Public Safety

Police Files for Jan. 30

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard and Wilson Street: Assault with a deadly weapon was reported at 12:22 a.m. Thursday.

Newport gets study's highest quality-of-life score

The Newport Beach area has the highest quality-of-life index in a new study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council that...

Police Files for Jan. 29

Costa Mesa: California Street: Vandalism was reported in the 3300 block at 3:28 a.m. Wednesday.

Police Files for Jan. 23

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Petty theft was reported in the 1800 block at 3:26 a.m. Thursday.

Police Files for Jan. 28

Costa Mesa: Bernard Street: Grand theft was reported in the 400 block at 8:17 a.m. Tuesday.

Police Files for Jan. 22

Costa Mesa: Newport Boulevard: Theft was reported in the 2200 block at 7:59 a.m. Wednesday.

Newport Beach man arrested in 'rolled-sleeves bandit' bank robberies

Newport Beach man arrested in 'rolled-sleeves bandit' bank robberies

A Newport Beach man is suspected of being the "rolled-sleeves bandit" responsible for stealing more than $21,000 from seven banks on the...

Workers on sewer project rupture gas lines twice in 4 days

A contractor working for the Orange County Sanitation District ruptured gas lines twice in four days during a sewer pipeline project along...

Irvine man ID'd after being killed by car while lying on road

A man who was fatally injured when hit by a...

Fire at Estancia High stadium deemed suspicious

Fire at Estancia High stadium deemed suspicious

Jim Scott Stadium's press box was damaged early Friday by a fire that melted the ceiling, authorities said.

Serious crimes at record low in Newport in 2014

Serious crimes dropped to the lowest number on record in Newport Beach during 2014, adding another year to a decade-long trend of...

Violent crime increases in Costa Mesa

The number of robberies, serious assaults and burglaries in Costa Mesa increased during 2014, but a drop in the area's most common offense,...

Irvine man charged in passenger's death after crash

An Irvine man is facing a possible 10 years in prison for allegedly driving drunk and causing the death of a female passenger when the car...

Man lying on Irvine road is struck, killed by car

An Irvine man died Thursday morning after a car struck him while he was lying on the road, authorities said.

Newport Coast man charged with murdering wife disappears

Newport Coast man charged with murdering wife disappears

A man accused of killing his wife in their Newport Beach home in 2012 has disappeared, prompting an Orange County judge to issue a warrant...

Rescue workers free passenger trapped after vehicle flips

Firefighters had to cut into a car to rescue a trapped passenger after the vehicle flipped over in Irvine on Monday night, according to...

Man held in lewd conduct case in Costa Mesa

A homeless man with a history of legal run-ins in Costa Mesa was arrested this week on suspicion of sexual battery and lewd conduct,...

 Judge pulls himself off actor's murder trial; 'travesty,' says victim's dad

Judge pulls himself off actor's murder trial; 'travesty,' says victim's dad

An Orange County judge recused himself from a Costa Mesa murder trial Tuesday, citing doubts he could remain impartial in the case against...

6 injured in Costa Mesa crash involving Uber driver

Six people were taken to local hospitals after a two-vehicle crash in Costa Mesa early Sunday involving a driver for the Uber ride service.

Fired Newport police employees settle retaliation case

A husband and wife who sued Newport Beach...

Fire damages boat in Newport Harbor

The Newport Beach Fire Department is investigating the cause of a boat fire in Newport Harbor on Friday night.

Irvine CEO charged with sexual crimes against children pleads not guilty

An Irvine businessman accused of sexual assault against minors and possession of child pornography pleaded not guilty to all counts Friday...

Defense tries to bar death penalty in OCC students' killings

Defense lawyers are trying to take the death penalty off the table for a man accused of murdering two Orange Coast College students in Costa...

Big surf forecast for Saturday

After weeks of small surf, the National Weather Service is forecasting big waves along the Orange County coast this weekend.

Irvine man gets 40 years to life for father's murder

A former Corona del Mar High School student who shot his father to death in their Irvine home was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in...

Costa Mesa man killed in motorcycle crash on I-405

A 35-year-old Costa Mesa man died after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing on the 405 Freeway early Thursday, according to the...

Can you help ID gunman wanted in 3 robberies at Costa Mesa drive-up ATM?

Can you help ID gunman wanted in 3 robberies at Costa Mesa drive-up ATM?

Three times in the past two months, a robber has held drivers at gunpoint and forced them to withdraw cash from a drive-up ATM in Costa...

Costa Mesa police officer claims harassment, retaliation by supervisor, city

A Costa Mesa police officer has sued the city and a supervisor at the Police Department, alleging he was harassed and retaliated against...

Can councilmen who sued police union negotiate with managers? Foley wants A.G.'s opinion

For more than a year, a lawsuit filed by two Costa Mesa councilmen against the police officers union has prevented them from negotiating the...

Councilman to host wake for gunman killed in shootout with police

Councilman to host wake for gunman killed in shootout with police

A Costa Mesa city councilman is drawing ire from some members of the Police Department for planning to host a wake for a wanted man who died...

Suspect arrested after Newport bank robbery

Police arrested a man who they say used a pellet gun to rob a Newport Beach bank Tuesday afternoon.

Lifeguard makes a rescue — by fighting a house fire

Most people who fight fires don't do it in flip-flops.

No flooding from king tides in Newport, H.B., Seal Beach

The king tides that rolled into Orange County beach communities Tuesday morning did not result in the flooding that the National Weather...

High tides could bring minor flooding today and Wednesday, forecasters say

The National Weather Service cautioned about possible tidal flooding in some Orange County beach communities until Wednesday.

Small plane makes emergency landing at Great Park

A small plane made an emergency landing in Irvine's Great Park on Saturday, the second time an aircraft has done so in the past two months.

3 asleep when car crashes into their Costa Mesa home

An apparently intoxicated driver crashed through the wall of a Costa Mesa house and into a bedroom where three people were sleeping early...

Newport to focus on motorcycle crash hot spots

The Newport Beach Police Department will have extra officers on the streets for one day next week focused on enforcing traffic laws in areas...

Irvine police invite public to open house

The public can get a peek inside the Irvine Police Department during an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31.

O.C. measles cases reach 16

O.C. measles cases reach 16

Orange County's measles outbreak continues to grow, with 16 cases confirmed by the county Health Care Agency. That includes five cases added...

Firefighters lift injured skateboarder out of Costa Mesa skate bowl

Firefighters rescued a skateboarder who injured his spine and ended up stuck at the bottom of a 12-foot-deep skate bowl Thursday night at...

Victim identified in Costa Mesa freeway crash

A 48-year-old Mission Viejo resident was identified as the driver who died Tuesday after he lost control of his vehicle and went over the...

Attorney general wants licenses suspended for PIs in Costa Mesa surveillance case

Attorney general wants licenses suspended for PIs in Costa Mesa surveillance case

Two private investigators accused of conducting surveillance on and trying to embarrass two Costa Mesa City Council members in the run-up to...

Newport TV doctor denies he threatened to kill H.B. man

A Newport Beach physician who is a panelist on the daytime TV talk show "The Doctors" denied a Huntington Beach man's allegation that he...

Court extends grand jury application deadline

The Orange County Superior Court is looking for qualified residents to serve on its grand jury and has extended its application deadline...

Man convicted of raping, threatening relative

A Laguna Hills man was convicted Wednesday on charges that he raped a teenage relative at a Costa Mesa hotel and then tried to have her...

Strip club trip by Newport deputy police chief triggers questions in fired employee's lawsuit

One of the Newport Beach Police Department's top-ranking officials took the stand Wednesday in Orange County Superior Court, where lawyers...

Claims of porn, sexism spice court arguments in lawsuit by fired Newport police dispatcher

Profanity-laced emails, searches of pornographic Internet sites, public arguments and allegations of sexism were on display for an Orange...

Man arrested after knife-waving incident in Costa Mesa store

Man arrested after knife-waving incident in Costa Mesa store

Police used a Taser to subdue a knife-wielding man at a Costa Mesa grocery store Monday, authorities said.

Man dies after losing control of car at 55 Freeway interchange

Man dies after losing control of car at 55 Freeway interchange

A man was killed Tuesday morning after losing control of his car while on a Costa Mesa freeway interchange, officials said.

Intruder is arrested after resident finds him in the home

Costa Mesa police arrested a man on suspicion of burglary after a resident returned home to find a stranger in his Harbor Boulevard...

Sober-living home operator pleads not guilty to breaking Costa Mesa law

Costa Mesa is pursuing a criminal charge against a sober-living home operator accused of violating city law by hosting too many recovering...

Firefighter hurt in blaze at Newport duplex

A firefighter was injured early Saturday while battling a duplex fire in Newport Beach.

Man is arrested after trying to purchase $20,000 of merchandise with alleged counterfeit credit card

Costa Mesa police say a Rowland Heights man used a counterfeit credit card to try to buy $20,000 of merchandise at a high-end jewelry...

Man dies of motorcycle crash injuries

A Huntington Beach motorcyclist died Friday morning from injuries he suffered earlier this week in a crash in Costa Mesa, according to...