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April 21, 2008
If you see a bunch of police running around the South Coast Plaza Claim Jumper panicked and confused Thursday, don’t be alarmed. Chances are many of them are just getting their first experience as servers and they’re hustling to deliver meals. On Thursday every Claim Jumper restaurant is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies for the annual “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser benefiting the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign. The fundraiser will benefit statewide Special Olympics chapters.
NEWS
April 12, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT-MESA -- President Bush's budget cuts might obliterate a program that has helped the Newport Beach Police Department hire several officers and buy laser guns and computers, officials said. Under the Community Oriented Policing, or COPS, program, police departments hire officers by matching federal aid. Over the last four years, Newport Beach has hired 10 officers through the program. "We don't know yet how much it's going to affect us," said Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman.
NEWS
February 29, 2000
Recent news accounts of Mark David Allen, who has been arrested by the Newport Beach Police Department more than 100 times, bring up memories of Mr. Coe. Mr. Coe was arrested for being drunk four times in 24 hours, which isn't bad for a record when one recognizes that he was held in jail five hours before being released each time he was taken into custody. By my primitive arithmetic, he was only at liberty four hours during that one day, yet managed to get himself arrested four times during in the short intervals.
NEWS
January 7, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman was recently named “Outstanding Legislator for 2008” by the California State Sheriff’s Assn. The senator halted a plan to take money from the cops’ budget last year during negotiations, which gained him the favor of the association, said Harman spokeswoman Eileen Ricker. Continuing financial hard times in Sacramento have put all public agencies’ budgets on the table for cuts. The association represents the state’s 58 elected county sheriffs.
NEWS
By ROBERT GARDNER | December 1, 2006
Recent news accounts of Mark David Allen, who has been arrested by the Newport Beach Police Department more than 100 times, bring up memories of Mr. Coe. Mr. Coe was arrested for being drunk four times in 24 hours, which isn't bad for a record when one recognizes that he was held in jail five hours before being released each time he was taken into custody. By my primitive arithmetic, he was only at liberty four hours during that one day, yet managed to get himself arrested four times during the short intervals.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | April 27, 2007
"Hot Fuzz" is an amusing and sometimes scathing satire of American police action-comedy films. English director Edgar Wright co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Pegg, the movie's star who plays the central tough-guy cop. Together, they bring a very British sense of humor to the whole sarcastic enterprise. They manage to successfully skewer the loud, obnoxious and predictable plot elements of all the major Hollywood efforts in this genre. In this film, the "Bad Boys" grab a "Lethal Weapon" with a "Die Hard" vengeance while chasing down corrupt cops who think they are "Goodfellas."
NEWS
January 23, 2003
Hour' 'Narc' not the typical buddy cop film A definite cut above the average crime drama, "Narc" is a dark, gripping and complex story of two troubled cops chasing down the truth behind the brutal murder of a fellow officer. Ray Liotta and Jason Patric give Oscar-quality performances as the two cops obsessed with their mission and already in trouble with their Internal Affairs Unit. They bring intense energy to highly charged roles and leave you believing they have become their characters.
NEWS
February 16, 2002
Young Chang Simon Billig says it's interesting being on the other side. Most of us, for some reason, get scared of cops, the actor says. They have this demeanor and this look that succeeds in intimidating not only the bad guys, but the good ones too. But Billig is trying to find his way past the fears and stereotypes as someone who's playing a police officer for South Coast Repertory's Mainstage run of "Lobby Hero," by playwright Kenneth Lonergan.
NEWS
August 15, 2003
Realism sets 'S.W.A.T.' apart at times Clark Johnson has directed several episodes of TV's best crime dramas, including "Law and Order," "NYPD Blue," "Homicide" and "The Wire." Clark brings the same gritty realism found in these shows to his big screen effort in "S.W.A.T.," which sets it apart from the mind numbing demolition derby at the center of most blockbuster police thrillers. The cops seem to be real people, not cartoon superheroes. We see a thoughtful presentation of the actual training that S.W.A.
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NEWS
By Geoff West | March 7, 2014
Recently the city of Costa Mesa made available four reports regarding the staffing and attrition of the Costa Mesa Police Department over the past few years (" Report: Departing cops cite political tensions, Feb. 26). These reports, now available on the city's website, were generated in response to a demand by members of the City Council a few weeks ago. The results are distressing. One report shows a list of separations and hires for 2012 and 2013 and January 2014. During that 25-month period we had 26 departures — 10 resignations, 14 retirements and two discharges.
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NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 26, 2014
Within the past four years, 25 members of the Costa Mesa police force have said they left the department because of the city's contentious political environment, according to a recent city report. The official memo, distributed to the City Council on Friday, also stated that despite receiving thousands of applications within the past several months, only a few people were recruited for the police academy. The document, prepared by assistant city CEO Tamara Letourneau , said of the 2,782 people who applied for about 25 open Costa Mesa police positions since May 2013, some 188 were interviewed, 104 were selected for background checks, and eight have enrolled in the academy.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 18, 2014
In what Costa Mesa city officials are calling "modest increases" to staffing levels, the City Council on Tuesday will hear a proposal that could boost City Hall ranks by 12 positions. The annual payroll would increase $1.64 million. Four of the positions are for sworn police officers, who, in addition to supporting all the department's activities, will specifically help monitor early release prisoners, probationers, parolees and registered sex offenders living in Costa Mesa. If accepted by the council, the move would allow the police department to employ a maximum of 136 sworn officers, excluding the reserve force, an annual salary and benefits cost of $572,000.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | January 3, 2014
The Samurai Cop is back at Orange Coast College, nearly 50 years after graduating from the school he credits with preparing him for his law enforcement career. David Dye, 68, returned in the fall as a part-time campus safety officer. During his 34-year career with the Costa Mesa Police Department, his colleagues dubbed him "the Samurai Cop," an homage to Dye's two passions: law enforcement and martial arts. "After my retirement, I wanted to get back to my roots. I wanted to give back a little bit of what I got from the college," he said.
OCNOW
By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times | October 2, 2013
The stocky man with a goatee walks across the darkened parking lot of the motel and bangs on the door to Room 156. Greg Reese rehearses his lines. The door opens. The girl inside is wearing black lingerie and looks like she did in the online ad that caught his eye - a teenager using the name Candy Green in a bathtub filled with bubbles. "Ready to have some fun," it promised. The girl is all business: $100 for a date, she says, standing in the room with bright blue carpeting and crumpled white sheets.
NEWS
By June Casagrande | February 22, 2013
There are a lot of people out there who will think less of you if you use "impact" as a verb: A longer storm season will negatively impact tourism. Failure to study will negatively impact your grades. Technology will impact higher education. Those are wrong, wrong and wrong, according to certain people. Because they only recognize impact as a noun, some people would require you to say instead that a longer storm season will have a negative impact on tourism, failure to study will have a negative impact on your grades, technology will have an impact on higher education.
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
February 7, 2013
Authorities across Southern California were on high alert Thursday morning as a massive manhunt was underway for an ex-Los Angeles police officer sought in connection with a double homicide in Irvine and the shootings of three police officers, one of whom was killed. Local, state and federal authorities are involved in the search for Christoper Jordan Dorner, 33, who threatened "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare" against police in an manifesto posted on his Facebook page. Dorner also threatened more than two dozen people -- including police officials -- in his manifesto.
NEWS
By P.S. Foley | January 17, 2013
I am the son of a cop. My dad spent 30 years in the Los Angeles Police Department, and I grew up surrounded by cops. Jerry Wooters, also a cop on the LAPD, was a frequent visitor to our house. For most of my youth, Jerry walked from his house to ours for coffee every Saturday morning. It was his routine. But there were lots of others with names like Trailer, Knuckles and Matheney. They were good men and full of fun, in spite of the ugly and harsh parts of the world they had witnessed.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna and Lauren Williams | August 24, 2012
A man who made a 911 call accusing Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer of driving drunk is believed to be a former Riverside police officer. The caller identified himself to a police dispatcher as Chris Lanzillo, according to a tape of the call obtained Friday by the Daily Pilot using a state public records request. Sources with knowledge of the investigation confirmed that Lanzillo is a former police officer who's now a private investigator. Righeimer - who was given a brief sobriety test outside his Mesa Verde home Wednesday night and was found to be sober - tied the incident to comments he made during Tuesday's City Council meeting.
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