Public Safety

Police Files for Nov. 25

Costa Mesa: Nantucket Place: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1800 block at 9:25 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Nov. 18

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Grand theft was reported in the 3100 block at 8:25 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Nov. 21

Costa Mesa: Peterson Place: Assault was reported in the 2700 block at 7:37 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for Nov. 17

Costa Mesa: College Avenue and Brighton Springs: Arson was reported at 3:35 a.m. Sunday.

Police Files for Nov. 19

Costa Mesa: Baker Street: Public drunkenness was reported in the 800 block at 2:07 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Nov. 14

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 1900 block at 3:06 a.m. Thursday.

Liquor store worker suspected in lottery scheme

A Newport Beach man who worked at a Santa Ana liquor store was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of redeeming winning Scratchers lottery tickets...

Fiery crash kills teen driver, injures passenger

Fiery crash kills teen driver, injures passenger

A high-speed single-car crash near Estancia High School in Costa Mesa killed a 16-year-old driver and injured his teenage passenger just...

Newport police are speeding up ticketing process

Newport Beach police officers will soon be exchanging their trusty ticket pads for a system that issues electronic citations.

Costa Mesa police chief to retire, join L.A. Port Police

Costa Mesa police chief to retire, join L.A. Port Police

Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi announced Tuesday that he will be leaving to take a job with the Los Angeles Port Police.

Fire damages Irvine restaurant

About 30 firefighters quickly doused a blaze above the ceiling of an Irvine restaurant Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Sewage spill shuts 1,000 feet of Newport Harbor

A sewage spill Monday in Newport Harbor closed about 1,000 feet of the waterway to divers and swimmers.

That pen in OCC safety officers' pockets is really a camera

That pen in OCC safety officers' pockets is really a camera

The chief of campus safety at Orange Coast College has been quick to utilize the latest technology to protect students and his officers...

Irvine man sentenced for contractor fraud

An Irvine man was sentenced to more than six months in jail after his appearance on the reality TV show "Catch a Contractor" led to his...

Driver injured in crash leaving car wash

Driver injured in crash leaving car wash

A Jeep rolling through a covered car wash in Costa Mesa slammed into a wall as it exited the cleaning area Friday afternoon, leaving the...

Costa Mesa raids sober-living home over number of tenants

Costa Mesa officials served a search warrant on a sober-living home Tuesday as part of a crackdown on properties hosting an illegal number...

Fence now separates sex offender's home from school

Fence now separates sex offender's home from school

School officials have installed a temporary fence between Early College High School and the Costa Mesa home of a registered sex offender who...

2 arrested with assault rifles plead not guilty to weapons charges

2 arrested with assault rifles plead not guilty to weapons charges

Two people accused of driving a vanload of AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition through Newport Beach pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony...

Lawsuit says UCI's top police spied on workers and public

Top brass at the UC Irvine Police Department secretly installed microphones and cameras to spy on employees at the organization's...

2 arrested after assault rifles, ammo found in car in Newport

2 arrested after assault rifles, ammo found in car in Newport

Newport Beach police say they arrested a man and a woman who were transporting a car full of high-powered assault rifles and ammunition...

Newport police find missing disabled man

Newport police find missing disabled man

Update: Police located Andres Martin Tuesday night and reunited him with his family unharmed.

Friend's money springs former executive from prison in tax fraud case

Despite receiving a seven-year prison sentence two months ago for dodging more than $1 million in taxes, a former Newport Beach energy...

Sheriff's deputies snag drivers leaving court DUI appearances

An undercover operation by the Orange County Sheriff's Department netted two people suspected of illegally driving away from DUI court...

Costa Mesa DUI arrests plummet after special police team is disbanded

Costa Mesa police describe their city as an ideal incubator for drunk drivers.

Driver accused of killing bicyclist while DUI pleads not guilty

Driver accused of killing bicyclist while DUI pleads not guilty

A self-described drug counselor accused of killing a bicyclist while driving under the influence in Newport Beach pleaded not guilty to...

Newport doctor indicted on child porn charges

A federal grand jury indicted a Newport Beach doctor Wednesday on child pornography charges.

Missing Irvine mountain biker found near Ortega Highway

Missing Irvine mountain biker found near Ortega Highway

Rescuers on Thursday afternoon found a 40-year-old Irvine man who declined to tell authorities how or why he disappeared after a mountain...

Police search for Costa Mesa bank robber

An bespectacled bank robber stuffed cash in his pocket before fleeing a Citibank in Costa Mesa about noon Wednesday, authorities said.

Jail inmate sues Costa Mesa police

An Orange County Jail inmate has filed a civil-rights complaint in federal court alleging that Costa Mesa police officers beat him during an...

UCI blames new reporting methods for leap in assault numbers

UCI blames new reporting methods for leap in assault numbers

The number of serious assaults tracked by UC Irvine police more than quintupled last year, but campus officials say the spike can be...

Newport's Tip-A-Cop serves up over $10,000 for Special Olympics

Newport's Tip-A-Cop serves up over $10,000 for Special Olympics

The Newport Beach Police Department collected $10,772 for Special Olympics Southern California during the annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser Monday...

Irvine man, 89, dead after jump from overpass

An 89-year-old Irvine man jumped to his death from an overpass in Mission Viejo on Monday morning, according to authorities.

One driver arrested, another injured in wrong-way crash on 405 ramp

A wrong-way crash on a freeway offramp in Costa Mesa early Sunday left one driver seriously injured and another arrested on suspicion...

Irvine violent crime rate lowest in its history

The lowest violent-crime rate in city history last year netted Irvine its 10th straight title as the safest big city in the nation, Irvine...

Pedestrian, 92, struck by driver, 95, on Costa Mesa street

A 95-year-old driver crashed into a 92-year-old man who was crossing a street in Costa Mesa over the weekend, leaving the pedestrian in...

Newport lawyer arrested in stock fraud case

Federal officials Thursday arrested a Newport Beach lawyer accused of participating in what authorities called a scheme to falsely boost a...

250 marijuana plants found in Costa Mesa building

250 marijuana plants found in Costa Mesa building

Police said they found hundreds of marijuana plants Tuesday afternoon when a fire led them to an illegal indoor pot farm across from...

'Gift bag bandit' sought in Costa Mesa bank robbery

'Gift bag bandit' sought in Costa Mesa bank robbery

A serial bank robber known as the "gift bag bandit" struck near South Coast Plaza this week, authorities said.

Have you seen this man wanted in Corona del Mar bank robbery?

Have you seen this man wanted in Corona del Mar bank robbery?

Newport Beach police Tuesday asked for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a Corona del Mar bank on Halloween.

Irvine lawyer and 4-year-old son hit by car were 'always together'

Irvine lawyer and 4-year-old son hit by car were 'always together'

John Roger Alcorn and his 4-year-old son, John Lincoln, were inseparable.

Tutor in Corona del Mar hacking scandal pleads not guilty

A private tutor accused of hacking into Corona del Mar High School computers to change students' grades pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five...

Sewage spill closes West Newport Bay channels until at least Wednesday

Channels near Newport Boulevard and West Coast Highway in Newport Beach were closed for swimming and diving until further notice as a result...

Corona del Mar bank robbed by armed man

A man flashed a handgun while he robbed a Corona del Mar bank Friday afternoon, according to police.

Car crash in Irvine kills man while he was trick-or-treating with son

Car crash in Irvine kills man while he was trick-or-treating with son

An Irvine man was killed and his 4-year-old son was seriously hurt when a car crashed into them while they were trick-or-treating on...

Charges dropped in convenience store theft

Charges dropped in convenience store theft

Authorities this week dropped charges against a man who had been accused of helping steal $32,000 from a Costa Mesa convenience store.

Methane plant fire damages power generator at Newport Coast

Newport Beach firefighters extinguished a small electrical fire Thursday at a methane collection facility on a shuttered landfill in Newport...

3 recruits join Costa Mesa Police Department

Costa Mesa police added three recruits this week as the city tries to fill a backlog of vacancies at the department.

Second marijuana initiative headed to a decision in Costa Mesa

For a second time this month, the Costa Mesa city clerk's office has certified a medical marijuana petition that could pave the way for...

Irvine man convicted of murdering father so he could visit girlfriend

A jury Wednesday convicted an Irvine man of murdering his father so he could meet with his Internet girlfriend across the country.

Newport, Costa Mesa, Irvine police get traffic-safety grants

The state recently awarded Newport Beach, Irvine and Costa Mesa police hundreds of thousands of dollars to help boost traffic-safety...

Police seek 3 men who robbed victim behind Newport Boulevard bars

Costa Mesa police are looking for three men in their 20s who are believed to have been involved in a robbery in an alley outside two Newport...

Police: Driver trying to flee triggers chain-reaction crash; 6 hurt

A man suspected of drunken driving who was trying to flee from Costa Mesa police caused a chain-reaction crash that sent six people to...

Personal trainer pleads guilty to extorting ex-employer for $350,000

A personal trainer from Corona del Mar pleaded guilty Monday to his part in an extortion plot that threatened to smear a former employer...

Passengers delayed at John Wayne airport as sick child is treated

The evacuation of a toddler suspected of having meningitis caused delays for other passengers disembarking a flight from Vancouver,...

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