Public Safety

Police Files for Feb. 27

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Battery was reported in the 1900 block at 10:04 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for Feb. 24

Costa Mesa: Baker Street: Vandalism was reported in the 1000 block at 6:51 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Feb. 26

Costa Mesa: 19th Street: Public drunkenness was reported in the 500 block at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Feb. 23

Costa Mesa: Baker Street: A fight was reported in the 700 block at 1:52 a.m. Sunday.

Police Files for Feb. 25

Costa Mesa: Wilson Street: Grand theft was reported in the 200 block at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Feb. 20

Costa Mesa: Cheyenne Street: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1000 block at 7:31 a.m. Thursday.

 Family awarded $10 million for wrongful death at detox center

Family awarded $10 million for wrongful death at detox center

An Orange County jury Tuesday awarded more than $10 million to a Missouri couple that alleged a Costa Mesa alcohol detox center was...

Homeless man pleads guilty to '2K bandit' bank robberies

Homeless man pleads guilty to '2K bandit' bank robberies

A homeless serial bank robber known as the "2K bandit" has admitted to heists at a dozen banks across Orange County.

P.E. classes required by court settlement

Irvine Unified and Ocean View School District, which has campuses in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, are among 37 districts up and...

Small plane lands on belly at JWA

Small plane lands on belly at JWA

A small plane landed on its belly at John Wayne Airport on Friday afternoon when its landing gear wouldn't drop, according to authorities.

Medical board puts doctor on probation after patient's death in Newport Beach

Health-care officials put an Orange County anesthesiologist on probation this month after allegations that talking on his cellphone...

Woman attacked at Irvine Spectrum apartment complex

An unidentified assailant punched an Irvine woman twice in the face without provocation Sunday afternoon, according to police.

Newport man sentenced in lottery scam

A Newport Beach man was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail after he admitted to running a Scratchers lottery ticket scam in which he...

Police: DNA used to link Costa Mesa man to stolen car's crash into home

Costa Mesa police said Wednesday that they arrested a man after finding DNA evidence linking him to a stolen car that crashed into a house...

Couple sentenced for attempted murder of her ex-boyfriend

A young couple from Santa Ana will spend years in state prison for trying to kill a man at his Costa Mesa home in 2012.

Seal Beach woman sentenced to nearly three years in investment scheme

A federal judge has sentenced a Seal Beach woman to 2 years and 11 months in prison for running an investment scheme that cheated about 45...

Man, 84, injured in Newport boat fire

Man, 84, injured in Newport boat fire

A man was injured when flames engulfed a power boat Saturday afternoon while it was docked at a Newport Beach marina.

Man, 19, arrested after string of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Irvine

Police arrested a man suspected of stealing from a string of unlocked cars in an Irvine neighborhood early Sunday.

Boat catches fire near 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront restaurant in Newport Beach

Boat catches fire near 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront restaurant in Newport Beach

A boat caught fire at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, near the 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront restaurant in Newport Beach. An 84-year-old was on the boat...

Actor's double-murder case again hung up; 'absurd,' victim's dad says

Actor's double-murder case again hung up; 'absurd,' victim's dad says

A Costa Mesa double-murder case is headed out of Orange County, at least temporarily, after a county judge said Friday that he would not...

Costa Mesa house fire possibly caused by chimney buildup

Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a blaze in the State Streets neighborhood Thursday evening that started in a chimney and caused an...

Missing Valentine's Day date last seen arguing with boyfriend

Missing Valentine's Day date last seen arguing with boyfriend

A 28-year-old woman who disappeared after a night out celebrating Valentine’s Day at a popular Costa Mesa nightclub was seen early the...

Pedestrian critically injured when hit by car on East Coast Highway

A pedestrian was in critical condition after a car struck him Wednesday night on East Coast Highway in Newport Beach, according to...

Do you know this man? Weighted-down body found off Newport in 2013

Do you know this man? Weighted-down body found off Newport in 2013

Officials still are trying to identify a body that was weighted down in the ocean off Newport Beach and eventually found floating on the...

Sting nabs 14 in unlicensed contractor investigation

In the span of two days, an undercover sting caught 14 unlicensed contractors illegally bidding on remodeling work at a Costa Mesa home,...

Newport man to plead guilty to defrauding investors in dental company

A Newport Beach man agreed Friday to plead guilty to wire fraud for bilking investors in his dental equipment company out of millions of...

Suspicious fire burns half an acre in Talbert Regional Park

Suspicious fire burns half an acre in Talbert Regional Park

Fire crews quickly doused a small brush fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa on Tuesday evening, according to authorities.

UC lawyers seek dismissal of lawsuit alleging spying at campus police station

Lawyers representing University of California officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges top brass at the UC...

Suspect arrested in string of Costa Mesa, H.B., other bank robberies

Suspect arrested in string of Costa Mesa, H.B., other bank robberies

Police arrested a homeless man suspected of robbing 11 Orange County banks in the span of two months, including four in Costa Mesa and one...

8 arrested or cited at DUI checkpoint in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa police arrested a motorist on suspicion of drunk driving and cited or arrested seven others for suspected license violations...

Man injured after cliff fall at Pirate's Cove

A man was hospitalized Friday night after he fell about 40 feet from the cliff above a Corona del Mar beach, according to authorities.

No injuries are reported after fire at Travelodge in Costa Mesa

No injuries are reported after fire at Travelodge in Costa Mesa

Firefighters quickly took control of a two-alarm blaze at the Travelodge Orange County Airport/Costa Mesa hotel Saturday afternoon, knocking...

Newport celebrity dentist accused of negligence in dental board complaint

A Newport Beach celebrity dentist could have her license revoked or suspended based on allegations that she performed shoddy procedures that...

Costa Mesa woman arrested in attack on another woman

Costa Mesa woman arrested in attack on another woman

Officers arrested a parolee Thursday afternoon on suspicion of attacking another woman in a Costa Mesa parking lot two days earlier,...

Alabama woman arrested in string of Southern California jewelry burglaries

A 59-year-old Alabama woman arrested by Newport Beach police is suspected of stealing jewelry from high-end department stores across...

Police: Man exposed himself near playground

Newport Beach police arrested a man who allegedly exposed himself near a playground at the beach Tuesday afternoon.

DUI driver who killed jogger gets 1 year in jail

A Costa Mesa man was sentenced this week to a year in jail and five years of probation for driving drunk and killing a jogger in Newport...

Arrest warrant upped to $5 million for murder suspect who disappeared

Arrest warrant upped to $5 million for murder suspect who disappeared

An Orange County judge Wednesday increased an arrest warrant to $5 million for a missing man accused of killing his wife in their Newport...

Harbor Trinity Church ransacked, cash taken, police say

A Costa Mesa church was ransacked and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen overnight, police said.

Fired Newport-Mesa HR director blasts school board

Fired Newport-Mesa HR director blasts school board

Calling for greater transparency, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's recently fired personnel director on Tuesday asked the school...

Sewage spill closes part of Little Corona beach

Sewage spill closes part of Little Corona beach

Health authorities closed a stretch of Little Corona beach in Newport Beach on Monday after a clogged sewage line spilled 1,500 gallons of...

Costa Mesa names interim police chief

Costa Mesa names interim police chief

A former Huntington Beach police chief and current dean at Golden West College will lead the Costa Mesa Police Department while it...

Man arrested in car theft at Lido Isle home

Police on Sunday arrested a Fullerton man suspected of sneaking into a Newport Beach house and taking a car key from the kitchen counter...

Driver crashes into light pole, fire hydrant on West Coast Highway

A driver is suspected of being under the influence of drugs when he hit a light pole, veered into a center median and then sheared off a...

Latest Mariner's Mile construction glitch: Traffic signal's power cut

The commute along Mariner's Mile in Newport Beach got tougher Monday morning when crews working on a sewer line accidentally cut power to...

Man arrested in 'bladed weapon' attack, police say

Man arrested in 'bladed weapon' attack, police say

Police on Monday arrested a Costa Mesa man who they say had been hiding from them for more than a week after an attack with a "bladed...

Armed masked men rob Newport liquor store

Two masked men, both wearing a glove on one hand, robbed a liquor store at gunpoint Sunday night in west Newport Beach, according to police.

Irvine man killed in motorcycle crash

A 25-year-old Irvine man died after a motorcycle crash Sunday morning, according to police.

PIs plead not guilty in Costa Mesa spying case; can keep firearms licenses

PIs plead not guilty in Costa Mesa spying case; can keep firearms licenses

Two private investigators accused of conducting illegal surveillance on a pair of Costa Mesa city councilmen during the 2012 election season...

Wood-burning ban extended

Southern California air quality regulators extended a ban on wood burning to Friday, its third straight day.

Man arrested after camera found in Gucci restroom

A female employee of Gucci discovered a camera hidden in the restroom of the store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Thursday morning,...

Dad killed, son and 2 other teens hurt when truck hits car in Costa Mesa

Dad killed, son and 2 other teens hurt when truck hits car in Costa Mesa

A Tennessee man died and his 14-year-old son was seriously injured when a pickup collided with their car on Fairview Road in Costa Mesa on...

 Fired school official offers advice to former colleagues, calls ex-boss's action 'callous'

Fired school official offers advice to former colleagues, calls ex-boss's action 'callous'

Newport-Mesa Unified School District's recently fired personnel director sent an email to his former colleagues Tuesday describing how to...

Service group gives police interview rooms a soft touch

Service group gives police interview rooms a soft touch

Cris Peterson remembers the time she walked into a police interview room and saw a roll of toilet paper instead of a box of tissues.

Illegal card skimmer found at Costa Mesa bank ATM

Costa Mesa police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an illegal card skimmer discovered last weekend at a Chase ATM at 196 E....

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