Public Safety

Police Files for April 24

Costa Mesa: Whittier Avenue: Petty theft of a bicycle was reported in the 1800 block at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for April 21

Costa Mesa: Gulf Stream Way: Garage burglary was reported in the 300 block at 5 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for April 23

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft of a bicycle was reported in the 1800 block at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for April 20

Costa Mesa: 19th Street: Public drunkenness was reported in the 700 block at 9:59 a.m. Saturday.

Police Files for April 22

Costa Mesa: Avenue of the Arts: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 3400 block at 11:40 p.m. Monday.

Police Files for April 17

Costa Mesa: Cassia Avenue: Auto theft was reported in the 3100 block at 9:25 a.m. Thursday

2 arrested after theft of copper wire cuts power to 35 light poles on Irvine trail

Irvine police arrested two men over the weekend in connection with the theft of copper wire from an electrical box.

Newport Fire Department holds emergency preparedness drills

Newport Fire Department holds emergency preparedness drills

What would a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on the Newport-Inglewood fault be like in Newport Beach, and how would residents respond?

Judge delays rulings on matters in murder trial pending decision on his status

Judge delays rulings on matters in murder trial pending decision on his status

An Orange County judge presiding over the case of a Costa Mesa man accused of two killings said Friday that he will not rule on...

City employee interrupts burglary in Irvine; 3 arrested

City employee interrupts burglary in Irvine; 3 arrested

Irvine police said they arrested two men and a woman after a city employee scared them off in the middle of a burglary Thursday.

Suspect arrested for second time in Irvine package thefts

Suspect arrested for second time in Irvine package thefts

Police said they arrested for the second time this month a man they believe cruised through Irvine neighborhoods and stole packages from the...

Board bans drones on fairgrounds

The Orange County Fair Board voted unanimously Thursday to ban the use of drones and other remote-controlled airborne devices from being...

2 motorcyclists injured in Newport Coast crash

Two motorcyclists were injured in a late-night crash in Newport Coast on Wednesday, authorities said.

Man sought in Irvine bank robbery

Man sought in Irvine bank robbery

Police and the FBI are searching for a man who robbed an Irvine bank Wednesday evening, according to authorities.

Man suspected of stealing copper piping arrested after chase

Officers chased and arrested a man suspected of stealing copper piping from a vacant building, according to the Costa Mesa Police...

Family offers $5,000 reward for leads on missing woman

Family offers $5,000 reward for leads on missing woman

The family of an Orange County woman missing since a Valentine's Day date is offering a $5,000 reward for information on her whereabouts,...

Suspect tries to grab officer's gun during arrest, Costa Mesa police say

Costa Mesa police say they arrested a 50-year-old man who tried to grab an officer's gun during a late-night scuffle in a convenience store.

2 arrested after high-speed police chase in Newport, H.B.

A driver was arrested after being pursued at high speeds Sunday by Newport Beach police while his passengers yelled at him to stop,...

From luxury to lockup

From luxury to lockup

In Santa Ana last April, a team led by Newport Beach vice detectives staked out two luxury high-rise buildings towering above MacArthur...

Man stabbed in legs in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa police are investigating a stabbing that left a man hospitalized Wednesday night, authorities said.

Chase, standoff end with arrest of Irvine man suspected of threatening wife

A police chase and standoff over the weekend began when an Irvine man threatened his estranged wife and then fled from officers when they...

Crime-fighting canine barks adieu to Newport PD

Crime-fighting canine barks adieu to Newport PD

With a simple Dutch command from his handler, Elko's thunderous barks echoed in the City Council chamber, causing members of the audience to...

Lawsuit accuses Newport's marketing CEO of sexual harassment

A former office manager at Newport Beach's marketing wing has sued the organization, alleging the chief executive sexually harassed her...

Costa Mesa woman, child hide in home during break-in attempt

A Costa Mesa woman and her child hid from a would-be burglar who tried to break into their home Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

No crisis too small as rescuers save ducklings from storm drains

No crisis too small as rescuers save ducklings from storm drains

Costa Mesa firefighters made quack work of a rescue Saturday night when they responded to a call about a family of trapped ducklings.

Woman, pet escape Newport garage fire after car bursts into flames

A Newport Beach woman and her pet escaped a garage fire that authorities said probably was caused by a car that burst into flames.

2 women accused of trying to spend fake $100 bills in Irvine

Police arrested two of women accused of trying to spend counterfeit $100 bills at businesses around Irvine and then fleeing when authorities...

Man sentenced for stealing Donald Bren's $1.4-million tax refund

A man accused of posing as Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren so he could steal the real estate mogul's tax refund was ordered to pay $1.1...

Masked gunman sought in robbery of Newport 7-Eleven

Newport Beach police are looking for a masked gunman who robbed a 7-Eleven late Tuesday.

Man crashes 1 of his 2 trucks into the other

A Costa Mesa man Tuesday crashed his truck into a cinder block wall, backed up and hit another pickup that he owns and then smashed into a...

UCI: Man with gun on campus was retired employee with weapon permit

UCI: Man with gun on campus was retired employee with weapon permit

The man who sparked a campuswide alert by taking a gun to UC Irvine last week is a retired university employee who was legally entitled to...

Newport man wounded by police is sentenced for firing gun at beach

A Newport Beach man was sentenced Monday to 240 days in jail and five years' probation for firing a handgun at the beach last summer...

Defense in double-murder case plans to take fight to remove judge to state Supreme Court

Defense in double-murder case plans to take fight to remove judge to state Supreme Court

The lawyer for a Costa Mesa man accused of double murder said Friday that he will petition the California Supreme Court to consider his...

Overnight fire in JWA terminal causes $100,000 damage

Firefighters early Thursday quickly extinguished a small blaze in a John Wayne Airport terminal that started during overnight construction,...

No-confidence vote targets Newport's fire chief; he's surprised by move

No-confidence vote targets Newport's fire chief; he's surprised by move

Newport Beach firefighters are voting on a motion of no confidence in the city's fire chief.

Mock DUI crash part of school effort to counter drunk driving

Mock DUI crash part of school effort to counter drunk driving

Students at Newport Harbor High School saw the potential consequences of drunk driving when Newport Beach fire and police officials staged a...

Man with gun at UCI called police after seeing alert, authorities say

Man with gun at UCI called police after seeing alert, authorities say

A man with a gun on the UC Irvine campus called police Tuesday to tell them where he was, officials said, but not before officials locked...

90 mph chase through Newport, Costa Mesa ends in man's arrest near Trinity Broadcasting

A driver whom police suspect was on drugs was arrested after a chase through Newport Beach and Costa Mesa that reached 90 mph early Tuesday,...

UCI student dies after rave in San Bernardino County

A 22-year-old UC Irvine student who attended the "Beyond Wonderland" rave in San Bernardino County died after collapsing at the event,...

Busy weekend for beach rescues at Newport, Huntington

Busy weekend for beach rescues at Newport, Huntington

Newport Beach lifeguards over the weekend rescued a record number of beachgoers for this time of year, and Huntington Beach Marine Safety...

Texting or talking while driving? Police are targeting drivers like you

Newport Beach police and other law enforcement agencies across California will ramp up the enforcement of laws against distracted driving...

After series of burglaries, man may avoid jail time

After series of burglaries, man may avoid jail time

A serial burglar who led Costa Mesa on a chase through the Mesa Verde neighborhood last year pleaded guilty Thursday to half a dozen...

Police arrest burglary suspects after car chase

Newport Beach police arrested a trio of burglary suspects after a short car chase Wednesday ended with a crash in Laguna Beach, according to...

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.

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