Public Safety

Police Files for Aug. 28

Costa Mesa: Harbor Boulevard: Petty theft was reported in the 2300 block at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Aug. 25

Costa Mesa: West 19th Street: Petty theft was reported in the 500 block at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Police Files for Aug. 27

Costa Mesa: Avocado Street: Auto theft was reported in the 200 block at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Aug. 21

Costa Mesa: Rutgers Drive: Vehicle burglary was reported in the 2200 block at 5:17 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Aug. 26

Costa Mesa: Bristol Street: Burglary was reported in the 2900 block at 6:52 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Aug. 20

Costa Mesa: Monterey Avenue: Grand theft was reported in the 2800 block at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Payroll worker suspected of embezzling $1.2 million from Irvine company

FBI agents on Friday morning arrested a Downey woman who they say embezzled more than $1.2 million from an Irvine-based real estate...

Man, 18, arrested in early-morning Irvine home burglary

Man, 18, arrested in early-morning Irvine home burglary

An Irvine couple awoke to find a burglar in their bedroom early Friday, police said.

Arraignment in bird nest destruction case delayed

Arraignment in bird nest destruction case delayed

Two construction workers charged with animal cruelty for allegedly knocking down a tree full of nesting birds in Newport Beach delayed their...

Judge throws out some charges in Costa Mesa spying case

An Orange County judge Thursday threw out charges that two private investigators conspired to make a false drunk-driving report about...

Irvine's police chief to retire

Irvine's police chief to retire

Irvine Police Chief David Maggard will retire soon after more than a decade with the department, the city announced Thursday.

ICE officers visit Costa Mesa park in operation against undocumented convicts

Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were at Costa Mesa's Lions Park on Wednesday morning as part of an operation...

Costa Mesa pedestrian struck and killed by car in Newport Beach

A Costa Mesa man died early Wednesday after a car struck him on Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach.

Wilson Park under increased patrols as crime moves there from Lions Park

Wilson Park under increased patrols as crime moves there from Lions Park

Officer patrols and calls for service are up 90% this year at Costa Mesa's Wilson Park, according to a recently released Police Department...

Part of Newport Harbor still closed to swimmers because of sewage spill

A portion of Newport Harbor in the 1900 block of Bayside Drive remains closed to divers and swimmers after sewage spilled into the...

Outbreak of common illnesses close shelter's cat ward

An outbreak of common feline illnesses at the Orange County Humane Society in Huntington Beach has temporarily closed the cat ward, a...

Irvine husband pleads not guilty in slaying of rival; he'd told police he had 'nothing to live for'

Irvine husband pleads not guilty in slaying of rival; he'd told police he had 'nothing to live for'

An Irvine engineer who pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering a man who apparently was having an affair with his wife previously told police...

Man dies after going missing while free diving at Crystal Cove

Man dies after going missing while free diving at Crystal Cove

A 27-year-old man died Saturday afternoon after he failed to resurface while free diving with a friend at Crystal Cove State Park.

Costa Mesa man hurt in crash after he leaves stalled car on 405 in Fountain Valley

A Costa Mesa man was seriously hurt in a crash after he got out of his car that had stalled on the 405 Freeway in Fountain Valley early...

Electric blast blows off manhole cover in Costa Mesa

A few Costa Mesa residents lost power when an electrical malfunction blew the cover off of an underground transformer and sent some smoke...

Rare coin dealer pleads guilty in $15 million fraud

A Newport Beach man who was a prominent dealer of rare coins and precious metals pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to using an online...

Newport and Huntington beaches reopen after surfer's shark encounter

Newport and Huntington beaches reopen after surfer's shark encounter

A 200-yard stretch of Newport and Huntington beaches reopened to swimmers Friday morning after a reported shark encounter that forced...

 Teens killed by falling Yosemite tree limb remembered at vigil

Teens killed by falling Yosemite tree limb remembered at vigil

More than 200 people gathered at Northwood High School's pool for a candlelight vigil Tuesday night dedicated to two Orange County...

Bike patrols are out on Costa Mesa's streets again

Bike patrols are out on Costa Mesa's streets again

For the first time in 15 years, Costa Mesa police are patrolling city streets on bicycle.

Charges dropped, for now, against Newport man accused in 1978 Laguna Beach killing

Charges dropped, for now, against Newport man accused in 1978 Laguna Beach killing

Orange County prosecutors dropped charges Tuesday against a 56-year-old Newport Beach man accused of killing a prominent Laguna Beach...

Gas leak causes evacuations at Costa Mesa businesses

Gas leak causes evacuations at Costa Mesa businesses

About 15 people were evacuated from nearby businesses as a precaution Wednesday afternoon because of a gas leak near 18th Street and...

Car's driver injured in crash with parked pickup in Newport

One person was hospitalized Tuesday night after a car slammed into a parked pickup in Newport Beach hard enough to flip the truck, police...

Pipe break in Newport spills 1 million gallons of water

Pipe break in Newport spills 1 million gallons of water

A water main break in Newport Beach spilled an estimated million gallons of water into the street and an underground parking structure early...

Investigation of Newport theater scare continues

Investigation of Newport theater scare continues

Newport Beach police said Tuesday that they are working to wrap up an investigation of three minors and an adult who authorities say were...

Intruder wakes victims during attempted robbery

Intruder wakes victims during attempted robbery

Two Newport Beach residents were awakened early Sunday by a gunman who gained access to their bedroom through an unlocked balcony door,...

Defense questions Tarzan suspect's mental competence for trial in robbery, burglary cases

Defense questions Tarzan suspect's mental competence for trial in robbery, burglary cases

A Huntington Beach man who authorities said swung from trees in the Santa Ana Zoo while claiming to be Tarzan may not be mentally fit to...

Double landing surprises airline passengers

Passengers aboard a Frontier Airlines flight received a bit of a shock late Monday morning when their plane touched down at John Wayne...

The heat is on, but there are ways to fight it

The heat is on, but there are ways to fight it

Temperatures are expected to continue to rise in Orange County throughout the weekend, and people are trying to find ways to beat the heat.

Costa Mesa woman accused of stealing, selling $732,000 in Apple products

Federal authorities on Friday arrested a Costa Mesa woman who they say stole more than $732,000 worth of Apple products from a family-...

Double-murder defendant's lawyer can't have prosecutor's emails, judge decides

An Orange County Superior Court judge Friday said he would not force a prosecutor to turn over emails that a double-murder defendant's...

Homeless man stabbed in Costa Mesa's Talbert Park

A homeless man was stabbed in Costa Mesa's Talbert Park on Thursday evening, authorities said.

Irvine academy gives teens a peek at police work

Irvine academy gives teens a peek at police work

A group of teenagers got a behind-the-scenes look at law enforcement this week as part of the Irvine Police Department's first Teen...

Costa Mesa police cleared in man's shooting death

Costa Mesa police officers were cleared Thursday of criminal wrongdoing in a deadly encounter last year with a man who prosecutors say had...

Latest allegation against Tarzan suspect: Stealing from state office building

Latest allegation against Tarzan suspect: Stealing from state office building

A Huntington Beach man who authorities said claimed to be Tarzan as he swung from trees this month at the Santa Ana Zoo is suspected of...

CEO of defunct Irvine property firm convicted in $169 million Ponzi scheme

A federal jury convicted the chief executive of an Irvine-based real estate firm of bilking investors out of $169 million when his company's...

Driver turns himself in after teen bicyclist critically hurt in Newport hit-and-run

Driver turns himself in after teen bicyclist critically hurt in Newport hit-and-run

A driver suspected in a hit-and-run crash that left a 14-year-old bicyclist critically injured turned himself in Wednesday afternoon,...

Moviegoers question theater security after Newport leaf blower prank

Moviegoers question theater security after Newport leaf blower prank

A prank with a leaf blower that sent audience members scrambling out of a Newport Beach theater on Saturday night has some local...

Newport theater scare: 4 people questioned; 1 attended movie, police say

Newport theater scare: 4 people questioned; 1 attended movie, police say

Four young people who revved a leaf blower at a fast-food restaurant in Irvine shortly before a similar incident caused a panic in a Newport...

Police: Driver of 'bandit' cab at JWA pulls knife on worker who criticized his driving

A man who authorities say was driving an unlicensed "bandit" cab was arrested Tuesday night at John Wayne Airport on suspicion of pulling...

Boy, 16, suspected of stealing food in Starbucks break-in

Police on Tuesday arrested a 16-year-old boy who they believe broke into a Costa Mesa Starbucks in the middle of the night and stole food.

Would-be Tarzan faces new charges, this time in a gas station holdup

A Huntington Beach man who was arrested last week when police say they found him swinging from trees and claiming to be Tarzan faces up to...

Irvine family's new baby makes her debut in the I-405 carpool lane

Irvine family's new baby makes her debut in the I-405 carpool lane

When Nagaraj Badavide cut his daughter's umbilical cord, he had to keep an eye on the traffic streaming by next to him.

Newport moviegoers flee theater, fearing attack during 'prank'

Newport moviegoers flee theater, fearing attack during 'prank'

Moviegoers ran from what they thought was a...

Man claiming to be Tarzan arrested again

Man claiming to be Tarzan arrested again

For the second time in a week, authorities say, a man proclaiming himself the king of the jungle couldn't escape police.

Public's help sought with investigation of sex offender charged in Costa Mesa assaults

Public's help sought with investigation of sex offender charged in Costa Mesa assaults

Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding people who may have been victims of a registered sex offender who was recently...

Judge: TV crew doesn't have to hand over jail footage of man accused in 2 Costa Mesa slayings

A judge Friday blocked a subpoena seeking hundreds of hours of unbroadcast footage that a TV production crew recorded of Orange County...

Man wounded in stabbing at Costa Mesa apartments

A man was hospitalized after a stabbing at a Costa Mesa apartment complex Thursday morning, according to police and fire officials.

Don't drive, court tells people at DUI hearings; 4 did anyway and got nabbed

Orange County sheriff's deputies cited four people Monday as authorities staked out the Newport Beach courthouse looking for drivers who got...

Costa Mesa police seek man posing as Edison contractor

Costa Mesa police are trying to identify a man who they say posed as a contractor for Southern California Edison while trying to access a...

Driver injured when SUV crashes into house in Costa Mesa

Driver injured when SUV crashes into house in Costa Mesa

A 63-year-old driver was taken to a hospital after his vehicle crashed through a wall and into a house Monday night in Costa Mesa, according...

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