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January 2, 2012
COSTA MESA - Detectives suspect arson in the case of a carport fire that damaged five vehicles Sunday morning, police said Monday. Emergency crews were called to the 700 block of Victoria Street at 4:46 a.m. to investigate a fire that totaled two vehicles and damaged three others, Sgt. Ed Everett said on Monday. No one was injured in the blaze and investigators are still looking for a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Costa Mesa fire department investigations unit at (714)
NEWS
February 17, 2014
The Costa Mesa Fire Department arson unit is investigating the cause of a weekend fire at a commercial property on West Baker Street, authorities said Monday. Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1100 block of West Baker Street at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release. The blaze started next to the loading dock area under a 20-foot-tall metal awning and had spread to the back wall of the building when fire crews arrived. The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes and no injuries were reported, the release said.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
A Fullerton man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he set fires in three Dumpsters in Newport Beach, court records show. Joshua Adam Giffin, 23, is accused of starting fires in two Dumpsters outside of the Rusty Pelican, 2735 W. Coast Hwy., and setting fire to another at a nearby business complex, the Newport Beach Police Department said. About 3:20 a.m. Saturday, Newport Beach police officers saw the fires at the Rusty Pelican, and then about 30 minutes later discovered another Dumpster fire near the business complex, police said.
NEWS
May 24, 2011
An Irvine woman was charged Tuesday as a suspected arsonist in six fires in that city dating to January, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a news release. Jana Marie Spires, 38, was arrested after an Irvine police officer saw her leaving the playground late Saturday night at Springbrook Elementary School, where a pile of pizza boxes had been set on fire. After authorities allegedly connected her to other recent fires, she was taken into custody over the weekend at the apartment in the same neighborhood as the school.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 18, 2013
Prosecutors leveled another charge Thursday against the UC Irvine professor accused of setting fires around the city and planning a deadly attack at a local high school after his son committed suicide. Previously, Orange County district attorney officials said that Rainer Reinscheid, 48, of Irvine, set eight fires across the city in July at various locations, including at University High School, a school administrator's home and William R. Mason Regional Park. Now he's pleaded not guilty to a ninth charge.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
A former UC Irvine associate professor who wrote emails saying he planned to kill students and administrators and burn down an Irvine high school was sentenced Thursday to 14 years and four months in state prison. Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, 49, of Irvine, pleaded guilty in July to six felony counts of arson, three felony counts of attempted arson and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. On Tuesday, the first day of his sentencing hearing, Reinscheid apologized and asked for mercy, according to an Orange County Register article.
LOCAL
February 15, 2010
A Costa Mesa man is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he lit a trash bin on fire Saturday night. Alexander Julian Murolo, 19, called 911 Saturday night reporting a fire near the 2500 block of Anacapa Drive, Lt. Bryan Glass said. When police talked to Murolo about the incident, they found debris and ash on him, Glass said. Murolo also reported three similar fires to police last year, Glass said. Murolo was booked on suspicion of arson and is being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
NEWS
May 23, 2003
Deepa Bharath A 44-year-old woman arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson could have ended up blowing up her Westside apartment, officials said. The Orange County district attorney's office on Tuesday filed two felony arson and attempted arson complaints against Debra Ann Kincaid who they say deliberately ignited a fire in her apartment unit in the 800 block of Center Street. Kincaid pleaded not guilty to both counts. Costa Mesa Police and firefighters went to Kincaid's home Sunday afternoon after they got a call from a passerby that there was smoke coming out of her window.
NEWS
May 20, 2003
Deepa Bharath Police on Sunday afternoon arrested a 44-year-old woman in her Costa Mesa apartment on suspicion of trying to set it ablaze, officials said. Debra Ann Kincaid was in her apartment in the 800 block of Center Street when police officers and firefighters knocked on her door at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Dale Birney said. They were responding to a report of smoke coming out of Kincaid's apartment, he said. "They knocked at the door and smelled smoke as they did so," Birney said.
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NEWS
February 17, 2014
The Costa Mesa Fire Department arson unit is investigating the cause of a weekend fire at a commercial property on West Baker Street, authorities said Monday. Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1100 block of West Baker Street at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release. The blaze started next to the loading dock area under a 20-foot-tall metal awning and had spread to the back wall of the building when fire crews arrived. The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes and no injuries were reported, the release said.
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NEWS
January 30, 2014
Fire officials have been unable to determine who or what sparked two consecutive days of fires in Talbert Regional and Fairview parks this month, but it's clear the blazes were set intentionally, according to the Costa Mesa Fire Department. "It was definitely arson," Costa Mesa Fire Chief Dan Stefano said Wednesday. The investigation into the Jan. 15 and 16 blazes is essentially over though, Stefano said. Investigators found no definitive ties among three small fires that burned about three-tenths of an acre in Fairview and Talbert parks Jan. 15 and a larger wind-driven fire that burned about three acres in Talbert on Jan. 16. Officials are still accepting tips and may continue the investigation if anyone saw something suspicious.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
A former UC Irvine associate professor who wrote emails saying he planned to kill students and administrators and burn down an Irvine high school was sentenced Thursday to 14 years and four months in state prison. Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, 49, of Irvine, pleaded guilty in July to six felony counts of arson, three felony counts of attempted arson and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. On Tuesday, the first day of his sentencing hearing, Reinscheid apologized and asked for mercy, according to an Orange County Register article.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 18, 2013
Prosecutors leveled another charge Thursday against the UC Irvine professor accused of setting fires around the city and planning a deadly attack at a local high school after his son committed suicide. Previously, Orange County district attorney officials said that Rainer Reinscheid, 48, of Irvine, set eight fires across the city in July at various locations, including at University High School, a school administrator's home and William R. Mason Regional Park. Now he's pleaded not guilty to a ninth charge.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
A man found engulfed in flames in a Costa Mesa parking lot has been identified by the Orange County coroner as Randy Hansen, 49. Hansen died at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana on Monday morning. Witnesses in the 2200 block of Newport Boulevard spotted him on fire near his white truck about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to Costa Mesa police. Those at the scene tried putting out the flames using their shirts before someone arrived with a fire extinguisher and doused the fire, police said.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
A Fullerton man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he set fires in three Dumpsters in Newport Beach, court records show. Joshua Adam Giffin, 23, is accused of starting fires in two Dumpsters outside of the Rusty Pelican, 2735 W. Coast Hwy., and setting fire to another at a nearby business complex, the Newport Beach Police Department said. About 3:20 a.m. Saturday, Newport Beach police officers saw the fires at the Rusty Pelican, and then about 30 minutes later discovered another Dumpster fire near the business complex, police said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | July 31, 2012
A UC Irvine professor whose son committed suicide faces arson charges for allegedly trying to set a series of fires at a high school, park and home, prosecutors said Tuesday. Rainer Reinscheid, 48, of Irvine allegedly used newspapers, fireplace logs and brush to set fires at University High School, where his late son was a student. He also allegedly set fires at a school administrator's home and at William R. Mason Regional Park, where his son committed suicide earlier this year, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Arson investigators examined evidence from a fire and acts of vandalism at a Costa Mesa dental office, police said Tuesday. Employees returned to work after a five-day hiatus last month to discover paint covering the business' name on a window and mail that had been burned, according to Costa Mesa Police Department. Police first reported the arson. Costa Mesa Fire Department officials determined an accelerant of some kind was used to help the fire spread. The investigation is ongoing.
NEWS
January 2, 2012
COSTA MESA - Detectives suspect arson in the case of a carport fire that damaged five vehicles Sunday morning, police said Monday. Emergency crews were called to the 700 block of Victoria Street at 4:46 a.m. to investigate a fire that totaled two vehicles and damaged three others, Sgt. Ed Everett said on Monday. No one was injured in the blaze and investigators are still looking for a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Costa Mesa fire department investigations unit at (714)
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