| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:40 PM
A European professor was taken into custody Thursday in an 18-year-old cold case in which she is accused of helping set up the murder of a man she claimed raped her while she was a college sophomore.
Patricia Esparza, 39, was handcuffed and taken into...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:18 PM
A mistrial has been declared in the trial of an Irvine attorney accused of helping his wife set up a drug bust in a scheme to seek revenge against a PTA volunteer.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Carla M. Singer declared a mistrial Thursday, the...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:01 PM
The Costa Mesa Police Officers Assn. doesn't plan to sue the city after officials denied its claim asserting that the municipality is responsible for the union's legal fees.
The association had sought indemnification from the legal costs of defending...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 2:02 PM
A former Killybrooke Elementary School teacher is suing the school district for alleged workplace harassment and age discrimination, court records show.
Debbra DeMarco filed a lawsuit Sept. 4 in Orange County Superior Court against the Newport-Mesa...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:39 PM
The city of Costa Mesa could soon be in the middle of a legal battle between two councilmen and the police union.
For weeks, the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. has requested that the city pay for its legal defense against a lawsuit filed by Costa...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:14 PM
Two Costa Mesa city councilmen claimed in court papers Wednesday that their political opponents spied on them by attaching a tracking device to one of their cars during 2012's election season.
Someone allegedly placed a GPS monitor on the...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The Orange County Crime Lab produced inaccurate blood alcohol test results in 2,200 driving-under-the-influence cases filed by prosecutors this year — mistakes that could affect outcomes in dozens of cases.
Prosecutors in recent days sent...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 1:22 PM
The wife of an Irvine man accused of plotting against a PTA volunteer at their son’s school and having her arrested masterminded the scheme, his attorney said Wednesday in closing arguments.
Kent Wycliff Easter, 40, is accused of felony false...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 8:31 AM
As a woman on the witness stand described how she was attacked in a violent rampage that left her husband and daughter dead, the man accused of the crimes erupted in anger in an Orange County courtroom Thursday.
"That's not what happened," Iftekhar...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 12:53 PM
An Orange County Superior Court judge agreed Monday to postpone the trial of a former Costa Mesa city employee accused of tampering with political campaign signs last year.
Steven Charles White, 39, faces a misdemeanor vandalism charge for allegedly...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 2:25 PM
A former parking control officer said he was fired from the Newport Beach Police Department for reporting that senior officers were receiving free suites, spa days and alcohol from a high-end hotel in exchange for favors, according to a federal lawsuit....
| Oct 4, 2013
| 2:32 PM
The Costa Mesa City Council this week repealed a law that banned day laborers from actively soliciting work on city streets.
The council unanimously agreed Tuesday night to scrap the ordinance without discussion.
Costa Mesa's anti-solicitation law,...