Public Safety

Police Files for July 28

Costa Mesa: Fairview Road: Possession of drug paraphernalia was reported in the 2200 block at 10:06 a.m. Sunday.

Police Files for July 22

Costa Mesa: Hamilton Street: Petty theft from a vehicle was reported in the 700 block at 12:29 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for July 28

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Public drunkenness was reported in the 1800 block at 8:11 p.m. Saturday.

Police Files for July 20

Costa Mesa: Anton Boulevard: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 500 block at 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police Files for July 24

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Grand theft from a vehicle was reported in the 2100 block at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for July 17

Costa Mesa: Carnegie Avenue: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 2500 block at 1 a.m. Thursday.

Beach flasher throws sand at officer while exposing himself, Newport police say

Newport Beach police say they chased a flasher onto the beach and into the ocean Monday morning as he threw sand at an officer and exposed...

Fire on Irvine's Blaze street damages home; 1 resident hurt

A fire at a home on a small Irvine street called Blaze displaced two people and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Sunday...

2 hospitalized after car crash in Costa Mesa

2 hospitalized after car crash in Costa Mesa

Firefighters had to free a person from the wreckage of a three-car collision that hospitalized two people Saturday afternoon in Costa Mesa,...

Man arrested after two men suffer cuts at soup kitchen

The Costa Mesa Police Department arrested a man Friday who they said was involved in an attack on two other men at Someone Cares Soup...

CdM man sues after he's hit and hurt in soccer game by another player's arm cast

A Corona del Mar man has filed a negligence lawsuit against the city of Newport Beach and a local sports league, alleging that he was...

D.A. seeks additional victims of check bouncer

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is seeking additional victims of a Newport Beach man who allegedly wrote more than $100,000...

Costa Mesa officer accused of insurance fraud

A Costa Mesa police officer was charged Thursday with insurance fraud and making a fraudulent statement — both felonies — for...

Serious crime surges 40% in Costa Mesa

Reports of serious crimes spiked about 40% in Costa Mesa during the first half of 2015, with double-digit percentage increases in all but...

Serious crime up 12% — a rare increase — in Newport Beach

For the first time in more than a decade, crime reports in Newport Beach are heading up.

New Irvine neighborhood going on watch for coyotes

In response to an increase in coyote sightings and attacks on children and pets in Irvine's newly developed Portola Springs area,...

Small pipe bomb explodes outside Costa Mesa home

A small home-made bomb exploded outside the front door of a mobile home in Costa Mesa early Tuesday, according to police.

Illegal fireworks left at Newport Beach fire station

Newport Beach firefighters say they disposed of more than 100 potentially dangerous fireworks that were left at one of their stations...

Overdose blamed in mysterious death of Valentine's date who vanished; 'body was dumped,' official says

Overdose blamed in mysterious death of Valentine's date who vanished; 'body was dumped,' official says

The death of an Orange County woman who disappeared after a Valentine's Day night out in Costa Mesa has been ruled an overdose, but how...

2 Irvine officers hurt when a car hits their parked police cruiser

Two Irvine police officers were hospitalized after a sedan crashed into their parked patrol car Tuesday night, authorities said.

Teen driver wasn't wearing seat belt in fatal crash

Teen driver wasn't wearing seat belt in fatal crash

A high school student who died in a Newport Beach traffic collision last month wasn't wearing his seat belt when the SUV he was driving...

Man found nude on Costa Mesa porch is charged in string of recent crimes

Man found nude on Costa Mesa porch is charged in string of recent crimes

A convicted sex offender who was arrested Thursday after residents said they found him naked on a Costa Mesa porch faces three felony and 14...

Costa Mesa firefighters free dog stuck in bathtub drain

Costa Mesa firefighters free dog stuck in bathtub drain

Costa Mesa firefighters used a sledgehammer and chisel to rescue a small dog that got its leg stuck in a bathtub drain Tuesday ...

Irvine husband charged with murder in run-down, stabbing of man police say he thought was love rival

Irvine husband charged with murder in run-down, stabbing of man police say he thought was love rival

A 38-year-old Irvine engineer suspected of running over and stabbing to death a man he believed was having an affair with his wife was...

Marijuana plants found after Newport apartment fire, but they're legal, police say

Narcotics detectives were briefly called to a Newport Beach apartment to investigate a marijuana-growing operation that firefighters...

Newport man charged with kidnapping neighbor with intent to rape her

A Newport Beach man is accused of breaking into a neighbor's home and kidnapping her with the intent of raping her.

Irvine car-chip company will shut down, give refunds to settle lawsuit

An Irvine-based company that sold aftermarket microchips it claimed boosted a car's performance will shut down and issue refunds to...

Suspect pleads not guilty to stabbing man found on Costa Mesa lawn

A 36-year-old known gang member accused in a Costa Mesa stabbing death pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and arson charges.

Woman convicted of pimping from Irvine brothel and O.C. motels

A Los Angeles woman accused of running a lucrative brothel in Irvine and pimping out women at motels throughout Orange County pleaded guilty...

Sex offender arrested after he's found naked on a porch, Costa Mesa police say

Sex offender arrested after he's found naked on a porch, Costa Mesa police say

Costa Mesa police say they arrested a convicted sex offender Thursday morning after residents found him naked on their porch at about 6:15...

2 construction workers charged with animal cruelty, destroying bird nests in Balboa tree-removal case

2 construction workers charged with animal cruelty, destroying bird nests in Balboa tree-removal case

Two men were charged with four misdemeanors Thursday in connection with the May removal of a ficus tree in a Newport Beach neighborhood that...

Man arrested across the street from bank he's suspected of robbing

Man arrested across the street from bank he's suspected of robbing

Police arrested a Gardena man Wednesday at an apartment complex just across the street from an Irvine bank he's suspected of robbing a day...

Irvine police arrest man suspected of carjacking his date

Irvine police arrest man suspected of carjacking his date

Police say they've arrested a man on suspicion of attacking a woman he was dating and then stealing her car Tuesday night in Irvine.

Church-goers file complaint against Episcopalian bishop over St. James site sale

Episcopalians formerly associated with a Newport Beach church have filed a formal complaint against a bishop whose actions have paved the...

CHP officers crash on way to I-405 traffic accident in Irvine

California Highway Patrol officers responding to a serious crash on the 405 Freeway in Irvine ended up in a collision of their own early...

Fountain Valley football players and police officers work out together to build trust

Fountain Valley football players and police officers work out together to build trust

Sounds of extreme exertion and weights dropping emanated from Fountain Valley High School's weight room Tuesday as football players and...

Doctor's license suspended for drug use; getting caught 'saved my life,' he says

State medical officials last week suspended a Newport Beach doctor's license after he admitted to prescribing powerful painkillers to...

Irvine police seek bank robber

Police are looking for a man who robbed a bank near University and Michelson drives in Irvine on Tuesday morning.

Irvine man pleads guilty after standoff and attempt to strangle police dog

An Irvine man who tried to strangle a police dog during a standoff with officers after he threatened to kill his estranged wife pleaded...

Brush fire near Irvine Lake grows to 180 acres; 50% contained

Brush fire near Irvine Lake grows to 180 acres; 50% contained

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in unincorporated Orange County near Highway 241. The blaze led to the closure of a portion of...

Firefighters make quick work of Talbert Park fire

Firefighters make quick work of Talbert Park fire

Costa Mesa firefighters had to cut their way through overgrown brush and shrubs to reach a fire that broke out in Talbert Regional Park late...

FBI searches Irvine home

Federal agents searched an Irvine residence on Lehigh Aisle Friday morning but did not make any arrests, authorities confirmed.

Man accused of stabbing ex-girlfriend at UCI pleads not guilty

Man accused of stabbing ex-girlfriend at UCI pleads not guilty

A 22-year-old man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend at UC Irvine pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges Friday.

Costa Mesa Army base reservists to be honored Sunday

Reservist soldiers from Costa Mesa's U.S. Army base will be receiving a ceremony for their families and supporters Sunday that honors...

Costa Mesa man gets life sentence for revenge killing after ex-girlfriend's alleged rape

A Costa Mesa resident was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the kidnapping and killing of a man he...

Three injured in three-car crash in Costa Mesa

Three injured in three-car crash in Costa Mesa

Three people were hospitalized after a three-car crash in Costa Mesa Thursday afternoon, according to a fire official.

Irvine police arrest 4 in multi-state iPads crime spree

Irvine police arrest 4 in multi-state iPads crime spree

Irvine police Wednesday arrested two men, a woman and a boy who allegedly stole iPads and other electronics from dozens of stores during a...

Man injured in Newport stabbing

A man was stabbed around 3:20 a.m. Thursday near Irvine Avenue and 17th Street in Newport Beach, according to police.

Amid safety concerns, Costa Mesa will close portions of wall along Victoria Street

Amid safety concerns, Costa Mesa will close portions of wall along Victoria Street

The Costa Mesa City Council agreed this week to close off three pedestrian access points from an arterial Westside street at the request...

Costa Mesa man pleads not guilty in Irvine crash that killed grandmother and girl

Costa Mesa man pleads not guilty in Irvine crash that killed grandmother and girl

A Costa Mesa man accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old and her grandmother last month pleaded not guilty Wednesday to...

Gallery owner sentenced in Costa Mesa home invasion that went fatally wrong

A Los Angeles gallery owner was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for his part in a Costa Mesa home invasion gone wrong that...

Police seek man they say tried to lure girl from Newport store

A male suspect may have tried to lure a young girl out of a Newport Beach grocery store over the holiday weekend while she was separated...

Irvine police arrest 1, seek 2 more in burglary

Irvine police arrest 1, seek 2 more in burglary

A rental car and a ransacked home in Irvine led police to a suspected burglar last week, but two of his alleged partners remain at large.

Newport police find man with dementia who had been missing

Newport police find man with dementia who had been missing

Police said Monday that they had found a 73-year-old man with dementia who disappeared from a Newport Beach resort the night before.

Fairview Developmental Center workers sue over no-Spanish policy

A group of employees has sued the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, claiming the state-run facility enforces a discriminatory...

Newport police seeing benefits of increased July 4 presence

Newport Beach police say they're ready for the Third of July.

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