa police officers mocked members of the City Council and suggested ways to catch them in compromising positions in the run-up to...

Costa Mesa CEO, police chief apologize to councilmen

Costa Mesa CEO, police chief apologize to councilmen

Costa Mesa city CEO Tom Hatch and acting Police Chief Rob Sharpnack issued an apology Monday to three councilmen who prosecutors allege were...

Car crash kills Irvine man, 18

An Irvine man was killed when his vehicle crashed into a traffic signal pole Sunday morning.

Costa Mesa engineer sentenced in cold-case murder

Donna Wigmore was supposed to get married in the summer of 1979. Instead she holed up in her parents' backyard, enveloped in shock after her...

UCI, Seal Beach police collar suspect in car thefts

UCI, Seal Beach police collar suspect in car thefts

Police from Seal Beach and UC Irvine teamed to arrest a man suspected of breaking into and stealing cars across Orange County, authorities...

Sexual assault reported at UCI residence hall

UC Irvine police are investigating a report of a sexual assault in campus housing last weekend.

Injured driver rescued after car goes down embankment in Irvine

Firefighters rescued a driver whose car swerved off a road in Irvine and down an embankment Friday afternoon.

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

Two private investigators illegally tracked one Costa Mesa councilman using GPS and called in a fake DUI...

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

2 P.I.s illegally tracked and reported on Costa Mesa councilmen, D.A. charges

Two private investigators illegally tracked one Costa Mesa councilman by GPS and called in a fake DUI report on another in 2012 when they...

Firefighters extinguish 2-alarm blaze at Metro Pointe's Old Navy

Firefighters extinguish 2-alarm blaze at Metro Pointe's Old Navy

Dozens of firefighters doused flames inside a wall of an Old Navy clothing store at Metro Pointe shopping center in Costa Mesa on Thursday...

D.A. finds Newport Beach police shooting justified

Two Newport Beach police officers were justified when they shot and killed a 22-year-old mentally ill man earlier this year, the Orange...

Woman killed by car outside Beckman High in Irvine

A 47-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car outside Irvine's Arnold O. Beckman High School on Wednesday morning. After the impact,...

Coastal cities ready berms, sandbags as storm and high surf approach

Coastal cities ready berms, sandbags as storm and high surf approach

Authorities in coastal cities warned residents to brace for a winter storm expected to lash the region with strong winds, big surf and...

Water main break closes Sunflower Avenue at Harbor Boulevard

Water main break closes Sunflower Avenue at Harbor Boulevard

A water main break near the border of Costa Mesa and Santa Ana snarled traffic in the area of Sunflower Avenue and Harbor Boulevard Tuesday,...

Driver suspected of DUI as car slams into garage

A man may have been driving under the influence when his BMW crashed into a Costa Mesa home Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Newport fugitive arrested on yacht in Malaysia gets 10 years in prison

A former Newport Beach businessman who eluded authorities for more than a dozen years before being arrested living aboard a 58-foot yacht in...

Police: Man shoots, kills self on Costa Mesa road

A man shot and killed himself inside a car over the weekend at a Costa Mesa intersection, police said Monday.

Parents of man killed by Newport police allege 'excessive, brutal' force

Newport Beach police used "excessive, unwarranted and brutal" force when they shot a 22-year-old to death this spring, according to two...

Police chief's pension is near $185,000, Costa Mesa officials say

Police chief's pension is near $185,000, Costa Mesa officials say

Costa Mesa's outgoing police chief will receive an annual pension of about $185,000 on top of a $167,812 salary when he starts a new job...

Family who lost son to car crash holds fundraiser

Family who lost son to car crash holds fundraiser

When Bernice Torres heard about a former Estancia High School student's untimely death, she knew she needed to help.

Bank robber threatens to shoot teller in Costa Mesa

A robber threatened to shoot a teller at a Wells Fargo bank branch in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, according to police.

Man stabbed in one of 2 robberies outside Irvine banks

In less than half an hour Wednesday evening, a man was stabbed in a hand and a woman was shoved during two robberies in Irvine.

Costa Mesa's police chief calls for unity as he ends tenure

Costa Mesa's police chief calls for unity as he ends tenure

In his last days on the job, Costa Mesa's outgoing police chief warned that the city needs a new sense of unity if it wants to rebuild a...

Crashes let up amid the rain; lighter showers expected today

Rainfall in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach continued Wednesday, though reports of weather-related traffic collisions lessened.

Firebox blamed for fire at Costa Mesa home

Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a small chimney fire that caused minor damage to a home Wednesday, officials said.

UCI police seek suspect in groping case

UC Irvine police Wednesday sent a warning to students about a reported groping on campus last month.

Rain leads to at least five accidents in Costa Mesa

Rain leads to at least five accidents in Costa Mesa

The massive storm pummeling Orange County is being blamed for at least five car crashes in Costa Mesa and traffic delays in Newport Beach.

Teen who died in crash lacked license, drove borrowed BMW

Teen who died in crash lacked license, drove borrowed BMW

Grief counselors arrived at two Costa Mesa high schools Monday to help students cope with the death of a former classmate over the...

Jury convicts Newport lawyer of attempted extortion, conspiracy

James Toledano, a former chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party and three-time state Assembly candidate, was convicted last week...

'We'll know if you've been drinking,' Newport police sing on holiday DUI warning video

The Newport Beach Police Department has its own Christmas carol.

Plane makes emergency landing on old runway at Great Park

Plane makes emergency landing on old runway at Great Park

A small single-engine plane made an emergency landing Thursday on an unused runway at Irvine's Great Park.

Fire during Thanksgiving dinner displaces Irvine family

An Irvine family fled during Thanksgiving dinner Thursday when they discovered a fire on the second story of their home.

Fires damage Home Depot, house in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa firefighters doused small blazes at a Home Depot store and a home on Thanksgiving.

Liquor store worker suspected in lottery scheme

A Newport Beach man who worked at a Santa Ana liquor store was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of redeeming winning Scratchers lottery tickets...

Fiery crash kills teen driver, injures passenger

Fiery crash kills teen driver, injures passenger

A high-speed single-car crash near Estancia High School in Costa Mesa killed a 16-year-old driver and injured his teenage passenger just...

Newport police are speeding up ticketing process

Newport Beach police officers will soon be exchanging their trusty ticket pads for a system that issues electronic citations.

Costa Mesa police chief to retire, join L.A. Port Police

Costa Mesa police chief to retire, join L.A. Port Police

Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi announced Tuesday that he will be leaving to take a job with the Los Angeles Port Police.

Fire damages Irvine restaurant

About 30 firefighters quickly doused a blaze above the ceiling of an Irvine restaurant Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Sewage spill shuts 1,000 feet of Newport Harbor

A sewage spill Monday in Newport Harbor closed about 1,000 feet of the waterway to divers and swimmers.

Driver injured in crash leaving car wash

Driver injured in crash leaving car wash

A Jeep rolling through a covered car wash in Costa Mesa slammed into a wall as it exited the cleaning area Friday afternoon, leaving the...

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