Public Safety

Police Files for Oct. 21

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft was reported in the 3000 block at 5:36 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Oct. 16

Costa Mesa: 21st Street and Orange Avenue: A felony hit-and-run was reported at 10:54 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Oct. 20

Costa Mesa: Columbia Drive: Petty theft was reported in the 2200 block at 4:27 p.m. Saturday.

Police Files for Oct. 14

Costa Mesa: Bristol Street: Commercial burglary was reported in the 2900 block at 3:26 a.m. Monday.

Police Files for Oct. 18

Hoag Drive: Robbery was reported in the 100 block at 1:38 a.m. Friday.

Police Files for Oct. 13

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft was reported in the 2200 block at 7:11 a.m. Saturday.

Driver charged with murder, hit-and-run in cyclist's death

Authorities charged a self-described drug counselor with murder Tuesday for allegedly killing a cyclist while driving drunk in Newport...

Driver suspected of DUI in crash that killed bicyclist

A Fountain Valley man was hit and killed by a motorist suspected of driving under the influence on Sunday in Newport Beach, police said.

In an emergency, could you help? Community volunteers get disaster-aid training

In an emergency, could you help? Community volunteers get disaster-aid training

Lifeguard Capt. Mike Halphide squirted shaving cream onto the gloved hands of about 10 volunteers.

Irvine police: Man posed as woman on Craigslist to lure teen boys

A 34-year-old man posed as a woman online to lure teenage boys — including one from Irvine — into sexual situations, according...

Irvine lawyer gets jail sentence in drug-planting scheme against PTA volunteer

Irvine lawyer gets jail sentence in drug-planting scheme against PTA volunteer

An Irvine lawyer was sentenced to six months in jail Friday for his part in a revenge scheme that involved planting drugs in a school...

Car fire in Irvine parking garage causes $15,000 in damage

A car fire in an Irvine parking structure totaled an older-model Lexus, damaged two other cars and covered about 15 vehicles in soot...

Project Independence's focus on preparedness goes beyond earthquakes

Project Independence's focus on preparedness goes beyond earthquakes

Schoolchildren, businesses and hospitals around the state participated Thursday in the annual Great California ShakeOut, a drill focused...

Balboa Bay Club asks judge to dismiss lawsuit that alleges bias, public sex

Balboa Bay Club asks judge to dismiss lawsuit that alleges bias, public sex

Lawyers for the Balboa Bay Club have asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit that alleges it ignored rampant debauchery from some members but...

Motels' calls to police are down

Motels' calls to police are down

For a second time this year,...

Woman says coyote menaced her, daughter, dogs on Crystal Cove trail

Woman says coyote menaced her, daughter, dogs on Crystal Cove trail

A Corona del Mar woman and her daughter said a coyote pursued them and their dogs for a quarter-mile on a Crystal Cove State Park trail...

Trailer fire spreads to Costa Mesa home

About 30 firefighters doused a blaze that broke out in a trailer Tuesday and spread to a nearby home in the 2600 block of Newport...

'Spoiled' or abused? Trial starts for man accused of murdering father

The trial of a former Corona del Mar High School student charged with murdering his father started Tuesday with lawyers painting dueling...

I.D. still a mystery of young man whose body washed ashore on Balboa Peninsula

Authorities are still trying to identify the body of a man pulled from the ocean in Newport Beach, coroner's officials said Monday.

Firefighters show off equipment, encourage fire prevention during open house

Firefighters show off equipment, encourage fire prevention during open house

Eleven-year-old Hector Garcia pulled back the handle on a fire hose and blasted water into the pavement.

Body brought ashore on Balboa Peninsula; possible drowning being investigated

Authorities are investigating a possible drowning after a body was pulled from the ocean in Newport Beach early Saturday morning.

Driver gets probation in wrong-way crash death

A Costa Mesa man was sentenced Friday to five years' probation for killing another motorist in a wrong-way crash.

2 injured when car crashes after high-speed chase

A high-speed chase ended in Costa Mesa early Friday when a BMW exiting the 405 Freeway rolled over and ejected the driver, according to...

Suspicious object closes 405 ramp in Costa Mesa Thursday morning

Costa Mesa police shut down a 405 Freeway offramp at Harbor Boulevard for about an hour and a half Thursday morning because of a...

Newport scam artist gets 1 year in prison

A federal judge sentenced a Newport Beach man Monday to one year and one day in prison for an online scam that cheated small-business owners...

Arraignment delayed for tutor in Corona del Mar High cheating scandal

Arraignment delayed for tutor in Corona del Mar High cheating scandal

The arraignment for a private tutor suspected of being at the center of a Corona del Mar High School cheating scandal was delayed Wednesday.

Suspect arrested in Irvine school burglary

Police arrested an Irvine man on suspicion of breaking into an elementary school classroom Tuesday and said he could be tied to recent...

Woman charged with running brothels in Irvine

Authorities this week charged a Los Angeles woman with pimping five women in multiple Irvine brothels.

Arraignment today for tutor in cheating scandal

Arraignment today for tutor in cheating scandal

The private tutor who is believed to be at the center of an elaborate, years-long cheating scheme at Corona del Mar High School is set to be...

Fire stations to open their doors to the public

Fire stations in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa will host open houses this weekend to promote fire safety and hand out smoke detectors.

Finding cause of fatal Irvine crash may take weeks, officials say

Finding cause of fatal Irvine crash may take weeks, officials say

As students in southern Orange County returned to class Monday, many still numbed by the loss of five classmates in a fiery weekend crash,...

Police arrest tutor in Corona del Mar High cheating scandal

Police arrest tutor in Corona del Mar High cheating scandal

The private tutor who allegedly assisted Corona del Mar High School students in a grade-fixing scheme was arrested when he arrived at Los...

Five teens killed in fiery I-5 crash in Irvine; driver apparently unlicensed

Five teens killed in fiery I-5 crash in Irvine; driver apparently unlicensed

When three of his players didn't show up for their 8 a.m. soccer match Saturday, coach Billy McNicol of Mission Viejo Soccer Club assumed...

Newport lifeguard died of accidental drowning, coroner says

Newport lifeguard died of accidental drowning, coroner says

The Orange County coroner's office has ruled that Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson died because of accidental drowning.

Fundraising effort aids ex-USC swimmer severely injured in Newport ocean accident

Fundraising effort aids ex-USC swimmer severely injured in Newport ocean accident

Spending time with friends at a house near the Balboa Pier last month, Dillon Connolly decided to join the group for a swim.

School board OKs emergency app for Corona del Mar High students

Students at Corona del Mar High School could be using a smart phone app to communicate with school officials and police during emergencies...

County works to clear sand-clogged, stagnant canal in Newport

County works to clear sand-clogged, stagnant canal in Newport

Karl Post noticed last week that it had been high tide for an awfully long time in his Newport Beach neighborhood.

Firefighters rescue man from scaffolding at fairgrounds

Costa Mesa firefighters rescued a construction worker who was stuck 40 feet high on scaffolding at the OC Fair & Events Center Wednesday...

2 window washers rescued after getting stuck 17 stories up in Irvine

2 window washers rescued after getting stuck 17 stories up in Irvine

Firefighters rescued two window washers stuck near the top of a 19-story Irvine high-rise Wednesday, authorities said.

Costa Mesa to recognize public safety

The Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce plans to host its annual public safety recognition barbecue Thursday.

3 accused of pimping plead not guilty to torture, kidnapping

Three suspects accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman in a Costa Mesa motel room pleaded not guilty Monday to human trafficking and...

Founder Chuck Smith's family sues Calvary Chapel

A daughter and the widow of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa founder Chuck Smith have sued his former church, alleging a conspiracy to commandeer...

Council candidate Ramos sues city contractor

Council candidate Ramos sues city contractor

Costa Mesa City Council candidate Lee Ramos is suing a city construction contractor, alleging that the company's negligent work in front...

Fountain Valley woman drowns at Costa Mesa motel pool

A 57-year-old Fountain Valley woman drowned in a Costa Mesa motel pool Friday evening, according to authorities.

Swimmer, 53, drowns in Irvine pool

A man drowned in a pool at his Irvine town home complex Friday, according to authorities.

Contractor convicted of stealing workers' wages during Costa Mesa project

A general contractor was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $80,000 in wages from employees who were working for him on a state...

Late lifeguard Carlson, firefighter Medina honored at Newport beach party

Late lifeguard Carlson, firefighter Medina honored at Newport beach party

Late Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson was honored as lifeguard of the year Wednesday evening at the 17th annual Newport Beach Fire and...

Newport man pays SEC after admitting insider trading

A Newport Beach man paid the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission about $6,000 this summer after he admitted taking part in an insider-...

Coffee with a Cop Wednesday in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesans can talk to a local police officer over a cup of coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Man arrested after reports of flasher at thrift store

Police arrested a 43-year-old man suspected of flashing shoppers in a Costa Mesa thrift store Tuesday.

Man pleads not guilty in 'white power' assault case

A Costa Mesa man denied charges that he attacked a group of men outside a pool hall in what police say was a racially motivated crime.

Fire in vent forces evacuation of Irvine restaurant

Diners and employees had to evacuate an Irvine restaurant Wednesday when a two-alarm fire tore through the ventilation system.

Drug take-back day set Saturday

Police in Orange County will collect unused pills Saturday as part of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program designed to prevent...

Police: Fugitive nanny gave children medicine to sleep

Police are looking for a Newport Beach nanny who they say gave two children cold medicine to help them nap and then skipped an August...

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