Public Safety

Police Files for March 27

Costa Mesa: Bristol Street: Petty theft of a bicycle was reported in the 3300 block at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for March 24

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Residential burglary was reported in the 2600 block at 3:34 p.m. Sunday.

Police Files for March 26

Costa Mesa: Orange Avenue: Residential burglary was reported in the 2100 block at 1:21 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for March 20

Costa Mesa: Peterson Place: Petty theft was reported in the 2700 block at 2 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for March 25

Costa Mesa: East 17th Street: Petty theft was reported in the 100 block at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for March 19

Costa Mesa: Anton Boulevard: Auto theft was reported in the 500 block at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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After series of burglaries, man may avoid jail time

After series of burglaries, man may avoid jail time

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Police arrest burglary suspects after car chase

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3 arrested in Costa Mesa probation sweep

Costa Mesa police arrested three men Tuesday during a sweep designed to ensure that people on probation in the city are obeying the terms of...

Westside club fined after illegal live shows

Westside club fined after illegal live shows

A Westside Costa Mesa nightclub that performed illegal remodeling work and held unpermitted concerts for about a month has been fined.

33 cars, house hit by BBs in Costa Mesa neighborhood

At least 33 cars in a Costa Mesa neighborhood were damaged by a vandal shooting a BB gun early Tuesday, police said.

33 cars, house hit by BBs in Costa Mesa neighborhood

33 cars, house hit by BBs in Costa Mesa neighborhood

At least 33 cars in a Costa Mesa neighborhood were damaged by a vandal shooting a BB gun early Tuesday, police said.

Construction foreman gets prison term for stealing $330,000 from employees

A Costa Mesa man who worked as a construction foreman was sentenced Friday to 4 1/2 years in state prison for stealing more than $330,000...

CHP: Both drivers drunk in head-on crash that injures 3

Both drivers in a wrong-way collision were drunk when they crashed head-on into each other on the San Joaquin Hills (73) toll road in...

Tutor in cheating scandal faces additional charges

The adult tutor who is accused of helping a group of Corona del Mar High School students in a grade changing scheme is facing additional...

Defense in double murder plans appeal in attempt to remove judge from case

Lawyers for a Costa Mesa man accused in a double murder said Friday that they will appeal a decision that left the trial in the hands of a...

Ex-O.C. Democratic chairman sentenced in extortion plot

James Toledano, a three-time state Assembly candidate and former head of the Orange County Democratic Party, was sentenced Friday to nine...

Firefighters make quick work of park blaze

Firefighters quickly doused a small brush fire in Costa Mesa Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

New firefighters put through paces in training

New firefighters put through paces in training

Two new Costa Mesa firefighters are working through a two-week training academy at the Placentia Avenue fire station.

Newport plastic surgeon is sued for half of health-care analysis business

A prominent Newport Beach plastic surgeon is facing a lawsuit by a former business partner who alleges the doctor cheated him out of his...

Suspect in carjacking spree pleads not guilty

Suspect in carjacking spree pleads not guilty

A 21-year-old woman accused in a carjacking spree that spanned Costa Mesa, Irvine and Tustin pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Orange County...

Driver injured when car hits pole in Irvine

Firefighters extricated a driver and took him to a trauma center after his car slammed into a traffic signal pole near Irvine Valley...

Arrests made in fight, church burglary

Police in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa dealt with rowdiness on and immediately after St. Patrick's Day when a fight started in front of a...

Woman arrested in string of carjackings

Woman arrested in string of carjackings

A 21-year-old Santa Ana woman with a lengthy criminal record was arrested in connection with a three-city carjacking spree last week,...

Car stolen from valet lot in Newport found in Costa Mesa

Police said they found a car in Costa Mesa over the weekend that had been stolen from a Newport Beach restaurant parking lot when a valet...

Lido Isle house fire kills cat, sets off ammunition

A house fire Saturday in Newport Beach killed a pet cat and set off ammunition stored in the home, authorities said.

Newport police investigate car crash following bar fight

Police are trying to determine whether a person who fled from a bar fight near the Newport Pier was involved in a car crash that downed...

Two found with AK-47s in Newport plead guilty to weapons charges, get year in jail

Two found with AK-47s in Newport plead guilty to weapons charges, get year in jail

Two people who police say admitted to smuggling seven AK-47 assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition through Orange County for...

Suspect's refusal to cooperate with doctors stalls trial

Suspect's refusal to cooperate with doctors stalls trial

The brother of a slain Costa Mesa man said Monday that he's frustrated with the suspected killer repeatedly delaying any possibility of a...

Costa Mesa boy, 1, killed by car after wandering from Santa Ana home

A car struck and killed a 1-year-old Costa Mesa boy Saturday night when he wandered onto the street about a block from a Santa Ana home...

Police union pushes for contract negotiations

Almost nine months after the officers' employment agreement expired, Costa Mesa's police union is urging city officials to move contract...

Newport police honor their own while remembering fallen officer

Newport police honor their own while remembering fallen officer

A day to honor Newport Beach police started before dawn Thursday when about 200 friends, family members and public safety workers gathered...

Man arrested after hours-long standoff in Irvine

An hours-long standoff ended early Sunday when Irvine officers, with the help of a police dog, arrested a man suspected of threatening to...

Man arrested after 16 pounds of marijuana found in car

Costa Mesa police said they found 16 pounds of marijuana in a car Wednesday night and arrested the La Habra man who was driving.

Man gets 60 months in prison in pot case

A 32-year-old man who fled from authorities in Newport Beach aboard a sailboat stuffed with marijuana was sentenced to 60 months in prison...

Woman sentenced to probation in jewelry theft case

A 59-year-old Alabama woman accused of stealing almost $50,000 worth of jewelry from Southern California stores pleaded guilty Monday to one...

Valets come up short

When a valet parking attendant told Josh Gelle his car had disappeared from a Newport Beach restaurant's parking lot Saturday evening, his...

UCI student meeting on flag-ban vote canceled because of threat

A "viable threat of violence" prompted UC Irvine to cancel a student government meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, when student...

Ex-dentist pleads guilty to 'rolled-sleeves bandit' bank robberies

Ex-dentist pleads guilty to 'rolled-sleeves bandit' bank robberies

A former Newport Beach dentist admitted in court Monday that he robbed seven banks along the Southern California coast, according to...

2 vehicles stolen in carjacking spree across 3 cities

Two vehicles were stolen Monday evening in a string of carjacking incidents in Irvine, Costa Mesa and Tustin, authorities said. In each...

Neighbor confronts suspected burglar

A neighbor armed with a gun confronted a would-be burglar breaking into a woman's apartment in Costa Mesa on Sunday night, according to...

L.A. gang members possibly involved in Costa Mesa pharmacy burglary, police say

A burglary at a Costa Mesa pharmacy possibly involving Los Angeles gang members sparked a brief police pursuit Monday morning, according...

Hoag Hospital singled out as popular choice for 'birth tourism' scheme

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'2K bandit' sentenced to 12 years for string of bank robberies

A homeless man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison following his guilty plea in a dozen bank robberies in Costa Mesa and...

Man arrested, another sought in Costa Mesa stabbing

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Costa Mesa brings back online crime map

Costa Mesa brings back online crime map

After a year's absence, a city website that tracks crime reports in Costa Mesa was relaunched Wednesday.

Cardiologist encourages screening student athletes for heart problems

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Understaffed Costa Mesa police could be at full strength by July 2016

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Sting nabs three drivers at Harbor Justice Center

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Death sentence for man who murdered ex-girlfriend's dad, sister in Irvine

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Woman arrested after shot fired during Irvine dispute

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Vanguard to host human trafficking conference

Stamping out human trafficking and caring for victims of the increasingly common crime will be the subject of the Ensure Justice...

Man accused of pepper spraying homeless men

Costa Mesa police have arrested a Long Beach man accused of pepper spraying two homeless men.

Newport man pleads guilty to fraud that funded Vegas gambling scheme

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