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February 28, 2014
Five possible designs were unveiled this week for a crime victims monument to be erected in Irvine's Mason Regional Park. The Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks on Wednesday presented the designs, selected from a group of 59, at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, according to a news release. Renderings from Ivan Juarez, Jason Zerafa, Joaquin Ochoa, Man-Foon Chu and Maria Cjevic are available for the public to view until March 20. To view and comment on the five designs online, visit bos.ocgov.com/cvm/index.htm.
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By Joseph R. Stack | May 25, 2010
T his is in response to Joseph Serna's article about proposed cuts to the Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE) shared police helicopter program ("Chief: No more cuts," May 14). A few less hours of routine patrol flight time over my neighborhood would be fine with me. Don't get me wrong. I love law and order, especially in my neighborhood. However, I am not willing to pay any price for it. I am not talking about money; I am talking about noise pollution. Law enforcement is one of the few things for which I would gladly pay more taxes.
NEWS
February 5, 2005
STEVE SMITH They were guys who believed that they had found a girl who could be drugged and taken advantage of. So, that's what they did in a Newport Beach location, believing that she was a willing participant. That was the story told to the police, particularly because the police had in their possession a videotape of the entire escapade. The tape was very clear. The female in the video was out cold -- no one could mistake her limp body for anything else.
NEWS
August 9, 2008
Is crime, particularly gang crime, worsening in Costa Mesa? In the past week or so, we’ve reported the shooting of a 15-year-old girl on Shalimar Drive, a bar brawl allegedly involving gang members and a suspected gang member arrested on suspicion of stabbing someone near Harbor Boulevard and Victoria Street. Then there was an Aug. 5 beat-down near the 7-Eleven on Harbor that left a young man clinging to life. Just a rash of crime that’s mostly coincidental? Or a trend?
LOCAL
July 8, 2008
Costa Mesa police will give folks a chance to tighten their community bonds next month when they join police departments across the country in recognizing National Night Out. Registration is open for any community-oriented groups who want to join the Aug. 5 event. From 6 to 9 p.m., Costa Mesa police officers will visit any groups that have registered to join them. National Night Out was created to heighten community crime and drug awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police support.
NEWS
February 13, 2009
The public can now report crimes online to Newport Beach police. The department has introduced the Internet option in an effort to save time and money, officials said. As long as the incident occurred within city limits, you can report it to Newport Beach police. Among the types of incidents reportable through the department’s website, www.nbpd.org , are vandalism, theft and harassing phone calls. There are specific criteria to reporting a crime online, officials said.
LOCAL
April 14, 2008
The public will get its first glance at the county’s record on hate crimes for 2007 when the Orange County Human Relations Council submits its annual report to the board of supervisors Wednesday. Senior Human Relations Specialist James Armendaris will present the detailed report during a luncheon at the Newport Beach Stake Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints. The report, created annually for nearly 20 years, compiles statistics from law enforcement, county prosecutors, community groups and hate crime victims.
NEWS
By Joseph R. Stack | May 24, 2010
This is in response to Joseph Serna’s article about proposed cuts to the Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE) shared police helicopter program (“Chief: No more cuts,” May 14). A few less hours of routine patrol flight time over my neighborhood would be fine with me. Don’t get me wrong. I love law and order, especially in my neighborhood. However, I am not willing to pay any price for it. I am not talking about money; I am talking about noise pollution. Law enforcement is one of the few things for which I would gladly pay more taxes.
NEWS
By Keith Curry | April 14, 2014
"The most dangerous social experiment of our generation. " That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state "realignment" program to release state prisoners to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 109, which mandated that 30,000 convicts who would otherwise serve in state prison be returned to local communities. The state has sent 3,700 such convicts to Orange County.
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By Keith Curry | April 14, 2014
"The most dangerous social experiment of our generation. " That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state "realignment" program to release state prisoners to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 109, which mandated that 30,000 convicts who would otherwise serve in state prison be returned to local communities. The state has sent 3,700 such convicts to Orange County.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 12, 2014
Orange County officials this week unveiled the winning design for a monument to crime victims planned for Mason Regional Park in Irvine. On Saturday morning, dozens of victims or families of victims affected by violent or sexual crimes gathered at the site of the planned memorial. "This monument will serve as a place of contemplation and peace for crime victims and their families," Irvine Mayor Steven Choi said. The design reveal was the culmination of a year-long contest.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 9, 2014
With just a twist of the handlebar, Newport Beach police bicycle officers can whiz through neighborhoods and shopping malls and up and down the crowded streets of the Balboa Peninsula faster than ever before. Officers ditched their traditional patrol bicycles this month in exchange for two tricked-out Pedego electronic bikes. Unlike standard mountain bikes, the black e-bikes can reach 25 mph and are outfitted with special features, such as a switch that tightens the shock absorbers and special tires that allow officers to pedal harder and move faster.
NEWS
By Joseph Weber | March 21, 2014
I read Colin McCarthy's commentary "Statistics tell the truth about Costa Mesa crime rate" (March 17) with this question in mind: What does he want us to believe? Answer: That we shouldn't worry about Costa Mesa's crime rate. Why would he want us to believe that? Answer: Maybe because as one of the City Council candidates from 2012, he wants to help his political ally win reelection this November. Voters worried about police and crime in their city aren't very sympathetic toward incumbents.
NEWS
By Colin McCarthy | March 15, 2014
There's been a lot in the news lately about how morale problems at the Costa Mesa Police Department are causing officers to leave thus the city is becoming unsafe. However, the statistics tell a different story. Just this week the FBI released its preliminary crime statistics for major cities from January to June 2013. Not surprisingly, Costa Mesa's crime rate is as at an historic low. Violent crime is down 13% from the first half of 2012, assaults are down 46%. The category my family and I always focus on, burglaries, is down 30%. Some say that crime is down across the board and we should not be surprised to see these figures.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
Five possible designs were unveiled this week for a crime victims monument to be erected in Irvine's Mason Regional Park. The Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks on Wednesday presented the designs, selected from a group of 59, at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, according to a news release. Renderings from Ivan Juarez, Jason Zerafa, Joaquin Ochoa, Man-Foon Chu and Maria Cjevic are available for the public to view until March 20. To view and comment on the five designs online, visit bos.ocgov.com/cvm/index.htm.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 17, 2014
Crime in Costa Mesa dropped by more than 12% in 2013 with steep declines in thefts and burglaries leading the way, according to statistics provided by the Costa Mesa Police Department this week. However, moderate increases in rapes and robberies were recorded. Overall violent crime remained relatively flat compared with 2012, but property crimes as a whole dropped 13% with declines in every category. Burglaries dropped by almost 25% - to 512 in 2013 compared with 668 in 2012.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 11, 2014
Sgt. Dave Miner told his colleagues at the Newport Beach Police Department on Thursday that he was dealing with a stubborn burglar. The 10 residential break-ins throughout Newport Coast, Spyglass Hill and Corona del Mar in December were double the number of similar crimes the southern quadrant of the city experienced in the same period a year prior. That afternoon, the sergeant - who is responsible for the safety of what is called Area 4 - stood in front of the police's chief, executive staff, top officers and detectives while he detailed the crimes.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 9, 2014
Following the same trend as the last two years, crime in Newport Beach declined in 2013, according to preliminary numbers from police. Combined, violent crimes and property crimes dropped exactly 1% — although property crimes increased very slightly, the department's brass announced at a monthly statistics meeting that reporters were invited to attend Thursday. "We're safer today in Newport Beach than we've ever been in the history of the city," Newport Beach Police Department Chief Jay Johnson said.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | December 21, 2013
Holiday shoppers weren't the only ones who planned to spend Saturday at Fashion Island. Two Newport Beach police officers - mounted on horseback - were also set to arrive during the hectic hunting of last-minute Christmas gifts. They will return once more on Monday. This year marks the first time the horses, named Pistol and Levi, have helped with the seasonal watch, said Lt. Matthew Graham, one of the two officers certified for mounted patrol. Graham and Officer Shawn Dugan joined the Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit in June . Newport Beach is one of six agencies involved, along with the Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Buena Park and Anaheim police departments and the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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