Public Safety

Police Files for May 21

Costa Mesa:Flower Street: Use of a controlled substance was reported in the 100 block at 7:52 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for May 18

Costa Mesa: McCormick Avenue: Burglary was reported in the 100 block at 1 a.m. Saturday.

Police Files for May 20

Costa Mesa: Logan Avenue: Grand theft was reported in the 1300 block at 10:45 p.m. Monday.

Police Files for May 19

Costa Mesa: Carnegie Avenue and Princeton Drive: Vehicle burglary was reported at midnight Sunday.

3 Newport firefighters drop age-bias suit in exchange for payouts, retirement

Three high-ranking Newport Beach firefighters have agreed to retire and take payouts in exchange for dropping their age-discrimination...

Experts still deciding if man is fit to stand trial in bludgeoning slaying

Two court-appointed psychologists disagree on whether a murder suspect is mentally fit to stand trial for a 2013 slaying in Costa Mesa but...

Newport school officer leaves for a new beat with a sense of success

Newport school officer leaves for a new beat with a sense of success

After five years of working at campuses in Newport Beach, a memory from early in the job still stands out for School Resource Officer...

Talbert park fire burns brush at homeless camp

Costa Mesa firefighters doused a small brush fire at Talbert Regional Park after flames broke out in an apparent homeless encampment there...

Have you seen this man wanted in a Newport robbery?

Have you seen this man wanted in a Newport robbery?

Newport Beach police Wednesday asked for help identifying a man suspected of a robbing a woman last week.

Officers on bikes will soon be pedaling around Costa Mesa

Costa Mesans will soon see more officers on two wheels. The Police Department is planning to start a bicycle patrol program in the next...

Driver killed in Newport rollover crash identified as Wildomar man

Driver killed in Newport rollover crash identified as Wildomar man

Coroner's officials have identified the man who died in a single-car crash near the Newport Beach Police Department as a 22-year-old...

Motorcyclist dies after high-speed crash in Costa Mesa

Motorcyclist dies after high-speed crash in Costa Mesa

A motorcyclist died after a high-speed, head-on crash at a Costa Mesa intersection Sunday afternoon, police said.

Are you wearing your seat belt? 'No excuses' enforcement starts today

Newport Beach and Irvine police will be on the lookout for anyone not wearing a seat belt during the last two weeks of May as the...

Costa Mesa man sentenced in hit-and-run

A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to crashing a stolen car into the living room of a Costa Mesa home in September.

Firefighters knock down apartment blaze

Costa Mesa firefighters quickly doused a small blaze outside an apartment Thursday morning, according to authorities.

Irvine man sentenced for stealing wages from employees

An Irvine man who cheated employees at his construction company out of more than $220,000 in wages on municipal projects pleaded guilty...

Crash causes power outage near East Bay Street in Costa Mesa

A driver suspected of being impaired knocked out power to a Costa Mesa neighborhood when he slammed into a utility pole around 12:30 a.m....

Man sought after trying to set fire in Costa Mesa apartment

Police and fire officials are looking for a man who tried to set fire to a vacant apartment in Costa Mesa on Tuesday evening.

Body found at Newport's Back Bay identified

Orange County coroner's officials have identified the man whose body was found Friday at Newport Beach's Back Bay as a 43-year-old...

Costa Mesa man convicted of 1995 murder of ex-girlfriend's alleged rapist

Costa Mesa man convicted of 1995 murder of ex-girlfriend's alleged rapist

A Costa Mesa man was convicted Thursday in the decades-old kidnapping and slaying of a man he believed raped his former girlfriend.

Man arrested after rooftop pursuit in Newport Beach

Newport Beach police arrested a man who they said was a fugitive who used the rooftops of homes near Jamboree Road and Coast Highway in an...

Irvine boy, 5, in critical condition after being found in family's pool

A 5-year-old Irvine boy is in critical condition after being pulled from his family's backyard pool Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Irvine woman escapes house fire with help from neighbor

Irvine woman escapes house fire with help from neighbor

An Irvine woman escaped a fire in her home with minor injuries Wednesday after a neighbor banged on the door to warn her, authorities said.

Lawyer for defendant in sex-trade case won't pursue complaint of rights violation by Newport police

Lawyer for defendant in sex-trade case won't pursue complaint of rights violation by Newport police

The lawyer for a Santa Ana man accused of running a lucrative pimping and human trafficking operation said Wednesday that he will drop...

2 arrested in Costa Mesa probation check

Costa Mesa police said they arrested two people during a sweep last week intended to make sure probationers in the city are complying with...

Big waves draw a crowd to the Wedge in Newport

Big waves draw a crowd to the Wedge in Newport

Massive waves continued thundering toward the Newport Beach shoreline Monday, adding to a busy time for the city's lifeguards, who over...

Pair arrested in store robberies in Newport, 7 other cities

Police arrested two Inland Empire men suspected in a robbery spree across eight cities, including Newport Beach.

DUI suspect arrested after car smashes into store in Costa Mesa

A man suspected of drunk driving smashed into a convenience store in Costa Mesa before speeding off Sunday night, authorities said.

Ex-Costa Mesa police chief takes over L.A. port police after the agency's chief is indicted

Former Costa Mesa Police Chief Tom Gazsi is acting as police chief at the Port of Los Angeles while its top cop faces federal corruption...

15-foot waves expected off Newport this weekend

15-foot waves expected off Newport this weekend

Lifeguards in Newport Beach are bracing for big waves this weekend that they say could top 15 feet at the Wedge and along the Balboa...

Ex-hospital chief of staff pleads not guilty to embezzling $220,000

Ex-hospital chief of staff pleads not guilty to embezzling $220,000

A prominent Newport Beach doctor pleaded not guilty Thursday to accusations that he stole $220,000 from a hospital fund earmarked for...

2 teens caught after jumping from car during chase, police say

Costa Mesa police say they chased down two teenagers who bailed out of a moving car when an officer tried to pull them over Thursday...

Fingerprints confirm body was missing woman

Fingerprints confirm body was missing woman

Authorities have used fingerprints to confirm that a decomposing body found this week is that of a woman who went missing after a Valentine'...

Costa Mesa honors Firefighter of the Year

The Costa Mesa Fire Department selected a longtime member of the force as its 2014 Firefighter of the Year, the department announced last...

Autopsy on body believed to be missing woman finds no obvious trauma

Autopsy on body believed to be missing woman finds no obvious trauma

An autopsy Wednesday found no obvious signs of physical trauma on a body believed to be a Laguna Hills woman who disappeared after a...

Gunman robs Newport Beach liquor store

A Newport Beach liquor store was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night, police said.

Man arrested in second theft of copper wire on Irvine bike path

For the second time in three days, Irvine police made an arrest in connection with the theft of copper wiring along a bike path near the 405...

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,...

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