Public Safety

Police Files for Sept. 17

Costa Mesa: Red Hill Avenue: Auto theft was reported in the 3100 block at 8:31 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Sept. 13

Costa Mesa: Placentia Avenue: Petty theft was reported in the 2300 block at 8:02 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for Sept. 15

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Auto theft was reported in the 2100 block at 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

Police Files for Sept. 12

Costa Mesa: Charle Street: Petty theft of a bicycle was reported in the 2000 block at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Sept. 14

Bristol Street: Petty theft was reported in the 3300 block at 12:54 p.m. Friday.

Police Files for Sept. 11

Costa Mesa: Magnolia Street: Petty theft was reported in the 300 block at 2:06 a.m. Tuesday.

Costa Mesa council's attempt to discuss police contract ends quickly

A closed-session meeting for the Costa Mesa City Council to begin its negotiation process with the city's police union was unexpectedly...

Median project proposed for Placentia Avenue not just a matter of aesthetics

Median project proposed for Placentia Avenue not just a matter of aesthetics

By beautifying portions of Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa hopes to also trick the eye and reduce drivers' speeds.

Dog in hot car leads to confrontation

Newport Beach police are investigating a confrontation involving two women and a man over a dog left inside a hot car Wednesday afternoon.

Faulty propane tank suspected in residential fire

Costa Mesa fire officials suspect that a malfunctioning propane tank caused a fire at a home on Gannet Drive on Tuesday evening.

Memorial statue proposed for Newport lifeguard Ben Carlson

Memorial statue proposed for Newport lifeguard Ben Carlson

A local group hopes a statue of fallen lifeguard Ben Carlson will stand permanent watch over the shoreline at the base of the Balboa Pier,...

Woman recovers stolen boat after seeing it in the harbor

A woman reclaimed a stolen boat Monday afternoon when she noticed it motoring around Newport Harbor, according to police.

4th arrest in sexual mutilation case

Authorities announced Tuesday that they have in custody the last of four people they believe participated in a plan to torture and...

Police: 'Personal space' argument leads to injury, arrest

A man was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of kicking and robbing a woman in her 70s after a disagreement about "personal space...

Boy, 2 adults hurt as vehicles apparently street racing hit their car

Three people, including a young boy, were injured Monday night when their car was struck by two vehicles apparently street racing in Costa...

Magnetic shift gives JWA runways new numbers

Magnetic shift gives JWA runways new numbers

John Wayne Airport's two runways are getting new call numbers, airport officials said, and the reason is out of this world — sort of.

Man suspected of DUI after car hits pedestrians

A man was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after his car struck two pedestrians in what police described as a hit-and-run early...

Pedestrians among those injured in collision near Orange Coast College

Pedestrians among those injured in collision near Orange Coast College

Seven people, including three pedestrians, were taken to the hospital after a rollover crash in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning.

Ex-UCI student gets life sentence for killing ex-wife

Ex-UCI student gets life sentence for killing ex-wife

A former UC Irvine graduate student was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for murdering his ex-wife on campus after a child-...

Newport expos: What you need for disaster readiness, senior services

Two expos are being presented in Newport Beach on Saturday – one offering tips on how to prepare for emergencies, and another...

Corona del Mar High offices burglarized

Newport Beach police are investigating a burglary at Corona del Mar High School that was discovered Thursday morning.

Car crashes into Costa Mesa home; driver flees

Car crashes into Costa Mesa home; driver flees

A driver fled after crashing a stolen car into a Costa Mesa home Tuesday night, according to police.

Jeep overturns on South Coast Drive; 3 hurt

Jeep overturns on South Coast Drive; 3 hurt

A three-car crash at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and South Coast Drive in Costa Mesa left one car overturned and sent three...

Pipeline work to slow traffic on Coast Highway

Pipeline work to slow traffic on Coast Highway

Construction on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach is expected to snarl traffic along Mariner's Mile as the first phase of an Orange County...

Police: Man posing as real estate agent tried to sell house

Police have arrested a Costa Mesa man after he allegedly posed as a real estate agent and tried to sell a residential property to which he...

Man robs BofA on Harbor Boulevard, says he has gun, explosive

Man robs BofA on Harbor Boulevard, says he has gun, explosive

An unidentified man robbed a Costa Mesa bank Monday morning after informing the teller that he had a gun and explosive device, according...

Parking plans to be studied by Newport council Tuesday

The Newport Beach City Council will discuss parking plans for Corona del Mar and Balboa Village during a study session Tuesday.

Trial delayed in 2 OCC students'  slayings as defense assembles misconduct allegations

Trial delayed in 2 OCC students' slayings as defense assembles misconduct allegations

An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday set a deadline for the defense team of a man accused of double murder to lay out a sweeping...

Hurricane-related waves expected Sunday

Hurricane-related waves expected Sunday

Some Orange County beaches got a preview Friday of the high surf expected this weekend as Hurricane Norbert churns in the Pacific.

Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family

Murder and dismemberment case's delays frustrate slain man's family

In a notebook, Steve Herr keeps a list of every court hearing for the man accused of murdering his son.

High surf, rip currents expected to start this afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard notice for Southern California starting Thursday afternoon, warning of possible...

Costa Mesa reserve police get higher hourly pay than some full-timers

At Costa Mesa's Police Department, a part-time reserve officer can now earn more per hour than a starting full-time officer.

Motorcyclist dies after Costa Mesa collision

A motorcyclist died Tuesday night after he collided with an SUV in Costa Mesa, according to police.

California Elementary School reopens after bomb threat

Officials briefly evacuated an elementary school in Costa Mesa after an anonymous bomb threat was called in Wednesday morning, according...

Concealed-weapons permit holders concentrated in Huntington and Newport, records show

In the six months since Orange County began issuing concealed-weapons permits under a relaxed standard, the number of people licensed to...

Police: Robber may have used knife to steal student's backpack

Police are looking for a man who threatened a freshman who was on his way to the first day of classes at Estancia High School in Costa...

Body pulled ashore at Corona del Mar

Newport Beach police are investigating as a possible drowning the death of a 70-year-old man found on the main beach at Corona del Mar State...

Fire triggers evacuations at Costa Mesa hotel

More than 500 guests evacuated or took cover while firefighters doused a two-alarm fire at the Costa Mesa Marriott hotel early Sunday.

Man held in Costa Mesa knife attack

Costa Mesa police said they arrested a man who slashed at another man with a knife during an attempted robbery over the weekend.

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.

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