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By Lauren Williams | June 8, 2012
Costa Mesa police officers assigned to city schools will return to regular patrol duties this summer, and there is no guarantee they will return to their school posts when classes start in the fall, officials said. The school resource officers, or SROs, act as campus mentors and deal with problems that go beyond what school authorities can handle. During the summer, however, the SROs, as well as a K-9 and traffic officer, will help fill positions left open by departmental restructuring and on-duty injuries.
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By Kelly Strodl | August 29, 2007
UC Irvine police expect to ask prosecutors to press charges by the end of this week against a UCI student accused of raping another student over the weekend. Brian Timothy Russell, 21, of Irvine, was arrested Saturday morning at his apartment in the Vista Del Campo apartments in the 62600 block of Arroyo Drive, hours after a female UCI student filed a rape report with the UCI Police Department on campus. Russell and the victim allegedly met through a mutual acquaintance at a party in one of the Vista Del Campo apartments, not the suspect’s, police said.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Police are investigating a 23-year-old Irvine resident's death as a suspected suicide, according to the county coroner. The man was found dead Friday afternoon at 4300 Campus Drive on the UC Irvine campus after university police received a call at 5:01 p.m., according to the coroner's office. UPDATE: The UCI LGBT Resource Center and campus police are reporting that the resident was a transgender male known for his activism in the university's LGBT community. We previously reported the gender as female, based on information provided by the coroner's office.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
UC Irvine police arrested two people allegedly connected to bicycle thefts on campus Wednesday morning. Officers spotted Audie Rayvon Richmond, 30, and Jessie Castaneda, 28, with several bicycles in a residential part of UCI, according to a news release from campus police. When officers investigated, they determined the bikes had been stolen from nearby campus housing, police said. Richmond, a Los Angeles resident, was booked in Orange County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and outstanding warrants.
NEWS
December 17, 2013
UC Irvine police are warning students to lock windows and doors after a string of burglaries in student housing last week. Burglars stole electronics from three unlocked first-floor apartments in the Vista Del Campo Norte dorms between 5 a.m. Friday and 11:40 a.m. Saturday, police said in a news release. Campus police ask that anyone with information that could help the investigation call the department at (949) 824-5223 Students should make sure their residences are secure and call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious, police said.
NEWS
April 20, 2002
Deepa Bharath and Jon Lindsey UCI CAMPUS -- Campus police had to use batons to quell an angry mob of students Thursday night after an event that featured speakers on issues relating to the current conflict in the Middle East, officials said. No injuries or arrests were reported, and no charges were filed, officials said Friday. The event titled "Perspectives on Peace: Things you won't hear anywhere else about the Middle East," was organized by several Jewish groups on campus, including Hillel and the Anteaters for a Free Israel.
NEWS
April 15, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Sending letters to students, such as those who took part in a campus protest last month, warning them of impending disciplinary action is normal procedure, a school official said. Letters went out to about 20 students, nine of who were arrested on suspicion of failure to disperse after they blocked work crews from entering a campus trailer park set for demolition this summer. The letters, sent via e-mail, notified the students that they have seven days to schedule an appointment with the office of student judicial affairs, or they may face academic sanctions.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | November 22, 2007
Costa Mesa police have taken at least five OCC students to court over hit-and-run complaints. One of the students was pulled from class and arrested in the school’s parking lot, police said. Last week, traffic investigators arrested the student after he allegedly hit another car and then hurried off to class as if nothing happened, authorities said. Most of the offenses have been attributed to parking mishaps and bad maneuvering, said Traffic Investigator Jeff Horn. All have been misdemeanors involving only property damage and no injuries.
LOCAL
By Kelly Strodl | March 14, 2007
Crime at Orange Coast College has dropped by more than half over the last three years and by more than 33% in 2006 compared with 2005, according to a recently released annual report. The college's public safety department handled 24 crimes in 2006, most of which involved burglaries and vehicle thefts. There were 36 in 2005, 48 in 2004 and 52 in 2003. There have been no reports of murder, rape or robbery on campus for several years. "Most of our crimes are crimes of opportunity, not confrontation — burglarized vehicles, stolen bicycles and graffiti," said John Farmer, the department's chief.
NEWS
September 27, 2000
-- Danette Goulet A Corona del Mar High School ninth-grader who threatened to shoot and kill a fellow student on a school bus last week will return to class this week after serving a five-day suspension. The boy reportedly had an argument Sept. 19 with a ninth-grade girl on the afternoon school bus. He threatened to kill her, telling her that he had a gun, said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Mike McDermott. The next day, the bus driver reported the incident to a school security guard.
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December 17, 2013
UC Irvine police are warning students to lock windows and doors after a string of burglaries in student housing last week. Burglars stole electronics from three unlocked first-floor apartments in the Vista Del Campo Norte dorms between 5 a.m. Friday and 11:40 a.m. Saturday, police said in a news release. Campus police ask that anyone with information that could help the investigation call the department at (949) 824-5223 Students should make sure their residences are secure and call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious, police said.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 20, 2013
A UC Irvine student brought a loaded gun onto campus Monday and was clutching it close to his chest when another student spotted the weapon, a campus representative said. Within 12 minutes of the reported sighting, police had taken Manas Moole Reddy of Irvine into custody not far from the Ayala Science Library, according to UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon. On Wednesday, the Orange County district attorney charged Reddy, 28, with one felony count each of possession of a loaded firearm on a college campus, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 10, 2013
In the second racially charged on-campus incident in three weeks, UC Irvine police said Friday that they are investigating a note found in a black student's backpack that read, "Go back 2 Africa slave. " The female student discovered the note while she was in the science library Tuesday UCI spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said. UCI Police Sgt. Mark Arnold called the note a "hate incident. " Campus police routinely investigate similar incidents to determine whether they rise to the level of a hate crime, he said.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Police are investigating a 23-year-old Irvine resident's death as a suspected suicide, according to the county coroner. The man was found dead Friday afternoon at 4300 Campus Drive on the UC Irvine campus after university police received a call at 5:01 p.m., according to the coroner's office. UPDATE: The UCI LGBT Resource Center and campus police are reporting that the resident was a transgender male known for his activism in the university's LGBT community. We previously reported the gender as female, based on information provided by the coroner's office.
NEWS
February 8, 2013
UC Irvine police have arrested two people suspected of stealing a bike. One of them previously was arrested on campus for a similar crime. Police on Wednesday arrested William Duane Myers, 42, of Lake Elsinore, and Hrisauvi Christina Paleologos, 39, of Garden Grove, after someone on campus recognized Myers from a UCI police crime bulletin, authorities said. Officers discovered the two near a housing area with a stolen bike and arrested them without incident, police said. Myers was booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, petty theft and for a parole violation warrant, while Paleologos was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, petty theft, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and having a weapon on school grounds, according to a UCI police news release.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | June 8, 2012
Costa Mesa police officers assigned to city schools will return to regular patrol duties this summer, and there is no guarantee they will return to their school posts when classes start in the fall, officials said. The school resource officers, or SROs, act as campus mentors and deal with problems that go beyond what school authorities can handle. During the summer, however, the SROs, as well as a K-9 and traffic officer, will help fill positions left open by departmental restructuring and on-duty injuries.
NEWS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 19, 2012
Boys' basketball is back at Newport Harbor High. Principal Michael Vossen said the school has reinstated the program, three weeks after he suspended it because of criminal threats made against then-coach Larry Hirst and his wife. The question facing Vossen and the Sailors is what kind of an impact has a turbulent past four months had on the program. "We want to take the program into a positive place right now," Vossen said. "The first step in doing that is hiring a new coach.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | December 1, 2011
IRVINE — UC Irvine remained peaceful Thursday afternoon, despite the flames of controversy that erupted about a Koran-burning Christian pastor's planned visit. Students gathered in front of Langson Library, some sitting on blankets, facing the area covered in caution tape where the Rev. Terry Jones intended to speak. However, Jones was told not to come on campus after UCI police received intelligence informing them of suspicious activity associated with the visit that aroused safety concerns.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia | September 12, 2011
SANTA ANA - Rhoda Harris, who sat next to a student who later protested the Israeli ambassador's speech, testified Monday that she was upset by the protestors' repeated disruptions. Harris, a resident of a Laguna Woods retirement community, said the disruptions in February 2010 made it hard to fully understand Ambassador Michael Oren's speech at UC Irvine. "I couldn't hear, there was shouting, and I was emotionally distracted," she said. "When you're focused on the disruption, you're not focused on the speaker.
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