Public Safety

Police Files

Newport Beach: Von Karman Avenue: Trespassing was reported in the 4700 block at 11:16 a.m. Friday.

Police Files for July 23

Newport Boulevard: Robbery was reported in the 2600 block at 10:07 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for July 25

Costa Mesa, Maple Avenue: Assault was reported in the 1900 block at 7:44 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for July 22

Costa Mesa, 21st Street: Rape was reported in the 100 block at 12:06 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for July 24

Pinecreek Drive: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 2800 block at 7:35 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for July 21

Costa Mesa, Baker Street: Battery was reported in the 1600 block at 8:55 a.m. Saturday.

 'Spice' is a deadly ingredient

'Spice' is a deadly ingredient

Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son's left foot.

Police search for victims of suspected online sexual predator

Authorities are looking for more victims of an Orange County man suspected of using fake online profiles to lure girls as young as 12 into...

Gas outage may last through weekend on Balboa Peninsula

An estimated 3,000 homes and businesses on the Balboa Peninsula were still without gas Friday afternoon because of a major pipeline...

Police arrest parolee carrying pepper spray

Police arrest parolee carrying pepper spray

Costa Mesa police said they arrested a parolee Tuesday evening after he was found with pepper spray, a banned item for parolees.

Man with a knife arrested in attempted robbery

Police arrested a Costa Mesa resident Thursday morning after an attempted robbery of a couple at knifepoint.

Irvine blackout caused by transformer fire at substation

A Southern California Edison transformer caught fire Thursday evening leaving thousands of Irvine residents in the dark, authorities said.

Gas may be off through weekend after leak near Newport pier

Police evacuated two blocks of homes on the Balboa Peninsula Thursday afternoon after workers broke a gas line near the Newport Beach Pier.

Woman dies after being ejected in Newport Coast crash

The Irvine woman involved in a violent single-car crash in Newport Coast Wednesday morning has died, according to the Orange County coroner'...

UCI police investigate report of campus rape

UC Irvine police are investigating a report of rape on campus late Monday.

UCI police seek man who tried to touch student, asked to massage feet

UC Irvine police are looking for a man who tried to inappropriately touch a female student and asked if he could massage other women's feet.

Police looking for bicycling purse snatcher

Costa Mesa police say they are looking for a purse snatcher on a bike who targeted a woman walking along Newport Boulevard near Del Mar...

Have they got a vacation rental for you

In the past few months, Pat Chamberlain has had to tell dozens of would-be renters that the great price they just paid to rent a Newport...

Cardiac screenings to be offered in Newport

A Laguna Beach-based organization is offering cardiac screenings at the Newport Beach lifeguard headquarters building next week.

Couple, dog rescued from burning boat off Crystal Cove

A couple and their dog were rescued from a burning boat off Crystal Cove Wednesday afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff's...

Woman ejected, critically hurt in Newport Coast crash

An Irvine woman was ejected from her vehicle and left in critical condition after a crash in Newport Coast Wednesday morning, according to...

2 arrests stem from drunk driving allegations

Newport Beach police arrested two motorists in separate cases this week for allegedly driving drunk while they had teenagers in the car.

Police warn of jury duty scam

Newport Beach police Tuesday warned the public about a phone scammer who threatens victims with arrest if they don't immediately pay up to...

Police stop man who threatened to jump from building

Police say they pulled a man to safety after he threatened to jump off the fifth floor of a Costa Mesa dining and entertainment center...

Small fire is fifth in Talbert Park this year

Costa Mesa fire officials are investigating the cause of a blaze that burned a small area in Talbert Regional Park late Sunday, according to...

Police seek Newport bank robber who wore black Prada sunglasses

Police seek Newport bank robber who wore black Prada sunglasses

Police are looking for the man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch on East Coast Highway in Newport Beach on Monday morning.

Suicide call prompts large police response

A large contingent of police officers and at least eight cars responded to an apartment complex at Bear Street and Paularino Avenue in Costa...

Man burglarizes El Pollo Loco, returns hours later to order lunch, police say

Man burglarizes El Pollo Loco, returns hours later to order lunch, police say

A suspected burglar was arrested Wednesday when he tried to order food at a Costa Mesa restaurant that police say he broke into hours...

County approves sheriff's deputies' contract

By a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a new two-year contract for sheriff's deputies and district...

Man held in smashing of Balboa Island windows

Police arrested a Newport Beach man Monday after rocks were thrown through windows of a Balboa Island house.

Power outage affects traffic signals, thousands of homes

A blown cable caused the loss of power to thousands of Costa Mesa households Wednesday afternoon, according to Southern California Edison.

Intruder showered in woman's apartment, police say

A parolee sneaked into a Costa Mesa woman's apartment last week so he could take a shower to help him come down from a drug-induced high,...

Scam asks drivers to pay E-ZPass bill

Scam asks drivers to pay E-ZPass bill

Amid confusion following the switch to...

County approves site for year-round shelter

The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to buy a site in Santa Ana for a year-round emergency shelter —...

Man charged in beach gunfire had weapons taken away in June

Police say they confiscated firearms from a Newport Beach man weeks before he discharged a handgun at the beach, prompting officers to...

Officials identify motorcyclist killed in crash

Authorities have identified a man who suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash in Newport Beach on Monday morning.

Driver pleads not guilty in death of jogger

A Costa Mesa man pleaded not guilty Monday to driving drunk and killing a jogger in a Corona del Mar bicycle lane.

Thousands honor lifeguard Ben Carlson at evening beach memorial

Thousands honor lifeguard Ben Carlson at evening beach memorial

The paddle-out Sunday morning created a circle wider than Newport Beach had ever seen. By evening, supporters had drawn tighter on shore,...

Paddle-out honors lifeguard Ben Carlson

Paddle-out honors lifeguard Ben Carlson

The tide was low and little wind was blowing Sunday morning, but hundreds of mourners hauled their surfboards to Newport Pier.

Girl, 15, hit in crosswalk by man suspected of drunk driving

A man suspected of driving while intoxicated fled the scene after he hit and injured a 15-year-old girl in a crosswalk at Fairview Road...

Motorcyclist dies in Coast Highway crash

A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning on East Coast Highway in a crash that was expected to shut down westbound traffic near Reef Point...

[Updated] Officer-involved shooting in Newport Beach leaves suspect in critical condition

Police shot an armed man after an outburst of gunfire at the beach Friday night, leaving the man hospitalized and a pool of blood outside...

Police warn of possible home repair scam

Two men have been going door-to-door in Newport Beach this week, possibly trying to scam homeowners into paying for unneeded roof repairs,...

Fire causes significant damage to house on Linda Isle

More than a dozen firefighting crews helped douse a second-alarm blaze on Linda Isle in Newport Beach on Saturday morning.

Suspect in slaying of handyman agrees to psychiatric evaluation

After months of delays, a homeless man accused of killing a 54-year-old Costa Mesa resident has agreed to talk to court-appointed...

2 suspected of using heroin at Chuck E. Cheese's

2 suspected of using heroin at Chuck E. Cheese's

Costa Mesa police arrested two men who they say smoked heroin in a Chuck E. Cheese's bathroom Tuesday night.

Aloha Ben Carlson: Newport mourns lifeguard

Aloha Ben Carlson: Newport mourns lifeguard

After a lifeguard died Sunday rescuing a swimmer who survived, the town of Newport Beach has together mourned its lost hero.

Teacher arrested in snakes case pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Teacher arrested in snakes case pleads guilty to misdemeanor

A Newport Beach school teacher arrested earlier this year on suspicion of hoarding and neglecting hundreds of snakes pleaded guilty Thursday...

Contract gives police raises, increases pension contributions

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday approved a new contract with police that includes raises over the next three years in exchange for...

Collision turns into attack by bicyclist, police say

A bicyclist used a glass bottle to attack a driver in Newport Beach on Tuesday afternoon after the two crashed into each other, according to...

'Swim out' pays tribute to lifeguard

'Swim out' pays tribute to lifeguard

Members of the Pier Club brave the chilly ocean waters at the Newport Beach Pier every Wednesday morning to swim and then eat breakfast...

Three swimmers saved from rip current

A Newport Beach resident caught a dramatic ocean rescue on video Monday afternoon when a lifeguard saved three young swimmers from a rip...

Holiday proves calmer than expected

Even though officers arrested more than 100 people in Newport Beach over the Fourth of July weekend, the holiday didn't quite live up to law...

Family asks that donations go to lifeguard association; 2 memorials Sunday

Family asks that donations go to lifeguard association; 2 memorials Sunday

In response to a flood of support from community members, the family of Ben Carlson, a Newport Beach lifeguard who died during a rescue...

'We never think we're going to go to work and die'

'We never think we're going to go to work and die'

Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson was manning a rescue boat Sunday evening when he got a call that a swimmer was struggling to get back to...

Driver dies after crashing into Costa Mesa bus bench

Driver dies after crashing into Costa Mesa bus bench

A 26-year-old man who was thrown from his car after it crashed into a concrete bus bench in Costa Mesa early Friday has died, authorities...

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