January 3, 2013
Irvine police arrested nine people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a checkpoint in Irvine on Dec. 30. Officers also wrote six citations for other violations. Staffers stopped 359 vehicles during the evening operation at Jamboree Road and Birch Street. Out of those, 12 were stopped for officers to administer sobriety tests. There were no significant traffic delays because of the checkpoint, police said in a statement. The checkpoint, which was staffed by the Irvine Police Department employees as well as community volunteers, was funded by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant.
January 18, 2011
A 77-year-old Irvine resident died from injuries sustained in a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon. The collision occurred in the intersection at Culver Drive and Farwell Avenue about 1:20 p.m., closing a portion of Culver between Trabuco Road and Bryan Avenue while the Orange County Fire Authority and Irvine police responded to the scene, according to an Irvine Police Department press release. Preliminary investigation shows that the 77-year-old female driver appeared to be driving eastbound on Farwell when she was stuck by a van traveling southbound on Culver, according to the release.
September 8, 2012
Irvine police arrested a registered sex offender last week who had gone to Citrus Glen Park to play tennis, officers said. Jean Pierre Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove was arrested for violating a July 2011 Irvine law that prohibits certain sex offenders from visiting city parks or recreational facilities, according to the Irvine Police Department. Nguyen was on probation after a conviction earlier this year for indecent exposure in Garden Grove, police said. The Orange County Probation Department contacted Irvine police believing Nguyen was at the park on Thursday.
February 17, 2012
A woman who reportedly jumped or fell off a building near MacArthur Boulevard and Jamboree Road was declared dead Friday, authorities said. Authorities received a call for medical aid in the 19000 block of MacArthur at 11:30 a.m. Friday, said Irvine Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Julia Engen. The woman, described as in her 40s, was declared dead at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana after falling off a building nearGoogle'sIrvine office in what appeared to be a suicide, said Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Kris Concepcion.
February 26, 2013
Irvine police arrested a man Tuesday suspected of burglarizing homes in Newport Beach and south Irvine, authorities said. Brent Brodie, 18, of Irvine, was arrested after police discovered him sleeping in a stolen vehicle, according to a Irvine Police Department news release. Brodie is suspected of five home burglaries and two vehicle thefts over the past four weeks, police said. Police said Brodie checked homes to see if someone was there before entering through unlocked ground-floor windows.
May 6, 2013
UC Irvine police will do push-ups to raise money for veterans and their families this weekend at City Hall. A team comprised of UC Irvine Police Chief Paul Henisey, Corporal Chris Bolano, Officer Annie Nguyen, Officer Paul Riscalla and Officer Matt Wroblewski will compete with other teams to squeeze as many push-ups as they can into 90 seconds. The teams are asking for donations for the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit that assists wounded veterans. The event is organized by the Irvine Police Department and Custom Bodies Fitness gym in Irvine.
June 23, 2011
Irvine police released the name of a woman killed in a car crash in Turtle Rock on Wednesday. Manal Darwiche, 21 of Irvine, the driver of a 1997 Nissan Sentra, died when her car crashed into a tree near Shady Canyon and Sunnyhill about 1:10 a.m., according to an Irvine Police Department news release. Police were investigating the cause, the release said. An 18-year-old Garden Grove resident, who was a passenger in Darwiche's car, was injured and taken to a hospital, the release said.
December 29, 2005
In the weeks before New Year's Eve, local police agencies have been working hard to send a strong message against drunk driving. A multi-agency task force, coordinated by the Costa Mesa Police Department, is patrolling the streets and looking for those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. So far, the operation's been a success, said Costa Mesa Police Chief John Hensley. "Things are going very well.... The numbers [of arrests], unfortunately, have been high," Hensley said.
April 22, 2000
Jasmine Lee COSTA MESA -- A suspected thief was arrested Friday after his alleged attempt to burglarize a house was thwarted by the resident of the home, who chased him off with a shotgun, police said. Jorge Arturo Hernandez, 22, of Anaheim, is accused of breaking into a home in the 800 block of West Baker Street. Police suspect he was attempting to steal electronics equipment inside, but he was stopped by the Costa Mesa man who lives at the residence.
July 19, 2000
Sue Doyle COSTA MESA -- Three men allegedly robbed an Irvine credit union Tuesday and led authorities on a chase that eventually ended behind a hotel near South Coast Plaza. The Irvine Police Department did not release the suspects' names. All three were arrested on a charge of suspicion of bank robbery and are temporarily being held in Costa Mesa Jail. Authorities did not have any further information about the suspects. Police said the three men allegedly held up the American Electronics Assn.