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December 15, 2012
A Costa Mesa employee was awarded for her years of service in law enforcement and named the 2012 Property Officer of the Year, the city announced Friday. Barbara Carpenter, who works as a property and evidence supervisor for the police department, received the award from the Orange County chapter of the California Assn. for Property & Evidence. Carpenter was awarded for her 26 years in law enforcement, her support of C.A.P.E. and "the superior job she does for the Costa Mesa Police Department," the city said.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
It's vital to Costa Mesa citizens that we preserve the essential character of our city while planning intelligently to accommodate development. On Aug. 20, the city held its third public outreach meeting on the update of the general plan. The good part is that a lot of people showed up to participate in the process. Weeks ago, at the outset of the public outreach process, the city's consultant told participants that we should create a vision for how Costa Mesa should look 30 years from now. We started off with a broad horizon, but now it appears that blinders have been imposed on us. We touched briefly on future development in the Westside and spent almost all of the allotted time on a few "problem motels" that generate many calls for police services.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | September 26, 2011
Police on Monday were searching for a man who they say flashed a badge to gain entry into a Corona del Mar home before he ransacked it. Police are also looking for his two female accomplices. Officers received a residential burglary report in the 200 block of Iris Avenue at about 3:15 p.m. Friday, said Newport police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. According to a police account of the events, a man wearing a star-shaped badge claimed to be part of a law enforcement organization and went to the home of an elderly woman.
NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | August 8, 2012
Although Elia Eiroa Lledo, 16, had always wanted to be a district attorney, she really knew it was for her when she visited the Orange County Sheriff's Department this week as part of the 13th annual Summer Youth Education Conference. Elia is among 24 Orange County high school students, out of about 130 applicants, at the conference. For five days, the students have hands-on training about the criminal justice system and the roles of local law enforcement agencies. "They really teach you a lot about the justice system," said Elia, a Corona Del Mar High School junior.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city's law firm has broken long-standing professional ties with former interim Police Chief Steve Staveley, whose allegations of "unethical" and "immoral" conduct at City Hall stunned the community. Richard D. Jones, a partner with the Fullerton-based Jones & Mayer law firm, criticized Staveley for lambasting city officials when he resigned in protest Monday as interim police chief, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Daily Pilot. The firm provides legal counsel to the city, which does not have an in-house attorney.
LOCAL
By: Friends for Foley Campaign | October 20, 2008
  Costa Mesa City Council Member & Candidate for Re-election Katrina Foley, lawyer and business owner, was honored to have Deputy District Attorney Debra Carillo join her to walk in Mesa Verde and talk to voters.  Deputy DA Carillo is a candidate for Judge to the Orange County Superior Court.             The candidates talked to residents about their public safety concerns, the justice system, and their respective experiences.
NEWS
By B.W. COOK | February 16, 2006
They came with a serious purpose. And they came in numbers. Some 200 Orange County residents were invited to dinner at the Newport Beach residence of Antonio Cagnolo, celebrity owner of Antonello's Ristorante at South Coast Plaza Village. It was a dinner event designed to raise money for Project 999, a support and financial assistance program that goes to bat for injured and fallen Orange County police officers and their families. The name Project 999 takes its meaning from the police distress call when an officer is hurt in the line of duty.
NEWS
By Michael Alexander | December 30, 2008
Orange County authorities are warning once again that it is illegal to celebrate New Year’s Day by firing a gun. “There is no place in Orange County where it is safe or legal,” a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state traditionally release a warning about the practice right before New Year’s Eve. Penalties for firing a bullet into the air can include jail for up to year, or even murder charges if the bullet kills someone.
NEWS
March 20, 2004
Lolita Harper Comments about the alleged rape of an unconscious 16-year-old made by one of the defendants will not be introduced during trial, according to an agreement between the prosecutors and defense attorneys on Thursday. Peter J. Morreale, the defense attorney for Keith Spann, 19, alleged that statements made by his client on July 8, 2002, about an alleged rape were gathered illegally by law enforcement officials, who did not read Spann his rights before gathering information.
NEWS
December 28, 1999
Greg Risling "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." This famous quote handed down through time from famed author Charles Dickens best described how Newport-Mesa handled the last decade of the 20th century. Newport-Mesa residents, along with millions of others, coped with an economic recession at the beginning of the 1990s. It seemed everyone cut back a little, or a lot, during those times as a new president was ushered in with the election of Bill Clinton.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 4, 2014
Detectives are looking for two suspects who impersonated law enforcement officers and briefly kidnapped an Irvine resident as part of a scheme to force their victim to pay them supposed back taxes. Just before 8 a.m. Thursday, the Irvine resident got a phone call from someone claiming to be an employee at the U.S. Attorney General's office, according to an email from Irvine police Lt. Dave Klug. The caller told the resident to go to a local store and purchase a reloadable debit card called a Green Dot MoneyPak to pay a specific amount supposedly owed in back taxes.
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By Bradley Zint | November 6, 2013
At a meeting this week, Costa Mesa city officials discussed one of the latest attempts to address excessively problematic motels: charging them for the trouble. On Tuesday night, four members of the City Council - Councilwoman Wendy Leece left the meeting early - heard about a proposed ordinance that would help the city recover the public safety costs associated with motels that have disproportionately high crime rates . The "excessive use of resources" ordinance could be a "good first start" toward giving motel owners more accountability for what happens on their properties, said Rick Francis, assistant city CEO. "In a sense, this is a way to get motel owners to be a little bit more responsible and responsive to solving their own problems and not having our Police Department act, literally, as a security guard for their issues," he said.
NEWS
October 26, 2013
Christine Caine, co-founder of an organization that aims to prevent human trafficking by educating potential victims, will speak as part of Mariners Christian School's annual golf tournament Monday. Caine will speak at 11 a.m., during the Ladies Luncheon portion of the event, which benefits financial aid for students, at the Newport Beach Country Club. Caine founded the A21 Campaign, which is based in Costa Mesa, with her husband, Nick Caine. The organization also partners with law enforcement and community members to assist victims of human trafficking, according to a news release.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
It's vital to Costa Mesa citizens that we preserve the essential character of our city while planning intelligently to accommodate development. On Aug. 20, the city held its third public outreach meeting on the update of the general plan. The good part is that a lot of people showed up to participate in the process. Weeks ago, at the outset of the public outreach process, the city's consultant told participants that we should create a vision for how Costa Mesa should look 30 years from now. We started off with a broad horizon, but now it appears that blinders have been imposed on us. We touched briefly on future development in the Westside and spent almost all of the allotted time on a few "problem motels" that generate many calls for police services.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 22, 2013
What turned out to be a bogus bomb threat forced an evacuation at the Newport Theatre Arts Center on Wednesday evening, according to Newport Beach police. Someone left a phone message at the center Monday evening with a demand for money to be fulfilled within 48 hours, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. "There was a threat made that the bomb was going to go off, and there was a sum of money requested," Manzella said. As the 6:37 p.m. deadline approached, the threat was reported to law enforcement at 5:32 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 3, 2013
WESTMINSTER - A burgeoning relationship between a small Christian college in Costa Mesa and a public university in Iraq could help shape the Middle Eastern country's response to gender-based violence in its northern region. Over the span of 15 days, a small team of Iraqi government officials and academics are touring Orange County and studying the local justice system's procedures for crimes against women. Wednesday, the group of about half a dozen Iraqis gathered at Westminster's police headquarters.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | March 28, 2013
Ahoy! News of the week is that the Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) is encouraging boaters to support SB 122, which was introduced by Sen. Ted W. Lieu. This bill will prevent the automatic sunset of the abandoned and derelict vessel program scheduled on Jan. 1, and RBOC is supporting this bill to make the program permanent. Many boaters may not remember when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 716 (introduced by Joe Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg), legislation that will allow law enforcement agencies to remove abandoned vessels from waterways, protecting California waters from deserted boat hazards after Jan. 1, 2006.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 21, 2013
In 2001, Natasha Herzig found herself at age 19 staring at a gun, yanked into a car before she could make a sound. She spent a year trapped, working as a high-end escort for a pimp. The indignities were numerous. She remembers receiving a beating for asking whether she could go home. There was the john who once tried to suffocate her with a shower curtain after forcing her to lie in an ice-filled bathtub. She had to walk "the track," meaning the street, to meet her prostitution quota.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 5, 2013
The Internet has helped sex trafficking to flourish, but it has also provided a new batch of tools to fight the scourge, according to a Vanguard University professor. Sandy Morgan, director of the Costa Mesa university's Global Center for women and Justice, invites police and the public to learn about those tools at the annual Ensure Justice Conference this weekend. "Yes, cyberexploitation happens, and it's something we need to be better at preventing ... in the community," Morgan said.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | February 13, 2013
IRVINE — This is where it started. America's so-called "safest city" served as the trailhead in the epic manhunt to find Christopher Dorner, the suspected cop-turned-killer believed to have died in Tuesday's fiery standoff near Big Bear. Dorner allegedly started his killing spree here Feb. 3. That was the day the bodies of a newly engaged couple, Keith Lawrence, 27, and Monica Quan, 28, were found shot dead and slumped over in a car parked in 2100 block of Scholarship. The shooter's alleged motive: exact revenge on Quan's father, attorney Randall Quan, a former Los Angeles Police Department captain who represented Dorner in a hearing in which the police board stripped him of his badge for alleged misconduct.
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