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February 28, 2008
The Costa Mesa Police Department will conduct a sobriety/license checkpoint from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday in the northbound lane of Santa Ana Avenue at 18th Street. Police hope the checkpoint will educate the public about the dangers of driving under the influence and/or without a valid driver’s license. The program was made possible by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. “We have been committed to saving lives by aggressively seeking out and removing impaired drivers from the roadways of Costa Mesa for nearly three decades,” Traffic Safety Bureau Officer Tony Yannizzi said.
LOCAL
December 31, 2007
The Costa Mesa Police Department will offer a free, 12-week citizen?s police academy to teach the public about its operations Feb. 19 through May 13. Students will learn about patrol operations, traffic and criminal laws, helicopter operations, crime scene investigation and more from police department personnel. Participants will also get to schedule a ride-along in a patrol car during the course, meant to foster understanding of how the police department serves the community, organizers said.
NEWS
April 18, 2005
Officer sustains minor injuries in accident An on-duty Huntington Beach police officer sustained minor injuries in an accident that happened in Costa Mesa at 4:20 p.m. Sunday, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. The officer was heading northbound on Superior Avenue when a Red Ford Ranger, heading southbound, attempted to turn left into a public driveway just south of 17th Street and collided with the police motorcycle, said Sgt. Zach Hoferitza of the Costa Mesa Police Department.
NEWS
October 28, 1999
The Costa Mesa Police Department is asking residents to stop in the name of the law and help the needy for Christmas. The 14th annual Christmas Food and Gift Program began last week to help needy families and children in the city. The goal is to provide a Christmas dinner for 100 families along with a gift for each child 12 and younger. Assistance is needed to raise donations of money, canned food and new unwrapped toys. Donations must be made by Dec. 8 and can be left at the West Side Substation, 567 W. 18th Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or at the Costa Mesa Police Department's main location at 99 Fair Drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
LOCAL
January 27, 2007
The Costa Mesa Police Department is now publishing information about immigration holds on people held in Costa Mesa Jail. Publicly available daily arrest logs now contain a separate column indicating whether the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent stationed in the jail has flagged an arrestee for likely deportation. These logs already contain personal identifying information, as well as the reasons for arrest. An agency employee has been interviewing arrestees in the jail since Dec. 4. In the first month the agent placed immigration holds on 46 inmates, authorities said.
NEWS
October 26, 1999
Greg Risling The Costa Mesa Police Department took home first place honors last weekend at a regional competition in San Bernardino for motorcycle officers. The department beat out a handful of teams for the team award. The officers representing the department demonstrated their superb riding skills to lay claim to the title. Officer Angelo Morgan was second in individual competition and Officers Mike Cohen, Bob Coash and Gerry Stukkie placed third in a separate rally.
NEWS
August 11, 2009
Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained more than a dozen people in July who were arrested in Costa Mesa on suspected felonies. According to statistics released by the Costa Mesa Police Department, the ICE agent in the Costa Mesa jail interviewed 47 arrestees on suspicion of violating federal immigration laws. The agent ended up detaining 41 of them, 13 of those people for suspected felonies. The total number of detainees is the second-highest this year behind March, where there were 43 detainees.
LOCAL
November 16, 2007
The Costa Mesa Police Department has scheduled a DUI/license checkpoint beginning at 8 p.m. today through 2 a.m. Saturday on Newport Boulevard south of East 19th Street. The department said its goal is to educate the public about the dangers of driving while intoxicated and/or without a valid driver?s license. Last year, 1,074 drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Costa Mesa. It is the goal of the city to reduce that number this year, said Sgt. Rich Allum.
NEWS
December 18, 2001
Costa Mesa Police Department's all-women DUI duo will receive an award from Los Amigos of Orange County for its proactive approach to the problem of drunk driving. Officers Stephanie Mattiaccia and Joyce LaPointe have made close to 200 arrests over the last 90 days -- a record in the department. The officers will receive the award during a reception at the Jagerhaus Restaurant in Anaheim. Orange County Supervisor Cynthia Coad will make the presentation, and both officers will also receive letters of appreciation from California Atty.
NEWS
November 19, 1999
-- Greg Risling A police checkpoint designed to deter motorists from driving without a license snared 69 motorists Tuesday for auto-related violations. Of the 1,651 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint at the intersection of Victoria and Maple streets, 11 motorists were not carrying a driver's license; seven were driving on suspended licenses; and 54 didn't have either their registration or insurance papers handy. The Costa Mesa Police Department spent four hours monitoring the checkpoint.
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NEWS
April 2, 2014
The city of Costa Mesa is offering a $10,000 reward for information on a 2012 murder case. The City Council on Tuesday authorized the reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for killing 50-year-old Costa Mesa resident Gary Smola. Police found Smola dead in his home in the 1700 block of Whittier Avenue on the afternoon of Aug. 4, 2012. According to the coroner, he died of blunt-force trauma to the head. Police said an unknown weapon was likely used to kill Smola.
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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
January 24, 2014
Police are searching for up to six suspects who attacked a group inside Sutra nightclub in Costa Mesa and beat two victims so severely they required hospitalization. Three men were at a VIP table inside the club on Harbor Boulevard when the attackers jumped them about 12:30 a.m. Friday, Costa Mesa police Sgt. Stephanie Selinske said. The attackers used a weapon, but police declined to say what it was. Two of the victims were taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with serious injuries, but they are expected to live.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
A 51-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car and killed in Costa Mesa, police said Wednesday. David Hird, a Costa Mesa resident, walked in front of a car driven by a 26-year-old Irvine woman at 5 p.m. Monday while crossing Newport Boulevard near Rochester Street, according to a Costa Mesa Police Department press release. The driver was reportedly headed northbound in the No. 2 lane of Newport when Hird walked eastbound in front of her. Witnesses had seen Hird walking eastbound across the northbound lanes of Newport shortly before the accident, according to police.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 16, 2013
A group of teenagers fought with a Costa Mesa police officer Tuesday afternoon, and one 16-year-old tried to grab the gun from his holster, officials said. The officer was pulled into a scuffle when he responded to a call at a Ralphs grocery store at 380 17th St. at about 2:30 p.m. Police did not identify the officer but said he was the first on the scene when several "uncooperative, hostile" minors were shoplifting, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
A man used a baseball bat or large stick to attack a Costa Mesa resident Monday afternoon near Newport Boulevard and 22nd Street, police said. A bystander saw the assault and called police to say she witnessed someone being hit atop the head with the weapon at about 3 p.m., said Lt. Greg Scott of the Costa Mesa Police Department. Police and paramedics responded and found a 52-year-old man with large lacerations on his head, according to police. He was transported to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Lauren Williams | August 9, 2013
A small pool of qualified rookies and an overheated political climate are making it difficult for the Costa Mesa Police Department to fill a dozen vacancies with desirable candidates, sources familiar with the hiring process say. Police agencies statewide are fiercely competing for solid academy graduates, and few experienced officers are seeking transfers to the CMPD because of their unease with the city's ongoing debate over public employee compensation,...
NEWS
July 2, 2013
Police arrested a parolee last week after he allegedly brandished a replica handgun and threatened an employee in a Costa Mesa store, police said Friday. Just after noon Friday, Osvaldo Castro, 34, of Santa Ana, went into a Metro PCS store at 1175 Baker St. with what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun, according to a Costa Mesa Police Department news release. Police said Castro pointed the gun over the counter at an employee's face. When he tried to fire the replica gun, it malfunctioned and Castro fled, according to the release.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
Costa Mesa police arrested six people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol at a checkpoint this weekend, according to police. Police screened 697 vehicles and a total of 2,072 vehicles passed through the checkpoint between 8 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday at Newport Boulevard and 17th Street, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department. Police administered 20 field sobriety tests. Four people were cited or arrested for driving unlicensed while five others were cited or arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license, police said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | January 15, 2013
Four new officers joined the Costa Mesa Police Department Monday morning in a ceremony that included the naming of the force's newest captain. Officers Curtis Hazell, Arnold Alegado, Ryan Novikoff and Jonathan Tripp were sworn in as beaming parents and spouses watched. "We will have high expectations of all of them," police Chief Tom Gazsi said. "We know they are up to the challenge. " The four are the first hires since 2008, and community members can expect to see them patrolling the streets in about two weeks.
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