Public Safety

Police Files: April 17

Hoag Drive: Public drunkenness was reported in the 100 block at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Files: April 14

Placentia Avenue: Commercial burglary was reported in the 1200 block between 8 p.m. Thursday and 5:32 a.m. Friday.

Police Files: April 16

Austin Street: Carrying a concealed dirk or dagger was reported in the 1100 block Tuesday.

Police Files: April 12

Avocado Avenue and East Coast Highway: Petty theft was reported at 3:19 p.m. Friday.

Police Files: April 15

Pacific Avenue: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 2100 block Sunday.

Police Files: April 11

Harbor Boulevard: Graffiti vandalism was reported in the 2000 block at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car

A bicyclist from Costa Mesa died after she was struck by a vehicle in Huntington Beach, authorities said.

Driver crashes Jeep into Upper Newport Bay

An apparently intoxicated Costa Mesa resident drove her car into a Newport Beach nature preserve and then crashed into a marshy area of...

Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire

Firefighter injured in Costa Mesa house fire

A firefighter was injured battling an Eastside Costa Mesa house fire on Wednesday morning, officials said.

Police: no clear link to serial killings

Newport Beach police are looking for connections between an unsolved homicide in their city and recently revealed serial killings in...

Boat gives owner the slip

The culprit in the case of a boat reported stolen turned out to be the knot used to tie it to a dock near Corona del Mar, according to...

Group installs free alarms at mobile home park

Group installs free alarms at mobile home park

A group of Costa Mesa firefighters and emergency volunteers recently installed free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at a Newport...

Teen detained in illegal-fireworks case

Teen detained in illegal-fireworks case

A 15-year-old Newport Beach resident was detained Sunday on suspicion of attempting to sell 51 pounds of illegal explosives on Craigslist,...

It's only a drill

It's only a drill

John Wayne Airport practiced its response to a major emergency Friday.

 'She was always laughing'

'She was always laughing'

Friends said Nina Fitzpatrick could light up a room when she walked in.

Man arrested on suspicion of burglary in Irvine

Man arrested on suspicion of burglary in Irvine

Irvine police confiscated five shotguns and a rifle from a man they suspect broke into homes this month to steal the firearms and other...

'Problem motels' less of a problem

A task force focusing on quality-of-life issues in Costa Mesa says the city has made progress in curbing the number of times police are...

Exchange of money leads to robbery call

Newport Beach police responded to a report from an upscale hotel near John Wayne Airport just after midnight Thursday that a guest had met...

Motorcyclist injured in Newport Beach crash

A motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday night in Newport Beach when he and an SUV crashed near Fashion Island, police said.

Judge moves mayor-union lawsuit forward

A lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the city's police association, its former law firm and a private investigator moved...

He battles, but disease defeats him

He battles, but disease defeats him

Third of three parts. In Part 2 on Wednesday, Orange Coast College student Jon Ludlow decided to stop following his medication schedule,...

Woman claims robbery

A woman told Newport Beach police that she was robbed in a parking lot near Fashion Island Tuesday but was unable to give police a...

Crime fighters mount trusty e-bikes

Crime fighters mount trusty e-bikes

With just a twist of the handlebar, Newport Beach police bicycle officers can whiz through neighborhoods and shopping malls and up and...

Officer targets distracted drivers

Officer targets distracted drivers

It took less than two minutes for Officer Kha Bao to spot someone talking on a cell phone.

Supes want state of emergency declared after earthquake

In the wake of the 5.1 temblor that rattled the region late last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors this week took a necessary...

Art student dies following accident

Art student dies following accident

Laguna College of Art + Design senior Nina Fitzpatrick has died, five days after she was hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk on Laguna...

Love lifts depression's fog

Love lifts depression's fog

Second of three parts. In Part 1, family members recalled how Orange County high school student Jon Ludlow went from being an...

Police seize drugs following crash

Police seize drugs following crash

Costa Mesa police say they found 20 pounds of marijuana and small amounts of other drugs in a man's car after he crashed into a parked...

Newport firefighters respond to gas leak at office building

About half a dozen units from the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a gas leak that sparked an evacuation over the weekend, but the...

Fight outside Goat Hill leaves 4 injured

Police are looking for two men who started a fight outside Goat Hill Tavern that required four people to seek medical treatment, two of them...

The struggle to regain balance

The struggle to regain balance

First of three parts.

Cyclist's widower files claim against city

The husband of a 58-year-old cyclist who was killed while biking in Newport Beach has filed a damages claim against the city.

Quick response saves life of toddler

Quick response saves life of toddler

A few weeks ago, Kathy Worthing was feeding a pair of small children at her home day care when she heard a frantic yell.

Attorney general, Hoag Hospital reach accord on abortion

Attorney general, Hoag Hospital reach accord on abortion

The state attorney general's office has found that Newport Beach's Hoag Hospital can continue to refuse to provide elective abortions, as...

Irvine man kidnapped, found injured in Yorba Linda house, police say

A 49-year-old Irvine man who was forced into a car and kidnapped in broad daylight was discovered inside a Yorba Linda residence suffering...

Sheriff addresses jail overcrowding, drug abuse

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens talked jails, guns and drugs Thursday morning at a breakfast event with members of Newport Beach's...

Firefighters knock down Harbor Blvd. blaze

Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a fire in a three-story commercial building on Harbor Boulevard, authorities said Thursday.

Police offer reward in 2012 murder case

Police offer reward in 2012 murder case

The city of Costa Mesa is offering a $10,000 reward for information on a 2012 murder case.

Aegean sailor's relatives sue GPS maker

Aegean sailor's relatives sue GPS maker

Family members of one of four men killed during the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race two years ago have filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles...

Newport plant registers cancer risk reading

Newport plant registers cancer risk reading

A metal finishing facility in Newport Beach poses an "unacceptably high" cancer risk to its neighbors and should curtail its emissions as...

Upgrades ease policing in Newport

In the Newport Beach Police Department's call center Tuesday, dispatcher Spring Case checked on the license plate number of a driver who'd...

Giving moms-to-be control of birthing process

Giving moms-to-be control of birthing process

After giving birth to her second child by cesarean section in 2010 at Newport Beach's Hoag Hospital, Kimberlee Streiff felt something wasn't...

Area shaken after quake but intact

Two of Costa Mesa resident Sue Lester's dishes broke and a vase tipped over during Friday evening's earthquake, and when she went in her...

Newport police do well in desert relay race

The Newport Beach Police Department cashed in bragging rights in Las Vegas this month when it claimed its 10th straight divisional win in...

Details of attack are sketchy

Police are looking for witnesses to a group attack in the 1000 block of Mission Drive in Costa Mesa this week.

Police win city's affection

Police win city's affection

The pride that Newport Beach feels for its police was ever-present during an awards ceremony Friday morning, right down to the event's...

Man brandishing knife is arrested

Costa Mesa police arrested a 54-year-old man Thursday evening after he allegedly threatened a city resident with a knife near 19th and...

Accused sign vandal is found not guilty

Accused sign vandal is found not guilty

An Orange County jury on Friday acquitted a former Costa Mesa city employee of vandalizing a $5 campaign sign during the contentious 2012...

Jury deliberates in sign vandalism case

Tattooed shins and a penchant for pedicures prove a Costa Mesa man charged with vandalizing a political campaign sign in 2012 is...

Firefighter promoted to captain

Firefighter promoted to captain

Costa Mesa Fire Chief Dan Stefano announced Thursday that firefighter Nick Cerciello has been promoted to captain.

Preparing for the worst

Preparing for the worst

Nearly 50 city employees wearing color-coded emergency vests sat underground in the Emergency Operations Center at the Newport Beach Civic...

Mechanic convicted on rape charges

An Orange County Superior Court jury convicted a man Thursday of sexually assaulting two women in Newport Beach and Irvine, authorities...

Model train area hit again

Model train area hit again

For the second time this month, the Orange County Model Engineers group has reported major vandalism at its ridable train setup in Costa...

Trustees go with parents' anti-fence option for Andersen

Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees voted Tuesday night to hire a nonprofit safety organization to study security at Andersen...

Police arrest burglary suspect

Within hours of a break-in late Sunday, Costa Mesa police officers recovered $2,000 worth of gold jewelry from a bicyclist they later...

Smoke leads to evacuation at California Elementary

California Elementary School was evacuated Wednesday morning after smoke coming from the electrical room in the main office set off fire...

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