Public Safety

Police Files for Aug. 29

Costa Mesa: Wilson Street: Vandalism was reported in the 100 block at 4:36 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for Aug. 26

Costa Mesa, McCormick Avenue: Grand theft was reported in the 300 block at 6:25 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Aug. 28

Costa Mesa, California Street: Vandalism was reported in the 3200 block at 7:39 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Aug. 23

Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Street: Grand theft was reported in the 200 block at 7:16 a.m. Friday.

Police Files for Aug. 27

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 2400 block at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Aug. 22

Costa Mesa, 19th Street: Rape was reported in the 700 block at 12:29 a.m. Thursday.

Ease traffic, hire more cops, Costa Mesa residents say

Too many palm trees. No electronic billboards. Too much development and traffic.

Woman cut by glass thrown at Newport bar

Medics treated a woman for facial cuts and heavy bleeding after a disagreement in a Newport Beach bar early Friday, authorities said.

Ceremony will honor fallen police

The city will honor two fallen Laguna Beach police officers during an unveiling ceremony Sept. 21 in front of department headquarters,...

Costa Mesa man arrested on hate crime, weapon charges

A Costa Mesa man was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of attempting to stab a black man in what police believe was a racially...

Lawsuit alleges bias, fights, public sex at Balboa Bay Club

Lawsuit alleges bias, fights, public sex at Balboa Bay Club

A Newport Beach businessman filed a lawsuit against the Balboa Bay Club and its owners Thursday, alleging the beachfront resort routinely...

2 dead as O.C. West Nile outbreak grows

2 dead as O.C. West Nile outbreak grows

Two Orange County residents have died of West Nile virus in the past week as the county's number of human infections has grown fivefold this...

Firefighters' training starts in Fairview Park

Firefighters' training starts in Fairview Park

Members of the Orange County Fire Authority and the Costa Mesa Fire Department began a three-day training exercise in Fairview Park on...

That helicopter over Fairview Park is a firefighting drill

An Orange County Fire Authority helicopter will be flying over Fairview Park this week and next as part of a drill with Costa Mesa...

Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Lifeguards are keeping a close eye on huge swells generated by Hurricane Marie...

Mental-health questions delay trial in handyman's slaying

Almost a year after the death of a Costa Mesa handyman, the trial of the man accused of killing him is still on hold because of questions...

3 plead not guilty to running brothel in Irvine

3 plead not guilty to running brothel in Irvine

Three people accused of running a brothel in Irvine pleaded not guilty Monday to dozens of felony charges, including pimping and human...

Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

A former child-care worker at Hoag Hospital, UC Irvine and two private day-care centers in Irvine and Costa Mesa was arrested this month for...

Costa Mesa Police Department welcomes 5

Costa Mesa will soon have five more cops on the streets.

Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Police this week arrested two men and a woman who they say operated brothels at apartments in Irvine and Los Angeles.

D.A. rules Irvine officer was legally justified in shooting

An Irvine police officer was legally justified in shooting a sexual assault suspect during an arrest last year, Orange County prosecutors...

Police: Thieves targeting tented homes

Kicking bugs out may invite burglars in, authorities in Newport Beach said this week.

Paddle-out to honor life of local surfer

Paddle-out to honor life of local surfer

The parents of a local surfer who died in Costa Mesa early this month are inviting members of the community to honor his life at a paddle-...

Three injured in Newport Coast crash

A two-car crash in Newport Coast sent three people to the hospital Wednesday morning, authorities said.

2 trapped, injured in Newport collision

2 trapped, injured in Newport collision

Newport Beach fire crews extracted two people who were trapped in their car following a crash Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters stop small brush fire in Talbert Regional Park

A small blaze that firefighters doused Tuesday afternoon was likely set in Talbert Regional Park intentionally, Costa Mesa fire officials...

405 Freeway traffic back to normal after Jamboree ramp crash

Northbound traffic on the 405 Freeway was snarled Tuesday afternoon when a sedan crashed into a light pole along the Jamboree Road onramp,...

Newport man faces charge in fake diamond ring case

Newport Beach police arrested a man earlier this month who victims said gave them a fake diamond ring after they handed over money and a...

SUV slams into low wall in front of Denny's in Costa Mesa

SUV slams into low wall in front of Denny's in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa police and fire crews worked to remove an SUV that was stuck on the grass area at the Denny's on Harbor Boulevard Tuesday...

Plane malfunction closes runway at JWA

Orange County crash-rescue firefighters responded to John Wayne Airport on Sunday night after a private airplane's landing gear...

Costa Mesa Police Department remembers longtime volunteer

Costa Mesa Police Department remembers longtime volunteer

Fred Gaeckler, a Newport Beach man who spent 23 years of his life volunteering at the Costa Mesa Police Department, died this month. He...

Irvine residents among 3 arrested in fraud case

Irvine police detectives arrested three people Friday in connection with a scheme that they say defrauded at least 13 people of more than...

Police seek Back Bay flasher

Newport Beach police thought they may have found a man who exposed himself to a woman Wednesday night, but it turned out the culprit is...

Man suspected of trying to rob McDonald's

A man tried to rob a Costa Mesa McDonald's a few minutes after he had ordered food at the restaurant early Thursday, according to police.

Bayside Drive Beach may reopen Saturday afternoon after sewage spill

A small stretch of beach along Newport Bay will be closed to swimmers for several days after a boat spilled sewage into the ocean...

Man reports being robbed at gunpoint on Balboa Peninsula

Newport Beach police are looking for two men who reportedly held a man at gunpoint in his car while they robbed him on the Balboa...

D.A. wants more investigation after Newport arrest

The Orange County district attorney's office so far has declined to file charges against a man who Newport Beach police say picked up an...

D.A.'s office clears officer in shooting

A Costa Mesa police officer was justified when he fired shots into a pickup truck that crashed into his squad car, apparently intentionally,...

East 17th Street construction will slow traffic

People driving on East 17th Street in Costa Mesa over the next few months should expect slightly more traffic than usual, city officials...

Newport Coast man may face prison, $120,000 repayment to fraud victims

A Newport Coast man could face more than a year in prison for selling nonexistent items like Rolex watches online and using the money to...

Man arrested after high-speed chase in Newport

Newport Beach police said they found drugs in a man's car after a short high-speed pursuit near Newport Harbor High School on Monday...

Suspect arrested in break-in at Woody's Wharf

Newport Beach police say they've arrested a man who they believe broke into Woody's Wharf this month but was scared off by a gun-toting...

7-Eleven manager suspected of staging robbery to steal store money

7-Eleven manager suspected of staging robbery to steal store money

Police have arrested a Costa Mesa 7-Eleven store manager on suspicion of falsely reporting that she had been the victim of a carjacking...

Man injured in early-morning CdM fire

Man injured in early-morning CdM fire

A man suffered minor burns in a Corona del Mar residential fire Monday morning, authorities said.

Police shoot knife-wielding man with non-lethal weapons

Costa Mesa police say they shot large rubber bullets at a mentally ill man to disarm him when he refused to drop a knife Friday afternoon.

Police chiefs' zany mano a mano

Police chiefs' zany mano a mano

It's just before 6 p.m., and Costa Mesa's police chief has already had a frenetic day. In about two hours, though, it'll take a turn for the...

Man charged with murdering doctor will fall back on insanity defense

Man charged with murdering doctor will fall back on insanity defense

A man facing murder charges in the shooting death of a Newport Beach doctor in an exam room entered an insanity plea in Orange County...

Car crashes into Costa Mesa party-supply store

A car smashed into the front window of a Costa Mesa store in a 17th Street shopping center Friday morning, according to authorities.

Volunteers are in the pink to fight breast cancer

Volunteers are in the pink to fight breast cancer

Community members donned bright-pink tutus Thursday to try to drum up excitement for the upcoming Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Orange...

Whittier Avenue reopens, evacuations lifted after Westside gas leak

A gas leak resulted in the evacuations of five homes and the closure of a street in Costa Mesa's Westside for several hours Thursday...

Jury finds UCI grad student guilty of killing ex-wife

The UC Irvine graduate student accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife outside of his campus apartment was found guilty in Orange County...

'Pack rat' site hindered firefighters at blaze where woman died

'Pack rat' site hindered firefighters at blaze where woman died

Charred stones and peeling paint were all that was left of the once dark-green house on Oahu Place after a fire ravaged the Costa Mesa...

Anti-abortion activists won't face charges over chalk writing near Newport doctor's home

Anti-abortion activists won't face charges over chalk writing near Newport doctor's home

Law-enforcement officials said Wednesday that they will not file charges against a group of protesters who wrote anti-abortion messages in...

Glock-toting bar manager scares off window-punching burglar at 3:40 a.m.

Glock-toting bar manager scares off window-punching burglar at 3:40 a.m.

As Bill Gies, a manager at Woody's Wharf, was getting ready to leave early Friday, he headed into the Balboa Peninsula bar and eatery's...

Water main break closes Jeffrey Road

A water main break in Irvine spilled about 35,000 gallons of recycled water Tuesday evening, shutting down part of Jeffrey Road, according...

Woman found dead after Costa Mesa house fire

Woman found dead after Costa Mesa house fire

A woman was found dead after a fire consumed her single-story home in Costa Mesa on Tuesday morning, fire officials and neighbors confirmed.

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